Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Exhaustion and Candy

Boy am I tuckered out! I'm still getting into the groove of school, I think. Two of my classes are ginormous (29 kids each) this semester and I'm feeling it. I know that many teachers have bigger class sizes than this, but I've been spoiled the last couple years with smaller classes, so I'm feeling the difference. The piles of marking seem that much larger, and I find in my fourth period class that I just can't get around to everyone every day. In that course the curriculum is extra heavy too, so it's a challenge. However, the kids are really good, I can't complain, there are just a lot of them!

Anyway, my apartment is a mess, and my eating/gym-going routines aren't what I'd like them to be, but I will work on these.

I've been keeping up with reading everyone's blogs, but I haven't commented in couple days. Many I'll go on a comment spree tomorrow night.

However, lots of excitement in the way of candy!

My Kindle and its pretty green case arrived today! Perfect timing, as I had 15 pages left of "One Day". Oh, and by the way, really great NON-CORNY romance. Loved it.

My first e-book will "The Postmistress" by Sarah Blake. It took me half an hour to find/select which book I wanted to start with. Also, I find it hard to read a new book after you finish a good book. Often, I wish the good book had just kept going.

Oh, and since I'm hoping the arrival of the Kindle will mean that I go on a reading spree, book recommendations from you to me are strongly encouraged. Anything great I should read?

More candy: I've discovered the show Modern Family on DVD. HILARIOUS. Love it. I can't decided who my favourite character is: Gloria and Cameron are both hilarious. And Manny too. Seriously, if you haven't seen the show, check it out. I missed the season premiere tonight, but I'll catch up.

In an annual tradition, I watched the Polaris Prize being streamed online while making some snarky and some sincere remarks on MSN with a blog buddy who no longer blogs. There were four albums nominated that I loved, yet of course, none of them were the winner. (Karkwa won. They were all right.) The performances that I caught were great! However, the standout of the night were Tegan and Sara doing stripped down a couple of their songs with the always amazing Owen Pallett joining on violin. I seriously got teary eyed during the performance below. I can sometimes get emotional at the drop of a hat. Anyway, watch this. Awesome.

All right, I'm off to read my Kindle. I'll let you know what it's like! Oh, and I'm so glad I got a Kindle instead of the Kobo which Chapters is selling. It's gorgeous, whereas the Kobo seems a little chintzy to me.


rawbean said...

What a great video! I'm sad I missed it. Hey wasn't it their 30th birthday on Sunday (I'm looking on Wikipedia right now).

The Grunt said...

Good performance clip of T&S.

Jabba said...

I think you should read a classic first - just because it would be cool to read it on a Kindle and because I'm a nerd.
I think you should read Tess of the D'urbevilles or Sense and Sensibility.
Something modern - I love Poisonwood Bible, 1984, Time Traveller's Wife or Fall on your Knees.

I am so out of touch with Polaris, it's brutal. I meant to pay attention this year too.

yrautca said...

I've seen Modern Family and it is indeed funny. One of the better ones these days. For some reason I cant see the video.

jason said...

Hmmm in terms of book rec's... have you read anything by Kundera? I like his stuff a lot, but after you mentioned how you get let down after a good read it makes me nervous to recommend something now =).

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Miss Ash said...

I freaking LOVE Modern Family it's soooooo funny! I'd say Cam and Phil are my favorites cause they're both so ridiculous!

Enjoy the Kindle!

Siobhan said...

Looking forward to the kindle review, looking forward to you hitting your stride again (as you will) and looking forward to following up your book recommendation.

Princess Pessimism said...

i discovered Jersey Shore last night - THAT show is mental!!!

galapogos said...

I've never liked Modern Family, it's way too dependent on physical comedy for my liking. Oh look, he got hurt again, what are the odds of that happening??

Enjoy the Kindle. I'm just going to suggest some of my favorite classics, like Flowers For Algernon, 1984, or Fahrenheit 451.