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Noted & Quoted

As an unemployed English teacher (this is what I’ve been calling myself as of now), I am obsessed with quotations and explaining them to death. I’m the teacher who will have you sit with three lines of Shakespeare and have the class discuss them for at least twenty minutes if not more. Yes, yes, I’m the teacher who will tell you that each word has relevance and will make you look up each word in the OED. (English majors, you’d better know and love the OED–for non-literary dorks it’s the Oxford English Dictionary). Thanks to some inspiration from my fellow bloggers, I’ve compiled a few of my favorite quotes for you to ponder over.

I expect comments with an analysis and evidence for your position (I kid!)

“It’s funny. All you have to do is say something nobody understands and they’ll do practically anything you want them to.” – The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger

“If music be the food of love, play on.” – Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

“The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.” – The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

“You buy furniture. You tell yourself, this is the last sofa I will ever need in my life. Buy the sofa, then for a couple years you’re satisfied that no matter what goes wrong, at least you’ve got your sofa issue handled. Then the right set of dishes. Then the perfect bed. The drapes. The rug. Then you’re trapped in your lovely nest, and the things you used to own, now they own you.” – Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

“Love is needing someone. Love is putting up with someone’s bad qualities because they somehow complete you.” – Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

“‘When you pull down yo’ britches, you look lak de change uh life.” – Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

“Making eye contact during rough sex is roughly the equivalent of trying to read Dostoyevsky on a rollercoaster.” How To Make Love Like A Porn Star by Jenna Jameson

If I were to keep going I’d probably have at least 50 quotes here from books that I’ve read over the years. I’m currently piling books on top of other books. Can you imagine how many noteworthy quotes there are in all of the books I own? Tons!

What are some of your favorite quotes from books? Why did you like them? What made them stay in your mind? Which ones of these do you like the best?

PS: Thank you for all of the wonderful congratulation messages. <3 Each one made me smile!

For The Love of Reading: A Meme!

First of all, I would like to thank everyone for the wonderful birthday wishes. Each one of your messages made me smile. =]

Yesterday I spent $75.00 on books. Before you gasp in shock, I had three gift cards and only had to spend $5.00 of my own money. Not too shabby, right? I remembered that Katy, a favorite blogger of mine and fellow bookworm, posted a book reading meme. Unable to find her post on this to hijack, I found one from Squidoo. If there’s nothing I love more than reading books, it’s writing about the books that I have read.

What have you just read?
I just finished reading “Dry” by Augusten Borroughs. It was a memoir about his road to recovery from alcoholism, borrowed from one of my best friends, Kelly. He reminds me of David Sedaris: dry, funny, and down to earth. This was an absolutely fabulous read. It makes me think of my caffeine and nicotine addiction in a new light.

What are you reading now?
I just started “The Almost Moon” by Alice Sebold. I have read “The Lovely Bones” and her memoir “Lucky” and fell in love with her writing style. So far, she has fulfilled my expectations.

Do you have any idea what you’ll read when you’re done with that?
Hmm…this is a toughie. Either “You Suck” by Christopher Moore or “The Fourth Procedure” by Stanley Pottinger. Both are borrowed from pals.

What’s the worst thing you were ever forced to read?
Probably anything from the Victorian era. Unlike my father I have not inherited an appreciation for Dickens. “Great Expectations” is a book that continues to annoy me and “Vanity Fair” was a bunch of stupid rich people whining about life.

What’s one book you always recommend to just about anyone?
Wow…that’s a toughie too! Probably “Maus” (part 1 and 2) by Art Speigelman, “Rats Saw God” by Rob Thomas, and any Sarah Dessens.

Admit it, sadly the librarians at your library know you on a first name basis, don’t they?
I haven’t been to the library since I wrote a critical essay on Frederick Douglass.

Is there a book you absolutely love, but for some reason, people never think it sounds interesting, or maybe they read it and don’t like it at all?
Yes, I am trying to get people to appreciate “The Abstinence Teacher” by Tom Perrotta.

Do you read books while you eat?
Yes, but I’m usually drinking coffee while reading.

While you bathe?
No, the books would get wet and that would annoy me.

While you watch movies or TV?
Only if Keith is watching a movie or show that I’m not interested in.

While you listen to music?
Nope, wouldn’t be able to focus.

While you’re on the computer?
Poems and short stories, yes. I can’t read full books online.

When you were little did other children tease you about your reading habits?
Nope, unless you count people laughing at me for reading too much.

What’s the last thing you stayed up half the night reading because it was so good you couldn’t put it down?
The “Maus” series and “Columbine” by Dave Cullen.

Have any books made you cry?
Wow, yes. “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, “Rats Saw God”, “Go Ask Alice”, “White Oleander”, “The Lovely Bones”, and probably many more.

What are some things that you have been reading lately? Do you have any recommendations for me? Also, do you have a goodreads account? If so, add me!

Student Teaching!

Wow, I apologize for the lack of updates over the past two weeks. I finally managed to go and read all of your fabulous blogs and return some comments. Student teaching has been taking up almost all of my time, and I usually end up falling asleep before 10pm every night since I wake up at 5:30am to get to school on time. Planning lessons, and getting to know all of the students is a lot of fun, but it is challenging too. After all, I’m not their “real” teacher. I’m just here until May 21st learning how to teach.

So far I have taught for one week straight with my period two class. They’re great! I’m taking over my second class this Monday, and I’ll take over the last two in the next few weeks. So, in total I’ll have four classes. Three American Literature classes and one Mystery class. I’m learning how to get the kids calmed down, and I’m trying to work on my classroom management style. I basically just have to learn how to talk louder than them, haha. For the most part they just get very excitable and loud, they aren’t rude. I try to think about what I was like when I was 17-18 years old. I WAS A NUT!

When I came home from my first day as a “teacher” I went up to my room to drop off my copies and bag and saw these:

My Mom and Dad got me balloons! I absolutely love balloons, and it was such a nice surprise after a challenging first day. They’re awesome, huh? I have them in my room still and they make me smile each time I come home.

I also had my first observation on Friday. My professor has to observe me three times, and my first one went very well. I was literally shaking! I did a music lesson with my kids and they were so well behaved (I reminded them a few times who was coming!!) and seemed to enjoy the lesson a lot. I’ll have to do something nice for them at some point. =] My professor said it was a great first observation, and gave me a few tips for the future lessons.

For the weekend I’ll be enjoying the amazing weather (painted my toesies for the occasion!), having a nice dinner with Keith and then spending some time with my Mom tomorrow so I can shop for some birthday gifts. Weekends have taken on a WHOLE new meaning for me!!

Things I Love: Snow Edition

I thought the Northeast was going to get a break when it came to snow this year. Apparently, Mother Nature was saving it all for February. While these photos are from our snowstorm last week, we’re supposed to be due for another snowstorm this week as well. I’m not sure how bad the snow is supposed to be, but I guess we’ll find out. My Mom and I decided that it looked like our dogwood trees had pompoms on them. I thought the whole street looked so pretty enveloped in snow!

Sometimes the snow can really get to you, but there are times when I love being snowed in. Here are some of my favorite things to do when I’m stuck in the house:

  • Read a book (for fun, not for school!): Sitting under a warm blanket on the couch with a good book and my cat. It’s relaxing and fun. The time also flies by while reading.
  • Bake cookies. My mom and I made chocolate chip cookies with an ice cream scoop. They were huge! When I was a little one we always had stuff to make chocolate chip cookies.

  • Message boards: I am a member of a few boards, and snowdays are my favorite days to catch up on the online gossip. I love Exploding Heart, Lights, and fu.chewed-kandi.
  • Organizing: I usually hate cleaning my desk, especially when school is in session. It’s organized chaos especially this semester. Organizing my desk, combining some lists, and rewriting my notes (yup, I’m a nerd) are some great things to keep me busy.

    Last but not least, I love giving myself a pedicure, even if it’s not peep-toe weather. There’s something about soaking your feet (add rose petals for a luxe feel and light scent), and painting your toes a fun summery or spring color that brightens the winter blues.

    While sometimes it can be boring being stuck in the house and waiting for time to pass, keeping yourself busy can really help to make a snow day fun AND productive. If all else fails go outside and have a snowball fight and make a snowman. Maybe those crazy neighborhood kids that live near me have the right idea?

    What do you like to do on a snow day?

    New Toy!!

    My old straightener was a dinosaur. It had huge hot plates on it which my hair dresser told me was bad for my hair and I should switch to a thin plated straightener. Plus, that old boy has been in my bathroom since I was in high school. Without further ado, I stopped at Ulta and bought myself a new straightener. A Zoe with a limited edition design and purple hot plates. Super!

    I used it yesterday to test it out (much to Keith and my Dad’s dismay. They hate, HATE, when I straighten out my curls). First I wanted to see how long it was when it was straight, and it’s well past my shoulders now.

    I decided to be silly and hide behind my massive amount of hair. The total straightening time was about a half hour which is amazing since my hair is so thick and curly. I also picked up some straightening product which also protects hair from heat. It’s by got2b and it’s called XL Conditioner. Amazing product for only 6.00!

    When it comes to my hair, I absolutely love my curls. I didn’t really begin to appreciate them until I was in high school. Everyone I know loves my curls the best too. But sometimes it’s fun to have a bit of a change. All it takes is one drop of water and I’ll have a GIANT curl where ever that water drop fell. When I straighten my hair I feel like a different person. I also look so much like my Mom that it’s almost scary how close the likeness is.

    This iron was only 29.99, so if you’re like me and only straighten your hair a few times a year (I’m lazy, what can I say?), this is an amazing straightener. It works, it’s pretty, and it’s not a drain on your wallet.

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