Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Palm reading

So, I had my palm read this past weekend.  One of my most favorite mission companions was in town for a conference and one of the ladies she came with has a gift.  One of the neatest ladies I have ever met!  She happens to have terminal cancer and I haven't laughed like that in a while!  She's so happy and FUNNY!  All of these women work at a summer camp for kids with cancer.  Such an amazing experience!  Throughout the year they attend plays, games and funerals for their dear campers.  

Anyway, I know you are all curious as to what my future holds.  Well, I will have a marriage late in life... surprise, surprise.  I will have 4 kids.  I will have one or two really close friends for my whole life, although along the way I will have many meaningful friendships.  My family has a very close relationship.  I fight dirty and hard.  I will have a very deep and happy marriage and even though there will be disagreements, they will NOT affect our marriage.  I am very stable and reliable.  
There you go!  I have always wondered what would be said in a palm reading, now I know.  My reading happened to be very similar to my Kasia (my mission comp).  We were meant to be friends.

On Friday night we all went out to dinner after their meetings were over.  It was so great!  We laughed so hard!  A waiter was totally hitting on my friend and the women (all married and more mature than we) we were with were loving it!  They kept looking for reasons for him to come to the table, asking him to meet up with us later.  It was awesome!  Then on Saturday night, I crashed their conference and we did a little Square Dancing and then had a sleepover in their hotel room.
It was a great weekend!!!!  I am exhausted... still!  But couldn't be happier!
Kasia, I just love your guts and your breasts!! 

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

"It makes me feel big and strong."

I love Election Day (the good ED).  On the radio this morning a listener called in and said his mom told him to "go vote, it will make you feel big and strong."  I had that feeling as I walked away from the Church of Christ this morning.

I love going into the gas station or the office or returning home and talking with a neighbor, all wearing a sticker with those three simple words "I voted today".  It's a unifying day in these, the United States.  It's suddenly so easy to relate to strangers.

Ya know, I thought all polls were electronic by now.  This is why I was surprised when I arrived at my place to poll and found I would use the tried and true pen and paper to make my voice heard.  Even with these simple instruments, there were still hold ups and snaffus.  I guess it's just like death, change and taxes, one of the guarantees in life!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

I love memories

Aren't memories fun?  Don't you love taking trips down memory lane?  I was looking at these pictures my good friends so kindly sent me to remind me of all our laughs together AND to remind me of how truly photogenic I really am!  

Last night I went out to dinner with some family members.  My parents were in town and we gathered to feed our faces at Golden Corral.  I realized last night why I am the way I am.  Genetics.  I'm not sure if an appreciation for the cruder things in life is actually genetic, but after hearing the stories I did last night and sharing the stories I did last night I have come to the knowledge that it is.  I am so grateful I have an excuse and people to blame when I say things that are shocking and inappropriate.  I relish the smiles, the looks of awe and the laughter from those who know me well when things leap from my mouth.

I think this is what life is all about!  Making memories, laughing, building relationships with those we love and will come to love!  It's the people in our lives that give it meaning!
I am grateful for all the wonderful people in my life!  I am more grateful for their forgiveness and love in spite of my "immature" sense of humor (as I learned from my aunt and uncle, the educators). 
Enjoy the pics!  Please, will you still be my friend?

Jang and I

Jang and I
One of my teaching associates in China. He taught Korean. We ate at a Pizza buffet to thank our Chinese teacher!

His name is Jesse Williams.

His name is Jesse Williams.
God does good work!!

Em loves me!

Em loves me!

Do you remember this, Roselia???

Do you remember this, Roselia???
my girls! man we are funny!

Pretty princesses... I love you girlies!!

Pretty princesses...  I love you girlies!!
I kept it for the photo shoot, then returned the netting. It was fun for a day!

Fresh shrimp tacos!!!

Fresh shrimp tacos!!!
Carly and Janelle

My front door

My front door

The arrow

The arrow
Yeah, like you have sticks just lying around your apartment at 11:30 at night!

mirror, mirror

mirror, mirror
My favorite corner. Don't you think feather boas just add a little something to any room?