The story behind the name:

One evening, at the Old Broadway Grill in Fargo, North Dakota, my brother caught the end of a Mountain Dew commercial. In the commercial, a Mountain Dew drinker was riding a shark in the ocean. My brother exclaimed in surprise, not realizing that it was a commercial. When I told him he declared "All I saw was a guy coming out of the shower with a shark." Of course, he meant water, but the idea of showering with sharks has been with me ever since.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

A Life in Books

I had an excellent discussion with Ali this morning about books. I don't really remember how it started, but I brought up The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. It occurred to me that I've been reading that series for over half my life! I read the first three books in 8th grade. My mom bought them thinking they were a trilogy. All my reading life, mom and I have been plagued by these great books that wind up being parts of longer series. We pick one up, love it, and then are cursed to wait for years and years for the rest of the books to come out. Well, Mom thought she was being really clever buy all three at once so that wouldn't happen this time. HA! Little did she know that she was going to get us hooked into what has turned out to be a 12 book, 15 year (so far) ongoing saga of reading... and waiting... and reading... and waiting... and still waiting... for the 12 and final book.

I have been getting to bed later than usual all week this week. This has resulted in a more tired than normal Kristen. It started Sunday night when I stayed up late reading. That seemed to set the precedent for the week. Last night I was up later than usual reading Astonishing X-Men: Torn. It is excellent. I am both really glad and sort of ticked at my brother for getting me the graphic novels for Christmas. I'm really glad 'cause they are awesome and written by Joss Whedon whom I love and adore. I am ticked because... like the Robert Jordan books... I am one installment short of the full series! And I found out this morning that I have to wait until July to get the last book. So, now I'm not sure what will happen to everyone on Breakworld. One of the X-Men is not supposed to make it (which I totally believe, because Joss loves to kill off main characters). But who? I hope not Kitty or Colossus. Or Wolverine. Or Cyclops. Maybe they'll kill stupid Agent Brand. But I guess I'll wait until July to find out. The absolute best is when Wolverine is devolved into a scared little British boy. Hilarious.

Other series that have kept me hanging have been (are): A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, the Dragon Prince series by Melanie Rawn (remember those? I should re-read them), The Sword of Truth books by Terry Goodkind, and, of course, Harry Potter by JK Rowling.

I really like books. There is nothing better than a rainy day, a good book, and a delicious warm beverage. I just remembered that I have a B and N gift card left over from my birthday. I may have to head over there this weekend to spend it.

There are ridiculous film students outside my office door right now eating pizza roles and being obnoxious. I can't like it.


  1. i wish to be congratulated. I read both yours and
    that other guy's blogs from beginning to end. Yours
    is superior due in part to the lovely graphics. Very professional. That other person's blog is just words--
    lots of them. I have some suggestions for your non-
    fiction reading list: The Five Equations That Changed the World; Freakonomics; The Tipping Point; Eat, Love,
    Pray; American Salons; The New Earth; Mindfulness;
    Marley and Me. When you've finished those I can come
    up with more. Take care and watch out for falling tree

  2. Thank you very much for the suggestions. I have read Mindfulness and loved it. I have heard of several of the others and will be looking for them at the library... Perhaps this weekend as the weather is supposed to be yucky again.