Monday, October 31, 2005

scary larry

This is "Scary Larry!" Emily and I had a Halloween party here Saturday complete with pumpkin carving, roasted pumpkin seeds, decorating sugar cookies, candy and of course costumes--the bumblebee suit made it's first debut! The party was lots fun with a good, very random, group of people hanging out. It felt like fall for the first time to me, we had the apartment decorated for halloween and was cold that night. Of course it was 90 degrees today on Halloween so never mind that thought... Isn't Scary Larry amazing? I owe it all to my sculpture class last year! My roommate is such a wonderful hostess, all I do is invite people, it's great:)
This week is going to be crazy--I had two papers due yesterday for Youth Ministry and a midterm Wednesday in Greek--yikes! I actually felt good about the papers I wrote for Youth Ministry, it was the first time I've felt on top of academics here. And--my class was so cool today--we talked about Leadership and Youth Ministry--things like training and encouraging a staff...hmm can we say Head Resident and TiP? I'm loving learning all this theoretical stuff about things that I've experienced. Anyways off to study Greek--DISNEYLAND is Friday! YAY! And people-please leave comments and tell me if you have a blog, thanks!:)

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

the adventures of...paper writing?

*Grad school is hard and a lot of work!
*I saw the best movie ever this week: I am Sam. If y'all haven't seen it--rent it. It creates a beautiful picture of parenting and love.
*My job here right now is a telemarketer for Fuller. I called 103 numbers today and no one gave any money--most weren't home, but still! However Monday I raised $200--it was an exciting moment.
*I'm going to Disneyland next Friday for free! I'm so excited, I've never been to Disney anything, to me Chuck E. Cheese is the happiest place on earth.
*I meet with my academic advisor tomorrow. How are we already choosing classes already? I feel like I just got here...
*It's almost November here and I still wear flip flops and the leaves are still green. I love the warm weather, but I do miss the changing leaves and briskness of fall that happens in the East Coast.
And now it's sleepy time--good night--miss you all!

Friday, October 21, 2005

pictures of the adventures

two of my favorite people at fuller--sarah (who lives below me) and sophie (a fellow spider--wahoo!)

Hollywood--me, kristen, tp, and johnny depp look-a-likes
laguna beach--the "real" CA
hiking in san gabriel's peak!! sooo beautiful!

me at the beautiful campus of Fuller Theological Seminary--this is the place on campus called "the elbow" at the main entrance of fuller

emily-my roommate! we're at a dodger's game

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

breaking away

i resisted this fad for so long but gave in when i finally saw it is kind of a cool way to share my adventures on the left coast with friends and family that are so far here you go!!

i've been in pasadena, california for almost 5 weeks now--on my 4th week of class. so far the transition has been much smoother than i anticipated--there definitely have been rough days but there have been a lot of happy days too. my classes are interesting--harder than undergrad! i'm taking new testament 2 with a little man who has such an intense German/Korean/British accent that i struggle to understand most of what he says, Beginning Greek--i now know enough vocabulary to understand 43% of the new testament!, foundations of ministry--a 1 credit small group, and foundations of youth ministry--a class that i love--i almost cried multiple times during the first class--nothing like being excited about what you're learning right? hehe i'm such a nerd:) next week first big grad school paper is due- yikes~

everyone asks how people are in ca--and from my time at fuller so far i'd say super nice. however i am kind of in a fuller bubble so i don't know if i can accurately speak on people in cali just yet. i live in a cute apartment complex--it's pet friendly so it's a mix of young families with kids and dogs running around and young singles who just finished college. and my roommate, emily, has a cat--so i live with a cat now--craziness!

i've gotten the chance start exploring southern ca--there's so much!! i went hiking one morning--lesson: the altitude in ca mountains is higher than the altitude in va mountains so it's harder to breath climbing up a mountain..haha yeah that was fun.

i also went to laguna beach--the REAL OC. it is one of the most beautiful beaches i've ever seen--so gorgeous!!

this weekend i had my first visitors--big shoutout to tiffany perry and kristen mitchell for coming to visit! we had fun exploring santa monica, hollywood (not as glamourous as you'd think), beverly hills, old pasadena, and the inner city of LA for a mega church called the Dream Center. we also experienced a bit too much of the LA freeway--with the highlight of a 3 hour drive roundtrip to LAX b/c it was raining...people in LA don't understand the rain--the radio DJ had to remind people to use their windshield wipers.

anways that's it till next time!