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It’s been too long…

So what’s been happening with me??????  Life.

 

I survived my last week of class, complete with turning in three portfolio’s of my entire semester’s work, a paper, and an anthology which I co-edited for a poetry class.  It was hectic, and I’m so glad it’s over.  Now, all that’s left is exam week (dun…dun…dun…).  But honestly, I only have one exam this week, so I can’t complain.  It’s on Wednesday and then after that I’m done!!!! 
On Sunday I will be a college graduate.  I’m so excited!!  Then after that,  I am all wedding.  Which means that I need to get crackin’ on last minute stuff.   Flowers, decorations, music, etc.  There’s a huge list. 

 

So until I’m done with school, I’ll be neglecting writing on here…wish me luck!  🙂

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Spring Break Isn’t Coming Fast Enough

I think that I should have given up complaining for lent, but then, what would I write about?  I’m getting so behind in school work simply because I just don’t care.  Terrible attitude, I know.  But seriously, as long as I graduate, I really don’t care about my grades.  I could get C’s in all my classes and still be above a 3.0.  So what’s to stress about?  WELL…I am stressing.  I feel like as soon as I get ahead in one class, I get behind in another, like I can’t catch up.  Quizzes, oral exams, poems, papers, short stories, online quizzes, yada yada ya.  I feel like I’m buried in papers and can only come out to breath when it’s time to eat. 

 

This morning, I walked three miles at the gym.  I didn’t read the latest gossip in Us, or People.  Instead, I read 75 pages of text for a class.  It was actually nice.  I didn’t notice how much I had walked, and I got school work done.  So, I burned over 300 calories reading :).

 

I also need to organize my notebook.  That is my big plan for tonight (after class, of course).  This way, I know what is in there, what I need to find and what I need to throw away.  Organization is important to me, so I need to get organized to make it through this week.

 

Next week is Spring Break, and I am purposely not going ANYWHERE.  I’ve never gone on a trip during Spring Break, and it didn’t seen necessary this semester either.  I mean, I can save money, not get plastered, therefore remember my break, get wedding planning done, and laundry, and hang out with friends.  I hope that it will be a relaxing time, and that I will get a lot done (and I’m not looking at school work one bit).

 

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On another note, I went to the library last night.  I had to return a book, and I checked a few out as well.  February was missions month at church and I taught “facts” about Africa to the kids.  I decided that I want to learn more about Africa.  I took a course called “The Introduction to the African Experience” but I honestly didn’t get much out of it (that I can remember).  But teaching these kids really got me interested.  So, I’m starting with Angola.  I got two books out last night on Angola, and I’ll let you know soon how it goes.  Then, I will continue through the countries. 

 

Also at the library, I checked out a movie called “Super Size Me”.  Oh my goodness!  Brent and I watched it together last night, and then this morning my mom and I watched it again.  If you haven’t seen it, I advise you to see it.  It really opens your eyes to the disgustingness of fast food.  Parts of it are gross (he throws up, they show a gastric bypass surgery, etc).

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Life in College

When I was a freshman, (holy crap that was four years ago), I started an email newsletter entitled “Life in College”.  I sent it to my family and friends, and they really enjoyed it.  In fact, when I see my family, they always ask when I’m going to send them another “Life in College”.

 

Well, here it is…

 

It’s sad that this could potentially be my last “Life in College” letter.  Maybe I’ll write one at the end of the semester to tell you how it went.  Then, maybe I’ll start a letter called “Life in Marriage”, or “Life with Brent”, etc.  But for now, here is what’s happening in my life.

 

Family:

My family is doing well.  Mom is in college working on her nursing degree, and dad is still doing his usual.  Ed & Nicole are doing well, Nicole is in school also, and graduating in March!  Carson and Amber are well, she is back from Hawaii.  Overall, we’re all keeping warm and working…trying to earn the big bucks 🙂

 

School:

I’m graduating in May (3 months!).  I will have an English degree with a concentration in Creative Writing.  AKA, I’ll never find a job here in Toledo.  This semester I have a really good schedule.  I’m taking a workshop in Poetry, a class called Writing the Short Story, an independent study in poetry, Spainsh 4 and……water aerobics!  Wahoo!  I’m really enjoying myself.  I have been reading and writing ALOT, but I’ve been learning and applying myself.  I’ve had more coffee so far this semester than all others combined…  I ended last semester (Fall) with a 3.3 GPA.  Not what I wanted, but not bad either.  I have a cumulative of 3.2.  Not bad either.  I’m so excited to graduate and only have a job…working and doing school is too much.

 

Work:

I still work at the Law school, and I am currently selling Pampered Chef.  Since I can’t clean houses due to my rediculous knee injury (I’ll focus on that in the next category), I decided to pick something else up, and Pampered Chef is absolutely amazing!  I love my team, and I really like doing this!  Because I’m a student, I can only work 20 hours at the Law school, so the Pampered Chef brings me to almost 30 a week!

We are both currently looking for jobs.  I will probably end up teaching…but who knows where God will lead me.  Brent is so talented and has an amazing resumee, so hopefully God blesses him with an amazing job, which he totally deserves.

 

Stupid Rediculous Knee:

I had knee surgery in June, and was scheduled for a second one in December.  Well, my insurance is stupid and decided that they wouldn’t pay for it.  Basically, I need a complete knee replacement.  My surgeon was going to try and buy me about ten-twenty years by doing a Carticel implantation for the second surgery instead of the knee replacement.  But, now I’ll have to wait until I get married to see if that insurance will cover it.

 

Wedding:

I pretty much can’t wait to be married.  In a month (March 15) Brent and I will celebrate our 6 year dating anniversary.  Yes, we have been together more that 1/4 of our lives :).  But it has been the best 6 years of my life.  I have no doubt in my mind that I am marrying the most amazing person ever. 

Plans are going well.  We have our hall, caterer, my dress, bridesmaids dresses, decorations, guest list, etc. done.  Grandma is making my veil.  This Saturday we are cake tasting!  🙂  It’s been such a blast.  Brent helps make all the decisions.  He is so great.  We’re both pretty easy-going, so it’s been so easy to make decisions.  We agree about a lot, and it has been such a blessing.  Planning this wedding has really shown me that we are going to be a great team.  He is such a great man.

 

Nina:

I of course couldn’t forget the doggy.  🙂  She’s great.  About 9 pounds now full grown.  She knows all the tricks in the book.  She’s a lot of fun and very smart.

 

Did I forget anything?  I hope not.  So, that’s what is going on in my world.  I love you all and I will do this again at the end of the semester (yay! end of the semester!)

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Scripture reading for wedding…check!

I know that eeevvvveeerrryyyyoooonnneeee chooses I Corinthians 13 as their passage for the scripture reading for their wedding.  But, I memorized this in Bible quizzing at church (sure, call me a dork), and I am in love with it.  I found this version…”The Message” and while I choose to read NIV (New International Version) during study, I find this version of I Corinthians simply wonderful.  Now I just need someone to read it 🙂

 

1 Corinthians 13

The Way of Love

 If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

   Love never gives up.
   Love cares more for others than for self.
   Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
   Love doesn’t strut,
   Doesn’t have a swelled head,
   Doesn’t force itself on others,
   Isn’t always “me first,”
   Doesn’t fly off the handle,
   Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
   Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
   Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
   Puts up with anything,
   Trusts God always,
   Always looks for the best,
   Never looks back,
   But keeps going to the end.

 Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.

 When I was an infant at my mother’s breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good.

 We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!

 But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.

 

:)…my favorite part…”We are bankrupt without love.”

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What do I do next?

In the past week, I’ve had nearly everything in my life crumble to the ground.  So I wait, and seek God’s guidance, because I don’t know what else to do………

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Jesus bring the rain…

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To You From Me

Someday we’ll sit and watch the sun set

On a day that we wore out.

You’ll hold my hand and kiss my closed eyes

And I’ll wish for tomorrow to delay its arrival.

The dusk will be our guide;

The dawn our admirer.

And we will be.

 

~289 days~

🙂

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This class is for liars?

I’m taking a writing fiction class; a workshop.  The first line of the syllabus reads as follows:

 

“This class is for those who have been (or would like to be) a good liar.”

 

“Well,” I thought, “I dont’ want to be a good liar, and I especially don’t want to practice being a liar.”  I couldn’t believe that she would say that, that our class would revolve around writing lies.  I was disturbed, and as a “wanna-be-poet,” I don’t write very much fiction.  So I decided to take her explination and try to write a story/character without lying.

 

Well I’ve discovered that she wasn’t entirely correct with the statement.  We’ve done numerous assignments, and none of which I have had to lie.  Nor do I think that any of my classmates have had to.  It’s more like making things up, and telling a story.  I don’t say that my characters are real (though I did write about a friend today…and it was what I imagined their life to be like, not a lie about what their life is).  I don’t flaunt my fiction writing around as truth, but as a story because…after all…it’s fiction.

 

What I don’t understand is people who take thier fiction writing and call it “non-fiction.”  It’s not fair.  We will never know if those circumstances happened in their lives, if they are completely making a story up, or if they put just one element of truth in to consider it non-fiction. 

 

This whole fiction thing amazes me.  I’m continuously intrigued, and I participate in the workshop, and put my best work forward…

 

without lying.

 

Maybe I’ll post some of my peotry up on here.   This summer/beginning of school has been a major writing breakthrough for me.  I’ve written so much over the past four months.  I’ll try to be brave enough to put some up…

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