Thursday, December 29, 2005

A Bloody Cockscomb? ...Not quite

You know what I did this morning?!
I cut my thumb with a comb... that's right... with a regular ol' comb! I was brushing my hair and pulled pretty hard on the comb that was in my right hand... my left thumb just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and the comb landed squarely on the top of it, taking off a little layer of skin, slicing into my thumb a bit and getting under the nail. OUCH! It really smarted... but, all-in-all, it was just kind of bizarre that I managed to cut myself (and it did bleed) with a COMB.

Who knows - maybe that'll be the next item they confiscate at airport check-ins! Those lethal combs - they'll get ya everytime!!

You know it.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Merry Second-Day-of-Christmas!

Good afternoon! It's an unseasonably warm afternoon for us here. Feels more like Easter than Christmas!! Yesterday, we broke the record high by one degree - the new record high for December 26 is 61 degrees!!! :O Insane.

Well, I hope you all had very nice Christmas Days. We (all but Dad) went to Midnight Mass - although Rose and I had to get there at 10 in order to get decent seats! The church was - predictably - packed with about 3 people on every kneeler and people at least two rows deep standing the whole way round the church. I got to bed about 3-something in the morning and Joey woke me up a little after 9 for breakfast and to open presents. I got some very nice things this year - an iPod and an FM-transmitter-car-charger-combo to go with it, a 300-mm lens for my digital camera, a taple-top tripod, a silk lens cloth, a cool book on photography, a musical jewelry box ("Fur Elise"), Hayley Westenra's new CD, and clothes. (Thank you, everyone!!!) Lindsey arrived just as we had finished opening our presents to each other, so then we opened all the ones from her and she opened hers from us. After opening gifts, we spent a few hours just playing with all our new toys. ;) Mom and Rose had gotten digital cameras, so the flashes were going off like crazy everywhere one turned! ;) Sarah Brown called and I got to talk to her for about 20 minutes. Then chatted online with Jozef. We went to take a Christmas family picture and got really silly, resulting in many incriminating photos. :P After a casual dinner (everyone was too full of sweets and goodies to eat a real holiday dinner) of tamales, Lindsey headed back out to Kansas City and Mom, Rose, Joey and I went driving around for about 45 minutes to see some of the Christmas lights in the area. There was one house in Rossville that was ENTIRELY too extreme!! They had hundreds of lit-up things in their yard. Everything from a giant snowglobe (about a story tall) to nutcrackers to toy soldiers to giant candy canes which arched over their sidewalk to Santa Claus and his whole entourage - TONS of stuff! ......upon returning home, the rest of the evening was spent importing and uploading pictures and talking with Jozef and (mostly) Maddie.
Monday, I slept way in!!! (But yes, I did wake up while it was still "AM." ;)) I did laundry and put away Christmas presents. Then, Rose and I went to the car wash since it was nice weather and the van needed it desperately. Rose went Christmas caroling in the evening with her classmates and Mom and I sat down to watch "The Truman Show." We got interrupted about 15 minutes into it by a phone call from Christine! :D I talked to her for nearly two-and-a-half hours... was really good to catch up, as we hadn't talked since mid-September! :O Mom and I resumed the movie a little after 11 and got done with it about 1 am! When I got upstairs, I discovered that Jason was online and pretended I was shocked that he was online at one in the morning. ;) He claimed holiday privileges and then I really had no room to talk, ;) because I continued talking with him for a little bit and then Joe got on and, since it had been since September with him too, I chatted with him for a couple of hours! Finally went to bed very late.
Got up this morning at a relatively ;) decent hour (9:something) and haven't done too much very productive today yet (aside from typing out my History notes - I know... can you believe I did schoolwork today?!?!), but I plan on it! :P I'll probably do some cleaning and call Nick... tonight, Dad and I are going over to the Mooneys to talk with their daughter about Switzerland, because my latest plan in life is to spend the majority of 2007 over there! :D We'll see...

That about brings you up-to-date though! :) Here're a few pictures...

Another of the family pictures (I already posted a different one in the previous post...)

One of those incriminating photos I was talking about! ;)

The completely overdone yard... the picture doesn't do it justice.

My Christmas outfit... that's the grey skirt I referred to making in an earlier post.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Christmas Picture

A very Merry and Blessed Christmas to you all!!!


Preparation for the Nativity

Presents, wrapped and ready under the Christmas tree - December 23 Decorating the tree... Joey did a lot of it, but these are all pictures of him, partly because Rose was uncooperative ;) and partly because I just didn't get good pictures of everyone else working on decorating... December 24 - painting a stable for this year's creche

Saturday, December 24, 2005

The Hands That First Held Mary's Child

This is a beautiful, Phillipino (if my sources serve me well) poem dwelling on St. Joseph at Christmas time. He's so often overlooked! So here is a poem (also a song) which considers St. Joseph...

The hands that first held Mary's child
Were hard from working wood
From boards they sawed and nailed and filed
And splinters they withstood

This day they gripped no tool of steel
They drove no iron nail
But cradled from the head to heel
Our Lord, newborn and frail

When Joseph marvelled at the size
Of that small breathing frame
And gazed upon those bright new eyes
And spoke the infant's name

The angel's voice he once had dreamed
Poured out from heaven's height
And like the host of stars that gleamed
Blessed earth with welcome light

This Child will be Emmanuel
Not God upon a throne
But God-with-us, Emmanuel
As close as blood and bone

The tools which Joseph laid aside
A mob would later lift
And use with anger, fear and pride
To crucify God's gift

Let us, O Lord, not only hold
The Child who's born today
But charged with faith, may we behold
To follow in His way

The tiny form in Joseph's palms
Confirmed what he had heard
And from his heart rose hymns and psalms
For heaven's human Word.

Friday, December 23, 2005

In Hopes for a White Christmas

This snowfall from December 17 and 18 was so pretty! We were (or at least, I was) really hoping for a beautiful white Christmas. But it doesn't appear as though we'll have any such luck. :( Presently, the forecast for Sunday/Christmas Day is a high of 47!!!! *weeps* Isn't that SAD?!?!

Well, I spent alllll of yesterday (9 am to 7 pm) shopping with Mom in Manhattan. And then I spent from about 8:30 to midnight wrapping presents. I'm pretty nearly done now! :) This morning, my main project is to sew my Christmas skirt - it's a dark charcoally grey material - 82% polyester and 18% wool. I got a pink sweater at Kohl's to go with it. Should be really cute, if it turns out! :D But I haven't even opened up the pattern envelope yet, so I'd best get started! Talk to you later!

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Christmas Neareth!

There's snow on the ground. All white and beautiful. We went and saw the Nutcracker on Sunday. And I spent all day yesterday shopping. Christmas is in the air!! :)
We're getting our Christmas tree today and will decorate it tomorrow. I've been wrapping presents and writing Christmas cards since 7:30 this morning. We're going to Midnight Mass here because Joey is serving for it. We were thinking about going into Kansas City for it this year, because theirs is completely candlelit and not nearly as packed as ours... but we're gonna stay home for it after all.... Christmas has to be my favorite liturgical season!! It's disappointing that they don't have a Nativity Scene in the chapel this year. I wish they did. :(

I hope to find the time to do some Christmas baking this year. The past few years, I haven't had time to do any sort of goodies like that... if I'm efficient, though, maybe I can this week.
But, if I'm to be efficient, I'd best go! :) Merry Christmas to you all!!! I'll be back as soon as I can to relate how things progress. :)

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Gaudete Sunday and the Struggle for Christmas

"Rejoice in the Lord" -- Gaudete Sunday -- two weeks until the coming of Our Lord and Savior!

The world is in darkness, awaiting the birth of the Christ Child... well, the world is most certainly in darkness... I can't say how many people actually realize the full meaning of Christmas itself. It is already celebrating Christmas... er... "the holidays" - whatever that means! - weeks in advance.

What of the debate over whether to call it a Christmas tree or not? I suppose it was inevitable that it would come to this. It's not just an argument over a word... it's an argument of ideals. And when the meaning of Christmas had already been successfully and thoroughly secularized and materialized, it was a logical conclusion to take the word "Christmas" out of Christmas itself... at least they're not being hypocritical about it now, right?! :/
From USA TODAY:"We want to be sensitive to all ethnic backgrounds and religious beliefs," said Marc Steczyk, a town spokesman (of Fishers, Indiana). "We're in the business of treating all people how they should be treated."
And yet, they're showing a marked intolerance of the religious beliefs of the Catholics (and Christians).
From a different source: "Bobby Jackson, who runs a tree lot, says they have a large variety.
"We got Frayser, Douglas, Blue Spruce and pines, but no Holiday Trees. No Holiday Trees," said Jackson."
Congratulations to Donnie Hatt, the Nova Scotia tree grower who is willing to stand up in the spirit of REAL ecumenism: "Donnie Hatt, of Beech Hill, says he wouldn't have sent his 36-year-old, 16-metre white spruce this year if he knew it would be called a "holiday" tree. In fact, he'd rather see it run through the wood chipper in his backyard." (The article here.)

And Christmas carols are banned as well. "God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen" can't be played on the radio in Canada, because it ought to be "God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlepeople"!! :O Ridiculous.
And there's the school in Wisconsin that changed the words to Silent Night into a witch song! The first verse now goes:
"Cold in the night, no one in sight
Winter winds, whirl and bite
How I wish I were happy and warm
Safe with my family out of the storm."

It's frightening to think of what this world deserves and yet ANY punishment at this point would not only be just, but also merciful! I think it would be a good idea to offer this year's Christmas Mass in sincere reparation for the sins and blasphemies against God Himself and His Holy Mother. It is said that the Divine Son will forgive any offence against Himself, but will punish those who offend His Mother. Let's ask her to help us make this Christmas our best yet. God bless and Mary keep you!

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Pictures!! :D

Here, at last!, are the pictures I promised over a week ago... a lot of them are on my smugmug site... you might've seen 'em there, but whatever. :P Here they are on my blog... Enjoy~

Before Sunday's performance of Antigone... Dave and I...
the Sarahs!
The cameras were ubiquitous the whole weekend!!
Emilie, upon letting her hair down! ;)
Mom and Rose, the Tuesday before Thanksgiving
Before the Wednesday morning show... Dave, Nick and I...
Being silly with Linds late that night...
Thanksgiving dinner
Receiving a tae kwon do lesson from Joey :D
Thanksgiving day... while working on my History paper...
A DELICIOUS caramel-pecan refrigerator pie... YUMMMMMM
Linds and I
At the square dance the day after Thanksgiving... a good way to work off some of that turkey and pie!
Sara and I, after the dance
Linds, in her new 2003 Chevy Monte Carlo LS
At Mary's party, the Sunday after Thanksgiving
First snowfall of the season!! November 28...

Friday, December 02, 2005

Life is a Blur

This is kinda what life looks like sometimes. ;) Like it's moving at TOP speed! I took this picture but the 'special effects' are thanks to Joey! :D To check out more of his Photoshop and Blender stuff, check out his blog! :)

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

So What Have I Been Up To?

I said that I have been busy, right? Right. So now I'm out to give you detailed proof of it. ;)

My last "real" post (i.e. about news) brought you up to Sunday, November 20.
The Monday after that, we had a Latin test... and I got a History quiz back which was a 98 - my highest History quiz grade yet!! (Current goal: 100% ;)) I don't really remember much else about the school day itself. I think I spent the evening studying.
Tuesday, then, I went to 6 o'clock Mass because we had Ethics at 7:30 in the morning instead of last hour. That was odd feeling. We had a Physical Science test (which I got a 94 on), then Theology, then Latin, then lunch. For lunch, I went with a group of friends (about 10 of us) to eat Chinese food in Wamego. That was really good and a nice break. The best fortune cookie message was, "As you slide down the bannister of life, may the splinters never point your way." :D ...We got back just before History which, naturally, was a very sleepy class because we were all full. :) Nonetheless, it was the last class of the day and then we were off for Thanksgiving break!!! That evening I began setting up my smugmug account.
Wednesday morning was the performance of "Antigone" for the high school students and various teachers and visitors. It was very strange getting into costume and stage makeup at 7:30 in the morning!! We were all a bit dissipated because of the early hour and because it was the day before Thanksgiving and everything... it didn't help that our audience was badly behaved. Many of them were happy to be there only because it meant getting out of their last day of classes. Regardless, we did the best we could and afterwards held a half-hour interview sort of conference to help the students better understand the play. That was kind of neat, actually... although I think we got more out of it than they did! :D After the play, Dave and Nick left for Texas and most of the rest of the cast and crew went to Topeka. A party of 30 ate at On the Border and then we bowled for a couple of hours. Immediately upon arrival home (about 6:15 pm), Adele called from Hawaii and I got to talk to her for nearly an hour and a half! That was really, really nice!! The rest of the evening was spent with the family, watching parts of different movies.
I slept in on Thanksgiving, then helped chop vegetables and make pies for the big dinner. When things were under control, I started some laundry and started my homework. The History paper I was working on was VERY slow going... quite frustrating. I did get a few pages written, though. Mom, Rose and I walked to the cemetery as a break. Dinner was mid-afternoon and yummmmmy!!! :D I worked on History for a couple more hours and then we had pie and watched "Much Ado About Nothing." :)
Friday, I slept in again, having gotten to bed late. Lindsey test drove a Monte Carlo at St. Mary's Auto Sales with Mom and then Mom, Rose and I left for Manhattan. In Manhattan, Mom and I got new, more reliable cell phones and we got a three-way plan with Dad who already had a phone of the same sort. Rose and Mom went to a fabric store while I moved contact information from my old phone to my new one. We then looked a number of places for face plates to tell our phones apart but nobody sold the ones we needed. We got home about 5:30 or 6. I took a shower and got ready for the square dance which started at 7. That was a lot of fun!!!! I was afraid that I wouldn't do much dancing, since most of my friends were out-of-state, but I actually got asked for every single dance! It was SO nice. :) Problem was: I was wearing dress shoes, so three hours later, I had developed some pretty good blisters! But hey! I'd rather have blisters and a good time than be a wall-flower and have unharmed feet!! :P That was my sixth square dance - and the third one this year. The next one will be the weekend after exams in January. :) ...Late to bed again...
Saturday morning, Mom, Rose and Joey went out to the woods to see if they could find the deer Joey shot (and searched unsuccessfully for) the night before... meanwhile, I talked with Jozef, Maddie and Dave online. Unfortunately, Mom, Rose and Joey never could find the deer though they looked for hours! :( ...when they got home, I made lunch and Linds was in the middle of trying to get all things settled to buy the Monte Carlo she had test driven!! She arrived home with it in the early afternoon and left for KC in it a little later. I did some more homework Saturday afternoon/evening.
Sunday, I had planned on going to the 6 (which everyone else did successfully), but didn't wake up until a quarter after (six). So I went to the 7:30. I worked on Ethics for 3 or 4 hours and wrote Brittany (rather, finished writing her an overdue letter). Mid-afternoon, I went with Rose to her rehearsal for the December 11 concert. That lasted longer than I thought it would and we got home a little after 5. We had hoped to see Maddie and Kitty while they were in town dropping the boys off after Thanksgiving, because we thought they'd be spending the night before going home again. Much to our dismay, they had left practically before we knew they were here!! :( So no go on that one... Dad made dinner Sunday night and then we had "Fr. Harber ice cream" which was good! Immediately afterwards, I left for Mary's house where she was having a party. We played cards and music and visited (there were lots of people there!) and I got home about 10 pm. And went to bed.
Yesterday - Monday - I went to 6 o'clock Mass, did some more schoolwork (you'd think I'd be caught up by now, but no!) and ate breakfast. At school, I had Physical Science, then studied Latin, wrote an overdue e-mail, took my Latin test, ate lunch, took an online Math test (another thing I'm behind on!), had History, worked on Theology, looked at Jozef's Thanksgiving pictures and then came home amidst wintry weather. Rose and I had a good conversation over homework last night and then I went to bed, because I wasn't feeling well.
This morning, I went to 6 o'clock Mass again, ate breakfast, did some History and did some catching up on online things (like this! :D)... Tuesdays are my long days at school so not a lot of free time today.

And that brings you up to date!! I'll try to upload some pictures soon, just as a pictorial overview. ;) Right now, however, it's time to get ready to leave for school. Thanks for reading - I tried to keep it as brief as possible! ;) - and please check back soon! :D

Belated Post

Awhile back the counter below hit "2000" and I never had the chance to make a post/point of it... Joey and Mom were kind enough to get a picture of the counter reading "2000" in my absence. ;) It's now already to 2100+ but I wanted to once again take the opportunity to thank everyone for patronizing my blog. :D I hope that y'all find it interesting. It's a lot of fun to do! :)

Thank you all very much!!! God bless~

Monday, November 28, 2005

We're DEFINITELY still in Kansas, Toto!!

You've gotta love it!!

A tornado watch for six hours one evening (and a 'touch-down' half an hour away) and snow the next day!!!!

~ ~ ~ ~

This is Kansas, folks. :)

More later!

Back Again Soon!!

Goodness gracious!!!!! It's already been over a week since my last post!! I really haven't had the time to spare AT ALL!!! It's been sooooo busy! But I'll be back to tell my readers in brief what I've been up to lately that has kept me so long away. ;) For now, I've got lots of schoolwork that is yelling my name! I'm up to my ears in it!!! (Enough exclamation points in this post, you think? :D)

Well, I'm not complaining. Busy is good. Just wanted to let anyone who may not know that I am very busy at the moment and will be back as soon as possible... that is... if anyone has enough time and interest to visit this blog. ;)

Be that as it may, I'm out of time! TTFN~

Sunday, November 20, 2005


Hello, all!

Just a quick post here - I didn't want the blog to go too many days without an update. ;)
Friday night was opening night of this semester's play, the Greek tragedy "Antigone" by Sophocles. It went pretty well, although the turnout could've been better. Mom and Rose were planning to come, but there was a last minute choir practice in Kansas City that Rose had to go to... I think everyone who was there (at the play) really liked it. I'll be posting pictures from it as soon as I get the chance... After the play, we had birthday cake for Christa who was turning 21 and then a group of us went over to Tully's and had pizza and pop until the boarders had to leave because of dorm curfew. :) Joey and I stayed up until amost two in the morning (!), talking and looking at pictures and stuff like that.
Saturday morning, Rose, Mom and I left for Kansas City at 7 am... we went to Andy and Anna's wedding, preceded by a choir practice for Rose and Lindsey and succeeded by speedy preparations for the reception that followed immediately. (Since Anna was Lindsey's roommate - up until now! ;) - Linds had a big part in the prep work, so we helped as well.) We had to leave as soon as the bride and groom got there though, because I had to be back in McCabe by 5 o'clock... so back we came.
Rose and Joey came with me to the theater at 5. They were kind enough to take pictures and video-tape during the performance which - if I dare say so myself - was REALLY good!!!! There was a little bigger of an audience than Friday night and the play went very well! (If I am able to get some mpegs from it uploaded, I'll post a link.) I was VERY happy with the way the play went (at least my performance - I was able to really get into the character last night - even if I am "just" a chorus member)!
Mom couldn't be there because Dad had shot a doe!! :D (Eventful day!) It was earlier to bed last night than the night before. ;)
I went to 7:30 Mass this morning and have to be back up at the theater in about two and a half hours, so I'm gonna go now and try to use this time to squeeze some homework in! :)

Take care, everybody!

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Four Years Ago...

So many changes; so many things unchanged!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Halfway through November!

Can you believe it?! Those of us in college are now a little ways past mid-term... and we're halfway into another month already!!! Four and a half weeks more and we'll be on Christmas break! YIKES!! I'm not ready for Advent, for Christmas shopping, for holiday baking, for exams!!!!!

Okay, Monica, slooooow down. One day at a time. Deep breaths. ;) We'll cross that bridge when we get to it!
(Don't worry about the "we" in that last sentence. I used to be schizophrenic, but we're okay now.)

............alright, alright. Old joke. I'm sorry. I just couldn't resist. :P
Anyway! Life rushes on. Isn't it amazing how sometimes it feels like things are just dragging and going absolutely nowhere and other times they seem to be whizzing by at the speed of light - ever feel that way?

I think that God has sped up the rate of change as a mercy to the human race and to those who are faithful to Him... because, if it weren't for this, I think there would be no faithful souls left at all.
But that is for another day, another post. :)

As far as news goes, we got our first snowfall of the season today!!!!!! YIPPEE!!!! :D I love snow. *sigh* We had an Ethics test this afternoon... that could've been better. :/ Our Liturgy mid-term is tomorrow. As well as nine hours of play practice. Oh boy. The big night is this FRIDAY! I can't believe it!! I hope everything goes okay!!!!

Anyhow ~ that's my random rant for now. Can you tell my mind has been in a hundred different places in rapid succession recently? I believe I'm losing it! (Another mercy. :P) ........nah. Not really. But it's a nice excuse for some of my weirdom. :D

Okay. Whatever. This is a weird post. Thanks for bearing with me and wading through it (always assuming that my good and faithful readers did)!! I'll see if I can't be more coherent in the next entry.....

Ciao, omnes! A bientot! Tata~
(Amn't I just SOOO multi-lingual??? *cough* ahem!)

Monday, November 14, 2005

That Super-Complex, One-Syllable Word...


has inspired me by a post of hers to write... that is... to TRY to write a bit about this thing we call life. I think I must be a philosopher at heart, because it really has me so often intrigued and I can't ever seem to come to the end of pondering this concept and what it means.

Why are we here?
Most people sadly don't know the answer to this question. They can't face it themselves and they can't answer you if you ask them point-blank. I'd love to take a survey at... say... Walmart... one day and just see what sort of answers I'd get to that! I'd almost bet money that the majority would be a blank stare or at least a pronounced and puzzled hesitation. What really is the purpose of this life?? Why have we been given existence??
The Catechism provides us with the answer. We have been placed here, now, in order that we might know, love and serve God in this life and thereby be happy with Him for all eternity in Heaven. A fundamental truth and so little known. But what ramifications this short answer has! Indeed, it must determine the very path our whole life must take.

To whom much is given, much is expected. And how very much I have been given!!! A thoroughly Catholic education from kindergarten through college, in a day and age where this is unheard of. A wonderful family; one that is secure and whole and entire, unlike the average American family; one that is loving and giving; one in which we all have the common, ultimate goal of Heaven. He has blessed us with peace, prosperity, daily Sacraments, life in a small, safe and Catholic town, true friends (those who help us reach sanctity), priests and sisters close at hand, and so much more! It is really staggering. And I - for one - don't appreciate it enough until I get outside of what we affectionately (if sometimes 'frustratedly') term "the fishbowl." Not until I attend Mass at a mission chapel or spend a week in a big city - where so many people stumble through a godless life - do I realize what I've got!!

But I digress...
Life. It means so many different things to so many people. To me, life is going to school, interacting with friends, good days, bad days, very predictable days, and family life... much less predictable! ;) Who knows? To someone else, it may mean a lonely house with only a TV for company after a day spent working at a computer screen.
Which brings me to a poem I find most appropriate in this consideration of our existence...

"Without and Within"

If every man's internal care
Were written on his brow,
How many would our pity share
Who raise our envy now?

The fatal secret, when revealed,
Of every aching breast,
Would prove that only while concealed
Their lot appeared the best.

~ Metastasio

Appearances are never to be judged by... it is occasionally proven to me first-hand that things are seldom what they seem: skim milk masquerades as cream. Only today, I was given the opportunity to have a lengthy and very good conversation with a friend of mine... I only had an inkling that something MIGHT be up. It wasn't until after the conversation that I realized the whole of it... and I doubt even still that I can grasp the whole of her troubles. Probably only a slice. Yet, it was enough to make me remember that it will never do to envy someone else their lot in life. Our crosses are perfectly fitted to us... and they say that if you cannot feel your cross, then you know you are carrying it well.
As Fr. Griego reminded us in Sunday's sermon, there is the story of the man who had the opportunity one day to talk to Our Lord. He asked him if he might exchange his cross for another as it was much too hard for him to bear. Our Lord permitted him to enter a room with many, many crosses of all dimensions. The man walked along and each cross seemed bigger than the next. All much too big for his strength! At last, he came to a little cross resting in the corner of the room. He exclaimed that this is the one he would take! Our Lord then gently pointed out to him that this little one was the cross he had laid down next to the door upon entering the room!

We all have different duties, different crosses, different lives. But we are all given the graces we need to turn these into opportunities to practice sanctity. And this is what life is all about... perfecting ourselves, through the grace of God, so that we might praise Him for all eternity in Heaven. Life ought to be the sanctification of ourselves through the perfect fulfillment of our daily duties.
If we fall in this - and we all do, sooner or later - it is only for our humility. Thus, we see once again the ineffable goodness of God who does ALL things only for our good! They say hindsight is 20/20... and it is often only post-facto that we can see Providence's touch in our lives. It's always there and we must be sensitive to its presence so that it might guide our lives. The lives we are responsible for... responsible to our Creator, Almighty God.

Thus, I can truly say,

C'est la vie!!

A Year Ago...

November 14, 2004...
So recent and yet so long ago!!

Bishop Fellay's conference in Kansas City...
Joey's now taller than me!
Rosie looks so little!
I wonder where we'll be a year from now...

Sunday, November 13, 2005


Ay, ay, ay.... where to even start?!?! I feel like a very complicated person. More than one person offered me "a penny for your thoughts" this evening (I must've looked awfully preoccupied! ;)) ...the first time, I had a very difficult time just funneling my myriad thoughts into coherent speech... and before I could, we were interrupted. The second time, I did manage to speak what was on my mind, but before we had gotten very far in that conversation (one that was important to me), we were interrupted. It just wasn't my night! ;)

I was in a very melancholic mood tonight. Not depressed, but very pensive. I sat out in the beautiful night air for a couple of hours and did a lot of thinking... not even thinking in actual THOUGHTS so much as letting my mind drift and rest as it pleased. I couldn't tell you to save my life all the things my mind flitted over! It was so nice to just get out in the fresh air, away from some of the noise, and just ..... think. Beautiful.

I have become convinced that life is a most intricate thing. (I know, that's probably very fundamental and basic, but it takes me awhile to discover these things for myself! :D) Life is really such a gift, a great gift. But it can be DARNED confuzzling ;) at times!! So many characters and personalities to mesh together... so many variables... so many why's and and why not's that won't be answered until the hereafter.

I have recently come to appreciate more than words can express the security that being with old friends can give a person. I still don't feel wholly secure - I probably never will - but when you can confide in old friends, ask their advice and listen to their troubles, it's such a consolation... especially when you are in the ever-ongoing process of forming new friendships that haven't yet reached that stage of trust. You just notice it all the more. So I want to thank MOST heart-felt-fully any "olden-golden" friends who might be reading this for their loyalty and friendship. It means so very much.

...So many thoughts... so little time... that elusive time that ticks ever on. Too quickly when you are cherishing a moment or enjoying yourself and too slowly when at a disagreeable task. Ever-relentlessly on through the night. And so, although it would be easy to make this post last much longer, it must be truncated and published so that it's authoress might retire to bed. ;) She is in desperate need of her beauty sleep. :P
Forgive me if the above is very unorganized! That's the price to be paid in the post-midnight hours. ;)

For now, God bless and good night!!

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Human Nature...!!

Yes, indeed, we ALL have human natures. :D

Friday, November 11, 2005

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Just Stopping By... :)

Hello, my dear readers!

Although I would love to be able to sit and chat, I really can't spare the time this evening. It's been yet another VERY BUSY day!!! So much to do and get done - and so little time to relate recent events.

Thank you all for checking up on the blog and I'll post again as soon as I get the chance. I'd like to remind everyone that ANY of you can comment! ;) :P I know there are some of you out there that read the blog at least semi-regularly and have never left a comment!!! :O :D ...hint, hint... ;)

Anyway, I must run! I'm supposed to be in bed within the next 30 seconds or so... or my coach will turn back into a pumpkin! :P

Good night!

Wednesday, November 09, 2005


Hello, all!

Just checking in briefly to relate the day's events. ;)

This morning, I walked to school for a change! That was pretty nice... outside of the facts that the wind was messing up my hair :P and that I was carrying a very heavy bookbag on one shoulder at a time. I made pretty good time and got to school in about 15 minutes. The sole class of the day was Liturgy... our mid-term in that class is a week from today.
After Liturgy, I found my History mid-term in my box. I had gotten an 88 - not the "90's" grade I thought I might've gotten but still a pretty good grade for that class.... AND I beat my 'rival' ;) by six percent!!! :D :P

Sarah gave me a ride home.... after lunch, we test drove a Lexus that's for sale. It was a NICE ride!!! :) I hung out a little bit, not doing much, and then I had to go to play practice. (Meanwhile, Rose was at her singing lesson and Dad and Joey had gone hunting.) I walked down to campus again... easier this time without the bookbag! ;)
Play practice went pretty well. There were some blocking changes - the week before performance!! :O - but they were all for the better. It was hard to stay in character today - so many funny things that I wanted to laugh at. Hopefully, the night of, everything will seem very real, so I won't have such a hard time! :) Our next practice is Saturday - a full run-through as exactly as possible. ...I walked home after practice and left again shortly thereafter to study Theology at Froggy's with Jozef. That time I drove. ;)

While I was at Froggy's, I got a call from Rose asking if I knew where Mariann was... Dad and Joey had shot a couple of deer and Rose was going with them and Mr. Cooney to help find them... she wanted to ask Mariann if she would be interested in helping out also. It took some doing to find the elusive Mariann, ;) but at last I caught up with her. She seemed happy to go and we left immediately for home. She and Rose, Joey and Dad left, picked up Cooney and went out to the woods. Mom and I went to the cemetery and said a Rosary in St. Anthony's honor to help them find the deer. Meanwhile, Mars was the first to spot the downed doe! Dad called us and we called Buzz (the butcher guy) and arranged for Dad to bring the carcass over once they found it.

About an hour later (~9:15), they arrived home. They had only found one of the does, but that was better than none!! ...Mars changed out of her borrowed hunting garb and we took her back to the school almost immediately because curfew was drawing near, and even nearer than that was the computer lab curfew - and she had left her homework in the lab! So we took her 'home' and when we got back, Dad had left to take the doe to Buzz'.
Not much else exciting took place... I guess that was enough activity for one day! ;)
And "so it goes." (As Fr. Harber likes to say. ;))

For now, goodnight! God willing, I will wake to see another day and then I'll let you know how that goes too. ;) Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Oh yes!

One MORE post - to make four today!

I just wanted to let my readers know a bit of follow-up to my previous post about the family in the Philippines who desperately needed money to survive. Having just had their fifth child and trying to do God's will, they are very badly off at the moment. I had asked people to please be generous in their donations. Really - even $3 or $5 is something. Just SOMETHING. Please... it's a work of mercy.

Money is definitely still needed, but I wanted to update anyone who was interested... a couple of days ago, the $120 mark was finally reached and so the first donation was able to be wired to this family in need. The timing was perfect. They had just used THE LAST of their money. They had nothing left and they were crying and praying, hoping to find some way to go on after that. It was that evening that the money was able to be sent to them. It is helping them go on, but more is still needed. The goal for November is $300.

Please, for the love of God, do what you can to help this Catholic family out. I can assure you that this isn't a scam - the money IS getting to them. It requires a little faith, but really - what do you have to lose if you donate only $5 or $10?! To donate, please click here.

God bless~


I know I've already posted twice today, but while I've got the time I thought I'd post again. :D

Today was a long day ( predicted). It was nice weather but for some reason, things just didn't move along very quickly. It probably had something to do with the fact that I was tired. I had Physical Science (two hour lab), Theology, Latin, History, and Ethics. The good news of the day was that Thursday will be a light day... only 2 classes instead of the usual 4, thanks to the priests' monthly day of recollection! :) After school, I took pictures of the sunset (about 5:10). It was pretty neat tonight... A little later, I went with Dad to take the van to L&L for a tune-up and to fix the right rearview mirror which fell out a week ago. We dropped the 'white apple' ;) off.... hopefully it won't be too long before my ride is back. ;)
Dinner was a crock-pot roast and a new veggie casserole of sorts - it wasn't bad! :) After dinner, I walked
down to the cemetery and said the Rosary with a group of the college students, around Sean's grave. Sarah and Mariann came back up to the house with me where we gathered Rose and Joey and headed to Wamego for ice cream. :D (Yeah, ice cream in November. Sounds crazy. ;)) Rose had gotten a free McFlurry coupon so we redeemed that at McDonald's and then went over to Sonic where the rest of us got ice cream. :) That was very enjoyable! We got back about 9 o'clock, dropped them off at the college, then went by the clinic briefly for Rose to do some photocopying and finally home.

Another day in the life... ;)

.......Here is one of my sunset pictures... the leafless trees give it a rather desolate look, don't they??

Home They Brought Her Warrior Dead

by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Home they brought her warrior dead:
She nor swooned, nor uttered cry:
All her maidens, watching, said,
‘She must weep or she will die.’

Then they praised him, soft and low,
Called him worthy to be loved,
Truest friend and noblest foe;
Yet she neither spoke nor moved.

Stole a maiden from her place,
Lightly to the warrior stepped,
Took the face-cloth from the face;
Yet she neither moved nor wept.

Rose a nurse of ninety years,
Set his child upon her knee—
Like summer tempest came her tears—
‘Sweet my child, I live for thee.’

Being a Melancholic-Sanguine

Do you ever get to feeling so frustrated and so helpless with life and with the people in your life?!?!

I do.

My Sanguine side loves to socialize, to be with people, to have fun. My Melancholic side likes to observe people, likes to feel appreciated, and wants people to live up to expectations. It isn't too hard to satiate my Sanguine side at school, but when it is mixed with my Melancholic traits... that's when I feel about ready to tear my hair out!!!!!!! How can I engage in conversation with 50 people in a day and come away feeling so very alone?! Why do I feel like I'm putting on an act and nobody really knows who I am?!?!
I suppose it's my sensitive nature that makes some people seem callous. I try very hard, but sometimes I feel so unknown, unwanted, unappreciated.... just UN! I don't feel like I have a niche and, although I do love to get along with everyone like I generally do, it would be nice to have a close friend who understood me, who would be there for me. I do have at least one such, but she's not here at present. And so I must content myself with doing things with all various people, but never the same person or people on a regular basis. It all seems very superficial, though perhaps it isn't quite as it seems. It makes me wonder if I'd leave a gap at all if I were to die tomorrow.

Ah, well. Such is life. Although this feeling seems to be closing in on me more and more frequently of late, I'm sure that it too will pass in time. I just had to vent, but didn't want to bother anybody..... at least if you've read this post, you've done it of your own free will and not because you couldn't get me to shut up, right?? ;)

Maybe tomorrow my Sanguine will win out and I won't be too bothered by the slew of thoughts that seems to follow everything. Or if my Sanguine didn't show through at all, that might be okay too. I'll see if I can't just live life one day at a time and avoid getting complicated like this! Thanks for bearing with me - I guess it's my Sanguine once again that wants to get the Melancholy off my chest! ;) ........enough for now, though.

God bless~