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!!!

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