Semi-Charmed Kind of Life...

So I've been M.I.A for awhile. I tried to go back and catch up with all my bloggie buds but I've been missing longer than I originally thought. I'm sorry I have neglected you. It's been hectic in life as of late.

I started taking a class to learn hebrew, had a few cake orders, got about three new/extra duties to do at work, planning an out of state road trip and I am about to begin the process of taking the PRAXIS for special ed teaching certification.

Busy times in Penny Lane. I have managed to read in all of this jumble and I have found that since finishing The Prince of Tides I can not find a decent book to follow up. I have started and stopped more books in the past three weeks than I ever have. Starting to get a little discouraged. Like these:

Lolita-Vladimir Nabokov- (too much of everything)
The Sound and the Fury-William Faulkner (too much repition)
A Thousand Acres-Jane Smiley (too many farming facts, not enough character development)
Mr and Mrs Fitzwilliam Darcy-Sharon Lathan (too much romance)

I can not be pleased right now. I need a book intervention! Please give me words of encouragment/advice bloggie buds!

And now for something completely different:
What do
Slim Jims


and this really radical book have in common?

They all have something to do with my current road trip! Jim has kindly hooked me up with some passes to Allentown, PA on Saturday. I'm driving out with Bud Saturday morning.

I'm pretty excited because if you remember correctly, Bud is from Minersville (about an hour out from Allentown). We are going to visit some family/friends of Bud, she's going to show me around, get a cheese steak and then head over to see the man of the hour!
We are driving back same night because the following day I get to see Jim, again, in DC.
I plan on getting hopped up on Dunkin Donuts for the drive home and am currently planning a Road Trip Playlist. I have to soundtrack every element of my life.
I'm sticking to poppy, fast, upbeat, driving music...I've already added Destiny's Child and NSYNC (haha)
Any ideas??


The Bumbles February 8, 2011 at 12:58 PM  

I told you not to start with The Sound & The Fury. You should read As I Lay Dying first.

So what did you think of Rabbit, Run? Last we spoke you were just beginning.

Have I told you a million times already to read The Book of Lost Things? That is a slump buster if ever there was one.

When I want something energetic in the car, I pop in my Def Leppard disk ;0)

BeckEye February 8, 2011 at 9:00 PM  

Lolita is pretty much amazing. I can't believe you couldn't finish it!! I was sucked in from "light of my life, fire of my loins." Jesus, that guy can write.

Penny February 10, 2011 at 10:41 AM  

Beck-I'm def gonna finish Lolita. I'm just reading it here and there and in between. :)

Sylvia!!! February 14, 2011 at 3:21 AM  

Hey, Penny! I can't find you on facebook! I feel like a stalker now. haha I found your blog link on your profile at the jew messageboard. I figure you check this more than that. haha So yeah, add mine!

Penny February 16, 2011 at 4:45 PM  

Sylvia! I can't find you! :)

email me at

Cummiskey March 9, 2011 at 2:26 PM  

Love your blog. Saw that we share a lot of similar interests in our profiles and thought you might want to check my blog Thanks! :)

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