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I have to learn to write more journal entries when life is full,… - Transience Divine
May 21st, 2004
03:41 pm


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I have to learn to write more journal entries when life is full, rather than less. I had hoped I wouldn't be so busy now... but therein lies my story.

The semester is over, after some long days of grading (I need to start asking less of my students!). Lest I catch up on sleep, I got a swell research position in the robotics lab at Olin for the summer. I go there four day a week, and arriving by 10:00 means leaving Cambridge shortly after 8. I leave Olin at 5 and return to Cambridge around 6:30. That's 28 hours a week of work, and not nearly enough for me to feel good about what I'm giving to the lab.

But according to Claudia, that's already 42 hours per week, and she's not pleased. Claudia needs people, and as long as I'm her boyfriend, that's supposed to mean that she can get me. She accepted it during the school year, but it's the summer now, and she thought that things would change.

I explained to her: Yes-- I'm a work-a-holic! I enjoy working! Sure, I enjoy smelling roses too; I think I have an hour on Tuesday for that.

I started the conversation that ballooned into this to ask if there was a way that I could get more than 5 hours of sleep a night (I got to sleep when Claudia does, and get up four hours before her). Ultimately we decided that there wasn't.

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Date:May 21st, 2004 09:20 pm (UTC)


I hate to say it, you might want to consider getting a car. Olin is a half hour by car from Central Square. Less during non-rush-hour times. It'd give you about 2.5 hours per day as well as a little more flexibility in your schedule.
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Date:May 25th, 2004 02:35 pm (UTC)

Re: Car?

Not during rush hour, in my experience. For a while I rode in with Ben and then someone else from Olin, and it took about an hour. I'd rather be able to use that time reading and have a nice walk every day. Besides, my commute is almost the only time I have to myself.
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