I'm back, I'm back. I know, I'm a horrible blogger. A horrible blogger with three jobs a boyfriend and too many hobbies. Oy!
First off, there's a new issue of Estella's Revenge online now, and guess what?? Heather interviewed MARKUS ZUSAK! If you're not rolling around on the ground suffering fits of overwhelming excitement right now, then you probably don't know who Markus Zusak is. He's the author of a fantabulous book called The Book Thief. Just go read it right now. Or look up a blurb on Amazon or something. It's amazing and really popular and Heather is AWESOME!
Now, it's certainly not my intention to downplay, in ANY WAY, the other articles because we have some real doozies this time around. The theme is "confessions" and, boy, do we have a lot to confess!
In other news, today is my 14-hour day at work. Yes, 14 hours. I want to die. It's my first 14-hour day, as a matter of fact, and I forgot my Excedrin. I shall probably be a worthless slug by the time 9:45 pm rolls around, but I comfort myself with the wads of money I'll have my grubby little paws on come September 15th.
5:45 - get up
6:45 - 7:30 - drive to work
7:30am - arrive at school
8:00am - teach first class
9:00am - 10:00 on Mon/Wed - office hours
9:00 or 10:00 - 12:00 - break
12:00-3:00 - work in writing center
3:00-7:30 - break (dragggg)
7:30-9:45 - second class
9:45-10:30 - drive home
And if you count the drives it's way more than 14 hours!
Given, it's not THAT darn much work in a day's time, but by the time I get done driving the 40 mins to and from school, sitting around being useless, and teaching, it's a bitch of a day. But, as is habit to tell myself when the schedule looks gloomy--I can do ANYTHING for a semester.
Labor Day weekend was mostly uneventful. Some hospital visiting, lots of chilling out and sluggery. With a teensy bit of housework thrown into the soup.
I did get some reading done. In fact, I finished Nick Horby's The Polysyllabic Spree just before August ended. Reminder: Nick Hornby, the guy I ripped the previous post off from.
To further remind, The Polysyllabic Spree is a collection of 14 of Hornby's monthly book columns from The Believer magazine. Hornby has written quite a bit of fiction. To non-readers, his two most famous are probably High Fidelity (made into a movie starring John Cusak and Jack Black) and About a Boy (starring Hugh Grant and Toni Collette).
I tried reading High Fidelity once, and I didn't make it through, however, I have to admit wholeheartedly, that Hornby is one funny bloke. Hilarious in fact. Despite that fact, I found The Polysyllabic Spree more spectacular in premise than execution. One of the main reasons could very well be that Hornby's reading tastes and mine are rather divergent. We don't have a whole heck of a lot in common save Charles Dickens novels and the occasional off the wall non-fiction. I did enjoy reading his thoughts on his reading and book buying, his barbed remarks about the Spree (the men and women who run The Believer), and life in general. However, it became a bit tedious reading about a bunch of books that I didn't particularly want to read for myself.
And therein lies the second reason why I didn't completely lust and drool over the book: I read it in probably 2-3 days. That's a lot of column. A lot of schtick. A lot of the same format. So, dear readers, if you undertake the task, do spread it out over a week or two in order to maximize your lust.
There is a second book of Hornby's columns entitled Housekeeping vs. Dirt, and I will certainly give it a go. Why, you ask? Because I enjoyed this first one enough even if I wasn't blown out of the water. I would even buy the second book because all of the proceeds from these collections go to charity. ALL PROCEEDS. For The Polysyllabic Spree, I believe the two charities were a writing workshop in NYC and a foundation for autistic children in London. Most excellent, I say.
Final rating: 6.5/10
Now I'm off to drink Cranberry Tea from Sonic (my new obsession) and enter names into the computer. Don't you wish you were me? (Hyeah, right.)
Oh, and I did snap some pics of the campus today, so I'll try to upload those tonight or tomorrow. Most likely tomorrow since I'll be lucky to roll into the house still upright tonight.