Thursday, October 04, 2007

More engagements

Congratulations to Carducci for getting engaged and stuff to that guy she's always hanging out with.

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, August 24, 2007

Back to School

We are all back here at the College. Classes have begun, and now the fun, or boredom, of summer is a memory.

And people need to post.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Happy birthday Ibid!!!!

That's really all I wanted to say. Appreciate this post, I went through a lot to write it, as did both Colins, Matt M, and Joe.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Let;s hit this off again.


Since the laast time I've posted, what has happened? Admittedly, not much has happened.

All last week I drove to work, which was nice, there is a certain amount of freedom in driving. I like to listen to radio as I drive and cruise along just a little faster than the speed limit.
it's a shame though, because all of the old classic rock stations that I used to listen to have bee n replaced with more general stations that I enjoy somewhat less. While Green Day covers of John Lennon are fine, I still prefer some old Stones or Lynnyrd Skynnyrd. Maybe some Madness if you're venturing into the 80's. It's too bad.

Also, I set up a website today. Here's the link. Those in the know should realize for what this is, though it is more general purpose for now.

In other news, I have officially decided that Ron Paul should be the next president of the United States. The man is awesome. Check out his definition on the Urban Dictionary. (Contrast it to Giuliani :P) That is sweet. Seriously though, the man is literally the only candidate running on smaller government, not larger. He's also the only one even paying lip service to the constitution. I appreciate that, and his voting record shows that he actually supports what he preaches. (I checked.) I respect that.

I can't think of any other news, but I'll be sure to keep y'all posted as things come up.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Inspired

PQ! You have inspired me like Henry V and his Crispian's day Speech! I too will say what has been happening.

We'll start with the mundane. I renewed my learners, which means I will i will have a valid ID when I get back from Ireland. Which means I will be able to do things like go have drink with my friends, see R rated movies, and other things of debauchery.

And Speaking of debauchery, I will be going to the Emerald Island in two weeks (in one week I'll be at Campus, starting the classes that will be held beforehand. I've been reading one of the books for the class, a novel called The Scorching Wind. Its pretty good, filled with Irish spirit. I'm really excited, both of traveling again as well as seeing old friends.

And speaking of old friends, RY and Maria got married this Summer!!! Hurray!! It makes me happy inside to see such happy people. One of the two was beaming like a lamp. Maria was smiling too. It really was beautiful. Ask anyone who was there. Beautiful.

And speaking of beautiful, I've been pretty creative this summer. I've completed what I hope will be the final rough draft of the movie I've been writing (I think I'm gonna call it De Profundis), and hopefully everyone will be able to read it. I've also written the Most Humble Man In the World poem I promised I would have written by the end of last semester (For SHAME!!) as well as a short story about a person freezing to death (not as good as Jack London, but still ok). In the field of movie editing, I've been editing together You Can't Take It With You for the College (Hopefully I will be able to finish burning it onto DVDs come Ireland time, so that I can give Julian his copy, maybe even get the school's copy to the library before the semester begins!! I just need to find DVDs big enough to hold the massive Acts. Anything for Christendom.

And speaking of Christendom, the Motu Proprio allowing wider use of the 1962 missal came out. I personally see a Trad Mass on Campus in the future, but there are other Church matters afoot. At my Parish, we've got a new pastor. He's 6' 8." That's an inch taller than Andy Bodoh. He's nice, but he's not as traditional as my mom and I would wish. Our parish used to be pretty traditional (you know, normal Parish structure, good strong pastor, semi-sane liturgical life), but now its kinda gotten a little rough. I'm worried, but we shall see. I wonder what will happen when I'm at school. . .

And speaking of School, I've been working here at the University of Maryland (College Park Campus) as a Help Desk technician, which means when people have computer problems, they come to us. Its fun, but a little hectic. Nothing that I'm not used to from working in the kitchen.

And speaking of the kitchen, I'm making (with some help from my family) dinner this coming Saturday night. It will be a remembrance of Rome, with that pasta sauce I made with whiskey and sausages, mozzarella green beans, and gelato, as well as other stuff. I'm kinda excited about this.

And speaking of being excited, I've been reading things for my thesis stuff, as well as the first half of The Idiot. I've been watching movies, and really think I should have Jalsevac hire me as movie reviewer for The Rambler.

I think that's everything. Anything else, ask me later.


Friday, July 13, 2007

NEED TO BREAK MALAISE..........done. (phew)


Ok, we need a new post to break the malaise, so here goes. I'm going to tell everyone what's been going on so far this summer.

In the beginning, I got back from school and immediately started fantasizing about building a computer. I needed a desktop and I wanted to build it myself. Two weeks and $800 (yikes!) later I got one built. It's a nice modern system with room to grow and is just somewhat overclocked. It runs ArchLinux and I'm slowly turning it into a test LAMP server.

Around the same time I got my old job back, and I started again with the re-imaging systems, testing installs, researching development tools, debugging code, and writing scripts. Of course this time, I took the time to learn PERL and everything is much easier now. I'm more productive which gives me more time to surf the net instead of actually doing work ;). The other major difference with regard to work from last year is that I now have to keep a daily log of my labors for it to count for my internship. Everything else about it is pretty much the same though I still ride my bike and I still sit in front of a computer the entire time, drinking coffee.

Early in the summer I also met with some of my old friends and associates from HFA. I talked with Tim Rohr, Andrew Steves, and Dex Curi. This was mostly through the HFA play this year. Other than that though, I've been mostly couped up at home/work. I need to get out more but most of my friends are out of town, which is a shame. I promise to visit the folks wandering around Christendom soon though, just because I kind of have to. I did get out for Ryan and Maria's wedding, and that was nice, though I didn't do that much socializing. I'm now back at home again, waisting away from perceived isolation.

In other news, some HFA alumni including myself are planning a bit of a reunion within the next year or so. Something to look forward to, though it still seems a ways off.

Also, my younger brother who is in the Boy Scouts is feverishly attempting to finish is Eagle Project before is 18th birthday which is in August. My other brother was home for a month from West Point also, and it was nice to catch up with him as well (Though to be honest, I was glad when he finally left).

Monday, June 25, 2007

Ry

Well, he went and did it. I was there. I saw it (which makes me a witness, I guess).

Ry went and got hitched, er, married, to Maria. For all those who were not there (I think only PBJ girl and Quia were missing from the chaplet), our little Ry was beaming. He looked sharp, his bride looked beautiful, everything went excellently.


Monday, June 18, 2007

Just so ya know...

I haven't posted on here in ages, I know, and I probably should more often, but hey, what can I say--I'm getting married in 5 days!

Anyhow, I'm letting you all know that I have a new blog of my own. I think I've decided to discontinue my LJ now and have all of my blogs in one place. So, here it is: A Grain of Ry

So, check it out! :P

Monday, June 04, 2007

Report cards

It came from beneath the stuff on Walter's desk. . .

My report card came on Friday. I was really excited about it before hand, eagerly waiting for it to come. Then I got it.
I didn't do as well as I had hoped. See, I did well enough, better than I did for other semesters for sure, but not as well as I had thought I was going to do. Does that make any sense?
Well, here's the result:

Shakespeare - B
20th Century American Lit - B
Historiography - B+
American Intellectual and Culture - A-
Modern Philosophy - C+
Apologetics - B

The one I'm saddened by is the Shakespeare, more because I had an A before the paper and the final. Which meant I did bad on either the final or the paper. I have a feeling it was the paper, in which case I would like it back.

But other than that, everything went well enough.

So how did everyone else do???

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

This is going to sound kind of weird. . .

Does anyone know what brand of shoes the pope wears?

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Summertime update

Good evening, and welcome to Summertime update. I'm your host, Pope St. Ibidem the Defunked.

Today, I'm here to give you my summer update, otherwise known as How I'm gonna Spend My Summer Vacation

I will be working again at the University of Maryland's business school as a help desk technician. This summer, however, we are doing all sorts of other stuff, so it should be interesting.
I'm reading The Idiot right now, but sooner or later I need to start researching for my thesises. I only have so little time.
Ryan and Maria are getting married. I'm so going to that.
Hopefully I can get an external hard drive soon. Otherwise, it will be a while before You Can't Take It With You will be edited together, since the rough footage of it alone takes up ~100 GB!
And of course (the big rub in) I'm going to Ireland. That will be fun. Then i have four days before going back to school. Then summer's over.

Sigh.

Well, thats all from me folks.

Until next time

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Summer

I just realized that I don't even know what everyone's plans are for the summer. So come on, let's have it. What's everyone doing this summer?

Right now I'm back home helping Bob clean up after the flood. If y'all would pray for us, that'd be super great. Our house is technically condemned right now because of black mold. But if we can get it fixed soon, we can still live in it. But in order to do that, we potentially have to deal with lead paint and asbestos tiles. So yea, all the prayers we can get. Plus I still don't have a car (that I theoretically am going to drive back to VA in) yet, so more stress. BUT once this all gets cleared up, it's back to VA and living at Colin & Sarah's for the summer while working as a handicap attendee and a driver for the canoe company in town. That should be a lot of fun. Plus Laura-friend & Mike's wedding and Ry & Maria's. Those should be a blast.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

The situation at hand

Alright world, here is the situation at hand, so to speak:

The Spring Romers all made it back to the country in one piece (Hey PBJ Girl and Carducci, welcome back!)

Classes are over for everyone as of 9:30 tonight.

Finals start this Friday; tomorrow is a study day.

Summer vacation (if you can call it that) starts by the end of next week.

Ry and his Marian idol are getting married soon.

I'm sure there's other things too, but those are the only ones I could think of off the top of my head.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Some Bragging


I just thought I'd brag. I wrote two 12+ page papers in four days and turned one in without footnotes. I got two A-. Yea.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Done with Marshner!

Ibid and myself have finished with Marshner. We took his presentation first day and now have nothing more to be graded on. Yeah. I'm going to go slack off now!

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Down Memory Lane In Siena

+JMJ+

Hey everyone! I hope your breaks are going well. Mine is full of that lovely little cold stuff called snow, ergo, I can't wait to get back to VA. Anyway, I was printing Rome pictures and came upon these one's that I just couldn't pass up to put on the blog. They brought back so many memories and I hope they do the same for you. Love you guys!


But my Little Leprechaun, why are you trying to escape and run away from me....I am sad! And Ibid, shame on you, you look so happy that he's trying to free himself. ;-)
And it's the Quia and the Jericho! Someone likes to smile for the camera and someone is like, "another picture? Come on, man, let's get this over with" ;-)
Yeah, yeah, so I didn't want CO to take my picture. Although, it could be that CO just wanted to take a picture of the guy tying to eat me from behind.....thanks a lot CO.....now I feel much better ;-) Ummmm.......right........Ibid? Normally I would say this is funny, but it's a little weird considering the fact that I just recently found this on my camra. (this is major blackmale for Ibid.'s future children.....something I would NEVER show mine ;-)
Awe! (someone hand me a tissue before I cry a river ;-)
Does someone love the camera or what? Looks like the little lady is not that interested....oh, well, we all still love her! Although, that smile looks as if she is about to pounce on the cameraman for continuously snapping pictures their way. ;-)
PQ, why such the sour face? Sick from all that gelato? (sadness!) Either that, or you're looking at the 20th couple we've all seen doing something inappropriate......hummm.....
Ah, look! It's "brother" Ibid. and his "sister" Quia! Don't they look related (they're not DON'T WORRY!)?
That's right, my love! Show those teeth proudly! You know they're so white! ;-)

Yep! This is Joe.......just lovin' life! Look's like someone's on Cloud #9.;-)

Oh, my Ibid! I think someone's had WAY too much sun!




Sunday, February 25, 2007

Stupid Blogger

So I had a post going awhile ago, it wasn't anything exciting. It was mostly just about how much the SAC ruined Valentine's Day and how our wonderful guys valiantly tried to save it. Um, I think there was a bit about the Mardi Gras dance. (Which was a bust in my opinion.) And a plug for Pirates of Penzance, which is a severely money movie. But as I was doing that, the compy I was on crash, and of course, blogger ate my post. It made me very sad and I didn't have the will to go on. . . at least with the post, that is. But I'm better now, so yea, Valentine's Day sucked because of the SAC, but the boys tried really hard, no one went to the Mardi Gras dance, so I left and watched Pirates of Penzance, which everyone should see. (I'm totally in love with the lead singer of Queen right now!)

Now that that's taken care of, the campus is once again covered in a blanket of whiteness. I am so happy about that. There's nothing like waking up to snow. *sigh* I really want to go to the river today, but everyone's studying for J-ski. Sad day. Carducci, you need to be here to walk through the woods with me!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

This Is dangerous


I'm doing my American government paper on Copyleftism and the free-culture movement. I've found much more material than I'd originially planned.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Picture of Ibid

I found one. :)

















And we have Little Mon, too.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Sadie Hawkins Dance In My Khaki Pants

Well, another semester, more of the 8 o'c in Rome. This time there's only two. Anyway, this is for you, Carducci and PBJ Girl, and of course, dear Peachy. (And Hich, too.)
The biggest news to report is the Sadie Hawkins Dance. I still can't believe that Christendom pulled it off. And it was a hit! A HUGE hit!

The members of the 8 o'c hit quite a few different decades.

The. . . 70s? I'm pretty sure that's what they were going for. Or 80s? Either way, Jericho's makeup scared me and CO was carrying a copy of the Communist Manifesto.


The 20s. Quia does a pretty darn good flapper and PQ's mustache was out of control.


The 40s. I looked like an airline stewardess. (I told people where the exists were regularly.) And Andrew looked like he was going to class.

Somehow there managed not to be a picture of Ibid, but he did 70s college student. He even shaved.


Just to confuse everyone, Andrea went with Matt and Liz took Gabe. They also did 20s as the cast of Singing in the Rain. Liz's wig makes me happy.


This time it was Dan who got all "bad companion."


Hurray for the 80s. Matt's red mohawk was sweet.


I love the 70s. Tyler's 'fro scared me. I couldn't look at him with a straight face the whole night. But it worked, he and his posse won the prize.


I disowened her when I first saw it. But the wig grew on me very quickly. :D


There were SO MANY hippies. This is but a small handful.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

My Grades



They finally came. The Grades are in. There is good news and bad news. The good news is that my overall GPA went up, now up to a 2.628 (working towards that 3.3 for Cum Laude). The bad news is that Italian was the sole grade killer this semester, and it did a number. Well, here, you can see for yourself. Remeber, I will be taking classes mostly in History and English from now on, so focus on those credits, and those types of classes.

HIST/ENGL/THEO/CECS 300 - Roman Perspectives B
HIST 301 - Art and Architecture of Rome and Florence B+
ITAL 101 - Elementary Italian D+
PHIL 301 - History of Medieval Philosophy B+
THEO 301 - Moral Theology A-

See, I did fine in everything but Italian. I guess I really don't do languages.

Oh Well.

HERE'S TO NEXT YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year from Peach

Well, dear friends, it's been an age and a day since I posted a blog for the Chaplet, but I wanted to take a rare opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

As you know I am not coming back next semester so I can complete my recovery from Lyme disease. While I do love you guys and miss you very much, I have decided I must take this course of action.

You see, when we are together again, I think we shall find each other much different while much the same too. God has taught you many things through Rome, but I too have learned a great deal from Him being home, and I have received many blessings and lessons through this illness. He has rewarded me with so much I do not deserve, I have discovered He makes things go better than we can possibly expect.

So, here's Peachy's ponderings for you all, and I hope God blesses you greatly in the coming year, and I wanted to add this from my previous e-mail:

Where the Lord closes a door, somewhere he opens a window, and here I believe many well-disguised blessings will reveal themselves from this disappointment; I can see a number of great ones from my vantage point already. As Henry V said, "We're in God's hands, brother, not theirs", but I'm in God's hands, and I firmly believe the Lord of History has both the present and the future well in hand, so I am confident that all will end very well for all of us. Besides, He loves us and He's on our side whether we know it or not.

However, I do have a favor to ask of you friends: just be the good Catholics Jesus Christ, our loving Lord and Savior, wants you to be each and every day. The campus really needs to see that we can love, forgive, support, defend each other like Christians ought to. So, when a brother's in need, you make sure that he's not alone, and you be right there for him no matter where you are or whose company you're in. I don't expect any of us to live this perfectly, we'll mess up. But I love you all, and no matter how stupid any of us can be, we're friends, and I'm gonna stick up for you. So, if someone's in trouble or getting a bad word, you can bet old Peach will back you up at least in Spirit if he can't be right there. I think it's important and I'm praying for you.

Keep fighting the good fight. Remember God loves us and He's on our side, even when we think things aren't going our way. If we just believe that He really loves us (He really loves me!) instead of picking daisies (he loves me, loves me not, yada yada yada), it'll carry us a long way and into things we couldn't have ever previously imagined.


Well, that's my hope, prayer, and message for all my dear friends for 2007. I'm terribly sorry not to be with you again this semester, but God has a plan and I know I'm in His hands, where I'd rather be than anywhere else! God bless, Happy New Year, and Merry Christmas!

Peachy

HAPPY NEW YEAR



HAPPY NEW YEAR CHAPLET CREW!!!!

May God shine forth blessings and things upon us as we enter 2007.

And may our faith remain when our physical bodies and sanity have faded to dust in the insanity that will be the next three semesters.

I'll see you in the psycho ward.

:)