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Pauline Lerner

March 6, 2005 at 6:30 AM

I’m thinking about Nicky Wong’s blog entry of a few days ago. Nicky would rather write a blog entry than an English composition. I’m in a similar situation. I have a take home test this weekend. I’ve been out of school for many years, so this is a different kind of take home test. I’ve applied for a job ghost writing articles and talks about science for big shots who can’t be bothered with such trivia. My test comes in two parts. For one part, I write something short and clear about some scientific research articles published in the Journal of Obfuscation. For the other part, I read a similar article and make a PowerPoint presentation about it. I told the prospective employer that I’m very proficient in PowerPoint, but, truthfully, I’ve never used it. One of my violin students, who is 10 years old, uses it routinely for his homework, so it can’t be too difficult. I went out yesterday and bought an inexpensive book on PowerPoint, so I’m all set. The two articles I worked on today were pretty boring and pretty crummy science on the subject of the treatment of childhood asthma. I think the best advice on the subject is, “Don’t let kids with asthma breathe in rosin dust.” I learned that on I’m supposed to write down the amount of time I spend on the take home test. I started to keep track of the time, but I had so many diversions. I fixed dinner, then ate dinner, then fixed dinner for tomorrow, then washed the dishes, then dumped out the garbage, then paid some bills, then played my violin. As Nicky said, “Procrastination.”

Monday I have an interview for a different job. I’ll do some studying on Sunday so that I can talk intelligently about the work they want me to do.

I’m glad I have a few students to teach this weekend. That is so much more fun.

Time to get some sleep. I won’t procrastinate about that.

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