January 03, 2004

What I did on Christmas break...

Every break I like to set goals for myself. (Yes, I realize I sound like Stephen Covey...) Sometimes I am lucky and get to work over break, which becomes an automatic goal: make money. Sometimes my goals are a tad daunting (like the break I thought I'd sell myself on the writer's market), and others are strictly utilitarian. This break's goal was twofold: first I was going to relax, and then I was finally going to produce my online portfolio (you know, the one I've promised every professor since sophomore year).

In order to relax, I thought I'd chuck my bookshelf of "literary fiction" out the window and read some fun stuff. Needless to say, last summer I got bored of every "literary" author I ever read (Margaret Atwood included, excepting Louise Erdrich). So bored of my usual, I decided to read light things and watch lots of TV (even do both at the same time!) in order to completely clear my mind of foolish notions like education.

What follows is my reading list:

  • Welcome to Temptation, Jennifer Crusie. I am not a romance reader, yet I am strangely addicted to her novels. This one had a random dead body in chapter 10, yet wasn't a murder mystery! Hot dog!
  • Angels & Demons, Dan Brown. A mystery, but not scary. I don't like scary. However, I found this novel to have way to many twists and turns for a 12-hour timeframe, especially when the hero was trapped in the archives and thought it appropriate to break stuff.
  • The Saving Graces, Patricia Gaffney. Pure schmaltz. I almost didn't read it, and tried to read Jinxed by Carol Higgins Clark instead. CHC cannot write; ergo, I couldn't read. I went back to Gaffney and ended up weeping. That equals a good schmaltzy read for me.
  • Visions of Sugar Plums, Janet Evanovich. I usually enjoy Evanovich, as she writes non-scary mysteries that usually make me snort with laughter. However, this one was a Christmas story with no point. Yawn. Worse yet, it was supposed to be a novella, and the publisher decided to make it look like a novel with larger print, blank pages at chapter breaks, and then a recap of nearly every Evanovich novel at the end. Big yawning rip-off.

    For more brain-numbing fun, here is a list of the TV programs I've been regularly viewing: Good Eats, 30 Minute Meals, Sara's Secrets, Trading Spaces, House Hunters, What Not to Wear, All My Children, One Life to Live, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital, Family Feud...need I humiliate myself more? And, can you tell I'm a girl? I love soap operas in general...I don't know why. I don't even need to see them every day or even every week to know what is going on. It's inherent within my soul. ;) Except when they make child characters age super-fast, that's always confusing.

    Anyway, I've also been working on my online portfolio. Arg. I keep chucking site designs -- I'm on my third now, and I think I'll stick with it. However, I have a minor dilemma: should I link to Word documents, or should I turn papers into HTML files? I was thinking I'd just link to Word documents, but then I realized that they will still require formatting -- headings have to become uniform, and sometimes I randomly save Works Cited pages on another file to get rid of that unsightly number in the corner. Some papers have title pages, some don't. See the problem? And then I have my major worry -- what if someone plagarizes my fantastic papers? Scary scary! But, nothing's stopping anyone from plagarizing my 60-some online e-magnify/envision articles or even my blog entries. So that is where I am right now. Contemplating. Oh, plus, do I even want to include all that stuff from the "liberal arts curriculum"? I already had Senior Sem and turned it in...according to my handy portfolio checklist, I really don't need that tripe....or do I???? Well, I can stick it on later if need be. Okay.

    Anyway, some sort of TV is on that I should be watching.

    Posted by Julie Young at January 3, 2004 11:07 PM
  • Comments

    Trading Spaces is a great show. I also happen to like Clean Sweep because it shows great ideas for organizing closets and other rooms. I don't know why I love those shows... Soap operas on the other hand, I stopped watching a long time ago since I decided I wasn't going to have the time to commit to keeping up with them. Oh well.

    Posted by: Karissa at January 6, 2004 11:34 AM

    P.S. thanks for linking to me. I feel special to be on your blogroll :)

    Posted by: Karissa at January 6, 2004 11:35 AM
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