Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Attack of... CATZILLA!!!

While attempting to write a thank you note, my cat, Boo, decided that she was, in fact, more important than whoever I was writing. As she often does, she jumped up onto my desk, laid across the letter, and nuzzled my writing hand, demanding attention.

Yes, she remained triumphant, eventually forcing me to give up on my letter.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Friday, June 25, 2010

Love Is In The Air

Just a few hours ago, my cousin was married at a beautiful church just minutes from picturesque Florida beaches covered in white sand. A reception followed afterwards, held at a luxurious venue featuring a pool, hammocks, food, and other instruments of enjoyment and relaxation. Throughout the heartfelt wedding ceremony and the lovely gathering that followed, I think that everyone in attendance felt a spirit of love in the air. As the new husband and wife danced to a slow tune, onlookers cried softly and cheered loudly, experiencing the beauty of love before them.

During this celebration of love, another romance came to my attention: that of my relative Carolyn's. Carolyn is my grandfather's niece, which makes her my second cousin once removed or something to that effect. Regardless of her exact relation, I absolutely love Carolyn. She is intelligent, funny, talented, easy to talk to, very caring, and overall, a really wonderful woman. She reminds me a lot of my grandmother. Carolyn is 76 years old - 76! And yes, I introduced her first by talking about a romance of hers! I can imagine some of you being confused at this point so let me explain.

Carolyn was married happily to a man named Ruhl (not sure if I spelled it correctly) for dozens of years. Together they had three children who have grown up to be wonderful people. Unfortunately, somewhere between 12-15 years ago, Ruhl passed away. Thus, for the last several years, Carolyn has been living on her own as a widow, not even "noticing men," according to her.

Tonight at the wedding reception, however, Carolyn sounded as though she was a teenage schoolgirl again. Over the past couple of months, she has been spending time with Bill, a man from her church that has been her friend for 54 years. Both had been married to other people who had sadly passed away, but were now really enjoying each other's company.

For the better part of an hour, Carolyn, the mother of three, grandmother of nine, regaled the family with the tale of this blossoming romance. The story of how he had called her to ask her to lunch and the drama of them agreeing to sit next to each other in church were of particular interest. She spoke of Bill's caring attitude as he raised his children and his admirable religious standards. My relative Glen, her son, joked that she talked more about Bill in 15 minutes than he had about any woman he'd ever dated!

While listening Carolyn talk so excitedly about this man, I felt such happiness for her. At the same time that young love was being sealed in marriage, Carolyn's joy at the outset of a new relationship reminded me that love is a timeless force, capable of infecting young and old with the same giddiness, energy, and excitement. I concur wholeheartedly with my relative Steve's comment: "It just makes you happy to hear people talk excitedly about love!"

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Florida Abode

For the next few days, my mom and I, along with a couple relatives, are staying in a small beach house in Florida for my cousin's wedding. The quaint home is located just a few minutes' walk from the beach and will serve as a lovely home away from home for the remainder of our time here.

I took a few pictures of the house this morning so I can take you on a bit of a virtual tour! I hope to catalog my adventures in Florida to the best of my ability here on my blog.

Drive down Seabreeze Boulevard and you will come across the driveway to the house which is hidden from view by a hodgepodge of shrubbery.

Follow the driveway in and take a right onto the front porch, which is isolated from the forces of nature (aka hoards of mosquitoes) by netting along the border.

Open the front door from the porch and you are greeted by a cozy setting of couches centered around a table and TV, already the site of many great family conversations.

Take a look to your right and you can see a small kitchen and dining area, perfect for a small group on a beach vacation.

And there it is! Minus the bedrooms, but I'm sure you get the gist.

As I said before, I'll try to post again! We'll be here until Monday, so I intend to blog about that which I feel blog-worthy. A few ideas are coming to mind already!

Friday, June 11, 2010


They say that when one door closes, another one opens.

Lately, I've become even more aware of the power of these unseen opportunities brought about by seemingly closing doors. Something completely feared and horrible can take place, yet seven months later you realize that it truly was the best thing that could have happened. Sometimes, the thing that you most feared losing is actually strengthened by that which was threatening it.

Interesting how life's doors work.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Graduation Pictures

Here are some pictures from graduation! In the photo-taking frenzy that ensued shortly after our arrival, my mom and I fought to get pictures with everyone we could. Unfortunately, I didn't get one with everyone I'd have liked to, but here are some of the highlights.

A good group right here!

Anish and I: Locker partners for life!

Rachel and I

Tyler and I: Friends since preschool

Matty D and I: LHC, Solidarity!

Takami and I, squinting into the sun

Brad and I: friends since elementary school, still living it up!

The Guys

I'll probably write another blog about graduation soon, but I had to put some of these pictures up. For now, let's just say that it was a spectacular culmination of what have been a great three years.