Archive for 2008

looking back...

on 2008 has been a really terrific thing. i can't say it has been the best year ever seeing as it has had its highs and lows, but overall, it has been a fun and productive year:)

these are only a few of the things that took place in the past 365 days:
-began my last semester of grad school.
-the development of a deeper love, appreciation, and understanding for and of our Father... not to say i have it all figured out.
-became more aware of who i am and the person i am becoming...i am trying to leave that up to the Creator. i am finding out more and more that if we allow Him to mold us, He will.
-gained a deeper understanding of responsibility and leadership through involvement in isp.
-gained wonderful new friendships and developed the old ones into more special ones.
-went to romania and worked alongside my big sister... very special time.
-finished grad school!
-decided to apply for my credential and am nearly finished with the application process.
-found a job at a lovely little coffee shop which also allowed for new friendships to form:)
-continued developing my library/archival knowledge through hands on experience... some of the best moments of this year.
-had the first engagement of the six siblings... that was a pretty big moment.
-experienced the best christmas thus far.
as stated, this is just a glimpse at the wonderful things that took place in 2008. and i can def. say that i am looking forward to the wonderful things that are waiting in 2009.

just a few things i am looking forward to in the year to come:
-growing more in love with the Lord- putting me second and Him first.
-maybe getting a little more involved in music...i'm not 100 percent on this one yet.
-starting and finishing my credential.
-hopefully finding a stable job.
-hopefully a road trip here and there and perhaps a couple plane trips to a couple places.
-meeting my 200 books in a year goal.
-learning new things about myself and others and the world.
-picking up new hobbies... like bird watching:)
-buying a kite...and flying it!

and tons and tons of other wonderful things.
happy new year to you. i hope you experience many terrific things in the year ahead.
ps...i have been watching the rose parade and the floats are sooo neat this year:)


so, it's the day after christmas and a few different people posted this...
so i decided to fill it out myself:)

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?  
wrapping paper. it allows for creativity.
2. Real tree or Artificial? 
when i was little, it was about real. lately, it is is better for our planet:)
3. When do you put up the tree? 
after thanksgiving.
4. When do you take the tree down? 
after new years.
5. Do you like eggnog? 
soo gross!
6. Favorite gift received as a child? 
easy bake oven and roller skates.
7. Do you have a nativity scene?
8. Easiest person to buy for? 
9. Hardest person to buy for?
everyone else:)
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? 
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? 
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? 
charlie brown christmas.
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?  
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? 
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? 
16. Lights on the tree? 
yes? don't all people have lights on the tree.
17. Favorite Christmas song?
o holy night.
18. Travel for Christmas or stay home?  
19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeers?  
yes, i think so. rudolph, prancer, dancer, dasher, comet, cupid, vixen, donner, blitzen...i don't know about the spelling but i think that is all of them.
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? 
21. Open presents Christmas Eve or morning? 
2 am.
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? 
crazy people on the freeways and in malls.
23. Favorite ornament theme or color?  
24. Favorite Christmas dinner?  
the one that i have with my family:)
25. What do you want for Christmas this year? 
not a whole lot so i was VERY pleased with the lovely gifts i received:)

merry christmas...

to you all. near or far, i hope you have all enjoyed and continue to enjoy today. besides the fun gifts, it is a time for family and friends and love. and the birth of a savior. 

this evening...

i was planning on on my normal wednesday trip to youth group. but as the day continued, i felt pretty certain that was not going to happen. when it gets rainy outside, i tend to not be a fan of makes me nervous. it just reminds me of that crummy accident i was in earlier this year. so when the crazy rain comes, i usually just plant myself at home. anywho, today was one of those crazy rain days until just a little bit ago when it got even began to snow...yay:) it is so lovely. it is an off and on type of thing but i am hoping that by morning it will be a winter can hope:) 

christmas is the only time of year that reindeer are ok:)
these footsteps belong to aura.
more snow.
sooo nice.
my little mouse...i am certain she will not be too happy in the morning.
winter is here. christmas is near. good times ahead.

tree lighting...

a couple weeks ago my family went to the tree lighting service at their church and my friend zack and i tagged along. it wasn't really about the was more about the tons of fun we had:)

an addition...

to my top twenty...which truly is not my top twenty because i went over by two...which means there really is a great deal of great music in 2008. anywho, this one is an entire album because i have only listened to it a couple times and as of now, i think the whole thing is wonderful.

it is:
welcome to the welcome wagon- the welcome wagon
sufjan stevens plays a role in the making.

it is...

31 degrees in yucaipa this morning...

happy sunday to you:)

three things...

first, james brought us "holiday" cookies...for Hanukah:)

second, johnny drew this picture of the shop:)

third, chocolate made from triceratops is really good:)

just because:)

this lovely lady i know, her name is melinda, she posted this a little while ago and it is just the sweetest thing so i am sharing it:

Angels explained by children-

I only know the names of two angels, Hark and Harold. 
-Gregory, 5

Everybody's got it all wrong. Angels don't wear halos anymore. I forget why, but scientists are working on it 
-Olive, 9

It's not easy to become an angel! First, you die. Then you go to Heaven, and then there's still the flight training to go through. And then you got to agree to wear those angel clothes. 
-Matthew, 9 

Angels work for God and watch over kids when God has to go do something else. 
-Mitchell, 7 

My guardian angel helps me with math, but he's not much good for science. 
-Henry, 8 

Angels don't eat, but they drink milk from Holy Cows!!! 
-Jack, 6

Angels talk all the way while they're flying you up to heaven. The main subject is where you went wrong before you got dead. 
-Daniel, 9 

When an angel gets mad, he takes a deep breath and counts to ten. And when he lets out his breath, somewhere there's a tornado. 
-Reagan, 10

Angels have a lot to do and they keep very busy. If you lose a tooth, an angel comes in through your window and leaves money under your pillow. Then when it gets cold, angels go south for the winter. 
-Sara, 6 

Angels live in cloud houses made by God and his son, who's a very good carpenter. 
-Jared, 8 

All angels are girls because they gotta wear dresses and boys didn't go for it. 
-Antonio, 9 

My angel is my grandma who died last year. She got a big head start on helping me while she was still down here on earth. 
-Scott, 9

Some of the angels are in charge of helping heal sick animals and pets. And if they don't make the animals get better, they help the child get over it. 
-Vicki, 8 

What I don't get about angels is why, when someone is in love, they shoot arrows at them. 
-Sarah, 7

thursday morningish...

it is and i am here at work with gentry and when we have nothing to do we have to get a tad creative. so for today, inspired by my friend dave, i have put together a list of my top 20 of 2008. it is ok if you do not agree with me because we are all different which means that our taste in music is different as well. if you are not familiar with the following, i recommend them.

these are in no specific order:

stranger-angus & julia stone

mykonos- fleet foxes

i believe in you- cat power

strawberry swing- coldplay

jungle drum- emiliana torrini

boy with a coin- iron & wine

kim & jessie- m83

quiet houses- fleet foxes

let it be me- ray lamontagne

ara batur- sigur ros

even in the darkness- rue royale

white winter hymnal- fleet foxes

letters- ketch harbour wolves

so long to the ground- ketch harbour wolves

i stand corrected- vampire weekend

hideaway- the weepies

we own the sky- m83

a falling through- ray lamontagne

tell me when you go- rue royale

all of me- angus & julia stone

letters- ketch harbour wolves

little bird- angus & julia stone

*there are actually 22 songs:)

have a fun day and love music.

happy december!

today is the first day of december and i am having a really hard time believing it. this year started off so slow and now it is just flying by and within a few weeks time, we will be in 2009. i think i just recently adjusted to writing 2008 on my papers, checks, etc. and soon i will have to embrace 2009.
sometimes when i get startled, it leaves me feeling stomach sick. this morning my phone rang and it startled me...i feel sick. it is probably a head thing but it happens every time.
anywho, welcome december...winter is on the way!
it is always winter in the library.

any thoughts???

i am at work. 

this piece is hanging on the wall. 
jessie thinks it is a tad disturbing. 
this does not mean she does not like it.
so... any thoughts? 1- jessie and mark.

the day after thanksgiving part two...

from the end to the beginning...that is the order of the photos:)

                              [me in front of the mission after the show.]
                                                                     [the fireworks
                                                                        were pretty
                                                                      [the six of us]

my siblings and i and few other friends made our way to the mission inn last night to be part of the lighting. we did this for the first time last year, which was a blast...we missed those of you who were unable to make it back for a second round this year:) we watched the lighting and afterwards, went to dinner, which was the worst experience i have encountered in a really long time. but it was a minor glitch in the whole picture of the evening so all was and is well...minus the fact that i was not/am not feeling too well...oh well:)

                                                                            [joe and i]
                                                             [me and robyn]
                                                          [the fabulous four:)]
                                                        [beck, me, and aura]

the day after thanksgiving...

   gentry and i and henry:)
      gentry and i after one of those never again mornings:) going something like this:
-coffee brewer not working
-gentry trying everything
-americanos instead of coffee it is:)
-chad comes to help the a complete success...praise the Lord!
-2 macbooks plus gentry and i plus sufjan stevens christmas = happiness:)
have a terrific day after thanksgiving:) of the mission inn.
be there if you can.

i hope...

you all had a most delightful thanksgiving:)

so, today...

i spent some time reflecting on yesterday. yesterday was just a tough day for me. once upon a time i thought i was pretty good at covering up my bad days, put on a smile and all will be well. well, i guess it didn't work yesterday because everyone seemed to notice that i was perhaps not my normal happy much for that. it was one of those things that began badly when i woke up and pretty much dragged on until i went to bed...which happened fairly early because i just figured it was time to put an end to a crummy day. when i woke up this morning i thought about yesterday. something i have really been trying to work on is finding something good in every day no matter how crummy and i suppose yesterday was the first test since i began this little journey. when things are crummy we seem to overlook the good things because the bad things are bigger. during my quiet time i read the following:
if the Lord had not been my help, my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence.when i thought, "my foot slips," your steadfast love, o Lord, held me up. When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer me up. ps 94: 17-19.
i really thought about it and came to the conclusion that it was exactly what i needed to read this morning. after looking back on yesterday and reading this little passage, i realized that He was there with me during my tough time. i was able to see how He held me above the water when i felt like letting go. most of the time, when things go crummy, i feel like everything is terrible. i don't know why i do it but i do. i think we all do though...maybe because it is just easier to? i don't know. anywho, i decided to really try to focus on the positive things in my not so good moments and i did, while they were taking place which honestly doesn't always happen. for instance, i was able to get quite a bit of my u of r application stuff completed, including a child development class that i needed to register for. so i am one step closer to being ready for school come february. 
over and out.

one of those days...

today was one. i don't know about you but there are times when i feel like crawling into a hole and just staying there for a little while. do you ever feel like the world has let you down? i know it is a little dramatic but i think we all experience it. it is just this overwhelming feeling of makes you want to disappear for a little while.
i went to church tonight and the guy who spoke said something that i have heard before. but it was really good to hear. i think it was something i needed. he said that sometimes we get so tangled up in the things of this world that we leave our first love behind...that first love being our Creator. we have become so talented when compartmentalizing that we give everything and anything a place and give Him the leftover scraps. and when we find ourselves disappointed we have only ourselves to blame.

timtam slam:)

today is a sick day. i am not sure how it came about but my throat is in a really terrible mood today. i think it may have something to do with a sick coworker. anywho, i left work a little early because i just couldn't take the cold. i work in a library and it is always 60 degrees in there and when i am sick, i want to feel warm, so i had to leave. i came home and had some soup because everything else sounded painful. after, i plopped myself on the coach. i found myself watching oprah, yes really. the cast of australia was one chatting about it so i really didn't mind it so much because i actually want to see the film. the thing that made it really terrific, however, was the fact that timtams were featured as the yummiest australian treat...and i totally agree. when i was in college, my roommate introduced me to the timtam and to the timtam slam. it involves a nice cup of tea and a timtam...oh the joy:)
if anyone knows of a specialty food store where i can purchase timtams, you should def. let me know.
ps. yesterday was the first time in my life that i witnessed a full rainbow and it was the most delightful experience:)

halloween 08.

gentry and...gentry?

jeremy, brian, ian, and jason.

brian, the family man.
me carving a pumpkin.
me and zack!
halloween was a blast.
i think i am going to become a lumber jack/jane:)

i did, so should you:)

the sticker says---i voted:)

you should too.
today is the day.
have a good one.
fall is here:)


was close to absolutely brilliant:) photos to come... very soon.

as i was...

coming out of sleep this morning, the words "for i know" were repeating over and over in my mind. don't be freaked out, this is not a scary story:) i was half asleep and half awake and the words were flashing, i don't know if they were visible or audible or what, i just know they were there. after a few moments, i was finally mostly awake and i whispered them just to see if hearing them would make sense of them...and it did. these words are the first three words of jer 29:11. so i picked up my little leather bound book and opened it to page 656 and underlined are the words "for i know". i obviously read a little further and thought i would share, because sharing is caring:)

for i know the plans i have for you
declares the Lord, plans for wholeness
and not for evil, to give you a future
and a hope. then you will call upon me 
and come and pray to me, and i will hear 
you. you will seek me and find me. when
you seek me with all your heart, i will be
found by you, declares the Lord, and i will 
restore your fortunes and gather you from 
all the nations and the places where i have
driven you, declares the Lord, and i will
bring you back to the place from which i 
sent you into exile.

the part that really jumped out at me is, "when you seek me with your whole heart, i will be found by you." how lovely is that?
anywho, happy halloween:) be safe and have tons of wonderful fun!


this is it:) my 100th post. it has been quite some time since my last one and i wish i could say it is out of laziness that i have been lagging but that would be a lie:) life has been so full lately and while i am enjoying it, i would really love a little break from all the chaos. why so busy? you may be asking. i know, i have been wondering myself. i think it has something to do with working tons and no breaks for the past couple sundays which has stripped me of my much needed and so loved sunday afternoon naps...they will return:)
i have been working coffee lately and what a great experience it is. this past saturday we did an augie's field trip, a two year anniversary celebration and it was amazing. we visited our roaster and there we were schooled by a pretty neat barista. really, those little gold things, i think they call them medals, pretty much say it all. after, we had a boating experience in balboa...we saw hissing seals...i was a little nervous about it but all went well. we ended our trip with dinner at the melting pot and it was brilliant. if you have never experienced the melting pot, i highly recommend it. it was my first time and what a treat it was. i would post photos but i don't have any right now so check back later:)
my parents just celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. 30 years. what a good day. God is good. fall is beginning to break through. i have been waiting for the cool crisp morning air and i know it has not arrived yet but it is has to be coming, it is almost november. halloween is just a couple days away and i am pretty excited. i work. but i will be dressed for halloween success...i am going to be lumber jane this year:) what more can i say?
well, i am certain someone is celebrating a birthday today, so happy birthday...
...over and out:)
ps...dorothy, we will finish our chat soon:)

i think it is finally here:)

autumn that is. i was blog browsing, don't act like you don't do it:), and i found this little fall questionnaire and it is the loveliest little list of questions for the fall, so i thought it would make a nice ninety-ninth post... and i am even using a nice fall color:) the next one will be one hundred.

When does fall begin for you? 
they were actually two very distinct moments. the first came two sundays ago. it was at sunset and i was on my way to church and i experience the most lovely sunset of the least i think so:) anywho, it was a cool night and the sunset was golden. everything around had this lovely golden tint and it was wonderful. it left me with a really nice feeling inside and that was the day the marked the beginning of fall. a second one was last friday night at a girl's study at nick and amberlee's house. it smelled like warm spices and pumpkin and fall! and it was chilly outside! def. a fall moment:)

What is your favorite aspect of fall? 
watching the leaves go from green to all sorts of fun colors like red and orange and yellow and brown. alsothe cool weather that bring forth the wearing of coats and scarves. and hot chocolate and pumpkins. mostly the somberness that comes about this time of year. people seem to really calm down and that is always a pleasant experience.

What is your favorite fall memory? 
a trip to oak glen and the pumpkin patch with my closest friends. we made a day out of it and it was just delightful.

What do you like to drink in the fall? 
hot chocolate, hot apple cider, and cinnamon honey lattes...lots of honey because it takes the coffee taste away:)
ps...the latte thing is very new.

What’s your favorite fall food? 
oatmeal with brown sugar, broccoli cheese soup, almond or pecan pie, buttermilk mashed potatoes, and the list goes on and on:) 

What is fall weather like where you live? 
wonderful, you can actually experience the change here. 

What color is fall? 
orange, mustard yellow, and brown.

What does fall smell like? 
like apple or pumpkin pie, but i tend to go with apple because i don't eat pumpkin. also like cinnamon and brown sugar. it smells like wood burning in the fireplace. it smells clean and earthy, i don't know if it is because we are surrounded by leaves once they fall, or because the wind blows the mountain air down, or if it because of the rain, but it smells earthy.  

Holiday shopping in fall: 
i try to get most of it done in the fall. 

If you could go anywhere in the fall, where would you go? 
somewhere on the east coast.

What is your favorite fall sport? 
sitting next to the fireplace with a book in my hand and hot chocolate close by ready to be sipped when i call timeout:) 

Do you have a favorite fall chore? 
cleaning is year round fun:)

What is your least favorite thing about fall? 
the waiting for fall part. these past couple of weeks have been such a tease. it is hot during the week and when the weekend hits, we get a chill...i am ready for it to be 100 percent fall:)

What is your favorite fall holiday? 
i believe it is thanksgiving but i really like halloween too. 

What’s your favorite kind of pie? 
almond or pecan pie.

Which do you prefer, the Farm or the Fair? 
the farm.

Do you have a favorite fall book?
why do leaves change colors? you can find it in the children's section at your local barnes and noble.

How about a favorite fall poem or quote?
october by robert frost.
o hushed october morning mild,
thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
tomorrow's wind, if it be wild,
should waste them all.
the crows above the forest call;
tomorrow they may form and go.
o hushed october morning mild,
begin the hours of this day slow.
hearts not averse to being beguiled,
beguile us in the way you know.
release one leaf at break of day;
at noon release another leaf;
one from our trees, one far away.
retard the sun with gentle mist;
enchant the land amethyst.
slow, slow!
for the grapes' sake, if they were all,
whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
whose clustered fruit must else be lost-
for the grapes' sake along the wall.

augie's part 2:

I posted this sometime ago but i finally added the missing faces to the pile so i thought i would repost it:)
today is wednesday and it is september so make it a good day. fall is so very near. anywho, this post is a special one because it is about work and it will have photos:) i have been working at a cool coffee house for just about a month now and it has been terrific. the name of this place is augie'sand it was named after the owner's granddad, sweet right? it is the only red building in town so it stands out a tad but i mean that in the best way. every tuesday night (perhaps it is still monday... we are not certain:) a jazz band comes and plays in the alley right next to the shop. dim lights, coffee/tea, music, and the alley are an almost perfect combination. there isn't anything missing but i always hear that there is not such thing as perfect so i thought the "almost" would fit:) the photo to the left is a photo of augie. people, myself being one, sometimes think there is no real augie but i actually saw him once... he is not myth:) anywho, moving along, this place is run by a young married couple. 

to the right is a photo of the owners, chad and erika. i think it is important to tell you a little about chad's shirt because it is great. it belonged to his granddad and it has a brown patch on the right elbow. i noticed it a while back and i just think it is brilliant. erika is his other half and augie belongs to her family:) she just got a perm last week to add some volume to her already lovely hair... it looks very nice. they have been happily married for four years which makes them still newlyweds in my opinion. anywho, they make coffee. they are good at what they do. i have really enjoyed watching them work together because they do it so well and well, i don't know of many married couples that would be good at working together. i don't know that i like that very much because i think it would be nice for married couples to enjoy doing things together. there are some out there and this couple fits in to the some. erika has been a huge help in my learning of milk steaming. Moving on to 

mike. this guy to the left is mike aka big mike aka miguel. he is married to the cutest lady every and they have two lovely kids. mike is amazing at latte art... really. perhaps you still don't believe me. well, this thursday night he is leaving for the land of coffee up north where he will be competing in a latte art competition. there are two hundred people competing and he is one of those two hundred. he cuts his own hair too and it looks terrific. anywho, i have had the opportunity to work with mike more often these past couple weeks and i have greatly enjoyed his guidance and milk steaming help. and there is 

zack attack! yes, believe it or not, my good friend zack and i landed the same job at augies! when we first started we worked together all the time because both of us had no idea what we were doing. now that we are a bit more competent, we can work alongside others:) sometimes when i am working and he isn't he comes in with his computer and sits at a table and says he is doing homework. i don't know if the homework part is true:) anywho, zack is working and also going to school to be an english teacher. that is one thing i am a bit envious of, the whole going to school thing that is. anywho, he really loves his class and the people in the class and what he is learning so that is really great. he is also into photography and he does it very well. he shots weddings and stuff for magazines and so on. he is going to be moving to downtown redlands this week to be closer to work and to school. he is gaining one super cool place and even better, one super cool roommate. from zack we will move on to 
gentry. gentry is one of the sweetest gals in town. i have to say that i quite enjoy opening with her. she is really great at keeping a smile on her face throughout the day and there is just something really positive about that. there are not too many people who can keep happy throughout a whole day but i think gentry is someone who is neat is that? speaking of neat, what about that name: gentry. she is the one and only gentry i know and i don't know if i will ever run into another gentry. besides being a super sweet lady, she is going to school to be a masseuse. a couple weeks ago, i slept really wrong on my neck, i mean really wrong, because it hurt me for a couple days:( anywho, one day gentry was at work and when she got off her shift, she was kind enough to help my neck. it felt better within just a few hours and that my friends, was kind of her. and last but not least, gentry is a musician. i really respect that about her, what a cool cat. and she makes one crazy cinnamon honey latte.
from gentry we will move on to brian. brian is really great at steaming milk. and erika told me that he can be pretty creative with his latte art, something i have yet to master. it is almost as if it just comes naturally for him...that is not the case with me but i am steaming milk that is:) so anyway, brian is not only good with coffee, he too is a very gifted musician. my friend james told me about him and some time later i heard him do music and it was just as james had said, he was good. he leads the music at this hip little place in redlands, it is called restoration. he and his crew do a pretty terrific job. he is going to school to become... educated. i don't think i know what he wants to be when he grows up but i am sure whatever it is, he will be good at it. i worked a shift with brian for the first time on saturday and it was truly enjoyable. we made coffee, cleaned, and even had time for conversation. after brian
meet terry... terry if you are reading this, i fixed my misspelling of your name:) anywho, this is
 terry and he does not work at augies. he actually works at this really neat place up the street and around the corner called the pantry. terry would not smile for the phone so in the photo he looks a tad miserable but he is really not:) terry and his wife esther are just wonderful people. they are kind and thoughtful and in my book, that goes a long way. i like seeing terry every time i come in to work because he lets me make drinks for him... my choice:) if you are ever in the area the pantry is a place you want to check out! 
on to the customers. one of the greatest things about working at augie's besides working
with an amazing group of people, is the people you get to meet. the second photo is my friend james... sometimes i want to call him jams, i don't know why. anywho, james is a brilliant artist. i have known him since jh and it has truly been so neat knowing him all these years. all of the art hanging on the walls in the photos belong to him. the first photo is tom. tom comes in every day for a cup of coffee and for 
conversation. i just can't begin to explain how much i enjoy his company. and his suspenders, he wears different ones every day:) the last two guys are regulars as well. they are brothers and they are just so funny. the one on the bottom  just got into ucla's art program and he has been painting for a very short time but i hear he is a natural. i have not seen his work yet but if he made it to ucla it must be decent:) the one in the brown shirt is in high school and he plays the drums. they are both really neat fellows. all of our customers are really terrific. it is the place to be. there are so many great things i could say about my current place of employment but it would take a sit down conversation, i think. so i will just leave it at, it is a really neat place to work:)
enjoy today.