Midterm Time!


I am in the middle of grading midterms right now.  This is what my apartment looks like.  Ahhhh!  Stressed stressed stressed!


Academy Awards Blogging

I’ve now seen all 8 films nominated for Best Picture.  I’m kind of a film buff.  Usually, I have one movie that I latch on to, that I root for in almost every category.  This year, not so much.  But I did enjoy most of the movies.  Here are my “in a nutshell” thoughts on the Best Picture nominees, in order from my favorite to least favorite.

  1. Room – A heartbreaking film and a breathtaking adaptation of the novel.  The performances of the two leads (Jacob Tremblay and Brie Larson) were outstanding.
  2. Spotlight – I am a bit of a dialogue nerd, and I thought the screenplay was excellent.  It’s a very “talky” movie, and those can be boring sometimes.  But Spotlight avoided those tropes.  Wonderful cast.  I will not be upset if this wins Best Picture.
  3. The Martian – Okay, so maybe it’s not a comedy, but it’s fun.  It’s exciting, not a typical space movie.  And it’s got one of the best casts out there.
  4. Brooklyn – A very sweet, heartfelt film.  Saoirse Ronan sparkles.  And I loved the color and composition.
  5. The Revenant – These types of movies aren’t my cup of tea.  That being said, I think this film was extremely well-done.  Cinematography and scope was INSANE.  Leo better win that Oscar finally! (I won’t be upset if this wins Best Picture either.)
  6. Bridge of Spies – It was fun seeing Mark Rylance with a big role in a movie.  And who doesn’t like Tom Hanks?  It was good–intriguing–but not my favorite.
  7. Mad Max: Fury Road – Visually, this movie was fantastic.  The performances were fine.  But I didn’t like the plot.  It was weird.  I’m sure this is because I never saw the 1980s movies.
  8. The Big Short – I hated economics when I took it in college.  This was a unique approach to the market’s collapse, but I couldn’t follow it.  And those wigs?  How terrible were they?

Special shoutout to my favorite movie of the year: Ex Machina – How was this movie not nominated for everything?  It was thought-provoking and intriguing and creepy as all get out!  I can’t stop thinking about it.

What was your favorite movie of the year?

Rereading a book, revisiting a friend

Do you ever reread your favorite books?

Do you ever reread your favorite books A LOT?

I’m currently reading Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series for the first time (it’s quite good, by the way), but I keep thinking about all of the books I want to reread right now.  Pride and Prejudice.  The Royal We.  The Help.  I’ve read them all before.  In a few cases, I have read them several times.  But I’m just in the mood to revisit my favorite characters again.

My mother thinks I’m crazy.  She reads a book once and she’s done.  Maybe I am crazy.  My to-read list is insufferably long.

But I don’t know.  When I think about my favorite books, they’re all about people and worlds that I feel like I’ve come to know.  Sometimes, they’re filled with beautiful worlds.  And I want to revisit them.

It’s like visiting an old friend.

Do you reread your favorite books multiple times?

The waiting game

I hate waiting.

I don’t consider myself the most proactive person out there or anything, but I would rather be working for my own destiny than waiting for something to happen.

Waiting and waiting and waiting.

I’m sure the anxiety doesn’t help.  I get sick to my stomach.  I get shaky.  I forget out to breathe.  And I agonize.  I agonize over the wait and every little detail.

Tomorrow I find out if I have a job still or not.  Maybe.  How am I supposed to wait for that?

How am I supposed to get over my waiting nerves?  How can I keep my mind off of it?

And what do I do if it’s bad news?

Happy New Year!

I read somewhere that whatever you do on New Year’s Day is what you will be doing for the rest of the year.  I’m more superstitious than I care to admit, so I took it by heart.  If superstitions prove to be true, then this is what I can expect from the rest of my year:

  • Huge breakfasts with delicious mimosas
  • Writing!  (I have had a little bit of writer’s block the past few weeks, and I THINK I broke through, so that was exciting)
  • Harry Potter movies
  • Driving snowy roads (gross!)
  • Eating chocolate chip cookies
  • Reading books

I can’t say that any of this is shabby.  Especially all of the food.

What do you expect in your New Year?