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It seems so strange, thinking that I haven't updated in six days. I just... haven't had very much to talk about lately, or if I do, I just can't think of how to put it into words. A lot has happened in the past six days, though, and being bored out of my mind has given me a lot of time to think.

First off, there are only about two weeks left in the first semester of this year, and finals are coming up in about eight days. I'm feeling pretty confident about all of them, but half of my English final is making me a little worried.

You see, we have to put on a scene from Romeo and Juliet, and I'm working with my friend, OG (Obnoxious Guy, in case you can't remember). If you've read the play, we're putting on the scene very early on in the play, when Benvolio and Romeo are talking, and Romeo is explaining to him about Rosaline, how he's "in love" with her, and Benvolio asks him to look at other beautiful women, to get Rosaline out of his head. And it's a great scene, showing their friendship, but I just happened to choose to do Romeo. Which means I have to memorize 65 lines.

In two weeks.

Of course, this is coming from the girl who memorized twenty-six lines of Romeo's balcony speech, so I'm not too worried. I have a little less than two weeks, and if I do a little of it every day, I'm sure I'll be able to do it. Am thinking I'll ask OG to get together next Saturday or something so we can practice together. Maybe we'll go in that little room behind the nonfiction section so we can practice without anyone staring at us strangely. (No one really goes into the nonfiction section, unless some seniors are hanging out in that same room.)

Speaking of that play, though, I have to agree with the people who say that Romeo and Juliet are both way too hasty, headstrong, and more in lust than in love, for sure. I'm reading it, and honestly, it doesn't seem they're really in love at all. They're attracted to each other, yes, but it's more infatuation, not love. They know nothing about each other, and you know, they're so willing to throw their lives away. I can think of two times right off the top of my head, maybe more. I can't help thinking how much this tragedy might've been avoided if Romeo and Juliet had come clean about their feelings at the beginning.

Regardless of that, I can see the appeal. It is written cleanly and, even though it seems as though it rambles on and on, it is so precise; in that scene I'm putting on, I couldn't think of a single line to cut. And that's surprising.

Um, okay, this post is going on way too long, but I have so much more to say, so I'll just put the rest under the cut.

Read more... )
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From a post I just read:

Lumping all Christians in with the only ones you ever hear anything from is... inevitable. Learn to live with it, or make some noise for sane Christianity.

I find this statement especially true after certain things that have happened to me lately. I just loathe it when people clump all Christians into the "lunatics who would start the Crusades again" category. Or the "intolerant, bigoted, homophobic Xtians" category.

I might have conservative values. That does not mean I act on them in a conservative fashion, nor does it mean that I can't see the point of liberal values/liberal fashions. In fact, the way I act when faced with strong issues is perhaps more akin to liberals.

I can't deny that I am a creationist. I can't deny that I take the Bible literally.

I also can't deny the fact that I believe I am intelligent, and that I wish to be respected for my opinions even if you might not personally agree with them (or, heck, even think they have any basis in fact). I also want to make as much noise for Christ as I can.

And for Christians reading this: I ask you to do the same. Make some positive noise for Christ, yeah?

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I. Hate. Public. Speaking.

Yesterday, I had to memorize Romeo's balcony speech (But soft, what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun...) and then, today, I had to write it down from memory... and then recite it.

And I obviously got nervous. I suppose it was okay, reciting it, but... that obnoxious guy I've talked about a few times (I might as well just abbreviate his name to OG, 'cause I talk about him fairly often) said I was shaking. I also looked down three times.

Blah...

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Since my Flist has grown since I last asked this question, and a new year is starting soon, could you all please recommend me some of your favorite books, so I can get a quick start out the gate for the 2009 50 book challenge?

Recommend as many as you want; I'll try and get to them. I'll read anything (fiction, nonfiction) so long as it's good!
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I ended up asking my English teacher for an extension on my materialism essay. He granted my request, but also gave everyone else one more day to finish it as well. Considering I was panicking about it (my Sunday Facebook status was "Heidi is panicking panicking panicking about her essay. HELP" or something along those lines), it continually strikes me how things work out the way they do.

My dad said that "sometimes, you have to put things like this in God's hands." And right now? I can see why he says that.

I also feel as though my essay is good. It might not be the best I've ever written, and I've had much struggle in trying to get those stupid words down on paper, but while I was reading it, I found that it flowed fairly well. There are a few little things I might change (the conclusion, to me, still seems slightly abrupt), but this time, I've got to leave it in Mr. P's hands and hope he likes it.

It also seems as though Mr. P thinks I'm the weirdest girl he has ever met in his life. A few weeks ago, when I was reading Freakonomics, he glanced at me and said, "You must be the most eclectic reader I have ever met." Yesterday, when I first brought in The Portable Atheist, he read the back of the book and then said that I was "something else." In a good way.

I think I like being eclectic and "something else." 

But I also want to be normal sometimes. Just sometimes, I want people from school to ask me to do something with them.

Enough of that, though.

I am currently about fifty pages into The Portable Atheist and, believe it or not, I am actually enjoying it. Admittedly, I don't agree with much of what they're saying, but it's fascinating, seeing how atheistic thought has changed, from Lucretius all the way up to Christopher Hitchens. I wish that there was a book of Christian thought throughout the ages, from the time of the Apostles up until now.

That would certainly be interesting.

Also, since I seem to have time to actually do things today, instead of writing an essay, I'm thinking three book reviews will be coming soon. Four more to go until I reach my goal of sixty-five books! Woot!

Oh, and please read this if you're a writer. That's why I like Elizabeth Bear!
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I am stuck on my materialism essay.

And it's due TOMORROW.

This is all I have. Nothing else at all.

It's all around us, lurking around corners of stores all over the country. We see it in television shows across a wide range of channels, and even in our own homes, infecting us with an intense desire to buy in order to find fulfillment. This phenomenon is simply the latest manifestation of a rather strange philosophy: materialism. Most Americans don't see it, but the truth is simple. If materialism continues to grow in today's culture, so too will greed, commercialization, and indifference toward the plights of those around them.

In its most basic form, perhaps materialism is not dangerous. Materialism, to put it as simply as possible, is the theory or attitude that physical well-being and worldly possessions constitute the greatest good and highest value in life. Objectively speaking, it is possible to uphold this view of the world and still retain a sense of emotional connection to something outside one's physical well-being and worldly possessions.


Help?
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I just got back from watching Twilight with my sister.

And it was amazing.

Hands down, it was one of the best book-to-movie adaptations I have ever watched in my life. Robert Pattinson is definitely Edward, and there is no one better for Bella than Kristen Stewart. Hopefully it's not spoiling anything to say that it was absolutely amazing. And it stayed extremely close to the book. So if any of you are leery of watching it because it's not very close to the book, don't be, because it is so close, even taking the best scenes from the book word-for-word.

They're also going to make New Moon into a movie too, which I am incredibly excited about, although it will make me cry.

*squees*  I just adored the movie. Watch it if you haven't already!

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Bah. Materialism essay due for school tomorrow. While I'm having a bit of fun writing it, writing has been so tedious lately, no clue why, and it's hard to even get 1K out in a day.

But I will.

And, speaking of the essay, would anyone like me to post it here when I'm done with it? I'm toying with the idea, but haven't decided yet, so... if you'd like to read it, speak now (or forever hold your peace).

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Why not?

Meme:

What has surprised you the most about me (if anything) since joining my flist/"friending me"? Was anything completely unexpected or have I always fit the picture of me you have in your head?

Post this in your own journal and see how you have surprised people!

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I have a love/hate relationship with homework.

(I almost wrote "I have a love/hate homework with homework" there... I think I do need to get more sleep. Desperately.)

On the one hand, I hate homework because it prevents me from being able to write on my NaNo (since I procrastinated early this morning, I only reached 32K). I also hate homework if it comes to the Algebra or too-much-typing-on-serious-stuff English questions. I also hate it because it occasionally strikes me as absolutely pointless.

On the other hand, I love it because the English homework makes me feel really smart when my English teacher contemplates me on my writing and my insight (which he has done several times already, BTW). I also like it because I love being able to answer the aforementioned too-much-typing-on-serious-stuff English questions, especially when I can dig out my Bible and do cool Job/Elie Wiesel comparisons. Those were very fun. As was the whole "Describe how Elie's relationship with God changed during the duration of Night."

Those were really nice.

But now I am tired. Again.

I need sleep.

*plops down in bed and sleeps*

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