Monday, February 23, 2009


The past few days have finally been productive. Today alone I have already figured out some stuff for some scholarship applications, read 2 articles and worked on some stats homework. AND I've only been awake for about 1.5 hours. Go me. I'm not close to being done. I have to learn to be okay with not being finished with everything since I'm working on my honors thesis and there is always more to do. I got an email last night about registering for Fall 09 classes--begins next Monday! How weird that it will be my last fall semester at ASU. I think I get too sentimental about crap like that, but maybe it is a good thing that I'm reflecting on it all while it's happening. I feel like that is part of living my life to the fullest.

This past week I got to start actually working with SEEK AZ. I was in the classroom 2 different days and got to interview with a family who I'm going to start working in-home with soon! As frustrated/disheartened/tired I was after working, I absolutely loved being with the children again. Children with special needs are usually even more unpredictable than typical children, so it's extra tiring but equally fun/challenging. You have to laugh at the fact that one kid discovered the girl scout cookie room and continually escapes into there despite all the reprimands. Children with special needs are just particularly clever because they have to figure things out in a way that suits them personally--it's fascinating to say the least.

I feel like I've finally settled into being home. Between talking to people, reflecting on myself, and forcing myself to do school...things have fallen into place. I think God is teaching me to find joy in everyday life again since I'd gotten so used to finding enjoyment in the daily adventures of Australia. It's been a battle because I've definitely wanted everything my way since I've been home, but He's put me in a place where that's just not an option. It's nice to be reminded that He has a plan that stretches way beyond my meager "5-year plan."

Monday, February 16, 2009

Coffee Shop Dynamics

So I've been sitting here in Starbucks at Osborne and Hayden for about 1.5 hours now. There are 2 men who have been here wince I got here working away on their computers. Multiple people have walked in and been recognized by the barristas--typical coffee shop demeanor. However, one of the men working on his computer here has also known a handful of people who have walked in and proceeds to chat it up with them and he honestly just seems so happy about life and one of those guys that everyone loves. The point of all this observation is just to say I love the idea of being a known customer, neighbor, whatever. That small-town ideal has always really appealed to me. I know it has its downfalls, but I just love the romantic ideal of everyone passing by and asking about so-and-so and really caring and all harmonious stuff. I know it sounds like Pleasantville and I should just move to the creepy Agritopia in Gilbert if I really want this "everyone hold hands and sing together" feeling.

Regardless, being here has been a bit refreshing just watching people go about their daily routines. Somehow, it has made my life slow down a bit....which is currently much needed. Thanks Starbucks.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Valentine's Day

I've never cared less about Valentine's Day. Maybe it's because I'm totally comfortable right now, which is a good thing. People keep asking what we're doing for Valentine's Day and we kinda just look at each other and make up some sarcastic response. People get annoyed because they want some cutesy plan, sorry everyone...we're apparently boring.

I'm finally feeling in place again in Arizona...tomorrow I'll have been home for 2 months. It's about time. I'm ready to travel again. 3.5 weeks till Washington for a week!

I've been thinking a lot about birthdays lately....particularly in the celebration of birthdays. Some people love them, others hate to draw attention to themselves, some people get depressed and feel old/awkward. I feel like everyone should love them. People should have pride in who they are and want to celebrate their life. What do you think?

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

busy busy bee

I'm finally starting to focus on school. It's hard when this is the background of your computer and you've actually BEEN there...
This is a picture I took from the resort I was at on Amunuca Island for a day in Fiji. The island in this picture is actually Castaway Island - yes actually from the movie. While I was in Fiji it actually rained the entire day that I was on Amunuca so that was really stinky. Maybe just means I must go back!

I have 100 some odd pages to read of a radical global warming/climate change book. Sound fun? Not at all. I have the whole day to myself though, which I absolutely love.

I'm going through a "I wish I lived in Tucson" phase. I know that sounds a little crazy, but my best friend is down there and I'd have such an amazing group of girls if I were there. I'm still not 100% sure why I never transferred....

This is a rambling blog because I'm procrastinating. Those are the best.