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I can’t believe it, but I’m done with school!!

First off: WOOOOO!!!! This finals week was rough with a final last night at 7pm a 10 page paper due this morning and another paper due later today. BUT, it is all done and turned in! It still hasn’t sunk in that I am done with my undergrad and I’m not sure if it will until next fall when everyone else starts back with school and I will just keep working.

I have started packing up some of my stuff and in these next few days I am packing up most of my other stuff over the next few days. Gavin flies in Saturday and will help me move out the big furniture. Sunday then we are going to see Cirque Du Soleil! I am so excited because I have never seen anything like Cirque Du Soleil before!! Then Monday I GRADUATE!!! Gavin flies back south Tuesday and after that I have to be out of my apartment by midnight on Wednesday! It is going to be a crazy whirlwind of a week, but it should be a really great one!

On the job front I got hired with a catering company for working on the weekends, and actually worked 8 hours over Memorial Day Weekend! So I can start working weekends catering once I move down in July! Also there are quite job openings, such an answer to prayers! PTL!! I have applied for a posting from Cuesta that had 2 positions open at half and three-quarters time at the North County campus in student services. If I get an interview I will hear from them in the next week. There are also 3 other positions that are either part time or full time and Cuesta that I *think* I am qualified for. Also there is a part time receptionist position open at Costal Christian Elementary School. Now I just need to fill out and submit applications for all of the positions! I am really hoping that one of these positions ends up working out!! I would appreciate any prayers for wisdom and discernment regarding God’s plan for me and where He would have me 🙂

Also I wanted to share a site with you all that has become a slight obsession of mine: food gawker It is basically a site that composes a bunch of different peoples blog posts about food and there are new ones posted throughout the day most days of the week! It is always so fun to go on and see what other people have made. I hardly ever have time to make them right away, but I have a fantastic bookmark folder of recipes that I can’t wait to try later!!

A few more thoughts on family…

A few weeks ago I wrote about the division of labor in the home after talking about it in my sociology of family class. Today in class my teacher briefly mentioned the changing structure of family and the woman in the work force. Somewhat causally she mentioned that the workplace was become a more desirable place to be and less stressful then the home. She said people, women specifically, are “less drawn to the home and more drawn to work”. Is this really what society has come to? Are there seriously women and men, mothers and fathers that would rather go into work or work long hours then be home with their children? I cannot even imagine feeling like I would rather be at work then home with my family. No matter how much I love my job and am passionate about it, I would always see my family as my first priority.

The divorce rate doesn’t seem so strange when you think about how a partner is more drawn to spending time at work then at home. How is a marriage supposed to thrive or even survive when one or both of the partners would rather be at the office? Much less how are parents supposed to raise children in a healthy way?

I see the family as one of, if not the core unit of society. It is where children are first socialized, learn language and other basic skills and gain social norms and values. If the structure and integrity of the family is starting to deteriorate what does that say about the rest of society?

 

Just some thoughts to ponder, now back to studying! I cannot wait until finals are over and winter break is here!!!

Division of Labor in the Home

Today in my sociology of family class we talked about the division of labor in the home. This summer in my theory class we learned about the division of labor theory that Durkhiem came up with. Durkhiem focuses more on the international division of labor, where as today we talked about how the labor to keep a household running is divided (usually between husband and wife).

The whole time my teacher was talking about creating an equal division of labor within the home. In other words, having a home where the man cooks, cleans, takes care of the kids, and does the same amount of housework that the woman does. Now in theory this sounds great, and why wouldn’t we want to strive towards this? But taking a closer look at what this means, and I don’t know if I would actually want an equal division of labor in my home. For instance, take cooking. I love to cook. I love to make dinner for people, it is a way that I like to show people I love them, care about them and value the relationship I have with them. I look forward to the day when I get to cook dinner (most) every night and enjoy a home cooked meal with my husband. Cooking is relaxing to me and a great way to de-stress from the day. Why would I want to have my husband cook every other night just so that our labor in the home would be equal? Not saying that I wouldn’t love to cook together or have help every now and then, but I love cooking. Why would I want to give up doing something I love?

This got me wondering, why are women so entranced by sharing everything equally? Honestly, there are somethings that I am better at than Gavin is, and things that he is better at then I am. Why would I try to do those things that he does so well, when he can do them better than me? Yes I want to take care of my kids, and hopefully be able to stay home with them. Why is that so looked down upon? Why in today’s society is being a stay-at-home mom seen as a bad thing? I found it a little funny that my teacher put a statistic up that valued the work of a stay-at-home mom around $130,000 for a year. I’m not sure what year that was for, but regardless these women are obviously doing a lot of work. Yet, there is a sense of drive towards dividing the labor within the home. I guess I see it more as my husband is going to have his job outside the home (and if he could make over $100,000 a year great) and I would do work inside the home that is just as valuable as his work. Also in class my teacher was saying how the difference in household work that men and women do has decreased in the last 50 years, but that is mainly because women are doing less work. Well who is doing the work now? Are the hiring help? That doesn’t seem like the best use of money, at least to me.

What I am not saying is that the woman/wife should do all the housework, cleaning, cooking, taking care of the kids. I definitely think the man/husband should help around the house and be involved in the kids’ daily lives.

I guess what I am getting at is why is American society so fixated on men and women sharing all tasks equally?  Why can’t we acknowledge that (generally speaking) one gender is better at certain things then the other and be ok with that? The phrase “embrace the differences” comes to mind. Although people usually use this when talking about race, ethnicity or culture. Why wouldn’t it apply to gender?

What are your thoughts? Am I just totally out there and off the wall? What do you think about gender norms and division of labor in the home?

 

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Everything but the kitchen sink

It has been forever since I have updated and there is much to update about!! So lets get going!

The rest of summer

First off, my mom and I went on a road trip to look at schools for grad school. I want to do a school counselor program. It was fun to take a road trip and spend time with my mom. I went to Sac State, San Jose State and St. Mary’s. Of the three I liked St. Mary’s, but for $25,000+ a year it should be the program that was most appealing! Honestly Sac State was the least impressive, and I would want to try my hardest to not go there. The campus and feel of the school just didn’t stand out to me. Did that happen to any of you while looking at colleges?? Did you like the school that cost the most? I’m still not sure whether I want to do grad school right away. Right now I am leaning more towards taking a year off, but we will see how everything ends up. Honestly I need to pray about it a LOT more because I really don’t know what the Lord has in store for me next year. It is slightly crazy to me that I am already thinking about plans for next year when I have literally just started fall team.

Other then looking at schools my mom and I visited SLO Saturday night until Wednesday morning. It was really great to hang out and get to spend time there and see so many wonderful people! My mom and I stayed at Apple Farm which was so much fun! We got to do a lot of things that I love in SLO including going to Avila! It was super windy, but still great just to be at the ocean! I picked up some rocks and stuff for another little project in my living room : ) It was great getting to spend some quality time with Gavin before being apart for almost 2 months, which will be our longest time apart so far. Also I loved getting to go to Crusade and seeing everyone there! I also got to go to Jesus burgers for a little and the slack street party. All of it was so great to go to! Being away makes me realize how unique and special the community is there. Seriously that many college students who are seeking, on fire for and loving Jesus is amazing! It makes me want that kind of community here in Eugene. I feel so blessed to have been able to spent 2 years in that amazing transformational community. SLO, Crusade and the people there have made a lasting impact on my life and it was really great to be able to experience that one more time before coming up here for the year. Also I loved getting to catch up on life with people and I truly wish I had the time to get to talk more in depth with more people to hear about their summers and how God was working in their lives this summer. But, that is why there is skype right?  ; ) It was so great to see so many people that I care about, it made me miss you all less!! I had been hearing about people’s lives from Gavin, but it was great to actually talk to people and hear from them, not that I don’t appreciate the updates Gavin : )

So then I came back and I was home for a day then I came down to Eugene to get settled in before school started. Friday night I was bored so I baked cupcakes for the UO game Saturday. I had seen the cook books Hello Cupcake and Whats New Cupcake at the Jelly Belly factory (where my mom and I got belly flops SO GREAT!) and was inspired. So I was ambitious and decided to make Oregon O decorations for my cupcakes. My yellow Os set up nicely, but I didn’t make them as thick as I should have, so some broke. However my green Os did not set up very well. I think it was because I was working on the counter that is above my dishwasher so the heat from that made the chocolate set up funny. I got the colored melting chocolate from Michael’s and it tasted just like white chocolate and wasn’t too pricey!  Here is the finished product:The basic idea with the melted chocolate is to have a design or pattern under a piece of parchment paper and then pipe the chocolate in the design and let it set. To make it easier to put the decorations on the cupcakes I made a point to stick into the cupcake. I don’t have a picture, but you get the idea. Overall pretty easy to make plain cupcakes a little more fun! Not to mention the Ducks won Saturday against Arizona State!! WOOOOO!!! Saturday we play Stanford it is going to be a close game, but hopefully a good one with a Oregon W! I am hoping to get a ticket to be able to experience a Pac-10 game as a student, but we will see. It is really hard to get tickets because they only have around 4,000 student tickets. Anyway, Sunday I went back to Salem for Ashley and Matt’s engagement party. It was a great BBQ and nice to see family friends. Then I came back to Eugene to get ready for school Monday!

School

School started Monday and it felt really weird starting, but also like we should have started a while ago. For the most part I am excited for my classes this quarter. I am taking SOC 330: Sociology of Family, SOC 345: Race, Class and Ethnicity, GEOG 142: Human Geography, SOC 491: Sociology of Education (Online class) and last but not least DANC 199: Salsa. Geography seems like it could be a really cool class, it is a lot of freshmen, but other then that it seems good. The teacher seems really interesting so hopefully that class will be a good one. I am taking Salsa and my roommate is actually taking the same class! I’m pretty excited to learn Salsa and get to take it with my roommate and a few of her friends!

Garden

My plants are all back in Eugene with me! I planted some parsley and cilantro in a pot that I had had flowers in. But I think I am more excited to have more herbs!! I will post pictures once they have sprouted and start to grow. My green beans grew beans again and I was so excited to find beans when I came back from CA most recently. Also once I had harvested the main head of broccoli there were other side heads that started growing that I harvested yesterday and had in a stir fry with my green beans! Also I have now ate 5, yes that is right 5 cucumbers that I have grown! Plus there are more on the vine still! I must say that from now on I will be growing cucumbers I love them soooo much and there is just something rewarding about eating produce that you have grown!

These are the broccoli, green beans and cucumber I picked the other day!

Projects/finishing my room

So I haven’t actually finished my quote/painting project, but I plan to do that this weekend! However I have finished my room for the most part. There are some mirrors that I want to put up over my dresser, but other then that done and organized!! Now my goal is to just keep it this way throughout the quarter! If you know me at all you know this is an ambitious goal, but one that I would really like to achieve. So here are some pictures:

My bed and bedside table

Close up of the wall decal. It was a labor of love that took f-o-r-e-v-e-r! I think that was mainly because my walls are textured and the letters didn’t stick very easily to it. But it is up and I’m lovin’ it so far!

My desk area

A little reading nook/area. Plus the ottoman/seat is storage! So great!!

My desk, pictures of people I care about and words of encouragement!

Calendar & cards!

My huge closet, door to my room & pictures of my lovely roomies : )

That is all for now! Thanks for sticking with me through the long post!! I am really going to try to update more often (then I will also have less to write about, hence shorter posts)! As always I would love to skype and catch up on life more! Hope everyone has a good rest of the week and a fantastic weekend!!

Things that happened before coming to California

So, last I updated I had met Tyler’s friend Alexa who was possibly looking for a roommate. Well, we had coffee and talked and she came over to look at the apartment, and…..WE ARE GOING TO BE ROOMMATES!!! Honestly I am so excited! We click and seem to get along really well! Plus she loves Jesus, and it has been evident in the small amount of time I have been able to spend with her. Looking back on this whole process I realize that with all the other girls I was usually settling for someone who didn’t know the Lord or wasn’t actively walking with Him.  I was just happy to have someone to occupy the other room and share half the rent with. But, as always, God had a bigger plan for my roommate situation. All of those other girls didn’t work out so that Alexa and I could meet and be able to live together! In the end I’m so glad that I waited on the Lord, and of course His plan was better than anything I thought of myself! So once I get back to Oregon Alexa is going to move in! I’m so excited!!

Other news: SUMMER SCHOOL IS OVER!!! The last week was a little rough with a final and then two essays, but I got them done! And now it is summer! WOOO!! I will say taking 16 units over summer was a little crazy and I would never do it again. But it was worth it to be able to graduate in the Spring! AHHH! Sometimes it still doesn’t seem real that I am graduating in less than a year. I still have no clue what I am going to do the next year. Either move back to SLO and work or go onto grad school. I have fall quarter to figure that out, mainly because I would have to apply to grad school by February.  So that will be something to think about and pray a lot about in these next few months.

Also, I found the church that I think is going to be my home church in Eugene! I am really excited! It is the church Alexa usually goes to, but the Sunday I was going she couldn’t make it. So I went alone, but as soon as I got there people introduced themselves and were very welcoming. The worship was great and the message was based in the word and focused on Jesus. Also a girl who introduced herself and asked if it was my first time asked if I wanted to go to coffee and get to know each other. It actually reminded me a lot of Calvary, and maybe that is a comfort thing wanting a church that is similar. When I left the service I was kind of bummed that I wouldn’t be able to go again for about a month (between being in California and Salem), so I feel like that was a sign that it is a church that I can become a member of and grow a lot in this next year!

Overall I am actually looking forward to fall quarter and all the things that the Lord has in store for me!

I don’t feel like writing my paper….so I am going to write on here

Thursday night going out to camp Harlow and the campfire was a really great night. There were skits (most of which were kind of inside jokes, so I didn’t totally get them) and songs, and worship. Overall it was really great night! There was this one presentation, it wasn’t really a skit because there wasn’t anyone talking. But it was like a visual representation of sin and the Gospel. A person put a chair with a sign taped to it that read sin. There was music playing and then a girl from the leadership team was up on stage. She would look at the chair and think about it, and then walk away, then look back at it. Finally she went over to and was looking at the chair and finally touched it, just with one finger, but she touched it. And she was stuck, she couldn’t take her finger away from the chair. She tried so hard, but couldn’t. Then her hand got stuck on the chair. After that two girls who seemed to be friends walked up on stage. They waved at her, but she stood in front of the sign that said sin, and tried to act as normal as possible. This process went on, until she was kneeling/sitting on the chair and totally stuck, heartbroken and crying. Then a man came up on stage. Slowly, little by little, he took her hands and legs off the chair. Then he took her place on the chair. Finally he threw the chair off the stage (it was outside, so he threw it onto some dirt) symbolizing the defeat of sin. It was just such a real and beautiful picture of Jesus coming and saving us from sin.

He died so that we could have life.

What a beautiful thing? I can’t think of anything more beautiful and filled with love. So much so that had tears coming down my face by the time he finally tossed the chair off stage. I wish I had taken a video of it so other people could have seen it, but I didn’t so my description will just have to do.

Also Thursday night I met one of Tyler’s friends who is on the leadership team out at Harlow and she is possibly looking for a roommate and a new place to live. So that is really exciting! She seems really nice. Talking with her it was evident that she has a fire and passion for the Lord. It was so awesome and refreshing to talk to another woman that has that fire! It reminded me of friendships from SLO, and that was just really great! Tomorrow I am going to go to the church she normally goes to, and then we are going to have lunch and she is going to come look at the apartment! I am looking forward to checking out another church down here, and hopefully getting closer to finding a home church. One other thing, she is part of a bible study of women who are really getting into the word and talking about what it is saying. I’m pretty excited to go check this out too, probably once I get back from California. But I really want to find a solid group of women to become a part of, because especially at the end of the year I was really coming to realize how important fellowship and community with other sisters in Christ is for my relationship with the Lord and just my life in general!!

These past few days I have been in pseudo-summer. Basically not having class or any commitments, but having school work to do. I think it might be worse than having class because summer is so close, yet so far!! Well now off to make it a little closer and work on my 311 paper

p.s. I fly into California in less than a week! And in less than a week Vince and Angela will be married!! So exciting!!!!

p.p.s. I am wanting some good books to read while on vacation! Any suggestions??? I think Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis will be one, but I have a feeling I am going to finish that and want some others to read! I am open to suggestions!!

Summer is soooo close!

On the upside I had my last day of classes yesterday, on the downside I have 2 8-page papers due next Wednesday (eeeekk)! But for the most part I am feeling good and so excited to be getting closer to a real summer with no school!!!

Roommate update: Things are going well. Two girls have come to look at the apartment in the last week. One decided to live somewhere else and the other hasn’t gotten back to me. There are still 2 girls that have emailed me that I am still talking with. So I just keep asking God for guidance and trusting that in the end His plan is perfect, and He will work it out!
Tyler Bierce is visiting Eugene, where he grew up. We had brunch today and it was nice to catch up & hang out with a familiar face! Tonight there is a campfire thing out at the camp he used to work at, so I am going to go out and meet some people and have a good time! It was really nice talking with him and he gave me some suggestions of churches to check out here in Eugene, and I am really excited to go and check those out!!

So in the subheading of this I listed cooking, and I had every intention of posting about things I cook, but I haven’t yet. SO, I am going to start! This is a pretty simple pasta dish and I think it is quite yummy! I just put it together at one point, so it doesn’t have a name….I guess I will call it Southwest Pasta! I don’t really measure, but you can put as much or little of everything as you want. Also it would be good with some chicken too! So here is the recipe:

  • Pasta of your choice (I like the shells)
  • Onion (I usually put about 1/2 and onion in)
  • Sliced mushrooms (I like 6 or 7 sliced up)
  • 1 clove garlic – chopped
  • Frozen cut corn
  • Emeril’s Essence (recipe below)
  • Grated cheddar cheese, or shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • Chopped cilantro (if desired for garnish)

Boil a pot of water & cook the pasta. While the pasta is cooking sauté the onions and mushrooms in a large pan. Add the garlic a few minutes after. Once they have been sautéing for a while add the frozen corn (you can use fresh, but if I have fresh corn I like to eat it on the cob!). To help the corn cook add a little of the pasta cooking water. Drain the pasta and add it to the veggies in the pan. Sprinkle some of Emeril’s Essence on the pasta & veggies, mix together. Add the cheese & mix together.  You can either add the cheese in the pan or in a serving bowl if you are going to do that. Top with cilantro if you have it/want it (I didn’t have any this last time I made it).

And heres the final product:

Emeril’s Essence (recipe from Food Network):

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme

Combine all spices together. I just made a bunch at one time & have it stored in a big old spice jar. It is great on chicken & burgers too! It is a great way to easily add some flavor & it has a little bit of a kick!

I fly down a week from Friday! Can’t wait to get to hang out in SLO & see everyone!! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!