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Cathy's Visit

it has been great to have my friend Cathy visit from DC for the week. we go out to sea in a few days so it had been stressful getting everything prepared. but good thing this isnt my first rodeo. this is my 7th Eastern Pacific Deployment and my last before become a Coast Guard public affairs officer and going to Grad School in the fall.  so back to Cathy, she has been with me this week in my ups and downs with not getting accepted to UW grad school and had to reapply to the correct program (the difference between Masters of Communication (MA and PhD) and Masters of Communication Digital Media). i was upset at myself for making the mistake. thank you to my program manager and the nice girl Heather at the admissions office who helped me out. In that debaucle, i also applied to University of Georgia, not close to the water or mountains, so i dont know what i was thinking, but as a backup and the CG has a good arrangement with their program and it is two years. i was frustrated about that UW thing partially because i had gotten my hopes up a little, as well as Todd's. i thought it would be good to be near my family as i may be able to do my pay-back tour in Seattle and not have to move which would be fantastic. and for the first time, i was wanting to come back to Seattle, i have been everywhere and dont you want a person who grew up in a town to go learn about the world, come back and teach about the world? i think so. i was sad they didn't want me back. and i really wanted to be close to my brother and Caitlin.

this picture was so hard to take. this was done without a timer. but i love it! and our associated bikes.

last weekend rocked. the girls were inseparable. we, Cathy, Ana, Kara, and Liz cruised to brunch at Green Flash after much deliberation. we cruised down to the jetty and back as well and swooped up Leanna to come out with us to Cass St and had a slumber party and another great breakfast that i cooked for the girls at my house before church.  Cathy played soccer at recess after church. Pastor Matt's sermon was terrific, being intentional in our steps, toward the Kingdom. "Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is." Eph 5:15-17. all of the sermons of Barabbas Road Church are available on Podcast or Vodcast here. We discussed the sermon and its application at Acts 2:42 small group on Thursday night after wine tasting in Temecula.

We went running in the morning around the bay and back around the beach to Kono's for coffee and breakfast and started our journey northeast to Temecula. we had 2 for 1 coupons, so we visited two wineries I hadn't been to: Falkner and Callaway. We had a great time exploring in the sunshine (as it was pouring the day before in the Beach).

yesterday we went whale watching on the Hornblower Adventure, 3.5 hour trip past the sea buoy seeking southbound whales spouts and then getting a little closer to them. we dropped Liz off at the airport enroute SFO and continued south to the dock. Kara was with us and her sister Lizzy who is visiting for the weekend from San Francisco. a straight swap. good fun on the bay, a little segway to my impending adventure. 

and we cooked a lot, especially when it was raining. but really enjoyed the sun coming out so we could have breakfast on the stoop. Todd and i loved the stoop before we had kitchen table. pancakes from scratch, coconut syrup, scrambled eggs with cheddar, sliced avocado, sauteed spinach and coffee. 

be blessed, CHBC and good Christian girlfriends are something to be cherished.

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