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January 13th, 2008

(no subject) @ 02:55 pm

It's a chilly Sunday, but the sun is out, and if you're out in it, it's beautiful. It's still a bit chilly in the house, warranting a sweatshirt, but the sweatshirt makes things comfortable.

I'm still in this crazy writing/popularity contest on LJ called
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It's a chilly Sunday, but the sun is out, and if you're out in it, it's beautiful. It's still a bit chilly in the house, warranting a sweatshirt, but the sweatshirt makes things comfortable.

I'm still in this crazy writing/popularity contest on LJ called <lj-user = "therealljidol"> I don't know how I've managed avoiding the chopping block for so long--I don't do the best at "playing the game", I just write--but I've enjoyed reading all of the entries and getting to know everyone. I'd highly recommend reading the entries from this week's <a href="http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/98972.html">Topic</a> and <a href="http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/100954.html">vote here</a> I say these things with slight consternation, mostly because I don't want this journal to become an arena for me to ask for votes--I try not to do things <i>like everyone else</i>--but it has been a real joy to read all of the various viewpoints and writing styles that all of the competitors exhibit. It's also bee fun being <i>forced</i> to write on topics even if I twist the heck out of them. Drop bears? Where else would I be prodded to write about such a thing?
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I've continued going to the ward (church congregation) here in Jacksonville, where my parents live. They are getting to know me again, and it's been really cool because though I only seem to come and go every six months or so, I always am made to feel very welcome. They found out I was a ham radio operator (I opened my big mouth) and they are very excited about it now. I hope I can do an activity before I leave because ... well ... ham radio's just cool. It's a good spiritual home for me, and it continues to be the same no matter what congregation I attend. I see this is a good thing; the people are different everywhere you go, but the church remains the same.

I continue to work on my thesis/wait for my advisor to edit what I have so I can submit the final draft. I can't wait to (a) figure out what I'm going to do <b>for sure</b> in my life, and (b) get done with the darn thing and school.

So that being said, all I've been doing this week has been looing at getting a new laptop (going over various stats, prices, and types), and also playing a new racing game (new for me) that I foung (it's been around for about six months). I've been crashing a lot, and causing general wrist strain (I now know how gamers feel). What a fun waste of time.

And that's about it for me. I'm listening to a report on BBC re: a gy who is protesting the minute of silence. Expect a post on it soon. Here's a preview, absolute craziness (in my opinion).
 
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From:sad1584
Date:January 14th, 2008 12:31 am (UTC)
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I agree with you on a and b. I am almost finished with putting together my thesis draft!
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From:djner
Date:January 14th, 2008 02:38 pm (UTC)
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It'll be an awesome day when it's all over won't it :). Good luck on finishing everything up. What will you do after you finish your thesis? More education?
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From:sad1584
Date:January 20th, 2008 05:00 am (UTC)
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Thanks! Well I want to take a break and figure out whether I want to go for my PhD or not. I applied for a Fulbright in Hong Kong to teach English, so we will see how that goes. If not, I will probably just stay in Little Rock for a year and teach high school/get teacher's certification. Then I would go abroad and teach English for a few years. I've been looking at the job board for those type of jobs and while you can go and teach with no experience, you'll get paid a lot more with teacher certification and teaching experience.
From:taigirl
Date:January 14th, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
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What laptop is topping your list so far and why?
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From:djner
Date:January 14th, 2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
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I'm looking into getting a Dell laptop, probably a business model with Windows Vista. Many people have told me to wait on getting Vista, but I think that we'll have to get it at some point. At some point, Microsoft will stop selling XP, and then, what will we do. My theory is just to get the learning of xp out of the way sooner rather than later.

I've considered getting a MAC, but don't know what their screen reader does with the Office productivity applications. Without those things, I am unable to do what I need to do. Also, learning a new operating system might not be a good idea, especially since most of the applications I use only work in the PC environment.

Does this answer your questions?

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