Friday, June 30, 2006

My summer reading list

Reason #1 why I should be a librarian: What I am best at in this life is reading books. I get giddy inside of really great book stores. I love a day spent lost between book stacks.

Since I am headed to Pensacola this weekend, I picked up my summer reading books this week. This is what I chose for my continued liberal arts education:

For my modern literature and contempary world affairs class:

It is a rather lengthy book, but considering its setting is Southern Sudan I am already engrossed in it.

For my biology/genetics class:

Considering I spent part of my junior/senior year of high school and freshman year of college toying with the notion of studying genetics, I am excited to renew this old obsessive interest. I had forgotten all about the purpose of ribosomes.

For my history class:

I adore spices and frequently wish that I was in a place (like Zanzibar) that grows them. My life would be less complete if I didn't have spices for my culinary pleasures. Therefore, I should learn the history of their use among humanity.

So that is what I will be reading at the beach this weekend. Sigh, the beach. I can't wait to go home!!

Monday, June 26, 2006

Do Marmots enjoy Paul Simon?

There comes a time in every adult person's life when you suddenly realize that the party you are attending is the party that your parents' were attending when you were a kid. All of a sudden, it makes you realize that you are not a kid anymore. Instead of being left at home with the babysitter, or even being the babysitter, you have suddenly passed through to the other side - you are now the reason for the babysitter. I had just such a moment Friday night. David and I attended the birthday party of David's co-worker. Instead of sitting at home with the babysitter, eating delivered pizza and playing Battleship, we were eating catered brick oven pizza and antipasto on a patio with other grown-ups talking about immigration and health care policy. Although I realize I have been boring people for many years at parties by discussing heath care and immigration policy, the whole evening, made me realize I now live in a world of mortgages and tax considerations. The soundtrack of this world is Paul Simon and Rod Stewart. The Paul Simon song, I can gladly take. My premature affection for Paul Simon probably indicates that this world is the world in which I was meant to reside. If I was married or had kids, I would have returned home at the end of the night to find them tucked into bed with the babysitter asleep on the couch.
Luckily, aside from giving an immigration workshop for the Southern Sudanese Community on Saturday morning, the rest of the weekend was less adult. We finally went to Mt. Rainier National Park on Saturday. The weather here has been warm and beautiful, and at 5,000 feet above sea level, the meadows are still covered with snow in spite of 70 degree temperatures. I wish I had my home computer connected to the internet, because then I could post pictures of all of this loveliness, but that will have to wait until a later date. On Saturday, we went to the East side of Rainier and hiked the aptly named "Summerland" trail. The enormous cedars and pines offered ample shade, and everwhere streams flew by us carrying the heavy early summer snow run-off.
One observation on the drive through rural Pierce and King Counties to get to Rainier - I actually saw a sign about how the UN wants to take your gun away. I felt like I was back in Southern Utah driving on one of my hiking outings! Interestingly enough, the town where I saw the sign, Enumclaw, recently made the news here because of a huge beastiality ring that was busted up by the state. It resulted in an anti-beastiality law finally being passed by the state of Washington. This too reminded me of Southern Utah, leading me to scientifically conclude that that the more anti-UN sentiment that exists, the higher the likelihood if incidents of beastiality.
On Sunday, after church, David and I drove to the Southwest side of Rainier. We drove to Paradise, still covered in snow, and observed the multiplicity of waterfalls and the tumultousness of the rivers and streams. The chasms cut by glaciers were remarkable and led me to think about just what would happen if a laharoriginated right then. David was pleased because we finally observed some wildlife - a marmot, poking around in some newly exposed grass.
It was a nice exploratory trip of Rainier which made me realize just how much more I need to go back and get a closer look at.

Friday, June 16, 2006

I have an excuse for my lack of postings - I recently relocated to a new home in Seattle and have yet to set up any sort of internet connection at my home because lately I have developed an extreme spending money paranoia. Suddenly, it is too easy to envision myself as a pauper and the thought of spending any money whatsoever sends me into panic induced fits. I realize that this is not normal, but it is yet another one of my obsessive phases which I just have to make it through. Tomorrow, I am actually even opening up a savings account and depositing my entire paycheck which I just received this week. Since I have decided I want to go back to school to be a librarian, I need to save money for it. If I ever hope to retire or buy a house, I need to save money too. Goodbye Anthropologie. You sure were a beautiful place to visit.

In other news, I also have endured some water related tragedies as of late (which have been hard to take because of the positive relationship with water I try to cultivate). When I was in North Carolina, the sewer in my old house backed up and destroyed alot of my things which were packed in boxes on the floor, waiting to be moved (Goodbye other material possessions). Then, when I moved into my new house my landlord went out of town to Australia and my hot water heater broke (Hello cold showers and long stints between washing my hair). Luckily, that is now resolved and water and I are back to our mutual understanding.

Finally, on Wednesday night, I saw the movie, "The Heart of the Game," about the Roosevelt Roughriders Girls' Basketball team (from a high school here in Seattle). My boss, Ken Luce, plays an important role in the movie as he represented the star basketball player, Darnelia Russell, when the WIAA found her ineligible to play in her senior year, by arguing that in essence, the WIAA was discriminating based on her sex, because only 1/2 of the population could face not being able to play because of being a teen mother. I love sports movies about basketball, even more when someone I know is in them. Roger Ebert liked it. He even mentioned Ken. Even without my boss being in it, it is a well done sports documentary that reminds us that even girls' sports can be entertaining.