Memorial Weekend Part Deux

Warning: Picture Heavy!

Saturday morning we were to meet up around 8:30 at the dive site. The fog coming up out of the hills was breath taking and this picture doesn’t do it justice!

When your tanks are filled at the shop, they place stickers on them to let you know. For some reason I stuck mine on hubby… I’m just not sure why…

This is the table we normally set up at. The water levels are so high that the water was right here… usually you have to walk across the gravel bar to get to the water.


Memorial Weekend Part 1

So I planned on doing Memorial Weekend in one post… but I’m at like 36ish photos already… and that just gets me to Friday. Oy!

I pretty much spent my whole week at the lake last week, which was all well and good, except… the weather forecast sucked. I started watching the week before and there was pretty much chances of rain all weekend long. And I’m pretty sure it rained at some point every day. Luckily a friend of ours let us borrow their camper and it had a slide out so it was like having a nice house. That was great for letting Abug down on the floor to play. Whew!

It was a long story as to why I wound up at the lake the whole week but we went down Tuesday evening when hubby got off work and I camped out. He drove from the lake to work and I spent my days alone with Abug or with my FIL who came down to stay Wednesday afternoon.

When we got to the lake we had to fill the camper up with water. Then it was time to go park it. Baby girl had never been to the lake so we definitely needed a documentation selfie!

Once the camper was set, we decided to go eat dinner at Short Stop. Luckily we did because Tbug and hubby got sick Memorial Day (Monday) and we didn’t get to stop on our way home.


Day 4 & 5 of the Conference – Chicago, IL

Day 4 of the conference we ate breakfast, attended sessions, walked around the expo center… you know much of the same.


That night they had an attendee celebration. They catered in 30 local restaurants who had bite sized food. The rough part of it was that you stood in a line for a while for just a bite. The good thing was the food was good.


Day 2 & 3 – Chicago & ChiSox Restaurant

So thanks for indulging me. My wifey is better at this blogging than I am. She’s wordier.

They fed us breakfast (everyday) but I didn’t take pictures of it.

Tuesday was Cinco de Mayo so they fed us Mexican. You’re looking at it. (Tamale’s, corn, chips & salsa, rice)

This was a really cool waterfall behind the McCormick Center. It’s out facing Lake Michigan.

And here’s Lake Michigan. Pretty much every day we were there the weather looked like this.

Wifey told me about Starbucks Frappachino deal May 1-10. The McCormick center had 2 Starbucks so I thought I’d go indulge. Yeah, I got there before 3. Oh well… I still got something.


Day 1 & Weber Grill Restaurant

If there’s one thing I’ve learned being married to my wife for close to 5 years, if I don’t take pictures she’ll disown me. And now she’s making me blog. Yup. {He knows me so well :)}

So if you haven’t gathered, the conference was in Chicago at the McCormick Place Conference Center. They fed us breakfast.

Then we got to stand in line to go to the Keynote address.


It’s Not Officially Summer

My Cinco de Mayo celebration after class. Yes I’m using a clothes basket as a table.

Are you thinking… Well Duh? I would be but I know why I titled that that way… neener neener neener. Oh fine I’ll share…

Last night was my last night of classes for the semester. Booyah! Now technically I have a final to turn in and a final project to turn in due by 10am on Friday but otherwise… no more classes for the spring semester. I’m doing a happy dance if you can’t tell.

But my summer isn’t going to be all butterflies and kittens. Nope Nope Nope. Instead I get to read 50+ish books. So I’m going to show you my reading list so you can keep me accountable, deal?

First round of comps come this fall. I’m scared!


COLONIAL (Beginnings to 1820)




Benjamin Franklin: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Part 1




Anne Bradstreet: “The Prologue,” “The Author to Her Book,” “Contemplations,” “A Letter to Her Husband, Absent upon Public Employment,” “Here Follows Some Verses Upon the Burning of Our House”
ROMANTIC (1820-1865)




Nathaniel Hawthorne: The Scarlet Letter, “Young Goodman Brown,” “The Birth-Mark”




Henry David Thoreau: Walden, “Resistance to Civil Government”




Walt Whitman: “Song of Myself,” “Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking,” “The Wound-Dresser”



REALISTIC (1865-1914)




Mark Twain: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn


Kate Chopin: The Awakening




Frederick Douglass: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass




Emily Dickinson (grouped by theme) 


  • #207 (#214): I taste a liquor never brewed –
  • #320 (#258): There’s a certain Slant of Light
  • #359 (#328): A Bird came down the Walk –
  • #905 (#861): Split the Lark – and you’ll find the Music 

Death, Immortality, Religion:

  • #124 (#216): Safe in their Alabaster Chambers –
  • #236 (#324): Some keep the Sabbath going to Church
  • #202 (#185): “Faith” is a fine invention

Mind, Soul, and Self:

  • #620 (#435): Much Madness is divinest Sense –
  • #339 (#241): I like a look of Agony,
  • #598 (#632): The Brain – is wider than the Sky –
  • #312 (#252): I can wade Grief –

MODERN (1914-1950)




William Faulkner: The Sound and the Fury


Zora Neale Hurston: Their Eyes Were Watching God




T.S. Eliot: The Waste Land, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”


Langston Hughes: “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” “I, Too,” “Dream Boogie,” “Cross,” “Mulatto,” “Christ in Alabama,” “Mother to Son,” “Homecoming,” “Green Memory,” “Silhouette,” “Let America Be America Again,” “Harlem [Dream Deferred],” “Theme for English B,” “Song for a Dark Girl”


Robert Frost: “Design,” “Out, Out―,” “Birches,” “After Apple-Picking,” “The Road Not Taken,” “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” “Desert Places,” “Mending Wall,” “Home-Burial,” “Acquainted with the Night,” “Directive”




Tennessee Williams: A Streetcar Named Desire



POST WW II (1950-Present)




Toni Morrison: Beloved


Flannery O’Connor: “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” “Good Country People,” “Everything That Rises Must Converge,” “Revelation.”





Gwendolyn Brooks: “The Bean Eaters,” “We Real Cool,” “The Near-Johannesburg Boy,” “An Aspect of  Love, Alive in the Ice and Fire: La Bohem Brown,” “the mother,” “kitchenette,” “the children of the poor” (1-5), “A Lovely Love,” “To Those of My Sisters Who Kept Their Naturals,” “The Chicago Picasso, 1986”


Allen Ginsberg: “Howl,” “America,” “A Supermarket in California,” “Sunflower Sutra”




David Henry Hwang: M. Butterfly

British Literature: Core List

1.     Beowulf, “Deor,” “The Dream of the Rood,” “The Wanderer”
2.     Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
3.     Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales: “The General Prologue,” “The Miller’s Prologue and Tale,” “The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale,” “The Clerk’s Tale,” “The Franklin’s Tale,” “The Pardoner’s Prologue & Tale,” “The Nun’s Priest’s Tale” (may be read in translation)
4.     Sidney, An Apology for Poetry
5.     Shakespeare, Hamlet
6.     Shakespeare, MacBeth
7.     Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice
8.     Milton, Paradise Lost (Books 1, 2, 4, & 9)
9.     Pope, The Rape of the Lock
10.  Fielding, Joseph Andrews
11.  Austen, Pride and Prejudice
12.  Wordsworth, “Preface” to Lyrical Ballads, “Lines Written a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey,” “Intimations of Immortality,” The Prelude (Books 1, 9, 10, 13, & 14)
13.  Brontë, Wuthering Heights
14.  Dickens, Little Dorrit
15.  Tennyson, In Memoriam
16.  Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
17.  Woolf, To the Lighthouse
18.  Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
19.  WWI, Yeats, and Auden bundle: Brooke, “The Soldier”; Owen, “Dulce et decorum est,” “Anthem for Doomed Youth”; Sassoon, “Glory of Women,” “Repression of War Experience,” “They”; Rosenberg, “Break of Day in the Trenches”; “; Graves, “The Next War”; Yeats, “The Wild Swans at Coole,” “The Second Coming,” “Sailing to Byzantium,” “Byzantium,” “Easter 1916,” “Leda and the Swan,” “The Lake Isle of Innisfree,” “An Irish Airman Foresees His Death,” “Under Ben Bulben,” ; Auden, “In Memory of WB Yeats,” “The Shield of Achilles,” “Musee des beaux arts,” “September 1, 1939,” “In Memory of Sigmund Freud,” “Ode to Terminus”
20. Smith, White Teeth