Monthly Archives: January 2008

10:30. I’m eating breakfast. Yesterday, I was eating lunch at this time. Ah, the weekend.

For the past week, I’ve been eating yogurt every morning. It’s really fast since I get up early, and it’s really good. The past two days however, I’ve had a terrible hankering for pancakes. I didn’t grow up on pancake mix, my dad is an excellent breakfast cook, but it’s great stuff. It’s only what, a dollar or two, and the box makes nearly infinite breakfasts, unless I go on a pancakes binge.

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Current events

I mean to still add information to my previous post, but I will have to do that later, after I can consult my notes and finish thinking about philosophers.

I just heard on the news today that Bobby Fisher, the famous chess player, has died. He died in a hospital in Iceland, where I believe he lived for quite some time, and was sixty-four, I heard. And just last week, Sir Edmund Hillary died. Two guys known for two cool things.

In other current events, I’ve been unable to go a day without drinking coffee in some form. I’m not addicted to the caffeine, I don’t even drink it for that reason, I just really really love it. If I don’t make it in the morning, because I’m in a rush, I tell myself that I can skip a day (lately my morning brew has been Swedish IKEA coffee with, of course, hazelnut creamer). But then later in the day, I end up really wanting it. Einstein’s, Starbucks, even McDonald’s — Brenna and I just tried their iced coffee this week. It was really good and obviously cheaper than Starbucks. I might try to get theirs more often; I’ll just keep one of my old Starbucks cups and pour the McDonald’s coffee into it for social occasions to keep up appearance.

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Philosophy of Language

 On the essence of language and how we acquire language.
A few notes after my class today.

Mostly, this is helping me think through what we discussed today, how the authors’s views connect and diverge, their ideas, and my ideas about language, as much as it is my ideas of what they think, as far as my understanding goes. This post is under construction.

Plato: Essences

John Locke: Blank slates

Jerry Fodor: Baseline

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Spring 2008 Classes

French II
Communication and the Family
Philosophy of Language
International Diplomacy

I’m a bit stressed out right now with my routine bourgeoning right now, rather than being stable. As college students know, schedules shake up every semester. I  start off every semester emotionally convinced that I’m going to flunk every class, that I’ll be working too much, and that I won’t get enough sleep.

I am in such state currently. I haven’t sat down and seriously considered trying to switch one or more of my classes, and I’m unsure if I will do so. However, I do feel overwhelmed. That too shall pass, perhaps, too. It’s kind of funny when you’ve realized that type of bed you’ve made and are know trying to lie in. I acknowledge that I made it; now I am trying to figure out if I can stand to lie in it or if the metaphorical comforter needs some ironing.

Here’s my most obvious dilemma. I have all Tuesday and Thursday classes. I do this to create the most possible time for working, especially freeing one whole day for my house cleaning job. I think I might have outdone myself this time.  Or perhaps, I may just have to learn more about stamina and long days, as so many people do.

7:30-9:20 class; hour break
10:30-11:45 class; hour and a quarter break
1:30-2:45 class; hour and a half break
4:30-5:45 class; home hopefully by 6:10

Then on Thursdays, I’m back on campus by nine at the latest for Crusade, which means I’m out until at least eleven. Then I wake up at 6:00am on Friday morning for my cleaning job. That is my hardest time of the week and is very similar to my Thursday/Friday schedule last semester. It’s rough. Of course I can survive it. But am I willing to pay the price for it, or do I think it would be more prudent to seek some alternative? I have to think about it.

In other news, I just heard on the radio that Sir Edmund Hillary died. As you probably know, he was the first man to reach the summer of Mount Everest. The story said that he was 89 years old.

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new blog

Because of a school assignment last semester, I discovered wordpress. Yes, I used to have a xanga (still haven’t deleted the account). But I’m trying out this blogsite for now.

I started this blog as a way to keep track of what I was learning in my missions class, Perspectives on the World Christian Movement. Hopefully, I still put up some notes and thoughts about that, but I also like the forum to write down what I’m thinking. If I think thoughts I’m having are pertinent enough to post, then I’ll post ’em.

I like this background. I’m kind of hoping that I’ll figure out how to do cool links and upload photos to enhance the “experience” of my blog. I’ll have to get Kristi on this. I don’t know yet if you have to have a wordpress blog to comment on my posts, but if you can, I do like conversation.

Sometimes I try to get creative. I dabble at being philosophical. I like thinking, and I like practicing my written English skills. So all the above will probably appear also. If nothing else, I’ll just enjoy writing, but hopefully you’ll find something worth musing about.
Rachel

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