Some Updates

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The wife and me

Because this ain’t my first time at the summer-in-NYC rodeo, I haven’t felt like I’ve had a ton of blog-worthy updates. But of course, that isn’t true. My summer has been pretty different — well, more like entirely different — than last summer. So if you’re wondering what I’ve been up to this time around, read on! Continue reading

Time and Commitment

photoTwo important factors both separate and apart. In this post, I’ll discuss the expectations I had coming into college about free time, commitment, and various activities’ time commitment. In the process, I’ll also clear up some misconceptions about life in college.  Continue reading

Flappers and Philosophers

Flappers and PhilosophersI was not the biggest fan of Gatsby and, consequently, Fitzgerald. I read Gatsby in 9th grade and was underwhelmed–read it again in 11th and didn’t think much more of it. While everybody gushed about how incredible the book was and how they couldn’t wait for the movie, I thought to myself, Am I missing something? Though I felt guilty about it, Gatsby didn’t impress me the way I thought it should. Honestly, I really couldn’t figure out what the big fuss was about. This collection of short stories completely changed my mind. Continue reading

Summer Goals

SUMMER GOALSI’m a list-maker. A compulsive list-maker, actually. Since 7th grade, I’ve written out my goals for the year–some trivial like “Get new phone bumpers” (throwback to my Sidekick days) or “Pimp out my locker” circa 2008, some abstract like “Forget the little things” or “Do what I want to do” during my senior year. So, naturally, I decided to define some goals for this pivotal summer of mine: the bridge between high school and college. I want to get things done. Everything I’ve been wanting to do, I’ll make time for. Here are a few of the things I’d like to accomplish before I leave for college in the fall… Continue reading

Half-Price Clearance Haul

Why haven’t I heard of this before?!

Half-Price Books has this amazing annual clearance sale where everything is $2.00 unless marked as less. WHAT?! This is what Half-Price should be like all the time! Instead, we’ll have to settle for once a year–when they round up the surplus from all of the HPBs in the metroplex and cram all the books onto tables in a convention center. Anyway, here are the books I took home from the Arlington sale.

All for $21!
All for $21!

1. Possession by A.S. Byatt

2. The Opposite of Fate by Amy Tan

3. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

4. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

5. The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf

6. The Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards

7. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

8. Little Bee by Chris Cleave

9. The Secret of Lost Things by Sheridan Hay

10. Room by Emma Donoghue

11. Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man by Fannie Flagg

12. Illumination Night by Alice Hoffman

13. The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry

14. Bossypants by Tina Fey

All in all, this haul cost me just $21.00. You can barely get two books at Barnes & Noble for $20! 7 of the 14 books were $1.00 and the other 7 were $2.00. There were also DVDs and CDs on sale, but because of time restraints I could only clear the Fiction section and segments of History and Entertainment. Even though the entire room was filled, there were still many unloaded boxes and the staff said they restocked each night (as well as throughout the day).

It was like Christmas. But more magical.

~Natalie