Tuesday, July 27, 2004

No more driving. I've driven 2 month's worth in one week. No more.
It was wonderful going on a whirlwind tour of the midwest though. Saw friends from Congo and most of my family.  Sometimes I feel like there are two halves of me. One comes out at home and the other at college.  I don't mean to but my  mindset somehow changes en route. I'll try and explain more tomorrow when my brain registers the fact I've stopped moving. 

Thursday, July 22, 2004

Somehow life never turns out how I expect it to.  Rather than putting in my 40 hours at LU this week, I left for my Indiana trip one week early. 
It seems so odd to be sitting here in the living room I know so well here at my grandma's house.  One of the few places that I can remember as far back as 1st grade.  Mom, Dad and I have been hauling stuff out of the attic for her and sorting through it.  We've unearthed some of my grandpa's paintings, old pictures and hilarious letters. 
One I wrote when I was little started out "How are you? I am not fine. Mom Dad and Susan and John are fine. But they may not be."
I'm not sure if this was a threat by me, or if I was predicting a outbreak of some sort.  Other more useful items like ice cream makers, space heaters and a bookcase were put aside for me to take back with me to Texas. 
I've also brushed up on my bush trimming and lawn mowing skills.  What a vacation :-)  It's good though because I'll have to get used to it next year anyway.   
Tomorrow my parents and I head out to Wisconsin to the mission conference center. It'll be nice to see the missionaries who are back for the summer. 
Then a short run over to Ohio, back to Indiana and then back to Texas.  Refreshed from my break and ready to tackle overtime and the house again.  Yes, life is never boring. 

Thursday, July 15, 2004

I have discovered a new, slightly boring phenomenon...
if I leave my hair in a bun all day long by evening I look like Shirley Temple.  Countless seconds of amusement have been derived by pulling on it and watching my hair uncharacteristically bounce back into it's former shape.  As this amuses me, one might ask if my life isn't rather dull this summer.  And the answer is an emphatic no. 
For those who haven't heard yet: Lisl, Amanda, Shoey and I are moving off campus come August.  Debbie's old house if that means anything to you; or a little beige house behind the soccer fields if it doesn't.  The house needs a lot of work before we move in though.  I've started patching it up and managed to borrow a shampoo-er for the the carpet today.  A very fortunate deal.  Kelly and I will tackle that project this weekend and once Amanda gets down here it should be ready for painting.  We're all excited about the painting part, it looks quite nice in our minds.  In a moment of weakness I recanted my vow never to sew again and offered to whip up some curtains...ugh.   By the way, I might want to borrow a sewing machine if someone's got one.
Other than working for phys plant and on the house, I find I have very little free time.  The other night though a group of us discovered a new, very LU-ish type game. Constructionary. Basically it's charades but you have to use at least three legos in your acting out.  All kinds of interesting things came from that, ducks with human feet and airplane wings, and bowling with wigs. 
Oh, I've been meaning to put a quote up here that I found re-reading an "Room With A View" on my way to Washington. 
"Now don't be stupid over this...I do think you might try to understand him...But let your self go. You are inclined to get muddled, if I may judge from last night. Let yourself go. Pull out from the depths those thoughts that you do not understand, and spread them out in the sunlight and know the meaning of them. ut understanding George you may learn to understand yourself. It will be good for both of you"
Yes, it's a kind of random quote, but I did like the suggestion of spreading your thoughts out in the sunlight.  I do tend to muddle quite often and it's worth a shot...for the sake of less confuzzlement in future. 
 

Monday, July 05, 2004

Somehow vacations never produce all the free time for blogging that one origionally hopes. Blogging rather, is an escape. An ingeniously designed and disguised procrastination tool. Too bad too because I had some lovely blogging thoughts on my flight.
Here I am almost to the end of my mini summer vacation. As usual, I ran across every odd person between Texas and Seattle on my journey.
First There was the man who yelled desperately out his window at the gas station "If I only had a brain!!". It wouldn't have bothered me so much except he was pulling out into four lanes of morning traffic.
Then Lisl and I had the crazy idea of stopping for french fries and apple pie at 10:32. The time is important because apparently this McDonalds didn't serve french fries till 10:30. Why this was a problem I don't know but I was not allowed to purchase any. Lisl however was graciously told she could have her pie if only she would come up to the window. However, between the time she ordered and was able to make it to the window the management discovered they had no pie and it would be 10 minutes. Apparently someone forgot to tell them they were supposed to be serving food there.
Once at the airport I was fortunate enough to see first hand the effects of heightend airport security measures. Woe to the traveler of today who runs through the emergency exit by the boarding gate. An annoying alarm will be triped and a mere 11 minutes later an airport employee might wander over to investigate.
I felt so safe. Not to mention the first class service of the attendants John, John, John and Jenny on board. The guys decided it would be great fun to use the intercom to pick on Jenny the whole flight. Unfortunatly she decided to take revenge by chucking ice cubes on me. After three times thought the other attendants promised me a free margarita. Hmm.
Now I'm safe with my parents and sister though. Had lovely bus adventures downtown with Amanda, and spent precious hours holding my three week old baby neice. Yes, she has me wrapped around her tiny little fingers. Just wait till you see pictures though, she is the cutest.
I think I'm supposed to help start the house painting project today so I'd better finnish this off. This is only a foretaste of what the rest of the summer has in store as my housemates and I start to tackle the job of re-doing our own walls. Yay, no more living on campus!