jennywren: (Default)
( Tuesday, February 12th, 2008 11:29 am)
it is snowing here today 9and my left shift key isn't working0 but we are supposed to get sleet and ice on top of several inches. They canceled the heavy snow warning we had. Fortunately, neither molly nor i had anywhere we had to be today too desperately. molly has an appointment, but we don't have class or work and she isn't trekking up to Cleveland.

On the 3rd of February, my sister had a fairly major car accident in iowa, but Thank God! she is okay! There had been ice, and it was snowing quite heavily on top of that. She was heading up the interstate from osceola to indianola, when she slid into the median and rolled her car. Fortunately she didn't slide into oncoming traffic or off the steep incline on the right side of the road! i guess her car is totaled, but Christy on had sore muscles, a few tiny cuts, and a bump on her head from hours in a neck brace at the ER, where they checked her over pretty thoroughly. it was a nerve wracking afternoon here, while i waited to hear any updates. The accident could have been so much worse. Christy knows her guardian angel was watching her!

here in ohio, we are back in school. it is the last semester for molly and i!!!! Because of some financial aid mumbo jumbo snaffus 9maybe i'll write about that sometime0, neither of us have the federal loans we use for living expenses while we are in school. We can only get federal aid for class that are degree requirements. Since i technically finished my degree requirements in December, finishing up my year of Greek isn't covered. Grants are covering tuition, but the rest is somewhat up in the air. i am taking the second semester of Greek and an independent study on Jesus and nonviolence in the New Testament. All molly has left for her mDiv is her field ed., so all she has this semester is that class every other week, 10 hours in Cleveland a week, and whatever pittance of hours she can get at the library. i am at least getting a few more hours at the library, but hoping 9as always0 to find something else. my independent study is really interesting.
So far i am really reading a lot about the social and historical setting of Jesus and the nt. The book i read this week was Richard Horsley's Bandits, Prophets, and Messiahs: Popular Movements in the Time of Jesus -- very interesting and helpful in terms of giving me a lot of background on what was going on, its roots, and why it was happening. Now to place Jesus, his teachings, and his actions in that context.

molly only has cpe and a practicum left for her macm degree. She plans to work on that next year. After graduation, i hope to find gainful employment 9ideally library work9 for about a year, while i apply to phd programs in biblical languages. i would like to teach eventually. And if i can find gainful employment before graduation, that would be great to help with the financial situation. i've got a few applications in the works.

Well, that's a bit of an update from here. i've just had lj writer's block, which is really sad. Added to spotting wireless at home, and you just don't get me posting as often. now i am off to see if i can fix the shift key 9i hope this hasn't been too annoying for you. i'm not sure how annoyed i would be reading this.0

here are a few more quotes from the collection. enjoy! )
jennywren: (rainbow cat)
( Monday, October 9th, 2006 03:29 pm)
LogoThere are:
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

School began at the end of August, so I haven't been posting so much. I've been reading my friends page, though!

I am back in school. I work about 15 hours a week at the school library, every morning from opening until about 11ish. I volunteered to be in charge of the bulletin board and display case this year. So far, so good.
I am taking 3 classes. Tuesday night I have Daniel and other Apocalyptic Literature. We've looked at I Enoch and a bunch of other early literature. I did a presentation on The Sibylline Oracles, Book III, with April. I have an exegesis paper and presentation at the end of the semester on Susana. Thursday afternoons I have The History of Christian Spiritualities. I read a great book for it called Engaged Spirituality: Ten Lives of Contemplation and Action. I'm working on future projects on Julian of Norwich and Marian Spirituality (as in the Virgin Mary). My third class meets 5 weekends over the semester (Friday evening and all day Saturday). This is Comparative Ethics of World Religions. We are looking at ethical issues in health care from different Christian traditions, as well as Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam. I've got 3 papers and a 45 minute presentation in that class. There are only 9 students in it, so I really enjoy being involved in the discussion. Last week I had 3 papers due and LOTS of reading, so I was really quite stressed out. I've been doing so much better this semester with taking time for myself and balancing school with the rest of the life. I was keeping up and even ahead on my reading until last week. At least this week is reading week, and I can catch up again.

At the end of September I had my follow-up 6-month appointment to make sure the cancer hadn't come back. Both the ultrasound and the blood work were clear! Hooray! I'm having some other medical weirdness, but I don't know what it is.

If it isn't raining (or snowing) the rest of the week, Molly and I hppe to go camping. We didn't get out this summer, so we'd really like to go now. This past weekend we went to the Ohio Renaissance Festival. We had a blast. The weather was perfect. Molly got a henna tattoo on her hand. I will take a picture of it. We saw two shows and lots of neat crafts. We ate a super yummy apple dumpling! Best of all we ordered our rings. I haven't been able to find a picture of them online, so I'll have to take a picture once they come. They are silver and made by Norman Greene from Berkeley. We are in the process of setting the date for our holy union -- probably later in May 2007, when school is over. Mark your calendars now!

Well, enough update for now.
jennywren: (Default)
( Tuesday, May 16th, 2006 06:17 pm)
Your Political Profile:
Overall: 10% Conservative, 90% Liberal
Social Issues: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal
Personal Responsibility: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal
Fiscal Issues: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal
Ethics: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal
Defense and Crime: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal

Well, I found out yesterday that I didn't get a job I applied for on campus, primarily because one person in the administration didn't want me to have it. The staff people where I would be working all wanted me, but another candidate was chosen over their preference. To add insult to injury, the announcement about who was getting the position was emailed out before I had heard anything from anyone about not getting the position. I got a hasty form email after I made a little noise about that. GRRRR. . .

Plus then I got a bunch of crud from my insurance company (provided by the school). Now that they are finally looking at my claims instead of vaguely requesting information and looking like illiterate morons, they are paying minimally. Turns out instead of me paying my deductible and them paying the rest, they pay their maximum benefits of $25,000 and I am left with the rest, which is so far over $80,000, which I obviously don't have. Which is partially why I was applying for the full time job on campus -- so I could stay in school part time and get a semi-living wage in a job I KNOW I would do great in. Now I am not sure what to do. My medical bills are so huge. Fortunately the largest bills, the hospital bills, are covered under a program called HCAP, where the hospital will write off 100% of what my stupid insurance won't cover. That is some relief. But what kind of insurance is it that only covers up to $25,000???? Who has little catastrophic illnesses? Now I am having catastrophic medical bills! I don't know what to do. Maybe I'll have to drop out of school and work full time to try to pay the bills. Then student loans come due. They've already been rustling at my door because I wasn't enrolled this semester, so I had to do MORE paperwork to show I wasn't having any income while I was in the hospital and recovering and that I plan to re-enroll in the fall. GRRRR . . . The job on campus would have been great, because I could have still taken 1-2 courses a semester (one of which would have been free) as part of the benefits of the job. But someone got it in his head that I needed to concentrate on my degree and academics instead of survival or, golly gee, knowing my own mind and life, and decided despite all evidence to the contrary that I shouldn't have this job.

I am so tired of having to call the insurance, call the student loans, call the medical billers, etc. It is never ending and frustrating. Now I have to go back to work as a student employee and have my new supervisor be the one who got the job instead of me. Slap on a brave face.

Anyway, sorry for the rant . . . not much else I can do.

Blech! GRRRRR!!!!!
jennywren: (spinning earth)
( Thursday, October 13th, 2005 02:10 pm)
This week is "reading week" at school, during which one is supposed to catch up on one's reading for classes. It is not a fall break. I wasn't behind on my reading, but I am spending my time working on the three papers I have due next week! I have a Hebrew exegesis paper due Monday. I am translating Ruth 1:8-19 and then going to write a 5 pager on that. Unfortunately in class, we've been concentrating on Hebrew and translation and not much on how to exegete. For Tuesday, I have a 5 pager comparing the portrayal of Jesus in two of the gospels. I think I'll compare Mark and John. Then for Friday I have 10-15 page research paper on the writings of Syncletica, one of the desert mothers. I am very encouraged to write this one, since last week the professor scolded us for writing such awful first papers.

So this semester I am taking three class: Hebrew Exegesis, New Testament, and Church History I. NT and CH are fitting well together, because our NT text is using an historical approach. The CH professor is an excellent lecturer. The other classes are good, too. This year I am working two campus jobs -- continuing at the library and now also working with the COS coordinator. COS (Course of Study) is a five year study program for licensed local pastors. It is course work for people in the UMC over 35 instead of seminary. I do filing, photocopying, record keeping, and other office tasks, as well as helping with registration, invoicing, contracts, etc. -- whatever they ask me to do. So I am keeping busy.

Plus Molly hasn't been feeling so great lately and that has been stressful all around. But the cats are wonderful :)

And all this is just to say, "I'm sorry I haven't been posting in my lj. Maybe I'll post again sometime soon . . . "


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