Friday, October 19, 2001

Oh, and yes, I am still alive. ^_~

Life's gotten a little busy. Unfortunately, it appears I'm looking for a new driver on Thursday nights. I don't suppose any of my fellow students are free? I will pay in gas money and baked treats of all kinds!

On the upside, I'm not officially aware of several muscles in my body that perviously, to my knowledge, did not exist. They are currently extractin their revenge for my blindness.

But oh, do I love fencing.

Au revoir amigos!
There we go.
The comments are finally fixed. ^_^

I thought this quote fitting, since I've been devoting so many hours of my life to writing an essay on this book.

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"All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned, and man is at last compelled to face with sober senses, his real conditions of life, and his relations with his kind."
-The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

Wednesday, October 03, 2001

"Lighting trees in darkness,
learning new ways from the old, and
making sense of history
and drawing warmth out of the cold."

-Dar Williams
Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quieitly and clearly; and listen to others.
Even to the dull and ignorant; The too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons; the are vexatious to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in you own career, however humble,
It is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
Many persons strive for high ideals,
And everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself.

Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
For in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
It is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
Gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe
No less than the trees and the stars.
You have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
Whatever you concieve Him to be.
And whatever your labours and aspirations,
In the noisy confusion of life,
Keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams,
It is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.
Man, I can get pretty grumpy when I'm studying! Usually I'd welcome the break a telephone call offers, but I'm a little worried, and so was the caller. Ah well. A little sleep and we'll both be better off.

It's been a while since I had a real test, what with essay writing and assignments being my main sources of marks last year. Except for Calculus first semester, last year, that is. This whole "test" thing is a little more complicated than I remembered.

It used to be easy to pick out relevant information and study it, now, I'm slightly more lost. It's also been a while since I did any kind of science, so although Japanese was no walk in the park, I know what to expect now (it should've been easier, but I over thought it.) so that's okay.

Computer science though..... Yeesh. Just because I knew the language almost 4 years ago (I didn't realize grade 11 was so long ago!!) I went pretty easy on it. And the whole moving the lecture hall to an undisclosed location for a week or so..... let's just say I'm a little worried? ^_^ (Only I could manage to be unable to find out where my lecture was. Even the Registrar couldn't help me! URG! Ah well, they eventually discovered it and posted it.)

I don't think the test'll be hard once I get in there though. I'm going over notes, and the textbook. The programs I looked at online are really basic, could do them in my sleep, but it's all those nasty definitions and memory work that worry me. I've played with this stuff too long to be looking at weird ways of discribing them! *grin*

SOCS is as great as ever. Nick bought Risk. That game is the worst. Much more distracting and involving than cards. You can finish Euchre and Hearts pretty quickly but, you lose a good 4 hours to that game, they melt away. One minute you're placing your armies, the next, the first guy gets eliminated, you look at your watch, and it's 12. You started at 9. (:

Kinda makes you feel like a geek. Maybe lounge rat is more appropriate. But why walk home between classes? "Home" was as stark and boring as a jail cell, until recently! Jana and I attacked the poster sale. Together we bought two posters. They really brightened up the kitchen/common room. Then I went back and got a few for myself. I still haven't hung them yet. I've been trying to study ever since that diversion.

I think this is the longest I've been at my desk all year! And I have a feeling a lot more time will be spent here. At least I've developed much better study habits!! ^_^

My posts get awfully long when I'm trying to avoid homework don't they? (: Well if it was just homework I could justify this a lot easier.

Fencing is much more fun than I anticipated. This week we started working on our attack. Funny things, like learning to lunge forward properly with the whole kicking out your foot thing. Nearly fell over the first time, but I think I have it now. At least our on guard position doesn't look near so awkward. It even feels more natural.

We've perfected our guard, and stabbed people for the first time! To get used to the feel of the resistance. We actually do real attacks next week..... *GRIN*

Riding isn't really working out like it's supposed to. I'll have to wait until NEXT week now. This is getting a little outrageous. I may even be able to exercise horses for the farm the family of a SOCS member, IF I can get these lessons going again. I need to get back into shape. It's been over a month!

My legs are generally in a state of constant pain, though at the moment, they're remarkably well. Biking, fencing, running around campus......I'm usually too sore to hit the gym! I didn't bike today, and I'll go work out tomorrow, hopefully by keeping it low they'll have a chance to heal (: No more bike racing, and no more lunging for the next few days........My poor quads.

I'm in the middle of rearranging things in my room. It's not set up right yet, but I just don't have the time. At least I'm getting my laundry done! Even if I'm not getting much studying done right now......

Speaking of laundry..........

And studying for that matter. Enough typing, back to the grind!! Have fun guys, talk to you soon!

Hypnotist tonight?

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If you find a path with no obstacles,
it probably doesn't lead anywhere."
- Frank A. Clark