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I am currently working one of those amazingly boring PM desk shifts because lately I don't work and when I actually do, it ends up being desk. And nothing is going on at all. Thank goodness I only have 3 hours and 15 minutes left. Not that I'm counting.

As for my own computer, I called Emachines this morning and they couldn't figure out what's wrong with it so since it's still under warranty I am sending it back to them and they will fix it, hopefully within the next 3 weeks or so. It would be nice to have it back when school starts in 41 days so that I can write my many papers.

Not much going on really, so I think that about wraps up this rather boring journal entry and it must be time to read.

Love you all.

I feel strangely: bored bored
The sounds of: The Who-Sister Disco

3 justified through grace / for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
Hello all, I know it's been a little bit since my last entry so I'll try to get you up to speed for those of who care.

I feel like I haven't been working much at all because I've had a number of days off in the past week and when I have been working it's been mostly desk shifts and meals and such. Which is semi-annoying because those typically don't involve a lot of actual work and it means not much interaction with the rest of my wonderful staff. It's also hard to believe that work ends in under a month. As much as I look forward to school beginning again I have enjoyed the summer, and I'm sorry if you feel that I've complained too much.

Last Wednesday Wyatt and I went and played pick-up again and it was great fun. Some of those kids can really play too, so if they end up playing on teams in college (most are recent high school grads) then they will be real quality players. Afterwards I went home with Wyatt because he needed to do some insurance stuff at home the next day so we stayed until Thursday evening.

On the way home Ann called and asked if she could come visit this weekend and of course I said yes, even though I had to work. I asked Stacy (the head CA) if I could come in early in Saturday so I would have more time to spend with her and Stacy just gave me the day off because she said I do enough and everything was under control, which was extremely kind of her. So I spent the day with Ann just chilling around, which involved me getting beaten at Risk and lots of talking. The power decided to go out around 6:30 on Saturday so I was extremely glad to have her there because I would have been bored otherwise. We went to church Sunday morning and then she headed back to camp. This weekend made me so glad to be with her yet again, and I'm excited to see her when school starts because it will be much less difficult to encourage her if I see her everyday. When I got back from work John Ramsay told me that since the power went out again (at like 6 AM) we did not really have work to do, so I sat around for most of the day and read a book or two.

And that leads me to the major point of this: I may not be updating too frequently anymore because I think my computer is broken. Hopefully not, but I think so. Because of the power surges I think something happened to it, because I've done everything the troubleshooting manual tells me to do and it still does not work. So, if you don't hear from me too often, that is probably why.

So in conclusion, if it ends up being even less frequent that I update and read your updates, I still...

love you all.

I feel strangely: hot hot
The sounds of: Electric Light Orchestra-Strange Magic

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
We lost our game last night 15-11. It was slightly annoying because we did not play all that well and people seemed to be getting annoyed with each other but not really saying anything. Although sometimes it's better that you not say anything, but for whatever reason it just ended up being a poorly played game. I scored 3 or 4 times but I know I could have played better too. That puts us at 3-4 so hopefully we can do well in our last 3 games.

We have a volleyball game tonight, which is exciting. We are 5-0 and are pretty much unstoppable. I was going to go play pick-up again but it looks like I'll have to tell Wyatt I will not be going.

I'm working meals today because Natalie wanted to switch for some reason. I started reading The Fall by Albert Camus and so far I really like it. Camus challenges me.

I'm off tomorrow and Friday.

One of these days I need to do laundry.

Love you all.

I feel strangely: tired tired
The sounds of: Alan Parsons Project-I Wouldn't Want to Be Like You

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
So I'm sitting here working at the front desk listening to the Led Zeppelin album "Physical Graffiti" and this FCA staff guy comes up and compliments my music choice and I say thanks and ask him if he's a fan. He replies that he is arguably their biggest fan so that's cool and I help him check in his keys. Two minutes later he asks, so what does your tattoo mean? And that's when I think to myself that he deserves to be slapped. (For those of you that don't know, I have the four symbols off of the Zoso album tattooed on my right forearm.) Anyone who claims to be Zeppelin's biggest fan should probably recognize these symbols.

Love you all.

I feel strangely: annoyed annoyed
The sounds of: Led Zeppelin-Kashmir

7 justified through grace / for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
I may in fact have the most amazing girlfriend ever.

Yeah, it's official. I do indeed have the best girlfriend.

I feel strangely: jubilant jubilant
The sounds of: Tesla-Signs

6 justified through grace / for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
On the request of Johanna I am updating now since it would appear I had gotten sidetracked the last few days. I did try and update on like Thursday at work but duty unfortunately called.

Not too much is happening in general. Wyatt and I began to work on our video for ultimate with the help of Amanda and Kara filming. On Tuesday it was just us throwing around but Wednesday we went along with DJ to play pick-up with some kids at a local high school and got some decent footage.

Work was actually somewhat intense lately. I worked PM desk on Thursday and then got AM desk on Friday. After that I got to look forward to being on call on Saturday. The desk shifts were actually incredibly busy because FCA is here and they are rather demanding and rude. It makes for little or no fun when clients are like that. Most are somewhat easy to deal with but they just seem to walk in this manner that they are better than everyone else. Yesterday I barely had to work though because there just wasn't anything for us to do.

I finished reading Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll. It was amazing and I would recommend it to all.

I also got to talk to Ann on Saturday night for the first time in a while, so it was great to catch up.

We are in fact going to Wildwood at the end of the month for the Beach Ultimate Tourney and we have a sick team. We've got Wyatt, Tim, myself, Gene Gene, Brian Lawser, Todd King (hopefully), Meredith Lawser, Mandy and this one other girl. Should make for fun times.

It's been good all, but not too much going on really. Got a game tomorrow night so I'm psyched.

Love you all.

I feel strangely: awake awake
The sounds of: Jethro Tull-Mother Goose

2 justified through grace / for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
I don't know why it is but these past few days I just seem to feel sad more. I miss Ann like it's my job, which I think it is to an extent. I miss home. I miss Eastern people. I don't know.

I also feel confused more. I spend so much time thinking that I believe it is quite possible I think too much, or at least dwell on certain thoughts more than is better for my mental well-being.

Amy was up here yesterday and I hung out with her for a while last night, which was good fun catching up with her.

I should have gone with all the Doane people to see fireworks but I fell asleep for a bit while reading and then just woke up.

I will be oh so happy when school starts again.

Wyatt and I are both off tomorrow and Wednesday. I am oh so looking forward to that.

Seeing as it is 8:15 it would appear that I have enough stuff to occupy myself until I fall asleep for the night.

Sometimes writing is the only cure. Sometimes. Other times its music. But most of the time it's Ann, the person I can't be with right now. All the time it's God, which is awesome. But it still is difficult sometimes because I still refuse to let things go. It's difficult to surrender things to Him, at least for me. I would certainly like to become slightly more skilled in that manner.

Happy Independence Day.

Love you all.

I feel strangely: lonely lonely
The sounds of: The Beatles-Ask Me Why

2 justified through grace / for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
One thing I'm quickly finding out is that I really don't have a clue as to what I want to do with my life. I am technically a history major, or at least I declared it last semester. I am a history major because I enjoy learning it and it's easy for me, but when people ask what I'm going to do with that I have yet to really come up with a response. I could teach and sometimes I think I may do that, but education classes are boring and I don't feel like wasting my time with that. I have two other ideas that I am weighing into my decision. The first is English Literature, but once again I don't know what I'll do with that if I don't teach. The third is Environmental Studies, which is entirely unrelated to both of the others. But I am beginning to like that sort of stuff so I may decide to take some classes in that area to see if I want to change my major. The nice thing is that since I came in as a sophomore I have time and room to experiment a bit. And I can always double major and hope the combination leads me somewhere. Oh well, luckily I don't have to make any decisions at the moment. I hope.

Love you all.

I feel strangely: curious inquisitive
The sounds of: The Beatles-Piggies

7 justified through grace / for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
I worked meals today, which means I go and sit at the front of the cafe and count with a clicker the number of people who are attending conferences who choose to dince at Eastern. I sat from 7-9 and no one came in. I sat from 12-1 and 5 people came in. I sat from 4:30-6 and 450 came in, but we had to stay open until 6:30 until the other 100 showed up.

I worked for an hour and a half after lunch because the regular staff needed help. I enjoy monotonous and tedious work because I can think during it.

This day has generally been less than fun. Of course, that is largely because I did nothing special or out of the ordinary to make it exciting.

A bolt of lightning nearly killed my roommate last night. That is extremely scary.

I have decided that it is much more difficult to be a genuinely nice person than it is to be a jerk. However, it is not fun at all to be a jerk. I remember when I was one. It sucked. I am not a jerk anymore. Or at least I don't think I am. Tell me if I am. It is much more fun and rewarding to be nice to people.

I edited my poem for Ann during breakfast shift and made feeble attempts at composing haikus. I like haikus.

I finished reading The Poet and the Donkey by May Sarton. Go here to read about it.

I'm going to walk in to town now to return a movie for lack of anything better to do. Then I think I will watch my Led Zeppelin dvd for lack of anything better to do.

I'm a dreamer.

Love you all.

I feel strangely: discontent discontent
The sounds of: Led Zeppelin-Boogie With Stu

11 justified through grace / for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
I decided that I like 6 AM shifts. I don't know if I would enjoy it every morning but it was especially nice waking up at 5:15 and it's so peaceful. I just sat outside for like 30 minutes after leaving a voicemail for Ann and just listened to the sounds. It is so amazing and you can watch the sunrise.

I went running today. Hard running. It was the first hard run I've done in forever. Or practically that long.

I talked to my parents which was nice but they kept asking about if I was bored and/or lonely up here and wouldn't you know it, soon enough that's how I felt. Not that it's their fault, just weird.

Ann called me a little later which definitely helped. It's so nice to hear from her.

I walked to town to buy crayons and a coloring book but could find no decent coloring books. I will have to make Wyatt drive me to Walmart when he gets back.

I wrote Ann a poem, which helped my overall mood.

I work meals tomorrow. I also have high goals for myself tomorrow. These goals will probably not happen because they never seem to.

I see Ann, Alicia, Mike and possibly others in 35 days.

Love you all.

I feel strangely: sad sad
The sounds of: Sonicflood-My Refuge

6 justified through grace / for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God