December 30, 2008
Let's see. I didn't make any New Year's resolutions last year because I had an amazing Chinese calendar and it was destroyed by a sibling and I was determined that it didn't bode well for the year so why bother being resolute about anything anyway? 2008 definitely was unpredictable: my first trip out of the US was definitely the landmark, though not the highlight. This year seemed so slow most of the time but has really flown by.
On Sunday at college group we talked about this one verse in Phillipians tha talks about forgetting what is behind and striving for what is ahead, and I think that's going to be most applicable for me this year. In a lot of ways, 2008 was a pretty icky year. But it's been a pretty fabulous year, too. I've learned a lot: how to decline marriage proposals from eastern European men, for example; how to survive on pretzels...(even I, the Carb Queen, wanted veggies after that!) This is the year of the Late Service. The year the college group has stopped being sad and started being awesome. The year of the advent of Alice. The year my heart was melted by a little man named Paul. The year I realized that K&K are going to be way taller than I will ever aspire to be (sad).
I'm excited for 2009- more coming soon.
December 18, 2008
So anywho, what's new? Not a lot, and yet the things that are changing are pretty dramatic. First thing: I have a new brother! His name is Paul, he's three, and I'm in love. The whole family's whipped, to be sure, although after a week it's interesting to see and notice the changes in family structure just by this little guy's presence. Krystine isn't the youngest anymore (I think she's probably pretty happy about it)! But also it adds a bit of stress and added responsibility over basic things, like keeping the bathroom and front doors locked- he will open the door. There's lots to say about him. Here:
Good Things About Paul:
- Great hugs and smooches
- He's pretty good at saying my name- at least for a three year old
- Greatest little boy laugh EVER
- He bites
- He yells
- He's not toilet-trained
Good Things About Parker:
- Great hugs (and smooches. As Parker would say, "Don't worry about it.")
- He's pretty good at saying my name, except when he forgets and calls me Murray
- Numerous other little details that have me liking him a whole lot
- He is toilet-trained.
- He bites
- He yells
- He...hmm...yeah, that's all I got
That's all for now!
December 2, 2008
November 18, 2008
My day in numbers:
1 sore throat
1 unhappy nose
1 Chef Rick + 1 family + 1 quesadilla + 1 slice of amazing birthday cake + getting to blow out a candle = Happy
1 million+ Kleenex
1 whole lot of text messages
1 Cinnamon Dolce from Starbucks
1 birthday phone call from Germany
2 bowls of hot Zuppa Toscana
3 birthday songs sung to me
3 times I saw Alice
5 birthday/get-well hugs
6 birthday phone calls from the USA
6 people I know who saw me sick in public (sorry…)
6 songs bought on iTunes today
19 years I’ve been alive
November 15, 2008
Oh guess what? My birthday is in two days, and I am quite excited about it! I've already gotten some lovely presents in the mail (one of them was a Barnes & Nobles giftcard- thank you thank you thank you, Uncle Rob!), but the real excitement begins on Monday. I always have dinner with the family on my birthday, and that will be fun. Then on Thursday night I'm having a birthday dinner at Olive Garden with a bunch of friends. I can't wait!
In other news...I went on a date tonight (or last night, I should say) with Parker. The date itself was delightful (I'll come back to it in a moment). The hour and a half before that wasn't so much! I had my whole family giving me their opinion on what to wear. Think a fashionesque version of American Idol: Mom (Paula), Dad (Randy), and the dreaded Simon (Ernie). K & K liked everything. This ordeal showed me a few things, one in particular is that I need to go shoe shopping! Well, not need...but you know what I mean. I am missing my staple accesory, my go-to fashion friend- a good pair of red shoes. They pretty much never fail. Anyway, back to the date! So after deciding what to wear, I was pacing the hallway. (Yeah, I was a little nervous. I don't know why.) Mom called from the kitchen, "What kind of car does he drive?"- I told her, then: "Nope, not him." I went to the kitchen to entertain her and then he was there!
I had a really great time. First, we went to Chef Rick's, and then we went to see the new James Bond flick. Chef Rick's was pretty amazing because, besides the already delicious food, there was no one else in the restaurant for at least the first half hour! James Bond was interesting- not bad, but I definitely like Casino Royale better. (I did love the soundtrack, though.) Then, after the movie, we walked out of the theater and I saw a bunch of people that I knew. Josh and Sean (the Air Force guys, as I like to call them), Collin and his little brother, Janelle, Andrew, Ryan Flowers, my good friend Kristen, and Ashley's sister Steph and her boyfriend. Crazy. Anywho, after that we went back to my house and chatted with my dad, Ernie, and Cory a little bit and then it was time to bring the date to a close. The result of this? I am very happy, like this guy a lotta bit, and have some gorgeous roses on my dresser.
The grand finale? I went to 7-11 with Dad, there was a fist-fight in the parking lot and then a little smackdown by Art and the Sheriff's Department. Geez. I guess I really shouldn't go to 7-11 anymore.
November 5, 2008
November 3, 2008
My buddy Mikey is in the band (that's how I even heard about them)
It has some amazing piano-driven songs
The whole band is solid!
Check them out at www.myspace.com/callistamusic
Also, there's a lot more photos of last weekend's show at www.myspace.com/vmo1117
Here are some photos from their show this past Saturday.
October 30, 2008
October 21, 2008
As I have the serenades of Frank Sinatra in my ear, the title of this post has two meanings- I listen to good music, and I have the tendency to rush in to good things at the wrong time. I've been thinking so much about Christmas lately...it didn't hit me until very recently that I haven't been taking the time to enjoy Fall. I mean, I have been enjoying it (pumpkin-y goodness everywhere) but not savoring it like I'm looking forward to savoring the Christmas holidays. What to do, what to do! Walking through the Hancock campus today, I appreciated the wind (even though it's warm) and the leaves falling from the tall trees. And this is just the start!Another thing I really love about this time of the year is that my birthday lies squarely between autumn and winter. It's coming, and I'm excited. I probably won't have anything too fancy, just a good time with friends and general merrymaking. And that's enough. More than presents, it's more happy for me to have people together. Yay. But if you'd like to contribute to the Veralynn Barnes & Nobles fund, go right ahead.
Well, there's another blog brewing about the Late Service, ninjas, and Denny's, but that'll be later tonight. 'Til then, adios amigos!
October 7, 2008
Let me start off by saying that, even though Parker said I was creepy when I told him I was looking up what taxidermy is (to see what brainspoons really are), I'm not talking about anything grotesque at all- this band is one of my new faves.
When Krystie invited me to go along with her and Karyn to Ventura to see Callista and "some other bands", I had no idea what we were in for. After Callista finished playing, we saw the band setting up, and I knew we had to at least hear what they sounded like. As soon as their set started, we knew we weren't going anywhere! They were fantastic and I couldn't have been happier to see two chicks onstage- Daphne, middle on the couch above, fronts the band with her sweet vocal skills, and Michelle does backup vocals along with utter guitar amazingness! Chris (sitting next to Daphne) rocked the beat on drums, while Link Oblivion (seated, left, with an awesome name) jams on guitar and Tom plays some cool bass. Together, they were a great live performance. Afterwards, Krystie, Karyn, and I were outside and saw the band coming out of the Ventura Theater and debated for almost ten minutes whether or not to go say hello...so we walked by at least three times...so lame. I totally wish we would've, but I'm not too worried because I have a feeling I'll see them again.
The next day, I got on Myspace and hunted them up...and being the Myspace stalker I am (not really, just doing research...right?) I checked out Daphne's page to find out a little more about her. I was almost blown away by what she had in her About Me section: "I'm an artist and musician, a punk rock conservative Christian - and if you try to figure that out your head will explode...I love science and I believe in truth..." She went on to say that she's learning Chinese! CHINESE! Like me! Aaah, it's too amazing. I'm planning to write her, but I haven't decided what to say yet...
I checked out the other band members' pages also (amazin' stuff, Chris and Daphne are married by the way! That made me happy for some reason)...but the one that really got me was Daphne. I'm pretty sure she's on my list of favorite people now.
YAY for chick rockers...it gives me hope... :)
October 4, 2008
This was a great way for me to get some insight into contemporary-set plays, as I've never really seen any (mostly classical or "classic" theater). I loved it. Also, one of my favorite PCPA actors was in it (Andrew Philpot)- yay! This is one for the scrapbooks, and I'm definitely planning on volunteering this season at the theater.
October 2, 2008
The weather is cloudy and wonderful- I'm hoping for a full-out rain soon.
Oh!- and I've decided what I'm going to be for Halloween- Juno! Don't you steal my idea, it will be amazing and I will be able to use her sarcasm to full effect. :)
September 30, 2008
To start off, I just need to say that yesterday was a gorgeous day. Gorgeous! Fluffy white and gray clouds in the sky, a nice breeze, and the sun warm to contrast the cool breeze. It was an utterly satisfying departure from the normal Santa Maria bare blue sky and still warm air.
Let's recap the last week, shall we? Hmm, I forgot the last time I wrote, but last Thursday was Eric's birthday...then Saturday Krystie and I took him to Chef Rick's and surprised him in the afternoon with a party at Waller Park. It was lots of fun (I have pictures on my Myspace and Facebook). Then almost immediately after Krystie, Karyn, and I drove down to Ventura at supersonic speed to catch a show at the Ventura Majestic Theater. There were a lot of bands there, but the main highlights were seeing Venomous Voices (actually a hip-hop act, if you can believe it), Callista (the reason Krystie and Karyn were there), and Brainspoon (my personal favorite). It was awesome. I'll write more about them later.
Actully, going to go for now but will write more later as I have a whole lot more to say.
September 26, 2008
Yesterday and today are also noteworthy because I got to talk to two friends- David, from Australia, and Uli, from Germany- on the phone! It's been a while, and even though we write consistently, it was so good to hear their voices!
Well, I better get going- tonight I'm giving my first piano lesson! Krystie's excited too...I think...she's my guinea pig... :)
Still wishing for that rain!
September 24, 2008
In my anthropology class this week, I've been seriously motivated to do some research on possible careers in the linguistics/anthropology/languages realm. This class has been very fun so far, but nothing compared to the way I lit up when we started discussing linguistics on Monday. After class I discussed this with my teacher, Pat, and he had to break it to me that unless I'm a female contemporary of Noam Chomsky, I'd likely find my career in academia. This proves interesting to me- I never have felt like I'd enjoy teaching. But it's something to think about.
Well, it's off to history class pour moi- I really like the teacher, and the topics we're covering are very interesting. I found pre-college history material banal (you can take that one of two ways), since there's only so many ways you can write a grade school, middle school, and high school textbook...but this college one (1877 to the present) is quite handy in size and writing style.
After class, it's off to Lompoc with Krystie to see Eric and maybe Mike. Ah, the socialite I am becoming...not.
September 20, 2008
I'll elaborate more soon.
September 11, 2008
On the upper hand, my favorite time of year is coming- autumn and winter! Thanksgiving and Christmas! Pumpkin and cinnamon! I'm so happy, and I won't lie- I'm listening to Matt Thiessen croon some Christmas tunes right this instant (don't judge me, I can start the holiday tunage whenever I want!). In two months and six days it will be my birthday- ten days after that will be Thanksgiving- then I can "officially" bust out with the holiday goods! Oh I love it.
September 8, 2008
I get to graduate from Hancock this year! I just checked with my counselor and it's official- International Studies! I'm excited. I'll have to put the pedal to the metal in terms of taking classes over the winter, and taking a heavy load (18 units) in the spring, but it should work out perfectly.
So, with all this craziness, you'd probably figure that diving back into academia in the summer would be the furthest thing from my list of to-dos. Au contraire, mes amis! I'm hoping to take on a seven-week summer program at Harvard to study Chinese. I've had somewhere in the back of my mind the idea of taking at least some sort of course at an Ivy League school but alas, don't nearly have the funds or the resume. So, it's hi-ho, off to Harvard I go next summer- maybe...
August 29, 2008
Alveda King, who traveled to Denver this week during the Democratic Party convention, notes that the party's platform does not recognize the life of the unborn to be a civil right. And she says while the Democrats have reached out to Christian voters, she wants to remind those Christians that the Bible supports the rights of all people -- and "that includes the pre-born," she adds.
As King put it yesterday, "I know in my heart that if Uncle Martin were alive today, he would join with me in the greatest civil rights struggle of this generation -- the recognition of the unborn child's basic right to life. My uncle Martin would agree that we cannot end poverty, hunger, or suffering by killing those who might suffer. We cannot claim to guarantee equal rights if we deny the rights of the helpless. And we cannot feign ignorance of the fact that those who are torn apart, crushed, or left to die on an abortionist's table are just as human as we are."
August 25, 2008
My first class was at 11 a.m. (Cultural Anthropology), and it went really nicely. Nice people, funny teacher. I'd say under 35, definitely a gamer, loves lecturing because he can say whatever he wants and everyone has to listen. He cracked mostly lame jokes but had a couple golden ones. Favorite quote of the day: "I don't like those Frappacrappalinos...but I do like World of Warcraft."
My second class was originally in the K building but was moved to the W building...how retarded is that?? Anywho, I met a guy who was also in Logic, so we walked together to the W building...I forget his name and feel so stupid...anywho, he works at Klondike's! That's cool already. So we get to class and most everyone is still coming in...and another guy from Klondike's is there too. Then the teacher gets there, and the first thing he says is, "This is going to be a hard class. Hard, do you get me?" So everyone has a shocked look on their face...he was just really realistic but said, "If you don't miss a class, if you let me help you, and you do the work, you will pass." So. I want to ace it. Favorite quote of the day: "I have a nasty habit; I should tell you all now. I will call on you. I will pick you apart and get in your face. I'm going to be nasty about it if need be." (This, I have a feeling, is going to be painful, but I imagine the amount learned will be worth it.)
After that class I walked to the Student Center and met Steff- she brought me a Coke Slurpee (what a nicey!)- and we talked for a while about our classes...it was really nice! Then she left, and I've just been sitting here on AIM and blogging here. Also, listening to this awesome new song Alek introduced me to (and I introduced to Jason, who loves it as much as I do...)! It's 80s-ish rock but instead of a singer, they have a yodeler. It rocks. Haha.
More later after my other classes!
August 22, 2008
Emily had surgery today...she's been discharged from the hospital and is recovering at home with her parents tonight. The doctor told that she must stop smoking, or the issue will progress to a major issue in three years. (But when the nurse was wheeling her outside, the first thing she did was grab for cigarette...oy!)
Mom and I spent the day in and out of the hospital. This is when things got a little irksome. First, there was the most annoying "news" show I've ever seen in my entirely limited experience of news programs. Every story was magnified times a thousand (at least), an annoying panel of a psychologist, a lawyer, and some other guy yelled at each other and the host of the show (the only woman) with conflicting ideas. I almost wanted to call up those peeps (they had a number for viewers to call in and put their two cents in) and tell them to "shut their freakin' gobs" (a la Juno), because while the news itself was certainly interesting and thought-provoking, the commentary was obnoxious and absolutely pointless. No wonder lots of people don't want to watch the news. Three hours of that and I felt if I heard that woman's voice one more time I would punch a wall. I'm really glad we weren't there for much longer- the only upside to being there was to comfort Emily and be comforted by the occasional good-looking male nurse (speaking of which, my mom whacked my arm for having a look on my face when a McDreamy-esque nurse walked by. How rude.)
We stepped out of the hospital for a half hour to run to the college bookstore to grab some textbooks for my classes (I'm taking Cultural Anthropology, Theories of Personality, Logic, U.S. History 1865 to the Present, and Geography), only to discover that some of them were completely new to the bookstore and not available used, and that some were only available new due to a limited quantity of used books...anywho, it looked like I didn't have enough moolah for what I needed. I wound up being very stressed due to a couple phone calls and wanted to conveniently knock myself unconscious with my Philosophy textbook.
There's some other things weighing on my mind that I can't really share here either, but heavy they are, and contributing to my Day (capitalized for a reason). Hopefully tomorrow is better. For now, listening to some music and staring at my ceiling fan.
August 12, 2008
Anywho, I'm sitting in Starbucks right now waiting for Cassie so we can have a great chat. Meanwhile, I'm sitting here laughing because a huge group of ladies from church just walked in and each have looked at me but none of them recognize me. I'm incognito! Oh darn. Never mind, I've been spotted...
I'm so bored! I think this is the most random blog I have ever posted. Ooh, I know what I can talk about: it's Deja's birthday. The big 2-0. What an oldie. I think we're going to Red Robin for dinner to celebrate. Yay. I hope it's a good one, for her sake. It's the last one she'll be able to celebrate without a little person to worry about...
Okay, packing up the laptop- Cassie's almost here and I want to be technology-free for our chat.
Ugh, there is a guy in here with a very spiffy Apple aqua laptop and he's giving me dirty looks. What's his problem?
July 26, 2008
Once again, I won't be going to Master's. It seemed so close; that taunting grass looks ever so green there... the fruit of knowledge and biblical learning just out of reach! I could almost taste it, could almost feel it. But nope. Not yet. Maybe not ever?
The disappointment stings more each time I attempt Master's and never quite make it. Is this a hint? If so, where am I supposed to go? Maybe I'm not supposed to move at all. Cringe. Why my natural instinct is to cringe at staying in Santa Maria I have no idea. The ministry opportunities here are certainly numerous and awesome... there is a college here (although to me, it is the Black Hole of Santa Maria...even more of a possible trap than the town itself...!), and potential jobs...my family is here (biological and church). So- why?
I think I'm scared. As Deja said recently, "For people our age, staying in Santa Maria usually means one of two things: you either get pregnant, or you get hooked on drugs. We have the highest teen pregnancy rate in the country and, I think, the longest red lights. While you're at a red light you have enough time to conceive or get high. That's my theory." People you'd least expect are susceptible to this theory- I've seen that in abundance in the past couple years. And I don't want to think that I'm any more stronger in willpower than the next girl, although I may be. But that has nothing to do with myself alone; it is grace.
So it looks like I'm back to flirting with Allan Hancock while waiting to get serious with the Master. That sounds bad...
July 17, 2008
July 12, 2008
July 1, 2008
June 23, 2008
For me, I know that I would always regret not having a family. But I'm trusting in God's timing. That's the best part. There is hope and peace there. A little impatience, too (I'm not going to lie). But it's all good. I'm sincerely enjoying where I'm at and where I'm going!
June 19, 2008
June 18, 2008
(Take the title for what it's worth- it fits...)
So Relient K is having this online scavenger hunt to promote their new CD "The Birds and the Bee Sides"- and today I joined in on the fun. The rewards? Five free songs from the new CD before it's released on July 1. Today I won the song "Hope for Every Fallen Man". As soon as the intro started playing I knew I would enjoy yet another lyrical wonder by Matt Thiessen...but I had no idea how applicable the lyrics are for my life right now.
The whole thing I'm trying to connect this to is probably pretty obvious to people who know what's been going on with me in the last few months. For someone I cared so much about, things sure changed fast. I thought I had things pretty much figured out- what happened, and what was happening now. Not really. Sunday was a day of revelation- the news was broken to me that we (meaning me and whatshisname) weren't even friends anymore. That hurt like nothing else: to me, friendship isn't something that ends when you hit a rough patch. The same goes with love. So Sunday was a hard day. After fourth service I was at home, upset, and I thought, "Hmm. I wonder if he ever had a blog." I knew what he would name it if he did, and so I typed it in. I honestly thought it would come up as invalid, but it didn't. Entries all the way from the beginning of December told me I had not a clue what was going on. And it was worse than I could imagine. Worse, when I asked him about it, he said he felt "violated," that he did nothing wrong, and that he didn't want to talk about it. That's when I realized: there is absolutely no way things will ever go back to where they were, and I was glad. God knew what He was doing when he stepped in and intervened (also pointing out that neither one of us is exactly to blame). Even though he was upset to be found out, I'm sincerely glad that I found that blog- otherwise I might've gone my whole life wondering. Now, I'm supposed to pretend like I don't know he exists. So I'm not going to talk about "him" anymore. I don't know who he is.
June 13, 2008
June 11, 2008
Is there anything biblical to be learned here? Of course! And something positive, at that. Ecclesiastes 4:10 says: "If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!" How true!
There are a lot of other lessons to be learned from a movie like Sex & the City, but friendship is the one I've appreciated most as a viewer. Friends are wonderful- true friends, those who are with you through good and bad, are treasures.
June 3, 2008
Back to my happy day. After my call with Master's, I called Grandma Joyce to tell her all about it- the cool things about that are (a) I love talking in general, and (b) Grandma lets me talk a lot and always has good advice after I spill everything so...I'm glad she has her voice back! I think she's one of the few (very, very few) people who actually like me talking. (I love you, Grandma...)
After my second call of the day, I set in on Geography 101. Not so fun, but it must be done...yeah, I just took my first exam online and missed passing it by one question...d'oh!!!
In between phone calls and geography, I played with Krystal and Krystine, who were in high spirits today. They get me giggling, let me tell you. Krystal asks funny questions ("What if everyone in the world got to be on TV? What would you do or say? I'd pretend to be eating something." ???) and Krystine makes funny faces. We mess around at the table and play ridiculous songs on my keyboard. They dress up in my clothes. I laugh. Good times with my two favorite little sisters...
After Dad got home from work today, we went to Black Forest Bakery. It was surprisingly like taking a mini-step back to Germany. Baked goods on the right, German groceries on the left (they actually have those yummy German potato mixes- not mashed potatoes, not a baked potato...they're kind of like potato balls...kartoffelknödel, that's it!). My dad and I got chocolate eclairs- they only have pretzels and pretzel rolls (Charissa!) on Saturdays- and looked at the different German foods. I will definitely go back on Saturday for a pretzel roll- and I will take a picture, Charissa...
When Ernie got back from youth group, the Slurpee Gang (sans Cory and Antonio)- AKA Dad, Ernie, and I- went to 7-11 and filled up and headed home. Now I'm lying in bed, typing my day for you to read, because it was a very good day!
If anyone wants to get a pretzel on Saturday, let me know!
May 31, 2008
In other news, my telephone advising appointment for Master's is coming up next week...I'm pretty thrilled, to say the least. It'll be great setting those awesome classes in stone for the fall semester. So far I have New Testament Survey, Music & Art for Musicians, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Intro to Philosophy, and Biblical Fundamentals. I'm on a waitlist for OT Survey and I have yet to figure out which instrument I will be taking lessons for- flute or oboe? Yeah, no clue.
I have a bunch o' time to write right now, but my brain just died. More later.
May 22, 2008
Last night I went to 7-11 with Steff. She is a great person- I love her individuality and laid-back personality (her hair is crazy- I love it!). We both didn’t really want anything to eat, so we grabbed two Arizona Green Teas. While we were grabbing our drinks, some guys came in from Righetti. I noticed right away one guy in particular I had thought was really cute throughout the semester but knew would never even look at me. (He didn’t.) These guys all knew Steff but that “one guy” looked right at me and said, “Hey.” I turned around quickly. Jerk. I heard his friends nudge him and say, “Ooh…burn!” and I smiled happily as Steff and I went to the counter to pay. The guys hollered their goodbyes to us as we pushed the door open, stepping out into the cool coastal night. As we laughed and headed towards Steff’s car, I wondered: why did he notice me now? Was it because I had my newer clothes on? My knit cap with the flower on the side? My bag slung messenger-style over my shoulder? My hair with the little piece of blonde showing in my ponytail? What? I just didn’t understand. All these things were new, but I was still me… Then I thought about it: at Righetti, I couldn’t care less what I wore. I couldn’t care less about Righetti in general. My eyebrows were thinner, my hair almost always thrown into a not-quite-trendy version of the sloppy bun. Is it that all those things, when corrected together, make a much more appealing version of myself? Better eyebrows, cuter outfit, new hairstyle? Shallow, but probably true. The thing is, people do judge a book by its cover whether they admit it or not. As JD would’ve said, it’s “discernment.” Golly…it’s going to be an interesting life if that’s the case. I mean, I might have a cute boyfriend if wore cuter outfits. I could think of cute outfits all the day long if I had the clothes to put them together with. And if I had the money to buy the clothes…and if I had the job to earn the money…the Circle of Life, eh? (Note: the last few lines said with dripping sarcasm.)
Changing the subject slightly, I feel like Nancy Drew after solving a great mystery. I’ve discovered who’s been sending me slightly amorous Honesty Box messages…and I’m not telling. But if you’re reading this, Mr. Honesty Box Man…I’m on to you!
May 19, 2008
Yesterday was Hannah's going away party...there were lots of people there that I haven't seen in a long time. Amanda, Carl, the very first guy I ever danced with at a Civil War dance who left me mid-dance because he didn't understand the steps...(Oh yeah...that was embarrassing.) It was nice to see them...didn't really talk to them, though. I always feel slightly awkward at these parties, especially now. I never really fit in with the groups within the youth/college group. I'm really disconnected...and that's due in part to the fact that a once-trusted friend told one-person-who-told-all-his-friends that I said some hurtful things about him and a person that means a lot to him. I don't even want to defend myself- it isn't worth the effort...because if you think that I said something (and heard it from one of your close friends), I'm not going to convince you otherwise. Situations like these make it easier to understand Jesus when He was on trial with all kinds of totally false accusations...and He never said a word in His own defense. With me, it's not that I'm blameless- it's the fact that no one came and even asked me if what they heard was true.
To be continued, Mrs. Giorgi is coming!
May 7, 2008
To begin with, my problem child is home. Emily! She doesn't mind that I'm writing because she knows it's true. To be truthful, it's been a rocky road since seeing her again and it's probably been around a month since she's been back in S.M. I'm here for her, always, but I can't be as involved as I was before. I felt like a parent- like I was building her up and encouraging her and she still messed up. Like she only would call me when she was in a jam. This time I'm here for her but from a much more detached point of view. I don't feel like it should be that way...but I just can't help it.
Next, college. I'll hopefully be at Master's in the fall. Financially I have some knots to untangle, but it's nothing too crazy. I'm excited for the dorm rivalry (Hotchkiss forever...!) and can't wait to jump in to studies.
I miss Germany! I really did love it there. But since going my appetite for travel has increased a lot. Hopefully I'll get to travel again soon...Australia is next!!!
That's about it for now! Time to get ready for American Idol. :)
April 2, 2008
January 28, 2008
January 3, 2008
I'm going to Germany!
I've been so busy planning all day and all this knowledge is building up inside me and I'm just so excited and nervous at the same time it's crazy. It seems like my dreams are coming true. I'm actually going to travel to a foreign country. And not only that, but study and live there for almost eight months! It's intense to think about. I never had Germany on my list of places to go, or German on my list of languages to learn. But there you go- God is leading me there.
I'll be living with a German family run by a single mom, Katinka. She has two children: a son, Vincent (9), and a daughter, Amadea (6). They live in Gauting, right outside of Munich. I'll be attending an intensive language course in Munich- it is about 3 months long and goes for five to six hours every day! Katinka says I should be fluent in German by the time I return home at the end of August.
What will I experience? What will I learn? Who will I meet? My heart and mind are opening to this idea of "a whole new world...!" [Breaks into song] Oh, I crack myself up. But I'm bursting with excitement.
I should be leaving on the 28th of January! Aaaaahhhh!
Did I mention I'm excited?