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I can't seem to make headway with ASU's bureaucracy.  Firstly, their system refuses to allow me to schedule advisement.  Secondly, their system has been down today, so I haven't been able to contact my advisor directly.  And thirdly, I can't get my old university, Ohio Dominican, to talk to me about my immunization records.

I'm going to try offices other than their Health and Wellness Department tomorrow, hopefully someone over in registration or something can tell me what I need to do in order to get those records sent over.  I would love to contact my old doctor's office, but it seems they've closed down or moved house and don't have previous records any longer.  My mother doesn't have any of my records and my father just put them into storage and doesn't have the slightest clue how to actually find the relevant immunization forms.  I have a feeling it's the immunization that's preventing me from scheduling advisement, which is why I need to contact the advisor directly - but as I mentioned before, the system has been down for the better part of today (at least it has been every time I've tried to access it).  I was really hoping to sort this out before Tony came up here for Thursday, but it doesn't look like it's going to happen this week.

However, at least I'm wading through, even if I'm not making progress just yet.  I figure that if I keep trying I'll eventually hit a breakthrough and it'll all just rush through at once.

Also, I start fasting tomorrow.  I really need a proper cleansing period, and I think it's an appropriate time to do so right now. 

Okay so,

Feb. 4th, 2010 12:12 am
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So, we're coming up on the "start" of my religious calendar, as it is now.  It's no secret to my friends and family that I'm a huge fan of taking some time each year to fast and reflect.  My ethnic tradition, a Dual Faith, provides an outlet for that.  Coming in a little less than two weeks is fašiangy, or Fat Tuesday, starting Lent.  Unlike a lot of contemporary Catholics, I fast as completely as possible - more akin to Orthodox traditions with a hint of Islam that I picked up in high school.

Coming up at the start of March, part way through the fast, I'm assembling the bits and pieces that I need to assemble kraslice and Morena.  Then come March 20th, we will built a modest feast and sacrifice some of it to our ancestors as they return to the world.  When we sacrifice the food we also burn Morena; sacrificing the winter so that Jarilo and the spring and the warmth can return to us as well.

I'm definitely going to return to these topics over the next month and a half.  There's some very interesting things here and definitely some things that I would like to think about and flesh out about my own practice as well.

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