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27th-Nov-2007 12:11 pm
1. Us: ybunny leaves for Brazil today. After almost 6 months not going, I suppose it's due. Doesn't mean I have to be happy about it. We had a smallish celebration for his 30th birthday last night since he will undoubtedly be out of the country on the 11th of December. We'll try to get something together when he comes back. Probably won't be until after Christmas at this point.

2. Uni: I'm frustrated with my topic. I don't believe it. Not that I don't believe in it (I don't...), that doesn't matter. I don't need to have faith in it, I just need to think it works. And, I don't. So, it's making me a bit crazy to have to write about it when everything I write leads to a session of 'this is BS, this is BS, this is BS' chanted like a litany. I meet with Dr. S on the 6th of December, I waffle between fear that he's going to throw his hands up in frustration that I still haven't finished this chapter or hope that it will be okay to try to steer the direction a bit differently.

3. Church: Christmas comes soon. I'm working with the kids on a Christingle song and the Children's Ministries people are putting together a nativity play. It seems like the 15th of December is coming up unreasonably quickly. I also have to preach again that day. Fortunately, productive procrastination means that I've already written my sermon. Of course.
Also, I was ordained as an elder last Sabbath. At my age, it seems a little oxymoronic, but I'm happy to help, so fair enough.

4. Cats: Sean Seamus growls when fed. He's afraid of us stealing his food, or something. The problem is that he picks up a chunk of his wet food in his mouth and carries it to where he thinks we won't take it from him and proceeds to leave little crumbs of meat mush on the kitchen floor, the hall carpet, the mat by the kitchen sink, the bathmat, etc. It's disgusting. I was trying to mop up some of this disgustingness and he gave me a good swipe on the finger. So, now I have a plaster that makes my finger stiff, and by association, typing difficult. Sounds like crayolaab and I are in the same boat.

5. Chapel Choir: We're in the midst of lots of appointments. We have practice this Tuesday, then carols at the uni tree lighting on Thursday, a prison concert the same day, then church Sunday in the morning and evening, practice the next Tuesday, church the following Sunday, then practice on Monday for the carol service on Wednesday the 12th. Not as rushed as the undergrad choir I was in, but I was getting remunerated with a scholarship when I was an undergrad.

6. Socialising: I haven't seen the Ms as much as I do usually, and I don't see that improving over the next month. I really miss my family and ybunny leaving isn't a cakewalk. Luckily, my mum comes in 3 days, so I'll get some family. I feel like an enormous homebody, but I feel guilty going out if I haven't written tons. Luckily, clairdeluney coaxes me into outings, so I'm not as bad as I have been in times past. I should socialise more within my own department, but I feel like the odd one out most times and I had enough of that in grade school, thanks.

It's pretty sad that I can sum up everything going on it six points, but there you are. Wow, I'm pretty emo today.
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27th-Nov-2007 01:24 pm (UTC)
Tomorrow might be good.

27th-Nov-2007 01:17 pm (UTC)
I actually really admire you. Not only is your family on another continent and in another time zone but your husband travels for huge periods of time away from home. My parents live about 150 miles north of me (two hour drive tops) and I cry and get emo when Himself goes away for two nights.

So you see, there's always someone more pathetic than yourself ;-)
27th-Nov-2007 01:24 pm (UTC)
We can be pathetic together. :)
27th-Nov-2007 02:19 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry that you have to be apart from Tom so soon after getting him home. But I am very glad you get your mom soon. It's awesome that she is able to visit again.

Sounds like you are crazy busy. I have tons of work and little outside of it right now, although tonight is Christmas on the Promenade and I am going to be all over the donut holes and hot chocolate. :D
28th-Nov-2007 08:44 pm (UTC)
I miss donuts on the Promenade. *sad face*
27th-Nov-2007 02:31 pm (UTC)
You could maybe feed the kitty in the bathroom, assuming your bathroom is tiled. That is pretty repulsive, and I'd like to say he'll grow out of it, but Zarate never did, either.
28th-Nov-2007 08:45 pm (UTC)
I may try that. We've laminate down in the bathroom.

The only problem is that the bathroom is sans heating. However, if I leave it open all the time, the heat from the rest of the radiators should fix that...

Is Zarate fed in the bathroom?
27th-Nov-2007 02:46 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear everything is looking so grey. And it totally sucks that Ybunny has to travel again so soon after your wedding.

What does being ordained an elder mean in practice?
28th-Nov-2007 09:04 pm (UTC)
The obvious things that an elder does is help to lead out in the church services on a regular basis. Since I'm already doing that, this is more an acknowledgment than the start of new duties.

It's usually true that elders are married, so I suppose they were waiting for that. I'm already teaching in the church as well, so that goes back to the same as the leading out. I'm not sure about being blameless, but whatever.

Also, the Adventist church usually tries to choose elders that can speak ecumenically when necessary. And, I think they've hit the nail on the head with that. :)

I find it truly bizarre to be 27 and an elder. But, as one of the deacons said, I'm a 27 year old whose career is religion, so it gives me the gift of a few years. Hmm. Okay.

So, to sum up: in practice, I'll do what I've already been doing.

The book of 1 Timothy has the section describing what is usually expected of an elder. I'll copy out the section for you (I wouldn't expect you to have an NT lying about... :D )

1Tim 3:1 - This [is] a true saying, If a man desire the office of a elder, he desires a good work.
2- An elder then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
3- Not given to wine, no fighter, not greedy; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
4- One that rules his own house well, having his children in subjection with all seriousness;
5- (For if a man knows not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)
6- Not a new believer, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the temptation of the devil.
7- Also, he must have a good reputation to them outside the congregation; to prevent him falling into reproach and the snare of the devil.
27th-Nov-2007 04:16 pm (UTC)
That's interesting behavior from Sean Seamus! Where did you get him from? Our vet told us that Bella should outgrow her seemingly insatiable desire to eat... she seems to be slowing down a BIT in that she will leave food in the dish now, but she still runs right to it when the food goes in her dish. Sorry to hear about your scratch!

Sorry about the frustration with your topic - that sounds decidedly unpleasant. Sorry also that your homesickness is now compounded by ybunny's leaving - but glad your mom is coming!
28th-Nov-2007 08:48 pm (UTC)
I got him from a cat and dog home. He'd been adopted by a family as a kitten, but they had allergy problems with their five year old.

My mom brought up a good point: the kid may have teased him a lot provoking this food defensive thing.

I hope he grows out of eating so much. I'm having to poop scoop once every 10 hours!
27th-Nov-2007 07:11 pm (UTC)
Wah -- sorry to hear about your husband being away for so long. That's never easy. When I was putting final touches on my thesis and preparing for the viva, I was away from the boy for 3 months. I was staying with my folks (then in PA) but somehow even mum isn't the same as the boy. *hugs*

And don't lose heart over your thesis. I think when you spend so long thinking about/dissecting/ruminating/theorising on one topic, it tends to go blurry round the edges. I was mid-way through writing up when I began to doubt the existence of identity! Keep ploughing through and remember, it's not the be-all-end-all of what you think or believe.

As for Sean Seamus, bad kitty! And yet it's quite endearing. Poor wee thing, keeping his food safe.
28th-Nov-2007 08:49 pm (UTC)
Sometimes I think: wouldn't it be easier just to be a housewife? But, I'd hate myself for giving up in the end. Mmm...motivation.
27th-Nov-2007 10:07 pm (UTC)
Your #2 reminded me, have you ever read the book Save Your Own? I got it last summer and found it thoroughly entertaining (although it maybe made me a little nervous about dissertations in general, ha). Anyway, if you haven't, you should! And if they don't sell it over there, I could send it to you.
28th-Nov-2007 08:49 pm (UTC)
I haven't.

i'll have a look for it. Cheers!
27th-Nov-2007 10:24 pm (UTC)
Um, feel better soon. And I hope the topic woes vanish. From experience I would say that your instinct about changing the direction slightly is probably right.

My parents' cat Cassie does the same thing as Sean Seamus. I don't know what to suggest except shutting the kitchen door until he's done, since the kitchen floor sounds like the least disgusting (or most easily cleaned) place for his leavings.

Cassie is young, though (younger than he is) so it may be a passing phase.
28th-Nov-2007 08:51 pm (UTC)
It's hard for me to remember he's so young since he's bigger than Caoimhe. He probably will grow out of it. Or, he'll wear out his growler, one of the two. :)

I may try shutting him in the bathroom to eat since Caoimhe eats in the kitchen. Poor girl-she's confused about all the ruckus.
28th-Nov-2007 01:20 am (UTC)
uuuh... i hope you can do something about the topic... if you can (dunno?)? it's difficult to write about something that just doesn't *work* for oneself... know that... :/

hmh... kitty... any chance to feed in a room where he could be locked in while eating? somewhere?
is there any reason why he's developped this habit?
28th-Nov-2007 08:52 pm (UTC)
He's trying to grow a big as the house. :)
Seriously, though, I'm not sure where he got this habit.

28th-Nov-2007 10:00 am (UTC)
Maybe we could go for a coffee or something after a choir practice - Matt's Taxi is usually standing by for a pick up. It's not far to Beans, and that's not far from home.

A carefully thought out plan!
28th-Nov-2007 08:52 pm (UTC)
I may just take you up on that. :)
29th-Nov-2007 01:23 pm (UTC)
Hello there,

I notice you have friended me, as I recently friended claire who I believe is also a friend of yours. I assume that is the link! Always intrigued as to how/why people stumble acorss me in my quiet little corner of the journalling unvierse... :)
29th-Nov-2007 01:51 pm (UTC)
Yep. Through clairdeluney.

I had a quick skim of your journal and liked what I saw. :)
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