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It's been a long time since I've talked about actually reading something. It's a little bit of a hit or miss right now, so I try to soak it up when I'm in the mood for it.
Currently Reading...I've spent the better part of last two weeks reading The Underground Girls of Kabul, and nothing else. It's a well-written book, mind you, but also littered with generalizations and a tone of something I can't put a word to yet. It's not condescension exactly (the author's tone is way too neutral for that) but there is a sense that the women in the West are better than Afghan women (better, not just better off). I'll need to think through that more. I know for sure that if I were Afghan and reading it, I would be .. maybe annoyed? frustrated? But how much of it is because of that sense of being looked down upon versus the subject of the book, is not clear yet. Hopefully after a few days of absent pondering, I'll have gotten to my point.

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The Sunday Salon -- July 11, 2010

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Boy, what a hectic week that was! I finished four books, and did a hell lotta work as well! I guess I'm one of those who function best when the day's busy. I went on only about 5-6 hours of sleep each day, and by Friday evening, I could hardly keep my eyes open. At least, only 3 more weeks of these nightmares and sleepless nights, and then I'll be done with grad school! Woo hoo!

So, another week - come and gone, and with each day, my defense is coming closer. Butterflies are beginning to invade my tummy! I will be blogging less often over the next 3 weeks. I do have quite a few reviews written, plus I'll keep you posted on what's happening in my dreary life on Sundays. But I will not be worrying about blogging, while I get my thesis in shape. I will also be swinging by your blogs far less often. I still haven't caught up with last week's posts. Please don't think I'm being rude, I've hardly taken any free time last week, other than for reading. But I'll definitely come by whenever I need a break. I will make sure to at least read your posts, even if I don't seem to be commenting as often. I'll be back in shape soon as I am done with my defense, and then I would love to spend those 2 weeks before I start work just reading and catching up with your posts.

I do have to choose the winner of my Birthday giveaway, and I'll be announcing that later today. Stay tuned!

By the way, is it just me, or is this summer really unbearably hot? I can hardly get through 5 minutes of walking in the sun before feeling as if my skin is on fire. I'm risking tanning just to feel comfortable, it sure feels horribly scorching!

Happy reading and happy blogging!

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Congrats in advance on finishing grad school!
bermudaonion said…
Forget about the blogs while you're finishing up your thesis. We'll be here when you get back. Just make sure you save a little time for lunch next Saturday!
Wow, you're almost done school - that's great! And don't worry about not having time to blog/comment. We understand. :D
Finishing grad school...I remember when I was officially done. It was an amazing high and a strange low. Now what? Allow yourself to enjoy it to the fullest!

And I think everywhere in the country is unbearably hot these days except Santa Barbara. We are having foggy mornings and afternoons in the low 70s.
Molly said…
Congratulations on being so close to the finish line! I know these next three weeks will just fly by. I am cheering you on!
Ash said…
Congrats on being so close to the end! I think this summer has been really hot as well, I used to walk in the afternoons but lately I've been waiting until the evening to go out. Even in a tank top and shorts I'm still sweating like crazy.
You are almost there...you go girl, and YES it's been unbearably hot! Better today though.
Tales of Whimsy said…
I know you will do awesome :)
*hugs*
Valerie said…
Hang in there -- it's just three weeks away! So sorry you have to endure the heat at the same time!