April 22nd, 2007

Fiona and me in the snow

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I've just finished doing my laundry, and though I know it is insanely late, I don't think I'll be able to fall asleep right away, so I'm going to get this journal entry out of the way, and then maybe after that, I'll be able to wind down enough to sleep. I also just finished getting a lesson together for church tomorrow/today. I'm going to be teaching one of the classes (it's my calling to teach once a month), and I really really hope I can do a good job. I think I have it together as far as what I'm going to say, but I hope people have lots of comments. Comments are good because I learn, they learn, and we take up time :).

This morning, I went to the Alpha Chi Sigma (the chemistry professional fraternity) semianual initiation. We only initiated two pledges, one of which was the person who lived in Wil's room (next door to me in this suite). It was cool to see Chris in AXE, and hopefully he'll remain active and not just join so he's got something good to put on the resume. He won't, but so many that join seem to be doing it just to have something good to look at on their resumes. We got things all done in record time. That even included eating some tasty barbecue. We were out of there and everything was all cleaned up by like 2, which is pretty good considering we've done initiations that lasted 14 hours or so in previous times.

I went home teaching with my friend Remington at about 4:30. We ended up going by one person's apartment and they weren't there, but we ended up teaching someone a lesson. This was good because it made us feel like we were actually doing some good. We've got some difficult people on our list though, so we're hoping that we can reach out to them and get them back to going to church more often or for the first time.

We went over to Remington's girlfriend's work after that to pick her up so we could go out to eat some tasty Mexican food. She works at Avalon, a health food / Indian foodplace. I was glad to go because I was able to see if I could find some vitamins that had a limited supply of calcium in them. Since I have too much calcium in my bones, I try not to eat too much of it, especially if I go back on my calcium leaching medicine again. I found some multis that have 1% clcium RDA (recommended daily allowance) and that's awesome, considering that a slice of American cheese has 10%. They are capsules, which I'm not used to multivitamins being made of, and they seem to have good stuff in them, so we'll see if I see a change in my energy level. I don't eat unhealthily, but I stopped taking multivitamins when I realized how much calcium were in the normal store brands. So I was really excited!

-Elanita's was pretty good. Remington served his mission as a Spanish speaker near El Paso and Tucson, and I just speak a bit of Spanish, so we both ordered in Spanish and impressed the waitress. She didn't speak much English to us once she found out we both spoke Spanish.I had my customary Chimmichanga Pollo (chicken chimichanga), and it was good, but there was a bit too much cheese inside the chimmi for my liking. It was kinda like a chicken enchilada rather than what I'm used to, which is just chicken and sauce inside a fried flour tortilla. Oh well, I enjoyed it and definitely enjoyed the company.

I finished The Prestige today as well. I won't go into detail right now, perhaps tomorrow I'll write my thoughts on it, but suffice it to say awallens was right in saying that the ending was odd to say the least. The book was odd full stop, but anyway. Suppose I'll see the movie just so that I can say I'm one of the few to have read the book as well as watched the movie.

Well, 9's going to come very soon, so I better go. Oh yea, just found out that people with a disability can get free webscription books from Baen. Baen Publishing publishes some of my favorite science fiction, and webscriptions provides etexts of all of its books. When my app gets processed, I'll have access to even the advanced reader copies, so that's awesome. All for free. I guess it's cool to be blind sometimes!

More soon.
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Fiona and me in the snow

disaster averted and other tales

I'm going to try to get to bed more early than I did last night. That was disgusting, for real, especially when I had to convince myself to get up n time to not miss my ride to church.

Church went well. We have three "metings" that we go to in a normal Sunday, the first being a "normal" church service with sacrament (communion), the second hour Sunday school, and the third hour, a class where we break apart the men and womena nd have classes. I teach the fourth Sunday of every month during the third hour. After doing the journal entry last night, I took really nice, and extensive I might add, notes on the braille notetaker I have (a Pac Mate), and brought everything with me, I thought, to the lesson. At the end of Sunday school, I decided it might be a good idea to open up my notes and read them a second time. They weren't in the location I'd put it, or anywhere on the machine. I got frantic at that point, knowing that my third class to teach would be a HUGE (capitalized bolded italics) disaster, and how I'd try to avert it or feign insanity or death to get out of it. I'm known as being insane already, so that wouldn't work, and I looked really alive, so I was doomed to do the thing. Collapse ) I had no option but to continue, noteless, relying on memory and prayer, to teach this lesson. And oddly, it went really well. Either my hasty prayer before giving the lesson helped, or I've got a darn good memory which operates well with lack of sleep. I think it was both of these actually. I did mention that I'd lost my notes, so people were happy I could completely pull a lesson partially out of thin air. There were many questions and discussions, so this made life much better for me and my sanity.

I got back in time to take a quick nap, and destressed myself which was nice, and then went to dinner. After dinner, Remington and I home taught someone. It was more of a chatting session rather than a lesson, but that's ok, we had fun. We've got three more people to do, one of which got added to us this week, so we'll be pushing it to get done by th 30th.

So I'm here, writing, after a somewhat contentious hall senate meeting. I'll be somewhat glad to be done with hall senate. I enjoyed it, but toward the end of the year, it's gotten kinda silly :), and I think I'm more ready to get out of the dorm and into some place more permanent than anything. Gotta look up this keyboard someone wants to sell me online and see how much a sustain pedal will cost me, and then I'm headed to bed. More tomorrow.
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