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Does anyone who was at Skye's wedding remember the symptoms of clinical exhaustion? Because I think I have it right now...
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(I decided that "typings" is a more apt word than "scribblings" to describe what I do on my laptop when I decide to post on LJ.)

I'm so out of the habit of blogging. I want to write but hardly know what to talk about. No, strike that: there's plenty to talk about, always. It never fails to be busy or interesting around here. But I don't know where to start. My life is as full or fuller than it was in college; it's just full of different things. And there aren't as many opportunities to procrastinate in this job as there were when I was a student, so that is probably the reason I'm not on here often. (That and the fact that our internet is so slow, and I only have access to it in the office.)

This morning we (Wittlingen staff) went to Freiburg to scout out movie theaters and restaurants for our dorm outing later this month. Every year, the dorm does something fun and relatively extravagant to commemorate the end of the year. This year it will be taking all the girls out to eat and then to a movie (most likely "Pirates 3," but possibly "Spider Man 3"). Unfortunately, I'm going to miss out on this event because it's my final weekend off and I'll be out of town. But...I'm not complaining because...I'm going to Paris! My friend Anoria (from church back in Tennessee) is in England for a study abroad program and she is taking the train to Paris to meet me there for the weekend. She came up with this idea over Christmas, so we've been talking about it for a long time. I'm excited...and a little nervous because this will be my first time traveling alone in Europe. Should be an adventure...

I'm really sleepy, which is why I'm using this icon. The last two nights I've burned the candle on both ends. But tomorrow morning is my sleep in morning so I should be able to catch up. That's a good thing, because tomorrow night is Staff Appreciation Dinner, and Friday night is JSB (Junior Senior Banquet -- which will last until 11pm), and then all day Saturday there are soccer games (hope the weather is okay).

Okay. I just realized it's 8:10pm and I haven't started doing lunch prep yet. I probably should get on that because I have to drive a van to pickup girls in about half an hour.


Dec. 25th, 2006 06:15 pm
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christmas banquet weekend nov 23rd 009

Merry Christmas! (No, this is not what I wore to banquet in Germany. I thought about it, though...)

I hope you've had a great day. I spent most of it with my extended family, and am now off to watch a movie with my dad, mom, and brother. I think I'll have popcorn for supper. :-D
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I'm looking for some new CDs to add to my collection before I move to Germany. Music is important to me -- especially during stressful times and changes -- so I'd like to get something new in addition to the same-old. My favorite group is Caedmon's Call, but I also like Chris Tomlin, Alathea, Jeremy Camp, Jars of Clay, and Matthew West. I like a folk sound, but I don't like cheesy or sappy.

So...suggestions, anyone?


Jul. 10th, 2006 10:37 pm
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Does it ever seem like life would be easier to live without emotions? They're such a lot of trouble and often don't get us very far. Those that are wonderful are wonderful, but those that are not...are definitely not. Still, I suppose life would be too dull if we were mere robots, with no dreams and desires and joys and sorrows.


I draw close to God only to realize that there are depths of Him that I never imagined existed. Although I know Him, and I love Him, there is so much still that I don't know about Him yet...and it will always be so, no matter how much I seek Him.

It reminds me of C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia, where there's a quote somewhere about Aslan seeming to get bigger, more complicated, and more powerful the older the children get. I'm finding that to ring true as I grow older as well.
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This book is absolutely hysterical. I'm excited to have finally discovered Jerome K. Jerome, and am looking forward to reading whatever other of his writings I can find! In some ways, he strikes me funnier than P.G. Wodehouse -- or at least the humor is a little different. Jerome draws on ridiculous situations and emotions, but (unlike Wodehouse, who writes of far-fetched characters in even more far-fetched situations) his are situations and emotions we can relate to in some form.

So. I couldn't resist posting a few of my favorite J.K.J. quotes.

My tooth-brush is a thing that haunts me when I'm traveling, and makes my life a misery. I dream that I haven't packed it, and wake up in a cold perspiration, and get out of bed and hunt for it. And, in the morning, I pack it before I have used it, and have to unpack again to get it, and it is always the last thing I turn out of the bag; and then I repack and forget it, and have to rush upstairs for it at the last moment and carry it to the railway station wrapped up in my pocket-handkerchief.

I [knew] a man once who used to make me mad that way. He would loll on the sofa and watch me doing things by the hour together, following me round the room with his eyes, wherever I went. He said it did him real good to look on at me messing about. He said it made him feel that life was not an idle dream to be gaped and yawned through, but a noble task, full of duty and stern work. He said he often wondered now how he could have gone on before he met me, never having anybody to look at while they worked.

Now, I'm not like that. I can't sit still and see another man slaving and working. I want to get up and superintend, and walk round with my hands in my pockets, and tell him what to do. It is my energetic nature. I can't help it.

And this one is so appropriate for me at the moment, haha.

I don't understand German myself. I learned it at school, but forgot every word of it two years after I had left, and have felt much better ever since.

a must-see

Jun. 1st, 2006 09:43 pm
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If you haven't visited the Brawny man on the web before, I recommend that you do so. Guys, take some pointers from this fellow, who does everything from baking bread to household projects to singing songs and writing poetry. I think I'm in love...(or not. ;-) LOL! My brother and I have been dying over this website for the past day or so, though; do check it out 'cause it's pretty hilarious.)
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I get to go to the dentist this afternoon. Oh joy! Oh rapture! Hope I don't have any cavities.

The high is 92 today. Yes, summer is upon us indeed.

I've started studying German using a CD and textbook course. Methinks it's going to be a while before I master the pronounciation, much less the grammar and sentence formation, but it's fun. I like languages. They're so amazing. Really.

Has anyone read The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy? That's my current read and it's excellent so far. I can only imagine the tragedies that Hardy might impose on the main characters (knowing Hardy as I do), but I'm anxious to find out what happens. It's one of those novels where you really can't predict the outcome (or at least, I can't).


Apr. 28th, 2006 09:02 pm
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This is about as far from the truth as can be, but I thought it was funny so I'm posting it anyway. ;-)

What Guys Think of Your Long Curly Hair...

Fun, outgoing, spontaneous.
Guys know that you're up for almost anything - and are waiting for your surprises.
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What should I eat for lunch? It's my least favorite meal of the day because I never know what to eat, and usually end up getting in a rut and eating the same thing every day for a week. (My latest: peanut butter with apples and crackers.)

So, what are you having for lunch?

the Game

Apr. 22nd, 2006 11:53 pm
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Okay...you asked for it. (Or some of you did.) Here are the rules of the Game:

1. To know the Game is to play the Game. (So if you don't want to play, don't read on!)

2. If you think about the Game, you lose the Game.

3. When you lose the Game, you have to tell someone immediately. If there's no one around, call or e-mail a friend with the simple message: "I just lost the Game!"

4. After someone loses the Game, he and everyone he told are immune for 30 minutes. So they have 30 minutes in which to forget about the Game before they are vulnerable to losing again.

That is all. Now go...and don't think about the Game. ;-)
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-- Sinus infections are no fun. They are made even less fun by outdoor air that is the equivalent of pea soup, between the pollen and the high humidity. (Achoo!)

-- Sometimes I think I should rename my LiveJournal The Procrastination Station. What do you think?

-- I've eaten entirely too many Sour Starburst Jellybeans in the past few days.
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Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] melyndie! Many happy returns of the day!


Apr. 5th, 2006 03:03 pm
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I'm making supper tonight: chicken enchiladas, tortilla chips with homemade guacamole, and sopapillas (honey-filled fried bread) for dessert. Anyone wanna come over?

(Well, never mind...I forgot we're under quarantine right now.)
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Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday, dear [livejournal.com profile] abideinchrist
Happy birthday to you!

...And many more...

Love you, girl! Hope you're having an extra-special-utterly-marvelous day. :-D
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My passport came in the mail today. :-D

I wonder when I'll get a chance to use it?
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Some of you have been looking up your names in Wikipedia and posting what they found.

Here's mine (Jessica). Vewy Intewesting.
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Some scriptures God has given me to ponder and stand on over the past few weeks and months of searching for the "next step" in my life:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths (Prov. 3:5-6). Old familiar words, yet God is making them more true in my life than ever...

My steps are on Your paths; my feet have not slipped. I call on You, God, because You will answer me; listen closely to me; hear what I say. Display the wonders of Your faithful love, Savior of all who seek refuge from those who rebel against Your right hand....But I will see Your face in righteousness;
when I awake, I will be satisfied with Your presence
(Psalm 17:5-7, 15).

I know your works. Because you have limited strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name, look, I have placed before you an open door that no one is able to close....Listen! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and have dinner with him, and he with Me (Rev. 3:8 and 20).
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