This weekend Tad and I head to Albany to visit extended in-laws. I'm impatient for the break because I will be working eight-hour days all week before this. I get off next Monday though and I believe I close Tuesday. I've been reading more and more this past week finishing another two books (ok just children books but still) and have made significant progress through one of the densest books I've started so far. A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century is just under 600 pages long and filled with tiny print and details galore. I have finally, after about a month and a half of on-and-off reading have reached the halfway point. Usually a thicker book like this makes me give up but I am bearing through it gamely. I've gotten through the three hundred pages of background story to the actual main area, the life of Enguerrard IV de Coucy. I can't guarantee I spelled his name correctly since I don't have the book in front of me. It's a good read filled with lots of significant details of the life and events of the 1300s. It has been fun to read even if at times, to double check what I'm reading I only get through fifteen pages in an hour.
I am sad that all my books end. As silly as it sounds I really enjoy being led through the author's eyes and following their stories. I also get distracted by a new story far, far too easily. I'm mostly through Thoreau's Walden but it has a time and a place to be read. How incongruous to read about forsaking culture and embracing nature on a bus in NYC!
This post is really very helter-skelter. I miss studying mathematics. I want a book on group theory (sorry Britt, I do want to learn it) and a text on either partial-differentials past what I learned in class or a good book on vector groups and tensors. I feel limited by my surroundings and my lack of academic connections. When Tad graduates this semester I will look into going back even just for night courses to finish up and all. I miss stretching my mind. I want to join in on volunteering activities and work with people on new and more expanding ground than I have now. I feel my lack of movement forward. I am under a blanket and cannot get out quite yet. I also want a pet, a little kitty meowing and needing my attention. Ahh, to know my limits and break them, that is what I want to start looking into now. It may be the wrong holiday to start focusing on resolutions but I am anyways.
My next post will be a bit more organized and hopefully full of fun photos of the family together and hanging out. Maybe I'll have finished Walden by then as well. We'll see.
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