More Homework

I have a lot of homework, people. Most of it is reading. English majors get to read a lot and we’re expected to have insightful opinions on all of it.

I’ve been a bad procrastinator already. I didn’t really do much all weekend and now I have a ton of stuff due tomorrow that I haven’t gotten too far into yet. At least most of it is pretty interesting. I have a feeling I’ll be sharing a lot. I’m taking one class called Advanced Folklore which will give me the bulk of my reading (152 pages this week) but has given me a lot to think about so far.

So as an intro to what Folklore is we were given some questions, and today I want answers!

1. How do you cure the hiccups? Hold your breath for 20 seconds or drink three sips of water.

2. What is done with the bride’s bouquet? It’s thrown to all the unmarried girls at the wedding and the one who catches it makes small children cry (true story.)

3. What do you do with a baby tooth when it falls out? Put it under your pillow and the Tooth Fairy will give you money! I always got a dollar.

4. How do you predict the gender of an unborn baby? There are a lot of these, apparently, but I remember learning that you check the veins on the wrist of your dominant hand. More blue veins means more boy babies, and more purple veins means more girl babies. I have even amounts of both so WHAT NOW, FATE!?!?

5. What do you do at birthday parties? Cake, singing, presents, in that order.

6. How long do you wait before leaving a class if a professor doesn’t show up? 10 minutes, 15 if s/he has a doctorate.

There are more, but the overall point is that you didn’t learn these answers at school, from books, internets, etc. In most cases you heard them from family, friends, or just randomly. What are some other tidbits you’ve picked up along the way?

For next week I get to read some fairy tales by the Grimm brothers. Best class ever? Maybe.

Homework Time

I got 42 page views yesterday. 42! Last week I was excited over 9. It made me happy.

Today a somewhat more serious post which is actually from a homework assignment I had to do. It’s an interesting article about whether or not reading on the Internet is killing our literacy skills.

Here is the article.



And here is the response I typed up for homework:

One of the statements from one of the kids interviewed in the article that stuck out to me was “No one’s ever said you should read more books to get into college.” I immediately thought back to my freshman year in high school when my English teacher gave us a list of books and authors that she told us college professors would assume we would know or had already read by that time.  Those that I remember from the list are books and authors that some of my professors have expected me to know. As an English major I think reading actual books is still essential if you want to do well in college. That said, I do not think that reading on the internet is necessarily a bad thing. I consider reading books versus reading on the internet to be two separate skills, both of which are useful today.

I am someone who reads books on a regular basis for fun, and I feel that it improves my writing and comprehension skills and strengthens my ability to focus. I agree with the statement from Ken Pugh: “Reading a book, and taking the time to ruminate and make inferences and engage the imaginational processing, is more cognitively enriching, without doubt, than the short little bits that you might get if you’re into the 30-second digital mode.” When I’m reading a book, I’m more invested in taking time to imagine what I’m reading and it tends to stick with me a little more than something I read online most of the time.

On the other hand, I also do a lot of reading on the internet. This sort of reading is all about quickness and making connections and gathering a lot of information directly. I feel like the internet has increased my ability to multitask and helps me to make quick connections and recall information quickly when I need to. Through the internet I have also gained a lot of knowledge and interests that I might not otherwise have had if I stuck only to books. For instance I am very interested in cooking and have discovered many techniques and recipes that I doubt I could have found in a book unless I knew what I was looking for. The internet has also led me to a lot of books I might not have found on my own, including several series. Overall I think the internet has greatly changed how we live and that is not always a bad thing.


I’m interested to get other people’s take on this. Are you a book or internet reader? Do you think the internet is making us all dumb? To be honest I do think that a lot of people could stand to sign off for a while and go read some books, but if I got into that side of things I’d have a much longer response up there, and I have cookies to bake.

When did I grow up?

I should be writing my story right now, but the rain stopped and the weather is getting pretty and that makes my mind wander.


Today is freshmen move-in day at App. I can remember mine so clearly, it doesn’t seem right that it was almost five years ago. In all honesty I picked this university on a whim. I was miserable at the end of high school and couldn’t see how life would ever be good. College was just the next step- something I had to do. I knew I wanted to get away, but that was about it. A lot of people told me I’d do well up here so I applied, literally on the last day they were still accepting applications. When I took the tour up here there was something about the mountains that made me feel good about myself again, so when I got in I immediately enrolled. Moving in was crazy and the dorms turned out to be a nightmare, but I made a few friends and was content with that.

Now I’m a 5th year senior and will be graduating in about 8 months. That blows my mind. I have no idea what I’ll be doing this time next year, and that’s a little terrifying for me. I like to know what’s happening next. College, like I said, was the next step, but now there aren’t anymore steps. I could do pretty much anything I wanted. I could do nothing at all. I hope I don’t end up doing nothing at all.

I want a puppy. That puts a few steps in place: Job, new apartment that allows puppies, puppy. Even having that makes me feel better.

You’re welcome, closet-monsters

Good morning, Internet. I don’t know why I’m up this early during my last week I can really sleep in -.-

I keep trying to decide which recipe I’ll put up next- probably one of my go-to’s. I have several of those that I don’t even really need a recipe for anymore that I use when I want X but don’t want to work too hard to get it.

I started cleaning yesterday! My closet is almost organized and I threw out a TON of old papers, most of them from my freshman year that I never bothered sorting through after I moved out of the dorms. I know, I’m a hoarder. It’s neat what you find when you finally clean out stuff, though. I found some old poems I wrote and concluded that I should never be allowed to write poetry again. I also found some oil pastels I need to use and like 50 pens.

What I didn’t find was my passport, which is why I cleaned out my closet in the first place. It’s at my parents’ house in my room, I’m positive, and I’ve told them this many many times but they don’t believe me and insist I keep looking. IF we find it in time and IF the dates work out, my mom and I are going to Japan this year! My uncle is in the navy and has been stationed there with my aunt and cousins for the past few years, so we’d get free boarding which is the only way we could ever swing this trip. I’m in no way looking forward to the plane ride over there, but I still hope everything works out so we can go. After this year they’re moving to Italy. I’m sorta jealous but maybe we’ll get to go there too! Living in a military family would drive me crazy, I think. Especially marrying into one. It’s been sort of hard on my mom’s family since my aunt has literally been on the other side of the planet for the past few years and crazy stuff has been happening over here. I do not envy military wives, but I have loads of respect for them.

My Online Drawing


RMD is an awesome website, but WordPress won’t let me host the little sidebar widget that shows my latest drawings 😦 Sad day. I’m posting this one as a reminder to myself to use this website, because it keeps me drawing without making a mess in my room with all my drawing supplies.