Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Dundie Award Winner

I decided that The Office is my new favorite television show. FACT: If anyone wants to buy and send me Season 3 while I'm down in Brazil... I would love them forever.

The fabulously scrumptious (and rather expensive) cheese in the fridge

Rachel and I went to Pike Place market yesterday. We first enjoyed some tea and crumpets at The Crumpet Shop. Later, we went to Nordstrom Rack and after searching for womens clothes for ten minutes (an finding them in the basement), we tried on various "on sale" pieces of clothing that turned out to be ridiculously expensive even though they were "marked down." After that, we meandered down to the cheese shop to feast upon the famous Pike Place Market cheese samples. My family really likes their fabulously scrumptious "Field Cheese", so while we were there I bought two of the packages. Upon returning to the house I placed these fabulously scrumptious (and rather expensive) cheese packages in the fridge, vowing to grab them before my departure the next morning. Alas, it came upon this (almost) midnight clear... ok, blizzard... that I neglected to take with me the fabulously scrumptious (and rather expensive) cheese in the fridge. I thought to retrieve it upon my next trip to Seattle, but unfortunately, I will probably not grace the streets that lay under the shadow of the Space Needle for another six months... seeing as how I'm going to Brazil and all... :) Oh well. Attention: Rachel, Brie, and Ally: if you read this, you have my permission to eat the fabulously scrumptious (and rather expensive) cheese in the fridge. enjoy. :)

City Savvy

Now that I have driven all around seattle by myself these past few days, I feel that I should be given some sort of "City Savvy" award. I might leave out the part about me getting lost a total of seven times. Though rediscovering my route, my friends, is an accomplishment in itself and should also be rewarded accordingly.

snowed inn

I write to you now from the big chair in front of the fireplace in the lobby of "Quality Inn" in Ellensburg. "Why?" You ask, am I sitting in the big chair in front of the fireplace in the lobby of "Quality Inn" in Ellensburg. Well, several reasons. One, because the big chair seemed to be the most comfortable of the bunch. Two, it's a bit cold, so sitting next to the fireplace seemed to be the logical choice. Three, my room does not get wireless internet; it is in fact the only room in the hotel in which wireless internet has yet to be installed. Finally, I am at the "Quality Inn" in Ellensburg because as I was driving my grandmother back from Seattle, it started snowing to such an extent that we were forced to stop (after having passed 5 accidents on the side of the road... that in itself was fair incentive to stop) and take refuge in this fine establishment. Most recently, I spent 3 hours in the dinning room drawing pictures of Dwight (from the office) on my placemat (it was paper). It was quite thrilling. I think I'm going to go watch Seinfeld now. I hope you're all having a fabulous day. :)

Monday, November 26, 2007

A Screwtape Letter

I guarantee that you will not understand this if you have not read any of C.S.Lewis' "The Screwtape Letters." I wrote this about 6 months ago and re-read it while looking for my NSA application essays on my computer. I thought you might like to read it.

My dear Wormwood,
You seemed to be very unnecessarily concerned (and long-winded) in your last letter concerning your patient's reading habits. Since we have discussed this before, you will recall my condemnation of reading for pleasure, but this is a different type of reading all together. Though you have done a disastrous job in keeping your patient from a tender heart and *blech* scriptural studies, there is an aspect of her new enthusiasm for the Enemies “Word” that we may exploit. You see, in her newly acquired fervor for studies of the particular doctrines of the Enemy, she has begun a failure to apply them. At this desperate point, you must actually encourage her to read more and more of eschatology, predestination, the eucharist, ectcetera. You may be suprised by my saying this, but you will see that with humans, pride takes over quickly and does our job for us. While she is reading all these deep and philosophical books concerning “great matters” two things will happen that you must both encourage and keep her from noticing. One, she will think herself above others for her studies deep into scripture and develop a facade of humility but all the while reek of pride. This of course is helpful to lead to many other kinds of sins- use your imagination. The second thing that will happen is that she will be so focused on these “high” doctrinal things that she will forget to apply them. They are great theological matters that she likes to study. Simply never let the seemingly obvious thought of “How might I apply this to my life” cross her mind and you will be home free. It will not be a very difficult job as humans are quick to apply standards to all but themselves, thus also promoting our first cause, of pride. Again, the only way this will work is if you keep her content and away from a realization of her sin and need for repentance. Good luck, and I expect prompt news of your success upon the arrival of your next letter.
To each his own,
-Screwtape

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Departure Date

They called and said that they expect my visa to come in the 3rd or 4th of December and that would put my departure at the 6th or 7th. Just thought I'd let you all know. :)

Thanksgiving Week Fly-By

So here is, my last week at a glance:
Friday: crashed a Cats (the musical Wenatchee high school was putting on. and a lot of my friends were in) after party. I was there playing Catch Phrase till 1 am.

Saturday: went to Leavenworth and read my Bible and Cyrano de Bergerac for like 5 hours. Then I went and saw Cats, which was incredible and yet bizarre at the same time (both my brothers were in it- they were Pirates so they didn't have to wear spandex. lol). After that I crashed yet another Cat's party at Dimitri's house and was there till 3am. we had a dance party and did a bunch of other cool stuff.

Sunday: went to Trinity. There was a Potluck that I was going to go to, but Bekah Helsel, one of my best friends and the pastor's daughter invited me to come up to Desert Canyon with her family for the evening. We went up there and went long boarding and then we were joined by the Johnsons, the Lensons, the DeJongs, and the McMullens. We ate cheese and nibbled on a salmon and drank wine. We discussed our lives and movies and the church and just had wonderful fellowship. It was a fabulous time.

Monday: I was going to babysit for the Madson's, but they were going to their friends' house for dinner who's parents are missionaries in Brazil and when they heard about me they insisted I be invited to dinner as well. So all of us went to their friends' house for dinner and talked a bit about Brazil but pretty much just had a good time. which was cool. :)

Tuesday: The African Children's choir came to Wenatchee and so I went early and sold Cd's with some other girls and my family hosted 3 boys and an "uncle" at our house (Bekah tagged along and stayed the night because she wanted to play with the kids). We had the kids who sang on American Idol with Josh Groban. Our family hosted: Ronald, Edward, and Joel. They were SO much fun! Me and Bekah sand Psalm 40 to them at Bedtime and read them Rumpelstiltskin. Joshua was their "uncle," or chaperon, and we stayed up till 1:30 am talking about the choir, doctrinal issues, traveling, specific scripture, and what not. It was wonderful!

Wednesday: I babysat for the Madsons and the Byingtons (at the Madson's house). Then, Bekah and I went to Starbucks for coffee (i took the bus). That night me and Bekah drove up to the Grette's house and there was a party up there. we played the guitar video game thing where you push the buttons on this fake guitar- it's really fun. Then we played "Around the World" with the Ping Pong table. After that, we watched the boys play "Ultimate Ping pong" where if they miss a point then they have to lift up their shirts and the opposite team gets to hit the ball as hard as they can at their chest. It was, in a word, HILARIOUS!! I haven't laughed that hard in a while. They had quite a few welts on their chests by the end of it. I didn't realize a ping pong ball could do so much damage, lol.

Thursday: was Thanksgiving and we went to The Sleeping Lady up in Leavenworth for dinner (at 2) so we didn't have to make or clean up food. So that was nice. :) Aunt Diane and Uncle Pete and Gramma (all on my mom's side) and Aunt Sara and uncle dick. as well as my cousin Laurie and her 2 kids: Jacob (13) and Claire (11), and Gramma Bowe (all on my dad's side) came for thanksgiving. After dinner we played Catch Phrase and talked for hours and then us kids watched The Office till 2 am.

Friday we slept in and then went to Leavenworth. We hit the Hat Shop, grabbed samples at the Cheese Monger's and the Fudge shop and stopped my the Toy Shop for a quick bit. My parents left there to go to Seattle (and the Huskies game. Go Dawgs!!). the rest of the family wen their separate ways, but Claire stayed with us until sunday. that night we went to the Knight's house for a "the college kids are back, so let's party" bonfire. We sang a TON of Psalms and Hymns. Then we played Catch Phrase yet again, until 11 when Ty said it was time to go.

Saturday: we had an Incredibly lazy day : we watched Die Hard (the first one) which we had never seen- it was good, but very violent and had a lot of cussing. we read for a bit, and then at 7 we went and saw Enchanted at the movie theater which was corny, but cute. :) After that we (that is, Claire and I) went to Anne Levitsky's house and hung out with some college kids who were back from school. we actually ended coming back to our house and having a bonfire, making smores, reading Patrick McManus, and watching The Office. Everyone left at some early hour of the morning. :)

Sunday (today): We woke up early and I drove my gramma and Claire to Seattle. This afternoon I got lost while driving and lost 100 dollars in cash while dropping my gramma off or somewhere- i don't know. I don't want to think about it- it makes me feel sick :/ I am now at my cousin's house on Queen Anne Hill. There is also this really cool guy from Germany staying with them as well. He has the coolest accent!! Tomorrow I will go stay with Rachel Helsel, Brielyn Flones, and Allison Dimmitt at their house. I'm really excited- it should be fun. :) Then on Wednesday I will pick my gramma up at Sea Tac and drive back to Wenatchee.

Life is good. Amen. :D

Saturday, November 10, 2007

NSA


So... I'm applying to New Saint Andrew's College in Moscow, ID for Fall '08. Pray for me please, that I will not be anxious. :) Here's the college website address, if you're curious: http://nsa.edu/

Friday, November 2, 2007

Host Guarantee Forms

I just found out that the Host Guarantee Forms came back from Brazil today. That means that we can now apply for a student visa for the year. They say that the visa process takes 2-3 weeks, but now we're set- all we do now is wait. :)