Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas numbers two and three

Last Saturday we went to visit my dad's side of the family! 'Twas great... we were on the road for a looong time, and I was in the throes of a substantial winter cold, but I still had fun. Played wacked ping-pong among other things; with so many cousins and just one ping-pong table, you can't settle for a one-on-one game for long; it becomes a six-person game, with two on each end and one on each side to cover the wild balls. :-)

I wasn't feeling too well that evening, so I spent most of my time in either a blue easy chair which afforded great comfort to my poor little stuffed-up head, or in one of the dining table chairs minimally participating in whatever conversation was going on.

Fortunately, by Christmas Eve I was a little better, so I was able to sing "I Wonder as I Wander" for the church service. Admittedly, I felt like I needed to hack throughout the song, and I wasn't in my best voice, but I guess I didn't sing too badly. (Mom had rewritten the chords in a different key so I could sing it!) A sophomore religion major from church gave the sermon, and was actually pretty good. He'll turn into a regular pastor someday. Funny thing is he's dating our pastor's youngest daughter; I suppose she'll be stuck with being in the pastor's family all her life. She doesn't seem to mind it though because they've been dating for two or three years!

And of course, there was yesterday, Christmas morning. That was our little family gathering. :-) We first read the story of Christmas from my sister's Bible (which was the handiest--mine was still packed away from our trip to Grandma's), then distributed presents; the opening of which was by age, from oldest to youngest. I enjoyed watching everyone open their surprises!! I got my brother a cap gun.

And today we'll visit more cousins!! I can't wait!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Christmas day number one

As before, I will be celebrating three Christmases: one at each set of grandparents' and one at home. The first was yesterday.

Of course, to start the day off, I was working more on wrapping gifts (for a later Christmas, fortunately; yesterday's had been finished on Wednesday). The fun part about this year is that I used paint to write the recipient's name on each package... when the little nozzle wasn't clogged up, which it happened to do once yesterday, fairly badly. I bent over it, squeezing hard...

While unbeknownst to me, my mom had lit a small, itty-bitty candle and set it in the middle of the dining room table where I was working.

My hair isn't really short....

And you can probably guess where this is leading. A few strands of my hair caught on fire, startling me and causing me to wave it around so it would go out quickly (which it did, leaving no noticeable damage to my haircut).

Fortunately the package on which I was writing suffered no harm at all. :-)

So after the little affair of the burnt hair (which smelled awful, by the way; hair apparently stinks when combusted), we (my family, that is) made our way to my grandparents'. On the way we amused ourselves with some of the library's cast-off issues of "Mental Floss" magazine, especially with the quizzes therein containing useless but nonetheless fascinating trivia. (You have no idea how much my family enjoys quizzes! Word Power from Reader's Digest is a good one. )

We enjoyed ourselves at my grandparents', since two sets of cousins were also there. I got to see my grandmother (the one who's been in the hospital lately), and saw that despite her planning for her own funeral and such, she's getting better. She was tired, yes, but much more like herself than she ever was at Thanksgiving. My aunt thinks that even though my grandmother doesn't particularly want to get better, she is going to. :-)

Grandma gave me her older sister's guitar! (My great-aunt passed away a few years ago, and Grandma took the guitar off of her nephew's hands. I played it one time when we were up visiting, so Grandma thought I should have it.) It's a really nice acoustic one, with a good full sound and lower action than my mom's old six-string has. Makes it a little easier for me to play, that's for sure!

I finally saw Transformers last night. Not too bad, I guess. Entertaining.

Hmm, there was something else I was going to post about yesterday.... AHA!

It has to do with dance. See, I've been teaching my brother the Hustle, right? So I taught him two or three more moves in the church gym while Mom worked a little on the bulletin yesterday (between the hair incident and the trip to my grandmother's). He's getting pretty good, and the dance relieves a little of the hankering to keep up the enjoyable hobby. :-) I'm very proud of my brother, and will probably teach him another move or two next week after we get back from my other grandparents'. :-) Thing about the Hustle, though--you can't do it too long, or you'll get too tired and out of breath to keep going, and your legs will hurt!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

And now... a real update!

So I've been at home on break; it's quite nice. I'm getting pretty lazy though, or at least I'm not nearly as busy as I have been at college. I hope to remedy that soon. I have lots of projects up my sleeve.... books to read, journal entries to write, songs to copy into my songbook, meals to cook, Christmas shopping to do, relatives to visit, a Christmas letter to write, blogs to keep up on (*grin*), photographs to take, poems to memorize, and something in the bottom of my suitcase that I'm forgetting at the moment... dangit, I wish I could remember what that was! I remembered last night... and my sis would probably help me remember, but she's not around at the moment. Grr.

I'm keeping up on my (relatively) new dancing hobby. I taught my brother the basic steps and two moves of Hustle today, believe it or not. He's one of the last people I would have thought interested enough to learn. But he wasn't bad at all, and admitted it was fun once you got the basic stuff right and could do it without having to concentrate too hard.

It turns out that on Thursday my family (including myself) will end up visiting my maternal grandparents, the result of a phone call last night and a frantic rearranging of plans. (Because we still have to do almost ALL of the shopping!) So tonight my mom and I will be doing lots of Wal-Mart browsing.... a yearly tradition, between the two of us, that I have come to enjoy. (My sister could not possibly be convinced to go on any shopping trip, much less one of lengthy duration!)

I made my mom promise to make her wonderful cheeseball for New Year's!

Tomorrow is the youth group progressive dinner... great fun... I'm tagging along, though I'm technically not in the 7thb-12th grades anymore. :-)

Monday, December 17, 2007

The Answer: A Song?

Instructions: Pick one artist/band. Using only SONG NAMES from that ARTIST, cleverly answer these repeating song names...

I picked Simon and Garfunkel. And I had to get some help from an alphabetical list of S&G songs... but I know most of these, truly!

1) Are you a male or female?

2) Describe yourself?
The Only Living Boy in New York

3) Describe your day?
Homeward Bound

4) Describe where you currently live?
At the Zoo

5) If you could go anywhere, where would you go?
Scarborough Fair

6) Your best friend is:
Mrs. Robinson

7) Your favorite color is:
A Hazy Shade of Winter

8) You know that:
The Times They Are A-Changin'

9) What's the weather like?
The Sound of Silence

10) If your life was a television show, what would it be called?
The Dangling Conversation

11) What is life to you?

12) What is the best advice you have to give?
Keep the Customer Satisfied

13) Describe your ex?
Old Friends

14) Your current love interest?
The Boxer

15) What's your favorite hobby?
Fakin' It

16) What do you think of your friends?
Bridge Over Troubled Water

17) What do your friends think of you?
I Am A Rock

18) What does your current love interest think of you?

19) You always travel with?
A Most Peculiar Man

20) The best way to end a long day?
Save the Life of My Child

Friday, December 14, 2007

I'm leaving in two hours.

I'm officially finished with my first college semester. Isn't that weird?

Just yesterday I was homeschooled, in high school, at home, etc...

Now I'm a "college kid"!

In other nonnews, I have three candy canes sitting on my desk as of this moment; and I don't like candy canes. Not much anyway. I even had one a few days ago to make sure I still didn't like them, and I was right. So these three lonely little candy canes are going to my siblings, or maybe to some friends down the street. Whoever will take them.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007


This is finals week, and I'm not stressing out. Is that a sin?

I do have two exams tomorrow morning, one of which might be the hardest of the three I have to take this week; and I've studied this morning and a little this afternoon. But I don't think excessive studying is going to do anything for me; I already know most of the material, and what little I don't quite remember is probably going to stick after glancing at the computer screen on which it was posted (mine) a few times. That's how I remember that John Lasseter was the founder of Pixar and developed the digitization of animation (basically, he directed/produced Toy Story).

See, it's the little things that I occasionally forget. The important stuff, like the four eras of journalism and the means by which TV stations get revenue, etc., is practically impossible to forget - especially since the questions are always in some sort of jog-my-memory form like multiple-choice or fill-in-the-blank.

We played a form of Jeopardy at the honors party last night. Enjoyable, of course!

Friday, December 07, 2007

A question from my research paper.

Would you trade your right to vote for a new car?

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Grandma part two

Well, for those of my readers who aren't related to me... :-) (i know for a fact that both my brother and Mom have picked up on how to use the RSS feed for this blog!)

Mom and my siblings went to visit my grandmother today, and Mom called when they got back. Grandma is doing better today; apparently yesterday was a bad day for her, and today has been an improvement. She's still in the hospital though, weak and with a cough; she's hoping to get out soon. The problem this time wasn't her heart, as it's been before; it was her kidney. She might have to go on dialysis.

But... as Mom put it in a prayer request to our church, "she is fairly adamant in not talking about eternity."

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

My grandmother

I mentioned over Thanksgiving that my grandmother wasn't doing too well... and she's worse. Earlier she was extremely weak, and coughing. Now she's in the hospital, for the fifth time in two months, and my mom's not sure how much longer she has to live. Grandma's not a Christian, so please pray.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Busyness is invigorating.

Invigorating, that is, when it involves getting things accomplished.

Today, since about eleven o'clock, I have worked on just two things - a group project and a research paper. Since that time, I have helped the group make great progress on the project, and have made considerable progress myself on the research paper. That's not even including the stuff I'm going to do tonight!

This is probably the busiest day I've had for awhile, and for once I'm not yawning the whole day, but instead am finishing stuff that has to get done quick, and not dillydallying too much on the way. :-)

Sunday, November 25, 2007


....has to be one of my favorite holidays, if not the favorite. It might possibly be second to Christmas, but it might not.

So I got to see lots of cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents - family is half the reason to have any holiday. My grandma wasn't doing well, but I'm praying she'll recover some. The rest were doing just fine, and we had a ball playing together, especially on my dad's side of the family. There we played a million games of "up and down the river" (a game using a normal deck of cards) and not a few of something called "authors" (which closely resembles "go fish").

I also took lots of funny pictures (which are not online, since I just got back to college a bit ago!). One round of photos features five of us cousins crammed onto a three-seater couch. It was a bit of a tight squeeze. :-P

Monday, November 19, 2007

Tomorrow is not only Tuesday... is the official beginning of Thanksgiving Break.

And, to commemorate this momentous occasion, I shall....

...wash a load of laundry?

Anyhow, I'm quite excited to go see my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. I'll get to exchange notes with my college cousin and my seamstress cousin; and I will probably get to entertain the various members of my extended family who will ask lots of questions about college (just like last time). Doesn't that sound fun? Well, it will be. I will also get to eat lots of GOOD FOOD! In fact, I'll probably help make a good portion of it.

In addition, I will be investigating stores for a good black skirt. My beloved Mafia has appropriated my current one for several months now.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Global warming, according to a meteorologist

A conservative news outlet put me onto this meteorologist who called global warming a "scam."

Curious, isn't it? Because, as OneNewsNow describes, he's got some credentials.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

That purple skirt...

I finally have pics!

Full pic of me in my new skirt

Another here. Anyhow, notice that black stripe down the side? There's one on the other side too; their purpose is mainly to disguise the zipper. (Can you see it? It's in this picture.)

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

"It's Snowing!" (door slams)

Invariably, that is the line I think of when I see the first snow of the year.

Well, seeing as last year's first snow was halfway through October, the sixth of November is pretty good for having the first snow of the season. As before, no accumulation; it's cold enough though, and I'm rather glad I found a ride to Wal-Mart instead of biking into town as I had planned to do. I'm also glad of head, and sweaters, and coats, and various other garments intended to keep one warm. :-)

So yeah; half the vivid leaves still cling to the tree branches, yet the clouds have decided to hurry their demise.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Nothing much.

Yeah.... once I'm in a groove, things are routine and there's not much new to tell. Two months, has it been? Not bad.

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are especially routine, just because of my class schedule and various events that happen those nights. I rather like it though.

I'm contemplating a quick trip into town tomorrow to pick up some toothpaste. I hope it doesn't rain.

Oh, one rather interesting thing - but backstory first. In my English class we've been assigned to do an audio essay, and as part of that we had a class session all about using the recording program Audacity. One of my friends, experimenting with mixing tracks, created an a capella beat using his mouth (as in POH-pupupu-POH or something like that), his hands, a file scraping against something, a couple pencils... he just kept adding parts to the beat. It reminded me of something like STOMP. And it was very very cool. Hilarious, too. :-)

Sunday, November 04, 2007

NaNoWriMo anyone?

See, it's November... and along with Thanksgiving and the end of Daylight Savings, the month brings us NaNoWriMo. (I've mentioned this before.... but few of you will remember.) So is anyone at all writing a novella by midnight on the thirtieth??

I'm not. Not this year. But someday.....

Saturday, November 03, 2007


The very symphony that is my absolute top favorite... and they played it!!

(Oh yes - the previous post might give a clue as to who "they" are....)

I've loved B's 6th ever since I saw it on Fantasia. (And if you need a clue as to what that is, check out an old post of mine.)

Artistic pursuits

This is what happened this week:

... I enjoyed a concert by the college's instrumental ensembles
... I attended a comedic play put on by the drama department
... I watched "Hero" at a friend's apartment (artsy Chinese film)
... and I will be attending a county orchestra concert tonight.

In addition, I just finished that purple skirt that I started awhile back. (No, no pictures yet - but I promise, I will post some very soon!)

Now, doesn't that sound like a very artistic week?

Anyhow. I really enjoyed the college concert because I knew some people in the bands and they did the theme from "Lawrence of Arabia" among other good pieces. The play was definitely funny, especially since my small group leader played two very different parts quite well. "Hero" was cool, in that it had some interesting special effects and uses of said effects, plus it made excellent use of color in differentiating parts of the story. I have no opinion on tonight's concert yet, of course; except that I'm expecting to enjoy it immensely, since it will feature music by a couple of my favorite composers. :-)

The purple skirt is COOL. *grin*

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Halloween costume contest

Tonight was a campus-wide costume contest... and I was Julia Grant!

Me and the wounded soldier 2

(More pictures: one, two, three.)

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

It's been nearly a week?


I shall explain. I've been busy working on a paper that I've since turned in - a rather big paper, actually. So that's one reason I haven't posted lately.

Also, I went home this weekend, and visited my grandparents' (the other ones, not the ones I just saw) on Saturday. And my cousins. Great fun!! It was trick-or-treat night in their neighborhood, so my cousins brough their costumes and got all decked out for the event. My one cousin especially looked chilling:

My cousin the vampiress

Isn't that a cool costume?

Thirdly, I had an exam at eight o'clock yesterday morning I had to study for. Not much studying, but still, some. And I found out today that I tied for highest score on that exam. That's good. (I don't know the exact score yet, just that I did that well.)

Fourthly, I had to read a long chapter for history. (All the chapters are long....) And I spent Sunday afternoon doing that. Oh, the joys of reading a rather dry recitation of this world's story.

Fifthly... oh, forget that. Anyways, it's been really cold lately. It's finally warming up this afternoon, thank goodness.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Black and white photography one of my favorite pastimes.

I went over to one of the music practice rooms today to practice a song I'm supposed to be singing at my home church this Sunday. On the way back, despite the cold, I took a roundabout way and photographed leaves lying in the grass... and the cross standing in the middle of the campus... and some leaves on a layer of brick. All in black and white.

Of course, this being fall, I took some color pictures too. But I enjoyed the black-and-white ones more; today it was a little overcast, so the lighting was just right for that kind of photography.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Over midterm break, I...

...visited cousins...

...wrote a science summary...

...and laughed out loud at this sign!

...and 4 "Grouches"!

Isn't that hilarious??

Also, and in this same dinky little town, I saw a great water tower:

Mr Smiley-Face Tower

Yes, this town definitely has a sense of humor.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

On break, eh?

Yeah, it's midterm break. It doesn't seem like it's been six weeks... but I guess it must have gone by without my permission! Or perhaps simply without my knowledge.

I got new shoes today!!!!

And I picked out some trim for my purple skirt. Black satin ribbon from my bottomless stash of notions. I'm going to love this skirt, I think.

And believe it or not... I'm already making plans for another sewing project. I've had the fabric for months, but now I've finally decided on a pattern and a complementary shirt to make with the remainder of the material.

It'll probably end up somewhat stylish too, for a change. Apparently long flared skirts are back in!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Midterm exams complete!

As of three o'clock this afternoon, I had completed my last midterm. This last one was an earth science lab exam, in which I had to identify fifty rocks, minerals, and fossils. Which is really not nearly as hard as it sounds!

So the rest of this afternoon was spent typing up results of a survey I conducted for my research paper. This research paper concerns - of all things - Facebook. More specifically, my paper will explore the effects Facebook has on freshman socializing.

No, seriously!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Fire drill(s) and a purple skirt

Get this... somebody pulled the fire alarm about seven-thirty this morning. So every last girl had to wake up, get up and file out the door in the cold to be counted. A normal prank.

What's funny is that the same thing happened about three o'clock this afternoon!

Yep. Two fire drills in one day.

In other news, I've been aching for a sewing project, and finally came up with a good one! I'm over halfway done with a purple skirt. This skirt has two flounces - if you're not sure what that means, you can look at it on the McCall's website - it's the middle one on the left. I'm using some leftover material from old sheets that I dyed to make my sister's Christmas gift last year. Deep purple....

I didn't pay any sixteen dollars for this pattern; got it for free from the 4-H office a couple years ago.

I love sewing. :-) It's a nice break from studying.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Thing I have found out about myself #197

I am incapable of sleeping in past eight o'clock, most of the time seven-thirty. Yes, that's A.M. Yes, even when I've been up till one o'clock the night before.


Being Friday night, my dorm is emptying itself of its inhabitants, and tomorrow I will probably wake up to half-empty next-door rooms and a very slow, nearly dead, campus. All of which are conducive to midterm studying! So I will be reviewing notes from history and my journalism class, both of which have midterm exams early next week.

Speaking of which... the other midterm exam isn't going to be all that hard, since it's simply identifying fifty rocks, minerals, and fossils. I went to review the items today, and found that I could probably remember them all if I just looked over my list a couple times. All I have to do is remember that schist is shiny and chert reminds me of the Beatles. (Don't ask me why; I think it has to do with the movie "The Yellow Submarine" and the song sequence in it "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.")

As for the fossils.... I've only seen them once in lab, and once to review, but I just have to remember that the stems of the crinoids look like bamboo and that cephalopods are just a bunch of discs stacked upon one another (at least, that's what they resemble). And that the twigs are not twigs, they are bryozoans or something like that. I can't remember the exact spelling, but fortunately my prof is going to give us an alphabetized list to help with that. Seriously.

I 'spect the history exam will be the hardest. Since it is history, after all. And it will probably have a lot of questions about Louis XIV and Napoleon. My history prof is obsessed with those guys.

Oh, and the dance story I was going to tell! Last night, a benevolent unknown left us dancers two whole pizzas (and some chips, so I was happy)! During one of the songs, most people went over to the side and munched away, but two brave souls (both friends of mine) attempted to perform the impossible feat of dancing and eating pizza at the same time. To cha-cha and chomp.

They actually managed to succeed! Principally by snatching bites in between steps. They had to link arms in order to be able to hold the pizza instead of one another.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

You know you're a hopeless collegian...

...when you've just read nearly sixty pages of required reading and actually think you could have chosen to read the book for your own benefit.

This autobiography for history, written by one Olaudah Equiano, a former slave, is quite interesting and somewhat adventureous. I don't like it as much as Chesterton's autobiography, of course, but it's sure more interesting than ever Ben Franklin's was. And more interesting than normal biographies that I've read.

And it's a good thing. I have to finish at least the bio part (there are other documents in the book too) by Friday.

In other news....

Huh. I can't seem to think of other news.

Except that the yearbook photographer will be at dance tonight! And I'll get to gather interesting material for the captions, since I'm in charge of the dance page!!

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Back at college-home.

I'm going to have to start naming my homes - home-home and college-home. That's because both feel that way now. All my important stuff is at college-home, but my family, some friends, and church are at home-home.


As the title mentions, I am back now (well, as of last night actually). Got some homework done last night, and had an exam this morning - that's why I'm out of my first class so early.

And I can't really think of anything else to post. Except that I still think that driving class was an absolute BLAST. :-)

Driver's ed again?

Yesterday I went to a really cool driving school to which I received a gift certificate. It's one-of-a-kind, at least in this region of the U.S. - there were people from all over, of course; the teachers were from Florida and California. (The Floridian was actually an Irishman, but has been here in the States for twenty years.) And it's normally REALLY expensive, so when I got this gift certificate I just had to go!!

We got to do crazy things - drive a slalom course really fast (well, as fast as flooring it in first gear will get you - I squealed the tires every time, that's for sure!), drive a car that was rigged up to skid easily and try to keep control of the car while it was skidding constantly for about twelve minutes, floor it into a patch of water and smooth asphalt then try take a quick right turn.... all sorts of fun stuff!

So we learned what to do in such sticky situations as someone suddenly pulling out in front of you, or suddenly coming upon a patch of ice this winter.

And I happened to be going pretty fast on the slalom before some other kids began to, so one of the fathers said I was angling to become a racecar driver. Haha!

That was the best driver's ed course I've ever been to.....

Friday, October 05, 2007

Von Blucher was loopy.

OK, another weird story from history class:

At Waterloo (the famous battle that Napoleon lost), there was a Prussian guy by the name of Gebhard von Blucher. He was the general of the Prussion force fighting against Napoleon.

That's not all he was.... he had sensitive feet, you see. And he was so paranoid about Napoleon that he refused to step directly on the dirt floors of his house. He stepped only on the carpets. It was because, according to him, Napoleon had bribed his servants to heat the floor and burn his feet... crazy, right?

But, of course, there were the abdominal pains... which he attributed to his pregnancy... he said he was pregnant with an elephant.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

You know what's weird?

After all my qualms about getting anything resembling a MySpace account... I got a Facebook account... and I'm still trying to figure out how this works...

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

"Mad Hatters!"

My history book says that the phrase "mad hatters" came about because mercury used in hatmaking sometimes poisoned the workers and caused dementia!

Monday, October 01, 2007

Me = Hermione? part two

OK, so I had my friend take a photo of me the last time I was wearing my "Hermione cape" (or, rather, the fall cape which first caused her to say I looked like Hermione). Compare with a web image of Emma Watson, actress who portrayed Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies:

Hermione pic close-up

Hermione Granger for real

Granted, she's not smiling, and I am.

Oh, and if you're more curious about this cape than about my supposed resemblance to a fictional character, there's a decent picture of it on my Flickr. I really like this cape. I even have a matching hat that I often wear with it. It's a marvelous cape for fall weather.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Home for the Weekend (or, music)

As the title thoroughly explains, I'm visiting back home this weekend. It is nice. :-)

I found a bulletin board on sale tonight! So Mom bought it for me. Oh, also got a shirt and some navy shoes. But those were earlier, and not as accidental.

And I didn't know I liked so many of Casting Crowns's songs. "Voice of Truth," and "If We Are The Body," especially. And until this summer, I didn't know I liked so many 4HIM songs either. "Measure of a Man," "For Future Generations," and "Basics of Life" are good.

Yahoo Music is at least good for finding the IDs of songs off the radio that you like. And makes a handy radio station for those times when you're stuck without any good traditional ones.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Rez Life Week

You know, pep rallies are pretty much fun get-togethers where we all lose our voices yelling so much.

And, of course, we all look ridiculous in homemade team shirts which match, but aren't identical by a looong shot. Oh, yeah, and the things tied around our heads so we resemble a gang.

But it's fun. Especially when your team (i.e. your floor) wins.


Sunday, September 23, 2007

A Wishlist and a Checklist

I found these blog posts while surfing the Rebelution website yesterday. I found them very insightful.

The Wishlist: or, "Teen Girls Define a Real Man"

The Checklist: or, "Three Teens Define a Real Woman"

Biblical, also. Thoughts?

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Me = Hermione?

One of my friends keeps telling me (and everyone she knows who's seen the Harry Potter movies) that I look just like Hermoine Granger. Everyone has agreed with her so far.

Of course, I've never seen the movies, and this is the first I've heard this....

Thursday, September 20, 2007

I love Rich Mullins songs.

I'm playing an old tape now of Rich Mullins, one with "If I Stand" on it. That's close to being my favorite song of his...

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

What's going on? Dancing!

Let's see... last night I went ballroom dancing again... that is SO much fun.

And I'm going to be working on a research paper this afternoon...

And it's cold here in the library. I must be sitting under an A/C vent or something.

Well, I guess I'll tell y'all about ballroom dancing. A couple nights a week, a bunch of college kids get together to learn various ballroom dances from a guy going here who happens to look like Jesus. (It's funny!) Last night we learned salsa and swing dancing. I learned swing a looong time ago, but I forgot it all immediately, so I had to re-learn it. It was a lot easier than I remembered.

The best part about dancing is when you get a guy who knows what he's doing and you can get on a roll with doing fancy moves like spins and such. :-)

My little friend Bee sent me an e-mail today! And this isn't the first thing she's sent me - last week, I got a picture in the mail from her! That was soooo much fun. Now I'm going to reply to her e-mail.....

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Freshman retreat fun

So the freshman retreat was last night and this afternoon.

Last night consisted mainly of pool, euchre, foosball, and variants of volleyball, with a bonfire worship time thrown in for good measure. 'Twas fun. Met a guy who is related to my pastor's wife. (Small world, really.)

And since he was the only other person I knew on the canoeing trip this afternoon, we paddled a canoe together, and travelled seven miles downriver in about an hour (maybe a little over). That was also fun, especially the last mile or two, in which we had a friendly competition with another canoe team to see who would make it to the landing first. (Our two canoes were the frontrunners, even though this wasn't a race.) Oh yeah, we got there a few seconds before they did. Definitely close.

We amused ourselves during the succeeding wait by skipping rocks and trying to keep warm in the sun.

A couple teams got overturned and so were freezing while we waited for the bus to get us. The wind was the worst for them.

The nice thing about fall is that the wind is a bit biting (just don't wear shorts, duh!), the sun shines clearly, and the air is just cool enough to make the light enhance the colors all around. The sky is the deepest sky blue you've ever seen... the trees are greener than normal... the grass is even eye-popping grass green. And when the leaves turn their colors... that will be beautiful.

Now I'm going to do what homework I can find. I'm sure I've got some reading to do or something.

Friday, September 14, 2007

"A Completely Useless Post"

(As described by the previous transmitter of this questionnaire.)

1. Full name: RS
2. Single or taken: plastic, please.
3. Male/female: I'm not a bathroom!
4. Birthdate: Um, yesterday?
5. Astrological sign: the octagonal red one.
6. Siblings: two, one crazy and one just peachy
7. Eye Color: anything but yellow!
8. Shoe size: I'd agree, mine aren't as big as bball players'!

*~ R e l a t i o n s h i p s~*

9. Who are your best friends: Jane Austen and G.K.Chesterton!
10. When are you online: now!
11. Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend? I have lots of friends!
12. Did you send this to your crush? I hate violence so I refuse to crush people!

*-;-*S o m e E x t r a S t u f f *-;-*

14. Do you do drugs? uh, no?
15. What kind of shampoo do you use? Purple!
16. What are you most scared of? my lamp burning my homework.
17. What car(s) do you wish to have? Purple!
18. Who is the last person you called? A professor
19. Where do you want to get married? On Earth.

*-;-*F a v o r i t e s *-;-*

20. Color(s): Purple!
21. Numbers: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, and zero!
22. Food: peanut butter!
23. Boy's name: Cedric
24. Girls name: Amberlynne
25. Subjects in school: I am gracious to all my subjects and have none as my favorites.
27. Game(s): Euchre with M&M's playing cards

*-;-* H a v e Y o u E v e r *-;-*

28. Given someone a bath? think about it. I babysat from the ages of thirteen to seventeen.
29. Smoked? I burned some toast once.
30. Bungee jumped? I shot rubber bands at my brother.
31. Been Drunk out of your face? this just doesn't make sense....
32. Broken the law? whose law? I like that answer...
33. Gone skinny-dipping? that's just stupid....
34. Been in love? I love journalism. Have for years.
35. Had a detention? I'm stuck at college until the end of this month...
36. Been expelled or suspended from school? I dunno. I'd just be grounded (stuck in school) if I were expelled (shoved out).
37. Made yourself cry to get out of trouble? huh? Does that really work?

*-;-*F i r s t T h i n g T h a t Co m e s T o M i n d*-;-*

38. Red: pencil
39. Cow: methane
40. Zebra: stripes
41. Greenland: ice

*-;-* W h i c h I s W o r s e? *-;-*

42. Barfing on your date or your date barfing on you?: ew.

*-;-* F i n a l Q u e s t i o n s *-;-*

43. Do you like filling these out? occasionally....
44. How many people are you sending this to? nada!
45. Who will send it back? ig already did this...
46. Who will not? yeah, db won't. He probably won't even see this...
47. Gold or Silver? silver.
48. What is the last film you saw at theaters? umm..... I can't remember.. oh, the Fantastic Four: Silver Surfer movie. I think.
49. Favorite cartoon character? Jerry!
50. What do you have for breakfast in the morning? cereal....

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Six years

Has it really been six years?

Or... has it only been six years?

Monday, September 10, 2007

I'm actually using a planner.

It's really weird... I'm actually using this planner that I got. And it's actually helpful. I still use posty notes a lot, but the planner has a use of its own now.

You have to understand... I tried to use a planner off and on, throughout junior high & high school grades, but after a month or so I just stuck it in a drawer someplace and never used it again. As it is I take mine to every class, I need it so much!

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Second Sunday

I visited the local church - and I mean LOCAL. It's so close, and so frequented by college students, that there's actually a paved shortcut to it!

But of course, it had to rain; so the hem of my dress was soaked when I got there. Fortunately it wasn't raining quite as bad when I left (just a light drizzle instead of a steady drizzle).

Church was nice. Music was different than chapel here at college, which is good. Preaching was good. People were friendly.

They have Sunday school in the evening, which is... odd. But interesting, I guess. I won't be able to go this evening (we're celebrating a birthday today), but I might try it next week!

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Funny things at a Christian college

First funny thing: the "drive-in" movie last night was "Grease".

Second funny thing: despite the campus's no-R-rated-movies policy, one of the three movies that everyone has to choose from to see is "The Matrix".

Third funny thing: there are no signs on the food, even just to tell possible allergy-irritating content.

But anyway. It's Saturday, but I woke up early anyway so went ahead and worked more on reading the history chapter for Monday. Long chapter, but rather interesting if you work on paying attention. I have maybe twelve pages left, which is good.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

My computer imitates Big Ben!!!

I love this. My brother found me a program that would make my laptop chime every quarter-hour, half-hour and hour! Just like Big Ben, too! (The Westminister clock tower, remember?) I love it!!!


This morning, at eight, half the freshmen had to take a couple tests. One a general demographic survey, so not really a test; and the other a test of basic Bible knowledge. The Bible one was generally easy, except there were a few questions that I had to guess on. Probably ten to fifteen percent were the guessing ones.

And that only took an hour. So I went and got the last of my college books, and have been online since then, e-mailing/IMing family and checking blogs (of course).

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Sunday at a Christian College

So I woke up about quarter after seven this morning... not by any alarm. Just the body clock still going on summer time (when I had to be up at six half the time). I dawdled in bed till about quarter to eight.

We headed to the chapel about nine-thirty to browse around the church fair. I found one church that looked like it might be a good fit. Lots of kids, says the youth pastor, so I might be able to help out with them at the midweek service. I'm looking at their website... weird. Does this mean what I think it means?

"In speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance and that it is the initial evidence of the baptism of the Holy Ghost. "


Later today we're all going to a small-group-related thing about campus ministries. I think that will be interesting.

It is late.

*nods at timestamp*

I'm officially at college. Just the first-night meetings went till eleven. Then I had a few miscellaneous things to do.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Two days. Or one and a half.

Whichever you prefer; maybe you're Vulcan and will take the more precise description.

As the title implies, or fairly shouts, I'm soon to move into a dorm room with a girl I've never seen before. Doesn't that sound scary?

On the other hand, I'm also on the brink of intense learning and an entirely new experience. That could either be scary or exciting, depending on your personality. For me, it leans toward the exciting. A lot.

And then, I'm nearly to decorating the room in bright Hawaiian colors and all sorts of maps and posters. Now doesn't that sound fun?

So, you may or may not hear from me on Saturday afternoon. Also, you might possibly read a hyper post tomorrow around sixish or nineish. I'm not sure.

And, just for the fun of it, here are some photos on my Flickr about college.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Four days.

And I went shopping last night, to buy:
--milk, eggs, and Velveeta (for the family
--a medical thermometer, imitation vapo-rub stuff (I think it's officially "medicated chest rub"), a small tension rod, a power strip, and a pillow (for me at college)

Now I am slowly getting my trunk packed, along with a couple boxes, a laundry basket, a wastebasket, a suitcase and a duffel bag. No, seriously - I have a trunk and I know how to use it! :-P It will store clothes & linens, and double as seating.

Oh yeah, as far as furniture goes, I also plan to bring a bookcase (hence the boxes - they contain books, mostly) and a sewing machine. Now do you understand how big my dorm room happens to be? Considering I'll probably be able to arrange all the furniture along the walls...

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Of Hamsters and Hittites, part two (long overdue)

And by long, I mean long. Back in May of 2006, I mentioned on my old blog that I'd just seen the Monty Python movie about the holy grail. The funniest line back then is still the funniest line, in my opinion anyway; but I've just found the verse from which the Biblical insult was taken. Look it up at Bible Gateway....

Really. You have to read the old post in order to understand this post!

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Announcing the Incredible Multilingual RS!

It's Amazing!

It's Astounding!

It's "Increible!"


*(now for the rest of the story...)

I am fluent in English and Hypertext Markup. I am relatively familiar with Spanish. I can sing one song and speak approximately five words of French. I know a poem and a few words of Latin. I can sing two Hebrew songs, and one song in French Creole; and I can greet someone in Japanese, German, and Hawaiian.

French Creole
Hypertext Markup

Count 'em. Ten languages. *grin*

Friday, August 24, 2007

Wet basements

Yeah, ours was wet....

Now it smells of bleach and mustiness.

And my feet hurt from hours of basement working this morning/early afternoon.

Now for the long story:

We had a worse than usual rain storm this past week, which caused our basement to get... wet, shall we say. So we had just a teeny bit of water, but it was all over - and thus anything that directly touched the floor was ruined, or pretty much. Boxes of books, a few old files (fortunately nonessential), miscellaneous stuff, and four suitcases (well, three suitcases and one vanity case).... lots and lots of stuff. We won't miss most of it though.

So at about nine this morning, after I got my bookshelves painted, my sis and I descended into the dank smelly basement to clean up. And were there almost constantly till about one o'clock. Each of us had a doughnut somewhere in there to tide us over till we really had some lunch.

And now there is a huge pile of black trash bags and brown cardboard boxes outside our garage. Not to mention the two bookshelves that are waiting for their second coat of white paint.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Oh yeah....

I changed a few of the pictures on my blog layout, most notably the featured one. What do you think?

I finished up my summer babysitting job today.....

And we had a little water in our basement this week. Happens after almost every very heavy rain.

AND I'm almost finished with my dorm room window curtain!!

Friday, August 17, 2007

My last homeschool assessment! And pool stories.

We all went to a certified teacher's house again this morning to be assessed, just like last year and every summer before that for as long as I can remember.

It was nice. The lady, who also writes for her local newspaper, offered to let me write an article or two for the paper over my college breaks. (The newspaper is trying more to get students who are interested in journalism in on the action.) Wouldn't that be cool???

Also today, we went swimming. I got dunked about a hundred and fifty times. Well, maybe not that much. But it seemed like every time I came up for air, either my brother or our tall mutual friend dunked me again. Of course, once we got in to the really deep area, where none of us could get footing, I dunked them right back. Serves them right! :-P

By the way - has anyone ever played Dragon Tag under the mushroom in the pool? It's just like normal tag, only it's in the pool, and base is the mushroom - which must be reached by swimming under the wall of fire (which closely resembles a cascade of pool water for some reason). Of course, the dragon (It) is not hurt by the fire, so he doesn't have to dunk to chase us.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Fountain pens

I had fun awhile back photographing my fountain pens... now I'm going to redesign my blog a bit using the photos!

Which is your favorite of these three?

Brownish fountain pen

Tortoise-shell fountain pen

Blue fountain pen

I played with the second one so now it looks like somebody painted it or something. Not exactly sure what the effect was called. I like it though.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Bookstores part two

Anyhow, remember that bookstore gift card I got for my graduation? I finally used it, at a store that was closing down in Tennessee!

So I got:
Persuasion (J.Austen)
Jane Eyre (C.Bronte)
Elements of Style (Strunk/White)
Dear Mr. President (no idea of the author; it's a bunch of letters sent to the presidents over the years)
a pack of little notebooks for my purse
a portable purple reading lamp
and a portable silver lamp for my brother's birthday

The books were forty percent off and the the others were a dollar each.

Thursday, August 02, 2007


Wow, this was a great trip.

We went to a city outside Nashville to help out with a VBS for poor kids that lived in the neighborhood behind the church where we were. I had charge of the K-1st graders, only three to seven of them (four most nights). I loved 'em.

Here's one of them doing crafts:

Craft time

She was Jasmine - a very pretty name. She was very shy at first, as you might expect, but she warmed up to us after a couple nights.

We also went on a few excursions: the Carter House (which was in the thick of the bloddiest battle, by percentage, of the Civil War)...

The Carter House Brentwood, TN to gawk at all the famous singers' houses...

Fancy house in Brentwood a little place called Merridee's, where famous singers frequent (Michael W. Smith was there the time we went) and where I enjoyed taking many black-and-white photos...

Pepper shaker in black and white

....and to the Opry Mills Mall, where we were able to take a self-guided tour of the Aquarium Underwater Dining Adventure.

Underwater dining room

All these excursions took place because a couple work projects didn't pan out, unfortunately. Sigh.

I may tell more later. Right now, the library is closing!

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Off to see the wizard!

Well, not quite I guess. But I'm still off, starting very early tomorrow morning, on a mission trip to help with a VBS. Therefore, I shall disappear from the face of the 'net until sometime Saturday or Sunday or Monday.

I hope to have pictures up sometime next week, too!

My sis will be going too.... her first trip without the rest of our family. Should be interesting. I was about her age when I went on my first mission trip.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Dentistry & computers... never the twain shall meet?

I went to the dentist yesterday (in between spurts at the church blood drive where I was volunteering). First time in one and a half years. I need to floss more.

Got a gigabyte thumb drive on sale yesterday too (on my way home from picking up the van from the shop, in between spurts at the blood drive). Works great. Now maybe I'll have more MBs available on my computer of five gigs... well, only about three or two gigs when you consider that it had Windows 2000 on it, then I installed Windows XP. That all takes up quite a bit of hard disk space.

I'll use it mostly to store photos from my digital camera. And to transfer files whenever I need to - since I have no CD-RW drive, and may not have one till I get a new laptop in one or two years (I haven't decided yet).

What is the feasibility of living without a CD-RW drive for two years at college? Consider the digital camera factor as well as the thumb-drive addition.

Oh - is it "disk" or "disc" when discussing computers? What are the usage rules concerning these spellings?

Monday, July 16, 2007

Laura Ashley volume two

Now I've finally got my pictures of my dress....

Full-length of the Laura Ashley dress

Bodice of the Laura Ashley dress

Ain't it pwetty? :-)

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Laura Ashley

....ever heard of the brand name?

Apparently, it's higher-end.... as in, a cotton dress with nice lines sells new for over a hundred dollars. And, this same expensive dress must be sold later for four dollars, because it was outgrown.

Of course, I happened to be the thrilled buyer. Even if it wasn't some famous brand - it's really pretty (large pink floral print), with a nice ruffly collar, and long skirt, and good fit!

Saturday, July 14, 2007


Dani up close

We got a new kitten!!! Her name's Dani. (The train of thought looked like this... couldn't think of a good name. Decided it had to be two syllables with accent on the first, but not a common people-name. Tried to come up with something Spanish. Neighbor boy by the name of Daniel suggested we name it after him. Feminine form is Danielle, which in Spanish is Daniela, which is often shortened to Dani. We all liked it. So her name is Dani - not Daniela or Danielle, just Dani.)

Oh yeah, it's pronounced DAH-nee, not DON-ee. There's a difference.

2 more pics on my Flickr.

Friday, July 13, 2007


My sister mentioned today at supper that it finally rained last night. I told her I hadn't heard it.

Next thing I knew, she was staring at me wide-eyed.

Apparently, she conversed with me last night, after it had started raining. It went something like this:

"Sarah... where's your weather radio?"

Me: "The crank one or the plug-in one?"

"The crank one."

Me: "I dunno."

(Then she felt her way around for my normal plug-in radio, which also receives weather signals.)

(She turned the light on then, but decided it would probably be too bright for me, so turned it back off. She says she was surprised that I didn't say anything.)

"Sarah, where's your flashlight?"

"Sarah.... where's your flashlight?"

"Hey Sarah, where's your flashlight?"

"Where's your flashlight, Sarah?"

"Sarah, I can't find your flashlight in the normal spot... where is it?"

"Hey, where's your flashlight?"

"Sarah, where's that flashlight?"

I heard only that one last question (and only once, not seven times). I was too tired to think of where I put it (next to my HBA basket, incidentally). I have absolutely no recollection of the conversation other than that!

In other news, I won the 4-H demonstration contest two nights ago without even having had the time to practice.....

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Fabulous college news....

or, some such title for a post that will generally include college stuff. :-)

Went to orientation this week - I know, it's odd to have it two months before classes even start, but it was pretty nice. Scheduled my fall and J-term classes; got a student handbook; received not one but TWO T-shirts. (One was given to everyone - one person per shirt and one shirt per person, that is - and the other I won after beating several people at keeping your balance while trying to knock the other person of their's.)

Called my future roommate today, and just sent her an e-mail. One of the things I told her was that I'm making curtains out of this fabulous stuff I found at Wal-Mart a few weeks back:

Fabric for curtains!

Nice and bright - it will sure help make our prison-resembling, white concrete block, old stained tile dorm room look cheerier. Especially if I use the rest to make a wall hanging or something. Not sure yet what I'll do when I've only used a few of the thirteen yards I bought and have a ton left over....

I'll probably put posters and maps on my wall, anyway. You know, a map of the city, a map of the county, a map of Ohio, and perhaps a large weekly schedule. A map of the U.S. would be nice too. Oh, and a bulletin board. Hey, that fabric would make a nice bulletin board cover!

I wish I still had that Rube Goldberg poster that God's World News sent us years ago.... the one that involved all kinds of pulleys, screws, latches, thingamajigs and animals just to turn on a light switch or something simple like that. That poster would be so funny.

Fortunately our room is a corner room, so our hallway is just a bit of a dead-end (very short); 'twill help keep people from walking past our door at three A.M.! (Although, curfew is one or so; there shouldn't be anyone up then....)

Anything else you'd care to know about miscellaneous pre-dorm preparations?

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Camp time!

Yup, just got back from my family's yearly Camp Vacation. Now, we actually go to a camp-camp... not just campgrounds. So there are Sunday-school-type sessions every morning and evening, and something planned to do (or not) every minute of the day. It's our fun summer stay-up-late-and-get-up-early vacation; a great contrast to our winter laze-around-all-day vacation.

Anyhow... the theme was superheroes: "Save the Family, Save the World!!"

RS reveals her real identity!

Obviously, I was Batgirl (or Batwoman, whichever you prefer). I resembled the new one from Batman & Robin more than the original (who was a brunette I think). And the black cape was a skirt of Mom's that didn't fit so well; all I did was rip out the back seam.

The Mafia was Captain America, and my widdle brudder was a ninja:

The Mafia has gone undercover!

My brudder, the ninja

Don't we all look so good? :-) Mom and Dad dressed up too, but not with quite so much complexity. Dad was Superman (masking tape comes in handy trying to make that logo) and Mom was the Greek goddess of the hunt (Artemis I think is the Greek name; she also went by Diana). She wouldn't have been any superhero at all if we had not brought a wrong set of sheets, which she then used to rig up a Greek costume. She carried around our compound bow and wore a wreath of somethingorotherthatIpickedonmywaytothecabin to give people a clue as to who she was trying to dress like.

Of course, while taking all these necessary pictures, I fooled around with pictures of scenery:

Camp scenery

I took pictures of this lamp (or of the other two identical lamps) last year too, with my point-and-shoot; even those turned out not too badly, and I was very pleased with this batch. (Of which only one is uploaded at this point.)

[EDIT: aaack! I think my blog cut off part of that picture! Tell me if the right side of the lamp's cut off, will ya? I'm hoping it's just this small screen...]

Swimming was included in this vacation, as were kayaking and canoeing and tubing..... and the WACKY BOAT RACE was a blast (as always)! Photos forthcoming of the wacky boat that Mom, Dad, the Mafia and I put together.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Babysitting, the active way

I started my summer job this week: babysitting an only child Tuesdays through Thursdays.

It is not for the faint of heart!

Because, among other things, I have:
--pitched for softball practice
--baked snickerdoodles
--pulled the girl around the hardwood floor on her blanket (it's as good as a tilt-a-whirl)
--run through the sprinkler
--ridden a bike over the lawn
--played quarter soccer (fun game, I might have to write instructions for it someday)
--and floor soccer
--and I've waitressed stuffed animals for "McCece's Diner" about five times.
--Oh, I was chef twice too.

I'm telling you, this girl has to be the most active little girl on the planet! She can sit still, but only when she's drawing or writing. She can't even sit down during commercials - she feels the urge to get up and do cartwheels! I am not kidding, really!

Oh, and we played Charades today. 'Twas fun. A couple of hers were hard - once she was the playground lady, and it took me forever to figure out that she wasn't the gym teacher.

Monday, June 25, 2007


A long time ago (two years, in fact), I used to write bite-sized opinions of books I'd read.

Now I just read them and rate them out of 5, in half increments.

Maybe I could revive the old practice and make it into a blog?....

A friend from the RI just got a gift card to Barnes & Noble and wanted ideas on how to spend it. Here's what I said:

Persuasion, and Pride & Prejudice (Jane Austen); the Complete Father Brown (G.K.Chesterton, actually anything by him is going to be fun); Eternity in Their Hearts (Don Richardson, good missions book); the Just So Stories (Rudyard Kipling, great to read to children); Parker Pyne Investigates (collection of Agatha Christie short stories starring said character); Rose in Bloom (my favorite of L.M.Alcott's); and Abolition of Man (C.S.Lewis - another of my favorite writers).
Enough to start with? :-P
Oh, the "Light and the Glory" books (Light and the Glory, From Sea to Shining Sea, Sounding Forth the Trumpet) are great if you're into early American history.

However, I doubt she'll have any gift card money left after she gets what she really wants. :-)

I got a bookstore gift card too - so what am I to spend it on?? Suggestions? (I or a member of my family already owns all of the above.)

Sunday, June 24, 2007

I drove a PT convertible!!!

As you mey (or may not) know, I want a purple PT Cruiser eventually. When I actually get my own nice car. But, in the meantime, I am perfectly content with driving friends' black PT convertibles. With the top down. *big grin*

This was at said friends' party for their little girl, who turned one! She's adorable, honestly. Has the cutest little dresses, too.

AND, we are holding an Academy for Tree Climbing in our front yard, with the pupils being little girls ages 8, 6, and 5. You'd be surprised how well these short kids can climb. (Better than I could at their age!)

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The things you learn at graduations.

Last Saturday, I was over at a graduation party for a friend from church. While there, I learned that:

1. He has an autographed photo of Chuck Norris; and

2. I am well acquainted with the third-cousin-twice-removed of the first man to walk on the moon! (No, really.)

(That last person is the kid who was graduating, of course.)

....and this is the hundredth post!! But I didn't learn that at the party.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Busy busy busy....

Sunday night: church. Pretty much self-explanatory, but it was really interesting. All about beginning anthropology.

Monday night: 4-H public speaking contest. I didn't compete this year, but my sister did; instead I helped announce a couple of the sections.

Tuesday night: 4-H demonstration meeting for my club. We always do one a year, at which everyone demonstrates something-or-other about their project for five to eight minutes each. Not bad, really. We had ice cream and cookies afterwards, too.

Wednesday night: youth group. Good stuff. Played fire-and-ice (or knockout, whichever) afterwards; of course, I was out first time every time. :-P

Thursday night: babysat three children, all under the age of seven, for several hours. I must have played ring-around-the-rosey ten times, not to mention the walk we took and all the other stuff. 'Twas a lot of fun though, even if tiring.

Friday night: finished up my long essay for homeschool. (Well, it's supposed to be for homeschool, but I graduated already; what do you call it if it's not turned in by graduation? Summer school work?) I enjoyed that, actually.... it's a good thing writing's not strenuous, since we went swimming for two hours that afternoon. *big huge grin*

Saturday night: well, it was going to be a night of reading, but the Honor Your Father cookout didn't have enough people, so one of the committee members called up and said that I need to bring my sis over for it. Lots of fun - involved shooting a pellet gun, eating banana splits, throwing a broomstick, tossing bocce balls, and eating lots and lots of cookies!! Good oatmeal cookies!!

Sunday night: no church or small group, unfortunately. I proofread my essay; changed a few things too. Oh, but before that I took my sis over to a graduation party for a mutual friend from 4-H Junior Leaders.

Well, that was last week. We're going swimming again today, as soon as we leave the library!!!!! YAY!!

You know, I should add a label called "Christianity" or "Christianity/Bible" or "Theology/Christianity" or something. We'll call it "Bible" for now, I think.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Graduation photos, if you dare to look!

As promised.... pictures of the graduate!

Graduation: Me and my parents

Graduation: Switching the Tassel

I changed the tassel only after my cousin reminded me to. :-P Of course I couldn't just skip it, so I went ahead and switched it over to the other side.

The other funny thing: the kid dubbed Q (on this blog, at least) yelled to me that I had to "chuck the hat". So I did - I threw it as far up in the air as I could. I had no worries about trying to figure out what cap was mine, considering the dearth of 'em at my graduation ceremony. *grin*

More photos forthcoming, if my computer cooperates later!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007


My party was fun... there were friends and cousins all over the place, and I stood up the whole time... tiring, but wholly enjoyable!

Some friends came from their house an hour away to see us! (They were going to an aunt's birthday party too, in our general direction.) And my wonderful aunt on my dad's side drove hours and hours and HOURS to get here, no kidding! She had to drop off her oldest son on the other side of her state before she even started heading here!

No pictures yet, though. I promise, I'll have 'em up before the week is over.... :-)

Sunday, June 03, 2007

As Pomp & Circumstance plays...

Announcing My
Homeschool Graduation
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11
A Homeschool Graduation for
will be held on
June Ninth, Two Thousand Seven
Two o'clock P.M.
My real-life ceremony slash party will end at five, so the cyber party begins at six o'clock P.M.

(Well, that's almost what my cards said...)

So come to my (cyber) graduation party! I shall try to get away after my little shindig to post pictures too!

And in case you're REALLY bored this Saturday, you can get me a cyber gift! (Similar to cyberbucks.) My wish list includes:

USB jumpdrive
laptop battery
plastic drawers (5, on rollers - the kind that are always in the Meijer ads)

[Diversion - a Meijer store is just a Wal-Mart dressed in red. And they spread only through five Midwestern states. Got it?]


small bookcase
digital camera battery
iron with auto shutoff
tabletop ironing board
fridge (2.8 cu.ft.max)
external CD-RW/DVD drive
"World" magazine (college subscription)
tension rod (such as used for shower curtains)
"Godspell" soundtrack
Michael Card CDs
Rich Mullins CDs
cell phone (at least I think I had this on my list... not as big a wish as one might think though)
collapsible laundry hamper
picture hangers
lots of "Forever" stamps

You have to realize, I had a bit of a time trying to come up with this long a list... took me a few weeks, in fact... added the last three this morning...

Thursday, May 31, 2007

I'm somewhat lacking in things to do. many ways can you say bored?

I'm not sure if anything interesting has happened recently.... except that I read J. Budziszewski's book How To Stay Christian in College this week. Good book. I especially like the chapter "What God Thinks of the World". I generally like the style, too. Not hard, of course, but it made me think.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Hah, take that, you Constitutional Scholars!

Remember awhile back when somebody or other (I'd guess a Constitutional scholar of some sort) suggested that it would be narrowly Constitutional for Bill Clinton to be elected the Vice-President in 2008, even though he's served two terms already as President? Or any former two-term President, for that matter - even though an untimely incapacity/death of the President would put him in a position of a third-term President, even though Amendment 22 of the Constitution forbids electing a President to a third term:

"No person shall be electd to the office of the President more than twice..."

Of course, it says nothing about electing a former two-term President to the office of Vice President, and then the President going postal. Third-term President by finagling. Could some guy actually sneak this by the Supreme Court, do you think?

Nope. Re-read your Amendments to the Constitution, specifically the end of Amendment 12:

"But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States."

Duh. If I can find it, why couldn't anyone else at the time?

I never heard any follow-up on this... maybe somebody beat me to it by about two months? And FOX just let it die like that, without answering the questions they aroused??

Sheesh, that would be hilarious....

In related news, my widdle brudder states that it's a no-brainer; and that somebody obviously didn't quite get it, they must have "no brains ©". :-P (My brudder says he's got it copyrighted! *laughs*)

Friday, May 25, 2007

Adios, mis amigos!

I'm off to see the cousins this weekend. Yep, just as we do every Memorial Day week(end). It will be great. :-) We'll run around in the yard, and play in the cousins' pool, and talk to my one cousin about his freshman year at college, and scold my other cousin (in fun, of course) for not writing me back, and show all the cousins my new digital camera...

I love visits to cousins!! :-) And since they always occur on holidays, I therefore love holidays.

Mom will be making poppyseed bread to take for one particular cousin who craves it. It's amusing.

Yes, I have an amazing number of cousins on my father's side. It's great for holiday family get-togethers!


I was thinking aloud last night... to my sister, of course...

One thing I hope for at college - probably the only thing I'm none too sure about - is a roommate I can talk to. The way my sister and I chat after the lights are out at night, about anything and everything, bouncing ideas and opinions off of each other. I hope I get a roommate who'll talk that way, in a manner of discussion as opposed to just exchanging ideas. There's a difference, you know... an exchange of ideas is just that, an exchange; there is no aspect of probing the reasons and experiences behind the idea/opinion. With discussion, that aspect exists - we ask "why?" and "how?" and "what if...?"

I'm not entirely sure there are many people that I can (and do) talk that way with. That's why I'm somewhat apprehensive.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007


I have finally listened to "Puff the Magic Dragon" in its entirety.

After years of knowing that he lived down by the sea in a land called Honallie (or however that should be spelled).

And this was a result of finding it among my ramblings on Yahoo Music. I am enjoying this "customize your station" thingy.

Turkish murders

On April 18, five Muslims entered a Christian publishing company and killed three believers in the southeastern province of Malatya. Two of the victims were Turkish converts from Islam and the third man was a German citizen who had lived in Turkey for 10 years. News reports said four of the attackers admitted that the killings were motivated by both “nationalist and religious feelings.”

More at Voice of the Martyrs. It was grisly.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Nerd vs. Geek and other stories

Last night was the graduation celebration at church, as mentioned before. When the youth pastor got up to grill us, I was first (of course - the only girl!). The last kid, however, was by far the funniest. He made clear to us the difference between a computer nerd and a computer geek.

A computer geek has greasy skin. A computer nerd is more intelligent and cool. Also, geeks are into hardware and nerds are into software.

Of course, the kid described himself as a computer nerd.

On another night, Dad said that, since I'll be going off to college and boys will start asking me out, I should come up with some good excuses not to go (to use on the boys I don't like, of course). He mentioned the one that he got in high school - "I have to wash my hair that night!" - and that got me and my brother on a roll. Also thinking of "I have to paint the driveway" from some episode of Full House that my brother saw once, here's what we came up with:

--Sorry, I have to help Dad reinstall his flagpole - it's upside-down, unfortunately.
--Aw, I have to install Dad's answering machine that night!
--Oh well, that's the night I have to rotate my hubcaps.
--Oh man, I've already got plans to synchronize the library clocks then.
--Eh, sorry.... I've got to organize my hats tonight.

All of which I thought were hilarious. :-P

Friday, May 18, 2007

Hats are the ones I love.

In other words, I got a new hat yesterday. A nice navy blue messenger hat:

Navy messenger hat

And I got one last Friday at another rummage sale - a purple knit cap.

Purple knit cap

Which brings the total to twenty-two plus a graduation cap! (Proof - i.e., pictures of all twenty-two-plus hats!)

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Flickr Pickrs

I finally used my digital camera for something I thought about putting on here....

And I finally uploaded the pictures...

SO here is a picture of my church's new sanctuary!!

My church's new sanctuary

Ain't it niiice?

The red flag on the right is the AWANA flag, if you're not familiar with the program. The projection screen is hidden up behind that triangle on the back wall. And those two black-sheep chairs are there because they have arms, which are helpful for a couple nice elderly folks.

And speaking of photos... I missed a photo album last time. I have six large ones, not five... three, four, six, yeah that's right. (Read: three that are huge, one that is good and large, plus two that are medium large, add up to six.)

Monday, May 14, 2007

Photos & Productions

I must have flipped through ten photo albums this afternoon... make that fifteen... *begins counting*

five of my own
a couple of mine that oughtn't to count since they're so small
seven of Mom's and Dad's... or, six; one was empty, I forgot
another two of Mom's and Dad's
another three of Mom's and Dad's

I think that's all. What did that add up to?.... sixteen, not counting the little things. See, what did I tell you??

I was picking out pictures to put on my display board next Sunday at the Graduation Celebration at church. Every year, all the high school grads get all their old school stuff and pictures together, including little trophies and such, and display them on tables around our little church gym. (See my details of last year's to get an idea of what it's like.) I will be displaying the aforementioned five photo albums (which I invariably type ablums) and some trophies from 4-H and the million pictures I pulled out of the various abl-- albums. And my lovely senior pictures, many of which I've already given (or mailed) away. (Sent off my graduation invitations yesterday.)

So it will be lots of fun. I wonder what "Q" is up to these days? He's probably done with classes by now....

Also, Mom took me and my sis to see "Guys & Dolls" yesterday at a college. It was funny. And I've known "I love you, a bushel and a peck" for many many many years, though this is the first time I've ever seen the show!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Laptop accessories!

OK, we went up to my grandma's to pick up my graduation pictures from my uncle. While we were there, this same uncle gave me an Internet card for my laptop! And it works!

Then another uncle (the bachelor one) gave me a niiiice black leather laptop bag to put all my stuff in. It even has a unique smell, since he smokes pipes in his living room where the bag was stored for awhile. Not a bad smell, actually; nothing at all like cigarettes' smell.

Plus that uncle also gave me a hat from my Dad's favorite college sports team. A nice wheat-colored, woven something-or-other hat (I'd say straw but it's not), with a black band around the crown that has the logo on it. I really like it, but I may have to surrender it to Dad because it fits him pretty well too.

...and of course, amid all the excitement, I left the envelope of pictures on my grandmother's kitchen table. I should be getting them in the mail either tomorrow or Saturday.

Monday, May 07, 2007


I babysat a little two-year-old girl this afternoon, whom I shall call Livy. (For absolutely no reason related to the old Roman guy. I'm sorry if you will forever after picture this little girl with a toga on, because she's much cuter in a pink dress.) Anyhow, Livy certainly loved the outdoors today, because I took her on two walks (well, me pushing the stroller type walking) totalling an hour, and besides that - when she wasn't napping or snacking, that is - all she did was play outside in the swing or something. We had the bubbles out for a few minutes, but not too long. Mostly I pushed her in the baby swing and we picked white dandelions.

The reason for our sudden weedy affections was: "let's blow the little seeds away!" And she really enjoyed it, once she got the hang of blowing hard enough, and stopped putting the dandelions too close to her mouth. It's more fun than blowing bubbles, don't you know, and less expensive.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

I haven't done this in awhile....

A Quiz!!

Yeah, it's been a couple years since I made a quiz about myself. But it's fun. Care to join me, or at least take my little quiz? Pretty please? :-P


I started my new journal today. A cute, half-page-sized, purple-and-yellow "Diary" (as it states) with a butterfly on its front and a lock on its side. (You know, one of those cheap little square locks that provides almost no real security and breaks about the seventh time you unlock it. Just gives a sense of security, not necessarily a reality.)

So I named it May, I think. For an obvious reason. Used that naming method on one about two years ago, which I started in April.

The journal, that is. I never name the locks.

On another note........ today was our church's annual Mother-Daughter Banquet. 'Twas good.

And, I planted about twenty (okay... maybe only fifteen...) little plants in our front yard this morning, in the big, slightly muddy area where the huge ugly bushes used to be. I guess gardening isn't so bad after all. There's still dirt stuck under my nails, though.

Shall I bore you with an account of my last homeschool group meeting, a picnic? I thought not. :-)

Thursday, May 03, 2007

I'm typing this....

...from my new (to me) laptop. No kidding.

This guy at church asked my brother to fix his TV - a simple matter really - and when we dropped it back at his house, he came out with this little black box and said he had an extra one lying around so I might as well have it! Apparently his son used to type his college papers on it. He also gave us some speakers, but that wasn't a surprise.

As I said two days ago, when I put it in the car to go home: YIPPPPPPEEEEEEE!!!!

So now I've installed XP (or rather, my brother installed it and I bothered him a bit while he did), installed the stuff that came with my camera, and borrowed an internet thingy temporarily. (Only sporadically, and only till I get my own internet card thing.) This keyboard thing is a little difficult to get used to - I'm forever looking for the "end" key in the wrong spot - and the mousepad is a whole new ball game. I keep messing up with it, but I am getting better, I promise. :-)

This is so much fun. And, all in one day, I upgraded from family desktop and point-and-shoot 35mm to personal laptop and 6MP digital!

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

First teeny tiny camera!

Yup, I went and bought it! It was really cheap... and I used a gift card to buy a 512MB xD picture card, also on sale.

As far as the camera goes, I think they were just trying to get rid of old stock to make way for the new. If a camera this nice is sold at a hundred bucks, wouldn't you begin to suspect some such reason? But I had no intention of getting "the latest model", mostly because I can get a camera just as good (or better) for much less.

So, you may be able to see a few things in the next few weeks, once I figure this little thing out... such a teeny little thing... it looks like a garage door opener, only a tiny bit bigger and heavier...

Monday, April 30, 2007

Won't this be fun?

I may well be getting my first digital camera.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Classes and chapel and parties...

oh my! (You knew it was coming...)

Visited campus Thursday and Friday for a big incoming-freshman bash. Went bowling, sat around in the cafe, enjoyed the beginning of a dorm party, ate a couple times in the cafeteria (different building from the cafe), went to chapel and three classes, wore out my shoes (figuratively) on a sort of scavenger hunt, and heard the president speak about one paragraph. (The college president.) And talked to a bunch of people at the various functions.

'Twas enjoyable enough. I met a few girls that I think I'll like - one who will definitely be in my dorm. The only other kid that I knew prior to this big bash found a roommate (but I didn't; I'll survive), who seemed nice enough. A lot of the girls struck me as.... oh, I don't know. And it wasn't that many; they just stood out.

Chapel was fine; the most interesting person was the choir director, and for good reason! She was so into directing that her (relatively short) hair flopped around on the "forte" parts!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Senior pictures

Yesterday I headed up with the rest of my family to see my uncle. He's a photographer - has been for years, and took the pictures at my parents' wedding. (He wasn't even related yet!) Anyway, the reason: SENIOR PICTURES. So we spent an hour at an assisted-living community (no kidding) shooting me, in various positions, in various locations, at the little pond outside the complex. The ducks got in a couple of my photos, but I don't think I picked those. Of the six that I did pick, in one you can see the pond and the little stone bridge in the background - Mom says that is the "essence of me" picture, as I am also holding my fountain pen over a book in that. (It's supposed to look like I'm writing in a journal, but the book's actually my darling little copy of Pride & Prejudice.)

And, another of my pics featured my wonderful little gold acorn hat. It's the one left-of-center in this pic, beside the pink rain hat:

Hats 2

I really should get a picture of just me and the acorn hat.... one of these days. Anyhow, I'm sure there will be a couple people at church who'll pick that picture simply because I'm rather known for my hats. Especially that hat... wore it first to a youth group progressive dinner when I was twelve, I believe, and it pops up occasionally when they least expect it. 'Tis amusing. *grin*

And now it is time to leave... "after all, it's ten till one", as Mom says!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

How To Get To Paris, France

Quoted from Heidi's blog:

--Go to
--Click on Maps.
--Click on Get Directions.
--From New York, New York
--To Paris, France.
--And read line # 23.

Seriously..... or, not so seriously....

In other funnypapers, I dreamed up a one-question multiple-choice pop quiz for you last night!

1. The one and only question: what is a puncher?

The choices:
A. a remote control
B. a device for synthesizing tropical fruit juice
C. a hanging exercising bag
D. a combination of B and C
E. none of the above
F. a sleeping bag
G. not a sleeping bag
H. a person hired by an underworld organization to rough up potential squealers or business associates
I. a person not hired by an underworld organization, etc., etc., etc.
J. a combination of B and H
K. a combination of A, B, C, F, and I

EDIT (5/1/2007) :::: I guess it is line 24. My wonderful sis pointed that out.... on the map directions, I mean. Line 23 just tells you to turn onto Long Wharf.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

4-H notes

Ho-hum. I'm relaxing after about two-and-a-half hours at a sort of health fair at a local high school. I helped out at one booth - in fact, the booth with two (sometimes three) pairs of FATAL VISION goggles. You know, the ones you wear to find out what it feels like to be drunk. I got to lead one gaggle of kids for about two hours, one after another, in walking down a line and maneuvering around three cones. Worked pretty well, though it was really hot in that gym. (Oh yeah, I helped out because I am part of a 4-H group that does this every month.)

Last night, however, was boring. Attended another monthly 4-H meeting for the county, spent two hours stuffing bags with literature for a mock crash, and paying little attention to the mindless babbling around me. It got old..............

I mean, imagine people playing with their cell phones and talking about the most trivial things! And not in an interesting manner. Sometimes trivial things are fascinating, but not this time.

Friday, April 13, 2007


Go read the other post first (the one from today, I mean). It's not that long, really! It just looks long because of the font I use.

Anyway, in case you desire to follow the saga of the autographs in the future, you may go find the "autographs" label down on the side under "Nooks in the secretary as recorded by the amanuensis". I just found all the posts and added that label to 'em.

Did the same thing with "links", actually.

And if you're wondering what an "amanuensis" is, either look it up or don't. If you look it up, you can sound really smart in front of your fellow 4-H'ers (and crack me up in the process, as my sister did). If you don't, you may encounter a joke some day playing on the general ignorance of the meaning of that word. (Something about a pastor and his church-secretary wife going on a cruise, and him telling everybody he was travelling with his "amanuensis", and him getting envious looks from the men, and her getting snubbed by the women. Have you heard it yet? Oh well, I guess I've just spoiled it for you anyway.)

Cousins and Reagans and Sales, oh my!

Item #1 in today's dispatch: my cousin sent out a news release to the family - about his first date at college. (In his particular family, there's a running joke that all the aunts have banded together to marry off the nieces and nephews; this release was named a "CALL Report" after the name of the band, CALL, which was derived from the first initials of the four aunts. Fortunately these are only his aunts, not mine, since they are really serious!) (Okay, long parenthetical...) Apparently he took a friend of his out to a banquet, where he won some awards. However, I don't know if it really counts as a date: "It was mutually understood that (my cousin and the girl) went together just for an enjoyable evening because of unfortunate religious incompatibility." So is it or is it not a date? Does it just count as a fun outing?

Item #2: no, not the Reagan from the RI. This Reagan is an adopted son of the late President, who also hosts a radio show and writes opinion pieces and books. My sister wrote to him, care of some organization with a New York address, to ask for his autograph. (About eighteen days ago, I think she said.) Today, we received a small envelope containing the index card she requested he sign, with his signature on it - and with a post office mark from Santa Clarita, CA! Now, why did it go to New York but come back from California?

Item #3: there's a garage sale down the street, so Dad and I visited, bought a phone (me) and a camera (Dad), and chatted with the new neighbor. (She was holding an after-moving sale.... go figure.) My new phone, white, has a built-in alarm clock, which workings I confirmed, and I can actually type while resting it between my chin and my shoulder! (I have heretofore been unable to accomplish said task with our home phone beside the computer.) So now I am prepared to answer a phone while on campus at college.

I used to think that the first garage sale was the harbinger of summer. But yesterday it was snowing. Now I don't know whether summer is trying to pass up spring in this annual race of the seasons, or if the garage sale rule is an old wives' tale.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Psalm Eighty-six

Oh yes, and I read Psalm 86 two days ago. Thought I'd tell y'all that it's my favorite psalm, even above Psalm 1 and Psalm 23 and all the other ones that I like. Well, it is so far. You can look it up if you want to. I think is the address of the website that I frequently use.

Sickness is forgotten!

And I happen to be feeling much better, thank you. :-)

About four days ago, my sister got a rather large envelope in the mail... with a frank on it. She received a personalized, signed photograph of our U.S. representative. And two days after that, she received another oddly-sized envelope, this one containing a photograph of Johnny Depp. You can't read the letters in his signature, of course.

And I am getting a full scholarship to *insert college name here*! For about four days, I thought I wasn't... and my attendance there was in jeopardy. (My award letter said I was getting just $7,900 a year instead of the thousands more that tuition is. It makes a huge difference with my family, as you may guess.) Now, I had been told in January that I was getting a full scholarship, so I fired off an e-mail to my wonderful admissions counselor (who just happens to share my first name), and got a reply on Tuesday. My letter was wrong... I am getting the full scholarship, and she doesn't know why in the world my letter said I wasn't... some computer glitch, I guess. "Thanks be to GOD!" doesn't even begin to describe it.

I wish I could tell you more about the college... anyhow, what I will tell is that it's a small Christian college, with a pretty campus that's about fifty minutes from home. So I just might come home about every other weekend. Won't that be nice? (Yeah, fifty minutes is almost close enough to commute, but I don't like to drive. Dad taught me to drive; that's my excuse!) And I will be visiting it at the end of this month, so I will get to thank my helpful admissions counselor in person. (Can you tell that my admissions counselor is very into e-mail?)

Monday, April 09, 2007

Violinist goes undercover

Seriously.... never heard the guy, but apparently a bunch of walking communters in Washington got a free few-minute concert for the taking from Joshua Bell, violinist. (Long article, but very very interesting.) JC from the RI put me onto this. Hmm....

Are we too busy to listen to a bit of violin on our way to work??

Thursday, April 05, 2007

I'm still sick.

I don't feel like doing anything. Unfortunate. Because I know I had several things I was going to blog, and they've all just escaped me simultaneously. You know what I mean?

Oh, they're coming back.... we got snow today. AND LOTS OF IT!! What in the world is God up to, I wonder? So, our dining room is filled with... one large vase (the kind that you get with those huge bouquets), two bud vases, and three champagne glasses filled to the max with daffydowndillies (aka daffodils to the uninitiate). I scrambled to pick 'em all last night, between Mom getting home from her 1st job and having supper before we ran to church for Wednesday night services. The poor things were freezing (obviously), but they were still blooming this morning, so I think we've saved 'em for now. Sorry, no digital camera = no instant pictures, or I would show you the profusion of daffydowndillies that has overrun the flat surfaces of the room.

So much for spring. But I have faith. It will come back. (It had better come back for my senior pictures!!)

And..... and..... come one, brain, you aren't quite that sick..................

Oh I give up. Toodles.