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January 22, 2010 at 4:50 am 3 comments

No, my laptop hasn’t repeated its record crashing feat.  (A few weeks after I got it, it crashed so thoroughly – and for no apparent reason – that I had to visit the campus techie help about seven times to fix it, and reinstall the hardrive and operating system and everything.  Yikes).  Actually, my roomie just went to bed early and I retreated to the study lounge and computer lab to take a meteorology quiz.

This week has been interesting; I’m starting to feel a bit more settled with my classes and everything.  It’s so weird to call and talk to my older sister at home.  The lucky thing is still on break – though she goes back to college on Saturday – but it’s just funny to remember that yes, there is a home life (and Christmas vacation!) going on in my absence. 

Anyway, this weekend will be my very first canning trip.  I’m excited and a little nervous.  We’ll see how it goes.

For the uninitiated, “canning” refers to the Big State University’s dance marathon in February.  Basically, we spend all year raising money – by mailing letters to friends and family, canning, hosting benefit concerts or shows or raffles (Grand prizes include a new car and meeting Taylor Swift – pretty impressive!), and so much else.  It culminates in a 46-hour no sitting, no sleeping (for the specially chosen dancers) dance marathon.  Apparently, it’s awesome. 

Anyway, we spend all this time raising money to help offset the medical bills of kids with cancer.  A worthy goal.  Most clubs and organizations have their own THON team and dancers and goals and go canning together.  It’s pretty impressive.  And what’s canning?  Begging for a good reason, pretty much.  It’s the annoying people who stand in intersections with signs and cans and beg for money.  (Sorry we flood the tri-state area.  But we only have four designated weekends to can, so most of the campus turns out and stands on your highways and in your shopping centers).  But apparently, it’s really fun.  I’m more excited for the socializing with the girls in my Bible study than anything else, though! 

Yesterday, Kelly and I went downtown and bought fish.  Unfortunately, our original trio of Kevin, Flippy, and Lion didn’t last very long.  (What can we say?  They were freebie goldfish).  Their replacements, Flounder and Henry – well, Flounder barely made it a day; Henry lasted the entire semester and died the day before we went home for break.  Poor fishie.  But yesterday, we specifically asked which fish were hardier.  And we have now welcomed Aboo and Doug into the family.  (If you are starting to think most of these names come from Disney or Pixar films, you would be right).  And Flipster will be joining us next week.  We were advised to start the tank with only two fish, to allow bacteria to grow or something, and then add more later.   Kelly doesn’t mind – it’s just another excuse for her to go and play with the animals and then beg me to get a ferret.  (The answer will always be Absolutely Not.  Those things creep me out.  Thankfully, fish are the only kosher dorm room pets).  But we have fun together.  Although the hill we have to walk down – and up – to get to the pet shop is ridiculously steep, and rather awful.  We promised each other that we’d never get an apartment at the bottom of that hill.  (On a side note, we saw a really cute cottage with the words “Camelot” painted on the door.  And a little figure of a knight on a horse.  Oh, how darling.  Except the refrigerator with beer cans in front of the house slightly ruined it.  Whoever lives there doesn’t quite deserve it).

To make this post even more random, today my creative class took a field trip to our student union.  She gave us writing assignments, like go to five different places and write down what you see, all the sensory details you can.  And it was so fun!  I’d never really noticed some things before, like the serene/tropical theme of the decor.  (It makes me feel like a writer to talk about noticing things.  Ha!)

And now I should go to bed before I fall asleep right here in the lab.  I apologize for the random post.  But my life of late has been a little bit scrambled, too!

Book reviews will be forthcoming!

In His grace,



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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Becca Anne  |  January 22, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Yay for Pixar! 🙂 Good luck with your fish, and have fun canning. Now I understand your fb status!

  • 2. Jessina  |  January 24, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    So I saw some people canning around these parts yesterday and I thought of you! Hope you had a lovely time and that you weren’t too cold. 🙂

    And I’m looking forward to the book reviews. 🙂

  • 3. Joanna  |  January 25, 2010 at 12:57 am

    Your poor lil fishies. How saddy. But happily, I loved the random blog post.


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