I'm still debating whether I'm flattered or insulted.. I think a little of both.
Last night at work one of the girls was asking me if I knew who Vanessa Hudgens was. I guess she meant it as a comparison thing, because she said right after that no no I wasn't Vanessa, I was Baby V. Then she goes, how old are you anyway? I said 23 and she was surprised! I asked her why? And she said she thought I was maybe 20, at the very oldest 21. Then one of the guys started laughing because he said he thought I was 16!! :o I said woah, wait, do I really act that young??? And they both said no, it's that I look very young... which is good right? It means I'm aging well?? 21 I can handle, but 16????? I'm going to be 24 this summer :( mid 20s brrk
The crazy storm last week ended up knocking out all of Federal Way's power. Our house had no power for about two days. It went out Thursday night and came back on Saturday night. We stayed up to watch the storm, convinced the big tree in front would fall over. It didn't, but it did lift sideways with the wind, and half the roots came up. It was so surreal to watch this huge tree almost topple over... Another smaller tree in the front yard is now leaning agaist the fence. In the backyard two big trees fell. We were lucky they didn't fall too much on the house. We spent Friday cutting up branches and tree trunks and trying to clean up the mess a bit.
And there was a huge mess. Trees and branches everywhere, signs blown away, no lights anywhere, which meant no traffic lights which meant huge traffic lines. And then we had the freezing temps. We were really lucky to have a gas stove, so we could at least have hot food and boil water for baths.
Yesterday morning I was scraping ice off my car and NOW, I'm in Texas, in 80F weather... in the sun.. only my Grandpa Ben knew I was going to be down here (I just got the ticket last week) and so he helped me surprise everyone. Their faces were priceless. :D
Hooray it's snowing! So far it's about 5 inches I think which is a lot for Seattle in one afternoon! And then this week it's supposed to be freezing temps.
some bad news- Gustavo was coming home from work and is now stuck on I-5 since it's all iced over. I hope they go through soon and sand the roads. Esp since it's supposed to be worse in the morning (duh)
We went walking around right now in the snow at night, I took pics which I'll post another time.
So today I volunteered at the One Life Experience, hosted by World Vision. It was amazing, and so powerful! You're given an mp3 player, and you then step into the life of one of four children living in Africa. Towards the end you have to go to the clinic to get tested for HIV, and seriously, when I was walking though as Olivia, I did *not* want to go in, I could feel the dread, the hesitation, knowing they could not have good news for me and yet still hoping.
After I had walked through, they had me and another girl taking turns in the clinic. We sat in a small dark booth, stamping + or - on hands... and that was just as powerful as the walk through. Sitting there, you are just hit with how enormous this thing really is. Over 50% of people are infected, and this was made sooooo clear; I stamped more +s than -s.. people would walk in the door, and see me, and smile uncertainly, and I could see instantly if they were positive... when their turn came to go to the window, so quiet and hopeful... I just kept wishing more -s would come through..
If you're positive, you have to go sit in the corner until someone negative comes by and takes your hand and walks out with you. When I was sitting there.. it was horrible! Everyone was positive, no one was taking my hand... You learn the isolation HIV infected people and orphaned children experience... so many myths.. ignorance...
Anyways. It's a powerful experience. Tomorrow is the last day it's here in Seattle, it's free for everyone, so GO CHECK IT OUT!!! You won't regret it.
God was missing for six days. Eventually, Michael, the archangel, found him, resting on the seventh day. He inquired of God. "Where have you been?"
God sighed a deep sigh of satisfaction, and proudly pointed downwards through the clouds, "Look, Michael. Look what I've made."
Archangel Michael looked puzzled, and said, "What is it?"
"It's a planet," replied God, "and I've put Life on it. I'm going to call it Earth and it's going to be a great place of balance."
"Balance?" inquired Michael, still confused.
God explained, pointing to different parts of earth. "For example, northern Europe will be a place of great opportunity and wealth, while southern Europe is going to be poor. Over there I've placed a continent of white people, and over there is a continent of black people. Balance in all things," God continued pointing to different countries. "This one will be extremely hot, while this one will be very cold and covered in ice."
The Archangel, impressed by God's work, then pointed to a land area and said, "What's that one?"
"Ah," said God "That's Washington State, the most glorious place on earth. There are beautiful mountains, rivers and streams, lakes, forests, hills, plains, and coulees. The people from Washington State are going to be handsome, modest, intelligent, and humorous, and they are going to be found traveling the world. They will be extremely sociable, hardworking, high achieving, and they will be known throughout the world as diplomats, and carriers of peace."
Michael gasped in wonder and admiration, but then proclaimed, "What about balance, God? You said there would be balance."
"There is another Washington...wait until you see the idiots I put there."
So I was watching that old tv show Step By Step, and it was the one where they went to Disneyland and that guy tried to break the record of most rides visited or something because the record holder was Russian and they wanted to bring the title back to American soil. He's running around wearing red, white, and blue and carrying an American flag and the whole time I was like.. ??? Red scare???
So then like the nerd that I am, I looked up when the episode aired and it was in 1996, which was also the year of Russian presidential elections, and it was only a few years after the Soviet collapse so it makes sense.
Anyways, I just thought it was kinda cool how American politics were weaved into the plot and that we can see a bit of history and follow popular sentiments just by watching old tv shows. I wonder what trends we'll see 10 years from now when we look back at the tv shows of today.