Archive for January 2005


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Two more exams down, four more to go. It’s crazy having seven exams in four days, but at least they’re only midterms. Today I wrote Parenting and World Religions, two exams which I thought would be harder than they actually were. I’m more worried, however, about tomorrow’s exams, Biology and Law. Those are going to be crazy. I think I basically know the Biology stuff, but I can’t seem to keep any Law information in my head. I mean, when I write tests, I seem to know the stuff, but I can’t remember anything that I’ve learned. It’s like it’s there and it spills out onto the page, but I didn’t know it was in there.

Anyways, I’d almost like to say that I’m stressed out about exams, because that seems to me like it’s what I should be doing, but I strangely am not worried at all. It feels like I should be just because they’re important exams, it being my last year and all, but I’m really not stressed at all. Right now I’m just looking forward to getting out of work finally, and then spending some time at retreat relaxing and getting closer to God.

Just two more days of intense writing and hand cramps to go, and then my seventh semester of high school is over. I honestly have blisters on my thumb and my first finger because of my pen. And I shouldn’t fail to mention that since I’m left-handed, I have pen smudges all…Continue Reading

I Hate Coupons

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Read the above title over a few times. Take a real good look at it. Do you notice anything unusual about this statement? If not, read it over a few more times. Pay close attention to the words “I hate.” Now did you catch it? If you still haven’t caught the message, let me spell it out in clearer terms. I hate any and all customers that have come into Quizno’s with a coupon and therefore made me work an hour overtime. Got the message now?

Ever since the most recent set of coupons were sent out, we’ve had non-stop business. Kyle even wrote a message to Paul saying that we needed to have more staff on at nights, because we’re not getting our breaks (required by law) and we’re still getting out late. Even today, on a Sunday – usually the day with the least business – we made over $1000 with cash and Interac. That’s just unheard of at Quizno’s.

This is my third day working in a row, and the past two nights I’ve gotten out an hour late. And it’s all due to this coupon traffic of people saying, “Ooh, I’ve never been to Quizno’s! I should go try it out and buy six different subs to try all the different choices they have.” I can’t stand it anymore. That’s the main reason why I quit. I can’t handle getting out an hour late every night and then trying to study for exams or do homework…Continue Reading

Oh. My. Goodness.

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Okay, I just have to blog this before I head off to bed to die. I got to work at about 4:45 since my shift started at 5, and I saw that it was majorly busy. Since we just released a new bunch of coupons, everyone’s just decided, “Hey, let’s go to Quizno’s since we have these coupons!” I will never again doubt the mind of a marketer.

I ended up starting my shift about ten minutes early because I could see that everyone was rushing around to get everyone’s orders done. Within about ten seconds of when I walked back behind the counter, Rory asked me to get some stuff for him. And so it continued. There never really was a dinner rush like there normally is. It was more of a rush rush, where everyone just keeps coming in and there’s no end. Within about 10 minutes I knew it was going to be a horrible night. But alas, I didn’t even know half of what was going to happen.

Rory was only supposed to work until 7:00. But he decided, being the nice guy he is (and I’m not joking about that, he’s an awesome dude), to stay and help us out since we were still busy by the time 7:00 rolled around. He signed out so Paul wouldn’t get mad about paying extra, and then just stayed and did dishes and all the stuff we hadn’t had time to do while Kyle and I served customers.…Continue Reading

Pressure Cooker

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Well, today was a pretty “blah” day. I forced myself to sleep in until about like 10:30 or something, although most of that time I was only half-asleep. I didn’t sleep too well, and I’m not quite sure why. I suppose I was pretty stressed out last night. It was horribly busy the entire night at work last night and we got out about 20 minutes later than we were supposed to. And I even closed 15 minutes early.

But anyways, I decided that this job is putting way too much stress on me, especially during exam time. So last night and this morning, I decided to quit my job. I’m going to put in my two weeks’ notice today when I go into work. And then, two weeks from now, I will have that part of my life gone and done with. It’s going to be an incredible release of pressure, especially with all the new stuff I have to remember with this new contest thing we have going on. Everything’s just been piling up lately. Oh well. My youth retreat starts in 6 days. That’s going to feel just amazing, being able to relax and not think about school or work at all. Not too long to go, nope, not long at all.

But now I must be getting ready for work, so I have to go – this is my final two weeks and I had better make them good.…

First Day of Exams

Today’s been a strange day. It was the first day of exams, so we only had one exam today – English, in the afternoon. I planned to sleep in for a while, but I couldn’t, so I just got up at about 8:30 or so. Instead of studying like any good boy should do before an exam, I decided I’d rather learn the bass part for a couple songs. So I went downstairs and learned Time Will Change Your Heart by Blindside (good song) and Generation Lost by Rise Against (another good song). It was pretty cool.

Anyways, before my dad came home to pick me up to go to school, I ate some chocolate chip waffles. It was the only thing I could find to eat other than the plate of food in the fridge that I’m supposed to have for supper – in a few minutes actually. My mom is cool like that. She usually puts some food on a plate and puts it in the fridge for me if I have to work.

But yeah. I was kind of distracted last night and today. My friend was telling me about her friend that’s going through some hard times, so she was pretty worried about that. I promised to pray for her, and pray I did. I kept reminding myself to stop and pray about it, so I’d do that. So going into the exam, I had to force myself to keep focused so I would get it…Continue Reading

Some More Shtuff

Once again, I have nothing really to post. Today was the last day of school before exams, which I’m not too worried about. They kind of snuck up on me actually, but I’m pretty confident that most of the information is in my head and that the rest I can shove in there from my notes in the next couple days.

Anyways, since I have a lack of interesting things to talk about from today, let me continue on in my spiritual mode. It’s really been on my mind lately, and since there aren’t that many people that I could tell that would be interested in what I have to say about it, writing it in my blog will have to do. The fact is that I’m excited about what has been going on in my life whether anyone else is. And the more amazing thing is that I’m just coming up to a youth retreat starting this next coming Friday, which is usually a source of spiritual revival in my life. The fact that I’m already revived can only mean that it’s going to get better – an awesome thought.

On January 2nd, the guys in our youth group got together during our weekly youth service and started talking about goals. Since our church had just started this 90 day Soul Journey, Pastor Dave was asking us questions about some spiritual goals that we had for the next week. Knowing that my biggest problem was the problem of actually…Continue Reading

My Life

Today was a pretty reflective day for me. People, for the most part, ignored me, and I didn’t really care, because I was too busy thinking anyway. I found it hard to concentrate, actually, since my mind kept wandering. It’s horrible trying to think about something you don’t want to when your brain is trying to think about something it wants to think about. But anyways, I got to thinking about a few things.

I suppose the biggest thing that’s been on my mind lately has been noticing the changes in my life. Some of these were brought about by sheer self-will, although I’m sure most of it was brought by divine aid – or perhaps a better way of putting it would be that I was divinely aided in developing my self-will. But being completely honest here, I’ve noticed myself becoming a different and better person. Sometimes it’s been so subtle that I’ve barely noticed it – and yet it’s there, and it makes me feel awesome every time I realize what I’m doing.

The first area this has been in is the area of sexual purity. It’s not so much a physical battle – the pressure to have sex isn’t that great in a school of 22 Christians – but rather a mental battle between the lust of the flesh and my desire to do what’s right. My eyes are saying, “Wow, that’s gooooood,” while my mind is saying, “No! Turn away now!” A while ago, the eyes…Continue Reading