Wednesday, February 25, 2009


Geek alert! Geek alert!

I was an English major in college, but chose a Writing concentration over one in Literature. I'm a much better writer than reader... and can't say I enjoy much of anything written prior to the past half decade.

I managed to get through Brit Lit I & II because it was glittered with fun words like "hoarfrost" and "puissant", which any college kid could have fun with.


And although you would think American Lit would have been right up my alley (being an American and all), nah, can't really say I enjoyed that. Which is why I often skipped reading assignments and instead took really good notes based on everyone else's interpretations.

I'm pretty sure we (as in, everyone but me) read Pride and Prejudice, but then again, I could have been nursing a hangover the day we discussed it and was therefor more interested in devising a plan to get to the nearest trash can without causing a scene. (True story.)

Thankfully I am older and oh so much wiser (and a much cheaper date with a much lower alcohol tolerance) and have a bit more self-control. A bit, I said. Today my self-control issues revolve more around Dove chocolates and Honey BBQ Fritos than ice-luges or beer by the gallon. (Another true story.) (Do you know I picked up a nasty li'l case of Mono from an ice-luge filled evening?) (And that our campus bar sold beer in gallon milk jugs?!) (ALL TRUE STORIES!)

Gosh, I was really cool.

Anyway, where was I? Oh yes, about to impress you with my impeccable maturity and refined literature pallette. I am getting ready to depart on a literary adventure into the land of The Canon. More specifically, Jane Austen.

I'm going to read all of her books. Stories? Novels? Works? Ah yes, that was the literary tongue for which I was searching. I am even going to read them in the order in which they were written. Or shall I say, penned?

OK, the truth is, I watched this really good movie called The Jane Austen Book Club and it inspired me to go back and read a few of the stories that I was supposed to read in college, but didn't have the time or patience for. Becuase now that I have a newborn and am back to work, I have a ton of both. Have I mentioned I've also begun knitting and crocheting again? I might even join "Fiber Club" on Thursday nights and the local yarn shop. Mmm hmm.

So, next time you see me, do not be alarmed if I have my hair in a bun, secured with knitting needles, while my nose is pressed between the pages of Northanger Abbey, which I hear has to do with sex! Hot dog! Too bad it's not first on the list. Go figure, I have to start out with something dignified like Sense and Sensibility. Ho hum. The sex'll have to wait.


Justin and Natalie said...

LOL. I took a Russian Lit class in college. I still have the 12 books that were the required reading. I read exactly 1 of them. My grade for the class: B+
In addition this very class completed my requirements for a minor in Russian Language. Pffft. College is such a joke.

Danielle said...

I love the Jane Austen Book Club! Such a great movie! I had the same idea after watching it...but have yet to start reading any of the books. You'll have to tell me how they are!

Michelle said...

I tried "reading" Sense and Sensibility once, as an audio book. The reader on the CD sort of hissed her "S"s and I couldn't get past the first couple of tracks b/c it was SO annoying. Never tried it again, so you'll have to let us know if its good and maybe I'll try actually reading it :)
Knitting or crocheting...another thing I've always meant to try. :)
By the way, so glad your transition back to work is going so well!!