June 9, 2009

Warning: lengthy update!

I don't know where to begin. My many thoughts are a wonderful mess in my mind. Somehow I am going to say what I need to say in an orderly fashion.

 I have come to realize that I have been spending a lot of time with friends, but not enough with family. Don't get me wrong, I have loved every minute spent with my friends, but one of my goals for the summer was to spend some quality time with my family. Sure I have had the occasional dinner, but that is not what I would consider enough time to build a deeper connection that God has called me to build with my parents and my brothers. I will be working on this.

But since I have been spending so much time with friends, I might as well do some sharing. When I say friends I am usually meaning Alli, Haley, Brittney, Marie, and George. Sadly, Marie left for summer classes, and George lives in Chicago, but luckily Marie was here for 3 weeks, and George has already visited twice! If you did not know, Battle Creek is not the most exciting place in Michigan, therefore, trying to find interesting things to do is pretty difficult. Somehow we manage to find something, though. We are big coffee people so coffee is always a given. We are also all movie buffs so we usually resort to Family Video and Alli's basement when we can't find anything better to do. So far this summer I have watched with all or some of them, Crash, Everything Is Illuminated (kind of), Monster, Candy, The Dark Night, The Blair Witch Project (haha), Australia, Hound Dog, The Reader, and I am pretty sure I am forgetting some. As you can see, we like thought provoking movies. Movies that can give us something to talk about, which is another thing we do often. Talk. I love my friends for this reason because give us a bonfire or a comfy couch and we can have the best conversations in the world! It is awesome how we never run out of things to talk about, and I think we all grow a little through a lot of our conversations. Haha I have made us sound like quite a serious bunch, but I promise we are the goofiest people. We love to laugh and make each other laugh, so we are often doing that too. We also love to shop, which is kind of bad considering none of us really have any money. Thankfully, I had tons of money from my birthday, so I was able to participate in the few shopping trips we've made this summer. Yay for new clothes! But more exciting than new clothes was seeing my favorite band for the third time. Last Friday George, Alli (and her bf and friends), Brittney (and her bf), and I went to the Coldplay concert in Indiana. It was by far the best Coldplay show I've ever been to, and it was hands down the best show I've ever been to!


We had lawn seats, but Coldplay being the awesome band they are, came out to the lawn for a few songs, and I was able to take some pretty sweet pics!


So yeah. Coldplay rocks!

Anyway, after days and days of job hunting, I have had no luck. I have filled out many many applications, called back too many times, and I have come to the realization that with the way Michigan's economy is, maybe a second job this summer is out of the question. However, I am going to Aeropostle today because I heard they were looking to hire. At least I have one job, though. Good old Carmike Cinemas. My first day was Sunday, and I have to say, it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. I met some of the new employees and they were all nice, and since I have worked there the past two summers, I already knew everything. I work tonight from 6:00-12:30. We'll see how closing goes. I am trying to stay positive with working there this summer. God obviously has a reason for it, and it's a reason I want to discover and live out.

Considering I'm only working 3 days a week, I have a lot of downtime. I try to be as productive as I can, but I find that quite difficult. Lately, I have enjoyed sleeping a little too much because I can never seem to wake up before 11. I really want to change this. I know going to bed earlier would help a great deal, and that will be a challenge. I love the night. I think better at night. I am more energized at night. However, waking up at 9 am would be so refreshing! My day would seem so much longer, and I feel like I could get a lot more done! I have an ideal day in my head, but I can't seem to live it out. I wish I could wake up at 9, dive into the word, eat a healthy breakfast, take a multivitamin, run a couple miles, shower, get ready for the day, practice the guitar, which I have been doing by the way, and then do whatever the day has in store. Today I woke up at 1:00! Unacceptable. I had a whole list of achieveable goals for the summer, and although I am accomplishing some, I know I can do better! I don't want to look back on the summer and have to think about all the time I wasted sleeping and facebooking.

It is time for a change before it's too late!

Love always,

Elise