Choosing Joy

December 30, 2011 at 11:13 pm (Uncategorized) (, )

This morning I woke up on my own about an hour before the alarm went off. I gladly took my time getting out of bed and had plenty of time to make breakfast, drink a cup of coffee, and head to the bus before I usually do. For the most part it was a very pleasant morning. And then I encountered a very grumpy bus rider. We exited the bus at the same stop and before I could get off she managed to yell at one of the best drivers I’ve experienced (I already have my favorite and least favorite drivers) for at least a minute. Her main concern was that it was too cold on the bus. I managed to keep my distance behind her as we walked down the Ave, and witnessed a few more negative interactions between her and other people (and one innocent newspaper case).

Maybe it’s the sunny day getting to me, but throughout the day I have went back to that incident and thought about it. I’m sure her experience was jaded by something else going on in her life, but what a great reminder of the joy we can miss if we’re constantly stuck in our own grumpy mind. I’m not claiming any expertise on this…it’s a struggle to keep perspective when you’re having a bad day. But today was a very positive and happy day because I chose to make it so. Hopefully I can get enough practice in before the next unlucky day and be a little better about controlling emotions during overwhelming times.

Happy weekend all! Have fun and be safe.


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Back to the land of rain

December 27, 2011 at 4:13 pm (Uncategorized)

It has been a fantastic vacation visiting friends and family in Ohio. More on that later, but for now a song to listen to as I fly back to the Northwest. Housemates, mountains and drizzle, I’ve missed you. Friends and family, I’ll miss you more.

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December 16, 2011 at 11:32 pm (Uncategorized)

Well, a little bit of packing to do and then I am on my way to the airport. I’m having some mixed emotions because I will definitely miss my housemates and all of the other people/experiences in my Seattle life, but I’m ready to see some Ohio people and drive my car. Some snow would be nice to see…AFTER I arrive at my parents’ house. A quick update, but just wanted to give proper goodbyes to Seattle. See you in 10 days.

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To-Do lists

December 14, 2011 at 8:10 pm (Uncategorized)

I have about 5 running “to-do” lists right now. Packing list, Work list, Home list, Shopping list, and Christmas gift list. All of them need to be accomplished by Saturday. Wowzas! Honestly though, this busy-ness is a blessing. I’m flying home on Friday night and without lists to check my way through, I’d be crazy anxious. I still am a little bit because I just want to be with my friends and family, but thankfully I forget about it sometimes when I’m trying to take care all of the details to make it happen. I look so forward to arriving in Columbus on Saturday morning and seeing my Dad, then the rest of the family on Saturday night. I can’t wait to worship with my church family on Sunday morning and get some serious organ music and hymn singing going on. Spending time with some of my closest friends Will. Be. AWESOME!

In all of it though, I’m trying to soak in as much Seattle and MVS family as I can. I’ll miss this place while I’m gone.

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Christmas Spirit

December 5, 2011 at 7:09 pm (Uncategorized)

I think that the holiday fever has spread among our house. All of us had different Saturday plans, but in the evening we put up the tree and some lights. Pleased with how it turned out, we sat basking in the warm glow of the lights when someone pulled out a hymnal and suggested singing a Christmas hymn. This led to about an hour of singing and laughing, which we followed up by reading aloud the first part of  A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. As I sat knitting and listening to others read, I thought about how I always figured this kind of stuff only happened in movies. In fact, I’m sure I’d be pretty cynical about it if I saw it in a movie. But that’s the thing I’m learning about living in community…even though it’s difficult sometimes, the connection that can be experienced through people also willing to make themselves vulnerable allow you to realize the sometimes cheesy expressions of love that you wish for deep down.

Sunday after church I went to “Urban Craft Uprising” with a support committee member and found a lot of things I wanted to buy or make. Then in the evening we had a Christmas party for our support committee and host families. It was a nice time of eating, chatting, and white elephant gifting. I think people were pretty pleased with their gifts, ranging from flair to dental hygiene. I know I was pretty pleased with my Barbara Streisand vinyls that already belonged to the house. 🙂


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