Thursday, April 30, 2015

At the End of April

The north and south views of LaSalle St.

Pictures from the day document the end of the last calendar month of my freshman year of college! Crazy, right? The day involved picking up the yearbook, which is a highlighter orange. Fun! It's weird to receive a book I had no involvement in. Talk about major high school flashbacks!

Tonight, after a team meeting for our Studying & Teaching the Bible lesson next week and dinner, I joined my friends on the floor and a few of us went up to the newly opened roof to listen to a little of tonight's Thursday Night Praise. The cold sent us in after fifteen minutes, and 45 pictures. Next up was watching Remember Me with those same friends, while knitting (Ally), going through email (Cassidy), searching for knitting patterns (me) and eating rice krispie treats (made by me, for all).

I am very excited for this weekend. An early shift at work and temperatures in the 70s!!!

- rl

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

(Kind-of) A Knitting Update

(photo taken on my iPhone 5S and edited with VSCOcam, just for fun)

This is my knitting drawer at the moment. A little crazy, right? There are three complete projects, one almost-complete project, one work-in-progress, several balls of yarn for future projects, and my other knitting notions. It's not as disorganized as it sounds, but just about. I'll be home in two and a half weeks (!!!!!!) which is when I plan on updating the 15+ (I KNOW.) projects I have that are all kinds of crazy on Ravelry. That will take several hours, but it will so be worth it.

There have been a lot of thoughts floating in my head lately about knitting and crocheting. I can't wait to get organized and start making some really cool stuff this summer. I don't have any specific plans, except maybe to try some complicated stuff and save the simpler things for the school year.

In other news, THREE BLOG POSTS IN ONE WEEK. It's a miracle! Let's see if I can keep this up, and even increase it!

- rl

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Movie Snacks

Tonight I adventured to Wal-Mary with Cassidy, one of my friends down the hall, She got some Nerds, and when we got back to the floor and were settling in to watch a movie, we decided to mix them with Skittles. It was about perfect! They were the perfect sweet treat for a sad movie like Remember Me. Sorry if it broke your heart, Cass. (:

- rl

Thursday, April 23, 2015

See You Soon

(photo by Ally, flowers from her boss)

I wish I was more productive. It's something I work on every day, but it is not a natural thing for me like it may be for others. Blogging relates to that because if I was able to be more productive, I could have actually blogged this semester! Instead, though, I'm left with regret for not blogging, which makes me feel ridiculous in the grand scheme of things, but it matters to me.

Pictured above are some of the beautiful and relaxing things in my life from this last month. Not that everything in my life is beautiful and relaxing, but there are highlight moments for sure! I desire to get back into sharing these moments that do exist by blogging about them. At the same time, I want to blog about the ugly and stressful things too. However, I cannot do either of these things if I don't blog in the first place. To those that encourage me to blog more, I hear you! Maybe it was blogging every day last year, but I'm just now feeling the excitement to blog again. I really  miss Work-in-Progress Wednesdays, especially, so maybe I can get back into that. I guess you could say I just want to share my thoughts in general, though. That is one of my favorite things to do on here. I enjoy writing with the thought in mind that I'm just writing to a friend.

Maybe I truly will get back into these things soon. Maybe I can actually start writing out blog idea posts for the week and putting them into action. Maybe I won't start any of these until my summer starts in three weeks (!!!!). Either way, I'll write to you soon, friends.

- rl

p.s. - Can I just say how thankful I am for a roommate who encourages me in my dreams and even has similar ones? It's too wonderful to have a best friend to discuss the things that excite me about the near future. (: (:

Monday, April 06, 2015

Beach Shots + Words of Thanks

I have walked at least 12 miles in the last eight days from going to the beach. It all started last Monday with a bike ride as a roomie date, and now I'm hooked. It's a good thing rain is in the forecast this week, otherwise I would be there every day this week too. These are pictures from my time there on Saturday afternoon, right after a small but significant amount of homework and before dinner in the SDR (student dining room). My favorite part of going to the beach is not dipping my toes in the still-freezing water, or even sitting on a towel and getting some reading in, but instead the trek through the sand to wherever my feet lead. The only problem is that this beach is limited, unlike previous beaches I've been to at the Gulf of Mexico which have sand as far as you can see. This beach, Oak Street Beach, is limited, but good. I had no idea I loved the beach this much. This definitely changes things as to where I'd love to live one day. Where can you have sheep and also take a walk on the beach?

Totally unrelated, but something kind of big happened two weeks ago: an anonymous donation on my student account to cover 92(ish)% of my last payment for the semester. I got an email the Monday morning after spring break informing me that my account would be updated by the next morning, and that was that. I haven't posted anything about it before now because I didn't know how to put it eloquently, and I still don't, so: thank you. I don't know who it was, and I'm content to not know if the person doesn't want to reveal themselves. It's a really crazy fact to digest, even though it's not a completely new concept to me. After all, our (as in, every Moody Bible Institute Undergraduate Chicago campus student) tuition is covered by donors.

There's not much to say besides that. It's a crazy, mindblowing thing, but it's a fact. While part of me wishes I could keep it a secret and be able to thank the person, that's not possible, so on the blog it goes! In other news, I have three major things due in the next week, which stresses me out a little, but I know they'll all get done somehow. A lesson plan on Malachi, a research paper on how homelessness has an impact on families and children, and a New Testament reading report. There's progress on each, so now I just need to do my best to finish each of them strong. Don't even get me started on the fact that the semester is coming to a close. So many bittersweet feelings on that!

- rl