Thursday, May 31, 2007

One More Day!

Calling all readers!

There is just one day until SRC Round 2 offically begins! If you want to join send an email to amandaweeklyzen@yahoo.com to receive an invite to the blog. Requests to join will only be accepted until JUNE 7, 2007. Many people are already there and planning their summer reading so head on over and check it out!

Challenge begins June 1, 2007 and ends August 1, 2007.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

National Parks

As I mentioned earlier one of the things that hubby, furbaby and I plan on doing this summer is seeing the National Parks near us. A couple of days ago we got back from our first trip and next month we will kick off the tour with Yellowstone. I love seeing the national parks and I know I am not the only one. Check out this flickr groups...

US National Parks
US National Parks and Places
Park Canada
Not to mention there are parks for each individual national park like this one...
Rocky Mountain National Park

Here are some of my favorite moments from our recent trip...
Wondering

Cliff Palace Wide


Do you have any favorite national park moments?

Monday, May 21, 2007

SRC Round 2 Getting going

SRC Round two is starting to get under way over at the Summer Reading Challenge blog. There is still plenty of time to sign up just send an email with your name, email address (so I can send the invite), and blog address to amandaweeklyzen@yahoo.com. The challenge officially beings JUNE 1 and END AUGUST 1. The rules are not that strict, the main thing is to have fun and try to get some of that reading you always wanted to do done this summer.

PS... Amy, Wendy, Mary Ann,and Valerie please send me an email so I can send you an invite.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Ways of Seeing by John Berger



"Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak. But there is also another sense in which seeing comes before words. It is seeing which establishes our place in the surrounding world; we explain that world with words, but words can never undo the fact that we are surrounded by it. " (7)

This little gem from the 1972 is well worth the read. It examines our relationship between seeing and representation. I read this book in conjunction with “The Book of Portraiture” by Steve Tomasula. I like how both books explore the way in which once there is representation there can be misrepresentation. Both also question what it means to be original. Take for instance a picture of yourself...is it a fair representation of yourself or is it a completely different person. "Ways of Seeing" can be a deeply philosophical book or it can be a mere exercise in seeing, either way it is a pleasure to read and see.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Summer Reading Challenge Round 2

***SRC Round 2 now has a blog! If you would like to join the challenge please email Amanda at amandaweeklyzen@yahoo.com to receive a invite. ***

So I have been asked by a couple of people if I would host SRC Round two this year.I had not planned on it because so many people are hosting wonderful reading challenge already, but if people are interested I will be happy to set up round two, complete with awesome blog.

Let me know on the comments of this post if you are interested in SRC round two. If you have at least 30 responses before June 1, I set up the challenge to begin on June 1.

Happy Reading!
Amanda

Current Challenges and Read Alongs
Tilting at Windmills: Reading Don Quixote
Once Upon a Time: Mythology, Folklore, Fairy Tale and Fantasy
Chunkster Challenge
Southern Reading Challenge
Summer Reading Mystery Challenge

National Park Tour Trip #1

Southern CO trip May 2007

Just back from our four day tour of a few of the National Parks in Southern Colorado. We had a great time. Hubby and I loved Mesa Verde National park. There you can find the ruins of the Pueblo people from around 1400 years ago. What really excited us about this park is the fact that they allow you (for an extra $3/per person with a ranger) to explore the ruins close up and personal. Maverick's favorite spot was the Great Sand Dunes National park. He loved jumping through the sand and even settled down and took a nap (snoring and all) in the sand. People take sleds and slide down the dunes. We tent camped at a site with a great view of the dunes, but if you have never camped in a national park and you like it quiet I do not recommend tent camping at the dunes. It was packed on a Wednesday!

Overall it was a great trip. We still plan on seeing more of the Rocky Mountain National Park and Yellowstone so there are plenty more national park photos to follow. If you want to tour the national parks near you I highly recommend buying the national parks pass for $80. The three parks in Southern Colorado already paid us back the cost of the pass.

Friday, May 11, 2007

All Things Girl May

The latest All Things Girl is up and two of my photos are in the issue:

Pedestrian Bridge
pedestrian bridge


Which Way?
Which Way?


Now that I have officially finished the Spring semester (yesterday!!!) hubby, furbaby and I are taking off to see our local national parks. Coming soon tons of photos from the beautiful national and state parks of Colorado!

All Things Girl Home | My Other Submissions

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Reading 2007

I am an MA student of Literature with a focus on 18th and 19th century English Literature. My MA thesis will be on Henry Fielding's Tom Jones and other 18th century novels.

As an MA student of Literature I read ALOT! Here are some links to my posts about my reading adventures...
Finished Reading
2007
2006
2005
Recommended Reading

Reading Groups
Knit the Classics
Summer Reading Challenge Round Two

Find other books posts here