Tuesday, September 9, 2008

That masseuse just kicked the crap out of me!

I have had a free massage for The Massage Place in Venice for over two years. My roomate Laura used to work there as a receptionist and gave it to me for my 21st birthday. Since I no longer live in LA I figured I should probably use it so it doesn't go to waste. My friend Allison found it very appealing to get a massage so I decided to make an appointment for both of us to get a massage on the same day during the same time. You know, girl bonding time. First, when I called the receptionist to make the appointments she was very nice but asked me two things: what sensitivity we were comfortable with and if we preferred a man or woman to give the massage. I wanted to scream "WOMMMAAANNNNN" but didn't want to be THAT difficult customer. So, I preferred that I would rather be choosy about the sensitivity preference, and said medium range would be fine. When she repeated back to me the time and date for our appointments, she let me know that I would be working with Ann Marie and Allison would be with a masseuse named Kelly. Two women? YES!!! I was completely relieved!

When I woke up this morning I was a little nervous because I had never gotten a massage before, but I had been to The Massage Place to visit Laura so when I got there I was just kinda like "Okay, let's do this!".

Let's just say I did NOT know what I was getting myself into. The massage itself was not as awkward as I thought it would be but it did hurt a little. My massuese Ann Marie was really nice and made me feel comfortable but I'm not gonna lie, there were instances of pain. Ann Marie said I had a lot of knots in my neck and shoulders and asked me if I was "physically active". I was hoping she was referring to sports so I said yes I play tennis. She asked me if I was good. I lied and said yes. (One lie never killed anybody). She said the tennis probably caused all the tension in my shoulders and neck and then made her own decision to work those knots out. When I went to pay, she handed me a cup of water and said drink lots of water and fluids today (ironically about 3 other people told me to do the same thing-Is it just something you're supposed to do after you get a massage?). I took her advice and finally left. When outside of The Massage Place I looked at Allison and, being as honest as I could ever be, told her how that massuese just kicked the crap out of me. Fortunately, I was not alone.

On the drive back from Venice to Marina Del Rey Allison and I decided that if we were to get massages more frequently maybe we wouldn't be so sensitive or sore. It was then and there that we decided on our Christmas presents to each other.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Women of Faith

If you have never heard of the Women of Faith Conference, you need to google it immediately! It was brought to my attention by my favorite new friend, Lindsay. She spear-headed getting a group of young women to attend the WOF Conference, and it turned out to be an amazing weekend. Just the company alone was fabulous.

The speakers included:
Stephen Arterburn
Patsy Clairmont (my fave!)
Natalie Grant (close 2nd)
Nicole Johnson
Marilyn Meberg
Nicole C. Mullen
Sandi Patty
Anita Renfroe
Luci Swindoll
Sheila Walsh

All these women brought something different to the table and I took away something unique from each message . It was also great to hang out with the amazing women I went with...we are definitely hanging out more and making WOF an annual tradition.

Another highlight of the conference for me was hearing Natalie Grant for the first time. Hands down she is one of the most talented singers I have ever heard before in my life! I am so thankful that God has given her such a special gift in which she uses for His glory and not her own. Here's a little taste of Natalie Grant...

Natalie Grant "In Better Hands"

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Labor Day Weekend

Things have been so hectic recently I haven't been able to blog about my labor day weekend! In so many words it was simply amazing because not only did I get to attend a wedding for my dear friend Kirstie Mitchell (now Kirstie Walker) but I also got to celebrate my Dad turning 52 in Newport and Oceanside! Let me just tell you, my weekend was not lacking...

On Friday night our family went down to my Grandpa's house on Lido Peninsula for dinner and a duffy ride around the Balboa bay. My Dad's two sisters joined us, so it was a real family affair.

On Saturday night I had the privilege to attend Kirstie Mitchell's wedding to Josiah Walker. The wedding and dessert reception was at Calvary Church in Santa Ana. To be honest it was probably one of the most fun weddings I have ever been to at Calvary. Kirstie looked absolutely gorgeous and the ceremony was beautiful! During the reception there was a lot of mingling and there was even a photo booth you could take pictures in so that Kirstie and Josiah could remember who came to their wedding. Can you guess which picture I gave them to keep?

For the first time: Mr. and Mrs. Josiah Walker!

On Sunday and Monday I was in Oceanside with my Dad for his 52nd birthday. We lounged around, tanned, swam in the water, threw around the frisbee, and played bocce ball. It's a tradition to not only celebrate my Dad's birthday over the Labor Day weekend, but also my Uncle Casey's and our neighbor Mike's birthdays (that are in September and October, respectively). It was all fun and games until Uncle Casey stuck his cigar in the cake. What a jokester!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

I can't even count to that...

When discussing how my Grandpa Bob was turning 80 this year my five year old cousin, Mateo, exclaims, "Woahh. I cant even count to that. Nope". In July we had about 60 people at our house in Tustin to honor my Grandpa and celebrate his birthday. It was a nice day, and it was fun to get the entire family together, as well as some of my Grandpa's closest friends. My cousin Katelin is a photographer and photographed the entire day. We just got the pictures back, and not only am I in awe of her amazing photography skills but also what a momentous time we had reflecting back on my Grandpa's life. He sure has been through a lot and I feel so blessed to have him in my life. He has taught us so many life lessons, and I'm so glad I can keep learning from him.

Here is some documentation of "Bob's 80th".

Grandpa Bob
Dad, Aunt Debbie, Gramps, Aunt Kim
The Granddaughters
The Grandkids and their Grandpa
All the Grandkids with Grandpa and Grandma
Grandpa and LaVerne
Jared and Ryan
Playing tag with Mateo
Grandpa and Alyssa
She always has to look so much cuter than me
Andrew and Marisa