Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Can I Do It?

I have a dream. A dream that I'll catch up on my reading assignment for my first class over the Christmas break. I've been a good little girl, complete with the curl, for five and a half weeks. I've completed my writing assignments (which aren't turned in but are for my benefit), I've turned in my logic exercise and taken my logic exam, and I've listened to my lectures and taken notes. Taking classes online ROCKS.

The class is fascinating. It answers all kinds of questions I've been asking for years, combining thoughts from different authors so the answers make sense. The reading would bore me to tears if I tackled any one of these books alone, out of context. But this is SO COOL!!!! And I'm about ready to take my midterm exam. I just need to catch up on my reading.

I don't know how this happened. There's one text book that is eating my lunch. Systematic Theology, by Louis Berkhof. It's the one which would reduce me to a mass of tears and compliance if I were forced to read it alone for any reason. More than 700 pages of size 2 font (it's tiny, folks), and I'm required to read about 75 pages a week, meaning I should be at about page 350 by now. I'm only on about page 150.

Here's the thing: I love this book! In conjunction with the lectures and other readings, everything in it makes sense! The problem is that I love it so much! I can't skim to save my life. First, the technical terms take some getting used to, and if I skimmed, none of the terms would make sense - I'd be reading nonsense. Second, because I like the text, I'm taking my time getting through it, highlighting profusely. It's just taking forever.

So I'm going to do no homework for the next week. I'm going to catch up on my reading. I'm hoping to ignore this blog the rest of the week as well - all blogs. You guys are such a distraction! :) But I'm sure I can't stay away. We'll see. And if I could just give up Sudoku ...

Until I write again ...

Flea

21 comments:

Marguerite said...

You can do it!

When I see you next week, I'll ask about it and you can't lie. Just don't ask how my studying is going... :p

Candace said...

No! NO! NO! You cannot take a week off of here. What am I suppose to do when I am avoiding doing what I need to do???? Hunh???? Did you ever think of that?? (Like I won't check it several times a day anyway LOL) That aside I hope you can catch up and I am glad you are enjoying it, even if you may be enjoying it to your own demise.

Flea said...

Candace! There are so many great blogs out there! Are you familiar with Mir's www.wouldashoulda.com? She cracks me up. And this is the perfect opportunity fore you start your own blog. :)

Margo - I won't ask if you won't ask.

KIDZMAMA said...

Good luck with all the reading.

You know you can't stay away from the blogs that long. Once you start, you have to catch up with everyone!

Flea said...

Argh. I know. Candace, check out Kidzmama. I think the two of you probably have a lot in common. I think she's at www.notaspareminute.blogspot.com.

Daisy said...

Hmmm...how about a win-win? You read, you blog a summary or response or both. You read more, you blog a reaction and interpretation. Got it? :)

Flea said...

Daisy, you don't know what you're asking. This particular Systematic Theology was written in 1938, from a Reformed view point. I mean, I might give it a try, but no promises.

Like your site, BTW.

Karen said...

Hey! Thanks for stopping over at my blog! It seems we have a lot in common. Take some time off, and enjoy reading. And good luck getting it done with the kids home from school for the holiday. How on earth did we manage when they were home 24/7? What ailed us?!

Flea said...

Y'know, I have no idea how we managed. I was pretty poor at the home school gig. I get so much more done now!

Thanks for stopping by!

The Sports Mama said...

Sheesh.... just when I think I *might* get to be someone's distraction, you have to burst that bubble by telling me I'm not distracting enough to keep you reading despite everything else you have to do in life.

Not fair, Flea. Not fair at all.

Flea said...

Oh, I'm all talk. :) I've been popping in and out of blogs all day - as a reward for getting 50+ pages of reading done. See? You ARE a distraction.

Anonymous said...

Did you know that your website now has a Google Page Rank of "1"? Soon it could be 2. It's because you post so often. But if you stop posting, Google won't like you any more. So don't take the week off. Google liking you is a good thing.

Signed: Your brother (who is not responsible for your nickname.)

Flea said...

ROTFLMAO!!! Well that's good to know. I'll be a good little Google girl and continue to post. Thanks for the heads up!

At this point I don't know who's responsible for my nickname. But I'm responsible for keeping it. :)

Hey, how did you find out about that Google rank thing?

Lil Bro said...

Install the Google toolbar in your browser. Let's you see your page rank. Good cake BTW.

Flea said...

I'm helpless. Is it the Google-y thing that I search in? And thanks - we haven't tried it yet. I hear you have good pizza, too. :)

Flea said...

Okay - I installed the Google toolbar (Chris had installed it a long time ago, but I uninstalled it). I clicked on page rank. Nothing.

And the cake's just ok.

Lil Bro said...

Just bring up your homepage and hover over the thing that says PageRank. It should show that you have a rank of 1/10.

Flea said...

What does that mean?

Lil Bro said...

PageRank is a link analysis algorithm that assigns a numerical weighting to each element of a hyperlinked set of documents, such as the World Wide Web, with the purpose of "measuring" its relative importance within the set. The algorithm may be applied to any collection of entities with reciprocal quotations and references. The numerical weight that it assigns to any given element E is also called the PageRank of E and denoted by PR(E).

PageRank was developed at Stanford University by Larry Page (hence the name Page-Rank) and later Sergey Brin as part of a research project about a new kind of search engine. The project started in 1995 and led to a functional prototype, named Google, in 1998. Shortly after, Page and Brin founded Google Inc., the company behind the Google search engine. While just one of many factors which determine the ranking of Google search results, PageRank continues to provide the basis for all of Google's web search tools.

Let me know if that doesn't clear it up for you.

Flea said...

Now see, I would have thought that the Page part referenced the page I was viewing. How convenient. My question is still, what am I ranked against? Is it referencing the fact that when I do a Google search for the good flea, a link to this blog comes up first? In what group am I considered number one?

Flea said...

I am NOT considered number one anywhere. I have a ranking of 1 out of ten. How very sad. You out there clapping! Run around and look like a crowd!