Thursday, November 30, 2006

The highlights of days recently have either been email related, or food related. I love receiving a well written email, especially from a few certain people. Getting an email from my family members or my JCs from this past summer always make the day better. I love those emails that you can tell people spent time writing and it is even better when you get to respond when you wish you could talk to or see them more often. And then having a bacon breakfast burrito from the new place across the street always start the day off better. mmmmm bacon burrito.

Tonight was the reconciliation service, thank God. Now that that is over, I just have finals. The service went really well, and every one really enjoyed it, and it went very well even though I thought I was going to die from planning too much and a last minute crisis.

I am ready for Christmas, Spokane, and people. I can’t wait to see my coworkers from Camp and my JCs and my family and my dogs. I also can’t wait for my mothers cooking. I miss it so much.

Speaking of summer employment, the applications are already out for staff. I asked one of my JCs if I could mention him in my application, and he said that it is crazy to already be thinking of summer employment, which it is kind of crazy, but I guess skiing season has only just now started in WA.

Okay, 17 days from now I will be back is Spokane. I can’t wait, mostly because that means no school for 4 weeks. I just hope that I don’t loose all of my Spanish over those weeks. Well, have a great day!!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

So, it is still snowing. We have about 3-4 inches. It is beautiful.

Last night the Singled Out was interesting. It was a lot of fun, and my boss won a date with me. We get to go to Chipotle and then some place like Player and Spectators. I’m excited.

Today is the 125th anniversary of Spokane. Congrats Spokane, keep it up.

That is all I have for today. Have a great day!!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

I don’t remember much from my dream last night, but what I do remember if Stephanie Orr, my neighbor, stopping by my room and telling me to not use Febreze on laminated wood surfaces. It was a little odd.

Last nights West/Townhomes staff meeting was very quick and painless. Anyone who is interested should come to our all hall program “win a date with your RA or PM.” It is at 9pm in the Cafeteria. We are doing the old classic Singled Out with one RA and one PM. Winner gets free Chipotle, free bowling and free coffee. You should all be there. Okay, I am very tired, so yeah. Have a good day.

Monday, November 27, 2006

I like doing lists. They are short, concise and fast to write. So, here we go.

  • Friday:
    • The women’s basketball team lost by 1. That sucked.
    • I started to rearrange and clean my room finally
  • Saturday:
    • The women’s basketball team won. That was a much better game.
    • I went to Noodles and Co. for dinner after the game with Becky and her boyfriend. I love mac and cheese.
    • I discovered the best websites ever this weekend. Here and here. Both offer free videos. Great.
  • Sunday:
    • Went to mass.
    • Someone put a coupon for a free bowling game in the collection.
    • Went and got a pizza for lunch and dinner.
    • Took a three plus hour nap on Sunday.
    • Woke up and finished rearranging my room.
    • Received the best email ever from one of my JCs this past summer. This email was probably the highlight of my weekend.
    • Did some homework.
    • Was told that I am the most caring person someone has ever met. Also, a highlight of my weekend
    • Couldn’t fall asleep.
    • Realized that life is too short.
  • Today:
    • I went to work, which was okay.
    • We had a freshman retreat reunion.
    • Drank too much Diet Pepsi.
    • Remembered why I hate Mondays (stupid meetings).
    • Everyone was very impressed my brother got his Ph.D. before turning 26.

Friday, November 24, 2006

I couldn't think of anything else I am thankful for.

CONGRATULATIONS to my brother who today became Dr. Anthony P. House. He successfully defended his dissertation and was awarded his PhD. He will probably not "walk" his graduation for more than a year. Congrats Bubba. 25 years and 349 days old (I think thats how old he is) is very young.

The major pass in WA is closing today, good luck to anyone traveling this weekend, stay safe.

Great dinner last night. Thank you very much to the Gross' for feeding me. They had very good pie.

Becky has a game this afternoon and one tomorrow. The Gonzaga game is at 5. Becky's game is at 4. I will have to rush back to watch the end of the game. Best of luck to both teams.

That is it. Have a great day!!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Things that I am grateful for:

  • Family
  • Friends
  • Life
  • A place to eat dinner in Denver because my parents don’t love me enough to fly me home (just kidding)
  • The 37 people I have undying respect for
  • Only 3 weeks of school left
  • Globalization to a certain extent
  • My jobs
  • My bread maker
  • Camp Reed
  • Amazing people
  • Facebook
  • The internet
  • The West Wing
  • Spokane
  • Denver
  • Not growing up in the suburbs
  • MSNBC.com
  • MSNBC
  • C-Span
  • Having a major
  • Grandma
  • The St. John Francis Regis Chapel
  • Breaking policy
  • Peanut butter
  • Some of the music of the 80’s
  • Not having a roommate
  • That I am bringing sexy back
  • Granola
  • My refined ability to procrastinate
  • Movies
  • Stuffing
  • Not having to make a bulletin board next month
  • Christmas music

I will add more later

Monday, November 20, 2006

And so now, an update:

Goals from my last post: learn Spanish (more or less), do my Spanish composition (yes), do laundry for the first time in over 3 weeks (failed here), write palanca (another failure), read about ethics (SUCSESS!!!), sacristan mass (of course), study for my Catholic Traditions class (not as much as I would have liked), and maybe sleep (check) and eat (hell yeah).

Not bad. A few thoughts. This Friday Anthony is reading for his viva. For you Coloradans that is not viva burrito, but him defending his doctoral dissertation. Ewwww, Viva Burrito. Here is an article on my brother. Keep him in your thoughts and prayers, he is ridiculously smart and he is very nervous. Free dinner tonight and I get to watch Crash. A few RAs are doing it as their program on diversity. Tomorrow I think I will pick up breakfast and take it over to my sisters work and we can eat.

School sucks, just one more day!!! Other people to think and pray for, Prep students. Wednesday they will deliver near 125,000 pounds of food directly to families in the greater Spokane area.

I need to do some Christmas shopping.

I need a nap, but dinner with the movie is at 6:30, and I have meetings at 9. dang.

I want it to be the 15th of December, or even better the 17th which is when I fly home. Okay bye.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Wow. A lot has happened since yesterday’s update. Classes went very quickly. That was nice.

After classes I went to work in UM. Better than most Fridays, but still a little painful. It was mostly filled with sitting around, but there was some fun to be had.

After work I went out to the suburbs with Pearl, Josh and Jerry to see Pearl’s sister in a play. I had never seen Guys and Dolls before. It was very good. Very funny.

After the play I had a voicemail from Becky saying she had seen a Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix preview. Lucky her. Why isn’t it on IMDB? Damn them.

We then went to see Stranger Than Fiction. I really liked it. It was funny and well thought out. Go see it.

By the time we got back from the serious burbs it was late so I went to bed.

I never told you about the chapel. We rearranged it on Wednesday so everyone is facing forward. I absolutely loved it. Someone, who I want to punch many many time in the face, moved the chairs without talking to Quinn the Chapel Manager. Uggg. I hate people who move the chairs without talking to her.

This weekends goals: learn Spanish, do my Spanish composition, do laundry for the first time in over 3 weeks, write palanca, read about ethics, sacristan mass, study for my Catholic Traditions class, and maybe sleep and eat. Okay, have a great day!

Friday, November 17, 2006

PANDA CAM UPDATE!!!!!!!!!!!!! The big one is trying to eat the little one.

And there certainly are a lot of old people at the crayon factory. Thanks to Anthony for both of those links. And for this one from his update yesterday. It is a frontline episode about Jim West. There are video segments of Camp Reed, but it is not a part of the story, just pictures of the lake and cabins to represent boy scout camp.

Congrats to Prep grad, Timothy Egan, on winning the National Book Award. I read his book The Good Rain for PNW History senior year. It was very good.

My hell week is over, I just have two days next week, then a five day weekend!!!

I don’t think Spokane should get light rail. I would never use it. And it would be a waste of money. We don’t have the population to make it a viable option.

I was one of these people.

And finally who wouldn’t write a book about gay penguins and not expect controversy?

Thursday, November 16, 2006

I am an idiot. For some reason I decided to do all of my programs in one week. Well, really not all of them, the all hall is the week after thanksgiving. But I am doing three of my four this week. I have yoga a yogurt done on Monday, mass at the hospitality house yesterday, and cookies, Christ and Chronicles with Kathryn and Bo is tonight. Can’t wait.

On November 16th, 1989 six Jesuit priests and their two housekeepers were martyred at the University of Central America in San Salvador. Today is the memorial mass and commissioning for the group going down to Ft. Benning, GA to protest the SOA. Best of luck to them, they leave tomorrow morning.

I can’t wait for the weekend. I just want to be able to lay down and rest. Have a great day!!!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

So yeah, sorry about not updating recently. Lets use list form for this one

Sunday after my update: work late, take a break at 2, go outside to stair at the moon, there are more stars out than I have ever seen in Denver, reminisce about nightly star gazing at camp with amazing people, it is beautiful but cold so I return to my work, get in bed at 3.

Monday: can’t fall asleep, sleep from 4:15-5:15 role out of bed at 8, work, class, class, my gift to me arrives, lunch/almost fall asleep, class, work (reconciliation planning meeting, discuss conception date [mine is anywhere from May 5-7]), rest for 45 minutes/try to not fall asleep, dinner at Erin’s house, return to school, try not to fall asleep in the 1.5 hours before staff meeting, staff meeting, fall asleep at 11.

Tuesday: Wake at 9 (yes, I know that is ten hours, but over two days it was eleven which aint half bad), class, lunch, class, work (boring liturgy meeting and folding paper in half), dinner with Beckers, hall hours, yoga and yogurt, 20 minutes of homework, sleep.

Yes, I bought myself a gift. It is the best thing to ever happen to me, I am so organized now and my life needs it bad because I am non-stop these last 5 weeks. I fly home in 32 days, I cant wait. I haven’t done laundry in 19 days, but I still have clean underwear, so I am fine.

This list thing was a lot easier, maybe I will do it more often. Have a great day!

Sunday, November 12, 2006


this was recently added to the Camp Reed website. Here, enjoy.

I am going crazy. This past weeks was absolutely crazy. We only have 5 weeks of school left, and this is the last real week. Next we have two days of class. And then two weeks and then we have finals. Those two weeks are classes starting to wind down. I cant wait for Christmas, can it be Christmas yet.

Dinner Friday night was lovely. We had tortilla pie and really good dessert pie. What a cute couple those two are. Brent is the something or another in Res Life, and Quinn is my boss, Chapel Manager, in UM. There were many great conversations and awkward moments created by Kathryn. Later that night I had pumpkin bread. It was very good. Kathryn was on duty in west so we ended up watching and singing Rent. A guy in the Life Support group is also in Newsies.

Saturday involved Becky and I going to the bank, me eating a lunch with a senior from my high school who is looking at Regis, and not much else. It was a very good day. I got to bed very early also.

Today was useless. For some reason everything at mass went wrong today. Mary, the liturgist was not there. Then I ended up having to do the altar server and Eucharistic Minister (EM) also. Chaos. Lay EMs are referred to officially as Extraordinary EMs. This begs the question as to where they keep the mediocre Ems. Then I went on a quick to the store. I told myself that I could watch the first quarter of the Broncos game. Instead I fell asleep 2 minutes in and slept for about five and a half hours. It was great. then I had dinner at a townhouse RA’s program. she made chili. Homemade chili and cake!!! Kateri (yes, not a real name) is ridiculous.

This is horrible. So many have needlessly died. Yes, Saddam was a bad man, but is this what should have happened? I really don’t know. This is equally as horrible. Food is something that all should have access to. Here is an idea. Tax fast food 5 cents for any item with more than 10 grams of fat. Take that money and buy food for these people. They get food, and fat people or those who buy fatty foods pay for it. Someone’s indulgence is certainly able to feeding those who don’t eat at all, in our own communities and half way around the world. Just an idea.

I don’t want to go to class tomorrow. Can it be Christmas yet?

Friday, November 10, 2006

So yeah. I couldn’t fall asleep last night. I probably fell asleep some where around 2. then I had to wake at 7 to go register for classes. I got all of mine thank goodness. Next semester I will be taking Intro to International Relations, Comparative Public Policy, my sophomore seminar, Asian History since 1850, and Spanish. I can’t wait. It should be good. Day by day I will have 4,1,4,2,3 classes. It should go well.

So tired. These people are idiots. If you are drunk and kill someone or drive a car it is still your fault. I want to punch those guys.

Today’s things to look forward to: Dinner at the McWaller’s apartment, listening to Sir Mix Alot, payday, only 5 more weeks of school, free lunch tomorrow, and some other stuff that I am sure I am looking forward to but cant think of right now.

Okay, have a great day!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

So, I don’t have much to say, except congrats to Becky on getting into Creighton Med School. Yeah Becky!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go you!

Today is Thursday, thank God. 14 days till Thanksgiving. I love that day, and I cant wait to make broccoli puff. I love that that stuff.

Okay, I am very tired now, so I am going to shave and shower now. Have a good day!!!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Oh, also for those who had not heard, Dr. Traynor died on the second, a day after turning 66. may he rest in peace.

Becky complained that I haven’t updated in a while. It has been a week, but a very busy week.

So what has happened, I went on Kairos. Thanks to all who sent me letters. It was a great experience that I am glad I took.

I hate school, but I now officially am a politics major, so that is exciting. I get to register for classes on Friday and I am meeting with my new advisor this afternoon to discus classes that I should take.

In ethics last week we watched Dolores Claiborne. That was a very good movie. I highly recommend it, very edge of your seat for a movie you watch in class.

I have a Comparative Politics test today. I will be writing on South Africa and India about political setting, namely history/social status and the current affects. It should be good.

I am not feeling 100% today; maybe it was the no less than six hours of election coverage I watched last night. That was fun.

I did make pumpkin bread last night with cream cheese frosting. It was not as pumpkiny as I expected, but good none the less.

Okay, I might update on the election later today. Have a great day.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Due to a lack of recent updates and dislike of homework I will do a rare evening update. This means that most likely I will not have an update tomorrow.

I have been thinking a lot recently. I realized last night how little some of the people I interact with most, know so little about me, and I about them.

I have also been working on a continuing project of mine. I recently made a list of the people that I have undying respect for. I put each of their names on a 3 by 5 card and taped them to my wall. I am now trying to figure out why they are on the wall, and then emulate that characteristic for the end goal of making me a better person. Then, let them know how important to me they are. Currently there are 34 people on the wall. They are family members (both nuclear family and extended family), co-workers, bosses, teachers, and friends.

This week has gone very quickly, but I haven’t gotten anything done. I need to do more work and have more structure/planning for my work.

Today we had our all-hall program. We made s’mores in front of the student center. That was fun, it reminded me of camp.

I got two dinner invitations today. One is for tomorrows SOA delegation silent action dinner. UM bought 7 tickets, and I got one of those. Also, the (Mc)Waller’s are having monthly dinners for res life staff. Each meal will have 15 there. I RSVPed or the first one on the 10th. What a cute couple.

Kairos is this weekend, I hope I don’t have a nervous breakdown soon. Okay, have a great time until Friday.

In a rush, so happy all saints day. And don’t forget to go to mass, Becky and I did last night, so remember, FELICITY , PERPETUA, PRAY FOR US