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Footprints

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IMG_0828, originally uploaded by evso.

I need another weekend already. I’ve been to two memorial services in three weeks. Yesterday’s service was very sweet and moving. One of the choir members sang one of my favorite pieces. While his performance wasn’t flawless, I do think the song was a great fit for the man remembered.

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My travelling year?

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IMG_0819, originally uploaded by evso.

As you know, I went to England in January. I’m planning on visiting K in New Mexico during her Spring Break (first week of April) and am also pondering a trip to California to visit Michele and Phil’s new digs there for her 30th in December. I have never travelled so much in one year.

But this is my thirtieth year (I’m still 29 right now!), so I think it’s a worthy time to go places. I have the vacation days, and I might as well use them.

I have more of my Brighton beach photos up on flickr now . . . I still have a few more to upload.

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UK trip mosaic

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UK trip mosaic, originally uploaded by evso.

I still have more photos to upload from my last full day in Brighton (which I spent on the beach with Michele’s hubby Phil snapping photos of wood that had washed on shore from a Norwegian freighter), but most of the pics from my England trip are now on flickr.

I’ll have to do another post to list all that I did while there, but you get some idea from my pictures.

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Excited and fearful

Okay, so it’s like a week and a half until I venture on the furthest trip I’ve taken on my own. I fly out early Wednesday morning, spend most of the day at the Minneapolis airport (memories!) and fly out that evening to Gatwick. Michele has a basic plan for my stay in Brighton, happily a mostly low-key schedule. The only really hectic day should be the day we visit London.

So I’m obviously excited; I’ve always been enchanted by Britain, ever since my parents raised me on “Masterpiece Theatre” and “Mystery”. I watched I Claudius when I was in fifth grade! That was some crazy stuff. Anyway, you get the idea – I never thought I’ve have a chance to go there, and I can’t wait.

But then I’m also worried. What if the flight isn’t able to fly out of Minneapolis? What if my flight is delayed coming back and I have to spend the night (ack!) in Detroit?!? I have missed a flight before (because of mechanical problems) and had to spend a night in Dallas. LUCKILY I am going nowhere near DFW on this trip.

I am sadly the type of person who worries about stuff I have no control over. I’m not worried that my plane will be part of any world event or anything – I worry about scheduling! and what I will do on the plane if I can’t sleep! It’s all rather silly, but it is how I’m wired.

Hopefully as the time nears my excitement will overcome my worried nature.

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Pip pip, cheerio.

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This blessed plot, originally uploaded by Jeff Tabaco.

I’m headed to England in January to visit my best pal from high school, Michele. I just bought my tickets (before the rates went up any more).

I. am. so. excited.

And yes, if you’re wondering, But E, this is so sudden! Well, I just decided to go on this trip yesterday. She had invited me up for Thanksgiving, but I expected to buy a new computer. I haven’t done that yet, and they are planning to move back to the States in the Spring, so I had to take her up on her offer. I have the vacation time and the money in savings, so might as well use it go somewhere I’ve always wanted to go! I’ll put off buying a new Mac until later next year. I’ve got lodgings taken care of, since Michele has kindly offered to house me.

I have never traveled so far on my own, so this is a big deal for me. Michele has warned me about the weather, but I lived in Minnesota for a year, so I can handle it. As long as it doesn’t keep me from doing touristy things!

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Que mala onda!

Last night K and I talked on the phone for almost an hour and a half, reminiscing about college classes (and more). She reminded me of the telenovela curriculum we had to suffer through: “Destinos”. I checked Youtube to see if anyone had posted any of the “Destinos” saga up there, but it looks like the main Destinos fare on Youtube is Destinos tributes.

I had to watch episodes of this late 80’s-era video series in the media library for my Spanish classes. I would go up on Saturday mornings and would usually be the only person in the small media library room. This was a bonus because I wouldn’t have to use the plastic headphones and could watch with a low volume. Plus – I could use one of the two TVs that had closed captioning on them (I can understand written Spanish more easily than spoken Spanish). It was such a slow moving soap, and as K reminded me, one of the characters was really difficult to understand because he lisped. Continue reading

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Season of Giving

Just found out on Sunday that the refugee family at our church is going to be included in the Statesman’s annual Season of Giving campaign. So get ready to give, y’all!

Yes, I know if it is only October, and the Season of Giving doesn’t happen until December. I do hope that the press coverage of their family (the mother was also featured on the Caritas episode of KLRU’s Downtown) will help the plight of the father, who is still stuck in Zimbabwe. His family has been here for almost a year now, and my church and other local organizations have been trying that long to get him over to the states. I can’t imagine how his wife must feel, being so far away from him for that long. And the children, too, must miss him a lot . . .

Anyway, I’ll link to the story when it goes up in December. They are a phenomenal family, and I’m so glad to know them.

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