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Personal: A List of Good Things 
1st-May-2008 03:52 pm
Ah... Venice...
A list of Good Things today:
• For the first time in well over a decade, I wore my favourite shirt – from high school. I think it's acceptable again, and maybe even stylishly retro.

• One of my really interesting students from this semester asked me if I'd be teaching anything in the Fall Semester: the ultimate compliment.

• Today's closing sessions for the Theology Through the Centuries course featured fabulous conversations with, or contributions from, the students on the great practicality of good theologies of the Trinity and of the Incarnation, which, with "Salvation," were the three big organizational themes of the course.

• Multiple students brought in guests for class today because apparently even my closing session might be cool.

• Root beer. I mean, just in general.
1st-May-2008 09:34 pm (UTC)
1. that makes me afraid
2. awww. you DO get a lot of repeat customers
3. excellent.
4. WOW.
5. damn straight. now I need to go to Flatbranch and drink my body weight in their homebrewed root beer...
2nd-May-2008 04:29 pm (UTC)
Seriously? Then this Flatbranch place is totally on the agenda for whenever I visit: I'm getting to love the fact that root beer has so many locally-brewed versions in the United States, and seeking them out and trying them is great great fun.
2nd-May-2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, it's on the list, friend. I'm just sorry you couldn't come before Village Wine closed...
5th-May-2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
Did you go to high school in the eighties? Because then I am not so sure I approve.
5th-May-2008 09:02 pm (UTC)
PS - So, uh, my wedding in Mequon is off. I actually got the news the day after I told you I was coming, but decided it was too ironic to mention it immediately. Apparently, there is nothing for jinxing an engagement like getting you involved. ;)
6th-May-2008 04:47 am (UTC)

And what did I do to deserve that, pray tell? I haven't seen you around LJ land in a while, but I suppose that that makes perfect sense with everything coming to a climax for you at TAC. But I can't say how disappointed I am that we will not get excessive conversation opportunities on some summer day this year. Oh, Wheaton was so much more convenient to me....

So – I'm sorry, I know this is the evil question – but what are your current plans?
6th-May-2008 04:55 pm (UTC)

Ohhhhhhhhhmygoodness, that came off so much more harshly than I intended. I suppose this is what I get for trying to be clever on about 3 hours of sleep; at any rate, it wasn't mean tto be a personal jab (as I'm sure you've already figured out and excused, but I think we must do this the proper way).

Yes, I'm afraid I haven't been around much, mostly because "climax at TAC" means "not joking, drinking party every single day after March 9". It's definitely been more sucking the last marrow out of all my friendships (I am leaving that in there to show you that I habitually start awkward comments like the above but do occasionally catch them) more than actually hitting the books in any sense of the word... but today is my second-to-last final and tomorrow, we symbolically finish everything off with an exam over the attributes of the persons of the Trinity, the Incarnation, and the Sacraments, all, of course, as St. Thomas puts it.

And yes, I'm seriously disappointed, too. But I really would love to meet you some time and I do have several friends who are returning to the area next year - including one who is moving to Chicago - and I must admit I am still going through Chicago withdrawal four years after having lived there for one year - so it's likely I'll be in the area some time over the course of the next year, frankly. I figure we're fated anyway, so although I'm sad, I'm not losing too much sleep. :)

And it's not an evil question! - but only because I have a plan. Well, half a plan. Which won't fit in this box.
7th-May-2008 04:02 am (UTC)
No, don't worry: I'm Irish – I took it all in fun. It was just such pointed fun that I wanted to make sure you knew you'd succeeded in skewering me. :-)

I wrote multiple choice questions regarding Thomas' treatise on the Trinity over the last two days. This is harder than one might think.
7th-May-2008 04:22 am (UTC)
Q: Which is the first analogate of healthy?

a. urine
b. medicine
c. animal
d. food

It seems as though the true answer would always really stick out. I wanted to write a funny one, but I coudn't even think of one because my brain hurts so bad. We're in questions 33-36 and it's a lot easier than its earlier counterpart, but, man, ow. Some of that nasty junk about "principle" being said as a noun or an adverb just makes me smoke like nothing other, and I not only hate smoking but also have bronchitis.

7th-May-2008 04:29 am (UTC)
Eek. I had them read Questions 27 and 43: maybe we had it easier (though that was their first time reading Thomas, much less trying to think about something like "processions" in the Trinity).

Don't smoke. Nothing more repulsive-looking (much less smelling) than someone smoking. I want to think highly of you. And have you breathing easily. And not dying.
7th-May-2008 10:49 pm (UTC)
Don't worry. I've only ever smoked three cigarettes in my life, regretted all of them bitterly, and never inhaled anyway. :)
6th-May-2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
Evil Answer:

I have an internship next fall at the CS Lewis Foundation (the cslewis.org people), which is really just eight people in an office with a bichon frise and a whole bunch of famous professors in their offices around the country. I'm actually going with them to Oxbridge 2008, not so much to work as to "experience the environment" (SWEET!) for free (except the plane ticket and lodging - hey, still $4000!) and then will be at their office in Redlands (about two hours southeast of here, near Pasadena) working as a general office gopher, but mostly helping with the planning and running of a conference they put on in Texas in October.

It's full time, and it doesn't pay, which is a little awkward, but they do give me housing with a nice empty-nester couple who hopefully will also want to awaken their long-dormant desires to feed younger beings living in their house. I've got a job teaching for WISDOM homeschooling (out of Canada, what Francis did) online as a socratto many students and have real discussions over microphones and get to ask my own opening questions and things.

Then, in December, I will have no housing, no money, and no job, and it will be AWESOMELY EXCITING... okay, maybe not. I'm currently in strange negotiations with Wyoming Catholic College, where a friend of mine from TAC is the Dean of Student Life. His wife is Canadian and her papers just ran out, so they want me to take her job as Assistant for Woman's Life, Admissions Counselor, Person Who Does Everything in the Office, and Person Who Runs the Drama Program. I am thrilled about this possibility (as I really love WCC's program even more than ours), and would have taken the job but for the CSL foundation. Which is probably a blessing in disguise (even though I was rather upset when I first found out about it) because I am still trying to determine whether or not I would ultimately go nuts in another small Catholic community in a town in the middle of nowhere, even if it looks a little bit more reasonable than this one. ;) So we'll see.

Until then, I'm working maintenance on campus. Yay!

So how's your life? Any major changes? Whenever I'm irresponsibly gone from LJ for ages, you're one of the people whose pages on which I try to catch up (stupid grammar) but I haven't had the chance yet. Tell me of your life, O novak.
7th-May-2008 04:06 am (UTC)
Hm. I'll be watching to see how this plays out just as much as I watched you in TAC in order to see what that experience was like. As it turns out, your attraction to WCC might be as much of an enabler for us to hang out as anything else: I try to make it to Jackson at least once a year. In fact, this user pic is me and my Jackson buddy in Jackson: See? Isn't Wyoming fun?

More of my life later: I'm about to collapse from test-writing and essay-grading, and it's all I can do to just respond to you. (See? We honour one another well. Thanks for the kind last words there.)
6th-May-2008 04:40 am (UTC)
Maybe I'll rustle up a pic for you before too much longer.
6th-May-2008 04:49 pm (UTC)
In order to make me approve or to further convince me that the return of that decade in which I was fortunately too young to be responsible for my clothing choices should never be considered "retro" in a good sense of the word? (Okay, I think I might have hit the age of responsibility before stirrup pants.)
7th-May-2008 04:06 am (UTC)
I think you're making a pic more necessary, even if just to justify myself....
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