A decision ... among other things
3:40 PM | Author: Misty
I'm tired of school, so I am quitting.

Not right now. But in August, I am. I started the secondary education M.A. program in January 2006. Around October/November 2006, I decided that I did not want to teach and began looking into getting a master's in marriage and family therapy. I met with professors and talked with lots of people and prayed about it some and decided to give it a shot this semester to see how I felt about it. And I do like it, but I'm so burnt out on school that I can't imagine going three more years for anything right now. I've been in school so long that I can't even fathom life without class and homework and meetings with professors and duking it out for a parking spot on campus. That life sounds so incredibly appealing.

I kind of came to this conclusion last week when I was really sick. The doctor said it was just a sinus infection, but I've never been that sick with something like that before. The conclusion I drew was that my body was pretty much trying to tell me something: That I am stressed out and not really going anywhere right now, and I need a change. So I (with permission from the doctor, thankfully) took a few days off work and school last week to recuperate from the nasty sickness. I decided to drop one of my classes this semester and to stick with my current job through the summer because it pays pretty well and will allow me to take off time for traveling during May, June and July. As of August, I will be looking for a "real" job, although I'm not even sure what that will mean for me. I'm going to pray and search and be as patient as I can afford to be in hopes that I will find something I will love. I'm going to take at least a semester away from school; I might return in January or August of 2008, but I honestly haven't planned that far ahead yet.

In other news, I'm so happy being at the Vineyard, the church I attend. Seriously, God brought me there, and He has blessed me so much with friends and opportunities to lead and grow. I got a note and a gift card yesterday from my pastor just saying thanks for everything I do and for helping out with worship. It was completely unexpected, and it was really nice to just be told thanks.

Nothing else too exciting. Ashley, Benji, Keke and I had dinner and played Wii last night. I remembered why I never need to buy a game system... it's WAAAAAAY too much fun. I'll definitely settle for just playing their's every now and again.

I'm still going strong with Project 365, but I'm going to wait at least a few more days before posting new pictures. I got a few good ones this morning because it's a BEAUTIFUL day. I really wish I could go sit on the Quad instead of being at work, but I have to make up hours from last week when I was sick, so I can't afford to take off early any days this week. Maybe I'll take a blanket and a book out there tomorrow morning before I come in to work... hmm. This sounds like a promising idea, for sure. Oh, and if you want to see any of my photos in the meantime (or the tons and tons of photos that I've taken but am not using for Project 365), you can visit my Flickr page.

Tonight is girls' night and Heroes. We are cooking some YUMMY chicken and couscous. I'm excited.

That's all.
Some more photo fun!
2:12 PM | Author: Misty
Just an update on Project 365, which is still going strong!

February 12: Pretty skies and tree silhouettes!

February 13: We had crazy bad weather and tornadoes, so I took a picture of the weather on TV! :)

February 14: Keke and I shared a Valentine's dinner of homemade mac & cheese.

February 15: This tree on the UA campus got a little confused because it's been so warm lately. But it made some really pretty flowers!

February 16: Ah, the giroussomer. This picture is a combination of the last three prophetic words I have gotten at church (they had to do with giraffes, mice, and massagers).

February 17: Happiness! I finally got Captivating back after loaning it out several months ago.

February 18: The Quitt's, Keke, Rob, Chuck and I went to IHOP after Prophetic Night. Sydney and Connor kept occupied with their coloring sheets.

February 19: The night we made the impossibly good chicken. And watched Heroes. And ate princess cupcakes.

February 20: National Pancake Day! Keke made pancakes for both of us for dinner. Yummy!
The black plague...
3:26 PM | Author: Misty
Yeah, so I mentioned before I thought I might be getting sick. I was definitely right. Whew. This stuff is nasty and mean, and I'm ready to be better! I went to the doctor today and was ordered to stay home from work until Thursday. And I had to get a shot. :(

In other news, I bought a huge bag of Reese's Peanut Butter Hearts on clearance from V-Day at Target for $.99 . Happiness. In a bag.
12:10 PM | Author: Misty
I'm tired, and I think I might be getting sick.

At least Valentine's Day is over.

I'm not looking forward to my weekend class.
The swelling... and the drugs
10:43 PM | Author: Misty

This is not a Project 365 photo, but I amused myself for a few minutes by putting these two together. I really just wanted to show off my swollen hand... and my drugs. A guitar-related injury - who hurts themselves while playing the guitar?!? Me, apparently.
Hosea 6:1-3 (NIV)
9:57 AM | Author: Misty
1 "Come, let us return to the LORD.
He has torn us to pieces
but he will heal us;
he has injured us
but he will bind up our wounds.

2 After two days he will revive us;
on the third day he will restore us,
that we may live in his presence.

3 Let us acknowledge the LORD;
let us press on to acknowledge him.
As surely as the sun rises,
he will appear;
he will come to us like the winter rains,
like the spring rains that water the earth."

Project 365
11:24 PM | Author: Misty
On January 31, I decided to start my own Project 365. I will take at least one photo every day for a year. At the end of the year, my life will have been documented much more fully, at least in images. Here's what I have so far:

January 31: The Cheat!

February 1: The building where I work on campus caught on fire.

February 2: Bible study at the Quitt's

February 3: Night out with the girls! We went out to Buffalo Wild Wings. It was tons of fun!

February 4: My guitar, Johnson

February 5: Happy birthday to Keke! I wanted to play around with Keke's multi-colored floor lamp and take a picture. This was the result.

February 6: The first meeting of Platform, and Candace amused me by peeking at me from behind the column in Vineyard.

February 7: At the end of the day I realized that I hadn't taken a photo. Keke and I were laying in the bed talking, and I snapped this shot because I thought it looked pretty cool.

February 8: Ashley, Keke and I went to Target and had fun grocery shopping.

February 9: I was waiting for the laundry to dry and remembered that the guideline for Project 365 I read said I should take a photo of myself every now and again. I thought this one turned out kinda cool.

February 10: Well, they say all good things must come to an end. Rob and I are no longer dating. This is the leftovers of the emotional evening that led to for me: dirty Kleenex, ice cream, Taco Bell, and an empty Smirnoff bottle.

February 11: I'm on drugs. Yeah, so I apparently have an inflamed muscle or possibly carpal tunnel syndrome from playing the guitar so much. Fun times.