Archive for May, 2010

We found a new house last week! We signed the lease and get to move in on July 7th. With all the rain we’ve been getting, I’m am getting pretty annoyed with this house. Our laundry room in the back  floods every time it rains heavily due to our entire backyard being one big downward slope of doom that attracts the entire neighborhood’s rain water, or so it seems. Also, depending on the season, the doors in our house have trouble closing or staying closed. In the winter, the doors were too small for the door frames so we had to create makeshift door wedges with household objects (stay tuned for a how-to tutorial) to keep them closed. Now it’s getting warmer, the doors expand and are too big for the frames. This  means that if you want to venture into another room, you have to use your entire body to shove the door open. Then there’s the fact that we don’t have a dishwasher which is getting pretty old. All this to say, I’m pretty pumped about the move.

The house is a little smaller, but in better condition. The kitchen has been renovated so the appliances are all new, and the bathroom is also much nicer. It is in an even better location being on the street that runs to east campus, which is where Dave walks to catch the bus to school. Perfect!

What is quite funny about the whole thing is that after meeting with the realtor and looking at the house, we bumped into a friend from the divinity school leaving the house next door, where he lives! By accident we will be neighbors with a friend and his girlfriend, whose last name happens to be Klein. No joke people. Our neighbors here are David and Shelly Cline, we are the Klines, and our new neighbor is a Klein. I’m telling you, we’re taking over the world, in all our different forms.

We learned the hard way NEVER to trust NC weather this weekend. We had a lovely ‘summer kickoff’ potluck with our church on Sunday after our gathering. It was at one of the members’ houses who lives walking distance from the church. Being that it was walking distance, and that it was beautiful and sunny as we were leaving church, we set off with our friends Brian, Ashley, and Kelly, with our arms full of food. My confidence in our plan started to waver as member after member drove by us in their cars. Even the pastor who had encouraged us to walk. Then the sky changed color in what seemed like seconds. A loud clap of thunder right over head served as a prelude to the next ten minutes. The rain started, just a drizzle at first. Then it didn’t stop until it felt like buckets of water were being thrown at us from above. Then just to make things more exciting, huge bolts of lightning lit up the sky around us. By minute 10 we were sprinting down the street desperately clinging on to our pasta bakes, our chips and humus, and our dignity. One kind family from the church pulled their mini van over and yelled “WANT A RIDE (you idiots)?”. We dashed to the car door which opened and revealed the backseat full of three car seats with three children sitting in them. I didn’t have the time or the patience to solve this riddle. Were we supposed to hoist our dripping wet bodies over into the very back back?  Confused and soaking wet,  I declined and we sprinted on. Then I realized Kelly had taken them up on their offer. Somehow. At that point it was every man for himself. Some other kind soul finally took pity on us and pulled over to pick us up. The five of us arrived at the potluck dripping wet, out of breath,  and slightly embarrassed. But we had food to share. And that was the important thing. Now we know, what I guess everyone else knew because EVERYBODY else drove, never trust the weather here.


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Today I planted cucumbers in my garden plot at Seeds Community Garden. We have already planted eggplant, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, basil, mint, and hibiscus. Dave came along today for the first time to see the plot. It’s very exciting to watch our little seedlings grow into big, strong, fruit-bearing plants  (hopefully!).

We are currently searching for a place to live next year. It is somewhat stressful and we wish we could stay in this house. The more we look around, the more we realize how lucky we were to find this place last year. We sure will miss 1409 Woodland Drive : (

I had a lovely time in Austin visiting family and friends. I turned up on Mum’s doorstep to surprise her for mother’s day and she was VERY surprised indeed. She opened the door, saw me, was a little confused, and then cried. And cried. And cried. It was so sweet.

The picture above is of my cousin Amy and her (then) boyfriend and now fiance. They came to visit from England and Liam proposed two days ago! So excited for them and it was really good to see Amy after so many years.

I am getting more and more excited about grad school as it approaches. I’m going to take a summer class or two to get my feet wet before my official enrollment begins in the fall. The more times I tell people about what I will be studying, the more I realize how perfect this program is for me. Just to clear up any confusion, I will be pursuing a Masters of Science in Family Life and Parent Education at North Carolina State University.

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As the world turns.

Well, my first year of divinity school turned out well. I celebrated the end of the academic year with these things:

The other day this blog received over 13,000 hits due to a post with the word “Tchaikovsky” in the title back in November.

This summer I will be working as a chaplain at Camp Chestnut Ridge, and will hopefully be learning something about farming.

Hannah will be starting her graduate program at the end of the month. I am very proud of her.

How was your year? And what are you doing this summer?

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