TSS (Dec. 19) & IMM (8)

The Sunday Salon (Dec. 19)

The Sunday Salon.com So things have been changing here at the bird nest. First, I graduated college on Friday! Yay! I have pictures and such; I’ll be posting them over at mwitha later on. Anyway, now that I’ve actually done it, I feel much less anxious and scared and whatnot. I think I can handle post-collegiate life! Yeah.

Second, my Macbook is, I think, officially dying. It keeps overheating and shutting off whenever I try to do normal things on it like watch videos and check my email at the same time. Not good, and I don’t think I can fix it with my level of computer knowledge (plus the only tools I have are a tiny screwdriver and the internet). Luckily I have my netbook, which is nice for when I want to go outside and surf the web but not so nice when I want to do any major blog writing, photo editing, or anything involving discs. Even MORE luckily I’ve got a desktop computer that I built last year and let languish in my brother’s old room for 18 months. It still works! And it’s pretty awesome, with 4GB of ram and a nice graphics card and a big-ish harddrive and everything.

So I’ve installed Ubuntu on it and am using it to write this post right now. 😀 Hi! It’s me, a new Linux user. I’m having a lot of fun so far, and I hope that once I get a better monitor (and some of those wrist pad things for the keyboard and mouse) I’ll be super happy. Unfortunately now that I’m obsessed with fixing up my new computer I haven’t spared much time for reading this weekend.

Also, because it’s a desktop and because it’s thus set across the room from where I normally read (the bed), I’m finding myself be extremely lazy on getting OFF the computer, going to my bed and reading. I forced myself to do it last night, and I’m going to force myself to do it today, too. I figure I’ll start with getting off the computer to read for an hour every three hours, and hopefully by next weekend I’ll have started up a habit. It’s just remarkable easy to not leave the computer. When I use my laptop/netbook, I can just set it aside and I’m ready to read right there. Desktop? I have to move. Horrors!

Anyway, that’s what’s going on over here. Have you gone through any big changes in your life over the past week?

Books read this week:
233. The Fort – Bernard Cornwell [rating: Borrow it] R
234. The Romance Readers’ Book Club – Julie L. Cannon [rating: TBD] %

Books reviewed this week:
224. Libyrinth – Pearl North [rating: Buy it] %
227. The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril – Paul Malmont [rating: Buy it] %
229. Conan Doyle, Detective – Peter Costello [rating: Borrow it] %

Currently reading:
Dr Jekyll and Mr Holmes by Loren D. Estleman. It’s REALLY good so far, although I’m barely into the second chapter. It’s got the Dr Watson voice down pat, which is always a bonus.

In My Mailbox (8)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren (who was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie‘s This Week in Books). Basically you just post about new books that came into your house over the past week, whether in the mail or by getting them at the library or by buying them in a store. Capiche?

This IMM will be for two weeks, since I didn’t do it last week.

For review:


Also: The Physics of Flocking by Daniel of Two Go Round-the-World.
An East End Murder by Charles Finch.
All the Jane Austen freebies from the 16th.

12 thoughts on “TSS (Dec. 19) & IMM (8)”

  1. Congrats on graduating!! I can’t wait to see your pictures. The Oracle of Stamboul is so beautiful! I can’t wait to read it. I haven’t gone over any big changes in the past week but maybe I will this holiday break! 😉 Have a great Sunday.

  2. Congrats on graduating! It’s a great feeling, isn’t it? 🙂

    I got Oracle of Stamboul in the mail this week, too. It was in a super-fancy wrapper. I thought about taking pictures. 😉

    1. It is! Very weird not having to go to class today, although it’s quite relaxing. I’m sure I’ll freak out again once I start jobhunting, lol.

      And yes, the wrapper! I’ll probably take a photo of mine; I love the little bird sticker thing.

  3. Oh wow, congratulations! Hooray for you! That is so exciting! And I am sorry to hear about your MacBook — it’s always sad when a trusty computer bites the dust. At least you have a back-up, though it is true, a desktop is just much less convenient. I am always sitting on my bed joyfully switching between my laptop and my books. :p

    1. What’s really irritating is that it’s been giving me SO much trouble ever since I got it, which was really only three years ago. At least since I built this computer I’m using now, I know how to fix it completely and how to make it better, etc.

      lol, now that I have to physically move AWAY from my computer to read, I’m finding actually sort of relaxing? When I used the laptop I was always checking my email and could barely focus on my book. But now that it’s across the room I’m forced to either read or conquer my laziness and get off the bed, walk over to the desk, etc. Much easier to just stay put and read.

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