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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Fallen Leaf

So I have now worked three full days (another one tomorrow) at my summer job at Fallen Leaf Lake. Fallen Leaf is a little lake off to the side of Lake Tahoe and on my motorcycle it is about 20 minutes away from our camp. It is gorgeous and I love working there, especially because I already feel like I'm part of a small family. My mom laughed when I told her what my job actually is though... I am basically a short order cook in a kitchen. My kitchen. =) I operated it all by myself for most of the day today which was so fun. A few things I have learned in the three days I have worked so far:
1. How to make over easy eggs by flipping them in a pan. Pancakes here I come! I admit it was nerve-wracking to flip food over an open flame but I feel better about it now.
2. How to use a meat slicer to cut veggies and of course huge slabs of meat (which God thankfully is preventing me from feeling sick over).
3. How to grill an epic burger.
4. How to deal with a hot vat of fries and chicken tenders popping at me and things sizzling on the flat top grill without getting too burned.
5. Basically how to cook. I am really excited to have new cooking skills... who knows when this will come in handy! =)

Anyway, this is my view from the kitchen. I get to make the food as the orders come in then set them on the window and yell "Bill (or whatever the name is) your order’s up!" You can only imagine how my loud voice carries nicely around to the front of the store. Haha =) So in conclusion, I love my job and Fallen Leaf Lake. The days are long and tiring but after getting home and getting the fry/disinfectant smells (I also clean the bathrooms and mop at the end of the day) off of me I feel accomplished. I hope that I can have the courage to talk to my co-workers about my relationship with Christ though. I am there to serve them and show them how God has moved in my life. I am definitely praying for boldness in bringing up spiritual conversations with them. If you are in Tahoe come visit me! I will whip you up a mean breakfast burrito. =)

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Want to see Tahoe?

The sweet bike path I found during quiet time yesterday. It was super bumpy but my mountain bike held its own. =) And it was gorgeous!
See my bike? The trees are so tall here and it is all so green! There is even snow on the mountains still. God is so good!

Where I sat for my quiet time. The only reason I left was because I was being eaten alive by mosquitos. Yuck.
The lake! We have been there both days... the beach is so nice! I am getting a great tan too... we were in the sun for over three hours today. I also went in the water... soooooo cold!

Trying to be artistic? No flash at night does not work so well. I basically took this for my little sister. =)

My SLO Buds

It’s official! I am almost completely assimilated into my new home here in South Lake Tahoe. Despite all of the amzing new people I have met, I miss one thing,my friends. The people that I am already close to and can connect easily connect with, without putting out a huge effort. I am loving meeting and getting to know so many new people but things keep reminding me of my friends and I miss the ease of those amazing relationships. For instance:
1. Laura and Caitlin and Bailey - I cycled past a cute purple house (Laura) right next to a yellow house with a matching yellow flower tree (Caitlin) next to two super cute log houses (B and I)during my quiet time yesterday. We could totally all live next to each other here. =)
2. Brendan – A DMB song played at dinner yesterday and no one around me knew who Dave Matthews was.
3. My band mates – A few of the guys were playing guitars and djembes today and I wanted to be around the guys again.
4. My girls – We had a late night run to 7-11 last night and the donuts made me miss Sunshine Donut runs.
5. Adam and Jon - The guys here are educating some of the girls on the "Rejected" cartoons on youtube. "I'm a bananna!"... Basically I can't believe other people find it funny. =P

There are so many more that I can’t remember. But just thought I would let you know that I have not forgotten you... despite my not so good communication skills here. =)

Monday, June 15, 2009

Summer is Beginning

Well it is finally summer and I am off to Lake Tahoe tomorrow for summer project! This summer is going to be so different then last summer when I didn't have very much planned. I only had about four weeks of planned events including a trip to San Francisco and Oakdale to visit my friends, a trip to Haiti and the annual water ski trip with church. This summer I only have about ten free days at home. I am so excited to have summer plans this year but at the same time I get frustrated when opportunities come up that I cannot seize because I am already booked. One thing God showed me with this however is that He has me where He wants me. I may think I am missing out on cool things but He has plans for my summer that are going to bring me closer to Him and help me grow in the best ways. I just need to be content where He places me and enjoy the ride! =)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Baking Tips

I forgot until today that I was going to share some Rice Crispie Treat making tips with you. The first is from my Grandma... use the microwave! It is so much easier then the stove and they come out gooier. Second, put 42-43 marshmallows for every 6 cups of Rice Crispies. The extra mallows make it softer. And lastly, mold them into something fun! To avoid molding it to your hands instead of the counter put water on your hands. The water melts the sugary marshmallow enough that it doesn't stick to your hands and it is super easy to form it letters or whatever. (ex: my Pat Little Band Rice Crispie Treats that I made for the last Campus Crusade of the year) I reccomend Rice Crispies because they take less then 20 minutes and the clean up is easy. Everything dissolves off the pans.
So go forth and bake!

Another One

Wow, being at work sure makes me blog more. It doesn't help that the only thing I have left to do is write my essay for Friday (which means I'll write it Thursday night) and I have been here since 6:30 this morning. Facebook and my pile of emails gets old after a while. I have listened to about 10 Pandora (for my family this is an online radio where you pick the kinds of songs you listen to) stations so far, ranging from my Musicals playlist to my Pat Little Band playlist to Country. All the goodies. =) Now all I want is lunch and a shower (how you can get up early enough to take a shower before work at 6:30 is beyond me).
I just realized I have no point in blogging right now so I guess that is my day so far! =P Later today I am meeting with a friend for tea or Jamba and runnning errands (selling back books, turning in paperwork, ect).Then it's packing up some stuff and rounds tonight. Hope you all are having a great day!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

On Being Complacent

According to Dictionary.com (valid source, I know) complacent means being pleased, esp. with oneself or one's merits, advantages, situation, etc., often without awareness of some potential danger or defect; self-satisfied.
This is me! Whenever the Lord blesses me with a time of peace and comfort I run around like a little kid with their new allowance thinking, "Oh look what I accomplished! My life is all put together and I earned it!" Then naturally I come to a screeching halt. Like my last post talked about, I fall on my behind feeling lost and confused. Now look what I accomplished.
But that's not the end of the story, thank the Lord! (literally) A few more verses pop in my mind about this.

Ephesians 2:8-10"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."

1 Chronicles 16:8-12
"Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done.
Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.
Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.
Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.
Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced..."

Spiritual Warfare

I have been talking with a lot of close friends lately who are all feeling Satan's efforts to pull them away from God and the good things he is having them do. I don't wish the struggle to find truth on anyone but it is such a blessing to have others there to build you up and pray through things with you. So, on that note I just want to encourage you. You are not alone! Satan has been feeding me a lot of lies and doubt lately and I've realized that is the first step, recognizing it is not Godly truth but lies that you are hearing. The second step is trusting these struggles to God and seeking his word to combat the deceit. Whether you are a new believer, a involved member of the church community, or going on a mission's trip (the list is endless) Satan wants to drag you down. He doesn't like what the Lord is accomplishing through you and he definitely doesn't like it when God's kingdom expands. But don't lose hope! From personal experience I know that God provides in these times. He does not create us just to abandon us when we need Him. God desires to lift us up and be the rock we rely on. This was the reason I buy into the negativity the devil tries to shove into my life. I don't often rely on God for my strength to be completely honest and am still working on building my house on the rock. =)

Matthew 7:24-27
'"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.'"

Deuteronomy 31:6-8
"'Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you." Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the presence of all Israel, "Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the LORD swore to their forefathers to give them, and you must divide it among them as their inheritance. The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged."'

Luke 18:16+17
"'But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it."'

Monday, June 8, 2009

Working

The countdown begins...
only 17 minutes left of work then hanging out with friends.
Starting this countdown an hour ago did not help!