Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Pedal to the metal!

Okay...so now is dissertation time! I would love to get this done before I venture off to my internship but its going to be hard work. I have to admit, that I am very proud of myself. Last night I arrived at Sweet Eugene's (a local cafe) and worked on my analyses until 1 in the morning and then continued intul 2 at my house. I then arrived at the lab this morning at 11 and stayed there through lunch until about 10 minutes ago (7:50pm). I finished one LARGE part of my preliminary analyses. I just feel so productive. In reality I have just chipped a small piece of the rock of things I have to get done soon. I came home because they closed the lab. I plan to take a short break and God-willingly get my little toosh back to Sweet Eugene's. I feel like I am on a roll and don't want to slow down. Although I really don't want ot burn out either. Oh well. Such is life.

On a sidenote, for those of you that have Ipods.....You should SERIOUSLY consider downloading the Dr. Ray Podcast called Dr. Ray & Friends. He is a Catholic psychologist who is WONDERFUL. I will eventually post on what he has to say but for now...you should look into listening to his podcasts.

Monday, February 26, 2007


So, about an hour ago I found out (per email below) that Jesse and I will be moving to our first choice HOUSTON!!!!!!!!!! The Lord has truly blessed us!!!! YAY!!!!!!

To: CLARISSA I. KUHNS - Applicant Code 10776

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APPIC Internship Matching Program for internship positions
beginning in 2007.

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Friday, February 23, 2007

Applicant 10776: APPIC Match Result

To: CLARISSA I. KUHNS - Applicant Code 10776

This message provides you with your Match result for the APPIC
Internship Matching Program for internship positions beginning
in 2007.

Congratulations! You have been matched to an internship position.

Information on the specific program to which you have been matched
will be available on the Matching Program web site beginning at
10:00 a.m. EST on Monday, February 26, 2007. This information will
also be sent to you by e-mail on Monday morning, February 26, 2007.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

I thought this was interesting...

How to Forgive
Fr. Mike Sis
(published April 1999, Bryan Eagle)

One of the most crippling attitudes in the human heart is the refusal to forgive. When we say, "I cannot forgive," we hurt no one more than ourselves. When we refuse to forgive, we allow unresolved anger, hatred and bitterness to sap our emotional, mental and spiritual energy.
When we Christians pray to God, we say, "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us." This means, of course, that if we refuse to forgive, we're asking for some serious trouble.
One of the main reasons we don't forgive is that we don't quite understand what it means to forgive. Forgiveness comes so much more easily when we realize what it is, and what it is not.
Forgiveness is not a denial that you have been hurt or harmed. It does not mean that it's OK what the offender did to you. If there had been no harm done, there would be nothing to forgive. Forgiveness does not mean tolerating wrongdoing or allowing an injustice to continue.
Forgiveness does not necessarily mean that you will totally forget the hurtful event, nor does it mean that you must continue to be the offender's friend. You might need to keep a safe distance.
Forgiveness does not mean that you have to have warm, fuzzy feelings toward the offender. To forgive is essentially an act of the will, not the emotions.
When the complex task of forgiveness seems too difficult, it will come much more easily if you follow a step-by-step process. Here is a basic model for a process of forgiveness, based on Sacred Scripture, Christian spirituality and the social sciences:
Ask for God's help and healing throughout the process. Never underestimate the power of God's grace.
Be willing eventually to let go of your unforgiving stance.
Recognize that you have been harmed.
Acknowledge and accept your feelings about what happened.
Think clearly about who in the situation bears responsibility for what. In fairness, you should not take the blame for someone else's wrongdoing.
Develop a more realistic view of yourself and the offender.
Make a decision of your will, to choose to forgive the offender. In some cases this is a decision that needs to be made repeatedly in order to become complete.
Don't expect the offender to respond in a particular way to your act of forgiveness.
Place the offender in the hands of God, trusting that God will ultimately deal with him or her according to God's justice and mercy. You yourself don't need to keep "punishing" him or her.
Allow plenty of time for your feelings to catch up with the decision of your will. Some hurts will require more time even for your decision to forgive to take place.
Let go of the past, choose to live in the present and go forward.
Choose what will now be the nature of your relationship with the offender.
By taking steps like these, you can resolve any bitterness or resentment. No matter how deeply you were hurt, you really can forgive.

So I was surfing the internet Instead of what I am supposed to do (looking at journal articles and running analyses on my data.....) and found this cool article.... I miss Fr. Mike.
During this new Lent Season, it is important to remember why Jesus dies for us. And how he forgives ALL of our sins. As such, we have no excuse to forgive others. It is the least we can do...

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Back from Orlando...

Well, we are back from Florida and the US Open. Jesse fought like a champ and lost his fight to the country of Belarus 5 to 4. sadly, he also broke his left hand (boxer's fracture) and is now splinted. We had a good time watching other fights and going to visit Islands of Adventure at Universal Studios. Here is a picture of me standing in Downtown Disney.And this is a picture of us getting ready to ride the Spiderman 3-D ride which was AWESOME and ranked the highest of all the rides!!

After a long weekend, we are back in College Station, tired, and ready to get back to work. We will still be finding out on Friday whether I matched or not....so please check back!!! I should be posting by 10 am. I will not know where I matched, just whether or not I matched.

I just want to send a quick shout out to my peeps in the Middle East that I haven't spoken to in quite some time as well as my engaged peeps in Austin!!! Los quiero mucho!!! Enriquito, I kept looking for Curious George, but I think he was sick that day!!!!

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Cooking with Clarissa

Howdy!!! Well, all of you should be very proud of me. Why, do you ask? Very simply stated, I cooked and cleaned!!!! Not that I NEVER do both of those, but both in one day?? That is an accomplishment. Not to mention I went to Super Wal-Mart to get groceries and buy a new vaccum. To add to the excitement...not only did I go to Wal-Mart, cook, and clean...but I also went to the Rec to work out with my good friend Marcus. Go me!!!!! Yes, I am a bit excited, but I don't think I have been this productive in a while. I wish I could be this excited about writing my dissertation. Oh well, life can't be THAT easy. Anyway, back to my cooking... Our good friend Detlef gave us a freezer FULL of venison. I mean, we could probably eat this stuff non-stop for over 6 months. I called my mom on my way to Wal-Mart to have her help me on what I was going to buy. I have to admit she is a very patient woman. She stayed on the phone telling me what I needed to make a good guisado to make for Jesse when he got home from work. I strolled around Wal-Mart for over 2 hours (I don't like grocery shopping, hence I don't know where anything is). My dad looked at some reviews for some vaccums because our old "Fantom" vaccum sucked its last piece of lint and made the house smell like something was burning. So I finally left Wal-Mart with a lot of veggies, frozen fruit, and my new Eureka Altima Turbo. I arrived at my house, and my mom led me step by step with my guisado (which isi beef stew, but sounds some much better in the spanish "guisado). And becuase I was SOOOO proud of myself, I took some pics of my wonderful creation. When Jesse arrived, he was so surprised (did I say I don't cook often?) that he was up for immediately putting the vaccum together and getting all of the living room picked up so we could try out our new vaccum!!!! What a man!!! So here are some pics of my wonderful guisado, which Jesse still calls "guisada".
And by the way, I LOVE my new vacuum!!!!!! Jesse and I vaccum for a good 30 minutes, using all the accessories all over our living room. Tomorrow, we will vaccum the stairs and our upstairs bedrooms.

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Rankings are in!!!

Okey dokey boys and girls!!! I have officially turned in my rankings. So now, its a waiting game. I am extrememly excited to find out where life will lead Jesse and myself. Kudos to Jesse for taking all of this like a CHAMP. I would let you know my rankings, but because my blog is public domain, I will keep it private until I Match Day. For those of you that are wondering how this works, I turned in my rankings yesterday. The computers match you up and on Friday Feb. 23I find out whether I matched or not. All I will know on Feb. 23 is whether I matched. That Monday (Feb. 26) I will find out where I will be going for internship. The reason they do it like this is for those who are not matched. If I do not match on Friday, then I have 2 days to prepare for Clearinghouse which is Monday. This is when all the programs that did not fulfill their matches go back into the pool and start looking for possible interns. On Monday, applications are sent out to those internships and you have the chance of being placed at an internship site. Although I pray that I do not have to go through Clearinghouse, if I must...then I must. But please pray for me. I really like my #1. I will let you know...as soon as I know.

In other news, as most of your have heard,the TaeKwonDo team is going through some restructuring. Things have been pretty hectic and I have had to rely on my ethics and morals for many of the decisions. At this point, I am completely content with my decision and hope that things mellow out soon. Jesse and I will be going to Orlando, Florida next week to go to US Open which is a TKD tournament. I hope everything goes smoothly.

Until next time, ta - ta from Aggieland!