Wednesday, December 31, 2003
Kerrie & Danny found out today that they are having a little girl. I'm very happy for them. They forwarded me a picture of the baby, and all I can say is that it is amazing how clear the 3D pictures are these days from the sonographer.

Happy New Year!!

I'm going to Biddy McGraw's with Colleen and Landon tonight to hear Funk Shui.

Next time I post here it will be . . . 2004! Yikes-time sure does fly!


Tuesday, December 30, 2003
The plane ride last night was very nice and smooth. The skies were very clear as we descended into Portland, and the city lights were very pretty. Too bad I missed the snowstorm!

Not much going on today, although I do have to work tonight. Afterwards, I'm planning to meet Colleen at Laurelthirst for one of our old-time Tuesday nighters.

Landon is playing tonight at Grandma's. Originally, I thought I would go to hear him play, but I had forgot that I had made plans to hang out at Laurelthirst with Colleen.

We still have some snow outside our apartment. It is very pretty, but also very cold inside of our apartment!

It is much later in the evening now; the little bit of snow outside of our apartment has greatly increased. We couldn't get to our street in this ice, slush, and snow, so had to park nearby, and walk home. It is so exciting! The snow has suddenly made life so much more adventurous!

Monday, December 29, 2003
Last night, we visited Kerrie's parents, Judy & Karl, which was pretty fun. I figured out that this is like my seventh or eighth time visiting Kerrie down here in Modesto, so I guess I'm to the point now where I'm very comfortable around her family.

Unfortunately, I was still having a lot of trouble breathing last night. I could only catch my breath about once every fifteen minutes or more, and it was really starting to bother me. I was able to relax once we got back to Kerrie & Dan's, and it seemed to get slightly better. So far this morning, my breathing has been normal. If it continues after I get home, I'm going to go to the doctor this week.

I woke up a couple of times during the night, because it was raining pretty hard. It hasn't rained since I've been here, except for today. It's raining pretty hard, and it is very windy. We're just staying indoors, I guess, until we have to leave at 3pm to go to the airport. I'm looking forward to coming home to SNOW (maybe!), and to Landon. I can't wait to see Landon tonight!! I don't get to PDX until 8pm. Well, the lizards nearby me in the aquarium are getting excited; I think I'm going to call it quits for this blog.

Sunday, December 28, 2003
I'm feeling much better today. I think Kerrie and I are going to go for a walk around her neighborhood, then later today we are going to go visit her parents. We watched E on cable for about two hours this morning, and made fun of the commentators.

Saturday, December 27, 2003
Kerrie and I went shopping today for gifts for her nieces and nephews. I bought a picture frame at Macy's that I really liked, but that was about it.

At around 4:30-5pm, we headed to Danny's mom's house, where they were celebrating Christmas. We ate Christmas dinner, and it was overall pleasant (luckily Danny's mom Pat was able to find some Chardonnay for me, because I really needed a buzz with all of these people/relatives of Kerrie & Danny's that I didn't know.

The problem I've been having as of two days before coming down here is that I can't catch my breath. Some episodes are especially bad, and I have trouble with panicking because of it. I am pretty sure it is attributed to stress, but I wish I didn't get this heavy chest/can't catch my breath thing, because it really is unpleasant and quite scary.

I can't wait to be back in Portland with Landon and the cats; home is where my heart is.

Friday, December 26, 2003
I flew into Sacramento today. The flight was uneventful, and went by quickly. Kerrie and Danny were waiting for me when I went down to baggage claims (although I didn't check any bags), and then we drove to Modesto. We stopped on the way to eat at Wendy's, since none of us had eaten any dinner.

When we arrived at Kerrie & Danny's house, Kerrie and I left to go get a movie. We watched Legally Blonde 2, which was pretty lame, then we talked until 1am, then went to bed. I slept on the couch, which was pretty cozy and comfortable. I would have slept soundly all night, but I had to get up about four times to go to the bathroom, because I was drinking water the whole time Kerrie and I were talking until 1am.

I really like Kerrie & Danny's parrotlet, as well as their 19 year old chiwauwa. They have a big pit bull/lab mixed dog in the backyard, but they don't let him inside the house (luckily!). Kerrie looks great pregnant. She's so skinny, so her little 5-month-pregnant-belly is so cute. I saw the baby kicking, because her clothes were moving where he/she was kicking. It is so neat!

I miss Landon and the cats a lot.

Thursday, December 25, 2003
Merry Christmas!
After eating a hearty breakfast at the Gilliams', we drove back up to Portland and spent Christmas Day with Landon's family.

Wednesday, December 24, 2003
Merry Christmas Eve!

We spent Christmas Eve with my family in McMinnville, then spent the night at McMenamin's Hotel Oregon.

Tuesday, December 23, 2003
It's so annoying, because the English Department cancelled English Drama for next term. I feel like calling them and saying, "Listen people--I need to graduate; I only have two terms left, so stop canceling classes on me!!" This is the second time this has happened in the last two weeks, and at this point, most of the sections are full, and there are hardly any classes that will fit within my already jam-packed schedule. I had to e-mail my nice advisor and ask her for (guess?) advice, because I don't know if I can take as much American Fiction as I'm taking and still be considered a true student of English Literature.

I worked today. Landon and I spent about three hours waiting for the cats at Banfield; both cats had comprehensive exams, and driving from SW to SE isn't a short drive, so we chose to stay out there and hang out at the strip-mall around Banfield: the Pet Hospital while the cats were being poked, examined, and stuck (with needles). Luckily, Dr. Krasner was working today. I'm going to send her a coupon to Starbucks for being such an excellent vet to Felix. He appreciates (and loves) her very much. So, from Felix and I, Dr. Krasner will receive a coupon to Starbucks.

I got my essay back from my professor today, and he said my thesis was very unusual, but useful. That is the best complement I have received to date on an essay. I love being unusual; the opposite of unusual is usual, and that is not an adjective I would want attributed to my writing. I am so pleased with his comments! I also thought it was very funny that he wrote, "Now watch those ellipsis!" He will go down as one of my all-time favorite professors, even though I hated him for awhile when he was riding our backs about prescriptive grammar rules. Looking back, I am very happy that he upholds these rules for students of English.

Monday, December 22, 2003
I did a lot of cleaning today in the apartment. I also worked on my plants a little bit; it is a lot like indoor gardening in my apartment, since I have so many plants! I met Sharla & Jen on Hawthorne for coffee so I could give them the teapots I bought them for Christmas. It was really nice out today: it was very sunny with blue skies. I had an enjoyable time with Sharla & Jen, and now I am at work. Today was a nice day.

Sunday, December 21, 2003
Landon and I didn't get home last night until 3am; we woke up 8 hours later at 11am. We took our showers, drank some coffee, then drove down to the Broadway Theatre to try our hand at getting tickets to The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King . It was a GREAT movie. I can't wait to see it a second, third, and fourth time. I can't wait to watch all the extra features when the DVD is released, not to mention the extended version. It is truly an amazing movie, and I'm sure it will become a classic passed down from generation to generation. Well, we can only hope!

By the time we got out of the movie, it was already getting dark outside; it was about 4:30pm. We came home for about an hour, then went to Fred Meyer's and got all the food we need to make the dishes for the Gilliam house on Christmas Eve and the Kuhn house on Christmas Day. I spent my Christmas bonus (a 25.00 gift card to Fred Meyer) and only went 8.00 over. I'm kind of bitter about how lame (and cheap) Providence is with their Christmas bonuses, but I guess I should be grateful to get soemthing rather than nothing.

After we went to Fred Meyer's, we went to Safeway to get quarters to do laundry, then we went back to Fred Meyer's to get 2 books of stamps so I can mail all of my 40 Christmas cards out tomorrow. From there, we went to Cindy's apartment so she could show me what I need to do while she is in New Jersey. Colleen also came over, and we drank IPA's (with Landon) and talked and enjoyed each other's company.

I will miss Cindy while she is in NJ! She has to fly out tomrorow at 6am, so has to leave her apartment before the sun comes up. I can't say I envy her in the least!!!

Saturday, December 20, 2003
Colleen is back in Portland! Cindy and I went to the airport to greet her, then later we went out for Thai food with Colleen, Cindy, and Colleen's brother Patrick. Afterwards, we went to Biddy McGraw's, where Seamus, Felim, Skip, Bob, and Danny O'Hanlon were playing. Around 1am, they asked Landon to sit in, and boy, did Landon play well!! It was aweseome!! All the musicians were going on to Landon about how well he is playing, and that is playing has moved to a whole new level. It was pretty cool to see him play so well.

We didn't get home until about 3am. It was worth it, though! We are going to sleep in late tomorrow!

Friday, December 19, 2003
Landon played last night at County Cork. Inge & David, Mike & Susan, Jodi & Matty, and Gay all came down, and we had dinner and hung out from 7pm to 10:30pm. It was a lot of fun.

I picked up a gift my Uncle Joe bought for Landon and I in SE Portland, and it was a Chinese porcelin seat. It is very nice. I put one of my plants on top of it.

Colleen comes in tomrorow night, and we're going to go to Biddy's. I'm excited!!

Thursday, December 18, 2003
The rain was beating, beating, beating on the windshield. Blood poured down the face of the innocent victim that was seated in an awkward position in front of his steering wheel. The rain was unheard to this man who would never see his thirty-third birthday. Thirty two was too young to die.
I really like cold, sunny, still days. The sky is blue, and I can clearly see Mt. Hood and the city of Portland. I am having a very nice and relaxing Christmas break. I am very satisfied and happy about my grades, although, it is a shame the linguistics final brought my grade from a solid A down to a B+. The professor graded this, instead of the TA, so after reviewing my final exam (she mailed it to me), I have come to the conclusion that she is a much tougher grader than was the TA, who graded most of the homework, as well as the mid-terms (on which I received 62 out of 66 points).

I still don't know what I'm going to do with my life. If I can't figure it out in the next six months, I'll probably abandon the hope of figuring it out altogether, and just "choose" something, even if it is working as a teacher in the Portland Public School District. My brother-in-law claims public education is one of the "three worst government programs." Luckily, I don't pay heed to his comments, although I can't say that his comments don't spark offense inside of me from time to time. Sometimes, I think he wants to offend me, but that would be a pretty mean thing to do, wouldn't it? I would hope that that is not the case, and he just says things without thinking, which is typical of a lot of people who don't think about how their remarks about one thing or another will affect the person who is listening to those remarks. I guess you can't worry about what people will think about everything you say, but there does come a point where it should be common sense that certain comments will hurt the feelings of someone you know subscribes to the very thing you are putting down in conversation (or elevating the very thing you highly oppose).

So, back to my Literary Criticism paper I have commented on in previous entries. The Function of Credibility: the Comparative Evaluation of Literature is one of the best papers I have ever written. I am extremely proud of my accomplishments in this senior and graduate-level class, not to mention the pride I take in this paper. In my first paper, The Evolution of the Placement of Authority in Literature , I used the ellipsis mark incorrectly; also, being my first time writing a paper by evaluating literary critics through the scope of a topic like authority, the process was slow-going (it took me about 30 hours), and was grueling work. My words did not flow quite as freely, and my thesis was a little too narrow, which gave way to weak conclusions in the summary of the essay. By the time I wrote the final paper on credibility, the time it took me to write the paper was still about thirty hours, but my thesis was very insightful and useful (not to mention well-thought-out), becoming an expansion of the first paper (although I examined the essays of eighteenth and nineteenth century critics, rather than critics who wrote before the time of Christ), using a thesis that was the culmination of my thoughts and opinions from the entire term. Viewing credibility in terms of comparative evaluation is a thesis I wrote myself, and becomes very useful in understanding and analyzing the use and function of credibility.

My cats sleep SO much! It is amazing how much sleep cats (and dogs) need, but how little sleep human beings need, who work much harder than a cat (or a dog). Alright, I've made my point, and do not wish to compare the sleep required of cats as opposed to the sleep required of humans.

To anyone who reads this: I am interested in reading or becoming a part of an online group that discusses the care of household plants. I need a group who focuses more on household plants than on gardening, because I have some specific questions that I need answered about some of my plants. If you could e-mail me the link, it would be greatly appreciated.

A bientot,

Wednesday, December 17, 2003
It is such a pretty morning out today! Blue sky, sun is shining, can see Mt. Hood from my home PC! IT's a good day to be alive!!

And plus:




Tuesday, December 16, 2003
Sadly, Johnny Cunningham passed away yesterday. He will be missed! For more information about him, go to the following website:

I'm still overly tired today, and do not know why. Actually, a good hypothesis is that maybe my body is trying to recover from all the energy I exerted during finals week? Maybe so.

I was supposed to start reading The Hobbit yesterday and today, but am finding little motivation to start doing homework again. Landon, if you are reading this, I do hope you understand. I promise to read it by this weekend. I am just so TIRED!

Landon woke up this morning not feeling too well. It was weird, because he only had half of a beer and a glass of wine, but suffered a hangover this morning. Poor baby! I love my sweets, and might bring him another latte today.

Landon did all his Christmas shopping online, and loved every minute of it! Landon is such a creative shopper that I envy his gift buying ideas. If only we could all be more like Landon--the world would be a better place. Yes, I honestly believe that!

I'm excited that Colleen is flying in at the end of the week. It will be good to see her and to catch up.

I bought my tickets to Sacramento (destination Modesto) yesterday, so will be spending four days with Kerrie helping her paint and decorate her nursery for the baby. She is five months along. I'm really happy for her and Danny! It should be a good time down there, albeit time spent away from Landon. :(

Well, Priscilla is peacefully watching the birds, and I'm going to (quite the opposite of peacefully) do some housework; yes, another sidetrack from The Hobbit .

Au revoir-Karli
Monday, December 15, 2003
Today was weird! I was very tired all day, and I don't know why. I was dragging through the morning mentally and physically, even though I didn't have to do anything but read The Hobbit ! I only got through three pages, then fell asleep for an hour. Today was such an unproductive day! I did make it out to Tigard to bring Landon a surprise latte at work. I love visiting my sweets at work! I guess the only thing productive I did today was go to work and deliver Landon a GBL! GBL's are one of the best things about the Christmas season!

Sunday, December 14, 2003
Hey-I had a great time tonight at Inga & David Dean's house. Inga is a fantastic cook; she cooks Swedish foods. I loved their house and their hospitality, and had fun getting to know them better. I also adore Miriam & Mark's baby, Sylvia--she is SO cute. Miriam wrote me a nice thank you card for the stuff Mike, Susan, and Leslie, Landon, and I bought for the baby. It was a lot of fun; it was one of the fastest four hours I've spent at anyone's house!
Saturday, December 13, 2003
Today we woke up at 8:15am, because we had made plans with Mike, Susan, and Janssen to go shopping this morning in SE Portlland. We picked up Janssen on the way to Mike & Susan's, then set off to do some shopping. We started out at Ross Dress for Less, where Janssen got a new coat. Then, we went to Best Buy where I did some shopping of my own for Landon. After that, we went to Pet Smart and looked at some nice little kitties from the Humane Society (of which I am a proud member!), while Landon bought supplies and new plants for the aquarium. Then, we went to Trader Joe's. Then, Susan, Janssen, and I went to Target where I got a Tinsel Tree for our living room for Christmas, and Susan got some little gifts for her secret gift exchange partner at work.

We had Janssen, Mike, & Susan over for dinner at around 5:30pm. It was a nice dinner. Landon made baked potatoes, broccali, and Mike & Susan brought a salad. It was pretty tasty! We had Peppermint Bark for dessert, then watched a movie called, Nowhere in Africa while I did laundry.

I feel so much weight has been lifted off of my shoulders from school. I don't think I realized how much stress I was under until it was over with; hence, my hiatus to Fred Meyer Thursday afternoon after finals, long past the place where I get off to walk home.

Today was a good day. Now that school is over with (for 3 weeks), I'm not feeling sad anymore. I'm happy, and looking forward to spending the holidays with family.

Friday, December 12, 2003
When I woke up this morning, I felt SO refreshed. I was wide awake, my headache from the night before was completely gone, and I was stress-free. I can't remember the last time I felt stress-free; it must have been between summer and fall term. It is the greatest feeling in the world to wake up feeling refreshed. I can only think of one other time when I was at Portland Bible College that I woke up feeling so good, so alive, and so rested.

I spent a few hours shopping around. I went to Pioneer Place, but then forgot which parking structure I parked in, and which level, so had some fun walking around 4th avenue looking for my car!! My shopping trip was fruitless. I didn't find any clothes that I liked at all!! I wish I could just fly into France for the weekend so I could shop for a new wardrobe.

Tonight, we went to Sharla's 27th-that's right, 27th-birthday party. It was pretty fun. Landon and Sharla's (special) friend, Shaun, chatted away, and I had a chance to catch up with Sharla. It was a 60's formal party, but Landon and I were one of the many people that didn't choose to dress up. Those that DID dress up did a great job of it, and were very fun to look at.

We got home at around 11:30pm.

I had a good day today, and felt very glad to be finished with fall term. Only two more terms to go!!

Happy 27th, Sharla!!

Thursday, December 11, 2003
Well, my exams went pretty well! Something really weird happened to me when I got out of my last final (I tested for four hours straight, and one final was 8 pages-that's right 8 pages long!). I got on the bus, and that's the last thing I remember-I went way past where I get off to walk home. So, I ended up getting off at Fred Meyer and getting a role of quarters. I was so exhausted from finals that my brain just shut off, and I zoned out for a few minutes. When I got home, I had a really bad headache. I had to get ready, though, for Landon's work party at Greek Cuisina, so I couldn't relax just yet since I was done with FALL TERM! I had to get ready, take some tylenol (which didn't help) for the headache, and put on a good face for the Qualcomm co-workers. Of course, we get to Greek Cuisina, and after dinner I realized my headache had not gotten any better-and, OF COURSE, my name is called to go up front and do some Greek dancing with some of the other Qualcomm employees. Needless to say, by the time I got home at 11:30pm, my head was pounding so hard, and my eyes were burning I was so tired. My stress had yet to lift from the weight of finals and the term. I could only hope that when I woke up, I would feel differently.
Wednesday, December 10, 2003
I'm feeling very melancholic today. I've been studying so hard, and I still don't feel prepared. There is only SO MUCH I can do for these exams, as difficult as they will be. I feel like I still don't understand phonology completely, I don't have my head around Greek statuary, but more than anything I just want to be DONE, because I really don't care about any of these things. I'm really sick of the pressure and the stress. I feel like crying right now, plus my back hurts really bad. I think I pinched a nerve or something.

Tuesday, December 09, 2003
I handed in my application for graduation today for spring term.
I am so overwhelmed right now, because of the amount of information I have to know for the two exams on Thursday. Not including what I have to know for my Art History exam, which I described yesterday, I have to know a TON of information for my linguistics exam. I have to know the IPA, as well as how to apply the IPA to phonology problems, not including what I have to know regarding syntax, semantics, pragmantics, historical linguistics, language acquisition, and the list goes on. I'm going to lose my mind trying to learn (then remember) this stuff.

Monday, December 08, 2003
Began the process of memorizing 46 slides from Greek Archaic through Ottonian Art for my Art History final on Thursday. We have to memorize the name of the work, the artist, the location, the culture, and the time period. Multiply that information times 46, and you'll get an idea of the amount of material I am trying to memorize by Thursday.

Sunday, December 07, 2003
Landon and I met Sharla, Jen, and Erin (who was in town from Boston, MA) at Imago Dei after church, so we could all go out to lunch. We ended up eating at Cha! Cha! Cha's! (the same restaurant we ate at for Landon's birthday in the Pearl). They have another one in the Sellwood district in an old historic house. We ended up chatting for a couple of hours over burritos and nachos, much to Landon's dismay. He was bored stiff the whole time.

When Landon and I got home, we watched the rest of Two Towers, and I studied for Art History off and on.

This upcoming week is going to be very intensive for me as I prepare for these final exams.

Saturday, December 06, 2003
I went to a ladies' Christmas tea today with my sisters and my Mom. It is 25.00 a plate, which I find pretty expensive for what you get, but at least it is something we can all do together. I didn't get home until 4pm. Landon and I went out for Mexican food, then went to Fred Meyer's and bought the extended version of The Two Towers. We came home to watch it, but I started feeling nauseated for some unknown reason, so went to bed. I was asleep within 10 minutes, and didn't wake up until the next morning.

Friday, December 05, 2003
I made the Dean's List for Summer Term!
Students who make the Dean's List have maintained a GPA above 3.50 since attending PSU, and must earn a GPA of 3.75 or better in one single term, and for all of these terms, the student must be attending PSU full time.

Thursday, December 04, 2003
Today was my LAST day of Art History. I have an exam in that class next week, but at least I don't have to listen to any more of her lectures! I kind of started to get used to the class, and definitely learned a lot, but I just did not appreciate her teaching style whatsoever; it was very difficult to endure her style of lecturing throughout the term.

I had to work tonight, because my Literary Crit. paper required me to work the first half of this week on it instead of here in the lovely CAS department. Fortunately, my job is pretty flexible with my hours, now that I am on-call.

Cindy wants to do something "fun" with me tomorrow night, so I might hang out with her if Landon goes to session. It's hard balancing friends, school, and Landon. Right now, school comes first, then if I have any spare time, I spend it with Landon. My friends just don't understand why I don't have any time to invest in friendships right now. It's hard being a juggler! I don't like it at all! School sucks all my time and energy, so there is nothing left for anyone or anything else. At least I only have two more terms to go!
Wednesday, December 03, 2003
It is with a tremendous degree of satisfaction that I sit down to my computer with a glass of wine to update my blog. I have spent almost 30 hours at this computer this week, yet it's like I'm looking at a different computer screen. Actually, I am looking at a different screen-the internet, as opposed to Microsoft Word. I completed my final term paper for Literary Criticism tonight sometime right after 9pm. The title to my essay is The Function of Credibility: the Comparative Evaluation of Literature
I am now officially finished with that class! All I need to do is hand the paper in on Friday and sit through a discussion, and I will be finished. I really hope I get an A. I received a B+ on the mid-term, and tried my best to do better on the final paper. Really, all I did today was go to school, then work on my paper from 1pm to 9pm. Now, I have to read "Editha" and "Desiree's Baby" for American Fiction tomorrow. I'll probably go to bed at 11pm if I finish with my reading by then. Landon is at Grandma's with Danny tonight, so I am only in the company of Felix, Priscilla, my glass of red wine, and my American Fiction anthology.

Tuesday, December 02, 2003
Janssen is home safe and sound! It was good to see him again. Somehow, I had forgotten what he looked like! I couldn't bring to remembrance what he looked like! We had a nice dinner @ Mike & Susan's with Janssen.

I am relieved that Landon is feeling much better due to a trip to the urgent care last night. He was given zithromax and hycodan and is feeling much better. He was coughing every 30 seconds last night (quite badly, I must add), and tonight is hardly coughing at all, so we are convinced he had a bacterial infection.

I spent a few hours this afternoon at Cindy's apartment working on my paper. I'll probably do the same thing tomorrow. It is quiet there, and I can work in solitude, which is how I work best. I bought her some holiday flowers and left them on her kitchen table to show my appreciation for letting me work there, and to show that I value her friendship.

Tomorrow is a new day! I hope something exciting happens!

I'm glad Janssen arrived back safely.


P.S. It is so beautiful outdoors right now. It is dark, and I can hear the sound of rain. It is raining very hard. I just ran outside to the porch. I breathed in the fresh air, and it felt so good all of a sudden to be alive. I felt like Andy Dufresne in Shawshank Redemption when he emerges from the underground sewage many yards outside Shawshank Prison a free man. "Fear can hold you prisoner, hope can set you free" (shawshank redemption screenplay). I feel hopeful tonight. Karli

Monday, December 01, 2003
I registered today for Bible as Literature class, because my Erdrich/Morrison class was cancelled. :(

After quite a struggle to get ready and get to school (I was incredibly tired!) I arrived on time-only to find out that class had been cancelled! I went to the lounge to catch up on some reading, but realized I had fallen asleep reading when my elbow, which was supporting my head, gave way and woke me up with a jolt!

After Linguistics, I came home, and have been working on my paper ever since. I heard from Mike that Janssen is arriving back from Japan tonight. Maybe Landon and I will join them for Mexican food later. Landon isn't feeling well (still), but says he'll go.

After dinner tonight, I might go over to Cindy's for awhile to get my keys from when we were in California (she came to check on the cats, fish, and plants), and drink a glass of wine with her.

It's December 1st!!!

Sunday, November 30, 2003
I got to ride first class today for the first time on the way home! Mike got us bumped up by requesting a flight that left sooner than ours did, and when they could not accomadate OUR REQUEST, then they bumped us up to first class! What a treat that was! I was kind of grumpy before that, because I had to get up at 5am, and I was really tired, but after getting to ride in first class, I was in a pretty happy mood for the rest of the day.

We arrived back in Portland safe and sound to find our kitties happy to see us.

Zac called around 3pm and said they were going to a movie with Mike & Tracy, so I agreed to join them. The movie started at 7:30, so I didn't get home from Sherwood until almost 11pm. Landon was sleeping soundly, and I went straight to bed. I hope Landon is feeling better soon, because he's been sick with a cough for awhile now. We did stop and get him some medicine before we came home from the airport-maybe that will help?
Saturday, November 29, 2003
We were supposed to do something as a group today. Susan and I wanted to go to Sonoma County, but instead we all went to a dog-filled park near the Bay and walked around for about an hour. This was after we ate a delicious waffle breakfast with the best bacon I've ever tasted! After we returned from our walk, we had really good bread with soup made from stock Larry had put together from the left over turkey carcass. It was a really good lunch.

Susan, Mary Lou, Rachel, and I went to downtown Berkeley and walked around inside some really neat shops. Before we knew it, it was time to meet the group at a Chinese restaurant. The food there was SO GOOD!

Tomorrow, it is time to return home-already.

Friday, November 28, 2003
Today, Mike, Susan, Landon, and I rode the BART to San Francisco, and toured all over parts of the city that Landon and I would have never known or thought to check out. Mike showed us where he used to live with Susan when they were in their early twenties. I am glad we were able to escape the tourist areas for the most part, because there were a ton of shoppers, since it was the day after Thanksgiving: sales everywhere! Another neat walk was going up Coit Hill. Mike or Landon (I can't remember which) found a succulant that grows wild down there, and I put it in my bag, hoping to make a household plant out of it when I return.

In the evening, we had leftover Thanksgiving dinner at Mary Lou & Ken's house, and played games and socialized afterwards.

Thursday, November 27, 2003
I was SO tired today, because we had to be at Mike & Susan's at 4am. At 1:30am, I woke up, and could not go back to sleep (no matter how I tried). Because I only got 2 hours of sleep, I was a zombie at Mary Lou & Ken's house for Thanksgiving. I really don't remember too much of what I did on Thanksgiving, being so sleep deprived. By 11:30am, we were at Mary Lou's. At 2:30 or so, we went for a walk around a lake in Oakland before dinner. Dinner was pretty good. Landon and I had to sit at the kids table, which was a little weird. I think they should have let everyone sit wherever they wanted to. I think it was silly to split up the kids from the adults. When I do Thanksgiving dinner, the kids are going to be mixed in with the adults. I don't like it when the kids are seperated from the adults. Oh, well. I very much disliked sitting at the kids table as a kid, and I don't like it any better as an adult. That said, Mary Lou and Rachel made a fantastic dinner, and everything delicious.
It's Thanksgiving Day! It's 3am in the morning, and I only got an hour and a half of sleep last night. I tossed and turned, and Landon still has a cough, so I didn't sleep well at all! I hope I'm not too tired today! We have to be at Mike & Susan's in a few minutes, so I have to go!

Orinda, Oakland, San Francisco, here we come once again!
Wednesday, November 26, 2003
Today was really busy for me! After school, I went to a hair appointment. I tried out a new place called Tres Bon in Beaverton. They did an excellent job on my hair, and I'm very happy with it! I had to fight traffic after the appointment, but finally made my way over to Washington Square Mall, where I went to Meier and Frank to buy a scarf, mittens, and a hat. Finally, I got home, and Landon and I had to do a bunch of laundry for our trip tomorrow! Landon played at Grandma's, and I went with him. Bob Gluckman came by for a little while. Landon and I didnt' get to bed until 11pm! We have to get up at 3am to be over at Mike & Susan's by 4am! It's going to be a long Thanksgiving Day tomorrow.
Tuesday, November 25, 2003
I got my Art History paper back, which the teacher has made the class re-write 3 times. She is a real bear of a teacher. Anyway, I received a 97.5%, so it will be filed away later this afternoon, where I will never look at it again-well, maybe never-we'll see, though.

I just ate an egg sandwich (one of my favorites), and am relishing the idea of all the delicious gingerbread latte's I get to drink Thursday-Sunday. Whenever Landon and I go to California (or any trip for that matter), we spend the most money on coffee (besides lodging, that is). It is always a delicacy we get to enjoy when we travel. Somehow, even when we aren't traveling, I manage to convince Landon to go to Starbucks regardless of how much coffee we have at home, but when we travel, it is a given that we have to go out for coffee.

Anyway, that's all I need to make me feel happy today-thinking about all the Starbucks I get to drink this week. You'd think my score on my Art History exam would make me happy, but no-just the thought of gingerbread latte's on the road with Landon.

Monday, November 24, 2003
I'm getting excited about going to California on Thursday morning. It's kind of weird being married, because the tradition of always being with my family during the holidays is changing, but that's okay. I like change. It's always hard thinking about when my parents won't be around, and then wondering why I'm not spending every holiday with them, but all I can do is spend as much time with them as I can, and balance the responsibilities of being married, by spending time with Landon's family, also. It's always a pleasure visiting with Landon's family, but I always miss being around my family (regardless) during the holidays. I hope I don't get sad about it on Thanksgiving day. I remember one time Landon and I were flying to California on Thanksgiving Day one year, so had Thanksgiving dinner with his family, and since it wasn't done in the same way as my family, I felt really sad and homesick. I hope I don't get homesick this year, but I do sometimes still feel homesick. When Landon and I moved to our new apartment, I started crying because I felt so homesick. The other night when we moved our room around, I couldn't sleep for awhile, and started to feel really homesick. It's really weird how even moving the furniture around can make me feel homesick and sad.

Sunday, November 23, 2003
Read The Awakening all morning and early afternoon. Kate Chopin is one of my favorite authors. She is SUCH a good writer! I love this novel, and have actually read it before. I'm writing a paper on Solitude in this novel. I wrote half of it last night, and I'll finish it today at some point.

Went to bed at 11pm-but, didn't sleep very well. I just tossed and turned all night; I don't really know why.
Saturday, November 22, 2003
Landon and I went and looked at a house on 36th Place & Holgate. It is the house I had looked at earlier in the week. Mike had also gone by and looked at it. It needs a TON of work-actually, there is little to the house that would NOT need work.

We went to Trader Joe's and got some lunchmeat, soy milk, frozen entrees, and bread.

We went home and put the groceries away.

Landon practiced for a little while, then we went to Fred Meyer's so I could get some soil to repot my China Doll Tree. Initially, I wanted to repot the China Doll Tree, because I wanted to get rid of the fruit flies and plant it straight, because it had been planted crooked before. When I pulled the tree from the pot, I found it was completely root-bound. This would explain why it was dying. I called Susan to let her know, and hope she repots hers and cuts off some of the roots, because both of our trees have been doing poorly lately, and I think it is because the trees were root-bound. Hopefully, my tree will start feeling better soon!

Later, I met Sharla and her brother Paul at Nocturnal. We thought the band, Norfolk and Western, was going to play at 8pm. Unfortunately, the opening band didn't even go on until 10:30, so when they went off at 11:10 and said it would be another 20 minutes, I decided to leave. It kind of sucks, because the cover was 6.00, but oh well. I didn't really think Nocturnal was that great, anyway, so probably won't visit there again.

When I got home, I discovered Landon was feeling very poorly. I got him some medicine, and we moved our bed so it isn't underneath the window anymore. The cold draft blows on our faces (especially Landon's) during the night, and as Martha would say, it's not a good thing.

Friday, November 21, 2003
All my studying this week caught up with me today when I fell asleep reading for three hours! I started reading at around 1:30pm, and the next thing I knew, Landon was walking in the door home from work at 4:30! I couldn't believe it, but I guess I needed the rest!

Landon came home with a migraine headache. After he took some medicine, we decided to go to Thai Thai for dinner. I think there was another cook working tonight, because the food was only half as good as normal. Oh, well! You win some, you lose some.

We went to Mike & Susan's and watched Princess Konoke. It was a pretty good cartoon. Mike only watched half of it with us, but Susan, Landon, and I stuck it out until the end.

Landon and I went to Safeway and picked up some groceries we needed for breakfast. It was really icey out!

Our apartment was freezing cold, so we scooted my dresser out from against the wall, and turned on the wall heater. We still didn't sleep well, and were still pretty cold. I hope when we buy a house next year that the house isn't as cold as our apartment during the winter, but I have a feeling it will be. Those older homes are just cold unless you invest the money to put in decent insulation and windows. Sigh!

Thursday, November 20, 2003
My head feels like it can't tolerate any more information! I've been working non-stop the past couple of days. I had to read a novel last minute for a test yesterday, so stayed up really late reading it, then got up really early today to finish it. I had Linguistics homework that was very hard, and I didn't understand it, so it took hours and hours to finish it. At one point I had to hold the tears in, because I felt like breaking down and crying. Oh, the stress!

Next term, I'm taking 20 credits. Everyone says I'm crazy. I wonder if I can actually do this. I want to get 5 A's next term, and 20 credits is an insane amount of work. If I can just get through next term; is it even possible, though?

Felix is getting a lot better. He's still on the laxatives and antibiotics, and meows to me that he's feeling better.

Landon is holding Felix right now like he's a newborn. He's a funny cat.

Wednesday, November 19, 2003
It snowed today! I walked to the bus stop refreshed and happy to see the falling snow. Later today, I met with my advisor. Looks like I'm all set to graduate in the spring; that is, if I can make it through next term at 20 credits, I'll graduate in the spring. Even my advisor looked at me like I was crazy when I told her how I plan to graduate by June, 04. Somehow, I'll manage. She was worried that my GPA will suffer because of it, but I assured her that I will kill myself to get A's, and that she need not worry.


P.S. The cats liked the snow, too; they went crazy.
Tuesday, November 18, 2003
Today was long and dreary. It rained all day. I had a dentist appointment today. I dislike dentists, and spending time at their offices. I dread the bi-annual appointments like I dread the plague.

I went to work, then studied until 11pm.

Monday, November 17, 2003
Miriam had her baby! I'm really happy for her and Mark.

I was sad today about some personal things, but the day went on nonetheless.

I had to work tonight.

I'm happy that Landon and I get to spend the evening together going to Hollywood Theatre for a concert. Maire Egan and Brenda Curtin are playing. There's supposed to be a session afterwards at the Moon, but Landon says he's going to be too tired to go.

Landon and I were still out of coffee (oh, drag!), so we had to go to Starbucks, which I wasn't disappointed at all about. I ordered a GBL and Landon ordered an ENL (see previous post for definitions of GBL and ENL). We then went to Zupan's to get some groceries. We only needed a few things.

We wanted to go see "Master and Commander" today, so we decided we were going to see the 4:15 showing in Sherwood, in the event that Tracy and Mike could meet us there.

I did laundry and read The Damnation of Theron Ware for my American Fiction class until we left. Once we got there, we realized they were almost sold out, and we would have to sit on the front row. We decided to go to Tracy & Mike's and catch the 7:20pm showing, even though it would be twice as expensive. Tracy & Mike and Landon & I went to McMenamins to kill some time before the movie, and Kristi, Zac, and the baby (Ashton) went along, also, since they had been in Portland, and stopped by Tracy & Mike's. We ordered some food (not so good), and each ordered a drink.

The movie was pretty good! I especially liked the storyline about the doctor on the ship and his studies of animals and insects. I thought the movie was very interesting, and definitely worth seeing! It proved to me that I need to brush up on my European history!

Saturday, November 15, 2003
Landon and I went to Starbucks this morning, because we were out of coffee. Plus, we love their gingerbread and egg nog lattes. I've been into gingerbread latte's (GBL's) and Landon has been into egg nog latte's (ENL's) this year. Afterwards, we came home and I read while Landon played his game.

We met Mike & Susan at Thai Thai at 5pm for dinner, then headed down to Baghdad to watch Pirates of the Caribbean. I'd already seen it, but Landon, Mike, and Susan had not. We had a pitcher of beer and shortbread cookies. It was fun. Cindy met us down there, too.

Afterwards, Cindy, Landon, and I met Sharla, Jen, Cheryl, and Beth down at Alberta Street Public House. We only stayed for an hour.

Then, Cindy, Landon, and I rented "The Last Days of Disco" and watched that until about 12:30am. I was VERY tired by the time Cindy left. In fact, I kept falling asleep during the movie.


Friday, November 14, 2003
Landon played tonight at County Cork, and he played very well. I went along, and sat with Jody. I ordered Bangers and Mash, and 2 beers. I broke my rule of only ordering one beer from now on, so I'll have to be stricter with myself next time.

Tomorrow, Landon and I might go look at some houses.

Thursday, November 13, 2003
Landon had his car fixed yesterday, but the engine light came on, which I guess is common if some residue from the cleaning of the parts during the tune up gets on the engine. I guess it triggers the sensors. They also didn't do an oil change, and Landon needed one, so I took the car back to NW Car Care, and studied for 2 hours at Starbucks while they were working on the car.

I called Colleen when I got home, and chatted with her for about an hour, then I made dinner, and then I studied.

That's about all that happened today! I was bummed because with everything going on with school, my mind is a little distracted, and I totally forgot to buy Natalie McMaster tickets for her concert tonight. I feel a little better in that Mike said that she's changed her style a little, and she isn't as good as she was in the old days. I guess she's more rock, and less traditional. A shame, I tell ya! I real shame!

I'm going to bed an hour early tonight!
Wednesday, November 12, 2003
Went to classes.
Had my ODIN account activated at PSU.
Sat in PSU library for 3 hours working on an Art History assignment.
Bused to Sellwood and picked up Landon's car.
Went to New Season's and got vegetables to make a stew.
Made the stew.
Ate the stew.
Sharla came over.
Sharla and I talked for awhile.
Watched Sex & the City.
Talked some more.
Showed Sharla the stained glass I made.
Updated my blog.
Wait, I'm in the present.
Gotta stop now.
Tuesday, November 11, 2003
I got an A on my Art History exam. I'm not even that happy about it. It wasn't fun going through what it takes to get an A. This doesn't mean I'm not going to get A's anymore, but it just sucks studying so hard sometimes-then, you get the A, and you're like-it's just a letter. Who cares? No one does but's just depressing.

I met Sharla for 2 hours this afternoon at Coffee People.

After work, I met Joel & Landon at The Laurelthirst Pub for a little while, then left them there to go home and study. Landon got home at around 11:15pm.

Monday, November 10, 2003
I got an A on my linguistics exam. I had an IPA mid-term today (International Phonetics Alphabet). I had to memorize 40 descriptions of consonants and vowels, and be able to transcribe from phonetics to English, and from English to phonetics. It was hard, but I memorized it, and probably did well. I'm just really stressed out, and tired of working so hard. I feel like I'm hanging on to the end of a rope that is almost ready to slip out of my hands. Karli
Sunday, November 09, 2003
Today I woke up at like 6am and decided I was going to make French Toast for breakfast. I went back to sleep, and woke up at around 8am, and then got up and made French Toast. It is very rare that I wake up feeling something at 6am, and then still feel like it when I wake up in REALITY at 8am. Anyway, I did make French Toast, and it was very good. I always put a dash of almond flavoring in the egg batter, and it tastes very good.

Landon and I got dressed, then went to Starbucks, where I studied the IPA for 2 hours, while Landon read The Plague Dogs by one of my favorite authors Richard Adams, who also wrote Watership Down

After Starbucks, we went to Trader Joe's to pick up some items that Safeway didn't have on our huge shopping trip from Friday night. Having said that, the total at Trader Joe's came to 44.97, even though we were only stopping by for a few things. Groceries really add up, I'll tell ya!

We then headed to Crystal Springs, where we found (once again) that our 3 ducks are no where to be found. We hope they are further downstream in Oaks Bottom, because we can't come to terms with the horrible idea that a dog or raccoon may have eaten them up for dinner. :( Oh, Junior!

We came home, and I studied beaucoup. I made tacos for dinner, then studied some more.

Landon just left to go get "The Italian Job." I can't study anymore. I am losing my sense of well-being, and I need to take a time out. I'm going to get up early tomorrow and study some more before the test, but mentally I'm not doing myself any good at this point. I've already pushed myself last week to the point that I am now officially burned out, so I need to treat myself with care this evening and take a time out, so I don't overdo it and snap in one way or another.

So, Landon is getting a movie, and I'm supposed to be staying home to do the dishes, but in fact I am staying home and writing on my blog. I will go do the dishes now, though, just to stay true to my word.

Saturday, November 08, 2003
We didn't do much of anything the first part of today. At 11:30am, we went back to Children's Exchange (the store we bought things for Miriam & Mark's baby) to buy some clothes for Kaenan. He turned 2 this week. Afterwards, we went to the fish store to get some algae discs for the pleco.

At 3pm, I went to Tualatin to study with my sister Tracy. I have to memorize the International Phonetics Alphabet for a quiz tomorrow, so she was helping me with that, because she has already taken the class.

Landon met me at their condo at 5pm, and then we all went to Pizza Schmizza for dinner (I don't recommend this place). We arrived in McMinnville at about 6:30pm. There were a lot of kids there for the party. It became obvious very fast that 2 years old is too young to have a birthday party. It was okay, though, aside from Kaenan's many temper tantrums.

We didn't get home from McMinnville until 12am. We stayed for a long time. I held the baby for a long time. He's doing really well now, and Kristi is recovering from gall bladder surgery, so hopefully they will both be back to normal in no time.

When we got home, we watched the X files until 1am.

Then, we went to bed.

Friday, November 07, 2003
I was so tired today! All the hard work I put into mid-terms finally caught up with me today, if that is possible. I could hardly keep my eyes open. I left linguistics class early, and headed home. Landon said he wanted to go out to lunch, so I drove out to Tigard, and we went to an excellent Thai restaurant nearby his work. Afterwords, I drove home and slept soundly for two hours. I woke up around 4:45, right before Landon got home. We decided to go grocery shopping. Since we were out of everything, we ended up spending 168.10 on groceries. It's been awhile since we've purchased that much in groceries, although when we lived on Johnson Creek, we used to buy that much about twice a month. Those were the days!

I was still really tired after getting back from grocery shopping. However, I did manage to find enough energy within myself to clean the whole bathroom, sweep and mop all of the floors, pick up around the apartment, and do all of the laundry.

We are now watching Amelie, and will probably go to bed by about 11pm tonight.

Amelie is one of my favorite movies. It's the kind of film you can watch 10 thousand times and notice new details each time you watch it. It is very entertaining. I really like movies (and books) you can watch (or read) more than once. I think if something is worth reading or watching more than once, that is proof that it is something great!

Thursday, November 06, 2003
I aced my Art History exam. I had to memorize almost 50 works. I had to know the description, place, time period, culture, and any and all information associated with the work and the culture. It was very difficult, but I did it! I checked my answers when I got home, and I got them all right. I was very proud of my analyzation of the comparisons between Hesire from his tomb in Saqqara, Egypt, and the Votive Statues from the Square Temple at Eshnunna. I actually had to write a compare/contrast essay on these two works. I am so happy, because I memorized all of this stuff, and wrote it all down correctly on the exam, and was able to synthesize what I have learned into intelligent essays. I tested very well.

Landon made me eat breakfast today, and this helped me to test well, also.

Tonight, I'm not doing any homework! I've worked so hard the past 2 weeks, that I need a night off! I'm so excited to be finished (temporarily) with mid-terms. I have another mid-term on Monday, but then nothing for another two-three weeks.

I'm also getting really excited about our trip coming up in 3 weeks to San Francisco. I'm looking forward to spending some quality time with Landon.

That's all for now!

Wednesday, November 05, 2003
My professor lectured the class for over 30 minutes on the papers he has read thus far. He was very unhappy with the incorrect use of ellipsis marks, italics/quotation marks, and works cited. I am very anxious and nervous about getting my paper back on Friday. I worked so hard on this paper, and I tell myself that whatever grade I get doesn't reflect my hard work or how much I learned, but I know it will greatly affect me. I used ellipsis marks incorrectly. I looked through all of my old papers from the seven years I've been a student, and not once did one professor comment on my incorrect use of ellipsis marks. This prescriptive rule should have been common knowledge to me, however, I thought I was using these marks correctly. What's done is done-at least I now know for the future. I think a lot of people in the class did this, because he lectured us for 30 minutes (way too long in my opinion), and made it clear he was very unhappy.

So, today I have to study very hard for my Art History exam tomorrow. IT is going to be very difficult, and I am dreading it. I just can't wait until this week is over.

I have a phonetics test on Monday-which requires me to memorize the IPA symbols. I also have a big homework assignment due on Monday, as well as a paper for Art History. This weekend (like last weekend) is down the drain so far as entertainment goes.


P.S. Things have now been put into perspective for me by my professor. Here is a copy of the letter I wrote him, with his response.

Professor Iwillnotusehisnamehere:

I am one of your students in Literary Criticism who used the ellipsis marks incorrectly in my mid-term exam. I don't know what upsets me more-the fact that I have never been corrected for using them incorrectly in over four years of college, or that I didn't realize myself that I had been using them incorrectly all this time (I honestly thought I was using them correctly). I just finished going back through all of my papers from MHCC and PSU, and not once (unfortunately) did any professor or TA comment on my incorrect use of ellipsis marks. However, as I open up my copy of Rules for Writers by Diana Hacker, the rules for the ellipsis marks are clearly there.

Anyway, obviously, I'm not going to be using them incorrectly in the future, as I now know! It just makes me angry that a rule as obvious (or apparently as unobvious) as the rule regarding the old ellipsis mark has somehow slipped by me all this time, so that I have now ended up using it incorrectly in one of my senior English classes.


Here is his response:

If it is any consolation, I got nailed on this in my MA thesis.
Tuesday, November 04, 2003
I am so incredibly angry and upset. 10 - 15 guys show up to remove and replace the gutters on the property today. They started at 8am this morning, and when I got home from school, all of my patio plants and furniture were covered with debris, and there were guys in almost all of the windows pounding and removing gutters.

Apparantly, the rental agency is unaware of these entrances to the premises, because the owner is booking all of this work and not letting the rental agency know. They claim these guys are the same ones (they aren't) that were working this summer, and are freaking out trying to get the work done, because the owner is flying in from out of town this week to check up on their progress.

I called the rental agency 3 times today-once in tears because of the havoc on my patio. I cannot study, because this place sounds like a war zone. I am so angry, and I will procede with this legally. They have violated renter rights laws, and have all summer long. Part of the laws state that there has to be a verbal agreement for an entry onto the premises, or a verbal agreement which states they can do so without our consent. There also has to be a "reasonable hours" entry onto the premises, which they have violated all summer long-showing up at 7am and showing up at 9pm-whenever they damn well feel like it-they also enter the basement, which is the BUILDING without any of the renters' consent.

Here is a copy of some of the laws in place. I'm not sure how I will pursue this, but pursue it I will. I refuse to let people reap havoc on my life and not take responsibility for it. Furthermore, they will probably need to compensate us financially for this.

25. Does my landlord have a right to enter the rented space?
Yes, at reasonable times. But the landlord must give a 24 hour verbal or written notice before entering, unless there is a very good reason for not giving you notice, such as an emergency or where you have agreed to let the landlord in without notice. The landlord may give the notice to you or, if it says so in your written rental agreement, the landlord can mail the notice and securely fasten a copy of the notice to your door. (The date on the postmark of the mailed notice is the date that you are officially "served.")

The landlord must also give you notice before entering the yard of a single-family residence, or any other space rented to one tenant. (The landlord is allowed to come on the property to put a notice on the door.)

A repair person hired by the landlord may also enter, but the landlord must first give you a 24-hour written notice which tells you the names of the workers and the work that is to be done.

The landlord and tenant may agree in writing that if theproperty is for sale, the landlord may enter at reasonable times, without giving notice, to show the premises to prospective buyers. Both the landlord and tenant must sign the agreement.

If a landlord enters the property without following these rules, a tenant can sue and ask for damages caused by the entry or one month's rent, whichever is more. (See note on Page 6.)
Monday, November 03, 2003
I heard someone say today on my way into the building I work "Another day..." I must say that this small phrase really bothers me. When people get comfortable with the "Another day" mentality, they are not looking at life in a very positive light. Even if I did feel like it was just "another day," I wouldn't say those words, because those words really go against the way in which life should be lived.

I did very well today on my linguistics mid-term, and feel very confident and happy about my mid-term on authority in Literary Criticism. I'm very excited that my hard work is paying off. On the other hand, I have quite a bit of anxiety regarding my mid-term on Thursday in Art History. Regardless, when it's all over, I'm going to Biddy's on Friday night to hear Funk Shui and party to celebrate the ending of MID-TERMS!! YEAH!!!

Sunday, November 02, 2003
I studied from 10-1pm at Starbucks by Fred Meyer on Barbur Blvd. It's a new one. Landon walked there (while it was snowing) and then helped me study for a little while. Then, we came home and I studied here until about 10 to 5pm, when we left for Mike & Susan's. We ate pancakes and sausage there, then we left for Marcia's party. Mike & Susan stayed for about an hour and a half, and we stayed for another hour after they left. It was pretty fun-we sat and talked to people, and I got to see Geoff and Mikey, whom I haven't seen for quite some time.

We were home by about 8:45, and I studied until about 11. I did take one break from studying at about 10pm to go to Swan Market for an ice cream bar. Sometimes, you just gotta treat yourself right.

I'm very nervous about mid-terms tomorrow.

Saturday, November 01, 2003
I ONLY studied today:

8am-3:30pm-studied Art History NON-STOP!
3:30-11:30pm-read THE BOSTONIANS
11:30-fell asleep exhaused and much smarter than I was yesterday.

Friday, October 31, 2003
It is so cold in our apartment! At the beginning of the week, we set record highs for October, and now we have record lows a few days later? It's crazy, it is!

We didn't do anything for Halloween, and when the trick or treaters came, we didn't have any candy, so they gave us some! It was pretty cool. I didn't have to go trick or treating, but got a candy delivery! Pretty nice, since we only stayed in and watched "Fatal Attraction." I had forgotten what a great movie it is!

Well, I'm still studying like mad. Not much else going on here.

Thursday, October 30, 2003
I am halfway through the ninth page of my paper. I cannot write more than 10, because the professor refuses to read more than the maximum of 10 pages-which means-I'M ALMOST FINISHED!

For more on my paper, see yesterday's post.

Not much happened today other than sitting through 4 hours of lecture, and then sitting for the remaining hours of the day at my computer articulating, formulating, and finally typing my paper.

I'm tired. But, I won't be able to get to bed before at least 12:30 to 1am.

Wednesday, October 29, 2003
I am not as stressed today, because I have been making progress. This progress is happening because I'm working very hard. I will be burning the late night candle tongiht, but I'm hoping to complete or come close to completing this 10 page paper on authority in literature and the treatments of authority in literature by the following critics: Plato, Aristotle, Horace, Linginus, Plotinus, Augustine, Maimonides, Aquinas, Dante, Christine de Pizan, and Mazzoni. This is a very hard paper to focus and articulate my thesis.

Besides this, I need to read 150 pages of The Bostonians by Henry James this evening for American Fiction tomorrow. I cannot lend my thoughts to discussion unless I have read the material.

I finished Hawthorne's The Blithedale Romance, and overall I must admit it was a good book. The narrator was a little too disconnected from the other characters for my taste, but Hawthorne's overall style of writing is very attractive and enlightening.

I must move on-my paper beckons!

Tuesday, October 28, 2003
No comments for today other than I'm overwhelmed and completely stressed out beyond belief over upcoming mid-terms and assignments.

The car accident yesterday did not help matters.

Landon is helping with laundry and housework.

Monday, October 27, 2003
Well, I had a great day today-until I rear-ended some poor couple. It was very much an accident. They started to go, then slammed on their brakes, and somewhere in between them starting to go and my assumption that they did go, and then not looking back a second time to see that they really didn't go, I slammed into them. Their bumper was barely scraped, but it needs to be fixed, and my bumper is the one with the most damage. A claim has been started, and we'll have to pay the $250.00 deductible. It's too bad this happened-my first accident that was my fault. I'm just glad that the couple was nice about it, and that they were not hurt. I called them at home tonight to let them know the claim has been started, and they were really nice about the whole thing. I'm going to be taking my car in for an estimate probably Wednesday.

I did get a lot accomplished today on my paper about the treatment of authority in literature.

Sunday, October 26, 2003
As I said, I drank way too much last night. I was very sick all morning. At around 10:30am, Landon and I left to go look at houses, but I was nauseated and had a pounding headache the whole time. We stopped at Than Thao on Hawthorne and got some coconut soup and salad rolls. I could barely eat my one bowl of soup, and we left to go home. We were going to go see the ducks at the park, but since I was so sick, we just went home. When I got home, I started reading, but then fell asleep. I was woke up at around 1:30pm when Sharla called to see if I wanted to go study in the park with her. I was starting to feel better, and this sounded good to me, so I agreed, and we went to Laurelhurst Park and sat at a picnic table to study. I still had a headache, and was feeling a little nauseated, but was feeling better enough to go out. It was a beautiful day. The sun was shining, and we had an extra hour since we turned our clocks back. The drawback is that it started getting dark at 4pm, so Sharla and I decided to leave at around 4:30pm. Landon was helping Susan teach a violin lesson, and was going to meet us at the park, but when he never showed, we just left. I went home and studied, and started feeling sick again from the night before. Landon and I decided to see "Winged Migration" at Fox Tower at 9:45. It was fantastic! I loved it! I would recommend anyone to see this documentery about the migratory flights of birds. It was very neat. I felt sick during the movie. Landon and I have decided that we're not going to buy beer/wine anymore. We're just going to limit our drinks to one when we are socializing. We hope this will make a big difference. I would like to quit drinkikng altogether, but we want to set a realistic goal for ourselves. So, we'll only drink one when we are going out with friends. After all, it's always the first drink that is the best anyway! I need to cut way back on my alcohol intake. I've been getting really sick lately from drinking too much, and it's not good for my health. So, this is what we're going to do. It's not good to be drinking every night like I do, and then on the weekends I've been drinking too much, and have been experiencing day long sickness, vomitting, nausea, and headaches because of it. Time to make a change!
Saturday, October 25, 2003
Went to Carol Smith's funeral with Cindy early this morning. We had poor directions, so were 30 minutes late. We only caught the last 15 minutes of the funeral, but I'm just glad we found it at all. I would have been upset if we couldn't have found it, because I wanted to pay my respects. It was sad, because there were only 20 people there at the most, and half of them were from work. I would hope there would be more people than that at my funeral. Not that I'll be around to care or see those people, but it is an example of how many people knew you or you shared your life with.

During the afternoon, I studied and worked on finishing The Blithedale Romance. We went over to Landon's parents at 5pm for dinner, and then everyone came over at 6pm-Mattie & Jodie, Gay, Leslie, Miriam & Mark, and their parents. It was a lot of fun. Landon and I had a chance to get to know Mattie & Jodie a lot better, and we had fun talking to them. The only problem is that I drank way too much. I think I had four or five glasses of wine, and then I drank 2 beers. I guess since I was sitting at the table talking to people, I just kept pouring glass after glass after glass.

It was fun giving Miriam & Mark all the things we bought for them. They really appreciated it, and it made me really happy to see Miriam going through all the things we bought for her.

We didn't get home until 12:30am.

Friday, October 24, 2003
Today was a nice fall day. The leaves were falling slowly in the park blocks. Classes were okay today, and I was handed my midterm assignment for Literary Criticism, which will have me buring the midnight candle many evenings this week. It's a tough one, and a 10 page paper at that.

I had lunch with Jen today (my old friend from PBC). She is married to my other good friend from PBC (also from Wales) Matt Williams. We had a nice conversation over bagel sandwiches, and then I took the bus home.

We met my sister Tracy & her husband Mike @ Kenendy School and saw "Once Upon a Time in Mexico." It was okay. Landon liked the movie better than I did. We ate pizza and drank beer during the movie.

Afterwards, we met Landon's co-worker Damien and his wife Laurie at Biddy's, as well as Amy, and ended up hanging out there and drinking beer until about 12:15am. I was glad we didn't stay any later, because I need to get up early tomorrow morning to go to Carol Smith's funeral. Very sad.

It was fun hanging out with Damien, Laurie, and Amy this evening. Funk Shui put on a good show, and it was fun watching people dance. There were some real characters out there!
Thursday, October 23, 2003
Today was a great day. Art History is getting better and progressively more interesting, the weather was beautiful, I felt better physically than I have for the past week, and life is feeling good. Landon had his review, and received a nice bonus, as well as a new salary. I love my husband, I love our cats and our life, and I love the plants and things in our apartment. I love the life we are making for ourselves. I love Portland, and I do love the rain here.

We had Mike & Susan over for dinner tonight. I made a roast, potatoes, and salad, and they brought over the bread, the beer, and the wine. It was a good dinner. I'm glad that Landon has such wonderful parents, and I am blessed to have such nice in-laws, who are really friends, not just in-laws.

After Mike & Susan left we walked to Swan Market and bought ice cream bars, wine, and 1554 beer, which is another one of the Fat Tire beers. They have Blue Paddle, Fat Tire, Porch Swing, 1554, and others...I can't remember all the names. All I know is that I really like this brand of beer a lot!

Now, it's back to the books. I'm happy about how my Intro to Linguistics homework went, and now I have to read some stuff for a class tomorrow morning.

Good night-Ciao Ciao!
Wednesday, October 22, 2003
Well, I'm kind of annoyed. I wrote a huge post, and then went to post it, but I didn't realize I was offline, so I lost the whole damn thing.

I don't think I have the motivation to retype everything I did before. It sure won't come out the way it did the first time. Essentially, I've been working for the past 2 hours to rid our apartment of the fungus gnats, which have thousands of larvae in my dining room plants. They live where the soil is moist. This is why they don't live in my living room plants. The soil dries out between waterings in the living room. In the dining room, the tropical plants all need to be kept moist, and are also misted daily. They are having a hay-day in there.

There are a number of things you can do to rid your plants of fungus gnats. My previous post explained all of these home remedies in detail. I don't have the time to retype it all over again.

I'll let you know if the remedies which will go unexplained here for today work, and how this turns out. All I can say, is I need the gnats to be gone. They are very annoying, even though they don't harm humans or plants. I've heard they look like dragons, though, under a microscope, which kind of creeps me out.

Tuesday, October 21, 2003
I still have a cough, but am feeling even better than I did yesterday, which is good. I hope to be back to normal by the end of the week. School was rough today. During American Fiction, there was drilling and machinery going during class, and we could hardly hear the professor (who by the way is one of the worst teachers I have ever had). Finally, this girl spoke up and said, "I hate to be rude, but this (the noise from the construction) is a little ridiculous." The prof. then dismissed us 10 minutes early, and no one left very happy, because the teacher is boring, and continues to do NOTHING about the noise of construction in the classroom. I mean, it's so bad we can't even hear the professor. I just read and do other things, because I can't even hear him over the noise.

Then, it was off to Art History. I turned in my huge paper I worked all day Sunday on, and then listened to the lecture on New Kingdom Egyptian art. It's a little more interesting than Paleolithic Art.

Things at work are very tumultuous right now. Barbara refused to let Susan come back, and now Jeanne is (regretably) our new manager. A lot of people are very upset about it, but there is nothing that we can do. Those that spoke their mind at the meeting were reemed for doing so, and those that didn't speak up at the meeting should have. I wasn't at the meeting on Friday, because no one let me know there WAS a meeting. I was very pissed I couldn't be there, because I would have said that which is on my mind. This situation was very poorly handled, and they will pay the consequences for their poor decision making. This hospital (I can not divulge where I work online) is going to lose a lot of good employees, and they definitely have already lost a lot of employees' respect and pride in the organization for which they work. It is a shame that people in leadership in organizations such as this one can simply make decisions to the detriment of those beneath them without thinking about ANYONE but themselves and their unjust motivations. It is a real shame.

Well, I'm going to make some chicken noodle soup for lunch, then I'm off to work. I must read half of The Blithedale Romance this evening, so the day is really not even halfway over yet, even though it is nearly 3pm. To get me halfway through this 19th century novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne, I will need to read 160 pages, and won't be able to start doing this until 9pm this evening when I get off of work.

Monday, October 20, 2003
I am so sad. Carol Smith, a very sweet lady from my department, died yesterday. She was in her fifties. I found out when I after I arrived to work, and it was very upsetting to hear the news of her death. We'll miss you, Carol-you were a very nice lady, and you will be missed.
I am feeling much better today. I still have a cough, but physically I feel a lot better than yesterday and last night.

I'm getting a little annoyed with this day and age of computers. Yes, they do serve their purpose, but a lot of people spend as much time or more on the computer than those people do who watch TV. The computer users have only found another distracting habit that takes away from living life to its potential. Now, the computer can be useful in many ways, but I know from first hand experience, and from watching others that in many ways it can be harmful. For one thing, there is the whole chatting online thing, which is a cheap way to communicate with family and/or friends if they live long distances, but then there are the online chats with strangers which lead to internet relationships, which lead to problems. I was reading an article online the other day about symptoms and signs that your spouse is having an online affair. This would include spending long amounts of time on the computer, quickly hiding screens when he or she walks into the room, never wanting to go out or spend long amounts of time away from the computer, etc, etc, etc...

I mean, look at the ways in which I use a computer-I use it for journaling. I am not journaling with paper and pen, but here online. This is useful to me, because I can type very fast, and have found that I journal now, but never kept it up before because it just took too much time to write my thoughts down.

I also use the computer to send/receive e-mails. If I don't get a certain amount of e-mails, I tend to send them out to ensure that I'll get some in return. It is about keeping in touch with people and keeping the lines of communication open. To me, e-mailing is faster than calling someone on the phone, so I tend to use e-mail as my primary mode of communication. When I was younger, I used to use the telephone as my primary mode of communication, and as my secondary mode of communication, it was writing letters.

Thirdly, I use the computer to read the news, and to get information online about certain subjects in which I am interested.

Lastly, I use the computer to update Quicken and my Fertility Awareness Program daily.

I learned from experience how addicting other uses of the internet are. Because of this, I no longer participate in online chats with strangers and am very opposed to internet dating. What happens is you become unnaturally connected to people. You feel guilty if you cannot check the posts at least several times per day. When I say unnaturally connected, I mean that the relationship (s) progress at a much faster rate than they would in real life. This is one reason I am highly opposed to internet dating. You tend to divulge too much of yourself to someone (s) that you have never met. Because of this, you feel intimately bound to these relationship (s). I do not feel this is a good thing. If you compare how people behave online to the way they behave in real life, chances are you'll see two different behavior patterns. For example, one person might be very introverted in real life, but online he or she divulges all to perfect strangers, but can't seem to do that with the friends and family all around them. This goes without mentioning that the hours upon hours in which one spends online is time spent AWAY from those family and friends. This also goes without mentioning that time online is time you are spending in your own little world. Now, we ALL need those things to help us to zone out every once in awhile, but there does come a point when too much is too much. A good book can draw you in and help you to live in a different world (the world inside the book) for a little while. Television also helps one to zone out. The computer is another one of those ways in which we zone out. The question you have to ask is when is too much too much? When you get to the point where you'd rather sit on the computer all day than motivate yourself to do anything else, is this the point where you ought to draw the line?

I used to chat online with my x-boyfriend for hours upon hours every single day. It was a long distance relationship, and to tell you the truth, the total days we spent together probably amounted to one month total. However, the hours and hours we spent online together totaled over a year. So, over a year, I was online for hours and hours every day, and not living my life. I will never get the year I was 22 back ever again. What I found out at the end of what I call an internet relationship (we did not meet online, but our relationship was restricted to the chat rooms due to distance), was that all I had was a set of falsehoods. Who I was online was not who I was in real life, and who he was online was not how he was in real life. Why do you think people freak out when the person they've been talking to online wants to meet? It's because they are scared that the person they've been talking to won't be the person they've been talking to online, and vise versa. It is also because you realize that this person you've been talking to online knows a hell of a lot more about you than anyone one else on the planet (which gives you a false sense of intimacy with that person), and all because you were talking to a fricking computer monitor-not a live person. Because this person knows so much about you, it is scary to think about seeing someone (who you may or may not have ever met personally) who knows quite a lot about you eye to eye. To me, this is NOT a natural form of closeness between two people.

When you're online, you're typing the part of your persona which you want the person on the other end of the communication to see. They can't see anything else but the part you let them see by what you type. In real life, no matter how you try to hide who you are from friends and family, the parts of you that are supposedly hidden do rise to the surface in unconscious movements of the body and insinuations in language, which slowly reveal to others parts of who you are. One thing that is dangerous about online relationships is that you are only divulging the one part of yourself that you know will spark what you want to get back in return.

Bottom line-I feel that groups which help to provide information that you are seeking are helpful. However, I do not believe that online friendships or lovers are a positive. This activity does not teach you to live. It does not teach you anything about being a social person. It is just you and your monitor. It's the same as talking to yourself with the person of your choice online who fits your ideal of the "perfect" listener or the "perfect" significant other, etc, etc, etc. Yes, it can be dangerous if you are stupid enough to let an internet relationship destroy your marriage or your life, but my primary concern is that it does not teach people to be honest with people who are IN THEIR LIVES. It does, however, condone opening up to people through a mode of communication in which there is not a person sitting across the table from you and looking you in the eye. This mode of communication condones PARTIAL expression of self to the unknown. I say partial, because the "unknown" does not see you day to day. That is, the people to whom you are engaging in heart to heart conversations with do not see the whole of who you are. They only see the part you type to them, and this is minus your living breathing self which in and OF ITSELF divulges quite a lot of information to anyone around you. No matter how hard you try to hide insecurity, for example, it becomes apparent in one way or another to those around you. It is pretty easy to hide insecurities when typing to a computer monitor.

All this to say, I am getting more and more disappointed with the engagement by many members of society in online chats and chatrooms that do not facilitate growth of a person as a part of community with others. Time online is time spent away from community. Yes, you can argue that chat groups are their own community, but are they really? Don't they take away from real life community, which is you and those around you (not those scattered all over the world logged into your chat group)?

What I'm trying to say is that it makes me angry when I hear people pursuing friendships online instead of in real life. It is almost like these chat rooms breed insecurity, because it makes you feel like you have friends who really know you, and then you are content to sit at your computer all day without actually going out and making a real friend in the world (or for that matter BEING a real friend to someone in the world). The people online that give you a sense of friendship and "being cared about" are not people you will probably ever meet. Even if you did, you probably wouldn't like them in real life, because their real life character would sharply contrast to what you interpreted them to be online. And, at the end of it all, you have nothing in the end, because who looks back and remembers the best internet friend they ever had? No one. People remember friends that can hug them and go out to coffee with them and smile at them and love them for who they are in person, not for who they are online. If you are really honest with yourself, you will realize that you don't really care deep down about the people behind the screen names online, but you do care about the people you can touch-those in your community and your family/friends.

Today, I condemn the internet and chat rooms, chat groups to the place of no return, and say this:
Why not the library?
Why not a phone call instead of an e-mail?
Why not a real life friend instead of a computer monitor?
And, why not be a friend to someone around you instead of putting those online above those that you love most?

Plato said representation was two removes from reality. To me, the relationships made online are definitely two removes from reality, and, in fact very far from reality.

We need to be approaching and striving for reality, not falling away from it as we approach something far removed from reality, which is, in fact, approaching the fictitious.

Sunday, October 19, 2003
I was so sick today. I got up at 7am, checked my e-mail, then realized I was still pretty drowsy from the Nyquil I took last night, so I went back to bed at about 7:45, and slept until 10am. When I got up, I worked all day on a Art History paper. It was so boring, but it had to be done. When I finished, it was about 8.5 pages (about 2500 words). I finished the paper at around 2:30pm, then laid down with a splitting headache. I fell asleep, then Landon woke me up. I went and took a hot shower to help me to feel better, then we left to go to Landon's parents for dinner & a movie, which we've been doing on a pretty regular basis now. Either Landon's parents (I'll call them Mike & Susan) come over to our place, or we go over to their house. Tonight, Mike made soft tacos. I didn't think I'd eat anything, but I did manage to put down one soft taco. I haven't eaten anything in the past two days aside from a few fruit leathers for some energy and I did manage to eat some chicken noodle soup this afternoon, and then of course, the soft taco. We watched Raising Victor Vargas. It was okay. It was entertaining. I never got bored or distracted during the movie, which is a good sign it wasn't that bad. I'm feeling really sick right now, so Landon and I are going to go home (I'm waiting for Mike & Landon to finish watching 60 minutes) and go to bed. I'm going to take some Nyquil. I sure hope I feel better tomorrow. My head feels like it's going to explode, I have a splitting headache, horrible cough that hurts my throat every time I cough, and chills. I have to go to school tomorrow regardless of how I feel, so that is why I want to go to bed now. If I get some good sleep tonight and take care of myself, I'm hoping my body will pay me back by letting me feel better tomorrow. I have to go for now. This weekend has come to an end. Ciao.
Saturday, October 18, 2003
I am so miserably sick.
The sore throat progressed into congestion/sinus pressure/cold/stuffy nose. Pretty much everything you can think of. It isn't even like a "normal" cold-it's like the worse kind. I was up all night because I couldn't breath. I had to sit up a lot to breath, which meant I couldn't sleep. I took a hot bath when I got out of bed in the morning, and then read for about 3 hours with Landon. We then went over to Landon's parents to go baby shopping for Miriam & Mark. We found a 2nd hand store that had very very nice things. We got them a LOT of nice stuff for only 130.00. Probably close to 20 outfits, as well as a carseat and a baby sling for walking. They are going to be excited when they receive all the nice things we are all pitching in to give them.

Landon and I came home to find the Oil Can Henry check in the mail, which was a great relief. I was beginning to wonder if we'd ever see that money.

Tongiht, we went out with my family for Shelly's birthday. Everyone was about 30 minutes late, so Landon and I ended up sitting outside for a long time waiting. We were finally seated, and shortly thereafter everyone arrived except for Kristi & Zac. They showed up over an hour late, because they stayed behind to nurse the baby. When they arrived, Kristi got upset that we'd ordered without waiting for them. I got very angry about this, because Landon and I had been waiting (very hungrily I might add) for over an hour, and to have someone be so selfish really upset me. Not only that, but they didn't say anything to me about the photo album I made for them and sent to McMinnville, which really hurt my feelings. I put a lot of time and energy into that and other things I have done for them, and I feel like my efforts are not appreciated. It is not a good feeling.

After the Spaghetti Factory fiasco, we drove quickly to Sherwood to catch a movie. We saw Intolerable Cruelty, which was slow, and in my opinion not very good. It was okay. I guess it's worth seeing once, but not for $8.00 at a theater that doesn't hand out student discounts.

I was miserable all through dinner, barely touched my food. In fact, all I ate today was three fruit leathers and two or three tortellini shells from my dinner plate, and a few bites of my salad. I'm just not feeling well, and my appetite is completely gone. All through the movie I was coughing and wheezing, and I had taken medicine right before the movie, which didn't seem to help at all. I'm going to take some Nyquil tonight, and I am hoping this will help me to sleep (somewhat) soundly.

Today was a good day, aside from being sick, but tonight was not very fun. Waiting all that time at the restaurant when you are sick, and then having the people who were late get mad because we didn't wait longer to order really upset me. Yeah, I know-you can't control how other people behave-you can only control your reaction. Whatever. Tonight, my reactions (feeling hurt and angry) was pretty darn hard to control.

Regardless, Happy 22nd Birthday, Shelly.
Friday, October 17, 2003
Hello Hello! Today, I woke up with a sore throat and symptoms of a cold.
After classes, I went grocery shopping. I bought food at Trader Jo's, and non-foods at Safeway. I also had to buy the coffee creamer at Safeway, because they don't have coffee creamers at Trader Jo's. After spending 140.00 between the two places, I came home, carried all of the groceries in the house, and put them away.

Tonight, Landon, Danny, and Zac are playing at County Cork. It should be a good gig. There was some stress earlier when Landon received an e-mail from Brongaene saying the original guitar player who was lined up (Bob) cancelled, and that Landon would be playing with Zac only. I called Cary Novotny and asked if he could find someone else to play with Landon. Luckily, Danny O'Hanlon was able to play. Landon and Danny already play together on Wednesday nights, so they are comfortable playing with each other, and I'm looking forward to the gig tonight. It's especially nice because Landon's parents are coming, as well as my sister Tracy & her husband Mike, and their daughter Haelie, some friends of Susan's, my friend Amy, some of Landon's co-workers, and maybe Sharla and some of her friends. Landon might have quite the audience!!!

We still haven't been reimbursed from Oil Can Henry's for my radiator. Every time I call the woman in the head office, she gives me some excuse, like-oh, I thought the checks were cut on Wednesdays, but it turns out they are cut on Thursdays. Then, Friday rolls around, and there's still no check in the mail, so I call back only to hear her say, "I thought it would be mailed Thursday, but as it turns out, the President gets the checks on Friday, and I dont' know if he's going to sign them today. This shit has been going on for 2 weeks now, and I'm getting really annoyed and border line angry about it. She is one of those people who tell the customer what they want to hear to get them off of her back, but what she doesn't realize is she is only going to have the customer on her back more by lying about the check in the first place. Uggghhhhhh...she is SO annoying! We'd better get the check tomorrow, but based on the history of this ordeal, I really doubt we will.

Oh, the woes of dealing with so called "customer service reps."
Thursday, October 16, 2003
Today was uneventful. Still doing lots of homework every day.

In Art History 204 today, I started shaking and feeling very sick. This was because I had only eaten one piece of toast for breakfast, and as it was nearly 2pm, my body started reacting. Usually, I'm fine until I get out of Art History, but not today! I had to leave class 10 minutes early and run to get some food. I could barely walk down the stairs of Neuberger, because I was so shaky! Once I get like that, it takes an hour or two until I start feeling better, even after I do eat food.

I was unable to go grocery shopping this afternoon, as I've been working on my linguistics homework. So, tonight it looks like I'm going to have to slap something together out of a lot of different things. We have broccoli, French fries, bagels, tuna fish, a little cheese, and some salad (no dressing). Hmmmmmm.....I think I'll make tuna melts on blueberry bagels with some undressed salad and some steamed broccoli! If we're still hungry, we can always make those French fries that have been in our freezer for about six months.

Alright, time to get back to linguistics.

Wednesday, October 15, 2003
Today has been a good day. I'm a lot less stressed, and I've accomplished a lot this afternoon in regards to my homework. I still have quite a bit of reading to do this evening, but as long as it's reading (not typing papers or working on the art project), I can sit on the futon with the cats, and drink wine, and just focus on reading closely. Reading closely is very important as an English major.

I'm starting to spend time pondering what vocation I am most interested in pursuing next year. One thing that is cool is that I found out I'm only 800 hours away from owning the retirement account Providence has been slowly building for me over the past four years. I didn't even know I had a retirement account, but I found out today that I have four vested years. The guy with the retirement program was very nice to me, and now all I have to do is work 800 hours next year (2004), and I will be all set to quit, collect, and begin a career doing something else. I'm pretty excited about the fact I'll get to walk away from Providence with an extra $6,000.00 (maybe a little less, maybe more).

Other than that, Landon and I just returned about an hour ago from NW Car Care, where we picked up his car. They had told Landon on the phone it would be 800 (plus a little extra for a part or two), and then when we got there, they said it was 950.00. We told them what the guy quoted us on the phone, and I guess the guy who did the work and the guy who called Landon got their wires crossed, but since the guy said 800 + a little extra, they had to give it to us at that price, instead of the price of 950.00, which I guess it truly cost. So, after signing over most of one of our paychecks, we are now back home.

We just finished eating dinner. I made egg salad sandwiches (on toasted wheat bread), tomato soup (with a little Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top), and fresh spring salad with mini-tomatoes, and ranch dressing (Landon accidently left our basalmic vinaigrette at work, so I had to resort to my 2nd favorite-ranch). It was a pretty good dinner.

I am now shutting down the computer, and going over to the futon to finish reading Charlotte Temple and I plan to drink a glass (or two) of white wine. That's all for now!

It's been a good day!

P.S. Highlight of the day-realizing my car keys were left in my car that Landon used today since his was in the shop, and having to climb up a tree and through the window of our apartment to get inside. Luckily, the safety lock was unlocked, so I was able to open the window far enough to actually fit my body through the window and into the apartment! It sure scared Felix seeing me crawl through the window!
P.S.S. 2nd highlight of the day-passing one of my professor's in the hallway and having him make eye contact and smile at me. That kind of made my morning that he remembered I was one of his students, and also took the time to smile. It's the little things that count.

Okay, that's really all for now!
Tuesday, October 14, 2003
Well, this is the beginning of the third week of the term, and school is definitely starting to get stressful. Stress always affects my body in a number of ways, and I am already seeing and feeling the effects of the stress. The next 24 hours are going to be stressful for me, because I have a paper to write, a book to finish reading (I'm only 1/3 of the way through), and 20 or so pages to read of Augustine (early philosopher).

Today is the dreaded Tuesday (also Thursdays), where I watch the clock as my professor drones on and on about Neolithic Egyptian Art. Not my cup of tea. I hope she sees the big word ENGLISH major next to my name when she grades my exams, so she'll know why I might have trouble recalling these terms, as I'm not an art historian, and have no intention or desire to know or retain what an art historian knows. Well, I'll retain what I have to for the exam, but prehistoric art is very ambiguous, because we don't know a lot of why they made this art, or what a lot of it means. It is really boring to me. I think I would have enjoyed studying any art from the past 400 years, but prehistoric is just plain boring to me. I can't even pretend to like it.

So, here we are. It is 2:40pm, and I need to finish eating lunch, do some quick reading, then head to work. Tonight and tomorrow will be very busy (and stressful) for me.

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