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So Many Distractions…

21 Feb

Reading Week is half over.

And I have yet to accomplish a single item on my assignment to-do list.

This is partly because I didn’t want to admit that I would actually have to read on Reading Week.

I wanted it to be a relaxing holiday, which is why I gave myself last weekend to just do nothing.

The problem was that that “weekend holiday” quickly got extended to mid-week.

And now I realize that I have wasted most of my break.

But there is another reason why I haven’t gotten very far on all the assignments that I have to do….


I thought that my room at school had a lot of distractions.

Turns out, my house with my family around has a lot more distractions.

#1. TV

At home, I not only have TV in the living room, but in my own room! I haven’t had cable TV conveniently located like that in a while.

The remote has sure been getting a workout.

#2. My brother watching TV

I haven’t had to share my space in a while. But at home, my brother is around.

The other day I tried to be productive and was reading a textbook chapter when my brother decided to turn on the TV. Even in my room with the door closed, I could hear it.

He really needs to get his hearing checked.

#3. Gifts

My mom bought me a new season of the Walking Dead on DVD.

So, there was a full day of my break gone.

My dad gave me the Stephen King novel he had just finished.

There was another day gone.

And finally, I got new basketball shoes.

Don’t worry, they didn’t cause me to waste a full day, but I do like to take them out of the box and look at them a lot.

#4. Friends

The thing about coming home for Reading Week is that all of my friends from high school have also come home for Reading Week.

This is great, I mean, I want to see everybody…but at the same time…friends are super distracting.

It’s all about balance…but sometimes seeing old friends that you haven’t seen in a while can tip the scale.

#5. Food

Yes, I get distracted at school by snacks a lot.

The difference is this: My kitchen at school looks pretty bare most of the time (usually I get to choose between Goldfish crackers or mustard for a snack). At home, the kitchen is stocked full of all of my favourite things to eat.

And then, my parents cook me awesome dinners (i.e. last night’s steak and mashed potatoes) that I don’t get very often at school. The mere smell of these dinners cooking distracts me for a good hour.


Add these five distractions to all of the normal ones, (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, music, games, texting, etc.), and you get one severely distracted person.

But I think I finally figured out the solution: All I have to do is—OMG LOOK AT THOSE FROGS!


What was I saying?


Things That Don’t Make Sense

18 Feb



My brain is feeling a little bit fried.

It’s a stressful time for a lot of university students.

It’s mid-semester so there’s a lot going on in the way of assignments and tests.

So I’ve concluded that that is the reason why I’ve found a few things in my life unusually frustrating in their nonsensicalness lately.

#1. This so-called “Reading Week”

I thought it was supposed to be a week off, a.k.a. holidays.

A substitution for March Break.

Turns out, its name is more correct than I had imagined because I know there are textbooks in my near future.


Who would’ve thought that that means you’re supposed to read?

#2. My colourblind printer.  

I tried to print an assignment with my printer today in BLACK AND WHITE.

My printer was out of COLOUR ink.

Would it print my assignment? No.

Why not? Because my COLOUR ink cartridge was empty.

Did my assignment contain any COLOUR? No.

I don’t understand.

#3. My toilet paper and water obsessed father.

Every time my dad comes to pick me up, he brings me extra toilet paper and bottled water.

I have so much toilet paper and bottled water.

Dad, if you’re preparing me for a tornado or apocalypse or something, I’m going to need more canned goods, flashlights, batteries, and zombie repellent.

#4. The lone deer.

I was walking by myself last Sunday morning through some trees when I spotted it.

One deer.

You never see them by themselves.

They’re always in groups.

It was eerie.

It just stared at me.

Maybe it’s never seen just one, lone student before and was just as confused by my presence as I was by it.

Or maybe it was up to something.



Wow. Deer are plotting against me. That’s a new one.

My brain really is fried.

I think I’ll go take a nap.