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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Well, all of my "I'm going to be a good blogger and blog at least once a week" intentions seem to have gone to pot. My life is so crazy right now, I keep putting things like this off till tomorrow. But guess what! Tomorrow never comes, so I never update my blog! Ah, well, no one is perfect. And my life really has been crazy. I ended up have to change what classes I am taking this semester because the college changed the time on one of them, creating a schedule conflict. It was totally God though, because I was really starting to want to take an English course this semester, but I didn't know how I was going to fit it in. But now, instead of taking 3 PE and 1 Math class, I am taking Yoga and Step Aerobics (2 PE), Pre-Algebra and Freshman Comp. God worked it our for me! School starts on Monday. I am very excited about all of my classes and learning new and exciting things.
I bought my textbooks last week, and wow, is God amazing! I was able to buy all four of the textbooks I needed on Amazon marketplace for a grand total of $60, including S&H!!! I looked them up other places, and they would have cost over $300 normally!! Granted, I got used books, but who needs a brand new textbook for college? You're just going to re-sell or throw it away at the end of the semester anyway.
I finished reading "Sense and Sensibility" on Sunday night. I have to say that it is one of my favorite books. It is so well written, so emotional and enthralling. I identify with both Elinor and Marianne, but more so with Marianne. I like to think that I have a similar level of passion and vivacity, and I too have had a Willoughby in my life. But like Elinor, I tend to be more reserved in expressing my deepest feelings. The book itself is just beautiful. Jane Austen had a gift for shaping words into the most engrossing stories. Her characters are so real, so easy to empathize with. Now that I am done with "Sense and Sensibility", I am on to "Pride and Prejudice".  I have read that one a few times before, but its been a couple years, and every new reading brings the fresh perspective of more experience in the world and familiarity with the story.
This weekend we are having an huge yard sale, and this past week has been spent organizing things, and the rest of the week is going to be spent in the same way. And, looking forward to that, I think that I shall sign off and head to bed. Goodnight world!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Wow, has this week flown by! My aunt and uncle had a baby a couple weeks ago, so on Tuesday I drove down to their house to help out for the week. I had a blast helping keep track of their three oldest kids and holding the baby. I stayed down there with them until Friday, when I drove home. Saturday I went to a birthday party for a friend who moved the next day. And then on Sunday after church we got to go hang out with some friends who we haven't seen in forever. It was awesome. Today I stayed home and cleaned while the rest of the family went down to Santa Barbara.
I watched a couple of good movies this last week, and bought a few books that I am looking forward to reading. I bought all 7 of Jane Austen's novels bound into one book, and am working my way through those. I am currently on Sense and Sensibility.
On Tuesday night I watched "Signs". You know, that creepy alien movie that has Mel Gibson in it. It was interesting. I had never seen it before. I loved the ending, but man was the whole thing creepy. Ugh, yeah, I'm not a big fan. I am a fan of "The Four Feathers". The one with Heath Ledger in it. THAT movie was AMAZING! I absolutely loved it.
Wednesday is my freshman orientation for college. I am really looking forward to school starting up in two weeks. Woohoo! Exciting times!

Monday, August 2, 2010

A New School Year

So, today was the first day of school for my family. It was kind of weird for me. It was weird to wake up (at 9ish) and pad out to the great room in my pajamas (just like I've been doing all summer) and see all my siblings all dressed and ready for the day, sitting at the table or in the living room waiting for my mom to start teaching. I think that that's when it really, REALLY sunk in that I'm in a new phase of life. It's not like I'm done with school, I'm taking classes at our local city college, but I don't start for another couple weeks and it's weird to watch my siblings doing everything I've been doing for the past 12 years of my life and know that I'm not going to be doing those things as a student ever again. Weird. Kinda Scary. But mostly Exciting.
I went out to the college today to take my placement test. You know, the one where they evaluate how good you are at English and Math and tell which classes you can take. So, I know I'm pretty good at English, I mean, I got straight A's my whole life, but Math, well, let's just say I barely passed. Thus, I was expecting to get into the highest English classes (which I did) and the lowest math. Great was my surprise when I got the results and I tested into College-level Algebra! Whoot!
I am very excited for this fall. I am taking 4 classes at our local college, (1 math and 3 exercise) and am compiling a list of classical literature that I need to read. I shall be posting my thoughts on the books I read as I read them. Well, that's it for tonight. Catch ya'll later.