Saturday, September 12, 2009

I'm Back

So...I've been absent for quite a few months now. I'm sorry. I don't really have any good excuse, so I won't even try.

This summer has been a busy one, full of big trips and little ones. Today I'll give you one of the smaller ones. Think way back to June. I flew back out to Iowa only two short weeks after vacation to go pick up and bring home my graduation present (which my parents didn't really have to pay for). His name is Wilson...

He is a five year old Bichon Friese and I love him buckets and buckets. I would dare to say he's the best dog I could have ever gotten. He came house and kennel trained, he doesn't shed, and he doesn't bark unless someone is playing with him. What more could you ask for really.

So, I've been adjusting to life with a dog over the last couple months. Getting up at 6 in the morning to take him for walk, making sure he gets out during the day and has food and water in his bowls. He's a pretty funny dog, so one of these days I'll post a video for your viewing pleasure.

I promise I won't be absent for months at a time anymore. I'll be back to tell the tales of my trips over the summer.

Thanks for reading.


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Good Ol' Orange City's spring break for me and I'm back in Orange City for the rest of this week. I flew in yesterday and I head home again on Saturday. It is soooo good to be here (and really nice to not have to go to class :) I had a blast going around to find and surprise all my friends last night, and then some of my profs today. Their reactions were a visual and physical reminder of how much I really am loved.

I am realizing that I really do miss my life here. I absolutely love being at home in SoCal, but this is like home too. I miss the slower pace of life, and being able to walk home 4 blocks at 11:30 at night and not being worried that someone is gonna get you...which I did last night.

It feels so good to get away and just relax and have some down time, and time to really focus on a few things that really need to get done (i.e. job applications and my exit portfolio).

So...I am going to spend some good quality time with my friends and thoroughly enjoy the time I have here.


Sunday, March 22, 2009

Twilight Saga Completed!!'s been quite a while, and I thought that I should maybe put another post up so you all know I am still alive. I am still here, though I disappeared for a bit.

I am proud to say that I have read all four of the twilight books!!! :D

Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn.

Soooo can't say anything about them until you've read them. I was a little skeptical until I read the first one...and then I was hooked. I took about a 2 month break between Eclipse and Breaking Dawn because I was waiting for my friend to finish the last book. Then I got tired of waiting, so I bought it myself, and I read the whole thing in 8 days!! AMAZING!!

And yesterday, my mom bought the movie, since it's finally out, and we watched it, since I hadn't seen it yet. It was pretty good. Bella's house and the Cullens' house look nothing like what I had pictured in my head while reading the books. But it stayed pretty true to the book, which made me happy.

So, there's a little post for you to enjoy.

Life is getting better. I'll try to keep you posted more often now as to how I'm doing and what's going on in life.

As always...


Sunday, February 1, 2009

New Hair :D

's the new look. I cut about 8 inches off of it. I decided I needed to have a fresh start, and came the hair.

Here's another view of the hair

And a crazy face...just for fun

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Still Sad, But Oh So Blessed

This weekend has been the most painful of my life. While it's hard, if not nearly impossible, to see it right now, I know that God has a plan for me. He will use this situation to prepare me for something better down the road. I have been so blessed to be reminded of this by so many of you. Blessed to know that I am surrounded with family and friends who care deeply about me and are praying for me. It's going to take a while, but I know things will get better. And it's because God is holding me in his arms, and because all of you are holding me in your prayers and thoughts. I can't thank you enough.

This is a poem that a dear friend sent to me. I found it to be very truthful, though I still have "a while" to go.

"After a While"

After a while you learn
the subtle difference between
holding a hand and chaining a soul
and you learn
that love doesn't mean leaning
and company doesn't always mean security.
And you begin to learn
that kisses aren't contracts
and presents aren't promises
and you begin to accept your defeats
with your head up and your eyes ahead
with the grace of woman, not the grief of a child
and you learn
to build all your roads on today
because tomorrow's ground is
too uncertain for plans
and futures have a way of falling down
in mid-flight.
After a while you learn
that even sunshine burns
if you get too much
so you plant your own garden
and decorate your own soul
instead of waiting for someone
to bring you flowers.
And you learn that you really can endure
you really are strong
you really do have worth
and you learn
and you learn
with every goodbye, you learn...

It's a Sad, Sad Day

Well, I've neglected my blog for a while, and I wish I had happy news to blog about. But that is not the case.

As of yesterday, I am no longer engaged. Mike called off the wedding and our relationship is done.

So now, as I try to keep up with life, I ask for your prayers. Prayers for strength and prayers for guidance.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

What A Start To The New Year

Happy New Year...just a couple days late!! I hope this finds you all well.

New Year's Eve was a lot of fun. Mike and I hung out with a bunch of my friends from high school. We spent the night playing all sorts of different games and just spending time together. It was so good to see most of my friends again. Driving home was super scary though. The fog was insanely intense. I was glad Mike was driving and we were in his truck...that made me feel much safer.

New Year's Day we spent just hanging out as a family. We watched the Rose Parade off and on, which is always a good time. We went over to my papa and nana's house for the traditional lunch meal of pigs-in-the-blanket...sooooo good. Then we headed home to watch USC kick butt in the Rose Bowl. GO TROJANS!!!!!!

I also spent the day reading New Moon...the second book in the Twilight saga...and I finished it too. I started Ecilpse this morning at work. I'm hoping...rather ambitiously...that I can get this book and the next one done before Monday. I need to get done as soon as possible so I can focus on student teaching, which I start on Monday.

Today hasn't been the greatest. Yesterday, mid-morning, I noticed that the left side of my throat was pretty sore. I knew right away it wouldn't end up well. When I got home from work, I checked it, and sure enough, my sore was back. In the last 7 months, I have now had this sore 4 times. My throat and glands get swollen, and I get a really nasty looking sore in the back left side of my throat. So, after work and a coffee meeting with my first cooperating teacher, my mom and I headed to urgent care to see what we could find out. After waiting for 2 hours, I finally got brought back to see a doctor. I had a fever of 100.3...bleck. Then the doctor came in and asked what was up and checked my heart..."deep breaths, now"...then he looked at my throat...this is what he said, "That looks terrible!!" He decided I needed to be tested for strep and mono...which I've been tested for the last two times I've had this stupid sore. They did the tests and both came back negative. But he decided to give me a shot of penicillin to try to combat whatever it is. So...after a total of three hours in urgent care, they swabbed my throat, pricked my finger, and stabbed my butt....and we still don't know exactly what this stupid thing is. He said that it is probably something to do with my the next time it comes back, I should head to an E.N.T. (Ear, Nose, & Throat Dr.), and that they may decide to take my tonsils out...YAY for me. So now I'm at home with a sore butt and feeling a little loopy and tired after taking some medicine for the pain. What a day!

I'm soooo looking forward to starting my student teaching experience on Monday. I just have a really good feeling about it. I'll keep you all posted on how it goes. For now, I think I'm gonna give in to the drug induced sleepiness.