Tangle-Tongued Confusion and other stories

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Today I am...

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Feeling... kind of exhausted.

It's been the kind of afternoon where you sit down to blog, but first your computer crashes on contact with a flash card, and then your blog won't load, because the domain host is having some kind of issue. Also, three cups of coffee apparently weren't enough.

It's also been the kind of week where—well, first you're anxious constantly, partly because you're job hunting and partly because you didn't sleep much the previous week. Then, you discover you might as well go ahead and take the SAT, because if you get 580 or better on math, you can get out of the basic math requirement. Unfortunately, you don't discover that till you've already started the process to take a math placement test, which you then have to put on hold, which makes you feel like an idiot who is wasting a lot of nice people's time.

Also, you haven't been studying for the SAT, because you thought you weren't going to take it.


Anyway, I took a practice SAT yesterday—took it cold. No studying. The result of that experiment is that I will be studying math hard for the next week, because:

That's a 580 on math—just good enough.
Attained by missing mostly gridded questions, which aren't penalized.
We'll see if I can manage to equal or supersede that next Saturday.
As for the rest: yay for competing with seventeen-year-olds. :P

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Seeing... sunshine, and last Sunday's snow finally melting. Seven inches of snow is pretty impressive for us. I'm quite proud of myself for having gotten the car to church and back without destroying anything.

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Smelling... nothing, because I haven't put that loaf of bread in like I told myself I was going to. Maybe I'd better. Be right back...

Tasting... spicy Mexican mocha brownies, adapted from a recipe sent me by MissPhotographerB. It's a box of brownie mix made with a stick of melted butter (no oil), a tablespoon of vanilla, two eggs, 1/4 cup of water, 1 1/2 tablespoons espresso powder, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and an ounce of chocolate, finely chopped. The results were outstanding.

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Listening... to Hudson Taylor. This was a random YouTube recommendation, and a fantastic one. I'm loving this duo in general and this song in particular.

This is the view from the other side
Put down your weapons
Let's be defenseless

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Grateful... to have my husband home from Rome!

Also for how pleasant and helpful everyone I've spoken to at USU has been, especially considering how many times I've called them in tangle-tongued confusion.

Reading… Fiddler's Green by A.S. Peterson. Course requirements and freshman orientation material for USU. Anything I can find on understanding algebra. And these quotes from Mr. Rogers, who passed away twelve years ago yesterday:
"I believe that appreciation is a holy thing, that when we look for what's best in the person we happen to be with at the moment, we're doing what God does; so in appreciating our neighbor, we're participating in something truly sacred." —from his Commencement Address at Middlebury College May, 2001
Words to live my life by—written by the best of neighbors. Miss you, Mr. Rogers.

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If I fail next Saturday, it will be because I didn't have these two items
with me.

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Studying… algebra, as aforestated. (That is too a word, Blogger.)

Working on... "Clair de Lune." My piano teacher is amazing, natch.

Loving... Christie and Masha, who have talked me through a mountain of emotions this week. <3

Hoping... that I can handle work and school and life without coming completely unglued from reality, and without having to quit choir or blogging. ;)

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Maia: "I'll help you do your makeup. Or take pictures. Here,
swing that camera strap a little closer."

Happy weekend!


  1. Jenna, you will do just great, I know it. I know you are anxious and I fully understand how paralyzingly that can be. But I have great faith in you!

    Cute picture of Maia.


    1. Aw, thanks, Deborah! <3

      I liked the Maia shot, too. The perspective was fun. I'm still working on getting non-blurry, non-dark-or-grainy shots of her, especially with how low the light is in our house; pretty much no matter what I do, the camera warns me that the subject is backlit, and I haven't figured out how to adjust for that yet. But I'm learning the ropes, slowly but surely!

  2. Loving you too, Jenna!!

    You'll do great! I'm so happy Lou is back too..and WOW - 7 inches! Isn't that a sort of unheard of amount for you all!!! Glad you made it safely around town too!! It always takes me about half the winter to get back into the hang of snow-driving, and then I'm done again by March.. :p Ugh. Snow. Ugh.

    1. It was a LOT of snow for us. But as soon as I think about YOUR snow pictures, it doesn't seem like quite so much. ;)

      Still, "Ugh. Snow. Ugh." That's just about right. We have an inch today, and I want it GONE.


  3. Ah, holding the cat picture till last. Sneaky. :)

    I'm firmly of the opinion that math should not be required of people doing liberal arts degrees.


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