Update!!~

Well, my friends, I am now officially over halfway through my grad school experience… and I am finding it so difficult to find the motivation to do the assignments.  I didn’t gain momentum until halfway through last semester, so I guess it’s good sense to expect the same this semester – but I wish that I were motivated immediately.  I think part of it is that I don’t really feel like I had a winter break – although I had some time off, it was not actually a restful winter break, and I only finished my fall internship hours the week prior to spring classes starting.  Thank God for the extended field option.  I would’ve been a mess without it last semester, and I will most likely be doing that again this semester, just because I’m already behind in hours (more about this in a moment).

I’m glad that I’ve had time to read this semester so far, though.  I’m actually kind of keeping up with readings for classes, too – I am glad that we only have class every 2 weeks this semester, although I think that contributes to the unmotivated feeling.  But it does give me more time to get the work done.  Anyway, yes – I’ve been working on my NetGalley ARCs some, and also some of my bajillion paperbacks and e-books.  I only post reviews here of the NetGalley ones, usually, but perhaps I should start posting reviews here of books that I particularly enjoyed (e.g., I just finished Help Thanks Wow: Three Essential Prayers, by Anne Lamott, and I loved it) – would you guys be interested in reading those?  Consider them book recommendations, whereas the NetGalley ones are just ways to get the titles out there. 🙂

So about being behind in hours… this week had its scary moments.  I’ve been ahead in hours until this week hit, and you know how unexpected things hit at the most inconvenient times?  That was this week to a T.  I was in a one-person car accident earlier this week, and even though I came out of it unscathed, and even though my car only needed a wheel alignment, it was scary.  I was so close to hitting a tree as well as getting tangled up in a barbed wire fence, but thanks to the huge snowbank that I plowed into (courtesy of slick and unexpected snow on a curve), I came out of it alive.  I think the seriousness of the situation is really only hitting me today, and this occurred much earlier this week.  So, since I was without a car for a few days, I couldn’t go to my internship, and fell behind in hours. (See, I did have a reason for blabbity-blabbing all of that out here!! 😉 )

Other than that, though, life goes on.  Today is Valentine’s Day – which my husband and I don’t really celebrate (read: don’t celebrate at all) – but tomorrow is the better and less well-known holiday, to me.  It’ll be Half Price Chocolate Day!! and I am pretty sure we’re planning on celebrating that day. 😀 Honestly, I don’t know why I hate Valentine’s Day as much as I do.  I think just because it’s so commercialized and I believe that we should appreciate the people in our lives every day, not just one day a year… that sweet acts like giving gifts or cards or doing things for those we love shouldn’t be limited to one day a year.  But at the same time, I can see how, even though it’s so commercialized, some people would view it as a special holiday.  I guess also because my husband isn’t particularly romantic, so rather than be jealous of those couples I know that are getting cards and flowers and candy, I just make jokes about it and know that I’ll get chocolate tomorrow. 😉 I mean, I know he loves me, and I love him, so the extra money spent on cards/candy/flowers is unnecessary.

(That being said, I wouldn’t say no to any of the above.  Maybe someday.)

Ah, but I did not intend this to turn into a Valentine’s Day post.  It kind of did though, didn’t it?  Dearie me.  I really am not as much of a party pooper as the latter part of this post made me sound. 😉

Aside from the car mishap (it just seems wrong to call it an accident, since it was pretty minor in terms of what actually needed to be done to fix the issue with my car, and no one else was involved, etc., etc.), things are going well.  This semester I’ll be conducting a research project with college students, so I am getting kind of excited about that.  I will also be doing a huge group project about a community near us – macro-level social work – so I am kind of excited about that too.  I just wish I could turn this excitement into motivation.  Goodness.

So tell me, what are some of the things that will be happening in the next few months that you are looking forward to? 😀

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Don’t Even Think About it – Sarah Mlynowski.

4.5/5

It took me a few days to get around to writing a review for this book. Partially, I think, because I was still “digesting” the story, but partially also because I couldn’t decide whether to give it 4/5 or 4.5/5 stars in my written review. It was a fun story to read, and I read it in only a couple of days (unlike some of the other ARCs that I have, although the ones that have been sitting are usually sitting just because I don’t have time to read them when they’re new).

Part of me really wants a sequel for this book, because I want to find out what happens to the teens in the story, to their abilities, and also, the relationships. I have to admit that I enjoyed the relationships part of the book more than I thought that I would. It took me a little while to get the teens straight since Don’t Even Think About It talks about a large group of teens (pretty much an entire homeroom), but overall it was pretty easy to keep each couple straight, after I was able to develop a sense for their differences.

The premise of the story is very “out there” – that a batch of flu vaccines would cause ESP – but it was a fun and entertaining read, one that I highly recommend if you’re looking for a light read with humor and relatable characters. Even though the premise was unlikely, I found myself really involved in the story, to the point that if I read other books I kept wondering if the characters in these other books had ESP or if they’d like to have ESP. So yes, it was a very interesting novel and one that definitely left an imprint on my heart.

Many thanks to Random House Children’s, via NetGalley, for an opportunity to read and review this book