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Monday, August 06, 2007

Monday, Monday

Still a little stiff today, but my legs are much improved over yesterday, and they should be fine to do my run this evening (hopefully it will be cooler then -- heard on the news this morning that temps are gonna be in the record highs today and in the next few days).

Yesterday, I got most of my chores done: cleaned the house, took care of laundry (took all friggin day!), read some essays, and finally finished Potter. Man, was that book good. The last 150 pages were so drammatic that I literally could not put it down -- I give two thumbs up to the way Rowling was about to bring all the plot intricacies together, not just from this book but from all seven books, and weave them into one of the best climaxes I've read in a long while. Plus, she was able to bring the whole story to a satisfactory resolution that I felt brought the series to a perfect close (although I did cry a lot at the end -- mostly b/c it's the end; I mean, I've been following Harry Potter and reading this story for nearly ten years, so it's the end of an era!). Of course, I'm now considering a re-read of the whole series, but first, I have several other books in my to-read stack, so I'll take care of those first: maybe I'll come back to Potter in a year or so when the plot details have faded some in my memory.

It felt good to get so much done yesterday but also have time to finish Potter (and watch a few episodes of "Weeds" with the hubby as well -- it's the best dang show around!). Today, then, is my last day of the summer semester, so I have a shitload of papers to read as they come in today, and I have final grades to process (they're due tomorrow by 3 pm, but I'm gonna strive to get them done today). So, today will be a full day of work, but then the reward? A week and a half off! I will, naturally, have to spend some of that time off planning for the fall term, but at least courses will be done and I'll have more time on my hands. The faculty starts back on August 16th and then classes resume on the 20th, so I'm gonna work hard today and then enjoy my break.

Soooo...that means I have to skeddadle to class! Have an excellent Monday, peeps!

15 comments:

ws said...

have a good Monday too. I considered buying book 1 of Harry Potter yesterday, but it didn't happen. Good luck getting everything done today so you can savor your break. I'm looking for cooler temps too - what is this triple digit heat index crap? Does it really matter if it feels like 99F or 108F anyway?

L*I*S*A said...

Thanks for no spoilers of the last book of HP. I still have to pick up where I left off at book #4!!

David said...

Sounds like it's time to put the nose to the ol' grindstone to knock those papers out. Man, 1.5 week off sounds really nice. You should definately go bowling 2 extra times to celebrate! :-)

Don't push too hard tonight, especially if your hydration is behind a bit. You're still in recovery mode, no matter how eager you are, and that heat will be punishing from the sounds of it. But have fun!

Avery said...

It's supposed to be crazy hot up here in South Cackalacky too. Might be time to hop on the dreadmill.

Potter was great. The Rowling chat transcript on Mugglenet adds more to the ending for those who have finished the book.

http://www.mugglenet.com/app/news/full_story/1156

Erin said...

I read a bunch of Potter yesterday too. I am probably 3/4 of the way through.

I have to get some kind of exercise in this evening also. It is bloody hot out. We may need to move our walking time to later tomorrow evening rather than right after work.

Marcy said...

OMG I can't picture Wendy reading HP LOL

Ooooooo a week and a half of fun!!! You're so lucky! Work hard and enjoy chica!!

Wes said...

I think I'm going to start reading them from the beginning too, since I've never read a single one. The movie was great yesterday though! It didn't leave me with a warm and fuzzy, but I guess I'm getting used to that now. Enjoy your break!!

J~mom said...

Oohhhh YES! I cried and cried! I starting crying during "A Prince's Tale" and then just couldn't stop! Soooooo good!! It was JUST PERFECT!!!

teacherwoman said...

Oh, I can't wait to finish Potter!! Now that I am back at my apartment, and the weather is gloomy and cool, I can plant my rear on my patio and finish it, hopefully!

Mendy said...

Happy Monday!! if we can call Monday's happy at all. Nice to have that time off, and enjoy it before school starts back up!

Hope your run goes well for you tonight!

Journey to a Centum said...

Keep those mile up somehow with the heatwave in your area. You are going to need them for Chicago!

runner26 said...

The rest day was a smart move. And you managed to get so much done!

brunettechicagogal said...

Congrats on the 17-miler the other day! I'm just catching up here.

scott keeps running said...

good luck with the grades.

i recommend reading "the ditches of edison county." it will blow your socks off it's so good.

my wife and i have reached a point where we want to read the harry potter books. i think we're primed and ready. well, i'm primed at least.

go go gadget legs!

Just12Finish said...

I finished Potter last week too, but I stayed up to 2AM Monday night doing it!

Then Tuesday I started my marathon training - good timing, eh?