Toothpaste for Dinner comic about grad school

Application Aggravation

It’s been a busy past couple of weeks for me. I’ve been hard at work doing all the necessary steps toward applying for grad school. I realized the other day that I haven’t written anything about this process, so I figured I’d take the opportunity to do so now.

The first thing to know about applying to grad school is that it is a lot of work. I think this is actually a secret test of whether people are ready for the rigors of grad school; if they get through the application process, they’re ready. There are many steps to the process, and most of them have to be done simultaneously. Luckily, I think I am actually nearing the end of the process.Continue Reading

Sixth birthday of Disjointed Thinking

The First Six Years

Today marks the sixth anniversary of my blog. Six years! I can’t believe it’s been that long. Well, in some ways, it feels like I’ve had this thing forever. In Internet years, it’s on the verge of becoming a senior citizen. So before I go further in this post, let’s raise a celebratory glass of any liquid you’ve got handy and toast to a wonderful six years of randomness, irrelevancy, and just a hint of honest sincerity. Truly disjointed thinking if ever I saw it. Here’s to another six years!Continue Reading

Isolation, Obession…and Buttons!

Yesterday was fairly uneventful. I didn’t do much of anything until soon before 8:00 PM, when I headed over to Jake and Luke’s house for Luke and Julie’s engagement party. When I got there, I was greeted by Mr. Dreyer, their dad, who told me that the dinner that several of the people were at was going really slowly – which meant that I was the only one there. To save an awkward situation, then, he asked me if I knew how to play chess. I said that yes, I did, though I hadn’t played it in a long time. So he got out a chess board, and we started playing. I actually had the upper hand. Soon Melissa arrived, and then after that, Dave and Jeff came as well. Once Bethany Dreyer arrived, her dad said that he had to leave, so the game ended with no one being declared the winner. I was a little disappointed, just because I would have been able to tell Jake that I was better than his own father, but my disappointment was somewhat diminished when I reminded myself that it was, after all, just a game of chess.

After more people arrived, the excitement level fluctuated slightly, possibly even registering on the Excitement Meter. I’m not entirely sure about that, though. It wasn’t a real lively party at all. People basically sat around and talked and stuff, and then when that got boring, someone would get up and join a different circle…Continue Reading

Maturity, Growth, Mercy, and Grace

Today’s entry should be short, because not much happened last night. I worked from 5:30-9:30 PM, so it conveniently cut out the time I sometimes spend hanging out with my friends on Sunday nights. Whatever. When I got home, there was a message from Jeff, but since I didn’t feel like hanging out anyways, I just didn’t call back. Besides, I don’t have his cell phone number written down. Anyways, work was alright. I was working with a guy named Eric, who seems pretty cool, besides being a bit crude like most guys are. The important thing that happened last night was that I got to know some of the people there a bit better. Eric told me a few things about the people there – a few of the things he said were bad, but a few were good as well, so that may help me in the future. I just still feel like “the new guy” right now. After all, someone called me that last night. I still don’t “fit in,” but I know that it will come with time; I just have to be patient and keep getting to know people.

Anyways, as I mentioned in the last entry, yesterday I talked to Pastor Al about the Bible study and how best to set it up. I suggested doing it on Thursdays at the church if it was free then, so he was going to check into that. At lunchtime, my mom asked me what Pastor Al…Continue Reading

Parties, Parks, and Plans

Yesterday was pretty cool. It was a lot better than I had expected it to be, anyways. I slept in as late as I could, and then got up, hoping that someone would call me to do something with me. Since I worked Friday and today, I was hoping yesterday that someone would want to do something with me so I could actually do it and not have to say, “Sorry, I have to work.”

Lunch rolled around, and no one had phoned. By this time, I had remembered that Melissa and her friend Lisa had told me they were doing something with Jake and me. I figured that they would have phoned me up by that time, though. Eventually, around 2:00 PM, I decided I might as well call Melissa and at least see what was going on there, so if nothing was happening, I could do something else. We ended up talking for about an hour, mostly going back and forth about saying how bored we were and trying to come up with something to do. Jake got off work at 9:00 PM, so the plans that Melissa and Lisa had were basically off, at least until then. Anyways, she suggested that we phone people up and have them over at my house since no one ever comes to my house. I told her that there was a good reason for that – there was nothing to do at my house. The last time people were over, they…Continue Reading

Conversations

This past week has made me think so much more than most other weeks. Tonight was no different; however, tonight I missed out on something great.

It started with youth at Central as usual. Pastor Rob shared a devotional on Romans 1 and Paul’s three “I am” statements. First of all he said, “I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to wise and to unwise.” (v. 14) Basically he was saying that he had a debt that he had to pay back – preaching the gospel. He was indebted to preach it to everyone he came in contact with. Then he said, “So, as much as is in me, I am ready to preach the gospel to you who are in Rome also.” (v.15) That’s pretty straightforward, but it’s still powerful. He knew without a doubt that he was ready. Finally, he said, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.” (v. 16) Pastor Rob basically said that we should strive to put those three statements to practice in our lives and make them our own. Are we a debtor? Are we ready? Are we unashamed?

That really stuck in my mind, probably because I couldn’t say those things about myself. I’d like to, but I’m not at that point yet. So, after youth, we went out to Tim Hortons and were…Continue Reading

The Good, the Bad, and the Clumsy

I’m not even quite sure what to say about yesterday. Everything was going pretty well, and then right at the end of the night, something horrible happened that just made the whole day a complete failure. In light of that, I don’t really want to talk too much about the good part of the day. I guess I will anyways, though.

About 11:30 AM I got a call from Jeff. He told me that Kristy and Erica had both ditched us – since we had been planning to hang out together. He asked if I still wanted to do something, and I said sure. He came by in a few minutes and picked me up, and then we went to Wal-mart so he could get some Auto Febreze for his car to make it smell nice. We walked through the automotive section and couldn’t see it, so then we looked for it under Household Cleaners and didn’t see it there either. After a while, Jeff just said to forget it, and we went to leave. On the way out the door, there it was – sitting on a shelf display in one of the aisles. It was pretty strange. So he paid for it and we headed out. He sprayed it inside his car, and because it was still wet, we got it all over our clothes when we got in. Oh well. So we smell like Auto Febreze – who cares?

After that, we headed out to get some…Continue Reading