Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
I am about to embark on a personal project! Pajiba is having its second round of the Cannonball Read and I am jumping on the bandwagon this time. The deal is to read as much as possible, and blog about each book I read. Last year, Pajibans aimed for a hundred books (which I just think is incredibly daunting) but reduced this year's goal to an attainable 52. Phew. I could - maybe, possibly - do that.
Also, this will get me not only more motivated to read, but also to blog, and we know I have a real problem with keeping this thing regular. I'm so uninspired with my life right now that maybe a little fiction and non-fiction can get my brain moving again.
Recently, I moved into a new apartment with two roommates, and I took a quick glance at their book shelves. One of them has books that deal with 4th grade reading, math and literature (she's a teacher, not an idiot) and the other roommate has a bookshelf with an eclectic collections of randoms (I read the Velveteen Rabbit two nights ago for the first time! From her bookshelf!) Or maybe I just think so because I read so little and know so little about books. Anyway, what I'm trying to say is I have lots of material to choose from!
I think this will also give me a chance to finish books that I have previously started and failed to finish. For example, I am currently trying to get through Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 by Hunter S. Thompson, but for the love of all gonzo journalism, I can't seem to get into the groove of his writing (please don't throw books at me.) So that is probably something I should make a goal of finishing.
I'm really excited about this. I mean, this is gonna sound really cheesy and fan-girl-ish, but doing this makes me feel like I am a part of Pajiba. This is probably the first time I have mentioned this here, but Pajiba is such a big part of my life - I check that website like I check my Gmail. I've been reading that site for 4 years (Holy cow) and I love everything they do. I love the movie reviews, I love the commenters, I love the community and the inside jokes (and I high-five myself when I get it).
I really, really hope I will be able to keep up with the Cannonball Read and not let "life" get in the way.
*I know that's Godtopussy and not Godtopus, but I really like the ribbon. Because I am a girl.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Three weekends ago, the Boyfriend and I went to Tallahasee to watch the USF/FSU game. It was my first time at a college football game – my college does not care about sports, and we are proud of that! – and I wasn't sure what to expect. B got me a USF tank top (he's a USF alum) which I must say is pretty cute, and it even had little tabs that keeps your bra straps in. Very innovative. 1 point to USF merchandise-designers for creativity and caring about girls who don't like bra straps sticking out.
Anyway, they won!!! They won, they won they won!!! It's always awesome to be part of the winning side, especially when this game was a huge deal for USFers. Granted, this victory probably is not as important to me as it is to them, but I was still pretty psyched.
So that was pretty much the highlight of the weekend, though there were some other really great parts. The day after the game, we went to Wakulla Springs, which is about 20 miles from Tallahasee. They have a two story jumping platform, and looking down into the dark water (there wasn't much sunlight that day) was terrifying. I was absolutely terrified to jump off the platform – meanwhile, all these 10 year olds were cannon-balling off of it and making me look like a giant wuss. It was kinda embarrassing. I did jump eventually though, and again, and again. I was terrified every time I did it though. I had to keep reminding myself that nothing bad was going to happen, and all I had to do was step off the platform.
After we were done with the water (it was getting really cold anyway) we went on a boat trip around the springs. I saw soooo many animals, but B was so not impressed. He grew up in Florida, and said that those were pretty standard Florida animals. Whatever, I live in New York, and the wildest animal we get there are squirrels.
The tour guide pointed out lots of different types of birds, swanee cooter turtles (I love saying that out loud), alligators, and we even got to see a mommy and baby manatee hanging out underwater.
You can see the white body of the manatee, but not very well in this picture. The boat that we were in was trying to quietly slink by them - but our tour guide, who was also the driver, was really nervous being near the manatees because she was afraid of crashing into them and hurting them. So we had to turn off the boat and drift for a little bit.
I went to Massachusetts the next weekend, but no photos were taken. It was a pretty ordinary time. B and I just hung out with his family and relaxed. But those relaxing weekends away are officially over for me. I started working weekends again, which means that any day that I have to myself will be spent catching up on sleep or trying to get my life together.