from such great heights

drip. drop. drip. drop.

Posted in life by chapwoman on January 28, 2008

“I’m singing in the rain, just singing in the rain;
What a wonderful feeling, I’m happy again.” -Arthur Freed

This whole growing up in southern California thing is starting to get to me. I’m definitely not ashamed that I grew up in the suburbs near beautiful Huntington Beach, or that I suffered through gridlock from the hours of 4-7 any given day of the week, or that the sun was brave enough to climb out from behind the clouds during January. What I mean is that I’m sooo not used to this rain-for-more-than-two-days thing. It just never happens in Anaheim.

It’s rained here in San Luis everyday for a week. An entire week. With only a few hours in between the sky’s drizzly party.

Thankfully, Sun peeped out yesterday morning for about 3 hours, but only to tuck itself away again and let Nimbus take over for another two days. Alaska’s rainboots (that is, the pair she lent me permanently) are holding up really well & liking the puddles I stumble into all over campus. My umbrella, however, is failing me miserably. But what can I expect from a little pink-polka-dotted umbrella? Exactly…it’s primary purpose is to look good. Haha.

In addition, John Mayer & Vanessa Carlton have been performing in my dorm room via iTunes during the rainy afternoons. And if you haven’t already created a “rainy day” playlist, you must. It’s a total mood-booster, I swear. Doesn’t hearing Why Georgia? just make you wanna curl up with a good book near the fireplace on a rainy day?

I’ve made a list of the perfect things to do when it’s wet & dreary outside:

-watch one of these–Garden State, Rain Man, Closer, or Pride & Prejudice
-read a book next to the fire (as mentioned)
-drink hot cocoa (with marshmallow)
-sing along to John Mayer or Vanessa Carlton!
-DANCE in the rain with your RAINBOOTS
-bake funfetti cake
-play your favorite instrument (for me, the guitar)

I’ve found a new appreciation for precipitation in this San Luis winter, but while I’m adapting with my southern California-ness in my blood, I’ll be doing one of those rainy day activities. I’m not gonna lie, though; I’ve been praying for a sunny tomorrow every night this past week.

May it be dry & sunny where you are,


wtr 08

Posted in life by chapwoman on January 24, 2008

“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice & be glad in it.” -Psalm 118:24


So it’s the 3rd week of winter quarter here at good old Poly, and I’m really liking where it’s going. At first, I was bummed that I could only crash one of three classes, but 13 units seems to be plenty right now.

Architecture with Freebs is going very well–Brent’s a cool guy who although, comes off as a total beezy, is extremely cool to talk to and get feedback from. He’s not at all like Keith last quarter; he cares about the meticulous little “notions” of your work and cares very much about seeing the effort you put into projects. And I do too. We’ve already plowed through two projects and yeah, it can be stressful, but exciting at the same time.

Arch 105 (Woodshop) is actually pretty fun, using hardcore machinery and all. It was nerve-racking using a high-powered drill the other day, my first wack at any type of word-working in my life. But after fumbling through all the sawdust and over-cutting or under-cutting the practice pieces of wood, I managed to somehow channel the “craftsmanship” in my blood to make beautiful joints that were due on Tuesday at noon. Which I completed at 11:58 btw. My professor is pretty picky about craft too, so when he complimented me on my work, my adrenaline just shot through the roof. Tuesday was an amaaazing day for confidence-boosting.

Healthy Living is hilarious to say the least. Jennifer O’brien teaches the class and she has no shame in talking about anything: any health-related issue, body part, sexual activity (with her husband??? ew). It wouldn’t be as bad if a 22-year-old were teaching this 200-person lecture, but when the lady looks like she could be my mom, it’s just weird. But combine that image with these daily sex talks–that’s why it’s hilarious. She’s actually a great lecturer though; she makes an effort to tell us interesting stories and she cares about health, thank goodness. And I thoroughly enjoy learning about health, especially on the bike at the gym reading those health mags.

And lastly, Don Choi makes Architecture History really interesting. I’d heard dreadful details from friends who already took the class, but hey, I’m an architect-in-the-making and need not one, not two, but FOUR of these history classes. But thankfully, the topics we’ve explored are very intriguing. Churches of course. It’s good to have some Romanesque and Gothic cathedrals under my belt already and at least be able to identify a style besides “post-modern.” I feel somewhat knowledgeable about it all now. And only 2 weeks done??? I should be a genius by the time this class is over.

It’s weird to have a schedule with mon, wed, and fri afternoons completely open because last quarter I felt like I was always in class. But taking 13 units was most def. a blessing in disguise (like my friend Anna pointed out) because now I redeem myself for last quarter and hopefully get all A’s. Ambitious goal? Absolutely.

This quarter’s also a little different because I’m hitting the gym at least 5 times a week. I got really in shape when I was home for Christmas break & felt so much healthier. Exercise = Amazing. But it was ironic that I got black-listed the first day back after break & couldn’t legally go to the gym for two weeks. But did that stop me? LOL riiiiight. It is nice to use my own ID now though…

Living situations are slowly falling into place too. It’s weird to decide where you’ll be living next year when it’s only January and are still meeting new faces. So far, Anna, Kim, & I are planning on living on campus next year, but with who? That’s still unraveling. Kat may live us or Maleesa, or whoever. Anna’s kinda stressed about the whole thing, but I know God’s gonna work it out somehow.

Bible Study & Campus Crusade are sailing smoothly too. Worship with all of crusade is amazing this quarter and all of us girls in Sequoia seem to be meshing really well and feeling more comfortable with each other. Deep conversations & tears have already surfaced this quarter…and that’s a blessing. I absolutely love my bible study leaders Kellye & Caelin. They’re just too cute for school.

Hmm what else? Boys? Haha, ahhh yes. They’re definitely around, but who shall I choose? Future posts about them I’m sure.

Overall, I’m feeling really comfortable right now. Drama is minimal, architecture is pushing me as always, God is protecting me, and love is all around. Need I say more? This quarter’s gonna be fun…

c’est la vie,

vent sesh

Posted in life by chapwoman on January 19, 2008

arggh, I get sooo frustrated and regretful and disgusted just knowing that our paths crossed. and I’ll never be the same. I feel so scarred by the whole thing, and really, the “whole” thing barely scraped the surface of anything substantial. thank goodness I saw his trap before falling into it headfirst.

God has a merciless way of teaching me lessons.

But goodness, learning is beautiful. And preventing mistakes is too.
chew on that,

two thousand and eight

Posted in life by chapwoman on January 2, 2008

“Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, the other gold.” -Auld Lang Syne

Ok, so usually I do this survey every New Year’s Eve, but since I 1) was in Pasadena yesterday (!) and 2) completely forgot about it, I guess the saying goes “it’s better late than never,” right?

Looking Back on the Year 2007:

1. What did you do in 2007 that you had never done before? Vacationed in Kaua’i (and oooooh so worth it), went to college, senior-pranked, chopped my hair off & dyed it dark, became a coffee drinker.
2. Did you keep your New Year’ s Resolution(s) and will you make more this year? I did in fact keep my resolution of not eating fast food, but I didn’t NOT cuss & I didn’t read the Bible everyday. This year, I’m actually going to read the Bible everyday & I still haven’t figured out what else to resolve. Hmmm….
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Not that I remember…except my neighbor Molly across the street.
4. Did anyone close to you die? Nope, thank the Lord.
5. What countries did you visit? The same as always: none.
6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007? Optimism & a better attitude
7. What date from 2007 will remain etched in your memory and why? May 19th, 2007–Senior Prom. Just overall, a FANTASTIC day/night.
8. What was your greatest achievement of the year? Earning a few scholarships. Definitely.
9. What was your biggest failure? Being a good sister/daughter. I really need to be more thankful for my family and respectful to them.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? NOPE
11. What was the best thing you bought, or received? This MacbookPro
12. Whose behavior merited celebration? David Feeney, Kunal Patel, Mr. Hoshi
13. Whose behavior made you appalled or depressed? Mr. Royal, Mrs. Scott, Randall
14. Where did most of your money go? GAS, La Creperie, and architecture supplies!
15. What did you get really, really, really, excited about? JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE FUTURESEX/LOVESHOW. OMG
16. What song will always remind you of 2007? “Home” -Vanessa Carlton

Compared to this time last year, are you:
17. Happier or sadder? Happier, especially after finishing senior year & moving onto Cal Poly. Definitely.
18. Thinner or fatter? Fatter.
19. Richer or poorer? Richer. Thanks to grad $ & fin.aid. haha.
20. What do you wish you’d done more of? Gone to church, prayed, tanned.
21. What do you wish you’d spent less time doing? Complaining about senior year & regretting.
22. How did you spend Christmas? Was home for a month! Had a very laidback Christmas morning opening gifts & went over to Jill’s house for Linner. Watched the Lakers OWN the Suns. Cheah.
23. Did you fall in love in 2007? Nope.
24. How many one-night stands? I can’t even tell you…sheesh.
25. What was your favorite TV program? Project Runway
26. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? Yeah, but I like the term “don’t care for.”
27. What was the best book you read? Fast Food Nation. I definitely recommend it.
28. What was your greatest musical discovery? Kate Nash & Vanessa Carlton’s Heroes & Thieves
29. What did you want and get? A road trip with the girls, a genius senior prank, speaking at graduation, a MacBook Pro, new camera, got away from the cops lol, learned to play the guitar, good laughs.
30. What did you want and NOT get? Better grades in calc & physics, a raise, appreciation.
31. What was your favorite film of this year? The Great Debaters.
32. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I turned 19 (!) this year, and spent it with all my new Cal Poly friends & went to CPK for dinner then Farmer’s. Got to go home for the weekend with my out-of-stater arch friends too! It was a great birthday!
33. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? The full-blown senior prank, as it was planned. That would have been SOOOO great.
34. How would you describe your personal fashion style in 2007? Laidback & pushing the limits (of school & starbucks).
35. What kept you sane? Heart-to-hearts with friends & nonfat vanilla lattes.
36. Which celebrity did you fancy the most? Let’s not even joke: Justin. Randall. Timberlake.
37. Which political issue stirred you the most? The possibilities of this year’s elections with both a woman and minority leading the race. I’m excited to see how it turns out.
38. Who did you miss? Miss Lutz, Peanut Butter, Alaska & KG, Alyson, Jessi, Feeney, Kunal. Almost everyone from OA.
39. Who was the best new person you met? Anna Clauson. In fact, all the girls in bible study.
40. What was a valuable lesson you learned in 2006? I have a couple: First, pessimism is a HUGE waste of time. Second, don’t predict you’ll get along with others just because you share similar tastes and characteristics.
41. Quote a song or lyric that sums up your year: “To find the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”

Reflections are quite useful. And therapeutic.
C’est la vie,