These are my mini-textbooks. I may have written about them before, but I will again. They are that awesome!
I have three – Physics, Calculus, and General Math. I wish I could collect more and have 100.
I have them in order to teach Future Tracy things that Current Tracy is learning. If I have to Google something more than 2-3 times, it’s going in the textbook.
If I want to write it in my mini-textbook, I need to understand it so Future Tracy can also understand it. I have to fit an entire concept on one page. I have to be neat and organized. It has to be in a tiny notebook that I can fit in my pocket and bring it with me when I don’t have a computer or Google.
Mini-Textbook has taught me so much and saved my bum many times.
Get your mini-textbook today! (cool math and physics info not included)
Apparently I didn’t do anything this week except read. And be sick. And go Christmas shopping. But not much to show for it.
A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans
I tend to gravitate toward womanly books at certain times of the month when I also gravitate toward ice cream and PJs. So even thought I bought this book a few months ago, I really wanted to save it for when I really could savor it and take my time. This was the perfect time. Brent and Andrei hat to run some manly errands so I curled up with my phone/kindle/book and got to it.
I love love loved it. It was so encouraging and interesting about the lives of wonderful women throughout history and around the world today.
One particular part that really spoke to me was the chapter on Proverbs 31. This chapter seems to be a thorn in the side of so many women, because it’s an impossible ideal to live up to. So we beat ourselves up and feel bad because we can’t mold ourselves into this seemingly perfect woman of God. Throughout the book, Rachel talks to an Orthodox Jewish woman and gets her take on it. This woman says, in her community, it’s not taken as an ideal to live up to, but a title that every woman already holds just because she’s a woman. You do something awesome? You’re a Woman of Valor (Prov. 31:10)! It’s a blessing given out freely to other women, not a standard to hold yourself to. So Brent stopped in while I was reading this part and I was sitting on the floor crying just because it was so beautiful. And then he told me that I was a Woman of Valor and then I started crying more. So I can’t guarantee that you won’t cry when you read this book, especially if you are a woman and happen to read it during your “Tent Time” (which is also in the book).
How Feminism Hurts Men
No quotes – you just have to read it for yourself.
An Intuitive Guide To Exponential Functions – for about the e^4.6th time.
Well I didn’t read any books this week. Saturday is usually my “day off” and I spend the morning ignoring dishes and sipping coffee and reading, but this week I got snagged into computer and shopping.
I apparently didn’t write down any articles I read either. The only thing I remember that stuck out to me was a few articles about Doug Phillips of Vision Forum resigning because of an “inappropriate relationship“. Which is just depressing. The problem is that Vision Forum is just plain messed up in the first place. Dare I say dangerous theology? Sad. As a friend said, “Color me not surprised. People who have messed up paradigms of women and sexuality do messed up things revolving around either women or sexuality.”
Some more articles on Vision Forum
This chapter is in the Corporate Disciplines section of the book, and he emphasizes that he’s not just talking about personal prayer to God about His will for your life, but having a trusted group of people who you can count on to pray for you and speak advice in your life.
I’m sorry to say that my life is severely lacking in this right now. Our church just finished a series on discipleship and I had a hard time thinking of any type of relationships like that in my life. I kept making excuses by saying my “disciple” is Andrei because that’s what a mother does, but I should not be living so completely insular.
Maybe my goal for this month should be to expand my relationships. Something I’m honestly adverse to. This probably makes me sound like a misanthrope and maybe I am… Anyone have any godly guidance for me?
“The Healing Place of the Soul” – inscription in the Library of Alexandria
A few years ago, Valentine’s Day snuck up on me, and I wanted to get something for Brent. I had heard of a Sci-fi book that one of his friends had recommended, so I thought I’d buy it for him and send it to his Kindle. Well, I sort of got confused and accidentally sent it to my own Kindle. Then I figured out what I did and gifted it to him too. So as not to let a good book go to waste, I decided to delve into it myself. I don’t think I got up from the couch until I was finished. This past week, Brent mentioned that he started reading it again. A few days later I was also bored and decided I needed an escape so I opened it up too. I haven’t quite finished it yet, but since Andrei is at a convention this weekend, and Brent is working, I’m confident that I will find the time to indulge myself with the rest.
Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
This story is about a world where, when you turn 75, you are allowed to enlist in the space army. You have the wisdom of your age, and you get a new, super improved body. You’re never allowed to come back to earth, and if you survive your enlistment, you’re sent to another colony to finish your days. The book is just fantastic and hilarious. There is some language, if that bothers you. I can’t wait to finish it this weekend.
When you start a new project or venture, if you feel the fear of failure, instead of thinking, “Oh no, I’m going to fail” or “Oh no, I don’t know how this will turn out”, try thinking, “Let’s see. Let’s find out.” And then there isn’t the fear of failure, but the joy of being curious and finding out.
What held your interest this week?
I’m retaking Calculus through MIT’s OpenCourseware. I took it once before at UW and got a decent grade, but I realize that moving forward in Physics means I really should know this like 2+2. I’ve learned the Plug and Chug, but internalizing it is a bit different. Today’s lecture was about natural logs and I just can’t get the understanding into my head.
Incoming BetterExplained. It has topics ranging from Imaginary Numbers to Compound Interest to the Fourier Transformation – all explained in actual english. I go back there time and time again to refresh my learning.
If anyone wants to get me an early Christmas present – he wrote a book that I’d love to have on hand. ;)
“Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it.” William Faulkner
I read my normal Crime and Punishment and Psalms this week, but mostly I’ve been devouring something else. Not a book, not an article, a message board thread journal story thing….
Mom’s Journal of the Zombie Years
I was reading a thread about the latest Walking Dead episode when someone linked to this story. It’s a zombie survival story, but with a twist. I love a good post-apocalyptic story, but mostly they are about fighting and guns and killing and gore and death. This story is written in a journal from, but by a mom. Even after the Poo Hits the Fan, kids still outgrow their shoes, teenagers have arguments, and the dishes need to be done. This story takes the perspective of Sissy, a wife and mom of 5, and her family as they weather the NRS virus outbreak (zombies) and how they handle life afterward.
It’s written in a message board so between each journal entry is its own post and there are people in between commenting and begging for more story. If you can get past that, (and zombie avatars) it’s an excellent read. I’m pretty sure someone near the end links to it in downloadable form.
It’s also crazy long. I’ve been reading it every day this week and I’m only halfway through. Currently I’m on Day 251 of their survival.
If you like survival stories or prep stories or just want to be entertained, check it out!