A diversion.

Things are heating up around here. No, not the weather. It’s the American northeast, so we’re finally getting some cooler weather, which is an absolute delight to me.

So what is heating up? My grading pen, for one thing. Papers having been swarming in at an alarming rate and I curse the person who assigned all this homework.

Oh yeah. That was me. I’m a fool, aren’t I?

I can’t take it anymore! I’m going over the wall!

I’ve also been doing my own homework for my second course in my paralegal program. I wrote my first brief for my Litigation class and this coming week, I have to “file” a complaint for a lawsuit that I’ve invented. I’m going with negligence for moldy carpets or false imprisonment due to mistaken identity. Which would you choose?

Writing, however, has been slow. Oh, the ideas swirl and essays even get outlined and researched, but nothing has been completed. I’m working on it, though. I’m slow, but I’m stubborn.

In the meantime, I’m going to borrow an idea. I was reading through my blog list last week and came to a post by Robert on 101 Books called 20 Questions: Round 2. He asks his readers 20 questions, mostly regarding books, but also about some miscellaneous things. He’s done this before but this time, he first answered his own questions and then invites readers to give their own answers in comments.

For some reason, I always enjoy these sorts of games. I always end up learning something about myself – something small but still unexpected. As I was writing my comment, I realized it was getting quite…well, unwieldy.

And so, I decided to answer the questions on my own blog, where it’s my party and I can be unwieldy if I want to!

Without further ado, I present the Q&A. Continue reading

If this is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

While I’m finishing a longer post that’s coming down the pike in a couple of days, let me leave you with some images from the impromptu road trip that Buzz and I are on to celebrate the end (finally!) of my summer semester. We’re in Providence, Rhode Island for a few days, and today we made a pilgrimage to a certain establishment in Boston that we discovered a couple of years ago: Brattle Book Shop.

Not exactly organized but of course, the hunt is half the fun.

We first found it while on a New England cruise that made a stop in Boston. Since I’d been to the city many times, and because we both despise guided tours, we separated ourselves from the hoards of cruise ship passengers as soon as we could. We started wandering through the back streets looking for interesting shops and a good pub.

What we found was Book Nirvana.

The outdoor lot is filled with books that cost either $1, $3, or $5. The shelves, however, are not stocked with endless volumes of pulp fiction or Reader’s Digest condensed versions of Heidi. There is a huge variety of books, with hidden gems on each shelf depending on what kind of reading you are looking for. Whatever you are looking for, you are almost guaranteed to find it. Possibly for only $1. Continue reading

Gearing up and paring down

The summer marches on and here we are in August. This is usually the part of the summer when I am aware of the impending fall semester, but there’s still enough time to get some projects done thanks to long days and no grading. This year, I’ve decided that the room I use as my office at home needs sprucing up to infuse some new energy into my work, and so I’m redecorating and painting (one wall of Glidden Rich Raisin, three walls of Glidden Clay Bisque). Because I will have to uproot many of my books from their normal resting place, I’ve decided that this is the perfect time to re-organize my collection of books.

Kicked out of their temporary housing, waiting for more permanent relocation.

This will be no small undertaking. The last time I counted, I had over 800 books. I’m sure I have more by now. For the past two years, I’ve been ferrying excess donations to a local public library from a friend’s house to a “Free Books” cart at the school library where I work. Students snatch them up fast. No matter how hard I try to resist, I can’t stop myself from looking through the new batch before bringing them to school. I always keep some for myself, so I’ve definitely picked up many more books than I would have if I had been only been purchasing them. My guess is that I’ve passed the 1,000 mark. Continue reading