So um yeah… hi. I guess I realized the other day that haven’t written in a long time and that I probably should start writing. Loads has happened, so I have a good excuse, haha. Things have moved so quickly along that I can’t believe that I’m less than a week away in going back to the States. I hope you all enjoy reading about my adventures that I’ve been having this month 🙂
I got to sleep in late because I didn’t have to do anything until noon when I had a meeting with the Learning Hub to talk about what I could do for them. After that, I met with team Credence (my marketing communications group) to talk about what we were going to say in our pitch presentation and to get started creating a PowerPoint.
In the evening I went to housegroup and we talked about Daniel 6 and how he wasn’t afraid to trust and obey God even though the leaders of that time made it illegal for him to do so. God is always there for us and He will take care of us if we trust Him enough to follow what He says.
In the morning I started on the outline for one of my reports and worked on it until noon when I went to a focus group with my people management lecturer and some of my course mates. It was a good discussion of what we liked about the course and how it could be improved. After that, I went to a meeting with Credence so we could do some more work on developing our pitch ideas and how to present them.
After that, I spent the rest of the evening with friends and then skyping my bro. I also ordered my medieval dress (finally!) so I would have it come in time for when I went home. In August, I’m going to a renaissance fair with friends in the States and we are all going to be dressed up. Just hoping we go on a nice coolerish day and we don’t all die of heat exhaustion!
Worked on my reports some more in the morning and then had a meeting with the learning hub in the afternoon. After that, I went to Leeds with Michael and Olivia and had dinner with them. It was raining really hard when we got there, so we were kinda drippy- like eating our tea, haha! After that, we went to the movie theater (aka cinema here) and waited for Kenny, Andy, Joe and Tots to come and join us to watch X-Men. It was a good night of spending time with friends, eating sweet popcorn (of which I’m still not entirely sold on) and laughs.
All I did was work on the pitch presentation for Credence. We had made it into a PowerPoint initially, but we wanted to go for some fancy points and decided to make it into a Prezi. It took a while to figure it out, but it looked really good in the end. We made each transition to follow little doggy paw prints to the next slide. In the evening, I spent some time with friends and skyping my family.
Went to church with Michael, Olivia and Lydia. The sermon was on 1 Timothy 3 and how we should pray for people who are our leaders, especially those in the church. Leaders should be blameless, but this doesn’t imply that they need to be perfect. They should be focused on their lifestyle and if it is reflecting Christ. The preacher, Andy, also went on to expand the message to Christians in general and how the guidelines laid out in Chapter 3 apply to all of us, otherwise we could justify our bad decisions on the fact that we aren’t leaders in the church so we don’t have to follow them. Each verse challenges us to be focused on Christ and self- controlled with our life, not just looking out for ourselves all the time. “To live a life of self- control to Jesus Christ is to live a life of surrender,” Andy said. In this world, we are so anxious to “get” and “have now” that self- control seems to be the craziest idea you’ve ever heard of, but there is value in waiting for things to be the right moment. “There is no quick- fix generation for getting into a serious relationship with Jesus. You can’t click a button and be instantly knowledgeable. It takes time and commitment to our quiet times and study of Him to develop that kind of relationship.”
In the morning I met with Credence and we worked from 10am to 2:30 on our presentation. After that, we went to Leeds and had a little celebration for Ben’s birthday (one of the guys in the group) at Red’s BBQ restaurant. Their food was so good and has indefinitely made its way onto my favorites list for places to eat here in Leeds. Check out their menu and see for yourself how good it really is: http://truebarbecue.com/. After that, I came back to uni and spent some more time on my report and then skyped my friend Rebekah for ages because we hadn’t talked in so long.
No classes happened because of this thing called a grace day or something, which is basically an extra day off from work. I worked on my reports some more and then spent time with friends in the afternoon.
Working on reports some more for the majority of the day. In the evening, I had a movie night with Olivia and Lydia. We watched Calamity Jane and ate sweet popcorn. I had never seen that movie before, but I really enjoyed it because it was a classic musical.
Since there were no lectures on Tuesday, my last service marketing lecture was moved to the morning. After that, me and Kate went to meet up with the rest of the Credence group and work on our pitch presentation together. I think we were all getting really tired of our pitch because the answers for dog statistic questions in the UK rolled out of our mouths all too easily, haha! After meeting with them for 6 hours, I had dinner with Michael and I’m pretty sure I talked to him some more about my group’s pitch and dog trends…
I worked on my service marketing report in the evening and then skyped with my family for a little while. Thankfully, my brain wasn’t still stuck on dogs and dog treats.
My service marketing paper was due, so I made a few last changes and submitted it. In the afternoon, I skyped my family again because my brother Zak was back for the weekend from camp so I got to talk with him about how he was enjoying that. After I talked with him for a few hours, I needed to go to a meeting with my lecturer so she could give me some advice about how to better structure my report. I wasn’t thrilled with the way it was looking, so she helped me to think about a better way to structure it to make more sense. After the meeting with her, I went back to my room and worked on my paper some more.
Today was the day I had my first full English breakfast with Olivia! There are loads of breakfasty foods that you eat such as eggs, beans on toast, fried tomatoes, sausages and bacon. We both ate so much, so we sat for quite a while afterwards just talking about God and church. It was really nice to have good theological conversation with someone again. After that we both walked back to uni and watched tv together.
In the afternoon I had to get ready to go to the grad ball. I wasn’t supposed to go, but it’s all because of this dress that Lydia’s mom saw me in when we went to a charity shop and she had me try it on for funsies. She loved me in it and wanted to buy it for me to wear. I refused her getting it because I wouldn’t have anywhere to wear it to. Well, Lydia’s mom got wind of the grad ball and worked some magic to get me to go there so she could buy the dress for me. It was a nice dress, but very impractical. I was glad that I went with some people that I knew from the chaplaincy group and we had a nice time together. I didn’t stay very late because I had two reports to finish by Monday and I was anxious to get them done. Michael was really nice to come into Leeds to take me back to uni so I didn’t have to go back by myself.
In the morning, I went to church with Olivia, Michael and Lydia and the sermon was on Isaiah 43:1-7. This chapter talks about how we shouldn’t be afraid because God has called us to follow Him and how He will always be there for us, even when life seems to be swallowing us up. The preacher made an interesting point talking about how excited we are to join clubs and be a part of something, but we become timid about certain things in life when we join a club that we’ve always been accepted into- God’s club. He says, “We are part of “God’s gang” so why is it that we get what it means to be part of other clubs, but when it comes to God’s club, we don’t get it? He says in Scripture that He loves us unconditionally, that we are accepted and that we are chosen. What is so scary about that?”
Since it was the first Sunday of the month, there was an evening service that I went to with Olivia. The focus of the service was about worship and what it truly looks like. It’s a heart attitude that can be carried out every day, not just on Sunday mornings when you are standing there singing. After the service, we did a prayer tunnel for everyone in the church. I had never heard of this before, but what you do is form a row of two (the tunnel) for as long as you want and the top two people start by walking down the tunnel, single file, and the first pair of people they come to prays specifically for them. It was one of the most spiritual and humbling experiences as I heard people pray over me that I’ve only known for a few months for God to bless me and how I have impacted them personally. Definitely a teary night for me with cherished memories of these sweet people.
With my service marketing and people management reports FINALLY done, I could focus completely on this presentation with my team. I had a quick meeting with the learning hub to stay up to date on what I needed to do and then I went to work for the rest of the day on what I needed to finish putting together for the pitch presentation on Top Collar.
Marketing presentation day has finally come! At 10:00 in the morning Team Credence was finally giving their pitch about promoting Top Collar dog treats through the use of a Christmas campaign that gave customers an advent calendar with fun dog facts and jokes on the inside of the little doors. After that, we spent some time chilling as a team, eating lunch and talking about how we thought it went. Then I took a break from coursework for the day and did nothing but watch movies online and read my books.
Slept in and started on the outline for my marketing communications report.
In the evening, I went to housegroup with Michael, Olivia and Lydia. We were talking about the book of Jonah and how God used him in spite of what Jonah thought about the people of Ninevah. Even when Jonah was grumping to himself and tried to run away from God by sailing on a ship to a different city, people were still coming to know that there is a God out there… and he is powerful. I probably would have been out of my brains if I was there on that boat, in the midst of a storm, and watched the sea calm and the sun come out as soon as Jonah was pitched over the side!
Worked on my report for most of the day. Did some website work for the learning hub and hung out with friends in the evening.
Worked on report some more in the morning. When Olivia got back from placement at 5, we both went for a walk in the woods. We found a nice little bench overlooking some of the little town of Horsforth. We talked about our day and life in general. Then we decided to bring out our childish nature and make some grass whistles. I dunno what was on that grass, or if it was because we both had a long week but we were so silly and giddy for the rest of the walk back and for the rest of the evening. I skyped with my bro in the evening for a little while and he even commented on how silly I was being. After talking for an hour, I decided to work on my report until 4 in the morning because I was so full of energy and couldn’t sleep from my walk in the woods.
I went to sleep for 5 hours and woke up at 10 in the morning to work some more on my report. For lunchtime, I went with Olivia and Tori into Leeds and we had burgers and milkshakes. After lunch, we went to go and get their egg cups and coin banks they had made a week ago. Olivia’s cheeseburger bank was so cute! When we got back to uni, we just chilled out together for a while. Then I went to my room to work on my report some more.
In the morning, I had a lie in and then had “pancakes and praise” with Olivia and Michael instead of going to church. I made them American pancakes for breakfast and then me and Olivia watched a Francis Chan sermon on YouTube for church, as Michael went to work. It was a good sermon about how Christians need to be more open with one another in seeking help and advice on what they struggle with in life, and to admit those difficulties so we can better hold one another up in prayer.
After our little church service, we went to our favorite spot in the woods, where the grass/weed whistles grow, and sat in the sunshine to read Allegiant. We stopped now and again to talk or to watch the cows in the pasture next to our little bench. It was a nice relaxing Sunday and the weather was great. In the evening, I skyped my family and talked with them about their week. After that I worked on my report some more.
All I did was work on my report because I knew I was going to have a full day tomorrow, so this will conclude my last boring post.
LONDON!!!!! Me and Michael got a train from Horsforth to Leeds around 9 in the morning and then got a train from there to London. After being on the train for 2 hours, we made it. I was so glad that we had sunshine and warm weather down there because if it had rained it would have been miserable walking around everywhere to see everything. We walked to Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, the Thames, the London Eye, the M & M world and everywhere else in between.
In the evening, we had to get a “transfer train” from Leeds to Horsforth. The train from London was making a tight schedule for us and we were worried that we might miss our train out. It was the second to last one for the night, but we were both tired and just wanted to be back. As it turned out, we missed the train and the last train of the night was cancelled because of an accident. The bus wasn’t running anymore, so we had to fork at bunch of money to get a taxi ride back to uni. It was frustrating at first, but looking back on it, I can’t help but laugh at how coincidental everything was.
I had a meeting with Meaghan in the afternoon to talk about what I will be doing for the learning hub for the rest of the week. After that, I met with Hersha, the international director, to talk about what an international student ambassador does. In talking with her, I found out that Leeds Trinity is having an open house on the 25th, the day after I leave, and how she would like me to be there. For all you people in the States reading this, yes I almost stayed here another 2 days and yes, I know you will all give me your opinions on that when I get back, haha! For the reason I didn’t stay, read the next day’s post.
In the evening, my flatmate Helen made me and some other friends an amazing dinner. She needed to use up the food she had in the fridge so she wouldn’t have so much to pack that weekend when she went home. Excuse or no excuse, it was a really nice chicken and vegetable dinner with loads of gravy 🙂
In the morning I met with Hersha to make the changes to my flights, but overnight British Airways doubled the cost of the charges to move my flights making it financially unreasonable for me to stay the extra two days. I was disappointed because I really wanted to stay a few days longer, but everything happens for a reason. On the flip side, Hersha said that she would much rather put that money towards sending me to a conference in the States for international ambassador “training”, so it all works out in the end.
In the afternoon, I met with my people management lecturer, Emma, to talk about Alverno and how the system works there. It was a long meeting, but I hope that the advice I gave about how to incorporate the “abilities” into some of her classes will work. I also hope that she will be able to come and visit Alverno next spring as well to get more perspectives from my professors. I didn’t realize how much I knew about Alverno and the 8 abilities until I started talking to her about it. Guess it just goes to show that you can take the girl out of Alverno, but you can’t take Alverno out of the girl.
I didn’t do much except for help Michael move all his stuff from his room in All Saints to Trinity Close, another building on campus at uni, where he will be staying for the summer. It took 3 car loads to get it all done, but we did it.
I don’t think I did much except for the usual hanging out with friends and doing more work on the learning hub websites.
Went to church in the morning and found out that it was a baptismal service. It was really neat to watch the woman make a public confession of her faith in Jesus and hear her testimony of all the amazing things God is doing in her life. I always get excited to watch people give their life to Christ and become a changed person. The sermon was in Matthew 3, which talks about Jesus’ baptism.
Spent most of my morning writing this blog post. It took a while to get through some of the days as either I struggled to remember everything that happened, or that the day was so long ago. In the afternoon, I skyped with my family and then Diana for a while to give my brain a break. In the evening, I met up with Olivia for “tea” and then we played some Mario- kart Wii with some of her friends. In talking with them we found out that they hadn’t watch Julian Smith videos, so of course we needed to be good friends and educate them as to the brilliancy of this YouTube celeb. Ah yes… good times 🙂
In the morning, I went to a meeting with the learning hub and then I did some more work on the website. I also wrote some more on my blog, which apparently takes a long time to do.
Spent the morning sleeping in because of a migraine, which thankfully went away. Then I did some more work for the learning hub creating a learning style quiz and editing some more things on their website. In the evening, I went to the best last housegroup ever and they surprised me by playing ultimate Frisbee and having cake afterwards. I didn’t know that we were going to play Frisbee, so I went walking to church in my sandals and a skirt when Olivia, oh so nonchalantly, says to me that we are going to play Frisbee that evening. She then went on to try and convince me that I would still be good at it in my skirt and nice sparkly sandals, haha! Tim, one of the group leaders, was nice enough to drive me and Olivia back to uni so I could get changed into shorts and shoes. It was a small group of us that played, but it was a good time. Afterwards, it was nice to just sit and visit with everyone at Rich and Ceri’s house, even though we were all exhausted from Frisbee. Glad that they all enjoyed it and I hope to come back in a year or so and find them still playing it.