Monday, November 19, 2012

52. The Chronicles of Narnia

I just finished reading all 7 books in the Narnia series.  I have had them in my classroom library for a bunch of years and I always wanted to read them, but I never really had the push to pick them up. The students in my class this year have been that push.  They have been amazing readers and have really challenged me to also keep pressing forward in keeping reading.  I have them to thank for getting through these books.

I was also encouraged to read these books because they are on my list of books that I should read.  The more I look at this list the more I realize that it is really screwed up.  It lists The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe as one book, but it also lists The Chronicles of Narnia as another book.  The Narnia series is 7 books, not just one.  Oh well.  Now I just need to read one more book off that list and I will be finished with that goal.  I have a couple of the books loaded on my kindle ready to go.  Now I just have to figure out which one will be next.

Also, I just finished my sixty-first book since I started this list.  I am pretty proud and I am beginning to believe that I will be able to make it to 100 by the end of the 1001 days.

I have been so thankful for the website as it has given me a chance to keep track of the books that I have read.  It also helps me by giving me the chance to keep track of books that I want to read in the future. It makes it a lot easier to keep track of books.  For that I am thankful.

Friday, November 9, 2012

55. I passed my comps!

This means very little to most, but I just got this letter in the mail yesterday.

This summer I worked on my comprehensive exam for the program.  This required me doing the equivelant of 3 research papers over a two week timeframe.  It was as fun as it sounds. 

I am officially "intellectually mature!"  That means nothing, but what this letter does mean is that I am now considered to be ABD.  That means that I have finished most of the requirements of the program and now just have to complete my dissertation.  That is no easy task, but the last 3 years haven't really been that easy either.

Getting this letter is an incredible weight off my shoulders.  The other letter that could have come would have told me that I would need to redo the exam and do one to three of those papers again.  I am so happy that I don't have to do that!

This isn't a goal down, but it is a step in that direction.