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A blog about my life, universe, etc. At any given time you might find something endlessly interesting or just me ruminating on something else, which no one (not even myself) finds interesting. That's the way blogs go, I suppose. Anyway, I was eleventh in line, and you weren't. Hah!

About Me
Columbus, OH
Political Score:
Temp @ JPMorgan Chase
Ohio State University
Political Science, International Studies
High School: Home Educated
Reading, standing in line for things, writing, research

About My Family
My mom is a
lawyer in Pickerington; my stepdad and dad are computer guys, and my stepmom (who works with my dad) is an engineer. My sisters are, in order of age, a photographer, an artist, and a person too young to have her own website. My brothers are, in order of age, living up north, and again, a person too young to have a website. At some point soon I'll be collecting links for my aunts, uncle, and cousins. ^_^

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NaNoWriMo 2007:
My Novel: Cipere Lumen

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NaNoWriMo 2006:
My Novel: The Manatee Conspiracy

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NaNoWriMo 2005:
My Novel: Beyond the Cliffs of Kefira

Official NaNoWriMo 2005 Participant

NaNoWriMo 2004:
My Novel: sul Okyar tir taTz'ileea

National Novel Writing Month

Wednesday, December 29, 2004
Tsunami Relief Efforts  
I'll post more in a little bit, but I thought that everyone who reads this blog would be interested in the Church page on the issue. It looks like the best option for Church members is to make an offering slip out to the Humanitarian fund this Sunday.

I'm thinking I might have the kids in my Primary class do something in response to all this. It probably will depend on whether or not they've heard anything about it -- their lives have been pretty shaken up this week by the power outages (the class I subbed for on Sunday had two kids who got power back on Christmas Day itself), and they're all only 6 years old, so they might not know anything has happened. And I'd rather not take it upon myself to enlighten them -- their parents might not like it, and it's not exactly on the list of official Primary teacher duties; we are not a news agency, after all, and it's a captive audience sent in to first off learn spiritual stuff and second off (at least, in my priority system) stay out of their parents' way for two hours.

We'll see.


Friday, December 24, 2004
Merry Christmas!  
And, a happy New Year (though that's next week). We've got power and we've got presents and apparently we're going to have prime rib in the morning. Woohoo!

I bought a total of (I think) 15 gifts for my four family members here in Ohio. Twas great fun. Easton is a last-minute gift-giver's mecca. Really. I think the reviews will be favorable. I also finally got to go inside a real Harry & David store -- man, those pears are expensive! Might have to go back after I pick up my paycheck on Monday, though. They have... cheesecake (actually, there's a Cheesecake Factory at Easton -- I may have to start hanging out at that mall, shockingly enough).

Anyway, I hope that all five of the people who read this regularly, and whoever else drops by, has a very merry holiday!


Saturday, December 18, 2004
Part of a trend?  
Maybe, maybe not. I mean, yes, Caroline has ended her employment relationship with Bear Creek, and I'll be there for another week or two at most -- but come on, this was seasonal employment! I mean, shouldn't my job have posted as a gain in October (Caroline's in November), before two losses in December? It's a net outcome of 0.

On the other hand, you know, the whole point of these kinds of statistics is that it doesn't matter what the specific situation is... you're supposed to get the overall idea of what's going on; I assume that in the grand spectrum of job types, seasonal jobs are on the Bad end (at least for people looking for happy job statistics and overall economic growth and stuff). Then again, seasonal employment probably explains why SOME of those retail jobs have been lost.

I am at least comforted that Columbus is doing well, overall. ^_^

(hat tip: BlogsNow [recommend using FireFox over IE for this site, it doesn't look right in IE at all])


Friday, December 17, 2004
I can't wait for Fridays  
Well, Fridays in the near future, anyway. I have no guarantees that my next job will be a Monday through Friday gig (I tend to go back and forth -- the current job is, but the last two weren't), and weekends are too much like work in that scenario (what with the running of errands and the trying desperately to catch up on all my obligations and such) anyway. No, it's not about party time and sleeping in -- it's about True Geek Nirvana.

You see, SciFi is going to start airing THREE original high-quality sci fi shows on Friday nights: old faves Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis, and new hopeful Battlestar Galactica (I still haven't seen the miniseries -- I was busy letting a mouse suck my soul out through my eyes at the time).

I imagine this as a total throw back to the glory days of the original Star Trek series, which aired on Friday nights at 10pm. In true geek fashion, I am often at home on Friday night (sometimes I go to church dances, or out to see a movie or something), and I think it's awesome that SciFi is catering to us in this fashion.

Now if we could just get something interesting on TV on a night other than Wednesday and Friday... (Mondays are good for Stargate and West Wing reruns, at least -- but Tuesdays and Thursdays are perfectly worthless to me) Though you're not going to hear (many) complaints from me about getting the West Wing and Lost on the same night (and they're not playing at the same time, the way that Enterprise and the West Wing used to). Actually, that's the one frustrating thing about the new SciFi Friday deal -- I'll have to tape Enterprise, or watch it on Sunday nights.

Overall, though, I'm happy enough that I'm not going to make more than cursory mention of the tragic farce that is Saturday night TV.


Reasons to Home School  
Aren't exactly hard to come by, you know?

There's all sorts of... I guess you could call them fundamental, or basic, reasons to home school, of course. You might think that government schooling is improper from a libertarian standpoint, or that group schooling is too restrictive and conformist, or that secular schooling is unGodly, or that children should be free to move at their own pace, etc. You might be particularly attached to a specific educational philosophy (unschooling, the Trivium, Charlotte Mason -- though it seems to me those philosophies occur primarily to those already determined to start, or seriously interested in, home education). You might be completely underwhelmed with the quality of the education that you see graduates of public or private schools demonstrating. Maybe you're a home education graduate, and you've just always assumed that you're going to do the same thing for your kids.

And that's pretty cool, I think. I like it when people think through the issues, look at their kids, look at the schooling options available to them, and make a serious committment to home education. WOOT! I say, and I mean it.

But if you're ambivalent, or indecisive, or haven't really thought seriously about it, or whatever, there are always the sorts of inducements our present system seems specially designed to offer you.

Like rumors of violence at a middle school.

Or, armed kidnapping suspects outside of an elementary school.

And there's always your classic drunken school bus driver.

Of course, some people will argue that these incidents are rare, and anyway, what about that critical socialization thing home schoolers are missing out on?

I find such arguments unpersuasive.

I think this guy does, too.



Thursday, December 16, 2004
Got my copy of LOTR: Return of the King. The extended version. With the gift set statue. WOOT! Almost finished watching it (will do a re-watch on Friday night -- I can stay up as late as need be, then). ^_^


Tuesday, December 14, 2004
God and Nature 1 - Sarah 0  
To the powers that be I say: Well, fine then, be that way. Go ahead, have
the snow be piled up almost two inches high when I get up this morning. If
that's the way you want to play the game, then, ummm... well, I'll just have
to accept it, I suppose.

This is why I could never do the weather on TV. Well, okay, one of the many
reasons why I could never do the weather on TV. Heh.


Monday, December 13, 2004
Heh, then again...  
Maybe I should stay out of the weather-prediction business altogether. Most
of the snow is gone. Let's see how many more times it can switch back and
forth before I go to bed. Argh.

In other news, I'm sick of this Kerik business already. Let's move on,
people, please. I don't really care what the so-called "real" reason may or
may not be -- the man's no longer the nominee. Get over it. There are more
important things to bug Rudy Guiliani about on the streets of Manhatten, and
to fill the airwaves and blogosphere with. Really.


And then again, maybe not...  
Because at this point we're going on three hours of more or less continuous
(light) snowfall, I'm going to revise my previous estimate. I've got
accumulation of almost an inch on my windowsill, and it looks like about a
half inch is on the grass. The streets and sidewalks are still too wet for
anything to stick, but I'm afraid this is Actual Snow and not merely the
Appearance Thereof. I knew I should have brought my gloves and scarf to
work in preparation for this day.

This is exactly why I want a camera, by the way. Snow makes everything look
cool. Maybe I'll get enough work after the holidays to get one before all
the snow melts... I need one for the line anyway.


Is on the ground.

I wonder if it'll still be there in a few hours... probably not. Even if it
is cold enough for it to stick, we're also getting a lot of actual rain,
which will turn it all to slush. Nonetheless, this is the first fall that's
more than a mere dusting (the sort of stuff that actually blows off the
grass -- and then the next day it's 65 degrees outside) since the start of

I always freak out the first time it snows after a long time without it...
this time was worse, because of course I'd gotten used to Disney snow
(glycerin bubbles -- soap, basically), which made the actual snow feel fake
this morning. Heh.

Anyway, just thought I'd share. In case you were wondering, you're supposed
to say the title of this post the way William Shatner said the title
character's name in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Go ahead, try it, it's
a lot of fun. A good way to get the Monday blahs out of your system. Say
it with me now. SNOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWW!!!!! Ahhhh...


Sunday, December 12, 2004
A couple of things  
That I need to take care of. Administrative stuff, you know.

First, if anyone out there knows of someone who is definitely getting me the Return of the King Extended Version DVD, please email me ASAP. Otherwise, I'm going to buy it for myself.

Second, I've deleted the USS Clueless link from my blogroll. It's too depressing to keep checking and seeing he's still not writing. I've resigned myself to him not putting anything out anymore, and am satisfied, to the extent I can be, with having the archives of the site on my harddrive for future reference.

Third, I am pleased to report that I've started dreaming about bulk personalized mug orders instead of timecards. Thank you, LiningUp.Net.


Thursday, December 09, 2004
I am SO glad...  
That I was home schooled.

I mean, sure, being incessantly and brutally tortured in high school could very easily be a formative experience that expresses itself in the form of total coolness and an genuinely spiffy existence as an adult.

But I wasn't that kind of lucky as a child, and so I'm glad I was home schooled. That is all.


Because only so many people can be eleventh in line.