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I don't feel like studying for it (I have already put in hours doing that--mainly yesterday, since I worked on my final paper today). I just want to start thinking ahead, and it's hard to that when I know I have a math final in the morning. I've still got enough adrenalin pumping to keep me awake...in fact, too much to settle down and do anything productive. So I'm littering my friends' friends pages with posts. Isn't that nice? LOL! LiveJournal...I should go to my "real journal" and write something profound.

Hmm...let's see...lots to pick from:

• Who to Vote for in the 2004 Presidential Election
• What to Think about Gay Marriage (oxymoron is my opinion on the phrase)
• What Kind of Standards to Require in Movies and Music for Watching and Hearing
• Whether/How to Pursue Marriage (should I ever desire to do so...or need to counsel someone on the subject)
• How Far to Go with My Education
• When to Volunteer at a Crisis Pregnancy Center
• Whether to Plan to Go to Haiti Next Year (oh, yes...I need to write an entry on that...it's not some huge thing, but a family from our church just went and I think a short-term missions trip there could have a huge impact)
• My Responsibility in Seeking Employment
• Whether to Stick with English for My Only Major (or to pick another...and/or to add several minors)

Lots of stuff to consider...=)
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The fleas are really annoying! Rabbits are in the bedroom next to mine, and even though the hallway is uncarpeted, I've got fleas bothering me constantly. I've slapped myself about ten times this evening in the vain attempt to get fleas on me like you'd slap mosquitoes. Well, I've actually killed one this evening, I think...and I killed one last night. I doubt I'm making much of a difference considering how many there probably are burrowed into the carpet. And to think...I sleep on that carpet. Just thinking about it makes me itch.

I'm really supposed to be working on finite math homework that's due tomorrow morning. I'm losing momentum now that tomorrow is one week from the last day of school. I do really want to be done. I'm starting to get to know people in my classes a tiny bit...but I'm still ready for it to be over. I'm tired of the most boring math in the world, certainly...and I'm also tired of not having quite enough time to do the reading that I want to do (whatever that is). Two weeks after school is over, my mom and I will be leaving for the trip that I've been awaiting all year. Looking forward to that is helping through this last stretch of the school experience.

I'm still behind on e-mail correspondence, but I guess that's life...I need to get a move on with some of the people I'm going to see in HI, though.

I'm still jobless, apparently for the next several weeks. I really don't know what the Lord has in mind, but He convicted me this evening about my lack of faith as He reminded me of all the ways He has already provided so well for me. I think it's hard to go to HI knowing that I don't have money to spend like I thought I would. I don't mean that I was going to buy tons of stuff for myself or anything in the way of keepsakes, but I just wanted to have the ability to PAY for a rental car and to help with grocery bills, etc. I have a hard time understanding why that's not (it seems) going to be possible. I'm going with very little money, so whatever's provided will come from other sources. I guess maybe the Lord wants me to learn to be grateful...it's humbling to depend on others. I guess I've been wanting Him to provide for me in a way that would allow ME to be the one doing the providing...so that instead of really trusting Him, I'd be trusting myself. Hmm. Maybe that is the problem. I don't know. But I trust that He will show me in His time...

And now, since we're supposed to do our work as unto the Lord and do it with all our might (Colossians and Ecclesiastes, I think), I should probably get to work on those math problems (histograms are a pain, I think).
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For now, at least...out of seven applicants, they could only hire two for a total of thirty hours. I don't know if it was the interview or the knowledge that I will be gone those last two weeks in August, but I sure hope it was the latter! LOL! =) And I'm content to see that God must have something else in mind, no matter what that may be. The lady who interviewed me did forward my name to other work-study supervisors, though...so we'll see what happens. I'm looking forward to finding out!

This morning, I went to school as usual...and then came home and ate pancakes. After staying up really late last night watching a movie (because I was so ahead on my homework), I was really tired, so I ended up sleeping instead of continuing my journal entry on the reading for my afternoon class. I had spent half of the required time (but covered at least twice as much space as the teacher required) when I just couldn't stay awake any longer. I ended up sleeping and not waking until I had to leave. In my half-asleep state, I neglected to change the books in my bag, so I drove to school with my math stuff. LOL! By the time I realized it, I was too late to turn back...so I went into class with notebook paper and pens. I'm so glad I didn't absolutely HAVE to have my book today. And it was funny because I was just thinking yesterday how impossible it would be for me to forget to bring my book...but then I realized it could end up happening just because I thought it was impossible. Oh, well...nothing's hurt, as far as I know.

Thanks to all of you who provided the game recommendations. I will be looking into them soon. They all sound like great fun. You know, I think I played Boggle with my brothers last night, too...I must've really been on top of things! I need to practice other games, too, and see if we can figure out something for the whole family that would also work with a larger group.

I guess I'll go for now and find something to eat. I need to exercise because I'm getting a little...um...over the weight that I know I should be, and I'm not sure I could cut back on my food intake. Plus, I need the strength that comes from exercise...vitality to go about my tasks energetically and without PAIN! That would be very nice...
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I have a Work-Study interview at the community college's Financial Aid office Wednesday morning at 11:00 CDT. I'm looking forward to finding out whether this is the job the Lord has in mind for me. The pay s $6.50/hour and it would be 15 hours a week...not a whole lot, but enough...and certainly more than I'm getting now.=D

Meanwhile...I am finishing math homework for tomorrow (I took a break because I am frustrated with one of the problems right now) and thinking about reading the first portion of Dante's "Inferno," since the teacher has assigned that for tonight. LOL! I do need to read it, but I don't know how much I'll get read tonight. And my neck and head and back ache...LOL! It's not horrible, just distracting...and probably due to doing homework for so long today. I just can't seem to get my life all straightened out. I think I'll bring my homework out to the living room so I can watch a movie while I'm doing it...maybe I'll be able to concentrate better (yeah, I know that sounds weird...we'll see if it works).
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Although I shouldn't be. I've got about six to seven hours of reading to do for my literature class this coming week...and at least that amount of math. Plus, I have to do a bunch of writing...but I think I should probably wait on the writing until I'm supposed to do it.=)

So my next class is in an hour and I've got time to kill because the classroom is just about three miles from here and there's no place to sit around over there without someone striking up a conversation--it's just two classrooms, two single-toilet restrooms, a lobby with a receptionist, and a back office for the two employees who stay at the building.

Anyway, that's why I've done these quizzes that are going around. Read more... )

I spent way too long doing math last night...stayed up till two and got up at about seven, and then headed over to the "school" (or its little building here in S'dale). Well, I hadn't completed my homework, and I hurried to try to finish it when I got there. But then the teacher informed us that we didn't have to turn it in until Tuesday, "Sorry I didn't make that clearer." Goodness! The work we had to do yesterday was not at all difficult, but it took a REALLY LONG TIME! Tedious math is really quite annoying.

And on that note...I'm off to get another Krispy Kreme doughnut because I'm hungry.
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Please pray that God would give me wisdom and discernment in job hunting. I am currently laid off, as I figured was coming...so no surprises. I prayed previously for God's direction on what to do, and felt that He was directing me to stay as long as I could, which I did. More recently, because I haven't been able to get many hours, I have prayed more about what to do, and I began applying for jobs at the school. I posted my "resume'" on the school web site Tuesday night and have not had any response to the one application that I submitted. I submitted more applications today. I'm not really sure how much to pursue this at this point because I'm in class four hours a day right now and at times that don't work well with a work schedule, especially not if I have to go out of this particular town. Classes will end in five weeks, when I'll have two weeks to prepare for my two-week trip to Hawaii, after which I'll have until October 15th to work anytime. Fall classes will be mostly Friday evening, Saturday morning and afternoon...and only for eight weeks. So I'm really going to have plenty of time, but I don't right now--at least not at the right times.

Meanwhile, I have seen how God has provided for all of my needs, and even my wants, and I'm sure He will continue to do so. I just want to make sure that I am fulfilling my responsibilities, so I'm looking for a job. But I don't want to be closed to any possibilities just because they don't seem like they would work, etc.

As for classes, they began today. My math teacher (the morning one) is a married lady with a southern accent. My literature teacher (the afternoon one) is a single lady from Los Angeles. She looks a little as if she's out of it, but she isn't really...however, her idea of people as social constructs is a little different from my perspective. LOL! I think this class is going to be interesting...I know it's a lot less writing than I had expected. We'll do three one-page papers (I hope those are single-spaced!), one three-page paper (that's our final project), and a journal on all the readings (we just have to spend twenty minutes a day on it, so that should be pretty easy). And she gives points for effort, so I'm thinking it will be an easy A. Of course, by easy A I do NOT mean to imply that I think it will be without work; I just think that my work will pay off easily without giving me a lot of stress.

Today's reading is...the Epic of Gilgamesh.=) And we watched "Superman" in class today. I hadn't ever seen it; very interesting portrayal of a hero...the story line and relationships seemed very much to mirror what the Bible says about God the Father and God the Son. Anyone know any background on that? It was weird to see all those parallels...what the teacher is looking for is hero-related (that's the theme of our class). She's wanting us to look at heroes as social constructs, both in the past and in the present. So even though we're studying literature up to 1650, we'll be comparing it to present representations of similar ideas.
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I went and bought ten dollars worth of paper and folders for school this afternoon. I'm not really looking forward to tomorrow. I don't care for math (although Finite Mathematics doesn't look like it should be more difficult than College Algebra...just the same formulas applied to real life). And the literature is going to be...well, I don't know what it's going to be. I can't find out anything about either teacher, so I'm in the dark on how much work they'll assign us. I'm fairly certain, however, that it won't be overwhelming because then their grading would overwhelm them, and they sure wouldn't want that to happen any more than it already will.

So instead of sleeping and already having lunch packed, I'm fooling around on Google, trying to help my brother find out more about a possible trumpet teacher. Because the guy's a graduate student (as in he already has a Master's in Music), Levi is concerned that the charges are going to be MUCH higher than what they paid their undergraduate-student teacher (considering that the latter didn't charge a whole lot, that really wouldn't be surprising). They would be content to stop lessons for now, if necessary, although of course I think it would be great if they continued. The name of the guy who could end up teaching them is going to be interesting to make sure they pronounce correctly: Mr. Althouse. Let's hope against hope that it's supposed to be something that doesn't rhyme with outhouse. Although...there's some faculty member at the community college who actually does have the last name Outhouse. Can you imagine the origin of such a name? I'm not sure I even want to guess...

So it's kinda hot, but not as hot as it's going to be. And to imagine that I need to prepare to acclimate to Hawaii.=\ The humidity may be high here, but we've always got the relief of air conditioning...not just in the grocery stores, but in our houses, in our churches, and in our cars. I almost never have to be hot for long here, but showers there may be inevitable (more frequent than might be convenient, that is...inconvenient because of the number of the people who will probably be there). Oh, well.

My silly brothers went outside just after midnight (a little while ago) and set off some firecrackers. They came in and I told them that they better not have had anything to do with the noise since it's past ten in the evening. They laughed and gave technically accurate, but intentionally obvious denials...finally stating that the law doesn't allow firecrackers until July 1-4, so they had to get it in now that it's July 1st. How's that for reasoning? Since it didn't last long, I doubt the neighbors will complain.

Okay, I need to get lunch. The last thing I need is to fall asleep in some class...=\But I have to be up early tomorrow to get to school at eight.

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