Saturday, November 24, 2007

Love

"I love you as much as I love my mother" - that's what my six year old brother told me yesterday. Last week wasn't so good for me and I guess I was feeling down, but when he said that I felt so much better. Little kids are the best kind of therapy wAllah.
So this week I have two exams, a couple of meetings, my linear algebra project, submitting the first draft of my math edu project, and national day. I can't wait for the 29th. 5 pm to be exact. We'll have a four day weekend and that's certainly something to look forward to.
Fantasy. I can't believe I ever stopped reading this genre. True, its usually goes along these lines: a trek to find something/someone, add adventures and mystical creatures along the way. To make the suspense grow, let someone follow the heros, evil creatures that want what they have. So its all about the journey, the destination, the character growth. The Wheel of Time series is pretty interesting, altho I only finished book 1 so far. I like the writing style, the depth of characters, the details, the creativity, the everything. In love, you think? Jordan is pretty good, maybe if I read some more, I'll be able to really see if I can compare him to Tolkein.
I'm afraid to say I got more books this week. About 10. I am so ashamed of myself. I SAID I WONT. Where did my will power go to?
I went to this creative writing worksop in Magrudys on Tuesday, I only stayed for an hour, but I was mesmerized. I was so engrossed I thought I had spent 5 minutes there, the guy had a way with the audience. I guess him being an actor and a writer had a thing or two to do with that. I defintely want to go to more workshops like that.

I went to Mall of the Emirates with the club members last mon. We had to finish a project we had started with cafe ceramique A YEAR ago. I had been calling the cafe all summer and after asking my advisor to help me with them, they finally cooperated with us. I hate them, but I couldn't ignore the project since so many other people outside the club were involved. It took a lotta time and effort to deal with those folks but I hope that everything's resolved now. Apples are apparently a symbol of education, but because we had to use that symbol in various events, I got fed up with the fruit. So anyway, we always have 'discussions' about using apples in upcoming events in the college/club and I'm always the first one to say: NO..with 36 tiles to color I decided to give apples a chance. Last one.

I'm kind of tired and I have a ton of stuff to do, the main task being arranging my room. I might ditch everything and just sleep in my new red hello kitty pjs. Ah, zzz

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Auld Lang Syne

Who hasn't heard of the infamous 'Auld Lang Syne'? Robert Burns poem that is quoted in almost every book, movie and anime (yes, anime). The Japanese version of this song is called 'Hotaru no Hikari' (I recently found that out when I watched the drama that has the same title). Wiki says it's traditionally sung on the New Year's eve, but I know that it's also sung when finishing school (they do that in anime!) & when bidding farwell to a friend. It's a favorite of mine, the words never fail to give me goosebumps. I'm not sure, but I think I first read it in one of Alcott's books.You can read the original version in wiki's link. Without a doubt, the opening is my favorite part:
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne?
How many times have we promised, and been promised to be friends forever?