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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!

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Columbus, OH
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Ohio State University
Political Science, International Studies
High School: Home Educated
Reading, standing in line for things, writing, research

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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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My Novel: Cipere Lumen

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My Novel: Beyond the Cliffs of Kefira

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My Novel: sul Okyar tir taTz'ileea

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Sunday, April 24, 2005
Gather together in his name.  
Due to a series of unfortunate coincidences, I was unable to take my weekly break from the Star Wars line this week. The last two weeks, I've gone to Larry & Kathy's house on Saturday night, then church in the morning. But last night, Larry was at the Ringers premiere party (too expensive for this on-a-budget fan, sigh -- will I EVER see the part I'm in???) and that ended so late that he had to just go straight home, leaving me at the line. Since Greg, the only other adult living at Larry's house, was spending the night here, I had to, too. That meant sleeping in someone's van (it rained, sniff) and of course, no church in the morning.

Now, staying at Larry's house once a week has certain perks. I can take a nice long shower, I can do my laundry, I can eat dinner with a family and all that. But none of that helps me as much, I think, as the church meetings.

It's funny, but this whole line is a highly communal experience. I'm surrounded pretty much continually by people of like mind. Generally, for 165 hours a week, those people are of like mind regarding Star Wars, the line itself, the Chinese, etc. And three hours a week (more if you count the time at Larry's house before and after church) are with people of like mind regarding the gospel.

I can't even explain why it is that this kind of gathering helps me feel more centered and complete (either in my geekiness or in the gospel,) but it does. Not having it makes me feel out of place. It makes morning prayers, especially, more difficult (especially when I've been looking forward to church all week long.) It's easier to forget who I am and how I'm supposed to be. It's one thing to be living in Ohio, not seeing my geeky friends for a few months, and more or less forgetting about Star Wars -- it's another going even just a week without gathering with my friends at church.

I'm not expressing myself very well today, I fear. Suffice to say that while I'm definitely looking forward to a real shower today or tomorrow (depends on who shows up to the line tonight as to where that will be) and the chance to do laundry and, dare I say it, the ability to sleep in -- the thing I'm already really, really looking forward to is my three hour block next Sunday. And meanwhile, I'm going to go read the lesson manual entries for today, and feel wistful. ^_^


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