Sunday, July 28, 2013

A Road Trip to Cool Off

Yesterday, Kandern had highs in the 90s and when you're literally in a bowl like we are, you can hardly get any relief from it. We also don't have air conditioners over here -we really don't need them because in a/b a month or so, it will be cool enough to leave the windows open. And then don't get me started on when winter hits- so Katrina, Rachel, & I decided to drive over a/b 2 1/2 hrs to the Alps in Muerren, Switzerland. If you're familiar with Switzerland, this is near the Jungfrau, the highest point in Europe. We took a gondola (not the boat. Think large ski lift) up to the top, then a train into the village of Muerren. The views were astounding and amazing. And even though it was only about 8 degrees cooler, we could still feel a difference. When we got back to Kandern, it had significantly cooled off and today it's supposed to rain, so hopefully we'll be able to enjoy the last bit of summer and not dread going outside.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

I Have Not Been So Great At....

 ....updating. I apologize for those of you who read this blog. Not that y'all are sitting on pins and needles anticipating a post, but I do like to be efficient in getting them out.

I've been back in Kandern now for almost a week (tomorrow). It's pretty quiet around here. Most people are back in the States/Canada visiting friends and family and the kiddos are scattered all over the globe with their families. I'm moving to a new apartment on Thursday and will be sharing it with my friend, Justina. Justina is in France visiting her parents and will come back on Sunday.

We are also sharing a car, that, quite unfortunately, died on me in Basel last Sunday. The clutch gave out and I was stranded. Thankfully, I have some wonderful friends at my church here who took care of me and the car! I'll be honest - I really don't know if I did something or not to cause this clutch thing. I just started driving stick back in the Spring and so I'm a bit green. The car is in the shop for now and we're praying it gets fixed before Sunday when I'm supposed to drive to the airport to pick up Justina.

So, for the next three weeks I'll be unpacking, getting reorganized (well, my definition of reorganized which is probably different than most people's....what can I say? I'm an artist ;) ), finishing up a class for seminary (yes, two more to go until October), and doing work weeks at BFA. New staff arrive in August and then we start All Staff Orientation the last week of August. I'm looking forward to school starting back. Summer is wonderful, don't get me wrong, but I do enjoy being in a routine not to mention the fact that I am ecstatic about teaching this Acting class this year!

Below are pics of the new place. I'll post more once we get all of our stuff organized in it:

The Green House! We live on the bottom floor. My bedroom window is on the right

Entrance way

My bedroom. I got to keep the furniture there instead of having to move all of mine!
Justina's room
Living room (definitely NOT ready for people yet, but soon!!)
The Partywagon

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

In the Summertime...

I've been home now for 2 weeks exactly. I have one week left to enjoy my family here in Jacksonville. It has been a short, but very sweet visit. Last Thursday, my friend Erika took me on a 3 day Disney cruise to the Bahamas! It was probably the best cruise and one of the best vacations I've ever taken! Stress free, lots of fun, and lots of Disney! For those of you wondering, this is NOT just a family cruise! Trust me!

Most of my time here has been spent with my family, though I was able to see my dear friend Tammy for a very short time as well as friends from church. I'll leave here with a bittersweet feeling, but I'm so thankful for the time I got to be at home. After a year filled with many events, it is nice to just sit back and relax for a bit.