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Why is housing so hard?

This past week has been housing sign-ups here at Private University. Due to some complications of certain roommates, not the person who I have share a wing of the apartment with and not our little sophomore (who is sweet and adorable) but the math-secondary education major.

My friend and I are abandoning campus living for an off-campus apartment. I am more looking forward to gathering information about the apartment more then anything else. The thing that bothers me about the off-campus apartment is that it is really far away from campus. I thought living in UParks was far but I drove by it today and well it was far. Sure, I would not be driving everyday we would have to work out some car pulling system to UParks to catch the shuttle everyday. It would work out great. It is also very affordable and in a good location in order to get to the main road during Basketball season.

I think the driving thing is killing me more than anything else. It would be a long drive to church on Sundays and to school since I would still get a parking sticker. Being able to go back and forth has been a struggle this whole semester. I am arranging my schedule for next semester to fit going home for lunch.

I started looking at getting a one bedroom and one bathroom at Fairmont which is owned by Private University. I could walk to class literally because the two buildings that I would be living in are right next store. Homecoming would not be an issue because I could walk ten feet for the parade. I could walk to Mass on the Sundays that I go to Mass.

I feel like living by myself would be scary at first but I could do it. I won’t have to worry about the bus. I might not walk home after dark but it would be quiet that I could study in my apartment. I could burn my candle without anyone complaining. I could also have wild parties (just kidding).

I really want to live with my best friend though. I feel like am abandoning her and guilty about the whole situation.

SK- I owe you a cup of coffee and something yummy. (The wild ginger).

 

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Posted by on October 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Coffee and a Muffin (The Lack of Coffee Shops)

I should tell my roommate, who is going to read this that I might not be home soon. I am at Common Grounds, the local private university coffee shop (not private university owned but within walking distance.) I have discovered that it is the only place that I can study Hebrew or anything for that matter.

The thing about Common Grounds is that is always crowded. I love the noise and the struggle to find a great place to study or hang out but sometimes it is annoying. Also, the coffee here is always hit and miss. I love the house blend but everything else is too strong or too weak. Everything about this place reminds me about Austin. Spider House coffee house, anyone?

Also, my favorite thing is to spurge on a blueberry muffin from a local restaurant that believes in sustainable practices such as using things from there garden, stuff like that (Giving back to the community).

From what I noticed there seems to be a lack of coffee shops here in College town. I love the feeling of being able to come to Common Grounds, sit and just write. On the other hand, it’s always busy and I want a place to call my own.

I want something that has good healthy treats that don’t feel healthy like my blueberry muffin. The other week, I went to the Barnes and Noble cafe and they didn’t really have anything to offer except for my cup of tea. There was a ton of older people and this older gentleman circled my table a few times while I was getting my tea. Awk..

So any suggestions would be great. College town is in the small town of Waco, TX. If anyone has any reviews for coffee shops or local restaurant (that have breakfast, a giant perk in my book).

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

It’s October

Today marks the first day of October. I feel the need to tell a lot of people this, because the semester is now in full swing. There is no going back, we just have to keep plowing forward.

Modern English Grammar is going to be the death of me. I am doing very well in the class with my B, hoping to be B+ by the end of next week after our test. I have a good feeling that I know what is going to be on it. Now it is time to motivate myself to study. I did very well on the diagraming sentence quiz with a very high B (86, be jealous). I am going to continue to study hard and keep on going.

Hebrew is going great. Hopefully, tutoring with help a lot with figuring out how to study more effectually. It is such an interesting language but has no many rules that it gets confusing at times. I feel like I understand more of what we are talking about now then everything from the beginning.

I have also noticed that I am a very highly organized person like OCD organized. I finally got my room set up the way I like it and everything is neat. It’s amazing. It might get a little crazy since I am going to be traveling a ton over the next two weeks. This weekend for a Wedding and next weekend for ACL (Austin City Limits) and birthday (21st).

Also, I have been seeing my Brit. Lit. professor a lot which is fine since I won’t see him next year. We seem to end up in the same place. I have a confession to make. I keep looking for my old English professor, I am hesitant to email him but I want advice over graduate school stuff and I just want to talk about Catholicism since I know he is Catholic and knows his stuff. Enough on that because I feel like it is turning into secret diary confession time. (No one reads my blog; so who cares). I have no idea what I am doing. I have my GRE stuff planned out when I am taking it and my course over Christmas break. I have no idea if I should be working on my personal statement or what I am going to use for my writing sample. What I should even be looking at in terms of programs. It’s a little stressful because I just planned out today my entire Spring semester. Basically, time is running out. After this summer, I will need 22 credits if I go to Oxford (whole another story). That means I will only have to take 12 hours first part of senior year and hopefully another 12 (it come to 10 but I need my financial aid). I have no idea what other schools to look at, in my mind private university is perfect but what if I don’t get in. What are my back ups? Also, career fairs freak me out because I should be thinking about my future career goals but I can’t because it scares me. I have no idea what I want to do with my life beside teach. What if teaching does not work out. Also, I got called a grad. student the other day which was awkward.

The other day, I was being super hard on myself because I need to have something published by the end of my undergraduate career. I really want to submit something for the Phoenix, the undergraduate creative writing journal, at Private University. I was typing up my poem that I wrote while at the most hipster coffee shop at Private University. I basically thought it was terrible. Now I have nothing. Creative Writing- Prose here I come.

Stress, yet it is only the first day in October.

I still hate my leadership class, in case you were interested.

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Meatless Fridays

I know everyone is tried about hearing about what I am learning about when I study Catholicism. I did win on  my test with selecting the right pope. Almost a mouth ago, I was reading online about Catholicism and I knew about Catholics not eating meat or only eating fish on Fridays. I was curious way. I remember my freshmen year, when I would eat lunch with a friend who was Catholic about how she would always make a fuss over the dinning hall not catering to her need. They had a fish option but it was always fried and the salad bar was terrible.

As I was doing some research, I came across abstinence in the Catholic church. I had been curious about fasting. I have fasted a few times myself during Lent but brushed it off and never really knew what fasting meant in religious terms.

Friday Abstinence

A brief history: Before Vatican II (the last council of the Church), Catholics were required to abstain from any type of meat on Friday. As a form of pence to remember Jesus’ death on the cross. Meat is now allowed on fridays but abstained from during Lent.

The article that I am reading talks about giving up something good for our spiritual benefit. It also talks about how we are suppose to do some other form of penance if we do eat meat on friday. What are these pence(s)?

Personally, my reason is to allow my body a day of rest from meat even though I rarely eat meat because I can’t afford it (unless it’s turkey meat; I do have ground turkey and chicken cubes in the freezer). I feel like tonight, since I had pizza that my abstinence would not be valid. Since that is something good and it was vegetarian.

This has been my four meatless friday and it’s felt good except for the pizza which has caused my stomach to hurt but other wise good. During morning prayers, which was rudely interrupted by a power outage and my faculty partner calling, I was thinking about Christ’s death and way this practice on not eating meat came into play. Such as when I made my lunch last night, I could have had turkey on my sandwich but chose to go vegetarian which was onion, cheese, and tomato.  Maybe I am doing my meatless friday as doing something good such as for spiritual reasons or just letting my body has a break from meat.

Any thoughts, comments, concerns?

(I feel like this is all over the place but it’s a way for me to make sense of my thoughts)

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Thoughts on Everything and In-between

It’s almost 11, I am suppose to be getting in bed, and going to sleep but everything seems to be pulling me in every direction.

I have three test this week. Something that I have forgotten exist in the college world. I have done this before and very thankful that my only busy week on this semester is at the start. I have decided not to plan meetings with friends for coffee (unless I really need them) or that thing called excise. I might be skipping my yoga class on Wednesday for some me-time/ study time.

Another thing that has been on my chest is one of my favorite classes: History of Roman Catholicism

It’s an amazing class and I love every minute of it. I have a confession to make, I attended my first Mass last week and went on Sunday night again. The first time, I totally had no idea what I was getting myself into. I had done some reading online before hand on kinda what to except since Catholic churches scare me. I have really good friends who are Catholic and are super friendly but going to church was little nerve racking. I made it and I feel guilty for sitting the last pew but wanted to be able watch other people around me. After having my fears reassured and seeing a very familiar face in terms of my old English professor. I don’t think he noticed me but I might have been watching him throughout the service since he was in my line of sight (not in a creepy way, more in a observing people around me way). I was able to locate my Roman Missal and was able to pick up the difference between Lutheran liturgy and Catholic liturgy both are extremely similar just some word changes and possibly different meanings (not really sure). I enjoyed the hymns, the sermon, the chanting, and the bells during the Eucharist. I sat in the pew quietly during communion with my hymnal (singing along) since I am not allowed to take communion. Over all the experience was great, it just raises some questions on my own faith. Another confession, I have been discerning since the end of the summer about my own faith. I had already been doing a ton of research online about the Catholic church and the Lutheran church. It’s difficult since I have started to question my own Lutheran upbringing and it’s very complicated and upsetting at times.

Enough on that, Hebrew is going well and stressful mostly because we have our first test. It has become slightly rewarding since I can now pick out words and make somewhat of an attempt to sound them out. I spend most of my time being wrong. Except for getting perfect score on the first quiz.

Modern English Grammar has also been hit and miss. I am starting to pick up on little things that I do in my writing and make an attempt at correcting. I have gotten all the assignments right so far. My professor made us take a pre-test the second day of class so that we can see where we are at the end of the semester. I don’t think that I did very well.

American Lit is very interesting. My professor is amazing and I haven’t talked yet because I have this fear that whatever comes out of my mouth is going to sound stupid compared to his amazing insights. The girl, who sits next to me, showed up for the first time in three weeks. She came the first week but hasn’t shown up the rest of the semester. She just sat there the entire time and watched me take my usually four pages of notes. She also asked about the exam on Friday (one of three grades) and was still confused when I tried to explain to her what was going on.

I am also still working in the lab which my hours got cut so I am only working eight hours more like less then eight hours. I have to log eight hours because the professor I work for is worried that department might say something if he is not using the entire budget that has been set aside for student workers like the ten other people and I.

Doing a ton of reading and got Margaret Atwood’s new book which I am excited to read at some point.

That is all I got.

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Books that I Read Over the Summer Part 2

Welcome to the continuation of what I read when I am not in school.

1. And the Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini

Not as good as I thought it would be. Hosseini seemed to skip and leave out what was going on socially during the period of 50 years that the novel took place over. Overall a beautiful novel about rediscovering family and where your roots lie . I did not get to the author speak at the local bookstore back in June. I had to work that night and could not find someone to take my shift. My sister did get my book signed for me but missed hearing him speak.

2. Atticus, by Ron Hansen

3. Power and the Glory, by Grahame Greene

4. Peace Like a River, by Leif Enger

5. The Man Who Was Thursday, by G.K Chesterton

I have read it before and I hope that I have the chance to study this novel in a class. It would make for a good class discussion.

6. A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion, by Ron Hansen

A really intense novel and based off the historical events of the murder of Albert Snyder by his wife, Ruth Brown Snyder and Judd Gray (Ruth’s lover). Tons of references to the Biblical Story of Cain and Abel.

7. Hitler’s Niece, by Ron Hansen

The most disturbing book that I have read in a while. I don’t recommend this at all- dry and boring.

8. Love in Ruins, by Walker Percy

9. Grendel, by John Gardner

Re-telling of Beowulf from the perspective of Grendel.

10. Exiles, by Ron Hansen

11. Mariette in Ecstasy, by Ron Hansen

You guessed it, another Ron Hansen novel. This one was really intense, like A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion intense. I learned a lot about stigmata, which is when a person experiences wounds that were similar to Christ, a really rare thing (I guess). Hopefully, I will learn more during my History of Roman Catholicism class, next semester.

12. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz

I am not sure if I got all the references to “Star Trek”. “Doctor Who”, or any other pop culture super hero. I enjoyed the history sections and how everyone’s story seemed to fit together. An interesting read.

13. The Moviegoer, by Walker Percy

14. A Visit from the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan

15. Gone Girl, by Gillian Fylnn

16. The Burgess Boys, by Elizabeth Strout

17. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon 

A very strange novel.

18. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, by Ron Hansen 

So many good quotes and reminded me of a Cormac McCarthy novel. The movie was not as good. It did stay close to the book and had a wonderful narration.

19. We Need New Names, NoViolet Buiawayo 

An amazing novel, thankful that a friend recommended it to me.

20. The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, by Anton DiSclafani 

A very interesting summer read.

21. The Shipping News, by Annie Proulx 

22. Bossypants, by Tina Fey 

23. My Name is Asher Lev, by Chaim Potok

24. That Night,  by Alice McDermott 

25. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan 

26. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Facts About Coffee

A very random video about coffee.

My favorite parts:

1. Coffee was originally called Arabian Wine

During the 17th century, European People used to refer to coffee as Arabian Wine. Arabians made win from the pulp of fermented coffee berries. Coffee was considered the substitute beverage in spiritual practices wher wine was forbidden.

2. 35% take there coffee black while 57% add sugar

Not sure where the only cream people fall (that’s me by the way I hate sugar in my coffee because there are sugars add to the cream)

3. You feel the effects in 10 minutes

4. Temporary Negative Effects: Coffee is a psychoactive and works much like heroin affecting sleep and nerves.

I have coffee withdrawal before and I am more grumpy and tried when that happens. Usually I then drink I cup of coffee the next day or later in the day. I can find something that will help my brain get started in the morning if I don’t have coffee. I have sleeping problems anyway and haven’t really had any effect on my nerves.

5. 100 cups in 4 hours can kill you

I don’t think this will every happen to me.

6. It used to be custom in Turkey that if a husband did not provide his wife with coffee, it was grounds for divorce.

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2013 in Uncategorized