Monthly Archives: December 2007

Hungry Bunnies

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bunnies_04.jpgThis will be just a quick little blog.  Who knew rabbits were such hungry little critters?  Since the new additions to our family, several items have come up nibbled.  Some to be expected, others…not so much!

1. Two cell phone chargers that were plugged into the wall (and other cords they can reach).  My sister and I were dually warned about the potential of this happening.

2. My earphones that got me through my workouts at the gym.  Seriously?  Note to self: purchase some new ones with Christmas money.

3. A bag of marshmallows.  Ooops.  I didn’t mean to leave these out.  But I came home to them strewn all over my family room!  (I am guessing they didn’t feel too well after all of that consumption)

4. The buttons on all of our remote controllers.  Patrick questioned whether it was me or the bunnies…but I know it was the latter.

5. The dustpan.  I really didn’t know this was a threat.  Who knew that this would even look remotely appetizing to those little fellows.  But apparently it did.  And it now makes sweeping particularly challenging!

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Wedding Weekend!

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fca-friends.jpgWow, what a rejuvenating, encouraging, uplifting, and inspirational weekend!  Can you tell that I had a great time?!?  I would like to let you guys think this was going to be a funny and entertaining blog, but I’m going to go ahead and put it out there that it probably won’t be!  Sorry to disappoint.  I am just so blessed to be surrounded by such an amazing group of friends.  It’s funny when you think about it that I truly don’t know a lot of these girls that well, but getting together with them is always so comfortable and easy.  I believe this just goes to, once again, show the mysterious ways in which God can work.  He has definitely connected me to those girls in an amazing way.  I am so grateful for these friendships that allow me to feel so loved and valued.  I am thankful for the conversations that encourage and challenge me.  I am blessed from the laughter that comes so freely and easily around these girls!  So, in honor of the FCA crew, here is a 5 + 2 list:

5 things I’m grateful for:

1. Jen and Garth’s beautiful wedding that I got to witness with about 300 other guests.  It was such a story of God’s love, grace, and faithfulness and really is encouraging.

2. The ‘Fresh Prince’ performance.  Please check out my MySpace page for full footage.  If you don’t, you’re truly missing out!

3. Getting to watch Steph and Westmont play (and win!) their basketball game.

4. Going to work out with Bekah…definitely another point on the ‘pros of moving to Orange County’ list!

5. Getting to spend the weekend around Bekah, Steph, Lauren, Raleigh, Becky, Jamie, Danielle, Kristen, Jess, Jamie Friesen (who looked absolutely fantastic and is as funny as ever!) and a whole slew of other incredible people! 

Two things I am looking forward to:

1. Getting to spend Christmas Break with my family and friends…both here and in Arizona!  It is going to be action-packed and fun-filled!

2. Continuing to eat healthy and exercise regularly in order to be healthier in my life (I am also currently being encouraged by watching The Biggest Loser Finale!)

P.S. Pictures will be added (and appropriately emailed to people involved) when I get my computer up and running….

A Really Random Day…

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rubber-ducky.jpgAs many of you know, I am one for randomness.  One of my favorite quotes even happens to be, “that’s random”.  Although, when I’ve analyzed the root of me saying this quote or even in analyzing the things I am referring to as random, I have often found out they are not random at all.  Whether it be internal dialogue, a sight, or a smell that sparks a memory and leads to something spoken aloud, although seemingly random to the outside word, really is not so.

That being said: yesterday really was random.

1. I started off the day by heading to a training.  At some point between South Central and West LA, a man allowed me to get in front of him when my lane came to an abrupt end.  Apparently it was meaningful to him that I accepted the gesture (something not experience often amidst LA drivers) or that I waved a polite ‘thanks’ after doing so (also something not frequently observed here).  Regardless, at first I found it nice that he made his way beside me just to wave and mouth the saying ‘how are you?’ through both of our closed windows.  Once again, I waved and smiled a little more reserved this time.  Yet, through the 4.8 miles on the bumper-to bumper traffic, he kept appearing.  Weird when I parked and he drove by honking and waving out his window and yelling ‘bye!’.  Creepy when I turned the corner and he was in the parking lot waiting for me.  Offered a business card with a name scratched out and his name and cell phone number scribbled on it.  Random.  Walked quickly inside at this point.

2. After the training, I have time to go to the gym, eat, clean the house, nap, and get ready to go tutor.  As I finished cleaning up the house, somehow I ended up with four large white trash bags of garbage.  Rather than haul them individually out to the dumpster, I opted to place them all on top of my car and drop them off when I got to the end of the long driveway.  Problem arose when I forgot.  Somehow between the ten seconds it takes to make it out of my driveway, it totally slipped my mind.  I proceeded to leave, drive down my street, enter the main road, and get onto the freeway.  As I looked in my backseat wondering why it sounded like my window was rolled down, I realized it was the bags flapping freely on my roof.  Enter another man driving beside me pointing to my roof, I just waved and put my hands over my head trying to convey, ‘I’m such an idiot, I forgot!’ as I exited the freeway in search for an inconscpicuous trash recepticle.  Despite all of my anti-polluting antics, I lost two bags somwhere between my house and South Central.

3.  I am way over my 200 word limit and I realize this, and I apologize.  This upcoming event kind of put the icing on the cake though.  I will try to be brief.  However, unlike random, brief really is not my thing.  So driving home from tutoring.  Talking on the phone.  Enter a thought into my mind: wouldn’t it be weird if I got rear ended right now.  I wonder if I would get hurt.  Less than one minute later, enter a man going to fast and crashing into the back of my car.  Ooops.  So we get off to the side of the freeway, I get off the phone, and get out of my car.  Quickly he has apparently surveyed the damage and demands, “There is nothing wrong.  There is nothing wrong.  There is nothing wrong.”  Repeatedly.  I ask him for his license and insurance so we can exchange information.  His reply to this is, you guessed it, “there is nothing wrong.”  At this point, I call Patrick who happens to be at the next exit and sees my hazards.  He comes up right at the point where I’m in the guy’s window explaining what is, in fact, wrong in this situation, and I quote, “Yes, as a matter of fact there is something wrong.  A.  You ran into my car and haven’t even apologized and B.  Even though there is nothing horribly wrong physically with my car, in the off chance something is wrong with my sore neck, I am not paying for the physical therapy I will need for something that you caused.  That is what’s wrong.”  He still refused.  Luckily, or not so luckily, there was another accident 1/4 mile ahead, so I just ran my merry self along the freeway (reminiscint of the time when I ran out of gas) and approached the policeofficers.  They were able to help me get the license and insurance information off of the man, although he continued to adamently proclaim there was nothing wrong. 

So, I am off to dinner with some friends.  My neck and back are definitely sore.  It could be from my first week back at the gym.  Or from whiplash.  Who knows!  Coincidentally, I already scheduled a massage (pre-accident) for tomorrow at 9a.m.  I’m really looking forward to that! 

A Belated Turkey Day Message…

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kk-gingera.jpgthanksgiving-024a.jpgThanksgiving has been one of my favorite holidays for quite awhile.  I always like how Thanksgiving meant guaranteed time with friends and family.  With basketball during college, I lost that valuable time that I treasured.  Granted, I got to spend it with teammates, coaches, and fans…and some of those people had some great food hook-ups…but it just wasn’t the same as the good ol’ days.  So, you better believe, as soon as Christmas of my senior season came I mailed out invitations to the following year’s Thanksgiving.  Yes, that’s right-11 months ahead of time!  My first Thanksgiving back after such a long hiatus will always be remembered in my heart!  The actual Thanksgiving day has been spent with my dad’s family the last few years.  In order to account for this, my mom has started the wonderful tradition of an early…or, as in this year, a late….thanksgiving celebration.  It is now up tied for my favorite holiday.  We just finished celebrating Thanksgiving this past Saturday and it was great!  Both Thanksgiving celebrations were smaller than usual, but very lively nonetheless!  Thanks to my sister, I even was inspired to cook!  AND IT WAS AWESOME!!  You really should check out the Food Network online.  Sweet Potato Balls are “decadent”, as my mom’s friend said.

This being said, now this season has come and gone and Christmas is right around the corner!  I can’t wait for all of the celebrations and traditions that come along with this time of year.  I forget how lucky I am to be surrounded by such an awesome family and incredible friends.  So, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, thanks to you!