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yeah! update, am I boring you?

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

Dear Friends and Family,

Time for another update already? Time flies by as slow as a snail. Or to put it another way, time inches by at the speed of light. You know what I mean? This winter quarter has seemed really weird, I’m taking more credit hours then I’ve ever taken before (28) but I feel less busy than I have been in a while. Hmm, I think it is that I don’t have class on Friday. I don’t have less homework, its just that I’m concentrate my duties more and its not as spread out as it usually is. Anyway, I’ve been busy, as always, but busy is different every week. There’s busy, and then there’s…busy, and then of course there is just BUSY (don’t you love me by now?). And isn’t it funny how I always start my e-mails out like this? I speculate about life…and the nature of time…and squirrels, and then I get on with recounting my week. I’m getting too predictable in my old age.
Alright, I’ll stop messing with your brains now and get on real stuff. Of course, what goes on in the mind is just as real as what happens aroun…ok, ok, I’ll shut up now.

Top on my list of news is that I have finally heard back from the Critical Language Scholarship people, (more…)

The Real OCF retreat (or at least the real post on it)

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

Dear Friends and Family, (March 6, 2009)

I apologize for not sending out anything last week, I wrote this update last Sunday but was so busy I never got around to editing it (bad me). This is about my weekend at the OCF retreat, two weekends ago. I will send out another update for this week, hopefully tomorrow but maybe not till Sunday. Thanks for your patience, and enjoy!


Last weekend I went with several fellow OCF members from Columbus up to White Sulfur Springs PA for an OCF retreat. The location of the retreat was an old hotel on a plot of land up in the rolling hills. Besides the hotel (where we stayed), they also had a stable and horses for horseback riding, a climbing wall in the loft, and a tiny bowling alley where you had to set up your own pins. The land up there is beautiful, quiet, and peaceful. The weather was sunny and about 40 during the day, not too cold if (more…)

OCF retreat

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

Dear Friends and Family, (February 22, 2009)

I went on an OCF (Officer’s Christian Fellowship) retreat this weekend to White Sulfur Springs PA. I had a wonderful time, relaxed, ate amazingly good homecooked food, prayed, sang, rode horses, hiked, and made friends with other cadets and midshipmen from colleges around the Eastern US. I am now home and safe, and busy having been gone all weekend. I’ll try to write a nice long e-mail about my weekend sometime this week or weekend.

In Christ

Spring is Coming?

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

Dear Family and Friends, (February 15, 2009)

Well, according to the weather spring IS coming, it has been between 40-60 and sunny for a week now. I’m hearing the birds tweeting, the buds thinking about growing, isn’t it a little early? Well, I suppose it is going to get a little colder next week, but still sunny! I’m not complaining mind you, its just that when it gets too warm too early in the year then the daffodils at home start coming up (thinking all the cold is over), but then a cold spell comes back and kills them all. They really shouldn’t start coming up till late march, but they usually get confused and (more…)

Why are all my posts titled “Busy…” “School…” or perhaps “Squirrel…” maybe because those two words define my life at the moment: Busy, School (not squirrel)

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

February 8, 2009

Busy busy busy, and it will continue for the next few weekends as well.  Actually it might just be this busy till spring break, since usually once the quarter picks up around midterms it doesn’t get less busy till you finish finals.  Anyway, I could use the excuse of being busy to not write an update, but I know that you all hang on my every word and might waste away if I don’t write you regularly (ok, kidding).

So last week was pretty exciting since we had a big snowstorm (not as bad as what happened down in KY though) and class was canceled Wednesday.  I was actually not very happy about this because (more…)


Sunday, March 8th, 2009

Yo everyone, busy w/ Midterms, hopefully I’ll e-mail you next week.  Sorry bout that.

In Christ

(February 1, 2009)

A Busy Week and Quarterdeck Ball

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

Dear Friends and Family, (January 25, 2009)

Well, its been a very busy week, mostly because of a paper I had to write. I made the mistake of leaving it as the last thing to do, not realizing that the reading I had to do before I wrote the paper would take me much longer than I expected. Thus I tried to stay up really late finishing it, and therefore fell asleep without setting my alarm, and consequently was late for drill the next morning. This constituted a UA (unauthorized absence), my very first *boooo*. This was rather embarrassing, stressful, and painful, mostly just because I was mad at myself *grrr*. UAs aren’t that (more…)

School update

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

Dear Friends and Family,

As promised, I’ll give you a rundown of school for the past two weeks.

I’m taking five courses this quarter as well as auditing one: Arabic Grammar 1, Classical Chinese, Introduction to Intelligence, Naval History, Techniques of Political Analysis, and I’m auditing Introduction to the Modern Middle East. When you audit a class you just go to class but the homework and exams are optional. I do not get credit for this class, I am just learning the material. So I’ll be going to all the lectures and doing the reading, but not taking the tests. All my classes are very interesting, though my favorite so far are (more…)

Pictures of Snow

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

We got about 8 inches of snow last week, and it got down to -10 at night. I took some nice pictures while it was snowing and some of the next morning. Enjoy!

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Finals Week

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Hi guys! I’m busy studying for finals, so I’ll give a quick rundown of things and that’ll hafta hold you over for a while. I had a great thanksgiving, I hope you all did to. However it was a bit…different due to the fact that our furnace broke and we had no heat the whole time (outside temp between 25 at night and 50 during the day) Our house if very drafty, so we could only keep a room or two moderately warm with little electric heaters. It was finally fixed the following thursday (two days ago).

This past week has been SUPER busy and I got very little sleep the first few nights. That was a necessary, but of course very stupid decision on my part, since little sleep, plus nerves because of a final and a final project presentation, and almost no food that day led to my almost collapse in the middle of my presentation Wednesday evening. I was thoroughly scolded for not taking care of myself by my teacher and sent home, where I fell into bed and slept 10 hours. Thus I royally flunked my chemistry quiz the next morning since I had not had time to study (I was studying for finals before Wednesday and wednesday evening I was asleep). BUT, it didn’t matter at all since our lowest chem quiz grade is dropped and I had gotten 100 on all the others, so my flunked quiz won’t factor into my overall grade.

After all those exciting things happened, Friday morning I was playing [insert name of ball game that I have forgotten what it is called] with a group of my fellow midshipmen at the rec. center and I managed to get an elbow to my nose. This caused my nose to start gushing blood and of course that was the end of that game. My nose was not broken, and it stopped bleeding from the inside after about 2 min. I got cleaned up and bandaided (I also had a cut on the bridge of my nose), and went off to class. Saturday morning when I woke up I had a lovely black eye.

Love y’all, pray for my finals.