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"The heights by great men reached and kept, were not attained by sudden flight. But they, while companions slept, were toiling upward in the night." "The Ladder of St. Augustine" ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Location: Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Ready or not...

School has begun. I have to say that I was really not at all excited about getting back, but after 3 days of going to classes, it is nice to be back on a schedule (even though I may still be trying to figure out what exactly that schedule will be :)~ It is good to see some of my classmates I have not seen in quite a while, including my roommate Jeremy, who was working in Williamsport all summer, about 20 minutes from my home.

Summer went by all too quickly. I will be a busy bee this semester, carrying a load of 16 credits and working two jobs. I am also Class President this year, so that will add to the craziness. My schedule looks something like this:

(M,W,F) Don't start till 1pm but have three classes back to back to back. They are Family Law, Professional Responsibility, and Criminal Law. I don't think they will be too bad, but time will tell. At least one morning a week I will be going in to work at Career & Alumni Services too.

(Tu,Th) This will be my long day. Con Law I starts at 8am (thinking about dropping it??) and then have Appellate Advocacy in the afternoon. It is a 2-hour class and will require a lot of work (5 writing assignments and a couple oral arguments). Every Tuesday and Thursday night I will also be working in the Law Library from 6:30pm till midnight. It isn't that bad because I can also get stuff read for class.

Well, I better sign off now. My roommate and I don't have internet right now. We are actually in the library parking lot to pick up the wireless. LOL. We don't get our wireless till Sept. 7th. Oh boy. Night!

Saturday, August 19, 2006

A Week at Home

I have been home since this past Saturday, and as usual, it is go...go...go! Never a dull moment at the Wohlschlegel household! Let me recap.

Saturday: I got in about 6:15 p.m. Took me 8 hours to get home, though 30 minutes of that was spent in a line at Wendy's. Traffic was pretty bad coming out of Virginia Beach too. Kate ran really well though. Despite not having air conditioning, car stayed pretty cool with the passenger window down. I wasn't home for about an hour and then I went with my Mom and Mandy to Knobels, a local amusement park, to see a Beatle cover band. They were really good! They sounded and dressed just like the Beatles.

Sunday: Was nice to take it easy after church. There was a number of people in an out throughout the day. Thinking back, I believe I counted like 7 families represented throughout the day, either coming to swim, stopping in on there way through, or hanging out while some ladies were at a bridal shower. Of course we had Nascar going too! OH, and haircuts. Kariann came by and gave me a trim and got me looking pretty good again. :) That evening we caught up with our friend Orlando and went kyacking from Milton to Lewisburg on the Susquehanna. It was pretty fun to be on the river. I tipped my kyack once when we had to get out and drag it pass the shallow spots. S0 needless to say I didn't stay very dry.

Monday: A day for running some errands. I had to run by the bank, and it ended up some others had to cash some checks as well. So made a bank run to like 3 different banks for different family members. Also spent some time working on the Nissan that I will be taking back with me. Also the Bells stopped in on their way back from dropping Christopher to college (friends from NY). It was good to see them, and I know my parent really appreciated the visit with all the stuff going on right now at home. Praise God for good friends.

Tuesday: Don't really remember what I did that day, but I am sure it was full of fun and exciting stuff!!

Wednesday: Borrowed a motorcycle from one of my friends and tried to go get my lisence. I guess now you have to make an appointment to take the bike road test, and they soonest was in mid-September. Grr!!! That is kinda frustrating. It was good to ride again though.

Thursday: Got to go visit my x-youth leaders. We always played cards when I was living at home, and since it had been so long since my last visit I made it a point to get out there. Plus, it had been forever since I last got to play pinochle!! Their daughter Katie is playing now too. She did pretty good all and all. Paul and I whooped up on them though! I felt bad for keeping them up so late, but we had a great time of fellowship and were able to share what the Lord had been up to in our lives, and different struggles. Got to end the night in prayer. I was glad to catch up with them.

Friday: Dad took the day off and we joined some friends (Stamms) up at the Bald Eagle state park lake for some water skiing and tubing. It couldn't have been a more beautiful day for it. And we practically had the place to ourselves. It was a lot of fun!

Saturday: I am sure sore today from the day at the lake yesterday. Got a little Pennsylvania sun to add to my Virginia tan though. Uncle Tim and Aunt Becky, and cousin Justin just arrived. Came down to visit for a few days.

Thats the week in brief. I am sure I am leaving stuff out, but oh well. It has been good to be home, and Tuesday will be here all to quick when I have to return to school. Got to enjoy it while I am off. Til next time....

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

One Last Run Home

Its a bit of a miracle, but I was able to revive Kate for one more week in order to get me home! I called a mechanic in Virginia Beach and told him what was happening with my Thunderbird. He listened and told me that it sounded like something with the ignition. He told me something to try next time I had a chance. I was a little leery about his solution, but I decided to give it a try.

I felt like McGyver when I was able to start my car by popping the hood and taking a screwdriver and jumping the solenoid. No more tears or 15 minute ceremonies to get her running. Now the process involves turning the ignition on, popping the hood, using a screwdriver, a few sparks, and the engine is running again. This has been the routine all last week before I headed home this past Saturday for that one week I have been saving at the end of the summer to see my family. Some of my friends were a little worried that I would breakdown along the way, but I knew better. God was answering prayers of mine and my family so I could make it home. It ran beautifully! Granted, I didn't have any air conditioning but what was coming through the passenger window, but it wasn't too bad. Took me a full 8 hours to make it home, but I made it, safe and sound. Along the way, just over the Pennsylvania boarder, Kate flipped 216,000 miles!! How cool is that. I continue to be humbled and very grateful for the mileage I have gotten out of this car for the past 6 years.

As for a new set of wheels, I will be probably buying my sisters Nissan once we get a couple of things fixed on it. It will be my new set of wheels.

As for Kate, my Dad wants to hook up a "starter" switch just like they have in the Nascars in my Thunderbird. Her days might not be over yet.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Kate Is Retiring

Well, we have been together for 6 years now, and ultimately I cannot complain. Kate has been real good to me, putting up with a lot (some of you know how hard that is). But this last Sunday, in my church parking lot after the service, she refused to go any further. *Sigh

For those of you who don't know (I can see the confused looks on your faces), Kate is the name of my white 1990 Ford Thunderbird that has been faithfully getting me from point A to point B swiftly and safely with relatively little problem. The Lord provided this car the week before I began a very big adventure of joining a little start-up college in Purcellville, Virginia. We have been through quite a bit together, and after 215,000+ miles has decided she will move no more. For a while, Kate had her share of little malfunctions. The drivers side window did not go down, the weather stripping is missing in the drivers side door, the passenger side seat belts no longer worked, overdrive was gone, the center console cover barely stays attached, and there are a few rust spots beginning to show on her body, as well as some missing molding. On top of all this, for the last month or so, to get her started took about a 15-minute ceremony that included praying, crying, and repeating cranking of the starter till she would come to life. Just this past week, the air conditioner went out as well. The only major problem I ever really had was a blown head gasket at one point, but other than that, she ran like a beut.

She got me through a recent move this week, as I moved my (and two other roommates who couldn't make it into town, GRr!!!) stuff from our townhouse to a 2-bedroom apartment near campus. It made for a long week, but she picked a good time to go, as I am completely moved now. Also, the church parking lot is quite a fitting place as well, because a) one is less likely to curse and beat a car coming out of a church service just having their soul fed, b) it was God's car anyways that He graciously blessed me with for these past 6 years.

I planning to make a visit home come mid-August where I will see about getting another set of wheels. In a conversation today with a friend about Kate, the comment was made that it is hard to picture me in any other car. I am sure many of you would agree.

Thanks for the memories and always getting me where I needed to go, Kate. You will be missed! (And praise God for extending the life of this car for as long as He has! Look forward to his provision in the future. He is faithful.)

P.S. Trying to insert picture, but computer not cooperating. Oh well, will upload some another time.