Friday, May 17, 2019

2019 Reading Challenge Pt. 2

So far so good.. I was getting nervous for a while as I was several books behind, but then the semester ended, papers came due. Between text assignments and side readings I did in conjunction with my research papers, I was able to stay on track.

We'll see what the Summer Reading accomplishes!

18 of 50:

Graduation 2019

Wow! Been a little busy.. Finally done with my last semester up on the Hayward hill and all I need to do is survive the trial by rain tomorrow.

Got my Mortar Board decorated as best as I can considering I'm not a crafty person... I still need to find a shower cap for it, (they plan to have us walk in the rain).

So, what next?? I've been accepted into the 2 programs I applied for: the History MA program at CSUEB and the MLIS program (iSchool) at SJSU. It's important to me to know I have bigger, solid goals in my near future. Things to look forward to.. to push me forward. 

"never tire to study... and to teach others.."  ...Confucius

Summer plans include:
1. sleeping
2. getting some much needed exercise/walking in
(too much stress eating this last semester!)
3. making as much of a dent in my TBR piles
4. cleaning the house.. basically used home as a crash pad this past semester.
5. organizing my bookshelves & updating my "Delicious Library" inventory
6. Volunteering at the library or Historical Society
(if they'll have me after 2yrs off)

Not sure how much of this I'll do.. but it's good to have goals!

Monday, January 21, 2019

2019 Reading Challenge

Hurray! I managed my 5 books in 5 weeks challenge.. (from the 18th of December to the 18th of January 2019) these also included a few that got counted to last year's reading challenge.. Between books I started at the end of the school year, as well fresh books at the end of the year.. I got a total of 10 books finished over the break.. 5 in the old year, and 5 in the new..

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I went ahead & upped my reading challenge for this year to 50 which I was unable to do last time I tried, so we'll see. I don't seem to have near as many texts to read for my courses this Spring (but I also have a short thesis paper (20pgs) to do so we'll see!)

I'll also try to post more here than just reading challenges. I broke my toe around Thanksgiving and only now starting to talk some walks and get out & about.. I definitely need the exercise.

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

2018/2019 Reading Challenge!

So I got in about 52 of my 40 book challenge for 2018:
2018 Reading Challenge 1

2018 Reading Challenge 2

2018 Reading Challenge 3

Several were for school of course.. and while I have a few I am reading right now on break (I hope to do 5 books in 5 weeks which should work as I've read 3 already) I am being ambitious or crazy and upping my count to 50 for 2019.. Maybe I'll have better luck in getting some Summer reading in...


I am currently reading
"The Land of Orange Groves and Jails: Upton Sinclair's California" edited by Lauren Coodley
"Why I am a Hindu" by Shashi Tharoor

and hope to read:
"Incarnations: India in 50 Lives" by Sunil Khilnani (fwiw I enjoyed "The Idea of India" very much! I thought it explained the politics of India better than a text I had to read for one of my classes, so I'm keeping it to read again)

"The Argumentative Indian: Writings on Indian History, Culture and Identity" by Amartya Sen

and hope to finish Diana Eck's "India: A Sacred Geography" (it's a bit of a slog for me honestly, and I'm not retaining much) but I may have better luck with John Keay's "India: A History" which I also left stranded over the Fall semester. This book reads much better and has a lot of the cross-discipline research that I appreciate. Am unsure if 'finishing' books you start last year (that weren't started in the last week) count but what the heck. I need all the help I can get.

I notice it's become harder for me to just relax and read unless it's for an assignment. There's a guilt attached to pleasure reading I never used to have.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Shattuck Sliver

Had arrived at the Downtown BART to run errands and took a shot of Sliver.. the entrance beckons but the relocated pizzeria is awaiting final approvals and all.

Shattuck Sliver

Sunday, August 19, 2018

A Black Tie on Telegraph

My Peet's app had a free birthday drink offer which would expire on the 22nd. So happened to visit the Telegraph & Dwight location with only a couple days to spare.
Birthday "Black Tie"

Peet's on Telegraph

Telegraph Ave from the bus shelter near Dwight:

Saturday, August 18, 2018

2018 Reading Challenge IV

Where did the time go??
Reading Challenge (AUG)

I am about 10 books ahead of schedule, (not sure if GRE vocab cards should count as a book so not really counting that) but I barely put a dent in the STACKS of books I had waiting for me to read this Summer break. I can't say I spent the weeks doing much of anything but relexing and catching up on all the sleep I was missing out on this past school year.

I don't expect that I will get to read much outside of school-related things for a while here on out, but I will keep at it!

Friday, August 17, 2018

Oori Rice Triangles

I spent Friday failing most my GRE exam, and when we got back to the East Bay I was super hungry having not dared to leave the testing area to have a snack (it takes some time to wait to sign out & sign back in I observed while waiting to sign in to take my test).

Oori Rice Triangles

Oori Rice Triangles had opened a while ago and so I was finally getting around to checking it out. It's a short walk up College from the Rockridge BART station (near Claremont). One of the things that made me wary of places like this is that the rice triangles are wrapped in nori. I don't eat fish of any kind, nor do I eat seaweed. I wasn't sure if I would find something I would want to order, but fortunately, they had plates (small and large).

I ordered a *small* rice plate with Teriyaki Chicken:
Chicken Teriyaki RIce Plate (small)
It's a simple dish that is served with shelled edamame. It was plenty of food and I was filled up. I think this is the sort of meal I should have head before heading to the testing center.

SeanYoda was with me and ordered the "3 Meat Plate" which was about $10.95 and was a choice of 3 types of meat served over rice:
3 meat Sampler plate
He went with the Chicken as well as the Short Rib and Spicy Pork. He let me try his Short Rib and the Spicy Pork and I liked the Short Rib best of the three. The flavor was really good and a bonus was that the bones had been removed. I would probably order the small plate with Spare Rib next time.

SeanYoda said he'd give the Rice Triangles a go next time.

Drinks are from a cooler as well as water and hot tea.

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Streetcars on Market

One of the things I like to do when I head to the City to visit the Main Library is to take pix of the old streetcars that run along Market as part of the "Market Street Railway"(an active moving museum of historic streetcars from around the world).

You can learn more about the Market Street Railway here. If you want to see the streetcar livery yourself (not the cable cars), you'll want to hang out near the Ferry Building (or along the Embarcadero) or somewhere on Market. There are several cafes where you can see the streetcars just fine.

5 July 2018 I snapped a couple shots:

Birmingham, Alabama No.1077 (Built 1947)
Birmingham, AL.

San Diego, California No.1078 (Built 1946)
San Diego

From here on out, I'm going to try and do a series of posts whenever I find one of my old pix or take new ones. I figure that way they're all in one place!

updated 6 August 2018

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Through the Gate

15 July I spent the afternoon with a friend walking the Golden Gate Bridge.

The Bridge with Fort Point in the foreground:


We made it to the other side... Marin County sign:

After the walk, we hung out at the Roundhouse Cafe to drink some Cocoa..
Roundhouse Cafe

...and then watched one more ship pass beneath the bridge.

Monday, June 11, 2018

2018 Reading Challenge / Summer Reading III

I'm about 4 books ahead right now..

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I am several in right now. School kept me busy (many of these titles are things I read for school or because of papers I was writing.

Most books below I've acquired at book sales over the last year and picked up at used bookstores when shopping for other books. I don't have them all gathered in one spot, but there's enough to give one an idea of what I'll be keeping busy with the next couple months:

My current reads (including a library book):
Summer Reading 2018
current reads...

and several of the books I hope to read:
Summer Reading 2018

Right now I"m having trouble relaxing enough to feel comfortable reading. I keep thinking I have homework I should be doing, so there's the relaxing and not feeling guilty for reading for pleasure right now. Hopefully, I can get it together & hurry up & relax!