jennywren: (spinning earth)
( Saturday, March 8th, 2008 05:47 pm)

Our snow dragon
Originally uploaded by JennyWren129
Since we are having a blizzard and 15+ inches of snow, Molly decided we should build a snow person, which ended up being this snow dragon. For a while it looked like Zephyr, but it morphed into this lovely dragon.

It has nostrils of sunflower seeds, wings of dried tomato fronds, and eyes and horns of dried tomato leaves. (Its secret heart is a bird feather.)

We went out to feed the many birds who have been around this winter. Of course the feeders were not full when the blizzard hit, and the seed we bought this week is still in the trunk of Molly's car (under all that snow!).

We are enjoying our snow day, especially since we didn't have to go anywhere today (Level 3 snow emergency). Molly isn't going to Cleveland tomorrow either. They will have at least this much snow.

As I am writing this, it is 5:45, and the snow has finally stopped and it looks like the sun is coming out. This was the blizzard of 2008.

(oh, and click the picture to see the rest of the pictures I took today.)
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: (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: (cat with pencils)
( Wednesday, December 5th, 2007 02:11 pm)
Well, it has snowed. We got about 4+ inches, I'd say. Hooray, for the first snowfall. How sad we still have to go to school! I think the first snowfall should be celebrated with everyone (all non-essential services) gets to stay home, shovel the walks, and drink hot drinks!
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( Friday, February 16th, 2007 10:09 pm)

Originally uploaded by JennyWren129.
Yup, today I got a haircut and donated 10 inches to Locks of Love. You can see a couple other pictures of the haircut on flickr, as well as some of my snow pictures. One reason I decided to donate my hair is that things this past year could have been very different. I might have had to have chemo and lose my hair. It has been a year now since the surgeries (2/7/06 and 2/13/07) and I am experiencing a lot of emotions as I remember the past year.

This has been an interesting week. Tuesday we got a lot of snow (see the snow pictures on flickr). I went to work at 8 am; Molly dropped me off and went to run some errands. We'd been checking the weather announcements and the school web site and email, but school seemed to be as scheduled. By the time I got logged in at work, the announcement that the school was closing at noon was up. The roads were not cleared much, and the snow was still coming down. The worst part seemed to be right at the entrance to school. Molly called from the pharmacy where she was doing errands and told me that she was coming to pick me up. Once we got home, it was nice to spend a day indoors. The next morning, the tv, web, and email said our school would reopen at 1, but they soon canceled it completely, since Delaware County was at a Level III snow emergency (meaning only vital persons should be out on the roads). So we got to spend a lot more time together on Valentine's Day than we would if it had a been a regular day. Usually on Wednesdays, I have class (Basic Texts of the Moses Tradition) from 8:30-11:20 and chapel from 11:30-12:30. Then Molly works from 2-10 at the library. Instead we had a very very nice Valentine's Day. We did take some time to dig out and clear off the car, so we could return to life as normal on Thursday. We didn't take frost on the inside of the car windows into account, so we still were a bit slowed on Thursday.

Molly is preparing to fly out to California on Tuesday. Her mom is having 5 way heart bypass surgery on Wednesday. Prayers and good thoughts for the family please! Molly plans to be gone for a week -- I'll miss her lots! So will the kitties!

Mostly I've just been busy with the new semester. Mondays I tutor for Hebrew in the morning and have my Introduction to Christian Ethics class in the afternoon. Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings I work at the library. Tuesday afternoon is my Systematic Theology class. Wednesday morning is the Moses class. Thursday evening I'm auditing a class on Textiles in the Church. Molly is in that class, too. We get to do some neat hands on projects. It all keeps me busy.


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