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Update to my “driving faster” post…

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Yeah, that definitely came back to bite me in the butt.

I was pulled over yesterday on one of the community’s main roads. It’s weird though — I didn’t realize I was getting pulled over because when the policeman was behind me I was only going 5 over. He said he’d clocked me at 51 when he first approached my car (in a 35 zone). Then he came back and asked me if I knew how much going 20 mph over costs…it was weird how he upped it. I’m pretty sure I heard him correctly the first time. I was rushing to a story so it’s probable I was going at least 50, but I never go 55 on that road.

Anyway. Thankfully I just got a warning. He put 55 as the speed I was going on the warning ticket, which is confusing.

Unfortunately, the videographer accompanying me to my next story saw me pulled over and proceeded to tell half the newsroom about it, including my editor. I’m sure that by tomorrow, everyone will know.

So, you could say I learned my lesson. I’ll be sure to drive less over the speed limit from here on out.


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November 30, 2009 at 1:43 pm

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The district sleeps alone

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I think I’m gonna go to D.C. for New Year’s Eve and weekend. Somehow I’ve managed to finagle a four-day weekend there, with the holiday landing on Friday and me switching shifts with a fellow co-worker to help her out, then my regular weekend. Could hop on a plane Thursday (New Year’s Eve) and return Monday night. Score!

I found some cheap tickets to D.C.A. (Ronald Reagan Int’l Airport), I know people I could potentially crash with, and you can get around the entire city for very little money. Sounds like a fantastic vacation to me. I absolutely love D.C. Going to the inauguration wasn’t nearly enough time there.

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November 27, 2009 at 12:12 am

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Giving Thanks.

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I realize it’s approximately eight minutes until Black Friday, EST, but while it’s still Thanksgiving, I feel the need to verbalize, or get down in digital ink, what I’m thankful for this year.

My job. My family…who love me and want what’s best for me. Even when they’re annoyingly right when I make bad choices. My friends, who are a couple thousands of miles away, but always manage to bring a smile to my face. I’m thankful for friends that I don’t feel the distance with because we’re always keeping up. (I’m really thankful for that one). My co-workers, who are my new friends here.

I’m thankful that I made it through senior year…I was thinking about that last night. From my grandmother’s death to senior seminar to dumb drama with other people to GlimmerGlass stress, it really is a wonder that I passed any of my classes last year and was allowed to walk across the stage. Life moves on. I’m still waiting on time to heal some wounds, but who knows. Maybe it will happen, maybe it won’t.

My story today at work (yeah, newspaper!) was to attend a pilgrim-style church service. Apparently this is a tradition of the Congregational church. Even though I wasn’t there as a worshiper, the message resonated. The pastor talked about how the Jewish people who left Egypt were like the Thanksgiving pilgrims. He used the “faith” chapter in Hebrews 11 (go quizzing). The passage talks about how the Hebrew people, in faith, left the comfortable, known land, in faith that they’d enter a new, better place. The pastor said that we should adopt a similar pilgrim mentality — a similar perseverance in faith, as well as a grateful spirit with what we have now. Choosing to be thankful for what we do have rather than be miserable about what we do not. It is hoping that something better is on its way.

I really liked that. Thought it was an interesting way of relating the Hebrews to the pilgrims who came to America seeking freedom, and to us, now.

Happy (belated) Thanksgiving. Unless you’re in another time zone.

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November 27, 2009 at 12:05 am

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Mistakes were made this past week.

It is not a good way to start the new week.

All you can do is apologize, correct your behavior, not do it again.

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November 16, 2009 at 9:17 pm

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It’s been awhile. Work hasn’t been too exciting as of late. I have been quite busy, though. Two weeks ago I went to Illinois and Indiana to catch up with friends and family, which was really good.

Part of me did not want to leave, though. I’ve never been so happy to be in the Midwest again…I didn’t realize how much I would miss it, and how much it meant to me. If I was offered a job tomorrow anywhere near my friends or family there, I would. It kind of hit me all at once that family is what matters most…and my grandparents aren’t getting any younger. It’d kill me if something happened and I was out here.

Alas, I am gainfully employed. I just need to continue working hard and stay the course here. And work on getting myself out there and find people to hang out with.

Thanks to my friend’s reminding, I realized how starting off in a new place can be rough.

I have learned this lesson before.

Ironically I was reminded of this lesson while coming back to ONU’s homecoming. Two years ago I was miserable in my first semester there, wallowing in self-pity because it was ONU’s big Centennial, I had been there three months and still didn’t know anybody. Would I ever meet people? And would I ever have a connection to Olivet like MNU? Would I ever return for Homecoming?

This year, I had graduated knowing a lot of people and returned to my first homecoming within 6 months.

So, life is hard. But it gets better. I just have to hold on and wait for it. And work on changing what’s not working out so well.

Anyway. I’m back to the daily grind. I got back to the office Tuesday and everyone was sick. Thankfully, I’ve avoided it thus far. It was pretty disgusting, though. Everyone was coughy and sneezy and it was hard to concentrate with the paranoia of germs everywhere.

Just an update. If something vaguely interesting happens soon, I’ll post. 🙂

Written by Jessica

November 15, 2009 at 10:49 pm

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