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Thanksgiving break: Homework, pie, and art

November 29, 2010   A recap of my Thanksgiving break, which included reading an excellent book, a tremendous amount of food, and an afternoon at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts.

First of all, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Our week off was a welcome relief after a never-ending pile of work. I really don't like doing homework over breaks...it's a break, I shouldn't have to do homework. But the dates of long term projects were getting closer so I had to do something so as to be able to sleep in the coming weeks.

Part of that work was reading a book for my English class. I was so excited to read a work of fiction, especially after a friend of mine told me that the book I had to read, "Oryx and Crake" by Margaret Atwood, is one of his favorite books. I decided to read 38 pages each day to avoid having to read the entire book in one night. And surprise, surprise, I actually stuck to the plan. In fact, I enjoyed the book so much that I actually finished a couple days early. I was kind of shocked.

Despite the looming workload of the next two weeks, I had a wonderful break. I didn’t go home to California, but instead stayed at my uncle’s house in Massachussetts. After Thanksgiving was quite relaxing. I say after because the build up to Thanksgiving was a tad chaotic as there were 19 people expected for turkey dinner. But I loved being able to see almost the entire family, and sit with them at the table for hours on end. I think we sat in the dining room for at least five hours, probably almost six.

Over this past weekend, my family and I went to the new wing at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Each floor of the new wing was dedicated to art from a certain century, which I thought was a very interesting way to organize the artwork. I particularly enjoyed viewing Thomas Cole’s landscapes as he’s an artist that has been discussed in a few of my classes. There was one painting, a still life of a dead fish, I thought particularly interesting. When I first saw the picture all I could think about was why someone would want to paint dead fish. I really didn’t see the appeal. Out of curiosity I read the little placard next to the painting, which described how fish was this particular artist’s favorite subject for his work because of the way that light reflects off the fish. So I took a step back, looked at the painting again and I had a greater appreciation for the work.

My cousin made a point of how the artist may have spent a considerable amount of time in a room with dead fish, and the room probably smelled awful.

After a lovely break, it's quite nice to be back at Hamilton, despite the fact that I now face a mountain of work to do in a short amount of time. I have no idea how I'm going to do it all, but strangely I'm quite calm despite feeling a tad overwhelmed. Quite frankly, I don't have time to worry about it, I just have to start working and eventually all the work for this semester will be finished. I'm quite thrilled to be heading home in three weeks as it will be my first time home since last June. However, I know that towards the end of winter break I'll be eager to start a new semester on the Hill.