30 December 2005

Kids, Planes, and Spanish Movies

Yay. What a great day. Started the day with coffee with a wonderful friend. An hour and 15 minutes later, we were caught up on life. She loves me and understands me, and I love having her in my life.

Then pursued making Chex Mix and Lemon pie. For the record, I messed up on the pie. Attempt #2 will be tomorrow. I wasn't quite logical in my baking thinking, so the pie ended up a little screwy. But it looked beautiful, so I know it will work out next time.

Afterwards, and outing with my dad around town. And then came home. My Mp3 player arrived via UPS today. I was uber excited - it wasn't supposed to come until next week some time, and now it's here. Yay! Some issues with my computer, but it for sure works on Dad's, so I know I'll get some music on it before I leave.

Then I watched "Abre Los Ojos" (Open your eyes), the movie which inspired Vanilla Sky, with my aunt. It's a crazy movie that messes with your mind, but I really liked it. Definitely need to watch it a few more times, but it was still great. And, it's in Spanish with English subtitles. From a language lover, that it the ideal movie to watch.

Afterwards, I helped my mom get ready for our final Christmas party. Then the party ensued. Corn chowder was my soup of choice for the meal (yum!), and there was great bread as well. Afterwards, tiramisu for dessert (mmm...chocolate and alcohol...). Then cards galore - lots of Rook playing. Actually went well for me this time around - took some bids and didn't get set!

Also spent a lot of time running around with the kids. One of the boys is a kid I work with at work but he's also a great family friend - he and I get along so well :) So, we played with my camera phone and laughed and tickled and ran around and did all sorts of fun stuff. And he "helped me play Rack-o". Yippy what fun.

So, another late party, another long day, and I find myself tired, once again, ready to sleep a little before another long day and late party. Tomorrow promises taking down Christmas decorations, trial #2 of lemon pies, packing, shopping (?), and a kickin' New Year's Eve party. If you're in town and want to come, you're welcome to join - the house is going to be crazy, for sure, but it will be a good time.

Then, at 2:45 in the morning, we leave for Omaha. To fly to Connecticut! Yay!! Connecticut! I am so excited to finally be going - something that's been in the works for a month now, and it's finally near - and - I may have actually succeeded in packing light for once. We'll see how I fare once I get there, though :)

To bed, to bed, to bed I said.


It's been a full day, that's for sure. Went to Sioux Falls with my mom and aunt. We went to Savers, Target, out to HuHot to eat, and we went to go see The Family Stone. Not super awesome, but it was alright.

Then, we came home and went straight to the Van Wyk's. There, we had pizza, coffee, dessert, hung out awhile, and then we played Court Whist. What a great time that was. It's a great game, full of changing rules, changing partners, and lots of laughter. There's even a round where you lose points if you talk during the round. Difficult, but I made it through. I ended up with 2 candle holders with votives - very nice decoration for the basement table, if I do say so myself.

Tomorrow is sure to satisfy as well. I start out with coffee with a dear friend - I'm looking forward to plenty of time to talk and catch up. It's been August since we actually saw each other. Then it's spending time making chex mix and the like - probably cleaning, packing, and all sorts of stuff. Then I might go see Chronicles of Narnia with my aunt. I haven't decided if I want to see it or not. All I've heard is good, but I'm not sure if I'm wanting to see it or not. We'll see what I decide. Then another Christmas party at night. That's sure to be good as well, with good soups and breads and time to enjoy each other. Lots of card playing is guaranteed - better hone up on my Rook skills.

Now I'm just waiting for a cell phone call to assure the family that Michael and Heidi made it back to Sioux City safely after a somewhat disgusting drive back. So, it's randomness and mindlessness until they call.

Hope you're safe and warm and happy. I am.

27 December 2005

Snippets from the weekend...

- "But the bumblebee did not read the report."
Heard as we were scanning for KDCR on the radio...the only part we heard on the station.

- "They're full of it!"
Also heard on the radio station. A vehement man speaking of weathermen.

- When we were in Vegas... Mom: "Speaking of 16 people in one bed..."
No explanation needed here.

- "I got a wedgie and it felt good!"
Trivial pursuit. Said by a dear friend of the family, Lyle. He surprises me every time words come out of his mouth.

- "Merry Christmas!"

- Walking a frozen lake...walking on water?
Lake Okoboji. Completely frozen. We pretended we were walking on water.

- Becoming a thief...(for one hour)
Here's the long story. On Christmas day, we had my grandparents over for Christams dinner. Then, my mom and I drove down to Sioux City to pick up my Aunt Becky. When we got there, we went to get gas before we drove up to Okoboji. Jack called right before we pulled up to the gast station, so my mom stayed in the car to talk to him. I pumped the gas and my aunt went in for some food, since she'd had none on the plane. I assumed she was paying for the gas and she assumed I was paying for the gas. We drove off. An hour later, my mom asked who had paid for the gas. We discover no one had paid for the gas! Appalled, my mom called 411, got connected to te Kum & Go, and paid for the gas. But not before we felt like thieves and wondered what would happen...

an additional note...rumor has it it's not the easiest thing to just post on the blog. I've explored, and here's what you can do. When you click on comments, you have the option on the right hand side to post. Go ahead and post. Underneath, choose the button "other" as how you're posting - you can just stick your name in (no need to put in your website unless you want to) and it should work. Let me know if it does/doesn't work.

Hope your Christmas was exciting and blessed, all at the same time. :)

24 December 2005

Feliz Navidad!

Merry Christmas all! May you be blessed by the Savior's birth. Comments on my life to come at a later date and time. Enjoy the holiday, enjoy the family, enjoy the mirth - enjoy Jesus!

23 December 2005

Which of Santa's Reindeer are You?

You Are Comet

A total daredevil, you're the reindeer with an edge!

Why You're Naughty: You almost gave Santa a heart attack when you took him sky diving

Why You're Nice: You always make sure the sleigh is going warp speed

22 December 2005

Battery Acid

So, I've been doing some interesting research work. And when you're done, you'll likely say, "Wow, this is all she does with her time during break? Sad."

So, anyway, a few weeks ago, I attempted to take my laptop to Minneapolis to get some much needed work done on a paper. Sadly, riding in the car, I pushed the power button and it proceeded to turn on and then back off again. Ticked, I put it away and charged it up when we got to the house we were staying at. Then, on the way home, it lasted a whole 20 minutes before crapping out again. Later that week (during dead week, of course), it lasted a victorious 30 minutes before dying on me.

So, despising the battery, I discover from my dad that it will cost over $100 to replace the battery. Eww, I sigh, and decided to just deal with the power supply and not get a new battery. I'm cheap.

But then, this week, he informs me that they just replaced about 4 batteries on laptops at work and the laptops happen to be the same kind as the one I have. Victorious, I think. He brings the 4 "dead" batteries home, saying he's suspicious one may actually be good, but they replaced all 4 anyway. So, I go to work. I make a database, charge up the first battery, stick it in, and go without the power supply. The results?

Battery #1: Lasts 1hr, 5 min. Better, but not great.
Battery #2: Lasts 2 hr, 34 min. Amazing.
Battery #3: Lasts 2 hr, 27 min. Still quite amazing.
Battery #4: Lasts 1 hr, 55 min. What?!
Battery #5 (mine): Lasts 3 minutes

Okay, so, turns out that 3 out of the 4 batteries that I was given to test were actually quite good. Yup. But 2 days worth of testing reveals this: I might get a battery that's in almost perfect condition out of the deal for way less than I would pay for an actual new one.

So, that's my sad life and where I have fun...conducting tests on battery life. This may explain why I enjoy doing things like watching MythBusters.

Happy Birthday!!

It's my Mom's birthday today. Happy Birthday, Mom!!

In other news, it's still a great time to be on break...getting lots done - I now officially live downstairs with none of my stuff up in the old bedroom. Hoping to "sleep in" tomorrow - although, that probably means about 10:00ish for me. That's a late morning.

Christmas is almost here. There are 2 packages under the tree that came in the mail for me - one from FedEx and one from Amazon.com. They're from Jack. I'm dying to know what he got me - I love presents from my brother - they're always something original and well thought-out - usually not something on my list but something I wholly appreciate. We'll see what he came up with this year :)

And I'm done.

19 December 2005

Good things every day...

No, not at the Pizza Ranch. Here.

First, I was sorting through my room upstairs...I was in a disposable mood, so it was going pretty fast. I was uber excited because I came across a CD that I had just mentioned I wish it wasn't lost somewhere...and then I found it! It's the Point of Grace Christmas CD. Now, I'm not so fond of Point of Grace anymore, but I'm still a huge fan of their Christmas CD - it's maybe the only Christmas CD that I choose to listen to. So, now I am listening to it for the second time and thoroughly enjoying it.

Second, I'm drinking hot chocolate. What lovely, simple pleasures. Me like hot chocolate.

Third, I am so uberly happy with where I am living now. Here come the pictures...

First, the "dining room," so to speak...

Then, we have the "living room"...

Finally, we have my favorite beaded curtain, which hangs between the two...

So, there you have my newest humble abode. I like it. I like it a lot. (Even if I can't take clear pictures...)

17 December 2005


my eyes are tired, my glasses are broken, and the rest of me isn't tired...

15 December 2005

All sorts of exciting news...

Here's some exciting facts, in no particular order:

1. I have a floor in my room! (a new revelation...)
2. I have a little house all to myself (basically...)
3. I'm done with exams
4. I'm working roughly 30 hours this week for Hope Haven. Money for conference...
5. Christmas is only 10 days away
6. Exactly 6 months from now, I will be of legal age
7. Jasmine found a wedding dress
8. I'm officially, in all respects, moved out of my apartment
9. I like Jack Johnson
10. I'm going to New York/Connecticut in January
11. I'm burning candles right now
12. I'm reading an awesome book, "Caramelo," by Sandra Cisneros

Hope you have exciting things in your life...I feel like so much has been accomplished this week!!

14 December 2005

Allow me to express my frustration. My source for the big paper that I was writing that never wrote back to me...Just e-mailed me today. Over 2 weeks after e-mailing him these questions, he finally replied. A week and a half after the paper itself was due. Nice answers, does me no good.

13 December 2005

Floral Decorations for Bananas

- Wallace Stevens (a crazy man)

Well, nuncle, this plainly won't do.
These insolent, linear peels
And sullen, hurricane shapes
Won't do with your eglantine.
They require something serpentine.
Blunt yellow in such a room!

You should have had plums tonight,
In an eighteenth-century dish,
And pettifogging buds,
For the women of primrose and purl,
Each one in her decent curl.
Good God! What a precious light!

But bananas hacked and hunched . . .
The table was set by an ogre,
His eye on an outdoor gloom
And a stiff and noxious place.
Pile the bananas on planks.
The women will all be shanks
And bangles and slatted eyes.

And deck the bananas in leaves
Pluck from the Carib trees,
Fibrous and dangling down,
Oozing cantankerous gum
Out of their purple maws,
Darting out of their purple craws
Their musky and tingling tongues.

12 December 2005


I like candles. I can burn them now. One of my GEMs girls gifted me with a black raspberry vanilla candle from the white barn candle company. I felt honored. I should tell her mother that that's pretty much my favorite smell ever. Because it is.

2 exams tomorrow. After that, I am officially done! Yay!

Headaches. Trying to figure out how to get from one place to another when I'm in Connecticut in January is messing with my brain - but, I can see why my mom was a good travel agent. And for those of you who don't know, I'm going to CT for a week with two other girls and my favoritest Theology prof ever. I get to see New York, take trains, and do all sorts of great stuff.

Okay, that's it for today.

Mahna Mahna

10 December 2005

We Live, We Love

Saturday night. I'm all "Christmas Partied" out. Three Christmas parties already, one more on Tuesday. And it's only December 10th!!

That's okay. This coming week holds present wrapping, Christmas decorating, exam taking, and a bunch of runs to the airport. I'm all for it. If anyone wants to ride to Sioux Falls on Wednesday afternoon or to Omaha on Friday morning, let me know - I'd love to have company on the way back after dropping people at the airport.

I have a research paper officially done, I'm almost done with my take-home exam, and I have 2 exams left to study for: one that's in an entirely different language and one in the CRC language. Good luck, me.

Okay, well, I hope you're all doing well. Really, I do. Because I think about all of you a lot. Today was a happy day because Jazz has a job. So Jack and Jazz both have jobs. Yippy!!

Good luck, if you're into exam week. If you're not, enjoy normality.

09 December 2005

Song of the Day

Because I like music so much and I listen to it all the time, check out www.songsofnikki.blogspot.com - It's my new blog with the song of the day.

08 December 2005

Cold Feet

My feet are cold. I suppose that's because I'm in the basement wearing no socks. Ah, well, I'll have to remedy that problem in a few moments.

It's the last day of classes. Philosophy and Spanish, then I'm done, save exams and papers. I have 4 pages written for Theo and 7 written for Linguistics. About three pages for each to be added and they'll be done. Then massive amounts of studying for my Spanish exam and a bit of studying for Philosophy, and I should be good to go.

Christmas Banquet is tonight! It's never anything spectacular, I guess, but it's so fun to dress up and hang out with friends, eat food you haven't made (even if it is Commons food), take pictures, and maybe dance a bit. I like.

Okay, now my hands are cold as well. I need to go check the laundry. Maybe the dryer will warm me up.

06 December 2005

A Bitter Post

A bitter post, not because I'm bitter, but because it's so bitterly cold outside. It's -5F outside, I'm sure the wind chill is worse. It's supposed to flurry today. It's only supposed to get to 5F, if that. Wow, it's chilly. We haven't had a winter like this in quite a few years.

I moved a bunch of stuff out of my apartment last night. It was so cold - 0 degrees outside and I was making trips to and from the apartment and to and from the car. I had 6 trips, times 3 - once from the apartment to the car, once from the car to the house, and once from upstairs to downstairs. My goodness, I never realized that I have so much stuff. But I should be able to do the rest of it today and then next week get the stuff my roomies requested I leave until the end of the semester.

Left on the to-do list before the end of the semester: 1 Linguistics test, 1 Greek quiz, 1 Linguistics paper, 1 Missions and Evangelism take-home test, 1 Spanish exam, 1 Philosophy exam, move home. I'm actually feeling good about everything except for the actual exams (philo and Spanish).

Tonight: Club Hispano Cookie Night. Don't go to the SCA Christmas event - come to the cookie night ! We're more fun!! Okay, so maybe you should just go to both - we have this amazing knack of scheduling our events when other events are scheduled, because we do our scheduling early. Dangit all.

Okay. Stay warm. Don't get frostbite. Don't get chilled to the bone. Come to the cookie night.


04 December 2005

The Evils of Shopping instead of Going to Church on Sunday

That's what a family friend told us the "sermon" was this morning. He was kidding. We all went shopping instead of going to church. He's got a good sense of humor - a lot like mine, which meant he favored my choices for Apples to Apples :)

So, I went shopping to Minneapolis. Hooray for tradition. My mom and I both make a huge 'ol list for Christmas - people we need to get gifts for, what we're thinking, etc. And then we go at it. And there are things we need too. And I try things on, then my mom says, "Okay, I'm going to buy this, and then you have to forget about it until Christmas and be surprised when you open it." And I beg and plead to have it before Christmas, she doesn't plead, and I give in, but not acquiescently, dangit.

Successful shopping trip. I am now officially poor, but I have presents for *almost* everyone on my list - one person left, but I have a pretty good idea what to do. And I found some good deals - some scarves (accessories, not winter) for $4 each at Marshall Field's - that's pretty amazing. And some shoes (finally!!). Ooh, ooh, and a shirt (nice one) for $6, originally $25.

So, it was a successful, enjoyable weekend. My knee hates me for all the shopping I did - we started at about 10 on Saturday and went until about 6:30. And then we went from about 10-3:30 and then an hour on the way home. So that's a rough 15 hours of shopping, times 6 of us - 90 hours of shopping this weekend. And the back of the car was full, I tell you. Good times, good memories, except for the horrendously drunk man who tried to hit on all of us. Thank goodness they didn't tell him I was the only single person at the table.

Other than that, I have my theo paper done - finally! It's officially dead week. I'm not happy with my paper - I would have loved to spend more time on it, add more, read a few more sources, and fix some of my bad sentence structure. But time did not permit as such and my silly source never e-mailed me back, so what I have is what it is. It's still good, just not as good as I'd like. So, now, I have 4 days of classes, 1 paper, 2 exams, 2 quizzes, 1 take-home exam, and 1 test left. And moving the rest of my stuff out of the apartment.

Okay, wow, I'm wordy today. I better go put my words somewhere useful instead of in your head.


01 December 2005

Snow, Snow, and...(wait for it...)... More Snow!!!

That's right kids, adults, crazy ones: Lots of snow. I've had to dig my car out of the snow a total of 5 times already this week. I think I picked the worst time to move back home - everytime I go between home and Dordt, I find myself having to brush off or scrape my car of the snow. Yay, me, and good timing.

But it's really quite a beautiful snow out there, if you don't have to step through it or brush off your car. It's fluffy and white and quite lovely. So for that, I fogive the snow for falling and making the roads annoying. I'm an understanding person that way.

So I find myself sitting the the Grille, working on my homework and actually enjoying myself quite a bit. I'm loving this aspect of doing my homework in places where I'm also guaranteed to see people. Yesterday it was a time in the jam-packed library, sitting by Goober and Andrea.

So, besides having to drive on snowy/disgusting roads to get here, I love it!!

And, I'm making considerable progress on my paper. The most annoying part is that I'm waiting for an e-mail response from the President of IDEA Ministries to help me out with my paper. So, I'm having to defer writing that part of the paper until he replies. If I don't get a reply before I levae for Minneapolis tomorrow morning, I'm giving up on it and writing the paper without his responses. It's frustrating to me, because it will really make the paper credible instead of just using my own experiences, but I guess that's what I get for procrastinating. But, the paper is already about 5-5 1/2 pages long, which is longer than I thought I could get written this morning, so that's pretty encouraging.

In other news, there are 3 M/W/F classes left and 3 T/Th classes left. As of right now, I have 3 exams, 2 vocab quizzes, and a 10 page paper due by the end of the semester. I think it's manageable. I hope so!

Okay, and, enough of my rambling. It's time I got back to studying for things I really need to get done.


28 November 2005

The Big News...

Okay, so, I am officially "allowed" (per my own orders) to tell the world, i.e. whoever reads my blog, about my "big news" that I needed prayers about.

I have moved out of my apartment. I am living at home in our basement, where my brother used to live. I love my roommates dearly (and to all my roommates reading this I love you!), but we don't live well together. Add the stress of the end of the semester on top of that, and it was a recipe for no good. So, for the rest of this semester as well as next semester for sure, I'll be living at home. It's kind of cozy down here - I definitely have more space :)

In other news, I have a major big-old paper due on Friday and I'm hoping I can pull it off - I just sent questions to my primary source and I'm waiting for responses. Now all I have to do is decide how much more I need for sources and whether I can really write 8-10 pages on this topic.

Add to that a 10-page minimum paper due in the near future (he never really set a due date...), numerous exams, and some big written assignments in Spanish, and you've got my life for the next 3 weeks.

So, it's back to the sawmill. I've got 45 minutes before I have to work and I should probably get something productive done!

24 November 2005


To follow the trend...

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Today was a good day in my life. Played violin in church, spent a good part of the day at my grandma's for the big dinner and such, and also went to see "Yours, Mine, & Ours." Not so bad. Didn't stray too far from the movie, so that was encouraging to me.

Other than that, no big news over here. Actually there is, but it's not public yet, so just pray for me as I notify certain people about the news and you'll hear about it sometime next week!

Oh, and pray I live through the next 3 weeks of semester craziness. I really need to get some papers done!

K, that's it. Hope your Thanksgiving was good.


20 November 2005


By my professors. That's right. Because I have 3 tests on the last day of class. Which are all scary tests. I'm not sure if I'll sleep Monday night...

In other news...went to the One Acts last night - they were splendid and amazing. Granted, they were long, but they didn't feel that way. They ended up being about 3 hours and 15 minutes, including intermission, and it really didn't feel that long at all. There was a great one by Marcus about monkeys and typewriters. I've never seen Kara Kuipery jump around like that. Awesome. Also a great one called "The Ugly Duckling." I don't know, they were all good. If you want more, I can tell you more, but I have a feeling that a lot of people who read this saw the One Acts, so they don't need me to tell them about them.

Okay, so, moving on...we're moving, we're moving, we're moving, and on the left you will see my lovely non-functioning car, Harriet Augustus. The battery fried. It won't start. I can't drive it places. It's not the end of the world, that's guaranteed - especially since I know it's just the battery and that it will jump start, but it just won't start on its own once you turn it off. That was frustrating I'll tell you, being in Orange City and realizing the car wouldn't start.

We're moving, we're moving, we're moving, and on your right you will see a 7-page linguistics paper, a philosophy take-home test, a Greek book, a Spanish book, library books, and my brain, all begging to be put to use.

We're moving, we're moving, we're moving, and on your left you will see the exit. Watch out for the low ceiling, be careful not to trip on the step, and don't burn your forehead on the exit sign. Thank you for coming, please do drop by again.

16 November 2005

A Heart

For my mom. I love her. She reads my blog and sympathizes with bad days and gives me rides from the Taj Mahan to my apartment and calls to share news and asks my opinion on clothes. Thanks for being a fun, good, and amazing Mom.

15 November 2005

Ahh! Bad timing!

Let me just begin by saying this: Sometimes the timing of songs that you listen to is stellar - you're in a good mood, you hear a good song, "woot." And then, there are days like today - I'm trying to be in a good mood, and the song that plays is just what I don't need to here. Argh.

So, it snows. Lots. And it's supposed to blow today as well. Let me define my feelings on snow: It's pretty when you're sitting inside, warm, watching it fall and land on trees. It's ugly when you're walking/biking through it, accumulating 2" worth on your person, you're freezing, and it's all slushy on the cement.

And on a day like today, when we have 2 NISO concerts, that's just one more thing that I don't want to deal with. I already have a whole 25 minutes to eat lunch and change into concert clothes and get over to BJH (Taj Mahan), and now I have to deal with snow!

Okay, I'm done with my feelings on snow. Today is Tuesday, the 15th of November. I could barely drink 1 cup of coffee today. Don't ask why. Must be something wrong with me ;)

In other news: Let me just leave you with this thought: People are complex, complicated, and difficult to understand.

12 November 2005

For Mom

So, my mom wanted to know if there was a new post on my blog. So, in response, I will post. Here you go, Mom :)

I'm hanging out at home, getting my laundry done, and laughing at the company that is here. I love my house :)

Anyway, so much and so little has happened in the last few days since I've posted, especially if you don't count my "survey" as a real post. Jack and Jasmine are officially in Los Angeles, which is a wonderful thing. I called him this morning and woke him up in the process (Sorry, Jack).

I had the most amazing and exciting philosophy class this week. I never expected things to be this exciting or go this well, but they did. We had a written conversation with a partner about some of the topics we've been talking about. Karen and I had some really great conversations and it was really quite exciting. We walked out of the class on a high for having such a good time.

NISO craziness is this weekend. Dress rehearsal Monday night, Children's concert on Tuesday afternoon (yay, no Spanish class!), and then the "real" concert on Tuesday night. It's going to be a busy beginning of the week. And it's looking like lots of Hope Haven work in the second half.

Ah, well, that's about all I have to say. Questions, concerns, or comments?

10 November 2005

Paint me red and call me a thief...

Name: Nicole
What you wish your name was: Aurelia or Calla or Kalila
Greatest irrational fear: That everyone will suddenly decide they don't like me and I'll be friendless.
Your best friend's name in 3rd grade:let me think here a moment...I think Mel Eekhoff
Do you like to type in italics: no
What's your school mascot: The Knights!! Just like almost every other Christian HS. Now it's the Defenders.
Who sat next to you in math: Amber (Steggerda) Huizenga
Have you seen "Chasing Liberty": Yes
Have you ever been to Maryland: Yes...to fly out of it.
Your thoughts on water: I like it.
Do you like Zebra Cakes: Yum.
Are you blonde at heart: No only at heart, I am a blonde.
Number of times you go to the bathroom each day: I don't count that sort of thing!!
Number of medications you're on:I can't tell you that.
Number of times in the emergency room: Once. For my knee.
Tree: Birch
Shampoo: Cheap and smells good.
Translation of the Bible: NIV
Country (not the U.S.): Mexico
Crayon color: Red
News reporter: I'm not picky.
Office supply store: I don't care.
Boxers or briefs: I'm a girl.
Agassi or Roddick: Ahh! I don't care.
Xanga or MySpace: Blogger
Cha-Cha Slide or Electric Slide: Cha-Cha Slide?
Kronk or Kuzco: ummm...i'm confused
Sat on a tack: Not in my recollection.
Used "Xanga" as a verb: Doubtful, yet possible.
Smoked a bubble pipe: Yes
Played "Ride the Pony": I'm gonna go ahead and skip this question
Thought about the significance of loving your liver:umm...no. but I do love it.
Thrown a dollar in the trash: I am Dutch and that is sacrilege.
Gotten a passport: Yes. I like it.
Made your own survey: Yes. In response to the sucky ones that circulated.

09 November 2005

Time is winding down...

I want to be found enjoying the next life...I see leaves and they are starting to turn brown...but they'll be green and growing when the second season comes around.

"Second Season" by Five Iron Frenzy. Ah, what a great song. What a great band. I love the randomness that plays when I sit at my computer.

Thanksgiving is nearing. Which means Christmas is nearing. Which means the semester is nearing. Ahh! Preregistration began this week....I'm going to have the weirdest semester ever. Luckily, I don't have any class conflicts, but I have 7 credits worth of Woodbury classes and then I have 7 credits worth of Kobes classes. Throw in a Shim and a Hper and a Duitman and there's my craziness.

At work yesterday, I was asked to work on December 4. I freaked out, said, "That's so far away," and was promptly reminded that it's less than 4 weeks away. Enter running around with head cut off Nikki. In exactly 2 weeks, it will be Thanksgiving week. In exactly 5 weeks, I will be done with exams. This is scary. My planner tells me (courtesy of my boredom) that there are 17 days of classes left!

Okay, enough with the numbers and counting down - no one have a heart attack. You will get everything done, you will be okay. Okay, that was as much for me as it was for you.

Anyway, I'm having a good, basically non-eventful week. I'm enjoying these days with time to do more than just being consumed with homework. And I'm enjoying looking forward to my spring classes :)


07 November 2005

I'm alive!! (and somewhat upbeat)

Well, it was a crazy weekend...I'll tell you that now. Friday included work on my linguistics and theology as well as supper at home.

Saturday included work on my linguistics and theology as well as time at home.

Sunday included church, work on Theology, and time at home.

This morning, I had the pleasure (?) of waking up at 6:45 to be at home by 7:30 to see off Jack and Jazz. I just heard from them - they're past Lincoln. Not bad.

I would like to sleep, have a back massage to get the kink out of my shoulder, and I would like to sleep.

But, today is also a good day. Our Club Hispano shirts came in today - they look awesome, if I do say so myself. They're brown this time, which I thoroughly enjoy.

Anyone else have iTunes 6? I'm not noticing any major differences, besides some stylistic choices. Did they do something else that I've missed?

Okay, that's it for now. It's a busy day and I'm tired, so I'd better head out.

latte (yes, I've resurrected it. Because I love coffee.)

03 November 2005

All Consuming

So, the study of God is consuming my life for the next few days. I should be okay with that. Truth be told, I'm downright frustrated. Kobes gave us a take home test that needs to be done by Monday. It's basically like the study guide he usually gives, and instead of taking 4 out of the 20 questions, we have to answer all of the questions. So, I'm expecting to devote my life to this class and to my linguistics project all weekend.

That means that I actually have to stick it to myself and be studious and that I can't procrastinate and goof off like I'm so good at doing. That also means that I can't derive very far from the schedule that I've set for myself...

In other news. I met with my difficult tutoring person tonight and we had a great time. We spent some time coming up with some zany ways to remember some of her difficult vocab words. She seemed to have a good time and the methods actually seemed to work out. I'm also starting to enjoy her, because I know that she's trying her hardest.

Tomorrow: 1 class at 10am. Other than that, coffee with my Sarah and lots of homework all day long!

02 November 2005

Sick and Procrastinatory

Ta-da!! A very sick, coughing, sniffly me attempts to avoid reading the 60 more pages she has left for Theology.

That's right, I'm sick. Again. Seems to be a recurring theme this semester. I got a big 'ol nasty cold - it threatened to come twice already this semester, and it finally hit. At the worst week. Cursed hug-a-linguist days. I'd actually curse, but I won't.

In other news...I'm really beginning to appreciate Spanish music. We've been listening to some of the songs in my conversation class, and I enjoy it. So much so, I bought a CD.

As I type this, I realize my spelling and comprehension today are severely sub-par. So I better just go back to reading before I start spelling even worse...

01 November 2005


Happy November! I pray you are not sick, tired, stressed, busy, or sad.

31 October 2005

Other Side of the Radio

So, I'm sitting here on Monday morning - it's just after 7am. I'm leaving for work in about ten minutes, so I figured I'd post before I go do that.

It's been a crazy weekend. Yesterday included dinner with the family and pictures and lots of talk about wedding. I tried to get some of my homework done while I was there, but that didn't work very well. Then was the Jars of Clay/Chris Rice/Sara Groves concert. All in all, it was a pretty good concert. I was bummed because the crowd really sucked for Sara Groves and Chris Rice - you could tell that most people were there for Jars of Clay and acted like they just wanted them off the stage to that Jars of Clay could come on. It was somewhat sad. But Jars of Clay was really awesome - they played new songs and old songs. I was expecting a lot from their Redemption Songs album, and they did play a majority from there, but also played songs like Flood and Love Song for a Savior and other old favorites.

And then, there's the never ending bane of my existence: homework. I'm really kind of crabby about that lately. Last night, I was supposed to study for 3 quizzes, read 85 pages in a book, answer 14 questions to an article, and type up what a research paper topic is going to be. It didn't all get done, I'll tell you. Don't ask me when it will. I'm not happy about the way that this is all happening -mostly because of way too much theology homework that I can't keep up with.

But, I feel as if I should end on a happy note...so.... here's Trevor, sleeping and covered with stuffed animals, completely unawares.

30 October 2005

It's about time for a party at my house....

And it wouldn't be the same without you....

Okay, don't worry, I'm not having a party at my house. But it is time for a party today - Jars of Clay/Chris Rice concert tonight!!

So, I saw the musical yesterday afternoon. For the most part, I really liked it. I don't think it's something that I feel like I missed out for not going 2-3 times. And I didn't leave it thinking it was the most amazing musical I've ever seen. But I still liked it.

I'm sitting here wondering what else I can tell you about my weekend so far. Nothing amazing or earth-shattering happened. Ushered Friday night and then ended the night with a crazy game of Taboo. Last night I played Simpsons Life. It was pretty fun. I adopted a foreign exchange student.

Well, I think that's I have to say to you people. Enjoy your Sunday.


27 October 2005

New Diet

In honor of the Jars of Clay/Chris Rice/Sara Groves concert, I am starting a new diet. No, not so that I can be lighter in order to body surf. A diet of music: Jars of Clay and Chris Rice only. I have 3 Chris Rice CDs and 5 Jars of Clay CDs. I don't think I'll run dry before Sunday night.

Switch to the Light (Dark) Side!

Okay, I think I've decided to switch back to blogger after all these months. Being here reminds me how much I like blogger in the first place -Xanga is nice and all, but I kind of feel like Blogger's more sophisticated. Maybe not, but that's my take.

So, starting soon, I'm switching over (not today, I already posted on Xanga).

Additional random quote: "Even if you haven't found your prince yet that doesn't mean you're not a princess." ~ "Princes and Frogs," by Superchic[k]

08 March 2005


Well, it's Tuesday morning. Convcation today. Skipping out. I was hoping to look through my sources for a paper I'm writing and get some good info and get writing. So far, I've looked through about 18 books, dozens of articles, and I've found one possible articls and possiblt five or six books that have little snippets of information. I'm frustrated. I didn't realize it would be so hard to find information on a topic that seems so current. And it makes me mad, because I said I would have this paper done before Spring Break, and now it's looking like there's no way that will happen.

Speaking of Spring Break. I'm counting down. In less than 48 hours, I'll be done with classes and doing all the last minute stuff before we leave. It's going to be a long drive, but I'm super excited to hang out and have fun, watch movies, do a little bit of homework, go to Mexico, and go to the beach!

I'm super tired today. I slept about 7 1/2 hours last night, which isn't too bad. I'd like 8, but I'm usually fine with 7 1/2. I feel like I have way more to do this week than I had planned on, and I have no clue how I'm going to get it all done. I'm thankful I'm done with my ed assignments so I can focus on quizzes, tests, papers (with no sources...) and everything else.

I had to cancel work so I could work somewhere else today - I have to have a tour meeting before we leave for break, and the only time that worked was today when I'm supposed to be working for HH. Oh well, I'm sure it will end up okay. I'm hoping we can get a lot of things talked about/assigned so that when we come back from break it's not too much of a hustle to get things done in the 4 or so weeks left before we leave.

That's about it. I"m hungry. I had a green apple for breakfast, but I could use about three times as much to eat today. I can't eat until 1:35 or so because the schedule is pushed back because of convocation. Oh well :)

Happy Tuesday


07 March 2005

Monday Monday

Well, it's Monday morning. I wish it was Thursday already. Looks like the weather's going to be off and on for the rest of the week - with that thought, I can't wait to get out of here and into California. I'm excited to be so close to Spring Break, finally, after we talked about it so much. At first, I didn't think this trip would actually happen. But it is!

Four days of classes left. I teach for real on Thursday, the day we leave. Hopefully I can keep my mind focused and all that good stuff.

I missed my Sunday School class yesterday - completely slept through until sometime after 10:00, so I missed church, too. I wasn't too happy with myself, but it looks like everything turned out okay anyway - we'll just have to talk about Rahab and Jericho some other time.

That's about it. My room smells like salsa and popcorn. I'm hungry, and going to go to breakfast so I'm not so hungry anymore.

28 February 2005

Monday Night

So, it's Monday night and I'm not tired, so I thought I'd recap my life as I know it the past six weeks. It won't be long, I promise. I'm halfway throught the semester now and there are roughly 40 school days until graduation day. Then the old brother graduates. I can hardly believe it.

Spring break is a mere ten days away, and I think the natives are beginning to get restless. I know that I am. I get to find substitute teachers, praise-teamers, get to get out of work, and all that good stuff. California, baby. Not just California, but So-Cal. I'm pretty excited. Some good hang out time with some good people.

I'm working on a year plan right now that's due in a week - I have to broadly plan a whole year of a specific class - what text we'll be using, what units we'll have, how we made those decisions, etc. - I'm doing an Advanced Spanish: Lit and Conversation class. I'm pretty excited, but not quite sure how it will work out - might end up kind of scatter brained.

Anyway, I keep telling myself to go to bed, because I have mini-teaching tomorrow morning, which means waking up sometime around 6:30, but that seems so far yet so close.


05 January 2005

It's Been a While

Okay, so it's been a while since I've posted. I think the last time I posted was New Year's Eve. A lot has happened since then! I had a blast going to Perkins with my friends - it's a good tradition that I think we've started, and I really like it because it's a set time that we get to catch up, even when breaks and school and such are busy.

Not much else has happened since then. I've figured out a lot of my work stuff for the coming semester, which is a load off my shoulders - I'm trying to set my priorities differently this semester - setting school work, God time, and work at the top of the list, but still making sure there's time for my friends.

It's been snowing like crazy here in Iowa. It started a little bit on Monday night with some flurries, but Tuesday afternoon it really picked up and then snowed continually until about 7:30 tonight - so it snowed over 24 hours straight. Schools were cancelling left and right. And up and down. I guess it snowed about 6 inches - at least that's what my parents were saying.

I was crafty again today. Hopefully I'll learn how to knit from my grandma sometime soon, but I didn't want to go out today. Instead, my mom and I made some pillows with leftover fabric that I had from a bunch of stuff - I'm excited to add some color to my dorm witht these pillows.

Jack left on Tuesday. For LA. He got to Denver last night - that much we know for sure. He is on his way to Tucson today - a 14 hour drive, and is supposed to give us a ring when he gets there. I'm sure he's fine, but my parents are a bit worried about it. Lucky duck, he gets to be in the nice weather and we get to endure the snow.

Well, turns out that I have to work at Dordt tomorrow morning - Dr. D e-mailed me and said he needed me to do bowings - yippee. I'll have to make sure that I take my CD player and such along so that it's not so dead quiet - Dr. D always makes fun of me, but I can't deal with silence - maybe it's part of my generation.

I've started running out of things for me to do, and I'm not content just sitting and reading books anymore. I like the book I'm reading, but it's only satisfying for so long. Then I play a game online and get sick of that. I watch TV but get sick of that really quickly - I have just a few shows that I really like to watch, and the rest I could really care less about.

Anyway, everyone is supposedly coming back this coming Monday and moving in. I'm excited to move back to my dorm where I seemingly have a bit more space. I'm also ready to start my new classes and get a feel of what they're like. I'm not looking forward to writing the check to Dordt, but I guess that's what goes with living and learning there.

Well, I suppose that's it for now. Hopefully I'll be able to keep this up when classes start...I don't even know if anyone will need to read it then, but it's a good thought - processing project for me. Later.