Monday, December 31, 2007

Courtesy of Esther. . .

I finally have some pictures posted. I never, never remember to bring a camera anywhere. But Esther is a picture taking fool these days, so she sent me some from my recent visit to D.C.

Hey! If I'm lucky, my family will send me some from Christmas and I can post some more!




All four of us had lived in Cairo for some period of time, so when we passed a store in D.C. named the Khan-el-Khalili, which was named after Cairo's famous open air market, we just had to go in and check it out.

Emily's Car Match

Emily is a friend of mine who I met during my time in Cairo. As fate would have it, she is now in D.C. So when I made the trip to visit with Esther, I got to see her also! Yay!
We were walking around the streets of D.C. and found Emily's car match. We decided that since they match so well, the car was destined to be hers. Then we tried to find our own matches. Unfortunately for me, I didn't spot any pink and black vehicles.

More From D.C.


Sunday, December 30, 2007

Mirror Series Continued



The Mirror Series


Pictures From D.C.


In Case You Were Wondering. . .


We went to visit the historic post office in D.C. It seems that they have a bell ringing society that meets there weekly to learn and practice the art of bell ringing. We got a kick out of this sign explaining bell ringing and its many benefits. My favorite line is the one about "euphoric detachment". Who knew that bell ringing was so intense?

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas From Georgia

I am love, love, loving Christmas with my family. My Aunt and Uncle from Pennsylvania are in town to celebrate with us. Unfortunately, my brother and his family could not be with us on Christmas day, but I will have the pleasure of spending Friday night with them. Lots of pictures have been taken of my adorable niece and nephew and I'd like to post some on my blog, but you know how I am. . . I wouldn't hold your breath waiting for them.

Last night was the Christmas Eve service at my church here in Augusta. It was nice. I even got the nerve up to invite a friend who is not a church goer. I think he had a nice time. I hope he had a nice time. I always feel so on edge about it. I don't want my friends to feel uncomfortable at all or like I am trying to pressure them into a weird situation, but I do want to share my life with them and I do want to share myself with them and most of all I do want to share God with them. So I invited him and he came. We looked at Christmas lights afterwards and talked about a book he is in the process of writing. I really enjoyed my time with him.

Well, I hope you are all having a very merry Christmas!!!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Home Again, Home Again. . .

Home Again, Home Again
With a big, fat hog

That was one of those weird things my mom used to say all the time when I was a kid and never knew what it was about or where it originated from.

Anyhow, I am home again for the whole week, but I left all my hogs in North Carolina. So if any of you Augustans would like to get together, I would be most grateful for your friendly, familiar faces. The week is already starting to look insanely busy, but good. Well, I'm babysitting my niece and nephew and they are waking up from nap time. So gotta go!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

The Apartment

I looked at an apartment tonight. The place isn't fabulous with all the bells and whistles that one ideally hopes to find in a place, but it is a good size for me and in a good location for me and at a good price for me. The things I love about it are as follows:

1. I'll have an extra room for music room/office/extra room for visitors (SO FRIENDS HAVE TO COME VISIT ME!!!!)

2. The living room is big enough to host a small group.

3. The bedroom closet is gi-normous and will be spacious enough for my gi-normous wardrobe (I collect clothes as one of my hobbies).

4. The price is very reasonable.

Things I don't love are as follows:

1. The kitchen is teeny tiny.

2. No washer/dryer or hookups in the apartment. You have to use one in the basement of the building or go to the laundry mat. (But looking on the bright side, I may actually have a chance to meet people while I am doing my laundry.)

3. Carpet everywhere but the kitchen and bathroom. I am more a fan of hardwood floors or even tile. Plus, I don't currently own a vacuum. So that's gonna be one more expense.

4. It is on the third floor, which won't be a long term problem but it is gonna suck when I'm moving in.

I go in tomorrow to fill out paperwork at the complex. Pray that things go well. It would be so awesome to move into my own place as soon as I come back after the holidays. But if it doesn't work out, it is not the end of the world (although it might feel like it for a day or two).

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Apartment Hunting

I'm looking at an apartment tomorrow. . . and thus the next phase of getting myself settled begins. Wish me luck! (and keep wishing me luck on the job front, because I am still a temp and who knows if it will really work out or not)

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Back From D.C.

The weekend was great. I went to D.C. to visit Esther. Esther has an adorable basement apartment in D.C. The weekend was spent catching up on each others lives, walking around D.C. in the freezing cold, playing scrabble, and watching a super-cheesy chick flick. Of course I didn't bring my camera, but Esther took some pictures and she should be sending some to me. So maybe I'll post some in a couple of days.
Also, tonight was our Christmas service at Greenleaf. In some ways, our first Christmas service was something akin to the first Christmas itself. Now don't get me wrong, Jesus' birth was way more monumental than our little service. But Jesus' birth was humble and things didn't go the way I'm sure Mary and Joseph wanted or planned for. Similarly, our service was humble with only a small number of us meeting together. And things didn't go the way Rodger and Angela and I planned. Angela accidentally left her sermonette at home on the desk. Rodger forgot the communion bread, so we had to make a stop at the grocery store before church and that made us quite rushed to get to church on time. I had a special song in the service that was supposed to be me and the two kids singing, but one of the two kids got stage fright so it was just me and the other child. And the room that was supposed to be left unlocked for us to meet in was locked and we couldn't get in. So we met in the lobby of the building. In the end, it all came together and was just fine. Nothing big and fancy, nothing that gave the appearence of being monumental or important, but hopefully God was honored through it all. Hopefully, God looked lovingly down on our humble little service and smiled.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Good Day

Today is one of those days where nothing really amazing happened, but lots of little good things happened and you just find yourself smiling all day long. yay. I like those days alot.

Good thing #1: My boss paid me a compliment today. He thanked me for all my work in the office and complimented how organized and neat everything was and noted that it was so much better than before I was there.

Good thing #2: I had this crazy dream last night. I dreamed an episode of The Office. Not like a dream repeating an old episode. This was brand new episode of my very own imagination. I'm sure it was genius. Unfortunately, I can't remember enough of it to make any sense. Darn it.

Good thing #3: I got my oil changed at the best jiffy lube in the world. The employees there were so friendly and helpful to all of the customers, but they treated me like a movie star. Why, you ask? Because my car has over 361,000 miles on it. That is something to be treated with reverence in the jiffy lube world.

Good thing #4: This was actually from yesterday, but it had me smiling all day today. My boss told me that I have the whole week of Christmas off! Not that I mind working. I'm really loving it, but nothing beats seeing friends and family that I miss like crazy.

Good thing #5: A phone call from my mom. Sometimes she is just so sweet. I miss her.

Good thing #6: A phone conversation with my friend John. He always says the right things and makes me feel like a million dollars. Plus I found out that one of his friends thinks I have mad Dance, Dance Revolution skills, which is a major self -esteem booster for me.

Good thing #7: A voice mail from my friend Jeremy. He doesn't always say the right things, but when he does. . . you know he means it. :O)

Good thing #8: A comment on my blog from Dianna, and reading her blog as well. She makes me laugh and so do her girls.

Good thing #9: A generally nice/fun evening with Rodger and Angela. I can't put my finger on it, but there was a feeling of pleasantness throughout the house. Not that it is ever really unpleasant, but tonight was exceptionally pleasant.

Good thing #10: Emails from one of my sisters as well as my sister-in-law. Just good to touch base with them, ya know.

Good thing #11: I am going to see Esther tomorrow. That definitely made me smile all day today.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Screwy Blog

The blog keeps saying my posts are from last Saturday, but they aren't. wierd.

Running Club

I joined a running club over the weekend. Tonight was my first group run with the Cardinal Track Running Club. It was good. It was fun. Hopefully I'll make a new friend or two.

Meeting Downtown

Tonight was Greenleaf's first meeting in our new downtown location. It was great! One of the couples coming lives only three blocks away and was able to just walk to church! The location is better for everyone really, not to mention we are no longer a weird church meeting at a house out in the woods. Now when people ask me where the church meets, I can proudly say downtown on Franklin Street in the Bank of America Building. We are all really excited about it!

Pirate Party

Our neighbors threw a pirate party last night. Rodger, Angela, and I all donned our best piratey outfits and had a good time getting to know our neighbors just a little bit better. I could kick myself for not taking pictures. Oh well. It was a good time anyway. I don't get to go to nearly enough costume parties.

There's a Rumbly in My Tumbly

I stole this from Mark's blog.
I'm sure the book was a best seller.

A Place Downtown!

Greenleaf has managed to get a place to meet in downtown Chapel Hill! Yay! We are meeting in a conference room in the building that Angela works at during the week. This is great for several reasons.

1. People can easily get lost coming all the way out to Rodger and Angela's house for the first time. (the new place will be easy to find)

2. It is easy to imagine that people may be freaked out by coming to a church that meets in someone's house all the way out in the middle of the woods.

3. The new spot is a convenient location to most people in Chapel Hill.

4. The larger room means a better capacity for growth.

5. It is an encouragment to Rodger, Angela, and myself that as we are faithful in praying and doing our part of the work, God is meeting our needs and the needs of the church.

We will meet there starting this Sunday. The plan is to meet there for December without doing any extra advertising. We will take this month to get used to our new space and work out any kinks. In January we will advertise our meeting place and hopefully get some response.

Friday, December 07, 2007


Yesterday at work I had a good laugh with my boss (which is always good).

He stood next to me and dictated a letter while I transcribed it. So I type the letter up and start to proofread it. And in my defense, I wasn't finished proofreading. He looks over my shoulder and points out a mistake that would not have been good if it went out on the letter to another attorney (or anyone for that matter).

The phase should have been "if I do not hear from you".

I wrote "if I do not hear from f you".

Hee hee. I'm glad that one got caught in the proof read.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

The First Day

Day one at the new temp-to-hire position went well. It is a small office with just the one lawyer and two other girls who work part-time. They all seemed really nice. The lawyer was up front with me that he was still advertising the position. So it very well may be that he doesn't decide in my favor, but I appreciate his honesty and openess. Other than that, not much else to say. I hope it goes well. I hope he hires me.