go go go go sleep

28 12 2005

I should sleep but won’t just yet.

Break has turned out to be interesting so far. Seeing the family is
great, and I love it. We’ve been really lazy, watching lots of funny
stuff. So far: Madagascar, Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story, TONS of
Arrested Development, my new Muppet Show DVDs and more I’m sure. I had
an hour long pillow fight with my sister which drained us both and
essentially ended in a draw. Boy, that brought back memories… except
now it doesn’t end in tears. She fights back and actually can get me
down and covering my head pretty often. That was fun and nothing was
broken. Sweet!

I talked to our family dentist today about shadowing him, and he said
yes, so now I have to get at least 30 hours of shadowing done over
break. It will be both cool and break-consuming. Mer. On the same
topic, I’m going to be meeting sometime over break with a UofM
professor/general practitioner. He’s friends with the neighbor, and so
our nice, very cool neighbor will be setting up some kind of meeting
when I call him. I’m a bit nervous about that.

Grades are not yet in… nope, just checked again. So far, my grades
indicate a semester 4.0, but that’s not including psych and biochem.
EEK… biochem will likely be my first college __. I say __ because it
could be anywhere froma B to an F. That really scares me. Really.

Mad props to the friends in physics who made us the best section in
class and to Erin 1 for getting 19th in the class. Woo hoo. I still
need to find out how Erin 2 and Tommy did… and the gang from 103…
and the other random people I know in that class. I hope all did well.

I have a poetry and quotation fixation lately, and Shel Silverstein has
been filling that void. My away messages and other parts of my life
have been filled with his stuff lately. My favorite poem:

The saddest thing I ever did see
was a woodpecker peckin’ at a plastic tree.

There probably is a better favorite of mine, but that one always comes to mind first.

Ok. Sleep now.



27 12 2005

Christmas was a blast. We had a great time, and I’m so glad to be home.

Book Reviews

25 12 2005

To preface this, Katrien just got a gift certificate for Amazon, so I reviewed some books for her. I just got $50 for Barnes and Noble, so I would value some reviews from you folks. PLEASE POST THEM, ESPECIALLY THE “MUST READS”!!!. Here are mine:

Life of Pi by Yann Martel – I can’t even tell you anything about this book because I feel like I’d spoil it for you. Needless to say, one of the most amazing books I’ve ever read.

Ishmael by Daniel Quinn – I read this book right after Life of Pi. It’s philosophy and religion wrapped in an edible book, and it makes you think outside of the perspective of mankind about what we really are to this planet.

The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King – These are my favorite books ever. I’d recommend trying the Gunslinger and seeing if you like it. The series is like nothing else King has written. It’s a mix of fantasy and reality that just made me crave more. If you want, I could loan these to you. Just let me know before break is over, and I could get them all back with me.

The Missing Piece and the Big O by Shel Silverstein – I’ll push anything Silverstein wrote, but this one was happy and sad and rings true to daily life. I loved it and actually just bought it today to give to my sister on Christmas… which is today. Merry Christmas! Other Shel books that amaze me: The Giving Tree, Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, etc.

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson – This one should be super cheap on amazon, and it’s a great read… really fast. It’s funny, and it intertwines humor with the history and preservation efforts of the Appalachian Trail.


21 12 2005

Grades, as reflected in my most recent entry, are not that important in the grand scheme. That’s why I don’t get REALLY stressed out during finals. For once, though, I’m facing the very real possibility of failing a class. I didn’t take biochem as seriously as I should have, and now I’m paying the price. We’ll see how it goes. On the plus side, I got great grades in radio and insect biocontrol, and I’m looking at a great grade in physics. Psych test is tomorrow at noon. Wish me luck.

Psych and stuff

20 12 2005

I just watched a video called Awakenings, about the remainder of a group of people who had Parkinsons disease froma strange outbreak during the 20s and 30s. Seeing what their life is like has horrified me… not by what I see of them, but by what I feel about myself.

I’m not sleeping right now because I had too much coffee because I am worried about how I’ll do on exams and how that will affect my life in the future. I realize now how infinitesimal that problem is compared to what my problems could be. I also realize what a gift I have in my life and what I should be making of it.

I know that I will avoid putting my parents in a home for as long as possible. I will love them and never pass up on opportunity to show them that. Same goes for my grandparents. And if the times comes when they have to be in a home, I’ll visit them as much as humanly possible.


20 12 2005

sick of it

That order.

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