Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Still Snowed In!

On top of the 24 inches we got between Friday and Saturday, another 20+ inches fell on us today. They say the snow totals for this season--which really means a few days ago and today--is 77.5 inches of snow...I'm only 62 inches tall! I can't even express what I'm feeling right now as I think about digging out OR where all this snow is going to go. I'm just going to let these pictures speak for me.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

The Blizzard of the Century!

Okay, well “Blizzard of the Century” is kinda premature as it’s only 2010, but hey it’s a pretty bad storm for this area. As you may know by looking at my bio to the right, I live in Maryland and we are under one of the worst storms we’ve seen in some time. You mid-westerners are probably laughing as this is probably just a typical Tuesday for you all.

We’re not used to it and now that it’s over, I want the sun to come out, the temperature rise to around 90 and for all the snow to melt! It’s beautiful, but I’m thinking of Monday when I have to go to work or tomorrow when I venture out with a shovel. Not fun! *pout*

Still, it was funny how the news panicked everyone. So much so that on Thursday schools announced that they were closing early on Friday. My job (I work at a doctor’s office in a hospital) closed at 1pm on Friday, because the snow was supposed to start at noon. I wasn’t complaining about that. I had food, plenty of T-paper and lots of dvd’s and I got home in time to watch Dr. Oz, Ellen and Oprah.

With that said, I still spent a good amount of time online shopping. *hangs head*

We had fun coming up with names to match the media drama. Like these for example:

Snow-mageddon (courtesy of the President)
Keyser Snöze (my personal favorite-lol)
Sno-pocalypse Now

Okay, clearly cabin fever has set in. I’m off to watch a few episodes of Greek on Hulu . If you haven’t heard of Greek and love college shows (not like Animal House) then check it out! I’m in love with it.

Monday, February 1, 2010

J.D. Salinger Inspiration

I know this post is late, but I’ve been battling a stomach thing for the last few days *blerg*. But the death of J.D Salinger got me thinking about how poorly read I am with the classics. Shamefully, I’ve never read The Catcher in the Rye and many other staples of our literary history.

Just recently, I bought A Tale of Two Cities for my dad. He’d read it before but lost his copy. I thought of all the Charles Dickens novels that I loved and still, it didn’t move me to go on a buying spree.

Well, when J.D. Salinger passed, I felt embarrassed when everyone around me talked about reading it in school and because I’m a writer, they assumed I’d read it too. In my high school we had to read To Kill a Mocking Bird and Beowulf and Of Mice and Men and things like that, but never The Catcher in the Rye.

So that evening I went home, and utilizing both my handy-dandy B&N gift cards, bought the following:
Of course.

My sister told me a bit about this and it sounds awesome!

I hope I like this, but I don’t know.

I know some people will be shocked that I haven’t read this, but I didn’t think it would be my thing. I’m willing to check it out though and I hope I’m wrong.

I loved this movie so I’m thinking, if the movie was good the book HAS to be 10x better!

I got this because I love vampire movies/books/tv shows, so I should really read one of the first popular ones, shouldn’t I?

So here’s my challenge to you all. I’m on a mission now to bone up on the classics. Leave a comment and tell me your favorite classic novel and why you loved it. If it’s one I haven’t read, I’ll go out and get it!

As it was my goal to read 100 books in 2009—sadly I only made it to 77—my literary goal in 2010 is to read as many classics as I can.

Help me become a well rounded author/reader, please!