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Hi.

After my post on Saturday, I've calmed down a lot. Your kind words and hugs (*returns those and gives them out, by the way, in case anyone wants some*) really made me realize that I am not alone in this issue, and that there are some things you just have to keep fighting for the rest of your life. More than that, you guys showed me that it's worth trying to fight, so thank you so much for that. You are all so supportive, without my having done anything to deserve it.

But anyway.

Finals are this week, and I am worried about how they are going to go. I am not worried about my French or Health finals, because I'm pretty sure I've got those all "locked up," so to speak. It's more the skit half of my English final and my Algebra final that I'm worried about.

In English, we're not going to be judged on our ability to act out the scene from Romeo and Juliet, but we are going to be judged on our preparedness. So I have to memorize forty-one lines of Romeo's speech with Benvolio. That shouldn't be too hard, but I'm still worried. Bah, I just have to remember to calm down and kick my shyness all the way to Timbuktu.

Algebra is the one final I'm really worried about. I forgot quite a bit of the things we learned at the beginning of the semester, so on either Tuesday or Wednesday, I'm probably going to spend the entire afternoon studying so that I don't entirely fail. And hey, at least we'll have notecards, so I can put the things I might forget on those. (This is definitely where my teeny tiny handwriting comes in handy.)

So, finals. Might be difficult, might not be. I just really, really, really don't want this semester to end, because then, the second semester starts and I will have gym every single day. BAH.

Lessee.

Oh, I was responding to [livejournal.com profile] technophile's post, about controversial opinions and, on the subject of gay marriage, I wrote the following:

I think marriage as it stands now should be abolished and remade, into two different... strands, or something like that. I think there should be legal marriage, where anyone who wants to enter into a 'civil union' and get the marriage rights as they stand now should be able to get them, whether they are heterosexual, homosexual, or anything in between.

And then there should be "religious" marriages where, if people wish to be recognized as married in the eyes of God, in a church or something like that, they can be. There's no rights involved in this, it's more a personal decision -- and churches reserve the right to marry anyone they like. So if they're a Baptist church, they can choose to "marry" only heterosexual couples, and if they're liberal, they can marry anyone they want. Kinda hard to explain, I know, but basically, anyone who gets a legal marriage gets all the rights available to married couples now, and everyone who gets a religious marriage chooses to do so not to get rights, but to... show love and... honor God or... yeah. Hopefully this is understandable...


Sure, those thoughts merit some fleshing out, but I really do think it's a way to solve the whole problem between gay marriage activists vs. opponents whilst still separating church and state. And "legal marriages" would be sort of like civil unions, except everyone has to get them. So, instead of heterosexuals getting marriages and homosexuals getting civil unions, we all get civil unions. And then that brings in the personal choice of whether they wish to get married in a church, in the "religious" sense.

Might write bigger post on this later... if anyone's interested. And if I can stop procrastinating.
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I love my brother, but sometimes he drives me up the wall. Especially today.

You see, during supper, all three of us (my dad, my brother, and I) were talking about homosexuality. At first, it was a conversation about Obama's choice of Rick Warren to give the inauguration invocation, but it evolved (haha) into a conversation about homosexuality.

Honestly, I'm all for gays being treated just like any other decent human being on the planet (although I have some very specific ideas of how to resolve the "same sex marriage or no?" issue), even though I might not consider homosexuality moral, as such.

So I got slightly snippy when I brought up Prop 8, how I thought it was wrong what California did, and he said this:

"If they don't like it, they should just go and live on a deserted island."

Those weren't his exact words, but they were close. I got angry about that (you can't ostracize someone from society just because of their sexual orientation), he said "I'm not saying we should do that," I said, "I know, but they don't want to live on a deserted island because hey, you know, they're people too and they want to be treated that way in society, not living huddled together on a little deserted island," or something like that, and he said again, "I'm not saying we should."

And I blew up. "I KNOW THAT, DAVID!"

There was silence for a few minutes after I said that. Like I said yesterday, there must be something wrong with my hormones. Maybe it'll clear up in a few days.

I hope.

But honestly, my brother seriously ticks me off sometimes. His views are even more conservative than mine, even more conservative than my dad's. And while my dad isn't ultra-conservative, he's a bit more conservative than I am.

My brother... really needs to get out. He can't experience the world through a computer screen. (Neither can I, I know, but I'm working on that.)

--

Quiz.

BeliefNet's Belief-o-Matic Survey

Results )

The results were pretty much exactly what I anticipated, although I was surprised with how high Mormonism was on the list.
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Huh, interesting fact I found out on the news today:

Apparently there are many people in Maine that are saying they're going to push for a constitutional amendment legalizing gay marriage.  They want Maine to be the fourth (I'm counting California) state to actually legalize it. Of course, most every state agrees with this sentiment, but I just found it interesting to catch that fact, seeing as I live in Maine and all.

In other news:

Ugh. I reached 35K (not yesterday, but a while ago), and am pushing for 36K tonight. I was originally looking for 40K, but that's not about to happen.

Oh well.

I hope to get at least that amount by tomorrow, though, and finish by Thursday or Friday. Hopefully Thursday, because I'll be gone on Friday. I'm going to an overnight at one of the biggest youth groups in Maine, with Seventh Day Slumber (a really, really amazing Christian rock band) as a performer there. It's going to be so much fun. I just thank God for providing the thirty dollars necessary to pay for me to go.

All right, I think it's time for me to get that last 500 words out of the way. Sorry for all the pointless posts lately; I'll definitely write more posts of substance after NaNo is over.

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