Archive for May, 2010

Shrek 2

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Tonight, I watched Shrek 2 with a couple of friends.  I am usually up for a good movie on a Friday night.  There is nothing like a good comedy to end the week.  Sometimes, I choose romantic comedy or drama to help me relax.  However, besides having had a long day, I have also been feeling sick, and so, I actually dozed through half of the movie.  Occasionally, I would hear chuckles from my friends that woke me up.  Try as I might, though, I could not stay up.  Moreover, we have to go to school tomorrow for International Day.  A pile of paperwork awaits me in my inbox.  It is not over until it’s all over.

Time Melts

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

“Time flies when you’re having fun.”

Not really.  For me, it just kind of melts.  As a goal-oriented person, I tend to keep watch on the clock constantly.  I’d like to think that if I somehow know what time it is throughout the day, I have some kind of control over it.  The truth is, time keeps going whether or not I am aware of it.  When I was in college, I used to have a chart where I would organize my schedules into hour-blocks.  I’d try to fill every block with meetings, study, work, exercise … even my meals were scheduled to the hour.  A friend who saw my chart said to me, “you know, it’s okay to have empty blocks.”

For me, time melts when I bury myself in a good book on a Saturday afternoon.  Time melts when I go to the roof on a clear night and just watch the stars.  It melts when I am working on a research project that engrosses me to go deeper than I planned, or when I am chatting with a good friend online until the wee hours of the night, or when I am searching the right words to write a poem about a deep feeling, or when I am on a long plane ride and I watch movie after movie, or when I am working on a slide show for a special occasion, or when I am learning a new song with my guitar, or when I am taking a walk along the beach when I’m on vacation.  These are the moments when time melts for me.  Is that so bad?

Prom

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

That was a fun night (even though the teachers were only there for an hour and a half).  It was so great to see everyone dressed up, both students and faculty!  Wow!  I also thought the Juniors did a wonderful job organizing the casino-themed event, complete with chips, cards, and dealers.  I hope the Seniors felt special!  I’m glad I was able to stay until the announcement of the Prom King and Queen.

I don’t attach too many pictures in this blog, but I thought this one was quite special.  It seems that for every major event (after AP exam, Christmas, birthdays, Prom), the AP Lit class always takes a group picture.  This one was the latest one (hopefully, not the last one!).  I had a great time!

AP Lit Class at Prom

Winding Down

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

I can’t believe it’s May 25.  In about a month, this school year will be over.  In about a week, the seniors will be taking their last final exam.  In many ways, time has gone by really fast.  In other ways, I cannot wait for it to go faster.  It’s an awkward time for me as I reflect on the accomplishments of the past school year, but at the same time, I am being pulled into the future when I think about all the exciting things ahead of me.

These days, I’ve been thinking about the seasons of life.  There was a time in my life when I tried to resist change, hanging on to what is safe and familiar and comfortable.  I think I’ve come to terms with the reality that change is inevitable and that life is a dynamic force, constantly transforming itself.  As good as the season might have been, it has to turn and bow to the cycle.  I am reminded of that poem by Robert Frost,

Nature’s first green is gold

Her hardest hue to hold.

Her early leafs a flower;

But only so an hour.

Then leaf subsides to leaf.

So Eden sank to grief,

So dawn goes down to day.

Nothing gold can stay.

Beautiful Day

Monday, May 24th, 2010

The weather today was beautiful.  It was warm enough but not yet summer hot.  It would have been nice to just be out walking.  Normally, I like Mondays … it gives me a feeling of having a clean slate, starting the week over, “with no mistakes in it,” as Anne Shirley would put it.  Today, though, wasn’t that kind of Monday.  Maybe it was the kind of weekend I had — Friday night 80s party, Prom night, late night dessert at a friend’s house Sunday.  I wasn’t ready for today.  It helped, though, that it was so beautiful.  Made me feel hopeful.