-on Tuesday night I was doing my homework and lo! and behold! the answer in the back of the book did not match mine. I did it FOUR different ways. And kept getting the same thing. I even had Matt look at it, and he was getting the same thing. And you know what? I emailed the professor and guess what--the book was WRONG. :) I like out-smarting text books. It makes me feel good!
-At class on Thursday I got my first homework back. It was about cow farts and how the amount of methane emitted actually increases when they're fed grass...and guess who got a 100?!? I didn't get a since 100% all of last semester (though I did get a 99 on my quiz on my birthday--but still, that's no 100!) and I DID I DID I DID! Yay for hard work paying off.
-I figured out how to do some adobe stuff all on my own. And spruced up my site. Check it. And, because I'm extra happy about it, here's a screenshot.
-I am going to put "substantially exceeded" for my professional development. Because it's TRUE. WOOHOO!
-After dinner with Jennifer (mmm sushi) on Monday I decided that I really needed to, as she put it, "live more authentically." Which for me, means a lot of trusting my gut, which I really was putting to the wayside in favor of, say, justifications or appearances. To that I say, no more!
-Additionally, Bible study makes me happy. It is amazing to hear other people with different ways of experiencing God, and to hear that maybe you aren't so nuts for thinking the way you think.
The two best parts (for me) of yesterday (other than, of course, the people there!) were:
1. the realization that my whole mindset of "someone did this for me, I want to return the favor to someone else" isn't just some cockeyed concept--it's real. It's ministry. It's hospitality. It's love. People can do the littlest or the biggest things, and it's all a part of humanity. And as silly as it made me sound, it made me feel better about and understand more fully why I feel that since I got to be a Girl Scout and Youth Group Member and Kappa Delta and athlete and so many other things, I should do what I can to give that chance to someone else, because it is real and worthwhile. (note: perhaps I should do fewer at once, I realize, but still--you get it, right?) It was one of those moments where suddenly everything that was blurry came fully into focus. And I liked it.
2. these lyrics, by one o' my fave bands, The Avett Brothers. Chelsea pointed them out after and they are so applicable.
Oh what a fine young upstanding man
With his ducks in a row and his 50 year plan
Complete with an ending
But it's getting harder to see
And the time between daylight seems longer to me
And the person I am and the person I'll be
Refuse to meet
So, as many of you have already mentioned, it's February Eve-Eve. And you know what? This year I think I'm going to be okay with it. Me and the Feb aren't going to be buddy-buddy, but I've had my slump and I am out of it! So at the risk of eating my words later if I declared something like "so take that, Feb!" or "neener-neener!" I will simply say--I am having a February-can-be-Fun party all month, want to come? We'll wear hats and drink good beer. :)