Just about worn out
9:10 PM | Author: Misty
I'm pretty tired.

This week has been kind of rough, even though there were plenty of bright moments, too.

Homework just about killed me this week. I had to finish a final project, which entailed reading a LOT and writing a LOT, then making a presentation about all of it. Then I had to read some more. Then I had to write some more. But my Saturday class is finished now; I'm almost too tired to be excited!

I know I disappointed Jessica because I didn't go to the OTS thing Monday night. I don't really know what to do about that. She's had a hard week. I feel like a jerk.

Went to Pour with Stu and Robyn on Thursday. Saw a band called Starting Tuesday; check 'em out: www.myspace.com/startingtuesday .

That's about it.
Since I promised ...
4:20 PM | Author: Misty
OK, here's a slightly more detailed version of my weekend.

I drove to Atlanta Friday night after work. Thankfully, I managed to leave out ahead of the bad weather, and our fundraiser for the Tokyo trip was postponed, so I didn't miss that either! I had a nice drive, even managing to enjoy the 30-minute traffic jam, during which I rolled down my windows, put on my iPod and serenaded anyone else who happened to have their windows down. I think I got a few weird looks, but I had fun! I made it into ATL around 9:30 EST and stopped by Lauren's office to say hi and pick up her keys, since she didn't get off until midnight. I got to her apartment around 10 and took Puck for a walk. Then Pucky Poo peed on the floor FOUR times. No warning. And after the third time, he winked at me. I am not making this up. I was glad when Lauren finally arrived home, even though she did laugh at me when I told her about the incidents. It really was pretty funny.

Well, we ended up staying up and chatting until about 1:30/2 p.m., then getting up at 6:30 Saturday morning to go work at the soup kitchen downtown. It was so early, but I am so glad we went! We met Lauren's friend Kevin there and set to work making lots and lots of sandwiches. I got really good at putting sandwiches together extremely rapidly! Once the guests (as the staff members called them) started arriving, I served them juice. I really had a great time, and I liked being able to interact with these people. I hope that I was able to bring some happiness to their days; I just tried to treat them as if they were customers at any normal restaurant, showing them a lot of respect and offering to get them anything they needed. I really want to find something like that around here to do on a regular basis. I don't think we have a soup kitchen in Tuscaloosa, but there are lots of other things I could do, I'm sure.

We stayed at the soup kitchen until about 12:30, then Lauren, Kevin, Matt, Brandon (I think?) and I went for lunch at a place called Ria's Bluebird. It was SO good. I had strawberry pancakes, and they were phenomenal.

Saturday afternoon, Lauren and I took a nap before heading over to Melissa's for a girly sleepover. I got to meet some more of Lauren's friends (Jackie, Rebecca, So Young, Angela ... I'm forgetting someone! Sorry :(), and we had a blast cooking eggplant parmesan and cookies. We watched Emma, and Ken, one of the cool kids from NPCC, left AMAZING cookies for us on the doorstep.

Lauren and I got up early Sunday morning and fixed breakfast. I learned how to fry eggs, which was exciting. After breakfast, we went back to Lauren's to get ready for church. We went to KidStuf, which was so incredible. I was pretty much floored by how talented all the people were and how well done the whole thing was. We went to the 12:30 service, and Andy Stanley basically talked his way through the whole Gospel, which was pretty cool. Another of Lauren's friends, Joseph, was baptized at the 12:30 service, so afterwards a whole TON of people went to Ken's for his baptism party. The party involved many things: soy burgers, cookies, water balloons, frisbee. It was fun!

We took another nap on Sunday before heading out to eat Mexican. It was yum! I had a couple of enchiladas and a taco. After that, we headed over to Ken's to play cards with Ken, Phil, Josh J., and Juan Carlos. Apparently Lauren had told them I was really good at Nerts, so I felt that I must prove myself. Then I felt bad because I won by 40 points, and we only played to 100. :) We also watched some Homestar and looked at pictures from Ken's and Lauren's trip to L.A. to see Anberlin.

Lauren and I spent some more time hanging out Monday morning before she had to go to work. We ended up at the Pier 1 clearance store, where we actually said our goodbyes. It was altogether a fantastic weekend!

Some good buys from my weekend in Atlanta:
CD: Flying Into Daybreak by Charlie Hall (Highly recommended!)
CD: Queer Eye for the Straight Guy soundtrack ($.98 at the Pier 1 store! And it has some fun techno/dance music on it!)
Book: Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver
Random: Placemats from Pier 1 for $.98 each!
In a nutshell...
9:37 PM | Author: Misty
My trip to Atlanta was AWESOME! Drove into town Friday night, went to the soup kitchen Sat. morning, ate strawberry pancakes and napped Sat. afternoon, slumber party Sat. night, church and baptism party Sunday afternoon, then cards at Ken's Sunday night. I'll try to post in more detail later!
The update...
4:49 PM | Author: Misty
Alright, so my last week in a nutshell.

Saturday: Went to CSE 563 class all day, and my teacher played an April Fools joke on me. It was too early in the morning for that type of meanness. Nah, just kidding, it wasn't really mean, but I was super confused. Saw Matchpoint Sat. night, thought it was weird. It was a good movie, but I didn't like it. Scarlett Johannsen's character really got on my nerves. I did get to hang out with the Thomas trio, though, so that made up for the not-so-great movie. Went to bed at 10:30 and was glad that Josh Mallory did not call like he said he would.

Sunday: Forgot about the time change and was late to church Sunday morning. Had lunch with Renee at Applebee's and spent much of the afternoon wandering around the mall doing absolutely nothing. Bought a couple of shirts at the Gap because I had a 10% off coupon. They are just pocket T's, one white and one green. I'm hoping that one of them will look right with this skirt I bought that I haven't been able to match anything with. Sunday afternoon I joined a whole slew of people at the Thomas crib (aka 301 Dockside) for a yummy dinner of manicotti and salad; kudos to Robyn, Stu and anyone else who had a hand in cooking it! After that I went to Bible study, then went home and went to bed.

Monday: Ran some errands. Went to a Weight Watchers meeting and to the gym. A pretty forgetable day.

Tuesday: Ran some more errands and chilled at the hizzy. Skipped out on work in favor of being lazy. Went to the gym again and realized that I was a little sore from Monday's workout. Typed up comments on workshop pieces for my EN 510 class but then didn't go to class because I felt sick.

Wednesday: Went to work for most of the day, ate yummy leftovers for dinner, then went to church to sing. Left church early in hopes of getting some work done (yeah, that didn't happen), then went to play softball at 8:30. We lost. Boo. A high point of Wednesday night is that Robyn told me she will definitely be living with me and Jess next year. Hooray!

Thursday: Today has been pretty much filled with work. I've also finished most of my second workshop piece for EN 510, but I'm still far from finishing the entire work. I'm trying to write all about my trip to India last summer. There's so much I want to say, and I'm trying to get it down on paper in a somewhat logical format/timeline. Not sure how well I am doing with that, but I guess I will find out more on Tuesday when my classmates pick my piece apart.

I'm excited for the weekend. I have to work tomorrow and then go to a Japan fundraiser tomorrow night, then I am heading to ATL to see Lauren for the weekend. We're going to work at a soup kitchen Saturday and going to NorthPoint Sunday morning. Other than that we will just get to hang out and have fun. I'm seriously looking forward to it and can hardly wait!