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Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet

The leaves are bursting with color, the rain is sporadic and inevitable, and I am remembering the joys of drinking peach tea in the morning.  It is now time for my favorite season of what I call jeans-and-sweatshirt/sweater weather.dscn0051.JPG

Fall Break was last Thursday and Friday!  I had the privilege to go to the Coast with some friends – Carolyn and Kelsey, whom I met through Agape, invited me along.  We fake camped at a Kabin (that’s right, with a K) at a KOA, which is exactly what we all needed.  Each Kabin has a fridge, a TV, a conveniently located fire-pit and full bathroom/shower combos about fifty feet away.  I love real camping, but we all needed real beds and no stress regarding campsites.  There were six of us, and three major meals over the time we were staying there – we went out for lunch - we split up the meal making.  Don’t get me wrong, the Bon is alright, but a home-made meal is something to be appreciated and to get excited about.  Night one dinner: Carolyn and I made chicken, garlic bread, and corn by wrapping it in tin foil and sticking it in the fire.  Breakfast: Brandon and Will made the best French toast I’ve ever had.  Please look the picture and be very jealous.  Yes, those are fresh picked blackberries! dscn0054.JPG

Lunch: we went to a fish market/restaurant combo in Waldport.  Kelsey and I split fish-and-chips and a clam chowder bread bowl, both of which were fantastic.  Dinner two: That night we had “Authentic Italian Food” night and that was under Kelsey’s control (she spent last semester studying abroad in Italy!).  We had shrimp, garlic bread, and asparagus.  Ethan and I learned how to make and roll gnocchi!  Kelsey also made a Gorgonzola cream sauce for the gnocchi.  I wish I was having that for dinner tonight.  We had s’mores for dessert, but not your ordinary s’mores – remember Carolyn’s incredible cookies I told you about last week?  Well, substitute in two of Carolyn’s cookies for the graham crackers, then add chocolate, a marshmallow and peanut-butter!  Glorious.  The following morning we had cereal for breakfast, nice and painless.  Yes, I ate a TON of food over the course of that trip, but hey, I was on vacation!  I did to a lot of other things besides eat, so look to the right to see evidence of that.  I think they give a good view of how much fun we had, I’m so happy that I had the opportunity to spend time with some awesome friends.dscn0037.JPG

I guess I should tell you one thing about school, since that’s kind of why I’m here… so, for my Bible in Literature class one of our options for a paper was to write a modern version of a Psalm, (like Allen Ginsberg’s poems, Psalm III and Psalm IV) and then write an analysis of it.  I finished one on Saturday and thought it was pretty good, but then I went to Church at Imago Dei on Sunday and had to rewrite the entire thing after hearing the sermon on living into God’s story.  In the long run, this was very good because my Psalm is now much better and I learned a lot by writing it, but I still had to take more time out of doing other homework.  I’m glad it happened though.  Oh, and a poetry mid-term tomorrow, but I’m not stressing about it – it will be good.  

Exciting weekend plans: I’m competing in my first regatta!!  It is more of a practice/race scrimmage against Pacific Lutheran, Willamette and Puget Sound.  The line-ups will be figured out the day of, so I’m excited but anxious to hear which boat I’ll be rowing in.  I don’t even know if I’ll be rowing port or starboard yet.  The regatta is in Tacoma, Washington, meaning we need to leave here at 5:30 am - wonderful.  My friend from high school, Erica, goes to school at Pacific Lutheran and she is coming to watch!!  I am so excited to see her!  Along with the racing, seeing her will make waking up that early totally worth it.  I woke up for practice this morning at 4:50am and what a gorgeous morning it was.  The moon was bright and the city just glows.  I’ll get a picture of the city for you to see soon.

            Well, I’m off to study before dinner at 6:24 and then Agape tonight!  Sounds like a great way to end this day.  


Have any questions about my stories, the college-search whirlwind, pancakes with peanut-butter and jelly, or Plato’s Phaedo?  Send them my way!


p.s. I’m going to start doing a quote of the week section - I would be happy to share your favorite quote if you share it with me first!

  “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” –Winston Churchill

14 October 2009