Friday, July 27, 2012

A Week a Little Different from the Rest

I can't believe it's Friday already. So much has happened this week that it's insane. So what better place to start than Sunday!

Sunday was the usual: church, Prayer Team meeting, Impact Team meeting, and then Project Fun. We made our Impact Team meeting super short, and then we went to Dairy Queen as a group for ice cream. It was great community building (except when Brent accused my school of not being a school, but I'm devising a way to get him back. Plus it was all in good fun). And speaking of fun, Project Fun this week was A-MAZING. We were split up into teams of six (three boys, and three girls), and we had an Amazing Race around the city. My team's color (thanks to me) was green, and we named ourselves Gang Green. Gang Green was my vote because it is also the name of Ohio University's Hockey Student Section. It was a nice reminder of Athens! One of the girls on our team had run a half marathon that morning, so understandably she did not participate in the race. I decided to keep my camera and purse in my apartment because I wasn't sure how this race would go and wanted to have my hands free. We took some pictures on my friend's phone, but unfortunately I don't have any of them otherwise I would share. One of the guys on my team, Ryne, carried my wallet in his backpack, what a sweet guy, right? We finished the race at the Buckingham Fountain, and my team came in third! Yay us!
As we were about to head back to our apartments, my Action Group was asked on a Creative Date by another Action Group.

Many of you may be asking what a Creative Date is, well in answer to your question, in my understanding it is more of a night of service than an actual date. As you can see from my invitation (and a Beanie Baby! It's a cougar and it's name is Canyon. We also received a Dove caramel chocolate square from them, but that did not even make it back to the apartments let alone into the photo), the date is happening tomorrow, so when we have actually had our "wondrous night of whimsy", I am making a blog post about it, so I'll let you know when I know more!

This brings us to Monday. I got to have a nice relaxing day, full of crafting and organizing. Now I did not clean my room, but we did clean our apartment before going to go have pizza as a Project. At our Monday night meeting, my roommate Erica spoke. Our theme this week has been "I AM: Father", and she spoke from the heart with very impacting results. I'm really thankful that the Lord has blessed me with such a great roommate (and roommates) to look up too. They are all great!

Tuesday was campus. I don't really remember who I shared with or how many conversations I had (because three days of campus kind of blurs together), but I do know that we had a great Action Group that night! We began by just talking about our lives and where we've been these last couple of weeks emotionally. It was super great to open up with these girls and to just love on them in new and unique ways. Also, Jaz is a great cook and made us another delicious dinner and delicious dessert. Our dessert was a peanut butter bar (I guess that it the best way to describe it). It was an Oreo crust on the bottom, peanut butter in the middle, and chocolate on top,  frozen for our delight. After Action Group, we had the Prayer Meeting on Tuesday night instead of Wednesday.

Wednesday we did a Popsicle outreach on campus. We gave away free Popsicles, and if the students had time they could help us by filling out a survey. Of course that was not a requirement to receive a one on such a hot day. We also did English Club per usual, and unfortunately I was still unable to stay for it. Instead, I went to Target with my friend Brent to help him pick out things with which to make homemade mochas. I found a recipe online, and to introduce him to the wondrous world of coffee (because who doesn't like coffee?) I made him one. The recipe can be found here. I was using hot chocolate packets though, and discovered that one packet of hot chocolate is perfect for two cups (16 fl oz) of coffee. Then I just put in my milk and sugar preferences.
Wednesday night however, was a little different than usual.

 Instead of our usual Night with the Lord, we traveled to the beach as a Project to play in Lake Michigan. We were there until 9:30 or so. I swam the whole time, but many people chose to lay on the beach or just talk. It was a blast! And on the way back, Elly's Pancake House happened.

 This is Beachy. Remember the post about the hat I made? This is the kid who commissioned it.

 Jaz and Alex. Characters as usual.

 This was my food. Chocolate chip pancakes and Jaz's eggs. Talk about delicious!

 Jaz got a side of pancakes and hashbrowns, besides the eggs she gave me.

Alex got the Monte Carlo (a super epic sandwich that had turkey and ham and Swiss cheese on French Toast. I almost got this), Beachy got the Old Fashioned pancakes, and Niko and Katelyn (out of the picture on the right) ordered Blueberry pancakes. Everyone had good reviews for the place; it was so good!

This brings us to Thursday. Katelyn and I followed up with our friend Mayra again. We went through Soularium with her (the link explains more about what Soularium is), and she opened up with us so much. It was great to talk with her like that. After that I headed over to see what Niko and Zane were doing.

This is Slacklining (for the record, I have no idea if I spelled that right). They strung up a strap between two trees, and, from what I understand, the goal is to walk across it, balancing from one side to the other. Occasionally, people are good enough to jump or do tricks as they balance. It was only two or three feet off of the ground, so you didn't get hurt if you fell, but it was a lot harder than you would imagine.

These are the ladies who went with me to check it out. As you can see, the guys even helped us try it out!

The human body is top-heavy, so it was much easier to balance sitting down. We had a blast!

That brings us to today.
I have had a super relaxing day. I woke up, had Quiet Time, and started writing this post. Yes, I am aware that it is longer than usual, and yes, I do apologize for that, but so much has happened this week! And I haven't even gotten to my finished objects!

Remember the CAL I was doing with my roommate, Katelyn? Well, they're both done! I don't have pictures of her's, but this is mine. If you can't tell, it's wrapped around my neck twice, and that is the way I intend to wear it. It turned out super cute, right? If you want to see more pictures of this cowl, you can check out my Ravelry page.

Now this is not an object that I finished, but it is one that Katelyn made for me. It's a headband, made using this pattern. I love it! And it only took her a few hours to finish! I love how skilled my pupil is becoming.

Well, that is all for this week! I'm super glad to be linking up with FO Fridays again.



  1. Wow, you had a busy week. It sounds like fun though. Great projects

    1. Thanks! It's just been super long. One week here in Chicago is more fast paced than three at home.

  2. You are right, that is super cute. I am glad you are enjoying Chicago. Wonderful isn't it?

    1. Thank you! :) And yes, it's a beautiful city.

  3. Sounds like an enjoyable, eventful week! Love how your cowl turned out and plan to add one to both my and my daughter's project list. Thanks for inspiring me. :) ~Lisa

    1. PS: Coffee, yes. Who could not love it?

    2. Thanks! I think it's super cute and can't wait to wear it! Too bad it's summer, right? And yes, coffee is delicious. :)

  4. well now i want to swim in lake michigan and then eat pancakes! :)

    1. It would definitely be worth it (although pancakes were not originally in the plans)!