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It's been a long time since I've talked about actually reading something. It's a little bit of a hit or miss right now, so I try to soak it up when I'm in the mood for it.
Currently Reading...I've spent the better part of last two weeks reading The Underground Girls of Kabul, and nothing else. It's a well-written book, mind you, but also littered with generalizations and a tone of something I can't put a word to yet. It's not condescension exactly (the author's tone is way too neutral for that) but there is a sense that the women in the West are better than Afghan women (better, not just better off). I'll need to think through that more. I know for sure that if I were Afghan and reading it, I would be .. maybe annoyed? frustrated? But how much of it is because of that sense of being looked down upon versus the subject of the book, is not clear yet. Hopefully after a few days of absent pondering, I'll have gotten to my point.

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The Sunday Salon -- Apr 25, 2010


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Uh-oh, where did this week go?

For the first time this semester, I worked on a Saturday. I never do usually. I've made sure my work week was busy enough with that. But yesterday, I trudged to my lab with two of my colleagues to write a paper for a conference. When the paper was done by 8 pm, I headed straight home and to my bed.

Today, I have a long list of chores to do. My Sundays always bear the brunt of an overloaded week, because of which I get highly lazy. I am already beginning to make my excuses today - for all I know, I may just go and curl up in my bed again. Some of the perks that come with student-ship. :D

Something I missed mentioning last week - I got a job 2 weeks back. :) I can say what a big relief that has been. Going from uncertainty to some solid plan for the next few years is a great feeling.

I had a good reading week, in spite of the busy work. Audio books are a real help during weeks like these. At least, my workouts didn't get a hit. Plus, I took small books to my lab with me, to read in between break. That helped too. I did manage to get my reviews up as well. I guess, in hindsight, I did have a good week, but I'm too blinded by work to see.

Let me get started on chore #1. It's nearly noon already!

Have a good Sunday, blogging and non-blogging folks! Hope you have a good week ahead!

Comments

Ash said…
I felt like I had a pretty crappy week too but in hindsight not so bad. Congrats on your job-I can definitely relate to that right now since I'm trying to get a new job for the next couple years of college (I've got a pretty good lead right now though, keeping my fingers crossed!). I think I might have to start getting into audio books for my work-outs too, especially for weeks like this last week was.
bermudaonion said…
Congratulations on finding a job!! What will you be doing and where will you be working? I'm very excited for you!
Dana said…
Congrats on the job -- I hope you tell us more about it sometime! I know how it is with busy weeks, I have a couple of busy ones coming up... audio books would be such a good idea for me, but I just have this inertia against trying them out, haha.
Introverted Jen said…
Congratulations on the job!
Kristen said…
Sundays are just made to be lazy days. But I hope you accomplished the tasks that *had* to be done.
Lisa said…
Congrats on the job and the good reading week!
Athira said…
Thanks everyone! :)

Ash, audio books are truly a great motivator!! I guess I work out longer thanks to them!

Kathy, I'll be working as a software engineer in Lynchburg, VA. That's just 2 hours away, so I'm glad! :)

Dana, I don't like audio books much, but they are great during workouts. :)

Kristen, hear hear, sista!