It’s been a while, I know. A matter of months, right? Well, I’m back. Mostly.
I took the time away from reportage to challenge myself to a math course at Portland State University. I’ve learned some important things! Like, the slope-intercept formula… good fun, that one! I can graph a line like a mad woman now. But, more importantly, I’ve learned this: Math makes me grouchy.
Not disgruntled, not out of sorts, not even really grouchy… I should probably say that Math Pisses Me Off. Oh, it’s not Math’s fault; it’s not really a fault thing at all. I should be, and am, irritated with myself for forgetting all of this hard-earned knowledge in the first place. But, apparently I needed to subject myself to the torture of an 8am, twice a week class with loads of homework (thankfully we’re on the quarter system and not semesters) to really grasp the fact that my aspirations do not lie down the academic path I had envisioned.
All of that being said, I could not spare a single moment to keep you all updated on this hare-brained scheme. Besides the lack of blogging, I haven’t read a book for pleasure in all this time! I’m catching up, though. I’ve read two since the final exam. Enjoyed the hell out of them, too!* But, now that I have come to my senses and put aside the notion that I was pursuing, I should be able to get back on the blogging horse and ride, baby, ride!
I would also like to say thank you to those of you who have emailed or messaged me to say, What’s up? I appreciate that so much! I’m still around, even though I haven’t even had the time to read your blogs much… I have some catching up to do.
I also have to do some reevaluating of my plans. I still want to build my lovely mechanical contraptions but I’ll just have to go about it in a different way.
There may also be more courses at the University. I might need to take a nice Literature class to get the bad mathematical taste out of my mouth. I need to remind myself that I am good at something, dammit! I was an Honor student, for crying out loud!
I’m not sure what I am doing next, but I’ll keep you posted.
*Monkey Mind, A memoir of anxiety. By Daniel Smith
Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan
Enjoyed them both!