Sunday, October 4, 2009

Weeks 30, 31, 32, 33 & 34

Wow, has it really been five weeks since I last updated Sugary Donut? Yikes. I have been absolutely swamped at school making up lessons and grading. That was bad enough, but I have also started doing some part-time development work and, at 30 hours a week, all free time I had left has been completely sucked up. I won't lie, it hasn't been a great existence but it's only temporary.

Have some interesting stories from NKU though. One of my classrooms has a door that must be locked at all times, it even has a sign on the door saying this, and for the first week I lacked a key so someone from the university was supposed to unlock it before class. Day 1 this did happen, but day 2 it was locked when I got there and, by 15 minutes before class, I had to start making calls. No one from the right office answered the phone so I had my chair start calling around for me. By about 10 minutes after class was supposed to have started a student managed to jimmy open one of the doors. Convenient and a bit scary all at the same time. I was ready to call DPS... what a hassle.

The next week I hopped in my car and headed to the same class and halfway to school I realized that I left the classroom key at home. It was now 5:30 and I had about 45min to go snag it and get to class--just enough time. I knew 17 was backed up onto the interstate so that was out, but I could get off at 16. When I got to the exit there was a wreck that has just happened blocking the off ramp. Great. I had to go up to Turkeyfoot to get home and hit what seemed like every light on the way. I made it to class eventually but 10 minutes late. Fortunately the students gave me the "professor 15" and were all sitting in the hall still waiting for me to arrive.

My part time work is with Cincinnati Bell and I'm grateful for the chance to get some work experience, network, and make quite a bit extra cash. However, their desired 30 hours a week plus the drive time up to Evendale is what has really start to put a crimp in my style. Oh well, I guess I can suck it up until the end of the semester when I need to figure out what is going on.

None of this is really helping my 100 things list but they're the reason I haven't made much progress, yet again. Mostly just incremental stuff. I think I'm going to have to drop Meatless Mondays until I get a place of my own because I can't get mom to remember it and I've mostly been forgetting it myself. Not a huge loss for now but I'm going to try to figure it out. I may do two or three days of meatless lunches as a replacement.

Ben Hur was crossed off the movie list as well as Doctor Strangelove. I didn't know what to think of Strangelove going in and I came out loving it. Excellent dark comedy with good acting and witting dialog. Have to know a bit about the Cold War time period to truly appreciate it though. 5/5.

Ben Hur was a movie I was actually kind of dreading to see. To begin, it's a REALLY long film (the prologue screen was literally 10 minutes long just by itself!) so you have to be ready for a marathon, which took me a while. A lot of really old films like Ben Hur have a pacing we just aren't used to today and large epics can often come across as too self-important. This film was amazing though, didn't have any of those drawbacks in too serious a fashion. The pacing is a bit slower than today, but it was appropriate for the scope of the movie. Good acting, cinematography, and sets too, I don't even want to think about how much this movie cost for the time. One of the most interesting things for me was the story plays around the events of Jesus Christ's life and the full title of the book and movie is Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ, although Jesus himself only makes a couple appearances. Very subtle and too good effect. 4.5/5

And finally I finished reading Pillars of the Earth. Damn, what a great book. This is one of my favorites. Great story where you learn about the time and architecture while also being roller coaster ride of emotions and action. This is one of the few books I've actually had "damn! did that just happen!" type moments. Plenty of intrigue, back-stabbing, good vs. evil, religion, government, nobility & peasantry, and realistic (re: non-cheesy) love to keep everyone interested. I obviously really got into this book and I'd recommend it to anyone really. I myself can't wait to read the sequel, World Without End.