snubnosed in alpha

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Thursday, December 28, 2006

exam, bam, thankyou ma'am...

Well, for those who are wondering where I've been for the past few weeks, I've been in North Carolina licking my wounds from the last volley of Westminster final exams. At this point I'm pretty convinced that from now on WTS professors need to wear rubber gloves when administering their examinations. I've also learned that the kindliness of a professor's classroom demeanor is no indicator of the difficulty his final exams.
After being man-handled by my finals I came home to NC to relax and recover by keeping up a pretty strict regimen of sleeping a minimum of eight hours a night, reading Ernest Hemingway, Wittgenstein and Umberto Eco, drinking lots of red wine and coffee, eating lots of chocolates and regularly smoking my pipe. Hopefully, by the time I return to Westminster I'll be back to my old underachieving self.


Blogger Taty said...

I know what you mean about the finals...still no sure if I actually passed them...I don't know if reading Hemingway, Wittgenstein, and Umberto Eco qualify as relaxing...not that I have read anything by them or have a clue of who they are, but their names tell me their writings must be difficult(lol). I should not talk, though, since I have spent my break studying hebrew and working.
You should check my last blog, I mentioned you (at least your initials). Hope you continue enjoying your break!!

9:00 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Your best isn't good enough eh?

well, alow me to offer some improvements....
8 hours sleep a night is not bad but I'd suggest 9 - it's rumoured Einstein settled for no less than 12 a night and look where that got him!
I can't really offer any improvements on Hemingway, I'm just getting into literature myself.
But as for the red wine, may I suggest it comes from Chille as I've come to find they make the best, and at this time of year it's nice mulled with some spices and hot :)
Chocolate - well, I can't fault you on that one. But we all know the chocolate in the states is not a patch on the chocolate here! But that could be easily corrected by a trip to our side of the pond ;)
The pipe - well, I'm sure I don't have to say anything about that. You know what I'd think. Lets just say 'oesophageal cancer' and leave it at that.

Seriously though, David, if you're using your abilities as best you can then you're using what God's given you - to the standard He's granted it to you. I'd be very careful about complaining about that standard. Besides, I'm pretty sure it was you that taught me to be thankful in all things!
Hope you enjoy the rest of your time in NC. Happy new year :)

6:51 AM  
Blogger Lew said...

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6:47 AM  
Blogger Lew said...

Dai Williams! I doubt that you will ever do less that spectacular in your studies.
Lisa, Courtney and I met up last week Dave, and our conclusion was that we miss you!!
I thought that you'd like to know that I'm writing my disertation at the moment and my subject is on the role that delight has in communion with God. With heartfelt thanks brother, thank you for opening up the world of the Puritans to me. A great debt.

In Christ, lew

6:51 AM  
Blogger snubnosed in alpha said...

Glad to have found your blog! I hope you're having a wonderful break as well. As for the books I've been reading: indeed, none of them were light reads, except for Hemingway. But at least they were in English, and that was just the sort of thing I needed.
Lisa, I will certainly consider your advice. 12 hours a night, eh? Do keep praying for me that I would be able to maintain a thankful heart as things don't seem to be coming together the way I'd hoped.
Lew, a thousand blessings upon you, brother. Please, send me a copy of your dissertation when you've finished. I'd love to read it. When you get a chance, please do e-mail me a phone number where I can reach you. I've got a few more weeks free, and I'd love to catch up a bit.
I miss you guys a lot and we'll see if I can't organize a trip to the UK this summer.

11:04 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

David, I don't think the bible would have so many reminders to be thankful if it wasn't something we were going to find difficult from time to time.
I'm sorry for my flippant reply earlier when you're obviously down at the moment about those exams.

David, ever since I met you you've always put your heart and soul into everything you do for the Lord. It's a quality I wish I had in my life. God has made you a man of faithfulness and diligence and given you a strength of character that I think is very rare. I love reading your blog spot and seeing how much fruit your studies have brought forth in your life.... and I think that's the best part about your time in Westminster. I know your results are important but they're really put in the shade in my eyes in comparison to the work God's been doing in your life. I'm thankful for that and I'll pray God will help you to be too :)

6:59 AM  

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