A Black Female Medical Student

And Winter Break Has Officially BEGUN

Posted on: December 17, 2008

Helloooooo!

Its been forever since I’ve updated I know. I’m sorry. Finals happened, and then post-finals partying, and then I had to travel home…. and now I’m here. Home. Again.

Its kinda boring, but nice. The last time I was here, I still had studying to do so that I could gear up for finals. Now…. I don’t have anything to do, but yet I still have lots to do.

I went to the bookstore last night and bought 6 books:

1. The Shack, by William P. Young. I finished this one today. Good, solid book. Its basically all of Young’s ideas on the Trinity and other aspect of theology hidden within a fictional novel, and also apparently the subject of quite a bit of controversy. Partly because for about 3/4 of the book God is portrayed by a large, stereotypical, black women (seriously, I almost put the book down after that. It wasn’t just that she was big and black, but that was she was so stereotypical, and I’m tired of seeing black women portrayed that way in the media. I mean, she was in the kitchen barefoot 1/2 the time, and speaking incorrect English the other 1/2. ) There are also some arguments that the book isn’t theologically sound, but then again, what book ever really is (besides the Bible, of course.) I thought that the spirit and the purpose behind the book was good, and that it could be a wonderful evangelical tool if used correctly. The writing was kinda iffy, but the content and plot made up for it.

2. Candide by Voltaire. I don’t know. I walked past it by the bookstore and I decided to pick up. I’ve always liked satire, and he’s supposed to be one of the best.I’m reading it now. I might post a review when I’m done.

3. Walden and Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau. This has been on my reading list since my junior year of high school. I heard both Gandhi and MLK loved it.

4. The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama. I’m liking this dude more and more everyday. Oh, and I saw Michelle Obama by the way! It was just her in a motorcade, riding past, but I was so happy about it. Especially since I know they will have moved to DC by the time I make it back to Chicago. I also saw another Obama motorcade when I was riding to O’Hare airport, but I couldn’t make out which one it was.

5. War & Peace by Tolstoy. Lol. Don’t even ask me why. I just know I don’t want to have died without having read it and I may as well do it now. I don’t know that I will have it finished by the end of break; not because of its length, but because it looks SO BORING. Lol. But I will have it finished by the end of 2009. How about that?

I also have 3 DVD’s that I bought over Thanksgiving break and never got a chance to watch: The Last King of Scotland, When Harry Met Sally, and Borat. They were all on sale for like $5 so I decided to get them. I bought The Last King of Scotland because I heard it was good, When Harry Met Sally because I feel like I’ve missed out on the many media references to it for long enough, and Borat because I nearly died laughing when I saw it the first time.

Also, I plan to work on my French. There is this awesome website called LiveMocha.com. Where you can learn any of 6 (I think???) languages for free. I figure between my (albeit meager) background in French, one classmate that I have who is fluent, and LiveMocha I should get to conversational level by summer. I want to go to Haiti on this scholarship that my school is offering.

So yeah, that’s it: books, movies, and French.

Oh yeah, and then there’s ice-skating, seeing all my friends brand new babies, Christmas and New Year’s.

I’m looking forward to it.

Happy Holidays to you and yours!!!

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