The Random Writings of Rachel: Life Lately...

Life Lately...

Eating: Breakfast. Cereal. But I wish I was eating yesterday's breakfast, which was an orange with part of a dark chocolate Hershey's bar.
Reading: Still reading Introducing Major Theologians by Michael Reeves. It's very fascinating, but as you might imagine, it's not the quickest read, plus I just haven't had a whole lot of time for reading lately, so I'm not flying through this book as I do with most books. So far my favorite theologian he's talked about is Athanasius. John Calvin is coming up later, who I know won't be my favorite, but he reminds me of Calvin College, so I'll always have a soft spot for that guy.
Creating: A video filled with every picture of (my little sister) Rebekah ever to be shown at her graduation and goodbye party later this month. It's gonna be pretty funny, as this kid has a lot of personality and it shows through in her photos:

Watching… I haven't really watched any tv lately. I did watch Beauty and the Beast. Twice. After it actually came out a few weeks late over here. General consensus is that we like the "Beast's Song" best in this family, my sisters are always singing it these days--is it called "Evermore"?

Looking Forward To: Seeing so many family members I haven't seen in years in the USA. My book being released (hopefully next week!). Getting actual professional photos taken with Angel this weekend. This will be the first time since our wedding in 2010. I don't think there's such a need for professional photos in this age where normal digital cameras work pretty well for even clueless people like me and Angel...but at the same time I know I won't regret splurging on some fancy photos once in a while (a while in this case being 6.5 years). Actually, the idea was all Angel's--he wanted photos of us to give to the relatives we're going to see in California, since he hasn't been back in about ten years. I just hope the photographer tells us how to stand and how to smile--when I'm by myself, I have my go-to "fashion blogger" pose, but when it's the two of us, there are no guarantees. I mean, look at this: 

Planning: Our trip to the USA. Turns out that trips involving visiting many, many people and separate stays in three states, and sleeping in about 6 homes within those three states...require a bit of coordination. I'm also wondering how to convince myself to love flying because it's not my favorite but if I could find some strategy to convince myself it'll be really fun, that would be ideal. Maybe I'll use the standby "mom" trick of buying special snacks and activities that kids can only eat and play on the plane...except this time it's for myself, not for a child. 11 hours in one seat...
Hoping: That our apartment will be fixed soon. I love our home! And we have the best landlady of all time. We've been having minor leaking in our apartment due to a problematic water tank on the roof of the apt. complex since last July, which has gradually escalated in severity. What's awesome is that the building management is now doing something about it. What's not as awesome is that there's two buckets in my kitchen catching regular drips from the ceiling. And nothing can be stored inside my storage room because the damage is quite severe and the room never dries out. But honestly...Angel and I are pretty laid back, so I think we're the perfect people to be living here during this ongoing leaking issue. Also, I'm grateful the leaking is only in three rooms and hasn't affected the bedroom or living room. I am looking forward to not having buckets in my kitchen anymore, but considering that buckets catching drips from a leaky roof is something I've only previously seen in movies, it's very interesting to experience it in real life!
Are you pretty comfortable in front of the camera? Have you ever had to use buckets to catch drips from the ceiling in your home? What are you reading?

26 comments:

  1. So many fun things you have to look forward to! That video of your sister sounds like it will be awesome. And yum, I need to try an orange and dark chocolate for breakfast!

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  2. You're being very nice about the leaking in your apartment. I hope it gets fixed soon. We lived in a home where the water was intermittent...there would be none for hours at a time (one of those things that you appreciate more after not having it).

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  3. That book sounds really interesting! Hearing about it totally takes me back to high school, when in my Church History class, for an extra-credit project, I wrote a song called "Arius Had a Heresy." It was sung to the tune of "Old MacDonald Had a Farm," and it was all about Arius, Athanasius, and the controversies of the time period. It was pretty fun and kind of silly haha. And yay Beauty and the Beast! That's awesome that you've already seen it twice. I only saw it once, loved it, and I really want to see it again. "Evermore" is such an amazing song!
    I'm currently reading some early documents about or by St. Francis of Assisi, "The Man in the High Castle" (which is different from the Amazon Prime show, but still good), and a couple minutes ago I finished book 1 of the series "The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place," which is a kids series and is completely adorable and entertaining so far :)

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  4. I'm horribly awkward in front of a camera. Our kind tour guide tried taking nice shots of us at Borobudur temple yesterday and we look ridiculous in every single one of them. Sigh. Good luck with trip planning, and hope you get everything done in your last few weeks that you need to! Exciting news about the book, too :)

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  5. Congratulations on your book! :)
    I'll be sure to stay tuned so I can check it out once it's out.

    Sincerely Miss J
    www.sincerelymissj.com

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  6. Great update, seems like you have been enjoying the little things. Hopefully your apartment gets fixed up soon. Cheers!

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  7. You have many things coming up to look forward to! So exciting about your book! I can't wait to hear more about it!
    Beth
    http://www.thebethnextdoor.com

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  8. 1. Super excited for your book - congrats!
    2. Pro photos are always worth it. Sean and I have started making photos our travel souvenir. They're a lot more memorable (and create a lot less clutter) than touristy mugs, t shirts, etc.
    3. Yes, yes I have used a bucket to catch drips from my ceiling. We had a random leak a few weeks ago. The roofer fixed it, then it snowed, then we found our guest bedroom in a lot of water—so he fixed it again—3 days before we were to leave for vacation. Yikes! Thankfully, it looks like fix #2 is holding up well. I hope yours is fixed soon!

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  9. How exciting that you will be visiting the US. What states? I love that picture of you two. So cute! I am obsessed with taking pictures but SOOOO uncomfortable in front of the camera. I know it has to do with the fact that I have gained a few lbs. You know Mr. J and I have NOT one picture together?! 1 year since we met and no pictures. How sad is that?! I am making it appoint to change that this weekend.

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  10. Awww, you guys are adorable :) I love that pic of you (though I know what you mean where photography is concerned... I feel I'm always awkward in front of a camera, though less so when I'm standing with someone... or my dog, lol).

    Also congrats on your book! That's so exciting :)

    I hope the damage is minimal and that the leak is repaired soon.. don't be too lax or it'll never get done (believe me, I've learned from experience!). I once had the water heater blow up in the kitchen and the wood tiling on the floor started to come apart--to the point where i had to manually hammer the pieces back in place so I wouldn't scrape up my feet while walking, lol. Hope it's fixed soon! XO

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  11. The video of your sister sounds like a fun project and what a sweet gift. I am interested to hear more about the book as you read it.

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  12. I really want to watch Beauty and the Beast. I'm hoping that I can watch it this weekend. Congratulations on your book!

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  13. Good on you for having the patience to deal with leaking - that would NOT be okay for me. Let me know how the pictures turn out and also - book?!?!

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  14. I'm not a fan of flying, either. Have fun on your trip! I love that photo of your sister!

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  15. Your trip to the US sounds complicated, but that makes it extra awesome, right?! And I don't know how you have patience to have buckets in your kitchen for that long! Also, I HATE flying - but gotta push past it to really explore, right? I wish there was another way - try to invent something for us :-)

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  16. A trip to see your family sounds wonderful! And you have a book coming out? That's awesome, congrats!

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  17. Have a great visit with your family! Congrats on your book!

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  18. yay! enjoy your visit and time spent with your family AND your book coming out. all those things leading up to the book release sound so exciting -- like professional photos! <3

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  19. I really love 'Life Lately' posts because it's nice to see what's going on in other people's busy, every day lives. We'll be doing link ups soon enough with these kinds of themes, so stay tuned. :)

    Your book being released possibly next week is FANTASTIC news! Congratulations, love!

    I hope you're having a lovely week my dear. xo

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  20. Haa.. Your sister's video sounds like it's gonna be fun.

    Eek! That leaking situation sound horrible - since July? That's like 8 months!

    I remember when I was a kid we had a few bucket situations, but my dad always fixed them right away. There was that one time when their water bed popped, for lack of a better word (thank God the bed frame contained most of the water - that thing was built like a swimming pool!). We spent hour bailing out windows and into the tub. Fun stuff right there.

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  21. Also was reading through the comments... realized I missed the bit about your book in the post! Wow! Congrats! That's awesome.

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  22. We took "family photos" around our 7th anniversary. I'm glad we did though we need to actually print them out. HA.

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  23. Ugh I STILL need to go see Beauty and the Beast. Maybe I'll go while I'm on vacation next week!

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  24. It will be fun to see your "professional" photos!
    I am reading Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder to my little girl. Im not sure which one of us is enjoying it more!

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  25. I STILL haven't seen Beauty and the Beast. Oops.

    I hope you have a wonderful trip and that the plane ride is comfortable and easy.

    And yay for professional photos! :)

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  26. I'm so excited to see your photos!! I bet they will turn out beautifully! And hooray for Beauty & the Beast! I'm glad you enjoyed it! :)

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