Friday, May 30, 2008

Free Books!

First things first. I have a job! I am working at Books-A-Million (hence forward known as BAM). The prospect of a paycheck is pretty exciting. Also, the man I interviewed with seemed really nice...a good guy, so I think this will be a good experience.

Now, to the books. Most of them will be free, but I do expect a little cash for shipping. I will be cross-posting this to my livejournal and will keep it updated as people claim books. First a picture, then a list (I tried to sort by genre):



Sharper than a Serpent's Tooth by Simon R. Green
Paths Not Taken by S.G.
Hex and the City by S.G.
Nightingale's Lament by S.G.
Agents of Light and Darkness by S.G.
Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
The Endless Knot by Stephen Lawhead
The Silver Hand by S.L.
Virtual Unrealities: The Short Fiction of Alfred Bester
Eragon and Eldest by Christopher Paolini ---Sara
The Chronicles of Narnia (complete set) by C.S. Lewis -----Sara
The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis ----Izzy
Grendel by John Gardner-----Scott
Spearwilder's Tale (three books in one) by R. A. Salvatore----Scott
The Man in the High Castle by Phillip K. Dick----Scott
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

American Pastoral by Philip Roth ----Izzy
Reading Myself and Others by P.R.
The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
The Foutainhead by Ayn Rand----Scott

History(mostly Cold War) and Current Events:
The Fifty-Year Wound by Derek Leebeart
The One Percent Doctrine by Ron Suskind
How Did this Happen? Terrorism and the New War (essays) ----Izzy
Terrorism by David J. Whittaker ----Izzy
The Cold War by John Lewis Gaddis ----Izzy
The Sling and the Stone by Hammes

Suetonius Divus Claudius-----Scott
Suetonius Nero

Collected Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay
The Northon Anthology of English Literature, 7th Ed, Vol 1($10)
The Northon Anthology of English Literature, 7th Ed, Vol 2 ($10)
The Norton Shakespeare Based on the Oxford Ed. ($10) -----Scott
The Bedford Companion to Shakespeare by Russ McDonald 2nd ed.

Some of them, you see, I am asking a little bit of money for. Mainly because shipping for those will be higher. Ask for as many books as you like, first come, first serve. If you know me, you know I take care of my books. The school books may have a little writing, but nothing obtrusive. All of the books are in very good condition, though The Gulag Archipelago and the Collected Poems of Millay were bought used and show a little wear.

I'm giving them away because, as most of you also know, I love my books. I want to share that love and make sure they go to a good home with people that won't use them as cupholders or to even out tables.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008


My roommate and I are currently looking for a new place to live. The entire process is stressful, annoying, and expensive, but we are troopers and are working through it.

I will be going through my book collection again, picking out the books I will probably never read again. I really have way too many books. This time around, however, I'm going to let me friends have a shot at them. I will post a list here and on livejournal of the titles, and if you want one, just leave a comment or send me an email and the book will be yours for free (unless I list a price with it). I just ask that you send me a little cash for the shipping.

I've been doing a fair amount of knitting in the past week or so. I completed a sock and a scarf. I'll apologize in advance for the blurry photos. My hands have been really shaky the past few days and its not like I have a tripod or mad camera skills, people.

First, the lone sock (I will finish the other eventually, I'm just working on a secret project right now that I have to get done first). The yarn colors did crazy things....
Pattern: Jaywalker by Grumperina
Yarn: Keegan Lane Toasty Sock in color Northern Lights



Yes, my dresser is blue. Sexy, isn't it?

Next, a scarf I have been working on since JANUARY.
Pattern: Noro Scarf by BrooklynTweed
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden (I got this ages ago on uber sale, I don't remember the colorways)



I do have a job prospect in case you are curious. I'm not going to say much more about it because I don't want to jinx it.

And for now, lunch!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Not much to say today...

My sinuses are mostly cleared up (has something to do with the eight pills I take everyday).

Made this and am very proud of it:


All for today, Monsieur Antichrist.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Tissues, please?

In the past three weeks, I have gone through three full boxes of Kleenex. I am going to the doctor tomorrow. I just bought another three boxes though. I'm also taking ever allergy med under the sun and still my sinuses are clogged. Sudafed 12-hour (two a day) takes me from that level of downright miserable to head above water. I have to go to sleep with my hand holding a tissue under my nose. Not a pretty sight.

Anyway, being so stuffy has kind of put me in a perpetual snarky mood, so if I have not been talking to everyone like usual, I apologize in advance. I should be back to my normal cheerful (and by cheerful, I mean cynical and sarcastic) self in a few days. Maybe I can even take the dog on an actual walk. This is all because I went fishing a few days ago. Spent two hours and outside and my sinuses go from bad to 50 tissues/day. I went home for and surprised my mom for her birthday, and while I was there, I went fishing with my dad and nephew off the end of the dock. Nothing special, just caught a few catfish we had to throw back, but it was nice seeing them. My nephew has this habit of backing up when he feels a fish nibbling as he pulls on the rod, and he managed to back right off the dock. He was okay, just a little scared and freezing cold. Really I think he was just channeling me. Falling off the dock is something I would totally do (...again).

My sinus problems have also affected my knitting. Since finishing my final papers I have only finished a pair of socks that I started back in February.

Pattern: Charade by Sandra Park
Yarn: Fearless Fibers Superwash Merino Sock, Colorway: Spellbound
Ravelry Project Page (membership required)

charade socks 003

charade socks 001

Recently a few people have asked me to make socks for them. For those that have, I hope you understand the investment of time these suckers take. My cousin Elizabeth will be getting a gift pair, but everyone else will have to cough up some cash for the yarn (check with me before you buy anything though). Also, you can't pay me to make socks from a pattern--copyright laws and all.

---For Elizabeth Only, Skip to Next Section---
Izzybelle, take a look here and here and tell me what colorways you like (leave a comment to this post, I know how you are with email). At the first website, make sure you stick to the Superwash Merino and avoid the Merino/Tencel blends, and at the second site, just make sure if you like a colorway it is available in mediumweight.

I got my final grades yesterday---two A-'s. Okay, I guess. I know I shouldn't complain, but I'm sure I could have done better if my brain would have just focused. My final papers were crap, and I know it. I just churned them out so I could finally breathe again (figuratively because in reality that isn't going as well). And I can. Having this break is going to help me refocus and be a little bit happier.

I didn't intend for this to be such a long and rambling post, but that's what happens when you have free time I guess. Also, to explain the last post, Descartes is the philosopher who said "cogito ergo sum" ("I think therefore I am").

Off to knit some more.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

A Joke for the Day

I read this somewhere a few days ago and couldn't stop giggling...

Descartes walks into a bar, bartenders asks, "Hey Descartes, the usual?" Descartes replies, "I think not, sir!" and promptly vanishes.


For the curious, I still can't breathe through my nose, but I did get my papers finished (even though they sucked).

To the pharmacy!