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“This Is My Winter Song To You”

There is a lot of STUFF going on right now.  I think that is the best way I can describe my life right now, but it’s all good stuff.

Carolyn is in the middle, with Kelsey and Tessa!  The witches had great hats!Rewind: “Dido and Aeneas” the Opera was incredible!  I was blown away by some of the vocal talents we have here!  The entire Opera was overall a great production.  It was unique, engaging and very interesting since I had just finished reading the Aeneid in Exploration and Discovery.  Carolyn was a witch (and did a fantastic job!).  It was so cool to see my friend on stage!

Katie and I on the JacksFor Thanksgiving I went to Santa Cruz California and stayed with my Grandma Carol.  It was so  relaxing, 75 degree weather, the Ocean, and the food!  I loved making my own food or helping prepare the food.  My friend Katie wasn’t going home for Thanksgiving, so she came with me!  It was awesome to have a great friend there, with family that I hadn’t seen   in a while in a wonderful place.  Playing around...

School:  I have three papers, all about interesting things, but all going on at once.  Quick descriptions of each - E&D: I’m looking at prayer as it is portrayed in the Aeneid by Aeneas and in the Bible by Moses and Jesus.  Bible in Lit: I am comparing the story of Jesus’ anointing as it is told in the Gospels of Mark and Luke.  I am focusing on the image of a woman anointing Jesus.  Within each Gospel there are big differences (this story is found within all Gospels but there was so much stuff going on I had to pick two, and even then it will be hard to fit in all that I want to say into ten pages).  Poetry:  I am looking at a William Stafford poem called Watching The Jet Planes Dive.  At the Library they have Stafford’s entire poetic life, by that I mean they have all of his journal entries, all of the drafts of his poems – it is incredible.  So I am looking at all five drafts of this poem following images throughout them, looking at how they progress and change to make the final version of the poem complete and how they support my interpretation of the poem.  Very cool stuff.  So they are all awesome papers, but just a lot of stuff!  And of course there are still other readings for my classes, so again, more stuff!  But things like Agape, Knitting Club, having breakfast with awesome friends, sleep, or going out to coffee with friends are keeping me grounded. 

I just want you all to know that I made my bed today.  This is a very big deal.  I did all of my laundry from break, cleaned out my closet, cleaned off my desk, changed my sheets and made my bed  perfectly.  It was very nice to walk into a room where all of my stuff is in order, and I am less stressed in general because of that I think.  Plus my bed looks very classy.  Please admire it.

This weekend I am going to be gone at a Young Life camp called Breakaway Lodge.  I’ve been involved with Lake Oswego Young Life while I’ve been here and it is time for ourdscn0438.JPG winter camp!  I am so excited.  I will be doing Work Crew for the weekend, which means doing dishes and setting tables, stuff like that.  I did a Work Crew for a month   two summers ago washing dishes and it was the most incredible month of my life, so this weekend will be a good chance to revisit that a bit, relax, and rock out my three papers.  Oh yes.  Unfortunately there is so much that I am missing!  Dance Extravaganza, a Choir concert, a Saturday night Choir concert/Church service with lots of singing, and just being on campus for my second to last weekend!  Wow did time just fly this semester.  But Winter Camp will be incredible, and I will (hopefully) have enough free time to get some work done.

 Oh! Tomorrow!  More good stuff! For World AIDS Day Carolyn and Kelsey put together a program in which a guy from Cascade AIDS project is coming to L&C to speak!  I am very excited about it.  For more info check it out here.

Have a great week everybody,

karonson@lclark.edu

“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.”  ~e.e. cummings

3 December 2009