Wednesday, May 20, 2009
It is so weird to think about who I was and what was important to me then. In some ways I feel like I have learned a lot and other ways I have learned nothing because I continue to do the same things and I hate it.
On another note finding this stub just proves that I can't throw anything away. I hope I don't have or develop this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compulsive_hoarding
It says that its not really a problem unless it affects your relationships or it causes me stress or I start stealing. So if I start doing that I'll know that I need some help.
Monday, May 18, 2009
1. The redwoods. They are just so amazing. They are so tall and big and strong and just breathtaking looking at them. We didn't see the drive thru tree. But that's okay because we got to see the other trees. And we got to go along Avenue of the Giants. So sweet. Definitely recommend it. Maybe on a tank of gas that you know for a fact is full though.
2. Starbucks was our friend on the trip. I wish I had a 'drink' but I don't I always just change my mind. Leesh has a drink: iced soy hazelnut caffe mocha with whipped cream. I think I got that right. I vary. Sometimes I like the iced coffee. Sometimes the chai tea. Or maybe a caramel macchiato. It just depends.
3. The Oregon Coast. It was so beautiful. It was green and foliage-y and cold. It was very cold. Especially in a tshirt. But it was worth it.
4. Haystack Rock. I think that's the name. It a prop in the goonies. Except it was along the coast of an Oregon Beach. So it was bitter cold. Like we were walking closer but it wasn't even worth it because well we were crying it was so cold. So we took some pictures and made like a banana and split.
5. Stopping along the drive because we see something cool. Yep we were able to just stop. And take some pictures. Just because we felt like it. No time table.
6. Driving down the 1 from Santa Cruz to San Luis Obispo area. So pretty. This picture actually doesn't show the beauty but it has me in it. That's why I think I chose it. This is from a stop at elephant seal beach. They were all washed up on the shore because they were molting. But you can't see them in the picture. Again, I think I chose this picture cause I was in it. Please excuse my farmer's tan. I am working on it this summer.
7. Seeing the Osborne's. Seriously the best part of the trip. They let us stay at their house and eat their food and made us breakfast and talked with us. They still caught up on everything in our lives. We were so blessed to have them while we were in the youth group.
8. Seeing the goonie house. Need I say more?
9. Well I will cause I put a picture of each of us in front of the house. It was just cool.
9. Amazing waterfall. There is so much power in falling water. Who knew? This was such a fun hike down to this place. And a really taxing hike back up to the car.
10. Bonfire at a lake. Okay so this is in here because it was just ridiculous. So we get to the sand area and there were no open pits. So Leesh, me and two others start to just stalk around the pits hoping to find an empty one or one that will soon be opened. And it works. Except another pair of people were doing the same thing. So we decide to share. They are high schoolers. Oh and when we start the fire they break out some beers. We're like whatever, they stay on their side we stay over here. Like an hour later a group of three or four comes and they have vodka! (I think, I don't really know liquor that well) And this group doesn't know either group they were just mooching on the fire. Anyway the best part comes next: the cops show up! And they see the high schoolers with the beer and make them poor out all their cans. And they ask if any of the back packs have beer. One kid steps forward and opens it. There were four cans! And the cops just make them open them up and pour all the beer out. And that was it. No reprimand. They just walk away after that. And they didn't even see the other group with their hard liquor. But after that happened the high school group was pretty much disbanded and we were left to just enjoy the bonfire. It was an interesting night. Ha.
...walking around seattle......and being just goofy and taking pictures when we were driving.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
They had me blind folded in the car, even though I knew and they kind of knew that I knew. And they made a whole bunch of videos. I'm pretty sure these videos should not ever be shown in public.
I love my friends. I am so grateful for them for making this one of my favorite birthdays. Thank you for knowing me so well and not being too angry with me for figuring it out. Next time I won't ask any questions. I promise.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
It's funny because you don't really ever see the light at the end of the tunnel when you are in that dark area. You see glimpses but its just a flicker and the tunnel just gets darker when the flicker goes away. But when you finally make it through that tunnel you are so relieved. And you want to tell everybody about all the dark things in that tunnel but they won't ever truly understand. By all means they will be able to rejoice that you made it back into the light but that's where the understanding ends. (Pardon my drawn out metaphor; I'm in the literary mood)
Anyways, I've had many random conversations this past week about a hodgepodge of things. One time I was talking to this girl about stress. And we came to the conclusion that everybody (I'm generalizing here but we mostly meant students during finals week) thinks they are the most stressed person in the world and nobody else could possibly be going through what they are going through. I know I feel like this sometimes. But really we all understand; we're just going through a different kind of stress. My stress stemmed from all the stuff that I had to do in addition to my finals. Other people are stressed about where they are living next year. Those more studious people are stressed about getting 100% on their finals.
But I'm done. Finito. Termino. And I can put this past week in the memories that I won't mind forgetting.
Because now it is the beginning of summer. The first thing on the list is a trip up to Washington to see Leesh and drive down with her. And then who knows? The opportunities are endless.