Friday, April 27, 2007
Nick and I have been faced with a difficult decision... to leave our sweet apartment in DC to live with my family and save money for a home. We are considering the long term benefits of such a move. But I will drastically miss city life.
My mom and I went to the zoo yesterday for a couple hours with the baby. It is less than a 10 minute drive from our apartment!! And it is free, and on-street parking is free for 2 hours or so. We saw the cutest red pandas that sleep curled up in tree branches! They are way more interesting and cute than the giant pandas in my opinion!!! Little Tai Shan gets all the credit. Anastasia was quite facisnated by the giant panda though... taking a bath in front of us. Do pandas ever eat people? I don't really see them as threatening. Perhaps that is to their advantage... "aw, look at the cute, cuddly panda bear..." *CHOMP!!*
It is great being able to walk to Whole Foods in the Spring, with all the flowers blooming. I will miss the easy access to Whole Foods and Trader Joes. I wonder why organic foods taste better? And they look so much better... aren't they supposed to be crawling with bugs since they aren't sprayed? It seems somewhat ironic.
My mom helped me plant flowers around our apartment building... and amazingly they are still alive 8 days later. Maybe I have some Czech quality genes afterall. I am half Czech... and Czechs farm. They are born with green thumbs and grow vegetables and fruits organically with ease. I thought I had the black thumb of death as far as plants are concerned. Every plant I seem to touch dies. Actually I love gardening afterall! I feel in touch with my roots for the first time and it is very refreshing!
I have a weekly crafting group which is awesome! I love the creative juices that flow at our meetings! Nick comes to hang out with my fellow-crafter Gwen's boyfriend Todd. They play chess and have philisophical discussions. We were there until 1 am last night. Even Anastasia is super well-behaved at craft meetings! I also joined a hip-mommies group which I will also miss if we move back to my hometown in Stafford. God has really blessed us where we are, but He has also blessed me with a family eager to help us out... and it just feels like the right move. I am so happy to have had this great city experience!
Armand's Pizza... you too will be greatly missed.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
It is that time again! Andy (my younger brother) is setting out on another hike. He has already completed the Appalacian Trail, and half of the Pacific Crest... and he is only 21 (as of 6 days ago). I tried to pick up his backpack, and nearly fell over due to how heavy it is! I just can't imagine the limits you push your body to out on the trail. Hiking for months straight with a huge pack of everything you need to survive. He said you get used to it, and hiking all day becomes normal. Its awesome that he is following his dreams!
My brother, Leia and I went for a morning jog at 5:30am. It is nice to get back into shape after a year of being pregnant and healing from baby. There is nothing like a nice, invigorating jog in the wee hours of the morning before the city wakes up.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Tech is such a great school, it is too bad that it will forever carry this baggage. My parents met at Tech and I was born not far from there in Christiansburg. If you have ever been there, you know that it is a beautiful, serene place. I used to visit Tara while she lived on campus, and thought it was a great place. We went rollerskating there once, and I ran off this ledge to avoid hitting people... and I scraped my knee really bad. I still have a scar. Atleast I wasn't shot.
Guns do not kill people. People kill people. People who need Jesus kill people.
"Amy's going back to school today
Elation, jubilation screams from her face
Did the halls smell of gunpowder still
What made the human heart dark enough to kill?
A new hope, Where is your freedom?
A new hope, cast off your burdens.
A darker world was behind this one.
Cryptic it hides beneath perception
We all saw it on that day
Stunned we stood stuttering
What did the news say?
A new hope, Where is your freedom?
A new hope, Here is your freedom... Hope.
Peace fills us, by hope we steer,
Our dark hearts salvage
We live without fear.
And a new hope... Jesus Christ."
-Five Iron Frenzy
Friday, April 13, 2007
Before we got a dog, Nick had me read a book all about huskies (Siberian Huskies for Dummies). The book stated that if you like a clean house, a husky is not for you because they shed a lot. The book mentioned shedding several times but could have never prepared me for the insane amount of hair that resides in my apartment! In Siberia huskies are supposed to "blow their coat" once a year. Washington DC is a far cry from Siberia. Leia blows her coat twice a year and I think she has begun to "blow" as you can tell by the pile of fur in the picture above that I brushed off with this amazing brush called "the furminator". Hopefully it will be a powerful weapon in keeping our apartment cleaner.
On another note, we finally came up with a name for the jeep! "THE BLACK PEARL". Its perfect! Now we need to get a skull and crossbone sticker for the back! What a kick-butt vehichle!