Friday, March 26, 2010

Nashville- Never want to leave.

So, I don't want to go back to Montgomery. Why would you when every time you get off work you get to go eat here

Seriously- the BEST pancakes I have EVER had. We've been there twice- just enough to make me crave it every time I leave the hospital.

Me and Jeremy were talking last night about how we want to celebrate our graduation in May. We feel that the only appropriate thing to do is to take all of our family and friends to our place. Thus, we will be celebrating the RN, BSN at Saigon Deli. It just feels like the right thing to do.

Although, we never want to leave Nashville, we were a little homesick for our favorite restaurant. So we searched for a Vietnamese restaurant here to try and get our fix. We went here, and while it was good- it was nothing like the real deal. The chopsticks were made out of wood and there was no fish sauce on the table- weird.

If anyone has any suggestions for good/fun places to go eat in Nashville, please let me know.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

No place for the weary kind.

Lately I've been feeling somewhat.... jumbled. I just moved temporarily to a new city, I am close to graduating, I am 1 month from going on a cruise to Mexico, and I am 3 months away from being an aunt for the 4th time. While all that is extremely exciting, I can't help but feel a little scattered.

I have always liked stability, but have more recently yearned for change. New city, new people, and new ideas. I'm  on the look-out for my people- my place. There is always the adjustment period when relocating. I remember going through it in Roanoke, in Auburn, and then in Montgomery, and now in Nashville. It's hard to describe really. It's a blend of excitement and homesickness. The Nashville move has by far been the best. Of course I moved here with Jeremy, so that helps. I think perhaps this move has been better because it's temporary (although now we joke about not wanting to go back, ha). But, alas, we must. Hopefully to return in June or July, Lord willing.

I found this quote a little while ago:

When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion. - Abraham Lincoln
It hit home with recent events in my life. Personal struggles and inner triumphs. When it's broken down isn't this how we all feel?
We do something good- learn a new skill, workout, show kindness or mercy, forgive, love- and we feel on top of the world- We have acted "godly".

And then we act "human"- we are impatient, we make a bad choices, we are inconsiderate or close-minded.

I have found myself acting more "human" these days, and I don't feel too good about it. So, I'm going to try to change some things. If I am going to expect others to show kindness, generosity, and patience than I have to do the same. I seem to remember something about the Golden Rule....

The older I get the more I realize how I have high standards for people. Maybe higher than I should have. I think I get it from my father. I remember the crushed look on his face when others disappointed him, especially me.

Lately, these high standards have gotten me almost avoiding others. I think that I have set my standards so high that I have closed my mind to embracing others differences, and that is something that I have never wanted to happen. I have always wanted to embraces others- never wanted to see color, religion, or politics. But, that is our world... I guess my awareness has been raised since the healthcare bill passed (neutral is not a popular place to be in politics right now).

So, I'm going to try and come back down to reality. See others for who they are, themselves. Enjoy and appreciate that and take no one and no thing for granted- practice His religion.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Here's to grace and hope....

So, I am starting a new blog. As a promise I made to myself, and to my best friend, Marie, who is leaving me on April, 2nd to spend 8 months in the patagonia. If I wasn't SO happy for her, I would be sad and mope about it. So, Marie... I'm doing this for you. You better keep up your end of the bargain.

Actually, I started this blog a few months ago. Right after a good friend of mine, Matt Miller, passed away suddenly, but the words just wouldn't come. So, for my first entry I have borrowed my words from 3 years ago. From an old entry that I wrote and received one of the best compliments I have ever received in my life, from Matt Miller.

"You have no idea what I would give to be able to write like that. I'm still a big fan of yours." - Matt Miller

My response to him now would be, "You have no idea how much of an influence you have had on my life. I still am, and will always be, a big fan of yours."- Me

Matt lived his life everyday filled with grace, hope, and unending kindness. The world is a darker place without him. I love you and miss you...

So, here is my entry from November 19th, 2007. I remember writing this, and I do not have the best memory. But, I remember back to what I was going through, and think to myself, wow... i am so different, yet, so much of the same person. Hope you enjoy...