So I decided to give up on my resolution to learn about a different state each week. I just realized that, while I do enjoy learning random facts, I don’t really care about specific random facts about the states. When I tried to plan it, it took away from part of the randomness. I like actual random things. Like how Monday was Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, since it was the anniversary of when it was made. It was the 50th anniversary, actually, which made it even better. Did you know that they make colored bubble wrap? It’s kind of funny too, because at Real Life on Thursday, we were praying, specifically about having a heart for missions, and for being On Mission, and I thought of bubble wrap. We, as believers should see all the non-believers in the world as un-popped bubble wrap. Everyone loves popping bubble wrap, so if we had all this un-popped bubble wrap around us, we should be fighting to pop it. “Popping” the bubble wrap, means to share the love of Jesus with them, in case you were having trouble following the metaphor, by the way. But anyway, the point is that those are the kinds of random facts that I like. Today is National Chocolate Cake Day, too, which is funny because Shea didn’t know, but just decided to make a chocolate cake today.

Well since it’s almost the end of the month, I might as well recap. The month started out bringing in the new year at Tiff’s. Then I drove back to SB, and home group people came to my apartment to hang out and say bye to Michelle. That was a pretty great day. Then it was a week of work and getting sunburn, along with the first week of classes. Then the 10th, I celebrated my birthday early with some home group people at Elephant Bar. I never like planning stuff to do for my birthday, so that was kind of a big thing for me to have planned, haha. It all went well, and it was fun to hang out with everyone. Then my birthday on the 12th! It’s weird being 22. I really feel older–almost like a real adult. Haha, oh gosh. That following Saturday, Franklin and I went hiking, which was cool. I’ve only gone hiking one other time before that since I’ve been here. I really want to hike a lot more while I’m here. Other than that, it was a pretty uneventful weekend since all my friends were gone, lol. Then this weekend that just passed, nothing too eventful happened, but it’s been nice to have a relaxing month, and not have to do something every weekend. I’ve been going to Adorn every week which has been nice, and Christine and I have been trying to cook beforehand, although we’ve only done so two out of three possible Fridays, since she was gone the second weekend. We’ll probably cook this Friday though, so that’s good. I’ll take 3/4. I started my field placement at Goleta Valley Junior High yesterday. I’ll be going on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and I’ll be in a pre-algebra class. It was weird being back in that kind of school, and listening to bells dismiss classes. While I was observing, I remembered why I never liked math class, or middle school for that matter. But I’m excited to get experience, in case I ever do someday want to become a teacher. Even if I don’t, it’s still a cool thing to do. This Saturday night, Ingrid Michaelson is going to be at The Hub, which I’m very excited about. She’s pretty great. Overall, January has been a good month.

I am kind of anxious for February to get here, though. It could just be because I like the firsts of months so much. It’s going to be a busy month though. The first weekend will be the CBEST for math, which I need to brush up on. Then the following weekend, Kristen, Christine and I are going to go hear Mark Driscoll speak on Song of Solomon. That should be interesting–he’s very graphic on that subject, haha. Then that following weekend I’m going to go home. I figured it’s a good time–not too soon after winter break and not too close to spring break. At least I have nothing planned for the last weekend in February. Geez, January isn’t even over yet and I already have all of next week scheduled. Oh, life.

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