Thursday, February 19, 2015

Procrasti-blogging and Other Pursuits of Distraction

I'm taking the MCAT in 65 hours, so instead of taking another practice exam I'm going to "add another chapter" to my dad's favorite book, cuz that's how he described my blog and isn't that the sweetest darn thing you've ever heard?

Thus, a review of 2014:
Remember when I wanted to read 75 books this year? Oops, read 95. I did Goodreads "Book Challenge" and they're like, naw, 75 ain't good enuff do more do more you lazy bum. So I did. I didn't hit all the books on this list, but I did pretty well:

1. A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking (50% done) (although after this book it's hard to believe in something as simple as numbers.)
2. The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay - Michael Chabon
3. The Brother Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
4. Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
5. A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
6. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
7. The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
8. Death Comes for the Archbishop - Willa Cather 
9. Everything is Illuminated - Jonathan Safran Foer
10. Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
11. Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes
12. Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
13. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
14. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
15. The House of Mirth - Edith Wharton
16. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou 
17. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote
18. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo (2% done...)
19. The Mill on the Floss - George Eliot
20. On the Road - Jack Kerouac la la la I don't see you why did I even put you on the list....
21. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
22. Oryx & Crake - Margaret Atwood
23. The Second Sex - Simone de Beauvoir (50% done...I can't rush this book, it's definitely one to savor!)
24. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
25. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen (halfway done!)
26. Slaughterhouse-5 - Kurt Vonnegut
27. The Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner
28. The Stranger - Albert Camus
29. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
30. Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston
31. Moby Dick - Herman Melville
32. All Quiet on the Western Front - Erich Maria Remarque
33. Middlemarch - George Eliot
34. A Book of Memories - Peter Nadas
35. The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera
36. Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
37. War & Peace - Leo Tolstoy
38. Siddhartha - Herman Hesse
39. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
40. The Daughter of Time - Josephine Tey
41. A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
42. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
43. The View From Castle Rock - Alice Munro. (Basically, anything by Alice Munro.)
44. Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut
In 2013, I hit up five new countries. In 2014, I only hit two (oh, poor me, right?): Rhodes, Greece in April and Venice & Florence, Italy in July:

I wrote a grant and won some money and did some trainings (breast and cervical cancer prevention training for rural nurses) and bought some stuff (laptop and projector for my office)! Buuuut, still more work to do, including another training and site visits for monitoring and evaluation, not to mention free mammograms and paps for lots of ladies.

I taught a whole bunch of young ladies about periods and vulvas and tampons and babies, and had way too much fun making embarrassed fourteen-year-old girls say "vagina" because, for crying out loud, if you're in possession of one you might as well be able to say the proper name. (And we also had an awesome national camp and GLOW is the bomb diggety, basically.)

I got to travel all over Albania, saw some shume bukur (very beautiful) sights, hiked some awesome mountains, and spent time with truly marvelous people.

Butrint, in the far south - ancient Greek, Roman, and Venetian city

Hiking the Valbona-Thethi pass in the Albanian Alps


At this stage, I decided I wasn't feeling too well, so I took a nap. Then I woke up and puked twelve times and pulled a muscle in my back and it was literally 30 degrees in my bathroom and I was shivering so hard my knees were knocking together and it was so bad I starting laughing hysterically and then puked some more.

So, obviously, I forgot about this post. But now it's posted, aren't you glad?

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