Tuesday, September 26, 2006

It's Today

Of course it's today what other day could it possibly be? The true meaning is that today, yest this very day, my cousin comes for a whole week visit. We've been talking about him coming to visit many times in the past and plans have always fallen through. But in a few short hours I'm driving up to the airport. He's really coming.

So Excited. I love Family!

Monday, September 25, 2006

A Missing Moment

received two emails from good Japanese friends this morning. I've been back in Canada a month and a half, seems too long since I last ate gyoza and yakisoba with my friends. My one friend mentioned he finds himself looking for me at our Sunday Bible Study. I miss them and they miss me. Who knows maybe God will take me back. This is a picture Maki sent me in her email:

Maki the beautiful - I miss you my friend.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Moments of Stupidity Brought to You by Liz

This frivols tale of woe began with a desire to save time….on my way home from work I stopped in at the local farmers market to dro off two rentals before 6. It was the simple task of placing the DVDs on the counter, so I parked leaving the car running, made a mental note "don’t lock the doors cause that would really suck", ran into the store, placed the DVDs on the counter. All this took place in a matter of moments, oh I was saving time. Ran back to the car, pulled and the handle and low and behold it was locked. Never underestimate the power of a well-formed habit, while I was thinking don’t lock the car I locked it cause that’s the first thing I do every time I open my car door.

AHHH! Keys are locked in the car and its still running. Oh! the spare keys….are in the house and the house is locked and the house keys are now locked in the car. I can call some one for help. But my phone and address book are locked in the car.

I decided walk home hoping another tenant could help. It is only about a 10-minute walk, not bad. My neighbor is home and lets me use her phone but neither of us could remember the supers number. That was hit in miss for awhile till we remembered the agency and were able to get her cell number. She wasn’t there. Left a message. Tried a local garage there was no answer. Angie got back to me but didn’t have her apartment keys on her but she did help by finding me a good towing coming. Almost an hour later I was back in my car and on the road. Oh the cost of saving time:

Movie Rentals: 4.99
Tow Truck Fees: 34.00
An Adventure in Frustration: Priceless

Thursday, September 07, 2006

The Road Trip

I am Home again and settling in. Finally was able to have my internet provider come in at hook me up. Here is the much desired update and summary of my road trip and living which occurred in-between then and now all presented in the faithful list format:

-First two and half days was my car (mom and me) following dad’s car (dad and Lee-Ann). During the drive we took turns reading The Mark of A Christian by Francis A. Schaeffer. It was short but deep. I felt like I was swimming in thoughts. I need to work through it. I’ll probably re-read the book and reflections will slowly show up in post form.

-Listened to the Bible on tape. Went from Genesis to Job on the trip. I am now into Psalms.

-On the 18th I drove through Montreal then Toronto. This is huge. I normally refuse to drive through cities. It was actually enjoyable.

-Visited my mom’s family first. It was a great time. I had these long walks with my Aunt Sharon. And hung out with my youngest cousins who are very cool. Also got to send some time with my Grandfather, it was my first time seeing him since the stroke. There is something special about going home. Also read The Five People You Meet In Heaven, interesting book.

-Next was a visit to my dad’s family. Family is great. Had fun building a Lego castle, watching movies including the Chipmunks movie. Went out for lunch with my grandparents had a really good beef curry soup. Then grandpa and I walked over to the art gallery.

-My amazing, wonderful, gracious cousin Bill allowed me the incredible joy of experiencing Firefly. He lent me the complete series with vows and promises to guard them with my life. I watch them all in the first 24hrs of me arriving home. The next day went out and rented Serenity. I know what I want for Christmas this year.

-Had lunch with Matthew Rose on my way to PA.

-Next big thing was Karen and Joe’s wedding. Everything was beautiful, a very happy day, and it was a good chance to catch up with other Bethany students. And I caught the bouquet, yeah!

-The 28th I started the longest day of driving in my life, PA to Sussex at once. To make it longer my engine light went on putting my car into a garage for a good three hours. Ended up being a good wait. The woman working cash is the children’s director at her church and we just shared ideas. The delay got me into Sussex at 2am it was a very long day.

-Spent a day and a half at Bethany, it was good to check up with some people. It was seminar week I missed Jen and Missy only downside of the visit.

-And I made it home. I’ve started work. It feels weird to be called Pastor Liz. Tonight will be my first youth night. Started reading Blue Like Jazz.

-Finished a few of my challeges 9, 12, 15, and 18.

That is all. Life is good.