Thursday, June 26, 2008
we are really close with support. we have been blown away by the generosity of people...if you are a supporter and our reading this blog, then please know how grateful we are to you!
right now, we have started to do the little things...like this upcoming week, we will sign up for our international health insurance. also, we will switch my car insurance to liability only. we still have to get yellow fever shots, and we will have to begin taking larium two weeks before we go. we are nomads for the time being, spending some time in jackson and some time in brookhaven.
please keep in your prayers zimbabwe...from what i understand, the goverment has said that no more aid can come in from other countries. so the starving people in zimbabwe will just continue to starve...and no one can bring anything in to help them! the situation in that country is just really bleak.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
her old desk...i like her new one better...
okay, um just random weird gloves you stick your hands into so that you don't get hurt by the scary chemicals you are about to use...
okay, so this post is looong overdue! this past spring break, i took a couple of days off and went to visit my WONDERFUL friend courtney! she is working on her masters in chemistry in laramie, wyoming. courtney and i first met at governers school the summer before 12th grade. we were friends there, but what really made us closer was living on the same floor of bacot freshman year at millsaps. we share a love for jane austen, harry potter, and, most importantly, anne of green gables!!! we have shared some funny and silly times, and some tough times. courtney is a super loving and loyal friend. when i transfered to ole miss, i was really lonely. she is the only person who made the trek up to oxford to see me, plus she braved the grove with me! anyway, now that i have probably embarrassed her, here are some pictures from the trip. although, you will soon see my big flaw...there aren't any pics of us! thats right, i suck at taking pictures of people. when i came back from africa, there were close to no pictures of the people i lived and worked with...
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
anyway, now that my few readers know my secret, i'm going to add some pictures of oxford. bech and i are going to go on a photo safari sometime this week and take pictures of oxford, but i stole these off of google for the time being.
this is bottletree baker, probably my favorite place in oxford! bech and i used to eat here once a week. now that we live (or lived) out in the country, we didn't go as often. anyway, i get the honeycream danish usually and its AMAZING!
here is Rowan Oak, William Faulkner's house. spend a week in oxford, and you will soon realize that Faulkner is the pride of Oxford...well along with the Mannings. in fact, on a little side note, i'm pretty sure many people in Mississippi might think you are either the anti christ or at least not a christian if you don't like the Mannings. you might get away with saying something about Peyton (after all, he did chose not to go to Ole Miss for college), but don't you dare mention anything negative about Archie or Eli. in fact, the speed limit throughout the Ole Miss campus is 18...and why is that? because it's Archie's number...and i am not kidding!
a picture from the inside of square books. square books is this amazing independent bookstore. it is located on a prime corner of the oxford square. bech spends a lot of time (and some money too) here. i like to go here, but i actually don't buy books very often. i know thats strange, because, if you know me at all, you know that i read voraciously. but i love libraries and i love to borrow books from other people. i usually don't buy a book until i have read it two or three times and know that i want to always have it with me so i can reread it again.
one really great thing about square books is the balcony overlooking the square (in the picture below, you can see it on the left). you can sit up there, do homework, talk to people, etc. you can also enjoy a big scoop of ice cream for $1, sold inside. supposedly the coffee is great too, but i am not much of a coffee drinker. my dad is also a huge square books fan. well he just loves bookstores in general. but he really loves square books. my parents come up a bunch; they have season tickets to football and baseball games. its always fun to walk past square books with my dad and listen to whatever reason he will have for wanting to go in. he might say, "oh while ya'll look in that store, i'll just wait in square books." i love it...he isn't just finding a place to "wait" for us...he is really just dying inside to be in square books!
and of course, no post of oxford would be complete without a picture of the grove. i actually have some fun ones of family and friends in the grove, but not on my computer at work. this is a great picture of a typical table set up in the grove. no tailgating off of trucks for us!