Thursday, February 26, 2004

First day at Jamba Juice. 5:45am-12:00pm, it was actually awesome waking up that early in the morning and being all wake and ready for the world. I mostly did training stuff today and A LOT of dishes!!! I know that I am going to like this job!! Such a blessing.

This weekend Justin and I are heading to Reedley, so no posts!

Have a great weekend.
amy <><

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Today is Ash Wednesday, which starts the season of Lent. Many people in my church use this season to give up, fast from, or change something in theirs lives, as a way to identify themselves with the suffering of Christ.

In years past, I have given up eating cheese (which was so extremely difficult, you wouldn't believe it). I gave up BUYING food from any restaurant or fast food place. I fasted once a week during Lent. And I have given up Television.
This year I have had a harder time finding something to give up. So, what I am going to do instead is I have made a list, today until April 10th and I have written peoples names on that list. My commitment for Lent will be to pray for that person for 10 minutes. Really focusing on them and how to effectively pray for them. Then maybe I will feel led to send them a card, give them a million dollars, or whatever. I think this will be a really powerful way to prepare my heart to celebrate Easter and to soften it to those around me. I look forward to this time.
I am now heading to the sanctuary to receive my ashes for the day.

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Another rainy day in the Valley. It really hasn't been all that bad, mostly because for the last two days we have decided to run the heater in our house. Oh it is such a glorious feeling. To be able to walk around with only one layer on and no shoes and socks. I am very thankful for the heater.

This weekend I think that Justin and I are going to head to Reedley. We haven't visited Justins family in awhile and plus, Reedley is awesome. I love it there. It is much different from Burbank where I grew up. It is a small town, quiet, actually has seasons, and has no traffic. I have grown up in and around cities and I really can't wait to leave that scene. The sooner the better, although I sometimes I get afraid to actually move to a small town. Who knows where I will end up, but I do know I long for a quiet life.

Monday, February 23, 2004

Happy Monday to you all!!

My weekend was fabulous. The highlight by far was the football game played in the mud and rain on Sunday. Every Sunday a group of folks get together after church and play Ultimate Frisbee. This Sunday it was raining and we decided to get down and dirty and play some football. This was a great choice. In the middle of the game it got sunny and still was pouring rain. It was so cool!!! Man, I had a great time!!

The Passion comes out this week. I am going to go see it although I have gone back and forth a bit. It seems like the type of movie that I NEED to see but it will be REALLY hard to watch and get through. I watched Mel Gibson on 20/20 and I was impressed by him. A few rules to me seeing this movie will be, seeing it in the day so that I don't have to go directly to sleep (cause that wouldn't happen) and also I am not sure I want to see it with a bunch of people. I may become far to emotional. So, we'll see.

I start work at Jamba Juice this Thursday. I am getting excited about this. In order to work at Jamba you have to have slip proof shoes. I am getting these. They are expensive, but for Christmas my mom got me a pair of Birkenstocks. I don't really wear them anymore so I am going to exchange the ones she bought for these new ones. BRILLIANT I SAY!!!

have a good day.

Friday, February 20, 2004

Good morning!
Last night Justin, Andrew, Ben and I went to The Hotel Cafe to check out an awesome new artist, Richard Swift. The show didn't actually start until 11:00pm!!! Can you believe I actually made it! Anyways we got there and this other band was playing, they were okay but they played LATE so the band we were there to see got pushed back. Then on top of that a microphone busted. On top of all these things I was still very very impressed with the music. I really liked it alot. Got back home at around 1:15am, then Justin called we chatted until 2:00am and then I went to sleep. I actually slept until 10:00am this morning. It was so nice. Fun night, wish you coulda been there.

My weekend looks awesome. No big plans. Tonight Justin and I may try and head to Burbank to visit with my family for a bit. No word on my grandma yet, I will let you know as soon as I know.

I didn't really like todays Friday Five. So, I am not going to do it.
Have a great weekend.
Be well.

Thursday, February 19, 2004

Well, as it turns out Angie Everhart was in fact the mole. Dennis Rodman won and my man, Mark Curry lost!!! Oh man, I was so sad. Oh well, at least that show is over and I can go back to living a normal existence.

So, for those of you wondering. I did NOT get the job at Children of the Night. They actually didn't even call me and tell me. I finally (after 4 messages) got a hold of the lady and she let me know, "all the positions have been filled." Not even a call. I am actually alright with this news. All this means is that there is something else out there for me.

I accepted the job at Jamba Juice. This will be a nice addition to my life. I hopefully will be able to work the morning shifts on Monday, Thursday, and Friday. Learning how to make a killer smoothie seems like a good part time job to me!!!

My grandma went to the hospital yesterday. From what I can tell her kidneys were failing. She had started a medication and it was dehydrating her and causing her kidneys some trouble. My brother took her to the hospital and my mom was there with her most of last night. Grams is still in the hospital today but mom says she will be okay. It's weird that my grandma is getting older and starting to not be as healthy as she once was!

that's it for today, if I think of anything else, I will let you know.

Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Here is other news. My friends Jonathan and Thomas are working heavily at promoting their band Waking Ashland. I love their music. I think it is so rich and passionate. Please check them out if you have a moment. You can listen to them here. They are the nicest guys and have such vision for their music! Give um a chance.

Well, here we are a new week. I can't believe that it is already Tuesday. I probably should give you guys the scoop on my fabulous Valentines Day.
The only information I had going into the evening was that I needed to dress up and not eat. Justin wanted the night to be a surprise. Which for those of you that know me is very close to slow torture. I love surprises BUT they drive me crazy because I MUST KNOW!! Anyways, Justin kept the events top secret despite my attempts.
Our first stop was The Border Grill. A very romantic Mexican restaurant, complete with tons of lit candles. The most romantic part of this part of the night came when I was looking over the menu and Justin said, "I even called ahead to make sure they could cook a plain bean and cheese burrito." ISN'T THAT SO CUTE!!! Justin knows me so well. BUT to his surprise I ordered my first ever Taquito plate. It was super yummy.
Then we were off to our next destination. The BonaVista Cocktail Lounge. The lounge is located on the top floor of the Boneventure Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. The lounge actually rotates so that you can get a view of ALL of downtown LA. It takes one hour to get the complete view. Justin and I shared a virgin strawberry daiquiri and exchanged gifts. Justin wrote me a lovely poem and read it to me. It was so sweet.
My Valentines Day was the best ever!! I am so thankful for Justin Souza. That I have captured his affection, is such an honor.

Friday, February 13, 2004

So tonight, instead of tomorrow night is Valentines Day for Justin and I. I am very excited because he is surprising me! This morning he slipped a little and said that we are going to dinner (all though this could have been some sort of reverse psychology). I will be sure and tell you all the details as soon as I find them out.
One of the things I love about Justin so much is that he is so thoughtful and sweet. He loves surprising me and doing wonderfully sweet things. It is so nice.

On a side note, today marks the second person that has told me I remind them of Drew Barrymore. How is this possible?? Should I be glad or no? I seem to be undecided.

Well.........and now for The Friday Five!!!!

1. Are you superstitious?
Not really, although I do some small things like wear the same pajamas all week when I have been having good dreams.

2. What extremes have you heard of someone going to in the name of superstition?
Um, I haven't really heard of anything.

3. Believer or not, what's your favorite superstition?
Don't have one, sorry.

4. Do you believe in luck? If yes, do you have a lucky number/article of clothing/ritual?
Luck, no...don't believe in luck. I believe in divine appointments.

5. Do you believe in astrology? Why or why not?

Heck no!!!

So, The Friday Five stunk this week, maybe just cause I am not into all that stuff. oh well.
Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Psalm 57:7-8

My heart is steadfast, O God,
my heart is steadfast;
I will sing and make music.
Awake, my soul!
Awake, harp and lyre!
I will awaken the dawn.

What a beautiful passage of Scripture. Today has been a great day. I have felt encouraged and strengthened through some great conversations. I have also felt a fire burning under my butt to get on my knees in prayer. I am pleased that today, I can hear the music playing in me.

NOT TO MENTION: the second to last Celebrity Mole. I am so excited. Next week is when we actually find out who the mole is (mark curry). So, stay tuned for the final results.

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

The Gomez show was excellent last night. They are really an amazing band. All was well up until the last song when this annoying half way naked girl came and pushed her way in front of me and ended up standing directly in front of Justin shaking herself all over the place. I was feeling myself getting furious and hurt, that she pushed me out of the way. It was really annoying. Then Justin asked her to leave, then I moved her with my hand. Then she stood behind us whispering cuss words to us and then before walking off, shoved us both in the head. Not, a great ending to a wonderful concert.
here's what bothers me the most about situations like this.............myself. Why did I let this girl get to me so deeply? Why couldn't I have just shrugged it off and continued having a good time at the show? Things like this trigger something deep in me, I feel hurt, wronged, angry and I feel those emotions deeply.......when it really was such a small thing that could have been over in seconds.
Man, I don't know. I just know I wish the concert hadn't ended that way. BUT I had a fabulous time anyways.

On another note, I got a call from my professor who is responsible for that extremely frustrating LAB i told you guys about. Well, it turns out that I need to turn in one more lab. I needed 7 instead of 6. So for now, I have an incomplete. That just made my day!!! O how I wish this was over. O how I wish there was just one day where things went according to plan.
Ah, man!!

I going to pray for myself today. I need some sunshine moments. I am sure they are there, I just can't seem to see them that good today.

Sunday, February 08, 2004

I was glad to have read this little snipit on Valentine's Day, maybe you would enjoy it as well.

Friday, February 06, 2004

For your viewing pleasure: The Friday Five

1. What's the most daring thing you've ever done?

I went to India, I jumped out of an airplane (with a parachute and a large man strapped to my back, daring none the less), cut my hair all off, work with Junior Highers on a weekly basis, lived once with 4 girls in one tiny room, and finally tried to ride a bike down a long narrow row of picnic table BENCHES (this was a horrible experience for all involved)

2. What one thing would you like to try that your mother/friend/significant other would never approve of?

This is an interesting question......I can't think of anything that mom or Justin wouldn't approve of that I really want to do. I can think of something I did that Justin didn't approve of. I jumped from one moving car into another moving car in the Costco parking lot. He was upset when I did that.

3. On a scale of 1-10, what's your risk factor? (1=never take risks, 10=it's a lifestyle

sometimes 6, sometimes 7, sometimes 8

4. What's the best thing that's ever happened to you as a result of being bold/risky?

I moved to New York to go to a college where I didn't know a soul. I ended up making some of the best friends a human could ever make!!!

5. ... and what's the worst?

tried to eat a hamburger once, I barfed it all back up and was sick the entire night!!

Wednesday, February 04, 2004

Tonight at SURGE, we are going to duct tape three kids to the wall and see who sticks the longest. It is for this reason and many others that I have enjoyed my time in youth ministry.

Tonight is also Celebrity Mole. It is the final night to change our minds about who the mole is. After tonight YOU MUST pick someone. I am so nervous because I really do not know who I am going to pick. Andrew is confident it's Angie, Justin thinks its Tracy, and I am so nervous I can't think straight.

Monday, February 02, 2004

My weekend was really a great one. Justin's family and my family have now officially met. It was super fun, and from what I can tell they got along fabulously. Grandma, did do her best at throwing in the rudest one liners on the planet BUT I think they went unnoticed by most. It is tricky how grandmas can look all sweet and nice and yet be really mean. Tricky, if you ask me.
One of my favorite bands, especially to see LIVE, is coming to play at The Avalon on February 9th. GOMEZ!!! I really love this band. Last time Justin and I saw them play at the House of Blues, I am looking forward to seeing them at The Avalon.
Happy Monday to you all!!