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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Flashback Fridays: The Early Edition-Graduation Theme Song

Hi everyone, I know it's Wednesday, but I decided to go ahead and post the Flashback Friday video of the week since the next few days will be busy.  Tomorrow holds a special place in my heart because ten years ago on May 31, 2002, I graduated from high school.  I remembered when we all lined up , and I was constantly checking my cap.  Various members of the football team roared behind me in line.  As we began to march out as the music played, I was waving to the crowd like Miss America. 


Our graduation  theme song was "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion. This is also the song from Titanic. What was your graduation song? Feel free to leave a comment. This will probably be the last post for the week. Enjoy!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Lookout Weekend...and Shakespeare in the Park

I normally have pretty quiet weekends.  Friday, I received part of my marketplace order from Barnes N Nobles.  I wish that the whole order would have came together.  I ordered a total of four books, and I have only received 2 out of 2.   This is because the books are being shipped from four different authorized dealers from four different locations.  This explains everything. 

I am stepping out of my reading range and decided to purchase The 30-Second Commute by Stephanie Dickison.  I thought that I should be reading more books that will help me in my writing.  However, this is not a how to be a writer book.  As stated front and center on the cover, this book is a non fiction comedy about writing and working from home.  It is truly a comedy.  I most say that various parts of this book will make you chuckle.   When I opened the book, I noticed right away that the author used song titles as chapter titles.  If this book came with an actual soundtrack, those are the songs you will hear.  When looking through some of those titles, I felt a bit embarassed.  Why?  Because if someone was to walk in my room and randomly pick up this book, and flip over to the soundtrack page, they would say, "she's seriously reading this?"  Maybe they would say, "what was this author thinking?"

Other than the soundtrack selection, it's a really good book; and I can't put it down.  Yesterday afternoon, I was all settled in and started reading.  My brother and I got an invite to go hangout downtown.  We loaded into the car and left.

Downtown Greenville and Falls Parks is popular hangout destination in my neck of the woods.  Here you will find families spending time together eatting ice cream from Marvel Slab or Spill the Beans.  You will see a lot of people walking their dogs of various breeds.  Our group ventured into the park and people watched.  I saw countless dogs pass by, people on bikes. and carrying picnic baskets.  Suddenly Shakespeare in the Park appears.  It wasn't the actual play, but they were just practicing. 

I didn't understand what was going on.  To some I know its sad, but I am not a fan of Shakespeare or British literature. I'm not sure if it was because it was shoved in my face in school.  I tried to read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austein on my own, but I was totally lost. I tried listening to it on audio, but that didn't help neither.  Atleast I gave it a chance.

So back to the play, people were making fun of them and getting bored.  I have been to one of these events.  It was Romeo and Julliet.  The play was butchered and after awhile we got bored and went to get ice cream.  I do realize that some would be offended by this gesture. 

Curious about Spakespeare in the Park?  Here's an example. And the reason why it seems butchered is because they try to put a modern spin on the plays.


I apologize for the super long entry today, but this is probably the only time I will get to post this week.  I am also sorry for missing Flashback Fridays.  What else is happening? My office is considering an office theme song.  We aren't like The Office I promise.  We actually get work done.  Here's our canidate. 

Have a good day everyone.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Anxious

While things have been slow for the last two weeks at work since its summer semester, I am gearing up to do some writing.  I am currently working a bio piece on Patricia Polacco for Helium.  I have been looking for some fun assignments to build up my enthusiasm.

I thought it would be a good idea to bring my lap top to write during my down time.  I am also anxiously awaiting some books I ordered from Barnes N Nobles.  I have written here before about my discovery of Barnes N Nobles Marketplace.  This is a great way to shop especially if you don't want to pay full price for books.  Seriously, why pay full price if you don't have to.  Hopefully it will be outside my door by the time I can home or by tomorrow.


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Where I Would Like To Be

With summer approaching many are making plans for vacation. I would like to go to the beach at some pont.  The last time I was at the beach was two years ago around September.

For now, this will have to do.  This is not one of my own photos, because I am a bad photographer.
I hope to have more newsworthy things to share soon.


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

I Should Be Writing.......

Last night when I came home from work, I decided that I would pin myself down to write.  Well, I started off with great intentions.  I pulled out some notes and my yellow legal pads.  Like alwasys, I got distracted.  I had three legal pads sitting in front of me.  Two of them had scribblings for two different book reviews and the other has names of people to invite to my brother's graduation party.  I put away two of my legal pads and then I decided to focus on just one legal pad.  A few minutes later, I booted up the computer; and sometimes this is a big mistake.  I was distracted by email, checking on incoming freelance writing earnings, and I downloaded the May audio issue of The Writer from the National Library Services.  I started listening to it, and well nothing was done by the time I was finished with laundry, and it was time to go to bed.

Maybe I will do better today.

Friday, May 4, 2012

First Week of Work

Good afternoon everyone! I meant to write this morning but I kept dozing off.  Thankfully today is my day off and the last of finals for students.  Yesterday, as soon as I arrived in the office I put my purse away and started working.  I deliveried eight tests to one building before 11:00.  I spent an hour or so preparing new testing envelopments.  I took a 30 minute lunch break and after I was finished I was back to running back and forth delivering tests. 

I lost count of how many trips I made.  Several instructors were popping out into the hallway as they saw me coming around the corner with envelopes and a clipboard in hand. 

Instructor: "Do you have a test for me?"
Me: "What's your name?"
Instructor: (They stated their name).
Me: "No....sorry, maybe in another hour or so.".

This went on all afternoon.  I made my last delivery for the afternoon before 5:00.  In addition to test deliveries, I was sent to pick up a singing Elvis dog from one of the faculty/staff members.  Yes, you read that correctly.  If I had a picture I would post it here.  This puppy sings one of Elvis's songs.  My supervisor is an Elvis fan.

When I went to work Monday morning, I called myself dressing office appropriate.  I wore a skirt and a top.  As I looked around at the staff and work-study students, I immediately felt out of place.  Everyone else was dressed in pants, shirts, and flip flops. Later on, my supervisor looked at me and kindly said, "Please dress causal and were sneakers for the rest of the week."  So I did, and I need to go shopping.   I don't like shopping for pants.  Shirts are eaiser to shop for.  Shoes are another story entirely because of my foot size.

This weekend, I hope to get some writing done before my work week starts all over again. Blog posts maybe scarce for the next five weeks, but I will try to post at least once a week or so.  Have a great weekend everyone.