Monthly Archives: July 2008

Weekend Recap

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Okay, folks, it’s been another CRAZY weekend!  I had my little sister (from Big Brother Big Sisters) fly in town from Texas with her best friend, Brittney.  They got in town on Wednesday after much trepidation-it was Alisha’s first flight!  She thought this might have to be a progressive trip; where this week, she made it to the airport, next year, she sat on the plane, and maybe the following year she’d actually have the nerve to go into the air!  But, after a lot of prayer, some screams (I’m sure), and squeezing Brittney’s had, she made it!  So, our Cali adventure has included the following:

Wednesday:

  • Arrive into LAX around 1:15 (but they are early and I am late…)
  • I have to go tutor in West LA-but they pal around the area: eating, ransacking Marshall’s
  • We drive our first trip to the O.C. to go to the David Crowder Band/MercyMe concert-and then sneak in a few rides after with a FUN group of girls (Irene, Steph, Bekah, Jess, Kayla, Chandi, and we ran into-The Boyer’s/Goodman’s and Bethany!  And then later, Jane!)
  • Drove home and passed out

Thursday:

  • I went to work at summer school-where I was ridiculed by my AP for missing so many days (something I would feel bad about if it weren’t for something like friends in town and my grandpa’s 80th birthday–and if I were doing more than sitting in the back of the classroom writing lists)
  • I came home to pick them up and then drop them off at Santa Monica because, yep, you got it!  I had to go back to work 🙂  They had a fabulous time laying out, riding rides, and taking pictures
  • After work, I picked them up and we headed BACK out to the O.C.  This time for the Water Buffalo game-another sweet victory following by a Birthday dinner for Kristen.  16 of us went-and I’m sure the restaurant has not been the same since.  Another GREAT night of fun and festivities. 
  • We spent the night at my mom’s-along with J-Jax, Jen and Ruth!  I love my mom 🙂

Friday:

  • We wake up to head back to the house-complete with a stop at the Giant Donut Sign Donut Store 🙂 
  • I have my phone interview with H.S.E (regarding what I refer to as “next year” since I am on a teacher schedule-really it’s in, like, two weeks and I have yet to face this fact)
  • We get ready and gather up my sister and head to a live viewing of “Chelsea, Lately” (if you have not heard of her-she is hilarious; inappropriately so…but hilarious, nonetheless-and yes, we did already watch it on TV, and no we are not on it.  At all.)
  • We swing by Coffee Bean to get a little pick-me-up and start our search for a Tattoo Place.  We go by on that is less than inviting and then start heading back home.  Thanks to Google (you know you can text them for info?), we discover a place up in Huntington Park.  We fight traffic and car sickness episodes all the way there and arrive!  It looks FUN and the tattoo artists are apparently legendary (Tennessee Dave ring a bell?)  So we all got tattoos-me and my sister, Becca, got one on our foot that says Big Sister and Little Sister, respectively, on the top of our foot in Arabic.  She also got one on her bikini line that says “Love” real cute.  My little sister, Alisha, got on on her shoulder that is pretty and colorful, and Brittney got one on the back of her neck that stands for something like the infiniti sign or something-it’s a fun little design that has grown on all of us and I really like it.
  • After everyone successfuly got tattooed, we were STARVING.  So we ate at this cute little pizza place with GREAT service 🙂 
  • After dropping Becca off and attempting to straighten up-we head back out to Hollywood to go to an 18 & up club (Alisha and Brittney are about to turn 20 next week).  They do not let me in since I do not have a physical copy of my license*.  Since losing my license months ago, this is the first event I have been denied to.  And, really?  You can’t tell I’m over 18?  And I don’t want to drink so I don’t want your armband anyway?  After politely (really, I was polite) sharing my views on this, we headed back home to fall asleep.

Saturday:

  • We plan on waking up early-but really, we kinda sleep in.  Then get ready slowly.  And then leave for Universal Studios around noon.  Which includes stops for battteries and attempts at taking pics of the Hollywood sign.  Both successful. 
  • We arrive!  After waiting in three lines, we get in the park just to wait in more lines.  But we have a BLAST-it is not too hot, the lines aren’t more than an hour, and we get a lot done considering we arrived so late!  What a great day!
  • We leave when the park closes around 9:30 and meander around City Walk until we are about to starve.  So we grab a VERY nice dinner at The Daily Grill.  Then walk around some more-so much to see, so little time!  We pull ourselves back to the car a little after midnight.  Exhausted.
  • After everyone gets in bed, my sister lets me know she’s looking for a cab.  I offer to go pick her up from Manhattan Beach instead (it’s our friend, Lia’s, birthday-and they’ve been out all night).  I get there to see a bunch of my friends-Lia, her hubby, Acosta, Hawkins, and of course, my sister!  This leads to a desire for everyone to go out to eat together-at 2am.  I am the only sober one and am in my pajamas.  Yes, my pajamas.  No eating ever happens, but a whole lot of talking, planning on eating, and hugging goes on. I return home a little after 4am.  Still exhuasted.

Sunday:

  • Around 1, we head by the mall for several select stores of shopping for the girls
  • About 3, we arrive at Manhattan Beach to enjoy some sun, sleep, and surf!  We had a blast in the ocean-some pretty big waves involving disorientation and loss of swim suits in appropriate places, and a whole lot of unwanted sand! 
  • We headed home at about 5 to get ready for church.  We tried a new church together which was an interesting experience-then headed home to get my sister!
  • We swung by Torrance High School which is where they film Buffy, The O.C., 90210, etc.
  • We went to Ra-for their first sushi experience; and it was a success!  YUM!  Then stopped by Barnes and Noble for some late night shopping and enjoyment!  I love that place. 🙂
  • Headed home to pack and watch some videos and check them in online.  Passed out around 1am due to all the craziness over the weekend!  SO fun!  But, so busy!!

Monday:  (HOW THE DAY IS SUPPOSED TO GO)

  • Wake up at 4am
  • Get to airport for flight at 6:30
  • I head to work and then to tutoring, etc.

Monday: (HOW IT REALLY GOES…)

  • Wake up at 9am–oh no!  We’ve missed their flight!  Call my dad in a panic, followed by Southwest Airlines–get them situated on a later flight so they go back to sleep, I call into work (worst summer school employee ever-now I’m understanding why my principal doesn’t like me), and get online-burn CDs of pictures, update blog, try to think about this impending move right around the corner!  However, I am going to El Paso tomorrow, will return Friday for our Going away party, and somehow have to pack before Sunday when I’m going to load up my UHaul to go down to SD.   WHAT?!?!

*I rationalize not replacing it by the fact I am moving soon and will need to get one with a new address anyways-I have a copy of it and my social security card and school ID for verification purposes.

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A Wonderful Weekend!

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Wow-what a fabulous weekend!  I really don’t think it could have been much better, so I felt the strong urge to come on here and write about it to share a little piece of all this goodness!  We’ll start from the very beginning-a very good place to start (feel free to sing the tune while reading that…)

Friday:
Wrap up my second week of summer school (I am a ‘Faculty Advisor’ which means I merely sit in the back of the room to observe, assist, and-you got it-advise. More on that at a later date). Spent some time with sister in the afternoon running errands. Took Ladejeisha to her last night of Vacation Bible School preceeded by a little snack and some tutoring. She is incredible.. Met my dad, two of his friends, and two other acquaintances (now friends), and my friend, Amber, for a DELICIOUS dinner at Yang Chow in Chinatown. The conversation consisted of each of us going around and sharing a little bit of our life story while others offered questions, comments, and other fun tidbits. Finished the meal by reading aloud the fortunes followed by ‘in bed’. We are easily amused. After dinner, once the elderly persons headed back to bed, Amber and I searced for a place to sit and chat. No such luck in downtown LA. We opted for a relatively well-lit parking lot and spent two hours enjoying a wonderful chat. I love that girl. Finished the night at home with my sister-always enjoyable!

Saturday:
Woke up relatively early so I could drive out to Upland. Got to talk to another dear friend, Jenn McCormick, on the way out there on my hands-free cell phone. It worked much better than the speaker phone in the lap I’ve been resorting to before my mom so graciously exchanged my Blue Tooth for one that worked. Arrived in Upland 54 minutes later to meet Kristen (and her wonderful younger brother, Billy), Heather, Stephanie, Bekah, and Irene-just in time for some fabulous eggs and banana pancakes! YUM! Spent the day by the pool coordinated a synchronized swimming performance, listening to music, laughing, telling stories, and relaxing. Went to Golden Spoon and Bekah and I (who both just donated 10″ of hair last weekend) decided we needed to dye our hair. So we went back to Kristen’s house to do just that! She is now Almond or something like that and I’m Chestnut. 🙂 Drove back to LA to get some down time before going to dinner with my sister, dad, and Keri at LA Food Show. We enjoyed another delicious dinner full of laughs, stories, heckling the waitress, and even ran into our family friend, Elizabeth Engle, before we left! (A funny quote of the night was as we were sharing different bad decisions we’ve made in our lives and I said ‘I got myself into $17,000 of credit card debt-to which my sister responded, ‘Well, I developed myself a drug problem’. Oh, the Haskin girls-what a duo! Thankfully, we’ve both now recovered from each of our respective problems!) We finished the night off with a few games of Boggle, which naturally, I dominated (although part of that might have been due to the fact they were both falling asleep while playing!)

Sunday:
I woke up early-yet again-to go pick up Ladejeisha for church. We went to a new church since my friend is on their Praise Dance team, so we got to see her dance and enjoyed a very energetic, passionate, and lengthy message! Dropped her off and headed to downtown LA where I met my dad and Keri at the Gift Show to spend some time browsing the shops, eating, rubbing each other’s wenises (sounds sick, I know-but go ahead and google it, it’s actually quite amusing!), and more story telling. I’m a sucker for story telling. My mom, Jim, and Becca came and picked me up and we were on our way to see Wicked up in Hollywood. Wicked was all that it’s cracked up to be-I’ve heard nothing but raves about it, and I was highly impressed! We then headed to the Melting Pot for a four course dinner which was A-MAZING! I feel more equipped to be Chocolate Fountain Master in my friend’s wedding next month and had a great time eating, laughing, and eating some more with the fam!

Becca and I are now back at home on our respective computers–she just entered the room asking me “What would you do if I just came up to you and sucker punched you in the head?” To which I obviously had no response-but to blog about it. I’m not sure where all of this built up anger is coming from, but I better go spend some time with her. A massage usually loosens her up. And our time is limited! We both decided we’re going to sit on the couch and read our books we’ve recently purchased. Mine, ” The Year of Fog” and Hers, “Are you there, vodka? It’s me, Chelsea”.

Needless to say, I’m tired-it’s been a fun-filled weekend sure to be followed by a fun-filled week! I have two friends coming in town from Texas (my little sister from Big Brothers Big Sisters, Alisha, and her best friend, Brittney)-so we have plans for lots of sight-seeing, a Mercy Me/David Crowder concert at the state fair, going to see a viewing of Chelsea, Lately, going to get tattoos, time at the beach, an amusement park, a Water Buffalo game, etc. And, yes, I’ll still be working and tutoring somehow between all of this 🙂

Only a few weeks left here in LA-might as well make the most of it!

Sensitive to His Prompting

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Whew!  What a whirlwind of a few weeks this has been-I feel that it has been abnormally busy even for me!  It really is going on three weeks of leaving the house before 7am and not getting home until after 10pm.  That makes for some long days!  I have also been to and back from FCA camp.  An experience I’ll elaborate on at a later point in this post.

For now, I am going to ramble.  During all of my running around, it’s been awesome to have such an abundance of conversation with the Lord-and about the Lord.  I’ve been feeling nostalgic lately since it’s coming time for another move.  I’m grateful for the time spent here-and looking forward to new adventures.

One statement that popped in my head earlier this evening was the urge to “be sensitive to His prompting”.  A Bible Study leader from long ago (Thanks, Jenny Rose) once told us before reading the Bible we should pray to be sensitive to His prompting.  I thought that was such a cool-and critical thing.  Oftentimes, I briefly look at the Bible to find a specific verse or passage-and it becomes more about me and what I’m trying to find rather than what He’s trying to reveal to me.  Anyways, all of this comes up because ever since the beginning of the school year-and maybe even before-I’ve been feeling the need to dive into the book of Isaiah.  Honestly, I don’t know too much about this book-but it’s come up time and time again in my life-through sermons, books, friends, random conversations, etc.  Just this week, I’ve finally taken heed to His promptings and have started discovering Isaiah-excited to see what He desires to reveal to me.

All of this personal encounter and prompting also brings me back to the time before I was a Christian.  It’s cool to look back to see the ways the Lord was so intimately involved in my life even then.  What a faithful God we serve!  Several things come to mind: going to Youth Group with a teammate and her boyfriend and hearing the song “I Want to Know You” (don’t know if that’s the title-but you know the song I speak of!), me and my mom going to church on a more regular basis-and me desiring to have what some of the people around us seemed to have (which I now know was Jesus), laying in my bed crying one night my senior year and feeling the strong urge to read the Word-took a flashlight and searched the bookshelves to find a copy of the Bible I knew we had somewhere, etc.

Although there are times I wish I would have had a relationship with God sooner for some of the heartbreak I feel it might have saved me, I am also grateful for the time I did come to know Him.  It was such an answer to prayer and such a personal encounter, I knew He had called me.  I have seen many friends raised in the church who have doubted, questioned-and even left the church and now are not believers-a lot because it wasn’t theirs.  But God wants us to be His

It’s been so encouraging to spend time with, watch, and listen all God is doing in the heart of one of my dear students, Ladejeisha.  She is such an inspiration to me on so many levels.  Here is what she had to say about camp:

”  Camp was a great experience. I found God in a new way. I found out the reasons why God has me on earth.  He touched me in a way that I never thought was possible.  Now I know that I am a child of God.  When I went to camp, it made me want to go to church because it made me want to hear the word of God more.  It made me know that God is in my heart.  And He gave everybody  a gift, and He gave me a gift to run.  So I’m going to run for the glory of God.  I know that God’s always on my side, no matter what.  God made me think about how much I wasn’t in the Word of God, I didn’t go to church before camp, and I said I was a Christian, but I didn’t really mean it.  Now I know I am a Christian and I know that I truly love God and God’s in my heart.  No matter what I do, I’m still a child of God.  And I know that He brings people to my life for a reason.  He brought me to Karolyn for a reason so I could go to camp and find the true reason for my life.  And now I know God puts me through situations so I can be stronger.”

I think that about sums up how powerful camp was.  And how incredible my summer has been!