Sunday, July 31, 2005
These are my vocab for Monday. Not exactly flowchart material but I used my flowchart program anyway to make the pretty flashcard-looking blocks. I'm finding the "making of a graphic" method for learning Greek to be pretty effective. After a few blocks, I start copy/pasting from other blocks containing similar material, which I think helps me cement to connection between the different permutations of a word in my mind. I am an e-learner.
Friday, July 29, 2005
Of course, all my tension could have been sympathetic tension because, while I was dreaming, Rob was stuck in a traffic jam in Chicago, missing his early flight to Denver for Kary's wedding. He made it in the end, though. I just got off the phone with him: he's in Denver now, waiting for Kary to pick him up at the airport. I had lots of people in class praying for him to get on another flight with no added expense or bother. Rob says that they offered him standby on the next flight, didn't even ask why he missed his flight. And, despite being informed that the standby flight was full, he got on with 5 minutes to spare. God rocks.
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
I got all my homework done at lunch but, despite having the right answers when we went over the material in small group this afternoon, I managed to not be able to explain how I got the answers I got. [sigh] That's when it's time to make a chart, check out the flow.
From the hit game, Neverwinter Nights. In this series, the Dreamcatcher series by Adam Miller, Rob and I both ended up with our characters marrying our henchmen in a skillfully programmed wedding scene. Much anticipated by those who play for role play value, the characters actually "kiss" (i.e. their faces touch) once their vows are completed.
Monday, July 25, 2005
- dancing as a therapy - OK, "the Dancing Sni" ... I can see that.
- eshinee - This one is pretty straightforward. However, I can't help but wonder who was searching for my name. I just assume that anyone who doesn't know where to find me already won't be able to find me now because they won't remember how to spell my name.
- paypal litigation settlement update - I guess posting about semi-random things can bring unexpected traffic. Reminds me that anyone can read the stuff I put up here, not just the people that I expect to.
- revelettes - Now, this one has me guessing. I kinda thought that revelettes was my own little word, co-coined by Rob and I. Either someone was searching for my revelettes posting from earlier or this word isn't as unique as I had assumed.
Also, people are visiting this blog because they're clicking on links to it from other websites. here are some of the sites referring to this one:
Got my test back from Friday: 98%. Therefore, Rob's presence during participle week wasn't as hard on my school work performance as I thought it might be. Bodes well for productivity in our future work. Now, I just have 2 more weeks of standard class, tests this Thursday and next Wednesday before the comprehensive final a week from Friday coming. After that, I have a week of translation practice, a.k.a. Reading Week. Then, I fly to Ohio. Not sure what exactly will be happening then. I have to go to an INS office somewhere to turn in my old temporary green card and pick up my new permanent one. Then, we need to go somewhere for a couple of weeks before we biff off to north California. We're discussing getting an apartment of some type in the Seattle area for the next year of support-raising and getting everything in place for the eventual move to Namibia. While 85% of our stuff is safe and sound in Larry and Suzanne's basement, it can't stay there indefinitely. We've got to make the major decisions on the future of most of those items prior to leaving the country. Plus, we need to have our own residential street address for at least 3 months to apply for US citizenship. The "PO Box 2050" in Aurora just ain't cutting it as far as citizenship goes.
If anybody sees a decent little place for rent in the Seattle area, preferably close to Bellevue/Crossroads area, let me know. Size doesn't matter; price does, as does safety of area. Since we'll be gone most of the time (we're just needing a place to store/sort stuff and crash between speaking trips), security is a bit of a thang.
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Alright, this was my major task for the day. You see, we're studying participles. That is, verbs that act like adjectives that think they're nouns. Big test on Friday. Made this chart to help me see the flow.
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
Yes, Rob and I are enjoying being together again. At this very moment, we are sitting in different chairs in my sitting room area, doing stuff online. I am, obviously, blogging. He is doing research for one of his ethnomusicology papers, due the end of July. No worries; we're having fun too. We saw Batman Begins on Sunday afternoon and played Neverwinter Nights yesterday. We also went with the whole Greek class for chicken bog at a local Lutheran church last night. And tonight we're going to watch Rock Star: INXS together. Probably have dinner at Zesto Angelo's.
Saturday, July 16, 2005
Dear Eshinee Smallwood,
This email is to update you on the status of your claim for monetary relief from the In Re PayPal Litigation settlement fund, a class action lawsuit against PayPal that was settled in November 2004. No further
action is required; settlement payments will be deposited automatically into your PayPal account.
The Claims Administrator is planning to make payments to your PayPal account as follows. If you filled out a Statutory Fund Claim Form, then the settlement payment will be automatically deposited into your PayPal by July 31, 2005. If you filled out a Short Form Claim Form, then the settlement payment will be automatically deposited into your PayPal account by August 31, 2005. If you filled out a Long Form Claim Form, those settlement payments will be processed as soon as they are approved by the Court. The Claims Administrator expects to have the settlement by September 30, 2005.
You will receive an email notifying you once the payment has been deposited into your account.
You can find additional information about the litigation and the settlement at: https://www.paypal.com/settlement-faq/.
Funny thing: I can't remember which claim form I filed. Ah, well. I'll just check my Paypal account every month and look for the surprise amount.
Friday, July 15, 2005
There will be a viewing of Search for the Holy Grail in the student union building tonight. I'm not sure if that will be after the barbecue or in lieu of, given the weather conditions and their instability.
Thursday, July 14, 2005
(Long may) you live, ________,
and (may you live) many years.
May you grow old
with white hair.
(May you) spread out everywhere
the light of knowledge
and may everybody say
there (she/he is), a wise woman/man.
Cool song, eh? A number of people remarked that if one were to stop after the 5th line, there'd probably be trouble. We went to Zesto Angelo's for a quick birthday dinner. Zesto Angelo's is, despite the name, neither Greek nor Italian. It's a real old-school diner spot about a block from the school, with tasty food for low prices. I had the cheeseburger and soda and my total order was less than $3.50. Yet, the patty had a great fresh taste to it, no freezerburn or 1000-cow homogeneity.
Monday, July 11, 2005
For all of you who have heard this journey to date, you know this is a miracle. It is particularly amazing that I was approved in light of my 3 changes of address in the past year, each change requiring the transfer of my application to a different INS processing center. That should have meant a delay in processing of about 6 months, well beyond the expiry of my temporary green card extension. The window of opportunity in which my application could have been pushed through between the processing of my change of address forms was tiny indeed, beyond my ability to calculate.
For those who have been praying for me in this, I thank you. Know that your prayers have been heard. God has listened and has acted on my behalf.
Saturday, July 09, 2005
I got up earlier than usual this fine Saturday morning to begin the transfer of data from the behemoth desktop to the new laptop. I've been messing with Outlook trying to figure out how to get my mail and stuff onto the new machine without losing anything. I just realized moments ago that I've been at this for nearly 4.5 hours, non-stop. Gak!
But it seems to be working now. Hopefully I won't have too many problems transferring programs.
(photo to the left will be the new icon for my account on Windows XP on the new laptop, taken by June & Dennis in April, 2005)
Friday, July 08, 2005
Someone burned themselves on the gas barbecue here at school on Monday so the weekly seminary-wide barbecue will be held with someone's charcoal barbecue instead. Will pick up meat and the fixin's for my usual pot luck salad after small group this afternoon.
Recipe for Eshinee's Northwest Garden Salad
1 bag of spinach leaves (or spring greens mix, as desired)
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/4 cup balsamic vinaigrette (or to taste)
1 Granny Smith apple, cut into thin, 1 inch wide chunks
4 Tbsp lime juice
2 tsp sugar
Marinate chopped apple in lime juice and sugar for as long as you can, in the fridge. Right before serving, toss greens with balsamic vinaigrette. Top (in spread-out layers, in order) with limed apples (drink juice or sprinkle over salad at your discretion), cranberries, almonds and blue cheese.
Serving Suggestion: Be sure to take some for yourself before word gets out how yummy this is.
My niece Toni having a pool experience involving a frog. Note the frog in front of her in her floating device.
Thursday, July 07, 2005
Looks like we're spending September in the Redding, CA area, moving up into the Northwest after that.
And next year (hopefully) ... Namibia!
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
"Hi ... I'm from the offices beneath your room and all we can hear down there is BOOM ... BOOM ... BOOM ... BOOM ..."
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
Monday, July 04, 2005
The linguistic element of the plot was vivid as well. The code (Navajo language) was valuable to the military endeavor, it's speakers less so. People are more important than projects. Must remember that.
Sunday, July 03, 2005
Friday, July 01, 2005
blasts from the Dancing Sni's past…
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