May 19th, 2007

Fiona and me in the snow

one advantage of eastern time

I forgot to mention that one advantage of eastern time I found out at 7:30 pm tonight, eastern daylight time. Because all the news and stuff is all screwed up time wise, they have time to fit ... wait for it ... JEOPARDY at 7:30. So I'll basically never miss Jeopardy while I"m here in Oak Ridge. I talked to people tonight and I'm listening to Celtic music, so I'm happu, and wanted to write about the Jeopardy factor and how it cheers me up. More soon.
Fiona and me in the snow

an extremely quiet Saturday

I need to keep thinking of good things that are going on here in Oak Ridge as far as weekends so here goes:

1. Cokes in the Coke machine are only $.75 for a 20 OZ. bottle. They haven't been that cheap anwhere I've been since like high school and that was a long time ago.
2. I talked using Morse Code to one of my friends in Fayetteville at over 25 words per minute. It was extermely nerdy, especially since we scheduled it over messenger and then talked for about 30 minutes using beeps, but I liked it and it made me smile.
3. I've been using Facebook waytoo much and listening to XM way too much, but it provides noise, something that is quite lacking here.
4. It was an absolutely beautiful day out there. I thought of going to the pool and hanging out, but didn't do it.

It's been, as the subject line states, an extremely quiet Saturday. I knew that this might happen before I signed up for this deal, but it still was a bit of a shock the first day of a weekend where I've had nothing to do. I was talking to one of my friends on messenger last night dlambert and I definitely agree, being in a dorm is much different than living by oneself in an apartment. Even if you live by yourself, you've got ambient noise to fill in the gaps, and people you can talk to in the halls. I had three other room mates. Here, I've got 950 square feet to fill and Fiona's the nly one who talks back. At least I've got her :).

I'm waiting for word on how I'm going to get to church tomorrow, and if I don't get a call, I'll call the bishop and ask about it after I get done writing.

And that's about all that's going on currently. Enjoyed talking to controlg on the phone. Getting those calls are awesome.

Well, suppose I should get going so I can get scripture studying done before I fall asleep prematurely. More soon.
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Fiona and me in the snow

an update

One of the guys from the ward gave me a call and everything's set up for someone to pick me up. It turns out that there are several church members out here near me, so it shouldn't be a huge issue to get me to and from church. This relieves lots of stress as far as this goes; I knew that they would figure out something, but I never know. This should go to number 6 of my "things that happened good" lis because it's definitely been a good thing.

Before I go, I just want to say that Latin Pop really is cool. Been listening to an xm channel with Spanish Pop on it, and though it sounds like English pop with Spanish words, it's new. I'm sure it'll start replaying songs (I've already heard replays a couple of times), but anyway. The words seem to be reasonably clean which is also a bonus, but that could be just because I'm not understanding everything that's sung.

More later. The guy who is my supervisor here, Hop, was talking about picking me up tomorrow afternoon to go driving around, so we'll see what happens. Should be much less quiet tomorrw which will be a good thing, then I'll have the week and then another weekend and then another week, etc. Routine will be good, and once I have that routine, I think I'll be able to manage this thing and learn lots at the same time.