(A)musings

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Frohliche Weihnachten!

Hello All!

First of all, a huge MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! to all of you, or Happy Holidays for those who aren't into the whole Christmas thing. I don't think I can live up to Anders's christmas greetings, but Merry Christmas to all of you the same.

Now that we're in to the last gaps of the year, I think it's time for a little shameless soul baring and sappy words. Thanks to all of you who let me count you as my friends, you're a great bunch. Luke, you're the best artist I've ever had the privilege to call friend. Anton (I don't know if you read this but you get mention anyway), congratulations on your baptism and many blessings to you. MCpl. Justin (ditto), congrats too! Rochelle, I look forward to getting to know you better; since you seem to be okay for a best-friend's girlfriend, maybe just this once I can make an exception to 'the Rule.' Scott, thanks for lots of good times, good beer, and great quotes! Finally, Anders, my best bud (friend, mate, whatever), love ya lots; though we haven't always seen eye-to eye, I wouldn't trade the last 7(!) years f0r anything, here's hoping for many more. No matter what you say, you're still smarter than me! Maybe it's not manly to say this, but I love you all. God knows we could always do with more love in the world. To anyone that I've hurt this year (and I think you know who you are), I give you my apologies; let's make our peace, kay?

Anyway, that's enough of that for now (and yes, I do realize how much like an Oscar speech that read). A Merry Christmas to all of you, and all the best in the new year!

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Honey, I'm...

HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yep, that's right. As of 4:33pm CST, I am back in Saskatoon for a grand total of 17 whole days. Let the good times roll!

Todays German word "die Partys" it means "the Parties."

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Letters from the Brink

Another big hello to all of you out there in Bloggerland from the not-so-frozen North. We've had a spate of warm weather here in the supposed land of endless winter. Instead of having icy, slippery roads, we have mucky, slushy roads. I'm certainly not complaining about this unseasonal warm weather (+7!!), being as I seem to be allergic to winter. Now that I've discussed the weather, I turn to other, perhaps weightier, topics.

For those of you interested in following the Saga of the Broken Computer, I have arrived at what is, I hope, the final chapter. Today I got my computer back from CompuSmart all shiny and fixed up. No mention from the repair people what was wrong with it, though I suspect it was nothing more than a broken cable or loose screw, since all my files are still intact and resident on my hard-drive. All though I've had two free repairs from them (with an average cost of 2.5 computerless weeks),I would certainly have preferred to have needed no repairs in the first place. For this reason, my next computer will certainly be of a different stripe. All the same, I am DEFINITELY glad to have my own computer back.

Yesterday, I got my FGCC (Forest Grove Country Club) membership card in the mail. I don't now what exactly to think, but it's somewhat unsettling that I haven't attended the club for about 5 months and no one's noticed my abscence. I'm also a little disturbed by the content of the letter which accompanied my membership card, as well as the "commitment" that I have apparently made to the club in absentia. This will definietly be fodder for a beer fueled discussion when I get home; consider yourselves warned.

Penultimatley, a note on Scheduling. I wrote my first final today (Germ 111) write my next final tomorrow. Following that, I have 3 days off and write two finals on the 19th and one on the 20th. After my last final, I'm heading home to Saskatoon the 20th, and will be in Saskatoon until about the 7th of January.

Finally, today's German word is, "fertig," it means, "finished," which is both what I am in my German class and what I will be soon for the semester.

Hope you all have a great day, and happy (s)Nogging.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Over the Hump (My Hump, My lovely University lumps)

Today, after much effort and consternation, I turned in my final paper of the semester, a comparision of the major arguements and assumptions of two theorists of religion. Sigmund Freud's (the nut) big idea is that religion is a construct of civilization to insulate itself against nature (Future of an Illusion). On the other hand, Mircea Eliade's idea is that religion is the concept by which humanity (he says 'man,' but that's okay) positions itself in the cosmos. I am now more firmly convinced than ever before that Freud was, in fact, whacked. 'Nuff said about that.

Today I also got back my paper entitled, "Finding the Middle Way: Method in Reformation History," from Dr. Gow. It's somewhat gratifying when the professor writes something like, "An excellent historiographic critique, a good beginning on the path to an Honours degree, if you choose it." Even so, it was only for a 100 level class, so I'm not sure how I should take his praise. Anyway, I'll definitely take the grade.

Since I am now officially done all of my course work for this term and finish classes tomorrow, I am now in the position where I have to discipline myself to actually study on my days off. I'm now realizing that being somewhat less socially involved than in Saskatoon could be something of an advantage, as I won't be as tempted to go out in the evenings, stay out late, sleep late, and forget to study. That said, the siren song of the Altar of Capitalism still rings out clearly through the appartment. Perhaps I can get Rachelle to agree to a moratorium on electronic entertainment for the next week. Or I could grow some spine and just not watch.

Finally, the german word of the day is "Gl├╝hwein" it means (directly translated), "Glow-wine." More accurately, it is, "Mulled red wine with hints of lemon, cinammon, cloves, sugar, and cardamom.

Hope you all have a great day, and good luck to those of you writing finals!

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Why?

My roomate has decided that it is necessary for us to have the fireplace channel running constantly in the background.

On Positivity

It occurred to me last night, that my blog of late has been something of a long stream of bad news and self conscious naval gazing. In order to set my stream of consciousness on to a more positive tack, I have resolved to make a list of several good things or funny that have happened to me this week (in no particular order):

1. Playing Settlers of Catan with some folks from my church.
2. Having an hour long discussion with Zack about pipes, cigars, and other forms of Tobacco
3. Dr. Andrew Gow singing "The Star Spangled Banner" in German, in History 111.
4. Finishing my two essays on time, without having to stay up past 10:00 any night.
5. Beating the Christmas rush to IKEA.
6. Eating Brownie Earthquakes at DQ.
7. Discovering how great Benylin is for coughs.
8. Making money tutoring.
9. Starting a new job at Staples.
10. Finding out that I get 50% off any thing at Staples that has a price ending in a 7
11. Finishing my German exam ahead of everyone else in the class.

Only those 11 things have come to mind so far, I'm hoping that the week beginning today will have more than this past week.

The German word of the day is "die Umfrage" it means "the Survey"

Hope you all have a better day, and a great week!

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Journals and Jeremiads

Again, I find that I must apologize to all of my (I hope) faithfull readers. This last week has been a rather stressful one, what with having 2 essays to finish up, an exam in German, and starting my new job. Add to that the fact that my computer is still in the shop and I can't speak, it seems to be a wonder that I made it.

Though my computer is still in the shop, I have now finished my essays (one more for the term) and I definitely think that my voice is on the mend. I even managed to get some Christmas shopping done yesterday. All in all, I'm definitely glad that the week is over, but it doesn't look so bad from this end.

In other news, here is my movie journal for the month of November:

Nov. 4
Boondock Saints

Nov. 5
Traffic
El Mariachi

Nov. 18
St. Elmos Fire

Nov. 19
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Nov. 20
After Life

Nov. 25
The Phantom of the Opera
Love Actually

Nov. 26
Almost Famous

I know it's not as extensive as some others, but it is what it is.

Finally, today's German word is "der Feuerkelch," it means "Fire Goblet"

Hope you all have a great day!