Monday, January 30, 2006

My Unconventional College Life

My first post on "The Fridge"! Just thought I'd say hello to my wonderful family, and tell you what's new with me.

I just completed my first week at college. Well, not "at" per se, considering the fact that it's a "long-distance learning" course. That means my "campus" is actually just my home. On those same lines, my "dorm room" is shared with a freshman, my "gym" is our driveway, and most nights, I end up washing dishes by hand in the "cafeteria". Yes, life is tough at my college. And after only a week, things are seeming redundant. Every morning I roll out of bed, and I lurch toward the bathroom. Lurching is my standard mode of transportation in the morning. It's like a walk, but sloppier. Anyways, I reach the bathroom and the next few groggy minutes are spent in front of the mirror, as I stand frowning at my "student body". I then take a shower, and get dressed in the "school colors". That is, whatever's at the top of my drawer on this particular day. Then I have a meal much like a normal person's breakfast, only instead of ham & eggs or pancakes, it's a bowl of some kind of cereal with a mutant name like Froot Loops, Sugar Pops, Yellow#4-Os, or CarboCrunchies. The rest of the day is spent on the computer typing essays and the like, only occasionally interrupting this routine with bathroom breaks or maybe a Coke-run. (Depending on the time of day, it may actually be a Coke-lurch.)

And so it is, day after day. I'll wake up tomorrow, and repeat it. Like I said before, college life is hard, but I'll survive.

I'm going to stop writing now, because my typing speed is steadily slowing down. Maybe I need a Coke.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Happy New Year

Hello, Family! How is everyone? I haven't even checked our blog in such a long time. Sorry for neglecting you. Thanks to all of you for the birthday greetings. I had a great day, and I know it's going to be a wonderful year!

I don't deserve all the kind words, Becky, but I sure appreciate them. We shared a bedroom from the day you were brought home from the hospital until my wedding day. I guess we would sure get to know each other during that time. The first couple years after Butch and I got married were the very hardest for me. I missed you so much. I finally got used to Butch, though....:) I still miss you when there's a long gap....like now!

To everyone else: Granny and Pa are going to celebrate their 53rd wedding anniversary in a few weeks. They would love hearing from any or all of us in the form of a Valentine. Their address: 8700 University Drive, Space #237, Mesa, AZ 85207. Or maybe just comment here.

Here's wishing every single one of you a very Happy New Year. I love you all and can't wait for us to be together again.

Friday, January 06, 2006

My Big Sister Celebrates a Birthday

Happy Birthday Karen, I hope you have a terrific day and enjoy all the good things in your life. Even though we are different in many ways, I have always been proud to be your little sister. As I get older and wiser (don't laugh, it could happen) I realize how much you guided me, loved me and took care of me growing up. (I must have scared you to death a few times) I don't recall you ever getting too upset or impatient with me (unless of course if I messed with your clothes). As the oldest sibling you were always expected to be mature and nurturing (you lived up to that one), being the youngest sibling, I was expected to be a pain in the neck and push all the envelopes (I lived up to that!) Thanks Karen for all you have meant to me and my family.

Love you,

your baby sister (the only place in the world I can call myself "baby", I'm going for it!)

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Out with the old... In with the new!

As we look to 2006, a new year of question marks and possibilities, allow me to re-cap a few highlights of 2005 that were important to me!
  • Wes asked Jenny to marry him on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial in D.C.
  • I attended my first Inaugural Ball, Inauguration, & Parade
  • I taught in a Head Start preschool class for a term.
  • Traveled to Dallas for 2 weeks of photography courses.
  • Jarrod, Cassidy, and sometimes Seth & Darren, traveled and led several children's ministry weeks.
  • Carrie Underwood won American Idol!! Woot!
  • Bridal Showers for Jenny
  • AUGUST 6: Weston & Jenny wedded in eternal bliss <3 Family and friends journeyed to North Carolina for the big day.
  • The Brocks moved back to Columbia County!
  • I got a job at Starbucks
  • All Brocks to Mexico
  • October: We said good-bye to our dear Peek-Eye. Things aren't the same without him.
And more...

It's been a big year! Lots of changes, joyful additions, and also painful losses. Opportunities, adventures, family! What will 2006 bring?

God bless us, everyone!