Remember Me?

So I haven’t updated my blog in awhile. . . okay, in about a month. Maybe longer, but I didn’t really want to count exactly how long it’s been since my last post ’cause it’s probably a really embarrasing amount of time. It’s not like I’ve been to busy to update my blog; I’ve actually had a lot of time on my hands lately. . . too much time. Since I’ve been back in Oregon I’ve haven’t done much more than hang out with friends, sleep in, and read. I’m not complaining. It was actually pretty nice . . . for the first two weeks. After awhile I started getting bored and feeling useless. I did manage to get myself a job as a barista at Java Crew (my dream job!) Unfortunately I don’t start working consistently until February, and even then I only work 18 hours a week. Who knew I’d be ready to go back to school so soon? Doing nothing is hard work!

During one of my many days with a blank to-do list, I decided to take a book and my journal and head to Starbucks because I needed to get out of the house. While sitting at the corner table by the window sipping my skinny cinnamon dulce latte, I began to wonder if maybe all this down time is really a blessing. God began to show me all the productive things I could do with my free time that I may never have a chance to do when life starts to speed up again. Just think … how many people have this much free time after an intense semester at FFI? Instead of filling my brain with all kinds of amazing information at Focus then coming home to fill it with even more info. from a new sememster, I have the opportunity to take time to go back over all my notes, reread all my books, and let all the valuable things I learned sink in a little deeper. Instead of reading romance novels to pass the time, I could be reading “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis or “Search for Significance” by I-Can’t-Remember-Who-Right-Now. Now would be the perfect time to go through the Truth Project also.

My afternoon reflecting on life motivated me to make better use of my free time and to see it as a blessing. Hopefully, my enthusiasm for this time in my life will continue strong until school starts in the fall and life gets busy again. I think I’m going to start by reading “Mere Christianity.” I’ll keep you updated with the life-altering nuggets I gain from C.S. Lewis. . .

Lessons For A New Year

I spent the transition from 2008 to 2009 in Vancouver B.C. While I was there, I learned some important lessons that I thought valuable enough to pass on. . .

Lesson 1: If you want to go to Canada, plan to go over Boxing week. Boxing Day is a Canadian holiday that celebrates the giving of gifts to the less fortunate (snopes.com). To honor the holiday, stores have massive sales that allow people who already have a ton of junk to buy even more at a discounted price. Sadly, I didn’t take advantage of this beautiful display of consumerism. Which leads me to my next lesson. . .

Lesson 2: If you don’t pull up to the border of the U.S. with a trunk load of maple leaf magnets, stuffed moose toys, pens that say “I love Canada,” and other useless souvenires the border guard will be suspicious. Who goes on a vacation and doesn’t bring home a ridiculous amount of things they don’t need  and will never use? Since you had the sense to not buy things you don’t need and really don’t have the money for, you must be a terrorist.

Lesson 3: Some people’s lives just suck, and they will not hesitate to stop and tell you that and then ask for money.

Lesson 4: DO NOT go to Canada on New Year’s day if  you plan on doing the normal tourist-y things like checking out the cute little shops, visiting the local attractions, and eating out. Nothing’s open. Seriously, it’s like a ghost town. As if people didn’t get enough days off with Christmas and the freak snow storm, they chose not to work on New Year’s either.

Lesson 5: Google Maps can’t be trusted. I discovered this fact when I was walking 10 blocks in high heels, a short dress, and 30 degree weather to a theater that was 2 blocks from our hotel.

My new year didn’t start off with resolutions, but I did learn some pretty important lessons that will serve me well into 2009. . . or at least whenever I go back to Canada.