Monday, November 22, 2010


Within the last two weeks there has been an H1N1 "outbreak" resulting in our house on quarantine for 5 days, lots of walks, a Harry Potter viewing, a visit to the best tea lounge EVER (i know that sounds strange, but trust me, it's perfect), dancing galore at another L'Arche event, another costume party (this time Alice in Wonderland themed), and lots of having fun and hanging out.

But the best news of all is that Matt got a job!  Matthew Davis, legislative editor. :)

And in light of the good news (and because his new position starts in a week), he came up to visit me! We went out to eat, explored downtown, listened to music, spent too much money at Sound Garden, ate a whole pumpkin pie in 2 1/2 days (thanks mom!), and laughed a whole lot. I tried to steal him, but he was the one with the car... I'll definitely plan better next time.

Oh, and this song has been in my head recently:

Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 6, 2010


Halloween was sooo much fun.  It helps that we had three big parties to dress up for, but this is definitely a big change from really hating it and trying my best to avoid the whole thing.  L'Arche definitely knows how to party!  It also snowed on Halloween, so how would I not love it?

In the top picture, that's Eric as a Snow Angel, with Rachel as a semi-goth fairy, and me as Liz Lemon. And then it's Mike as a cop (the boa was the big dancing prop-- it got around on the dance floor), and Peter as a cowboy/sheriff/deputy.  Or Pistol Pete, as I called him.  I even tried to get him to call me Jobin, but to no avail.

Oh, and the big news is that I'm a full-fledged assistant!  I passed the med. administration class a couple weeks ago, and recently passed all my med pours, so I'm officially med. ad. certified!  However, with all this excitement comes great responsibility.

Starting Nov. 1st, we've had two radio stations in the Syracuse area that are wholly devoted to Christmas songs.  This is semi-helpful because it reminds me how awesome it would be to have my shopping done early, but generally I don't like it.  Eric, on the other hand, loves it.  Thanks to him, we've been listening to "A Charlie Brown Christmas", and singing Christmas hymns for a month now.  (I've been here a month already!)

Ever since I moved in, we've had Ian, a prospective core member, over for dinners/parties, etc.  He was looking for a place to move in, and was considering our L'Arche home.  He's about half the age of the other core members, but the age difference doesn't seem to matter.  Everyone gets along great, and we all voted that we think he'd be a good fit for our house.  Apparently Ian agreed too, because he's definitely moving in at the end of the month! (!!!) We just have a lot of cleaning/ painting to do before that happens.

I am very much looking forward to the holidays.. I put in a request for time off, but I don't know whether it'll be granted or not.  I'm hoping yes. 

Oh, and when Mike says his prayers, he says Hooray!, instead of Amen.  Sometimes I think that's the way it should be.