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March 09, 2003

The Completely Ordinary Weekend

Extraordinary days rarely happen for me. If they happened a lot, they wouldn't be extraordinary, right? Nevertheless, I think while nothing happened this weekend that sets it apart from any other weekend this year, the one thing that I can say is that I got a lot done. I was planning on getting up at 9 am today and doing my damn chem problem sets that I'm behind on, but that didn't happen. I don't know what's up with me recently, but I've just been feeling really sleepy all the time.

I decided not to go out on Friday night because I was exceptionally sleepy and because I was planning on doing stuff on Saturday. On Saturday, however, I went over to the library to work on a p-chem problem set. I was having major issues with concentration, and I simply wasn't interested in doing p-chem, so instead I went over to work. I spent six hours coding at work, and by the time I left, I was exhausted. No matter what anyone says, programming is very mentally exhausting, and in the process, the mental exhaustion makes me physically tired. I guess I finally understand what my mom used to say when she used to get home and say she was tired, and I would say, C'mon, all you do is program—there is no physical exertion involved in that! Clearly I was sorely mistaken about that one.

Anyway, on returning home, I was deciding where to eat dinner, because I have nearly given up the whole cooking thing. I just have no inclination to cook or put up with all the overhead (dishes, preparation time, shopping) anymore. I decided to go to Gypsy's because I hadn't had that in a very long time. It's weird how certain things bring up strong memories, because upon entering Gypsy's, I suddenly remembered eating there with my dad, on some occasion. The time that we ate there escapes me, but my guess would be on the day I moved into the dorms for the first time (fall, 2001).

What's really weird is how I can't even remember when any of this happened, but I distinctly remember what I had, what my dad had, and even not being able to finish my calzone. Strange how the brain works, right? In any case, after getting my regular Gypsys meal (sausage calzone) to go, I headed home and was suddenly overwhelmed by exhaustion. I didn't want to even move anymore. So I decided to watch a movie. I ended up watching There's Something About Mary, the DVD which I had purchased in like January, but never gotten around to watching. This movie made me feel happy, not only because it's funny, but also because of the nice ending, which is so hard to find these days in anything. I guess I've just been reading too many novels of adultery for my English class, which all end in death, bitterness, or both. After watching There's Something About Mary, it wasn't really that late, and I was tempted to watch another happy movie, but I couldn't think of any, so I just read some more, and then decided to go to sleep.

Sunday began in the same, uneventful manner, except I woke up even later. I had gone to sleep at a very respectable 1 am, because I was very, very sleepy for some reason, but this morning, I couldn't get myself to get up when my alarm rang at 8:30 am. I snoozed (actually just slept, because I turned off the alarm entirely) until 11 am, and then got up, ready to do the damn p-chem problem sets. I changed my plan, however, by heading over to Theatre Rice instead, which was as usual very funny and very entertaining. I have never been disappointed by Theatre Rice; even when other people say it isn't funny, I still think it's entertaining. Last semester, people said that the show wasn't nearly as funny as the one in spring, 2002, but I liked both equally well.

In any case, I ended up going to Cory to finish up my EE lab and then headed to Sufficient Grounds, for my usual roast beef, foccacia, and green salad with ranch. The next two hours were spent in the library working on o-chem labs, and I actually ended up finishing all of the crap I needed to do for that today. And now, I'm sitting here at 10:30 pm on a Sunday evening, done with most of what I wanted or needed to accomplish this weekend, and have nothing to do. Well, that's not entirely accurate. I suppose I could work on the two remaining p-chem sets, but I just hate molecular dynamics too much to delve into that tonight. Tomorrow. For sure. As I have been writing this entry, I finally realized what makes this weekend worth speaking about. During these last two days, I have had a nice balance of school, social, and sleep, in addition to just some time alone. I guess sometimes it's nice to be by yourself and be able to relax for a bit. I haven't done that in a long time, and it felt good. Considering the next few months, I don't expect to have this kind of time again for quite a while. Guess you have to make the most of what you have!


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