Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Happy Summer!

Happy 3rd day of summer!

I don't even know where to start. This summer has been crazy! Crazy busy, but crazy good!

We had VBS two weeks ago which I did every day. I had sweet 6th grade girls and we had so much fun. I got to know a lot of the girls who I will be working with from now for about a year hopefully. I'm pretty sure that I'm going to be a volunteer leader with 6th grade girls after the summer is over. VBS was a wonderful way to start getting to know them.

It was a miracle though. I remembered 90% of their names. And I really mean a miracle. I sometimes always forget every single person's name who I meet. I've talked about it before on here. It's a huge problem. Example: I met 2 guys at Geo's church this weekend and called them KelleN and Caden. Their names were KelleR and Paden all morning long until Geo told me after church was over. But actually, the bad part was, I was proud of myself for even remembering that much of their names. I really think God is working in me to help me remember names. Like really.

So then the week after VBS was City Surge for high schoolers and middle schoolers. It's like a mission trip but they stayed in Knoxville. I had 5 10th grade girls staying with me, so that was so much fun! I started Sunday night and wasn't alone again until Thursday morning. I was like a camp counselor but at my own house with dishes to do.

During the days, I took a group to work on some elderly people's yards. The first night I woke up with swimmer's ear, so I had to go to the clinic and miss the first day of work. But I got to go the following days and trim bushes, plant flowers, pull weeds, and roll around in poison ivy. After work, we had a 2 hour shower break, then back to serve and eat dinner, have some talks, small groups, entertainment, and then back home at 11 so that we could hang out sleep sitting up until about 2 or 3. Then up at 7 the next morning.

It wore me out.

So Thursday when that was finished, I bought a Rockstar energy drink and  headed to Nashville to see Geoffrey and his family. It was a blast as we hung out with his family, took a trip to the zoo, went out to dinner, got some really good ice cream, visited my cousins, saw Nat and Sarah, and just had a really good time together.

I have to go to our middle school thing now, so I will finish this update in the near future I'm hoping.

Monday, June 7, 2010

A Different Way of Life

I must tell you that living alone in a house is so much different than any kind of living situation I've ever had in my life.

For example, tonight I made a special, scheduled trip to the drive thru car wash. Why? Because now that I have so much time and no one to interact with, I find little things like that to do and make them into a big deal. I used to do things like washing my car when I was in a hurry and happened to be driving by it. But that is no longer needed. I have plenty of time in the evening for such things.

Last night I made an entire pizza. For myself. I went and got lots of yummy stuff to put on it and made it so that it would take more time than getting something quickly. I did pesto on the bottom, then garlic, feta, and artichokes, tomatoes, olives, mozarella, and spinach. So I had this elaborate pizza for myself and  no one to even see it, so I have found that I use my camera phone quite a bit.

Tonight I scheduled time to sit down and pick out a recipe to open the page to on my counter so that I can look at it all week.

And lastly, I planted some seeds of cilantro, basil, and parsley for fun. I thought it would be a good activity to do every night, you know, at least something to do.

I've been working on decorating still because I can't get everything done alone. I can't get the table up from my basement alone, and a few other things. You don't realize how helpful other people are until you don't have them around.

But for now, this is my bedroom. I painted that bookshelf the other day with paint that I found in my house already and the color was perfect!

This is my backyard. Those are bamboos you see there! It's crazy.

I had more pictures, but I didn't want to use the battery on my phone for sending them because I forgot my charger at home. This is the last problem. I hesitate to talk on the phone for long amount of time or short amounts of time, at that. Because I don't want my battery to die in the middle of the night and have no way of communication. Don't worry though, I figured out how to do my alarm clock alarm so I don't have to worry about not waking up for work. The problem that still exists though is that the interaction with human beings during my evening hours, is now even less without much phone time. No time for chit chat anymore.

Oh, and did I tell you that I have no cable and a very weak signal of internet from the neighbors which greatly hinders my blogging, facebooking, and emailing? I feel like I'm living in the 1800s at times. That's not a bad thing, just very different.

Well, I'm off to figure out what to do next. Maybe a shower. My showering and getting ready time has gotten very lengthy this summer as opposed to the normal quick summer routine. It's funny how when I have more time, things take longer. That's okay though, it's good actually. I can use as much time as I need.  I even think that I'll be going to sleep at about 9:30 tonight, earliest bedtime since I was sick.