Six Books Behind

Goodreads informed me that I’m six books behind on my annual goal. Yes. I’m falling behind after a great start to the year.

I have several books started and I’ve almost finished many of them. I just haven’t been pushing myself to do my for me reading. I need to remember to get some of these books done, too.

I’m coming up on finals week, so I’m going to fall a little further behind before moving forward. Summer session might be a little breather, or it might be a little more difficult than expected. I’m going to try to use the week between Spring and Summer sessions to breathe and take a little vacation. Hopefully a book or two will be finished on this breathing time.

Back at the Easel

I’m nearing the end of the semester. I was assigned a creative exercise for one of my classes. I thought and thought and finally figured out that I had all the equipment for a painting.

I made a fruit basket based on one of the poems we read, and using an abstract technique. I had to do an artist statement that included comments about the help from the animals. Hopefully the grade will be a passing grade.

As always, there’s a story. I had help with my painting. Molly decided to taste test the brushes. Just a lick of a clean brush was enough. She moved on to the chair for nap and observation time.

Later, when I had my music going, I forgot that I had an open tube of red paint in my hand. I was singing along, talking to Molly and moving to the music. Before too long, I had dripped paint onto the floor and into a box. It ended up all over. I closed the lid and cleaned up what I could. Paint was everywhere, especially on my hands. I called for help because my extra rags were in the drier and I didn’t want red paint on the clean clothes.

I managed to keep the paint off everything else. I cleaned up but still had paint under my cuticles for a few days. At least it was not on clothes or door knobs.

When it came to taking the photo, I had to enlist help. You can see my assistant’s finger impressions on the upper parts of the painting, since she was holding it from the back, so we could get the lighting with minimal background.

Now I get to finish up one more paper for this class and then I’m done with this class. One step closer to graduation. I’m checking things off the todo list slowly but surely.

On my mind lately

I haven’t been writing much here because I’ve been busy with trying to get a lot done. I can’t really say I’m failing because I have been getting things done by their deadlines. I’m just not getting ahead.

I’m 3 books behind on my annual reading goal, but I am pretty much caught up for school.

I haven’t finished packing for an upcoming trip, but I managed to get the suitcase out of the closet and put a few things into it.

I haven’t finished my school papers for the week, but nothing is overdue.

I haven’t written reviews for several books that I finished, but I’ve finished the books.

I know I’ll catch up soon, but I just need to be patient. I’ll get there.

Zami by Audre Lorde

Zami

Zami by Audre Lorde
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I picked this up as required reading for school. Audre Lorde is a favorite author and I was happy to read it.

I really enjoyed her story, even though there were so many ups and downs. This book ended when she was only in her early twenties, and she had already lived so much.

I really recommend this book, especially if you are familiar with the author’s other works. It was well worth the time.

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Spring Break 2022

This week is Spring Break. I have been informed by an instructor to use the time for rest, and not for catch-up. I don’t know how to do that, I think.

I did rest a lot yesterday, but I also wrote and submitted a paper that was mentally weighing me down.

I have bookclub the next two weeks, and I am leading both. I have finished neither book.

I am organizing a dinner and a lunch with friends. We are adding a movie to the lunch event. I’m dealing with head counts and the movie theater hasn’t released show times yet.

I have a midterm to work on this week, due the week we return to classes. I haven’t finished the book, although I have a good idea about how it will go.

I am listening to lectures from an instructor who has been tardy about posting them. They aren’t difficult, but he does go way off on a tangent with his thoughts.

I am mentally working on a final project for a class. I am mostly done with it in my head. I need to get it written out. I also have a creative writing due in a few weeks and I’m thinking about that.

I am mentally packing for an upcoming weekend vacation. I am hoping I don’t forget anything or overpack.

Last but very much not least, I have to finish up the reviews of the books I finished in the last couple of weeks and I need to post them here. Most of the work is done, but I just need to follow through with it.

I haven’t taken time off work during this time off school, but it shouldn’t make a difference. I can handle it. Graduation’s light is at the end of the tunnel. I have applied and paid for it already. I just have to do the work.

I want to be that person

I was telling a person I just met about how I have a brain full of trivia. I was telling her that if I don’t know something, I am good at looking it up on Google, or I read a book about the topic. I told her that I can throw out a random fact and make someone go “What the heck? Where’d that come from?” She said, “Oh! I want to be that person!”

At least I can inspire someone these days.

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked this up as required reading for school. I was expecting an old, dry, politically driven book, but I was pleasantly surprised. While much of the book was about a heavy topic, it was well-written and a fairly easy read. It gave the reader time to think about what was going on at the time it took place and didn’t distract the reader by having to go look up old-fashioned words.

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The Secret Life of a Ninja: First Day of School by Arnie Lightning

The Secret Life of a Ninja: First Day of School

The Secret Life of a Ninja: First Day of School by Arnie Lightning
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I picked this up as a freebie.

I had a couple of issues with this book. Why is the 5-year-old on his first day of school so advanced? Why do the kids have to resort to violence in order to take on the bullies?

The story is ok in that the kids work together to help each other, but they probably should have gotten an adult involved.

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What do you want to be when you grow up?

Most of my family and friends are supportive in my education goals. Some are not. These are the ones who ask all of the questions.

I have made it clear that I am getting my degree for bragging rights. I do not plan on changing jobs. I do not want to feel pushed into getting a different job, just because I will have the degree.

One not so supportive friend asked me what I want to be when I grow up. He was stunned when I answered “educated.” Education is never wasted. I hope I’ll finish up this year, though.

School starts again tomorrow.

Let me write it my way

I had been getting mediocre grades in one of my classes. Part of that reason was because all of the assignments had been given to us in “fill in the table” format. What was this about? Who is the main character and what does he learn?

I was eventually given an assignment to write no more than two pages, reflecting on “Why this story is better than Shrek.” I did so and just wrote what I was feeling. I wrote in my own voice and I received an A on the paper with the comment of “this is actually interesting to read!”

If you just let me write the way I want to, we’ll all be happier.