Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Facebook now has a bunch of extra things that you can add to your profile. Music, videos and something called “The Compass.” It is basically a series of 10 questions you answer and it places you on a political compass. Who would have thought that I am a raging liberal? It kind of surprised me. Wait….

In other news, work is going well. Yesterday with the holiday I thought it would be a very slow breakfast. We only had two of us scheduled because that is all we ever have for Monday morning. We ended up having to call in Jeff early, and the owner was doing the dishes. It was the fastest Monday I have ever had, but it was super busy. Hopefully tonight’s dinner will be pretty relaxed.

Today’s news is pretty slow, but I do know that Miss America fell over.

Have a great day, and this is a cute picture from Katie visit to Denver.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

50 days. Wow, and what a crazy 50 days it has been.

Today I worked from 8 am to 10 pm. It sucked, especially because I have to be back at 7 tomorrow morning, but life is good.

Here are some pictures from Katie visit to Denver. Tom needs a haircut, but apparently he just slept on it wrong.

Tomorrow is Pentecost, the day when the Holy Spirit came down in tongues of fire on the apostles. This was their missioning: their call to go out into the world to do good. It seems appropriate to have this be so close to the beginning of the Settlement Campaign: our call to bring an end to this dark time of our diocese past. Also it is a great time to think forward and see where our life is headed, and where we would like it to lead.

Happy memorial day!!! I probably wont update for the next few days, so I just wanted to get that out of the way. I hope that we all remember those who have died for our freedoms. We might not agree as to whether or not that loss of life was necessary, but we should all be thankful for peoples willingness to lay down their life for their country. Also, happy birthday to my cousin Jeffery.

I have no thoughts on any news since I haven’t seen any in a while. I have to go to bed now. Good night!!

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

What a day. It is beautiful, I just wish it were a little warmer. If conditions are okay when Becky gets off work we will go play tennis instead of going down to the club to workout. Speaking of Becky, I have doubts that she is actually in the family. First, she is unusually good at sports. The rest of us are okay/bumbling fools in any athletic event. Second, today at Taco Time she didn’t have any chicken. All Houses eat lots and lots of chicken. Suspicious. Finally, she is the only child to get a “real” degree for her undergrad. The rest have/will get a BA.

In other news I like writing thank you notes that I don’t have to write. Forced thank you notes are no fun, but ones that you choose to write just because you can are very nice.

In Tom news, Katie returned from Denver yesterday. I should get to visit her in the next few days to pick up a left over Tom Bloomsday shirt. I can’t wait. I was bored the other day and came across this blog entry from the reporter that did the first News 4 story on Tom. I was confused by the title of the entry until I re-read the email I sent to the station pitching them the story and I used the phrase “apathetic teens.” It all made sense after that.

I may or may not be selling my soul in the next few days. Yes, I might buy an iPod. It isn’t that they are inherently evil, it is that too many people, especially college students, seem to be afraid of being alone with themselves, and instead must have their iPod going at all times. I don’t want to ever be one of those people.

Have a great day.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

My feet feel as though they are about to fall off. My family and friends find it hilarious that my new job (which makes me smell funny and sweat a lot) has yet to tell me how much or get paid, or when I get paid. Weird, I know, but I should make good money without having to lifeguard. And I should make lots more than I did last year at camp.

I couldn’t fall asleep last night. I just laid there in the silence and tried to clear my mind, but it didn’t work. I had to work brunch today, so I only got 5 hours of sleep. Near the end of work I was getting afraid of the knife in my hand, but I still have all 10 fingers, thank God.

I enjoy writing letters and notes. My family and friends are rolling their eyes now, but by letter I mean good letters, nice letters. I just wish I had better handwriting so I wouldn’t have to type them, which to some people might make it seem as though I don’t mean what I write. I really do.

Okay, off to mass. Have a great day. If I am not to tired I will update tomorrow.

Friday, May 18, 2007

I neglected to mention Rent in my last update. It was great, as expected, but the crowd there was pretty well mixed. There were teenagers who looked apathetic to life and very well dressed old people. We went to dinner at Mizuna before the play with Kira and her friend. I had the tuna which was overcooked but okay.

Last night I had a very weird dream about putting on a play in a grocery store/Muslim temple. We only had a week to put it together. I was disturbed when I woke up.

It is too bad that the Spokane Police Department has had so many deaths of suspects recently. I hope that no police officer would ever go against policy, but we all make mistakes. I just hope that if they did nothing wrong that their names would be cleared. It is too bad if they did break policy, I just hope the Spokane community can continue to have faith in it’s police force.

In clam related news, Café Marron has fresh clams on Thursday during dinner. They were pretty good for my first clams. Last night was pretty dead, which is nice at dinner because there isn’t prep to do, so I can relax and drink my Diet Coke. However, I hear the Friday nights are pretty crazy, so tonight will be my first real dinner. AHHHHH!!!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Quite a bit has happened since my last update. Sorry. I have just been very busy/tired/lazy. Woops. Sorry.

The drive back from Denver was interesting. We filled the entire back of our Subaru Outback for the trip. We hit the road at 11 am and drove straight on through to Spokane arriving at 2:30 am local time. Highlights: NOT killing a deer, leaving Wyoming, finally being home, “Walking on Broken Glass” and the robot that went with it, and laughs along the way.

After returning home I promptly fell asleep, woke up, got a badly needed haircut and then went to my job interview. I got a job as a cook at Café Marron in Browns Addition. It is a little bistro style restaurant across the street from The Elk, and is located in the old Cannon St. Grill. We have great food, and we just rolled out a new menu with many great salads and other lunch and dinner foods. I started work Thursday (yes, only one day after returning home) and have been very tired because of it. this job does however give me a greater appreciation of the work that goes into any meal I eat out.

In other news, happy Mothers Day to all those mothers. I have one of the, if not the best, mothers in the world. I would be willing to stake money on that.

In Tom Everett news, Katie will be flying down to Denver on Thursday for a five day visit. Please continue keep her and Tom in your thoughts and prayers. If you would like, sending a card to Tom I’m sure would help raise his spirits. You can just address it to “Patient: Tom Everett, c/o Craig Hospital, 3425 S. Clarkson St., Englewood, CO 80113.” So, if you were to do that and just wish him good luck and let him know that you are thinking about him.

On the other side of the spectrum that is my life, this week’s episode of House was not that great. The patient wasn’t that engaging even thought he was just like House. Hopefully next week’s season finally will be better.

And finally, everyone should check out KO’s DC Idol and vote for it. I voted for Clinton because he really is the worst. Props do go to John Ashcroft however for writing his own song. Best of luck to all the candidates, voting ends at noon ET on Friday.

Monday, May 07, 2007

So, there is so much I want to tell you about that I have a special format. Bellow are the categories of my post today. All the post are bellow, but to just put it all in one update would be a little overwhelming. Or maybe underwhelming. Either way here we go.

-Tom Everett and Bloomsday

-Graduation

-Packing/Moving

-Randomness

-Future Plans

Here is the break down on Tom stories. KHQ and KXLY both did pre-race day stories and post race day stories. The SR printed a story Monday. Here is the story followed by the news pieces.

Friends keep injured teen in race

One of the largest contingencies of Bloomsday runners belonged to Tom's Team, a grass-roots group formed in recent weeks to help sustain 17-year-old Tom Everett's spirits.

And Tom has no idea.

A Ferris High School junior and cross-country star, Tom suffered a life-changing spinal cord injury on a jump at Schweitzer Mountain Resort in early April over spring break. He just started what friends say is expected to be at least two months of rehab at a medical center near Denver.

They want Tom to know they're rooting for him. So to coincide with Bloomsday, they've sold T-shirts for Tom.

"Our goals were to do something for Tom's spirits and to encourage all the people who wanted to help but felt so powerless … to feel like they were doing something," said Gunnar Evenson, a friend of the Everett family.

A top athlete, Tom has been an on-and-off Bloomsday participant since sixth grade. He finished 12th in the 13- to 15-year-old age group in the 2005 Bloomsday, when he turned in a time of 49 minutes and 48 seconds.

Because he's sidelined this year, Tom's friends are creating a big, tangible get-well wish: a large photo poster of hundreds of friends who on Bloomsday raced or sported bright green "Hey, Thomas" T-shirts depicting a winged-giraffe flying inside a track shoe.

Scott Davis, a 15-year-old cross-country runner and friend of Tom's, donned the signature green shirt for the race.

"It feels good to be here. There's just a huge pack of people (in Tom's T-shirts), and it's really cool to be a part of it."

The photo session, which featured 300 people, took place on Ferris High School's track after the race.

Katie Reichard, who is Tom's girlfriend and a junior at Lewis and Clark, helped organize the endeavor and thinks the resulting poster will be hand-delivered by family or friends who'll be visiting Tom in the next week or so.

"I think the big fulfillment should be the picture – seeing how many people turned out with the shirt," said Reichard, who joined a clutch of 20 teens in green shirts on the race course.

"We saw so many people we didn't know walking with the shirt on," Reichard said in amazement after finishing the course.

While he's been in a lot of pain lately, she said, Tom is upbeat overall.

"He's amazing us all," Reichard said. "He knows he's going to be independent, and he knows what he has to do to get healthy."

One of the first things he told her after his accident was that he has every intention of hitting the slopes again.

"We're thinking maybe of getting him a really cool adaptive ski" with some of the money we've raised, Reichard said.

KHQ pre-raceday (story at 6:30)

KHQ raceday

KXLY pre-raceday

KXLY raceday

I would just like to thank all the reporters and editors and producers who helped create these stories. When I wrote each news outlet in Spokane I only expected there to be one 15 second blurb on a single news station. I never expected the word to get out this well. Thanks to Katie and Eric for planning this. Early counts say they brought in somewhere around $4,000.

Congratulations to the Regis Class of 2007. Well done. Regis is a better place for your four years in attendance. You will be missed.

Graduation was nice. After a week of steady rain, the weather held out in the morning for the ceremony itself. Once the reception started however, the weather turned south. I got pretty well burned on my face, but it is well worth having graduation outside.

As with any family vacation, meals dominated the weekend. Highlights include the dinners at La Fondue and the Denver Chop House. Many thanks to the rents for an amazing weekend. And congrats to Becky.

The weekends top 5:

5. Drunk, dancing guy falling off the stage at Sing Sing’s (piano bar). And by falling I mean falling hard. I mean nothing breaking a fall onto concrete.

4. Pink pants at Baccalaureate mass.

3. The entire Sing Sing’s experience.

2. Becky graduating with Med school on the horizon

1. Good times with good friends.

Packing and moving are two of the worst things in the world. As a college student living in campus housing, you move every 8 months. This really should prevent the accumulation of too much junk, but Kathryn and I prove that wrong. I have so much junk that I only kind of need.

I am writing this update now while Becky is packing up her room. She even has to think more about what to keep because she is not just leaving things in storage, but will soon be off to Omaha.

Packing has been especially difficult this spring because it has forced me to think 16 months into the future. Study abroad has made me very excited, but I am also very scared. Packing was the last thing I had to do before it was me officially leaving school and my friends for the year.

To my family and friends at Regis. I will miss you so much next year. I hope to take what I have learned here at Regis and take it out into the world to share with Florence and the Gonzaga students. I hope that you have a productive year, and continue to learn and to question.

Today Becky and I had a little shindig to say good bye. We had pizza and cake (thanks Sizz) at Becky’s apartment and then went bowling. 6 of us bowled, I came in 3rd in the first game (112ish) and won the second game (155).

Good bye Regis. These next 16 months I will miss you.

Plans for this summer:

  • Work somewhere
    • Current Job Prospects
      • Line cook at restraint
      • Office work
      • Prodigal son
  • Earn lots of money for Italy
  • Learn a little Italian
  • Hang out with lots of friends
  • Eat the best bagels in the world
  • Spend lots of time with the family
  • Find a special place in Spokane for me to replace the SJFRC
  • Connect with those I have lost contact with
  • Buy an iPod

In order for these things to happen Becky and I will have to survive our drive home. Becky and I will not be stopping to stay the night. Tomorrow we hope to leave by 10. Lets see how that works out.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Last night was very productive. I took a short nap this morning and now am on a break. My education policy is coming together much better now that I am putting it down on paper. Yeah!!!! I have no more test, just another 13-18 pages on my education policy recommendation by Friday at 5. I can do this.

I kept listening to this song last night and this morning as I wrote. I understand that there has been quite a bit of Mika in my updates recently, but when you are procrastinating, finding new music is so much better than preparing for school.

Last night Kay, Jean and I went to The Spaghetti Factory for a good bye dinner. Kay leaves today and Jean leaves Saturday. I will miss the two of them so much next year. I can’t wait till senior year when we will be reunited. The dinner conversation was infinitely better than the service. Our waiter didn’t show up for the first five minutes, so the manager took our meal order. Then, the waiter didn’t show up until we were already more than half way done with our meal. He was horrible, but my food was good. Plus, there was spumoni which helped a lot.

My friends were not suspicious of McMorris from my post yesterday. I swear I am not judging her, I just think it is hilarious.

I won’t be watching the Republican debate today. I will either be writing or spending time with the rents and manda who get into town today for graduation. We are having dinner at La Fondue tonight, I will let you know how it goes.

Okay, back to education policy!!! Have a great day all.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

I just keep making internet friends. YEAH!!!!

I was totally committed to watching Countdown yesterday, but I fell asleep. Woops. However, thanks to the internets I found this to be rather humorous.

I was woken from my nap by Mother calling me to tell me about a story on the Spokane NBC station. The story is at 6:30 on this video. I am very glad that Katie decided to let the story get out. I wish I could be there, stupid college graduation.

Congrats to Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers on the birth of her son Cole last Sunday. She was married on 5 August 2006. 40 weeks later means 12 May 2007. The press release from the Congresswoman’s office said that the baby was due at the end of May, but that means she got pregers the first time around or was lying about her due date. Well done Congresswoman.

KHQ…. Really? Was the exclamation point needed in this email? Really?

Today I have my IR final and a lot of writing to do. Wish me luck.

Finally, Glenn Beck is an idiot as KO reminded us yesterday. On my International Relations test today I will actually be talking about how NGO’s make the world a better and a safer place to live.

Well hello May. Saying that is scary. May means the end of school and the beginning of work. I have one test left and some 30 pages to write. I can do this, it is just that is so darn beautiful out right now.

I made a new internets friend yesterday. His name is Kelly and his son is a freshman at Ferris. His son runs XC and track with Tom and Nate Everett. He was wondering how Tom is doing. I love the internets. They can bring us all so close together in crappy times like this.

I have a Tom status update. This is what Katie wrote on somebody’s facebook wall. He's really getting going on rehab, spending 4-6 hrs a day in a wheelchair/sitting up, working on balance. He's supposed to start this sweet bike which uses electrodes to signal his muscles to move so he can work his legs even though his brain doesn’t make the connection. Its hard though - he's having a lot of back pain and fevers every day so that slows down recovery/rehab. He's tough and really optimistic about the future which makes a world of difference.

In other news, Becky had her piano recital last night. This was just a collection of people who took a piano class this semester. Some people were really bad, and others were pretty good. Each person only played for at most 4 minutes, and the auditorium was too hot, but Becky played well and I got a cookie so I really shouldn’t complain.

The problem with finally finding a storage space for the next 16 months is that now I have to move in. AHHHHH!!!!! School is almost over and I feel a little overwhelmed.

One last thing. Thanks to Kathryn R. for her help last night. I will miss you next year. Okay, have a great day.