Hello again!

I just realized last night that it has been almost 2 months since my last post! I’ve been so caught up in work and various projects, that I completely forgot that I even had a blog. Oops! So here are a few updates to catch you all up on what I’ve been doing.

I have received 2 letters and 2 postcards so far from my penpal in Australia! Her name is Melanie and we seem to have a lot of interests in common. I’m really enjoying learning about Australia and how different (and similar) things are from where I live. It’s currently my turn to write, so I need to get my butt in gear! If you’ve ever been interested in having a pen pal, I highly recommend the International Geek Girl Pen Pals Club. They match you with geeky girls & guys that like the same sort of things as you and all geeky enjoyments are welcome! 🙂

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My first letter from my penpal!

I also participated in a Paint Nite with some of my friends from work. It was a ton of fun! I haven’t had the chance to paint since high school and I had forgotten how much I enjoyed it. Everyone’s paintings came out so unique; it was really neat to see everyone’s interpretations of the sample painting. I will admit to throwing a small nod to my geology background into mine by turning one of my mountains into a tiny volcano. 😉

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My crew and our paintings.

I’m coming along well with my Reading Challenge. I am on my 35th & 36th books for the challenge.

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I’m currently reading Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell for my “500+ page book”. It’s pretty interesting so far. I saw that they started a mini-series on BBC America this past weekend and I’m curious how well the book is represented. I’ll have to watch it when they do a rerun after I’ve finished the book. I’m also reading Frankenstein for my “book you were supposed to read in school, but didn’t”. I was never actually assigned this book in school, but since I couldn’t remember a book I WAS assigned that I didn’t read, I picked a book that the AP English class got to read. I remember being so annoyed that they got to read Frankenstein while I was stuck with The Crucible, lol. It’s interesting so far too. I’m letting myself do the audio book for this one, since I have so much trouble reading Victorian Era books. I don’t know what it is about them that I find difficult, I’ve just never been able to get more than one chapter into any Victorian Era book that I’ve tried to read. ::shrugs::

Speaking of audio books, have you all heard about Librivox.org? They have tons of free public domain audio books. You can download them or listen directly from the website! Since they are all read by volunteers, some of the recordings aren’t as good as others, but I’ve already listened to The Secret Garden and A Study In Scarlet as well as Frankenstein and I have enjoyed every minute of it! 😀

Well, that’s all for me for now. I’ll try to get some Book Reviews up soon!

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