Tuesday, September 9, 2008

isn't it strange the way things can change

This is me right now. In the library... taking a break from homework. I have been at school since i started work at 7 am-10am. I had lunch with Brandon Comfort (from home) and we came to the library where i have been ever since. I think this is my home away from home .. which only means one thing: school has begun.

I got to start school twice this year. Or at least thats how it feels. I went to school last wednesday and then got to fill my hunger for Canada and drove back over the border wednesday night.. or i mean early thursday morning. My old roommates mom had passed away from cancer, and so me and courtney (another old roommate) and her friend Robyn went for a quick trip. Thanks to Grandma Anderson for providing me with accomodations and delicious food from her garden. I forget how good food is when its fresh.

The trip was short, exhausting and life-changing. There is something so unique and special about the spirit that can be felt at a funeral and around the loved ones of whoever it is that has passed on. Brett had a peace about her that i am stil in awe about. Her and her family are so sure about why we are here, and where we are going.. and that families are together forever. She has an understanding about the gospel that i want. I am so glad i was able to go and be a part of all of it. I am so grateful for her and the friend she has always been to me, and for her mom and the great person she was and is. Life has taken on new meaning.

We went to waterton on friday.. and the weather wasnt too bad.. we did have sweats and hoodies on though. We just climbed up through red-rock a bit and courtney was happy to see a bear and even some mountain sheep. We went for a bike ride through town and i was overwhelmed again at just how beautiful Waterton is.

that night we went to the legendary comets football game. Craig and Blair were playing so i was lucky enough to see them, Aunty SHaron, Grandma and Grandpa takahashi for a bit. Aunty sharon was taking stuff from grandma and grandpa's and this is her and grandpa working together below.

And this is my dad helping.. BAHAHAH..
So i got back sunday night and started school again yesterday.

I need to take some pictures of my new apartment.. living with my best friends is fun... and i finally got groceries last night. YAY! my classes are good.. but my work schedule isn't so hot right now.. but at least i have a job.

Aunty Wilma, i know you are reading this.. and i want to see you and your family soon. We will have to work something out around my work schedule!


Papahashi said...

It was nice to see you on the weekend.

Just for the record - I worked up a big sweat helping Auntie Sharon and Grandpa. I had to direct Auntie Sharon as she backed up the van. I had to tell her which way to turn the steering wheel. That's a lot of pressure and it takes a lot out of you.

The S.S. Minnow said...


.Ang. said...

How nice that you were able to make it back and be there for Brett. even if you learned more from her than you felt you gave! I always like those experiences that leave us with new thoughts and goals and perspectives!

I'm glad you got to hang out with the fam in Picture Butte too! Haha

That picture of dad "WOrking" reminds me of when Mike "helped" Uncle Kevin and dad move our washer and dryer.. I think he MIGHT Have had a finger on it.. Just so he could feel better about things


jaQ-ee said...

You're doing a lot better than I am with the getting-back-into-school mode. Props for you and the library.
Thank you for sharing your other experiences. Wish I could've seen you last weekend! I didnt know you were coming. Let me know when you want me to call you....on your cell or do you have a landline??

Erika said...

WOW.. you have accomplished so much in the past couple weeks, and you are right... it is so 'strange the way things can change' ( I'm glad you like that song)
Just a couple weeks ago you and I were hanging out. Now we have both moved out and both live hours from home, and from each other. I don't like the thought of that!
I can't wait to see you in a few months. We have to stay super close until then... okay?

Nicole Breanne said...

Oh Alana... I miss you so so so much. I am glad to hear classes seem to be good so far, and hopefully your work stuff goes well too. I don't even know Brett, but I can just tell from the way you talk about her that she is an amazing girl... wow. I get goosebumps just reading about her and her families strength! I will be sure to keep them all in my prayers for sure. Say hi to your roomies, I wish I was one of them!

Love you tons!

Wilma said...

You're right, I am reading this...but I'm a little slow. And we will get together! Whenever I ask about your number, Nicole tells me she just talked with you.

It's a great feeling to have life changing moments, just pray that you will always remember these moments.

And I noticed that your Dad has a picture! He must be getting close to starting up that blog again...

KandyJill said...

I love your posts! I'm sad I didn't get to meet up with you guys in Raymond on Thursday night... but all is well. I'm sad to hear about Brett's mom. It's good that she has such good friends to comfort her while shes at school.

And you forgot to mention that THIS best friend isn't living with you :(

kandicejill said...

i've updated and you have yet to check it. get on it.