Friday, December 31, 2010
Nana had to go to the hospital on Monday night and my parents went to Long Beach to be with her.
Yesterday, Dad and I switched places and I went and joined Mom with Nana. She is doing fine, but had to stay for a bit because her blood pressure is too high. We were very worried that we’d spend New Year’s Eve in the hospital and our hotel room, but thank God, Nana was released tonight!
The good news of my stay in the hospital was the beautiful view of Long Beach Nana had in her room!
You could see the downtown sky line and sort of the ocean. Mom and I also went to the newborn nursery floor yesterday and today. That was definitely the best part! Today we saw the sweetest little baby boy. He was born at 2:20pm, weighed 7.8 pounds and was 19.5 inches. Too perfect. Nice to see a new born for the New Year.
Now, it is 10:43 and I am with my parents watching Ryan Seacrest's show, Carson Daly's show, and Anderson Cooper's show. I heart Anderson Cooper. I'm sure I'll be the only one up (in then house) at midnight, but I'll celebrate for sure! Haha.
Hope you enjoy ringing in the new year!
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
C Jane Enjoy It.
Jasmine Star Photography.
A Cup of Jo.
Looking forward to reading more over the next couple days! I'll add them as I find them. :)
I’m not sure I have ever been so glad to see a year-end. 2010 was not my best year. Actually, it was not the best year for my family or many of my loved ones. The worst part of the year was losing Grandma. It basically shadowed all of this year. Ironically, as I write this year end post my Nana is in the hospital. Pray she heals and is fine.
Along with losing Grandma, my best friend, Rachel, lost her Dad and the Randant’s lost Marty. I have learned a lot about grief this year. I’ve learned how strong it makes people and how every person processes it differently. I’ve learned it makes holidays harder and can show up at the most random times. I’ve been reminded that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
This year has also brought personal struggles with anxiety and stress. It has brought tough work decisions and lots of difficult learning moments.
However, I hate to be “glass half-empty,” so I have to admit that there were good times in 2010 too. I wrote about some of these moments in November. The best part was my New York trip with my parents (only to be made better if my sister had been able to go). I also got to meet Anne Lamott and hear her speak, as well as attend the Glee concert. I spent a lot of time with good friends too. Plus, I graduated with my masters! So glad I am ending 2010 on a positive note.
This year I learned to be even more comfortable on my own. Learned to accept things as they are and react to minimal change in a minimal way, rather than dramatically. I cooked a Thanksgiving meal – and enjoyed it. And spent a lot of time relaxing, which sounds lazy, but is actually quite wonderful.
It has certainly been a year of change, learning, faith, and perseverance.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Here are some pictures (on my new camera, of course):
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Blessings to each of you and a very merry Christmas!
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Today was so rainy! I love that the weather is reflecting Christmas-time! I braved the rain a couple times today, but most of today I was cozy in my room. Love a lazy day.
I experimented with my new camera today and here are some of my pictures:
The view from my parents’ hotel room.
My zoom feature. Love the way this picture turned out!
A quick tour picture tour of my apartment (for Amy, who wrote me about hers a while back).
The living room.
My sister’s room.
My roomies’ room.
I re-did my bookshelves last weekend. Yes, I organized them in thematic sections.
The crazy rain.
Up next for the evening: wrapping gifts and watching Mad Men.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
I now have a Masters of Arts in Organizational Leadership.
I graduated today! Okay, technically, I am still finishing a class until the end of January. However, I did walk today! I am so happy. There is a kind of happiness when I graduate that is indescribable. You sort of feel like you're flying and seeing life through pink glasses. You feel complete joy and the whole ceremony seems surreal. I just smile the whole time. It is an incredible feeling. I wish I could bottle it up and give it to each and every one of you! It is awesome.
Today I had an early lunch with my parents, Nana, sister, her boyfriend, Chris, and the lovely, Nichol. I was so excited for my parents to meet Nichol. Then I went with my Mom early to graduation and showed her some of my favorite houses on the way. At the school I toured her around my office and then introduced her to some coworkers who were helping at graduation. After the ceremony I said hi to everyone and took pictures and then we went to dinner at North Woods. The group was my mom, dad, Ashley, Chris, Nana, my two aunts, my uncle, and my cousin. It was a fun dinner. I really did miss Grandma today though. I think we all did.
When I got home from all the festivities I played with my new camera. It is a "real" camera with a lens and everything! I love it! My parents always buy me the best gifts. :) I think photography will be my new post-grad hobby.
(photo from Newsweek. Used during my capstone presentation).
Friday, December 17, 2010
Who knew a masters graduate could still learn so much from a sandbox? :)
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Last weekend my sister and I had quite the adventure. Actually, my whole weekend was an adventure, but this one with my sister takes the cake! Ashley and I were in Long Beach and while we were there we decided to go by our old house (we have two in LB, but one we remember much more than the other). Once my directionally talented sister got us to the right section of the street and we drove up and down it once, and then we found it! The house we lived at from '94-'96.
So, here comes the real "adventure" part of the story... as we stared at the house, walked up to the house, took pictures of the house, and talked about the house, two men walked up the street with their dogs. I walked back to the car and Ashley said hello before also walking back to the car. When we turned around we realized it was their house! I nearly died of embarrassment since they completely saw us stalking their home! We hopped in the car, but weren't quite ready to leave, and before we knew it, one of then men waved us over and Ash bounded out of the car. (I, being the more cautious sister, locked the car and grabbed one of our cell phones just in case we had to call the cops... sorry, Mom!). He asked if we wanted to see the house and we said yes and then he let us come in! Craziness.
It was so unexpected and kind of awkward, but also wonderful and fun. We compared notes about the house and got a full tour. We ohh-ed and aww-ed about the changes they've made and I nearly cried when we talked about the neighbors (they were such a nice couple). It was too fun and a total God thing as far as timing goes. I mean really, when do you get invited into your old home?
It was all very much like the Miranda Lambert song "The House That Built Me."
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Highlight of the weekend: I cooked the entire Thanksgiving (part 2) meal. So exciting and fun! Didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did. My mom supervised and before I knew it, the food was made and quickly devoured by the family.
Here are the pictures to prove it and to reveal what I made:
(butter, celery, and onion: my Mom’s favorite holiday smell).
My sister peeled them all.
The finished product (before):
In addition to the fabulous meal, we “decked (most of) the halls” by putting up both trees. Decorating one (so far).
Ashley and Chris (her bf) hung the lights.
It was a great weekend and got the holidays off to the right start.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
It went much better than I thought. Turned on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade first thing.
Today my Dad's side of the family got together at my Aunt Connie's. We do every major holiday together, but this was our first one since Grandma passed away. It was tough at times, but we kept the mood light and happy. We also invited some extended family down to join. Grandma would have been so proud, I miss her. I left first, but my Mom told me that my two aunts and Dad cried when they said goodbye. The reality of Grandma's absence hit them. Grief is such an interesting thing, I said a prayer for the Randant family and the Kennedy family, both of whom lost their Dads this year. It is a little comforting to think all three families (mine included) are dealing with loss. Holidays are tough the first year... or so I've heard and am learning.
Then I drove down to San Diego to stay at my parents' for the weekend. It is so nice to be home!!! Ash and I went to Michael's tonight (Thanksgiving sale). Driving home and around the neighborhood on such a beautiful cold night was perfect. And now Sleepless in Seattle is on! What could be better?