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Thursday, March 23, 2006


Since when does going to a church ONCE, warrant the following mail?

Ages 25-55

Come as you are you will be loved [note: horrible grammar not my own!]

Calvary's Singles Ministry

(Here's the kicker/conference title...)


...Don't miss out on this opportunity for life change in small groups with other singles.

No! No! No!

That's all. I just can't believe I'm now officially categorized into the singles' ministry at a church I don't even attend....oh Lordy.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

21 days in the life of....

So I'm probably more excited to post many of these pictures than you all are to see them....but if a picture's worth a thousand words, here's the month of Marzo so far....

(Okay, so this was the end of February, but it's close...). Josh's 27th birthday. Here are a few of my favorite things about Joshy: 1. Brenda. 2. that we've known each other for 13 years! 3. that he eats my food. 4. that he helps me bid on hot cowboy boots on Ebay. 5. that he has a fabulous, ginormous dog named Zeke.

Angela came to visit! Angela, dear friend from Santa Cruz....full of fashion-savvy advice and good heart to hearts and grown-up drinks to try. Among our favorites: finding the troll, and getting discount treatments at the Aveda training salon!

The chocolate factory! Even if I have to wear a hair net, god bless the free samples....

Our first Wyldlife club! You can see the FEAR FACTOR-factor on the faces of some of these kids. What a fabulous night!

Round-up! Young Life areas across the country throw annual fundraising dinners every year; last Thursday we had our ROUND-UP event. It was intense, stressful, exhausting, but AMAZING all at the same time. We were reminded WHY we do what we do, and that financially, money is necessary in order for kids to ultimately meet Christ in this ministry. Pictured here is my dear buddy Anna.

Mark and green beer! My good buddy from PLU and Frontier Ranch and other similar career paths, Mark/Polo was in town for the night, so we celebrated St. Patty's Day in style with a green beer at the RAM. (And YAY for Mark's new girlfriend!!! So stoked for him!).

Finally, yesterday I celebrated my birthday! I'll continue to pull out the celebration card until the day I die, I do believe.... Sunday night, a group of the Seattle and east side peeps went out to BUCA DI BEPPO'S for dinner. My worlds collided. I loved it. (And the arm wrestling: the waiter had Kate, the b-day girl in the table over, and I, arm wrestle to see who'd win dessert for her table! I SORELY lost. Sorely). Last night, my Campaigner girls took me out to the Olive Garden for soup, salad and breadsticks, and MELTED my little Young Life leader heart (pictured: YL girl Megan). Then I met up with some more grown-up friends at the Ram (again) for one last celebration cider (Jessimoo, Jess and Amanda, Melissa, Josh, Joe and Mikaela). Good times.

There it is. 21 days in the life of _____________________.

Monday, March 13, 2006

things that make you go MMMMM

A report on the haps:

Wyldlife Friday: WOW. This was a thing that made me go MMMMM. From the gross popsicle eating contest to a cricket spitting contest to a gross food themed relay to a spam creation contest (with Pablo's SPAMDOG as the winner! ...weiner?) to a blender "DRINK THAT" contest, there were only TWO visible gag reflexes and no actual pukes. When kid Nikole started talking about camp this past summer, my favorite was (again) Pablo in the front row busting out with "is this thing religious?!" Ahhh. 73 kids and 10 parents and leaders later, a great night was had. Thanks for praying, if you pray.

Celebrate Elliott Saturday: my friend Elliott had his one-year birthday on Saturday with proud parents Rachel and Jimmy. It was pretty rad watching him discover that a) he could PLAY all he wanted with his cupcake (Melanie ::: a cupcake-making goddess), with five cameras on him at the same time, and b) watching that cupcake/birthday/people high turn into an amazingly low sugar-low. It was a short-lived birthday party, but I think he's on the right track. :)

Run like the 5K Leprechaun wind: Sunday morning at 9 am, 14,000 of my best friends and I joined together in downtown Seattle for the Henry Weinhard's St. Patty's Day run. I was really looking forward to a splash of green beer at the end, but sometimes you just gotta go with the green and white (Starby's!) flow. And here was another cool part: I ran it by myself! I drove up with some peeps who -fortunately for them, unfortunately for me- like to do Ironmans in their spare time, so I wasn't quite sharing in the five minute mile glory....and then not finding Aaron and his gang, or Lizzy and her compadres, I was on my own. But you know it's a good day to your heart when you still giggle and squeal with glee, and SCREAM at the top of your lungs while running through tunnels, even when no one's beside you. So I liked that. :)

"No I won't go to Jamba Juice with you!": today I got to see 8th grader "A" help coach the 7th grade team. She's a natural. After that we got to sit together and watch a bunch of our 8th grade buddies play basketball and get their butts kicked by a rival middle school. She let me sit by her in exchange for her offer to tell me all the secret basketball signs and symbols (aka: tell me what was going on in each play). But of course, seeing as I don't really care about basketball, and instead just about her, I then asked her questions in our down moments. So apparently I ask her too many questions, and apparently going to Jamba Juice is just a little TOO weird (What?! A Young Life leader hang out with a kid outside of school?!), BUT -but!- secretly, I know she loves that I know her name and care about her. So I'll keep loving her. :)

Best way to make someone smile this week: send someone an MP3 voice email! It really helps if you have a cool accent too. Bonus points. Do it. I double dog dare you. :)

That's it. Tomorrow and Wednesday: Portland for training. Thursday: Round-up! Friday: Mark, aka: Polo's in town! Saturday: REST....halle-frickin-lujah. God bless. chm.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

oh poppy

Tonite Betty "Cara" Crocker whipped out the following popsicles in her kitchen:

*apple juice.
*juicy juice.
*taco seasoning.
*kidney beans.
*Valentine's heart candy.
*baking cocoa.
*canned mushrooms.

Yup. Tomorrow night is our first Mt. Baker Middle School WYLDLIFE club, FEAR FACTOR style....and we're going to have a pretty sick (ow!) popsicle eating contest in which the kids have to guess the "fun" flavors. So yes. Let me know if you want me to send you a free sample of my new recipes....I'm thinking that the biggest hit is going to be between the shrimp popsicle and the canned mushrooms popsicle. And you?

Saturday, March 04, 2006

a Friday like no other

Welcome to quite possibly the most random day of my life:

Who: Danny, Katie, Mel and Mark, visiting friend from the east coast and me...

When: yesterday...Friday...

What/when: a short day trip to Vancouver, BC...

Why: one can only imagine...

After a bit of a border hassle (note to self and to Danny: bring passports!), the five of us go to lunch at this award-winning dim sum restaurant (am I spelling that correctly?), a form of Chinese food where they walk around with little carts and you just pull whatever you want off the carts and eat it collectively. With scissors cutting our little sesame biscuits and yummy dipping sauces and spring rolls and hot green tea galore, we are happy. Another lady comes around, shows us a dish, and all we can understand is "beef." Now insert two thoughts here: first, I'm really not the biggest fan of beef, and don't normally eat it....BUT I'm trying to be a good sport and eat what comes my way in this new experience. We look at the beef, and wonder why she's calling it beef when it looks more like squid-like slimy noodles in a beef broth. So I'm thinking, hey, I like calimari...this looks like calimari...I'm going to give it a floor run, see how it plays. I pop into my mouth the BIGGEST piece you've ever seen (although I'm thinking it's just the piece closest to me, and I need not be picky...); chewy...weird...chewy...beef brothy...a little textured in some places....still chewy. Finally, Mark asks an English-speaking waiter what this dish truly is: TRIPE. Yes, that's right folks, beef stomach lining!!! At that point, I don't know whether to throw up or just let the gag reflexes have their way, puke or not, but I'm like SICK!!! So yes. Beef stomach lining. It's what's for lunch.

We're then off to part II of our afternoon: THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY!!! Indeed, Mark, our visiting friends, is part of a family-owned chcolate business on the east coast. So Mark's out here on a 3-week chocolate business trip - guess who then got us INSIDE PASSES to PURDY'S chocolate factory?! It was amazing. We walked in looking (or at least thinking) like we owned the place. We donned the little hair nets, and walked from room to room of the chocolate factory like we really were the little kids on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! Are you kidding me?! This I loved: the 70's music playing in the background...the Lucy and Ethel-like employees sifting through the chocolate conveyor belts, searching for the 'bad seeds'...Gary, our tour guide, and his pure LOVE of samples off the conveyor belt and from boxes and broken containers and trays...the ladies who were in deep LIKE with Danny's dancing skills as he strutted his stuff down the aisles...10,000 lb bags of sugar...learning why the cherry cordial stays so, well, cordial...and finally, climbing up the stairs to the 30,000 lb VAT of chocolate (one dark, one milk) and just LOOKING down into the great chocolate abyss!!! Indeed, we wanted to JUMP into the chocolate pool and swim around, hoping to not get sucked up into the tubes that really do pump and distribute chocolate to different parts of the factory. I think about it now, and I'm just like who are we?! What was this?! With hair nets still in tact (the longest contest...Katie won), we left there shaking our heads, continuing to eat MORE free samples from the boxes Gary gave Mark upon leaving.


So after that, I got home, went to North Tapps MS Wyldlife with Ginger and Ashlee...watched RENT and thought of seeing it on Broadway with Re and Copey...and then came back and got to SLEEP. Yee-haw. Tonite Chet and Chris, Aaron's parents, are in town, so there's going to be a fun dessert and games night with some peeps up in Lynnwood. Otherwise, this has been a CRAZY week to say the least, and yesterday was just icing on the - chocolate - cake.

ps: pictures soon - the computer's being weird and not uploading right now.