TBT to That Time I Dropped a Class, and Drank Black Coffee, Because of a Boy

Once upon a time, I sought to diversify my resume. I planned to add a computer science minor to my English major, making it pretty much impossible for any company to refuse my multi-talented self.

Before declaring though, I decided to take a few trial run courses to make sure I could hack it (see what I did there?) in the world of ones and zeros.

One of these courses was Web Theory and Design. I imagined all the ways it would be useful in my very lucrative future and just knew I was on track to prove everyone wrong who assumed being a barista was the only viable option available to English majors.

However, Web Theory and Design was, fittingly, an online class. Online classes are challenging for those of us who are…let’s just say…lacking in the time management department.

Unit one was due Friday. I met my friend (and a few other frantic classmates) to START working on it Thursday night.

Yep. I was that student.

After an hour or so of working diligently on what proved to be a very complicated assignment for me, I got a text from a boy with the three words every college girl wants to hear:

You want coffee?

We had only been texting for a little while, and had never officially gone out together, but I wasted no time in texting back.

Yes, yes I did want coffee thank you very much.

He showed up a little while later with a huge thermos full, and we talked for two hours while standing in the parking lot.

Only when my friend started texting me thinking I had been kidnapped did I finally go back up to the computer lab, where I drank two cups of BLACK coffee, shut my computer down, and announced to my friend that I would be dropping Web Theory and Design.

Maybe it was the cute boy who distracted me from my determination to rule the world through both written word and typed HTML.

Maybe it was standing for two hours that caused all the common sense to drain from my brain.

Or, maybe it was when he shyly handed me the old book about the bird girl that reminded me of my love for literature.

Now, that same boy makes me coffee every morning.

He puts cream in it.

~Red~

2015 Reading Challenge

I thought when I graduated college that I would finally read all the books that had been sitting on my shelves gathering dust for four years. Since I would no longer be rushing to meet deadlines, write papers, and go to classes, I just knew I would have ample time to finally read for fun.

Here I am, over two years later, and I’ve read one book. One.

Grant it, it was the Russian beast that is Anna Karenina, but I still don’t want that to be the only reading I do for 2015.

Enter The 2015 Reading Challenge from Modern Mrs. Darcy (<–what my blog wants to be when it grows up).

2015 Reading Challenge Graphic

I love that it only has 12 books on it, which seems doable even with a busy schedule, and I love that it’s flexible enough that I can find a good fit for most of the categories without purchasing a book.

The first category is, “A book you’ve been meaning to read.”

Although I have several books I’ve been meaning to read, I decided to go with Green Mansions: A Romance of the Tropical Forest by W. H. Hudson. Mainly because I had already started reading it and needed to motivate myself to not take six years like I did reading Tolstoy.

Written in 1916, the book is about a man who flees his home country after attempting a revolution and finds himself living among the natives in Guyana, where he forms a relationship with a mysterious “bird girl”. (that’s all I know right now, I haven’t finished it yet!) 🙂

Why did I choose this book? I didn’t. Before my husband and I started dating, he asked me to feed his dog while he went out of town to visit family. He brought this book back for me as a gift because it was A) old and he knew I loved old books and B) it sounded like an interesting story.

At this point in his life, the only reading he did involved sports articles and Facebook updates, so it meant a lot to me (and still does) that he took the time to find something I might like.

So far, I love the language and the characters in this book. It’s simple enough to follow, but challenging enough to keep me engaged in the storyline.

My goal is to finish it by the end of the month. I’ll keep you posted on my progress!

What good books have you been reading lately? Have any of you read anything by W. H. Hudson?

~Red~