Because of the huge budget cuts that they’ve been forced to make, the university that I attend is going to cut 17 degree programs. Why do I get the feeling that English is going to get the boot?
We have a few outdoor kitties that we feed, so we set out a bowl of water and some dry food overnight to tide them over until they get their breakfast. Lately, the dry food has been gone by morning and the water has been really filthy… turns out we have a frog that intimidates all the cats and then eats their food! It’s a bully frog!
I once heard that frogs are a sign of a healthy ecosystem… I can’t vouch for that, but maybe it’s a sign of tasty kitty kibble. Let there be tadpoles!
Went to see Prince Caspian with some friends but the film left me feeling a bit disappointed. Obviously, most book to movie adaptations leave plot details out that only really die-hard book fans make a fuss about (case in point, the Harry Potter movies). However, while my personal peeve with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was that the animals seemed to have had a tad too much of the Disney magic, Caspian just failed to capture my attention. It was a battle movie. From beginning to end. I found myself having to refer back to what I remembered from the book just to fill in the plot. While I realize that the fight between the Narnians and the Telmarines is a crucial part of the book, it felt like that was the only focus of the film. Maybe I’ll need a second viewing to warm up to it, but I still don’t feel satisfied with these adaptations.
Not only is it worrisome enough to think that I will be entering the job market during an economic crisis, apparently Florida (and esp. South Fla) is one of the absolute worst locations for potential employment in the country. So, a) I am out of a proper job until I finish my thesis, b) I may not find a proper job for some time to come, c) good thing I live with my parents or I would be evicted. And… because as a TA I made squat this year, my earnings were too small to merit an economic stimulus. This makes absolutely no sense to me. Couples, as usual, are rewarded for being married while singles only receive a bonus if they earned enough to begin with?! Shouldn’t this boost go to people who really need the cash (like impoverished students with ridiculous tuition fees, attending a school that is sinking under its own economic crisis)?
Bad situation all around.
I am a huge Bowie fan. Anyone who knows me really well knows that my obsession can be a bit much at times. So, a couple of weeks ago I went on a closet cleaning frenzy and did what I had been threatening to do for ages: I uploaded all by Bowie albums onto Cassius (Cassius being my iPod. That could be read in so many ways, otherwise.).
Now, I love Bowie and every so often I feel like I rediscover him again. For example, when I’ve gone for months without listening to a certain song and I hear it and remember when I first heard it. It’s like re-reading a favorite book, or watching a movie you loved as a kid (though that didn’t go very well for me when I watched “The Little Mermaid” as an adult and realized how very inappropriate it can be. Still love it, but can’t help but be a little struck by the fact that Ariel is only sixteen… but I digress). Anyhow, I put Bowie on a loop, all 253 tracks. For about 2 weeks. It was supposed to keep me alert while writing, but even I am a little sick of it now.
Now, I’ve rediscovered Moby… 🙂
I tend to do things on impulse… like restarting this blog. I thought about it, then I thought, ‘Why not? Might as well set it up sooner than later, if I’m going to do it.’ So when I get it in my head to do something, I do it. However, I have to do it straight through. I can’t start something and then take a break from it. That only makes me lose my drive.
Now, I have a thesis to write. I told myself I would write a chapter a month. I would start and stick to it, or I’d end up taking longer than necessary to finish this thing. I gave myself deadlines. I planned things out. I structured the entire process (at least on my end, the rest is up to my committee). The only problem is that this weekend threw me off my schedule. I can multi-task, but there are some things that require my full attention. Writing is one of those. I was distracted. I told myself I needed a break and I would still have enough time to finish my first chapter by the 19th if I started again on Monday. That didn’t happen–starting again on Monday, I mean. Another little snag occurred and I ended up spending my day running around campus getting forms signed and tracking down books in the library (books that are missing!! People, return your books after you are done using them. Just a courtesy.). Now, I can’t remember where I was going with my draft. I was making some sort of transition from one point to another, and I can’t remember what exactly that point was. I’ll figure it out, but the lazy daze has set in.