I noticed only yesterday that the leaves are falling off the trees. Finally. Â It has been a long and warm autumn so far, still reaching 80 degrees many days. Â But, the mornings are cool and dark, making it difficult for grumpy kids to get out of bed and ready for school. Â I am halfway through the term so swimming in (not quite drowning in) student papers and exams and assignments.
At the beginning of this term I started a class myself: Spanish I through the University’s continuing education program. Â For just $100.00 (plus the price of an overpriced textbook) I enrolled in a 14 week class meeting for a couple hours once a week. Â The work itself is not difficult but my classmates are often frustrating (alternating between smug and helpless when it comes to the material) and I really don’t have the recommended 7 hours a week to study and work on exercises. Â I feel I am not giving my all to the class and want so very much to stop attending. Â But, the whole reason I decided to take it is to show my kids that I am really supportive of their bi-lingual education and to help them with their Spanish homework. Â If I drop out, what message do I send? Â Or, do I just lie: plan it so they sometimes come upon with with flashcards or struggling over some tricky conjugations. Â I just don’t know.
In the meantime we are inching toward Halloween and Thanksgiving, parent-teacher conferences and such. This year we will have Athena and a Vampire Princess in our midst and they are as cute and charming as they are fierce and powerful (and unintentionally funny too like today when Athena had me paint her nails a silver glitter to get ready for a Halloween Carnival and told me she considered the pink glitter polish but decided it was “too Aphrodite”). I have a finished sweater—well, all except the sleeves—they just don’t want to knit themselves so… I am keeping my nose buried in books as much as I am able while still enjoying the real world around me.
I just finished How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran. Â It was really funny but the feminist message was still strong. Â The book got a tad weaker as it went on (a too long discussion of Lady Gaga) but a great read and one I may give as a gift to a few people I think would really appreciate it.
I am still reading Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry. Â I actually haven’t been reading it that long but it is a lot of work and I have had to put it down a few times to get some reviews done. Â I think at the end I will be glad that I kept reading it because there are moments of real beauty and insight in it.
My book club read Wench which is very dark and sad despite its light-handed writing style. Â I didn’t love the ending but it was a fairly good book on a really tough and important topic.
As for reviews:
I was super stoked to get to read & review the second book in Justin Cronin’s zombie apocalypse, The Twelve.
Also, The People of Forever are Not Afraid and I reviewed the second Lish McBride novel, Necromancing the Stone.
And finally a nice thought (and a nice color scheme):