Last year I was introduced to a Web site called Shelfari by my English teacher. Sure, she told my whole class, but I was among the few that actually went home and joined the site. Now I am addicted. Shelfari is a Web site that lets you create your own virtual bookshelf. Join, log in, upload a picture for your avatar, name yourself and click on the “Add a Book” option to begin your journey. Categorize what books “I’ve read,” “I plan to read,” or “I’m reading now,” then add books to “Favorites” and “Wish list.” Customize the kind of “wood” you want your bookshelf to be made of, and make it your own. You can write reviews of books you’ve read, rate them, or just simply move them to “I’ve read” as is. The best part about Shelfari is that you can interact with other readers who have the same taste in books as you. Visit another person’s profile. Click on “Books in common” to read their thoughts on books you’ve also read. Send notes to other readers, make Shelfari “friends,” and join a group or two. Having a Shelfari page is basically like having a MySpace or Facebook profile, only with books. If you’re an avid reader, I suggest you log on to http://www.shelfari.com and get goin’ on those reviews. Visit http://www.shelfari.com today.
I have not been very… dedicated to my past resolutions. Last year I didn’t make any because my Spanish teacher made us make some out in Spanish. Yuck. That ruined it for me. Well, this year is going to be different. I have asked a friend to aid me in the process of quitting the two things I plan to, well, quit. Not quit cold turkey…but ease my way into the process of quitting. I have already started.
1.) Swearing – I have been swearing up the wazoo for as long as I can remember. It all started when I began playing Halo 2 online with my brother, and yeah, you tend to curse when you lose. That’s exactly what I did (even though I am actually not bad at Halo by any means). Then came my first year of Varsity cross country. My teammate (and yes, one of my very good friends) was the one who really taught me how to swear. It was eff this and eff that day in and day out. I have to be careful when I am around younger kids – it takes a lot of my self control not to utter a single swear word. My friend is going to help me quit this habit.
2.) Knuckle cracking – I am noticing that my knuckles have gotten bigger over the years, and they are not very attractive. I don’t have… pretty hands anymore because of my obsessive knuckle cracking. I crack my knuckles when I am nervous, when I am bored, and when I know my parents will be annoyed by it. Well, I plan to stop. However, back cracking and neck cracking are still permitted.
Those are the two things I plan to cut from my life in the next year. Hello, 2009. Hello pretty hands and clean mouth.