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Moving

I’m moving again. This time, I mean physically, not virtually.

Not sure where I am moving (though I am talking locally!) and I don’t know who I will be living with, but I turned in my written notice yesterday.

I need to be closer to work and to church. The commute (with its extended time and cost for gas) is killing me. While I have loved living by myself this last year and I found it very refreshing and renewing, I am coming to the conclusion that as many have said, it is not good to live alone. Humanity is created for community.

With roommates, I can save money – and move closer to my financial goals. With roommates, I can be pressed and challenged to be less consumed with ‘me’, to see the world in a different perspective from my own, and to seek Christ more whole heartily. With roommates, I trust God will grow my already expanding community, as well as give me more opportunities to build into the lives of those around me.

What a difference a week or two makes, from being adamant that I would sign a new lease here, to hearing several voices of wise counsel, reason, outside perspective, and love, I must admit to my being wrong. I often say “oh yes, I want what God wants, I am seeking his best in this situation.” Sometimes it’s tough to actually let go of my self-centered ideas to actual hear what he is in-fact telling me through other people. So in a quest and heart felt desire to seek God’s best- the adventure continues and as it goes, it changes course, sometimes quite unexpectedly.  Well, unexpectedly to me, that is.

Any prayers are greatly appreciated. And in two months, any helping hands – also much appreciated.

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news bulletin

Found an apartment. Applied and was approved today so I will be moving in Oct. w00t!

Apparently a game is on the docket for this evening. Settlers of Catan!!!!!!!!! I like that game and I haven’t played in a long time.

There is a large storm approaching. It’s arrival in DFW might coincide with the Grubers attempt to leave.

I was wrong about my prediction several months ago. I thought for sure McCain would pick Huckabee as his running mate. Nope.

My wood block came in the mail. It will hold my new Ronco knives. My new knives coming in the mail.

I don’t have to wake up early on Monday.

The M’s are in town in a couple days.

That is all.

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A week already

wow, here it is wednesday evening and my last post was almost a week ago.

Lets see, I have been spending a ton of time researching apartments. It has actually been a very frustrating task. They are more than I want to pay, or not safe. I think my budget is right on the line between the unsafe section of town and a little too expensive.

I saw the Dark Knight again on Saturday, loved it!

I have been thinking about how I need to start packing, almost bought some more packing tape.

I have also been strategizing about how I can potentially ship some of my belongings here. I could organized it in October when I am in Wa. Any one driving from WA state to Texas anytime soon? Want to take a couple boxes on your trip?

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Things I am looking forward to

If you are wondering if I fell off the face of the earth again, I have not. It has been an exhausting couple of weeks. Whatever it is about the 40 hr work week wears me out! With a commute that I wish was shorter, I get home at the end of the day, eat a fantastic dinner (much thanks to Katie) and then zone out or go to sleep or (in the case of the last few days) watch the Olympics. That being said, this should change in the next few weeks.

Things I am looking forward to:
1. Moving closer to work and church. I am currently looking for an apartment.
2. Getting a new hair cut. I have an appointment set for early September
3. Getting new glasses. Only because mine broke on Monday and the temporary fix is driving me nuts. I have an apt tomorrow.
4. Going to Washington for the first time in over 14 months. I will be back for a very quick trip in early October.
5. Attending a dear friend’s wedding in Portland during my trip home.

I think that’s it.

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My room

I am almost done organizing, cleaning and arraigning my new room. yes, it has taken me a while. I guess that’s what happens when you get sick and have no energy.

Just a few more things to put away. And pictures to hang on the wall.

Big football game today. Go Hawks!

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still chugging along

Well, now that comps is over, I don’t feel like doing homework anymore. Very Problematic!!!! In fact I have 2 papers due on Thursday. I wrote one this evening and tomorrow, I am finishing the research/reading for the other AND writing it. I don’t know if I have ever pushed a deadline so close before….

After these two are turned in, I have 3 smaller papers still to go and two Big papers.

Not to mention tons of reading still to do and one Final to study for.

With only 1.5 months left, I am starting to feel the pressure of getting all of this done, Plus selling furniture, planning how transportation will work for moving, thinking about future living arrangements. It will probably be just one of those periods of life when I look back and think “what on earth was I thinking!??!?” and “How in the world did I ever get all of it done?!?!?” I can tell you the answer to the second question right now…”But by the grace of God”

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craigslist

No matter what happens with job interviews and future decisions, I am moving out of my current house come end of december. The lease is up and I opted not to renew it. This leaves me the challenge of “what do I do with all my stuff?”

After talking to my brother and listening to his suggestion, I have listed my couch (yes, the beloved, green, retro, super comfy couch) on craigslist. Hopefully it will sell, which will earn me a little cash and eliminate the “what do I do with it” problem.

I am also considering listing the wardrobe I purchased from IKEA. I really like it, but its too big and heavy to move. I never put the back paneling on it when I moved into this house, so it is a bit wobbly, but I still have the backing. I figure it just needs to be attached and then it will not wobble at all. The hardest part is figuring out how much its reasonable (not to high, not to low) to list for a price.

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New Landlords

The house I live in was recently sold. Our new landlords will be living in the main floor of the house. They are moving in today. They seem really kind, but I am kind of bummed about the whole thing. We have to reconfigure how we park our cars. Up until now, there were 4 cars in the drive and we could all park without having to move out of each others way. Now there will be 5 cars.

Plus, I did not really like the idea of living in the same building as the landlords. This is a main reason I did not want to live in a basement suite. Though we do have our own entrance to our part of the house, we all share the main door to the entry way. Its not really a big deal, its just a small bummer. It is just another reminder that I am not as settled in life as I would wish to be. Someday I will own a house…a place to call my own. Actually my own, not just for pretend. Everyone who has ever gotten tired of renting knows what I am talking about.

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Procrastination

Here it is wed. afternoon, I am supposed to be writing a paper regarding a particular issue in patristic theology (that is theology discussed during the ancient church period).

My particular subject is general revelation vs. specific revelation. Some of the church fathers had interesting ideas about truth and Greek philosophy being to the Greeks as the law was to the Jews, prior to the incarnation.

So instead of writing my paper, I am blogging about the subject….I should really use this five minutes wiser. The 9 to 11 page paper is due tomorrow. What do I have written? Nothing. (but I do have a ton of note cards done, so I just have to organize them and then do the actual typing of the paper, its practically done).

So we did have a little bit of water in the basement. My landlords where here this morning to bleach out the basement.

And today I got gas for my car. I am pretty sure it has been about a month since I filled up. The last time I got gas, it was $2.89 a gallon. Today it was $2.38. The downer is that I think my car is mad at me for not driving it very much. While I was filling up gas, a random stranger saw my “go Hawks” sign and asked me if I saw the game. I grinned, acknowledged the fact that the Hawks got smoked, but yet it is only one loss.

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my new home

This picure is one corner of my room. The window with the green curtain that you see is actually looking into the pantry, not outside. The wall left of this has two windows that look outside. The wall directly behind the picture taker has one more window. It makes for a very light room which is great. When I sit on my bed, I look to my left and see trees out the window, I look at the wall straight ahead and see the pantry window as well as my door, which has a window looking into the kitchen. To my right, I see my new wardrobe that has a full lenght mirror (reflecting the two window wall which means more light and I can see the trees there too). And the wall my headboard sits on has the final window. I really do feel as if I live in a tree house!

This is a picture of my light switch. To turn the light on you push in the top button. The bottom button then pops out which is what you push to turn the light off.

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