Strange to think

It is strange to think how fast time goes. It is hard to plan and work towards the future without wanting the times to already be here. Right now I am struggling between the desire for break to be here already…along with the fear that I won’t get everything done. It is a time crunch in which lists and a calendar are very useful. In two weeks, we will be on our last day of finals. In three weeks I’ll be home. In six weeks I’ll be back, preparing for the beginning of my sophomore year. In two and a half years (if I last that long…), I will be graduating. Crazy.

I trust your might, your kindness Mother dear
With you to guide me, I need have no fear.
When all around  seemed dark and drear and gray
You stood as beacon for a brighter day.

Your smile illumined our wakeful hour
You did uphold me with your gentle power.
Thanks, thousand thanks;
To you, to God shall be…now and for all eternity. Amen.

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Rain!!!

It is raining!!! As one of my friends would say, it is raining hardcore…with a bit of wind as well. I am enjoying the sound and sight of it, as well as cold toes as I sit inside. The forecast is that it will be cloudy and raining all weekend–it will be wonderful if it is true. Just as long as it is safe enough for driving, the clouds can cover the sun all they want.

I am quite happy right now. I am pretty much finished with the my part of the presentation that we have to do on Tuesday. So rather than stressing and working incessantly until Monday, I will get a bit of a break. Don’t get me wrong, I have plenty of other homework to do…but being ahead of schedule on one thing gives me a bit of confidence. Hence, the second post for today.

Rain + accomplishment = happy Lisa.

In

a little over three weeks I will be visiting my family in Wisconsin. Within two weeks I will have to have completed a two hour presentation, a 5-6 page research paper, worked on things for Sarah’s Law, completed my part of our Facebook application, and done a bunch of work on my marketing wall. Then I will only need to study for five finals.

Not to mention minor activities such as eating and sleeping and major activities such as Holy Mass and adoration…

Pray for me.

Snippets of life

I feel terrible for neglecting this blog so much…life has been so incredibly busy that at times I feel like I am drowning in my to-do list. Yet I think I must put up a few highlights on here; so although this post may be a little short and less than perfectly thought through, It is a small reflection of the craziness of my mind.

The Giuseppe Awards were entertaining! The evening was quite entertaining and fun. The winning film can be seen here:
Part I
Part II

I am barely keeping up with the hamster wheel of classes and homework. It is frightening to think how fast this quarter has gone…soon will be finals, and I will have completed an entire year of college! I am learning different things in each of my classes. Negotiating is common, simple, and difficult. Essentially you need to know how to adapt to each personality that you work with, and create an outcome that both parties are happy with. Global markets increases our observation and understanding of the global economy. One of the main things I have learned from my marketing class is that I hate marketing. There are several other peripheral items that I have learned as well, but that is the main lesson. In our art, music, and literature class, we have been learning about the Church Fathers, as well as building a greater understanding of music; in the coming weeks we will be discussing icons from the early Church. We have also been reading through St. Augustine’s Confessions, which is incredibly good and thought provoking. In our eCommerce class, we have been learning about trends, applications (particularly on Facebook), marketing, ads, etc. As part of our homework, we are working on using media to further the cause of Sarah’s Law, here in California. It is nice to have an immediate, practical application for what we are learning about!

Yesterday in class, we were talking about website conversion and engagement (a very basic definition would be getting people to stay on and come back to your site). Our professor said that they try to make websites addictive, so that you keep coming back. Somehow smoking was mentioned, and it triggered a tagline in my brain that has amused me all day: “Facebook–the digital nicotine.” Anyone familiar with Facebook could see how this is true in many cases. 😀

Enough of class and homework. What else have I been doing? I went up with Daniel for his little sister’s 1st Communion; those days are always long but enjoyable. Last weekend I went up to Thomas Aquinas College with my roommate and her family, and was able to see the beautiful hills (I don’t think they are mountains) and greenery. I was also able to visit a bit with one of my friends that goes to school there. Daniel came and picked me up, and we went to his family’s house for Pentecost/Mother’s Day. It was a very fun, exhausting weekend.

At both the TAC Mass and graduation, Cardinal Pell (the Archbishop of Sydney) delivered inspiring speeches with humor. One of my favorite quotes from the weekend is, “The young people are meant to bring fire to the Church; we elders are here to ensure that they don’t burn it down.”

I get to spend today doing homework, housework, and going to Mass and Adoration. Hopefully I can catch up a little…that would make me quite happy. Tomorrow I will be going to a Gregorian Chant workshop, and then there is a women’s night. Then more homework and work. And more homework and work. And more homework and work.

To close, I’d like to mention a few prayer requests:

-For little Charles, and his family. You can read about the situation here.
-In thanksgiving for my parents, who just celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.
-For wisdom and patience as I deal with the stress of school and make a few decisions.

May God bless and Mary keep you all!

What do you get

when you have

sunshine
comfortable temperatures and open windows
a floor awaiting cleaning, and so is picked up
a load in the washer
a load in the dryer
songs playing
a bowl of cream of wheat
a chat with someone special
a lot of homework to do
cooking to be done for a film awards ceremony
a kitchen to clean
the opportunity of Holy Mass
the opportunity to dress up for the awards ceremony
and a 15-line excel spreadsheet full of things that need to be done?

You have Lisa’s Friday. And you would be amazed at how pleasant it is and how content I am. 🙂