Monday, April 30, 2007

1 down, 2 to go. Yes, I only have 3 tests for finals, but I have 2 3-4 page papers due on Thursday and a 25 pager due Friday!!! But hey, things are looking up. I have my Asian History test at 10 today, and then my IR on Wednesday. I can see the light.

The key to passing my Spanish final this morning had many parts. First, I watched the Goblet of Fire in Spanish as I fell asleep. Then, for breakfast I had Lil’ Burrito. Then, as a pump up song before the test I listened to this song. And finally I got my final Spanish composition back before the test and got a 93 on it. YEAH!!!

I cannot wait until I finish my education paper. Then, the semester will be over and I will start to learn Italian.

So, in the news, congratulations to Tony Snow for returning to work. Health is a non-partisan issue, and as much as I yell at him when he is on TV, it will be good to have him back. Also, Google appears to be coming closer to indexing all information in the world. I haven’t gotten an email yet asking to index my mind, so they still have a way to go, but it is coming closer.

Have a great day, I sure am.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

I really like this song. It is lots of fun. In other music news, who thought that adding Bright Eyes to my favorite music on facebook would have such backlash? I certainly thought that not that many people would even see. Weird.

Yesterdays top 6:

6. Payday.

5. Kathryn being offered a sexual favor by a stranger over my phone

4. A Brother (I don’t know what order) almost killing me after hearing about my letter to the AB.


2. Watching the wonderful Mrs. Henderson Presents.

1. Spending part of my afternoon on the Waller’s porch after work.

Here is the main point of my update today. What are your thoughts on education reform. For my Comparative Public Policy final paper I need to do a policy recommendation. I am doing mine on education, but I am having problems creating a broad spectrum reform. Whatever you could leave as a comment would be amazing. Thanks!!!

Friday, April 27, 2007

This youtube video is another perfect example of why the internet was invented. Warning: that video will get stuck in your head, which is really bad if you want a good quality of life.

Becky had never heard of Flight of the Concords until the Mr. Regis competition last week. This is the song Zach did for his talent. Hilarious.

Last night Kathryn, Becky, Nicole and I had Gang Garee Gai. It was great fun except for the spilled fish sauce, which is in no way a pleasant experience. The potatoes were perfect as was the curry. Kathryn tried to cut off her finger will chopping the potato but did not succeed. Thanks all involved. BEST FAMILY DINNER EVER!!!

If anyone was looking for comment on the Democratic Presidential Debate I have nothing for you. I was making dinner and missed most of it. I will have something for you before the weekend ends. However I do have a comment of the Republican candidates. The Republicans need to stop using fear as a wedge. Keith Olbermann’s special comment from Wednesday night says in all.

I am kind of mad at the weatherman. This weekend is going to be too beautiful which will make studying for finals all too difficult.

Okay, have a great day, after all, it is the last day of classes.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

It has been too long. I am sorry. I am just very lazy and it was Ranger Week, so don’t blame me. Here is a list of things that made the time since my last update great.

More than 100 people came to my peace vigil. YEAHHHH!!

Tom Reynolds (VP for Mission) and Diane Cooper (Dean of Student Life) both were in attendance.


Mr. Regis competition.

Stories from the keg race (no mother I did not go, don’t worry).

Lots of free food on Friday (free breakfast thanks to the Town House RAs, free lunches thanks to Earth Week, Res Life, and Athletics, and free dinner thanks to the Hospitality House).

My Spanish teacher calling me smart.

Getting a 95 on my Asian History test.

Not nearly enough dancing to this song.


Reasons WA is better than CO. here and here

Dance Party in UM.

Arguing with people.

The faculty speak out Wed. on the steps of the library. Lots of good things said.

The new Will Ferrell video.

Not doing anything.

Winning “The Weakest Link” on Play Station.



A fabulous dinner at ESPN Zone with Drew, Josh, Jerry, and Pearl.

Post-dinner cake from The Market.

School almost being over.

That is all I can think of right now, but I had an amazing week, and I need more sleep, so have a great day.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

This is all you get today.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Well today was quite eventful.

Today’s edition of The Highlander (the Regis weekly) featured multiple articles on discrimination and diversity. Here is the best place to start. It is a letter written by the faculty regarding the events of last Friday. Next we take you to the letter I co-wrote and signed along with 24 other students. Fr. Sheeran finally decided to take an interest with what has happened on the campus in this letter to the community. And finally, if you are too lazy to read the others, here is the front page article over viewing everything. Oh, and University Ministry and the Religious Studies Department had a response as well.

In addition to all this I am planning a candlelight vigil for tomorrow for peace on our campus. It is going to be at 9:30 in front of the Student Center. Everyone should go.

In other news I feel as though the Peter Paul and Mary song “Light One Candle” would be appropriate. My heart goes out to all those effected by the tragedy at VT yesterday. At Regis we had a prayer service for all effected by this tragedy and the press turned out in droves. There were at least 4 video cameras and 6 photographers there. They kind of messed with the feel of the service. However, I was quoted by the Channel 2 news.

Okay, that is all I really have to say today. Have a good day!!

Saturday, April 14, 2007

First, there is some good news. On Monday Tom will being moving to his rehab facility in the great state of Colorado. He will be at Craig Hospital in there Spinal Cord Injury program. Craig has been listed in the 10 tem rehab hospitals since US News and World Report started ranking them in the 80’s. It is a great facility and I will get to see him for the last three weeks of school. Also, he has been having pretty bad headaches, and he didn’t have any! Please keep praying for him though.

One of the greatest things about America is the fact that the government protects (usually) those who speak out against it. We are given the right to say that our commander in chief, our congress, out courts, our governors, and our mayors are all horrible at their jobs. Not so true in Russia, which is really really scary to me.

In other not so shocking news, “abstinence only” sex education doesn’t work. Who would have thought that teenagers would have sex? It just doesn’t make sense. The next natural question should be “How much did this federally funded study cost?”

Last night at the Hospitality House (which had neither movies nor smoothies as I was promised) we were trying to come up with the phrase that if Googled would most likely have federal agents pounding down the door. I feel the discussion would have been easier if Bush gets what he wants.

Okay, have a great day.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

No new news on Tom, but I hope to hear something today. Any and all of my Regis readers are invited to daily mass on Friday at 11:30 which will be said for Tom.

Congrats to the best big sister ever, Becky, (except for Manda) for winning an ipod shuffle and giving it to me. Thanks Beckers.

I was so incredibly happy on Tuesday when I saw that the Senate was debating a bill that would relax the ban on federal funding for stem cell research. It passed yesterday 63-34. The bill allows embryos that would have been tossed anyway, also known as embryonic stem cells, to receive federal funding. What a great day. The House is supposed to adopt the Senate version sometime next week. Unfortunately, the bill is four votes short of the veto override in the Senate.

I might understand why a college would not have the fiscal year ending on the 31st of December, but the Regis FY ends on April 30th?!? School is still in session then. What an odd time to have it end.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Stay tuned for a rare Monday update…..

Yes, I know that I never update on Mondays, but I am today.

Tom Everett is doing better. During a late Saturday, early Sunday surgery, things went very well. He has what is called an incomplete spinal cord injury. That means that the spinal nerve was not completely ripped in two. He has great control of both his arms, and was able to eat ice cream and drink apple juice. He has pretty much non existent feeling below his belly button, but he did have some sensation of having to go to the bathroom. I ask that you continue to pray for Tom, his family, and his friends. To help raise funds for his medical care, Tom’s best friend is designing t-shirts for Bloomsday. Unfortunately, Regis’ graduation is that day so I will not be in Spokane, but my thoughts and prayers will be with those running for him.

This website has a lot of promising research about spinal cord injuries.

Mad props to Katie Reichard, Tom’s girlfriend. She has kept me updating on everything that is happening. She is so strong, and I ask that you keep her in your heart these next few weeks.

Hopefully Tom will be off to Portland, OR for rehab within a week. Portland will be the best place for Tom to get the care he needs.

Tom seems to have consumed my life this weekend, but I couldn’t imagine a better person to consume it. Just a reminder that if you want to send him a letter you can do that here. Oh, and if you were wondering who the patron saint of paralysis is, that would be St. Wolfgang.

Good luck Tom!! Stay strong. Stay happy. Stay you.

This is a picture I stole from facebook of Katie and Tom. How cute!!!

Sunday, April 08, 2007

I’m dreaming of a white Easter. Especially since we had a brown Christmas.

All in all the Easter and Pre-Easter liturgies went very well. No real large mistakes that were my fault, and the congregation really only knew of one mistake. Grace, I am looking in your direction.

Today will be my day of rest. Yesterday I was pretty worthless, but I should receive more new about Tom today.

I feel obligated to give you some political view today. I haven’t found a single story relating the release of the British soldiers as an “Easter gift” to the release of Barabbas as a Passover gift. Why not? I think it would make a great story.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Today’s update brings mostly bad news. Yesterday will skiing, one of my JCs from this past summer was in an accident. He was “almost certainly paralyzed” according to the message I received from his girlfriend. Tom Everett is an amazing young man, and if I ever have kids I hope they are just like him.

He was transferred to Harborview Medical Center at the University of Washington a few hours ago. UW has amazing stem cell researchers in the UW Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine. Please keep Tom, the Everett Family, Katie his girlfriend, and all Tom’s friends in your prayers.

If you would like to send Tom a message, you can click this link and it will be delivered to him. Just so you know, that page is kind of slow.

Friday, April 06, 2007

This week has been a very long week. Liturgy planning actually takes quite a bit. Yesterdays Holy Thursday ceremony was absolutely beautiful. And on the plus side, the water used to was our feet was nice and warm.

Today is Good Friday. The crucifixion has always put me on edge a little bit. It is the true sign of Jesus’ humanity, but in Luke’s account, he seems so much more divine than human. So I really don’t get it. Plus, some times I feel as though there is a lot of Catholic guilt around this time of the year.

On the plus side, I do get to listen to a lot of Jesus Christ Superstar today!

I am currently watching the press conference by some of the British soldiers who were captured and released from Iran. They are very eloquent for their answers, and I am amazed by their poise through such hardships.

Today will involve no meat, a Good Friday service, and probably a nap.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

After screwing up the last facebook update, Facebook has created a group previewing the changes. I am not sure that I like them.

I believe the word “uneceptable” should refer to President Bush’s handling of the war, not the Democrats stance on the war. This does look like the beginning of the Bush strategy to blame the veto on the Dems. Either that or Bush getting a little nervous and is trying to make the congress blink first in this game of political chicken.

I cannot believe Tom Tancredo gets an MSNBC politics page for himself. I only have one thing to say about him: if he gets one vote, may God have mercy on this country.

Snakes on a plane? No, snakes at Google. Thank goodness Anthony is on a visit to a California office, not the infested NY office.

Happy Holy Week to all. Today I only have one class, blood donating, and work. An easy day will be nice.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

While working out with Becky on Friday I weighed myself for the first time in around 2 months. I am down to 206 pounds. I haven’t weighed this little since sophomore year of high school. My mother is of course worried that I am not eating enough.

This guy from youtube is amazing. I wish I could do that. While on the subject of youtube, congrats to all of the Keithies nominees and winners. Good job.

I don’t particularly like the new MSNBC look.

I went on the Regis Men’s retreat this weekend. We went to State Forest State Park which was a little windy yesterday, but was perfect today. It was nice to have a weekend off before these last five weeks of crazy school. This retreat involved quite a bit: my first snowshoeing experience, lots of wind, lots of food, lots of fire, and many great conversations.

This week is holy week, which means a four day week, but I do have a test in International Relations on Wednesday, and a take home test in Asian History. So the week won’t be too much of a breeze.