Friday, February 24, 2012

Tasks, Tasks Everywhere!

Reading what??? Books? Yeah, no.

I have had a hard time digging into my reading the last week or so because of all the HAPPENINGS. Not surprising at all, I'm sure. I laid aside Teju Cole's Open City. It was a gorgeous book, and I'm certain I'll come back to it, but I just cannot do a meandering plot right now.

I started on Cinder earlier in the week and it's admittedly not sucking me in immediately. I think I'm still in the mood for something more adult-fictiony but not overly cerebral. SO, I dove into Eowyn Ivey's The Snow Child last night, and I think it's going to do the trick. The writing is lovely and I'm already feeling the tug of wanting to read further.

From the opening pages...
Mabel had known there would be silence. That was the point after all. No infants cooing or wailing. No neighbor children playfully hollering down the lane. No pad of small feet on wooden stairs worn smooth by generations, or clackety-clack of toys along the kitchen floor. All those sounds of her failure and regret would be left behind and in their place there would be silence. (3)
In other news, I turned in my resignation letter to my existing job just yesterday, and while I'm excited for my future, it's bittersweet to be leaving the students and my team of instructors and my fellow PCs that I love so much. I'll be drafting an announcement to the instructors and breaking the news to some of my students today, in fact. I see lots of hugging in my near future.

That's what's shaking around here. The weekend will be low key -- catching up on some grading for my online classes and getting those squared away before more madness at work next week.

What are your plans for the weekend?


  1. I really want to read The Snow Child, and have to see about getting it when I can. I have seen it everywhere, and have been really excited about getting to it.

    I also think it's really neat that you have been getting all your ducks in a row for the new job. I just know that you are going to do wonderfully, and that you are going to shine like a star! It will be hard to leave your old job, but the new one sounds so super exciting for you!

  2. I can certainly understand why you're distracted. I'm sure they're going to miss you at your old job but, I swear, this new one was tailor made for you.

  3. I'm surprised you are managing to read at all!

  4. I'm behind on my blog reading so I have yet to read about your new job. I guess that's what I get for reading the newest posts first! Sounds like you are off to a new and exciting adventure. Congratulations!

  5. It's always a little sad to leave friends behind...even when you know you're moving on to a better gig :) I'm so happy for you!!

  6. Good luck with your new job. I can't imagine how you're feeling right now--probably a bit sad and completely excited at the same time. We all look forward to hearing about your new job. :)

  7. I am so excited for you and your new position! It sounds like you'll have such fun, and have lots of opportunities to be creative, too. So wonderful! And it's always good times when the ideas come flooding in :)

  8. Sounds like you have a fun job in store for you!

    I am looking forward to reading The Snow Child. I own it.

  9. Congratulations and best wishes in the new job! Your current job sounded pretty good so I hope it's not too hard leaving. Looking forward to your review of Snow Child.

  10. Awww. I'm glad to hear that The Snow Child is doing the trick. I just returned it unread to the library. I didn't have enough time to read it. Enjoy your Sunday.

  11. I have seen alot written about this one, and it really has me intrigued.

    I am anxious to see what you think when you're done.

  12. I've got The Snow Child on my wish list. Can't wait to hear what you think of it.

    It did take me a while to get into Cinder, but I loved it once I did. When you're in the right mood, I'm sure you'll appreciate the world building.


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