Next week?

Two more days until my vacation starts. Matt has the weekends off of course, and is also taking next Thursday and Friday (week from tomorrow) off. I’ll have all the rest of that time free though! Did I already blog about this? Ah, well, no matter. I don’t know how many people actually read this other than Katie and Mom, but if you do and want to hang out, lemme know. Might be doing something with Brittany and Austin next Thursday, and maybe something with Katie on Wednesday.

I’m just getting excited about not going to work!

In other news, we went to McKays last night and got episodes 4, 5, and 6 of Star Wars for about 20 bucks! I haven’t seen those movies in sooo long! Also made some less interesting purchases.

okay, okay, okay.

every time I post a rant-blog I feel kind of bad. I think I have a guilt complex. but it just seems mean-spirited, even though I’m sure the person who brought all that on is never going to read the blog (so nobody worry, of course). (unless you should.) (but worrying is generally not helpful anyway.)

um, anyway. I don’t have a lot to say. life has been pretty normal lately. I’m about to take my vacation (or at least 5 days of it plus some of my regular days off) which was meant to be spent in Texas with Matt’s family, but will be spent mostly in Nashville instead since Matt wasn’t able to get all the time off. which means I probably won’t get a Christmas present from Matt’s aunt and uncle in Texas again this year since they still won’t know I exist. not that it matters, though two years ago they gave everyone these nice fleeces. oh well.

so I’ll be chilling around town. need to make a list of things that I want to do. I’ll definitely finish my book (Catch 22). not sure what else I want to accomplish. probably I’ll just try to keep the house clean.

we might take a weekend trip somewheres else. not sure yet where or when or if.

I ought to go wash the dishes from dinner last night. Matt’s working out now, and I did earlier. what for dinner tonight? hmmm.

just more of the same thing

why do people have to be close-minded? listen: it’s not THAT hard to exercise critical thinking or to be reasonable. you just have to come up with logical premises and follow them through to their respective logical conclusions. sometimes there is more than one conclusion for a set of premises. that’s okay! it just means that you need to make sure they’re both logical and then accept them as dual conclusions!

as a simple example to illustrate —
premise one: Knoxville is in Tennessee
premise two: Nashville is in Tennessee
premise three: Knoxville is in Knox County
premise four: Nashville is in Davidson County
conclusion:  Knox County and Davidson are in Tennessee. However, from these premises, you cannot conclude that they are ONLY in Tennessee.

Just saying. Logic can be confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. it just makes sense. and like I said, thinking ISN’T THAT HARD!!!

and furthermore —
premise one: sitting in front of the TV does not generally require any critical thinking
premise two: if you merely parrot what you hear other people say, it does not mean that you have a valid opinion
(sub-premises are basically that you have to legitimately think about what you’re hearing people say, weigh your options, and gather information from other sources in order to have a valid opinion)
conclusion: people who sit in front of the TV and do not apply critical thinking generally do not have valid opinions.

sorry, please point out any fallacious reasoning on my part, but it just sure seems to follow.

I apologize if this is too rant-y.  it’s just something I feel the need to do every now and then.

I am an amazing sandwich-maker

if I do say so myself.

I’m making baked potatoes and sandwiches for dinner. The potatoes are in the oven and taking forever to bake (thus the blogging). I’m making turkey-cheese-pesto mayo-bacon-roasted red pepper-tomato-onion-maybe lettuce paninis. On sourdough. Sounds good, eh? I know, and I’m hungry. I also have pickles for the sandwiches but can’t decide whether they would be good on all of that or not. We’ll see about that.

Stupid potatoes need to hurry up and get done.

Today, in a list.

  • Alarm goes off at 4:55
  • Get up at 5:32
  • Work until about 2:20
  • Get home 15 minutes later
  • Check Facebook, etc.
  • Matt gets home around 3:20
  • Doze on the bed while Matt checks Facebook, chess moves, etc.
  • Try to persuade Matt not to work out because I don’t want to
  • Fail
  • Work out
  • Cold shower
  • Make a list of my day

Yet to happen (but in the agenda):

  • Clean up the kitchen (it’s been about 5 days…)
  • Grocery store
  • Possibly McKay’s (which would be before the groceries)
  • Deliberate about what to have for dinner
  • Eat dinner
  • Probably watch the rest of If….; the first DVD we got from Netflix played until the movie was half-way over and then refused to go on, so the replacement was in the mail today
  • Sleep

Exciting, eh?

a bit of rambling on another day off

just had breakfast at Waffle House. as always, it was delicious. I stayed for a while after eating because it was fairly empty and because I wanted to finish the article I’d started in the latest New Yorker about North Korea. pretty interesting. I’m glad I don’t live in North Korea. really puts living in the US into perspective; as much as I disagree with some of the stuff going on in the government, at least I’m not in North Korea where I would absolutely disagree with everything going on in the government. to say the least. phew.

so now I’m back and home and wondering what to do with the rest of this day off. I’ve had lots of coffee but feel like either going to another coffee shop, possibly for tea, or staying home and maybe taking a nap. if I stay home I’ll probably need to wash the dishes though, which I don’t feel like doing. I knew I should have done them last night instead of watching the Simpsons. geez. I did feed the cats though, so this morning hasn’t been entirely unproductive. heh.

I mentioned the possible elopement in my last blog, I believe. and Katie was the only person to respond to it, which either means that nobody else read that paragraph or that nobody else cares about me. either way, here are a few more details about our thought process (which is more accurate to say than “plans” at this point). Matt does not like needless ceremonies (as most ceremonies are, actually). I don’t care for them myself. also, as we are both more logically- than traditionally-minded, it makes lots more sense to get married at the justice of the peace and throw ourselves a party/reception later than to have a big wedding ordeal. neither of us are particularly comfortable being in the spotlight anyway.

so this is probably how it will be done. the party/reception will be afterwards…days, weeks, whenever is convenient. and I don’t know if it should be done in Nashville AND in Knoxville, or what. because there are lots of people in Nashville who’d want to celebrate with us, but lots of people in Knoxville who I would want to celebrate with us. I know it’s been a while since I’ve lived there, but if you grow up with people then… well, you know. they end up being like family, I guess.

and btw, even if we’re not having an actual wedding, it’s still exciting to me. even if it’s unplanned at this point. so.

no Lipscomb news yet. Dr Hearn said that he would check on some stuff for me and I haven’t heard back from him yet. still waiting on the financial aid to come through or not come through, too.

I’ve been spending too much money lately. I hereby resolve to stop spending so much and start working out more. maybe I should make myself a poster to the effect of — exercise will make you look better than new clothing ever will. not a bad idea….

Am I getting older, or something?

I think I’m becoming lactose intolerant, maybe. Not that anyone wants all the details, but I’ve been experiencing the typical symptoms — flatulence, occasional bloating, etc. So I decided to cut dairy products for a little while to see if the gassiness went away too. And, as of Day 2, it’s definitely gotten better. Which totally SUCKS. I don’t want to be lactose intolerant!!!! I like milk! I LOVE cheese! And heavy cream and yogurt and butter and pretty much all dairy products. This is going to not be any fun, though granted, I probably was eating too much dairy before and should have cut back anyway. I’m definitely not planning to eliminate it entirely; for example, we bought a ton of fresh mozzarella at Costco the last time we went, and I fully plan on eating it all. Because it’s so good. But I guess I’ll start drinking soy milk and using olive oil instead of butter and all that. But probably will still be eating cheese. I’d rather be a vegetarian than give up cheese.

Also, as long as I’m complaining about my body, I think the bad air quality has been affecting my ability to breath well. I’ve been using my preventative inhaler twice a day but have started needing my Albuterol inhaler again too. Not being able to breath well just puts at damper on everything, I have to say.

Though at the moment I can breath just fine.

Can I say in here that I think we’re going to elope this fall? Or is the point of an elopement the surprise and spontaneity? Maybe I shouldn’t disclose anymore….

On a separate note, I’m getting closer to and more apprehensive of taking this last Bible class. I checked the Lipscomb website, okay? And they charge $850 PER CREDIT HOUR for part-time students. Additionally, all the Bible classes are now THREE CREDIT HOURS instead of two (like they were when I was there). This means that I will potentially have to pay in excess of $2500 for one measly stinkin’ Bible class that I sure as hell wish I hadn’t failed before.

I emailed Dr. Hearn to tell him my findings and see if I could qualify for the adult studies pricing — $499 per hour, which is much better (though still a lot). I doubt that I’ll be able to. I also doubt that I’ll be able to take an online adult studies class either, as the only two online classes that I saw listed were Hebrew History and Luke/Acts, both of which I have already taken. Really the only class that looked like it would fit into my work schedule was Tuesdays from 4-7 and was a readings class on radical Christianity, or something like that. I’m sure it would prove to be very interesting, but it also sounds like a lot of work….

Anyway. Enough of this. I guess I ought to let Matt use the computer….

Stupid neighbors

Our neighbor burns plastic behind our house, in his back yard. We have a window unit a/c which, of course, is in he back of the house. Naturally then, our house ends up smelling like burned plastic. We’re going to develop brain cancer, I just know it. Can we report him to the EPA or something? It seriously smells so awful. Plus i seriously doubt that it helps my asthma.

Matt’s told me lots of stories about encouraging his coworkers to not burn plastic, so I don’t think it would help to actually talk to the guy. And I don’t want to call the police or anything. But it’s seriously annoying.

So is the heat. It’s 9pm and still super hot. But I should stop complaining…