My first weekend off

February 6, 2006

I don’t usually quote indie rock, but I’m going to make an exception.

All these people drinking lover’s spit
They sit around and clean their face with it
And they listen to teeth to learn how to quit
tied to a night they never met

– Broken Social Scene

This weekend marked my first days off since we’ve been back at school, and I must say they were everything I could ever have hoped they could be.  I was at ease and regained a part of my sanity and spirit I hadn’t even realized I’d lost.

On Saturday,  I experienced role reversal as I returned to Ten Thousand Villages as a volunteer.  Although I enjoyed my position beforehand, the lifting of such responsibility was refreshing.

This morning, Kendra and I drove to Dryden to take some pictures.  It was one of the most meditative experiences I have had in a long time.  We went to my old elementary school (among several other places) and looked for interesting subjects for her photo project.  I felt a strong sense of nostalgia with everything around me–it had been a few years since I had spent any reasonable amount of time in Dryden.

I spent most of the rest of the day formatting the pictures I took for the web.  I wrote a Rails application that manages photo albums with customizable CSS for each album.   Next, I’m going to try to implement real-time thumbnail generation so that the album pages have thumbnail images next to the photo titles.  Expect to see this in action on photos.teejayvanslyke.com as soon as its ready.

Goodnight.