A Little R&R

It’s easy enough to think of ways to treat yourself. But for some reason reality is set up so that money and time both need to be taken into consideration and I can’t elect to mosey across the world to Switzerland for a frangipani scalp massage or even take a quick Mediterranean cruise in the hour before my final exam.

One can’t even do what my Dad seems to like (going to a Russian steam bath and sauna to be beaten with oak leaves) on the daily.

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A Rose By Any Other Name

Or things that I would like to have named after me.

Thanks to a preschool friend, I’ve already had one namesake in my short life. I still think of little brown Connie the guinea pig frequently and fondly.

I’ve already gone the pet route, so here are a few more things that I would love to share a name with (or not).

 

Yes, Please:

Rose: It’s easy enough to get a rose named after you if you have the money, but ever since watching Mrs. Miniver, having a rose named after me personally by the cultivator has been on my bucketlist. Which is amazing, given that a bucketlist may be the one list I’ve never bothered to keep. Bonus, the man who plays the cultivator, Mr. Ballard, also plays Clarence the angel in It’s a Wonderful Life (actor Henry Travers, for the curious).
It’s almost that I just want Henry Travers to be my friend, except it’s not. I want a rose named after me. Hit me up, David Austin. Continue reading “A Rose By Any Other Name”

My Favorite Authors

What qualifies an author to be counted among my favorites?
I have very high standards, as befits such a coveted distinction.  You know Orwell is just rolling over in his grave because he’s not on here.

It’s a fairly simple standard actually: if a book is written by one of these authors, I don’t have to worry too much about the risk of disliking it… because I generally won’t.

So in no particular order:

 

Henry James

The first book I read by Henry James was The Portrait of a Lady and it took me so long to begin because the first sentence was so convoluted I was terrified. But it’s an absolutely beautiful book, as are most of his novels and short stories.

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Lists That I List

Wow, the first post. And slightly abstract- a list of my favorite things to list.

1) The To Do List

Ah yes, the old standby: granddaddy of all lists. My personal to do list functions as a kind of running, never-ending, and eternal springboard of tasks. I add some every day and every day some are left over for future tackling.

The best with these is when it is almost the end of a school semester and you can create the ‘Master To Do List’ of those few things that you have on your immediate horizon before summer break comes to liberate you. Never mind that these Master To Do lists tend to have items like ‘teach yourself quantum mechanics’ and ‘write 30 page French final paper’, it’s the physical brevity of the list that matters, not the grim temporal reality!

 

2) Book List

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