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The Wedding People

Now we'll see what happens with bandwidth, especially once I e-mail this link to people...=|
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I'm just about ready to give up on LJ. There's no way I can even keep up with skimming the posts now. Maybe it's just jet lag, though. I hope so because I surely don't want to lose this part of my life. I did want to share with you all the encouraging things that are happening right now, but I have been spending hours on the computer working to get wedding photos cropped and ready to upload. Now I just have to find the site for it...since I'm familiar with Yahoo, I'm pretty sure that's what I'll end up using, even though bandwidth is probably going to be an issue. I have about three hundred pictures to post (maybe it's less than that, but it will be double whatever it already was because of thumbnail images, which should decrease the bandwidth problem somewhat because people probably won't be inclined to look at every picture). My new digital camera worked out beautifully. I've made the images much smaller for on-line viewing, but the people I saw will get the photos on CD sometime in the hopefully not-too-distant future.

Meanwhile, I will begin working mornings AND afternoons next week. Through the Lord's blessing in an amazing (to me) sequence of events, I now have a work-study position for fifteen hours per week. So I'm good to go for next semester, I guess. My finances are pretty well in shape, amazingly. The Lord really does provide...but never really early, apparently...just exactly when I need it. I guess it's just as well that I didn't have more money to spend in Hawaii!

I think I might have already said this, but I had a wonderful trip. I met some awesome people and renewed relationships with other wonderful people...and now I kind of miss them. The joy of fellowship with other believers is incredible. I even miss some of the guys I met!=D I got to see my dad's family, which was also wonderful...much better than I expected.

My 7 y.o. brother has been throwing up this evening, so I'm hoping that we don't all come down with a virus this weekend. Labor Day is Monday, and I want to enjoy my little break to finish recovering from my trip to Hawaii!

I hope to say more later, but I really want to work on those pictures. I'm really sorry that I'm not keeping up with all your entries. My body is physically drained due to fatigue...because of my own foolishness, I haven't had that much sleep in the last few days. Oh, well.

I'm back!

Sep. 1st, 2004 03:06 pm
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Back to the world of air conditioning, where the people can wear shoes and socks all day long without anyone commenting on it. LOL! I'm back to the world of work, school, and home responsibilities. I'm glad to be back, but I'm also glad I went...I got to see a really cool wedding, meet some really cool people, and come to some really cool resolutions. I think I'm going to start a proactive method of limiting my LJ time (by scheduling more interaction with local people...if their schedules allow for it). At the same time, I'm going to have to look for edifying activities, so that could be a little difficult, but we shall see.

The wedding was fantastic. After my dad picks up a new USB card this afternoon, I should be able to download and upload pictures for everyone to see...out of the hundreds or so that my mom and I took. I tried to keep a daily journal while we were gone, but I might end up just going by pictures or saying very little since tomorrow is when I get back to work. Tonight is Children's Choir, where I will be playing music I have only seen once before. The place we stayed in Hawaii did not have a piano...I nearly went crazy. They did have several guitars, but I didn't borrow any of them because I'm really not that great on the guitar...and I don't love it the same way. Anyway, it is time for me to practice music tonight, but I did want to make the announcement that I'm back. I hope you all have stayed well. If any of you (besides Ruth) have announced pregnancies, engagements, or weddings in the past week and I don't comment on it, please let me know what's happening. Thanks!
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I'll "see" you all when I get back...and you'll definitely see me!;-) We're heading out to the airport in about half an hour or less. Now's the real deal...
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Instead, I've been sitting here reading more of those old posts from "Skye's World." That's my means of procrastination in preparing for this trip. I guess we have to be out the door in about sixteen hours. LOL! So much for the dress I was going to make. My energy is sapped. I need to fold laundry and then go to Wal*Mart once again...because I again forgot to get some things. I couldn't find a power cord for my camera--I guess I'll eventually order one on-line. It's too bad I couldn't get it before Hawaii, but I did get a charger (that takes at least 12 hours, unfortunately--it was that or pay more than twice as much), six batteries for that, and sixteen regular (Rayovac--plus/maximum...whatever their called) batteries. Since the camera only takes two at a time, I'm hoping that's enough. I'll just have to be careful about how I use the camera. I'll go ahead and take my other camera, too, just to fool around with, I guess. It's kind of ironic that I have a power cord for one and batteries for the other...but batteries won't work for the one with the power cord and I don't have a power cord for the other.

But back to those old posts...it's really interesting to see how people have changed and how they've remained the same. I'm reading through my own posts with great interest, since I had forgotten what I said. I think I pretty much agree with it, though, and I can also see myself--as ever--trying to take a non-controversial stance (read: be the final authority) on each subject.

Which reminds me...I've decided which presidential candidate to vote for in November. LOL! For now I'm not telling, although you can probably guess. =D Part of what helped me reach my conclusion was my SS teacher's comments when I brought up the subject in Sunday school a few weeks (maybe a month) ago. Yes, I brought it up...the whole deal of God's sovereignty, man's responsibility, issues of character/integrity, and everything. And the ultimate conclusion is that--as Scripture says--each man must be fully convinced in his own mind, for whatever is not of faith is sin.
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I've actually even got the skirt of it hemmed and the ties sewn. Now for the top...which I have cut out. I came out of my room to get red thread, but I stopped at the computer...and have been here for a while now, reading stuff at "Skye's World." The posts made me miss the place and the people...and yet I know we could never go back to having things as they were. I can't helping wishing for some aspects of it, though!

And the countdown is on...well, I would have to calculate the hours, but I am leaving in the afternoon the day after tomorrow. Tomorrow, I go to the chiropractor. Wednesday, I take ibuprofen with me on the plane in case the treatment was a little too strong. I need to try to remember to ask him to do it lightly. It always feels fine during the process, but I usually take a couple of days to recover, and I don't WANT to take a couple of days to recover from the rolling bed!
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Unfortunately, our USB port is broken, so I can't download right now. I'm hoping my brother will convince my dad to get a new USB card before I return from Hawaii, though, so I can download lots of pictures. The camera is a Canon PowerShot A310, with a 32 MB card. I also purchased a 128 MB card...paying around $185, with the expectation of a $10 rebate on the extra card. So I'm really excited. I didn't think I would be able to afford a camera before leaving (and now my checking account is practically empty), but I saw the ad in the paper this afternoon, and I called the store...they only had two left at that point, and when my mom got home with my car, I called them to reserve and the model was different, so that's how I ended up with the 310 (twice the memory and more features) instead of the 300.

I definitely have whatever virus my siblings have been experiencing. I'm going to take Vitamin C and ibuprofen until it's gone, gone, gone! I cannot stand fatigue when I'm trying to get ready to leave. The amount of sewing I still need to do has been overwhelming...because, you see, I now need to make swimming shorts because I discovered that the bridesmaids will be sleeveless, and I have to even out my not-so-beautiful farmer's tan. I don't feel too bad, though, because the Bible college bridesmaids who are already in Hawaii are working on their tans right now, and they are starting out a lot lighter than I am.;-) I guess it pays to be half-Filipino.

And my darling little brother decided to cut one of the finished patchwork placemats, so now my mom has that repair to do, although she may do it at a later date and send it. I just want to start packing.

But I need to sew. And I need to go to work tomorrow and Tuesday. And I was planning to make bread tomorrow afternoon, go to the chiropractor Tuesday afternoon...and leave Wednesday afternoon. LOL! I'm so glad that school is over.

Sunday school with the fifth and sixth graders went well this morning. Only three kids were there, and of course I know all three of them.=D We talked about God's purpose in suffering and how He achieved it in Paul's life. I talked to them about Charles Templeton, the atheist who used to be an evangelist at the same time that Billy Graham first began. Templeton saw a picture of an African lady with her starving baby (on Life magazine) and said that he found it impossible to believe that a loving God could withhold rain when just rain would make it possible for the lady and her child to be nourished. Then I asked the kids how they would respond to something like that. It was an interesting discussion...I'm not too big on the Sunday school curriculum. It seems a little elementary for the kids in that church. But nothing's to prevent me from adding stuff...except that my only Sunday with them--for now--is over. I'm not really planning on teaching a Sunday school class regularly any time in the near future, but I do enjoy subbing occasionally.

The kids will begin choir practice on Saturday, after I've left. I told the director that I would be back two weeks from Wednesday, though, so that will be good. She talked about giving me the music at church tonight, but my head was hurting too badly for me to wait around and see...so I guess I'll just play it when I get back to church on the first of September. I'm sure that will be fun, especially if the kids have already learned the music well.;-)

Okay, enough procrastinating. I still haven't come up with ideas for what to take to people, but I guess I'll figure that out later, if ever. Maybe the little I have is going to have to do. Or maybe we really will get terrycloth potholders.
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LOL! Actually, I hope not. But my body seems to have a ridiculous response to standing on my feet for extended periods. Work is fun...I'm really enjoying having the time alone to think and to pray. I hadn't realized how much I had missed that kind of quiet time. I may get to work with a really good friend, too, which would be wonderful since we really haven't seen each other much lately.

I'm leaving Wednesday, so it's crunch time for doing the sewing that I still haven't completed. Our oven has been down, so we finally got it replaced...but the whole ordeal took up several of my mom's precious hours.

What I am trying to do now is to think of something related to my state to take to the people in Hawaii. But it's hard with Wal*Mart and Tyson and the Razorbacks being the only things that come to mind...I'm not at all interested in taking stuff related to them! =)

I didn't miss church last night, and I'm very glad I went...I got to pray with two sisters, and it was good to talk to them for a while...we haven't really had any private conversation for a long time.

So...anyway...not much depth. I have been really tired and that's really all I have to say. LOL! I'm writing more in my regular journal at the moment.
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I never got a call from the last work-study interview, but my boss from the basket place called me today. Her main employee got a teaching job, so I'm for part-time again, starting Wednesday morning. Is that cool or what? I'm really excited. I have no idea how long it will be, but it's so good to see God leading and providing. I think of that saying that He's always on time--never late, but never early, either.

So now I can get ready for Hawaii and not think about how hard it is to get a job when I'm going to be gone at the beginning of the semester. =D
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And I didn't realize it until 7:30, halfway through the hour-long prayer meeting. I was mortified to realize that I had forgotten it. I was so nervous about remembering stuff today that I managed to forget something that is routine; of course, it's not like I was "committed" to being there in the sense that people were relying on it (they weren't), but I go to church every Wednesday night...and now, two weeks from this evening, I'll miss church again because my mom and I will just be arriving in Hawaii.=) If you can't tell, I'm getting quite excited.:-)

Tomorrow, I'm going to get my hair "fixed." Since the lady who cut my hair didn't get it straight, she's going to give it another shot (LOL! My way of putting it, I assure you! I think she probably has a little more confidence than that)...actually, she got my mom's uneven (longer on the same side), too, so we'll both be going. I'm glad my finals are over because I could hardly sit still today, and I don't think I could endure a haircut if I were still in the middle of preparing for finals.

So, anyway...I'm busy making up for my lack of posts. And I'm procrastinating about getting to bed, which is ridiculous.=\ I'm very tired, so that's where I am headed now.

I'm Done!

Aug. 4th, 2004 05:33 pm
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Now I just need to clean my room...that task that I was planning to do during the break that I didn't end up having (at least not as long as I expected). I have plenty of sewing and cleaning to keep me busy. The lady who interviewed me today said she'd call and let me know whether I'm hired Friday. There is one other applicant. If that applicant can work the last two weeks of this month, she should be hired...because it looks like they'll need some help right then. But it really is in God's hands. Either way, things are looking up...maybe it's just because I'm done with classes for a while.;-)

Well, I asked Kananigirl about food prices in Hawaii and I did a little on-line searching (of Safeway's circular, posted on Sunday saver)...some things there are pretty expensive (although, for the record, Safeway's selling milk at $7/two gallons this week, which sure beats ONE for that price!)...and I'm not exactly a rich girl. However, that reminds me. I'm really curious to know how much all of you pay for

Bread

Bananas

Milk

Yogurt

...and anything else that comes to mind (please specify whether it's store brand or name brand...for comparison purposes).

We get bread at Wal*Mart (100% whole wheat) for $1.14, bananas for $0.48/pound, milk for three or four dollars, and yogurt at about $0.44/8oz. container (unless we get it in larger quanities, in which case it can cost less...but I don't remember how much less).
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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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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.

LOL!

Feb. 17th, 2004 11:58 pm
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I'm bored and ready to go to bed...even though I know it would be far better for me to study like crazy for tomorrow's chemistry test. I am definitely not good at getting scientific stuff fast...but that's what I get for not studying all along. That's also probably why I haven't done so well on that subject. Hmm.

But anyway...the reason I'm laughing is because I'm so bored that I actually looked to see what might be at a web site called stupidity.com. I mean, I just wondered what someone might put on the web on that subject. And guess what? There's really a web site and it is really devoted to the subject of stupidity! I just started reading the intro. to the first book and it is positively hilarious! I haven't looked carefully to see whether it's supposed to be funny or not, but it cracks me up.

On a more serious note, I went to see the lawyer today...and got a lot more money than I expected. Of course, that wouldn't have to be much, since I didn't expect anything. But it was enough that his third of the money made him very happy.=) And he apparently didn't have too difficult of a time in obtaining it. I'm very grateful that the bills are all paid. But with what I got, which was a little more than a third of the amount, I am going to be able to pay my car insurance for the next six months AND purchase two tickets to Hawaii so that my mom and I can go in August. If anything, this is definitely a clear confirmation that going to Hawaii IS in God's plans for me. I am very amazed and blessed...

Because...my saving for that plane ticket is not going too well right now. In fact, it is not going at all...because my work is basically seasonal, I'm on "vacation." That's very helpful for me in terms of school because of the exams I'm preparing to take (although I'll be going full speed ahead with work AND school at the time of finals)...but it's not helping me save. But anyway, here's this money. Somehow, I never seem to trust that God can provide funds from "other sources." I don't know why. But His provision over the last year or so--not just of things that I need, but things that I want--has been incredible.

Next week, my family is going on an anti-fungal diet. That should be very interesting. It's basically meat and veggies the first week...no grains or potatoes or fruits besides green apples and citrus. No cheese or other dairy besides yogurt. And, of course, no sugar. To be honest, I'm not planning to observe the diet. But maybe I should. I don't know. I don't think I have the problems, but I suppose the diet would at least improve my health. Still, I'm not sure I could live with it...=) I have never gone on a diet before so I have no idea if I'd be able to maintain it.

I'm getting really excited about all the babies that are on the way. I suppose I've probably congratulated the people, but I doubt that I fully expressed how very much I'm looking forward to hearing about the births. There were two newborns at church on Sunday and one of them was just to my right...I was SO distracted. Newborns are so exciting! But, alas, neither of the newborns belong to people I'm really acquainted with...and the expected ones are not in families that I normally interact with, so I'm a little sad. I want to hold a newborn! That's so weird. But anyway. I doubt I will for a long time.=( That's kind of silly for me to say. Oh, well.

Monday, I met with a guy from Western Civilization for a "study group meeting." Two ladies were supposed to be there also, but one was in class and the other had forgotten due to a math test. But I talked to the guy--a Republican and a Christian--about the questions that will be on the test and we eventually talked about what the instructor believes, etc. I said that I was incredulous that the teacher could believe all that he says...but the guys says that he has actually sat down and talked to him about it and he really does believe quite a bit of what he says. I find that so difficult to believe, and yet...it's rather apparent. When someone asked him whether he's an atheist or agnostic, he replied that he is an agnostic. His reason: "The concept that God sits on His throne and judges is too simplistic for me." I suppose one could call his emphasis on science/nature/knowledge agnosticism, but it's really humanism because God's not big enough...right? Sometimes his logic strikes me as faulty, but it's hard for me to see how to combat the reasoning of someone who thinks he is correct...in fact, is firmly convinced of it.

I actually spoke to a friend of mine on this subject...do we HAVE to address all the fallacies that instructors put forward? Although I believe that Christianity is perfectly reasonable, I believe just as strongly that unsaved people canNOT be perfectly reasonable...so that the battle for their hearts is not one that can be won in the intellectual realm. While I believe that we should be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks us why we have hope, I don't believe that we should be smart mouths or cast pearls before swine. If Christianity were merely intellectual, that would work...but it's so much more.

As I looked through the essay questions for the upcoming Western Civ. test, I realized that my thesis for most of them could be, "It's hopeless; the world is imperfect and things will always be imperfect in an imperfect world." And I can support that very well. I can support it based on KNOWLEDGE, FACTS. Knowledge without truth, it seems to me, leads to hopelessness. I think that may have been the essence of Pilate's question to Jesus when he asked what truth was. He missed the Truth that stood before him...perhaps because he had become convinced that there was no such thing? Perhaps because he was cynical, like SO MANY intellectuals?! Solomon was rather cynical, too. Knowledge without truth is empty. So if we have hope...=) We SHOULD show it and people WILL ask...sincerely.

Well, that was a much longer entry than I had planned...this journal is, as many of you have noted, a VERY excellent tool for procrastination. But I think I may regret this tomorrow when I'm taking my chemistry test.=\

Well...

Feb. 10th, 2004 06:04 pm
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My busyness should end at 1:00 P.M. on Thursday...because that is our cut-off time for getting Valentine's Day stuff to the stores. That means that there will be a lull in the work until things are together for Easter, I guess. I'm kind of excited about the prospect of having more time to study. I find that studying and sleeping are very useful activities for achieving good grades in school.

Anyway, what I need to do right now is study for a Music Appreciation test for tomorrow morning. I'm hoping the insructor will delay it because we missed Monday, but she had originally slated it for Monday, so I don't know if she will want to extend it further. I have a chemistry test one week from tomorrow and a Western Civ. test two weeks from tomorrow. It's nice to have them spaced apart that way. I've already taken my first test in Fundamentals of Communication and my only other class is English (I think our only "exam" will be a self-assessment in-class at the end of the semester), so I will soon be done with the first round of tests.

So...study tonight...school tomorrow during the day...church tomorrow evening...working tomorrow night...work Thursday up to the cut-off. Then my life will be easy.=) The only thing about not working is that I'm going to be saving less for my trip to Hawaii, but I'm hoping to have enough for a ticket soon. Speaking of money, it appears that the lawyer who is handling my accident case will be getting money above medical and legal expenses. I'm hoping that my mom will get most of that money since she was the main one who was inconvenienced, but we shall see...it would be great if she could have it for a ticket to go with me to Hawaii.=)
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As one might expect, I suppose. I have neither busyness nor forgetfulness to excuse my neglect of LJ. In fact, I cannot even plead that I have had little to say! Perhaps it is more because I am thinking of so much...and am so uncertain of what to devote my time and thought to developing and sharing. At any rate, I don't think I will make a decision now.

I still read people's journal entries, but even less than I did during my busy time during December. I think that I will come back to LJ when school begins again...somehow it provides a delightful outlet for my complaints.;-) Or maybe sympathetic ears/eyes.

I am still off from school and work. I will probably return to work on Thursday morning, and school recommences on Monday morning. My dear brother will begin taking classes this semester. He has given notice that he is quitting his job this week...and he NEEDS another job very much. I wish I could help him, but I have no idea what he could do since he wants to earn more than $8.00 per hour and he has some expenses in the way of his getting a job as a mechanic (for which he is qualified by technical schooling/training).

I am more certain now that I will be going to Hawaii in August. It's very exciting to think about visiting people and places that are ever-dimmer memories. I am looking forward to observing the changes that have taken place, although I fully expect that more of them will grieve me than will give me delight. And, much as I hate the gritty sand of the beach, I look forward to seeing the Pacific Ocean again...I have not seen it since I left Hawaii in 1997. And although I live in the mountains, I don't see mountains...not really...we're in a somewhat flat area. I miss the Ko'olaus in Hawaii. I did not think I would ever relish the thought of visiting Hawaii, but I do now.

My littlest brother continues to be quite rambunctious. One of his most recent...don't know what to call it...I would say escapades, but I'm not sure that it is precisely what I mean. Anyway, my mom had put him to bed in his crib in my parents' room one afternoon, and she went about her work. Not too long after that, she went to check on him and found his crib--and her room--empty. She came out asking, "Where's Gabriel?" We found him in my room (the closed door had prevented us from seeing him)...with half a dozen muffins crumbled on the floor. I had made chocolate chip muffins for my secret sister at church, and had placed them in a Ziploc bag on my desk. LOL! Oh, well. The muffins aren't wonderful enough to lament losing. And I shouldn't have left them on my desk...I DO know better! LOL! It seems funny to me to realize that I find such events so common, and really quite unruffling.

I have begun further paragraphs, but I don't think I really want to say anything else...all else I would say has more to do with what has truly occupied my thoughts, and that would take more time to tell (and it is not news...just thoughts about various topics that have been stirred in my mind and heart).
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No work today...I went in, but my boss did not need me, so I came home and helped get newsletters folded and mailed. I went to the chiropractor this afternoon, and then did some shopping at a dollar store. I slept before going, and I slept this evening...after finishing Mother, by Kathleen Norris, and Buried Alive, by Jack Cuozzo. Now I need to wrap gifts.

I don't know if I am going to work tomorrow, but I got over twenty hours in last week, so I'm pretty good for these two weeks anyway. I also just found out that I actually won't be paying anything for car insurance until about March because my rate reduction was so great from me turning twenty-one. And then I'll eventually get a good student discount, although it won't be quite so significant. Anyway, that is a big blessing for me...because I thought that I was going to be paying for books, the remainder of my tuition, and car insurance all at the same time. I'm now much closer to having enough money to go to Hawaii, which I'm pretty firmly planning to do. I need to call my engaged friend sometime to talk to her about it all. I think her mom is already working on bridesmaids' dresses.=)

I actually could probably say a lot, but I have been so tired that I have been spending nearly all of my spare moments sleeping. I have also worked on making fudge. My first try turned out rock hard, but yesterday's batch was about as perfect as it gets, so I'm happy. My brother is doing some shameful editing to our church pictures right now...he lightened them and reduced redeye for reprinting recently (a photographer at church does pictures of the families periodically for the church bulletin board), and so now we've got all these pictures on our hard drive for his amusement.

I'm having a hard time keeping up with LiveJournal right now and I don't know if/when that will change, but I do skim entries. I'm not going to remove anybody because I do like to know what's happening in people's lives. =)

I should go now that it's getting so late. I talked to my brothers about shopping at about 4:30 AM, so getting to bed soon might be helpful.

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