Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Details, Details, Details!

As my mom often reminds me (with a satisfied, somewhat smug look on her face), I am NOT a "details" person. The smug look from Danae is a reminder that indeed she IS a "details" person, and so despite all my strivings to be an independent, self-sufficient woman, when it comes down to it I admit...I still need my mama.

No, I do not thrive off of labeling every folder and filing it with a color coded sticker, and I confess that my eyes glaze over when I open up mail that is not a postcard or a package, and yes, I'm guilty of having a huge pile-up of miscellaneous papers stuffed in my bottom drawer and ok, I am also that girl who has to rush order every single document I've ever needed due to major procrastination and lack of reading the fine print in a letter (or any print at all)...

And so I concede that these things called "details" are way out of my league.

They say that in order to be freed from the things you fear most, you must face them. And so, I will confront Details head on, with a face of determination and an air of defiance that I will not be mastered by such a finicky little thing called Details.

So here they are- the Details of my trip down under (but only the fun ones!)...I left the rest for Danae to figure out. haha

Where: Perth, Australia (West coast)

When: July 21- December 10 2008

Why: Study Abroad, Travel, Adventure

Biggest Fear: Getting attacked by a shark and losing limbs (Either take all or none of me)

Secret Wish: Become a surfer girl

Hours in the airport: 85 both ways

First book to be read along the journey: The Evolution of a Creationist by Jobe Martin

Word I will start using profusely: "Mate"

Aussie Job: Nanny for 2 little girls, Isabella (2 1/2 years) and Alexia (4 months)

I don't want my parents to know that: I plan to acquire a liking for the taste of beer

Inspiring words for the way: "I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me- the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace."

Academic Goal: Attend all my classes

Academic Reality: If chance for outdoor adventure comes knocking, will completely disregard Academic Goal.

Things I will miss about home: Sask's Living Skies, Buckeye Hockey Girls, UA Church Moms, my sibs, B & D, taking my pup Tia out for runs

Anticipated Weakness for: Australian accents

Airports to Travel Through: Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Perth

Anyways, the adventure hasn't even begun I promise more deets to come!

Friday, July 11, 2008

there's a big blog world out there...

It just seemed like the right thing to do- go away on a trip so you sign up for a blogspot, email all your friends the addy, and then write. Write about your thoughts, your dreams, your comings and goings, your new friends, your life. And yet now as I find myself on the brink of this new blogworld, I'm starting to have cold feet about it all. Parusing on the massive network of other people's blogspots has made me somewhat whelmed. (Not quite overwhelmed yet, cause I'm still here, attempting to do this, right?) Everyone's posts seem so deep, so thoughtprovoking, so humorous, so clever. How did they make it so colorful and where did that music come from??What if the only thing that I can think to talk about is how much I enjoy my kashi cereal in the morning and how putting on a fresh pair of white ankle socks is one of my favorite things? What if my attempts at humour are pitiful and the best part of my blog is when I say "that's all for now.." ?? Yep, bein a blogger comes with some risks. And so for all you serious bloggers out there, I say "Well done" to you. I greatly admire your blogspots and I have probably poured over a few of them myself, getting whelmed and wondering if I can make it in this big blog world...
So here I go with this...I can't promise anything too fascinating or brilliant and if you want a good laugh, you should prob check out Nic Olson's blog cause he is one funny guy...but if you want, I'll do my best and share a lil bit of Aussie life with you as I head down under...
"That's all for now."