ups and downs

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The Bad News
Those of you who said I wouldn't last a week in Japanese were wrong, but those who said I wouldn't last two were right. It wasn't that I couldn't do it, it's that I couldn't do it without other things that were more important (my family, my research, my recovery) suffering greatly. I still plan to study it on my own this summer, perhaps sharing lessons with my son on weekends. And I'm still pretty proud of myself for learning all of the hiragana kana (including long vowels, short consonants, and glides) in under two weeks.

It's summer, and I'm sitting in my office, coding data. (Well, blogging, really. But thinking/stressing about coding data.) Blech. I'd rather be floating in my pool, or tending my garden.

I have to travel again next week, much to my kids' dismay. Only for a few days (to Santa Clara for Supernova), but I really am tired of traveling.

The Good News
Dropping Japanese lightened my psychic load more than I could have imagined. Last night I actually was able to relax with my family. The fact that it seemed like a barely-remembered luxury to do that was pretty telling.

While I have to work on the grant this summer, I set my own hours. If I want a two-hour lunch-and-sun break, I can take one. If I want to code data on my back deck (glare permitting), I can do that, too.

If I have to travel anywhere, Supernova's a pretty good destination. I had a great time there last year, and I'm looking forward to meeting some new folks this year.

The iSight 1.02 firmware update seems to have finally gotten my iSight to work with my computer again, so I can videochat with my kids while I'm away! That will be fun.

My new 300GB drive should arrive this week. w00t!

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It feels good to read that Liz Lawley is bailing on her Japanese language class for reasons of insanity other things to do including, "summer time enjoyment." That's not a dig on her. Rather it provides me with validation that... Read More

RobertEditorIt feels good to read that Liz Lawley is bailing on her Japanese language class for reasons of insanity other things to do including, "summer time enjoyment." That's not a dig on her. Rather it provides me with validation that... Read More

4 Comments

I've missed you in class. Summer will now seem longer to me, but I'm happy that you feel you did the right thing. Bless you, Lawley-san. =)

Hey, I only said you'd last less than a week because I KNOW your schedule and the stuff you're working on ... :)

Liz - japanese will always be there, whereas summer, your kids being young and gardening season won't be! Good for you for making a conscious choice that brings you closer to peace and joy! Do you have a life jacket for the laptop in case you and it fall off your floatie into the pool?! Enjoy the summer, you need the R & R! You'll be glad you did! BTW, watch for my boy in town next week!

you've lasted 13 days, 23 hours and 53 minutes longer than I would have in that class. Kudos for getting that far. Clearly you could do it if you wanted to... but your priorities are where they should be!

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