Thursday, April 26, 2012

Life Keeps Going On

Well, there isn't a whole lot to report right now, because it just seems like my life is one big holding pattern with lots of planes sitting on the tarmac or on runways, but not one has clearance to throttle up, put the pedal to the metal, and take off.

1.  For many of you who may not know, I am a candidate to donate bone marrow to a 51 year old lady, somewhere in the U.S.  I've had to answer a couple of health questionnaires and some more follow-up questions.  The last of those questions was on Monday and now I've been told to sit back and wait 2-8 weeks to find out if I am the best possible candidate.  If I am, I'll be undergoing surgery for the first time in my life and I'll probably be pretty sore for a few days.

2.  The Foreign Service application process is still up in the air as well.  I should find out sometime in the next month whether I am invited to go to Washington D.C. for what is known as an Oral Assessment.  It's now been over 40 days since I turned in the essays they wanted, but they are pouring over about 3000-4000 sets of essays and will whittle that number down to a few hundred, (also taking account each applicant's test scores, resume, and application). 

3.  I am in the process of putting together what should be a pretty darn cool exhibit for the Ellis Library colonnade.  The exhibit goes up in July and will highlight both the history of the Olympics and the history, culture, and all around fabulousness of London.  Spell checker tells me that "fabulousness" is not a word, but I beg to differ.  I think it's a word whose time has finally arrived.  I'm far more excited about this exhibit than I was about the King James exhibit I did in December.  I have great scans of Banksy's works to serve as a backdrop.  It's going to be colorful, exciting, and very British. Yes, even my Doctor Who book will be in it.

4.  After a lot of praying and some looking around, I think I've finally found a new church home.  It's back in the downtown area, which I really love, and they even have a book club.  They're doing "To Kill a Mockingbird" in May, which I am sorry to say I have never actually read, although I've seen the movie dozens of times (most recently on Easter).  The church is a good mix of old and young.  However, I'm not used to some of the automatic congregational responses.  The couple of times I've been there thus far, I've been caught unaware when the pastor does a reading from the Bible and then says something like "This is the Word of the Lord" and the congregation responds, "Thanks be to Him" or something like that.  It's kind of rote, which I generally dislike because I feel like it makes Christians become a bit too mechanical, but it only happens twice every Sunday, so I can move past it.  The pastor is a nice older gentleman and I was thrilled to hear him do a sermon on Palm Sunday a few weeks ago.  Why is Palm Sunday overlooked by so many Christians nowadays?
     Also, I went to one of the Sunday Schools after the service and we learned all about St. John Chrystotom.  The class is going through a few weeks of lessons on early church fathers, something that I can stand to learn a lot more about.

5.  I take my big comprehensive exam in June.  We've already received hints on what the questions will be about, and I feel pretty confident about a couple of them and less so about others.  However, I'm lucky because this semester ends pretty much in a week and that will give me a month to do some major reading in preparation for the exam.  Prayers, however, are needed, pretty please.  I can use all the help I can get.

Ok, I guess that's it for now.  Just a quick update, but I'll try to share some more as time goes by.  I've had some modest success on my Tumblr Blogs, which are far more concentrated on what interests me.  Click the links on the right sidebar if you'd like to check them out.  My library blog, Library Oasis, has 25 followers so far, not bad huh?  The Anglomania blog only has five followers.  I have been working on posting more often, but I do post at least once daily, my Daily Tennant.  An example of a Daily Tennant is below.

1 comment:

  1. Nhiều chị em thắc mắc bà bầu có nên ăn mướp đắng không, vì mướp đắng giải nhiệt rất tốt, giãn não thất ở thai nhi có nguy hiểm không vì nghe nói nó có thể ảnh hưởng tới tính mạng, những dấu hiệu thai nhi phát triển khỏe mạnh là gì, có dễ để nhận biết hay không, thai nhi biết đạp khi nào trong khoảng thời gian thai kỳ, vì đó là dấu hiệu tốt đối với trẻ, bà bầu nên cho bé nghe nhạc khi nào vì nhạc ảnh hưởng đến thần kinh trẻ và giúp bé thông minh hơn