A few things this evening -

1. Jerry Sloan, who has coached the Utah Jazz since forever, resigned today (see what happens when I abandon the internet for a day?) Coach Sloan was one of the classiest, hard working coaches in any sport ever and I'm going to miss him a lot.  Another piece of my childhood passes on.

     1a. You know, this is one of the moments that it really pisses me off that Sloan never won Coach of the Year (even though there were a few times that it should have been his).  But he never was bitter about it - so I guess I shouldn't be either.

      1b. Same goes with the Finals.  As they say - we was robbed (I'm really bad at letting things go - so's my mom.  It's a family trait, I suppose).

2. I missed last week's "The Big Bang Theory," so I caught up today on the DVR.  I almost got a little teary-eyed with Sheldon's performance as his mom bidding little "Shelly" good-bye as he departs to the 23rd century with Spock. *tear*

    2a. But what in the name of Captain James Tiberius Kirk was up with this week's episode and Leonard re-enacting "The Graduate?"  Has Leonard taken up the role of slut boy nerd or something?  Weird...

3. I had two of the biggest book orders come in the last few weeks (I still have about five more books to catalog).  And there is some dang good stuff in there.  Expect reviews.

4. Watching "CSI" - Nick Stokes is too gorgeous for words.

5. Just got an announcement from my YA services class - now I get to learn how to write a paper in report form.  Yeeeeeeeeaaaahh...
CSI was on tonight, but it was a rerun from last year.  That being the case, there will be no rehash this week (I consider myself a forward thinking person).  Suffice it to say, someone was killed, Brass said something funny, Doc Robbins looked exasperated, Grissom and Sara flirted, Nick looked hunky and the "pleasure provider" did it (well, she did 1/4 of it - this is the one with the washed-up boxer that lives in "The Best Little Whorehouse in Vegas" - shameless Jimmy Stewart film plug there - dies of drowning, an allergic reaction, snake venom and an arrow wound.  Yup, another regular day at the Las Vegas Crime Lab).

All jokings aside, there is something of a more serious nature I need to discuss (but it's a good thing, don't worry).  First off, I've made a rather important decision that will affect my life for approximately the next two years and I want to share it with my flist.  I have decided to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

I've been thinking very seriously about this for the past year or so, ever since I found out that I could graduate in 2007 rather than in 3007.  Before then, it had never been something I'd ever planned on doing, but it's a very viable option for my life right now.  I'm done with school, I don't have a boyfriend, I don't have much tying me down and, most importantly, I feel like this is something I need to do in my life.  My faith has always been very important to me and a very critical part of my life, especially since I graduated from high school.

You hear a lot of times about people who, once they turn 18 and are legally adults, turn away from their faith and "grow out of religion," as though religion is this childish thing, like watching Sesame Street or playing with baby dolls.  For me, it was exactly the opposite.  I always had a testimony that the church was true, but I needed to know that it wasn't "just" my parents and my church leaders "making" me think that.  So, a few years ago, I went through a very personal and soul-searching time where I decided that the faith I grew up in was indeed the true gospel.  My adult years (few though they may be) are actually the time when I started to learn so much more about the gospel and begin to understand it at a deeper level.

For me, a mission is going to be a chance to share something that I value and treasure with all my heart with other people.  Some may reject it, but others will be touched by the Spirit and gain their own testimony.  Granted, this is going to be hard for me, but I believe that this is going to be a great experience for me.

Sister missionaries spend 18 months dedicating themselves completely to the work (as opposed to the guys who serve two years - hey, guys need to be kicked in the pants a little harder than the girls do.  That's 'cuz we're wonderful ^_^).  Missionaries have to follow strict rules in appearance, conduct, where they are, what they see, etc.  Seeing how this is the case, this LJ will be on hiatus as of the day I leave for the Missionary Training Center.  I might have access to Internet, but that will most likely be strictly limited to e-mailing my immediate family and nothing else (depends on what my mission's rules are).  But don't worry, it won't be for a few months.  There's a lot of paperwork and things to get ready for before I actually leave (and there's that little issue of actually getting The Call in the mail that tells me what far-flung area of the world I'll be assigned to - that's probably the most nerve-wracking part, not knowing where I'll be a few months from now).

In the meantime, I'll keep everyone posted on how things are going.  I have papers to fill out, doctor's appointments to go to, clothes to buy and a lot of really, really exciting things that I never thought I would do.  But I can't forget why I'm doing all this: it's to bring people to a knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ and His love for all of us.  I hope you all understand how important this is to me and to so many people who have served missions or who have loved ones who have served missions.  I'm excited to be doing this!

Okay, got to get some sleep now.  I'm going to Hurricane tomorrow for my brother's playoff football game (I don't know if they'll actually win, but it's a trip with the fam) and then I'm going home for the weekend so we can celebrate [profile] adjie1026's birthday (which is tomorrow - Happy Birthday Dirt Clod! ^_^ \/ ) and so I can get started on all the mission stuff I have to do (eeeee! I'm going on a mission!)

ETA: Okay, I've given it some thought and I figured out what I could do.  Since I'm a horrible letter writer, I think what I'll do is give [profile] adjie1026 my password and username (she's my sister, I trust her) and have her monitor my LiveJournal while I'm on my mission.  When I write to her, I'll include a paragraph or so that she can post just for my flist.  Idk, I don't want to leave you guys out of all the news and whatnot.  It may not be fandom-related or whatever, but it might be fun.  A lot of my flist (okay, all of you) are actually my friends beyond fandoms.  If you'd rather not hear about it, comment on this entry saying so.  I'll set up a mission flist and put those that want to get mission updates from me on it and I'll tell my sister to post there.  Just so you know, those'll be the only updates anyone gets from me for 18 months.  If you're not on the filter, you'll just see a big "I'm On Hiatus" post the day I leave and wonder where the heck I disappeared to the rest of the time.

If I don't hear from you, I'll assume you want to be on the mission flist
It's a day late (my brother's final regular season high school football game EVER trumps fandom), but this is why networks put recent episodes online (and I guess it's a good thing that my "boss" told me he doesn't need me until 1:00 today *sigh*).  CSI today:

Who am I kidding?  The Devil is a registered voter in Las Vegas.  Plenty to talk about but first, CSI tonight. Rehash and spoilers ahead.


In other news, I got a call back from the city. I applied for the the Executive Secretary and they want me back for a second interview!   Plus, I got quite the heart-warming phone call from my dad.  My family's coming out for the weekend and my sister, [profile] adjie1026 , said she wants to hang out with me (awwww... I'm touched).  I think we're going to go to the Laura Ingraham book signing at the Barnes and Noble on State Street.  I'm almost through with her new book "Power to the People," which has been fantastic so far.  I'm really excited to meet her, though I'm sure I won't be able to say anything remotely coherent when I do (I'm such a dork :]) 
Oh boy, I have not one, but two job interviews on Monday.  I know that one's at 4:30, but I'm not when the other one is going to be.  Please let one of these be gold, please!

In more lighthearted news, I was watching "Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?" and the contestant was up to the $500,000 question (which is one away from the million dollar question).  The question was "The Hundred Years War was a conflict between England and what other country?"  I, in my Henry V reading, World History studying, general scholarly geekness was screaming at the TV "FRANCE!!" (also, this contestant had just graduated valedictorian from a private high school), and I figured that she knew this.  Wouldn't you know it, she guessed Spain. (oy... St. Crispin's Day speech, anyone?

(DUDE! Josh Bauer is Horatio Caine's son on CSI Miami - I guess the boy band gig didn't work for him.  Pity.)

And here's the CSI rehash.  Spoilers, of course.

CSI premiered tonight.  And there are spoilers.

Premiere Week continues, this time with CSI.  Which, last season's cliffhanger was just mean.  Four months of wondering if Sara lives or dies is almost as bad as ten years of debating whether Harry Potter lives or dies at the end of book 7.  While I despise and detest the Grissom/Sara ship (it's one thing when the fans come up with these batcrap-insane pairings, but it's something completely else when they actually become canon - yes, I said "batcrap."  Deal with it.), I never said anything about offing Sara.  If she does die, it'll kinda, sorta suck.  Plus, all this *inviso-finger quotes* "GSR" (...the hell--? o_O) angst keeps the story away from the handsomeness that is Nick Stokes, which I do NOT appreciate.  At least Yahoo had a picture of Marg Helgenberger (Catherine Willows) on it's big front-page promo.

[Slight off-topic rant, but this has got me going, especially with some of the ships that I've encountered in various fandoms that just irritate me.  Y'know, just because two carbon-based lifeforms make eye contact over the course of a season doesn't necessarily mean that they're hopping at the chance to get into each other's beds.  Some of this "OTP" stuff has gotten out of hand.  Not saying it's bad or wrong, necessarily (whatever melts your butter, I suppose), but please think about which characters you're shipping.  Some element of plausibility would be nice.  Why can't two characters just be really close friends (or really hated enemies - goes back to plausibility) and that's it?  Now that I've made more than a few people mad, let's move forward.]

But, in the spirit of "When it Rains, It Pours," remember how I'm slightly unemployed as of tomorrow?  Well, on Sunday, I got an e-mail from a real estate company looking for an assistant and I set up the interview for 6:00 tonight (hopefully it won't take two hours so I can get home in time for CSI, but I digress).  Then yesterday, another real estate company called and asked if they could meet with me today at 4:30 (that was the only time they could do it).  Soooo, right after work, I'm off to one interview and then I'll be on the road for another one and then it's home.  Plus, I went to this temp agency yesterday and got signed up on their system and they called this morning with a temp position for today and tomorrow, but I had to turn it down because I'm still working this job until Friday (heh... forgot to mention that minor detail... my bad...)

It's like that song "Lucky Man," by Montgomery Gentry.  You curse the rain and then complain when the sun's too hot.  A few days ago, I had no idea what the heck I was doing, but now I have the problem of having too many offers and I don't know which one is the one for me.  Oh well, that's how life goes.  At least I'm getting offers (and "No, but thank you anyway" is always viable and professional option).

Anyway, job hunting and then CSI tonight.  Good times. ^_^

(before anyone tries to sue me over my subject line, I am not affiliated with The Brothers Chaps or HomestarRunner.com.  It was a fitting for this post, that's all.  Yes, I have the same kind of condition that KSL Radio has when it comes to pissing people off - it's called Backbone Impaired.  I'll explain that little rub some other time.  Ooh, keepin' you interested, aren't I?  Okay... mebbe not...)
Leaky posted a new quiz today that records your predictions for book 7: The Ultimate Deathly Hallows Predictions Exam.  The idea is that you fill out each question (Will Harry live? Will Voldemort live? Who's getting married? that sort of thing) and then when the book comes out, you can go back and see how good your powers of prediction (of course, we know that I'm going to score 120% simply based on my "Audrey is Not Dead" "24" predictions -- and I never even started a website! ^_^).

The problem is that it takes 10 minutes between pages to load.  I know exactly how I want to answer nearly every question, so it takes me less than thirty seconds to fill out, but an eternity to get the next page to load.  Oh well, it'll all be worth it in the end.  They're supposed to be doing a new section every 20 days until July 21, so I'm hoping that they get all these nasty kinks worked out soon.  In the meantime, I'm periodically checking there while I post so I don't look like I'm completely screwing off in the library two weeks before the semester ends.

In my defense, I was trying to do research on a presentation I have to give next Thursday for Prose Fiction.  We're reading a short story by Ursula K. Le Guin called "Texts."  If you don't know, Le Guin has written the Earthsea series and other children's fantasy/sci-fi, but she also writes things that the academic literary community likes, which is why she's anthologized in college textbooks and she shares a category with JK Rowling, which most academic writers would slit their wrists before they had to do that.  In fact, I'm trying to find this essay she wrote "On Despising Genres," but I can't get it without shucking out $11 that I simply don't have for an e-book that I read the hard copy of, but didn't like so much.

My problem with this is that "Texts" is such a little known piece, compared to Le Guin's speculative fiction and fantasy, that nobody's written a critique or analysis on "Texts" that I can use.  In the grand tradition of literature presentations/papers, the word of one writer is crap unless someone else has said the exact same thing before.  I'm thinking of just saying that I couldn't find anything, but does anyone have something to say about this piece?  Heaven knows I have plenty to say about it, but if we could get a sort of Canon-Conundrums-type debate going about this in class, that could be fun (not to mention a happy slap to the academic hard-noses -- hey, I'm graduating, I'm entitled to a little ribbing ^_^).

And last night's CSI was just a recap of all the miniature killer cases.  Not that I don't enjoy a little refresher course (and Grissom on a hunt for a drugged-up rat that burst out of a drowned body on the autopsy table -- never eat dinner while you watch CSI), the lack of Nick and Greg eye-candy made for a sad Wildcat.  Maybe the killer will call Hodges' cell next week.

Love from,
Jenny Wildcat

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