Piece of Paper

On the bright side of life — versus the dark side of paying for auto repair (see below) — my diploma arrived. I have that piece of paper stating I actually completed enough classes to earn a Master’s degree.

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Taking the A Train

No train involved, but I am taking an “A” in my last class of my degree program. Whew. I would have been happy with a “B” but managed to do enough for that special letter. I still have a few things left in the class to do, and though I’ve earned the “A” with my final paper, it wouldn’t be polite to skip the two critiques I should do of two other final papers. Luckily, I can do a half-assed job. Whoo hoo!

Yes, I am quite the overachiever, aren’t I?

Complaint (or Whine)

Why do English classes require you to write so dang much? Can’t I just read the book and let the instructor know that it’s helpful? No, I am forced to write up my understanding of what I’ve just read multiple times throughout my reading of the book! Grumble, grumble.

Okay, done with the complaint and/or whine.

Update: Well, it doesn’t do me good to grumble if I don’t post it! So, I’m posting it 12 hours later when I don’t feel like complaining anymore. Of course, I could complain about the new WordPress backend layout that may have thrown me off.

Give Me an A

A! What’s that spell? Why, it spells “A” — also the grade I am receiving in my one spring semester class. My instructor liked my papers, and looking at the results for my final paper, my instructor gave me the full points available. That put me into A territory with plenty of points to spare.

Give me an ‘A’!
Give me an ‘M’!
Give me an ‘E’!
Give me an ‘N’!

What’s that spell? Why it spells “Amen.” Amen and Hallelujah, I’m almost through with my Master’s degree. One more class to go.

Reading Time…

…Or is time to read? I finished up one of my two classes that I’m taking this semester. It was a seven-week class and quite intense. I still have the other class, which I have to catch up in, but it feels so nice to have some time where I can goof off. So, what am I going to do now that I don’t have to do all that class reading? Why, read of course!

Having too much fun with my Kindle, I’ve ordered some books that I would not normally pick up at the bookstore. I’ve also downloaded various old favorites from http://manybooks.net. So the other day I finished up a wonderful book called Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II’s Greatest Rescue Mission by Hampton Sides. As I lay in bed yesterday suffering through the remnants of this cold/flu I opened up an old favorite: Persuasion by Jane Austen. I also purchased His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph Ellis (I enjoyed his Founding Brothers), Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde, Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything across Italy, India, and Indonesia.

With all that waiting for me to read you would think I’d be one satisfied reader. Nope. I want more! Tonight I followed up on some other books for my Kindle, and they are all free. Baen Books has free downloads of some of the books in their library. Their free library has some old books, some books that start a series, and many books I’ve never read. I did download several of the James Schmitz books. I’ve been a fan of his since I first stumbled upon a Telzey Amberdon collection. And now I have it downloaded to my Kindle to reread whenever I want. I picked up On Basilisk Station by David Weber, the first in the Honor Harrington series. My paperback copy is crumbling, so downloading to my Kindle gives me another option for reading the book. Baen also offered a short story or novella by one of my favorite writers: Lois McMaster Bujold. I picked up The Mountains of Mourning. It’s a beautiful addition to Bujold’s Miles Vorkosigan novels. I also picked up a few books that I’ve never read. What a concept.

If you’re a fan of the Firefly TV series and you like Steven Brust’s writing there is another freebie to pick up. You can read My Own Kind of Freedom: A Firefly Novel on your computer, but I sent it to Amazon to be ‘Kindle-ized’ and it’s now waiting for me to read…at my convenience.

So, how do I like my Kindle? I like it! I love the ability to carry multiple books with me, and open whatever I’m in the mood for, and it opens to wherever I left off. I’m trying to load up different types of books just because I can have this variety on hand. I can open an old favorite to read about familiar characters such as Telzey Amberdon; Anne Elliott and Captain Wentworth; Miles Vorkosigan; Honor Harrington; Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy; and Ozma of Oz. Even with all these characters and all these books the Kindle doesn’t load my book bag down at all.

I do think that I have one problem with my Kindle. My battery doesn’t seem to keep a charge as long as promised. That seems to be the one bug that some Kindles have. I’ll contact Amazon, but I’m still trying to figure out how long the charge does last depending on whether it’s on or in sleep mode or I’m reading. Other than that issue — and I just have to work with Amazon to get it fixed or replaced…or charge it all the time — I’m a happy Kindle user.

So what do I read tonight?

Whew

Just submitted the final paper in my one class. I can breathe again.

Okay, not breathe so much as goof off without guilt.

Not So Bad

That’s how I’m feeling right now: not so bad. I managed to get another paper turned in to my class, the mildewy smell from when my hot water heater decided to leak all over the floor has diminished, and the headaches and nausea that kept me down for part of the weekend are gone (due to the mildew or due to writing that paper?). Anyway, feeling better and I return to work tomorrow. So, now I treat myself to more episodes of Grey’s Anatomy before heading to bed. Yeah, I’m feeling not so bad.