Posts Tagged ‘ roommate ’

Oh how I love the OC

Yep thats right and I’m not ashamed of it! Alexa being the wonderful roommate that she is go me the second season of the OC for Christmas because I was missing most of the discs and the ones I did have were all scratched up and some wouldn’t play. So we were watching some OC tonight. Alexa started watching from the beginning ūüôā It has been fun re-watching the episodes with her. Anyway, tonight we were watching an episode and one of my favorite scenes was in this episode, and the best part was that I forgot it was in this episode!

So without further ado, I give you one of my favorite scenes:

For some reason it won’t let me embed the video, but you can watch it here

 

Now don’t tell me that that didn’t make you laugh or want to go watch an episode of the OC??

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 saut√©¬†the onions and mushrooms in a large pan. Add the garlic a few minutes after. Once they have been saut√©ing 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!

Almost done with summer school! (and other updates about life)

I am approaching the last stretch of summer school! WOO! This week is going to be a busy one though! I have my thesis for 310 due Monday, 6 page paper journal about the readings for 310 due Tuesday, final in 310 Wednesday. Then next Monday I have a 6 page research project paper for 311 due, where I am going out to survey people. And finally next Wednesday I have a 5-8 page social issues paper comparing views of theorists for 310 due! I am hoping to have the papers done sooner, hopefully I can write the 310 one Thursday and Friday and then work on my 311 one over the weekend and be done Monday the 16th!!

Last night Ashley & Rachel (friends from elementary-high school) came down to my apartment in Eugene. It was really fun to hang out and make dinner! We made pizza, I must say my favorite was the BBQ chicken over the more traditional tomato sauce, pepperoni, mushroom, olive & onion. But it was nice to hang out at home and not be alone. I know that sounds really sad and depressing, but it hasn’t been all bad living by myself. I think being an only child was preparing me to live on my own for this summer. Also Gavin & I talk a lot or skype when I get lonely. BUT, I would love to talk/skype with other people and catch up on life : )

Speaking of catching up, I booked my tickets for visiting in August! I am flying down to Orange County August 20 for Vince & Angela’s wedding (which I can’t wait for! It is going to be so much fun!) Then Disneyland Sunday, which I am SO excited for especially because I have a FREE ticket!! After that I am going to be in SLO until August 31 when I am taking the train back to Salem. I am actually kind of excited to take the train back, which I normally wouldn’t be because it is a 22-24 hour train ride. But I am hoping it will be pretty with summer and the sunset. I am in no hurry to get back, so why not travel in one of the most relaxing ways?? Also it was half the price of a plane ticket out of SLO, so it is hard to beat! Can’t wait for all the fun things that I LOVE about SLO!!! Line dancing, farmers, the beach, Crusade, the drive-in …. not to mention the wonderful people who live there : ) Please let me know if you are going to be in town I want to hang out with you : ) ‚ô• ‚ô• ‚ô•

Roommate situation update: God is sooooo good! Right now there are 4 girls (yes you read that right FOUR!) interested!! The first of the four came today to look at the place and meet. She seemed really nice and said she would get back to me early next week about her decision. The second one is coming early next week to look at the place and meet me. The other two have emailed me and we are still talking over email! I am really really really hoping & praying that one of these girls works out! I would really love for this whole situation to be resolved and the application process started by the time I go down to California! It would be so nice to not have to worry about that and just have a very relaxing vacation in California! I would appreciate any prayers for a resolved roommate situation.

Earlier this week as I was watering my veggies I noticed my green beans and broccoli have started growing! So I thought I would post some pictures. The green beans aren’t as small as when I first found them, they were such cute baby string beans! But the broccoli is still a little baby! It is just so cute!! Is it sad that I think baby vegetables I am growing are cute? Oh well, I think they are!

Green Beans

Baby Broccoli

I put my index finger next to it to give some scale of how small and cute it is!

These little yellow flowers have bloomed all over my cucumber plant!

I have been going to CCF, and it has been good and a nice way to get to meet more people. They are going through Colossians. This last Tuesday Joe, the intern who is speaking this summer¬†talked about the gospel and what it means to have our life hidden in Christ’s. It was just a really great reminder about what God did for us by having Jesus live a sinless life & die on the cross to atone for our sins! Sometimes I think I do not remember this enough and how amazing God is with how much he loves us! Also side note, sometimes an old man named Bud comes to CCF, I would guess he is in his 70s or 80s. I think during the school year sometimes his wife comes with him too. He comes before worship and then listens to the message. Then afterwords he hands out roses from his garden to all the women. (He only does this when roses are in season) But he is such a cute old man! So for the past 2 weeks I have had a rose from Bud in a vase on my dining room table. This is my one from this last Tuesday:

One last thing, I was going through my music today on my iTunes because my computer was getting full and I don’t listen to A LOT of the music on my computer (I had over 5,000 songs!) Then I was just listening to random music and I came across a song called Come Save by Sarah Reeves, and have pretty much fallen in love with this song! These were some of the lyrics that really spoke to me:

Addicted to our pride
Come save
Consumed in self delight
Come save
Break us and free us from these chains
We desperately need your grace

You can listen to the song on YouTube here: Come Save by Sarah Reeves I would definitely recommend at least taking a listen. Also I am pretty excited to check out her other music!

Thinking of you guys often!!

p.s. I was thinking about music after I had written this post, and it seemed fit to mention another song I have been slightly obsessive about The Glory of It All by David Crowder Band (the title is a link to the song on YouTube). I know it came out a while ago, but it SO good! I just love the message of the song! These are the lyrics of the chorus:

Oh, the glory of it all
Is He came here
For the rescue of us all
That we may live
For the glory of it all
Oh, the glory of it all

Life Update

This last weekend one of my cousins got married. It was fun to see family and everything since I didn’t go to the family reunion last weekend. Also another cousin of mine had a party/reception because he got married a while ago, but never had a reception or anything. So Saturday was a very busy day!! I drove up to Salem Saturday morning then went with my parents to Woodburn (between Salem and Portland for people not from OR) and went to their service it was nice, but long as Catholic things usually are. I thought it was interesting the scripture that was read. I can only remember what was read for the gospel, which was the story of how Jesus turns water into wine. I just thought there was a lot more relevant scripture that applies to marriage than this. The priest made it work, but it felt kind of like a¬†stretch¬†when there is SO many more relevant passages elsewhere in the New¬†Testament¬†(and I’m sure Old as well). Yet, the Catholic church limits itself by making the main scripture reading/homily (sermon) about a reading from the Gospels. Anyway, I got a little off topic. So that was fun, the one kind of downside was that both of the receptions were outside and it was around 90. So it was HOT! But it was a nice way to spend a Saturday

Sunday I went with my parents and got a bike! The bike I had before was from 3rd grade, and not rideable. So I am pretty excited and it has made getting to school a lot faster and easier! Also I have been proud of myself for riding to and from school these past two days! If you knew me in high school or younger, you would know this is a big accomplishment! Maybe later I will add a picture of my bike. It is a pretty Poly/UO green : )

Also, update on the roommate situation: There have been a few roommates since I last wrote that haven’t worked out. HOWEVER, I had two girls who are both Christian email me last week, and I think one is going to come down to look at the apartment/meet each other so I am really hoping one of these works out! It would be a HUGE answer to my prayers. But if one of these girls doesn’t work out I know God has something else up his sleeves!!

I am getting really excited to come down for Vince and Angela’s wedding! I am pretty sure I am flying down Thursday either into SLO or San Jose. Then I am staying in SLO for a week after the wedding!! Also we (Gavin, Garret and myself) might be going to another wedding for their Grandma the next weekend, but we will see if that all works out. But over all it will be a really nice vacation and time to relax and have a real summer with no school! Also I want to see as many of you as I can while I am down there. So if you are going to be in SLO between August 19-30 let me know and we could figure out a time to hang out! I can’t wait to see all of your lovely faces again and spend some time in one of my favorite places!!

One last thing, I thought I would post a few pictures of my veggie plants. They have gown so much and it is fun to look at the changes, so I thought you might enjoy that too!

From when I first planted them….

… to now!

L to R: cucumbers, green beans, sweet peas, broccoli, and cantaloupe

Some of the sweet peas that have grown! I have had a few, and they are just as yummy as the ones from the store!!

Thats all for now! I miss you all and think about you often!!

Half way through the term!

So it has taken me a while to update again. I guess you could say it is because I had a lot going on with school and was really busy, but really I was just putting it off. Anyway…

Since the last time I wrote I found a roommate and we got along great and everything. But then after we decided she would live here and apply to the rental company a few days later she emailed me and decided she needed to live some where less expensive. So that was a bummer and really frustrating. I’m just really exhausted by the whole situation and am ready to have it all figured out and done. But that isn’t really how it works. So as I am getting to know more people here I am starting to have more people to see if they know people who are looking for housing. I’m just trying not to stress about it and know that God has a plan and it will all work out. Sometimes you just have to be patient and wait on the Lord! Seriously as I was writing this another girl just called me interested about the apartment!!! God is so faithful and surprising!!!

This week was been busy! Half way through the term now. Tuesday I had music project due and then Thursday I had a music midterm. Yesterday I had a refection paper due online for my sociology class! So I was keeping busy busy! Next week I have a music paper due Tuesday, midterm in sociology Wednesday and then the week after that is the last week! The term is going by so fast! But that is what happens in a 4 week term!

Last Monday was my birthday, which was nice. Sunday I went out to dinner with my parents and Ashley. Then Monday Johanna and I went to dinner with here in Eugene and then to a really cute bakery. I went to class and had a dentist appointment, so those were kind of a bummer but oh well.

Tuesday I went to CCF again it was good we talked about prayer looking at Colossians 1. It is really nice to start getting to know people more and building friendships. Next week the girl who has been cooking dinner is going to be out of town, so I am cooking dinner! I have never cooked for that many people (between 25-30) so we will see how that goes. I think I keep wanting it to feel like Crusade and for bible study to feel like my old bible study in SLO, but it never will. It doesn’t really work like that. But it is good.

I am starting to get aquatinted with Eugene and able to find my way around the city. Yesterday I found my way to Home Depot and got some plants, herbs, and veggies to grow! I’m hoping they actually grow. We will see, but it will be fun no matter what! Even though I am starting to get familiar with the town it still doesn’t feel like home yet. I don’t know if it ever will. I guess I have been feeling kind of homesick recently, even though I am closer to home. Doesn’t really make sense, but I guess SLO is more home now.

I am pretty much moved in by now. I still have to bring my desk down and a dresser. So my room still has some boxes. It is weird living alone, I think it is part of what is making me more lonely. But it is good, makes me more motivated to go make friends!

I’m not sure what my plans are for the 4th tomorrow. I am heading back tonight, so I think I will be hanging out with the parents tomorrow. We will see what happens, but I’m sure there will be BBQ and fireworks!

I figured I would post some pictures of my apartment! So this is like a virtual tour!

As you walk up the stairs you see my little garden! I am trying to grow cucumbers, string beans, sweet peas, broccoli, and cantaloupe . We will see how that goes!

Welcome in!!

The laundry room is to the left as you walk in.

Standing in the entrance looking at the dining area and kitchen

The living room

The half bath downstairs by the living room

The kitchen!!

: )

Now up the stairs!

My room. Not quite done yet, but you get an idea

The full bathroom upstairs

So thats it! There is another bedroom, but nothing is in there!

Miss you all!! I’m hoping to skype with some of you soon! I miss your faces dearly!!!