I was talking to…

I was talking to Amy Millard about overcommitting, and how I needed to learn that there would be time for everything, and that I didn't need to do everything at once. And she sent me this:

"There will be time, there will be time
to prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet;
There will be time to murder and create,
And time for all the works and days of hands
that lift and drop a question on your plate..."

I liked it a lot and asked if she had written it, and she replied, shocked, that it was by Eliot, from "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock", which is one of those poems I keep meaning to read but somehow haven't managed to yet. That's the one with the women walking to and fro, talking of Michelangelo, I think. And then she sent me another excerpt, that I liked even better:

"No, I am no prince Hamlet,
nor was meant to be.
Am an attendant lord,
one who will do to swell a progress,
start a scene or two."

Okay, okay, so I'll go find the darn thing and read it. Ah, having searched the web, I find it. Good. I am only mildly irritated that the first version I found was one spattered with really annoying banner ads throughout the poem. What a cheap trick! Type in a copy of something really famous that will come up often on searches and then banner it to death.

Grumble grumble. I am daily having to resist the urge to do only mildly unpleasant things to bump up Clean Sheets's hit count, such as merely linking to atrocious sites that will pay me for the link. (Atrocious in the sense of pop-up consoles and trap exits and such, not content. Though the content of those is often atrocious too). What price ethics? What price good design?

Did get some bad news; didn't get the Remedy job. :( They said they were looking for someone with more experience, and more focused on technical writing. Can't really blame them; my resume's certainly pretty scattershot right now. Kind of a bummer, though.

But in all other ways, feeling better, I think. Everything's feeling a bit more under control, and this weekend I plan to do a fair bit of homework and some revising, which should be pleasant. And it looks like I'll be having tea on Sunday at Greyhaven (James got married! I had no idea!), so that'll be nice. I'll probably take egg salad sandwiches; those generally go over pretty well, and they're awfully easy to make...

Hope everyone has a good weekend! Me, I'm going to make sure I sleep a lot too... :-)

Saturday morning addendum: Well, I'm getting this up a bit late. But I had a nice evening with Jed; we ate my Thai food leftovers, supplemented by other leftover and more fried rice, and then he gave me a Perl script to make converting stories to CS format easier. It took a little while to get all the bits I needed installed, but it's working beautifully now, and that should speed up my weekly update.

I've started laundry and done my first e-mail check; I'm feeling a bit grumbly that there's no milk in the house. Not sure if I'm going to bother getting it just to have tea, since I plan to be out of the house by lunchtime. Going to clean up my files, finish laundry, finish cleaning my room, and then pack up my 'puter and go up to Anna's cafe in Berkeley and work until dinner time. Then walk over to Karen's for her birthday party, which should be much fun. :-)

One more bit of good news; I applied for a forbearance on my student loan, and got it. An entire year! I had no idea! So that means I can concentrate on paying off the high interest credit card debt for the next few months, and only make student loan payments when I feel I can afford it, until next January. That's a relief.

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