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Attack of the Christmas Break Thinking [Dec. 21st, 2006|12:52 am]
[Current Location |Roanoke, IL]
[Current Mood |coldchilly]

More thoughts. Covering "the reason for the season," thinking time, book recommendation, and CD recommendation. Read on if you'd like.

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The Phantom Christmas Break Thinking [Dec. 15th, 2006|12:30 am]
[Current Location |Roanoke, IL]
[Current Mood |thoughtfulthoughtful]
[Current Music |Family Force 5]

Topics that have entered my thoughts of late. I think this is rather long, so I won't make all the LJers read it if they don't want

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Observation [Dec. 9th, 2006|11:59 pm]
[Current Location |Roanoke, IL]

College has caused coming home to be weird.

"Duh, you didn't think it would?!??"

No, I knew it would. Just it is weird in different ways.

~When everyone's at home, people facebook a lot less. You can check it every five minutes for an hour and Nothing Happens!

~There are no room mates/hall mates at home. You could walk down the hall to see what everyone's doing, but your parent's will just get annoyed at you for walking up and down the hall so much.

~To find a friend, more than a walk/facebook message/IM is necessary. You actually have to pick up that phone thingy and call people!

~The wall phones are useful for more than incoming calls. What?? You can make long distance calls on something else than a cell phone?

~Food for free (like really free). Not even a card swipe is needed. Just open the fridge.

~NO TRAIN TO WAIT ON/GET WOKEN UP BY. Very important for all Goshen College-ites. Can I get an amen?

~A real mattress. No more sleeping on a hospital bed.

~Boredom isn't accompanied by guilt for not working on homework/paper/study.

~Miss my college friends!!!

~Less quote board updates. At least for me, my parent's/sister say a lot less funny quotable things for my Facebook quote board. And even if I put something up, only I would get it. Where's the fun in that?

EDIT #2 (care of Megan)
~So much sleep!!! I mean, enough said right there. Sleep. Sleep on weekdays. Sleep on weekends. Oh, but no sleeping in on Sundays ala GC.

Not an exhaustive list, but it's things I never really thought about before. What are some other unexpected things you notice when you go home?
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POOP! [Dec. 6th, 2006|06:03 pm]
[Current Mood |depresseddepressed]

Bad news.
I don't have strep throat.
You'd think this would be good news.
But no. It's bad.

If I had strep throat,
I could have just gotten some antibiotics
and gone home Saturday all better.

But nooooooo.
She said it looks like I might have mono.
But I won't know till at least Friday,
since the test would come back negative right today no matter what.

I'm going through finals week with a recurring fever,
it hurts to swallow,
I'm going to have lots of `splaining to do about my grades.
I need a job over Christmas break,
but I need to relax and get over the mono,
I want to spend time with my friends,
but I need to get better and get a job,
I'm looking forward to my classes next semester,
but it's going to be a higher workload,
and I'm already sucking with this light of a load.


somebody smack me.
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Ugh. [Dec. 5th, 2006|12:31 am]
[Current Location |Goshen, IN]
[Current Mood |sicksick]
[Current Music |Lean On Me]

What a day to get sick. Last day of classes. Hurts to swallow, hurts to talk. Fever. Blech.

Oh well, it's given me time to think about things more.

God how I love my friends!
Just a little check-up or friendly advice means the world to me.
Like I've said before, the little things are amazing.

A song that's got me thinking:

Sometimes in our lives we all have pain
We all have sorrow
But if we are wise
We know that there's always tomorrow

Lean on me, when you're not strong
And I'll be your friend
I'll help you carry on
For it won't be long
'Til I'm gonna need
Somebody to lean on

Please swallow your pride
If I have things you need to borrow
For no one can fill those of your needs
That you don't let show

Lean on me, when you're not strong
And I'll be your friend
I'll help you carry on
For it won't be long
'Til I'm gonna need
Somebody to lean on

If there is a load you have to bear
That you can't carry
I'm right up the road
I'll share your load
If you just call me

So just call on me brother, when you need a hand
We all need somebody to lean on
I just might have a problem that you'd understand
We all need somebody to lean on

Lean on me when you're not strong
And I'll be your friend
I'll help you carry on
For it won't be long
Till I'm gonna need
Somebody to lean on
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Late night shares [Dec. 3rd, 2006|01:45 am]
[Current Mood |tired[_________]]
[Current Music |TobyMac]

I'll just leave you with two quotes I pulled off of my friend Emily Weber's facebook quoteboard.

Life isn't always about waiting for the storm to pass.
It's about learning to dance in the rain.

God didn't promise days without pain,
laughter without sorrow,sun without rain.
But He did promise strength for the day,
comfort for tears and light for the way.
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Late night thoughts on home [Nov. 27th, 2006|12:23 am]
[Current Mood |tiredtired]

Talking with Sarah Tate Chambers and Lis Shaum tonight in the car on the way to Goshen, we decided our answer to eternal question:

"During college, where is home?"

You've got the home you grew up in, which will always be familiar and feel like home.

And then you've got college, which, at least for me, feels very much like home. I've got friends here that I care about. I've got a room. I have food.

So which is "home" and which is the other place? When you say "I'm going home," where are you referring to?

I've decided that:
  • When saying "I'm going home," you are always referring to the place your parents still wish you'd call once in a while. If referring to returning to college, then say "I'm going home to college."

  • When you're at college, saying "I'm going home" generally means back to the college. If referring to returning to the place where your embarrassing baby pictures are, say "I'm going home to [insert state/city/country here]."

    I think this should make things a bit easier.

    Enough of my late-night rambling.

    Go in peace.
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    (no subject) [Nov. 22nd, 2006|10:36 am]
    Woo, coming home in like ... 4 hours!!!

    I hope every one of you has an amazing Thanksgiving.

    And seeing that it's Thanksgiving, let me just say again how thankful I am for the friends that God has blessed me with. I'm not always the best at showing it, but each of you has made an Impact in my life, taught me something that I hold dear, and has helped me through situations that I couldn't have done alone.

    If I could, I would give everyone I know a ginormous hug... but I'll settle for hugging everyone I can find. Give me a ring over break, I would love to chat / hang out / hug!

    Alright, back to Pre Calc class now. The prof is alright, but he makes me miss Raz!!!! Seriously, I still take notes like Raz wrote on the board.
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    (no subject) [Nov. 21st, 2006|02:01 am]
    [Current Location |Goshen, IN]
    [Current Mood |crappycrappy]
    [Current Music |night.]

    I'm sick of myself.

    I'm sick of how I am.

    I'm sick of how I handle things.

    I'm sick of how I deal with things.

    I'm sick of saying the wrong things at the wrong times.

    I'm sick of not being able to say the right things at the right times.

    I'm sick of annoying people.

    I'm sick of how I freeze up in situations where I need to do something.

    I'm sick of not doing the right thing at the right time.

    I'm sick of not making the difference I should.

    I'm sick of being a father when I'm trying to be a friend.

    I'm sick of not knowing how to help.

    I'm sick of being the awkward one.

    I'm sick of being the forgotten one.

    I'm sick of not being there when I should.

    I'm sick of being there when I shouldn't.

    I'm sick of bugging people too much.

    I'm sick of worrying about things that other people can ignore.

    I'm sick of worrying when it brings about no good.

    I'm sick of making things worse.

    I'm sick that I'm going to eventually hurt someone I love.

    I'm sick of not being strong enough for those that I love.

    I'm sick of not helping people deal with stuff.

    I'm sick of my loss of self discipline.

    I'm sick of feeling like this!!

    I'm sick of lots of things.

    I hope you ignored this. I just needed to get it out of my head in a manner more productive than crying or yelling or running or something else.

    Just way too much thinking and other such things way to early in the morning. I swear I'm not writing these depressive blogs to get people to feel sorry for me. I'm writing these things because this is like my outlet, it's keeping my water from boiling over. I don't know why I wrote this, just that it needed to come out.

    And here I was going to try to blog more about topics and less about me. So much for that. 8:00 lab in 5 hours. Woo.
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    Somebody smack me [Nov. 15th, 2006|04:11 am]
    [Current Location |Goshen, IN]
    [Current Mood |coldcold]
    [Current Music |Muse]

    In an hour it'll be official:

    This is my first true all-nighter.

    It's 5:09 and I've easily got another hour or two left to go on this paper. That's not counting proofreading it through my first classes tomorrow.

    I've been subsiding on Peanut Butter Kudos bars and large amounts of Orangette to get this done.

    Gah. I'm an idiot. Someone teach me how to work ahead!!!!!
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