Book Sales are LOVE

Look at what I found at a book sale! The Complete Guide to Sewing! I got this big, heavy, hardbound baby for 290 bucks. Sweet.  This is really is it, people. I can see myself furiously sewing lotsa crap soon. As soon as I get myself a sewing machine. Soon. Like when I have time. And money.

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The Legendeer Trilogy

Lookie at my latest find from the sale rack of National Bookstore! I got this book for only 200 bucks since it was on 50% off. Not bad, considering that it’s three books in one.

The Legendeer Trilogy by Alan Gibbons is actually for kiddies which made it a really easy read. I finished this book relatively quickly. The trilogy starts off with Shadow of the Minotaur, where Phoenix,our 14-year-old hero, discovers through a computer game called Shadow of the Minotaur that there’s a parallel world where myths and legends are real and heroes and evil are destined to battle. Phoenix also realizes that an evil force, the Gamemaster, is trying to open the gateway between that world and ours. Phoenix must play the game to stop the Gamemaster. Eentresting, yah?

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Publishing on a custom domain

Whoa, I did it! Notice that my url doesn’t have blogspot anymore? I am now publishing on a custom domain! Woohoo. Anyway, I don’t know yet how this is going to change my blogging activities, but I like the thought of having my own dot com. I’ve been blogging on White Sky Project for a few years now, so I thought it was about time that I own it. I did my research, learned a few things, and finally took the plunge. Basically, here’s what I did.

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What Job Industry Best Suits You?

In 13 days I will be celebrating my 7th year with the firm. SEVEN. YEARS. HOLY. MOLY. I never thought I would last seven years. Truth be told, I’m still wondering if I’m in the right industry or whether I can keep doing what I’m doing for seven years more (eep!).

Well! This is what this little quiz from FemaleNetwork.Com has to say about that:

You should be in Management!
This includes departments such as human resources, accounting, and administration—those who work behind the scenes to make sure the company runs smoothly and efficiently. The Ps of patience and perseverance are needed since this kind of work tends to be largely clerical or routinary and involves a significant amount of attention to detail. Lastly, especially with HR, it requires a good understanding of people and people management. It is quite stable, regularly in demand, and offers a good amount of career growth
Eeen-ter-esting. Honestly, I just want to be a mananahi. But first I have to get my buh-hind in sewing school. What are the good sewing schools in Manila?

Of Witches and Depression

Yay new books to read!

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane (Katherine Howe). “Harvard graduate student Connie Goodwin needs to spend her summer doing research for her doctoral dissertation. But when her mother asks her to handle the sale of Connie’s grandmother’s abandoned home near Salem, she can’t refuse. As she is drawn deeper into the mysteries of the family house, Connie discovers an ancient key within a seventeenth-century Bible. The key contains a yellowing fragment of parchment with a name written upon it: Deliverance Dane. This discovery launches Connie on a quest—to find out who this woman was and to unearth a rare artifact of singular power: a physick book, its pages a secret repository for lost knowledge. As the pieces of Deliverance’s harrowing story begin to fall into place, Connie is haunted by visions of the long-ago witch trials, and she begins to fear that she is more tied to Salem’s dark past then she could have ever imagined.” 

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (Gregory Maguire). “Wicked is about a land where animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders seek the comfort of middle-class stability and the Tin Man becomes a victim of domestic violence. And then there is the little green-skinned girl named Elphaba, who will grow up to be the infamous Wicked Witch of the West, a smart, prickly and misunderstood creature who challenges all our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evil.”  

Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America, A Memoir (Elizabeth Wurtzel). “Full of promise is how anyone would have described Elizabeth Wurtzel at age ten, a bright-eyed little girl who painted, wrote stories, and excelled in every way. By twelve she was cutting her legs in the girls’ bathroom and listening to scratchy recordings of the Velvet Underground. College was marked by a series of breakdowns, suicide attempts, and hospitalizations before she was finally given Prozac in combination with other psychoactive drugs, all of which have worked sporadically as Elizabeth’s mood swings rise and fall like the lines of a sad ballad. This memoir, both harrowing and hilarious, gives voice to the high incidence of depression – especially among America’s youth.”

Elections 2010

So I was very excited last Monday to vote for the first time. Lucky for me, my precint was located at the local school just two blocks away from my apartment. At 6:20am I was already at the school. They weren’t letting voters in yet so I waited outside the gate with my fellow eager beavers. At 7:45 they opened the gates and I went in and couldn’t find my cluster. I looked up and realized that I was at the high school when I was supposed to be at the elementary school.  Brilliant. Good thing the elementary school was just next door. So I went there, found my precint, and waited in line. I was number 24 so it took a few more minutes before I got to vote. By 8:00am, I was already walking home. Easy peasy.

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Book Watch

I’m currently reading the Night Watch series by Russian writer Sergei Lukyanenko, first published in 1998. I first got interested in the series when I saw bits of the Night Watch movie on cable. I read somewhere that the movie has some sort of cult following. All I remember from the movie is a guy with goggles in a subway train. Yeah, descriptive. Anyway, finally picked up the book and I’m hooked.

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Books Books

I finally finished reading Wizard’s First Rule yesterday. It took me a while to finish because of the story’s pace, but at least the ending was interesting. It’s the first book in a series so I guess the author had to lay out a bit of groundwork for the next books. Critics compare the series to Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings (LOTR) and both are similar in the sense that they are about magic and power and fantasy worlds. But I think that’s where the similarity ends. A major difference is that the Sword of Truth series has more empowered female characters in it. In LOTR, the powerful female characters like Arwen and Galadriel weren’t given as much significance as the male characters.

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Everyday is a winding road

Big ass project ends this month. I am dying to wrap this up already. Work’s starting to burn me out and making me seriously unproductive. I feel like a zombie every day at work. Get far far away I must when we close. I need to clear my head, relax my bones, chill with Carpet Head…

Oh, I have a new book to read. Carpet Head lent me book one of the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. I love fantasy books so I’m pretty sure I’m going to like this one. The only thing I hate about reading a series is that it’s addictive and I will most probably pine away for the other books after I devour one. Fortunately for me I already know where to source the next three. Hah. I lurve.

Speaking of books, I stopped trying to read Watchmen. Couldn’t quite get past the first chapter without dozing off. Last week, I tried re-reading Angels and Demons, but I couldn’t spare the time. Now I’m wondering how the hell I’m going to get through Terry Goodkind. Gah.

Hmm I haven’t been writing in here for a while. I realized I feel just a tad bit self conscious now about the stuff I ramble about in here. Hmm..

The Prayer by Charlotte Church and Josh Groban is the only track on my playlist right now and I’ve been listening to it all day since yesterday. Maybe I’m feeling the need for some heavenly guidance.

It’s stress, I think.