Monday, December 06, 2004


Lyrics made famous by the Carpenter’s “Rainy days and Mondays always get me down,” were rushing through my head as I made the drive down the hill from the university into the city center where I work. Monday is all about confronting a new week, fraught with challenges to face and tasks to accomplish. I could go to bed at 8:30 on Sunday night, and still find my encounter with Monday morning difficult (and yes, I did go to bed at 8:30 last night).

In ODE’s we are discussing LaPlace transforms. Interesting little buggers they are. Fascinating, considering how much they can do for the mathematician. Frightening if you are a student staring at this new method that seems to magically spit out answers to differential equations. In my experience, math classes always get frightening in the last few lectures because of the interesting ways that EVERYTHING that you have learned seems to come at you in one problem. Even more interesting is the way that the professor writes up “draft” solutions leaving chalkboards worth of calculations and figures for the student to figure out as “missing details”.

Following staff meeting here at work today, I think I will be taking the rest of the day off, as I still have a great deal of work that needs to be done in all three of my classes before I can even think about finals. The frightening thought is, had I been procrastinating, how horrible would this mess be? I look at how much effort I am expending right now, and I have stayed caught up all semester. I can’t imagine what some of my colleagues are going through at this moment.

Thank goodness for an understanding employer, patient friends, tutors, and some motivation that I didn’t know I had to keep going. While Monday may have me at this moment, at least I can look forward to Friday in two weeks.

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