Monday, January 28, 2008
  Like I said...
I knew I would pay on Sunday for my 4-day weekend.

It's 3 a.m. and I'm still awake. I have to be up at 7. Chris just came to check on me. Cutie.

Anyway, on top of that, I've been working on a from-hell assignment that I'm going to just have to turn in as-is. I have 2 of a minimum 3 pages. Thankfully, it's just the first draft of a paper that's due Wednesday, but he's going to grade this draft too, so that's not really much of a consolation. Hopefully the final will count as more, and hopefully I'll get more of a clue of what I'm doing tomorrow so I can actually write it decently on Tuesday. The assignment is something like: we read this paper for another assignment. Then we read a second paper for another assignment. For THIS assignment, we have to say what we think the author of the second assignment would analyze the argument of the first assignment, tying all of his analyses into the whole shebang as well. Yeah, complicated.

I've been working non-stop since 5 p.m. with only a half-hour break to eat dinner and watch The Simpsons. First finished my mega time-consuming TESOL homework, then read the second half of Midsummer Night's Dream, then re-read everything for tomorrow's test, including Plato, Aristotle, and Longinus (them thar are page-turners!), then did this paper (not very well).

But yeah, I've reached my limit. At 3.5 hours of sleep, I risk not waking up with the alarm, so I should probably hit the sack now. Maggie has been keeping me company this WHOLE time. She's such a good buddy. I sure am going to miss her when she goes to live with Patty, but I'm glad she's stayin' in the family, if you can call it that. :)

Grr! Why does everything have to fall tomorrow?! Out of the three classes I have tomorrow, I have tests in two of them and a really difficult assignment due in the other. F-U-N.

Anyway - nighty-night!
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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States


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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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