Monday, August 27, 2007

The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.


In these days of catchy hybrid names like "Brangelina" and "Bennifer" there's a new kid in town; the pluot. I brought some back to the office today for lunch. I picked them out myself and when I walked through the door with them my coworker said,
"What is it?"
I said, "It's a pluot."


She said, "What?"

I said, "A pluot, it's fruit."

She said, "Are you speaking French to me?"

I said, "No, it's a pluot. It's a mix between a plumb and an apricot and I've heard they're really good. Try it."

We ate them and it's true that they are good but I don't see anything special. They just taste like red plumbs. I really see no difference except the inside is a pretty red that fades to yellow. The pluot's only advantage that I can see is that it's more aesthetically pleasing than a plumb. It was kind of a disappointment because a plumb would've cost a lot less.





Friday, August 24, 2007

Getting My Creative Juices Flowing

Yesterday was my first day back at school for what will be my biggest semester ever. I want to graduate in May so I'm taking 18 credits this semester in order to prepare for that. I am an English major with an empahsis on literature so all of my classes feature a great deal of reading and writing. Usually on the first day of class, the professors like to ask us for a writing sample that they have us spend 1/2 an hour on during the first day and hand it in on the spot. This helps them get an idea of our literary voice and plan their classes accordingly. In my first class, the teacher asked us to write about our relationship to the war in Iraq so I wrote about my brother who's in the Army. My second professor of the day had the funnest idea: He wrote a poem on the board with blanks in it and asked us to fill in the blanks with our own words, kind of like a Mad Lib. Here's what he put on the board:


Fanatics have their dreams........................
.................................................and the savage too
Guesses at Heaven.................................................
...................................................................................
...................................................................................
For only Posey can tell her dreams......................


Here's what I came up with:


Fanatics have their dreams, each with their own obsessions
The civilized, the blissful and the savage too
Guesses at Heaven are still just guesses
With no certainty of reward for deeds done
As an after-thought with no goodwill abounding
For only Posey can tell her dreams in times like these.


Now you guys try it. Fill in the blanks with your own poetry and show me what you come up with. Class is in session!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Four Eyes

I'm going back to school next week and I've been making preparations for my 18 credit semester. I've been having trouble with my eyes the past year, especially at the end of the day and it's been giving me headaches. I went and had an eye exam on Saturday and got myself some reading glasses. They cost $250 bucks and I got them on sale and with discounts and stuff!! I had no idea glasses were so expensive. I wish I could have passed on them but my eyesight keeps getting worse and I really need to be able to see for school so I just gritted my teeth, threw out my grocery list and bought them. Here's to my first step in becoming a grandmother. Don't I look wise?


Thursday, August 02, 2007

Literary Bon Vivant

Gabe's home from the hospital. He's still pretty sore and really tired but he can walk a little ways now (at least to the bathroom and back) and his skin is healing very nicely.


On a lighter note: I started another blog for me to post book reviews on. I read A LOT of books and I think this will be a good way for me to catalogue what I thought and my first impressions so I can show it to others students and possibly future employers. It will be kind of boring but check it out if you're interested: www.amateurnotes.blogspot.com.