Thursday, April 30, 2009

Look what I did today...

That's right...I got my cap and gown! I graduate in a little over a week, which is still totally unbelievable. I can't believe I don't have to take another class, revise my thesis, or write another article for class ever again. Crazy.

Cole and I are really glad that our both of our families are going to be together for our graduations. We realized recently that this will be the first time that his mom and my dad have seen each other since our wedding almost four years ago. That's ridiculous. But, we all know that it takes a lot to get my dad out of Monroeville.

I did other stuff today too, but this was by far the most exciting.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

It's hot.

I am not a fan of summer. I miss my sweaters, turtlenecks, scarves, and winter coats. Shorts, sleeveless shirts, and swimsuits don't excite me at all. In fact, they depress me. I like to have as many layers on as possible. Also, I feel like I'm always gross in the summer - always sweaty, hot, and sticky.

Plus work clothes are so much harder to figure out in the summer. I have to walk from my car to my office, and I would prefer to not be sweating by the time I get to the office. Sometimes this is difficult in Tuscaloosa. We have determined that Tuscaloosa is the hottest place on earth. Even if the temperature isn't as high as other places, it feels so much hotter here for some reason.

Oh well. I guess I need to get over my dislike of hot weather. After all, I do live in Alabama. And the seasons will change regardless of what I want. That's life.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Second showing

We had the second showing of our house on Thursday. For some reason Thursday is a popular day to look at our house. The most recent showing, however, was MUCH calmer and way less stressful than our first.

Before I describe the morning of the first showing. let me preface by saying that I had a full day planned for last Thursday. I had a phone interview scheduled for 9:30 a.m., and then I had to write an article for a class that was due at 5 p.m. that day.

At 8:45 a.m., my phone rings. Since it was an unknown 205 number, I let it go to voicemail. I checked the voicemail and got this message, "Hi Anna, this is Ann from Hamner Real Estate. A realtor just called to see if she could show your house between 10 and 11 this morning." WHAT?!?!?!? Was she serious? Since it was our first showing, we didn't want to turn it down. I called Ann back while Cole ran downstairs to clean the carpet. (We bought a Woolite Rug Stick the day before, but we hadn't used it yet.)

We were both running around like crazy people, and I was mad. Really mad. I thought I was going to have at least a few hours notice. I wanted to have flowers for my kitchen table. I wanted to have time to obsess over every little detail. Instead, I was trying to shower, get ready to leave the house, and clean my bathroom all at the same time. Ridiculous. Then I had to call the professor I was interviewing for my story. The phones at Furman were doing something weird, so I couldn't reach her. Ugh.

We got the house clean and left before the realtor arrived. I went to the public library and called my mom on the way. I was so mad. I was probably mostly yelling at her about how ridiculous it was that we had pretty much no warning. I spent my time at the library writing my article, and got home about 11:15.

I packed a quick lunch and was about to leave for class when I got another phone call. It was Ann again. The same people wanted to see our house again that afternoon. After hearing that, I was sure we would get an offer soon...nope. We haven't heard anything. We had another showing this past Thursday, but we never heard anything from that either. Hopefully it'll sell soon. I'm ready to not have to worry about it anymore.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Easter weekend

I have always loved Easter. It is so humbling, happy, and hopeful. The fact that Jesus Christ died for my sins is completely overwhelming and freeing. Jesus has overcome death and now lives, and we will live eternally with him in perfect community...pretty amazing.

Cole and I had a great and spontaneous weekend. We decided around 6 p.m. on Friday that we wanted to go to Birmingham. We threw a bunch of stuff together and hit the road. We drove straight to Bottega and used the gift card Ty gave Cole for Christmas. It was delicious! We ran into several people that we know there which was really surprising. I always think we will see people when we eat out in Tuscaloosa, but we never do. I never dreamed we would see people we know in Birmingham.

We spent the rest of the weekend in Birmingham at Cole's parents' house even though they were at the beach. We stalked our new house (I still absolutely love it and can't wait to move in!), and drove around our new neighborhood. I now know how to get to the house. Woohoo! And I think I can get to most places from our house. I'm sure I'll stalk it many more times before we close in June.

Saturday night we had dinner at Liz and Allen's house. We haven't seen them much this semester because we've all been really busy, so it was nice to catch up. Sunday we went to a couple of open houses just for fun and then went to church with Cole's parents. It was a nice service, and we got to see Liz and Allen again. We went to see Baby Miles after church. He is absolutely adorable and had a lot of new tricks to show us. I can't wait until we can see him more regularly. After dinner with Cole's parents, we came on home.

We still haven't had one person come to look at our house which is disappointing. I know it will sell eventually, but, to be honest, I HATE having to keep it spotless all the time. I am not a neat person by nature, so it's really hard. Cole has done a great job of cleaning the kitchen every single night before we go to bed, and he takes out the trash, makes up the bed, and tons of other things around the house. He's been great. I've been trying, but it's hard. We're hoping that these habits will follow us to the new house, so it'll always be clean.

More likely, though, we'll just get tired of keeping it so clean and then totally trash the new house. Who knows though? Maybe I'll magically turn into my mom.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

A hymn for Easter

It Is Finished - Part II (Hark, the Voice of Love and Mercy)
Taken from the Gadsby Hymnal #93

Hark, the voice of love and mercy,
Sounds aloud from Calvary!
See, it rends the rocks asunder,
Shakes the earth and veils the sky!
"It is finished, It is finished,"
Hear the dying Savior cry.

"It is finished," O what pleasure,
Do these charming words afford,
Heavenly blessings, without measure,
Flow to us from Christ the Lord.
"It is finished, it is finished,"
Saints the dying words record.

Finished all the types and shadows,
Of the ceremonial law;
Finished all that God had promised;
Death and hell no more shall awe.
"It is finished, it is finished,"
Saints from hence your comfort draw.

Tune your harps anew, ye seraphs;
Join to sing the pleasing them;
Saints on earth and all in heaven,
Join to praise Immanuel's name.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Glory to the bleeding Lamb!

Words: Attributed to Jonathan Evans, 1784 and Benjamin Francis, 1787.
Music: Jeff Koonce, 2005.
2006 Red Mountain Music

Friday, April 10, 2009

A favorite hymn

Be Still, My Soul

Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.

Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.

Leave to thy God to order and provide;

In every change, He faithful will remain.

Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly Friend

Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake

To guide the future, as He has the past.

Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;

All now mysterious shall be bright at last.

Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know

His voice Who ruled them while He dwelt below.

Be still, my soul: when dearest friends depart,

And all is darkened in the vale of tears,

Then shalt thou better know His love, His heart,

Who comes to soothe thy sorrow and thy fears.

Be still, my soul: thy Jesus can repay

From His own fullness all He takes away.

Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on

When we shall be forever with the Lord.

When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,

Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.

Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past,

All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.

Be still, my soul: begin the song of praise

On earth, believing, to thy Lord on high;

Acknowledge Him in all thy works and ways,

So shall He view thee with a well-pleased eye.

Be still, my soul: the Sun of life divine

Through passing clouds shall but more brightly shine.

*Public Domain. Words: Katharina A. von Schlege (trans. Jane Borthwick). Music: Jean Sibelius.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Back to the real world

In the midst of writing and editing for class, I decided I needed to update the old blog. I have officially conquered jet lag. In fact, I don’t think I ever had any bad effects from it. Since coming back from France, I have been going to bed around 10 p.m. most nights (which is unheard of for me!) and getting up with very little trouble (which is definitely unheard of for me!!) around 7 or 8 a.m. depending on if I have to go to work. I’ve decided maybe I should go to France every few weeks to ensure that my body clock stays on this system. The only weird thing I’ve been doing is waking up at 5 every morning thirsty. I get up, get water, and wait about 20 minutes and then hop back into bed. Strange.

It’s so nice to be back to my life and my routine. This week has been insanely busy, but I’ve handled it all pretty well I think. I’m mostly on top of all of my work, and I’ve been fairly pleasant to be around – although you’d have to ask Cole to see if that’s really true.

When I got back on Saturday night, I fell into bed and just slept. On Sunday Cole and I had a good lunch and then worked on the house a good bit. We listed it today, so we needed to get it in good shape. Then I planned out all of our dinners for the week. In case you don’t know this “secret” about me, I’m not naturally gifted at organization. When it’s really important (like at work) I try to stay organized, and I do okay. But, if I’m not super-focused on staying organized, my life tends to move toward disorder. I tell you all of this just to brag on what an amazing thing it was to plan our meals for the week. I have been to the grocery store only once this week. It’s been fabulous. So far this week we’ve had poppy seed chicken, oven-fried chicken with macaroni and cheese and salad, and spaghetti. Tonight I have a meeting so dinner is whatever we find, and tomorrow night we’re having ravioli with pesto. These dinners are all fairly easy and fast to prepare, so I’ve had no dinner-related stress this week. I’m already working on my menu for next week.

As of today, our townhouse is officially on the market. If you know of anyone who wants a 2 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom townhouse in Tuscaloosa, let me know! I think I’ve gotten my hopes up that it’s going to sell quickly which is a bad thing. I always get my hopes up about stuff like this, and the results are never good. We’ll see though.

This weekend Cole and I are going to Monroeville, and I can’t wait! It seems like I haven’t seen my parents in forever. AND I get to meet little Miller Rogers finally. I was worried he would be driving before I finally got to meet him. It should be an exciting weekend. I’ll try to take lots of pictures.