Friday, May 21, 2004

It's been a long time gone

So I guess I promised, at several points in time, that I would write all about my adventures of three weeks of trekking across England, Scotland and Wales. I don't know so much that that's actually going to happen. I think that it's just been enough for me to tell the stories as I show people pictures, and I don't want to overdo it and get sick of it. Maybe that's it. Who knows? At Any rate, as soon as I get pictures from Joel, I will be completing at least the photo journal of our trip, I do promise that much. Maybe I'll just say some highlights....
My favorite castle ended up being a ruined castle that we went to by chance in Perchester. While touring around it, we were given these audio tours that were narrated by a French prisoner and an English soldier from way back when. It was pretty entertaining to listen to, and I couldn't believe how much actual fact they put into the narration. The oldest part of the whole thing was the wall surrounding it, which was built by the Romans at some point (I'm not going to play guessing games with names and dates because I'm sure there's several people who would love to laugh at me for naming the wrong century or emperor) The roman officer that built this stronghold decided that it would be fun to name himself the Emperor or Britain (or whatever it was called back then) so they don't know if these walls were actually built by the Romans to keep the Roman Emperor and his crew out or just to defend themselves from other threats. (This traitor was eventually assassinated by one of his officers, who named himself emperor, and after a long and fruitful three year reign, the Roman army came back, reclaimed the territory, and executed the guy)
So. That was my favorite castle. We went to that one while in South Hampton with my cousins. And speaking of these cousins, Paula and Darren-- I went to my Uncle Henry's place ("Dr Brouwer" to you Redeemer folk) to pick up my stuff stored in his garage, and who answers the door but Paula?! It was quite a surprise, I didn't figure I'd be seeing them again for at least another year, when they had moved back to Canada. huh.
Oh. And another important piece of news-- I now have a NIECE!!! She was born on May 18, 5:30 am.... Nadine Isabella Van Breda. How exciting!
Oh. Something else. I have a job! Not an exciting one, mind you, but a job nonetheless, with normal hours and all... Doesn't start till June 1st, so I can relax next week knowing that I will actually be getting pay checks throughout the summer.

Thursday, May 13, 2004

Nothing yet

No job for me yet. I'm still on the prowl, getting lots of excercise at the same time... who knew jobhunting without a car could be so trying? It's so warm here... My house is a wonderful little house, and my roommate is an amazing roommate, but I can't say that I've spent more than 6 hours in the house at the same time as her when we're not sleeping... sigh.
Tip of the day: HIRE JENN! :)

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

We're here for a good time, not a long time... have a good time, the sun don't shine every day!
NO MORE DRIVING TESTS!!! Thanks to all you who offered up a prayer for me, I took my G test this morning at 8:45, and by 9:10, I had secured my full G! I'm very excited about this, especially since I've been in England for the past four months without access to a car, and basically in the past year I've driven maybe 20 times... !!!!!!!!!!!! :)
That's about all the excitement in my life today. I'm in the process of finding out what's in the boxes that I packed in December, what's in my suitcases that I brought home with me, and doing laundry and trying to decide what I need to bring back to Hamilton with me.
One of these days I'll sit down and start writing a bit about what we did during the three weeks of treking through cathedrals and castles... and hopefully I can get ahold of Joel's pics and post those, too.

Monday, May 03, 2004

Hey y'all, I'm finally home! We landed at 3:30 on Friday afternoon, upon return to Redeemer the choir also returned from their trip, so I had the privilege to see all those in choir(including someone in particular, whom y'all could guess, most likely), which was amazing, and then on Sat I went to Karen and Rob's wedding and got to see basically everyone I didn't see on Friday! Karen and Rob's wedding was amazing, by the way, I don't think that I've ever been to a wedding where the bride and groom were that excited! smiles from ear to ear. On Sunday, I got to go to First again, I've really missed that church.... then I met my dear best friend's boyfriend (of whom I approve heartily), saw my brother, sister-in-law, and nephew for about half an hour, and came home to belleville! Right now I really have to be off to do stuff, but if anyone who reads this could pray for me today and tomorrow morning, that would be amazing. I have a little something on my shoulders that is quite nerve-wracking. Thanks!