Sunday, November 30, 2008
honestly... i wish i was back there with my family... the 7 that were there PLUS dad and ryan (they couldn't make it) so i wish... all 9 of us were together... back in our "youth room" at the place we stayed... laughing, giggling, playing games, eating junk food, laughing at lil cousin ashley as she did funny things, "hiking" through the mountains, looking at bonzai's, eating more junk food, playing in the rain, standing together at an overlook looking out miles and miles at the mountains, arguing with my brothers, taking tons of pictures, shopping, and just being together.
i had a delighful weekend away in the mountains with my family... really. now that im "home" it makes me so sad that im away from them. i miss them so so much. way more than they realize.
anyway im back with ryan though... which is good. i missed him lots and wished he had come! but sickly in the mountains in one room with 8 other people... probably not the best thing.
so ill post pictures soon of the fabulous weekend away... for now im off to bed... we didnt sleep much at all! you could imagine 7 people in one room sleeping... and one that sleep talks! haha... yeah not much sleep.
off to work tomorrow... then pictures will be posted soon!!
love and peace-
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
when i think back on my earliest memories of thanksgiving this is what i imagine... in fact EVERY thanksgiving i think of this... waking up to my dad cooking sweet corn pudding... going down and watching the parade with the family... then packing up the car and heading to grandma's or mema's. for a while we would go to mema's for lunch then grandma's for dinner. double duty. it wasn't the same every year... but the corn and the parade and the family part... that was the same.
so this year... its just weird.
im not going to lie... im about to throw myself a pity party... im home flying solo, eating pizza, drinking a coke and watching some tv. i will say its quite relaxing... but knowing everyone else is with someone... it just kinda sucks.
tomorrow im hoping it will be an ok day. i think it will be fine. just DIFFERENT and strange. im not even going lie... but i hope this is the last thanksgiving i spend without ryan... really. it prob wont happen... but i hope it is. anyway... tomorrow...
im going to wake up and go to the grocery store... that is if they are open?! crap. i forgot about that. hopefully ill find one open and get the ingredients for a sweet potato casserole. then im coming home- watching the parade and attempting a sweet potato casserole.
then ill be heading over to my friend's justin and jon's house... they are having a lunch for anyone who is around who needs a place to go for thanksgiving... thankfully! so ill be over there for a thanksgiving lunch with friends.
after lunch ill head to work... for 3 hours... yeah. strange. but oh well. its what happened...
then perhaps/ hopefully ill be driving to the mountains to see my family. well mom and bro's. unfortunately duty calls for dad... he has to be a preacher. and be there for another family who just had a tragic lost in their family. im pretty sad no dad- but thats life of a preacher's family. at least one day when i have kids and their dad is a pastor... i will know how they feel. preacher's... really the best hours in the world... but sometimes the worst. power to pop's though.
anyway. let me just mention ry... i would have been with him and his family tomorrow night... but he is realllll sick. really really sick. he went to an acute care place tonight and got some meds so hopefully tomorrow he will be a new man- but yeah... bc of his sickness and he is 3 hours away... and some other random stuff i prob wont go to snider thanksgiving... but instead will meet up with my mom. its complicated... but just another bummer/negative.
ok. so despite my depressed self this thanksgiving eve... i guess i will follow trend and say what i am thankful for... because really. i am thankful for so much...
this girl (for so so many reasons!)... she puts up with me, listens to me, laughs with me, lets me cry, skypes with me, wii's with me... she is incredible:
my job. i work with awesome people, have a fabulous boss... and really overall like my job. not too many people can say that... i just hate waking up at 6am! (thats really my only complaint)
this woman... she is my strong advisor; my mentor; the person i admire so much in life. she does what she wants/thinks is best. she doesn't let other people's opinions bother her. she loves the Lord and makes it evident; she has a passion for India that is unreal... she in incredible...
this picture signifies my closest best friends in college... minus woodsy... haha... i still love him though. but really. these boys mean the world to me...
so i have a lot to be thankful for this year... really. i am so blessed to have an incredible family. a man like RYAN in my life... and two best friends that are the best a girl could EVER ask for. really... i am so thankful for the people in my life... although NONE of those people are here with me... or even live close (except for ry)... they mean the world to me... and are missed so much.
if you are with your closest friends and family... be extra grateful. enjoy your time. have lots of fun. i CAN"T wait to see my fam soon...
and luckily at christmas time ill be home for 7 days! waHHOOO!!!
ps- im also really REALLY thankful for diet mountain dew. i drink it a lot. as do most nurses...but really. it gets me through my day... haha...
Monday, November 24, 2008
(bare? spelling? heck i dunno. oh well.)
let me start the rundown...
1. work: i had no weekend because of work... 12 hours sat and sunday. sunday was freaking stressful and exhausting! i had 5 patients... which is a full load... which i was not expecting for a couple of weeks. i was hoping i could stay with 4... but nope. day 2 off orientation im already at my max. i wasn't happy to say the least. ...luckily those two days are over... BUT i work tues, wed, thurs :(
which brings me to:
2. thanksgiving: i dont even realize its thursday. it doesn't feel like it... so different than any other time in my life. in college you are pumped to get away from school and to have time to catch up on all your work in a non-stressful way... hs same way... just pumped to not have school... ms... elementary... you are just excited to play and go to grandma's.... now that im a grown up... its like thanksgiving?? oh another work day. (not happy about that- and hopefully it wont be like that forever). im actually only working 4 hours... but the most random hours 3-7... but luckily ill be heading to charlotte thursday night to have a late night thanksgiving dinner with the sniders! well ill be eating... itll be late... like 10... but ill get to spend time with my other family and my fav lil... al! :)
then will be heading to ridgecrest, nc with ryan to see MY FAMILY on friday!!! until sunday. so im reallly excited about that. so thanksgiving for me will be this weekend... and that part i am looking forward to.
3. im going to NYC... in case you haven't read the other posts... we are pumped. like i can't describe it.
4. me and ryan= fabulous. we are just enjoying this time in our life- he is working hard- and im just trying to encourage and help. i will brag for him and say... he is doing FABULOUS! :) really. making awesome grades and succeeding! ...did anyone doubt that? no.... anyway. duke basketball is a blast (i even just made my work schedule around the duke games so i can go/watch as many as possible)
5. christmas is coming... not too sure what ill be doing for gifts and such. that part will work out. christmas is my FAVORITE time of year... just the spirit, music, food and fellowship... and movies!! plus its a special time in the life of ryan & dan. but back to the movie part... im actually already watching one... its on tv... mickey mouse christmas... so good... it was so sweet. mickey traded his favorite toy to get minnie something and she traded her fav toy for a gift for him. mmm. how sweet. i love the holiday spirit...
ok i gotta run. busy day of errrands and a lunch at work... more to come!
peace and love
Saturday, November 22, 2008
for ryan's birthday... yes- i got him plane tickets to new york city.
we are going up there dec 13!!!
we are staying with ry's best friend... going to go see the christmas spectacular at radio city music hall... going to take in the sites... be tourists... hopefully see someone famous... and have LOTS OF FUN!! im super excited!
unfortunetly ry was a bit under the weather for his birthday- but i think his day turned out just great.
we had some delicious sushi for dinner... and now have a fabulous trip to look forward to!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
me and ryan are going to NEW YORK CITY!!!
happy birthday ryan! :)
yaehhhh.... talk about excitement... im pretty stoked.
ill give details later... like tomorrow...
but its been a long day.
4 days of NYC bliss coming soon - THREE weeks!!!!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
probably the scariest thought one could imagine...
maybe not. but i was feeling that way for sure today.
if it weren't for the AMAZING nurses i work with... i probably would have gone crazy... and would STILL be at work charting and doing paperwork right now.
lets just say it was a bit crazy, hectic, insane, wild, hectic, and did i mention STRESSFUL?
thats ok. its over with... and i dont have to go back until saturday.
(reason why i love my job... i only work 3 days a week)
anyway it was overall a learning experience today... and i survived (for the most part... ALL ALONE!)
so its official. i am finally a real nurse all by myself...
moving on to other things.
1. ryan's bday is tomorrow. im still hoping i surprise the heck out of him. i really dont know.
2. i feel like i need to post about my friends... after reading two blogs... sara and blair... two great people who talked about their best friends... i feel like i should also share about my blessed friendships. i hope to do that very soon. i have some pretty incredible people in my life...
well i am too tired tonight to write anything else... or anything meaningful or deep.
i can't do it after 12 1/2 hours of work... and a hard lemonade. mmm. i had to celebrate my first day alone! haha...
anywho. its FREEZING cold here, im doing great, but i miss my dearest friends and family tremendously. no really. TREMENDOUSLY.
peace and love.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
so i think sometimes God does things just for us.
such as today... it snowed.
nothing stuck and it wasn't like tons and tons, but def flurries that were way more than anything we would get on a random november day in ga.
let me give you a few more details... i left the gym and as i was walking to my car i realized, wait a second. these are flurries falling! not trash (which is yes what i originally thought). after several minutes of standing in the parking lot i decided to continue on my day to the grocery store.
upon entering the flurries had ended and i was content at seeing snow.
once all the shopping was done i headed home... when it began snowing again. in the car on the way home it was really coming down! I was so excited. once i got home i rushed inside to grab the camera to document this. i know... it wasn't a lot... but i was so excited! God totally blessed my day with flurries! something i haven't seen since japan (and before that i have no idea when i saw snow last!)
it was very exciting! i looovveeed it!
maybe just maybe ill get a white christmas this year!
(because yes- ill be here in durham on christmas day)
anywho- hope you are all bundled up on this freezing cold day!
love and peace-
ps- if you click on the pics and make them bigger you can see the flurries a bit better... haha
Partly sunny. A slight chance of snow showers through early afternoon. Breezy with highs around 40. Northwest winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. Chance of snow 20 percent.
Clear. Lows in the lower 20s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph.
DO i even need to blog further? Really?!
i mean its cold outside. real cold. well thats what they say... i haven't ventured outdoors yet. just looking outside is a frightful thought. it just looks cold... with a lot of wind.
but i will venture out soon. im going to go to the gym and then to the grocery to get supplies for some good homemade- baked potato soup. its delicious. a nice hearty soup perfect for a freezing day like today...
only one 1/2 more days before ry's bday! yippPEE!! should be loads of fun. dont worry ill fill you in on all the essentials thursday night (or friday morning)
anywho im off to do a few things on this glorious day off...
love and peace-
Sunday, November 16, 2008
my dear lagrange pal, who also lives here in durham: julia :recommended a place to me a few months back... a place called "eastern lights" she described it as the best chinese food in durham. last night we finally went and despite the sketchy outside view- the inside was quaint, very nice, and it was quite delicious. best part was ryan and i split a plate of general tso's chicken... for a grand total of 12 bucks!
after our dinner i went over to kroger and picked us up some delicious chocolate chip cookie dough icecream... on sale... only 2.50!
finally we topped off our night with a trip to duke's private showing of batman: the dark knight
it was in the movie theater inside the student center. yes. for all of you lagrangians you read right. a movie theater inside the student center. for students it was only a dollar AND for staff only 2 bucks! (and yes I am considered duke staff!) so the movie grand total: 3 bucks! of course we decided to get a couple of sprites which were a dollar a piece!
grand total of our fabulous night: 19.50!
plus it was SUPER fun, and i mean we got to see batman AGAIN on the big screen. what an AWESOME movie. really. its on my top 5 favorite movies of all time for so many reasons...
perhaps one day ill go into all the reasons i love batman... but not now.
anyway today i am enjoying my sunday...
im sipping on my sweet tea from wendys and about to dive back into my current read: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
def a fabulous book that i am LOVING... and FLYING through!
its based in NYC (which is awesome, for many reasons... and it makes me want to go there!) and is written from the point of view of a 9 year old... who's dad died in sept 11. its basically his journey (as a 9 yr old) to recovery. very interesting...perhaps ill dedicate a whole blog to the book when i am finished...
anyway. thats my sunday... drinking sweet tea, bundled up in my LC tennis hoodie, reading a great book.
hope your sunday is just as wonderful...
peace and love
Saturday, November 15, 2008
it was about an hour away from me... thank goodness for me, but still so sad.
it was an F2 tornado (which means winds up to 135mph!)... a few people were killed, there are no homes left, cars were turned upside down and it is tragic. so sad and heartbreaking. so pray for the people in johnston and wilson county nc.
if you want to see pics and videos here is a site for ya: http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/local&id=6507544
so after that i mean really... i think its ok to be afraid of storms.
they are dangerous...
love and peace- and with prayers for those families...
Friday, November 14, 2008
so. im soaking wet.
not just damp...
but soaking. like hair is drenched and my clothes were as well.
my silver shoes also got their first taste of rain... i just hope they dont shrink or anything.
its a downpour out there. with some lightning and thunder... not the biggest fan of storms UNLESS im in bed with my mom... or have my daddy or ryan by my side.
not sure why- but storms are one of my biggest fears in life. always ALWAYS have been. i can remember being a lil kid at a braves game one night and a storm broke out- big thunder, lightning, downpour the whole works- and i was FREAKED out. even smaller in KINDERGARTEN i can remember a tornado came over my school... and then just last march a tornado came over me again... and as a 21 year old mature adult... i cried and cried and shook with terror. ask mom. she was there.
so strange to me... and mom. we have spent many a hours discussing this fear of mine... bc its probably not natural. but oh well. who knows... i mean if a storm is far off in the distance i love watching them... like for instance at the beach or in a giant field... but when they are up close and personal... no fun. i truly HATE it.
anyway... its funny that its storming tonight because i was just telling ryan i believe one reason i might be afraid of storms is bc of the wizard of oz... and that terrible tornado at the beginning.it was on television tonight... did you happen to watch it? we watched parts... and thats what got me thinking about storms.
and now its storming... what a coincidence.
oh well. im done rambling.
off to bed in the midst of the storm...
peace and love.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
green tea latte... in japan.
doesn't it look delicious.
id love to be in japan right about now... with the love of my life.
i miss it.
the cold, the big city, the bowing, the subway, the packed train, the peacefulness, the learning, the beauty, the kindness, fried purple potatoes, buddhas, the children, the amazing hotels, naked baths together (yeahhh), naked baths in hot rock tubs outside in the snow, (side note the baths were split up by sex... no worries), the mountains, the ocean, the green tea lattes, the tv shows we interpreted, the fun.
really. i loved it.
the only place ive been that i actually did not want to leave.
i wasn't ready.
but thats ok. ill go back.
as for now... ill enjoy the coming months. lots of fun things to come!
thanksgiving trips to the mountains- christmas at home- january trip with sara
it will be great.
off to work tomorrow... then off for FOUR days! yippee!
peace and love
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
to describe the amount of fun a duke game is would be impossible.
the entire game is a work out and completely exhausting
IF you are in the student section.
you are required to jump (the entire game), yell loudly, and follow along with the cheering, yells, songs, and melodies. its ok if you dont know the words- for every game they pass out a cheer sheet for that game. im not kidding.
last night was my first game for this season.
DUKE vs Ga Southern
is a question who won?
enjoy the pics and videos...
a sweet play by the blue devils...
this is the loud noise/ BOUNCING done EVERYTIME we are on defense:
(this is what is so exhausting!)
i figured though... i need to go to as many games as I possibly can the next three years. I wont be able to be in the student section forever....
unless between ry and i we stay in school (at duke) forever... hm. that might just be a good idea....
love and peace
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The Bible is very clear on the fact that God is ultimately in control of everything, including who rules a nation. Daniel 2:20-21 says, “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings….” God brought in the Medes and the Persians to overthrown the Babylonian Empire. He hardened the heart of Pharaoh against the people of Israel. If we take the Bible literally, God has done exactly what Daniel 2 says – establish governments.