When I was an undergrad, i had the opportunity to present some of my research at a conference. Which is a huge deal when you're 19. So I didn't really blink at the fact that I had to share a room with two fellow students (all female). But about a week after the conference, I learned that one of those students has scabies, and I freaked the fuck out. Thankfully it had been the other two of us who shared a bed (it suddenly made sense why she'd insisted on her own bed). I've never even considered sharing a room on a work trip since then. Luckily it hasn't come up because I work for reasonable employers. But I would straight up pay for my own room before sharing with a semi-stranger again.
I'm so glad this article ran today, because it reminded me that this has been one of my favorite series on the toast. You're so interesting and informative, and now I'm eagerly awaiting your book.
I recently saw this described as the anti-Supernatural, and I've been meaning to watch it ever since. All I need now is time.
I was definitely ready to get married before my husband was. Like, we both knew we would, but there were some lingering doubts that he had to deal with first. But we would have conversations about our long-term life together, everything from buying a house and getting a dog (both of which happened before we got engaged) to what we thought retirement would look like. And I was pretty adamant about when I wanted to start having kids by, so that gave him more of a timeline. Ultimately he did a very good job of surprising me with a proposal, knowing I would say yes. This all played out over 2 or 3 years, though, and I was willing to wait. If you have a shorter timeline, it's probably worth being more direct. And the directness doesn't necessarily have to be about a proposal. Maybe something like "I want to start trying for kids in a year and a half, let's put together a baby-bucket list of everything we want to do before that happens" would get him thinking harder along those lines.
That's awful! My American Lit class included Bless Me Ultima and Their Eyes Were Watching God. They were token books for sure, among Huck Finn and Gatsby and Catcher in the Rye, but at least they were there.
I have my problems with those books, and I think I finally gave up on them after Cold Days, but they have pulled me out of more than one reading slump. They're just so fast-paced and easy to read. Even when I'm not in the mood for anything they can pull me right in.
I plan to re-read them, out loud, when my kid is born in October. I figure it'll be good practice for reading to the kid without completely turning my brain to mush. And at this point I've re-read them so much that I'm on my third copies.
I love The Name of the Wind and I'm one of the few who likes The Wise Man's Fear even better. I really hope the third book is worth the wait.
I did read The Handmaid's Tale in high school! But I wish it had been handled differently than it was. It was part of a dystopian unit, so there were four books presented (Handmaid's Tale, Fahrenheit 451, 1984, and Brave New World). We broke into groups; each group read one of the books and then gave a presentation about it. I ended up reading all of them, because I'm like that, but I felt like the division meant we all missed a lot of each book.