Headlines for Friday:

  1. Got my study permit extended (51 words)
  2. What do you do on holidays? (295 words)



1. Got my study permit extended: 20:19

Yay! No longer have a strict deadline for completion. Not that I should let my schedule slip anyway, but it's nice to know that I won't have to leave by Aug 31.

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2. What do you do on holidays?: 21:42

Today is one of the floater holidays at IBM. I think floater days are there so that IBMers in different Canadian provinces have roughly the same number of holidays. Monday will be a civic holiday, too.

What do you do with an unexpected holiday?

What I do for work (or my studies, at least) is so much fun that I don't need to escape from it, so I don't have any daydreams or ready-made escape plans for going off to the beach or something like that.

Instead, I spent the morning hanging out with a friend I haven't seen in more than a year. I picked up two parcels, too: a care package from my mom, and a thank-you gift from Tito Henk, Kathy's boyfriend's father. =)

Then I spent the afternoon reading a book on how to read. To be precise: "How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading", by Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren. I learned that the although I still have to think about whether or not the Great Books will play that much of a role in my life. Fortunately, W- actually has books like Edward Gibbons' The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, so I can go and judge for myself.

In the evening, W-, J- and I had one of my favorites: strawberry salad with raspberry vinaigrette. She was particularly insistent on playing store after yesterday's math-lesson-disguised-as-play. And now we're watching Annie. J- has seen it so many times, but she still loves it. =)

I guess that's what I want my holidays to be: a chance to slow down and savor life, and a time to think ahead, too...

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