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+ The most terrifying thing of all...
Friday, October 31, 2003 ~ 12:27 p.m.

Today being Halloween means that tomorrow is November. Now that's scary.

Happy Halloween!

The Engineering Open House was BUSY. I don't remember ever seeing that many students at one. We had Survivor set up in the best location possible, so pretty much every student that got lunch saw our table and boat.

Tired. Caffiene needed. Must....stay...awake. I definitely need a nap before I can even begin to think about going to a party tonight.

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+ Pumpkin Launch tonight!
Thursday, October 30, 2003 ~ 12:17 p.m.

Ever feel like you're missing part of the equation? Like something's not quite in tune? That's how my entire day has been so far.

Actually a lot of minor stuff has been going wrong today. I hope the trend tapers off here soon because I've got a test at 2.

Tonight, we launch pumpkins. Mine is just sad. If it won't fly, I'll just throw it. :-) Jessica, Jeff, I hope you guys are planning on coming out.

Oooh, and I have purple glitter horns to wear tomorrow. And I carved a cute pumpkin. That makes me happy.

Current Music: 'Fallen' - Sarah McLachlan

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+ A hunting we will go...
Wednesday, October 29, 2003 ~ 11:59 a.m.

This morning was spent dropping off resumes to various companies around town. It was only partially successful. Teledyne Solutions apparently only hires through Teledyne which meant filling out an app for a specific job. That's on hold until I can look through their website and see if I want to even bother. TetraTech took my resume to give to their manager, but they have to send it to corporate after he sees it. EarthTech took my resume, but I wasn't allowed to see anyone - they're very security concious.

The only real success was the Army Corps of Engineers, thanks to Todd. He took me around and introduced me to various important people. I passed out four copies of my resume along the way and it sounds like they're interested in hiring me, maybe as a local intern. Happiness.

Honestly, right now the only places I'm really interested in are the Corps and EarthTech. Earth Tech sounds pretty much like what I'm interested in and who wouldn't want to work for the Corps? QORE wants to keep me, but if either one of those offers me a spot, I'm gonna take it.

In other news, now I have to present my thesis to the honors forum on December 4th. Eeep. This weekend, I'll be working like a madwoman on my seminar paper and then I'll have time for everything else.

Birth Number Quiz Results:

4's are sensible and traditional. They like order and routine. They only act when they fully understand what they are expected to do. They like getting their hands dirty and working hard. They are attracted to the outdoors and feel an affinity with nature. They are prepared to wait and can be stubborn and persistent. They should learn to be more flexible and to be nice to themselves.

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+ Midterm
Tuesday, October 28, 2003 ~ 08:51 a.m.

Sarah is currently staring down:

- Two seminar papers
- taking resumes around tomorrow morning
- Big scary Honors thesis
- GIS project
- Sociology test
- ASCE: reports, presentation, and paddling

Compared to the hell of last Spring, this semester has been incredibly calm. None of my classes have homework per se, I just have projects. I'm starting to get pretty stressed over my thesis, since it's due in December and I've only just started writing, but for all that, I can honestly say that this has been (so far) my easiest semester in years. It's been a lot of fun, but now I have to actually focus on work. :-P Senioritis BAD.

Despite steadily increasing amounts of stress, today's shaping up to be great. I can't really explain it, but it's a happy day.

Oh and Jessica posted her once-a-month update. ;-)

Current Music: 'Concede' - Sister Hazel

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+ It's that time of year again...
Monday, October 27, 2003 ~ 08:49 a.m.

SEDS Pumpkin Launch
7 PM Thursday, October 30th
UAH Campus - the field across from the Optics Building

Bring your own pre-assembled pumpkins to launch. All you need is a small pumpkin, model rocket engines, a little ingenuity, and a sincere desire to see a pumpkin fly down the stack of the Optics Building. Good reflexes required.

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+ What not to do
Thursday, October 23, 2003 ~ 10:29 a.m.

I've come to the conclusion that my sole purpose in life is to serve as a warning to others.

Watch and learn, kiddies. Watch and learn.

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+ New Favorite Song
Wednesday, October 22, 2003 ~ 12:13 p.m.

"Fallen" - Sarah McLachlan

Heaven bend to take my hand
And lead me through the fire
Be the long awaited answer
To a long and painful fight
Truth be told I tried my best
But somewhere along the way
I got caught up in all there was to offer
But the cost was so much more than I could bear

Though I've tried I've fallen
I have sunk so low
I messed up
Better I should know
So don't come round here and
Tell me I told you so

We all begin with good intent
When love is raw and young
We believe that we can change ourselves
The past can be undone
But we carry on our back the burdens time always reveals
In the lonely light of morning
In the wound that would not heal
It's the bitter taste of losing everything
I've held so dear

I've fallen
I have sunk so low
I messed up
Better I should know
So don't come round here and
Tell me I told you so

Heaven bend to take my hand
I've nowhere left to turn
I'm lost to those I thought were friends
To everyone I know
Oh they turn their heads embarrassed
Pretend that they don't see
That it's one misstep one slip before you know it
And there doesn't seem a way to be redeemed

Though I've tried I've fallen
I have sunk so low
I messed up
Better I should know
So don't come round here and
Tell me I told you so
I messed up
Better I should know
So don't come round here and
Tell me I told you so

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+ We're Back!
Tuesday, October 21, 2003 ~ 10:14 a.m.

Okay, so Pitas totally crapped out again. Leftover problems from the first crash, they say. Hopefully that's the end of it all.

Funny, I had all kinds of things to write about while Pitas was down and now that it's back up, I can't think of a single one.

This totally useless entry was sponsored by the letter V.

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+ I am so weak
Friday, October 17, 2003 ~ 10:05 a.m.

I don't need a cat. But just LOOK at these two: Biscuit and Stormy

They're littermates and just gorgeous. They're not fixed or litter trained, but they have had their shots.

And then there's these two: Zippy and Jinx.

They're both fixed, litter trained, and up to date on shots. And Zippy has socks!


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+ So much for that bright idea
Friday, October 17, 2003 ~ 08:23 a.m.

You know, I was really looking forward to getting out of the office today. I was supposed to go out to a job in Hazel Green to learn about test pits and geotech stuff, so I had to be at work at 7:15. Then it rained and we had to reschedule for Monday. At least I got to work nice and early - unfortunately, I already have most of today's work done. Todd brought us donuts, though, which made everything better.

Still, watching the lightning and the sunrise mix on my way into work was worth waking up so early.

I'm really not looking forward to the Cam games this weekend. I keep saying this, but I think it's time I dropped out. I just don't like the way the people in the Cam play and interact. And the games always interfere with something else I want to do.

Before I forget:

Alabama Renaissance Festival
Florence, Alabama
October 25, 10 AM - 6PM
Cost: FREE

More Information

Jessica, Russell, and I are planning to go. Anyone else interested?

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+ Why can't I own Canadians?
Wednesday, October 15, 2003 ~ 09:18 a.m

This email was stolen from Jen's blog because it was too good not to repost:

Dear Dr. Laura:

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the other specific laws and how to follow them.

1. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord - Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual cleanliness - Lev.15:19-24. The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

4. Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?

5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?

6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination - Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this?

7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?

8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around, their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?

9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev. 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread(cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? (Lev.24:10)

11. Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev.20:14)

I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging. Your devoted disciple and adoring fan.

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+ I'd rant, but...
Tuesday, October 14, 2003 ~ 01:43 p.m.

...words completely and utterly fail me. The Shrub-in-Chief has proclaimed Marriage Protection Week.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: In the eyes of a purely secular government, a same-sex marriage is absolutely no different than a heterosexual marriage. The difference exists in the eyes of the Church alone.

And for his next trick: The Inquisition!

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+ Jared needs to hurt
Monday, October 13, 2003 ~ 01:31 p.m

Saw this on MSN today, shortly after I'd run out of interesting websites to browse: "Time management quiz: Are you wasting away your Monday?" I couldn't help but wonder, if you're taking a quiz on MSN, isn't time-wasting kind of a given?

Once upon a time, I saw the movie The Omega Code. Jeff dragged several of us to see it in the theater. We didn't know what it was, but since it had 'Omega' in its name Jeff swore it'd be good. It's taken me years to get over the trauma. I have almost no memory of the movie - what little I can remember centers mostly around a rousing rendition of '100 Bottle of Beer' sung between Jessica, Kat, and I in the theater rows. I suppressed the horror and moved on.

Then last night, Jared invited us all down to his place to see Brotherhood of the Wolf. It wasn't until we were all safely ensconced on the sofa, with our booze of choice in hand, that the depraved and twisted little creature revealed the depths to which he will sink for revenge: Omega Code 2.

I considered running. Really, I did. But I had no choice and nowhere to go (and an open bottle of cider that had to be consumed). So watch we did and much booze was required to dull the pain. All I can say is, if they ever make an Omega Code 3, they'd better include complimentary razor blades in the video box.

The weekend was nice. The concert Friday sucked (thanks for coming with me anyway, Todd!), but Vienna will be back at a better location next month. Saturday I got to see my sister and celebrate my birthday, and I got a life-sized crock pot! Sunday, Jessica cooked us all dinner with nummy desserts and all was well until Jared stepped in with the evil. All in all, a good weekend.

My boss brought homemade beef jerky today. It tastes good, but it makes everyone's breath smell like dog food.

Current Music: 'Why Can't I?' - Liz Phair

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+ Rainy ugly day
Friday, October 10, 2003 ~ 08:27 a.m.

Quote of the Day: "Wait. The English Honors Society is named STD??? *pause* I told you they were a disease."

I've decided that Jeff and I probably shouldn't be allowed to attend meetings involving the liberal arts fraction of our college. We behaved quite well for the first half of the President's meeting yesterday, but during the second half we started getting a little...snarky. Amused irritation combined with a smartass streak miles wide leads to nothing good. President Franz was the very model of decorum, deftly answering even the stupidest of questions with nothing more than a patient smile (and there were a couple doozies, let me tell you). Delois Smith, on the other hand, was probably more irritated than Jeff and I combined, and making only slightly more effort to hide it. I could hear her teeth grinding from across the table.

It's been a turbulent couple of days. I'm going to hide in Nashville for the weekend. I was planning on going to either the Vienna Teng concert or the Angie Aparo concert tonight, but I think everyone's bailed out on me. Yeah, that's not so cool. I haven't talked to Jo yet, though, so maybe there's still hope.

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+ My little piano addiction
Monday, October 6, 2003 ~ 09:01 a.m.

Vienna Teng was great. Half the group changed their minds last minute about going to the show, so I almost skipped out too. But I didn't, and the four of us that went enjoyed it, I think. I know I did - there's nothing better than piano, if you ask me. She even played a few songs I hadn't heard (Boy at the Piano was my favorite), and a cover of Damien Rice's Cannonball that absolutely sent shivers down my spine.

Thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes. *hug* I had a wonderful birthday and hearing from all of you just made it better. 22...that's old!

This past weekend was apparently Nature Appreciation Weekend for me. Saturday, I went canoeing on the Elk River with Russ. The water was ice cold, but the scenery was pretty. Sunday, Todd and I took the dogs up on the mountain for couple hours of hiking. We found a really neat trail (Stone Cuts) that takes you to and under some gorgeous rock formations. Lots of time spent outdoors = happy Sarah.

I hate making To Do lists. This week's is pretty intimidating. I wish I knew why I have this compulsive procrastination streak in me. I'm really looking forward to going home this weekend.

Stones taught me to fly
Love taught me to lie
Life taught me to die
So it's not hard to fall
When you float like a cannonball

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+ In case you hadn't noticed...
Friday, October 3, 2003 ~ 09:42 a.m.

I thrive on debating. It's like an addiction. I don't need sleep - I just need to have something to discuss and argue and ponder. From yesterday afternoon, through last night, and again this morning, I've been involved in a whole variety of debates (with a nice variety of people), all in which I've learned something new. We've discussed everything from free will on down to the basic concepts of love, and it's been a lot of fun. It's like yoga for the brain. :-)

I watched The Ring again last night. It wasn't as bad the second time, but it still seriously freaked me out. Dead bitch crawled out of the TV! *cower* That movie just hits a nerve and I can't figure out why.

And how the hell did I miss this little tidbit? I remember ranting about the possibility that they would lift the ban, but somehow I missed it when they actually DID. Weird.

Time for more coffee.

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+ Nothing left to do
Thursday, October 2, 2003 ~ 02:47 p.m.

I suppose it's possible that it could be even more boring at work, but for the life of me I can't see how. My brain is starting to oooooooze....

Jeff's party last night was amusing. I saw lots of people I hadn't seen in a while. Some of them I even like. ;-) I didn't enjoy getting up and going to work this morning, though. My boss is cool, but even he draws the line at paid nap time.

My soul is worth ₤17208. Go figure.

Uhm, to hell with work. I'm going home.

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+ DHS Wuz Here
Wednesday, October 1, 2003 ~ 08:37 a.m.

Quote of the Day: "Your score indicates very few similarities with experiences of known abductees. You probably have not been abducted."

Well, that's a load off my back. According to my entirely serious (I can't emphasize that enough) results from the Alien Abduction Survey, I probably haven't been anally probed by little green men from Mars. Whew.

But if that's true.....where did this bar code tattooed on my ass come from???

Oh. Right.

In other news, Russell posted a nifty link to MIT's new OpenCourseWare program. It's an online course materials database, free to anyone interested, in a huge variety of subjects. I've already found one class I'm interested in: Space Biomedical Engineering & Life Support. The UAH library has two of the books, so I'm dropping by this afternoon to pick one of them up. Maybe it'll help out with my project.

P.S. Thanks to Jen for the extremely amusing link.

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