NOTICE: (Updated March 5, 2010)

Beginning December 19, 2009, Books 'N Border Collies will be posting but only intermittently while I pursue personal goals. I plan to share some reading I'm doing, but there will be no reviews. I will, however, be sharing my exploration of vegetarian cooking and the cookbooks and websites I use to educate myself. I hope you enjoy it!

Lezlie



Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Thanks!!



When my birthday rolls around, which is in February, Peter always knows just what to get me! Flowers? No. Jewelry? No. Chocolate? No. Books? Close!

He and my mom took advantage of The Teaching Company's huge annual clearance sale, and my awesome early birthday gift was brought yesterday -- four literature courses I've been drooling over for months!! Each individual lecture is 30 minutes long, and here is what is now sitting on my desk:

Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature (36 Lectures)
Classics of American Literature (84 Lectures)
Classics of British Literature (48 Lectures)
Classics of Russian Literature (36 Lectures)

How great is that? I own and/or have listened to a couple dozen of The Teaching Company's courses in literature, history, philosophy and religion, and I just cannot recommend them highly enough. If you have a chance, explore their site and check out everything they have available. Every course goes on sale at least once a year, so if you're patient, you can acquire some fabulous learning experiences at excellent prices! Otherwise, check your local library. They often carry them, also.

I'm off to try to decide which one to start with!

Thanks, Peter and Mom!!



25 comments:

Anna said...

That's awesome! Happy early birthday!

--Anna
Diary of an Eccentric

Eva said...

Wow-that's exciting! And happy early birthday. :)

Charley said...

Cool! I hadn't heard of The Teaching Company, but it sounds neat. Happy early Birthday!

Jo-Jo said...

Wow! Well it sounds like someone is going to be a busy little student! Enjoy your courses!

Lezlie said...

Anna & Eva ~ Thanks! I'll be 44! Yikes!

Charley ~ I *love* The Teaching Company! Definitely give them a look!

Jo-Jo ~ I will! And I'm so looking forward to getting started!

Lezlie

verbatim said...

Lucky you! Thanks for passing on this info, as I had never heard of this series. I'm definitely going to check into it.

Michele at Reader's Respite said...

That is about the sexiest gift a husband could give!!! (Especially in this house....I'll show this post to Mr RR!).

Very cool!

Lezlie said...

Verbatim ~ Everyone I have recommended them to who have tried any of the courses have been very pleased with them. I hope you find something fun! If you do, let me know which one(s) you try!

Michele ~ Isn't it though? :-) If me know if you pick any out!

Lezlie

joanna said...

Wow, what an awesome gift!!! That should last you till next year! :-)

Happy Birthday Lezlie, I'm sure you'll have a fabulous celebration!

Dar said...

Awesome Lezlie considering you were just talking about wanting to learn more. Great gift! And Happy Early Birthday!

Lezlie said...

Joanna & Dar ~ Thank you!

Lezlie

Serena said...

fantastic idea...let us know how the courses go..keep us updated...I would love to hear about your experiences.

Serena said...

oops that fast trigger finger is at it again! Happy Early Birthday!

Lezlie said...

Serena ~ I will do that. It will make me think that much more about what I'm listening to. And thank you! :-)

Lezlie

Nymeth said...

Those sound fun! Enjoy :) And Happy Birthday!

Lezlie said...

Thank you, Nymeth!

Lezlie

Terri B. said...

This sounds fantastic! Sounds like something to look into. Maybe I can learn something now after all my schooling ;o)
I so loved my Russian Lit class in college, but we whizzed through everything so quickly that I don't remember much.

Monica said...

WOW that is Fantastic (with a capital F). I am so jealous. You WILL be blogging about your thoughts, riiight? (hint hint nudge nudge)

Lezlie said...

Terri ~ I think you'd love The Teaching Company! I would purchase nearly every course they have if I could. If you decide to listen to any of the courses, please let me know. I'd love to know what you think of them.

Monica ~ I absolutely will! You may not be able to shut me up about them if they're like the others I have listened to. :-)

Lezlie

Lisa said...

Oh, I'm soooo jealous. I look at these all the time, but they're really expensive. I guess I've always managed to miss that sale. Maybe I'll go take a look and see if it isn't too late. Happy early birthday!

Lezlie said...

Thanks, Lisa! I think at least a couple of the ones I got are still on sale. I hope you can get a hold of some of them!

Lezlie

Teddy Rose said...

Wow, those courses sound awesome! Happy Birthday!

Lezlie said...

Teddy Rose ~ I'm very excited about them! But all my reading challenges are holding up getting started with them. I love my reading challenges, but I may have to hold off on them after I finish this bunch for a little while and make "mini-courses" for myself to work through instead. I'm going to mull that idea over for a while and see if I can come up with something more formal to try for this blog.

Lezlie

Amy @ Passages to the Past said...

Man, talk about fate. I was just talking to my husband the other day about courses like this. I had no idea of where to start looking and BAM...your post appears! Thank you so much for posting and what a great gift they gave you! I am so excited...now on to look at this fabulous site and see what's out there that I can learn!

Lezlie said...

Oh, Amy! You'll love them!! Make sure you check the "Sale" section regularly. Every course goes on sale at least once a year. Let me know if you get any of them!! I've loved every one I've listened to!

Lezlie