jennywren: (At table with computer)
( Monday, December 17th, 2007 06:41 pm)

Well, we survived the semester, the end of the semester, and the winter weather weekend. 

The last week was busy -- a weekend class, a paper finished on Sunday, an exam on Monday, work at the library with many book returns, and a paper due Friday night.  I was well on my way with my final paper on Friday, when, mid-afternoon, my computer stopped working correctly and then stopped working at all.  After panicky calls to local computer repair places (half of which had had their phones disconnected), Molly and I headed down to Columbus to the Apple Store.  The Apple Store is at the Easton Mall, which (for us, at least) is very upscale and yuppie, but it was very pretty with all the Christmas lights and horse drawn carriages.  Once we found a parking spot and waded through all the crowds, we got to the Apple Store and had time to look around and develop envy for fancy, expensive things.  I was playing with the iPod Touch -- so cool!!!!  So wonderful and delightful!  Aggg, and so expensive.  We had fun!  The Mac Genius was able to fix my laptop by reinstalling some stuff, so it is good to go now.  I had to reload my Greek and Hebrew fonts (which I needed for my paper), and I still haven't gotten the mail program set to do POP mail for campus again, but the laptop is working great now -- thank goodness.  (I've always been able to set up my POP email account with no trouble at all, so I don't know what is wrong this time.)  My professor was very understanding, and I finished the paper Saturday. 

Saturday Molly needed to head up to Cleveland for her church job for the Christmas pageant rehearsal and a sleepover before the pageant on Sunday morning.  She needed to make the costumes and buy the materials to make them.  It had started snowing midmorning and had added up quite quickly.  She set out with plenty of time but arrived late.  Al the way up there, she saw cars off the road, and it took her many hours to get there.  I've heard the rehearsal was chaotic, and Molly was up until all hours making costumes and then was serenaded by a symphony a snores at the sleepover.  The actual performance went very well.  Here in Delaware, it snowed all day Saturday, with ice pellets later in the evening.  The snow started in again about 8 a.m. Sunday morning.  It took Molly all afternoon to get back home.  The roads in Cleveland were really bad, there were whiteout conditions at some places along the interstate, and ice!  She stopped for a while to let the whiteouts pass and stopped a second time to replace her windshield wipers that had broken with the ice. 

Today we are both just hanging out at home, though we need groceries and to do laundry.  The county was at a level 1 snow emergency earlier, and it's been cold, so we were happy to stay in.  I did some  Christmas shopping online, and we napped.

I took some pictures on Saturday and Sunday and posted them on flickr.  They are all taken from the bedroom window overlooking the Olentangy River.  The first set was taken early in the morning looking at the high river level.  The next set were taken in the middle of the afternoon and reflect the snowfall and a higher river level.  The last ones were taken Sunday morning and show the river level, the melted snow, and the beginnings of the new snow.

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jennywren: (oak tree)
( Wednesday, December 12th, 2007 10:47 pm)

My mom sent me a set of pictures of before-and-after the ice storm that hit Iowa this week.  Some of the trees really took a beating :(  On the other hand, the ice is really beautiful, as long as you aren't trying to go anywhere or counting on your electricity.  This picture is from the "before" category.  I saw Iowa City on CNN last night. I recognized it from the first picture, even before they identified it. Oh, sometimes I do miss Iowa City a lot.

Here in Ohio, we had rain the last several days, that has really washed/melted away the snow we had.  The Olentangy is really up.  We are fortunate that the course of the river seems to be shifting to the far side, or we'd be thinking of moving our furniture upstairs :)

Still slogging through finals week.  Finished my NT paper on Sunday and took my Greek final on Monday.  My Genesis paper is due Friday, so I've been working on that.  Molly is finishing up her NT paper, too.  Work has been busy with people returning all the books they've used this semester.  Just a lot of reshelving to do.  I'm looking forward to being done, because I am worn out and looking for a few days off :)

And, just for you, a few quotes (Please bear with me, I'm experimenting with a new blog editor):

'As far as we can discern, the whole purpose of existence is to light a candle of meaning in the darkness of mere being.’  --CG Jung

‘The awakening of any individual is a cosmic event.        --Clark Emery

To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee, One clover, and a bee, And revery. The revery alone will do, If bees are few.   -- Emily Dickinson

"Wake up and realize this is all made up of Thoughts, just Thoughts.
Your appreciation of beauty is a Thought
Your aversion to an object that is ugly is a Thought
Your craving or aversion is nothing but a passing Thought in the mind.
Realize this is just a Thought and you will be free."
-- His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Discerning signs does not seek spectacular proofs or await the miraculous, but, rather, it means sensitivity to the Word of God indwelling in all Creation and transfiguring common history, while remaining radically realistic about death’s vitality in all that happens.  William Stringfellow

The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.    Vincent van Gogh

I've made an odd discovery. Every time I talk to a savant I feel quite sure that happiness is no longer a possibility. Yet when I talk with my gardener, I'm convinced of the opposite. - Bertrand Russell, philosopher, mathematician, and author (1872-1970)

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world. Buddha

I often think of the Jewish belief that the Creator already knows all of human history - and then I think of Her sitting in heaven right now, listening to these bands, exclaiming, "At last I can hear it live!"  Ari Davidow (from the LJ of [ profile] ellen_kushner)

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jennywren: (At table with computer)
( Sunday, December 2nd, 2007 07:15 pm)

Cozy living room
Originally uploaded by JennyWren129
I have finally posted the pictures of the new couch. We are enjoying it bunches. It is very comfortable, and all of the cats like it, too. And the living room was all clean and neat, for about 3 seconds. Now it looks like a library crash landed in it.

I've moved laptop central from the bedroom to the couch. Unfortunately the Internet isn't working right all the time. It is off and on and so frustrating. Optional rant about networking )

So anyway, we are down to the final 2 weeks of the semester. I have a paper due for my weekend class this weekend (plus the reading for that class). I have my Greek final next Monday morning. My Genesis paper is due that week as well. We've got lots to do, but we aren't very motivated. Sigh . . .

So here are a few more poems and quotes from my collection.Forge ahead )

And we are getting lots of rain, which is better than icy stuff for travelers.
jennywren: (Default)
( Wednesday, October 31st, 2007 10:26 pm)
Well, now that I have my beloved laptop back (it was a failed logic board, apparently a huge problem for iBooks), I am continuing to upload pictures from our vacation. I am really disappointed, because, now, three weeks later, the details are not fresh in my mind anymore. Sigh . . . Anyway, do check them out on flickr!

Today is the third anniversary of Molly and I deciding to be together! We went out to dinner last night, because Wednesdays are really busy for us. As we were driving home last night along Stratford Road, we both saw a shooting star! So cool!

Tonight we heard a loon calling. We heard some when we were camping in Canada, but I hadn't heard one here! So awesome! I also saw our heron today after a little absence. The river level has been higher for a while, so it hasn't been wading for dinner right here much lately.

I had my 6-month check up on Friday. This morning I got results. My CA125 (the blood test) is fine, but the doctor wants me in for my annual exam (#&*(@ paying for it!!!) and to discuss the results of the ultrasound...ugh, gulp!!! What does that mean!!?? I have an appointment Friday afternoon to find out, but the not-knowing is not fun! I don't think it is the same stuff as two years ago, but I don't know what it is. Prayers and good thoughts please. I'll keep you posted!

To wrap this up on a better note, an online friend has hooked me on Free Rice, a vocabulary building game that contributes rice through the U.N. to end world hunger. I might be studying for the GREs! Now, PhD in Hebrew Bible/Language or MLS to be a reference librarian??
jennywren: (Default)
( Saturday, October 13th, 2007 01:50 pm)
I've started posting pictures of our trip on my account. I've got about one day's worth up now. They are all loaded onto my computer, but it takes awhile to label and upload them to the web. Keep checking back.

Molly and I are heading to a concert tonight: Loreena McKennitt!!! We are very excited! If you haven't heard any of her music, do listen to some! I recommend The Mask and the Mirror and The Book of Secrets (esp. "The Mummer's Dance") for starters!

"You should respect other religions... the essence of all religions is basically the same: to achieve a true sense of brotherhood, a good heart, respect for others. If we can develop these qualities from within our heart, then I think we can actually achieve true peace." -- Dalai Lama

Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under. -H.L. Mencken, writer, editor, and critic (1880-1956)

Your home is a

Futuristic Wizard's Mansion

Your kitchen is manned by a team of Keebler Drow Elves. There's a Chocolatessen, which is rapidly becoming your favorite room of the house. Having one is also becoming a trend among your wealthy neighbors. Your master bedroom is decorated to look like the treetop village of the Galadhrim. Your study has every fantasy novel ever written, including multiple editions of the Silmarillion and advance copies of Dungeons and Dragons Fifth Edition. One of your garages contains a life-sized X-Wing fighter, and KITT. (KITT was a gift from a well-meaning uncle.)

Your home also includes a roost for griffons. You've never actually seen a griffon, but you keep the roost ready anyway. Your guests enjoy your home theater with hi-def plasma screen TV, and the thrones you watch it from. Outside is the moat that protects your home from goblin invaders and extended family.

And, you have a pet -- a unicorn named "Shadowhooves".

Below is a snippet of the blueprints:

Find YOUR Dream Home!

All things on earth point home in old October; sailors to sea, travelers to walls and fences, hunters to field and hollow and the long voice of the hounds, the lover to the love he has forsaken. — Thomas Wolfe

All human life has its seasons, and no one's personal chaos can be permanent. Winter, after all, does not last forever, does it? There is summer, too, and spring, though sometimes when branches stay dark and the earth cracks with ice, one thinks they will never come, that spring, that summer, but they do, and always. — Truman Capote

"How do you want to spend your life? Would you like to be adored by the masses or known by your children? Because you can't really do both." Rosie O'Donnell
jennywren: (SkyBlue)
( Tuesday, September 18th, 2007 10:15 pm)
Yesterday, Molly and I went to the Delaware County Fair. It was the first time we'd been to this county fair, and we enjoyed ourselves. We checked out a lot of animals: chickens, ducks, turkeys, rabbits, sheep, horses, cows, goats, llamas, alpacas, donkeys, miniature horses, etc. We also visited the arts and crafts building and the commercial buildings, and we watched a few of the horse races. Molly's favorite things to see were the goats, like she raised in 4-H. My favorite animals to see were the alpacas. I think they are very cute and their wool is soft and fluff (great for a spinster like me). Plus alpacas (and llamas) hum!! So wonderful!

Two alpacas
These two seemed like a younger one and an older one, perhaps mother and child. The one in front was the smaller one.

As we were leaving the fair grounds, we decided to walk through the dairy barn and see those cows. We were so glad we did, because this is what we saw:

Cows named Jenny and Molly

Right next to each other are cows named Jenny and Molly. It was too funny! The owner of the cows took pictures of us with the cows.

If you get a chance to visit a local fair, I recommend it. It can be a lot of fun.

Another recent event was buying a new cage for our gerbil, Rosie. She had chewed up all the plastic parts of her previous cage. She chewed up the shelves, she chewed on the cage bars, she chewed on the harder plastic tubes, she chewed on her wooden house, she chewed the running wheel off the axle and then she chewed up the wheel, she even was chewing up her food dish until we replaced it with a ceramic one. Gerbils chew a lot! You can see Rosie in her first cage here. This is her new home. She really seems to like the two and a half levels, more space, and new things to chew on!
jennywren: (spinning earth)
( Tuesday, July 18th, 2006 09:20 pm)
Last Monday, I saw two imperial moths on the door and steps of the library at school. They looked like big yellow autumn leaves. I moved them out of the way, so they wouldn't get stepped on or surprise anyone too much. I didn't have my camera with me (bummer!), so here are some pictures I googled.

I was able to get one of the moths onto a twig so I could move it. The other one did not want to cooperate at all. It used its wings to flip over (top-bottom) and thereby move itself. I eventually got it out of the main traffic area, too.
jennywren: (rainbow cat)
( Monday, June 26th, 2006 10:20 pm)

Gracie and George
Originally uploaded by JennyWren129.
Introducing Gracie and George, little bundles of energy. They are incredibly cute, but they can be exhuasting as they race, tumble, roll, wrestle, and scuffle across the floor. Luckily, we were only cat/house sitting for a few hours a day, or we'd be totally worn out. I have lots more pictures of the kittens on flickr:
jennywren: (rainbow cat)
( Monday, May 29th, 2006 10:17 pm)
Today we went up to Kim and Gale's to do laundry and to meet their new kittens, Gracie and George. Gracie is a grey stripey, and George is an dark oranged stripey. They are both so adorable. We forgot to take a camera up so we could take pictures of them to share, but we'll try to remember next time.

Last night my brother called me up with sad news. Our cat, Avagadro Phogg (we called him Foggy), had passed away yesterday and Jeff had found him. We think he was about 16 year old. He came to us when I was in high school and living in Burt, IA. We looked out the window one day and saw him rolling in the snow. We named him Phogg after the Carl Sandburg poem Fog which begins "The fog comes on little cat feet." I didn't have lots of friends in high school, so I really felt he was one of my best friends. We made up lots of songs and jokes and stories and nicknames for him, so he seemed to be much more than a cat. When I lived at home, at night he would sometime curl up to sleep on me across my pelvic area, so I would call him my chastity cat. He was gray and stripey and white. His feet were white like spats, and he had a little gray freckle on one toe of his left rear foot. I knew this day would come sometime, but I never wanted it to. I've felt bad because I haven't been as close to Phogg since I left home, and I haven't seen him since Christmas 2004. He was grumpy that visit, so it wasn't like old times.

I only have two pictures of him online. We got a scanner from a friend this weekend, but we haven't gotten it to work yet. Once we do, I have a lot of pictures I want to scan and put on Flickr.

Pictures of Phogg )

I will miss him a lot, but I have other kitties to love now, too. I feel sad for Mom, Jeff, and Christy, who have had more recent and frequent contact with him.

It's odd, but I am much sadder about Phogg's death, than I am about the recent news, that my biological maternal grandfather, Merlin Millsap, had died this month. I never met him. He left when my mom was about 2 years old. I've only seen one picture of him. That man would have been a stranger to me, but Phogg was a close personal friend and family member.

In other news, I'm reading a lot and seeing some great movies. We rent a lot of DVDs (from one of those online ones). I've been looking forward to seeing MirrorMask and Howl's Moving Castle, and I enjoyed them both (and recommend them!). I've been reading Life of Pi by Yann Martel and Tanya Huff's Long Hot Summoning in the Keeper's Chronicles and Blood Trail in the Blood Series. I just finished up a book of short fiction by Carol Emshwiller called I Live With You.
jennywren: (spinning earth)
( Friday, January 6th, 2006 12:00 am)
Yup, I haven't updated in a long time.

In December there was the end of the semester. Which is now done. And I'm mostly satisfied with that.

Then came recuperating from the semester and preparing for Christmas.

Molly and I spent our first Christmas on our own -- it was different but good. I've posted some pictures (the developed ones) of us decorating the tree here plus some pictures of my family's Christmas at home. Right after Christmas, my sister came to stay with us a few days. We enjoyed the visit and took her to Wild Lights at the Columbus Zoo, to paint pottery at the The Bare Bowl twice, and to some other fun spots around the area (campus, downtown, etc.). We did puzzles on New Year's Eve and then got up at 5:30 a.m. to take her to the airport for her trip home. While here, my sister got us hooked on Neopets. I suppose it is only fair since we hooked her on Pogo.

Zephyr has learned to fetch and is enjoying this sport quite a bit. He especially likes to retrieve milk rings that we throw up or down the stairs. At least he is getting some exercise that he enjoys.

Molly is taking a J-term class on Ernest Troeltsch which meets Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. I am working at the library and studying for second semester Greek. This is the first week of all this, so we've both been very tired.

At any rate, life goes on, and we're still chugging along. Happy New Year!


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