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Thursday, December 28, 2006
Just wanted to give you an update on how everything is going. We walked a bunch of places today in Paris including the Louvre, down the Champs Elysees, to the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame and everything in between. We had to make some changes to our schedule. All the trains to Brussels (and therefore Amsterdam) are completely booked. We will no longer get to go to any of these places. This isn't a huge loss, because we were not going to get a lot of time in these places anyways. We will now be taking an overnight train to Frankfurt and then taking a train to Berlin from there. We will only lose a couple of hours in Berlin.
We've been traveling a lot and haven't had a good nights rest since Monday night, so we are going to sleep really well tonight.
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Off to Europe
Tuesday morning Luke and Jonathan got up early to head to San Francisco to begin their journey to Europe.
Sunday, December 24, 2006
Merry Christmas and Merry Travels
First, I would like to wish everyone a VERY Merry Christmas. The Christmas season is my favorite time of the year, and I am always so joyful during this part of the year.
This past week I finished my second-last semester at California State University, Fresno working towards my Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with my option in Marketing. (I know, it is a mouthful). I've gotten two grades back from my five classes so far. One "A" and the other "Credit" (as opposed to No Credit, so the best possible option).
Of course I would be remiss to mention something about one of the most exciting things in my life right now. Jonathan and I are leaving for Europe on Boxing Day (December 26th). We are going to be in Germany, France, Belgium, and Holland for a total of 12 days. Most of our time will be spent in Germany, including Berlin (for New Years), Leipzig, Frankfurt, and Munich (for Jonathan's Birthday). We will also be spending some time in Paris, and a few hours in both Brussels and Amsterdam. This will be my third time to Europe, and Jonathan's first time, so we are both really excited. Him because he has never been before and me because I've been before. We are traveling with two of Jonathan's friends, including his roommate at Fresno Pacific University. We will be sure to take lots of pictures, and hopefully update you as the trip progresses.
It is good for me to be home again (I arrive this past Tuesday), and especially for Christmas!
Because of Jonathan's work schedule on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day we held our big Christmas dinner yesterday. Tuesday Luke and Jonathan are heading to Europe.
Yesterday's festivities included a full turkey dinner and our annual Risk tournament (Luke won). Amber (Andrew's girlfriend) also spent part of the day with us.
To all of our family and friends, we miss you a Merry Christmas!
(In addition to the photo above, you may be interested in the fun picture here
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
I caught it at the game!
This past Saturday I was here in Fresno to watch the Fresno State Bulldogs
Men's Basketball team take on the Creighton Blue Jays
at the SaveMart Center. Jonathan was also in town, so after work he came over to my dorm. We hung out for a bit, and then I took him for dinner at the Residence Dining Facility. After a "nice" dinner we headed over to the game. One of the special things about Saturday nights game was that Squatch
, the mascot of the Seattle SuperSonics
, came to the game for some additional entertainment.
Squatch is one of those mascots that does flips and athletic jumps from a trampoline on a basketball court. He was quite entertaining during the half-time show as well as during a time-out in the second half of the basketball game. Squatch used a Seattle SuperSonics basketball for his stunts, and when the game was over, he came out onto the court with the ball he used autographed by himself. I saw him looking around like he was going to throw the basketball into the stands, and so I jumped up on my seat. Squatch looked around and saw me. It seemed like we made eye contact (if that is possible with a mascot) and from that moment I knew he was throwing it to me. Sure enough, he tosses the ball up directly into my hands, and I now have an autographed Seattle SuperSonics basketball.
Here are pictures of the ball
And just in case you were wondering, Fresno State beat Creighton 69-54. Creighton is also a typically good team from season to season. The Fresno State Bulldogs Men's Basketball team is now 9-1, and we're on track for a very good season.
Sunday, December 17, 2006
A Life of Travel
My life in the Pacific Northwest has been full of activity the last 6 1/2 weeks.
Starting a new job is in itself a challenge, especially the position I have taken on. And, added to that has been a tremendous amount of travel. Since arriving here November 1st I have driven approximately 4000 miles (6400 km) and have flown to Phoenix and Portland. There have been many meetings, and I have been working hard to connect with as many churches and pastors as possible.
Except for two days around Thanksgiving last month, I have been working every day since arriving. So, I am ready for a break.
Tuesday I am flying to California to take a much needed vacation, and spend Christmas with my family!
Saturday, December 16, 2006
So much going on
Classes are over for me now, and this coming week is going to be final exams. I have only 3 exams and one paper due, spread out over four days. That makes it quite nice.
Then, as you probably know, Christmas will be upon us. Which, as you also might know, is might favorite time of the year.
On Boxing Day (December 26th) Jonathan and I will be leaving for our Europe trip. I am really looking forward to this also, but I feel like there is so much more for me to be doing for the trip, yet there really isn't.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Video of the infamous pool jump
I finally got around to downloading the video of the pool jump from my camera to my computer, and then uploading it from my computer to Youtube.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NH_8OWHuro
Just click on the link to view the video. Special thanks to my friend Darylene who took the video for me and Tim.
Monday, December 11, 2006
Last night was the President's Open House. Tim and I went to Salvation Army the other day and picked up almost matching light blue sport coats that kind of have a leisure suit thing going on. We got to the party, greeted our friends, and shortly before it was time to leave we pulled our stunt.
We basically jumped in the pool in the backyard fully clothed in our sport coats and slacks. The weather outside was on the chilly side, but the pool was even colder. When we got out both Tim and I were steaming cause the "warm" air outside was touching our soaking wet and cold clothes. It was really fun, and when we got out tons of people we were taking pictures of us.
Creating a legacy will continue throughout the year, so I will keep you all updated.
Sunday, December 10, 2006
We finally picked out some new everyday dishes which we will get once we move. I'm attaching a picture of them. They are made by Pfaltzgraff and are called Nuance of Gold, Red, Navy, Sage. We think they are very nice.....
Saturday, December 09, 2006
Almost a waste of a day
I have resigned myself to the fact that I am strange. I've had people telling me all my life, but I've finally understood what they have been talking about.
Since Freshman year my good friend Tim and I have wanted to do something that is very odd, spend a whole day in the Residence Dining Hall Cafeteria. We finally decided to do that this year, and yesterday Tim and I went to the Dining Hall at 7am when it opened, and stayed until 7:30pm when it finally closed. This meant that we were there for more than 12 hours.
We knew that if we were not careful we might get bored really easily, so we both brought a lot of reading and homework along. Throughout the day we had people visit us, which took up a majority of our time, just visiting with people that we do not normally get to spend a lot of time with. We also did time wasting activities such as playing cards, and spinning quarters. At no time during the 12+ hours we spent there did we even touch the books and homework we brought.
Overall, the experience was just that, an experience. We can say to people that we've done it, and that kind of thing really impresses people. Tim and I are trying to leave a legacy to be remembered by, and this was one of the things that we are hoping will help with that. People will hopefully be telling stories about us long after we have graduated.
Tomorrow is the President's Holiday Open House being held at the President's house. Tim and I have another activity planned for that. I can't tell you now, but I will let you know after it happens.
Saturday, December 02, 2006
I finished my Organizational Dynamics class last Sunday and my grades have been posted. I received 190/190 - a perfect score! I'm really enjoying the classwork, it is very interesting and challenging to keep up with. My new class is Managing Change & Diversity. I will write my mathematics final in the next week and my first semester will be over on December 24th. Just in time for Christmas.