|Current mood:|| excited|
|Current music:||Ben Folds- Philosophy|
Ben Kweller- will you marry me?
i'm totally flying high right now. i couldn't be in a better mood. well, i probably could- but who wants to think about what could be? it's all about living in the here and now. so- i just got done talking to my dad about my trip to kazakhstan in january. the entire trip is going to cost my happy (but really broke) little self just around $2,000. cripes. i know. that's actually been a big worry of mine for the past few weeks. how on earth does one come up with that kind of money? without a job? (i know, i know, i COULD get a job...but that would be too easy. easy's no fun.) anyway, we were talking about how i was going to raise the money and i told him that we would do various fundraising activities. i know that we're going to be bagging groceries at rainbow foods a few times...but right now, our primary source of potential income is going to be going to various churches around the cities and asking for voluntary monetary donations. yeah- that's fine for people who have their home churches around here. churches that they've grown up in and gone to for their entire lives. mine- isn't so close to the cities. it's WAY back across the ocean. in good ol' mannheim, germany. as my dad and i were talking about this, he brilliantly offered to speak to our home church on behalf of me- granted, i'll write the letter, and he'll read it, but the fact is- HE'S DOING THIS FOR ME!!!! i love my dad. he rocks my world. he's also going to speak to my youth group. even if steve and anna can't offer any sort of monetary donation, it'll be nice to have their prayers. whee. i'm on cloud nine right now. it's great. i might even ask mrs. kim and see if she'd be willing to help me out- she always did like me....hmm...i wonder. i should probably start writing her. whoops. i'm really excited for this trip. we're going to be working mainly with the youth- but that's perfect. it's what i want to do with my life anyway. maybe not in kazakhstan...but youth. hooray for the youth!!
on another ecstatic note- (i know what you're thinking- whoa! two happy thoughts?!?!? how can this be?) dims and i are are making headway for our summer backpacking trip across europe. WOOT! honestly, i <3 that girl. she's got such an enthusiasm for life that a lot of people (especially people here at csp) lack. and i love it. she's the kind of girl who lives to laugh until she has tears streaming down her face and she's holding onto her sides- trying to keep them in from exploding from all the giddy hilarity. if our plan really does take flight- all i have to say is WHOA NELLY. it's going to be one heck of a trip. geez...backpacking throughout europe and causing all sorts of mischief? that's right up my alley. it's going to be the trip of a lifetime. we both have missions to find books in our respective school libraries tomorrow and gather as much info about cheap travels in europe as possible. it should be great. i honestly can't wait for the new year- even with a dirty scumbag in office now- i have my friends and family- and i couldn't ask for more. as a matter of fact, adam i were talking about this very subject last night. we both agree that all you need are friends and family- after much discussion, i came to the realization that they are my very sole reason for living. without them, i have nothing. and that's a damn fact. so- in this moment, here and now-i just want to say thanks guys for always being there for me- you are my world.