Archive for December, 2007

Book Review ::The Golden Compass::

Posted in Book Reviews with tags , , , on Monday, December 31, 2007 by dragonsvamp

The Golden CompassTitle: The Golden Compass

Series: His Dark Materials Trilogy Book #1

Author: Philip Pullman

Pages: 351

Cost: $7.50

My Rating: A

Date Published: 2003

Comment: This is my second reading of this series. I first read this trilogy when I was thirteen or fourteen. I loved the whole series back then and six years later I still love it. I wanted to reread this book before watching it in theaters and though it took me way longer to read than the first time around I find it just as exhilarating. I recommend this author to anyone who enjoys young adult fantasy. It’s the story of a girl called Lyra and her Daemon Pan. Her friend Roger gets kidnapped by a group only known as the ‘gobblers’. Lyra is determined to find her friend. And from this simple determination comes a pretty complicated story. It’s very complicated. However this book is more like The Hobbit compared to the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. So when you get to the Subtle Knife and then on to The Amber Spyglass it just gets more and more complicated but more and more wonderful. I can’t wait to get my hands on the Subtle Knife now.

Book Review ::Lisey’s Story::

Posted in Book Reviews with tags , , , on Monday, December 31, 2007 by dragonsvamp


Title: Lisey’s Story

Series:  N/A

Author: Stephen King

Pages: 656

Cost: $9.99

My Rating: B

Date Published: 2006

Comment: I never expected myself to ever read anything by Stephen King but here I am writing a review on one of his novels. I never cease to amaze myself I guess. I really don’t know how to go about giving my opinion on this book. It’s a great story just because it was written so so well by a very well respected author. But though the writing is just immaculate I can’t seem to love this book. Don’t get me wrong. It’s an awesome story with an awesome ending but I don’t love this book. Actually I don’t think I’ll ever be willing to read this book again (and I’m the kind of person who reads books over and over again). It’s not because it’s not a great book. It is. It’s because the author just wrote it way too well. It does have it’s drawn out moments. The moments where it just goes and goes and you’re like enough already! But it’s one hell of a good book. I guess this is one of those things that falls under the (as a friend of mine would call it) ‘Love/hate’ list. I absolutely recommend it if you like stuff by Stephen King. And oddly enough I think you might like this book if you like the Lovely Bones (I have no idea why but I think the fall in the same category when it comes to…I don’t know) Let me suffice to say that this book left me speechless.

WorkArama ::Internship Applications::

Posted in Work Arama on Thursday, December 27, 2007 by dragonsvamp

I have finally gotten my ass off the couch (well not literally…it’s on the bed) and gotten myself to finally start writing my cover letters for the internships I wanted to apply for. Apparently in the past four years it’s become crucial that you submit your resume with a cover letter. 

And for some reason I had this phobia of getting my cover letters completed. It just seemed so daunting that I’d have to personalize each one for the specific job I was applying for. Very unlike the idea of a resume, which is pretty much the same.

But I finally got myself to it. And I have just finished applying for five internship positions for this coming summer. I’m hoping this will help me get my foot in the door of the publishing industry. Which was originally what I had always wanted to get in to. Ever since I was 11 that’s what I wanted. Teaching came later on and though I still love teaching and want to continue to do so I also want to try out other things. Like those internship positions for the publishing Companies.

So far I’ve applied to two in New York, one in New Jersey, one in Massachusetts, and one in Beverly Hills California. I’m like 100% qualified for this last position so I’m really hoping that I’ll be able to get it. That would mean around 12 weeks back at my home in Cali! (They even have it as a plus if you’re bilingual and an additional plus if you know ASL! And I have both in my pocket!)

Now I just need to find a way to be patient for the next three or four months before I am to hear from them. I applied super early. Most of the deadlines are in February but I figured since I have the time right now I might as well do it and get it over and done with. Next semester I’ll be so busy I doubt I’ll be able to figure out what way is up and what way is down more or less apply for internships.

It’s a nice weight off my shoulders.

See I can put aside my procrastination when I want to (usually only when it’s got to do with work) and it’s even surprising me since I’m such a huge mega procrastinator.

I guess this is what happens to me when I’m bored out of my brains.

Wish me luck! 🙂

MI ::and when you thought it couldn’t get worse::

Posted in Michigan on Tuesday, December 25, 2007 by dragonsvamp

The weather is freezing in beautiful Michigan (note the sarcasm you moron). It’s the kind of weather that people who are unaccustomed to will find themselves always sick. No matter how warm they bundle themselves up (okay! okay! yeah I haven’tbeen dressing as warmly as I should have but you still get the idea) they always end up getting sick after only a couple of days of pretty good health. Man! Yes I agree that it’s pretty damn beautiful outside what with all that white but it is not fun when you’re always sick.

It’s winter break. It’s Christmas. What the hell am I doing writing on Christmas day?

Well for one I don’t really celebrate Christmas so for me. Today is just like any other day but since it’s winter break it’s even worse because it’s boring. I’m not used to boring days. My days are usually so full I can hardly breath. But everyone I know in this tiny city is traveling and my plans of traveling went out the window a few days before winter break took over. Oh well.

I guess it’s a good thing that all I’m doing is sleeping.

And reading.
(in the past two days I’ve read over 350 pages)

And not eating since I’m just too lazy to go out and buy food or make any for that matter.
(so for now I’m living off of cashew nuts and orange juice. oh scratch that the orange juice got finished yesterday. meh)

But back to the point that this break is good for me (even though I might bitch about it like throughout this post) is because when I start next semester I’ll be so busy it won’t even be near me ‘hardly breathing’ I won’t be breathing period. No time to bother with that.

I’m going to be attending college full time after a year of being out of school. I’ll also be working full time at the school and then some. What with my extra two part time jobs that probably use up anywhere between 5 and 15 hours of my week.  Three jobs (one full time) and college. I don’t even think there’s enough hours in the week to make time for studying and getting homework done.  

oops. 

And then when I thought it couldn’t get any worse… 

Added to everything on my over flowing plate at the moment I’m going to need to start looking for an apartment to move into. The place I live at now are asking for rent that I just can’t afford and so I’ll be needing to move out by the end of January at least. 

Yippy!

Moving!

Damn.

I’ve probably moved like a million times in my life. 

I hate moving.

Even though I think it’s a great idea to finally move into an apartment where I have decent cell phone reception and where I’ll have windows (my apartment is currently in the basement with no windows) and though I don’t care too much for sunlight I found out that I absolutely hate indoor lighting. I just hate the act of moving. At least now it’s not a whole family moving (before it was always me and my family moving) So I don’t have as much stuff to move around but still. It’s so tedious.

sigh.

Just another day in the life of me. 

MI ::School-less::

Posted in Michigan with tags , , , , on Monday, December 17, 2007 by dragonsvamp

Two nights ago it snowed between 8 and 12 inches with an accumulation of 5 to 8 inches.  I had no idea of this until I stepped outside my basement studio apartment because I don’t have any windows in my place and the glass door has blinds concealing my little niche in darkness. So Sunday I walk out at 3 in the afternoon to find that I was almost snowed in. There was at least four inches of snow I had to push away just to open my door. And of course I wasn’t dressed for the snow with my sneakers on.backyard

I stepped outside and my foot sunk into the snow to the point where I couldn’t see it. The weather wasn’t that cold. At least it didn’t feel like it because there was no wind. But it was below 25 F. My car was under a huge pile of snow and my driveway was unrecognizable. It took me five minutes to get my car out of the driveway because of all the snow and my car kept getting stuck. outside my boss's house

Of course soccer was canceled. Which was a major bummer. I was really looking forward to it. I didn’t think the weather was that bad personally. Yeah there was still tons of snow all over the roads because the plowers hadn’t gotten to them yet but still. It wasn’t that bad! But that’s only my opinion since this is my first year living anywhere with this much snow.It’s funny how much I, a Cali girl, have no clue when it comes to the snow.Driving back from canceled soccer

So soccer is canceled.

I decide to go hang out at my boss’s house. Being around them is so fun. I arrive and the kids are playing outside and when they see me they run over and shower me with hugs and questions of what I was doing coming and why I hadn’t come for a couple of days and the like.outside boss's house

I ended up baby sitting the kids while the parents went out to watch I Am Legend. I got to watch Underworld Evolution for the millionth time. When the parents finally got back it was after ten at night and I was happily informed that there would be no school the next day (today; monday) and hence no work for me or my boss. taken while driving

I guess the weather was bad enough for the public schools to take off so we took off as well. Funny thing is we just have Tuesday left and then it’s winter break. It would be a bummer if we have to show up tomorrow. I’m hoping we get a really bad snowstorm tonight or something and then we’d be able to take tomorrow off as well. That would be awesome.more snow

MI ::Children’s Museum vs. Chuck E. Cheese::

Posted in Health & Fitness on Sunday, December 9, 2007 by dragonsvamp

I went to two get togethers today that were hosted by two of my students’ parents.  The first was at the Children’s Museum. It was a very cute little museum with lots of hands on educational activities the kids could run around and do. The kids were all over the place. Learning without knowing it. It was quiet but laid back. It was really nice. 

Then we went to the next party. At Chuck E. Cheese. It was full of pointless games and people. Chaos ran rampant and it was pretty loud. I can see it was a place where kids just played safely without a fear of getting kidnapped and whatnot and the parents can just let their kids run around with little supervision and not worry about them. I enjoyed hanging out with the parents and talking and just taking it easy.  

The thing is though that I noticed was the type of people in both places. Ok there are always exceptions but in general the people at the museum weren’t as (to put it frankly) fat as the people in Chuck E. Cheese. I couldn’t believe the difference. It was pretty obvious (with the handful of exceptions that is). 

It’s like when I went to California during last summer. I noticed that the people in Irvine and Laguna Beach were so much healther and more fit than those people that I saw at the OC fair. And it was a blatent obvious difference. 

At least here between the museum and Chuck E. Cheese the ‘status’ of the people was the same or differed very little as opposed to Long Beach having more well off people than the ones that attended the OC fair. 

It’s just interesting how you can categorize (I hate that word) the type of people that frequent certain places. 

MI ::Windshield Wipers::

Posted in Michigan on Wednesday, December 5, 2007 by dragonsvamp

Yesterday morning (It was only yesterday? Dang! feels like it’s been ages!) I was going to pick up the kids (that I usually give a ride) to take to school. It was drizzling oh so lightly but I decided that it was enough to bother me and cause me to turn on my windshield wipers. 

What a terrible idea. The snow that had fallen the day before had somewhat melted then frozen over again during the night. Which meant that my windshield wipers were pretty much frozen into place. I had no idea of course.

So what happens after the wipers refuse to turn on? Well it happened within a split second of me switching the wipers on.The area where the wiper switch was at started to smoke and stink up a storm. I instantly turned off the wipers and pulled to the side of the road just in case.

I turned off the car and waited a few seconds. I could not wait longer than that because it was below freezing outside.

I tried to turn the car back on.

Nothing.

Damn.

I started to turn to my cell phone when I instinctively put my car into park.

Well duh!

*smack on the head*

I then tried to turn the engine on again. It roared to life.

I didn’t try the wipers again though. That would have to wait.

Afterwards, I think it was later that afternoon after school was out, I checked the wipers. There was a thin strip of frozen water covering both wipers. That was why they wouldn’t turn on.

I cleared the ice from the wipers and made sure there was nothing in the way. I tried to turn them on again after the car was properly heated.

Nothing.

I guess I’ll have to go to a mechanic tomorrow. I was going to do it today but was way to exhausted after work. Still trying to get over my sickness from sunday. I need to anyways to check why I have to sit and add air to my tires every couple of weeks. It’s getting rather freezing outside and I really don’t want to spend my time at a gas station every ten days pumping air into my tires.

Wish me luck! It’ll be my first time getting my own car checked up on.