Monday, February 04, 2008

Best Friends

This morning I woke up thinking about how many times in my life I have used the term best friend in reference to a good friend I had at the time. Thinking about who filled the role as my best friend over the years...I am slightly sad to say that several of these friendships have slipped to the wayside.

In reflecting upon my childhood, I had two guy friends both named Joey. They both lived across the street from me but one was closer than the other. We would always be at one another's homes, playing games, and riding big wheel's down hills. In the winter we would go sledding. Joey 1 moved away and as I grew older Joey 2 and I went our separate ways. He used to irratate the world out of me at our bus stop in the morning. Either his smart mouth got pine cones and snow balls thrown in our direction or he would tattle on me to the busdriver b/c I was finishing my breakfast on the bus...and we weren't allowed to eat on the bus. Later on when we were in high school we became close friends again...and that lasted until my sophomore year in college. Since then, we talk occasionally.

Next, in middle school, in particular 7th grade...Melissa was my next best friend. We hung out after school, and that summer, I was always at her house. It was she who introduced me to The Salvation Army. However, our best-friendship was short lived. We were no longer best friends by 8th grade. She became friends with someone else and "liked" her better. I of course was crushed. But I persevered and moved on.

In high school Melissa and I became aquaintences, Tasha (that other girl from 8th grade) became a close friend, Colleen introduced me to Linkin Park, and Tasha, Colleen, and myself seemed to always be at Missy's. Those were some great memories. High school is also when Camp Allegheny entered my life as a place of employment. It was the summer of my 9th grade year and I met my next best friend. Frannie was persistant as I was not interested in being friends with her period. However...her persistance won over my resistance. And we became quick friends. Our friendship has had some bumps over the years and we've both done our share of hurting each other. But I truely hope I never lose Frannie as a friend. I have learned much from her.

In college, I met several people who eventually earned the title friend. I didn't meet someone that I wanted to use the term best with until I met Rachel. She was so different than me. She challenged me, encouraged me, broadened my movies I've seen list, and ultimately I became a better person emotionally, spiritually, and socially. When she graduated from college and moved back to her home state, I was really sad because I knew things would be different. I still consider us to be friends...and I hope that she feels the same. I really want to be able to visit her sometime this year. The next person, that became a close friend to me was my roomie in college, Lauren Halsey...we shared some incredible times in the dorm and the apartment. When Lauren graduated...Morgan and I started to become close friends. I treasure our friendship immensely. She is gold, precious, and true. She's a constant encouragement and she let's me call her L-Dub.

In reflecting over these friendships my life and who I am has benefited by who I have chosen to be friends with and who has crossed my path. These are only a few of the people that have blessed, challenged, encouraged, and loved me. I may use the term best friend loosely. Some people believer there is only one best friend and that's it...but I see it differently. There have been best friends for each major chapter thus far in my life. The only one consistant through all those matter how little I knew at times, is of course, Jesus.

Who are your friends? How have they blessed, challenged, encouraged, and loved you? Think about those friendships that were only meant for a season. There was purpose in that relationship. There is purpose in all our relationships no matter how short or long they last.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Catch Up Time

I've been a little lax in transferring my posts from xanga to here. It's probably because no one leaves comments on this blog and becasue I automatically have posts imported to facebook, where I spent way too much time. That being said I'll post a few posts in one.

December 15, 2007:
It's Official!

I am a college grad! My last day at school couple with my last day as a college student! I didn't have typical finals...only an exit portfolio and interview. Both of which I passed!
Next, I will be packing and moving stuff to my new home in Kentucky. I then will travel to my home home for Christmas and New Years. My mom will be helping me move my furniture things at home to KY. I'm excited about what lies ahead. My roommate is pretty much amazing!
I have realized upon reflecting on my time in college that I have grown tremendously in my faith and maturity. I have dealt with unforeseen trajedy. I have traveled to new places in our country as well as across the world. I have met unforgetable people in those places as well. I have met amazing students and staff at my placement school this semester. I have been given incredible gifts of people that have more than sacrificed their time for me. I have learned how to better interact and work with people. In short, I have had many adventures and experiences in these 4.5 years.

I have no idea what is coming in the next chapter of my life. I know that I want my family to be apart of it. Just because I am moving...does not mean that I am leaving my mother and brother behind in the dust. It is going to take a bit more work to maintain our relationship. I'm up for it...hopefully they are too. I also know that God has placed my roommate that I'll be moving in with after the holidays in my life for a purpose. I truely am looking forward to getting to know her better! Moving on from college also means maintaining my relationships with the friends that are still there. This will also take work...but I believe I can do it as well as the friends I have spoken to in regard to this potential issue.

With Christmas coming...I am anticipating celebrating the birth of Christ at home. It will be a tad bittersweet because this will be my last time home in PA for a will take a while to earn vacation time. I have many people I want to spend time with in my limited time home. Realistically, I am unsure I will be able to spend time with everyone I want to at home and not take too much time away from spending time with my mom and brother. However, I am sure I will be able to reasonably work things out.
Today, I am spending quality time with one of my closest friends at school...lunch, a matinee movie, dinner at school, and our classic, Applebee's for half-price appetizers. I'm looking forward to it!

January 5, 2008:

I moved in the evening of January 2, 2008. It's a new year and one of the first things I do is move which with all of the resolution making and opportunities for a fresh start a new year brings, moving then fit right into place. I started work on Friday and for my first day, it went well. I have a feeling that I am really going to enjoy my new place of employment! It's really going to give me experience as well as opportunities. I am not feeling completely competant in my current job but I do know that I have an ability to learn. I do somehow manage to learn things well...which is a gift as not everyone can learn new tasks easily.

One of the first things I've encountered "living on my own" is that it can be easy to get lonely. I mean I have a roommate and several friends in the area...however what makes the difference is that pretty much all of them are involved in relationships with someone of the opposite sex. So they have someone to spent time with and for several of them, their life revolves around the relationship. I can't blame them...they're totally ready for marriage. Which for's a topic I've thought about even discussed but it's not something I've had planned since I was a kid. Maybe it's because I've never had a real dating relationship and pretty much all guy friends are just that...friends. I don't know...I've always felt like I wasn't the typical girl. I hate pink...I can live without wearing make-up, I could care less about Soap Operas, I don't watch Oprah, and I'm not much of a flirt. I feel like that awkward middle school girl who is uncordinated in her dress and spends way too much time thinking about what she should say...that she misses out on the opporunity to even talk to that guy. Don't get me wrong...I'm not trying to beat myself up. I know that they're are amazing things about me. I am fun to be with, I adore drinking coffee, I enjoy movies, spending time with others, I love bright colors, and although I am a bit strange...I know without a shadow of a doubt that God has purpose for me. I just don't want to get so focused on something that I appear to be missing out on that I settle for less or even lower my standards to be with a guy. In the do I deal with being surrounded by people in relationships? Couples tend to hang out with other couples. And who wants the beyond awkward group of 3? We all know that those just do not work...someone always feels slighted. How do I take care of myself emotionally and socially with the current situation? Any suggestions are welcome!

Well, I think that's it for now. I am going to make something to eat for lunch. And then perhaps go back to watching my ER marathon that I started last night.

January 16, 2008:

I love my job :)As the title says...I love me job! I haven't been fully trained in my temporary position, but I am learning a lot. I currently am filling in for the Human Resources manager. I do not have all of the respsonsibilities that the person I'm covering for does but so far, it has been a worthwhile experience. I figured out pay roll in terms of figuring out sick time, vacation time, and personal days. Not to mention Holiday pay. I have attended several meetings but they were productive and again another learning experience. I keep thinking about how fortunate I am to have the opportunity to work at the Lex-town Salvation Army. My co-workers are kind and great to work with. A couple of them have been incredibly inclusive so I have someone to eat with at lunch. We even went to this place called the Movie Tavern. Basically, a waiter/waitress takes your order from a menu and you sit in these nice rolly chairs with a table in front of you. While you watch a movie...and they show new movies. It's the combo of a restaurant and a movie theater. In part, I feel that my concerns in my last post have been answered. So thank you for those of your who replied to that post and for your prayers :) In starting out on my own I have discovered a few things:

1. The walls are thin, I can almost always hear our neighbors.
2. Crockpots are wonderful. I made a really good soup using mine!
3. There is always traffic, living in a city...gotta love the morning commute and rush hour after work.
4. Pasta is a great cheap meal...and that includes using whole grain pasta.5. My roommate is fabulous :)
6. City driving wastes

Some things haven't changed:
1. I still start my mornings with coffee (the only caffeine I typically injest).
2. I don't share my bedroom with anyone.
3. I still decorate with bright colors.
4. And I'm still me even though I'm embarking on a new part of my life.I am looking forward to this weekend. My college roommie is coming to visit. Happy:)

And today's:

Learning to be Content

I don't have a favorite book of the Bible...picking a favorite anything is hard for me. It's almost easier for me to pick my least favorite. And it's loads easier deciding what I don't like and why. There are intriguing stories in the Old Testament. The names where I guess how to pronounce them, and there's an air of mystery in the later books of the OT...especially the writers who are considered to be prophets. The NT gospels reads much like a story and are very familiar from all those Sunday School classes. We get a history lesson in the early church. Paul writes a lot of letters that are filled with truth and encouragement. Plus there are some other letters written by believers. And the NT ends with the much debated book of Revelation. All in all, there isn't much to dislike or even get bored with reading the Bible. And although it is difficult for me to pick the NT I highly enjoy the book of Philippians. Perhaps because it is such a joy filled letter that Paul writes.

This morning someone who prays for me on a regular basis sent me an e-mail mentioning Philippians 4:11...I didn't happen to have a Bible handy but I looked it up on (a great reference). And as soon as I read the verse, it struck a chord with me. Paul is telling the Philippian people that he has learned to be content whatever the circumstance. I have not learned to be content whatever the circumstance...but I am learning. I feel like I have learned in the past in specific circumstances to be content...but an overall, whatever comes my way, I'm still working on.

For me, I set a high bar of expectation for myself. And sometimes I carry my expectations over to other aspects of my life. Which when the expectation is not met...leaves me feeling disappointed and even hurt. I guess what I'm trying to say in some complicated manner is that I'm learning that everything doesn't have to be perfect or all together to be content with life. I think I've convinced myself that everything has to be just so now that I'm finished with school and out on my own. Which is not what has happened. I do have a lot going for me though.

1. I have a roof over my head and a bed which allows for restful sleep.
2. The apartment is heated, which is a blessing in all this cold weather.
3. I have materials that enable me to cook and provide food for myself.
4. I have the added comfort of entertainment through cable TV and DVDs.
5.I have a job to go to that provides income, which allows the above to occur.
6. I have a mode of transportation that works well.
7. I have access to a public of my favorite places :)
8. I have friends.
9. I am prayed for and cared about.
10. Most importantly...I am loved by God...and it is He who has provided everything for me.

Looking at that list really makes me shudder at all the complaining and moping I've done lately. Yes, I have been a little lonely and feeling like others have not had time for me. But I'm truely blessed. And I've been faced with a harsh reality that I have not made time for the One who is my soul (or sole...I see it both ways) provider and loves me more than anyone on Earth could. The One that has gifted me and repeatedly blessed me...the One who has answered my many prayers.

It's time to get out of the rut of un-met expectations and un-realistic beliefs of perfection. I'm ready to progress from learning to least until the next circumstance comes around.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Adventures and Close Calls in Cars

It's been a while since my last post. October has been an odd month for me. I had a week off while everyone else was in school. It was so nice to sleep in! I had the week off b/c my school was on Fall Break, and I am on their schedule, not the campus one.
Since I knew I was going to have a week off, I went w/ my friend Morgan to her home for a weekend. We had a fun time but getting there was quite the task. We had just gotten onto 75N...and we ran into a traffic jam. Thinking it was a minor thing, we waited. Three hours later, we're still stuck in traffic but we'd inched along the highway. It took another 1/2 an hour for us to get really going on the highway. Because Morgan was taking other people home, we decided to not turn around and keep going. We made it to the gas station where we dropped off one of the girls. Back onto the highway getting closer to Morgan's home. Not even 5 minutes on the highway...and Morgan's car breaks down. The amazing thing was that we were in the left lane and were easily able to get to the side of the road on the right. Morgan quickly called her parents (who were sleeping), and they drove the 45 minute drive to get us. We couldn't find her AAA card, so her parents called and took care of arranging a tow truck to come. While we were waiting, a police man (aparently THE policeman from the area) came up to check on us. It was a bit scary as it was late at night and there were 3 girls in the car in a badly lit area on the highway. Morgan's parents were such a wonderful sight to see after our unusually long trip.
Another odd thing about October is that I had another driving first. This one was quite scary as I hdryoplaned last week on the way to school. Kentucky has been under a drought watch/warning for a while and we finally got some rain. I have to drive a backroads, curvy highway to get to my school. Being that it had been so long since it had rained and (as I learned afterwards) oil rising out of the asphalt is really bad in this state. I will admit that I was driving a little too fast for the conditions. I went to brake for a curve and must have pushed my brake a little too roughly. The car began to slide and my brain went blank as too what to do. I kept pushing the brake which caused my car to actually turn a circle. The circle caused me to cross onto the opposite lane where I stopped. I was facing in the correct direct but I was stopped in the curve. I was fortunate to have a nearby place to get turned back around. As I began driving, about 15 feet later I saw an oncoming truck. I can't even begin to express how God worked in time that morning. The road is pretty well traveled and no one was around me when I hydro-planed.
I've started to teach more often. This week I am doing a unit on the 1920s. I am teaching both general U.S. History classes that I have been with since the beginning of the semester. I enjoy it on the whole but for me it's been getting to know the kids and faculty that I have enjoyed the most. I've been feeling like the Lord has been preparing me for what is next. And although I have no concrete plans to work in a school...this semester being in the schools in the role of the teacher has forced me to see myself as an authority figure. I'm learning how to balance being nice w/ firmness when I'm teaching and wanting students to respect me and each other. Little by little the Lord is leading me into adulthood. He helped me survive getting a shot by myself (something I don't do well with) and also has opened some possibilities of where I'm going to live after this semester. He is opening a job possibility as well.
I'm starting to look forward to where I am going and what I am doing, although I'm not sure what exactly that is yet. :) My large focus is on student teaching. There are several things I have to do outside of teaching lessons for my portfolio. The portfolio is connected to receiving my diploma. So it is an important endevor as well.
How have you all been? How has the Lord been working in your life lately? Is there something you want prayer for?

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Getting Caught Up in the Details

I must confess, that I struggled with reading "The Scaret Letter". It wasn't that I didn't understand it but, I felt like Hawthrowne's attention to minute detail was excrutiatingly painful. Once I got past the paragraphs talking about one single piece of furniture...I was able to see the book for what it was. A story that looked at shame from a public and private point of view.
Lately, I've felt like I've been getting caught up in the minute details of my life. That as much as I try to focus on the big picture...I just can't seem to get past the details. And maybe it's because the details don't seem minute to me. They seem large and slightly overbearing. The reality that I need to figure out where I'm going to live, not to mention some form of employment before December (would be preferable anyway). Those two things have been the details I've been obsessing with since coming back to KY. However, while all this keeps taking my attention...I have a responsibility to give my best to my kids at school. And truth be told...they haven't seen my best yet. They know that I know their names and care about them. They know that I've graded the majority of their work. But do they know I've given them my best?
I don't know why staying on focus has been so hard for me this semester. I keep drifting back to myself and my concerns. It comes down to me not fully trusting God and lacking the faith that he will take care of me. I know that there is a balance to trust and faith...God does expect some work on my end too.
Despite my distraction, God keeps working. He has let me know in so many different ways, that I'm not alone, even when it feels like it's just me. He truly has been leading me and preparing me to embrace being a college grad in the world. Not so protected. Not so community bonded. More responsibility. More bills. More money management.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Some New Firsts and a Retraction

Well, I've had my license for several weeks now and have been driving since June. Hopefully, that statement doesn't scare the other drivers on the road. I've had some recent first with my car, whom I affectionately refer to as Felipe. That being's some recent firsts that some of you that also drive may recall from your own beginning driving experiences.

  • The first time I put gas in the car, I almost drove away with my gas cap and cover/door thing open! It was good for me that someone noticed after I had moved about 2 feet.

  • I survived my first long solo journey covering multiple states and routes!

  • I was at a point in my long solo journey that I needed to re-fuel. I found a place to pull off and get gas. Unfortunately, my haste to re-fuel, I forgot that I had to go to the bathroom. I started to fuel...but then realized I wasn't going to make it. So, I stopped paid like $3.00 on my card and ran to the conveinant store to use the restroom. Several minutes later, I finished putting gas in my car, at the same pump.

  • Once when coming back from a trip to see a friend, I turned the wrong way off of the exit and was heading in the opposite direction than I needed to be going. I was talking to my mom b/c I was freaking out about not going where I needed to be. I found a place to turn around but accidently turned into the wrong lane...there wasn't an accident (Praise the Lord) but I looked like a huge idiot.

  • I had my first experience cutting someone off and also experienced that man's intense rage.

  • I am still in awe that I can go anywhere by myself without having to ask someone to take me or take anyone with me.
    I love driving at night! There's something relaxing and peaceful about it.

  • A deer jumped out in front of me earlier this week. It was a scary experience but...I'm glad that I didn't hit it or have an accident as a result of the animal popping out of the woods. And strangely enough, there was only one deer that morning (they seem to travel in packs, or something like that).

  • I had my first...I forgot I placed my coffee mug on top of car, and then proceeded to drive. Fortunately, my favorite coffee mug was not destroyed.

Well my next thought is very unrelated to the above. However, I deem it important to write about. In my last post I talked about student teaching and I mentioned what I thought would be my biggest weakness: a negative attitude. And regardless of the positive front I put on...the negative attitiude was there. I wrote something about how teaching is a mission field but not my mission field. I wish I could take those words back. The truth is my mission is where I am at. And right now, the majority of my time and life is being spent in school with teenagers. My mission field is teaching presently and I need to embrace it. Not get self pitying, not looking for a way around it, not faking my way through it, but embracing this time and experience. Truth be told, I don't know what to expect from this semester. It has already started out so differently...but not so different from the summer.
I may have mentioned this last post, so forgive me for any repeats. I feel like I had a taste of the real world this summer. And there were moments of difficulty and disappointment. I found that people weren't there when I wanted them to be there for me. My social calandar was pathetic until August rolled around. And although I'm sounding negative...I learned a lot this summer. A lot of valuable experience occurred. I ended leaning and depending more on the Lord than I thought I could. And then coming back to school rolled around. I prepared myself to expect differences. Many of my friends had graduated and moved away. But I also reassured myself that I would still have small group and my mentor. The truth is...small group may not be occurring this year. And if it does, it's probably going to look different from last year. And my mentor, I knew would have a fuller schedule this year...she's really excellent on being up front and realistic! So I knew our relationship would look different for most of this school year too. The small group one change has taken me by surprise though. And I'm realizing more and more that people aren't perfect. They can't always support or be there physically. I feel like I'm slowly getting to understand the adjustment it's going to be once college is offically over for me in December.

For right now I'm doing ok. I'm trying to stay in the take it one day at a time mode. However, I'm starting already to think ahead. Where will I live once December rolls around? Will I be able to afford an apartment? Will I need to find a roommate? Not to mention...funding all of this through some sort of employment. Do I take the first job I'm offered? Will there be anyone to guide me through this process...or is this going to be a giant leap of faith? Will my mentor no longer be my mentor because I'm no longer a student?

Any thoughts in regard to this post are welcome!

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Back at the 'Bury

Back at the 'Bury
Well, another school year is upon me...actually I've been in class for a week now. Except it was a different class. Student teacher camp. It was essentially a review of things we were taught before. It was a long week for me. Camp was from 9:15 AM-12:15 PM and 1:15 PM- 4:15 PM. On Thursday (last week), I had the opportunity to visit my school and meet my teacher. The drive is actually a plus because the view is gorgeous. It's the part of KY that I really enjoy :) The school seems nice, it's in a rural area and the diversity isn't high from a racial/ethnic view point. However...I'm anticipating getting to know these kids!
I realized in the last day of camp what my biggest weakness is going to be this semester. While I enjoy teaching, I know the Lord has called me to do something different. Teaching in a school is a mission field...however, it is not my mission field (meaning in a public school). Teaching is an incredible responsibility and gift. And I value everything that I have learned while enrolled in the education program at Asbury. However, this semester is aiming towards getting certified to teach in the state of KY, which is fine. In knowing that I'm going to be doing something different w/ my education then most people...I'm forseeing a vulnerability to a negative attitude. I'm not striving to get a job interview from a school...I'm striving to finish well. And I think that looking at this experience with an attitude to do well, will help my attitude stay in check.
Since being back, I have had a pretty good time. I hasn't been too weird being the old person on campus. I'm living on a great hall, I know several of the people that live on it :) I should back up a little bit. I drove down by myself and did quite well! It really boosted my confidence in my ability to get from one place to another. I got to spend some quality time with one of my favorite professors. And being that I am a quality time person...I really soaked it all in, especially in knowing that we're both going to be really busy this semester. And I know that I won't see her as often as I would like to. I celebrated my birthday by moving my room around. And my suitemate's parents took me out to dinner. I continued celebrating my birthday this weekend. Some of my school friends took me out to Fiesta favorite Mexican restaurant. The waiter was made aware of my birthday so at the end of the meal...a sombrero was placed on my head, Happy Birthday was sung to me in SPANISH, and I got a free desert!
My last thought in all my bliss is this: On Tuesday, I enter the school not as a practicum student but essentially a professional. The impression that I make this semester will determine my grade. I don't know exactly what to expect yet...but I do anticipate getting to know the students. I anticipate challenges and many learning experiences. I am anticipating long days...and time spent in preparation. I am anticipating early mornings and a concerted effort towards an exercise routine. This time I'm going in with accountability in place, which should help.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Busy, Busy, Terribly Busy

I feel like busy is a good way to describe the near month it has been since my last post. Here's my attempt at being brief at what's happened since July 23rd.
The first big event was VBS. In my lifetime I have attended VBS and have helped out with it. However, this was my first time being completely in charge. My help was dependent on me to direct them and I felt like I needed 6 eyes and 8 arms to see, supervise, and do all that I did that week. We had way more children attend than I had pre-registered. It amazed me that parents would just let their children pop into a van without knowing who was driving and where they were going. Despite some nervousness, the Lord equipped me to be everything I needed to be in leading the VBS. In hindsight I would have done more training with my help as opposed to giving them a schedule and making sure they understood their jobs. We had some drama on our first night and I really thought we were going to have a law suit on our me on this: the Lord seriously interveined in this situation. No law suit and the child involved in the incident ended up coming back the rest of the week and her family came with her to church on Sunday! While the week was stressful I managed to find something to chuckle about to lift my spirit!
The next big thing was helping out around the building preparing for food bank re-sign-ups and closing out my job. I give people that do children's ministry on a regular basis a lot of credit after this summer. While I have an appreciation for the ministry my passion still lies with teenagers and adults. Don't get me wrong, I love kids...and I really enjoyed working with the littles preciouses I had this summer. I guess I see myself as more of an older kid/adult person. The point being I learned to adjust some more this summer and experienced the value of children's ministry in the church.
On the whole, I would say that I learned a lot about leadership this summer given the situations I endured. I became more secure in my decision making, not second guessing myself so much.
I passed my driver's test this month as well! It only took 3 times and a 3 hour drive to po-dunkville, USA. I failed the first time b/c I put way too much pressure on myself to pass. And everything was booked around my home area so I asked where the nearest place had a availibity. A 3 hour trip later, I find myself and mom in a small town where the closest movie theater is over 30 miles away. I failed my second time on the parrallel parking. I was in but not in enough. I managed to get in for the next day and I passed the third time! I was so relieved b/c if I had failed again, I would have had to change my plans and go back to school a whole lot earlier. In reference to driving I now have a car. I don't have any photos of him yet, but there will soon be ones! I've named him Felipe Kaliko Sanchez. I felt he needed to have a full name since he's my first car. I had my heart set on a bright yellow car, however, I ended up with a cute silver Ford Focus. I'm not much of a Ford person, but I'm getting used to him!
I leave to go back to school on Thursday. I have yet to start packing. I'm really a last minute packer. I don't like being half-packed and half-unpacked. My first step is to figure out what I need and don't need to bring back with me. Whatever I bring has to fit in my car. And also what I'm not going to use in the next few days.
I'm feeling a little uncertain about returning. One being that I feel like the old person on campus. I have yet to secure a job (but believe i can get one watching the desk). I am being limited in the amount of hours I am allowed to work...which is truly frustrating to me. Also my birthday falls on this coming Saturday. I don't want to sound self pitying but I have a feeling it's going to be forgotten. The people who would have went out of their way at school are pretty much graduated. And most people will be moving in on Sunday...oh well, maybe I'll end up surprised.
I think that's it for now! Hope you all in blogger land are doing well too!