Home for Easter

Here I am at home for Easter (and just because I like my family 🙂 ). This is actually kind of a brave thing to do. I have loads of work to do–in particular my revised draft due Monday, which I have not started on–and my past record insists I am incapable of doing work at home. In fact, according to my record, even pleasure reading counts as work at home. I was only going to stay one night and then go back to Berkeley, but after making pancakes with my family for breakfast (finally got that pancake craving taken care of!) and watching Holes with Erik, I just didn’t feel like getting in the car and going back to Berkeley. To be completely truthful I just didn’t feel like working, and being back in my apartment would mean work. So I decided to stay home until tomorrow… but that means I need to seriously do work between now and then.

So far it’s working out moderately well. ‘Moderately’ in that I’ve finished all my Chinese homework for the next week, which is a huge leap from my usual at-home laziness, but I am still stalling on starting the draft, and that’s what I really need to do. After all, finishing my Chinese homework is a help, but I could do Chinese homework to last me the rest of my life and I’d still be screwed on Monday without my revised draft. And now we have to go eat dinner with my grandpa…

We’ll just see what happens tonight and tomorrow. Hopefully (I would really like to say ‘definitely, or else I’m dead’) I will get STARTED at least on my draft… and even more hopefully, putting this down in writing, in public view, will help prod me into doing it. It’s only a revision! I don’t even need to completely rewrite! Rrrr…

By the way, if you haven’t read Holes (by Louis Sachar, author of the ‘Wayside School’ books and other fantastic kids’ books) you should read it. Last year it sort of served as the Pokemon of fifth-graders and middle-school kids–if you’ve read it, you can have a conversation with any kid you meet. And it’s a wonderful book in its own right, full of Sachar’s trademark wacky humor but with a deep and provocative plot. The movie mostly does it justice, and it’s just a fun watch. I’m amazed Disney has managed to turn out something that for the most part doesn’t stereotype, doesn’t play up the silly physical humor (running trucks over bad guys, for example, never fails to bring raucous laughter from the groups of kids in the audience), and treats a serious subject (racism, especially interracial love) with sensitivity: no sappiness, but it didn’t run away from a scene with a lynch mob and several shootings (no gore, it is Disney after all!). It had integrity, as did the book, and I am really pleased. I also want to go see it again because it turns out the author and his wife and daughter had cameos… 🙂

Dinner time. Wish me luck on the paper!

[This post was imported on 4/10/14 from my old blog at satsumabug.livejournal.com.]