Saturday, March 29, 2008

Cuernavaca!



it's not the best picture, but... I'll be studying in Cuernavaca this summer! For a whole month! I'm very excited. I'll be taking 6 credit hours worth of class, plus we'll be taking excursions to all sorts of fancy historic sites. I'll be staying with a Mexican host family and learning even more Spanish. It will be like school and vacation mixed!

The only downside is that I will lose my job, which I love. With being gone for a month, they will need someone to take over my duties, and company protocol doesn't allow anyone to be off for that long. So that will be sad- i've put a lot of hard work into my job and have really come to enjoy what i do and the people i work with. However, come fall i will be taking more classes at school and therefore will be working less, so it may be a blessing in disguise. we shall see.

wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

birthday.

yes, it was today. i am the ripe old age of 26, and i cannot begin to tell you how many people in the last two days have told me that i look 17.
my parents and i split the cost of a nice new futon as a birthday present. it's awesome. it's a pretty brown color and obviously it folds into a couch and a bed, but the head of the bed also clicks upward into 5 different positions, which is really nice for reading in bed. i'm excited about it. it makes my bedroom seem much more livable.
eric got me some awesome gift cards to places i enjoy shopping in, a wooden crate for records, and an out-of-print damien jurado album that i mentioned i was looking for when we first began dating nearly two years ago. he definitely deserves credit for remembering that.
mom and dad took me out to buca di beppo last night for an amazing italian meal (my favorite, sigh). then we went to visit my brother patrick who is a bartender at a popular bar in broad ripple, but we didnt stay long due to the inevitable chaos of march madness. we also had a scrumptious breakfast at cracker barrel this morning. tomorrow i look forward to the traditional cherry chip birthday cake with cherry icing that my mother makes for my brother and i every year.

here's some pictures:







eric and i went out to dinner tonight where we got free dessert(!), then went bowling, but first we stopped to see my dad's band (stagecoach) play at a benefit show down the road from where we live. i took several pictures but this one is my favorite:



dad is on the left, gary is on the right. yep, dad plays bass in a honky-tonk band :)

Friday, March 14, 2008

10

1) spring break is coming to an end. sad that i didnt get to do anything fantastic, glad that i got to relax.

2) mom is buying me an awesome new futon for birthday, and i may be switching to a new bedroom in the house. i'm a sucker for novelty!

3) i am so sore all the time anymore, i feel like i'm 80. got a massage today and had to sit around for an hour because i felt so rubbery afterwards.

4) AAAALLLMOOST saw built to spill tonight! argh! should have bought tickets yesterday.

5) turned in a scholarship application yesterday to a woman who thus replied, "oh good, i dont think we've had anyone else apply for this one." deadline is tomorrow! fingers crossed!

6) possible trip to the new (much closer!) ikea in west chester, ohio! possibly this weekend! i would die and go to furniture heaven.

7) gave my car a good scrubbin' both inside and out. a nice way to usher in spring.

8) diagnosed with TMJD last week. clicking jaw abounds.

9) bought many good presents for upcoming birthdays from the cancer site/the literacy site. excited to be giving out 'meaningful' gifts to people rather than tacky crap.

10) planning a baby shower for a friend, which is a first for me. should be fun!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

nice

i got an awesome blessing at work today. a lady who i have a friendship with gave me a plaster kit so that i can make d'arcy's paw prints. it was really super sweet of her; i know she knows how much my dog means to me and how much it will suck when d'arcy is gone.

i finally finished a whoppin' spanish paper. now i have to figure out how to return to normal life!

hanging out tomorrow with old friend, hopefully many inspiring spiritual discussions will be had.

keep praying for dad!

Monday, March 3, 2008

prayer.

praise report #1: i have a friend who has been athiest as long as i've known him. last week i said a few prayers for him, asking God to reveal himself to my friend. he emailed me yesterday.... after he'd come home from church :)

praise report #2: d'arcy has been miserable. i didnt think she would live through last night. she has difficulty breathing, walking, eating, etc. today while i was at work feeling sad about the situation, i asked God to heal her. when i came home, she was still in my bed where she spends most of her time, but she was wagging her tail! she does not do that much at all anymore. later tonight as i was cooking dinner, she got a toy out and started playing with it, and she wagged her tail even more when mom came home. then she ate a bowlful of our dinner AND some of her own dog food. her spirits are so much higher than yesterday! ironically- and i realize this might be cheesy- the "daily bible verse" on my google homepage was psalm 36:6-

"Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep. O LORD, you preserve both man and beast."

crazy! seriously, God's pretty rad, he's been pretty busy in my life lately. which leads me to this prayer request-

prayer request: please, please, please pray that my dad finds a job. the company he's working for at the moment hasn't given him any work in almost a week. to make matters worse, they told him he had work on saturday, so he drove to some far location only to find out that they needed a different type of work done (he's an electrician). there is a job opening here in town that he would be very excited to get. he got laid off from his steady job back in september, and since then he hasn't been able to find steady work. obviously things are tense in the house because of this.

paz.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

wakin' up

i felt like the world woke up a little today. church was nice, i finally returned to vecinos after about a 2 month hiatus. seeing people was nice and actually having conversations with brothers and sisters was great. our new pastor is pretty great too, i'm excited to talk with him about bloomington and its current deadness.
the weather was beautiful. too bad i didnt have time to get out and do something to commemorate it.
i'm so thankful for progress. thankful for waking up again. thankful for grace and mercy and forgiveness.