Wednesday, May 20, 2009

So, it has been a while. It is difficult to balance being a full-time English major with working and mommyhood. I am successful though. Happily, summer break has been underway for a few weeks now. I am feeling less stressed in most areas.

I work more now, so I have a bit more cash. I feel like I can treat myself to a new book or CD, or I can even get my haircut as often as I'd like to now! Great stuff! It is amazing what not having money teaches one about money. I know that I am supposed to be poor right now, but while other college students spend their extra change on beer, I am at Wal-Mart trying to find my coupon for Huggies or Luvs.

I am reading The Time Traveler's Wife; this book may be old news to many, but it is great. Neffennegger does a wonderful job of balancing the different characters' points of view at varying ages. It is a bit sad at the end, and it is a little sappier than what I normally read, but I have enjoyed it a lot. It is a nice change from what I was reading at the end of the semester: Moby Dick. Ishmael is an interesting character, but I do not understand why he is regarded as a national treasure, literaryily speaking. I was bored out of my mind by his ramblings on different types of whales. I did love Huck Finn and Walden.

Another thing I have learned about myself is that I have a serious love for Alfred Hitchcock. His film from 1943 titled Shadow of a Doubt. Hitch has said that this is one of his personal favorites, and it is a bit autobiographical. It is about an Uncle and his niece who discovers that he has a secret. There are a couple of incestuous relationships and a bit of Freudism at work in this film. It covers a lot of ground, and it is the first film in which Hitch really lets his viewers know that he is now an American film maker. Enough rambling. I love this film.

My daughter crawls now. How adventuresome. She is into everything. It is the cutest thing I have ever seen. She is also pulling up now. It took her 24 hours to figure out how to pull up after she began to crawl. She crawls up to me when I sit on the floor, and she puts her little face close to mine. She just beams up at me. It is wonderful. She makes my life much harder, but I don't know how I would ever make it without her.