Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Along the path of life, there are people who help you in great ways. I would like to thank my good friend Harry for his wonderful offer of a typewriter for only $25. I feel like a genuine writer now, and I cannot thank him enough.
Well, I have to type up my comm. law notes and start on a paper rewrite (on the computer), but I just wanted to let everyone in Xangaland know about my good friend Harry and his help.All in all, my weekend was, well, weird. I'm primarily focusing on Sunday and today because Saturday seemed almost non-existent because I just worked on cleaning up and arranging my apartment. Sunday, I went to church and after the service, which was quite nice, I left for Independence. Hadn't really planned on going down, but I got the urge to visit the Mound Grove Cemetery and lay flowers on family members' graves.
The conversation in the undercroft after church was the only extended human contact I've had in the past two days. I have not used my voice at all today unless it was some mumbling to myself. I take that back, I had a phone call about a meeting for my comm law study group, but that's it. Now, I'm sitting here writing away on Xanga because I haven't even left my apartment today. How strange.
Well, I guess things will return to normal with tomorrow. Only three more days of first session. It's a little strange to think that I'm practically done with 6 of 18 hours this summer. It's also nice. Well, I'm going to go read for awhile before falling asleep.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

I am socially aversive. Self-diagnosed. I base this decision on a history of failed attempts at social interaction. I went to the Omaha zoo this morning, and I arrived 20 minutes early because I wasn't 100% how long it would take to get there and whether I could find it. I was supposed to meet everyone at ten, but at 10:15 no one had shown up. The common, normally social, person would have whipped out his/her cell phone and called one of the people he/she was going to meet. Not me, I slinked back to my car and left for home.
It's a curse. I know this is how I am, and therefore, I really shouldn't arrive to a social function early because it will ultimately result in my premature departure if others are late. Some days are better than others, but I can say that I almost didn't rush Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia because I showed up to the first rush event early and I was getting more and more anti-social as time elapsed, but the guys showed up before I left.
Note to my readers, if we make plans and I don't show up, it's either a.) because I forgot or more likely b.) I showed up early and then my anti-social behaviors got the best of me. I'm a loner, and I'm okay with that. I'm not one who needs constant socialization. Some days, I can go the entire day without actually holding a conversation with anyone. I show up, do my work, go home, exercise and relax. There's nothing wrong with that situation, but it's days like these when I drive two hours to get together with friends and then leave before I meet them that get a little trying.
I actually drove from Omaha to St. Joseph to hit the mall and do some other shopping, but I have this problem with spending money. I don't want to do it. I actually intended to pick up some more shorts for running, but I didn't want to spend money I don't really have. The only things I bought today were my lunch, gas and groceries. I wanted to buy The Piano music book, The Piano DVD and The Piano soundtrack because I really like Michael Nyman's compositions for that film, but I didn't. I have better things to not buy.
Well, I cheated on my diet this evening and had some pasta (yum, carb load), so I'm going to make up for it by going running. Yes, I know it's 11 p.m., but I like to run at night. Off to run...alone...just as I am.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Did another 6-mile run this afternoon. I have a question for any other long distance runners who read my Xanga. What do you do about your feet? My problem is that my body can run more than six miles, but by that point my feet/ankles are killing me. I'm considering buying an ankle brace for my right ankle, but I'm really looking for something to alleviate the foot pain. Is it just my shoes or what? I run on streets/sidewalks most of the time, but that's because running on the grass presents too uneven of a surface for my ankles to hold up (they've always been easy to sprain).
Wow, that was a long question. As far as the rest of my life goes, I'm on a healthy diet and going to classes. I have little to no life, but I'm okay with that. The rest of the year presents me with endless opportunities to be busy, so I'm enjoying the downtime. I'm going to Omaha tomorrow for my friend Beth's 21st birthday. She doesn't drink, so we're going to the zoo and then out to dinner in the evening. Sunday presents organ at church in the morning and an organ recital in the afternoon. Jieun Kim Newland is presenting her undergraduate recital. Mrs. Horner from the Modern Languages department invited me along with Dr. Shannon, so the three of us are going down together and then out to Korma Sutra, an Indian restaurant, after the recital. Indian food usually equals spicy, so I'm looking forward to it.
I'm getting a rumbly in my tumbly as Pooh would say, so I'm going to go scavenge my apartment for something nourishing. Don't forget to watch the Muppet Wizard of Oz movie tonight. It's supposedly very well done.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Do you remember how your grandparents always said that in their day they had to walk to school 5 miles uphill both ways? Well, I figured it out. They weren't lying to us. Our grandparents were just trying to tell us that they grew up in Maryville, MO. Honestly, I just went for a short run because my body is tired. I think it was 2.5 miles or so, but my body wanted to give up about halfway through the run because it seemed like I couldn't catch a break and I was always running uphill.
I have my Communication Law midterm Thursday, and I'm a little nervous. We've learned about 50 court cases and I have to memorize all of them along with important laws and bills that apply to communication law. I love studying media law, and most of the course so far has been review and reinforcement since I studied media law on my own in high school, but I didn't have to memorize all of this information in my studies. I recognized some of the court name, could tell you what aspect of communication law they dealt with and even give some background to the case, but I wasn't as pressured to know it all. Oh well, that's what education is about, right?
A thought just occurred to me. What if instead of Greece, Samantha was actually going to Grease? Instead of ouzo there would be Rizzo and instead of olives there would be Olivia Newton-John. Instead of visiting the Olympic stadium will she be, not an athlete, but an athletic supporter? That would just be weird. I've got chills *they're multiplyin'*... I just hope the weather is good. I wouldn't want her to get struck by GREASED LIGHTING! Okay, I'll stop.
Well, no extensive mileage today, but that's because I did some strength training, if you can call it that. I'm afraid that I'm pretty weak, but the room was empty. Therefore, I had no real reason to feel embarrassed. After my workout I did some interval training. I haven't tallied the total meters run yet because I know it's only about 1600-2000, but my left arch is killing me still. I got arch supports for my shoes, but I'm still recovering from the run Sunday.
Well, it seems as if my updates are only about my workout schedule, but that and classes are pretty much all I have going right now. My fiancée leaves for her trip to Italy/Greece Wednesday, and I must admit I'm jealous, especially since I have wanted to visit Greece for a long time (not all my life, but since I entered my teen years). I want to witness all of that civilization (even if it is gone - not saying they're uncivilized, but you know what I mean...I hope).
Well, not much more to post. I'll plug the new Muppet Wizard of Oz movie that's on ABC this Friday evening, and leave you with that.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

I just spent 4 1/2 hours practicing piano/organ at the Episcopal Church. That's right, 4.5 hours. I feel like I got a lot accomplished, but I also felt kind of like a heathen because I didn't know what Pentecost is. I didn't grow up in a church with any kind of litugical calendar per se, so I'm still learning what all these things are. After finally learning what Pentecost is, I chose pretty much all new hymns for tomorrow's service because Dr. Loomis, although a great guy, isn't the best chooser of hymns. I think figuring out the hymn schedule might soon be my job, or at least amending it. The congregation is trying to beef up its music program (from none to some), and it kind of sucks that we aren't familiar with the hymns we sing. We need to introduce them one at a time instead of four. That's where I come in.
Enough ranting about the church music program. I did practically nothing yesterday/last night, but I was up until 4 a.m. organizing my mp3 collection. It was in need of major work because the ID3 tags were not cool. For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about, just think "Brent=obessive compulsive=need to organize everything=sorts his mp3 files."
I haven't been updating a lot because I have no life and most of the things I plan to work on this summer are still in the planning stage. I'm still sorting through stacks of papers and tons of resources for the yearbook staff manual and I'm also taking 6 hours of classes right now, which as you summer people know is enough work. I've started working out again, and by working out I mean running. I need to lift weights but I just don't have it in me. I can go run pretty much anytime I want to, but it seems like lifting always requires some kind of scheduling process. I'm slowly improving my stamina with running, so once I feel fit again I might make an effort to lift regularly. Oh, in terms of running, does anyone have or know of a pedometer that's accurate? I had one once, but it didn't match my actual distance running, so I don't have it anymore. I'm looking for a cheap, yet effective device.
Well, I'm still not 100% organized in terms of unpacking my apartment, so I'm going to get started on that again. Maybe someday I'll actually settle into my living space and I can be more constructive. Right now it just feels as if I'm simply moving piles from one location to another. I think I need about 4 filing cabinets...but I have no room and I don't want to spend the money. Oh well, back to work.
*EDIT* Just got back from measuring the distance of my run. Six miles. I think the last time I ran six miles was at cross country practice when I was 14. Six years later, almost seven. I can do it, but it hurt. I just kept pushing myself farther and farther. For those of you interested, from the Forest Village Apartments down College Park Drive to Sixteenth St, across and down Grand to Fox Rd over to Country Club Drive to Fourth Street, 4 laps around the track, down Fourth Street again to Main Street turning left and running to Sixteenth Street and back down to College Park Drive and to the Apartments is 6 miles. That's what I did. I weighed (I'm not afraid of people knowing my weight) 194 when I left to run. Upon my return I weighed 192. Most of that was probably all the dehydration and stuff, but I thought it was a good, yet scary, indicator of a tough workout.
*EDIT* Make that 5 1/2 hours at the church today. More practicing. It's amazing how much you can get done when you have no life.

Friday, May 06, 2005

I just saw brother for the last time for at least a year. That's right. Unless I visit Michigan before early July, I will not see my brother for quite some time, hopefully as soon as my wedding next June. He's going to school in Brisbane, Australia in July, and that is quite the distance to travel, not to mention expen$ive. Many of you don't know my brother, but he is one of my major role models in life, and I'll miss the opportunities to visit with him every so often. We don't communicate a lot now, but we could if we wanted to. However, Australia prevents any kind of hanging out that is common between us. We can chat and email, but it's just not the same as hanging out, playing video games and cracking jokes. Send good thoughts for a safe journey and safe adventure in Australia because I want him coming back in one piece.I almost regret taking summer classes in May and June because I'll miss hanging out with him and my little sister Elizabeth, but I want to get school out of the way as soon as I can. I'm ready to leave this transitory state of undergrad pursuit and nail down some kind of authentic life. I feel like some serious commitment to life will help define exactly what kind of person I am. Not that I'm living my life in pursuit of self-definition... I'm just ready to move on to something more...I don't know. I guess you'd understand if you felt the same way.Anyway, the point of this post was to share my sadness with you. I have a lot of brothers in Phi Mu Alpha, but Mike has been with me since day one. Brothers by blood and common experience.

Monday, May 02, 2005

Hey all, I'm up here in the wintry Michigan. I use that word because there was a little bit of sleet today and a slight chance for snow tomorrow. It is May 1 people! How does Michigan get away with snowing on me. Nevertheless, this trip is nice. I am able to spend some quality time with my siblings and my stay at home (the first since last summer) has reminded me why I moved away to college.
I saw The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy tonight, and I highly recommend it. I would liken it to Monty Python goes into space. Highly funny, especially the dolphin song. I laughed really hard at that part.
I ate at Logan's today, and it was an interesting dining experience. They have big buckets of peanuts (in the shell) on the table and you them open and just throw the husks on the floor. I felt like a barbarian. However, they have awesome rolls that they just keep bringing while you dine. It was a little pricey, so I opted for the cheap, but good hamburger. I'm willing to go back and try their barbecue.
Like I said, spent time with the family, but I'm anxious to get back to Maryville and get done with classes. Three more trimesters remain until I'm done with school. For those of you counting, i.e. my fiancée, 1 year, 1 month, and 2 days until the wedding. Well, I'm going to sign off for now. I apologize for not reading your Xangas as religiously as before, but it took me 20 minutes to get to this screen to post. I dialup...