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Back in California

I just got back from the midwest last night. The visitation was on Sunday and the funeral was on Monday. When we got to the church on Sunday, there were monarch butterflies everywhere. Grandma Neva loved butterflies.

I made a slideshow of pictures of grandma Neva, one section just from the G. Neva Convention to Blessed Assurance, and then it went to a video my dad took when we were there in July where he asked what she would like to tell her grandchildren, then it went to another section of slideshow of just various pictures of her, older than from this summer, and set it to This is Our Father’s World. Everyone really liked it, and I’m glad I was able to do something to honor her memory.

The message that the pastor gave was beautiful, and I spent some time talking to him while we were at the dinner they had afterwards. He was a great guy and he loved Grandma Neva.

One of the men in the church, the technical sort of guy offered to make copies of the slideshow for the people in the town who wanted one so I gave him my first copy, since I still had the files saved on my laptop so I could just make other copies.

We had to clean out her apartment, and we found all kinds of really cool treasures like her High School graduation picture(1929!) among other very old pictures and notebooks with her jottings and clip-outs. I’ve taken those things home and I plan to archive them digitally. The neighbor, whose name is also Neva, oddly enough, and whose husband is the man who is making DVD copies offered to ship the rest of the photo albums for us, and also the rocking chair which belonged to Grandma Neva’s grandmother. My mom actually had a dream about that rocking chair.

She had beautiful handwriting and we couldn’t bear to throw out anything she had written on. And she wrote on everything. There would be an old envelope with an envelope and a bit of scripture on it.

When we went through her jewelry, I found that there was a locket with a picture of me as a baby in it. I thought that was special, because I didn’t see any lockets with anyone else’s pictures in them.

Pink and Brown

Last week I took the train up to San Luis Obispo where my best childhood friend has been living for school and from there we drove to her Oregon to stay with her great aunt for a few days. It was a fun trip visiting a new place with no sales tax. Then we drove back and I took the train home early the next morning.

I knew we were getting new carpet when I was gone so before I left, I had to get everything out of my room before I left.

I had a class that night the day I got back.

I had asked my mom if she could paint an old dresser that was in my parents’ garage for me while I was gone, and she surprised me by painting my room. She did it in pink and brown with three of the walls painted tan, and the wall with the window in a soft pink. It’s kind of neopolitan ice cream colors. The carpet is a nice neutral sort of beige color. they had also moved my bed under the window but otherwise the room was still pretty much empty.

So of course, the rest of the weekend was spent planning where things in my room would go; I went all out with scale diagrams and everything, and I needed window coverings so I was looking at those and the dresser wasn’t done being painted, etc.

So anyway, today I got clothes in the dresser and books on the shelf. I’m still putting things away and going through things. They’re basically in groups of keep, ebay, yard sale, give away, or toss.

I’ll try to post pictures of my room when it’s done.

I also started classes this week and they were all online, but required a first class meeting.

Vacation Again

Okay, I know I haven’t blogged in forever, like, since I was supposed to go on the cruise. I’m a bum, I know. But anyway, Now I’m at my best friend’s place. She moved to San Luis Obispo for school, and her birthday was this weekend. I went to Disneyland with she and her roommate and then I drove up with them. I’m going home tomorrow on the train. That’s exciting because I’ve never been on a real train before, just the Disneyland ones and stuff.


We’re supposed to be leaving for our cruise today, but Jerrod can’t find his birth certificate and now we can’t go! Yes, my boyfriend’s company is taking everyone on a cruise leaving today. A weekend cruise to mexico, and we were all set to go, I even have my boarding passes and everything. But if you don’t have a passport you have to bring your birth certificate, and he can’t find his. He was looking all last night and all this morning and now it’s 1pm and we were supposed to start boarding at 1:30.

I am so sad. We’d been looking forward to this since like last May. This was going to be my first cruise and we had an excursion booked to go see where they filmed Titanic, and It’s been raining like crazy here which is not normal, but I checked the weather and it’s not supposed to rain again all weekend. I got new pink luggage, and I’m all dressed in my new outfit, and now we’re not going.

Final Fantasy Concert

As some of you know, my boyfriend, Jerrod, is a video game programmer. Last night he took me to a Final Fantasy Concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA. I didn’t know until I got there what a big deal this concert was. Final Fantasy is a series of video games. I found out that this was the first video game concert in the United States, and a one night only engagement which had sold out in 3 days. The composer and stuff was there too and dressed all Japanese. It was a lovely concert too, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Choralle which sang in Latin. I love latin. It made me want to be in the choir.


I haven’t blogged in a while. I’ve had a pretty icky cold, and I’ve been running a fever the past few days. I think my fever’s down now but I’ve been coughing alot since lunch. oh, well. I added some songs to my playlist. I’ve been reading lots of Seth/Summer fanfiction. for some reason it seemed like the most logical thing for sick me to do.

Anyway, apparently this is Insomniac’s tenth anniversary. Jerrod just said that they were going to take everyone on a cruise!  and of course I would get to come. I am really excited about it. I’ve never been on a cruise before. I already started thinking of the things I’d need to go shopping for. Jerrod laughed at that. and I told my roommate and I was saying “and of course I’d have to go shopping” and she started laughing. aw, well. Well of course, I’ll need a new bathing suit, and I want one of those board skirts, and I’ll need some new flipflops for the season and other sandals, and sundresses, and a new fancy dress for the dinner.