Friday, June 27, 2008

The New Buick!



Ain't my car pwetty? :-)
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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Weekly?

Heh, it's been awhile apparently. But I did start my job!! Second shift isn't conducive to my internet presence though; seeing as we have dialup, I have to spend as little time as possible online during the peak calling hours, which leaves open only the hours during which I'm at work or sleeping. But that's what the library is for, right? :-P

Quite a bit has happened...

The car died. My poor little car. :-( Well, not mine really. Just the old family car that I got to tool around in.

I started my job, as I mentioned. Not too bad. Easy. Keeps me on my feet, that's for sure! And I whistle or sing a lot while I'm working. Somebody actually noticed it last night and asked what I was singing.

Got to see three of my best friends from college! And I'll get to see one of 'em again the weekend after this one. I don't know how I'll survive in the meantime. :-P

Camp is coming up... so I'll be absent (again) for a few days.

And I just found out that a couple of my friends from college just got engaged. (Facebook is an astounding communicative medium, don't you know?) Los novios are less than five months older than I am! That's just crazy.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Ways to waste a Saturday afternoon

AIMFight--which of your buddies has a higher score? :-P

GoogleFight--see who wins, OSU or Michigan. :-D

And, of course, there is always the old-fashioned community swimming pool.

Friday, June 13, 2008

It's Friday the 13th!!

...and I wish someone superstitious was around to tease.

Anyhow, I was on late last night IMing a friend from college. At one point she was having me answer questions on some psychological quizzes--you know, the kind where it asks you about your dream house and says "the size of the house is representative of" something or other. And the results are a good example of three things:
1. Why I am too concrete to take these types of quizzes
2. Why these quizzes are worth nil if you take them seriously
3. Why they afford a LOT of amusement at midnight!

So, among other things, I learned...

...my brother is the one that I love
...my dad is my lucky star (whatever that means!)
..."Raindrops keep falling on my head" is the song telling how I feel about life
..."You see a deer. The size of the animal is representative of your perception of the size of your problems."
..."Is your dream house surrounded by a fence? You answered no. No fence is indicative of an open personality. People are welcome at all times."
..."You walk to the dining area and see the dining table. flowers in a cool porcelain vase, on top of a green tablecloth are on and around the table. If your answer did not include food, people, or flowers, then you are generally unhappy."
...and lastly: "You pick it up, check it for cracks, wash it if it's usable." Apparently what I do with the plastic cup--the thing in question--is representative of my attitude towards one of my best friends? (This one was my favorite.)

Point proven! :-D

Friday, June 06, 2008

Guitar + chords = songs

It's as simple as that!

My most recent additions to my songbook (bringing the total in my book of songs to 74) were the words & chords to "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head" and "Lean On Me." Well, I haven't yet written in the chords for that last song, but I know them. It's quite an interesting chord progression! (1-major to 2-minor to 3-minor to 4, or in other words C-Dm-Em-F for most of the song.) I'm quite proud of myself that I actually figured that out on my own, while fooling around on my cousins' piano. Yep. All outta my head. :-D (Oh, here's a decent YouTube video of it.)

For Raindrops, I just transposed them out of a book.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Oh--and my own reading list!

So here's what else I might be reading this summer. Bolded are the ones I've already finished, whether recently or simply in the past few years. This particular list was compiled by myself and three friends, when we were on a van ride back from a college honors-program outing. Therefore it's dubbed the "reading list for honors nerds." :-D Seriously, we were going to read some of them over the summer and discuss them. There's a whole Facebook group for this, so we have access to the list and can toss ideas back and forth about adding books.

Lord of the Flies - William Golding
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
It Can't Happen Here - Sinclair Lewis
Oedipus Rex - Sophocles
As You Like It - William Shakespeare
Much Ado About Nothing - William Shakespeare
East of Eden - John Steinbeck
Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë
Anthem - Ayn Rand
Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
Othello - William Shakespeare
The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand
A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter Michael Miller, Jr.
The Jungle - Upton Sinclair
Rebecca - Daphne DuMaurier
Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Timeline - Michael Crichton
Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell
The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
Emma - Jane Austen
A Doll's House - Henrik Ibsen
A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
Hard Times - Charles Dickens
The Series of Unfortunate Events - "Lemony Snicket"
Phantastes - George MacDonald
The Pursuit of God - A.W. Tozer
This Present Darkness - Frank Peretti
Piercing the Darkness - Frank Peretti
The Oath - Frank Peretti
Three - Ted Dekker
House - Ted Dekker & Frank Peretti
The O'Malley Series - Dee Henderson
Speak - Laurie Halse Anderson
Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll
Finding Alice - Melody Carlson
The Wizard of Oz - L.Frank Baum
Screwtape Letters - C.S. Lewis
Mere Christianity - C.S. Lewis
Farenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
1984 - George Orwell
Napoleon of Notting Hill - G.K. Chesterton

Books these days

Since coming home from college, I've pretty much buried myself in reading... well, it keeps me busy till my job starts anyway. I just got into "The Princess Bride" finally... you'd think that, after having loved the movie for who knows how many years, I'd have read the book by now, but nope! And I love the movie, so I rather like the book. The author's sense of humor is amusing.

But before that, I finished "Wuthering Heights." I thought I might like it more than I did, since Emily Bronte's sis Charlotte wrote one of my favorites books, but the characters, especially Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, in "Wuthering Heights"... are just entirely too dark, too... inconceivably cruel, unbelievably inhuman. Sure, it was a fascinating book, and it makes one wonder about the depths of human depravity that one can sink to; but there is little to redeem the characters, almost nothing to help one to pity either the lady or the beast. (I still cannot call that character a man; that implies too much gentleness.)

And it didn't seem quite so dark when I was reading it, sort of; it settled after I finished it, how bleak was the setting--the lonely moor with two houses, the lonely families that are hated neighbors and hating.

I read "Alice in Wonderland" this past weekend, but didn't enjoy it as much as I had hoped I would. It's a little too fanciful, perhaps, or just not my type of humor. Dunno. I decided against reading "Through the Looking Glass."