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16 June 2006 

Summer in the City

What a week can do. My first week back in Champaign has been a satisfying one. It hasn't gone too fast, and it hasn't drug on either, it's taken a nice amount of time, I feel like I'm enjoying life here and now, and not being rushed through things. Living in the moment, what a novel idea. Anyway, this week has seen the start of many things. A lot of bureacratic housecleaning, and I'm pleased to say that it appears as if the problems with the school are being resolved. I was assured by several people that my appeal would go favorably and they just approved my withdraw requests for last semester. So praise the Lord eh.

Classes and work also began this week, and so far, so good. Nothing much to report. Work is enjoyable and I think I'll have enough hours to pay all my bills (fingers crossed there) and I found a bus route that makes it really easy to get there and back with a minimal travel time. Classes are going to be interesting, but not very challenging. Almost all my grades are test grades, 80% of my political science class and 60% of my Spanish class. Joy. But neither seems like it will be hard. I'm enjoying the research that I'm doing for my History research class quite a bit. I'm studying the families which were involved in the War of the Roses and writing a paper on the family as a political unit in late medieval England. Which is a good deal more exciting than it may sound, at least it is to me.

For entertainment I've been playing World of Warcraft with Joey and watching the series Firefly on my computer. Firefly has really amazed me so far, great acting, great writing, great dialogue and storytelling. It is a superb series. It's also impressively deep; there are so many themes the show explores, its sci-fi, but also explores themes of family, loyalty, salvation, and mercy. I've been enthralled by it so far, and some of the one-liners it offers are hillarious.

"Do you know what the chain of command is? That's the chain I'm gonna get and beat you with until you understand who's in command here!"

Ha. I love it. Its a ship full of noble pirates, a priest, a prostitute, and a mental patient. Tell me that's not a reciepe for awesomeness. Ye. Ha.

And things with Mary are greatly improved. I think a lot of the confusion that we were going through last week has been resolved. We aren't back together now, but neither are we apart like we were. We've reached a good place where we can move forward with our individual lives and we're going to work on building the friendship side of our relationship while she's overseas and when she returns, we'll see where we stand. I think it will be hard not to be seeing her for the next 6 to 9 months, but I'm trying hard to view it as an oppurtunity to grow in many areas while we are apart.

So, that's my life right now, and probably for the next 2 months. It could be a long time, but it could also be a transformative time also. And I plan on taking it on, hour by hour. Fare thee well friends, adios!

Hey Josh!
It was good to read your posts and hear from you online about how you are doing. I have to say I am very encouraged by your posts, knowing that God is working through all those tough situations. He is faithful indeed!
Miss ya, my friend.


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