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Thursday, December 20, 2007

he he he

Thanks to my buddy Elena for this GREAT Christmas cartoon to lighten the holiday madness!

Among other things, here are some random thoughts:

*I think my car mechanic is doubling as the Grinch who stole Christmas. It's just a hunch, but Raul the Jetta is JUST FINE! Now, little "check engine" light, please go off so that I can pass the smog test.

*Today I tried to perform minor surgery on Mr. Darcy, and I think I may have mangled his flesh a little too much. I was just trying to save him from a tick! (((And ps: how'd the buddy get a tick?!!)))

*Do you ever have one of those days of overwhelming divine appointments? Whether one wants to call it serendipity, or just being aware of God's presence in the midst of seemingly "random" conversations, over and over again, I .... felt .... like he was in the middle of my day. (Why is it that sometimes we feel like God's there, and sometimes our eyes are so glued shut that we stumble and crash into everything in our way?)

*my sister flies in tomorrow for ROAD TRIP '07 up to Hayward, Nevada City and Oregon!

Merry Christmas. chm.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

merry christmas from MD and cara, merry christ-mas....

God bless ugly Christmas sweater parties...and K-marche's sweater vest collection...and Anna, that fabulous sweater you and Joe gave MD last year. :)

Sunday, December 02, 2007

contemplative cara

November was a great month of BEING. And now, even as I write this, I'm realizing that it's December, so what better a moment than the present to reflect and think and be thankful.

*the 80/20 principle. Dear friends Mindy and Johnny came down from Portland for the weekend a few weeks back; as we sat in this little world-savvy organic restaurant (Chez Shea in Half Moon Bay), we talked about the 80/20 principle. Be it friendships, work relationships and time, personal time - or whatever else, we don't always seem to have our priorities straight. The example was given to list out your top 20 friends (ie: relationships), in order (!), and then look at the top four on that list: that's your top 20%, so why not invest 80% of your time there?

*today MD and a group of buddies traveled up to Fort Funston for some hiking and dog walking/running/ball throwing. The area runs along side the Pacific Ocean - and how heartbreaking it was seeing the effects of the oil spill in the SF Bay. The sand was an ugly, slick black, and though the dogs running ...and sliding... along it could care less, my heart broke and was angered for man's mistake.

*I feel CALLED to this area. And I love it.

*I can't wait to be Miss Mac in the subbing capacity in the coming weeks - just to meet kids!

*Friendships are forming, and I'm learning to be open and vulnerable and not fall into the trap of "higher than thou" ministerial mind positions.

*Reading: Under the Banner of Heaven: a Story of Violent Faith

*Just watched: An Affair to Remember

*Need to invest in: Scrabble pieces. yes. I'd forgotten how much I LOVE - love, love, love - Speed Scrabble/Take Two. As a head leader up at Malibu this summer we invested strong amounts of time into the game... :) And then this past night with buddies Zach and Jill, Erika and Brian, my word-loving heart skipped a beat.

Excited about: road trip 2007 with my sister up to Oregon in a few weeks!

Monday, November 19, 2007

fear. intimidation.

I don't think that confidence is a mask I wear - although sometimes my lack of confidence and the little nagging voices in my head seem and start to eat away at that which stays. So there remains this part of me that's sometimes big and sometimes little, but that doesn't all the way believe in who she is. And it pops up in different areas of my life - tonite I saw it with some high school kids around a campfire, because I realized that they didn't know and understand who I was yet, so my reaction was to apologize for this "kindof weird girl." Yet I know that the "kindof weird girl" who's wholly herself is the charismatic person people are attracted to...but I couldn't grasp that and hold onto it tonite.

Tonite, like the high school persona emphasis on Grey's Anatomy last week, I just wanted to crawl into my chamelion self and be who these kids would -supposedly- like me to be. Who they'd be a fan of. Who wouldn't be too weird or too loud or too ... the list goes on ["too" tends to be a plague of women]. So as my insides seem to feel on a roller coaster of emotions, I just want to "get" them and understand my own heart in the midst of it. And like a talk that I'd give to my middle school friends about identity, I want my identity to not be in WHO I am, but in WHOSE I am.

Because the truth is that I love Jesus.

And I want what He thinks of me to be more important than what THEY think of me.

So why do I still get so caught up in it?

Thursday, November 15, 2007

never meant to make your mother cry

sorry miss jackson...I have a nephew: he is for REALLLLLLLLLLLLL!

Yup. There are no apologies to be made for Jared Christopher MacDonald, whom I met this last week. And ps: how much do you love that HE'S SUPER?! Cape included.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

oh, facebook

I say that I have facebook for my YL kids...but really, most of them are on myspace (so I then also "have myspace for my YL kids"). Well, regardless, this is why - for example - I love facebook*:

"Rachel Orrico and Danny Lund are married.

Rachel and Danny

Rachel Orrico and Danny Lund made a lifetime commitment to one another, and let everyone on Facebook know."

*note the sarcasm.

But I still actually secretly really, really like facebook. And I, of course, love the LUNDS (ie: danny and rachel), even in the midst of using them for this pointless example.

One more day of vacay...o hawaii, o little nephew, o family, o scrapbooking, o Paul Potts and your VOICE, o sunshine and reading and runs with the baby stroller and new friend who takes me out on hot I love thee! (bow, bow - thanks - I do what I can with the odes).

Thursday, November 01, 2007

just some random things

1. this morning when MD and I went for a walk, I heard this crash in the tree overhead of us: oh no, is it a breaking branch as a result of the earthquake? Has the limb finally given way? No, it was a squirrel losing its footing, falling from the tree. I have never seen such a varment - literally - fall out of a tree, but today I did.

2. sometimes I like to think that the vanilla gelato I put into my hot chocolate, when in contact with the hot liquid becomes invisible liquid itself, is therefore then fat free. It totally makes sense to me.

3. My family is ridiculous ... -ly amazing. :) (see picture of the Wizard of Oz crew :: Dorothy/Melissa, the cowardly lion/Jared, and the tin man/Brandon). Wow.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

oh, the 10 year. :)

Another weekend's come and gone...and my high school ten year reunion has now been added to that list. If you didn't know, whether it's just that I'm weak in saying "no," or just incredibly gifted in delegating responsibilities (I'd like to think it's the latter of the two, but...), I just planned and put on my 10 year reunion. Go Celts Go. With a team of 10 or so others REALLY owning things and rootin' for the home team, we put on the following:

Friday night: tailgate party and homecoming game. It was great! (And BBQ Aaron worked that grill!)

Saturday AM: Young Life Campaigners' reunion at Bob and Debby's - mmmm....lovely. Obviously, this wasn't part of the reunion weekend as a whole at a public high school, but it was a fun addition for some of us.

Saturday lunch: family picnic. Yup. Cancelled due to rain. Let's remember that the weather isn't so sunny in Oregon in October. :)

Saturday PM: THE OFFICIAL REUNION at Willamette Valley Vineyards. The location was epic, the wine was a-flowin', and it was obvious that everyone had a great time. We were rather excited to see the 130 people there, as two weeks ago we were at an all time high of 24 people paid. So, minus a couple of details, it was awesome reconnecting and seeing people excited to be together again. And here I was, not wanting to originally go to my 10-year because I'd heard it was all about one-upping everyone....the barriers were down, and the silly high school clicks didn't resurface 10 years later. All in all, I'd say it was a success!

High school BFF, Kristen Cronie...

the lovely lunds

Danny and Rachel got married last week at Theo Chocolate Factory in Fremont (ie: Seattle). Besides the fact that beautiful people belong together, the wedding and weekend were fantastic altogether. The ceremony and reception were both held in the back warehouse of the building, so with the brick exterior and then dark candle lighting, it had a glamorous city feeling to it. My favorite part of the ceremony was when they lit the candles: instead of doing the traditional unity candle, candlelighters came down the aisles and started passing the flame. Then every person in the room took the votive from underneath their chair and symbolically lit the "unity" candle while Danny and Rachel watched. To me that so significantly symbolizes the role of community in the unity of a husband and wife. It was beautiful. And again, as were they.

(((Pics: 1. Rachel, Cara and Danny. mmmm. 2. TEAM WEDDING: me, SG, Copey and Mel. 3. Who knew corn stalks grew in the city?)))

german chocolate yum

I've finally uploaded my October we have BAKE A GERMAN CHOCOLATE CAKE DAY! My friend Jenn, the quasi-professional Betty Crocker, came up to the house to help me bake a cake. So on this lovely Saturday afternoon, we baked, we let them eat cake, we chatted, and we watched Breakfast at Tiffany's and Superstar!!!

Pictured here is Grace, Peter and Gigi, whose house I live at in the g'ma apartment, and then Jenn and me.

Monday, October 15, 2007

from my jessimoo

My friend Jessica is currently fulfilling her heart's dream of going to Africa; read on for a powerful excerpt from her email...

i sat for quite a while yesterday with josephine, who can only get around using a wheelchair with a hand crank because she lost the use of both of her legs in a bombing. she has a four year old son that she is raising by herself because the father of the child does not have to stay with her if she is disabled. but her testimony is remarkable...her son's name means "only the Lord knows", because she has such a rich understanding that God is able to complete what is missing in her and she truly believes that God will be everything that she and her child need to live rich and full lives. please pray for josephine - that she would be able to provide for her family, and that God might even provide the resources for her to get a chair that is easier for her to maneuver as it is difficult for her to travel long distances with the hand crank chair.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

I spy, dot dot dot

1. this was my favorite response from an email to our YL leaders today in which I used the word, "viz".

him: I've never heard the expression "viz." Is it newer or older?

me: "viz" is a cara-ism for VISION....I don't know if it's new, or old, or just nothing, ie: ME! Feel free to start spreading the love and using the word, though. :)

That's right! I might be hip and cool with the lingo! love it. :)

2. Today I received 2 emails from a man I've never met who ended every email with an ellipsis: "...". Now, if you look in the above writing, I frequently use the "...". It communicates a thought that hasn't quite morphed into finishing yet. It is still yet to be completed. But there's a "but" in this sentence: you have to win the right to use the ellipsis. A relationship must first be established with the person - kindof like using a nickname. No, you can't call me caramac until ___________(fill in the blank)_______. Win the right, win the right. So upon reading the email from a guy I'd never met, the over-use of the ellipsis was just kindof creepy. Yes, you're excited to meet me for lunch, dot dot dot... Do you know what that "..." does to me, though?

hey, I'm serious - but I'm also going to stop right here. welcome to my mind just for a second. :)

Monday, October 01, 2007

so, do you score candy with this trick or treater?

This is why I can't go to the dog section in Target - because Mr. Darcy too might come out looking like Ranada's Lilly in the Shrek flesh.'s a good chuckle. Thanks R!

Monday, September 24, 2007

I carried a watermelon

I'm itching to be around kids...and I think if I go too much longer without them down here in CA, then I'll soon a) go crazy, and b) lose all knowledge of how to talk/communicate with the under-18 population. Take for instance, a conversation that happened today while walking home from the grocery store with Mr. Darcy:

(Cara approaches three middle school friends from the back, whom she does not know, and notices that one of them is wearing FUGGS, ie: fake uggs).

She begins to pass them and says, "Man, your legs must be pretty hot. I mean, not that they're hot, but ... [awkward silence: I'm not Chester the Molester, I swear, little friend!] don't your feet get pretty warm in your Uggs?"

"Yeah, but they're not that bad."

"Oh. You must not have sweaty feet then."

WHAT THE HECK? It's like I just inserted the "I carried a watermelon" line from Dirty Dancing* into my dialogue with a 13 year old. "You must not have sweaty feet?" Do I have overly sweaty feet? Where did that come from?

It reminds me of the time when Laura and I traveled Europe: we were in London for the first five days or so, and got to see STOMP on the West End. There was this actor/dancer/stomper on stage who looked EXACTLY like my best friend Amanda's then-fiance at that time. So I ended up starring at him almost the entire production, thinking wow! what an uncanny resemblance!

Fast forward to an hour or two after the show: we're back in Nottinghill and in need of some late night hummus at the Greek deli. So we walk inside, and there, between the pita bread and the white and blue display case is the very same Jess-look-a-like from the show!

I whisper my findings to Laura, and eventually we find the nerve to ask him if -indeed- that was him. It was him. We became so starstruck that the best - and only! - question our thumping hearts could muster up the nerve to ask was, " you work out a lot? I mean, because, it seems like you have to be really active and stuff with Stomp and all."

Yup. I carried a watermelon.

*Baby finally gets to meet Patrick Swayze, and all she can say in response to his hello is, "I carried a watermelon..." She laments the line for the next ten minutes of the movie.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

the 6.

1. on this day 50 years ago, black and white students were integrated together in Little Rock, AR...for a great, first-hand account read on this, check out WARRIORS DON'T CRY.

2. congrats Shawn and Anna on the birth of ELIJAH RAYMOND!

3. endless summer is coming up this weekend...I'm stoked to speak on Matthew 22:37-39...LOVING GOD, LOVING OTHERS. and I'm excited to plug Matisyahu's "king without a crown." i love that hasidic friend.

4. the other day Mr. Darcy and I were sitting at Caltrain in San Mateo, waiting for josh and brenda (((the millerhood!))) to roll in; this lady/girl/woman/person sitting next to me struck up a conversation which eventually prompted a sales pitch with the line, "you're low income, right?" hmmm. I mean, i guess I am now...or am i? I just laughed and let her talk.

5. watched LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL the other night - wow. I know, I'd never seen it before, but it was just lovely...yes, in the midst of the horrid,

6. and speaking of the millerhood, I scored FIVE points with Josh when I busted out the e-brake/starting a stick shift on a hill trick friday in SF. well josh, I do what I can.

mr darcy is driving me crazy - must go. chm.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

audience poll...

So. Netflix has my heart: Roman Holiday (Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck) and The Last Kiss (Zach Braff and crew) were consumed this past week...and without getting into an editorial review because I LOVED both movies, ever since seeing the Princess' haircut in this take-me-back-to-Rome (!) movie, I've been toying with a haircut. A big hair cut. An Audrey Hepburn-esque haircut. So, audience....should I, or should I not? Look at the pics and then try to imagine my face in the midst of it...

Or do we keep it long? For the love of grown-out hair...

new friend, old friend :: DJ jazzy darcie

meet Darcie Gripp. We were roommates once upon a time, long long ago in the "hot house," aka: the big white house on conference center grounds at Mission Springs. One of the biggest blessings of being back down here is that Darcie's I'm making her be MFF (my first friend), whether she likes it or not. :) And it's really cool to see what happens when we're not so much 22 anymore and trying to live together in this crazy new world called "ADULT-HOOD..."

Here follows us dressing up for Bianca's birthday party last weekend - the theme encouraged us to come dressed as our favorite country....but seeing as we didn't want to think THAT hard about it, we just came as the good ol' red, white and blue. God bless America. :)

Sunday, September 09, 2007

will the odes never end?

to the (elder) pattersons, by popular demand:

dear Chet and Chris,

You're really, really nice.
And you have some fabulous kids, times 4 now.
You like to make quilts, and you celebrate birthdays on little mini trains.
I like your weiner dogs - posthumous and alive,
But most of all I like you TWO.
You make people feel like a million bucks,
And shouldn't everyone be like that?

Love cara:)

Thursday, September 06, 2007

ode to bikey and to lizard

Dear bikey,
How I loved thee.
Perhaps someday I will replace the love,
the life,
the wealth
and the really great views that you gave me.
An ode to you, my bikey.
Love Cara

And now, an ode to Lizard:
Dear Lizard,
You are not dead
-like my bike-
but you are alive and well and free and fabulous.
And you like to go on winery tours, which I think is great.
An ode to you.
Love cara:)

Monday, September 03, 2007

auntie cara

congrats BRANDON AND MELISSA on the birth of JARED CHRISTOPHER*, 8/15/07.

*Jared Christopher Miller was my brother's best friend growing up who died tragically in an accident a few years ago. Brandon swore that he'd name his first son after him, and here he is. :)

and some italia pics...

The day after camp I journeyed from Seattle to Newark (((where I saw re and tom!!!))) to Rome to Olbia, Sardinia; here's a pic in the Rome airport...I drank a true-to-life italian cappuccino and read "Me and Mr. Darcy". Oh life. :)

Here's Aleah (my sister) and Matt, her boyfriend, showing off their stellar "this is how we drink cappuccino con baileys" skills.

The town of La Madd (La Maddalena), where Aleah lives, and where she's stationed at, is a quaint little coastal/boat town. I could have stared for hours at the boats in port...water = so alive.

We walked down to the edge of a dock one day and just sat...and chatted...and sat...and chatted.

Sisters, sisters, there were never such devoted sisters...

This is the view from Aleah's apartment in Palau.

This is the national flower in italy, which adorned the side of many a sidewalks and streets; there was a vacation home for the President on La Madd, and these flowers permeated the grounds.

We heart mini coopers! If I didn't have a dog and YL kids to transport around, surely I'd start driving a mini. and I'd drive really fast. and i'd make out with mark wahlberg.

Ahhh. water. relax me.

Would you like some American pizza? yes, this one had hotdog toppings, but the more popular American pizza was topped with french fries.

The po po thought I was about to steal steal their car car here. (((Carabinieri :: policia))).

Take a look at the dancing queen statues atop this Parliament building...

I would have gone to Rome for this alone: this is the "dark night of the soul" statue, "a prieta", of Mary cradling the crucified Christ. I wrote part of a past paper on this very topic...

As it turns out many of the "deep and insightful and artsy" pictures are either a) on Aleah's camera, or b) upright on my camera, and I haven't taken the time to flip them yet. So this is the taste of Italy you're going to get from my right now...

WHC love

here follows just a couple of pics from Wildhorse Canyon; this trip with kids ended my time in Auburn, and it was a very bittersweet end to the past two years. As repeating experiences sometimes suggests, I take fewer pictures as the years go on....but it doesn't mean that it was any less fun. :)

here's Carly and Miranda, two superstar 8th graders from MBMS whom I got to know even more in these five days. They are genuinely authentic 14 year old souls.

Here's a pic of HOLIDAY NIGHT - the entire camp dressed up in their favorite holiday attire. Due to an excellent Goodwill shopping experience, I donned some red heels, a RWB trucker hat and a sweet shirt my mom would have worn in the 80's. I think my girls were really excited to hang out with me that night. :)

Finally, here's Jordan, another 8th grader from Mt. Baker, as we're donning our matching cute hats.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

safe and sound but for....

Yesterday my friend Lizzy, Fitzwilliam (that's Mr. Darcy's first name, FYI...ha ha ha) and I made the trek from Keizer, OR 97303 to San Mateo, CA. It was a lovely heart felt such peace and giddiness and warmth every inch we moved towards the 94010 zip code. If you recall a post from almost two years ago, upon moving UP to Washington, I feared I caused an accident on the 680 when I lost the front wheel to my beach cruiser. Wellllll, read on for the "but" of this post:

(from an email to my friend Mrs. to-be Lund):

yes....the drive down to CA today was awesome. Lizzy came with me,
and the ipod played loudly and fun-ly and well. :) I did lose a bike
- it was HILARIOUS!!! indeed, my mtn. bike is now ka=put on the side
of the 505 freeway in CA. We were laughing for hours, literally. We
had just re-secured the bike rack 30 seconds before, and all of the
sudden I look in my rearview mirror, and I'm like, OH SHIT! as I see
the bike FLYING off of the bike rack, bouncing onto the ground. So we
then pulled over to the side....reversed.....lizzy got out and started
running towards it...I reversed some more....and then we sat there
staring at the bike, assessing the damage, and decided to leave it
there. :) So hopefully the CHP doesn't track me down.

Apparently we're to check out the Dane Cook video about viewing accidents...everyone wants to be a part of the scene, including us, who couldn't help but go to check out the bike. (((And yes, I did have hopes that it'd be fine, but it was a bit mangled))).

Thanks to all who've welcomed me with kind words and free burritos and chocolate chip pancakes and much, much more.

blessings, chm.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007


*said good-byes to WA folks...check.

*had an endearing good-bye party from auburn YL and then the millerhood...check.

*had a "pack the pod" party which was epic as well; friends gathered, we packed the pod, then headed to Green River CC where we ate dinner, lizzy led worship, i got to pray with my YL girls, and adam held down the fort as the lone male ranger. oops...check.

*went to camp for five days :: wildhorse canyon. beauty. I feel like i'm finally learning how to be with 13 year olds two years into the job...and to see them CURIOUS about life and jesus - so rad! to live fully alive - I think that's the goal...check.

*got back at 11:30 from camp the night of the 16th and left for ITALY at 5:30 the next morning. yes. it was epic and restful and reading-ful and sister-ful and her boyfriend-ful and good food and vino-ful and thinking and processing-ful the first five days in la maddalena and palau. And then we went to ROMA for two days and stayed in a cute, cultured hotel and talked to locals and heard CIAO BELLA many a times...and rode our bicycles with the little baskets and a bell to ring and almost got run over by busses, but we didn't care. And we saw the Coliseum and the Pantheon and Vatican City and the pope - okay, so no pope, but I did forget to wear shorts that were past my knees so I got sent to the JEZEBEL side of the inspection unit...debating whether or not to make a run for it, I sagged my shorts as far as they'd go and sucked in my chest and pulled down my shirt and soon my crotch was to my knees. So no running was happening, only a deep sagging of the shorts --- and to think, it's all to honor and revere God. Oops. so...check.

*and I finished my World Religions paper on the plane ride home :: "Emptiness: a Comparative Study Between Buddhism and Christianity." It's looking at the concept of SUNYATA within the Buddhist practice and KENOSIS in Philippians 2:7. Muy interesante, at least I think so. :) ...check.

*and I read some great books while traveling: REDEEMING LOVE, THE AWAKENING, ME AND MR DARCY (yes...hee hee...Gobo, I'm sure it's as bad as the jane austen movie...), and then GLITTERING IMAGES. ...check.

*and now it's Tuesday, and I've cleaned the apartment and said more good-byes and had a hard meeting and now i'm in Oregon...and it's time for R and R and Mr. Darcy reunion and then Lizzy, MD and i hit the road to CA in the morning. ...check.

I don't know if I'm ready ready ready, ready to run....or if i'm in need of another vacation, but I just know that i'm on this journey and am feeling blessed. amen. pics later. xoxo.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

these are some girls i heart:)

I've discovered my favorite spot in Auburn :: this bench at Green River CC that overlooks the valley and Mt. Rainier in the background. Pictured here at sunset are three YL girls: Erin, Tessa and them!

And here they are showing off their sweet acrobat skills on the bars in the middle of the woods...note: I'm not up there with them, for obvious reasons. :)

Finally, here's a pic of my friend, Alyssa :: sweetheart! She shared her story last Friday at a donor BBQ and pretty much rocked the house.

Monday, August 06, 2007

looking forward....

my friend Bennett says you should always have something to look forward to, so in looking forward to August 17th, here it is:

Written by Aleah, my sister: "I was thinking also the Vatican / sisteen (spelling.. brain fart) chapel and coliseum in rome is absolutely amazing to see… I’ve been there once but it will never cease to amaze somebody.. its gorgeous stuff. We could head out and hang in rome for a few days, eat, drink, see the sites and be merry, and you could fly directly out of there and I can just fly home that day. It would be a couple less flights and its absolutely worth it. I’m not a ‘see the sites’ type either… but this stuff is worth seeing.

Otherwise, we’ll hang around here, and in between me moving out I’ll show you this place.. there’s not a whole ton to see, but its relaxing. Beaches and food and cappuccino and small Italian city shopping and people. One day, not that you want to be on a ship, but I want to show you the big tin piece of crap I work on… for like a half an hour. You can see my desk and whatnot. Yayyyyy…

Oh, also I want to grab some buddies and take you on a spaghetti boat one day… they cram a whole bunch of people on a boat, you bring all your own drinks of whatever sort. They drive you around to 3 or 4 islands (the clear blue water I sent pics of) and stop and you go swimming or lay on the beach or jump off the boat into the water. And they feed you pasta with seafood usually that they cook on there. Its fun."

Yes. I'm going to Italy in 11 days. wahooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. And before that we take kids to Wildhorse Canyon down in Oregon - I'm stoked to finish there with these precious Auburn kids...

After that I'm excited to move to San Mateo, CA...

After that I'm excited about this. Scroll down to where it says, "Endless Summer" and click on me. :)

What are YOU looking forward to?

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

plugs and props (not in the hair, not in the air)

#1 prop: congrats DANNY AND RACHEL on your engagement!!! (yes, it was back in MAY...)

#2 prop: congrats PAMMY AND JUSTIN on your engagement! (Pam is pictured on the left here...)

#3, the plug: for the coolest traveling hair stylist ever, click here.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

fall-y shoes

today as I was walking into TARGET, three kids streamlined past me on their roll-y shoes; each of them, then, in succession, said a chipper "hi!" and rolled on by through the entrance doors. it was then that I thought to myself, "self, if you donned the roll-y shoes, they would no longer be roll-y shoes, but fall-y shoes."

And that is my deep thought of the day.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

scaredy dog

The top five things Mr. Darcy's scared of, and yes, in this order:

1. Men
2. Women (but he'll let them pet him more quickly)
3. Lint rollers and vacuum cleaners (I put them together for cleaning purposes...)
4. Lawn statues that look like dogs happily licking the air. yes.
5. Basketballs

What a dog, what a dog.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007


Congrats Christie "christerson" and Guy Valenzona for the best backyard wedding 2.0 I've ever attended!

Monday, July 23, 2007


Have you ever...

...flown to california for the weekend, parking your car in the airport, since it's a short 48 hour flight?
...walked to your car, parked in area "3d"...
...scoured the 3d aisle up and down, looking and looking for Raul the Jetta, unable to find him...
...looked behind 3d, thinking, "well, maybe "3d" is bigger than just this aisle" only to discover that no, that's 3c, and that one on the other side is 3e...
...looked in your secret place of writing down information, seen "3d" written down, only to dejectly determine that indeed - YOUR CAR HAS BEEN STOLEN!

...started imagining the following:

...the insurance company's going to drop you - an accident and a stolen car in one year - now that's liability! your roommate's sicker than a dog - she can't come and pick you up! You're going to have to take a taxi or the bus home to Auburn...oh, the finances! maybe this is a sign, an omen that you're not supposed to move back to California... this means you're going to have to drive the Young Life minivan for the rest of your summer! the horror of mom-my-ride! how am you going to get to class tomorrow? You're going to flunk out, man!

...walked up to the traffic man directing the taxis, lips quivering, declaring that your car is not where you left it. He asks you for your license plate number - how can you remember something like that at a time like this?

"Well ma'am, do you think you parked it somewhere else?" No! (and shown the guy with incredible traffic-guiding hand motions your piece of paper).

"Well, ma'am, I highly doubt someone would steal your vehicle, because they'd have to pay the exit fee." Oh, the practicality of men! They've probably scrapped Raul by now!

He looks at you and sees that he's wrong - wrong, wrong, wrong. "Ma'am, I want you to walk across the street to that yellow booth," he says, his motioning arms giddily pointing you in the direction of HELP, "and if no one's in there, I want you to dial 5-5."

You walk across the long pathway...violated...does your insurance cover stolen vehicles, you wonder? No one's in the booth: you dial 5=5. The lovely voice of the Port of Seattle police picks up.

"yes, I'd like to report a possible stolen vehicle," you say. The kind lady asks you your license plate number. WHY DOES EVERYONE NEED TO KNOW YOUR LICENSE PLATE NUMBER, you wonder (and you mentally make a note to yourself to add that to your 30 before 30 list). By this point you remember the first three think.

And it's a blue Jetta, California plates, named Raul, you add.

You're put on hold, for what seems like an eternity. You clutch your suitcase, because you don't want that stolen out from under your very own eyes! You decide that you should just call your insurance company now - maybe they can remind you of your plate number and give you information on rental cars until the stolen vehicle is recovered....

"Ma'am, are you there?" the kind lady asks. Yes, yes you are, dying a slow death.

"Ma'am, I think you might want to try 3p. If your vehicle isn't there, call me back." Thank you.

And there he was. Momentary dyslexia? 3d...3p... Indeed.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

a little tag / a little lag

This is called procrastinating on my homework for class (((I'm taking a fascinating class on World Religions through Fuller Northwest...tomorrow and Friday are Buddhism days. Yesterday and today highlighted's so interesting))). Anyways, thank you Kylene for playing tag with moi. :)

First though, the rules:

1. I have to post these rules before I give you the facts.
2. Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
3. People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
4. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
5. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

1. I try to be so hip with the text messaging lingo, but for the life of me, I can't convert to using "u" for "you," "2" for "to," etc., etc. Just say no!

2. I'm trying to teach Mr. Darcy how to say, "I LOVE YOU," although it's more like "I ruv youuuuuuuuuuuu." What? i saw it on the Internet once. :)

3. I have to use paper towels when opening public restroom bathroom doors; I once had this lengthy conversation with Renee Nell from Santa Cruz about it, and she made me slightly germophobic ever since.

4. I cheer whenever I get more than one pin knocked down in bowling.

5. Speaking of, I LOATHE bowling. ick. but I always end up having to go and pretend like I like it.

6. When I was little I used to take all of the books off the bookshelves, spread them around the living room and create a library/classroom. I was like a professional librarian at age 10.

7. Also when I was little I used to go to the side of the house, grab twigs, pretend like I was smoking them, and tell people my name was Toni. Awesome.

8. This one's for Kylene: so you never walked UP the pool trail...once Dewey and I ('98) decided to ride horses up the pool trail. My knee knocked into a tree when the horse started to stumble off the path. It wasn't my brightest moment in America.

Ahhhh. good times. now for the tagging (of which, let's be honest: I'm not going to comment their blog to do this....)


Saturday, July 14, 2007

I heart _______ from Malibu

Though it's definitely a few weeks late, here are some pics of those I got to hang out and love on/be loved by while on assignment up at Malibu...

This is ERIN - she was one of my roomies in Nootka 1 1/2, this pint-sized room in which we crammed three lovely ladies. Erin was GIRL PROGRAM (as she affectionately likes to be known as...), and is on student staff with Young Life in the great, grand state of Montana.

Here we have Jonah and Ruthie Werner, and then Adam Kruse. Amongst fun and fabulous conversations, Ruthie and Adam in LIFE SIGNS, mad speed scrabble skills by all three of them, I just like them all. PS: check out the beauty - nature! - that abounds.

And here's a picture of the roommates, tres: Erin, Becky Dean (beauty queen!) and me. That night was "look pretty night," so we tried to do that, and then showed off our stellar supermodel skills.

And finally, the superstars of the hour: TEAM LUTTON. This is Rich and Deb, our camp manager I and his handy assistant/camp manager II/wifey. I really like them, and here we are trying to catch a glimpse of all three of us at our finest. :)

Yes. What a month. Perhaps next month I'll post pics from Breakaway, the camp we got back from almost 2 weeks ago....

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

summer is straight from jesus

Friday: more one on ones with Breakaway girls. walking on Redondo Beach. Eating dinner with the Dow-isms and the mascots of major colleges. I'm serious. I met Monty from U of Montana.

Saturday: kayaking with the Millers. Hanging out with Lizzy, Bruce and Mr. Darcy at Green Lake. Drinking a Corona on the lake. Shhhh.

Sunday: Leading worship at Grace's church. Hiking with MD at Green River. Taking kids to a high school church that night, and them LOVING it. Getting over thinking what a horrible thought it'd be for someone to think I too was in high school. Might I say ... compliment?

Monday: a Jenna one-on-one. (Jenna was an EPIC part of my time at Breakaway --- I love that she WANTS to WANT it...but she doesn't WANT it yet. I respect that). Celebrating dear friend Lizzy's birthday!

Tuesday: Jordan, a co-worker of mine, had a birthday. Sue Jones, a fabulous area director in the Kent area. Nikole, another lovely YL kid. Cindy, a fantastic Auburn friend --- with some fish and chips on Redondo.

Wednesday: that's today. Celebrating another friend's birthday - happy birthday, Amalea! Make-up. Pools. And then Illuminate practice. And then a boat ride on Lake Washington.

The GREAT thing is that I've worked in the midst of this...the fabulous thing is that sometimes just being with people and getting to love them is my job. And then there's also this thing that happens when it's light until 9, 10 o'clock at night - I savor it up! I love it. Love love love it. Always and forever, Napoleon. Always and forever.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

where does one start?

I'm back from camp. .... I truly had the most amazing week I've ever had with kids at Breakaway, a small YL camp on the Oregon coast. It was just a real and RAW week. And I think I'm just beginning to process it, but just got done having THREE one on ones with girls ... Starbucks thinks I'm officially addicted (as do you, I'm sure). :)

ps: If a kid ever complains about a stomachache, is crouched over in intense pain, and doesn't seem to move from that "8 out of 10" pain scale, she MIGHT just have acute appendicitus, and not just the flu... Lesson learned.

Mr. Darcy and I are happy to be reunited...above is the pic after I'd just picked him up for the first time. One of my favorite MD moments is when we're driving in the car, and he sits in the front seat, lays down, and rests his head on my arm while I'm driving stick shift. Granted, my arm starts to fall asleep, and I can only drive one-handed, but it's SO worth it!

The sun is shining in WA....

Yesterday was the 4th of July, and I thought about the following: my old roommate Lola, who used to dress up as the American flag - it was always her favorite holiday. "Fruitworks" and "American Woman" (via Lenny Kravitz) at Woodleaf then Frontier Ranch. Sparklers. Bottle rockets. Watermelon. BBQs. Croquet. Bocce Ball. And yesterday I hung out at casa de la MILLERHOOD. Man, I like those peeps and will surely miss them.

That's the continued catch up for now.... peace out.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

backstreet's back, all right!

I wish I had something good to write about...

But my head is filled with snot...

And I got back from the 'bu on Friday, but am still in recovery mode...

Luckily, the brain isn't so mush that I can't read, and lately I've been chewing through the following: "The Awakening" (Kate Chopin...a little bit of early 20th century feminist literature never hurt anyone), "Mormon America" (FASCINATING! And quite the opposite of the previous book), and "Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World (a wee bit of Jesus that's meeting me right where I'm at...).

The above picture is from assignment: we have the lovely Stacey (summer staff coordinator, on staff in Puyallup), and then the vun-der-bars Ruthie and Jonah, the latter of which was our camp musician. Check out his music HERE.

Peace in the middle east, friends. xoxo, cara:)

Monday, June 11, 2007

slightly MIA...

This is why I'm hot...this is why I'm hot...

I'm hot because I'm at Malibu, the YL camp in British Columbia. The weather is cold and rainy, but I'm hot and it's hot because I'm in my element....jesus is present....God is everywhere....i just get to be with people - kids and leaders - all the stinkin' time, in a relationally positive roller coaster.

attached is the pic of me and Becky Dean, the other female head leader....will return 6/22. Until then, chm.