Wednesday, April 26, 2006


We survived! Every last assignment is turned in, every final is finished, and now all we have to do is CATCH UP FROM EVERYTHING WE PUT OFF. This means putting up pictures, organizing shelves, eating, practicing, reading anything that's not for school, paying bills, etc. We also got our bed, finally. It's not like we were sleeping on the floor... we had a mattress, but an actual bed with a beautifully curved headboard is so nice... Seriously, we did nothing but study for the last month.

We went to Galiano Island last weekend to present projects for our Christian Imagination class. Well, that wasn't the only reason. It was a good excuse to go on a retreat. It was also particularly nice to be able to eat really good home cooked food (such as spaghetti with homemade noodles) that someone else (Mary and friends) made. I enjoyed being sort of pampered all weekend, sitting in the sun, admiring the gorgeous scenery. It was like reliving my childhood trips to the San Juan Islands, which are just south of where we were this weekend.

My project was poetry and photography. I therefore had an excuse to play in my darkroom, which I hadn't done since high school. It was very fun. I also took the time to write poems and polish them up a bit. Then I put the whole thing together in an aesthetically pleasing way--pictures and poems in nice mats. My friend, Jane helped me out with beautiful calligraphy for the titles. People seemed to like what I did. That's encouraging. When I was done reading, I displayed my work on the windowsills.

For Keith's project, he recited large portion of the Gospel of John from memory in a story-telling style. He was awesome. I know I couldn't do that... His presentation took place outside on the deck overlooking the water.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Study break

So, it's almost finals. I realized that I have not put anything on the blog for quite some time (yes, we're still alive, Ilene), so here's a little update. Can you tell I'm procrastinating? Keith and I have 2 finals, one on Tuesday and one on Wednesday. It kind of stinks that we are spending Easter weekend studying. Oh well, at least we are studying about Jesus. So...

We went to North Dakota for Megan and Jeremy's wedding on St. Patrick's day (it was very Irish), and we got to spend lots of time with Keith's family. We had fun in the snow. There is no snow here in Vancouver. It is spring already; there are daffodils and whatnot.

I finished another knitting project! This is one is for Martha. My friends keep having baby girls! It's crazy!

It was my birthday on April 9... I officially became old... I am now able to rent a car without pay $20 extra per day. I spent my birthday weekend in Seattle with Keith and my parents. There was a birthday party with parents, grandparents, and neighbors.

Keith and I spent my actual birthday being sopping wet. We rode our bikes around at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, where it was raining heavily. We discovered that the tulip fields were a lot further away than we thought, so we wimped out and took the car...

I played/sang a concert! It was the final project for my History of Music in Ministy class, a demonstration concert with 3000 years of music as used in worship. We had lots of really interesting selections, many of which were composed by the class: Gospel, Chinese worship music, hymns, a reconstruction of temple worship in ancient Israel, a trio sonata by Corelli, and a piece written by a Canadian nun in the Baroque period. I contributed a Kyrie in the style of Palestrina. We had a great time, and it turned out pretty well, especially considering that we only had a month to plan it.

Now, we are cramming for finals with our study group... wish us luck!