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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Midterm: Jewish Backgrounds

Oh boy, that could've gone better.


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wednesday

Today started off with a pretty good day. Breakfast was better than usual and it had all my favorite elements. The eggs were actually boiled properly this time! And yogurt came in little packages that had waaay more flavor in it.

Unfortunately, YQ must have gave me a digestive problems because I still haven't fully recovered and gone back to my normal eating pattern. I woke up in the middle of the night feeling nauseous and whatnot.

Let's hope this is just a temporary thing.

Jewish backgrounds midterm tomorrow! Eek, I haven't even started studying yet! Am I doomed?!

Edit: Pretty sure I have food poisoning. Don't worry guys, it's not from the caf! I got it somewhere else.

Also, my schedule for the night: memorize handouts and notes, find verse references and mooch off people who actually understand the material and took notes in class

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Proverbs 10:7

You are a lifesaver.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Ice Dancing GOLD!

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir wins GOLD for Canada in ice dancing! They're my favorite and their dance was so flawless and beautiful. I almost teared. Also, my favorite moment was when he said "I love you so much" afterwards and then pretended they didn't win the gold medal. Haha as if!

Go Canada!

Who says racism doesn't exist?

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/100222/national/crime_ns_burning_cross

Let's hope this is just a one time thing.

Sleeping Pattern

Since I woke up at 4:30 the other night to study for my Greek midterm, I still haven't fully recovered. I've been waking up at 4:30 a lot now. Last night, when I woke up, I couldn't fall back to sleep so I just did my homework in bed with my reading light till I was tired enough.

Actually, this is probably a good thing. I'm getting so much work done!

Greek Class

There was no Greek class today. I can't tell if I was relieved or disappointed. I was sort of hoping it was a practical joke. I also theorized in my head that if enough people showed and demanded a class, we would get one. And I would be among those that had the privilege of getting an extra class. Yay! That would be awesome, actually! I COULD LEARN SO MUCH!

I hope they have another "cancelled" class again, so my dreams could really come true!

...Unfortunately, when I bumped into the TA a few minutes before class was suppose to start, she confirmed that Greek was indeed cancelled. Cancelled! Now I'm going to have to spend the rest of my afternoon doing homework.


YQ Weekend

YQ was packed with youth. Without the overflow section in the Hildebrand, everyone would have sat uncomfortably.

The girls in my room were very kind. Some of them were very mature for their age. They caused no trouble at all and were very quiet, though I should add that my roommate and I sleep fitfully and do not always wake up to noises.

Instead of having a tiring weekend, it was rather rejuvenating for me. I enjoyed hearing a fresh take on the Gospel that is not always mentioned or approached that way.

One question that was asked in one of the talks is why Jesus had to die on the cross. The speaker concluded that there is no actual good reason that the human mind can comprehend, but to accept God's love as a response.

This lead into the message of obedience from the main sessions and the need to learn to grow from human selfishness into properly accepting and loving as a result.

Edit: Also, I should mention that I was thoroughly impressed by the entertainment aspect. Dustin Kelm, world champion unicyclist, was able to connect with the audience in a vulnerable way that did not merely scratch the surface.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Goodbye and Hello YQ

My friends from Edmonton were over this week. (That's why the blogging has been slow, since I've been busy hanging out with them and studying for my Greek midterm). I enjoyed the visit and I hope to see them soon!

Just to update you on my daily life, I woke up at 4:30 the other day just to study my Greek midterm (Alyssa was so good to help me get up that day). I've been studying for a week, and I still pretty much nearly bombed it. How depressing! The only good outcome of the midterm is that I had a dream about my textbook. I really enjoy those Koine dreams.

YQ weekend starts today! I cleaned my room and the only thing left on my list of things to do is to blog about it. I have a busy, yet not over committed schedule ahead of me. Maybe this could turn into a really perfect weekend.

On another, completely unrelated note, men's singles in figure skating was interesting! Did anyone watch? Don't you just LOVE how Patrick Chan made it to the top 5? THE TOP FIVE!? Too bad for the Russians though, as their king was dethroned. I was disappointed.

Keep coming back for updates about the weekend! I'm sure I won't be getting a ton of sleep tonight!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Elections This Tuesday!

Presidential elections are coming up on Tuesday. Remember to vote for the candidate you feel is most eligible.

As mentioned in the Constitution (which the student body will be voting on the revisions sometime next week, which I will also post a reminder for) the president takes on the role as a pastor and an administrator. But first, a pastor.

Let the high tempers and endless discussions begin!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Adje came yesterday. She told us a lot of fun stories about her summer travels and her boyfriend. Just so you know, he sounds like a creeper over the phone.

My favorite story from Adje is the fountain pants story. It must be magical!

On a side note, Jenna was amazing last night at dessert theater. Who knew? Actually, we all did, but the chance to see a fellow Whit2-er wow an entire audience is quite amazing. Also, Alex did an awesome job as a stepsister. Love the costume!

My friends from home are coming today. I can't wait to speak my native tongue, a Middle Eastern language, with them.

Perhaps instead of pulling my hair out over my paper proposal for Jewish backgrounds class and studying for my koine Greek midterm, I will be able to look back on this week being the busiest, yet most rewarding week ever.

Perhaps!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Kailey

My friend Kailey is here. She was my RA last year. She has lots of funny stories about class and out of class topics.

Remember the time she unplugged that toilet? Or she willingly came out of her room at midnight to supposedly help me unplug a toilet, when we were just pranking her?

Also, a lot of people use to stick gum on the walls in the hall, and Kailey would peel it off.

Kailey, it's good to see you again!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Eggs

Although I understand that soft boiled eggs are something that people do actually like, the majority of Briercrest breakfast students do not, I repeat, do not actually like their yolks and egg whites runny.

How hard is it to boil an egg? How many food reps. do I need to tell before this can change? Not to nag too much on this subject, but last year's eggs were boiled and everyone liked them. What happened?

Are they even listening to their food reps, or are our opinions simply not being reported?

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Tip of the Day

If you cut up the hot dog sausage and put it in the toaster in the caf, it tastes like barbecue hot dogs.

Jenna Nash tried it and it worked for her. She says it tastes really good.

Elections

If you love Briercrest, the presidential candidates are having a Q&A session on Thursday at 7:30pm in Reimer Hall. Presidential elections are one of the most controversial and funnest events of the year.

Thursday's Q&A session will not disappoint.

Monday, February 8, 2010

I'm having a relatively good day. My Greek mark is improving, as seen on the last quiz. Hopefully it'll stay that way. Also, I don't really have a ton of homework for tomorrow, so that means I can concentrate on other tasks, like blogging. I had a pack of Gushers today, and I haven't had those in the longest time, so I'm pretty happy about it.

Now, the only thing I need is a haircut...

An Education

A movie I saw recently called An Education (directed by Lone Scherfig) has been nominated for numerous Academy Awards.

The premise of this movie is that a young, high school girl becomes infatuated with an older man and is seduced by his way of living.

This reminds me of what we are learning in Proverbs with the path of the wise and folly. Jenny, the protagonist, is drawn to the easy access of rubbing elbows with cultured individuals. However, what she doesn't understand is that her friends are merely bringing her into a facade, and that it is impossible to truly appreciate culture without her education.

There are many parallels in this movie to the young son in Proverbs. She is seduced by the adulterer, who really does bring her to ruin and shame. Although she never accepted it, she looks over her boyfriend, David's, life of crime so that she will be able to enjoy the luxury that his money provides.

The viewer cringes throughout the entire movie as Jenny slowly walks onto the path of folly, which is essentially what the book of Proverbs warn the reader about. One of the pivotal scenes of the film is where she finally admits that her actions were her own undoing. She says "I feel old, but not very wise."

Besides watching this through the book of Proverbs, it also has other themes like the importance of education, the need for money, the longing for a true sense of security along with freedom, etc.

This has been a very interesting film. However, I do caution the readers in that you will cringe and worry throughout the entire movie for Jenny's demise. Also, there are some inappropriate scenes/ dialogue so don't watch it if you know you're a prude.

Day of Prayer II

Day of Prayer was an amazing experience. It's rare to be in true freedom in worship. Everyone was dancing and there was even a congo line. Communion was actually fun...fun! Very rarely would anyone describe the Eucharist as something enjoyable. A commemorative activity, sure, but not in the way that was done last Tuesday.

However, although I have to admit that it may not have been given the respect it deserved, the fellowship aspect is certainly missing from our monthly communion. Where is the feasting and rejoicing? We certainly miss what Paul had as a first century Christian. Luckily, we got a little taste of that on Day of Prayer.

(However, this approach isn't completely flawless. Where I was standing, communion became a social call, not respectful rejoicing. Although talking isn't a bad thing, no one was talking about the right thing. Maybe next time this happens, we should be reminded that rejoicing is allowed, but flippancy is not.)

Sidenote

The February 2010 issue of Little Red says this:

"Is it possible that day of prayer is merely an excuse to do fun activities for which we have no other opportunity?"

Yes, yes it does. Although there is nothing wrong with dancing in worship, why are we ONLY doing it at day of prayer? Why can't we do this every Sunday or during chapel service? It seems to me that if day of prayer was just that, a day full of prayer, students wouldn't want to come or experience it in the same way.

But, having said that, this Day of Prayer was rewarding in many ways and the joyfulness of it all was a potent reminder to successful Christian living.

Monday, February 1, 2010

The Young Victoria

The other day we watched this movie called The Young Victoria with Emily Blunt in it. It was so good! It's probably one of my favorite movies now. There's talk that Emily Blunt may be nominated for an Oscar for this movie. I hope so! It has everything I like...castles, Victorian clothing, a strong female lead and a gentleman.

Hurrah!

Day of Prayer

Day of Prayer is tomorrow. I usually get really tired so I'm hoping for a early night's rest. Even though I'm going to miss my cancelled classes, I'm pretty excited for it. I like it best when everyone is involved because it's more fun that way. It can be tempting not to skip out and spend a day doing homework. I'll going to try and persevere throughout the day.