Darn it. I’ve got work piling up on my desk faster than those piling up on Pn.Hii’s desk. OK, I may not even have a desk of my own, and nobody else’s workload could beat Pn.Hii’s, but really, I’ve got so much to do in such little time..
First, exams. That’s all you hear in my blog. And yes, you heard it again, ‘cos they’re starting next week. Yea, dammit, next week! Man, It feels like it was just last week when we had our first semester exams, and now there’s another one to face.. The months just keep speeding by without mercy, with only just 3 months or so to SPM. Not to mention the mock exam we’re gonna face in September. And there’s nothing more welcoming than having Biology and Chemistry papers on the very first day of the coming two-week exam.
Second, it would be about our hopeless school magazine. Few weeks ago, En.James presented us with his ‘bare’ version of the school magazine during our first meeting, complete with his self-designed fancy, watchyourmacallit borders, frames, bevels and ugh, awful colours. And the cover, the cover! It was absolutely horrible! Members of the sidang redaksi sat there, staring at the LCD projection, holding back our puke.
Now, I saw all these as more work for me. You see, I was appointed the head of graphics for the magazine panel a few months ago and was actually responsible for the graphics in the school magazine. But my usual ‘responsible’ old self had not even lay a finger on any graphic work in the magazine. As a result, En.James resorted to designing everything all by himself. You may think that he did so because I didn’t offer my help, but no, he was reluctant for me to edit or replace any of those masterpieces he had all over the mag even after I asked. But I thought about it, and as I flipped through the previous edition of the school mag, I found this page where the sedang redaksi was introduced to the readers, complete with their photos and titles just below it. And I found this guy who’s name I can’t remember who was, at that time, the head of graphics and I remember saying to myself, Gee, so this is how that guy who is responsible for the utter ugliness of our school mag looks like. Hey! Now I wouldn’t want anyone to say that to my photo when this year’s issue gets published now right? So, gah! I HAD to intervene. Because my name would still be published as the head of graphics in the magazine even though none of the work is actually done by me. Just to make it clear once more, I wanted to intervene for the sake of my name, for I would care less about the well being of that publication.
So, me being a little more responsible than my usual self, insisted that I re-do the cover deisign and various other parts of the school magazine. Surprisingly, En. James agreed to consider my proposals and told me work on a few and present them to him. Ah, there is hope! That is, if I had the time to work on any of those graphic work, which obviously time is what I don’t have. And my, that Pn. Polin had to approach me every single bloody day of the past week to nag me on the progress of the graphical work. She even went to such lengths as to threaten me, sort of, perhaps a less negative word should be used, saying something that sounded like ‘We would only give certificates to members of the sedang redaksi who are really committed and do their job well. If we find that you aren’t completing your tasks, then no cookies for you.’ I replied that comment with a forced smile. Hey, I don’t need certificates or cookies so don’t tempt me with them. I may not have a cabinet full of certificates but I do have plenty of cookies in my kitchen. In fact, there’s a packet of Julie’s Vanilla Flavoured sitting right next to my keyboard as I am typing this.
With all due respect to my teacher, I promised that I would deliver. A promise that I am struggling to keep until now. With the approaching exams, there is simply no time for me to sit down and brainstorm for ideas for designs. Even on the rare occasion where I do struck an idea during my routine morning bath, I would not have to time to produce them in Photoshop. Oh well, at least Pn. Polin extended the deadline for the proposals to the week after them exam so I can worry less about that problem now.
Well thirdly, I was approached by the prefectorial board for yet another addition to my stack of to-do-lists. I was asked to help in designing the invitation card for the coming prefects’ night which where supposed to be a night of appreciation for us seniors. But oh well, I wouldn’t be picky on that. I accepted the job without thinking twice. Now thinking back, I regretted the fact that I actually did accept that task without thinking of my time problems. Well since I had promised to deliver, I tried my best to squeeze out a few ideas for the invitation card but to no avail. At last, I met the four-day deadline with nothing to propose. Luckily, Eddie being a brilliant friend, understood my situation and suggested that he would ask his own prefects to start work on the invitation card on their own. But I felt sort of guilty for not delivering and stated that I would still try my best to work out a few ideas but just in case I hadn’t got the time, the prefects would have to design the card themselves. Phew. Now that would be one thing less to worry about right now.
Blimey, what a long post. To be really optimistic, I guess I should be grateful for the faith they have in me to deliver in terms of graphical work. Thanks, really, to all of you who think so. Well, guess I should just stop here. Oh, and wish me luck in the exams!