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14 Dec

Apparently some people still read this blog, but it seems to be mostly people searching for shamwows. But, if you do occasionally check in on me for an update, you might have noticed I’ve failed you. Be that as it is, I’m making a decision to post more regularly. It won’t be everyday, and it won’t always be interesting. It’s more an exercise for me to get in the habit of writing because it was something I enjoyed doing and was also a way for me to think and write creatively and differently from most of my thinking and writing.

So, I am an Ohioan now and loving it. Having just come through the amazing colors of Autumn and endured my very first minor snow storm (with delayed flights and all), I can say as of now that I really enjoy the weather. I’ve always been one for gray skies and colder weather than California offers, so I think this should be a good fit weather-wise.

I began a Ph.D. in the Near Eastern Languages and Cultures department at The Ohio State University and have enjoyed it thus far. This program is strongly focused on languages so I ended up taking German, Arabic and Hebrew courses this quarter and will be adding Syriac to that mix the next quarter and probably Latin in the Summer.

I’ve moved in to a three-bedroom house that through providential circumstances is remarkably cheap and amazing. Thrift stores here in Ohio are incredible and they have enabled me to furnish it quite cheaply. There are still two empty rooms, for which I’m hoping to get roommates, but even if I don’t, it’s still a great deal.

I’ve found a Church, an Orthodox Presbyterian Church, in Columbus that I have been attending. Like a typical Reformed Church it appears to be cursed with a dearth of single females my age, but there is a sizable group of college age people who I have enjoyed getting to know. The church body itself is extremely hospitable and have made me feel very welcome. It’s not as liturgical as I would like (and I plan on posting something about my love of liturgy at some point in the near future), but it is a good church overall and I plan on staying there for my time in Columbus.

Now that we’re all caught up with the last 6 months of my life, I’ll see you around.


Ed finally got a real computer.

25 Feb

His old windows laptop was crap and he was int he market for a computer, so I convinced him to get a mac. Well, that’s a bit of a stretch. Him using my computer while his was down convinced him to get a mac. (It doesn’t seem right to use “him” to start a sentence, but i think i’m over it.)

Now Ed and I are trying to convince Kristin to get one. It’s only a matter of time before we take over the world. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

The inner debate.

17 Jan

My record player is speeding up. While the songs are still recognizable, it is quite irritating to hear every musician sound slightly like their auditioning for Alvin and the Chipmunks. Do i spend the money and get a new player? Part of me says yes. After all, the exchange rate isn’t as bad as it was earlier. Then part of me says no. After all, the exchange rate still is 2:1 and i’m in debt up to my eyeballs. But then again, what’s an extra 40 quid when you’re already (insert absurdly high number here) in debt?  But then again, I’ll only be here until august and then have to buy another record player  when I get back to the Homeland. But then again, I’m here until AUGUST.

What say you?


18 Oct

I get a cheap thrill out of texting the word ‘going’.

You should try it.


18 Jun

I woke up a bit early today because I couldn’t stop sneezing (downside of all that beautiful rain is that it causes things to grow and produce pollen), and due to the testular* anxiety, couldn’t fall back asleep for the hour I had left. Anyway, I look through who reads my blog every once in a while and noticed that someone from Plano, Texas reads my blog frequently as well as someone from Ashburn, Virginia. As far as I know, I don’t know people in those towns. So, if you are the reader from Plano, Texas or the reader from Ashburn, Virginia, will you please make yourself known? I like to know my readership so i can cater to their needs. Not really. I’m just curious to know who you are.

*Testular- Having to do with a test.

The cheap musics.

17 Jun

I’m a member of a shady russian website that sells music for ridiculously less than itunes. Rather ironically (i’m not sure if it’s ironic, and i’m scared to say anything’s ironic for fear of following in alanis morrisette’s english-teacher-despised shoes), the company is called “legalsounds”, despite the fact it is most clearly not. I imagine if i ever owe them money Vladimir and Ivan the Terrible will show up on my doorstep to bust a cap in my ass Russian style.

Anyway, they give away a free song a day. Yesterday’s was Amy Winehouse, “Rehab”. Not a fan.

Today, as a way of branching out from my ‘if it’s not sam beam it’s crap’ mentality, i downloaded the new song of the day- “Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin’)” by none other than T Pain, featuring Yung Joc. If that’s not a winner, I don’t know music. I’m pretty sure Sam Beam would applaud me.

Behold, a new day has dawned.

17 Jun

I, while in the miserable country of England, have discovered a source of true joy.


Real bacon. Not English bacon, which is actually just Ham with a different name, but American style bacon. Crispy, thin, amazing. I’m pretty sure Oscar Mayer is my new hero. Although, i have yet to actually open the package and try this ‘american style smoked’ bacon for fear that it will be the greatest disappointment of my young life. Yet, despite my pessimistic tendencies, I have hope.

With this hurdle successfully passed, i think it might be possible to live in England on a  permanent basis.