Sunday, December 26, 2004

Christmas Greetings!

Merry Christmas from the Kopff family. We had our family gathering yesterday--The oldest present was Fr. Herb, the youngest was Josie Kopff--we had 18 or so of us--Nancy is in from DC, Joe and Lois from Phoenix--it was great fun. Eating, drinking, and telling family stories--and counting our blessings.

You should read Amy Welborn today--she has a couple of Christma poems up--one by Thomas Merton, another by Gerard Manley Hopkins.

Our choir at St. Mark's has sung for the last 3 days--it just won't seem right not to be singing at Mass tomorrow!

I wish you all a blessed Christmas Season. May Christ's peace reign in your hearts.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

just sitting back, relaxing, and not studying

classes are going well, though i have two quizzes tomorrow in the same class. one should be fairly easy, considering we took the exact same quiz last week, and the other will be much more difficult. my chemistry classes are lots of fun, even if my quant class is basically chemistry + statistics, the professor i have makes it somewhat more interesting than it could be. i really like my org class, except that dr. patterson will be in switzerland all next week helping teach a conference class, and so he won't be here for our first test. we're not too happy about that. sophomore sem is....well.....the professor is very nice. in fact, she's my new advisor now. i got that switch done on monday.

i'm already working out schedules for next semester. and it's looking like i'll be in class on mondays and wednesdays from 9:30 until 4:30, no breaks. not fun. at all. basically, my schedule will come down to whether or not i want to take hebrew again, or if one semester is enough.

well, that's all the time i have for procrastinating. i have to read a couple articles and then prepare some more for my discussion with dr. jesse about my paper topic. and, of course, i should work on my lab and french homework. but really, what fun is that? :)

take care everyone back home. and tell silky i said hi. give him a hug for me. oh, and i want y'all to keep me posted on volleyball and soccer games, and amanda, you better let me know about those cardinals. talk to ya later.

~laura

Sunday, May 23, 2004

Day 4---On the Road

This morning is beautiful, again. The afternoons are hot, but the nights turn pleasantly cool. This morning, I checked our FWS system for the four offices I cover, and there is no work in the pipeline for me through Thursday. Jesse was in the office when I arrived, and said he had two tickets (?) here and a couple to work with the guys in Hebbronville--he wonders if they might not get called to Laredo to help out.
Last night, I was extremely tired when I got back to the hotel (what a dump!). It surprised me, considering mostly what I did was sit all day. I did make the 80-mile round trip to Hebbronville to pick up my cell phone, but that was about the extent of my travels.

Today is the Feast of the Ascension. I will be going to 11:00 Mass--the church is only about 4 blocks away--and then get some lunch.

All these small towns have their own Catholic church. Even Bruni, the town where the landmark for the CO is the pay phone, has one. (I looked all these towns up on masstimes.org.)

So far my impressions of this area are:

  • Sparsely populated

  • Very flat

  • Scrub brush--Jesse's motel is the 'Brush Country Inn'

  • Lots of Spanish on the radio--heard the rosary and the Hail, Holy Queen this morning

  • Wide open spaces!!!!!!!!


Everyone has been very friendly. There are reports of vandalism and sabatoge in California, and some unpleasantness with picketers, but nothing here.

I feel better having a cell phone now. I was wondering what I would do if the car broke down half-way to Hebbronville--walk 20 miles? I guess I'd flag down a car.

Oh well. I hope we get to come home soon. I miss Deb's home cooking, my girls, the Cards on the radio, tall trees, and on and on.

Say a prayer for a peaceful and swift resolution to this contract negotiation!
See you all soon, I hope!

Tom

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Hi! I'm still here--if SBC has a work stoppage, I'll be sent to Freer, Texas, a VERY small town between Corpus Christi and Laredo, as a frame attendant. Say a prayer that there is no strike!