Thursday, February 01, 2007

Miserable Weather, Pretty Happy Life

Hey all! Well, I think some of my Midwest friends/enemies finally got around to cursing me for my excessive bragging about North Carolina weather. Today was miserable. It was just above freezing, there was a persistent rain that seemed to be coming from every direction, and the winds were so strong that my flimsy umbrella didn’t stand a snowball’s chance in You-Know-Where.

The worst part was the fact that Thursdays are my busiest days. I’m in and out all day long, and every trek to class made me thoroughly soaked. I must have changed clothes at least twice. Plus, I had an exam that I didn’t study for, and a paper that I had to make 10 copies of (note: copying machines are now a step up on my Worst Enemy List. Some other people might be on there too if I ever find proof that they caused today’s weather).

But now for the good news. There’s a chance that I might get to go to New Zealand for four weeks over the summer. There’s a neat program where you can spend two weeks doing conservation volunteer work, and another two weeks doing outdoor adventure stuff. I was sold when they mentioned “black water rafting,” which sounds like whitewater rafting except for the fact that the river you’re doing down is underground. Which means, it’s inside a cave. Which means, it’s something that I think just might be the coolest thing ever. Spaces are limited, so cross your fingers and hope that I can go!

Other good news is that I’m really just feeling happy. I think the shift in weather was good for me to a certain degree, because it kind of gave me a day that was memorable: a slight break from the routine. I often find that I get so caught up in the ebb and flow of daily life that weeks, months, and years go by without my really noticing or remembering the things about them that were special. Today was special, though, despite the cold wet socks, the muddy K-Swiss shoes, and the ruined umbrella. It was brisk, and it kept me on my toes, and the coldness of the outdoors made the warmth of the inside, the warmth of my friends, even more enjoyable.

By the way, if you want to pray for something that’s totally irrelevant but just might make my day a week from now, pray that I can get tickets to the Straylight Run concert. They’re coming to town in about six days, and I haven’t gotten around to getting my tickets yet. If you haven’t heard of them, they’re an indie rock band that was formed by the former backup vocalist and bassist of Taking Back Sunday. They had one minor hit a few years back called “Existentialism on Prom Night,” the video to which I’ve linked to here. Enjoy!


Norm! said...

What a small world. Although I'm on the west coast, my boss owns rentals in Charlotte. One of my her tenants called today and mentioned something about snow over there. I guess the tenant was telling the truth :-)

It's been beautiful and sunny here -- although I don't get off work in time to see it.

em said...

Raleigh weather is just about the same... but my little sister, her family, and I did end up getting out and running some errands today. We were hoping for the snow to stick, but it just got really slushy and gross. My neice is used to throwing snow balls whenever it snows... today, she threw a muddy slush ball at me. um, whoops!

If you DO end up being able to go to NZ, lemme know. I'll hook you up with the best places to go, cool things to see, and perhaps even some people to meet... you do know I lived there for a couple of years, right? Hope you get to take that trip! It's one of the most amazing places in the world! Oh wait - you might be going in the summer. That's the middle of NZ winter. yuck. Still amazing, just colder and wetter. haha

Jay said...

Norm: If only I had snow! The fact that I'm practically living on an island right now means that there's not much freezing temperatures around, so we just get this hideous rain.

Em: Hey, you're in Raleigh! Coolness. Yeah, I know I'll be in NZ in winter. They mentioned glacier hiking, which sounded pretty fun. I'll certainly let everybody know when and if I get the approval to go.

Pomoprophet said...

Thanks for the comment! I feel you on the "Naturally I fight against the worldly views of the left, while at the same time trying to calm the vitriol coming from the right, and all the while challenging everyone's perceptions. It's exhausting, I tell you!"

So true. Being in the middle you get it from both sides. Infact last night I met with my pastor and told him about myself. It turned into this qusai-argument discussion with him trying to tell me how wrong homosexuality is and the only option I have is to obey what the Bible says. As if I didnt know that. I wanted someone that would let me question and grow and be there to support me. He just tried to convince me of his view. And thats just really sad to me. And when I think about it the morning after, it makes me kinda mad too.

Sometimes being where we are IS ehausting. And doesnt leave me with many people I can just rest with.