Thursday, January 31, 2008

Last night I went with my friend to the emergency room. Nothing was really wrong, but we had to sit there from 1am-4am while she had the usual blood tests done and got an i.v. drip.

I'm running on five hours of sleep. Not fun.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

I woke up this morning with the Chronicles of Narnia soundtrack stuck in my head . . . I've only seen the movie 3 times and heard the soundtrack once . . . so I don't know what that means.

Death: From the death of a close friend's father to the death of a international celebrity, death is suddenly everywhere. We are not promised a certain amount of time on Earth . . . our own mortality is not in our hands but God's. Very humbling.

Monday, January 21, 2008

My one constant . . . the library, is closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Urg!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

It's amazing to watch the steam/smoke that billows from the chimneys across the alley. Emerging in strong bursts of white, the cloud is quickly dispersed as it tuck-rolls into oblivion. If you watch closely is looks like a stampede of horses, racing into thin air.

See what you can notice when you sit in silence and just watch the world around you.

Friday, January 18, 2008

"Battening down the hatches"

-It seems as though Chicago is "battening down the hatches" in preparation for this very cold weekend . . . very cold in comparison to the winter weather so far, but north of us (i.e. Wisconsin) is getting hit even worse.

I kind of like the bordering on single-digits temperature myself. Bundling up so you can barely move and jumping out into a city that has become strangely desolate. Below-zero, on the other hand, is just sinus suicide.

-It has only taken me 4 1/2 years of living in Chicago, but I finally have a Chicago Public Library card. I am so excited. Now I sport cards from three North American cities: Madison, WI; Chicago, IL; and Huntsville, Ontario. Good times.

Now, of course , I do not have time to read any of the books that I might acquire from said library, but that is besides the point. Re-reading Harry Potter 7 is now within my reach, however.

-I am thinking about writing a book. Much research still needs to be done, but eventually I will know enough about my maternal grandmother's side of the family to compile a historic narrative. After exhausting all my free trials from Ancestry.com I finally subscribed. Hopefully I'll be able to make the most of my $30/month.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Well everyone, I have converted to Blogger. Xanga seemed over.
Hopefully my postings will be more regular and exciting.

Let's start with some of my favorite quotes:

"I want to do something splendid . . . something heroic or wonderful that won't be forgotten after I'm dead . . . I think I shall write a book." - Louisa May Alcott

"Your purpose should be greater than the problem at hand." -unknown

“Why does anybody tell a story?” Madeleine L'Engle asked.
“It does indeed have something to do with faith,” she said, “faith that the universe has meaning, that our little human lives are not irrelevant, that what we choose or say or do matters, matters cosmically.”

Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it.
- Laurence J. Peter

Anne Shirley: Don't you ever imagine things differently from what they are?
Marilla Cuthbert: No.
Anne Shirley: Oh Marilla, how much you miss.
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