Tuesday, January 27, 2009


I don't really have anything to say right now. Usually I try to avoid mindless posts, but I feel like I'm neglecting my blog, and surely even mindless posting is better than that?


Today I did basically a lot. School (speech, yay...), then to the mall with Josiah to acquire a pair of Converse. Josiah convinced me to take him not only to the playground at the mall, but the park as well. That was... stressful. He thinks he can climb everything, but his little legs don't really reach half the places. I had to catch him from a precarious height once, and then I decided it was time for home.

Back to speech class, though, I have to do an Introductory speech. Roughly translated, that means I get to stand in front of class talking about how boring I am. Exciting.

Next up: Geology. Such fun.

Friday, January 23, 2009

el zoo

The zoo pictures are up on Flickr. The ones I took with a camera are here, and the ones I took with my phone (the battery died, okay?) are here. There are a couple videos in that second set; I'm planning to upload the other three when I get to a super-freaky-fast internet connection.

Right now, however, I'm going to sleep.

so it's official

I'm leaving for Scotland at 3:30p on April the 2nd. Actually, I'll be going to Amsterdam for a stopover and THEN we'll head to Scotland.

The schedule is kinda wacky with all the time zone changes, but I've finally sorted it all out.

We'll leave Houston at 3:30p (as previously stated) in CST, April 2nd.


Arrive in Amsterdam 7:50a in CET, the next day (the 3rd). Thankfully, the flight won't be 16 hours long. Going through the time zones, we added a few hours, and actually it'll only (only?!) be 9 1/2.

From there we'll fly to Glasgow at 10a and arrive half an hour later (after dropping an hour, it'll really be an hour and a half alter). All in all, I'll be in a plane approximately 11 hours, and manage to lose half of Friday in the process. The good thing is that when I come home, I'll have extra hours to sleep... or not.

Anyway, I'm excited about the whole thing. Yay for flying across the ocean!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

i want a slide..

Why, oh why must Google be so awesome? It's not enough for them to be just the best search engine/everything else in the world wide web, they have to be awesome to work for TOO.

I mean, look at where they work:
Totally not fair. Here's more pics >> (click)

There's some internship Google offers for the summer, but I have to be enrolled in a 4-year college (which I'm not) so meh. Maybe next year? Though the chances of me actually GETTING the internship are slim to none. Still doesn't hurt to try. AND I'd get to be in California for a couple months. How awesome is that.

Now I have something to look forward to. :D

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

in the swing

Second day of classes: Tuesday/Thursday classes have started. I had Calculus II (which is a really random class to take for me) and Speech.

My speech teacher is from the Caribbean, and as such she's got a cute accent. The class is full - we'll see how full it is by the drop date - and there are a couple maybe interesting people in it. Prisner, the teacher, had us introduce ourselves with our names and majors. I told her the truth: I was an engineer, but now I'm not sure; maybe graphic design?

She looked slightly amused and said, "Engineering, design - I suppose there's a connection there.. somewhere..."

There's not. I informed her of this.

Also today, I had to buy my American Lit 2 book (the course for which I am taking online). I went to the shelf, only to find it empty - and the last copy in some chick's hands. She saw me looking, and the conversation pretty much went like this:

Her: "Have you taken American Lit before?"
Me: "No, this is my first time. I guess you have the last book...?"
Her: "Yeah.. "
Me: "Wanna fight over it? :D"
Her: "...................."
Me: "I'm kidding, sorry."

She later decided she didn't want it, and gave it to me (I had decided to stand in the next aisle to see if she took it or not. There was some discussion between her and her friend about whether she even needed the book).

So now I have all my books. And a serious lack of major.

Monday, January 12, 2009

the internet is for online classes

I'm taking two online courses this semester, a First-Eight-Weeks American Govt 2 class, and the full semester American Lit 2 class.

They made us introduce ourselves (for a participation grade!!!).

This is what I put:

Hi, I'm Tiphanie. I used to be an English major, then I turned to the dark side (engineering), though now I'm not really sure what I am. I'm considering quitting my day job and doing the vampire thing part time. People tell me, however, that that's not really an option. My next bet is graphic or interior design - anything that gives me an excuse to draw and paint in inappropriate spaces, like walls, business cards, or your face.

apologies in advance,

On my Govt discussion board, most of the class are annoyingly happy women. About half are pregnant. THey talk!!! like this!!!! And they're just so incredibly excited about this course!!!!!1!one

It's okay. I'll live.

Saturday, January 10, 2009


The past couple days have been crazy.

Start off with going to Sarah's house, going to eat and to the mall and shopped (til I dropped, I think Sarah could've kept going), and not getting home til close to eleven pm.

Add staying up until two eating ice cream.

And waking up at 6:30 to meet everyone - going to the Natural Bridge Caverns and then to the Alamo, and not getting back to my truck until seven.

Mix in the lack of caffeine, the disappearance of my keys (which were found in the seat of my unlocked truck that had been left in a park-and-ride), and the unexpected cold and maybe the picture might be a little clear.

But I had a lot of fun - and now I've decided I need to go discover my own cave. Free of rules and tour guides!

Pics here: Natural Bridge Caverns

Thursday, January 8, 2009

cats like warm kids

I came across this before the holidays and thought it kinda neat. A group of wild kitties keep a lost boy alive.

Two (scientific or notsomuch) explanations: The cats really liked that kid.

Or, the cats thought ooooohh electric blanket.

Either way, God provided for the baby. It reminds me of this verse in Matthew 10,
"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. Even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows."

Saturday, January 3, 2009

i fell to the dark side

I upgraded my Flickr account to PAYING for it.

I really like Flickr, and their set-up, and everything else...
Anyway, here's the link: flickr.com/dallian

Blah. It's not completely upgraded yet, but it will be within the next couple days. Then I'll be posting pics like crazy. Maybe.

"you're my friend!"

Today I took the kids to the park for a picnic. We lost some food to the force of the wind, but the kids survived with pickles.

They seemed to have a lot of fun building sand-couches and sand-barriers on the slide, breaking each other's creations and generally doing kid things.

Josiah and Josh got on the swings while I pushed. (Sorry for the fuzzy pics, these are from my phone). Josiah told me, "Higher, higher!" Josh told me, "You are such a good friend to me!" as I pushed him. "I am?" I asked. "Yes, you're a grown-up!" "I'm still your sister, too," I told him. "You are? But you're a grown-up!" He seemed amazed by this. "Of course I am," I laughed, "silly."

"A grown-up is my sister!" he announced to anyone who might want to listen, obviously thinking that was pretty neat.

A few minutes later we went to the baseball field (seen in the background of the pic above), sans ball. But we played baseball; we had teams and ran around the field and hit imaginary balls with imaginary gloves. Even Josiah got into it. Probably one of the more amusing antics kids can do.

Friday, January 2, 2009

i use chopsticks with my left hand

Another work-up test for the kidney transplant process: This time they got to poke me (twice!) and leave an IV in my arm. Whoot. Then they put a ton of tape on me, told me to return in a few hours and sent me away.

It was 12p and I was hungry. I walked down the street to a food court and decided on Chinese food. And come on, you can't eat Chinese food with a fork. When in Rome, do as the Romans do... or... Chinese... But see, my arm with the IV (the right arm) didn't want to bend all the way or function properly in general.

I probably looked really stupid. I couldn't figure out how to hold the chopsticks, and the rice kept not getting to my mouth. A girl a couple tables down was staring at me. I felt like writing a sign that said "I'm not left-handed; I have tube in my vein!!" I didn't. I couldn't write.

Actually I ended up writing a couple things with my left hand just to see how it went. I'm not sure what it says, if that's any indication.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

happy new year!

I was a dud last night: I fell asleep around 10:30ish and brought in the new year with weird dreams. My mom got closer to midnight than I did, but she too fell prey to sleeeeeeppp.

To celebrate the new year, I shall go to the library. Maybe I'll paint later tonight. Maybe I'll do a thousand piece puzzle. My room is clean (\o/) so I don't have to do that! :D

who i am!

Tiph used to be this weird hippie chick who sewed things and drank tea and rode bikes and wrote silly things. Then, college came along, and now she's this weird hippie chick with math in her brain and notebooks full of indefinite integrals. And hardly any time to write. This is her space. Thankfully, space is a vacuum and any complaints you may have cannot be heard.


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