Big News!

May 2, 2012 at 11:40 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , )

HA! I tricked you into reading my blog. I knew I had to come up with something good in order to pull you in. Now let’s see if I can create some content that doesn’t disappoint.

I have been thinking a lot lately about my MVS assignment and all of the things I wanted to do this year. I wanted to remove myself from the rat-race of the American dream and getting ahead. I wanted time to reflect on my skills and desires. But most of all, I wanted to do some good somewhere. In orientation we talked a lot about community and the benefits of being present. This appealed to me a lot. I envisioned myself attending community meetings/meals, volunteering extra time to community clean-up efforts, knowing all of my neighbors, etc. I thought I would immerse myself in getting to know more about Seattle and its issues, then venture out to save the city. (Or at least try.) As it turns out, though, I’ve only really met a couple of my neighbors.

I’ll give myself a little bit of grace and mention that I don’t just sit around inside the house all of the time. I meet a lot of great people at work and get to talk to them about what I’m doing and why I’m here. But I could do so much more to engage in the community. Occupy Seattle was less than a 1/2 mile from my house this fall and I didn’t even really try to seek out activism opportunities. So, the big news is I’ve renewed for a second year of MVS. I want to do more. I want to be more active in the community- and saying this here is my way of asking for folks to hold me accountable. Same house (new housemates, though…*sniff*), same job, new approach.

AND EVEN BIGGER NEWS! Our house welcomed 4 new ladies into the family a couple of weeks ago.

 

Our track record with animals has not been good this year. But Laura and I are co-parenting, and so far so good. The girls are adjusting well, love socializing, and provide the house with fresh eggs. Aren’t they so CUTE?!?!?!?

I am a proud mama. Have a great week, all.

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Thanksgiving Recovery

November 29, 2011 at 12:12 am (Uncategorized) (, , )

I’m currently reflecting as to why I haven’t posted for a while. I’ve been busy, there has been plenty to update on, etc. I think sometimes the pressure of sharing in a public forum gets to me and I just like to reflect on my own for a while. Hopefully more thoughtful posts will begin flowing again soon. For now, a few photos from my favorite Thanksgiving weekend activities. It was a great weekend to spend with friends, skype with family, and SLEEP!

Free cupcakes with a coffee purchase started out our Thursday morning

 

Friday morning we went downtown to the Macy's Parade

 

My favorite in the parade 🙂

 

Some Christmas cookie baking with friends on Friday evening

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Work Day

October 30, 2011 at 5:55 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

Today was work day for the MVS House. Support committee and friends from our two supporting congregations came to help us work on projects around the house. We accomplished a lot in five hours! It was a bit hard to get up on a Saturday morning and commit to 5 hours of housework, but once I saw how many people showed up to help us, the gratitude definitely won over any negativity. We rebuilt the dishwasher area, painted the laundry room ceiling, repainted some inside doors, cleaned gutters, pruned landscaping, and cleaned up the backyard…just to name a few. It was so fun to see everyone gathered in the living room/dining room for lunch enjoying each other’s company and fellowshipping. The house is looking good!

Tonight Kelsey, Laura and I were part of a flash mob down on Broadway. A video to come later, but here is a photo from the evening. 🙂

Thang 1 & 2, I Love Lucy in black and white, and the nerdy librarian

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A Career Path?

October 27, 2011 at 5:48 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

Prepare to be a sounding board. And another disclaimer: This is not a business plan, but more like a stream of consciousness. There, you’ve been warned.

Last night I was reading the latest issue of Better Homes & Gardens that my boss gave me. There is an article about Karen Mordechai and her Sunday Suppers endeavor. The title alone got me, because as everyone in the MVS house knows, cooking Sunday dinner is my favorite. Everyone is present, not in a rush, and usually completely relaxed and ready for good conversation. But anyway, she has my dream job. She’s a photographer/stylist/hostess/mother and loves good food. She began inviting people into her home to learn from chefs and then enjoy the food they made during a sit down dinner where you could have good conversation.

Anyone who has ever asked me what I want to do with my life has gotten the same vague response: “I don’t know. I don’t want to teach, but being in a creative field is important. I’m not aspiring to climb any sort of corporate ladder, no matter how creative the field is. Using creative strengths and organizational skills are appealing. Graduate school is a goal, but not until I know what I want to do, and only really for the sake of learning. I want to feel like I’m doing some good, be able to pay the bills, and have time to spend with loved ones and pursue other hobbies. I like to be at home, but have the time to go out and explore. I want a family and the time to spend with them. To recap, I don’t know.”

It’s exhausting to float from short term plan to short term plan. God has been very, very good and has always provided. I have complete faith that God will continue to do so. But at some point it would be nice to rest in some sort of long term commitment, whatever that commitment looks like. Upon reading this article I got really excited that this is something I could do for the rest of my life and not get burnt out. A few very gracious housemates listened to me ramble on about this for far too long last night. (Sorry Laura and Kelsey!) But I realized I would love to host people in my home, teach them how to prepare a healthy and delicious meal, and then give them a beautiful space to eat in while enjoying time with their family and friends that they bring along or the new friends they meet at the event. There could be different menus, themed spaces, formality levels. Ticket prices could include the cost of materials. Taking from the Mazon example, guests could pay a surcharge that is then donated to a charity. I could invite low-income families to learn how to cook and eat healthfully and inexpensively! AH- so MANY options!!!

Then the reality check kicks in. It looks a lot like dollar signs and I realize I don’t have any of those right now. How do I make this happen? Is this even something people would be interested in?

Whew…thanks for listening if you made it this far. Feedback would be appreciated.

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Another weekend

October 16, 2011 at 11:16 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

It has been another good one. Friday night a couple of my housemates and I made gourmet jello shots…White Russians and Chai-tinis…for a friend’s housewarming party on Saturday.

Friday night’s sky

 

A glimpse of Beth’s lovely decorations for the fall themed house party

Chai-tini and White Russian jello shots

Sunday has consisted of church, grocery shopping, reading, knitting, cruising the internet, cooking, and housemate time. Just how I like it. Have a great week, everyone!

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Pumpkins

October 14, 2011 at 9:50 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , )

Fact: I love Autumn. Let me outline this for you…

1) Weather

  • I hate hot weather.
  • Slightly overcast with bursts of sunlight suits me just fine.

2) Pumpkins

  • Pumpkin carving
  • Pumpkin food and drink
  • Anything else involving pumpkins

Erego, I was pretty pumped when our house had some Autumn festivities last night. It started off with a dinner of lasagna, roasted carrots, fruit salad, and pumpkin chocolate chip cupcakes with cinnamon icing. It just got better from there.

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Photo update

October 3, 2011 at 6:26 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , )

So, these are from a couple of weeks ago…but it’s never too late to share pictures, right? That’s the point of photos!

From the Volunteer Park dahlia garden

A view from sailing: Center for Wooden Boats

A few of my lovely housemates

One of the boats on display

The sailing crew…sort of 🙂

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