ELEVENTH IN LINE
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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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Ohio State University
Political Science, International Studies
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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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Monday, September 19, 2005
Arrrrr! Today be International Talk Like a Pirate Day, me buckos. In honor o' that, today's post be full o' richy, piratey goodness.
I've got too much t' do, and not enough time t' do it, but it's me day off and I don't care. I'm probably goin' t' reschedule t' LSAT, just t' give meself more time t' get that score up. Honestly, I think I'd be improvin' smartlyer if it weren't for t' fact I was already gettin' a pretty decent score, mateys. I'll defin' take it in December, though, should I move t' date aft once (i.e. I won't move it aft t' February if it looks like me score be still stuck below 160 at t' end o' November.)
In oth'r news, it's less than two months t' NaNoWriMo, and I've actually got a plot I be likin' this year, mateys. I think last year's project was fatally flawed, in that th' story I wanted t' tell had characters I liked, but no day t' day conflict.
Jus' now I got a call from t' Blackwell campaign for gov'nor. T' race mus' be heatin' up now, I takes it.
Lastly, we did our rehearsal for Sharin' Time yesterday. I keep havin' to remember what things sound like to yer average 7-year-old -- I'm changin' th' stuff to make it easier, not harder (me bilge rats had a very hard time understandin' th' concept, and I think "good or bad" is easier than "which one is good") and I'm also goin' to bite th' bullet and use 100 lb. Bristol instead of th' drawin' paper I got (me test quote pages got totally trashed in rehearsals.) I may also go ahead and create "hold to th' rod" props to place along th' path to th' Tree of Life, provided I can find me some rod pieces that will look all ri' (I don't think th' ought to be shiny, see.)
Oh, jus' a fair word o' warning, me hearties -- Lost premieres this week, and Battlestar Galactica goes on i' fall hiatus. Apparently th' powers that be only want one good TV show on at a time anymore, the blaggards. Shiver me timbers!
Mormon, Ohio, LSAT, TVPirates, Talk Like a Pirate Day
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Sunday, September 11, 2005
Sharing Time is here again... The Primary Presidency revised the Sharing Time schedule and I didn't get a copy -- which meant that today I found out I'll be doing the presentation in two weeks.
Given the brevity of our preparation period (we'll get an hour to go through our lesson next week AND do any preparation for the presentation) I basically came up with a presentation on my own, and the kids will help me execute it. It's a little annoying, since I'd wanted them to contribute more to it this time around, but I think I've got a good way for them to help out more effectively during the presentation than they did in February -- and realistically, given the age group I'm dealing with, I'd probably end out making most executive decisions myself anyway.
Anyway, the idea is pretty simple. Our theme for September is Choose the Right; I decided to go a slightly different direction than the basic "which are the right choices to make" simply because we've done that the last two weeks, and the kids in general aren't participating as much as I'd like them to. Also, it's hard to get all 40+ kids to participate when brainstorming.
So we're going to do a choices thing, but instead of choosing actions, we're choosing words. More exactly, the kids will be evaluating two statements, and deciding which one is the word of God, and which is the word of Man. And yes, it's been fun collecting stuff for the word of Man side.
The format is going to be a trek to the Tree of Life. The child (or possibly two children, for a race) will start at the back of the room, and try to move forward towards the Tree of Life I'll have by the chalkboard. They'll have to pick the word of God to move a step forward (this is a take on Lehi's dream, and the hymn "The Iron Rod," where "the iron rod is the word of God.") The rest of the group will help them (the child or children trying to get to the front of the room) decide which one is the word of God, probably by raising their hands. When the child makes their selection, one of my students will hold up either a giant black "X" (for the word of Man - the incorrect selection) or a giant "CTR" shield (for the word of God - the correct selection.)
I'm hoping that some of my selections will be tricky enough that we'll get a few wrong answers, because a) wrong answers make them pay more attention to the next few questions and b) one of my kids will have nothing to do but hold up a giant "X" and I don't want them to stand around bored for 20 minutes (I know, I know, it's really terrible.) The rest of the kids in my class will be in charge of holding up posters with each reading on them; I've got 7 active students, so hopefully they'll be able to keep up. One kid will be holding the Tree of Life poster, which leaves 4 holding quote/scripture posters. I'll be buying a lot of poster board (and spending about 2 hours writing scriptures and quotes out on those poster boards... ugh) this week.
If it's a race, the kids will take turns answering which one is right and which one is wrong. If it's not a race, we may end out trying this twice -- either way, I've made 20 selections for each category. I haven't yet paired them up with one another, which I want to do for maximum effect. I'm not sure I'll get all 40 posters (yeah, exactly) done, so I'll probably also start with the best ones.
Anyway, here are the selections. First, the word of Man:
This is the finished, merged list, with scriptures -- I'll post the references in a little bit, once I sort out which scriptures I decided to use in place of my original list.
(yes, I know, a few of those word of Man quotes were originally meant sarcastically, or ironically, or what have you -- the point here is not "OMG, Anne Rice is EEEEEVIL!", the point is that these are wrong ways of thinking... heck, some of those, I wrote myself, because the original stuff was way over the head of your average 6 year old... I've also already shortened some of those scripture verses, and will probably shorten some of the others... that is, the quote will be all-scripture, but might not be that entire verse; again, trying to reflect the fact that I'm working with 40 kids who were, for the most part, born after 1999)
Anyway, considering I pretty much came up with that during spare time between meetings, and while talking with my students, I think it'll work out well. If I have time, I'll try to get Laura to take some photos of all the posters. There'll be 43 of them in all if I get them all done (1 Tree of Life, 1 CTR, 1 "X", 20 word of God scriptures, and 20 word of Man quotes.) Whee...
[edit: I did some editing of the selections, and edited the post to reflect that... also, I merged the two lists because I've now paired them up with one another, and added Technorati tags. ^_^]
Tags: Mormon, LDS Church, Book of Mormon, Bible, Church, Religion.
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Monday, September 05, 2005
WOOT! The Church has finally, finally posted an MP3 version of the Old Testament! They've had a streaming version (I think .wma) for a little while, but for some reason the MP3 set was missing the OT for ages. Now it's there! I've got 92% of the book of Genesis already saved. WOOT!
Tags: Mormon, LDS Church, Bible
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"I'm Okay" - Katrina Site In case you're hunting for information on a relative/friend missing in New Orleans/the rest of the Gulf -- or if you're from New Orleans/the rest of the Gulf -- you can search OR enter yourself into the database I've linked on the sidebar. It's a cute little green and white button that says "I'M OKAY." No really, go look.
This should be of particular help to anyone interested in the following ZIP codes:
-New Orleans, LA and surrounding area: 70000 through 70499
-Biloxi and Gulfport, MS and surrounding area: 39426 through 39595
AND 35450 through 39425 AND 39596 through 39772.
Those are the ones that are so bad, UPS and FedEx can't bring stuff in; they don't have power, other utiltiies, or clear roads (the second and third ranges in the Missouri area say to expect massive delays.) If you've gotten out of those ZIP codes and/or know someone who lives in/was visiting one of them, this is the database for you.
Tags: Hurricane Katrina, Flood Aid
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Thursday, September 01, 2005
Louisiana Companies Lots of individuals live in New Orleans, and have lost their homes and workplaces. And lots of companies are based in New Orleans, and have lost stock and warehouses and computer equipment... their stock prices probably aren't going up right now, and they may not have insurance to cover their losses, let alone reestablish their businesses. One of the things that has most helped third world countries is plain old capital investment in local ventures... so in the long term, why not invest in some New Orleans based companies?
The New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau website is still running, and gives a partial list of NO-area companies.
Some of these sites are down, and some seem to go up and down periodically. The company/brand names are all pretty unique, though.
And if you or someone you know owns a small business in the affected areas, you should contact the Small Business Administration for assistance. There's a good overview of what's available here.
FRENCH MARKET HOT SAUCES
McIlhenny’s Tabasco sauce
BEER AND SPIRITS
Dixie Beer (note: not their own site)
COFFEE AND TEA
Community Coffee and Tea
French Market Coffee
New Orleans Coffee Company
CONDIMENTS, SPICES AND SPICEBASED FOOD MIXES
Blue Plate Mayonnaise
Magic Seasoning Blend
Melinda’s Original Habanero Pepper Sauce
Rex Pure Foods and Horse Shoe Pure Products
Watermaid and Mahatma Rice
Reising and Zip Bread
List courtesy New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau. Fall 2004.
(I deleted Southern Comfort from the list, because they are now based in Louisville, KY -- they still might be a good choice to help rebuild in the area, though, since they're originally a New Orleans company)
[Technorati tags: Flood Aid, Hurricane Katrina.]
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To those who keep coming to my site, Looking for instructions on how to setup a Greatland tent? I have two words for you: Pray. Hard.
Seriously, I gave up. I suggest buying a new tent instead.
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In case you were wondering... Yes, LDS Humanitarian Services is working on Hurricane Katrina.
The best way to donate seems to be to go through your local ward clerk -- just fill out an ordinary tithing slip and mark "Humanitarian Fund." You can also send funds to the Humanitarian Fund directly (the link has the phone number, address, and website.) Remember that if you use a credit card instead of a check, the credit card people take out a processing fee -- that's a standard issue, and might be a good reason to donate directly to the local branch of a national or regional charity.
For information on the Church's efforts, including information on the safety of Church missionaries and members in the area, go here -- I'll update this post if and when they put up more recent information.
And as for non-LDS charities, Strengthen the Good is doing a donation matching program, and InstaPundit has a ton listed. LDS Humanitarian Services is even in there now.
Technorati tags: Flood Aid, Hurricane Katrina.
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Because only so many people can be eleventh in line.