Archive for February, 2010

February 6, 2010

5 Questions

1. The more work I have to do, the less inclined I am to do it. In what universe is this tendency helpful, or logical?

2. Would looking for a summer nannying position put me off procreating forever? Would that be, ultimately, a good thing?

3. How many picturebooks ARE in my tiny apartment?

4. Since when does my boyfriend quote The Office more than I do?

5. How will I ever get out of this labyrinth?

February 3, 2010

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Popular Girl dies.

Then Popular Girl wakes up, in her bed, not dead, living her last day again.



Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

This book is definitely gripping. I won’t say it’s the best book of the year – the characters are hard to like, the story of “Popular Girl Seeing The Unintentional Damage Her Life Causes” a little too typical – but good gosh I couldn’t put it down. Lauren Oliver does a most excellent job in playing with the reader’s emotions and expectations. There is one level of the book – Samantha, stuck in a perpetual Groundhog’s Day cycle, struggling to solve the mystery of how to live this particular day in her life – and then there is another, the more interesting, theoretical level. Why is this happening to her? What will be the optimal outcome of this story? If she “wins,” does she get to live? What does it mean if she doesn’t?

And of course, there’s the visceral pleasure of ripping through the pages… the rapture of having to choose sleep over reading because you just can’t keep your eyes open.

Check this one out in March. OrĀ  you can borrow my copy.

February 2, 2010

feeding my family

Grad school sucks.

Hormones suck.

Being away from my family sucks.

Being a productive human being sucks.

My boyfriend is sick, which means I probably will be too.

My kitty is still cute, but she bites me a lot.

Life is a meaningless misery.

A totally meaningless misery.

But once or twice a week, I make granola.

We eat it every day for breakfast with milk and raisins.


And once or twice a week, I steam broccoli.

It’s pretty tasty, and gives us vitamins and minerals and phytochemicals.


And two or three times a week, we’re both home at the same time, so I make some food.

Something simple. The same recipes over and over again so I start to memorize.


And every day, I feed my kitty.

But I won’t show you a picture. Her diet looks pretty gross. She seems to like it, though.

February 1, 2010

the joy

Still grumpy.

But will you LOOK at this!

She is just so cute.