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Let’s say you are a very hungry and exhausted hobo and you’ve just jumped a night train. You’re able to get into a freight car. The car is mostly full of one thing and one thing only. What do you hope it’s filled with?

I hope it's this train. It looks so friendly.

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It’s nice having everyone in one state, THAT NEVER HAPPENS. In the race to get home on Tuesday, I beat Frances by a hair, and arrived in time to join the trip to pick her up from the airport. We’ve been spending a lot of quality time either eating or watching TV. God bless America! Sigh. What a good break.
My blog got a makeover! How about that. Frances made it look hip. Thank you Frances!
Some of the things I have done:
  • I went to a rollerskating party with my friend Cali. It was terrifying! All of these small children were shooting recklessly about the rink. Once I remembered how to skate, it was better.
  • We had Thanksgiving dinner at our Lentell grandparents’ house, and it was DELICIOUS. The turkey was so buttery and tryptophany.
  • I spent some time with Frances’ friends and we baked a cake using a yellow cake mix and a can of Pepsi. The middle was sunken in and it tasted how you would expect a cake made of such ingredients to taste, but let me share a proverb that I try to always live by: Cake is better than no cake.
  • I went on another free music binge and downloaded quite a bit of world music off Amazon. I’ve got some Hebrew, Arabic, French, Turkish, and Bollywood hits. There is plenty of music in English as well, but that’s boring.
  • I’ve been playing a lot of tug-of-war/rope-a-dope with Greasy. I mean, Gracie. I thought of kidnapping her and taking her back to OU with me, but Mom would probably disown me.
  • Last night we made frozen yogurt (yogurt + sugar + cold) and fried apple cider donuts. Frances did most of it. The only thing I did was cook the apple cider and later bob for donuts in hot oil. They were some pretty delicious donuts; I recommend asking Frances for the recipe.
  • I’m working through the third Harry Potter book in Hebrew. It goes REALLY slowly. And I keep getting hung up on words like “muggles” and “Privet Drive.” I’m getting better at it though, and my record is reading two lines without having to look anything up. Woohoo!
  • We decorated the Christmas tree! It looks magnificent.
  • Oh. Also I have been doing some (a lot of) homework. I have a test on Tuesday, a group debate on Thursday, and also two papers due on Thursday. And a paper due Monday. And then finals! I’m gonna diiiee.
I’m leaving tomorrow morning to go back to reality. Wish me luck!
anyone lived in a pretty how town
(with up so floating many bells down)
spring summer autumn winter
he sang his didn’t he danced his did.
Women and men (both little and small)
cared for anyone not at all
they sowed their isn’t they reaped their same
sun moon stars rain
children guessed (but only a few
and down they forgot as up they grew
autumn winter spring summer)
that noone loved him more by more
when by now and tree by leaf
she laughed his joy she cried his grief
bird by snow and stir by still
anyone’s any was all to her
someones married their everyones
laughed their cryings and did their dance
(sleep wake hope and then)they
said their nevers they slept their dream
stars rain sun moon
(and only the snow can begin to explain
how children are apt to forget to remember
with up so floating many bells down)
one day anyone died i guess
(and noone stooped to kiss his face)
busy folk buried them side by side
little by little and was by was
all by all and deep by deep
and more by more they dream their sleep
noone and anyone earth by april
wish by spirit and if by yes.
Women and men (both dong and ding)
summer autumn winter spring
reaped their sowing and went their came
sun moon stars rain
–e.e. cummings
It’s finally Tuesday! You know what that means. I have three more classes, a meeting with my Hebrew teacher, and thennnn I get to drive home! And my dear little sissy Frances is flying into Wichita tonight and I haven’t seen her in a while.
You know what a funny word is? Tubercular. Say it! I can’t say it without laughing, which is unfortunate because tuberculosis is no laughing matter.
No-Shave November is in full swing, and for those of you who don’t know what that is, it is where you don’t shave for the month of November. Then everyone compares their mustaches and beards and feels good about themselves. I am not participating, thanks to an unfortunate genetic disability to grow facial hair (thanks Mom and Dad), but many of my friends are. They are looking pretty scruffy, too. Cody wimped out a week ago because his “boss” said he “had” to “shave.” Whatever.
Is No-Shave November just an Oklahoma thing? I don’t remember if I heard of it before I came here.
Fun fact: In Mongolia, if someone sneezes, you’re supposed to say, “God bless you and may your mustache grow like brushwood.” I don’t know if that’s true (it probably is) or what you’re supposed to say to females.
Here is a man who built a birdcage or something out of his beard, and it includes a working door. It probably took him longer than a month to get this done. I think the beard is funny, but I think it’s funnier how excited the crowd is about the beard.

The torches on the walls went out, the two clocks stopped, and the room grew colder. There was a smell of old, unopened rooms and the sound of rabbits screaming. “Come on, you blob of glup,” the cold Duke roared. “You may frighten octopi to death, you gibbous spawn of hate and thunder, but not the Duke of Coffin Castle!” He sneered. “Now that my precious gems have turned to thlup, living on, alone and cold, is not my fondest wish! On guard, you musty sofa!” The Todal gleeped. There was a stifled shriek and silence.

(Name that book.)

If you had to eliminate one smell from the earth, which one would you get rid of?

As I’m sure you know, the current Cool Thing In The Sky is the Leonids meteor shower. Last night Cody and I joined Rachel and the Germans (they had been watching German Forrest Gump) and we stared into the depths of the universe. Actually, we mostly lay on the grass and said, “I think maybe I might perhaps have possibly seen one! Over there.” And we discussed the catastrophic possibility of the Big Dipper falling onto us from the heavens (threat level: orange! Be very afraid!). And the Germans whistled some opera for us. And a good time was had by all.

P.S. Frances, that falling star song will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day. Mwah hahaha!

I had such a wonderful weekend! I got to go HOME and see the family. Here are a few of the many glorious things I did:
  • Ate Mom’s scrumptious ginger pork, chicken-fried steak, creamed corn, and molasses bars. Wow, when I write it out, it looks like I spent the weekend at the Cracker Barrel. Well, I didn’t.
  • Renewed my drivers license. Three cheers for driving legally!
  • Cleaned out the Honda. Then cleaned off the Honda.
  • Played sneak-attack with the dog
  • Went out to lunch with Dad at a wonderful Thai restaurant. My pad thai was overwhelmingly spicy! My eyes were watering, so I asked the server for a glass of milk. She said they didn’t have any, and silently judged me for my wimpiness.
  • Dad took me to spend some quality time at Eighth Day Books, which is one of the best places in the world.
  • Mom took me shopping at Old Navy because she had a coupon for 30% off anything and everything and because she is amazing. I got several new shirts. Now when you see me, you will no longer say, “Caroline, you look like you fell out of the Goodwill tree and hit every branch on the way down.” I don’t know what you’ll say instead; you’ll probably comment on how classy I look, or how I only hit most of the branches.
  • I took Anne some lunch at school. We split a Dairy Queen chicken strip basket and talked about Louis Armstrong.
  • Oh, I also did laundry.
  • Lest you read this list and think I did a lot of stuff, please know that I spent a lot of time watching movies and TV and staring off into space and lovingly petting the cat and ignoring the cloud of papers and projects that is looming ever nearer. It was a blissful weekend.
A fun experience: last night while I was frantically trying to finish homework for my night class, I suddenly started receiving texts from strangers, telling me what superpower they would want (pyrokenesis and the ability to summon butterflies were my favorites). THEN people started telling me what kitchen appliance is their favorite. So I texted some of them back and ended up having several different conversations on a variety of topics (God, fish, Russian novels, X-Men, etc). It brightened my day. Oh, also, it was Cody’s fault.
This morning on the way to class, my friend and I saw a large hawk sitting on a low branch of a tree. I said, “Let’s CATCH it!” and as we were creeping up on it, it suddenly swooped over our heads to a different tree and we saw it was holding a giant rat in its talons. It was so majestic!