18 March 2009

Hot and Cold

No, this is not about Katie Perry's song.

It's more about the different feelings and emotions that people experience, and sure enough, I have these as well. This past week has been an example of these, with good experiences and bad experiences happening side by side.

For the bad experience, a friend of mine decided that this person's life would be better if I were not in the picture. Frankly, I do not understand why this person decided that I was detrimental to this person's health, but heck, humans have free will. I was told that I did nothing wrong, that I was just being myself, but still, that my presence in this person's life was apparently causing some adverse reaction. It bothers me because I don't know what I am doing to actually cause this. However, I don't want to force my way into someone else's, so I guess I have nothing I can do about it.

For the good experience, remember when I blogged about a hard test that I had to take for a class? I got the results back. Apparently, the highest was 95 and the letter grades corresponded to an A to a B minus. And when I got my blue book back, I got a 94.5! Sweet! All that numb wrist pains paid off.

I am dreading this Friday. The thing is, I will be so busy from 9:00 all the way to 5:00. Tuesdays and Fridays are my busiest days. For Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, I have no classes. I just go to my office to do work and research. I sometimes meet with people, such as my adviser, but otherwise, I don't have stuff to attend to regularly. Tuesdays have my three-hour class from 9:00, and I have a three-hour lab duty from 2:00. That leaves me 12:00-2:00, a two-hour break that I use to have lunch and attend to small errands.

But this Friday, oh boy, it's gonna be hell. I have a three-hour class that is supposed to start at 9:30, but we are making up a missed session so we will begin at 9:00, and this ends at 12:00. I am also a guest at a lab that is run by another professor, so I am attending their meeting, which is from 12:00-1:30. I do not usually attend this lab, in fact, this is the first time I am attending this one, simply because they will be looking at some eye-tracking visual-world paradigm data on sentence processing with subjects that speak Yucatec Mayan. There is a possibility in the future that I would run experiments using the same methodology, and so the professor invited me to sit-in for this session. After that, I have a 30-minute break. Then, at 2:00, I have a lab meeting in the Psychology department, which is the one I usually attend. This lasts until 3:30, where we will be discussing current lab affairs and we will also be reading a paper. Then, there will be a Linguistics Department Colloquium, where a guest from another university, this time, from U Toronto, is giving a talk. This lasts until 5:00.

Whew.

My sister was wishing a magic wand to make things disappear, and was also thinking of cloning herself. Sometimes, my Fridays make me want to do the same.

Anyway, time for some good thoughts again. To end this post, I saw this article from Yahoo! about the 20 Best Views in the World. So far, I have seen four of them, numbers 4, 8, 9, and 17. And yes, they are indeed amazing. Any ideas about the rest?



(Embassy of Mauritania, from my Embassy Row Series)

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