“The time has come,” the walrus said, “to talk of many things…”

Philosophical thoughts on life, the universe, and everything.

PHYSICS!!! May 18, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — ithewalrus @ 6:58 pm

I have a physics exam tomorrow.

I distinctly do not like physics.

Therefore I am currently the unhappy version of Jessie.

The end.

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Jr-Sr May 9, 2008

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So the Jr/Sr Banquet is today, which is awesome. My boyfriend (eeee!!!) is driving here from Taylor, also awesome. Perhaps awesomer? I really really love my dress this year. It’s green with black straps and a black sash….it looks really refined and stuff.

It’s hard waiting. The banquet doesn’t start until 6. Josh will be here at 4 at the absolute earliest, and it’s 3 at the moment…I’ll probably start putting dress on when he gets here, b/c right now I’m just wearing pyjamas, which is highly awesome and relaxing. And just think! My sister is still at school. My hairdresser also did my makeup after she was done with my hair. It turned out really well — I basically never do makeup and it was seriously cool to have someone else do it for me, altho I think my hair is already starting to come out.

 

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Visit March 30, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — ithewalrus @ 6:53 pm

So my boyfriend came to visit and left about an hour and a half ago. I feel almost like he was never actually here…I hadn’t seen him in about four months and he was here for a bit more than 24 hours and I don’t know when I’ll see him next. It’s really hard, actually. I know we’re both just teens or whatever, but it still hurts and it still makes me mad. Gah. Well, now he has his truck with him, that should help things a bit. Maybe. He doesn’t have a lot of free time…

I feel like I should write more about what the visit was but I’m too sad, I think. Maybe later.

 

Reaching New Heights February 17, 2008

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If you’re reading this blog and go to my school, go away. This is classified information.

I’ve been asked to write the opening essay for my school’s yearbook. The theme is Reaching New Heights. And…..I have no idea what to write about. I’ve tried a couple of things — you know, the verse that’s all like “He will raise them up like eagles, they will walk and not grow weary, they will run and not grow faint”…I thought about doing something with that. I thought about talking about how I was on the walking track above the gym in our brand-new community center. I actually tried writing that one. It sounded stupid. I’m currently thinking about writing about the recent flood, and how the water reached new heights…I may end up putting that in there.

I really don’t know. It’s exasperating me.

Ideas, anyone?

 

Music and Sr. Pics February 10, 2008

Okay, so I’m going to write about stuff in the order of the title, because I don’t really have any other ideas…DISCLAIMER: I’m sick. Stuff I say might not make sense, cause it’s so weird to be this sick because I hardly ever am. (Sore throat [I just tried to spell that “throught” twice….heh], cough, runny nose…I had a fever yesterday…I don’t actually even remember the last time I was actually sick, not just faking to get out of school. Which happens maybe once a year, people, I am responsible!!)

Hmm. Music? Okay. My mom is a music professor, so I naturally grew up with a lot of music. However, after getting out of the kiddie music stage, all my music was classical…yes, nerdship for the win. (I actually remember being in 6th grade and yelling at the bus driver to turn on the classical station…on a high school bus. Yeah that didn’t go over so well.) Then I started branching out. Moody Blues were my favorite for about two years (there was one super trippy song on the CD I had of them that went around your head in circles when you had earphones on…Beyond, I believe. I always skipped it.) and then I moved on to bigger and better (ahem) things. Starting with 38th parallel, because the blog of my friend Michael had one of their songs on it. And then I was like “oh what the heck” and bought Relient K “two lefts don’t make a right…but three do” and Audio Adrenaline (not remembering the album title, I didn’t like that one very much) and MxPx “Panic”…and things just kind of went from there. (Wow I reallllly feel congested right now. It’s gotten to that state where you just have to wave your hands around to help…? Altho this logical leap makes about no sense. Please tell me I’m not the only one who does this…) From there, my fascination went Petra –> Third Day –> Relient K (again, I Sanctus Real –> whatever I heard on the amazing Christian radio station that has 0!! commercials for REAL and plays the best music EVER –> now, Wavorly, Starfield, Rush of Fools (saw them in concert, best band EVAR, lead singer = very cute!!), Poor Baker’s Dozen (don’t go looking for their stuff, you won’t find it, I’ve looked everywhere…they’re gone. My mom had one CD.), Britt Nicole. Pretty exclusively Christian. But now I’ve decided that I like music that I term….artistic. In other words…music that isn’t explicitly Christian *gasp*. Examples: Sleeping at Last, Eisley (reeeally weird sound, check them out), Holidays on Ice. (These would probably be termed Indie. I’m not sure. But I think I do like that Indie sound…) Plus the non-Christian-and-non-artistic-but-just-plain-fun songs that I happen to have: London Calling (the Clash), How Far We’ve Come (Matchbox 20), I Like To Move It Move It (Madagascar soundtrack).

I think it’s really fascinating to see how my music tastes have changed over the years. I love the iTunes store — I got a free download today and can’t wait to download other free ones. I love music. There’s no way I could live without it. And it’s been really fun exploring the different genres over the years. (I think I might even have an industrial metal song…err…instrumental…thing in my iTunes somewhere, thanks to a guy in CO that I know over internets. Not my favorite thing in the world, lol…never will I be a metal fan. [Haha the illness again…as I typed that, I was like “wait a second…I can’t become a fan!” thinking you know of like a ceiling fan…? Yeah I’m having issues.])

This is easily one of the most rambley things I’ve written for a while, it’s fun. (AHH sinus painnnn!!!)

Pictures. I need to get senior pictures taken soon. After all, I am a senior in high school and that makes me 1. awesome; 2. senioritis-prone; and 3. in need of my picture taken professionally-ish. However, due to a remodeling project my family is doing, we don’t have near enough money to pay for an actual professional. This is very sad. 😦 BUT!!!!! The amazing boyfriend, who is, in a word, amazing, and fabulouth, and all that cool stuff, is going to buy himself a very very nice and shiny DSLR camera. So he’s going to take my picture for sr. pictures. He’s way cool like that.

ok I’m done. I’m tired and very sick (CONGESTION!!!) and need to sleep…and it’s almost 1AM. Gah.

 

Essay January 14, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — ithewalrus @ 8:13 pm

So I wrote an essay. I don’t like it, and I want to know how I can improve it. Please, if anyone ever reads this, please tell me what to do better on it!!!! I’m supposed to write about my goals and how I plan to achieve them. Fun.

Is it possible for an editor to change the world? Looking at the question superficially, the answer appears to be obviously “no.” Editors aren’t particularly famous, influential, or even visible to the general public — all things that are usually required to affect the world as a whole. Nevertheless, my goal is to become a world-changing editor.
Of course, a good education is necessary for editorial work. Therefore, my first step in achieving my goal is to attend Taylor University. I expect to be challenged academically at Taylor, perfecting my understanding of the English language so that I can be a more effective editor. However, I’ll be able to not only hone my editorial skills but also receive training in how to live different — living for Christ and His Kingdom rather than for this world and all its hypocrisy. To me this is the most important part of college. College isn’t just about academics and getting knowledge and all that kind of thing, although that is of course essential to one’s college experience. It’s also “boot camp,” so to speak, for the outside world. I believe that Taylor University not only has the academic excellence necessary for me to succeed as an editor, but also the lifestyle training necessary for me to become a person who can change the world.
However, I don’t believe that education is the only necessary experience for changing the world — or to be a good editor, for that matter. I therefore plan to spend a year in Romania after graduating from Taylor. This year in Romania will not only be enjoyable for me but will also be a way to serve others by stretching myself. I’m not entirely positive what kind of work I will be doing, but I know that it will take discipline and a complete servant attitude, which together will develop into an excellent work ethic. Just as Taylor will provide the education and the lifestyle, Romania will supply the real-world training, as I interact with people and enter situations that are completely outside my comfort zone – things I will indubitably experience as an editor. I expect to learn things in Romania that will help me in the rest of my life.
Finally, after attending Taylor University and serving in Romania, I will enter the editorial field. I plan to work for Zondervan, a Christian publisher, although I may yet decide to work at a major company such as Penguin & Putnam or HarperTrophy. By exhibiting excellence in both knowledge – the actual editing of books – and diligence – applying myself to whatever is put before me with all my heart, soul, mind and strength – I will be an example to not only my fellow editors but also my employers, my clients, and whoever else I happen to meet.
And changing the world? Not every world-changing person has been famous. In fact, some of the most influential people throughout history would have been considered nobodies in their own time. For me, changing the world means changing people, one at a time. Education, service, and editorial work are merely the steps by which I will meet my goal. As Paul says in his Epistle to the Philippians, “I press on towards the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”