Gilmore Girls Book Challenge

1984 by George Orwell
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy✔️
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank✔️
Archidamian War by Donald Kagan
The Art of Fiction by Henry James
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Atonement by Ian McEwan✔️
Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
Babe by Dick King-Smith
Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath✔️
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney✔️
The Bhagava Gita
The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a Village in the Forest, and Saved 1,200 Jews by Peter Duffy
Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel
A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley✔️
Brick Lane by Monica Ali
Bridgadoon by Alan Jay Lerner
Candide by Voltaire
The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer✔️
Carrie by Stephen King
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger✔️
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White✔️
The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman
Christine by Stephen King
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens✔️
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
The Collected Short Stories by Eudora Welty
The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty by Eudora Welty
A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare✔️
Complete Novels by Dawn Powell
The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton
Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas père
Cousin Bette by Honor’e de Balzac
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber – started and not finished
The Crucible by Arthur Miller✔️
Cujo by Stephen King
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Daisy Miller by Henry James✔️
Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
The Da Vinci -Code by Dan Brown
Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
Deenie by Judy Blume
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx
The Divine Comedy by Dante✔️
The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
Don Quijote by Cervantes✔️
Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe✔️
Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
Eloise by Kay Thompson
Emily the Strange by Roger Reger
Emma by Jane Austen✔️
Empire Falls by Richard Russo
Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
Ethics by Spinoza
Europe through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves
Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
Extravagance by Gary Krist
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury✔️
Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore
The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan
Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
The Fellowship of the Ring: Book 1 of The Lord of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien (TBR)
Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce
Fletch by Gregory McDonald
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our 43rd President by Jacob Weisberg
Gidget by Fredrick Kohner
Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
The Gospel According to Judy Bloom
The Graduate by Charles Webb
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald✔️
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens✔️
The Group by Mary McCarthy
Hamlet by William Shakespeare✔️
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling✔️
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling✔️
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad✔️
Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare
Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare
Henry V by William Shakespeare
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris
The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton
House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III (Lpr)
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss✔️
How the Light Gets in by M. J. Hyland
Howl by Allen Gingsburg
The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
The Iliad by Homer
I’m with the Band by Pamela des Barres
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy
It Takes a Village by Hillary Clinton
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare✔️
The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair✔️
Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito
The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Lady Chatterleys’ Lover by D. H. Lawrence
The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman✔️
The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield
Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis✔️
Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway
The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
Lord of the Flies by William Golding✔️
The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Love Story by Erich Segal
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
The Manticore by Robertson Davies
Marathon Man by William Goldman
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken
The Merry Wives of Windsro by William Shakespeare
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka✔️
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin
Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor
A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman
Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret
A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and It’s Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh
My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken
My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen
New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
Night by Elie Wiesel
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen✔️
The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke, Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan
Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Old School by Tobias Wolff
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
On the Road by Jack Kerouac✔️
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
Oracle Night by Paul Auster
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Othello by Shakespeare
Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
Out of Africa by Isac Dineson
The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky✔️
Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington
Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche
The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen✔️
Property by Valerie Martin
Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon
Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
Quattrocento by James Mckean
A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall
Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe✔️
The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman
The Return of the King: The Lord of the Rings Book 3 by J. R. R. Tolkien (TBR) – read
R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
Rita Hayworth by Stephen King
Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert
Roman Fever by Edith Wharton
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare✔️
A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf✔️
A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi
Sanctuary by William Faulkner
Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kid
Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman
Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
Sexus by Henry Miller
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Shane by Jack Shaefer
The Shining by Stephen King
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton
Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Small Island by Andrea Lev
Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers
Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore
The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de Burgos
The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker
Songbook by Nick Hornby
The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
Sonnets from the Portuegese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner✔️
Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
A Streetcar Named Desiree by Tennessee Williams✔️
Stuart Little by E. B. White✔️
Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway✔️
Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett
Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
Time and Again by Jack Finney
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee✔️
The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
The Trial by Franz Kafka
The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
Ulysses by James Joyce
The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Unless by Carol Shields
Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third series) by Joe Harvard
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
Walt Disney’s Bambi by Felix Salten
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel Sinker
What Colour is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles
What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell
When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire – started and not finished
The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

"My" plan

FACT. I have the constant need to feel in control (of my academic career)…

I graduated high-school in ‘08 and have been at this higher education thing for about 5 years now. This freaked me out. It’s only supposed to take me 4 years to get through my undergrad! What am I doing with my life?! What do I want to be when I grow up?! English major, no dance major, no premed major: NO…Every semester I plan out what courses I need to enroll in only to find that this field was not the one I want to devote the rest of my life to. As frustrating as it was I finally realized “my” plan does not matter. It only makes me freak out.

I’m happy to report I’ve landed on Mass Communications. So here’s to not knowing what will come of that and being okay with whatever He has in store…

books to read..

  1. atlas shrugged 
  2. catch-22
  3. bordertown
  4. 1984
  5. moby dick
  6. the scarlet letter
  7. alice’s adventures in wonderland
  8. little women
  9. huckleberry finn
  10. the picture of dorian gray
  11. ulysses
  12. the trial
  13. charlotte’s web
  14. lolita
  15. the fountainhead
  16. the grapes of wrath
  17. a clockwork orange
  18. the sun also rises
  19. the call of the wild
I am Yours, do what You wish. I am Yours, I am Yours, and I know this. Whatever happens next is in Your hands, in Your plans- nothing less. Every day there is a choice, and through the joy, through the pain I will rejoice. I am Yours, do what You wish. I am Yours, I am Yours and I know this
Bryce Avary @therocketsummer

dormlife. part four.

so, this semester was a success!

As much as I enjoyed living “on my own”, I’m glad to be back home with my family, and good food. I’ve been off for about a week and it has been an adjustment getting back to doing things like cleaning my own bathroom and doing dishes, but its well worth it. Sterry Hall was a very old building and it had the weirdest scent (moldy old home & their owners) and throughout the semester my sister would complain about my clothes having that odor. I knew not what she spoke of until we moved all of my things out of the dorm and back home. In short, IT STINKS!! Hopefully in the semesters to come the res halls won’t have that same scent or be any worse.

I’m very glad its summer, but because my future is “Leslie A. Alonzo, M.D.”, my major is biology and there is NO time for breaks. That being said, hello summer semester at ACC.

One month off and its back to the world of academia. But it’s not so bad, the nerd in me is getting bored with watching nonsense on tv all day and not having anything to do (but on the bright side i’ve taught myself how to play the piano…).

☀ So here’s to the shortest summer ever! ☀

dormlife. part three.

busy. although the posts have been on temporary hiatus, by mind certainly has not. these past few weeks have been filled with the out pour of information from the very qualified minds that stand before me each day and relay concepts and ideas that stand between me and an above average gpa.

my taste buds are just now starting to resent panda’s orange chicken and white rice and the hut’s pepperoni pizza. but i must say it hasn’t reached the point of refusal or repulsion, so i’d say everything’s okay. the arduos terrain is not so difficult to handle anymore. in fact, mine just might qualify as the aforementioned ”texas state legs”.

i finally attended a campus ministry organization meeting and was quite surprised. i say finally because for the first couple of weeks i had every excuse i could think of not to go. the idea of walking into a new place solo in itself hindered any action.  on top of the fact that i didn’t want to end up walking into an uncomfortable situation with “Jesus Freaks” that were a little too freaky. But much to my surprise, this organization was refreshingly similar, yet so different, to that of my past. It’s nice to know that while thrust into the world, there are others out there who “believe that what they believe is really real” just as much as i do. the plans for making this a habitual task have already been set in motion.

i am experiencing new things; some of which are not so pleasant. for example the scent of drugs is one i never thought i’d know, but in fact have been exposed to. (before you freak out it was involuntary, secondhand, and unsought after, but what can one expect while spending the evening with drizzy and his buddies?) curiosity of the aroma and its affects were diminished, however the choice is still quite curious to me. the characters that sat two feet in from of me didn’t realize the ramifications of engaging in such behavior in a public setting. in a word: police. they were escorted from the building however, many others had the same idea and by the end of the night, the arena was foggy and i was freaking out a little. the nerd in me couldn’t help but think of my precious brain cells and lungs that were suffering. sure, some might say i was being dramatic, but hey, one can never really be too cautious with those things. anyway, crisis averted. i exited in one piece and my brain function has been fine, at least i hope ;). 

one of my “new” favorite things (in the free time i rarely have between lectures, labs, and the ever present homework that hovers over my head) is rediscovering great things. i.e. music, movies, books. some of which i’ve heard, seen, or read, others that are completely new to be but old to the rest of the world.

  • Hootie and the Blowfish. i forgot how awesome Darius Rucker is! i mean i know he branched off to a solo country career that isn’t horrible, but is not nearly as good as the old days.
  • Dawson’s Creek. i knew of the show and distinctly remember a certain person  in my family watching it when i was younger (but i won’t mention any names). It’s a great show. The dialogue is very witty and although the plot makes it obvious, the diction often makes me forget that the characters are only sixteen years old.
  • On the Road. Jack Keruoac. i’m in the beginning stages of a reread. 8th or 9th grade was sort of a long time ago, and i do remember liking the book, but i feel like i should reread it once more and see if and what i missed the first time through.

(coincidentally, all of these things remind me of my older brother. non-coincidentally, i really miss that guy!… oops perhaps i said too much…)

well, spring break is just around the corner. and i can not wait! i recently took a look at the rest of my life—the future. and the verdict is in. i am going to be swamped for the next couple of years. it hit me like a ton of bricks and i had a momentary panic attack. what i thought was a smart plan to get all of my general undergrad courses out of the way first… sucks! now the remeaining semesters will be jam packed with bio, chem, physics, calculus, and upper level spanish clasess. YAY! 

for now that is all. life in the dormitory is studious.

dormlife. part two.

imagefirst week of classes was a success.

the campus is basically an outdoor gym. fully equipped with multiple stair climbers and many inclined treadmills over 457 acres. the library is seven stories and giant :D! scary sterry is four stories and there is no elevator. i’m told that within a few weeks i’ll have “texas state legs” (i guess that’s a good thing?…we’ll see)

not only will i get a physical workout, but also a mental.

my classes: organismal bio lecture and lab, calc I, span IV, and us history. so far so good. homework includes spending hundreds of dollars on textbooks, (oh the price we pay for knowledge…) and tons of time reading them. oh and as part of my calculus class i have to keep a blog (yeah! for math!) documenting my “learning journey” throughout the semester.

my roommate, R.K., well, she’s pretty awesome. turns out she’s from the small town where my brother lives. (small world, right?)

the dining hall food doesn’t come close to what my mom can whip up in the kitchen, of course, but it suffices. i’m just not used to eating this much junk everyday. chick-fil-a, pizza hut, einstein brothers. and although my week was interrupted by a day of sickness, mommy lives close enough that she came and gave me soup and crackers. (wonderwoman!)

hmmm.. what more can i say. i like it here.

more to come soon.

dormlife. part one.

a new chapter of my life is here. the past few days have been filled with shopping, packing, moving, and more shopping. for the first time, i’m leaving the bird nest and will experience dorm life. apparently i’m attending a very well known “party school”. although those are definitely not my plans, i am excited to call myself a bobcat. tonight is the first night “on my own”.

i’ve yet to meet my roommate. so unfortunately the only person i know on campus is Murel from the veteran’s affairs office, but he’s old, and not really a potential candidate for a forever friend.

tomorrow’s agenda includes a campus tour, obtaining my student id, and making some new friends. (oh, and i am really looking forward to see the campus library). 

but as far as tonight, my chair pillow, sherpa blanket and some tv are calling my name.

more to come…

hmm.. any takers?

So I was excepted to Texas State and I move January 10. Here’s the kicker… it would be nice to have some spending money. So I am on a scholarship hunt. And in doing so, here is a site for my fellow broke college students.

 For each person who registers for Fastweb via my personal referral link during the Promotion Period, I will earn one entry into this month’s drawing…

http://www.fastweb.com/referral/LeslieA135

So, sign up if you’re interested.. they’ll match you and your studies to scholarships that fit. And, once you sign up you can follow in my footsteps and try to win some money for yourself!

Thanks in advance…

Re-Post (a year and twenty four days ago!)


TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2011

The Move

Twas the day before Christmas, all the packing was done.

We set off to Austin, a new life had begun.

The Yukon XL was jam packed with our stuff.

Twenty-four hours of driving we knew would be tough.

Our family was nestled all snug in our seats,

While bilboards and state signs passed by on the streets.

And Kumbs in his ‘kercheif and us in our coats

Had just settled the nerves and the lumps in our throats.

When there up ahead a sign had been spotted,

"Now Leaving S.C." our stomachs were knotted.

Goodbye to our hometown we looked back at it all,

We’re on to our next stop, the next port of call.

The sun in the sky had just started to rise,

and new beginnings could be seen in our eyes.

We stopped here and there for a few needed breaks,

and we all agreed not to eat Steak ‘N Shake.

A few hours more of driving remained,

We decided to continue and no one complained.

When, what to my wandering eyes should appear,

Eleven fifty-five! Christmas was near!

Midnight had struck and my sis was at rest,

but we commenced the gift giving as we headed out west.

The excitement of Christmas would soon reach its peak,

"Welcome to Texas" we all let out a shriek!

Our trip was now ending and we had finally arrived,

Twenty four hours in the Yukon and we made it, survived!

Unloaded what seemed like a lifetime of stuff,

But would soon realize the amount was still not enough.

In the months that would follow we’d explore all the sites,

And soon we’d be called true “Austinites”.