Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Summer update

I don't have a job this summer. This means three months of trying to occupy myself until the fall semester starts. Is it good or bad to not work for three months? Ask me at the end of the summer. Here's what I've been doing lately:
  • One of my goals for the summer is to learn more Spanish. I signed up for a continuing ed Spanish class only to get a call a few hours before the first class that the class was cancelled due to low enrollment. This sucks. I guess I'm stuck learning Spanish on my own. My latest tactic is to read articles in Spanish-language magazines and look up every unfamiliar word in an Spanish-English dictionary. It kind of works, though I still can't speak Spanish worth anything.
  • Also on the agenda: brushing up on my web design and computer programming skills, in the hopes that these might be useful in a future career. I feel like I've forgotten everything I've ever learned. It's frustrating.
  • I've been reading a lot lately: novels by James Joyce and D.H. Lawrence, the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer, short stories by Alice Munro. I tend to read mostly nonfiction, but this summer I'm reading a ton of fiction. Books are good, especially when you've got the time.
  • Oh yeah, and I'm supposed to be working on my thesis. It's a stop-and-go process--one week I'll get a lot done on it, and others I won't work on it at all.
So I've got some stuff going, and yet on these hot days I have the urge to dissolve into a puddle of laziness, stay in bed all day, watch TV non-stop or be glued to the Internet all day. Sometimes I give in, but most of the time I try to do something productive.

It must be hard to live like this all the time. It would seem like this type of life is easier than going to a regular job every day, and it is, in some ways, but in other ways it's more difficult. Mentally, mostly, and socially in not having people around to talk to every day. It will be a relief to go back to work, I think.


La Brown Girl said...

If you need any summer reading recommendations, let me know!

The first summer I was off, I was miserable. Last summer was awesome. I made a list of things that I wanted to accomplish and revisited it at least every two weeks. I also made sure that I had at least one month to veg out if I wanted to. I went back to work so refreshed and prepared.

This summer is a little crazy.

Annette said...

What do you recommend, La Brown Girl? Not that I don't already have a huge stack of books that I want to read, but I'm always looking for some really good reads.

La Brown Girl said...

Desert Blood, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (I can't recommend this book enough apparantly), Persepolis, The Secret Life of Bees, A Thousand Splendid Suns...there are more, but I'm sure this is more than enough...for now.