Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Tuesday, quiet Tuesday

Well, its the second First Day of School today - that is, the first day of my Tuesday/Thursday classes. So far, so good. My Geography of the U.S. and Canada seems like it will [shockingly] be interesting; and I just got out of my Atmosphere class. The professor wasn't there (she had a family emergency); instead it was introduced by her grad student, who was dressed all in black denim, including his cowboy hat.

But he had brown boots.

I really don't have any idea how I'll like that class because all we did today was watch a 25 minute video about "the weather machine". Earth systems in general can kind of go either way - they either bore me to death, or fascinate/scare the bejeezus out of me. I think it depends on how its presented. So, we'll see on Thursday, assuming the real professor is there.

My next class, Intro to Macro-Economics, isn't until 5:00. So until then, I'm just doing a bit of shopkeeping around the 'net. Which reminds me, I sold these the other day - hooray!

That means I can afford to eat lunch this semester again, yay!

I've also had some luck recently in selling some of my books on Amazon.com. This is particularly exciting because I was able to get back a decent amount of money for last semester's textbooks. For example, the school was going to offer me $3.00 for my Human Communication textbook. I sold it on Amazon for $36. It originally cost me about $110. Yeah. So you can see why I'm thrilled that I've already gotten rid of most of last semester's texts. I've also listed a few books from my own collection, and they've been selling too. I have sooooo many books; I've read them (some of them I've read more than once), and I'm just not going to read them again. So instead of letting them collect dust in my closet, why not get a few dollars here and there for them? After all, I just spent over $400 on books for the semester. Again. Yuck.

So anyway, sorry I don't have more pictures or anything really interesting to show you. Once I get through this week, I promise to be a bit more productive, or at least interesting.

In the meantime, I have some books to recommend. I've been reading a lot lately, and I've found what I think are some real gems:

Running With Scissors, by Augusten Burroughs - not for the faint of heart! But it was really good. It's also been made into a movie, but I'd recommend reading the book before watching the movie. The movie was decent, but was definitely a "cleaned-up" version of the stories!

Magical Thinking, by Augusten Burroughs - I got this for Christmas from my aunt and uncle. I actually read it before Running With Scissors, but I'd recommend reading Running With Scissors first. Its not necessary, but Mr. Burroughs refers to stories he told in his previous book quite a bit. Magical Thinking isn't nearly as disturbing (and I say this in a good way, if there is such a thing) as RWS. I definitely laughed out loud many times while I was reading Magical Thinking!

The Terror, by Dan Simmons - I bought this book, in hardback, when it first came out about a year ago. I just finished it last week. The hardcover is 784 pages long, if that says anything about the book. Parts of it were...long. But once I got about halfway in, I just couldn't put it down! I think it had a lot to do with timing. I read the second half of the book in about 4 days. The past year has just been kind of strange for me, so that may have been why I didn't read it start-to-finish in a shorter time. But anyway, back to the book, it was awesome. Definitely weird, but good. Anything involving doomed ships at sea and terrible ice-monsters, not to mention mutinies, scurvy, and cannibalism gets an A+ from me! Parts of it were verrry gory, so if you've got a weak stomach, you might want to steer clear of Mr. Simmons!

And now, I'm reading Into the Wild. I bought it a while back, right when the movie came out, but I wanted to finish the other books I was reading first. So far, its really good. I guess I'll let you know if I liked it when I'm finished.

Have a wonderful Tuesday!


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