Sunday, July 31, 2011


I am bad at watching movies, but that is what I did for a total of about 7.5 hours today.

And I enjoyed myself.

See, when I watch a movie I get very easily sucked into the emotions of the characters, especially if they are portrayed well. For that reason, I have very high sensitivity to/low tolerance for intensity of any kind (especially violence). I'm not very experienced in these matters, you know.

And still, now 50 minutes after the last one ended, I can't quite detach myself from the experience of the movie in order to properly analyze it. Which makes me mad, because I analyze EVERYTHING, while it is still happening.

Sigh. Movies >.<

I might have more intelligent things to say about the first two extended edition Lord of the Rings movies tomorrow.


Saturday, July 30, 2011


I love spending 20 hours straight with Megan and Rachel. Talking about stuff you can't talk about with anybody else, because they would think you are absolutely out of your mind... teenage-girl-squealing about significantly un-teenage-girly things... shopping for 6 hours and not abhorring each other's company by the end of the day...

I smiled a lot today. First smile of the day has to be awarded to SPAZ DOG at Megan's house-sitting job.

And may I take this opportunity to mention how WEIRD it is to sleep in a house with no adults in it... to get yourself up in the morning, get yourself out the door, and get yourself to a meeting 40 minutes away almost-on-time... to be responsible for yourself. But it almost felt okay :)

Bonus smile: grateful to not be involved in high school drama. Dear me.


Thursday, July 28, 2011

getting stuff done

was in the 2s today... whole new world. While they require more constant attention, that attention is more along the lines of sheer willpower (can I out-stubborn a 2-year old? you'd better believe it) and less along the lines of cleverness and convincingness and ironing out drama in a way that makes everybody a winner. Also, they watch a Veggie Tales every day AND take a 2-hour nap! During that nap I read the last half of The Hobbit (which I had not read since 6th grade and found a rather nice break), researched my dorm and its orientation activities, ate half a bar of chocolate, checked my email, and began to decipher the cryptic graduation card from David/the rest of his family.

Feeling very accomplished but really wiped, when I finally got home from picking Kristen & Katie up and getting dinner (pizza) at 7, I uploaded and captioned my Russia pictures on Facebook and went through the suggested "bring this to college" list with my mom to see what I have/don't have. Now we are going to look through my wardrobe to see what goes to college and what goes in the trash. Judging by the fact that I have 3 pairs of (thrift store/handmedown) jeans, one pair of school khakis with holes in them, and practically no casual winter wardrobe... this could be fun? But it is something that has needed to happen for a loooong time and it will be good to get it out of the way.


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The sun'll come out, tomorrow...

(and as long as it's a good 10 degrees cooler than it was today, that might be a good thing. But I don't think that's going to happen.)

Actually, this morning was wonderful. I love Water Day at daycare... lock all the kids in a big fenced-in area while you control lawn sprinklers by remote and let them run wild? yes please.

Also, I ate a plum today, and it was one of the juciest things I have ever had and SOSOSOSOOOGOOD!!!! ...yeah. I do like plums.

Tomorrow I get to be in with the 2s instead of school age, and I'm almost looking forward to it.
Also, tomorrow is a very special day for the QSG...


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

friends, old and new...

Story time first.
At daycare today, one of the little girls was crying because she missed her mommy. As I was trying to comfort her, Jacob, a 6 year old boy, came up to me.
Jacob: Do you want to play Spinny Uno with me, Miss Katie?
Me: Not right now Jacob, just a minute.
Jacob: DAMN! I'm going to break my arm off! Damn! Damn!!!!
Me: ...?!?!?! JACOB! We do not use those words here!
Jacob: DAMN.
(needless to say, he got an epic time-out.)

After work I went to Marina's, and she and Rachel and Megan and I hung out. That was fun. I painted my nails two different kinds of blue. My mom thinks it's terrible but I kind of like it.

Then I came home to find my class schedule for the first semester. Then I began to discuss it with a girl I found on Facebook, named Ashley. We have Elements of Stats together... and she likes the same books I do, which basically means we are going to be BFFs, right? :P But all in all I believe this is going to be a good semester, despite all of the math and physics and PE.


Monday, July 25, 2011

endless day

so apparently I am supposed to work 8-5 this week...?

after work (terrible today) rushed home and ate a fabulous and fast dinner to then rush over to NCPC for more recording.

It was a lot of fun.
We got almost nothing done.
But it was... entertaining. (thank you Aaron and Doug)

But hey, good excuse to get together with Megan again soon :)


Sunday, July 24, 2011

too much

gahhh I am tired.

but the sunrise this morning was awesome.
as was sunday school... I forgot how great it was to actually get to hear the whole lesson! and how wonderful my daddy is!

and spending 4 hours today in various places without air conditioning made me incredibly grateful for the 20 hours I DID have it. God is good, I think, is the moral of the story. Is the moral of most stories.

I had a good day today.
Almost too much good.
But there were those four hours to balance everything else out ;)


Saturday, July 23, 2011

artsy things

I love modeling dough.
This is Ambiguous Animal. He is not sure if he is a cat or a dog, but he is pretty cute either way, no?

Then Rachel and Megan came over, and we caught up, and ate my mom's amazing food-which-I-have-missed-dearly. And it was total bliss.

Then there was swing, which was also not half bad. Although I think I sweat for the first time in what must be a month. Not sure if that was because I am an un-fit person dancing Charleston for an hour (EEEEP) or because it got to be over 100 degrees today. ew.

Oh yeah, and seeing Christine. no big deal.


Thursday, July 21, 2011


work was blah, blah, blah (not really, it was eventful, I just don't want to talk about it and you don't want to hear about it.)

What made me smile today was the progress I am making setting up for this CD! It is happening, really happening! I have another piano recording session and vocal recording session scheduled for Monday, and possibly another vocals session next Friday!

Also, I set up/updated my Google Calendar, all in shades of purple, and it is lovely. Lovely and full. I am really signing my life away. It's not healthy, I should at least keep Sundays to myself, but I want to watch the Lord of the Rings too. ARGH.


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

relief & refocus

today was a happyish sort of day. it wasn't that great but my attitude was better :P

starting up Mr. C's birthday present made me smile. It's one of those fun secretish things that I enjoy so much. I should find more friends with birthdays. (JUST KIDDING THERE ARE ENOUGH OF YOU ALREADY* AND I AM RUNNING OUT OF CREATIVE AND SECRETISH IDEAS!!!)


PS- 575 posts!! :D that is a lot of smiles.

*Just this summer, the birthdays, in order...
Mr. C
(and those are just the ones with parties and/or presents!)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


I want to hide in a hole and never come out. Today was good.

It was fun recording piano with Doug & Megan, and getting to hear Doug's "Fugue in Gm." I also ate sushi for the first time and didn't die, although now my hair smells like fish.

and it rained. the rain is lovely.

I miss my life. I am rather very blessed when I think about it.


Teach us to place our happiness in Thee, the blessed God,
     never seeking life among the dead things of earth,
     or asking for that which satisfies the deluded;
But may we prize the light of Thy smile,
     implore the joy of Thy salvation,
     find our Heaven in Thee.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

CYMA Sunday

I do love CYMA Sunday. It was hard not to be IN it, but I'm okay.

And when I heard the kids were doing creative storytelling in replacement of the sermon, I was like, oh no, this ought to be a waste of a Sunday (just kidding, but only a little). However, to my great deligt, it actually was sort of a challenge to me. They presented the five senses as a kind of representation of gifts operator within the body of Christ. And the. We were to think, which am I? And certain statements in most of them, particularly the pieces on sight and smell, resonated with me. Things I can do, and might be even supposed to do, if you will, as according to what God has given me, are not always the things I DO. the things I practice and work in. Because in reality, yes, one or two gifts may be stronger in a person... Passion for the Word, compassion for others, serving, encouraging, discernment (I am getting these things all out of order and confused)... But if one person within the body of Christ were to focus oneself on a particular strength to the exclusion of all others, that person would be most likely misguided and impaired in the gift she does have. And identifying a few of the "senses" I do not often exercise makes me consider a more concerted effort thereto.

I'm tired and probably babbling.

Da svidania.


Saturday, July 16, 2011


...and happy.

...but tired.

I could use some coffee, or sleep.


Sunday, July 3, 2011

Praise team. and RUSSIA.

this morning I was on Team for the Big People Church. aka Not Bible Force.

Daddy and I went out to breakfast. That was great.

And singing was pretty good too. I had fun. 10:30 service was sheer awesome.


I AM GOING TO RUSSIA. Like, tomorrow. I'm psyched.

Saturday, July 2, 2011


Photoshoot at the stone wall today. yay!

And I discovered some really awesome filters I have on my phone to make the pictures even cooler...


Friday, July 1, 2011


I think there was something that made me smile at work today, but when I step out of those doors I think I forget about everything that actually happened.

also, yay for clearing up drama. wheee!


PS- and yay for paychecks in the triple digits! :P I kinda forgot about that part of this whole mess. It feels too much like school, and I don't get paid to go to school. But then again, the money is not the reason I am sticking around here. My memory is coming back to me... it is SO beyond heartbreaking to have child after child break down in tears after misbehaving so badly you are about to snap... because the school sends them home if they are bad enough. And daycare is no place for a 6-year-old, 9 hours a day, every day of the week. :/