Monday, November 12, 2007

Welcome

Welcome to my house!  Come in, and let me give you a tour!  I know you’ve been dying to see where I live, so let me show you.  We’ll start here, as you enter the front door (captions are below the pictures they describe)...

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Posted by Emily MacLeod on 11/12 at 03:10 PM
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Saturday, November 03, 2007

my deepest apologies

My dear readers, I am so sorry for the lapse in writing.  As my grandmother reminded me this morning, it has been a month since I’ve written!  Yes, I’ve been busy, but there’s really no excuse.  Now I am at my new favorite study spot, finally writing again.  Where is my new favorite spot?  Why the East Grand Rapids Public Library of course!  It is probably about a mile from my house, and it is beautiful.  There are desks overlooking Reeds Lake, where you can watch the swans gracefully glide across the water as you procrastinate.  Or you can head downstairs to the play room (well, really it’s only for those age 4 and under).  Here I can check out movies for free (Blockbuster, why haven’t you thought of that yet?), borrow books on everything from home-decorating to sports to Asian history to how write a good resume.  Calvin’s library is most impressive, but it is oriented toward the student and not the home-renter.  I feel more a part of the community here, and less like an impostor living in this neihborhood.  It’s nice.  Besides, who wouldn’t want to sit and stare at this view:

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Posted by Emily MacLeod on 11/03 at 03:41 PM
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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

hot topics

One thing I love about Calvin is that it is not an institution that shies away from “hot” topics.  Issues such as homosexuality and racism are discussed openly in various situations by students and faculty both on campus and off.  There is an affirmation that the best way to understand these issues and what the Christian position on them should be is through hearing each others’ stories relating to these issues. 

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Posted by Emily MacLeod on 10/09 at 02:48 PM
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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Coshocton

Perhaps you don’t know what the title of this blog means.  You must not be from south-eastern Ohio, which is where Coshocton (both the county and the town) can be found.  My housemate Patience hails from Coshocton, and this past weekend was the start of the Coshocton County Fair.  She persuaded our whole house plus two other friends to make the six hour road trip for a day at the fair, and it was so worth it.  We left as soon as everyone was free on Friday afternoon, which was a little past 3:30.  We were hoping to make it to Coshocton in time to go to the fair yet that evening, but since it closed at 10, we didn’t quite make it.  It wasn’t for lack of trying to make it though: we were maybe half an hour outside of Grand Rapids when we noticed a car driving right alongside us.  It was a state trooper who was mouthing the words “Slow Down” to us!  The funny part was that after he made sure we got the message, he sped up and passed us!  We were only going 73 mph in a 70 mph zone, too, so our speed was not reckless.  I have never had anything like that happen before (neither of us had) and the oddity of the situation made us laugh.  We had a great car trip…lots of singing along to songs from our middle school years, learning from Patience about the areas we were driving through, and general conversation that was unweighed down by concerns about school.  Most of us had/have at least two tests this week, but we were taking Friday night and Saturday off from school anyway.  We made a couple of stops for food and gas, but still made good time.

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Posted by Emily MacLeod on 10/02 at 02:51 PM
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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

familiarity

I was exposed to one of Grand Rapids’ most delightful Saturday morning activities this past weekend.  The Fulton St. Farmer’s Market at 8:00 on a crisp fall morning is delightful.  Eunji, Sarah, Jill and I decided we needed to go to the Farmer’s Market, and since Eunji’s parents were coming to visit at 8:30, it had to be an early morning.  8:00 on a Saturday is a bit of a stretch, but it was definitely worth it.  The air was full of pungent, earthy scents and good-natured bartering. 

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Posted by Emily MacLeod on 09/26 at 03:14 PM
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Friday, September 21, 2007

getting involved

Living in the neighborhood where I do is definitely forcing me to get outside of my comfort zone.  The culture is completely different than any I have known before and I am finding myself stretched as I interact with my neighbors.  Mostly I’m getting to know the kids through playing jump rope and other street games with them.  All the jump rope songs have changed since I was in elementary school so I’m learning lots of new ones.  My favorite asks what kind of hair the jumper has, and then the options are repeated until the jumper misses: “Long, short, medium, bald head.”  Whatever option is being said when a jump is missed is what kind of hair the jumper has.  You should see the little girls laugh when one of them gets “bald head.” 

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Posted by Emily MacLeod on 09/21 at 11:04 AM
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Friday, September 07, 2007

week 1 of the rest of my life

I have always been pretty comfortable in my vague unknowledge of what my life would hold in the future.  Even with my selected path (editing) when I entered college, I never really knew for sure what I would be doing or what my life would look like.  I guess it is appropriate that now I have sort of settled into a direction, but it’s a bit daunting.  What if I get completely trained in this area and end up not liking it?  What if I’ve chosen the wrong path?

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Posted by Emily MacLeod on 09/07 at 04:09 PM
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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

A Night to Remember

I have very recently completed moving into my new home.  For at least the next school year I will be living in a house off-campus with some of my former floormates.  We all spent the past weekend getting settled in, and on Saturday night I had my first night in the house.  We aren’t in the worst of neighborhoods, but there are better.  Our house is over 100 years old, and while we love the charm that provides, some aspects of the age are not as charming.  However, after painting most of the walls, getting new carpet in the living room and a new floor in the kitchen, and moving our furniture and trinkets into the rooms, the house is really quite cute.  It is going to be a nice home to go to after a long day at school (and I will have some very long 14 hour days this semester).  But let me tell you about my first night in the house.

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Posted by Emily MacLeod on 09/04 at 09:30 AM
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Friday, August 24, 2007

the wedding of the year

A week ago my brother was preparing to be married.  Last Saturday was the big day, but the bachelor/bachelorette parties started on Thursday and the festivities continued through Sunday.  I was home all week, so I was able to be involved in the pre-wedding set-up.  Not that there was much left by the time I was home; Mary (the bride) was so organized that almost everything was done already! 

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Posted by Emily MacLeod on 08/24 at 09:57 AM
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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Growing Up

I’m home again for a little “vacation,” but it’s one of the busier ones I’ve ever had.  Not only am I happily involved in preparations for my brother’s wedding (which is in three days!!), I’m also trying to get all of my stuff either packed up or put in the “yard sale” pile so that when I move into my house in Grand Rapids next week I am really moved out of my parents’ house.  It’s kind of sad really.  I guess I’m all grown up, or at least I’m doing a pretty good job of pretending.  Besides that, I’m trying to buy a car while I’m here.  In fact, I’ll be “going to see a guy about a car” (for real, but it is pretty cliche) in about an hour. 

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Posted by Emily MacLeod on 08/15 at 12:59 PM
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Friday, August 03, 2007

a day at work

I know that my faithful readers are wondering just what exactly I’ve been doing all summer at work, so I thought I’d try to give you an idea through a series of pictures from the Calvin Admissions Office this summer.  We’ve had a lot of fun, putting personality and character into our work.

The summer Admissions Assistants: Merideth, An, Keisha, Rachel, Amos, Amma, Me, Mic, and Alex

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Posted by Emily MacLeod on 08/03 at 04:38 PM
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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

finding a place

This is the first summer that I have not lived at home.  All the summers that I have worked I have done so at a day care that was within biking distance of my house, so I was near home, saw my family every day, hung out with high school friends most evenings, and I knew where I belonged.  This summer for the first time I have been for the most part on my own.  I live with my grandparents, so I do have a home to go to at the end of the day, good food prepared for me, and beloved people to eat it with, but it has still been an exercise in finding my place. 

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Posted by Emily MacLeod on 07/25 at 04:32 PM
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Sunday, July 15, 2007

a time at home

Gas is really expensive right now, so it’s nice that I don’t have a car to refuel every so often.  Going home is my personal refueling.  I was home for a week to celebrate the birthdays of two friends and the 4th of July, and it was such a great time for me.  Relaxing, refreshing, invigorating.

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Posted by Emily MacLeod on 07/15 at 07:43 PM
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Friday, July 13, 2007

a bridal shower

My brother is getting married in August, and I am very excited.  His fiance, Mary, is such a great person for him to spend his life with and she fits into our family so well.  Plus, she’s just really likeable.  She had a bridal shower in Cedar Rapids, our hometown, early in the summer but my mom’s side of the family all lives in Grand Rapids, MI, and wanted to be able to give her a shower too.  So a couple of weeks ago we all gathered at one of the home of one of my aunts for a shower.  All of the aunts and female cousins from my mom’s side of the family were there, along with Mary and her mom.

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Posted by Emily MacLeod on 07/13 at 10:06 AM
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Monday, July 02, 2007

not for the faint-hearted

WARNING: Do not read this if you are empathetic and don’t have enough money to buy me chocolate…

Now that the disclaimer is out of the way, I’d like to tell you about a little traveling adventure I had last week.  In all my European travels I never had an experience quite like this one.  A week ago last Wednesday I flew to Florida unexpectedly.  My dear Grandfather passed away on Monday, and I would not even have considered missing his funeral.  He was a wonderful man, always encouraging me to be the best that I could be and offering any aid I needed along the way.  I have a great dad, and that is because he had a great dad for an example.  So on Monday night I needed to buy a plane ticket to Florida.  I had already decided that I wouldn’t leave until Wednesday (the computer had told me that it was impossible to buy tickets online for a flight on Tuesday, so the decision was not a difficult one). 

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Posted by Emily MacLeod on 07/02 at 11:59 AM
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