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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!

I am now a college graduate

Last Friday, May 28th, was my graduation ceremony. This Sunday is the actual party with the whole shebang of family and friends. Friday was a beautiful, warm and sunny day. I even got a little bit of a tan from sitting in the bleachers. All week I was looking forward to graduation, but it didn’t really hit me until Friday morning, and then it hit me a second time when they had the School of Arts and Sciences stand up and move our tassels to the other side of our caps. Then we were called up to receive our degrees. Geoffrey Fletcher, the writer of ‘Precious’ was our graduation speaker. Afterward, we went to Apps which is a delicious Italian restaurant where I sipped on my white wine spritzers and enjoyed Fettuccine Alfredo. It was a wonderful day with the people I love.

My parents and I.

My Aunt Rose and I.

Keith’s parents and I at the tennis center.

Keith and I. <3

Look very closely at this photo. There is a hole in the tree branches and my face can be seen right in there. Keith took it of me. =]

I’m the third one walking up to receive my degree, and cheesin’ the whole way.

I do not know this man in the photo. I dubbed him “The Situation.” He posed and everything! Too funny.

These were just a few of my favorites from the graduation ceremony. I especially love the one with the tree just because Keith is amazing and managed to find me in the hole of the branches. Look close at the tree one and you will see my face. =] The whole day really made me think a lot, and I am so excited about making my degree work for me. Now…I just need a school to hire me!

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!

Haircuts and keeping in shape?

I’m terrible with getting a trim every 4-6 weeks. Thankfully since I have naturally curly hair, it’s easy to hide. The only thing I need to worry about is my hair not having as much volume when it starts to need to be cut and there are plenty of products that hide that problem as well. Either way, I got my hair cut on Wednesday and got a nice blowout to go with it. I kept my straight hair until this morning and I’m once again a curly girly (and Keith is relieved).

My students have requested that I come into school with my hair straight since they have only seen me with my wild curls. I told them I’ll think about it.

I also noticed that my shoulders are looking pretty darn good in this photo. Thank goodness for carrying a huge bag for all of my classes and for the millions of walks up and down stairs 6 times a day in heels. Since my gym time has been lacking, I was worried about losing my muscles, but student teaching has proven to be a great workout for now. I’m getting amped for my regular gym routine in the end of May when I’ll be finished with my student teaching.

For the most part I have been eating very healthy during the school day. There’s more than enough temptation (vending machines, a cafeteria with fresh hot fries every day), but I’ve been keeping myself on track with a few of the following lunches. Also, since I’m moving around so much all day I don’t have time to graze which usually is my downfall if I’m home all morning and afternoon.

  • Turkey Breast on a Sandwich Thin with lettuce and 1 slice of American cheese, a grannysmith applie, and a chex bar.
  • Fresh veggies (carrots, green peppers, cucumbers, olives), with hummus and warm pita bread.
  • Cold pasta salad (fettucine or bowtie pasta) with baby spinach, roasted red peppers, feta cheese, sliced olives topped with basil and oregano.

    The pasta salad is actually an adaptation of Ruby Tuesday’s version which you can find in their fresh garden bar. My Momma and I fell in love with it one day at lunch and made our own at home after asking the manager what was in it. Delicious, filling, and refreshing.

    I am an awesome teacher!

    Friday was the last day of school before Spring break. So I’m not going to see the kids until the 19th when we get back to school. It seems like an eternity, but I’m grateful for the week of re-charging, wearing jeans, and sleeping late. I planned something fun for almost every day of my break with plenty of CHRISTINE time as well. The last day of class I gave my kids free time once we finished business and during the free time of my American Studies class, the other student teacher and I got artistic:

    Meet Zora the Kitty. Dan drew it and I added some color and the title. We’re still studying Zora Neale Hurston’s “Their Eyes Were Watching God.” Now we have a mascot.

    This right here is my artistic talent. I wished them all a fun and happy break. To the left you can see part of my assignment I gave them to complete over break and some reminders. The other notes are from the History portion of the class. For some reason the name Hoover always makes me laugh. My professor will be coming to visit on the 20th, the day after we get back from break. I’m nervous, but excited. After break I have just about a month left of my Student Teaching. It is going by pretty quickly.

    Also, check out FLICKR for all of my uploaded Easter 2010 photos. They’re fun and colorful. I had an amazing Easter weekend with my family and friends. The weather was great (even got a bit of a sunburn on my nose), and it was just lovely. I hope that everyone had a fabulous holiday.

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