Sunday, April 24, 2005

The Weekend

It was a good weekend. I managed to get some homework done, read a novel and visit with family. There was a little bit of everything in it, but most of all there was time to rest and get ready for another week. Crunch time is upon me, and though classes end on Tuesday, there is still quite a bit to work on. Projects, assignments, papers, and studying for finals, it will all take a toll on time. I have learned many things this semester, but the lesson that seems to stick with the very most application came from the first week in software practice when the professor told us that time was our most valuable asset. Having had some time to mull it over and test the theory I must agree with his assertion. So much of what we become is what we choose to do with our time. It is imperative that we invest it well. I guess the point of the lesson is that for me, I just have to buckle down for a couple more weeks and work hard. After the assignments, projects, papers and finals have been turned in, there will be time to relax and play. Maybe I will even be allowed to have a social life and go on some dates.

The book I read was Gods in Alabama, by Joshilyn Jackson. What a read. I must admit, I haven’t dabbled in the realm of “literature” in a long time. Don’t get me wrong, I spend a lot of time with my nose in books and websites, but generally they have something to do with computers, programming, or some class that I am taking. But I digress, this premier novel by Ms. Jackson, really gives one some stuff to chew on. It was not a hard read, but it was thoughtful. I think that she has done a great job at capturing the human condition, and painting a situation where the reader will experience a full range of emotion from laughter to deep sadness. It was a good book, and a nice break from the “end of semester” stresses. I needed something that could divert my attention for a few hours. Maybe reading a novel wasn’t the most prudent use of my time, but it was good for my mental health. One can only do so much studying.

Here’s to a new week.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It is a wonderful book. One of her stops on her book signing/reading was in Raleigh, NC. Gabi and I got a chance to go see her, and get a couple of books signed and gave them as gifts, and kept a few for ourselves. It was amazing listing to her read from the book. It was the same voice in person, that you hear when you read. Afterwards, we went out for a drink and then real live barged in, and we had to say our goodbyes.

BTW... get in touch with me sometime, you should still have my icq.

Talk to you later my good friend,