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October 21st, 2005


10:20 pm - *pokes head out of Ukraine*
I'm still alive...check the blog (http://www.salinukraine.com) for real updates.

And, an interesting link about evangelicalism in Central and Eastern Europe: http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2005/010/30.77.html.

Love you all!

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September 23rd, 2005


09:20 pm - yay!
I have a new laptop (named Adella...she's a Dell computer) and a new digital camera (named Samantha...she's a Samsung). And because I have Adella, I now once again have the Internet at home as opposed to computer labs. And there was much rejoicing. (Plus I've learned the beauty of storing all my music on my computer as opposed to umpteen CDs, and I have a lovely picture of ithacaoroz and I frolicking in a German fountain as my wallpaper.)

In other news...less than a week and counting before I leave for the Peace Corps. "Yay," "eek," and "sniff" are the contrasting emotions I'm dealing with.

Life is good.
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: "Moon Cradle" by Loreena McKennitt

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September 15th, 2005


11:17 am - thirteen days (and I don't mean the movie)
Last night, the campus group had worship and communion at the chapel. Usually on Wednesday nights, we're (I suppose "they're" is slightly more accurate, but I'll say "we're" for another couple of weeks) in the basement, but last night, we went upstairs to the sanctuary. Candles, singing to guitar music, much Scripture, and prayer--large group, small group, and individual--followed by communion. I loved it. I know that I don't need fancy trappings or stained glass windows to worship God; I can worship Him no matter where I am. But it was still beautiful.

Afterwards, Christine came over for a while, and then after that, I talked to Melissa on the phone. Yay friends.

~*~

To be slightly less deep, I have over 830 books in my room at my parents' house. Keep in mind, this is a very small room. (Brandi once told me I lived in a large closet. The sad thing is, that's pretty accurate. I'm sure that there are houses with closets larger than my room. Which does not have a closet, just pegs on the wall. But it does have an ironing board cupboard built into the wall.) This is not counting the 40+ books I have here in EL, or all my books that are scattered over the rest of my parents' house. I own a lot of books.

~*~

To continue on in not being deep, I made my first written packing list for the Peace Corps yesterday. It looks both like a lot of stuff and like not much at all.

Then I went shopping at the mall and found a pair of jeans (all of mine were too big, too small, or worn out), dark blue dress slacks, and a very cute knee-length navy blue skirt for $10. (Yes, I said knee-length. Not ankle length. Meg, you should be proud of me.) I still need to buy long underwear, heavy tights, and shoes, and then the clothing situation will be all set. Plus I want to make myself a pair of pajama pants (I've had the fabric for over a year now but haven't done it yet.)
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful

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September 10th, 2005


02:50 pm - brave
It's odd...for the last couple of years, I've pretty much steered away from most contemporary Christian music (exceptions being Selah and Fernando Ortega). I found it trite, bubble-gum-esque, and just not musically what I wanted. But this summer, I find myself turning on the local Christian station while driving places. Perhaps it's the realization that pretty soon, I won't have that option. Perhaps my musical tastes are expanding. One song that I've heard a lot this summer is "Brave" by Nichole Nordeman. Whenever I hear it, it makes me think about the Peace Corps, and the fact that if it weren't for God, I wouldn't have applied and I wouldn't be able to make it on my own, but that with Him, I can step out in faith on this new adventure.

The gate is wide
The road is paved in moderation
The crowd is kind
And quick to pull you in
Welcome to the middle ground
It’s safe and sound and
Until now it’s where I’ve been

‘Cause it’s been fear that ties me down to everything
But it’s been love, Your love, that cuts the strings

Chorus:
So long, status quo
I think I just let go
You make me want to be brave
The way it always was
Is no longer good enough
You make me want to be brave
Brave

I am small
And I speak when spoken to
But I am willing to risk it all
I saw Your name
Just Your name and I’m ready to jump
Even ready to fall

Chorus:

Why did I take this vow of compromise?
Why did I try to keep it all inside?
I’ve never known a fire that didn’t begin with a flame
Evry storm will start with just a drop of rain
But if You believe in me that changes everything

Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
Current Music: hmm...I wonder...

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September 5th, 2005


11:29 am - fall cleaning
This is one of those posts that I've been putting off writing for a while now, because I didn't want to have to do so. In a few weeks, I'm going to have pretty limited to basically non-existent Internet access (this is all still pretty vague for me) once I'm in Ukraine, and I need to trim my friendslist, because there is no way that I'll be able to keep up with everyone. However, I will still have occasional public posts, and there's salinukraine for all my Peace Corps tales.

This isn't to mean that I'm completely getting rid of my friendslist...many of you, especially people I know in real life, will stay on, and various ones of you that I've met online will as well. But I need to trim things down a bit. If you want to be able to keep reading my friendslocked posts (which are a large percentage of this journal and will probably become more prevalent once I go overseas), just leave a comment here and I'll be sure to keep you on.

Please don't anyone feel offended if I unfriend you...basically, it's only because I won't have time/access to keep up with everyone's journals, and not because of anything you've written/done/etc. And, knowing me, when I get free time, I'll probably try and read your journal once in a while.

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September 3rd, 2005


04:00 pm - salvation
From the blog of my favorite living writer (well, she ties with Philip Yancey), Lauren Winner, musings on salvation (although Winner didn't write it...someone else did):

Salvation happens at five years old. Salvation is better protection against the dark than her Wonder Woman nightlight. Salvation makes her run into the kitchen to tell her mother how her entire body tingles, how everything feels new. Salvation means that God, who is always so near, wants to know about her day.

Salvation grows at eight. Salvation is an adventure. Salvation means Prince Caspian and Madeleine L’Engle and Grandpa Jack and possibly kitty—but we can’t know for sure—salvation means that some of these, our favorite people, are part of one big family. Salvation results in late-night slumber party talk about a big God-who-so-loves-the-world. Salvation means crayon renderings of heaven: of flowers that are more colorful than lemon yellow and atomic tangerine combined, of sea foam green oceans that you could swim in all day if you wanted to.

Salvation is forgotten at fourteen when she reads Kerouac and Salinger. Salvation becomes uncomfortable. Salvation means she shouldn’t sneak out tonight with Kendra because it would require lying. Salvation means obedience and submission (and patriarchy, too, once she learns that word). Salvation means defending things she doesn’t understand to people she really likes, people she wants to like her.

Salvation is despised at nineteen. Salvation involves sexual purity and the GOP. Salvation means limiting her to writing nice things, listening to nice things, saying nice things. Salvation means admitting a personal connection to Historical Things We Don’t Want to Mention, like the Crusades. Salvation is a stranger.

Salvation is remembered at twenty-five. Salvation may mean regeneration of her broken parts, or maybe just the ability to forgive Joshua for his being such an amazing a--hole. Salvation is everywhere: in early morning Vodka-infused conversations, on page 43 of White Teeth, in Zion canyon. Salvation is tattooed in Hebrew on her lower back, where only certain people will ever see it. Salvation might be for her. Salvation might not.

Salvation hovers at twenty-eight. Salvation means serving First Presbyterian Church in spite of its monochromatic makeup, in spite of its big screen televisions. Salvation sometimes means trying so very hard to be good to the boyfriend-who-so-loves-her. Salvation means thinking differently about human rights and architecture and unemployment. Salvation means somehow being the Imago Dei, God’s very own image.

Salvation is working all the time.


http://www.laurenwinner.net/blog/2005/04/salvation.html
Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful

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September 2nd, 2005


10:08 pm - It's official...I'm supposed to be going to Ukraine :)
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Your personality type is SLOAI
You are moderately social, moody, organized, accommodating, and intellectual, and may prefer a city which matches those traits.

The largest representation of your personality type can be found in the these U.S. cities: Salt Lake City, Oklahoma City, Nashville, Tucson, Phoenix, Memphis, W. Palm Beach, Portland/Salem, Louisville, Cincinnati, San Diego, Los Angeles Area and these international countries/regions Ukraine, South Africa, Greece, Indonesia, Austria, Thailand, Turkey, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Malaysia, Portugal, Japan, Czech Republic, Guam

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Current Mood: amusedamused

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September 1st, 2005


10:32 pm - I feel pretty, oh, so pretty...
Hung out with ithacaoroz tonight. It was very much fun indeed. Homemade peach cobbler, a lesson in make-up (did you know it's hard to apply mascara while giggling?), and a lot of girl talk. And I didn't feel weird about being girly. I liked that.
Current Mood: gigglygiggly

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10:51 am - (non) back-to-school musings
The actual headline in the paper: "No spirits in suites on 1st game day."
What I thought I read: "No sprites in suits on 1st game day."

This is what three days of roofing a house will do to a girl.

~*~

In unpleasant news, I paid $3.45/gallon for gas yesterday, after driving around my parents' town and seeing it for $3.48. Of course, the next small town I came to had it for $3.19, and the one after that had it for $2.99, but I had no way of knowing that (and the warning light was already on).

When I got back to EL yesterday afternoon, I flicked the TV on and caught some footage of New Orleans. Oh my word. Katrina really did her thing, all right. It was rather overwhelming. Part of me wanted to say, "Hey, I've got a month before I leave. Maybe I should just drive down there and offer to help." And then I realize what an impractical sort of idea that is (many things to do before I leave, plus a less-than-reliable car), but part of me wishes I could.

~*~

It finally happened. I miss being a college student. 40,000+ students returning didn't do it, but simply a mention from one of my friends that he was taking a class entitled "Jesus in History and Tradition," taught by a professor who I know slightly. Whether or not I agreed with much of what was being discussed, it would be a good class, and then I started thinking, "And I could take all those TEFL classes that I didn't know about until last year, and I could keep going with Greek..."

It's just as well I'm leaving the country soon. Although I may ask to sit in on the religion class for the next month.
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: the hum of the Eustace-Cole computer lab

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August 28th, 2005


08:42 pm - RSS feed for my Peace Corps blog
With many thanks to rj_anderson for her assistance, salinukraine is up and running!

I'd been trying to think of what to do...I expect to keep up with this journal quasi-regularly as more of a thinking/reading/randomness journal and have http://www.salinukraine.blogspot.com as my Peace Corps journal, but I didn't want to lose my LJ readers who might be interested in keeping up with me. So here you have my RSS feed that you can add to your friendslist. :)

This may all prove irrelevant if I don't have regular internet access...
Current Mood: calmcalm
Current Music: "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey (on TV)

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