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It's Finally Over!

I have been home for about an hour and completed my last final this morning. It was a three hour chemistry test and my brain feels like a bowl of Jello-o or perhaps a pile of mush. I have determined that three hours is about two hours too long to be looking at chemistry. I had confidence on the first portion of the test which was the National 70 multiple choice question assessment, until I realized I had only mere moments to finish and was only 3/4 of the way complete. I had to guess on the last 1/4. I suppose I learned an important lesson, don't do each one in order and work them out completely...go through the test first, answer the obvious ones, and than go back and work on the hard ones. I tend to believe, however, that the creators of the test make it so that to complete the test accurately is close to impossible.

The last portion of the test was my teacher's version of the final which was supposed to be easy but after looking at two hours of multiple choice question…

Final Literature Paper

Literature 2614 December 2007
The Lost Generation and the City of LightThe introduction of political, social, and technological changes during the turn of the century ushered in a new era called Modernism.Modernism was expressed in art, music, and especially literature.Few had as much impact on Modern literature as the expatriate writers of the 1920s, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sylvia Beach, and Gertrude Stein.Their self imposed alienation from their home country and their common destination of Paris, France altered the confines of literature and helped to shape Modern literature as we know it today.“The Lost Generation” of writers, as they would later be known, were born and raised during the first two decades of the 20th century with the rigid discipline of Victorian morals (Curnutt 12).These morals and values included a deep seeded belief in the Protestant work ethic that hard work and deferred gratification would lead to security and peace (Thompson 435).By 1918 the future expat…

A Moment of Sheer Panic

As I had stated before, the deadline for the scholarship was today...or at least that is what I thought. The deadline was actually yesterday. The good news is that my teacher and I realized this about 4 hours before it was due. So yesterday, after revisions had been made, I made a mad dash home, made the changes, and reprinted everything. It was turned in before the 5:00 deadline, but barely. I have talked to my teaches and they all believe that I have a very good chance of winning but I am keeping my expectations minimal. It is very likely that there are a number of stellar candidates for this scholarship and there are only two to give away. Hopefully at the end of the month I will have some good news!

Also in regards to Bruce and Christine's wedding -- all 1600 professional photos are now available online. I don't know if you have any desire to see 1600 pictures of people you don't know but many of them are absolutely beautiful.

http://bellapictures.com/photosEnter…

Trigonometry is the Devil's Math

So, I didn't get the pics of the wedding up yet...I suppose you already noticed that.

Well, I haven't been feeling well. I caught some sort of a head cold and somehow that was affecting my stomach and I have only eaten soup, rice, or bread for about five days. Today is the first day that I attempted anything more substancial, and so far so good.

School has been a nightmare. I still feel like I am catching up from the California trip...although I don't think I should be feeling that way by now. I have completed all the homework and labs I missed so I think my instructors are just cramming a lot more material into the end of the semester than I remember from my previous couple semesters. Usually by Halloween or Spring Break, depending on the semester, things are slowly winding down and the stress level decreases. Not this semester...boy o' boy! Over Veteran's Day weekend, on top of being sick, I worked from sun up until sun down (FOR FOUR DAYS) on nothing but h…

Trudy Loves Books

Little did I know that when we agreed to adopt an elderly, toothless dog that I would have to worry about my school books.









I hope she at least gets smarter!


This Side of Paradise

By F. Scott Fitzgerald

In addition to my self-imposed goal of reading all the literary classics, I am also taking a Literature class. My teacher assigned about a week ago for us to read "This Side of Paradise" by October 4th. I finished the book this morning and I am stunned.

What an amazing book!

Now, if you would have asked me how I liked it about half way through the book, I would have told you lousy! I had such a hard time getting started; I found it boring, slow, and pointless. Most books that I read I feel have a purpose from the beginning...there is an adventure, an adversary that needs eliminated, or a "Holy Grail" that needs to be found. This is probably because I mostly immerse myself in the science fiction genre.
This book was the exact opposite, from the beginning I had no idea why I was reading it or what the ultimate goal was. Once I finished the book I realized, that was the point.

Amory Blaine, the main character, is a privileged white boy who de…

OJ....OJ....OJ....

Anyone who knows me knows that I was obsessed with the OJ Simpson trial back in the day. Imagine my surprise when those cold, murderous eyes starred back at me from the television set once again. OJ, in trouble again? NO!!
I seriously lost faith in the criminal justice system the day OJ was acquitted of murder, but I have slowly tried to regain that faith over the years. If the jury/judge doesn't throw his butt in prison for the rest of his natural life over this crime I think I might have to move to France because it just proves that America has truly lost its mind!

Here is what I know: I know he killed Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown and whether he paid for it than or he pays for it now, I really don't care. I just want to know that he is safely behind bars where maybe he can continue to "search for the real killer". Jerk.

Anyway........................

School is going better now that Spanish is a distant memory. I have really been applying myself in Trig and have…

College is Full of Ups and Downs

As you already know I was taking quite a heavy course load this semester, 18 credits. These include:

Sociology 101
Spanish 101
Trigonometry 182
Chemistry 151 &
Literature 261

Today I made the decision to drop Spanish. There is so much to this story, I cannot even begin to recount the process but it was after working on (or more accurately, not working on) Trig homework last night that I realized I was stretched too thin. I couldn't handle all the homework, time, and dedication it takes to ace five classes. So instead, I will now work on acing four classes. I lost my money and spent $160 on a book that with my luck won't be used by the next time I take Spanish, but for my sanity, for my pets, and most of all for my husband, who has been watching me struggle and cry for three weeks, something had to give....and that something was Spanish.

With any luck, my website will get updated a little more often now that I have time to sleep and eat again!

Until Next Time!!

LEGAL IMMIGRATION COMMANDMENTS

JERRY DOYLE'S LEGAL IMMIGRATION 10 COMMANDMENTS
http://www.jerrydoyle.com/

1. IF YOU ENTER THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ILLEGALLY OR OVERSTAY YOUR VISA, YOU WILL NEVER BE ELIGIBLE TO BECOME A CITIZEN OF THE US. NO EXCEPTIONS.

2. IF YOU HIRE SOMEONE WHO IS ILLEGAL, YOU AND / OR YOUR BUSINESS WILL BE FINED $50,000.00 PER EMPLOYEE. “STRICT LIABILITY” WILL BE THE LEGAL STANDARD.

3. THE POLICY OF “ANCHOR BABIES” IS NO LONGER THE LAW. YOU ARE ONLY ELIGIBLE TO BE A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES IF YOU ARE BORN “OF” A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

4. “SANCTUARY CITIES AND / OR STATES” WILL RECEIVE NO FEDERAL TAX DOLLAR REVENUE SHARING OR MATCHING. FEDERAL HIGHWAY SPEED LIMIT STANDARDS WILL BE THE TEMPLATE.

5. “SANCTUARY HOUSES OF WORSHIP”, IN DIRECT VIOLATION OF US LAW, WILL LOSE THEIR TAX EXEMPT STATUS.

6. FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS, DOING BUSINESS IN THE UNITED STATES, WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM OFFERING AND PROVIDING ANY INCENTIVE PROGRAM(S), ANY DISCOUNT LOAN(S), SUBSIDIZED CHECKING AND /…

New Member of the Phillips' Household...

This blog was originally on Myspace and was posted on June 10, 2007.

For almost the past year, Matthew and I have been searching for a playmate for Lily. Working/schooling for long hours and not having a lot of time to play with her, it made sense to us to find a companion and friend who she could wile away the lonely days with. We had searched pet store after pet store but never really fell in love with any of the puppies. My good friend Melissa had recently recommended that we take a look at the Humane Society. We had previously searched the pound and Humane Society and always came home depressed and crying (me).

I decided to take a look at the Humane Society website on Saturday June 2nd, thinking that it would be easier to view pictures than to actually tour the facility. I originally was looking for puppies but ran across someone all together different. On the very last page of the "adult" dog section I found Trudy. A female miniature schnauzer. I gave the Humane Society a…

Welcome to my Little Corner of the Internet!

I have slowly begun to realize that not everyone has Myspace. As a simple solution I have decided to create my own web page. It is my hope that this web site will grant me more freedom and personalization than before. As this website continues to grow it is my desire to rid myself of my Myspace account altogether. From now on my "blogs", personal messages, and photos will be updated here and not on Myspace.

Reasons for getting rid of Myspace:
1. I'm too old
2. Only the people I don't like want to keep in touch with me are keeping in touch with me.

You will already notice that I have uploaded pictures of my "kids". If you know me than you know my "kids" are my life. I will periodically update with pictures or stories about them as there are hundreds of each.

Mostly, this web site is for my grandparents who, God bless their hearts, take an interest in my daily life and love to be updated on my current whereabouts and stories. This web page wil…