The End of August

I wrote a rather heartfelt post at the beginning of this month, baring my soul a little more than I probably should have. Sometimes, though, you have to let others know why you work the way you do. I felt like if I didn't share with y'all, I would be lying. And I want this … Continue reading The End of August

First Thesis Advisor Meeting!

My thesis advisor sent me an email last week, asking me to set up a time to talk with her, but in True Lauren Fashion™, I put it off. I ran into her this morning while in-between students for ENG 100 (I have 12 students that I'm tutoring individually in writing this semester), and asked … Continue reading First Thesis Advisor Meeting!

Book Review: “Welcome to Night Vale” by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cramor

Welcome to Night Vale is not your typical podcast. If you remember my post from last month about the live show, it's a podcast about a weird American Southwest town where the laws of physics and reality don't apply. I've been a fan for many years, so when I heard there was a novel coming … Continue reading Book Review: “Welcome to Night Vale” by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cramor

My Last First Day

Yesterday was my last first day of school. I started my second year of graduate school at the University of Montevallo. Classes officially started on Monday, but since I've only got one class this semester that meets on Wednesdays from 5-7:30 p.m., I considered yesterday my last first day of school. I wore my Welcome … Continue reading My Last First Day

Recipe Review: Giant Cinnamon Roll Cake

Original Recipe from Buzzfeed Tasty. First: a fair bit of warning. This dessert will take, at minimum, 2.5 hours to complete. When Heather & I started it last night, we started putting the ingredients together at 8:53 p.m. The cake came out of the oven at 12:10 a.m. So plan accordingly. The worst part about this … Continue reading Recipe Review: Giant Cinnamon Roll Cake

Top 5 Tuesdays: Top 5 Retellings

Welcome back to the Tuesday series brought to you by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm! The past two weeks have dealt with 5 Must-Read Topics & 5 Avoid At All Costs Topics. This week, I'm proud to bring you a list of my top 5 retellings, which was a lot harder to write than I thought … Continue reading Top 5 Tuesdays: Top 5 Retellings

ENG 513: Jane Austen

This fall, I'll be taking approximately one scheduled class, ENG 513, a class on Jane Austen and her works. I've got six classic Austen novels to read this semester. The class is going to be taught by a professor I've never had before, so I'm interested to see how it's going to work out. I … Continue reading ENG 513: Jane Austen

Book Review: “The Martian” by Andy Weir

"I'm [expletive.]" That's how Andy Weir's The Martian begins, with the titular human-martian, Mark Watney, stranded on Mars after a dust storm convinced his team members he was dead as they evacuated the planet. Now, with no way to "phone home," he has to figure out how to survive the several years until the next Mars … Continue reading Book Review: “The Martian” by Andy Weir

Game Obsession: Risk of Rain

I bought this game several years ago (April 2014, to be exact) because some of my friends at work were talking about it and discussing how much fun it'd be to get together and play it. So I went home, bought it for $2.99, and sat in front of my computer, fuming. It was only … Continue reading Game Obsession: Risk of Rain