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 [livejournal.com profile] ellen_kushner)



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jennywren: (spinning earth)
( Monday, May 1st, 2006 06:32 pm)
We are enjoying the many signs of spring all around. We've seen ducklings and goslings taking field trips with their parents up and down the river. The geese have been very honky lately. Flowers are blooming; the trees are leafy. Molly and I got water shoes. We've been walking up and down the river: wading in the shallows and walking on the rocks. We pick up whaterever trash we find. Yesterday we found a bicycle tire, a street sign pole, an insulated coffee mug, and a sweatshirt. There is an old shag carpet wrapped around one of the trees; it has been there so long that grass and other plants are growing out of it. Why do people throw trash in the river? Yesterday we also stumbled across some fish nurseries full of tiny fish. Between that and the empty mussel shells, we have a good idea what the heron has been eating. We also saw a crayfish swimming away. Our neighbor was shooting a BB gun on the river on Saturday. I hope he wasn't shooting birds or fish.

Last week was rough. We were both really tired -- likely exhausted from the stress prior to the oncologist visit. However, it was hard to get enough rest, because the a$$hats (our name for the tree-eating Asplundh Tree Experts, as in "tree experts, my a$$!!!) finished mauling the trees in our apartment complex (nearly a month after their deadline) in the state's effort to eradicate the Emerald Ash Borer. They took down the last two large ash trees one apartment down from us, and only managed to kill one non-ash tree and maim half a dozen others. It was a very frustrating and loud week. I get so angry at them for their unthinking, uncaring destruction and desecration of other wildlife and ecosystems as they work. Give a boy a phallic toy . . .

Wednesday we went to see Great Big Sea in concert at the Southern Theater in Columbus. This was the first pop/rock/folk type concert Molly had ever gone to. What a first time it was! The Southern Theater is a beautifully restored classical theater. Great Big Sea is a folk rock band from Newfoundland, Canada. The first set was mainly folk songs, while the second set was more pumped up and rocking. The group is high energy, and clap and dance throughout the concert. We went with a friend from school who let us know that Great Big Sea was coming to Columbus. This was her seventh time seeing them. It was an awesome good time. Do check out Great Big Sea's website http://www.greatbigsea.com/ to find out more about the band and to hear clips of their music.

I'm still wrangling with the insurance company for all my medical bills -- major grrrr. Plus all my education loans switched into repayment, since I had to drop all my classes this semester. I'm having to file for economic hardship deferments for all of them. Another GRRRR!!! Being anxious about paperwork and idiots doesn't lend itself to healing. I'm doing lots of reading for fun. I just finished the Firebirds anthology edited by Sharyn November. I'm now reading The Green Man -- Tales from the Mythic Forest. Next in my pile is The Faery Reel: Tales from the Twilight Realm. Recently I've also read Little, Big and The Translator by John Crowley.
jennywren: (spinning earth)
( Thursday, November 10th, 2005 01:41 pm)
Today they are cutting down the ash trees all around the apartment complex. This summer an ash borer was discovered, so they are cutting down all the ash trees within 2 miles of the infected tree. How is cutting down all the trees a better thing than having them possibly get infected???? (I know, I know, it is supposed to stop the spread outside the 2 mile radius, but you KNOW what I feel!) I really love trees, and it is very distressing to hear the chain saws and bulldozers and see them down all over. I like trees better than I like some people. I want to put in ear plugs or on headphones, but I am STILL waiting for someone to come pick up our old bed.

I am not at work today, because I feel yucky. . . head congestion, sore throat, plugged ears (a bit of a blessing, that), blechiness. . . Molly so graciously took my shift at work this afternoon, even though she isn't feeling excellent either. I want to take a nap, but I am waiting for the aforementioned bed pick up. I have reading to do and a paper due next week, but I just want to sleep, or not be here where trees are being killed.

In other news, our new bed is great. Queen size definitely works better with the cat occupants of the household. The bed is how Molly and I celebrated our anniversary. Molly is still dealing with her meds. change and adjusting her course load to facilitate that. This past weekend we went on an all church retreat with the North Congregational UCC. It was very beautiful at Templed Hills camp, and it was good to get away for a bit. There were lots of families, kids, and 2 dogs there. It was nice to experience lots of types of gay and lesbian families and to be ourselves while we were there.

I am thinking about writing something in the vein of MLK, jr.'s "I have a dream" speech about gay rights. Any suggestions?

Take care all.
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