So today we left Indiana after having a little visit with Laura and Megan drove to Missouri to visit our friend Jordan. The last week has been crazy and full of tears. Last Thursday we had our last mens and womens time and our last dousings. It was fun but sad. Friday a group of us went out to dinner and then watched Batman Begins which was a lot better than I thought it would be. Saturday we had outreach and it was amazing. We played waterballoon volleyball where we used sheets to launch waterballoons over a net. We were able to get tons of people involved in it. Saturday night we had a night of worship and a bon fire at one of the churches. Gods presence was truely seen that night. Sunday our church made a thank you breakfast for us and then we did our sunday school classes and then heard Pastor Bruce talk for the last time. Monday I took Audrey in for a check up and then we had a day full of cleaning. Megan and I were assigned to clean the balcony. It was raining and so the balcony pretty much cleaned its self. Monday night we had our banquet and it was so fun. We all got to get dressed up and take tons of pictures for one last time. People started leaving after that and many tears were present. Tuesday everyone left and it was super sad. Jenn and I headed to New York to stay with Cami and driving in New York City was terrifying! We had fun walking around Time Square and riding the subway. Cami and her roomie were going to see a play so one of Jenns friends from long island came in to take us around for awhile. We met up with Cami after the show and had some cheesecake. Wednesday Jenn and I did some shopping and then headed out to long island to spend the night with her friend. Thursday morning we left New York and drove 15 very long hours to Indiana to stay with Laura and see some other Indiana friends. It was a very fun visit and good to see them again (after a few days). That brings us to today. Tomorrow we will head to Colorado and then I should be home Sunday night to California.
Hampton Beach '06
Campus Crusade for Christ Summer Project!
Friday, August 11, 2006
Thursday, August 03, 2006
Wednesday was awesome. Jen and I went to Warped tour in Massachusets and saw some amazing bands. When we were about 2 miles from our destination, however, we got stuck in stand still traffic and Jen had to pee really bad so we decided to find our own way to the airport and got off the freeway. We found a better way and were about a mile from the airport and were stuck in traffic again. We left at 9 and it was supposed to take us an hour to get there...we didn't get there till noon. Once we got there we decided to make the best of the little time we had there and got to experiance some of the stupidest people ever. It was a state of emergency in Mass because of the heat and people were dressed in jeans and black and long sleaves. I guess people out here just aren't very bright. Unfornuetly we had to leave the concert early because we had to be back for bible study at 5. We didn't get to see most the bands we wanted to due to the fact that they wern't going on till later in the day but it was still fun. We got back right at 5 and I jumped in to a cold shower before bible study. Our bible study was inturupted by a huge storm coming through that took away some of the heat. After bible study we had community time and we went out with the boys to pizza hut (eww) and then had a picture scavenger hunt. The girls won so we once again have a get out of a dousing free card for this week. Today I was supposed to take my truck into the dealership to get looked at but in the middle of the night my phone ran away so my alarm never went off (living on the top bunk sucks). Now I have to try and find another time to take it and thats about it. We have womens time later tonight but for now I am off.
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
A radioactive pin cushion...
Sorry I haven't been keeping up with posts but I have been a busy little worker. Tuesday I had off from work but I didn't really do much of anything. I went shopping to look for a dress to the banquet but didn't really find much of anything yet. I drove down to Newburyport for night of reflection with Thea and Katie and that was tons of fun. Newburyport is one of my favorite places to visit because it has the cute, old fashioned, new england feel that you really think of. Wednesday I had work which was bleh. After work I just hung out around the Gull until Bible study. Bible study was good as usual but I miss Angela leading them. We went with our community group to Chillis afterwards and it was fun. I had Thursday off from work so I went and did some grocery shopping and then Thea and I had a little girls time at this cute little coffee shop in Exeter called the Coffee Beanery. There was this dalmation there and it just reminded me how much I miss my Roxie dog. We came home after that and Megan and I fixed all the guys dinner. I made chicken parmisagna and spaghetti, salad, and a cookie pizza. It was really yummy and I think all the guys appreciated an actual meal of something other than frozen pizza. We had mens and womens time after that and all the girls went down to the beach to take a picture. Dousings were after mens and womens time and they were awesome as usual (I still haven't been doused but I was accused). Friday I had work and it was so yucky. I had to work drive through all day and was so frustrated with people by the end. A huge storm came through Friday so we just sat around and played monopoly most the night and then I went to sleep. At 4 am I woke up to stabbing pains in my stomach...8 hours later when they still hadn't gone away I headed to the emergency room with Dave and JJ. After many sticks with a needle, some demoral, an xray, and a sonogram they determend I had gallstones. I was advised not to work and to come back on Monday. After picking up my prescriptions I came home and slept the rest of the night (demoral and vicodin will knock you out). Sunday I went to church and had an awesome time with my toddlers and then a slightly painful church service (ironic since they were talking about staying close to God in times of pain). It was Jessicas Birthday so after church we went over to the adoptive families house and had a birthday lunch for her. Jessica and I got a good nap in before lunch was ready though. We came home and I drugged myself and went to sleep because I did not feel good at all. Today (Monday) I headed back to the hospital for more tests. I got there and got checked in and they took me back and drew blood. They took me for some scan in which they had to inject me with radioactive fluid and I then had to lay there while it took 60 1 minute pictures of my insides. Once that test was done the doctor decided on another test which required an IV. It took them 7 tries and 4 different people to actually get the IV and when they did it was in my thumb ( the other places they tried were both arms, my wrist, my hand, and they wanted to do my foot but I said no). After feeling like a radioactive pin cushion they said I needed to just deal with it till I get home but to avoid greasy/fatty foods for 2 days and no more caffeine (dies). I made it home just in time to leave for the weekly meeting where we were having ice cream before (which I couldn't have). The meeting went good but it was a little sad since it was our last one. Tomorrow I am supposed to have my last day of work but the doctor said no so I think Ellen and I might go shopping. I hope everyone else is doing good and I will try to write more frequently! <3
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
7 Reasons not to live in New Hampshire
Reasons to not live in New Hampshire:
1. There must be the biggest lacking of dentists in this state because everyone has the grossest teeth you will ever see, that is if they have teeth still. It is so wrong.
2. Everyone in this stinking state smokes worse than a chiminey. When I am working drive through there cars are just filled with smoke and walking along the beach is hazerdous to your health (even the pregnant women and the people with kids don't care and blow smoke everywhere).
3. They say stupid things like "all set" "wicked" and they call milkshakes "frapps"
4. There are no starbucks!!! Everyone drinks nasty dunkin donuts coffee
5. They can not pronounce words correctly. Splenda comes out Splender
6. There is no form of modesty here for men or women. Old women walk around with everything hanging out and with facial piercings and ewww. Old men walk around with their nipples pierced and in little speedos.
7. They are just plain rude.
Monday, July 24, 2006
My pedicure with God
Wednesday was not all that exciting really. I went to work and then came home. We had bible study and then community group. For community group we went and played mini golf and had bible trivia. My group won so we had a get out of a dousing free (ie everyone else in the group had to take the dousing for us). Thursday I slept through my alarm clock and through multiple phone calls and missed work. We had mens and womens time combined this week. We had a pannel of people and everyone got to ask questions of the opposite sex to see what they really did or did not like. After that there was a waterballoon fight and then some of us played dodge ball. It started to rain so we did dousings in the rain and then I went to bed. Friday I went to work and then came home and showered. After my shower God and I went and got pedicures together and it was awesome (I got a pedicure while I did my quiet time). I came home and then a group of us went out to macaroni grill and it was so good. There was a chuck e cheese next door so afterwards we went and had a great time playing there. Saturday morning at work was lame. I had to work with 2 new girls and UGH they were not bright. It was very rainy Saturday, so for outreach I just hung out at the gull and had some quiet time with God. Sunday we went to church and then I went with a group of people to get tattoos (no I did not get another one yet). We had servent meetings at night and then I went to sleep. Today I once again went to work and then went to the grocery for some things for weekly meeting. Next up is a nap and then dinner and weekly meeting. Tomorrow I have the day off so I think Jen and I are going to go hike in the White Mountains. Thats about it for now but look forward to a future post of why you should never live in New Hampshire. CYA!
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Sunday was just like any other Sunday. We went to church and then went and napped on the beach. Surfing didn't happen because the waves were sucky. I came home and napped a bit and then we had our servent team meetings. Monday I had work at DD and then came home and took a nap. We thenhad weekly meeting and that went fairly well. Today Dave and I both had off from work so we convinced Jen to call in sick and went down to Boston. It was so stinkin hot. At 12 it was 100 and that didn't include the massive amounts of humidity. I don't think I have been that sweaty from doing so little ever. Boston was fun though we walked the freedom trail and then grabbed lunch at this little italian restaurant. We took the train back to our car and had a lovely bunch of airconditioning on the way home. Now I am just sitting here sweating before night of reflection. Adam, Kevin and I were going to go see a movie but we have to be back here by 9 to here a speaker talk about homosexuality. The rest of the week shouldn't be to exciting but I am off for now. Cya
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Friday morning I went to work as usual. We had no power for a few hours so it sucked because my boss was being a huge baby as usual. After work Jen, Katie, and I drove Dave to the airport so he could go to a family reunion. We came back and got all dressed up and went up to Maine to get lobster. I had no idea that the lobster would still look like a lobster and it really freaked me out. I couldn't touch it so Adam broke it all up for me so I could eat it. If you are ever in Maine hit up the Lobster Barn in York. It is very yummy. After we decided to go see The Devil Wears Prada. That was the worst movie I have seen in a long time. I felt so horrible for making Adam and Rico sit through it because it was just bad. We came home and slept after that. Today I had a migraine so I opted out of work and decided to just sleep. My head still hurt during outreach so I just held down fort at the Gull and talked to people. Jen and I decided we needed to just get away for awhile so we drove down to Newbury Port, MA. It was an amazing time. We heard this group of 6 guys singing a capalla and it was amazing. We bought the CD if anyone wants to listen. Jen and I then ate at this really cute little restaurant and it was great. Afterwards we walked around the town for awhile (its super cute I highly recommend it) and then headed back to the Gull. Tomorrow I think we may go surfing but for now I am off to bed. Cya!
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Wednesday didn't start out all that great. My alarm didn't go off (or I chose to ignore it) so Ellen had to come in and wake me up and Drew and I were late to work. Work was bleh as usual. As I was driving home from work I couldn't get my airconditioner to work and my car was over heating and my check engine light came on so when I got home I looked under the hood and I was completely out of coolent. I took my car up to the Toyota dealership and it turns out that I had a hole in my radiator. Being that New Hampshire is behind in times I couldn't get anyone to rent me a car since I was under 21 (lame) besides the fact that everyone was out of cars. So I sat at the Toyota dealership for hours and watched some TV and then had someone drive me back to the house. Luckily one of the girls was able to lend me her car on Thursday so that Drew and I could get to work. When I got back I was in a really bad mood. We had bible study and I was falling asleep because I didn't get my nap and I was really frustrated. We had the mystery dinner next which was interesting but boosted my spirits. The my. ggstery dinner went like this. We all sat down (in the pouring rain) and picked things off a menu (ie satans tushie) and they were brought to us. We had pulled chicken sandwiches (rock and a hard place), mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, broccolli, and grapes (ewww). The big "mystery" of the dinner was the huge food fight at the end. It was so messy and gross. We all went and jumped in the ocean after that in the rain. It was FREEZING. I got back to my room and was going to shower but everyone was in them so Megan came in and asked if I wanted to shower with her. Megan and I were showering in the tiniest shower here when Korena knocked on the door and we invited her in with us (we were all clothed). It was really fun, Jen came in and took a picture of us all squeezed in the shower. After our shower Jen and I went out and sat on the porch and listened to the Story of the Year concert and it was amazing. Although the day started crappy it ended fairly well. Today I borrowed Kristens car and went to work. I got a call while I was at work and my car was all ready to go. Drew and I got off work early and headed up to pick up my audrey. I came back home and showered and cleaned and took a nap. We had womens time and talked about courtship and relationships. We had dousings and I am still perfectly dry. Now I am off to bed because its sleepy time!
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
When tornados strike
Monday I had work once again at Dunkin Donuts. It was so slow and boring that I had to start beating my coworkers up for entertainment. Afterwork I came back and hung out for a bit and loaded pictures to the computer and then went to the grocery store for some weekly meeting stuff. We then had dinner and weekly meeting and everything went pretty well. The pastor of the church I attend spoke and talked once again about putting on the armor of God. He is an amazing speaker. After weekly meeting we all came back and I went on a long walk and just talked to people on the phone. Congrats Thomas on your new job and on the cheesy movie by the way. I got to sleep around 2:30 and then woke up throughout the night. When I kept waking up it was still all dark in our room so I thought it was too early to wake up but it turns out there was just a huge storm coming through. We had tornado warnings and it was super scary. Jen and I went and drove to Salem again and went to Best Buy, Target and the Mall. On the way there the storm got super bad and we were having to drive so slow on the freeway because we could barely see in front of us. At Best Buy I finally got the portable hard drive that I have been needing and it was so nice to finally go to Target again; I missed it so much. There was this elephant that I had been wanting from Target for forever but it was to expensive but today I found it on sale for $5 so it will be going in my living room. While we were in Target the Thunder and rain picked up again and it was shaking the entire building. We drove to the mall next where I was able to return my external harddrive and pick up a few new things :). I came back and had dinner and now I am just playing with my harddrive and doing laundry. I hope everyone is having a good week and not dying from humidity like us. <3
Monday, July 10, 2006
Pictures from the last few weeks...
Katie, Jen, and I during Womens day
Kevin being caked for lighting a Roman Candle in the house
Dave in the hospital looking like the Grinch
Tommy and Courtney in the hospital
Dave and his bag of fireworks on the 4th
Kickball on the beach
My Bible Study on Womens Day
William and I hanging out at Womens day
Sparklers on the 4th of July
Kostya, JJ, and I on the 4th of July
Me, Jessica, and Laura (my adoptive sisters) at Womens Day