Monthly Archives: April 2007

Another day is done

These weekends are getting depressing! It’s rained the last 4 weekends. No, not during the week. Just the weekends. This weekend I put it to work though. Tera, Robin and I went out for lunch at Alpenglow restaurant yesterday and on the wall they had these pictures of the painted hills. I thought it’d be nice to road trip there one day. I found out the best time to go is when it rains because the colors really pop out. So today as I sat here, doing little while it rained outside, I decided to go to the Painted Hills on my own. Wow, they are quite stunning. I look forward to going back again with other people. They’re located about two hours northeast of Bend. The drive is quite pleasant and didn’t seem like 2 hours. If you want to see pictures, I’ve posted a link in the photos section. I hope next time I go it’s sunny. All the signs there said how different the hills look in various lighting.
So yup. That was my big excursion for the weekend. We’ve got one last week at work of messed up schedule. Starting in May we’ll be making weekly visits to our accounts. It’s kind of fun jumping around all over God’s creation, but it’s very stressful as well. I never know for sure where we’ll be going next. Most of my accounts are pretty cool, so it should be a really good summer of work.

Alright kids, check out those pictures. They’re really pretty. Have a good week!

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The Death and Life of Great American Cities

That’s the title of the book I’m currently reading. Written by Jane Jacobs. Some of you who have been in the architectural/planning field may have heard or even read it. I myself have read sections of it in the past for some class during college. Since then I’ve been meaning to read it but never put the full effort behind it to get it done. Now with the possibility of grad school on the horizon, I figured I should get to reading it here. This book isn’t strictly for those of us interested in urban planning. No, it’s a good read for the general public. It gives a good insight into the field and how the fabric of urban areas is woven well or unwell.
So I started reading the book (again) today and it made me think about my own street. Tera has a subscription to netflix and I took it upon myself to put them in the mailbox for her. I took the book with me for the trip to the mailbox and continued to read. As I crossed to the other side of the street a 4 year oldish boy went whizzing by on his bike on the sidewalk. Shortly after he went whizzing by me in the opposite direction. He stopped at his house, looked back at me and said “how’s it going?” I said, “good. how are you?” “good.” I went back to reading my sentences with a smile on my face. I tried to insert the movies in our mailbox at the end of the street but they were too big. This meant I needed to take a much longer trip to the real deal blue mailbox 8 blocks away. It’s nice out so I went. Again the little kid rode by me. He looked back and said “i wanted to make sure you were still there.” I got into a dialogue with him explaining my predicament with the netflix dvds. He assured me he would keep on riding down the sidewalk and back to his house. We parted ways, but this is the sort of interaction that makes for a good urban (if you want to call Bend urban) environment. That boy’s father has the trust in the people that live around him to not do anything sinister to his son. Dad feels safe and unthreatened by his neighborhood. And I don’t blame him. There are eyes everywhere looking out at the street and sidewalk. Tera and I are keeping guard of our street. We look at everyone who walks by and if something were wrong, we’d know. So we’re safe. It’s a great feeling. By living here we have the responsibility to look after our neighbors and in return they will look out for us. Yeah, so that’s my rant for the day.

I think I was partially dead yesterday. I slept most of the day away and then got a full night’s rest last night. Before I go to bed, I usually will read a bit. Last night I turned on my night light and never touched my book. I fell right asleep only to wake up at 5:30 AM in the same exact position with my night light still on, confusing me because of how bright it was when I opened my eyes. I’ve had a relaxing day today. No one is here. I’ve been catching up on podcasts, finishing up details on my room and of course reading. Speaking of which, I think I’ll return to reading now. Have a good week everyone.

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Good Good Friday

For some reason the title of this entry sparked this memory of Katherine and I coloring in some Easter pictures in our dorm. I can’t remember what the pictures were. I’m sure they were ridiculous. And then there was the curious incident of Katherine distributing chocolate bunnies to various rooms at Cholla. Her mother had given us about 12 chocolate bunnies in big boxes and we decided that Katherine should dress up as an Easter bunny. The costume consisted of baby blue lotion gloves from bed bath and beyond and a headband that I taped two little bunny ears too. I’m sure we confused quite a few college kids that night. Any ways…..

I just returned from Good Friday mass. I can only remember going to it one other time in my life and I believe it was with Katherine. I’ve been trying to get back on track with myself this week. There’s been quite a bit of drinking going on in the last 2 months and it’s affecting me. So we’re putting the kabash on it and going back to the basics. I’m already feeling better. Now I just need to get into pesky grad school…..

This weekend should be relaxing. We’re having a work party in celebration of Debby, my co-worker who died last weekend. That’s tomorrow and then Easter is Sunday. We’re going to take it easy. Settle my mind and find peace. And think about Jesus. Well, I hope those of you who are Christian have a blessed weekend. And everyone else, you can have a blessed weekend too. Take care kids.

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Not just another Monday

One of my co-workers died over the weekend in an ATV crash. I’ve only been working at my new job for 3 1/2 weeks, but I did get an opportunity to work with this woman. I liked her. She’d been working at this company for the last 8 years so it was a pretty hard hit for everyone. Her daughter works at my company too. She’s has a lot of kids, some young. Any ways, as usual it really puts things into perspective. Makes you think more about what your goals in life are. I know what mine are (for the most part). You just never know what’s going to happen, so you have to live out your dreams. If you don’t have any life goals, you should probably get some. One of my other co-workers is a filler. And he doesn’t have any goals, has no ambition to travel (cause it costs too much money). I wish there was something I could do to make him change his mind. But that’s who he is. It makes me sad.

Any ways, me and Mandars are moving to London in September. No, I haven’t been accepted for school. But I will be and it’ll be hecka awesome. All are welcome to move to London with us.

That’s all. I’ve got some stuff to look through for work. Peace out.

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