Monday, September 29, 2008

Picture Worthy

My cousin has officially informed me that I am not blogging enough. I admit, things have been pretty inconsistent, but I am hoping to start posting a couple times a week now. Patrick and I committed ourselves to getting things put away around here this past weekend. Actually, he invited people over to watch Georgia play Alabama and we were pretty much forced to get it done. Although it mainly consisted of moving what was crowding "The Room" into the laundry room (where it is currently crowding all walking space), we went out and splurged on a few things that really helped tie things together. We are taking one area at a time. This weekend we finalized the bed area, the front porch, and got quite a bit done with the entry way. There is still much more to do, but I wanted to give a preview of the areas that are completed or close to being completed. We love you all!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

According to Jim

Patrick and I had our first L.A. experience on Friday night. Immediately following work, we went against traffic to the ABC studios in Los Angeles to get good seats at the filming of an episode of According to Jim. It was so exciting getting to meet Jim Belushi (the star of K-9 and Blues enthusiast). I was pleasantly surprised with how down-to-earth and friendly he was. He came out before the filming started and talked to all of us a bit. They filmed each scene 2-3 times, and sometimes more when Jim forgot his lines. It took almost three hours to film one episode. One thing we thought was interesting was that they would film alternate endings for every scene, so we are interested to see which combinations they actually use. Although I had never previously watched the show, we will be sure to watch this episode when it shows in December.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Slowing Down

It seems that God has a tendency to teach lessons in the small things in life. The big lessons seem obvious, but the small ones can be overlooked if you don't slow down to notice them. If you know me at all, you know I am an extremely task-oriented person. I work almost exclusively on a list in my mind. One of the biggest tasks I have right now is to get our little studio together. This task has become distracting and borderline consuming. I don't want to do anything or go anywhere until we have things together. All week long I have been anticipating the weekend, almost positive that I could have everything in it's place by Sunday night. What I wasn't anticipating, however, was being sick all weekend. Boo! Now, I am stuck laying down looking at all of things I wish I could get done. What hurts even more is having to watch the USC/Ohio State game on TV as opposed to watching it in L.A. as planned. The lesson this weekend has been a good one--one that I have had to learn many times. When it is all said and done, the tasks that seem so important right now, won't make a difference either way.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Knowshon Who?

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Coming Along

We have quickly realized how much we miss SEC football. Patrick and I had an awesome night rooting for Tennessee at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Monday night. Although UCLA took the win, it was a great game to watch. We spent all afternoon tailgating and drinking some authentic southern sweet tea....another thing I miss about the south. Patrick and I have done everything we could do to try to guarantee getting the SEC games on TV, but we can't get around the blackouts. We ended up having to buy the UGA/Central Michigan game today. Insane.

The "settling in" is coming along very slowly. We are still waiting on our laundry room/storage room to get finished, so we have boxes everywhere. We have creatively made a small path from the front door to THE ROOM (which, is what I will refer to our home as since it is literally one big room....other than the bathroom and kitchen). We are hoping to have everything settled in by Monday.

Many of you know how difficult it has been for me to find a teaching job out here. California is in a budget crisis and has had to let go a vast majority of their teachers. If any jobs come available, the previously employed educators get dibs. I did, however, interview at a Catholic school earlier this week and was offered the job yesterday! Yeah! Although it is just a temporary position while the teacher is on maternity leave, it will buy me some time to get my credentials transferred to California. Until next time......