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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Pieces of Life

On School:

This is my last weekend to study for class for next weekend, and I'm not even close to being done. I know what I have to do, but I'm struggling with some concepts in Fundamental Theology, as I do not have any background in philosophy, save what I learned in High School. That was a long time ago.

On Technology (or lack thereof):

And it's going to be a busy day. Remember my cable issues from January? Well, even though all I have is local channels, the problem is just continuing. And even though I am constantly losing my service, I haven't called because I don't want to hear the useless platitudes about the line shrinking and expanding due to the fluctuating temps. But this week, it's been out since Monday morning. That's not a huge deal, since it's Lent, I've been working long hours all week, and all I wanted was the newst/weather/traffic in the mornings. I got the latter on the radio and just offered it up. But yesterday I called so they would make a note that I have no service, because I shouldn't be paying for something I don't have, even if it IS only $12.00 a month.

Well, the customer service rep this time told me that what the other reps have told me prior is compete BS, and that even though my cable line is currently fully exposed to the elements (not buried as it should be), I shouldn't have complete interruption in service. She explained that it would be reasonable to expect some pixellation and slight interruption with picture and audio, but not what I've had. So we did set up a trouble call. And of course, yesterday I had a signal again, and this morning I have the pixellation/interruption. Which in the past has actually preceeded a complete loss of signal.

They are coming this morning, where no doubt they will tell me that there's nothing they can do, etc etc.

What's really frustrating about this is that THIS is the ONLY complete weekend I have in February to do my work for class, Which is why I'm so behind in my work. EVERY SINGLE SATURDAY save today, this month, I've had to work. Meaning I'm working 6 days in a row. Yet Saturdays are typically one of the most productive days, homework-wise, because those are the days I go to the coffee shop to get away from home distractions. And I NEEDED that today. But no...I'm going to be sitting here waiting for the cable guy during my coffee/study time. And yes, I can still study, but only amongst the very distractions that slow me down. The dog, the phone, the house desperately in need of cleaning.

On Adoration, Celebration, and Lent:

And then I have Adoration, and then I'm heading out to celebrate my brother's birthday. It was back in early January, but our family hasn't been able to get together. And I'm going to make a confession; one of the things I gave up for Lent I'm going to have today because of the birthday celebration tradition my family has. So I'm giving up something alternative today. My brother is not really a practicing Catholic, and his birthday celebration IS important, so for today, although I feel very guilty, I'm going to just go celebrate and keep evangelizing him. Even though he doesn't realize that's what I'm doing. Please pray for my brother.

And yes, I'm a bad Catholic. Every Lent I'm a bad Catholic. And much of the rest of the year. Stop lecturing me...I've been doing enough of that to myself. Thank you.

General Synopsis:

So today will be a great loss in much of the study department, because I've got to run some errands and get a quick workout in before the cable guy appointment. I would be upset about not having time to lift weights again, but last weekend I tried to do too much and pulled a muscle in my bicep. It's not really recovered yet, so by pushing myself I caused the very setback I wanted to avoid. Oh, well.

Right now I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed, but extremely grateful that I will have Monday also to study as it is a holiday. No work! Woo Hoo! I can be a geek all day!

On the upcoming Benediction and my service at the altar:

Oh, and about the altar server thing with the it turns out, Father still wants me to serve. I went to tell him that he doesn't need to train me since I found someone. He actually looked a little disappointed, and of course, being a woman, I can't help but respond to an expression of disappointment, no matter how subtle. So naturally, I said uncertainly, "Um...unless you still want me to..." And Father suggested that the other server handle one portion, I'll handle the other. I agreed and just told him I'll do whatever he wants me to do, I just need to be trained. Instantly he was happy again. Father takes his Benedictions VERY seriously, and so I think he just wants to be sure all the elements are in place. Although I can't for the life of me figure out why he seems so interested in my direct involvement, but there it is. And I'm going to be obedient, and probably quite humbled to be that close to Jesus in a Benediction. And as I know there is certain sanctifying grace available from such participation, I see it as an opportunity to offer this grace for others.

But I'm very nervous and really hope I don't set my alb, the carpet, or Father's humeral on fire.


Cathy_of_Alex said...

It's just outrageous that they can't figure your cable out!

Yes, I will pray for your brother.

Adoro te Devote said...

Well, today he came by and told me that what I am describing he's heard 4 times already today. And so they believe it now to be a network problem which they are trying to identify. So I have an assignment...every time I lose service, I am supposed to call and give a time frame so maybe they can better pinpoint the issue.

He explained that they have particular junctions and sometimes things go bad there...not at the separate units on the houses that bundle at the building, but another one at the end of the block. Which I guess is logical. But they can't find the problem there, so maybe they can trace it via customer calls.

The good news for him is that he couldn't do anything, so it was a quick visit. And he was a real nice guy who actually seemed to care that this is a problem. I feel bad for him that he is so busy. (I know what that's like...I'm guessing his job and my last job as an insurance adjuster was very similar in frustration with workload, etc.).

But I'm more satisfied now that they aren't totally blaming the weather, but owning that it might be the network.

angelmeg said...

Fear Not (you will find those words or similar sentiment 365 times in the bible, coincidence?)

I took fundamental theology prior to any of my philosophy courses and did just fine. In fact I got an A in all three classes even though I still don't think I understand any of the philosophy, and would be hard pressed to call myself a theologian.

Trust in the Lord and absorb what you can, ask lots of questions of your professor, that's what his job is (I am assuming your professor is male, sorry if otherwise). Then pray like there is no tomorrow, and keep your sense of humor and proportion.