ringsandcoffee: (P&P Darcy little teapot)
The weekends are never long enough to both unwind from the week AND accomplish items on my never-ending to do list. However, I have checked off a few: wandered around the mall, went to a bunch of stores yesterday looking for a bookshelf I don't actually have space for, got groceries, made some lunches for the week, laundry is in process, and I procrastibaked more banana muffins to use up some bananas. What I have not done is change my bed sheets and look over lesson plans for this week. I have church in a bit, and then Sherlock is on at 8.

This morning I had breakfast with my old teammate, J. We of course talked about work, the ups and downs of each. The grass was not necessarily greener at her new school, and she sort of wants to throw her name back into the hat at my school. I told her it's not necessarily great there either, but at least it's friendly and familiar. Then again, she would leave teaching if she could. Who knows. It was good to see her.

BIG NEWS, PEOPLE! I started reading a book last night! What? Crazy. A post came up on FB from a year ago showing ~10 books I had not read. Well I had read half of one at the time. Since then, I read one book and started another (that I decided I don't like). Anyway, last night I started One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. So far, so good. I need to make reading books before bed a habit again.

My no soda resolution is going well so far. I've been out to eat 3 times and got iced tea twice and an Arnold Palmer once, which I did not even finish. Healthy eating at home is still under construction. It's basically the same as usual, but I am trying to incorporate more fresh fruit and vegetables.

What else was I going to say? No idea. Oh. Postcards have been written and so hopefully tomorrow I can stop at the post office. Just FYI, if you get one from me, I apologize ahead of time for whatever dorky message I wrote.
ringsandcoffee: (JE You were in my path)
Today's five questions are brought to us by livejournal user amguynes, the letter F, and the number 5.

The name of...

1. Your favorite book?
Jane Eyre

2. Your favorite movie?
Pride and Prejudice (2005), Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Dirty Dancing, The Little Mermaid (yes, I said more than one movie)

3. Your least favorite adaptation of a book to a movie?
The adaptation of Jane Eyre with William Hurt and Charlotte Gainsbourg was painful to watch. It started out badly and just got worse. I watched through my fingers, mumbling about how terrible it was over and over.

4. Your least favorite adaptation ever of anything to a movie?
Probably same as #3, as I cannot think of anything else at the moment. No, wait. The TV miniseries adaptation of Scarlett (sequel to Gone With the Wind) went downhill towards the end.

5. Your first ever novel/comic book/movie character crush?
Hmmmmmmm. I really need to think about this! Probably Rhett Butler. I read GWTW in high school. I cannot remember what other books I read around that time. I think some John Grisham and Michael Crichton, among others, but they didn't have characters worth falling for.
ringsandcoffee: (XF Mulder o_O face)
I skipped life group (my Thursday night small group Bible study) tonight because work was stressing me out. Trying to pack in a bunch of grading from 3:30-5:30, then having dinner with Natalie, then life group, and not getting home till 9:30 was just not a good idea. Instead, I finished up the tasks I needed to do in my classroom, threw all my grading into my bag, then headed to Target. I needed new air filters, and decided to get ice cream instead of a frappuccino. I don't know what has come over me. I never really liked fraps, even when I worked at Starbucks. I've had several in the last few months, after not having more than 2 a year. Must be the heat. Anywho, Target did not have coffee ice cream, so I got vanilla bean instead. I also got a jar of caramel sauce. Yeah, I must really be in a funk.

At home, I mixed up a concoction of ice cream, a shot of decaf instant espresso, and caramel sauce, and called it dinner. Somehow my completely unhealthy dinner gave me the boost I needed to plow through a ton of papers and then enter the grades online. Next came my second course of ice cream. This time I just poured caramel sauce into the container and ate spoonfuls until the sauce was gone.

My hands smell like Dawn dish soap. I have more grading to do, but I've lost the will to do it. It's 8:15 p.m. This is my life.


Since I leave my laptop in the living room more often, I've been trying to read books again before going to sleep. Real, paper books! My bedroom is currently littered with books. I started and stopped a few, and then started Far From the Madding Crowd. Holy cow, I had forgotten how much Thomas Hardy likes to describe landscapes. I'm only on page 21 but I think half of that is telling what the area looks and sounds like. I had to read it after seeing so many pictures from the miniseries on tumblr. Fortunately, this book seems to be less depressing than Tess of the D'Urbervilles. Please don't spoil it if I'm wrong.
ringsandcoffee: (P&P Darcy going to Lizzie)
Tomorrow is 6 years since I first watched Pride and Prejudice (2005). I felt like watching it tonight, but decided to check my archives first. Yup, the anniversary is tomorrow. :D

P&P - the movie that started my obsession with British lit.


Jul. 11th, 2012 11:11 pm
ringsandcoffee: (P&P going in LJ)
On this trip, I have:
baked brownies and strawberry cake
saw cousins I have not seen in many years
watched all 14 episodes of The Office U.K. (infinitely more Martin Freeman love now)
camped in Yosemite (but still haven't seen any bears)
NOT been to Target (gasp!)
only been to Peet's twice; 3 times if you count the Peet's/ice cream place in Yosemite
finished the book Emma and Knightly
Eaten dinner at Max's (yum) and Luna Loca (Mom likes it, I think it's ok)

Tonight, I ate pie and watched SYTYCD. Lots of good dancers this season.

Tomorrow, I will see Allison in Santa Rosa. Friday I will see some Sac friends.

Need to upload pictures from my camera, but it's 11pm. Later, later.
ringsandcoffee: (Default)
Well crap. I just spoiled Great Expectations by reading about the upcoming movie adaptation. Knowing Dickens, there's more left to be discovered than the 2 things I just read, but still. I really like this book, too. I was looking for cast info, and the one paragraph turns out to tell plot information. Gah.


Feb. 12th, 2011 02:38 pm
ringsandcoffee: (astounding)
I work close enough to the airport to be able to watch planes take off and land while on yard duty. Not actually lift off and touch down, as some buildings are in the way, but pretty close. So, I dreamed the other day of taking my measly $1300 savings and randomly picking a city to fly to. Indianapolis crossed my mind. We actually had a layover there when I was 12, but I didn't make it outside of the airport. I don't even know what there is to see in Indy. I spent about that much on my trip to Chicago last summer, and that didn't include a hotel. Needing a hotel for a trip of this sort would cut it quite short.

In my attempt to whittle down the pile of unread books and magazines next to my bed, I read an issue of Conde Nast Traveler last night. Not but a few pages in they featured a pair of earrings, made my local craftspeople or something, that cost $1250. Yes, that much. Here I thought I could go somewhere on $1300, and then I see earrings that swallow the entire budget. People HAVE that kind of money? The rest of the magazine featured several luxury resorts and hotels. Places I can only dream of staying in, some that require small planes or chartered boats to get to. Some of the features astounded me, such as a private plunge pool for each of 49 bures (I think that was the word) at one place, or a 6-to-1 staff to guest ratio at another. Some were on small chunks of islands in the middle of the Pacific. How in the world does one run a resort on a tiny island that serves gourmet meals made with organic ingredients that change daily? Meal planning and grocery shopping for myself is chore enough, and I just have to hop in the car to get what I need. Where do they find people to staff these resorts, especially people who don't mind providing all the luxuries described?

How do I get hired at one of these places?

Random association time: Hearing the song Crazy Love by Hawk Nelson reminds me of Luis, since I first heard it on my way to see him in the hospital. The book by Francis Chan, which inspired the song, is also in my pile of stuff to read. I actually started it, but went back to Our Mutual Friend after a few chapters. I think I'm finally over my OMF obsession.
ringsandcoffee: (OMF the interview)
Swiffer wet cloths, you are my hero. The kitchen floor is FINALLY clean.

Little betta man's name is currently up for vote on FB: Skinner or Frohike. So far, Frohike is winning 2-0.

90% of the time I'm a book-before-movie person. Sometimes, however, you need the movie to appreciate and/or get the book. Latest case in point is Our Mutual Friend. I tried to read it a few years back, and gave up 90 pages in. Dickens loves to have a million characters in each novel, at least in three of the 4 stories I know. After finally watching the OMF miniseries, I'm hopping all arouund the book. The books I've been reading for 4 years now were written before movies existed, so they weren't written with screen aspirations. I'm able to go back and read the details even a 6-hour movie can't completely convey. What John sees in Bella, how Gaffer died, and the feelings behind Lizzie's facial expressions make sense now.

/book nerd.

The clean floor seriously makes my evening. I keep looking over at it. Now, I must go check the name votes.
ringsandcoffee: (bouncing elephant)
In 24 hours I'll be somewhere in the Los Angeles area. Actually, probably still well east of it. I just hope it's not raining, as that will make the drive longer. That's not really so bad, but I hate traffic.

Doing laundry, going to Jen's later, then I will pack. I've got Jane Eyre and Tess of the D'Ubervilles on audiobook, plus a few more playlists created on the iPod. Must do my hair so I look presentable.
ringsandcoffee: (book/reading)
My book (Jane). I like it. A little shocked that it's teen fiction, but then again, it's no Twilight. Also, high school students read Jane Eyre.


Dude, who am I kidding? I'll never cease being a dork.
ringsandcoffee: (JE the storm is gone)

Saw it at B&N today, but didn't want to pay $17.99 for it. Can't print any coupons because stupid printer thinks there's a paper jam.

No, I cannot get enough of Jane Eyre. I'm even considering the audiobook for my drive next month.

Bought it full price from an independent bookstore. Support local businesses, or something. Now, when will I start reading it? Still need to finish Dawn Treader.
ringsandcoffee: (S&S head in hand)
In the first two weeks of school, I have watched 3 new movies, read one book, and baked 2 batches of cookie bars. I have brought home work to do each night, but only actually did it once. Lesson plans are started on Sunday and continued through the week.

Wait - 3 movies and a book? I never do that! Avoidance, that is my new middle name.

Movies: Iron Man, On a Clear Day, Remains of the Day.
book: My Lobotomy
ringsandcoffee: (S&S Brandon watching)
Reena and Michelle (and Loch) came over after a bunch of us went to breakfast yesterday. Once again, they were trying to convince me to watch or read the Twilight books.  Why does the word "twilight" suddenly look weird spelled out?  I mentioned reading Eclipse in 15 minutes which they think has prejudiced me against the movies.  Comparisons to Harry Potter were made, and wonder as to why I don't care for them either.  I said that I just never cared for HP, but Twilight I just find...goofy/laughable/mockable for some reason.  It's not even anything to do with vampires.  The plots and/or writing just seem LOL-worthy.   I did read a section of Breaking Dawn, by the way.  As I read, I was pretty incredulous as to what the appeal was.  Reena said I should at least give the book Twilight a try; she almost had me convinced.  Not reading them is sort of like a personal trophy for me, like how I've never smoked at all.  Well, oops, I did read that part of BD, dangit. 

We watched Persuasion 2007, then Reena chose Sense and Sensibility 2008.  Why are Austen men so awesome and yet can be such idiots?  Obviously some characters are exaggerated, but it's sad to think they were based on reality at the time.  Some rich people (Fanny Dashwood) were major snobs, some were complete idiots (Lucy Steele, Mary Musgrove), and the men run the full gamut.  

In other news: I just baked two batches of chocolate chip scones, my oven temperature is way off, I went swimming at Heidi's and got more tan/burned, and I have yet to start the books I bought yesterday.  One is a classroom management book, the other My Lobotomy which I've wanted to read for a long time.  I guess I should get off the computer and get some more chores accomplished. 
ringsandcoffee: (S&S Brandon watching)
Nearly a year and a half after listening to the audio book, and more than a year after buying the dvd, I'm finally watching Bleak House. Quite good, quite good. True to Dickens' style, there's a character so annoying I want to smack him.

Good thing I'm on break; I may end up watching the rest of it tomorrow all in one sitting.
ringsandcoffee: (SW Use the force)
Next time I sign up to bring a potluck dish, either a)choose something easier than homemade tomato sauce or b)start cooking it earlier than 6:30 p.m. The number of dishes I managed to get dirty preparing, cooking, and cooling the sauce is mind-boggling, to say nothing of the filthy stove and counter-top. I banged up my hands in the cleaning process too.

Did I run the garbage disposal one last time? Better do it again just in case.

In all, the sauce is yummy.

[livejournal.com profile] holbytla! I found Little Dorrit and Oliver Twist in a collector's set for $32. I was going to listen to LD on audiobook soon, but maybe I'll get something else (Gaskell, perhaps?) to listen too now and just watch it on my vacation. I still need to watch Bleak House too.

I really need to go to bed.
ringsandcoffee: (JE conversation)
Ms. Bronte,

I'm sorry I doubted you. Plodding through my copy of Villette, which did not translate any of the French you included, I kept waiting and waiting for that turning point. I knew the ending would be satisfying at minimum, but you kept me in suspense so long I totally didn't see THAT ending coming. Better ending than Jane Eyre? No, but it did still make me throw down the book and squee. Yes, I squeed. Squealed. Something to that effect. Today, I couldn't help but read that chapter again online. Work? Grading? Yeah, sure, eventually.

Some reluctance holds me back from getting The Professor, partly because it's the last of your books I can read and also because it never was said to be that good. The same has been said about Anne's books. Maybe I'll read a few more of your friend Mrs. Gaskell's novels first.

Your devoted fan,

P.S. Please don't be upset about me watching Persuasion later. After all, it was Jane Austen who led me to you. Sometimes a girl needs some Rochester, and sometimes she needs some Captain Wentworth.
ringsandcoffee: (luff Anakin Padme)
Maybe some movie quotes, too. Various parts bolded by me.

"Most true is it that "beauty is in the eye of the gazer." My master's colourless, olive face, square, massive brow, broad and jetty eyebrows, deep eyes, strong features, firm, grim mouth,--all energy, decision, will,--were not beautiful, according to rule; but they were more than beautiful to me; they were full of an interest, an influence that quite mastered me,--that took my feelings from my own power and fettered them in his. I had not intended to love him; the reader knows I had wrought hard to extirpate from my soul the germs of love there detected; and now, at the first renewed view of him, they spontaneously arrived, green and strong! He made me love him without looking at me."


"'I have to tell you, that for four years you have been growing into your tutor's heart, and that you are rooted there now. I have to declare that you have bewitched me, in spite of sense and experience, and difference of station and estate: you have so looked, and spoken, and moved; so shown me your faults and your virtues - beauties rather; they are hardly so stern as virtues - that I love you - love you with my life and strength. It is out now.'

'She sought what to say, but could not find a word: she tried to rally, but vainly. I passionately repeated that I loved her."

ringsandcoffee: (sup homies)
Valiant, but not in a good way
One of the vocabulary words the class was mapping was "valiant."  Part of the assignment is to draw a picture showing what the word means, and one girl drew me and a boy in the class, J, who is rather outspoken.  I asked why it made me valiant and she said no, J is valiant because he's not afraid of you. 

Did you, did you?
I have a ticket system this year, and every Monday I open my store where students can spend their tickets.  I've told them to write suggestions for items they'd like in the store, and I got 2 notes so far.  One of the boys, R, asked me a couple times over the week if I'd gotten the items he suggested.  He was very polite, and I assured him I had his list and would look for his suggestions.  He just made me smile. 

Um, it wasn't an option. 
We spent a week on a writing assignment, where I made sure to teach conclusions since I usually don't get around to that part.  In their plans, the first thing they did was write the topic sentence and the conclusion, copied from a list they could choose from.  Fast forward to yesterday when I'm collecting the final draft papers.  I look at one paper, and ask if the girl is finished.  When she said yes, I asked where the conclusion sentence was.  She very innocently answered, "Oh, I didn't want to put one!"  Kids, kids, kids.  It was in your rough draft, silly, all you had to do was copy it! 

Because I have so much free time
I finished The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte, by Syrie James, on Wednesday, which I thoroughly enjoyed.  Last night I bought Shirley since I found it in Penguin Classics paperback.  I'm partial to Penguin versions of books.  So many books to read, so little time, and so many other things I ought to be doing!

Last night while walking across Tempe Marketplace to meet Jen, I found myself a little freaked out by all the families with children playing in the fountain area.  Then I wondered why I get weirded thinking these strangers have too many kids but my friends with children (Jen has 3) don't bother me at all. 

More "Only in Arizona" things
Only in Arizona are you excited to stand in the rain, in the middle of a shopping center.  Only in Arizona do you not completely care that the lightning is flashing about you as you stand in the rain.  [livejournal.com profile] mysterygal11 , I think you would have gotten used to the weather here had you stuck around longer. 

Little things all over remind me of my dad.  They don't make me sad, just make me think of him. 

Attitude may not be everything, but it's a hefty portion
I'm determined to be more positive this year, and not stew in worry and anxiety.  It's really helped in class.  Instead of getting angry, I just wait until they are listening or issue a consequence.  There's a lot of prayer going on as well.  Some is just to myself, and some is when Susan comes over in the morning to pray together.  It's doing a whole lot for my sanity, to be sure. 
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I just saw this trailer for The Lovely Bones http://video.aol.com/aolvideo/AOL Movies/the-lovely-bones-trailer-no-1/32557030001 and I can't wait until December. I read the book 2 years ago after seeing on IMDb that Jackson had the movie rights. Upon reading the beginning, I feared one scene would be too realisticaly creepy, knowing what Peter was capable of putting on film. However, the trailer blew me away. The movie looks fantastic.
ringsandcoffee: (JE conversation)
Where does the time go?
It's 7:30 already! ACK!

I don't get some childfree people's attitudes.
A week or 2 ago, a conversation occured on the baristas community where a childfree person said people who want children of their own are selfish, and they are bad for not adopting needy children from overseas. o_O ??? What I'd like to ask the holder of this particular opinion is what they think of the parents oversees who have kids they don't want and/or can't afford, or those who give their kids up for adoption.

Work is crazy.
I'm surviving, and it's slowly getting better, but man, it should be easier than this!   I'm still not touching the bag of papers I brought home - just like last night. 

My new book, as if I need more to read.
The Secret Diary of Charlotte Bronte.  I think that's the title, but it's in the bag behind me and I don't feel like getting out of my chair.  It was in the fiction section but is supposedly based on Bronte's life.  The author also wrote a book about Jane Austen but it wasn't available.   I've been reading parts of Jane Eyre before bed recently.  Still love that book. 

Blah  :)
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