Sunday, June 29, 2008

This past weekend was pretty for us. First of all, we've been house/dog sitting since Tuesday, which is always fun. It's kind of like a mini vacation. Friday the missionary our church sponsors came to visit us. We had a potluck (of course) and he gave a presentation about his work in Mexico City. He works at a Lutheran seminary, training new leaders. It was all actually really interesting. The seminary consists of at least four different denominations (Lutheran, Anglican, Methodist, Baptist) and they share classes.

Saturday we went to a wedding of a friend of ours. It was the first wedding at a Catholic church I've ever been to. Now I'm wondering if I'll get to sit during Allie's wedding. Standing in food line at the reception I met a guy who went to college with Bush. Like, was actually in classes with him all the way through. The guy now teaches economics at a nearby school. He had some fascinating stories about our president. I also learned from him that our friend getting married, her father was president of Haiti for about 6 months in the late 1980's. I knew he was an important guy there, but I didn't realize he was THAT important. Very interesting.

Today was our pastor's last day on the job. He announced in April that he was resigning, but he's not sure what he's going to do now. From the sounds of it today, it looks like he is taking some time off and then maybe looking to pastor another church or do something else. He was at Peace for 9 years. He is a great guy and will be sorely missed by all of us. Not only him, but the entire family. They are still going to be in Knoxville, but according to the ECLA guidelines, we're not supposed to have contact with them for something like 2-3 years. In a way I can see why that is necessary, but it's also hard for people. Especially those who were pretty close to the family. We had a really good service today at least. Then we had a farewell program for the family, which was really more of a roast for the pastor. It was actually pretty hilarious. Who knew we had so many funny people at church? That was followed by another potluck, because that's how we roll. Now we enter the "transitional phase" and start looking for a new pastor. Should be intersting, but hopefully in the end it will all work out for the best for everyone.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Jeremy and I bought a picnic tote from Bed Bath & Beyond with our gift cards. I tried to find a picture of it on their website, but I guess they don't sell it anymore because I couldn't find it. The tote is great. It's insulated and came with four plates, cups, sets of silverware, and has enough room for plenty of food (and even a bottle of wine on the side). For the past two weeks on Sunday evenings we've picnicked in a park down by the river not far from our house. It's been a nice break from schoolwork, especially since the weather has been so beautiful.

This week, I brought a bunch of food that I could eat with my new mustard that I bought this weekend. It's blueberry mustard! And it's pretty good - you can definitely taste both the mustard flavor and the blueberries. We went to the Secret City Festival over in Oak Ridge and I bought it from a vendor there. We also got raspberry honey jelly from another vendor. Anyways, the mustard was pretty sweet, but really good with cheddar cheese and ritz crackers. It may become my new food obsession.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

I'm a week and a half into the first summer school session now. I must say, I've been rather busy. I was always pretty busy in undergrad, especially junior and senior year, but then I graduated and got a job. It was weird when I moved here and had so much free time. At first I didn't know what to do with myself, but I quickly became accustomed to it. Even though I worked mainly from home, I still had work time and non-work time. It was pretty nice. I kind of like being busy too, to an extent. But man, it's pretty exhausting. How did I do this in undergrad? Although next session will be better. I'm taking 5 hours this month but only 1 next month. Why they divided it up like that, I don't know. Doesn't make much sense to me.

So far I'm enjoying my classes, for the most part. I'm taking Psychopathology, a Leadership/Management class, and an Evidence Based Practice/Research-ish type class. I'm enjoying the Psychopathology class much more than I expected. I'm not going into clinical social work so I didn't think I'd really like it, but it's pretty interesting. We're learning how to diagnose people with mental illnesses. Our prof told us not to diagnose our friends or they will no longer be our friends.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Post Wedding Stuff

The wedding is over without any major hitches. The only minor thing that went wrong was the cake - it was supposed to be white chocolate raspberry but the flighty cake girl made white cake with white icing. It was still good, just not what we had agreed on. Guess that's what happens when you find someone on Craig's List... Since I had to return the cake stand to her I mentioned the flavor mishap to her. She ended up making me and Jeremy a 6 inch white chocolate raspberry cake for our one year anniversary. We decided, however, to go ahead and eat it now since we have the white cake for our anniversary and we'd rather eat the good cake when it's still good and not frozen and a year old.

It's. very. good. I'm a little disappointed we couldn't have had it at the wedding. But I guess since no one knows how good it is but us, they don't know what they're missing. Plus, Jeremy made a good point - had we had it at the wedding we would have only eaten one slice apiece. But, since she screwed up, we get the six inch cake to ourselves! More than a slice apiece!

Yesterday we went to spend all the gift cards we got for Target and Bed Bath and Beyond, where we were registered. After the wedding we get 10% off our registry, but it's a one time deal only. We made lists of the stuff we really wanted and set out to shop. Target was easy. We printed the registry, it said whether or not the items were in the store, and what aisles everything was in. We were in and out pretty quickly.

Bed Bath and Beyond, however, was a different story. We set out to buy 6 things. Because of a poor registry system and incompetent staff it took us much longer there than at Target where we easily bought 5 times as many items. I would highly recommend shopping and/or registering at Target over Bed Bath and Beyond any day.

Tomorrow I start back in the academic world. I had a completely pointless orientation Friday. We learned out to check our email! And use blackboard! Woohoo! It looks like I'll be pretty busy this month, though. Not sure how I feel about that yet.