Saturday, May 29, 2010

Memorial Day Weekend

Today is Saturday, and for those of you who are not from Indiana, Its race weekend. The Indy 500 happens every memorial day weekend in Naptown. Unfortunately, I don't have tickets. However, the racing brings in a lot of celebrities all at once. Its really the only time that happens. When I'm downtown today for work, I will have my camera ready and be looking for people like Mark Wahlberg "Marky Mark," Jack Nicholson, and Patrick Dempsey... among others. They all end up staying at the Conrad. Its the only five star hotel in Indiana... so, if I have any spare time at work today (highly unlikely) I'll zip past there a few times on segway.

It's sad to say, but I've only been to the race once. It was in second grade and It was raining, so they delayed it. I think it was just me and my mom and we watched the cars go by while eating chewy chips ahoy cookies. I wasn't too excited, perhaps it was because I was really too young. But, it would be nice to have the chance to go again. Instead, on Sunday after church, I'm going with my dad up to Muncie Indiana.

Its where his parents lived. However, most of the "DeCamps" are from Lima, Ohio, which is where the TV show Glee is set in. Anyway, we're going up to good ol' Muncie for a rather emotional trip. Laying flowers on graves and such... since it is memorial day weekend. (people in Indianapolis forget that, when the race is on). Both my grandparents on my father's side have passed away so it may be a tough day for Dad.

This is Papa Ralph and Grandma Marge

I don't know what it would be like to have a parent pass away, but I have to imagine that it would be extremely morose. So, Being with Dad tomorrow will be important. Papa Ralph passed away when I was in fourth grade and Grandma when I was in 8th grade. And while, over time, its been less and less painful for Dad... It's still there. Some days (esp. memorial day) It resurfaces. Time may heal all wounds, but it can't save you from a few scars. I know whenever I really look at my scars I remember how they happened and cringe.

Loss is part of life. We lose and will be lost. Someday, my parents will pass. Someday I will be married and its possible that my husband will pass on before me. People lose children, cousins, friends... The important thing is to keep going. Not to forget, but to keep going.

Ugh, sorry this is so emotional. It's I just always think about this kind of thing around this time of year. Anyway. Celebrate life! And if you're reading this and you're not near me right now... I MISS YOU!

Peace and Love

Friday, May 28, 2010

From the Past

I really hope no one is expecting to read some really insightful blog or hear some crazy funny stories today, because I don't have anything in my head. But, I've started writing about everyday, or at least as frequently as possible... why stop the trend now?

I worked yesterday, then went to a graduation open house. Not much else really. It was a pretty uneventful day... except some lady fell off her segway into the street and I couldn't get the credit card machine to print because someone put the paper in upside down. aside from that yesterday went on pretty boringly. I too pictures to document my "exciting work day."

As you can tell, it was a very stimulating day. However, I did finally get paid!!! And that fact alone is something to celebrate.

What I need to do today
1. Work
2. Exercise
3. Clean Room
4. Clean Bathroom
5. Party til the break of dawn...?

Peace and Love

Thursday, May 27, 2010

An Unfocused Blog With No Definite Plot

Lets lay it all right out here in the open. I'm pre-menstral. Just thought I ought to give everyone a heads up. A warning, if you will. Here's the deal, I don't feel like it's that big of a deal to let people know that. It seems like everyone wants women to be these precious little ladies that don't sweat or burp or anything. I'm here to wake everyone up from that delusion. Or at least, that's what this paragraph is for. So, While I don't think I get mad without cause... don't be surprised if I over react.

What am I doing right now?

Drinking coffee and watching charmed. Judge me.

What do I want to be doing right now?

I want to go roller skating. Why does no one else want to do this? Its like the funnest thing in the whole world. Does anyone else remember Rollerskating parties in elementary school? Way to fight obesity in while breaking it down... WITH WHEELS! (I also think it would be legit to be on a roller derby team)

Another secret dream of mine is to just disappear one summer. Like, Go out with a few people and live in the wild. In the woods and go hiking and rafting. Oh, How I wish this were possible, but... College...internships...money. It's just not going to work. Not anytime soon.

However, I AM going to go to Australia, which is good enough for me.


I worked. It was actually pretty awesome. I really love (most of) the people I work with, and my job is uniquely fun. I feel so lucky to work at Segway.

After work I hurried home and went to church. They're trying to start this young adult group going. It was pretty fun, but I showed up a little over halfway through the middle of it.

When we returned home, mom and I went for a walk. Then the day was gone. It feels like days are so short sometimes, even though in the summer the sun stays out longer.

Peace and Love

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

How Did We End Up In That Ditch, And Why Were You Holding My Hand!?

Hmm. Its Wednesday morning and it looks like it's going to be a very sunny day. I have work at 1:30 with Lauren Grelle. It should be fun enough. Last time we didn't have a whole lot of business so I sent her down to the circle for some Starbucks coffee. (by the way... the downtown Starbucks does NOT have Irish cream...!!?!?!?).

This is my current appearance:

Yesterday was fun enough. I woke up and was able to chat a bit on skype, which always gets my day started nicely. Then I had to go to work. Normally this is a fairly enjoyable activity... however I was working with someone who really got on my nerves. I don't want to go into it, but the guy talked on his cellphone... loudly for thirty minutes, cursing and just being generally obnoxious. I was a little bummed when I got off work because of the LONG shift with "Mr. I-know-everything-about-this-job-even-though-I-Just-Started."

Sorry, I'm just a bit irritated... can you tell?

Anyway, I de-stressed by going to target, (not always a good idea) I bought a picture frame to put all bunch of my favorite photos from this year in. And, I bought these cute swimming shorts to go with this sporty swim suit top. It's the first that I've worn the swim suit and thought I didn't look that bad. However I still have a good while before I'm ready to wear it in public. Slowly I'm building up confidence and exercising.

Yesterday, I also had the burning desire to go outside. So, like a moron, I went and just laid down in the front driveway. "...And let the sun wrap its arms around me... and feel, feel what its like to be new" I brought my bible and just set down for a bit and read a few random passages. I love it because when I jump into the bible unguided sometimes I find the coolest scriptures that really resound in my life.

My house and driveway...

A little bit of staged camera confusion.

Here comes the fun part of the day. In my boredom, I texted Lindsay Condon. She was a friend of mine from high school and she came over to watch Glee with me and take a walk. A walk... seems harmless enough. HA! It was all in the dark, and we were wearing dark clothes, in the country, on poorly lit streets, next to creepy farm houses.... RUN ON SENTENCE... After walking a bit over two miles, A cop stopped us and asked what we were doing and how old we were. We told him our ages and he didn't seem to believe us, so we told him we were just heading home and he let us go.

Cars, kept NOT seeing us the whole way so we would run into someone's driveway whenever we saw headlights coming toward us. This was, until we came across some train tracks. "Great idea! lets go on the tracks so we can get off the main road." We started slowly down the tracks when I heard some growling. "Did you hear that?" I said to lindsay. We got quiet. "I'm scared" I said and then we heard some ferocious barking.

"Its a dog!!" I shouted." Instantly, Lindsay grabbed my hand and we sprinted down towards the road. We we going so fast we didn't see the huge watery ditch until it was too late. Together, we plummeted into it's murky depths. It was one of the most frightening airborne moments I've ever lived through. Laughing, we shook it off and got back on the train tracks when we realized the coast was clear.

We continued on until we got near this electrical facility... where we heard, a voice. A creepy voice. A creepy man voice. Startled once again, Lindsay grabbed my hand and practically hauled me down the path. We heard gunshots and began sprinting. Until we finally made it back to an actual road.

Somehow, we made it back... of course this was after several hours and crazy near death experiences. But It just goes to show you, that you don't have to be at some cool new place to have an adventure. You can have one in your own neighborhood.

Peace and Love

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

At Lowes You Can Buy Small Children

Today has been a million times better than days past.

Yesterday was a tough day for me. I mixture of missing people and getting bad news never makes for a happy Angela. I found out I wasn't chosen to be an R.A. in Australia next fall and it really depressed me. I knew there was a chance that I wouldn't get the position, but I was confused about the selection process and assumed there would be interviews for those interested... instead it was someone looking at paperwork and deciding on who would be responsible for a large group of girls for three months based on... a few papers.

but... whatever. lol. It just means I'm going to be able to REALLY have fun over there. wink wink.

Before all the "bad" happened yesterday, I was able to spend some quality time with the people who made my existence possible, grandma and grandpa. I showed up and spend a good amount of time and energy polishing the wood cabinets in their kitchen and bathroom... that may sound like a simple chore, but get this: My grandpa was a CARPENTER... wood is everywhere. My grandma cooks all the time... so all of the steam and cooking juices from the top of her stove soar through the air and settle all over her cabinets and form into this thick black gunk. Its hard to realize until you start cleaning it.

needless to say... it took me a while to clean up.

After that we had some lunch then wen't to Lowes hardware store to run some errands.

We spotted this little guy chillin in his mom's cart. He didn't even stir when the flash went off on my camera... yes. I to realize it is sort of creepy to take pictures of random children. Get over it.

After risking my life by letting my grandpa drive the car back. I went home and had an awesome love fest with some of my best friends.

Anyway, right now I'm working at Segway of Indiana. No joke, it's the best job ever.

Peace and Love

Monday, May 24, 2010

Summary of Right Now

Good morning world. Today is Monday, which means I will be going over to my grandparent's house as soon as I finish writing this blog. I like to show up on their front doorstep once a week and usually I end up helping my Grandma, Juanita, with several small chores. Then we eat lunch together... sometimes its food she already has in the house. Other times we go out to eat downtown. My favorite is Santorini's Greek restaurant in Fountain Square. Anyway, my summer is not complete unless I've seen at least one episode of "Hogan's Heros" and heard the same story from my grandparents at least twenty times. I've learned over the years that my Grandma and Boo Boo are amazing people. I've learned so much from them.

Thoughts on today.

I woke up from a night full of dreams... again. Sometimes I love it, but at this point I'm getting a little distressed by it. I don't want to go into detail but my dreams are fairly stressful. I think they have something to do with the fact that for the past few weeks I've been carrying around this anxiety... which can only be resolved, at soonest, in a week or so. Its not unhealthy anxiety its just prolonged.

I went shopping with my Mom yesterday, I guess my Dad made some extra money from work so we went to the mall and she got some nice work outfits. With the leftover money we got Starbucks then bought a fairly inexpensive digital camera for us women to share this summer. SO... expect some more summer photos!

I ran yesterday. Oy, I am so excited to get in shape for Australia! Its going to be awesome. After running I went to Brian Short's house for a "LOST" season finale party. I had no idea what was going on, and ended up leaving early because I was tired and because I think I was annoying one person with my confused comments.

Oh well.

Off to Grandma's... Peace and Love

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Nine Days and Waiting

Well. My countdown is over half way done. I'm into the single digits... 9 endless summer days left until I MAY... possibly... uncertainly... hopefully have the chance to be reunited with you know who. It all depends on if he makes his plane or not. If he misses it, he will be staying with my family for a week before his internship, however if he makes it... then I have at least another week before I could spend any tangible time with him... like: in person. I selfishly hope he misses the plane.

Meanwhile, I've been trying to get into even better shape. I checked the scale today. I'm thirty pounds lighter that I was this time last year. If I can be twenty or so pounds lighter than that by the time I go to Australia in September, then I will be satisfied. (at least I hope I will be satisfied). And no, I'm not one of those girls that is stressing out about it. and NO, I don't hate the way I look. I think I am a beautiful woman, God doesn't make mistakes.

I do, however want to lose weight for several reasons. firstly, I've never been lighter than my littler sister and this is the first time I've had a shot. (shallow reason, I know). secondly, it encourages my family, especially my dad, to get up and get moving. Thirdly, I want to be the best I can be. I want the security of knowing that when I go to Australia and participate in really strenuous activity that i will be able to keep up with everyone else.

Also, in Southeast Asia, word on the street is the people don't hold back in calling someone out if they're "fat." and to them... fat is anyone not as itty bitty as they are.

I'd like to just be comfortable in my own skin.

What's new? I got a new cell phone! PRAISES! feel free to call or text as often as you'd like!

Peace and Love

Friday, May 21, 2010

SUmmEr. TImE.

Good morning world.

I'm tired of being at home. I really wish school were in session... minus all the homework. Like, everyone had to go back a week early just to hang out. I think it would be kind of like freshman year. yep. I know exactly what I'd be doing and who I'd be with. I'd start it off right with A. Strother and keep it going strong with N. Thoman.

Its funny. I don't have to miss Nicole, because she's, at max, only 45 minutes away. I think thats because I don't see her everyday anymore. With Alyson, I legitimately miss her. Sometimes I wonder why I had to go to a school in ARKANSAS. I knew I was screwing myself over, before I even left home for the first time. I knew most of my friends weren't going to be from Indiana. This situation is no different. TEXAS feels like its forever away.

Don't even get me started on the guy.

Okay, Whining over.

Aside from missing people summer is going alright. I'm working as both a tour guide and supervisor now. Which is really neat and I love the opportunity to have a few more responsibilities. Even though sometimes it makes me anxious... Did I plug the walkie-talkies back in? How do I work the credit card swiper? do we have all of the info key controllers? Lots of things to remember. Plus, when I'm supervisor I have to count the cash drawer.... I'm not a math person but, I think I can handle it.

The owner of Segway of Indiana was in when I was working the other day and said the most random/cool thing. He said that either Lauren (another employee) or I was going to go with him up to the Skyline club with a few segways because some American Idol person was going to be there and wanted to ride in on a segway... SAAAYYYY WAHHHHH??? !! I'm a little excited about that, and I sort of hope he picks me.

dude. I hope I meet Ellen. I think it would be awesome if it were either Adam Lambert or Ellen Degeneres because... I want to get a picture with them... and make it my profile picture... then see what Harding says! ha!

I'd be happy with meeting anyone though.

Peace and Love

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Thoughts On the Here and Now

It feels like Harding was a million years ago. My life is so different right now... not that its BAD per say, but different. Parts are bad. I'm missing certain people... but if you read other posts you know that already.

I started work this week. It was good to finally have something to do all day, but I kind of miss just relaxing at home watching movies. Today I worked with Jonathan. He's crazy, but it makes for an interesting work day.

Working at Segway is much the same as it always was... except for a few things:
1.Carrie is gone.
2.Scott is gone.
3.Chase is gone.
4.There is a lamp on the desk.
5.I have more responsibility.

BIGGEST Change...

6. FRANK HAS A BEARD!!!! woah... oh and we have this key pad locking system now. it's cool because I know the pass code and can get in whenever.

What do I miss from Harding?
1.Chick fil a biscuits with my friends after chapel.
2.Tania Davis at curfew.
3.Chi Omega Pi
4.fake eggs from the CAF
5.walking everywhere
6.Alyson Strother
7. The guy

Not gonna lie. while I'm pumped up for going overseas... there is a lot I'm going to miss on campus.