Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Two Weeks and Counting

I can't believe this month had flown off the page of my calendar. In about two weeks, I will be moving back to Louisiana...and I still have a long way to go in regards to packing. Seriously, why does it feel like when I've packed a bunch of stuff, it feels like there's more? Well, at least that's how it is with my books. Yesterday, I sent a text to one of my friends at work to save some boxes for me just so I can have a place for my precious books.

Even after donating 35 books (12 hardcovers and 23 paperbacks) to my local library (and I have four more sitting in the trunk of my car) and sent 5 boxes of books to my parents' house, I still have these boxes sitting on my kitchen floor...and yes, those are all books inside.

Some of these books I had just bought in the past six months, and some of them I haven't read yet like the Suite Francaise. I still haven't packed The Elements of Style because I use that for my reference when I'm writing my short stories.

Then there's my reference books. Even though I haven't read any of my books from med tech school in years (and who reads their old school books anyway?), I still keep them. I thought about just keeping Clinical Diagnosis and Management by Laboratory Methods and donating my blood bank, immunology, chemistry, and urinalysis atlas books to the library. In the end, I kept them because I just didn't have the heart to give them away. And I call my parents pack rats...yeesh. I guess it takes one to know one.

More books....

And some more...
And then I found these sitting in my storage closet outside. My manga books...and seeing them were like seeing old friends.
I used to watch Sailor Moon and Ranma 1/2 when I was in the Philippines. I LOVED THEM! Well, really I loved Mamuro/Darren/Tuxedo Mask/Tuxedo Kamen back then. I thought he was hot while running around in that tuxedo while throwing roses. I wish they would have made him stronger in the anime though because they made him such a wimp. On that note, I couldn't get into the English-translated Sailor Moon anime...and they couldn't stay true to the manga version. Mainly because some of the parts were homosexual themes though there weren't any graphic sexual scenes, and the show was geared towards children. Seriously though, who would believe that Haruka/Amara/Sailor Uranus and Michiru/Michelle/Sailor Neptune are really just cousins? Well, maybe kissing cousins. Ahem.
Still as controversial and strange the stories these mangas may be, I enjoyed them. I was entranced by the romance between Usagi (Sailor Moon) and Mamuro, and laughed out loud on the antics of Ranma and his fiancees from Ranma 1/2. Of course, even though I don't read them anymore, they will always be my favorite classic manga books (if there is such a thing).
So now I must go back to packing, my friends. I probably won't be updating my blog/blogs as much as I would like to in the following weeks. Moving is always tough, but I'll be glad once I'm settled in Louisiana.
Maybe I should invest in the Kindle 2 or in the Sony Reader. Hmmmm.


  1. I decided to clean out my garage and eventually got the guts to give my study books away.As soon as I did that I regretted it because whenever I looked at them it brought back memories of late nights studying and I also would get so happy that I eventually did get my degree.Now I have nothing to look at.I am also getting a kindle but nothing can replace the feel of "real" book.Good luck with the packing!!

  2. Hi, Yvette.
    Seeing those old school books does give you a sense of accomplishment because you remember how you used to read them and worked so hard to get that degree.
    I once gave away the book The Fifth Vial by Michael Palmer without meaning to. It was somehow swept along in the giveaway pile. That was one book I regret getting rid of. Luckily, I saw the hardcover version for $5.99 in Barnes and Noble. I picked that up without a second thought.

  3. Hi Helen! A few of those piles look like they could be in my house! And I keep my books too .... even some old college books..... They are like a little part of me.... (I actually have a few notebooks with notes from an English literature class).... Have a safe move! And we'll all "see" you when you get back!

  4. Suzanne, are you sure we're not separated at birth? LOL. I kept my notes from college in a plastic bin...and now they packed in a box, and they're on their way back home to Louisiana.

    I got your email. Thanks. :) I will reply to it later when I have more time.

  5. It's always good to find another person who knows the value of Messrs Strunk and White! Cheers!

    -Connie @