whew, what an exhausting and stomach filling day :P the day began with some errands: haircut, paper store, and borders. haircuts are interesting to me because i always ask for the same thing: #2 on the sides and blend it on the top. yet, it never seems the same as my last haircut. perhaps it’s because i have a bad long term memory and can’t remember what i looked like four weeks ago (that’s generally how often i get a haircut), or it’s due to the stylistic flair of each hairstylist… there’s definitely been some great ones and some noticeably bad ones. i remember once, there was just something unsymmetrical about my hair, and i just wondered how the person did not realize this… and then other times, people would comment on how good my haircut was! that surprised me as well… because i feel like it shouldn’t be any different… i’d be happy with people noticing that i did get a haircut, but is it that much better? sadly, i can’t tell, haha.
well, i went to the other stores to buy cards & gifts for two youth who are getting baptized tomorrow! except, one of them doesn’t think he’s ready… so he’s gonna wait :/ oh well. and, i guess throughout this day, my mom was cooking a turkey, and the house smelled pretty much like it. funny, this is the first time i’ve eaten turkey since we had chinese food on thanksgiving :P
headed to church for worship practice at 2:30 until 4. people started coming in then, bringing in tons of food for the potluck! this kept happening till 5, when we began our feast! my mom prayed for us, and then we started =) YUM. actually, i had to wait until the newcomers & elderly & children went… but then it was YUM. lots of turkey & chinese food :) great combo! i also decided to play my two new christmas albums that i bought on friday morning at midnight :P and i love them BOTH!
let’s see… phil wickham’s album is really good in that i’m hoping to use some of the ideas in it for our own christmas service =) and plus, he does some great vocal stuff, though i wish it was just him and acoustic! but, he sounds pretty good with a full band, and he doesn’t just play them straight through… i think he did a good job rearranging some of the songs. and then, my main man, DAVE BARNES. has come out with a new album, and i LOVE it. more than half the songs (10) are originals, which is pretty amazing because most of the albums i have are just covers. at least, very good and unique covers… but i fell in love with one of them instantly! i will post it up, and now it’s made me try to learn it :P and, this is one of those albums that you can play at parties or romantic christmas nights because knowing dave barnes, that’s the kind of atmosphere he wants to create ;) but sadly, i’ve realized that some of the christmas songs are actually HARD to learn! i.e. the christmas song. i did not know there were so many chords, especially jazzy ones, to learn. i’m intrigued, but i don’t have the time to learn =(
anyways, after the potluck, we had a time of worship, and then the youth split from the adults to have their own time of sharing because the adults would be sharing in mandarin… in our small group, we just went around saying what we were thankful for, and while some of them were very funny/superficial (i mean, they’re just in middle school…), others talked about their dad getting a job again and other family matters… so it was a good balance =) i shared basically what i wrote down recently, and then we concluded with a circle hug! since the adults hadn’t finished, we spent the rest of the time just playing with/taking care of kids, so i’m pretty sure any weight i may have gained from eating two plates of food was negated from keeping up with the kids. man, this gaining weight thing is HARD! i hope i don’t have like hyperthyroidism… anyways, i’ve gotten some work done for this break, but it’s definitely gone by too quick! i think i got HALF of what i set out to do, and at least i got sunday left =(
the first day of school went well. i like my teachers so far, so i think i’ll definitely enjoy the classwork, especially since i got an override into one of them. but i was exhausted today, either from a lack of sleep/restless night, or adjusting to the school schedule. i honestly can’t believe bapst is closed today. i was so looking forward to working there, but i’ll settle for a study lounge. i met a lot of people today so that was exciting, especially people from abroad, like eliza, mark, don. i’m so glad i still recognize them…that was the nicest way i could put it in saying that they didn’t seem to change much. well, i think they would, but i haven’t actually sat down with them, so that’s a totally different story.
i tried practicing phil wickham but i realized that he sings too high. gosh darn. and i’m trying my hardest to be productive, but i find it inevitable that i get distracted. but i’ll work with that.
i have no idea how to love freely. someone random sat down during lunch with me. well not with me. he was like across from me because there were no more empty tables… but i didn’t want to start a conversation.
i still want to live a life of adventure, but i guess i have to choose it. i hope i’m making good memories along the way.