Give me your eyes for just one second...

Ohmyland.  Comp 1 is driving me innnsssaaaaannnnnne.  It's like.  PLEASE just teach us something.  Or better yet, just let us just teach ourselves.  Too.Much.Pointless.Filler.

People who talk constantly about nothing, even if they are very nice people, are sometimes very annoying.  Especially when they are talking about things that have nothing to do with anything you are supposed to be doing.  Or when they are telling you their ideas and opinions about things that are clearly not thought through.  It's cumbersome.

Today I am going to practice signing after ASL with some of my new friends from that class.  That will hopefully be fun.  I think it probably will be.

I need to go to the bathroom.

We are doing homonyms and confused words now.  It's wicked boring.  I think I know all of these.  Argh.  BORING.  This class is way too easy.  It's killing me with lameness.

I wish I had something edible with me.  Or at least some gum.

Mara Tenille


You'd break your neck to keep your chin up...

Sometimes I wish I was more like someone else.  I will see qualities in people, and I wish I could be like them.  I am trying to just be happy with who I am, but it's difficult.  Andrew thinks that we balance each other out well.  Maybe that is the positive side of things.  I don't know.  Whatev, man, whatev.

Today I am in a weird mood.  Maybe I'm just tired.  I need to practice ASL.  Right now I am in Comp.  I feel like a teacher's pet in this class.  I think I have gotten bonus points on every assignment so far.  It's sort of embarrassing and weird.  Maybe I need to slack off more.

Tonight I am going to Andy's basketball game.  Go Eagles!

I need to make a list of stuff I need to get today.  And suddenly I don't remember any of those things.  I hate when that happens.

Oh my gawrsh, this class is moving so slowly. *dies*

I am ready to go home now.  Already.  But no, I have to stay here for another four hours.  Grrrrrrr. *angst*



We're no better, you'll see, just all of us, the lost causes...

Anberlin was a blast.  I think it's safe to say that we all had an awesome time.  The three bands that played before Anberlin were pretty alright, but they weren't Anberlin, and we were definitely ready for them to get off the stage.  Anberlin was fantastic, and they played most of the awesome songs, with the exception of Haight Street and A Whisper and a Clamour and probably more that I didn't think of.  But, of course, the set can only be so long, and they played some amazing stuff.  They opened with a song from the new CD that I forgot the name of.  They played Never Take Friendship Personal and Paperthin Hymn and A Day Late and one or two more from NTFP, and then most of the good stuff from Cities, including Inevitable and, as a rockin' encore, *Fin.  They played a few songs off the new CD, but not as many as I expected them to.  You know how lots of bands will play basically all their newest songs?  They didn't do that, which was actually really nice for those of us that are fans of their older music, too.  It would have been nice if they had played one or two from Blueprints for the Black Market just for giggles, but I didn't really expect them to, so it wasn't a dissapointment or anything.  I throughly enjoyed their performance.  So, after the concert we headed home and stopped at the Wendy's drive through, where we ordered 4 Junior Bacon Cheeseburgers, (three for Patrick, ketchup and mustard only, and one for me) two chicken nuggets, (one for Patrick and one for Emily), and four Frosties (one for each of us) and received all that plus an extra Junior Bacon, a couple chicken sandwhiches, and some fries.  So, we felt sort of bad for getting all this random extra food, but we ate it anyway.  It was delicious.  Then we came home.  It was fun times.

Mara Tenille


Let's you and me make a night of it, we're old enough to know but too young to care...

ANBERLIN!  HOORAY!  I am really, really excited.  Jessica isn't able to go because of her hip, which is really, really sad, but she made the decision herself so she is okay with it.  We will miss her a lot, but it will still be lots of fun.  Andrew, Emily, Patrick and I are now the only ones going, but we are all really excited for it.  It should be a rockin' awesome time.

Now I have to leave for Madeline's rockin'awesome birthday party.  Bye!

Mara the rockin' awesome Butterfly


Jesus, Jesus, there's something about your name...

Gah, I keep forgetting to email Leighanna back.  I have to do that.  Have to, have to, have to.
Yesterday was my first day of DMACC.  It started off nicely when school got delayed and I got to sleep in.  Trig was not even worth going to, because it was only 45 minutes long and we only did sudokus and word search puzzles as extra credit.  Then I went home and had some mac n' cheese and then headed off.  I nearly underestimated how long it took to get there, but it ended up okay and I got to Comp 1 just on time.  Comp should be an easy, fun class.  We use TIME magazine as our textbook, which is sort of interesting.  Our professor is a nice lady who talks a lot and was very concerned when no one really knew anything about politics.  So, she told us all about Biden and what a wonderful man was and how she wrote a research paper on him once and whatnot.  So, after Comp I had ASL, which sounds like it is going to be a nightmere.  Ten chapters a week out of this massive book about deaf culture and stuff and then this other book that we are guaranteed by our professor not to understand and then write some massive papers and this week we have to come up with names of 5 famous deaf Americans and our professor will pick one of them for us to give a presentation on.  He said that for every hour we are in class we should plan on practicing and doing homework for 3 hours outside of class.  That is 18 hours a week.  Yeah, I can't really do that, so I don't know how that's all going to work out.  Maybe it won't really take that long.  Our class has like thirty-something people in it and our professor is begging half of us to drop the class because it's too big.  So anyway, that one will be interesting, in a frightening sort of way.  After that I went to Cafe Diem, called Andrew, ordered a chai and a muffin, and then talked to my mom.  Then I went back for my last class.  Sociology sounds really interesting, and our professor said that it is an easy class to get an A on, and the material is pretty interesting.  We did this color test thing where we figured out our color and then read about it and whatnot.  I am gold and green.  It was pretty fascinating.
I need to call Erick, too.  I was supposed to call him on Monday.  Man, this week has just been sort of nuts.  I am normally not as bad about forgetting things and stuff.  Grrrrr.
The Price is Right still amuses me.  Not much has changed since my childhood.
I tried on a prom dress at Goodwill on Monday.  It was cute and in good condition, but sort of plain.  So, I am still prom dress shopping.  It is actually really fun.
Well, I am feeling the need to do something more productive now, so I am off to do homework.


Here tomorrow, gone today, we're a part of the secret parade...

I have listened to The Afters a lot lately.  Hmm.  I wonder why that is...

I am making bagels right now.  I hope they work.  They are sort of funny and lumpy looking.  Hehe.  Anyway, there are ten of them, and one is for Andrew.  Hopefully they are really yummy.  I am sort of excited about them.

Tomorrow I leave for the Winter Retreat!  I am really excited for it.  I am pumped to see Ryan Seibert again, who was our translator in Mexico.  He's a wicked sweet guy.  Plus, retreats are fun.  And we get to swim!

I love making playlists to go along with things.  Right now I am making one that is life background music.  Haha.  I think it's fun.  I would be curious to see what other people would choose as background music to their lives.  In fact, I think I will ask you.  So, if you were to choose five songs to represent the background music to your life (right now, forever, whatever) what would they be?  I will have to decide and get back to you, but now I will leave you to ponder that.

Mara the Butterfly


Live for today, we'll dream tomorrow, we've got big plans in sight...

Today is a good day.  School is back and happening and all, which is sort of fun and sort of not at the same time, but you know.  Semester tests went really well, which was nice.  Ian and I went out for ice cream.  My awesome pink iPod is here, finally.  And stuff!  So yeah, it's been a good day so far.  I like that.

So, my new iPod is all synced up and stuff and I've been playing Solitaire (or Klondike or whatever they call it) and that wicked awesome maze game.  Now I'm listening to Anberlin, as you might have guessed.  Hey, I'm probably going to see them in Des Moines on the 18th, so if you want to come let me know.  So yes, anyway, this new iPod is awesome.

So, guess what?  I am going to prom.  *giggle*  I'm so excited.  I think everyone that reads this regularly knows that already.

I like caffeine.

Gotta go get Sophie from school.