Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The New Year

2012 is here and I could not be more excited.  2012 holds big things, I just know it.

Last year I made these NYResolutions and I am proud to say that I kept most of them! I did not text and drive (or talk on the phone without a Bluetooth) for the whole year, I didn't buy any new books (I'm trying to read the ones I already have first), I got out of multiple unhealthy relationships, formed new loving ones, and reclaimed my GPA.  Sure, there are a few that I didn't get around to, but there's always time in 2012.

On a more somber note, I hate watching so many of my family and friends acting and trying to be someone they are not.  Whether it's in social interactions or on the internet, it's the most repugnant thing.  I don't know if I do this (I probably do to some extent) but I don't want to do it, and I think that will be my New Year's Resolution--to be myself and be authentic.  I know I will be making a lot of decisions in 2012 that people (including family and friends) might not be too enthused about, but having multiple conversations about this topic with [true] friends, I have cemented myself in that I will not live my life to please other people.

My other New Year's Resolution will be to read the entire Old Testament.  Funny, I used to think that the OT was just a bunch of history that was essentially unnecessary for someone who knew all the Bible stories, but oh how wrong I was.  The OT holds do many secrets and treasures it is now more fulfilling for me to read that than the New Testament.  So here's to my perseverance and dedication to getting through the whole thing, and understanding it in a new and amazing way.

My other practical goal is to learn how to make one good dish.  Really well.  So that I can invite people over and make it for them and know ahead of time that it will be a success.  I would like to begin to cook my own food and improve as a chef in general.  Going hand-in-hand with cooking food (as opposed to buying fast food), I would like to eat healthier and lose some flab.  I want to exercise more and stay under my goal weight.  That's pretty vague, but I'd like to convince myself that it's not about a number but about being healthy on the inside from doing the hard work and self-discipline that results in a happy, healthy body.

2012 is going to be such a fantastic (but crazy) year.  I am nervous and excited and overwhelmed and it's only January 3rd.  Here's to new and exciting things, brought to you by your favorite caffeinated redhead. :]

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

25 Things I am thankful for this year:
1. Chocolate
2. Naps
3. My Cat - Oreo Rastiss.
4. Having Red Hair
5. Free Time
6. My Brain/Cognitive Ability
7. Liberty
8. Apple Gadgets
9. Music
10. Coffee and Espresso
11. My Good Health
11. Nebula
12. Bethany Church
13. My Car, in good condition.
14. The Post's and their hospitality.
15. College Group Friends, both new and old.
16. Tommy Truong - my gbf for over 7 years.
17. Oanh Nguyen - my sanity.
18. Debbie and Melissa - my girls.
19. Katie and her teaching me the Bible in a new way.
20. Cal State Long Beach and my education.
21. A job that pays the bills.
22. The Bible
23. My Family
24. James Doskocil, my best friend and love of my life.
25. Jesus Christ

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Some Things I've Been Up To

Sometimes I don't blog because I just don't have the time.  Other times I don't blog because I don't have anything interesting to say.  One thing I know is that people like pictures, so here are some pictures of what I've been doing lately.

With my sister getting married in January I have been coming home for a lot of family weekends.  I have been missing my church family in LB on Sundays, but I absolutely love the time with these people in this picture.  Sometimes being away for so long makes me forget how blessed I am to have the family that I have.  This specific picture was last month (October) on my Dad's 61st birthday.

As 6 months together came and went, this silly guy has kept me laughing and loving life.  I'm so glad we are still able to date and pursue each other regardless of how long it's been--it makes everything more fun  :}  This particular picture is us on the pier at Seal Beach after a Ruby's dinner, just

(My new "Hipster" App turns my pictures into Hip Postcards! LOL)
This is Carmelitos where I do my Community Service Learning.  I work with children from the Carmelitos neighborhood (low-income housing projects) to mentor them, tutor them, play with them, and provide any other after-school help that they need.  I have also received a specific "mentee"that I mentor primarily..

This is my baby Nebula.
She has melted my heart.
I see her every Thursday and it is always one of the highlights of my week.  Working at Carmelitos has opened my eyes and softened my heart to these innocent children that have so much to give but so little opportunity.  I love to love on her, and the way that she squeals when I have barely walked through the door plasters a huge smile on my face that is hard to get rid of.

Instead of buying overpriced Christmas gifts for everyone this year I began a painting project so that I can paint things that I know my family and friends would like, and have them "mean" so much more than a petty gift.  The only difficulty is finding time to get out all the paints and make a mess.  On Veteran's day we had the day off from school, so I spent the whole day painting.  These are the beginnings of a few of the paintings I did for my little sister's future house (she loves Sanctus Real).

James never drank much Starbucks before we met, but now he's a loyal customer (can I say that?)!  Starbucks gets us through school and work, and those have been two very demanding things lately.  Before-school coffee visits make my day!  On the bright side, today I took my last midterm/submitted my last paper and I am free for the week for Thanksgiving break!  I will be spending the Holiday in Bakersfield with James' mom's side of the family, which should be fun.  I love bonding.  :]

Working Hard or Hardly Working?  Sometimes I'm not sure.  Yesterday I spent 16 straight hours in bed, doing a combination of napping/studying/writing/sleeping/home-working and preparing for this last day of school.  Some days I feel like I have conquered the world, but more often than not I'm just exhausted.  I will be sooo glad when December 15th rolls around and I can wash this semester off of me.  This is my last intensive school semester (5 classes/lab) and after this I think it's safe to say it's all down hill from here. 

 I just picked my Spring classes about 30 minutes ago and here is a look at my schedule:
In case this just looks like gibberish to you non-college people, it just means I have 3 classes and a lab, and from the reviews I've read online, my 8am class is a piece-of-cake elective (attendance is not even mandatory!).  Graduation is, so close.....!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

A Perfect Weekend

This past Friday was James' birthday and since we haven't been doing much celebrating of anything for a while now, I suppose you could say that we did this one up.  I didn't mind though--it came at the perfect time and gave me the adventure and relaxation that I was needing :]

On Friday we woke up early and hit the road with our snacks--we like to be frugal, ok?
We even got matching water bottles, which were extremely useful!  :P

We started up PCH towards our destination -- San Luis Obispo -- and along the way we were blessed with great weather and no traffic!  We passed through Malibu, saw the Getty Villa, and lots and lots of coastline.  Once we got a little more inland there was pretty countryside, but about that time I was a little distracted because I was busy doing car know me.

When we finally arrived in SLO we met up with James' friend Steve and before we knew it we were whisked away on a hike up to the top of Bishop Peak.  Problem 1) I was in flats (OLD flats), Problem 2) I had no hair tie.  Did that stop us? Nope!  It was great, and though it was a rigorous hike we made it to the top just as it was getting dark.  We felt extremely accomplished.... and hungry.  We hiked down in the dark by way of headlamp and then indulged in large Mexican feast and explored the little downtown area of SLO (I had never been there) before calling it a night, since we all had to get up early the next day.
(On top of Bishop's)

(the peak reminds me of the Grizzly ride at CA Adventures)

On Saturday we got up at dawn and headed back up the 1.  I pride myself in taking maybe ten minutes to get ready on this day--getting closer and closer to being a  low maintenance girl every day :]

(Breakfast in Morro Bay)

Our first stop, just outside of SLO, was to Morro Bay where we had breakfast and saw the big rock.  I had been told about this rock but I didn't really know what all the hype was about.. it's huge! And the beach there is gorgeous!  We took a bunch of pictures (James' favorite thing to do..) and then kept on our journey...

I love this guy.

We stayed on PCH and so our trip was full of lots of pretty coastal stops.  We stopped at Ragged Point and then for gas in Big Sur, San Mateo, and later in Monterey.  Then I fell asleep, so I don't really know what San Jose was like... (James tells me I didn't miss much)

One of the coolest stops we made was in San Mateo at the Elephant Seal Vista Point.  Because of the large amounts of kelp and rocks at this particular beach, sharks are deterred and seals abound.  These aren't like the cute seals you see at Pier 39 or Sea World though... these are weird-looking Elephant seals...

Nevertheless, it was a fun little stop.

(Ragged Point)

We arrived in San Francisco around 3.. I've been to SF before, but never with the one I love the most :]  It was a great evening on the town.

We had sourdough bread bowls from Boudin and then walked around Fisherman's Wharf up to Ghiradelli Square.

He loves me a lot, and knows my love language...

We were both exhausted so we called it a night pretty early on.

Can I just say, for all of the people who wonder and are trying to draw conclusions, we are responsible adults.  We didn't sleep together, figuratively or literally.  We both are committed to staying pure and we wouldn't dabble in that in the slightest, so please don't worry or speculate...

When we got up in the morning we ate and read through 1st Peter before heading back into the city.  We cruised down Lombard street (the crookedest street!) back to Fisherman's Warf, had lunch at Boudin's (we couldn't get enough) and then saw the sites for a bit before carrying on.

We travelled up and over the famous Golden Gate Bridge, and then headed for home, passing through Berkley, Oakland, and a bunch of other random little towns...  The quick road home is very straight and boring.  I fell asleep and when I woke up we were in a town that smelled like a Porta Potty.  We stopped at the most IL-legit Burger King ever, and we both took years off of our lives together, nom-noming away...

We got back to LB on Sunday evening, both happily exhausted but fulfilled.  I would've assumed after 3 days together we would get sick of each other, but this was hardly the case--spending time together never gets old.  We don't usually run out of things to talk about, but if we did we'd just be silent, cuz we also like to do that together--just sit and "process" side by side.

Oh my best friend, how I love you so!  I am so glad you were born, and even more glad that we got to spend this truly wonderful weekend bonding and growing together.  My heart is full, I am so incredibly blessed :]

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

My Best [Academic] Week Ever

Forgive me for bragging, and I do admit this is a tad conceited, but I have to say--I rocked it this week, academically speaking.

For the past few weeks straight I feel like I have been running around frantically missing one class to study for another, breaking a date here or there to do reading in my bed, or more recently--pulling all nighters to finish long essays the night before they are due.  I was worrying that it was going to be in vain, but today I got a great dose of positive Reality!

People usually exaggerate their results on tests, but purely honest, this week alone I got:
-Highest score in the class on my statistics midterm... setting the curve :]  (Me, math?!?! What?!)
-94/95 on my HDev 357i midterm
-A+ (and a "this is EXCELLENT!") on my Psy 333 essay
-10+ (and a "this made my brain tingle!") on my Soc 335i Reaction Paper
-and to finish it off, today I received a 93% on my Psy 335i midterm that I just took this Monday.  I know it's an A-, but there were only 4 A's in the entire class and this Prof is NOTORIOUS for wicked hard tests... needless to say, I was soaring today :]

It's pretty amazing what God will do if you just give him space.  At the women's retreat one of the things that I took away was that I needed to incorporate God in my busyness instead of telling him to hold on.  I had been putting Him on hold while I tried to tackle my todo lists and study sessions and I was feeling more and more burdened.  When I rearranged my priorities and reorganized so that I was allowed to balance, REST, and ENJOY life..... the world didn't come to an end after all :]

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

You'll Always Be My Best Friend

To my best friend, protector, listener, problem-solver, leader, teammate, and comforter; my hero, thanks for a great five months, :] I never knew it was possible for me to be this happy every day.  Thanks for loving me the right way, through the hard stuff, and caring about the things that really matter.  God has blessed me abundantly.

if you were to leave and fulfill someone else's dream, I think I might totally be lost.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Take it from me, it's not always easy

Today I had my own award ceremony for myself, in my bed, for today I declare I have become a professional napper.  I used to never be able to nap, and now I can nap anytime, any place, and for those of you who don't know, that is a skill and a blessing.

Sweet dreams!

Friday, October 14, 2011

God is faithful.

This has been one of the most challenging weeks of my life.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Oh, to be at ease

4 Things I Do Every Thursday

1. Pray
2. School
3. Eat a LOT
4. College Group


"I sometimes do what I want to do, but most of the time I do what I need to do." --JIM POST

As I get older, but more particularly on this balmy September Thursday, I am grieved by the fact that I really don't have enough time anymore to do the things I want to do.  Growing up and balancing work and school is a task in itself.  I miss playing organized sports, I miss having tv shows to discuss with people, and I miss my family.

Cheers*to futures...

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Ohhh the many ways I love you, Mr...

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

I'm posting my homework as a blog

Reaction Paper #1: We Are Cognitive Misers
            A class discussion idea that particularly struck me as intriguing was the idea that we are “Cognitive Misers.”  I didn’t know what the word miser meant, let alone how it was being used in conjunction with the way that we think, so this concept was wholly unfamiliar.  Being a Cognitive Miser entails thinking “frugally” in order to conserve mental energy and we do this by way of shortcuts that we have grown to accept as our first-resort method of critical thinking.  We use heuristics and schemas to quickly decide how we should handle information coming in, but by consequence these short cuts are not always fully accurate and there is much room for error.  My initial question was, if we aren’t using these trained ways of thought what are we using?  But this just proves the point in itself; I was quickly jumping to the idea that there was only one way of thinking.  The alternative to using heuristics would be to deliberately think, harder than we need to when we use our normal shortcuts. 
            Sometimes when I am faced with a large To Do list, or when I have multiple things on my plate that need processing, I will either avoid doing them all together and will ultimately accomplish very little, or I will have to sit down and make lists and think of the ways to be most productive and effective.  In this case I have to put myself in very specific environments that are conducive to deeper thinking and I have to be entirely dedicated to the end result.  Most often I find myself doing this when I pray.  While I usually shuffle through my day merely chasing stray thoughts here and there to wherever they might lead me, praying involves thinking through my life’s largest issues and struggles in an intentional way that allows me to see hidden facets that I had not thought of before.  I’ve been noticing, as I get older, how much more difficult it is for me to stay disciplined enough to do this every day, let alone multiple times a day.  Through our study of Cognitive Misers I can now see why this is not a natural tendency—because it requires incredibly large amounts of deliberate thought.  I do, however, delight in the fact that the hard work pays off and with the help of some divine intervention, multiple good decisions have been born from dedication to this process. 

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Four Eyes

I've officially joined the club.  

Two weeks ago I went to the eye doctor and she informed me that not only do I have astigmatisms in both eyes, but they are strong enough that I am also cross-eyed due to the lazy muscles in my right eye.  As you can probably guess I was thrilled to hear this (note: intense sarcasm).  But alas, in order to correct it, I'm now a four eyes.  (It's not so bad though, I know some pretty good looking people that wear glasses ;])

Thursday, August 18, 2011


Reblogging the latest and greatest from Max Dubinsky, because it tickled my heart--perhaps you can tell which ones?

After years of dating, sleepless nights, anxiety, and screwing it all up, I think I finally got it right. As a result, I have decided to share with you my ten biggest mistakes with sex and dating in hopes that I have made the same mistakes twice enough for all of us.

10. I took all my sexual and dating advice from church sermons, Hollywood, and pornography. Except in fifth grade when my oldest sister, Julie, gave me the “sex talk” with a Gatorade bottle and a prescription pill bottle respectively as props. I believe she used the terms “power tool” and “tool shed.” Unfortunately, not everyone has an older sister as great as mine, and we are forced to rely on pornography’s lie and the church’s rules. God created us to have sex with one person and only one person our entire lives. And thank goodness we have marriage to help make this commitment before God. But dating muddies the waters. The Bible doesn’t talk much about dating. Seek out married couples you trust and respect for advice, counsel, and accountability.

9. I put sex on a pedestal. This isn’t hard to do. We have been lead to believe that our honeymoons and marriages should be one blurry pornographic sex romp. Hollywood tells us that anything we want can be ours. We listen to young pastors brag in their sermons about how much sex they are having with their hot wives while gratuitous sex between our favorite Hollywood stars slinks its way into our living rooms and theaters. It looks good, it looks like it feels good, and all anyone seems to do is talk about how much of it they are having. We should not be getting into relationships to have good sex. Sex is the incidental offshoot of having a good relationship.

8. I took dating too seriously. Instead of going on first dates, I went on casting calls. Every date was the search of the perfect candidate for the role of a lifetime: my future wife. I’ve done enough extensive research on this topic, and the results are proven to end disastrously 100% of the time. So take your time.

7. I didn’t take dating seriously enough. After three or four dates, it should be apparent whether or not you are compatible with the person you’ve been seeing. Either end it there, or have a talk about where they see things going with you. There is no need to hang around for ten more dates (or years) if he’s 35, still lives above his parents’ garage, and doesn’t share your beliefs, or if she already has an alarming number of cats in her apartment.

6. I dated someone who did not share my faith. But they shared all my same interests. Loved the same books and movies. Had a loving heart full of compassion and grace. Only they wanted nothing to do with God. That’s only a few inches away from loving Jesus, right? Obviously that’s why we were together. I thought I could “save” them. I could not. You can’t either.

5. I pushed my sexual boundaries. Today, after meeting the woman I know I am going to marry and spend the rest of my life with, it saddens me to know that I wasted myself on others. There is something incredibly special about picking one person to give yourself entirely to out of the six billion people on this planet.

4. I thought she was interested when she really just wanted to be friends. Women, if a man you are friends with is spending a lot of time with you, dropping you off at home then talking to you for an hour in the driveway, answering your calls, and showing up every time you invite him somewhere, it’s because he is interested. In the back of our mind, we as men are always, always prepared for the possibility that something might happen between us and our female friends. So don’t be afraid to make a move. Or to make it clear to us that we really are and will always be, “just friends.” A true friend and a proper gentleman will respect that. Because we know we don’t deserve you at all. And it’s an honor that you would even think to call us a friend. But we will still secretly hope that one day you might fall for us.

3. I did not make my intentions clear from the start. When asking someone out for the first time, try the Pre-Date-Friend-Zone coffee or lunch. This is a commitment free zone that requires no follow-up phone call, no rejections, and no nonsense. If you are attracted to someone and find them interesting, let them know by asking them out for a cup of coffee on Saturday afternoon. Tell them, “I’d love get to know you more.” And arrive to your destination of choice separately. At the end of this Pre-Date you should have a dynamite understanding of who you are choosing to pursue. From there you can exchange numbers or simply exchange pleasantries. If you don’t make your intentions clear from the start, you said, “coffee,” and they heard, “chapel.”

2. I used pornography. And pornography is a lie. The same chemicals that your brain produces to bind and connect you with your spouse during sex are released when using pornography. Binding and connecting you to something that isn’t real. Connecting with a lie. The more you connect with the lie, the harder it becomes to connect with reality. This will directly affect your sex life, arousal, and your ability to perform.

1. I thought that if I stopped dating and cut women out of my life, I would meet my wife. But how can I meet my wife if I am not open to going on dates?The reason so many men and women turn to pornography is because the Christian church has lead us to believe any time spent alone with the opposite sex leads to intimacy and sex, guilt and sin. Men in particular have become so fearful of screwing up that they are eliminating any interaction they could possibly have with women. So we are now cutting out fifty percent of community thinking we are keeping ourselves safe, but in reality we are so much worse off. We turn to porn to replace the community we cut out because we believe it’s safer. I say go on dates! You’re going to need to know how to talk to your wife when you finally meet her.

I’ve learned a few other things in my dating life. Like you’re never too manly to hold her purse. Don’t ask her to cover the tip on the first date. And what to do when you’ve offered to pump her gas and accidentally spill gasoline all over your hands and shoes on the way to a house party. Travel from room to room and start every conversation with, “Man, do you smell that? I think there’s a gas leak.”


Thursday, July 28, 2011

No confessions lately....   *crickets*

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Jamba Juice

A Typical Conversation about my work:

- Them: "Oh you work at Jamba, which one??"
- Me: "Second Street, in Belmont Shore"
- Them: "Oh that's so cool, I will definitely have to come in and visit some time when I'm down there!"

If I had a dollar for every time I've had that conversation, I might not have to work at Jamba anymore.  It's interesting how many people say that and how few "visitors" we ever get.  Not that I mind at all, it's just kind of funny.  My job sucks some times, especially now that it's summer and it's HOT, but I still love it and I am blessed to have it.  And I love days like today, because essentially I get paid to hang out with my best friend :]  I love you, Deb.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

I don't really have much to say, but would like to take the opportunity to point out that my padres have won 7 out of their last 8 games. Schweet! I got to go to the game on Monday and we reaffirmed that James truly is their good luck charm. That's a good quality to have if you are my boyfriend. :]

I'm currently in the process of moving all of my things out of my house and into the Post's, and it's been a lot less stressful than I thought. I mean, life has been hectic but I have great landlords that have given me a little grace room/time to move out after my unexpected hospital stay last week. The new place is shaping up, now if I could just get one more solid moving day I think I could get it all done..

In other news, the Great American Holiday is coming up in a few days and I am totally excited. Maybe they will play copious amounts of patriotic music at church again? And alas, the 4th of July always signifies 1 week till my birthday! So I guess the countdown to 21 starts now...

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Jai Ho

A year ago it seemed that life had dealt me a bad hand and I was living the summer of hell.  And the temperature outside had nothing to do with that reference.  My parents were pursuing divorce and selling the house I grew up in, my dad was threatening to move to Arizona but was stopped short by a brush with death that landed him in the ICU (multiple times), I hated my job and I was struggling to become financially independent for the first time, my love life had been in a downward spiral to say the least, my own mental health was seriously called into question, I was having major issues with the people I called my "best friends," and I spent my 20th birthday sobbing on my bed, followed by my first car crash the next day.

Not exactly ideal.

"We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed.  We are perplexed, but not driven to despair.  We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God.  We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed." - 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

But now that I am at a place where I can look back on it, I realize how much growth has occurred for me in this last year.  I won't get all mushy and sentimental (I know that's the part of a blog where I check out and just start skimming) but seriously, what a year!  Some people ask me, "if God is good, why is there evil in the world?"  There are about a handful of different ways that I typically approach this answer, but one of them is this: if everything was always good, we would not appreciate goodness.  The presence of evil and hardships gives us an appreciation for good things beyond what we would otherwise be capable of feeling.   I guess what I'm trying to say is, I am so joyful and at peace with my life right now exactly the way that it is, but I know I owe a large part of that to last year and the dichotomy that now exists in my mind.  I am immensely BLESSED--I truly believe this at my core, it's not just Christian lip service.  I am not rich, I'm not graduated, I'm not married, and I'm not famous.  I don't wear the fanciest clothes or eat at 5-star restaurants every night, in fact, I'm so far from all of these things that it's kind of ironic--but I feel  like none of this could bring me the happiness I have now.

Life is still hard and I face challenges all the time, every day.  But it's different this time.  Being born independent and driven has given me an attitude of "I can do anything, and I can do it all by myself" and that attitude came to an abrupt halt when my life started to crumble.  I'm not perfected, and I definitely still take on more than I should, but being in recognition of the necessity of Christ, my redeemer, has shifted my perspective and removed a lot of the burden that I carried.  Casting my cares on Him and striving for only the things that He calls me to has really given my life new value.  I think we are all capable of being pulled from this vision and dragged down other paths, but that's when we do a heart check and refocus... Who am I trying to please here?  What am I trying to gain?  Why am I doing the things that I am doing?  Will this benefit me eternally?
And, "am I throwing God under the bus right now?"  <

So I suppose the long story short is that God is good and all true joy comes from Him.  I am seeing glimpses of that now.  I am extremely more secure in who I am now than I was last year at this time.  My parents are reconciled and happy (and still in San Diego!), I have a solidified and tangible idea of where I am headed with my schooling, I have a flexible job that provides exactly what I need financially, I am serving in the best Jr. High ministry I have ever witnessed, and to top it off God delivered me the solid friends I asked for, and I am dating an amazing man of God.  My happiness isn't in these things alone, but LOOK at the faithfulness here! PTL.

Jai Ho is actually the Hindi word for "Victory."  I found that out after hearing it in the song from Slumdog Millionaire, and thought about what it would be like to live a life that could be summed up in that one word.  Not in a competitive way, but in a way that implied contentedness in everything...little victories, personal victories.  Sadly enough I fantasized about the day when I could put that as my Facebook status, or at least make some awesome reference to it, and mean it.  Yeah, I'm only 20 years old, and I have a lot of life left to live, but I feel like right now I'm living pretty victoriously.

"Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord."
 --1 Corinthians 15:57-58

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


All-smiles, 25 days in a row.  This type of thing could do me in.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Exorbitant Joy

I am the only person I know who has as one of their bookmarked quicklinks on the top of Safari's browser...maybe because I am a fanatic when it comes to spelling and proper grammar, not to mention word choice..

Lately I have been bumbling over words trying to find the right one to describe how I feel and I am still stumped.  For tonight, though, I will have to settle with "exorbitantly joyful" and hope that it can suffice.


[ig-zawr-bi-tuhnt]-adjectiveexceeding the bounds of custom, propriety, or reason, especially in amount or extent
joy[joi]-nounthe emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

let me know that you hear me
let me know your touch
let me know that you love me
let that be enough

Saturday, May 28, 2011

I am Pierced

In my efforts to be more Christ-like, I decided to experiment with body piercing.  (Ok, was that blasphemous? I'm just kidding; I'm sorry Jesus!!)


So last Saturday Deb and I were working (at J^2) and decided that when we got off we wanted to be spontaneous.... so we ended up at Somatic! I mean, we had somewhat premeditated this a few months ago, but doing it right at that moment was extremely rash and unexpected.  Deb got her nose pierced and I got my ear pierced.  And now we are living with the consequences.  Not that it was a bad regretful decision, but it hurts! I am only bummed that I can't sleep on my favorite side of my head anymore... this has lead to many restless nights this week :[  And aside from that, we have to do this stupid thing called "soaking" where we put our piercings in a bowl of hot salt water for 10 minutes.  If you consider the locations of our piercings you might be able to deduce that this is actually very awkward, or even comical... and you would be right.  Oh well, it's great "bonding time" and we have had many good chats while we are otherwise handicapped.  Do I actually think we will be able to keep up with this for 6 months? Um...about that..

It all started when we were bored at work.  What a dangerous combination.
(PS- I like this girl kind of a lot)

Before: Pensive

During: Nervous

Really During: PAIN

After: Happy

Way After: Awkward Soaking

I suppose I'll keep you updated on this.. if anyone cares.  

Off to soak again!