Uni: All round 2 assignments are in (no results yet), coursework is over, and I'm focusing on my upcoming exams, of which I have two: Language & Communication, and Intro to Media Studies. Media Studies I'm not too worried about, I've been doing pretty well (I got an A+ for my first assignment!), Lang & Comm I'm still a bit iffy on...which was surprising, because I'm the sort of person who reads linguistics books for fun.
What I'm Reading: And speaking of reading (fabulous segue there, wasn't it?), I'm currently in the middle of The Dark Tower Book V: Wolves of the Calla, by Stephen King. About a month ago I started thinking it was about time I re-read this series. Then a week or so ago, a friend of mine asked me at random if there were any books of which I could remember the opening sentence. The second one I came up with (after A Tale of Two Cities: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." which every English Lit student and half the rest of the English-speaking world must know, and apparently "didn't count") was The Gunslinger: "The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.". I took that as a sign and started my re-read. I absolutely love Stephen King books (although I can't watch his movies: I love horror books, but horror movies give me nightmares (books do too, if I read them at night alone (I use too many parentheses))), but for some reason I'd never gotten around to reading this series before he started work on finishing it. Once I started though, I loved it. It's not horror, it's not fantasy, it's not sci-fi, it's not western...It's just The Dark Tower. Read it.
What I'm Listening To: At the risk of getting corny and clichéd, I'm going to include this too...In my car I'm listening to Ministry of Sound Annual 2010, it's good driving music. Elsewhere, I've been in a nostalgic mood and have been listening to songs that bring back memories: from Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance to Smashing Pumpkins' Luna.
Projects: As plenty of people can attest to, I'm a big picture sort of person, a starter, not a finisher. I'm great at coming up with ideas and crap and completing those ideas. In the vain hope that revealing my procrastination will jolt me out of it, I'm currently working on three things: my wedding photo project (horribly behind, and Priority 1 after exams), my holiday photo project (about halfway through), and a cross-stitch that's been on the go for approximately 8 years. I really enjoy cross-stitch to relax, but I never seem to find time to do it.
What's Caught My Eye: This is going to be a bit of a link round-up...
- Big Freaking Hole in Guatemala
- Completely insensitive and totally missing the point of Fat Acceptance and HAES post on Punch
- OMG WANT
- Maru, a very cute cat
- Cisgender, the new word I learned this week!
- Cats tweeting would be a great way to monitor my cats
Mini-Goal: I have all sorts of goals. Big goals, small goals. I'm always coming up with goals. My current mini-goal is to be more aware of the language I use. My recent foray into the world of Fat Acceptance and HAES has really made me think about how people use language in such a throw-away manner and don't realise it's hurtful. So my current goal is to stop saying "retarded" and "lame" for things that are neither.
On the Menu: Semi-regularly on a Monday my husband and I do a "New Recipe Monday" where we try out a new recipe from one of our many cookbooks. I love cookbooks and collect them, to the point that it's a bit of a joke, and we got a big box of cookbooks from my workmates for our wedding as a kind of half-joke/half-serious gift. Which we loved: the books were from lots of different cultures and cuisines (as my workplace is extremely diverse, to the point that as a white person who only speaks English I am a very small minority). So last Monday we made a Lamb Biryani. I also unpacked my fabulous Sunbeam Mixmaster that we got for the wedding. Both of our mothers have a Mixmaster that they got for *their* weddings. My Mum still regularly uses hers, and it was the thing I absolutely wanted the most on our wedding registry. And we were very lucky to get one, courtesy of my husband's parents. So I used that this week for the first time and made an Orange and Poppyseed cake. The Mixmaster was fantastic: the design has hardly changed since my Mum got hers, and the cake was yummy. We also unpacked our Ice Cream Maker (another workmate wedding present) and discovered to our disappointment that we had to freeze the bowl for at least 12 hours. So no ice cream was made on New Recipe Monday. I made it on Thursday instead and fresh it was delicious but it's not quite so yummy a couple of days later. The next batch I make will be of the custard type rather than the cream type and hopefully it will be better.
In conclusion, I use far too many of the following punctuation marks: ( ) " ! :