Sunday, October 29, 2006

I have no excuse for not updating, sorry. Thursday was beautiful with the snow. Now, 99% of it is gone. Yesterday’s high was mid-60s, today should be upper-60s. What great weather.

Friday I got sent home early from work because I had this weird white stuff on the back of my throat. It didn’t hurt to swallow, but my boss made me go home anyway. The next morning it was gone thought, so I am fine.

Friday I ended up going to the Hospitality House Halloween party. It was good in the beginning, but then went down hill fast. I went as a Camp Reed counselor, it was easy and quick, so don’t judge me.

Saturday was very relaxed, I made my Christmas list. I also did my laundry. I went and saw Marie Antoinette with Pearl. The movie was absolutely great and wouldn’t have seen it under my own will. There were many very awkward moments but still very funny. I will however always think of Kirsten Dunst as Torrance from Bring It On.

I really want to see Stranger Than Fiction. It looks very funny, and who doesn’t love Will Ferrell.

Today’s plans include homework, papers, lunch, and watching the Broncos game. Have a great day because I certainly plan on it.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Today I remember the song from “White Christmas” called snow, where all they say is snow. Worst song ever.

My real boss read my blog the other day after I sent her an email where my signature at the end has a link to this page. In one post I mentioned that my temporary boss read this, and I said that was odd. My real boss then thought that she should stop reading. Haha.

One class was cancelled today. My US Politics prof sent us an email this morning saying that the roads were too treacherous to drive. This is the first time I have had a class/school day cancelled since fourth grade. It was ice storm, I can only remember the wonderful graphics on the local NBC station.

Finally, someone was smuggling drugs in Elmo toys. The MSNBC headline at the bottom of the screen read “smuggle me elmo.” That might be the highlight of my day. See you later.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Only 61 days till Christmas. Two mounths till that glorious day. I hope that we will have a lot of time as a family. This summer we had about 36 hours together with all six of us. That isn’t enough. What do I want for Christmas. I want these. I like the green. I need to make a list. I mostly just want school to be over.

I’m watching the president’s press conference right now. He isn’t convincing me right now, but MSNBC is cutting out every so often. I have a question. Do the intelligence services have a small enough earpiece that they could transmit the answers to so he could say them and not think/speak for himself? Because I wouldn’t put that past Mr. Rove.

Yeah Wednesday!! Soon it will be the weekend. I need to declare my major at some point soon. Dang. I should do that. Okay, have a good day.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

I slept very well last night, but I did have four hours of meetings. That was not much fun. And I am going to do some work now.

Okay, here is a link to the letter. My brother is helping me in some way that includes things I don’t understand, but I trust him. I took down the previous two posts but saved the non-letter stuff. Here it is!

OH! Also congrats to Tom Everett on winning the JV cross country championship on Saturday. GO TOM.

Their letter says in no unclear terms that we must vote yes on 43 and no on I. That is not the Catholic Church I grew up in. The church I grew up in taught me to question what I was told. To go through the reasoning of the argument, and then come to my own decision is what I was taught to do. The bishops did not tell us to do that. They told us how to vote, and that is not okay. As the great Ben Franklin once said, “The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.”

Sunday, October 22, 2006

I slept until one today. I maybe went to bed at two in the evening, and woke up at one. That is impressive for me. But I was very tired, if that counts for anything. I had a dream about conflict n the UM office that came to a boiling point, and the end result was that I got daily mass removed from campus. Go me. It was crazy though. I would add more details, but I know that some UM pro staff read this, so that is all you get.

I went and saw Jesus Camp last night. I went with Matt, Tim, Dan, and Keith. It was the greatest movie ever. Some of the things that they said were crazy. I was just like wow. Everyone should go see it. Tim and I now want to do a mega-church program where we go to a service there, and then if we could, meet the pastor afterward. I think it would be great.

After seeing that movie I was glad I had found this quote by St. Iggy. “For everything has the potential of calling forth in us a deeper response to our life in God. Our only desire and our one choice should be this: I want and I choose what better leads to God’s deepening his life in me.” So, voting republican isn’t required. YEAH!!!

Okay, have a great rest of your weekend.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

GO SNOW!!!! It snowed last night. We got about 2 inches on the grass. It looks beautiful from my room, so I like it.

The last three days have been crazy. From Wednesday to Friday I worked 18 hours for UM. I worked so much on Thursday that I was really tired when Lord David Trimble started his speech I almost fell asleep. I hadn’t sat down without thinking for so long that I just lost it, so I had to go outside and then I had to stand in the sacristy and listen over the speaker. It was not good. I was so tired yesterday that even thought I would put all of my power into concentrating in class, but I just couldn’t. Because if this, I chose not to go on the Urban Plunge. So that was too bad.

Last night in an attempt to make a really cool sugar rolled bread, I mostly just made the greatest thing ever. I then took it over to O’Connell because I have never taken them bread. The best part was that I still got to have fun, but not concentrate on anything. Tonight I will make cranberry bread. I am making these loafs on the weekend so that I can make sure they are good enough for when most people will actually eat them.

Becky had her UW interview, but we haven’t talked about how it went.

Also, I must say that this is really sad, and this is the cutest thing in the world. Have a good day!!

Thursday, October 19, 2006

I know I said I wasn’t going to update today, but I switched a few thing around so I could. Becky flies away today for UW. Go Becky!!! I haven’t watched the West Wing at all this year. It is crazy. And finally the bulk of today’s update will be a quote. I used this to finish an essay I wrote the other day.


"The average person considers their life boring or uninspiring because
they've made little or no attempt to gain knowledge and information that
will inspire them. They're so hypnotized by their environment - through the
media, through television, through unattainable ideals of physical
appearance, beauty and valor that everybody struggles to become but cannot -
that most people surrender and live their lives in mediocrity. And they may
live those lives, and their souls, their desires, may never really rise to
the surface. So, they may want to be something else.
But if they do rise to the surface and people ask themselves, Is there
something more, or Why am I here? What is the purpose of life? Where am I
going? What happens when I die? When they start to ask those questions, they
start to flirt and interact with the perception that they may be having a
nervous breakdown, and in reality, their old concept of how they viewed
their life and the world starts to fall apart."

Dr. Joseph Dispenza

I like this quote. Have a good day.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

"What Kind of Day Has It Been"

Today is the first time I have ever titled my update. It is the same title of the season finally for the first season of the West Wing, even though I wasn't shot at. It has been quite a day.

I finished my Ethics essay late last night, but it is an absolutely GREAT paper. But I had to stay up late to finish that. Then, I woke up early to go rearrange the chairs for the David Trimble presentation tomorrow. I then went to class without showering and wearing sweats. I looked like crap. Then, after class I had to go back to the chapel to change things, which went way longer than I expected. So, it has been kind of a stressful day.

My temporary boss, while we were moving more chairs, asked me if I watched Studio 60 because it is a lot like the West Wing, which I absolutely love. She learned that from this update. That was kind of odd that my boss reads this. Odd.

Good luck to Becky as she travels up to Washington for her med school interview. Go Becky. She wants to be a dawg.

I love 9News in Denver because they look at attack ads and discus where they get the quotes and information. I think that should be required for news stations who run political ads. Force news stations to tell the truth, not just the spin. Okay, have a good day. No update tomorrow because I will not be much fun to be around.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Three weeks till the midterm elections. I cant wait. Yesterday when I talked to my brother he reiterated the fact that he will never run for congress. Good idea.

Last night Becky and I went to Noodles for dinner. It was great. I love their macaroni and cheese. Then we bought our godson’s birthday gift. He will turn 3 and his party is this weekend.

Also, I worked for five hours yesterday, which is a lot because I was the only work study who showed up.

On today’s schedule are my Ethics and US Politics papers. Fun! Okay, again, I am boring so have a great day!!

Monday, October 16, 2006

Last night I went dancing with Pearl. We went to the Mercury Café. I am a horrible dancer, and looked really bad. I met two of her friends from high school. It was a good evening all in all.
I just kind of lounged around my room. I watched Legally Blonde on TNT. What a great movie.

Tonight Becky and I are going to go to Noodles for dinner. I love dinner.

I just talked to my older brother Anthony who was walking home from work. He had a fire drill today at work, and once everyone was outside they realized that they should have all grabbed a snack before they left. I love snacks.

Okay, I am kind of boring today, but I am writing this at work. So, have a great day!

Sunday, October 15, 2006

I love fall break. These four days off are so great. To start off I have a few people to congratulate. Fr. Tom Cummings celebrated his Jesuit Jubilee (50 years in the society) today at the morning mass. He now works somewhere in St. Louis, MO. Also, congrats to one of my fabulous JCs from this summer, Tom Everett, on an amazing job in last Wednesdays cross country meet. He finished 6th overall and 5th for Ferris. The meet had Ferris, Mt. Spokane, and East Valley all running. Ferris, for all who don’t know, are either #1 or 2 in the nation. They are darn good. He was also mentioned at the end of the post as the Break Through Performance. Go him!!

North Korea still scares the poop out of me, but did they really think that they weren’t going to have sanctions put on them. Next in Comparative Politics we move to Latin America, which should be good.

My life is beyond boring this weekend. I may be seeing a movie today or tomorrow, which will probably be the most exciting thing I do this weekend. On today’s schedule are US Politics and Ethics papers. Yeah, my life is absolutely fascinating I know.

Movies on today’s possible watching list are Mrs. Henderson Presents, which I absolutely love, and V for Vendetta, GO IDEAS!! Yeah, I am cool.

I might watch the Broncos game while eating the peanut butter bread I made yesterday! It is darn good. Okay, have a great day.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

House for Congress, 2006!!!! I dreamt lat night that my brother was running as an independent in our home district. That was a crazy dream; because all that happened was we made it down the street campaigning, and then became too frustrated. But every door I went to said they already knew he was running and were going to vote for him. It probably helps when you’re in your neighborhood and are all patients of your father. Great dream though.

I slept so well last night. Thank God midterms are over. I hate school.

Yesterday I had my Spanish test. I think I did very well. This is good.

After the test I went directly to the UM office. I thought yes, and extra hour and more money. That was a bad choice. No other work studies where there and the phone kept ringing. None stop ringing, which made the few tasks that I did have to accomplish take the whole three hours instead of thirty minutes.

I am crazy, as my friend Pearl pointed out to me. I could not sleep last week because I was thinking about rearranging the chairs in the Chapel. Quinn is still on her honeymoon, and I am in charge of the SJFR Chapel. Davis Trimble is speaking. It is free to everyone and open to the public. The only problem is that I have to move every single chair in the place. This is going to suck.

Gerry Studds died today. He was the first openly gay congressmen. Good for him.

Okay, have a great day!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

This seems inappropriate for the front page of msnbc.com.

I could not fall asleep until 2:30 last night. It was not good. Today I have my US Politics midterm. It should go well, I feel like I know these chapters very well.

Last night I made bread. This one had parmesan and sharp cheddar cheese and black pepper in it. It was absolutely great. Becky brought “Buck a Scoop” Chinese food and we ate that with the bread. It was so good. We also discovered that we really don’t have to talk because she already knows everything that is happening in my life.

Anthony has stated updating again which is good.

Becky flies to Omaha today for her Creighton interview. Good luck.

I don’t have anything else, mostly because I am very tired, so have a good day.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

BEST DAY EVER!!!!!! I got my Comparative Politics test back just now. I got an A-, which is good because I could have seen me failing this test. After I took the test I apologized for my horrible hand writing, and believe it or not, his is even worse. It is just loops, and I couldn’t decipher it, but one of the other PMs could.

So sorry about the crappy updates recently. This week is midterm week, and I am a little out of it, which is very bad. Yet again, I couldn’t get to sleep. So starting today didn’t go very well.

“Since You’ve Been Gone” just came on, it really is the best day ever. Yesterday the headline in the Denver Post was an article on the Colorado 5th congressional district. This district includes the Springs, and is solid Republican territory, but apparently is in play this year. The incumbent is retiring. I meet with one of his aids last spring when I was in DC for the SOA lobbying day and ISN conference. I loved that trip, good time.

I have no thoughts on anything today, except to say that North Korea scares me, and these next few weeks should be very important in how safe America, and the majority of the world, will be.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

No, this has not been my week. I can’t sleep, I cant concentrate, and I can’t keep doing this. Yesterday I felt like crap so I didn’t go to Ethics because we were just going over our papers. Comparative Politics and Spanish were in no way enjoyable. Then, after work, which was also miserable, I tried to take a nap while watching V For Vendetta. That was a bust, but I love that movie. I am in a facebook group for this wonderful movie, an I received this message from it the other day. Here it is:

"Good evening, London. Allow me first to

apologize for this interruption..."

With a little less than a month to go, I felt it necessary to point out the fact that those united behind V marched on Parliament as soon as it became November fifth (midnight of the fourth). The fourth of November is a Saturday this year, which makes it perfect for gatherings which can lead up and past midnight. Just an innocent observation.
I'll leave the rest up to you.
"There's no certainty - only opportunity." –V

I thought that was good.

Not much else, so I need to go. Okay, bye.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Okay, so I have been very lazy today. Really a very lazy weekend. I need to buckle down and get more done. Friday was good. My Comparative Politics prof said that there was a wide range of scores on the test, which scared me. Then he told us that some people had done two countries from either Western Europe or two from Central or Eastern Europe, instead of one from each region. We had the question for two weeks before the test, but some people still got it wrong, so I figure I didn’t do too badly.

Saturday was a waste. I had a program with a bunch of RAs and the other PM and we went to Golden Gate Canyon. It was great, and we had wonderful weather, but the program took four hours. I will post some pictures later. Because of that, the day was kind of a waste. I fell asleep sitting up at 8PM lat night, I woke up at 10, and made my way to my bed.

Because the program went so long, I missed the first wedding in the new chapel. Congratulations to Quinn, my boss in UM and Chapel Manager, and Brent, I don’t know what his official title is but he is a big wig in res life. They are a cute couple. Congrats!! I am very jealous because they are going to the island of Kauai. Luck them.

Today, not much has happened. I did get suckered into being the sacristan at tonight’s mass. Fun. Also on today’s plate are homework, and SVU marathon on USA. The entire last season. Okay, I have no thoughts on anything today, so have a great day!!!

Friday, October 06, 2006

TGIF!!! I don’t have much to say today. My Catholic Traditions test went well I think. We should see them graded in about a month. This guys takes absolutely forever on everything.

Yesterday I was washing my hair in the shower, and I realized how much hair was falling out. So when I got out of the shower, I checked how far back, my bald spots are going, and I realized that they have gone past the line of my sideburns. Crap, I will soon be bald. I hate this.

That scary movie Jesus Camp is now playing in Denver and many other markets. I might go see it with Pearl this weekend. Okay, that is it. have a great day/weekend if I am too lazy to update.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

This wee has gone very quickly. Yesterday I was listening to music during my lunch break, and the song “One Two Step” came on. I started to laugh because this summer at Camp Reed I did dance and drama as a unit, and they did a little choreographed dance to it. it was great, but I hadn’t listened to that song since session one because I probably heard it about 50 time that week.

Lat night I took a nap from 6-8 which was absolutely great. I hadn’t napped in a long time and I was very tired. Then I went to mass at the hospitality house for the first time this year. It was good, but I couldn’t concentrate for the life of me.

Yesterday I had my comparative politics test, and I can honestly see getting anywhere from an A to an F. My thoughts were very clear in my head, but I’m not sure how clear they were after I wrote them. I hate essay tests. Today I have a catholic traditions test, it should be doable.

Becky is in Chicago at some med school that I have never heard of before. Good luck!!

Yesterday the Chancery, the main offices of the Spokane Diocese, was sold for 2.05 million dollars. The Cowles Co., owner of the Spokesman Review and KHQ and some other stuff, bought it. They own the rest of the block, and I really, really hope they don’t tear it down. It is a beautiful building.

Finally the Interior Department has a small problem. Apparently they looked at one weeks web use, and found more than 4700 hits to sexually explicit and gambling websites. I find this funny. Okay, have a good day!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

So today I have a Comparative Politics test, and I am kind of unsure about if what I prepared is going to be enough. We must compare and contrast a western European country with a central or eastern European country with regards to political settings. I am doing history and the affect of that history on current politics of the UK and Russia. I have a lot to write in 50 minutes, but I am not sure if I have enough proof, especially since we don’t get to take anything in with us, not even a note card for sources, but I guess that is okay because then I don’t have to sight my sources.

In other realms, by which I mean US politics, former Congressmen Foley could not have chosen a worse time to go into rehab. When he gets out in 30 days it will be less than a week till the midterms. That is going to suck even more for the Republicans. The latest NBC poll puts Bush back in the 30’s which is good, not that the president sucks, but that his up in the numbers has stopped.

I might go crazy for many reasons this week. First, I still don’t have access to the Spokesman online. Seriously, I need it. Next, tests and papers are staring to get to me. I hate school. Finally, I need a break, even just a day of not worrying about anything.

Last night for my hall hours I made cheddar parmesan bread. It was so good. Definitely the best bread I have made this year. It will defiantly be happening again. Okay that is it for today. Bye.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

I slept so well last night. It was so great. Today is going to be great also.

Last night Becky and I had family dinner. We made a chicken, broccoli, broccoli cheese soup dish that we served over pasta. We had a side dish of dollar potatoes, and dessert was this frozen fruit with sparkling cider. It was great.

Yesterday I learned a good lesson. Liturgical candles are supposed to have exactly 51% bees wax. This is kind of a problem, because the candles in the chapel refuse to burn evenly si they keep dripping. I think this is funny because my home parish always used what looked like a real candle, but it was really oil on the inside.

Yesterday and today the lappy was finally retuned in a two part sbemail.

Last night I had a nightmare. I set the bread machine to be ready at 9 in the morning, but then I realized after I started to eat it that I forgot to put the cheese in. then half of Regis showed up wanting some bread. Scary. Today I am making cheddar parmesan bread with queso dip. I cant wait. Have a good day!

Monday, October 02, 2006

Today, or really at sunset yesterday, is Yom Kippur. It is the holiest day of the Jewish year. Today they ask for forgiveness from God. Yesterday, they asked for forgiveness from other people.

So today is going to be a long day. Too many classes and meetings and homework. Yet again, I got a bad nights sleep. I need to figure out why that keeps happening.

Becky had a great Georgetown Interview, except for the part with the bomb threat that happened while she was there.

Yesterday was uneventful because I just did home work. So, short update today.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Today I woke up to someone calling my room phone for Jack and Dave’s Bar and Grill. People keep calling me instead of them. I’m doing my update before I go to mass. This weekend has been very long. The retreat was good, but like usual, I didn’t sleep very well. Whatever.

One of my coworkers, Tom “Tweeedle” Giardino from this summer wrote a note on how silly pro-lifers and anti-gay marriage people are. Here it is:

For my political science class we were reading things by Elizabeth
Cady Stanton and Frederick Douglass about women's rights and slavery,
respectively.

And I pondered the time when women couldn't vote, and black people
weren't citizens. I mean, now our governor is a woman, so the notion
that she shouldn't even be able to cast a ballot is laughable.

At one time, however it wasn't at all laughable. It was a seriously
contested issue that people fought ferociously for. Kind of like
abortion or same sex marriage in the 21st century.

If you're against either of those concepts, then that's your business.
Nonetheless, try to think 70 years into the future. Think of a time
when your grandsons and granddaughters will be in elementary school,
learning about the days when-- how silly!- some women were actually
publicly humiliated because they had received an abortion.

Think about the fact that your children will grow up in a nation where
same-sex marriage is no more rare than heterosexual divorce. And just
consider for a moment how ridiculous your views will seem to the
comparatively enlightened generations to come.

No gay marriage? Abortion is murder? Maybe for you, and maybe right
now. But blue-ribbon All-American citizens such as yourselves were
making black people use different drinking fountains and forbidding
women to vote just a few decades ago, concepts that seem archaic and
idiotic to any intelligent American today.

Not far down the road is a time where banning gay marriage will be
considered just as nonsensical as segregating high schools by race.
Keep that in mind the next time you ridicule a homosexual or proclaim
that you are "pro-life." Remember the bold, progressive nature of your
wonderful nation, and for crying out loud, embrace it.

Very well done Tom. In other news I can no longer read the Spokesman online because it says they can no longer confirm that I am a print subscriber. I hope it was only because my parents temporarily had it stopped being delivered. I hate it. if anyone with print subscription out there doesn’t have and SR.com account and would like me to set it up, I will do that for them if they let me use it.

This week is the Broncos off weekend, which is for the best because I has LOTS of homework to do. School sucks. Why do I have to have tests? Whatever. Okay, have a good day!