Have any of you ever been to Newport News or the Hampton Roads area? I took a drive after lunch with the hubby and ended up in the downtown area of NN (whilst the kidlet slept in his seat). I want to go back on my own and just have a walkabout, but what struck me during the drive is just how "Eastern" it seems to me. I don't know if you know what I mean, but there is something about the East coast that has its own atmosphere and look attached. So that left an impression, as well as how rundown everything seemed, which is pretty normal that close to the ocean. But it also struck me that the last few years have not been kind to this area, even with all of the federal and military money streaming in and out. Anyway, not sure why I shared that, but there it is.
I'm taking a remedial math class at the local community college, and it's hella embarrassing (the class, not the college). I'm a professional and I already have a respectable degree, and yet here I am, having to relearn things like simple geometric formulas and basic algebra. Sigh. (No, I'm not prideful at all. Why do you ask?)
And I know I have a young-looking face (not a bad thing, necessarily), but it's clear that the professor is accustomed to dealing with very young, very unmotivated kids and is lumping me in with them. I could be projecting, but she is just very attentive. Annoyingly attentive. Attentive and encouraging and monitoring to the point that it is difficult for me to get my work done because I can't focus on what I'm doing. I know at some point I'm going to have to say something to the affect of, "you know, I'm married, I have children, I've finished school and I've held down a job for many years now. I know how to discipline myself into getting things done." I'm just trying to figure out a nicer way to say it.
I really do need to work on being less abrasive in personal settings. Give me a professional problem, and I'm a diplomat. Give me a private dilemma? Not so much anymore.
On a completely different note, I think I may be starting to feel my little alien! Not anything overt, just flutters and pressure here and there. So that's nice.
Um -- reading list! Inspired by the acquisition of a new book:
1. Railroad Spine
. Steampunk! F/F romance! Pretty pretty covers! I am especially excited by this one.
by Rachel Maddow. Hubby got me this for Mother's Day and I still haven't sat down to read it.
3. Cold Magic
by Kate Elliott. I understand this is a trilogy, and I like what I've read so far, which is good because I'd love a long, plotty romp through a universe.
by Mira Grant. Also a trilogy - I've heard it's good but only recently picked it up so don't know yet.
by Connie Willis. I also have the sequal, All Clear
, but I'm not putting it on the list until I finish the first.
6. The Dragonriders of Pern
by Anne McCaffrey. I know, I know, but I've never read them! This is the first three books of the series in one volume, and I'm really just reading them (aside from hearing they're good) because I want to understand that great fic holdouttrout
wrote that one time.
Any thoughts from those of you who may have read these already?