Tuesday, August 26, 2008

a barista again

On Sunday, just after church, I got a call from Kaldi's Coffeeshop informing me that I got the job I had applied and interviewed for.  I asked what my dress-code would be.  The response was, "T-shirts, as long as they are appropriate, and shoes, for your safety".  I love this dress-code!  Yesterday was my first day.  I worked for 6 hours and was completely wiped out.  I go back today for another 6 hours.  I think I'm gonna like it here.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Sundays are beautiful days

Yesterday was great.  After church I gathered with a smattering of PCA peeps and Covenant students to go on a float trip.  In Missouri when you go down a river, whether it be on an inner-tube, canoe, or kayak, it is referred to as a "float trip".  When you move to a new place you have to acquire the lingo.  Anyway, I rented a kayak for the day and floated down the Meramec River.  The kayak was a sit-a-top which is really quite cool.  They tip more easily and take on lots of water, I tipped once.  I had a great time with two old friends and many new ones.  All in all, it was a great day.

Friday, August 22, 2008

I figured I should update you

Well,  I'm still here in St. Louis awaiting the start of classes next Thursday.  Tonight is the President's Reception (semi-formal) and tomorrow is orientation.  Then on Tuesday I will sign up for classes.  



In the last two weeks I have managed to watch Seasons 3-6 of Gilmore Girls.  I feel like I live in Stars Hollow and that Lorelai Gilmore is my friend.  Here's what I've learned from spending so much time with my new fictional friends (television and movies can reveal a lot about one's self, especially since exaggeration of one's perceptions of the world make things so clear):

1. I wish I were more freely expressive and aware of how I'm feeling.  I wish when I was angry I could express that anger in the moment, but not in hurtful way to others.

2. Words are powerful.  It's so easy to hurt others with uncareful speech.

3. Small towns may not be so bad.

4. I'm glad I didn't grow up in New England in a really really wealthy family.  The unhealthy obligations of the rich are so insincere.

5. I hate when pride keeps people from resolving relational conflicts.  The show actually induced tears during several episodes when you could see two people in pain over stupid fights, and they missed out on so much because of it (I know it was scripted and fictional).

6. Jeep Wranglers are cool.

7. If Lorelai Gilmore were my mom she would be turning 48 this year instead of 60.  I wonder what our relationship would be like if she were a teenager when I was born and brought me up as a single-mom.  I'm thankful it's not the case, but TV and make many things look appealing.

8. Manipulation isn't worth it.

9. I wouldn't want to try to attend an Ivy League University, I don't like school that much.

10. I love it when people say what is true, even when it's hard to hear, because that's one way you know that they really see, know, and love you.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Well, I'm here.

I arrived at my new "home" at Covenant Seminary on Friday afternoon about 3:30.  Thankfully, after leaving such dear friends in Lincoln, Kate and Lou (2 former NE roomies) were here to meet me.  Talk about easy!  

I was very excited to finally be in St. Louis, and the transition is now full upon me.  I have met 2 of my 3 roommates and they are both great.  However, it's still not easy.  I feel like every interaction with new people takes extreme effort.  I feel like I have been called to be courageous.  It's a little bit lonely at times, and I have very little to occupy my time.  I watched all of Season 3 of Gilmore Girls from Saturday to Monday.  I'm still searching for a job.  That's a bit stressful.  I started reading "Far as the Curse is Found", since it is required reading for many of my classes.  I have sought out Trader Joe's.  I went to church Sunday at Crossroads PCA.  I liked it.  Eric and Elizabeth and Melynda formerly of Grace Chapel were there.  That was good.  I can't wait for classes to start, to have a full routine.

That's the update.  I miss all of you in Lincoln more than I expected.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008