It's been a busy week, sexy readers! I'm officially in the home stretch of my graduate classes and the basic writing classes I'm teaching. I guess I could safely characterize this period of time as the calm before the grading storm. I'll have boatloads of final projects to grade shortly. Pray for my soul!
In other news, I've sort of stayed away from the 'net the last few days. I check in on the blog, Twitter a bit, but I've been diving into the books and it's paying off!
I finished my second book for the U.S. Presidents Reading Project. Only 42 more presidents to go!
I'm really glad I'm doing this. I was fascinated by this book about George Washington by James MacGregor Burns and Susan Dunn. I'm pretty certain I learned most of the stuff in this book in school at some point, but the details fade with time. Although, quite honestly, the parts about Washington being a little self-centered and obsessed with his lack of education, as well as his preoccupation with creating a respectable image (military, political, and presidential) were probably left out of my studies. Textbooks, the ones I used in school anyway, were a little more flattering to the men in charge than was necessarily realistic. I like learning about the presidents' flaws, quirks, and failures right alongside their victories. Washington was a great one, no doubt, for the precedents he set and for the life he breathed into the office. The presidency was a very shady, nebulous office before he was unanimously voted in by his colleagues. I was also really fascinated by the birth of our two-party system. What a scandal back in the day!
I'm really glad I decided to undertake this project! I feel a little smarter for the undertaking.
In other news, after I saw the Twilight movie I was gripped with an undying (ha!) need to re-read the series. I started the first book last night, and ripped through 100 pages before bed. It's been a while, so I've forgotten a lot of the finer details. I'm finding Edward and Bella just as compelling as I did the first time, although I might have slightly less patience for Bella's bellowing about how gorgeous he is. Although, thinking about Robert Pattinson...maybe it won't bother me much at all! Rawwr! I feel like such a cougar. The guy is all of 22 or 23. Oh well! Hot is hot.
And he's a musician! Aren't all the actor/models you know aspiring musicians, too? As much as I hate to admit it, I really like his voice even if he is a little growly and incoherent. You can listen to some of this music here, including my favorite..."Never Think."
Coming soon: an in-depth chronicle of Andi's 2008 Match.com Experiment. Some of you may remember that I joined up a couple of years ago. I'm trying again. We'll see how it goes! It's an adventure so far.