Oops!

Well, I was planning to post yesterday, but my internet went out. We had Water Day at my school – basically grades K-4 played water games instead of doing school work. I wish college was like that! So my brother and I went and filled water balloons and set up a slip-n-slide. And, of course, once the festivities had begun, we just had to join in. What a bummer 😛 I got to dump water on my littlest sister, so that was extra fun. After playing in the sun for a few hours I was pretty wiped, but I was scheduled for work, so heigh ho, heigh ho, it’s off to work I go-ed… Ya. That’s bad grammar. I should just stop now before I dig my hole any deeper. I tend to be a bit of a grammar Nazi. Maybe more than a bit… It’s amazing how studying other languages deepens your understanding of your own mother tongue! After studying German grammar (they have approximately 5,000 cases :P) I find myself hypersensitive to clauses and phrases in English. It can be annoying, but it’s kinda cool too. In addition to my inner grammar Nazi, I also abhor bad spelling. It just gets me right where it hurts, you know? Sometimes being a semi-educated person can be a very annoying thing. Anyway, I should stop rambling aimlessly and let you get back to your life. But to solidify my previous points, I have the perfect poem to end this post. And I can’t explain to you how much this kills me inside.

Eye halve a spelling chequer

It came with my pea sea

It plainly Marques four my revue

Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.

Eye strike a quay and type a word

And weight four it two say

Weather eye am wrong oar write

It shows me strait a weigh.

As soon as a mist ache is maid

It nose bee fore two long

And eye can put the error rite

Its really never wrong.

Eye have run this poem threw it

I am shore your pleased two no

Its letter perfect in it’s weigh

My chequer tolled me sew.

(Sauce unknown)

 

*YAWN*

Work at 6 am is not cool. But having a job is, so I should stop complaining. Anyway, yesterday was pretty awesome. I went to my friend’s house and she and 2 other friends and 1 worked on crafts and projects. I worked on a skirt. I’m excited to see how it will come out! So I’ve got the skirt in the works and my tatting projects. The one I started last week I think I’m going to modify the pattern to make it bigger so that I can put it in the back of a sweater. You know, one of those flowy open-back sweaters that are in style right now? So I hope it works out.

I’ve been working on research for my novel and after some initial setbacks came upon a gold mine. I’ve been looking for a list of rules/regulations/restrictions for Jews etc. under German jurisdiction during WWII and the Holocaust. For a good while I couldn’t find anything and I just assumed my search terms weren’t specific enough, but then last night I found a website with a bunch of translated Nazi government documents. I was so excited to finally find some of what I was looking for!! If you want to browse, the web address is:

http://avalon.law.yale.edu/subject_menus/nca_v4menu.asp

It’s been a while. But I can explain!

You see, my family decided to have a reunion in Cali (I know, it was such a hardship to have to go). But, of course, my mom forgot to tell me until a few days before. So I didn’t really have much time to plan for it. We got back Monday, and I started work Tuesday, so in reality I have been a busy busy bee!

Ooh! And I started a new tatting project!! 😀 My Nana gave me a book of tatting patterns and designs. About the same time I was helping my mom look through her craft stuff and found her old tatting shuttle (she started to learn to tat once upon a time, but it never grew on her like it did on me), which is much bigger than the one I had been using. I mean, come on, new patterns, new shuttle and thread. Can you blame me for starting a new project? Even though my hankie is still a work in progress…

Anyway, now that summer is here I’m going to try my best to write every day. I should have more free time (you have no idea how busy a summer can get!), so I’ll be thinking of interesting ideas and working on my book in addition to the practice hours, crafting, and work I so desperately need to get in. Have a lovely day!!

Ummm…Ahem…

Hi. I’m back. Sorry for deserting you for…a long time. But I really do have excuses!! First it was exams and then packing and the end of the school year, and then it was driving cross-country to get home (you can make it in 2 days if you really want to!), and then chilling with my family. I actually haven’t unpacked my computer yet (I’m using my mom’s at the moment). I didn’t even know that was possible! All that to say, I’m glad to be home, and I hope you didn’t miss me too much. I hope to be much more regular on my posting this summer. I’m working and hanging out, so I should be able to find some time to write – both the blog and the book. I even started a new tatting project!! And I went shopping today and got new shoes and the cutest skirt ever!! Maybe I’ll put pictures up later. And I’ve been cooking lately, so I should take pictures of that, too. So be on the lookout! I am back, and (hopefully) here to stay for a while 😉

Friends

What do you do when a friend turns on you? When you did everything you thought you were supposed to do, but the very thing that you thought you were doing right ends up being the thing that makes them turn away from you?

I wish I could say I have the perfect life and that this has never happened to me. But that would be lying. You see, telling the truth was the thing that I thought I was doing right. But I guess I gave the wrong answer. And, you know, the answer I gave wasn’t necessarily the “right” answer. But I thought, better to give a wrong answer than to lie. I don’t know. Maybe I should have just not answered the question.

But my drama isn’t the point. I found comfort. I am finding comfort. As a Christian we hear a lot about going to God and the Bible in times of trial. Sometimes it just seems old and overblown. I mean, really, how in the world can an invisible God help me with my problems? You can’t even prove He’s real. But I know that He is real. He has given us a precious gift: the Bible is His Word. He has given it to us to show us the way to salvation, but He doesn’t leave it there. Through the Bible God comforts me when I’m going through hard times. Today I found myself going to Psalm 136. It has a lot of repetition, but sometimes repetition is what we need. Sometimes we need to hear things a dozen times or more before we get them.

O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endures for ever.

O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endures for ever.

O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endures for ever.

God is Lord, He is God. I serve a good God whose mercy (elsewhere translated as “steadfast love”) endures forever. His love never ends. He will always love me. And from that I can take comfort. Friendships may wax and wane and grow old or not, but my God will always love me.

 

Song

Last night my choir had its semester concert. We sang Wilberg, Chilcott, and a band new piece by Dan Forrest, among others. Because of the small size of our performing venue we sang the program twice, and the second performance was webcast. I am told there were 2,000 computer connections!

God gave me the special gift of a solo. The Chilcott “Jubilate” consists of 7 (I think) pieces all tied together by their sacred texts. The second of the set, “Song” (my solo), uses the words of Gerard Manley Hopkins’ “Prayer.” It was a delight and a privilege to sing this beautiful text.

 

Thee, God, I come from, to thee go,           

All day long I like fountain flow    

From thy hand out, swayed about  

Mote-like in thy mighty glow.  

 

What I know of thee I bless,      

As acknowledging thy stress        

On my being and as seeing  

Something of thy holiness.   

 

Once I turned from thee and hid,     

Bound on what thou hadst forbid;       

Sow the wind I would; I sinned:

I repent of what I did.      

 

Bad I am, but yet thy child.   

Father, be thou reconciled.      

Spare thou me, since I see               

With thy might that thou art mild.   

 

I have life left with me still 

And thy purpose to fulfil;  

Yea a debt to pay thee yet:   

Help me, sir, and so I will.           

 

But thou bidst, and just thou art,      

Me shew mercy from my heart         

Towards my brother, every other   

Man my mate and counterpart.