Dear Sunday: School is coming

Dear Sunday is my weekly post participating in the Caffeinated Book Reviewer series. This week I'm also doing a brief Stacking the Shelves and have also linked up with  tyngas reviews

It's official. The students are back in town, and my city's population has like doubled in the past few days. It's hard not to feel some iota of bitterness, as the traffic gets worse and my quiet campus suddenly explodes with activity. 

But, alas, this is the burden of living in a college town ((and since technically I attend one of the said colleges, I really have no room to complain)). 

Anyhow, I'm super pumped for the eclipse tomorrow! I miraculously live in the middle of the path of totality-- so not only will the moon completely cover the sun, it will do so for like 2 minutes. That is, if it doesn't rain like they are predicting D:

The photo is from my bike ride I did yesterday morning where I beat my personal goal and biked for twelve miles! Which is mildly absurd because I had to clean the church that afternoon. But it was a really nice ride! I saw a rainbow tailed skink (lizard?), an alligator gar, a doe, a heron, and a snake. Quite the nature adventure :) 

Counted with the stars by Connilyn Cossette
The Lady's Maid by Susan Page Davis
Once again I'm combining my stacking the shelves post with my dear Sunday post! I picked up three new books at the library yesterday. Two of them had been on my to-read list for quite some time and The Lady's Maid was an impulse pick. Have you read any of these? Like conceptually I knew I didn't post on Thursday (too busy having fun with friends!) but still-- it looks so meager! Here's to a better week this week...

  • Top Ten Tuesday: Back to School themed
  • Some post TBD on Thursday....maybe a review? maybe a discussion about some books I recently decided to not finish reading? 
Andddd that's it! I start teaching this week, and I'm taking one class this semester AND I have my normal research stuff going on. Here's to hoping that I don't drop off the face of the earth and manage to keep up with this blog! 

What about you? Are you pumped about the eclipse? Do you harbor some bitterness towards the incoming college students in your town? Do you know the difference between a lizard and a skink? 


  1. I used to live in a college town and I both loved it and hated it when the students returned. Loved it because the town came alive and of course hated it because the town came alive! Traffic yeah... good luck with the eclipse, we're not in the totality zone but I'm hoping weather will cooperate here, we're in the 80-85% area I guess...

    Cool looking bridge, I love old bridges like that.

    Eight Hundred grapes was pretty good, I liked it.

    1. Yeah, traffic wasn't nearly as horrific as they were calling for! So that was nice.
      Cool, I'm excited to start reading that book!

  2. College towns can be wonderful and crazy, especially if you have a football We are in totality and I am excited. Hope your week is a good one!

    1. Haha yeah, football is such a big thing-- especially in the South!