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My Letters

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Dear Mom, thank you for pushing me to do something today when I was stuck in a bummy mood... That hike was a hot one, but I'm glad we did it! 
Dear discontent, I'm working on getting rid of you. This transitional phase and job search will be over soon enough. For now, I just need to be present and enjoy the time I have with my parents. I probably won't have all this free time again either!
Dear Sune, although I've been super happy and excited for you with this tour, I gotta say I can't wait to talk to my man again. I'm sure Ireland will be sad to see you guys go!
Dear Pops, I hope you know how loved and admired you are. Wishing you a very happy birthday and a great year ahead!
The lovely poem Dad will be so blessed to wake up to:
Good morning to the birthday boy 
I planned to bake cookies, but here's a decoy...
I forgot chocolate chips, so here's Chips Ahoy.
You can enjoy your real milk, forget the soy. 
You're the best dad around... the real McCoy. 
I'm so glad pharmacists don't have to deploy!
Hopefully soon, I'll be employed,
So your empty nest dreams won't be destroyed. 
Switching to a new rhyme before this annoys
But I hope this day brings you many joys.
Now it's time for some sentimental words
Though a beautiful poem is what you deserve.
I'll do my best to express my love,
My gratitude, respect, and admiration of
You're still my favorite guy on the guitar
Others may come close, but no cigar
I'm such a proud daughter of all that you are
Jeg er så glad for at kalde dig min far. (I am so glad to call you my dad.)
Happy birthday to one gentle man
Who loves and serves to follow God's plan.
May this year be filled with many blessings,
With adventure, contentment, and not much stressing. 
For now, I hope you have a great day of birth
And enjoyed this poem for all it's worth.
Love you, Dad!

Oh, hey, here's that tattoo I never introduced to the blogging world!
A reminder I'm needing a lot lately...

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Niall Rainey and the Dirty Bullets

Saturday, July 20, 2013

So, remember that guy... that cute, Danish one... really good guitar player... Does awesome cover music... Writes me sweet songs? 
Well, that guy, Sune Grip, joined a mix of Irish and Australian guys to form Niall Rainey and the Dirty Bullets, to make some easy listening, folk sounds. 
They just released their first album, "Roll on Someday," and you lucky dogs in Ireland can see them on tour from July 23-28th! They're awesome musicians, with great sound and entertainment. 
Give em a listen here
Get tickets here!
Aand check em out live online on Monday, July 22, at 3:00pm! :)
(Picture from facebook)

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America, Weddings, and... Adulthood?

Saturday, July 13, 2013

For some reason, since I've been back, I've been forgetting/thinking there's nothing to write about now, as if my adventures were done or people weren't interested anymore. But, even being back in Ocala, living with the rents, and being in the awkward job searching phase, a lot's been going on. So here's an update for those still interested in my State-side life. 
(Jacksonville... Hopefully my soon to be home again!)
Old-fashioned 4th of July
 We got to celebrate the 4th of July in proper fashion at the O'Connell lake house with:
Neighbors we've spent the 4th with since I was born, doing parades around our neighborhood, great food, three babies, jet skiing, and an awesome firework show. 
Walnut Creek parade back in the day. I'm the fourth from the left!
Oh, the weddings
First, I watched the perfect Belle (her favorite over Cinderella) get married to her prince in the perfect Disney inspired wedding. My two favorite parts of the day: 1) as the Disney songs were coming on while the guests entered the church, Lindsay said, "If I was having a wedding, I'd want it to be just like this."  
2) Her comedic brother coming in while she was getting ready and "assisting with her makeup," for a great photo opp. 
Then, two weeks later, I got to see another great friend marry her man. It was a beautiful wedding with everyone so touched by the marriage of these two people. The reception was one of the most fun I've been to, with the most dancing I've seen, and everyone catching up with old friends.   

Both of these weddings were such celebrated events. You could just feel everyone's complete excitement for these couples. I'm so grateful to have been a part of these friends' big days! 
I officially got the title of a car in my name. Sounds exciting besides this whole thing called insurance. But it's still kinda cool, making my way into adulthood I suppose. Now just to find a big girl job. 
Did I mention I had a job at a coffee shop for a day, quit the next day, then walked the streets of St. Augustine like a homeless person? Yeah, boss lady wasn't gonna work... No more bad work environments, please. At least I learned how to make a baked brie with fancy pastry roses on top. 
 I did have a pretty promising job search in Jacksonville this week. Send your prayers, wishes, crossed fingers, and good karma my way so I can get the job to hang with adorable grandmas and grandpas all day. 
For now, I'm nannying for my three favorite kids in Ocala hoping to get something in Jacksonville ASAP! 

It's of course been great seeing everyone, having coffee dates with Ocala friends, beach trips with Hulia, and Leslie style movie nights. 
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Today's Gratitude

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

So I've been back in the States for exactly 2 weeks now,
and these are just some of the things I have to be grateful for...

Being a part of an amazing wedding for such a wonderful couple
Dinner with Papa and Mimi
(We somehow forgot to take a picture! :( )
Being reunited with Leslie and Steve! ...and her delicious cooking 
Seeing Julia again and an interesting day in St. Augustine
Awesome Skype conversations with the boy and jam sessions across the world

My super parents for just being so awesome in too many ways to mention
Almond milk
Easy communication with everyone and phone calls with Chris
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Denmark and Germany

Monday, July 1, 2013

   For my last week in Europe, the padres and Linda, a family friend, came for a bit of exploring before retrieving me. We had almost 5 days in Denmark and 4 days in Germany. 

In wonderful Denmark, we...
Covered the touristy sites in Copenhagen: Rosenborg Castle, The Little Mermaid, Nyhavn, and did a canal tour
Introduced them to smørrebrød
Enjoyed the botanical garden 
Visited lots of dead royalty in the Domkirke, and Vikings in Roskilde 
Had a lovely dinner with my friend, Kristina and her family
Enjoyed the outdoor life of KBH, showing them the Dronning Louise Bro, outdoor eating, and parks
Had a last goodbye shindig at Charlie's, introducing the padres to several friends and the Charlie Scott 
Had a nice, but too short introduction and visit with Sune 

In picturesque Germany, we...
Stayed in the most picturesque town of Traben-Trarbach... Right on the Mosel river, with vineyards and mountains all around 
Had basically a whole house to ourselves for our "two rooms"
Went on a nice, long bike ride to Bernkastle, another pretty town 
And saw these cuties
Took a boat ride back after the 24km ride
Had lots of delicious food: trout caught right in the restaurant, schnitzel, white asparagus with ham and hollandaise (my favorite) and lots of cakes (of course).
Went to a German church service adding to my bucket list task
Hiked a mountain up to Grevenburg castle ruins
And this view 
Enjoyed bench and terrace chillin
Was yet another surreal thing having my parents come to visit and do a little European exploring. Dad had never been to Europe, and now he can say he spent Father's Day in such a beautiful German town!
It was yet another trip of a lifetime.



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