Back to School Week


“What exactly happened to the promised Dalek Week and its accompanying posts?” you are likely saying to yourself right now.  “I was really looking forward to it.”

I do not blame you; I was looking forward to it too.  To figure out what happened to Dalek Week,  I think we must consider two possible explanations.

The first: due to a crack in the universe, time has been rewritten, resulting in the loss of entire events, entities, people, etc. from our consciousnesses, including Dalek Week and all posts contained therein.

The second: I was lazy and filled with malaise (malaizy, I am calling it) and did not feel like posting all week, even on a topic that inspires me as much as Daleks.

I will leave you to determine which seems more likely.  Search your heart.

Meanwhile, I have decided to table Dalek Week for another time and officially label this week “Back to School Week”, since this is the week when I go back to school and I suspect very little else will be on my mind. For strangers who read this or people who are not privy to the details of my life, school is where I work (not where I attend or matriculate) as a K-5 elementary library media specialist and technology class teacher.

My thoughts on back to school this year are surprising: I am excited!  I had to miss my entire first week due to fallout from the hurricane, and I was actually upset about it.  For the first time in maybe my entire adult life, I was really looking forward to going back to work after a vacation.

I am not exaggerating when I say this has never, ever happened to me before.  Ever.

Still, I did have a nice couple of extra days off, during which I: went to see Our Idiot Brother and enjoyed it, ate at Harry’s Bar and Burger, watched 6 straight hours of Youtube videos, reread for the tenth time or so a Nora Roberts’ book about (among other things) vampires, and took a four mile walk to Seven Stars’ Bakery for a cheese danish.  These are the kinds of things I do when I get unexpected days off.

I had to take a pause in watching Battlestar Galactica for the time being because the events at the beginning of season 3 were sinking me into a deep depression.  To counteract all that BSG, I decided the remedy I needed was a little BSC.  So I reread Babysitter’s Club #8: Boy-Crazy Stacey and Babysitter’s Club #10: Logan Likes Maryann.

Those were by far my two favorite BSC books when I was a youth, and they certainly did not disappoint.  Particularly since in Boy-Crazy Stacey, she and Maryann go to THE JERSEY SHORE with the Pike family and it was fun to imagine the antics of Snooki et. al.  occuring as a backdrop to the oodles of babysitting and boy drama.

I also went to Zumba class at my gym, which is BSC (Boston Sports Club) but that was not nearly as much fun as the Babysitter’s Club books.

Meanwhile, I am still looking forward to school.  I think this will be my breakout year, during which I discover that I am not only kind of good at my job, but actually pretty good at it.

Meanwhile, Facebook told me this today and it seems super-duper appropriate for Back to School Week here at FauxSpectacles:

On this day in 2009:

N.B. wore her (fake) glasses to school yesterday so everyone could recognize her as a Technology Teacher, which probably worked.

Covers Week 2: Judgement Day


Today we are going to take some time to judge a few books by their covers.

We’re going to use books I haven’t read so that my judgments can be  unbiased.  I am, however, going to choose those books from among those young adult books recommended to me by Amazon based on my browsing history, which means that I will have a pretty good idea what they are like and my judgments may also therefore be completely biased.

Entwined by Heather Dixon

Entwined cover, you’re pretty.  Very pretty.  I assume that because you are pretty, your book will be very good.  This is always the case in life, is it not?  I find myself intrigued by the vines in particular – will all this entwinement in the story be metaphorical (which seems likely) or literal (as implied by the presence of significant vine growth around the border)?  I cannot wait to find out.

Goliath by Scott Westerfeld

So I see gears and goggles, Goliath cover.  Also some kind of flying animal ship and a crown.  You wouldn’t happen to be a steampunk, would you?  (Also, don’t try to deny it because I know you are because I read the first two books in your series.)

Inheritance by Christopher Paolini

Hey, Inheritance cover.  I don’t take kindly to your kind around here.  And by “your kind” I mean books that stink.  How’d you end up in books that I might want to buy?  I know you’re a young adult book and I know you are about dragons and those are two things I enjoy.  Also the dragon illustration on your cover is pretty charming and that is a nice shade of green you are made of and I even like that typeface that Inheritance is written in.  But still – I can see the words “Christopher Paolini” splashed across the bottom of you, leaving me in little doubt that you are not a good book.

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Prince cover, I can tell that you are about an Asianish man who is likely made of clockwork.  Perhaps he’s also a prince?  A dragon prince, probably, judging from his glowing staff.  Then again, your predecessor Clockwork Angel also featured a young man on the cover who I had once assumed to be made of clockwork, and he was not.  I find that you are sending me mixed messages, Clockwork Variety of Characters series and I don’t much appreciate it.

Meanwhile, I have to get busy making some bear ears and watching Battlestar Galactica.  Did you know that you can follow me on Twitter now?  It’s @fauxspectacles.  So far I don’t really Tweet much, I mostly follow.  But I think I probably have lots of interesting and important things to say that you might want to hear.

Welcome Back and Themes 2: More themes


So I’ve had a suggestion for a theme week theme,  which is Little Women (perhaps also to include “…and its influence on my life”).

I like it – this is the kind of thing I am looking for.  It is specific, random, easy to talk about for the span of a week.  Take note, other 8 readers of this, because you could also send me Theme ideas!

In case you were wondering, I will begin my Theme Week Week 2 Theme (whatever I decide – I may save Little Women for a later week) on this coming Sunday.  I may experiment with the “Poll” feature I see this website supports, since I do need to post at least one more time on the subject of “Themes” before I am allowed to carry on.

I must confess, actually, that Week 1’s Theme of “Themes” is a little difficult to write on more than once.

That said, did you know that (according to anyway) some of the themes of the book Anna Karenina are “Social Change in 19th Century Russia” and “The Blessings of Family Life”?

I am currently reading Anna Karenina is why I bring this up.

ah, the blessings of family full of infidelity and lies.

Now that I am an adult who has lost the ability to read critically (although even I can see about how Vronsky’s horse Frou-Frou is going to end up being an Important Metaphor), I appreciate the internet and its wonderful resources all the more.

I am enjoying Anna Karenina more than I expected.  Though I have imposed a strict schedule of reading one “part” of the book a day (so as to complete reading the behemoth tome in a mere 8 days) I have not felt that this schedule is strict at all because of how entirely engrossed in the story I have been, almost from page 1.

I still have something like 600 pages left to read of course, so that could always change.  As I continue, I’ll keep my eyes open for more themes because Sparknotes only listed 3 (also “the Philosophical View of Farming) and I think there simply must be more, slightly more universal ones going on.