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Le Sigh

November 30, 2006

I’m sorry, I don’t know how long this is going to continue. No, no. This is the last. Oh! But bigger versions of these (and some others) are located here. Labeled by date, of course.

My Heart Gently Weeps

November 27, 2006

Snow dumped itself on Vancouver over the weekend. *sigh* So beautiful!

Photos courtesy of Katkam and my friend Jessica.

For a slice of Heaven…

October 20, 2005

…Order a Caramel Apple Cider. Seriously.

The epitome of lameness: you’re home before your parents on a school night. But it is 11pm people, and a responsible student prepares for the latin quiz she has tomorrow.

Well, my week started off pretty bad, but its ending better. I skipped class on Monday to finish a report due at midnight, only to have my internet go out an hour before. Earlier I did go to JT’s farewell party & Josh’s thesis show reception (both good things), and got to talk to friendly faces I don’t see often. Tuesday, though.. is where the poo hit the fan. I dropped my HST300 class, because it was a frickin’ joke. We weren’t learning any of the valuable methods we’re supposed to know, and I’ve been on the fence about it ever since it started. Well, just mentioning that I might do it created a pissed off father, since I wouldn’t be full-time at ASU and he thought we’d be losing money. (Such is not the case: I’m taking BPC110 through Rio, so I’m still full-time, and ASU tuition caps at 7 credits anyway). And then there was work. Someone tried to steal our tips, at one point there were only 3 of us & we got some drive-thru orders mixed up, and then I had words with a guy at work who was being disrespectful yet saying I was the rude one. I hate confrontation; I’m not afraid of it, but it sucks. I hate making people feel bad. I didn’t sleep well that night, so when I went in on Wednesday, I was already tired and therefore, more vulnerable to emotion. Through a combination of things, I spent the first 1.5 hrs in back doing dishes and trying to stop tears from flowing. Everyone was cool about it, but I hate crying in public, so that was particularly frustrating.

But there’s the funny thing about crying – once you’ve shed tears over the whole current situation (i.e. a bad week), you start to feel better. And I did. The rest of the night and subsequent next day (today) went just fine. Hopefully tomorrow will, too. And dropping that class really lifted off a huge burden. Next semester’s choices for HST300 are perfect, and taught by a few higher-up professors. Bonus!

P.S. Sure, this happens the year I’m not there.

July 25, 2005

Well, I guess it’s time for a little update, huh? Josh & Angie’s wedding was very.. whats a good word.. sweet & cute, but not at all in a cheesy way. The ceremony was short & sweet, Ian/Casey/Christine played “Spirit Waltz” which was so reminiscent of fullcircle, the H building (chapel) was decorated so well by Ms. Kerry Baugh, Casey was an excellent DJ, & it was just all around a good time. Watching them during the first dance was so fun just because they were talking & hugging & giving each other high fives.. it was just so uncheesy & I’m going to be cheesy if I continue any further. Afterwards, Whitlach, JT, Kyle, Brina, Charlie, & the two Irish boys Eddie & Aaron went to Four Peaks for some drinks and amazing french fries. Seriously, those are good! Charlie & I were sharing exchange stories (he went to England), especially the people we met, and it made me miss Sinje soo much. I haven’t talked with her since I left (except via email), but I am so excited that I’ll get to visit her next summer. Since talking to Eddie & Aaron, its pretty much official that we’re going for a month now. JT & Nora are still on the fence about going (money+time), but I’m definitely there. I’m getting so restless being here.. but I guess it was only a matter of time. More on that in a minute.

Saturday wasn’t anything special, but Sunday was a really good day. I missed jr high in the morning, but Nora & I checked out Grace’s (huge) college group with Jaime and I really liked it. Coming from Bethany, Grace has always been so taboo (& visa versa), which is so so stupid, but its true. After camp, I felt ready to start looking for other places, and since I now have no loyalty to BCC, I feel no qualms going anywhere. I went to high school with the guy leading worship (not sure if he would remember me) and he played really well, and the pastor was personable & funny. As we were leaving, he was walking out at the same time, and instead of just smiling while walking past, he stopped & was like, “hey I don’t think I know you guys” and introduced himself. I thought that was awesome because quite a few pastors I’ve known don’t do that at all. I also saw Justin, Tiffany, Adam, and Greg & Jordan from work. I had lunch with Michelle Berry at Chilli’s, catching up with a former jr higher. I felt so tired after, I had to take a nap before bible study. I wasn’t sure if it was still going on, but I knew if so, it was probably the last one. It wasn’t an official study that night, more of a chat & prayer time, and I thought that was really appropriate. I had a really cool conversation with Casey first about my dad’s future club and more about being disconnected & not staying in Arizona. It’s like, there are some people who think, “what’s the big deal? what’s so bad about here?”, but it’s not about that at all.. well, not for me, lol. It’s more about how it feels like that until you yourself leave, realize that you can leave, and then don’t feel so planted anymore. Don’t worry, I’m staying in Arizona for awhile, but again, I’m getting restless. I was talking with Ian’s girlfriend Kristin later on, who is soo sweet btw, and she also has done study abroad (in Australia). She asked me about how readjusting was going, somewhere along the lines of fitting back into “home”, which was such the right question because the answer would be a solid no. I don’t really want to get into it because I think that would discredit the wonderful people I’ve spent time with these last two months, but I’ll just say that it has been harder than I thought it would be. :-\ But anyway, later in the evening, Dan & Christine, Josh & Angie, Shannon, Eddie, & Aaron joined us all in going to Oregano’s.. my first time ever! Good pizza, and yeah, the pazookie is definitely the best! We were there until a good hour after they closed, but they were all really cool about it. It was a really beautiful night for eating outside, too. Most of the people went on to Martini Ranch, but I was tired, so I just headed home.

So, for the first time in 3 years I was home for the 4th of July, and it was interesting. Didn’t start off well, but it turned out all good anyway. Nora, Jeannine, Alissa, Derek, & Greg came over and we grilled burgers/cooked chicken, sitting/talking around my kitchen table. Joey joined us alittle bit later and we had a pretty humorous time being white trash for 30 minutes by drinking cheap beer from a can in the back of my truck whilst watching the fireworks. And Nora had to go recycle the cans.. so not white trash Nora! :-] Jason, Mike, Jon, Kyle, & Brina stopped by after the fireworks, and we were chillin for alittle bit. Jason & Jon were setting off some small firecrackers & my next door neighbors didn’t enjoy that too much.

Hmm, what else.. Oh yeah, Casey & Carl moved to Cali today (Long Beach & Hollywood, respectively), so a bunch of us went over to the Baughs for a farewell shindig. We’ll be missing those boys, though its not that far away. And they’re both right on the path for a great Cali roadtrip.. lol yeah, I don’t know if I’ll be able to get around to that. But here’s to hoping! Anyway, I think that’s about it for now. I gotta get my couch from Josh’s former house before they leave for the honeymoon on Friday, and I offered to help Sloan move tomorrow night. Plus, I gotta clear out my room to switch with my sister (finally I’ll get to unpack my stuff). T-G-I-(almost)-F!

July 17, 2005

Some from the snowfall back in early January, and then the last three from a few days ago. Seriously. *sigh* (Steve, I think that sign idea is a good one! Let me know if you ever do it.)