Sunday, December 2, 2007


So...I went SLEDDING. On real snow, the powdery, completely frozen kind, that sticks to everything, and I loved it!! Sorry no pictures, maybe tomorrow, cause I just might have to go again. Here's how it goes: you take off walking in snow that covers your shoes, and hope you're socks are thick enough. Oh I forgot to mention, you're carrying a sled and following somebody that knows what they're doing: thank you Samuel. So you climb the hill at the same time trying not to slide down it on this frozen stuff. Then when you get to the top and look down, not too intimidadint right? you sit down, and the next thing you know the sled is moving of its own volition, so you just hang on for the ride. The big bump in the middle of the path adds a whole new element and tests your will power to stay on the sled. The curve tests your ability to, I don't know, pay attention. The road tests your ability to STOP. I'd have to say the best stop was by my friend Catherine who rolled over three times and I went flying on top of her :) Ah, too much fun, and then to hot chocolate.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

A Doug Jones movie list

1. Amadeus
2. American Buffalo
3. Big Kahuna
4. The Dresser
5. A Soldier's Story
6. The Verdict
7. Amelie
8. The Hawk is dying
9. In the Bedroom
10. Moonstruck
11. One flew over the cookoo's nest
12. State and Main

The first six are stage plays, but I believe they are all movies. I'm not sure on what basis this list was made. I don't expect to like all of these movies, but I just like to have a Doug Jones recommended movie to watch on occasion.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

This is for Ruth

I sit typing on my computer at a table in Bucer's. Bought my 8 oz. drip coffee and attempt to read Christ, Baptism and the Lord's Supper. I am searching for motivation as I contemplate my recent failure of Math and what Monday will bring. The books lay in front of me asking to be read, the coffee is now cold and it will soon be dark, but the crossword is complete!

Thursday, September 27, 2007


Was the first Bible Study I decided to start for the freshman girls. We need the encouragement. Praying for others helps me not become self-absorbed. You can walk in a classroom and see the looks on peoples faces. They're tired, stressed, and the fire hydrant has filled their Dixie cups long ago but still wants to shoot water. They need to be reminded, I know I do, that the learning and opportunity and environment are all blessings given to us. Bear it with a smile and good attitude and not an overwhelming burden.

The sun was shining in my window

Which meant I should have already gotten up! It was almost 8 and I had wanted to get much more done before starting the day, but alas, alack, and anon... I didn't nor did I get my coffee this morn. But it became my friend later in the day when studying rhetoric with the girls, which is how I passed the test (I hope). That test made me happy. I actually enjoyed taking it. I hope I'm still smiling when I get it back with the grade in red ink.

Lydia is up late once again...

With one final behind her! Two more written, and then oral finals next week. Daunting but exciting at the same time. Let's see... Mr. Appel gets peanut butter chocolate brownies, hum maybe Mr. Griffith would appreciate baklava, and Nate stout beer, a good wine perhaps? Ok, maybe bribery is not in the forecast, but I'm sure snow is.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

It's a revolution! A few coffee facts

Coffee notes from Mr. Appel’s Disputatio lecture 8/24/07
Coffee originated in Ethiopia. Grows in red cherries, and the seed of these cherries is the coffee bean. The Ethiopians use the dry processing method of harvesting which allows the fruit overtones to be infused in the coffee. Coffea Arabica cannot grow just anywhere and it is hard to get a full crop. Cofea Robusta is fertile, but tastes terrible.
The discovery of the coffee bean is most likely contributed to a goatherder named Kali. He went to look for his goats one afternoon and discovered them under a tree jumping around and butting each other. He wasn’t quite sure what had gotten into them, thought they might possibly die, but when they were fine the next day, they went right back to the same tree and began to eat the berries and leaves. Kali became curious and tried some as well, and the rest is history.
“Black as Hell, sweet as I love, and strong as death.” ~Arabic Proverb
Their was a time in Arabia when wives could divorce their husbands if they were not given their daily coffee ration.
“He who sleeps away half his life, lives only half his life.” ~Khair Beg
Pope Clement VIII after trying this delectable beverage, called Satan’s brew at the time, decided that the pagans needn’t enjoy it all by themselves and thus baptized it.
For more on this you can browse through a book by William H. Ukers entitled All About Coffee
Kolschitsky the Poland opened The Blue Bottle CafĂ©, Europe’s first coffee house in Vienna in 1652, and by 1700 there were 2000 coffee houses.
Another name to google would be JE Jacobs.
Walter Rumsey prescribed coffee as a cure for drunkenness
“The Tattler” was the first magazine, and came about because of coffee house chats.
Stewart Allen dubbed it the “Devil’s Brew” but still continued to be the Puritan’s drink of choice.
Women began petitioning against coffeehouses because they never saw their husbands, as a result King Charles II banned coffee houses, but this did not last long.
Coffee as a national habit in England died. They did not own land condusive to growing coffee, but tea was prominent. By 1690, the Dutch smuggled coffee beans from Mocha and planted them in Java.
Louis XIV of France got coffee and de Clieu was determined to take coffee to the New World. He nurtured a small Cofea Arabica plant all the way across the ocean. Even when rations were low he would drink some water and give the rest to his plant. He was very determined!
By 1876 the US imported 340 million pounds of coffee per year, this means 1/3 of the world’s exports was coffee coming to the US.
Italy has drunk coffee for the longest of any nation.

Saturday, September 8, 2007


A few seniors presented a summary on their theses. Kelly Johnson on TV dinners' effect on the housewife and such. Davey Hendricks on modernity and effect thereof. Modernity seeks to protect reason from faith and the world from the church. Brian Schlect on Flood's dealing with the reserve rule in baseball. Jennie Jo discussing girl brides in Muslim countries vs. Christian, and how the Muslims lack the fundamental bride category in religion and life. And then we had Anna Fields up to bat, about Rune Arlidge's influence on sports tv. Oversimplified I know. we'll just have to wait until they R done.

Rodeo Trivia

In honor of some folks going to the rodeo tonight, Mr. Schlect decided to shake things up a bit at Disputatio tonight and see who knew more on the subject, Montana or Texas, so here's some fun trivia. You can post your answers via 'comment' if you like.
1. The action of a bronco turning while bucking is called what?
2. An animal that runs around the ring without bucking is called what?
3. In calf roping how many legs of the calf are tied?
4. What is considered a complete ride on a bull?
5. What is an expression of encouragement in cowboy terms?
6. What piece of equipment does the saddle-bronk hold onto?

Friday, September 7, 2007


I finally finished the last 400 pages in City of God, and tomorrow I get to see how much of it I remember. :)

Thursday, August 30, 2007

That's me:

The only reason some people get lost in thought is because it's unfamiliar territory. - Paul Fix

So Latin

Was actually quite fun tonight. Went over to a classmates house where she made fajitas for us, we got to visit, look at the bombshelter in the back, and oh yeah, read Latin and do the exercies. Yes everyone, Latin can be fun!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Fresh/Soph party

So the Sophs threw us Freshs a nice party Sunday, very welcoming, with hamburgers, games, and advice. But the moral of this story is don't chew or bite styrofoam, especially if someone is about to make you laugh. Being slightly bored I resorted to the cup in my hand and proceded to bite off a piece. At this precise moment something struck me as funny and the styrofoam was then clinging to the back of my esophagus, going neither up nor down. Thankfully after a few coughs, and a brief life flashed before my eyes, it was dislodged.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007


The brain is a muscle and must be exercised. Use it or ya lose it.... or somethin like that. So my brain just went to bootcamp: where it is being made to do many push-ups. When I hear from it I'll let you know how it's doing. Maybe soon it will learn how to write... or dial a phone, but at the present it is trying to remember how to turn that page and get the eyes to move quicker.


When Joanna came home yesterday I was already occupying my favored spot on the couch, reading (as I'm sure you've guessed). When she went to bed hours (I'm sure) later, where could I be found? You guessed it. And when she woke up and walked out of her room all she could say was "I swear your rear is glued to that couch!"


I finished the first five books of City of God this morn, Amusing Ourselves to Death, and then read Everything Bad is Good for You....all today! No wonder I'm having Mom ship me some contacts. Maybe some new eyeballs would help. And I still made it to class and worked at ACCS. Yes, you are allowed to be proud. :) But, I still have much more to do, no time for chatting! CHARGE!!!!

Monday, August 20, 2007

So I'm sitting in the Library

I try to read, the endless ticking of computer keys draws my attention. Can't beat 'em join 'em! Math was completely not sinking in , bout 1/2 hour to go and I'll be sitting in Math class! Please continue to pray for me. Where do I start, the paper, that would be a good start. Or maybe the City of God, oh, wait I'm missing parts of that. Or shall we move onto the other two books due.....uhhhh.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Yes, I am sleep deprived, just so everyone knows.

So I'm getting to know the coffee vendors in the area. Time for that afternoon cup speaking of. Someday a caffine drip IV will be invented. But now on to the studies, because for some reason they want us to pay attention when we read, AND remember it.

Friday, August 10, 2007


Nothing can be so amusingly arrogant as a young man who has just discovered an old idea and thinks it is his own. - Sidney J. Harris
Character is what you have left when you've lost everything you can lose. - Evan Esar

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Sunday lunch

I think Pastor Wilson is the only one who can get away with chomping on watermelon while making plans for the next Presbitary meeting.

Friday, August 3, 2007

Blonde moment

So I felt like the stupidest person in the world today... Left the house to meet my roommate downtown and something smelled really funny. Nothing being open on Friday night, I call my roommate to pick me up and she congenially obliges. Pull back into the driveway and stop dead in my tracks -the parking break is up!! My roommate (Joanna) pulls up to find me halfway under the car taking a peek at my tires. "Are you under there for your health or do you actually know what you are doing?" I only wish I did (sigh).

Quotes of the Day

"There is no such thing as an underestimate of average intelligence."- Henry Adams

"I have enough money to last me the rest of my life, unless I buy something." - Jackie Mason

"Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow." - Oscar Wilde

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

So I'm updating my blog and...

Ben Merkle is standing right there...should I say "hi"? I could say "I just got off the phone with your mother-in-law, she tells me your staying at her house right down the road." But instead I think I'll just let him order his two tall mocha frappachino, go get mom breakfast, and quite sounding like a stalker :)

Quote of the day:

Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it. - Michel de Montaigne

Lost in transition

Yep that's me, still here but have no internet or time. Staying with an awesome family, the Blakeys. And I believe Mr. Blakey just gave me a job, and he has great, fun daughters. So this is just to let you know that things are going great at the moment! Hoping to get settled in tomorrow, set up my cute apartment and yes, Bess, I will be sending pics. Love to all!

Sunday, July 29, 2007

I love Winston: (quotes that is :)

"An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last."

"Although prepared for martyrom, I preferred that it be postponed."

"Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb."

"From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put."

"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire."

"History will be kind to me for I intend to write it."

Sir Winston Churchill

Einstein qoute of the day:

"If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales."

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Quotes for today:

"We improve ourselves by victories over ourself. There must be contests, and you must win."
Edward Gibbon English historian of Rome (1737 - 1794)

"Life is a coin. You can spend it anyway you wish, but you can only spend it once."

Last day in OR...

at least for a while any way. John Henry (who usually just looks at me funny) cast me a forlorn look over the spaghetti today at lunch and asked "Why do you have to go back to school? Why can't you just say here? I don't want you to leave." I believe he struck every heart string, so all I could say back was "That's a good question." I wish I could take them all with me.... (sigh)

Friday, July 27, 2007

let's not forget the facials Ruth treated Mom and I to yesterday. My first one! Ahhhh....
On 2nd thought nobody wants a picture of that :)

Christian the quotable

Mom asked the kids why Clifford was so much bigger than all of his dog friends and Christian informed her "it's because he's a hundred and two." Where he come up with half the things he says... If only I could remember them all.

Me influential??

Luke informed his grandma today that he didn't like his hair brown he wants it to be yellow.
John Henry's baseball tournament is tomorrow be there at 9am!

So... Ruth and I did a "little" shopping today.

We visited Plato's Closet (after visiting the mechanic at Sear's of course). Why they don't align the tires after they put new ones on I'll never guess, but enough for griping, I wouldn't give a wooden nickel for it and nobody wants to hear it. I have spent etirely too much these past few days, but the Lord has blessed me with that ability. The climax had to be Plato's closet since Ruth and I get to go every two years!! I managed to finagle my way into buying her a couple things for her birthday and she's still miffed about it :) She gives me a place to stay, stuffs me w/ her gourmet cooking, then won't let me buy her anything for her BIRTHDAY! I'll say this for her: nobody shops quite like Ruth. After trying 30 things on, finds 5 that she likes, then talks herself into 0, saying she doesn't need to clothe herself or some rubbish like that. Gotta love her, cause you won't want to do anything else.

Einstein quote for the day:

"He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed."

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Thursday July 19th

Ooops what happened to Thurs? Starting in Texas we made it thru Oklahoma and on into Kansas, which I don't think has anything but toll booths and State Troopers. Oh, and the Travel Inn we stayed at 'cause it was the only one for ANOTHER 200 miles. Confession: I got my first ticket, which I dropped in the mail this morning along w/ a nice check.

Thank you Mom!

I have my Grandma to thank for the car, Dad to thank for the support and love he continually gives, Mom to thank for working her little legs off at Dillard's to unselfishly give to others, Esther for all the packing help, Bess for the arranging in compact spaces skills, and! I have the best family in the world. Now i'm at Ruth's, who must have gotten the Aunt Til gene 'cause she won't stop feeding me!

Sunday July 22nd

Look at those Montana mountains!! If you haven't already you really should. We finally made it to the state of Idaho. We were proud of ourselves, making good time, 23 miles outside of Coeure D'Alene...just a couple more hours to go in this cramped car. What's that sound, oh a piece of tire just flew into the air. God bless Fred (father of four daughters ironically enough) for stopping and changing my tire. Who would know what patience was if it was never tested?

Saturday July 21st

Wake up in Yellowstone, yards from Old Faithful (a dream come true), little chipmunks everywhere. "When I consider Your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have ordained, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you visit him?" ~Psalm 8:3,4

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Friday July 20th

Whew, finally made it thru Kansas, and we're in Wyoming baby! The scenery suddenly changes. Mountains pop up everywhere. I just couldn't pass anything without taking a picture...although I was trying to drive.

Columbia River everybody!

When sky meets water with the mountain view between...there's nothing quite like it.

Pictures just cannot do justice. Go to Wyoming! The beauty of Yellowstone is breathtaking. And the mountains are awe inspiring, daunting, yet serene.
Anybody seen my jackalope lately?

And we're off! Who dared to doubt all my junk would fit.