A bit of news

I’m taking this week off from thinking (aside from work related things), so don’t expect blog posts of any substance unless I get a sudden and unexpected urge to actually use the gray matter contained inside my cranium. Much like Eric I intend to read fiction (currently the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn cycle by Tad Williams), play games (specifically Tales of Symphonia, and if I finish it I’ll possibly start Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits), drink coffee (which isn’t really a departure from normal. I’m currently brewing a fine Harrar and will probably crack open some Kona by the end of the week), and conquer the world with Mandy in Civilization IV. I’ll perhaps emerge from this cocoon of hedonism in roughly a week when I begin preparing for my Intermediate Greek class in Summer I, and finish up my Semlink.

But that’s not the reason that I even began this post. In my meanderings this morning I found this article on CNN.com. Roland Martin often has some interesting things to say, in my opinion; I thought his take on the whole Rev. Wright thing was fascinating (that, and I’m a karma whore).


Fair Trade Ethiopian Harrar

My two favorite coffees in the world are Hawaiian Kona and Ethiopian Harrar. I had a pound of Kona about this time last year that my father got me when he was on a business trip in Hawaii. It was, simply put, amazing. About nine months before that, during the summer of 2006, my then boss Paul and I had tried some Harrar. It was the greatest coffee I had every tasted. The fruity undertones and finish made it almost more like a wine tasting then our normal morning coffee and meeting. Ever since that day I have been trying to obtain some Harrar for myself. It hasn’t been easy. I’ve yet to find a local place (in either Binghamton or the greater Boston area) that sells it. Couple with this my somewhat new (within the last year or two) conviction about buying fair-trade coffee, and the situation becomes even more difficult.

After searching again recently for some Harrar I stumbled upon Providence Coffee. I was amazed when I realized they sold Ethiopian Harrar–and that they had it in stock! I ordered on the spot. Providence Coffee is a small, 100% fair-trade company. My coffee arrived today, and I quickly ground enough to make myself a pot. It was delicious, though I made it slightly stronger than I normally would have; do mostly to my haste and not being careful with how much I ground. Although it took awhile for the product to ship (several days), once it shipped it arrived quickly and plentifully padded and protected. If you are a coffee connoisseur I can recommend Providence Coffee, and specifically their fair-trade Ethiopian Harrar. At some point I hope to try some of their other varieties, though I also have a few other small fair-trade websites I’d like to order from.

Mondays are hard

and this Monday is especially so. I had a sleepless night last night (which is an interesting English idiom with a varied range of semantic meanings. It could be taken literally as “I did not sleep at all last night” or it could have a slightly more loose meaning, as in “I sleep no more than ten minute at a time,” still others may use it to mean “I sleep fitfully” by which they mean they slept off and on but didn’t sleep well). I’m tired this morning, and have already had four cups (that is to say, four mug-fulls) of coffee and am going to be working on my fifth in about ten minutes. Given, this isn’t a lot for some people – but I normally only have two a day, if that.

I’m tired. We started verbs this morning in Greek and I think I did the homework correctly – but who knows? Sleeplessness can do that to you. It’s not a huge deal as the homework isn’t graded so much on correctness as much as that you attempted to do it and didn’t get everything wrong. We have Exam #2 next Monday. I feel like I should be more stressed about that.

We’re talking about the Reformation in History of Liturgy tonight, which would normally be exciting, except I don’t know how I’m going to stay awake, even with a huge mug of coffee.

Monday’s are normally already hard because I have an early class, Mandy has a morning and afternoon class, and then I have an evening class. So I don’t get to see my best friend all day. It’s a drag. But, on the upside being sleep-deprived and functioning on caffeine intake has made me strangely productive. I’ve finished a report outline for our team presentation in Anthropology next week, taken care of my Greek homework, found time to blog, and worked a little more on my Exegesis paper (which I hope to post about, along with some thoughts on another paper I’m working on, sometime this week…but, don’t hold your breath). Now it’s time to go take another hit from the coffee pot and start working on Greek and Hebrew vocab.