Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Days 7-8: Cork & Travel home

Tuesday, December 18, 2012. Sitting at home. 12:31 a.m. local time PST.

I am now home from my travels! There really isn't much to tell about the last couple of days. We explored Cork on our last day there.

Literally, we wandered around town & went to the English Market & bought our lunch. We ate our lunch on the side of the road on a little bench & then headed back to the house earlier than we planned because it started raining a little on us.

We watched Thor with Sarah and then during dinner (we had pizza), we started watching the Avengers with the boys and Sarah before heading out to the airport around 6pm. Our flight left at 8 from Cork & we landed in London around 10:30pm. We caught a bus to a nearby tube station (45 minutes away) & then caught the last tube to Morden, where the girls live.

We got into their place around midnight & re-packed & re-distributed everything. I went to bed around 1:30 & slept for 3 hours before getting up to get ready for the day. Our taxi was due at 6 to pick us up. We suddenly realised the time at 5:45.

We dragged our bags downstair & loaded up the taxi. We were so thankful for the taxi & not having to lug D's two huge suitcases all over London. We got the airport in timely fashion only to discover that D had to go to a different terminal. So we checked in & said goodbye.

I got some breakfast (I was approximately 3 hours early for my flight) before heading to my gate. The gate didn't open until an hour before the flight was scheduled to leave so I piled my bags on the seat next to me & fell asleep against them for about an hour and a half.

I slept almost the whole way to Chicago & then it took me almost 2 hours to get through security & customs & everything before I found my new gate. When I arrived in Denver, I met up with D. We both had about an hour layover in Denver at the same time! We ate goodies that we bought in Ireland to save for our layover in Denver & talked about the hell that is customs & security.

We had to say goodbye again, this time for good. My last flight home was short & my boyfriend picked me up from the airport. We drove home from Spokane in a snowstorm so the two hour drive took us almost four hours.

However, I am now arrived safe & sound and back to semi-normality.
For the last time.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Days 3-6: Dublin & Cork, Ireland

Friday, December 14, 2012. 22:41 local time (aka 10:41 p.m.). Cork, Ireland.

I apologise for my lack of posting in the past few days, I haven't had access to a computer. I am now sitting in the upstairs room of the family we are staying with in Cork, Ireland & they have graciously let both D & I use their computers. So I will attempt to summarise the last few days:

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Day 3: Dublin

Very early on the morning of the 11th, we headed off to the Stansted airport in England to catch our flight to Dublin, Ireland. We both took a nap on the flight & landed in Dublin airport around 11 a.m. local time.

(as a side note, if you are PST, Ireland & the UK are 8 hours ahead of you.)

We then caught a bus to our hotel, the lovely Roxford Lodge Hotel on N. Umberland Rd. We were amazed by the friendliness of the staff & after checking in, we were brought tea in our room. We had afternoon tea & figured out what we wanted to do & when. We developed a pattern of planning until noon & then cramming everything into about 3 hours in the afternoon before dinner.

After tea, we left the hotel & headed downtown to the Guinness Factory. We toured the old place & were rewarded with a beautiful view at the top of the place. It was getting dark by then, so we caught a taxi to a pub called the Brazen Head. (I highly recommend it for anyone wanting a small Irish pub atmosphere.) We had dinner there then walked back to the hotel & got in the sauna in our room. We then curled up in bed & watched a couple movies until late.

It was a pretty uneventful day as we were both tired from traveling & we didn't start our adventures until about 2 p.m. I also very highly recommend the Roxford. It's an adorable hotel.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Day 4: Dublin

We thought we would start early on the 12th, so we began our exploration at noon. 12/12/12--it happened to be Danielle's birthday & she wanted to visit a cathedral so we caught a bus to St. Patrick's cathedral. We headed in with the view of looking around for a few minutes, but were pleasantly surprised by one of the staff who offered to give us a tour.

He was a brilliant tour guide & gave us a good hour and a half tour of the cathedral, telling us all sorts of stories etc. Of course, we did some shopping at the little gift shop there (D calls me the queen of souvenirs) and then headed off to Dublin Castle.

There, we took a tour of the castle & got to listen to yet another fantastic Irish accent. After the castle, we went to downtown to find a few pubs to go to for Danielle's birthday. We found all the authentic old Irish ones & had dinner & lots of fun. We headed back to the hotel early (around 8:30 p.m.) and watched another movie & went to bed rather early.

Thursday, December 13, 2012
Day 5: Cork, Ireland

Yesterday, we got up in time for breakfast at the hotel & enjoyed a lovely continental breakfast (with babybel cheese!!!) before checking out & taking the LUAS to our bus station.

We caught the noon bus to Cork & basically slept all the way there. We arrived at 4:30 p.m. local time & after a bit of wandering, found the house where the family who is hosting us lives. We ate dinner with them & then went off to see the Hobbit. I shan't spoil it for any of you who haven't seen it yet, except I recommend seeing it in 3D (& I hate 3D). It's such an epic movie.

After that, we headed back to the house & went to bed. It was pretty uneventful yesterday because we spent most of our day on the bus.

& that brings me to today.

Friday, December 14, 2012
Day 6: Cork, Ireland

Today we got up early & headed down to Killarney with Jo, our host. She had some shopping to do & we tagged along.

We went to Muckross House & priory & walked around the park. It rained a bit but not too hard, so it was still an enjoyable walk. The grounds were simply gorgeous...it was hard to not take a picture of EVERYTHING.

We had lunch at the cafe there at the house before going back into town to do some shopping. We walked around downtown Killarney & got some more souvenirs (!) before heading back into Cork around 3:30 p.m. local time.

We had some tea to warm up before heading back out into the chill to walk around the outdoor market in Cork. We also found Christmas decorations in the park & walked around. It was very lovely & Christmasey.

Around 6 p.m. we had dinner with the family & then sat & chatted over some tea with Sarah, one of the girls in the family here. She's such a sweetheart. The whole family decided to watch the Amazing Spiderman & D & I joined them. We just finished that a few minutes ago (well more than a few, now) & we headed off to the computer room to check our flights.

We discovered that although we are leaving at different times from Heathrow on Sunday (we're on two different flights), we are going to be in Denver at the same time! We both have a two hour layover in Denver that overlaps by about an hour and a half, so we're planning to meet up in Denver on our way home.

Well, it is now 23:06 & D & I have plans to hit Blarney Castle tomorrow before we fly back to London tomorrow night. So, all that to say, I'm off to bed.


Monday, December 10, 2012

Day 2: London

Monday, December 10, 2012. 10:01 p.m. local time.

I am now sitting in a warm bed in Morden as we are staying with a couple of girls who graciously let us into their home! (There's even a heating pad!!!!)

Today was rather hectic and crazy. D & I left Oxford around 11:30 a.m. and caught the bus to London...arriving at Morden Ct. around 2 p.m. We dropped our bags off and headed straight back out into the wintery chill to go back into London. We had been dragging around D's two humongous rolling suitcases so it was quite a relief to not have any bags with us whatsoever.

We first went to Westminster Abbey--unfortunately they closed at 3:30 and we arrived too late. However, we did get a few pictures and we went inside the Abbey gift shop. Then, we went back outside & I snapped a few pictures of Big Ben, & heard it chime the time: 4:00 p.m. (or 1600). We wandered around taking pictures for a while & then headed up to King's Cross (HP!) for a picture with Platform 9 3/4.

After King's Cross, we were starving & so we headed back into the downtown for some food. We stopped at the Tower of London & watched the beginnings of a fashion show on an ice rink that was being held down in the old moat. I pity those poor models on that ice.

By this time, it was quite chilly & we were quite hungry so we headed into the theatre district and found a cozy little pub called Garrick's Arms or something like that for dinner. It was very yummy food and it was nice and warm inside. We finally realised that we had to go back out in the cold to go home & so we headed home around 8:30 p.m.

The girls were up & helped us make travel arrangements for tomorrow. We're flying into Dublin tomorrow morning & we needed to figure out how to get to Stansted Airport. I left Danielle to figure that out while I took a nice long hot shower & I am now officially ready for bed.


Sunday, December 9, 2012

British Isles Excursion Day 1: Travel & Oxford

I'll be keeping a daily journal of my travels while I'm gone & when I can I'll post them on here to keep you at home updated. They will be written in first person present tense because I'm too lazy to go back & change it. They'll also be in the form of journal entries. See y'all when I get back!

Saturday, December 8, 2012. United Airlines Flight 766 Service to Chicago O'Hare. 10:01 a.m.

I'm now on my second flight this morning on my way to England. (The first left at 5:45 a.m. so I wasn't awake enough to journal.) On the first flight from Spokane to Denver, I sat next to a guy in the Air Force and fell asleep leaning on his shoulder (oops). He was asleep too thankfully and didn't care. We got into Chicago about half an hour early which was good because our Chicago flight started boarding almost as soon as I got to the gate.

So far, I've discovered that my backpack is heavy and some lady liked my owl sweater.

Last flight, I had the window seat and now I have the aisle seat. It was nice to have the window seat on the early flight because it was easier to curl up. I'm now sitting next to this lady and her daughter who were skiing in Colorado for the week and are now heading home to Chicago.

Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. Chicago O'Hare Airport Gate C15. 1:57 p.m. local time.

I arrived safely in Chicago, around 1 p.m. After wandering a little bit, I found my gate, then decided to get lunch. I chose American Dog--"#1 Dog in Chicago"--and ordered a Boston dog with curly fries. A boston dog was smothered in cheese and carmelized onions. For those of you wondering if I'm staying gluten free, I didn't eat the bun.

So, as I'm getting my things together after lunch to go back to my gate, a man sitting at the next table asks me where I got my sweater. I tell him, Kohl's and he explains that his wife really loves owls. Unsure of what to say, I tell him I got it on sale and he congratulates me then mumbles something under his breath about how they probably don't have anymore. I nod indifferently and start to move away. He throws a "have a nice day" at me and I respond in kind. It was a very odd encounter. I've got two hours to kill now. Maybe I'll find a book.

United Airlines Flight 958 service to Heathrow Airport, London. Somewhere over the Atlantic. 6:06 p.m. PST. Somewhere in between Dec. 8th and Dec. 9th.

Well, I'm now on my last leg of the journey to England. I ended up buying a book in Chicago--Hunger Games--and just finished it a few minutes ago. I think I might have to find the second book in the series for my return trip.

My flight out of O'Hare was delayed about an hour and a half because of plane maintenance or something like that--I wasn't really paying attention. The plane isn't full, so I'm sharing the middle row with another person and the middle seat is holding our things. I'm going to try to get some sleep because my lack of sleep is starting to catch up with me.

Sunday, December 9th, 2012. The Vines, Oxford, England. 8:36 p.m. local time.

I arrived in Heathrow and got through customs etc, finally meeting up with my dear friend Danielle around 7:45 this morning. After a few minutes of discussion we decided that we would go back to Oxford & she could show me around. So we took a confusing succession of tubes to get to the bus stop and then caught a bus to Oxford. It's about an hour drive so I took a nap.

We walked all around Oxford and visited some of the colleges and I bought some gifts for people back home & an Oxford shot glass to add to my collection! We sort of bummed around Oxford for the day (you can see pictures of our exploring on Facebook). We finally headed back to The Vines, her house here, around 2 p.m. We made tea & decided to watch Pride and Prejudice. I made it until the scene just after the first ball that Bingley attends. Lizzie was talking to Jane about Bingley and Darcy. & then I fell asleep and slept til almost 6. There were other people in the room at this point and they were watching Firefly.

Around 7:30 (yes, an hour ago), Danielle & I decided that we are hungry and that maybe she should start packing a little bit. So, as she packs a little bit, I'm putting this update up & then we're going to head into town for dinner! In fact, she's just about ready, so I'm off. Cheers.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Website Address

So I know I already told you about my Mary Kay business that I'm starting up, but I wanted to give you guys my website.


You can go on there and shop til you drop in a comfy armchair with a mug of steaming hot chocolate (or whatever suits your fancy!) If you live in Bonners Ferry, I can bring your order to your house or if you live far away I can ship it to you!

Have fun shopping!


P.S. If you're a guy reading this...Christmas is coming! :)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

First Snow Fall

I truly dislike winter.
I hate being cold.
Snow is very pretty, I grant you, & I enjoy white Christmases, but seriously. Can we only have a white Christmas & no other snowy days?

This morning I woke up to the first snowfall. Hooray!

It is very pretty...& I'm glad I get to stay inside all day!
To all of you who are enjoying sunny weather...I'm jealous of you. & to those who have the same view I do...enjoy the snow (if you're able).


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

New Business!

Hello to all my readers! Although there aren't very many of you, I thought I would take this opportunity to inform you that I am in the beginning stages of starting my own business.

I am now a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant! :) It became official at our chapter meeting last night here in town. I got my starter kit yesterday & tomorrow begins the search for costumers.

So--if any of you are interested in Mary Kay, please let me know & I can hook you up ;]. I will be getting my own website underway here in the next week or so & you'll be able to order from me online. In the meantime, if you're interested (or any of your friends are!) please let me know!!

My email: chessa_leigh_lp@yahoo.com

Thanks for reading & thanks for help in spreading the word for me across the country!
much love as always,


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Dragon's in My Heart

This is a poem I wrote last year in my English class. I thought I should dig out something old to post today because I was too lazy to write a new one.

I did the dragon’s will until you came;
Yet tender.

You came; his power o’er me dimmed by your love,

Jealousy burned his bronze scales; a lingering pain

You fought the dragon to free my soul,
Yet foolish.
I mourn you.

I do my dragon’s will until the end;
Yet tender. 

Sunday, September 16, 2012

"Let the Redeemed of the LORD Say So"

Psalm 107:1-3
"Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south."

A little while back, Dad went through this Psalm in Wednesday night Bible Study. The first three verses are the introduction to the rest of the Psalm.

This Psalm begins book five of the Psalms. It is written to those who are in the Lord's kingdom but are rebelling against Him.

I think a lot of times, we think that rebelling against the Lord means that we have "gone off the deep end" and we're living our lives to completely glorify ourselves and we don't go to church and we're getting drunk, having sex, whatever you believe is the worst sin: that's what rebellion looks like.

But, I think that rebellion covers a much wider range of sins. Going through the motions at church, not really wanting to be there; ignoring convictions; disobeying God-given authority; etc--things that we would shrug off as just the "daily sins" that come with the territory of being a sinner are also rebellion.

Just because we're not going off the deep end doesn't mean we're not rebellion against God.

And yet, God redeems those that are wandering in all the corners of the earth. The rest of the Psalm goes on to talk about the different kinds of people that God redeemed and brought back to His fold.

I thank God that He doesn't give up on His children after the third, fourth, fifth, sixth time they run away from His care and love.

Just a little something to think about this week as we get back into our routines of work, school, family, friends, etc. Everyone is in some stage of rebellion against God--and He's going to chase after us to bring us back to Him.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

getting back into the habit (& a photo shoot!)

Well, it's certainly been a while since I've posted. I've been extremely busy with work & friends, and I'm afraid blogging (and writing) has taken a back seat. I need to get back into the habit, so here I am, on a random Tuesday night trying to get back into the habit!

I'm trying to decide what to write about...my blog schedule says I'm supposed to be updating Chelsea's Coffee Table--I guess that can wait because I haven't really been following my schedule lately. Nothing too exciting has happened recently...except J, my dear friend from New York came up for a visit in August! We did a photo shoot so I guess I could share some of those pictures.

thats really all I have for now....I'm off to finish dinner! Bacon & scrambled eggs :)


Sunday, June 10, 2012


The movie, Avengers, is my new favorite movie. I really can't wait until it comes out on DVD so I can buy it & watch it over & over again. 

For those of you who fall under the latter category of this:

(or you just don't know who they are) let me enlighten you so you can go see it & be amazed. Also, this is a chance for me to be a complete & total nerd. 

Captain America: the super soldier that was created during WW2 by a German scientist working for the Allies. Captain Steve Rogers was the first superhero. He went down in a plane crash in the Arctic & was frozen in ice for 70 years. When he was found & revived, he found himself in a foreign technological world, but when he is given a mission by SHIELD (the agency that deals with the superheroes), like a true soldier he joins the team & brings a sense of old fashioned resolve to the Avengers. 

Iron Man: Tony Stark was a billionaire who made his money creating & selling weapons. When he was ambushed in the Middle East & hit with shrapnel that surrounded his heart, he made himself a mini arc reactor while in captivity that keeps the shrapnel from entering his heart. (he's also kind of a genius). He then built a giant metal suit of armor that flies to get out of captivity. After seeing that it was a great idea, he refined it into the Iron Man suit. He continues to update the suit because he's rather full of himself & likes fancy toys. Originally he wasn't accepted into the Avengers because of his volatile character, but when the Earth got desperate...

Thor: his super power is actually pretty easy to explain. He's the Norse god of thunder. His hammer controls the lightning & thunder & he's also practically immortal. His adopted brother, Loki, is the one who causes all the mischief in the Avengers movie, so Thor joins the Avengers to try to stop his brother.

Hawkeye: Agent Clint Barton is a member of SHIELD. He has an uncanny ability to fire arrows with ridiculously good aim & never misses. Not a lot of his backstory is explained, but do some digging if you're really that interested.

Black Widow: Natasha Romanov was brought up as a Russian spy. She got on SHIELD's radar as an enemy & when Agent Barton was sent to kill her, he turned her instead & she became an asset to SHIELD. She's very well trained in the martial arts--that's her skill set.

Hulk: He's probably the one I have to explain the least. Dr. Bruce Banner had an accident with gamma rays & his accident causes him to turn into a huge green smashing monster whenever he gets angry & uncontrolled.

Then of course there's Nick Fury and Maria Hill, but you'll just have to watch the movie to find out more about them!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

on the lamb

My parents got two lambs a couple of weeks ago along with a big black lab. The lambs are not food, but they're both girls that my dad plans on taking back to the flock we got them from in the fall to breed them.

Their names are Ebony & Ivory (can you guess which is which?) They're really my father's pets--I could care less about them.

Speaking of another new creature I could care less about....

Lieben..the lab that my parents got while I was in California. I don't like big dogs, so that's 1 strike against her. 
Her second strike (which I think counts as 2) happened today.

The lambs were in a different pen to eat grass because they had run out of grass in their normal pen. My grandmother couldn't see them, so she went out to see if they were okay because Lieben was running around & scaring them.

She went into the pen to calm them down & Lieben followed her. She chased the lambs until they ran into Grandma & knocked her into the fence where she scraped up her leg pretty good. We were all in the house so we didn't hear her yelling until she had gotten Ebony into the other pen. 

I came out of my room & heard Ebony bleating her head off, our other dogs barking, & I couldn't see Lieben so I went outside. 

When Grandma had gone back to get Ivory, the leash got stuck on the fence, & while Grandma was trying to free Ivory, the fence post fell & knocked her on the head. Meanwhile Lieben is still running around creating havoc. 

So, finally, myself, mom, & my brother all went out to tie up Lieben, get the lambs back in their pen, & Grandma into the house with some ice for her leg & head. 
She's alright, thankfully, but she has a nasty bruise on her forehead.

I personally think we should get rid of the lab, but I know my family doesn't agree with me. My brother & father love the dog. She follows me around constantly trying to make me like her, but it's not working.

with love,
& running from the dog,


Friday, May 11, 2012


So this April I went down to Pasadena, CA for the Spring Formal & Graduation at my old school Providence Christian College. 

I took lots of pictures & really had a great time with my friends :)

I've also been really quiet because I got a job & I've been crazy busy working! I'll try to keep posting as often as I can & try to not drop off the face of world again.

pictures of the dance:

scenery that I edited on my computer:

me after the paint fight the girls had:

my basketball team:

me & my friend D & our shirts that compliment each other:

at BJs waiting for our table:

my gluten free pizookie:

my & my friend, C after graduation:

Manhattan Beach:

me & my friend, R at the beach:

well that's just a few of the pictures I took during the 10 days I was in CA, but it pretty much sums up my time there. Now that I'm settling back into a schedule, I'm hoping to start blogging again regularly!

However, I've worked 53 hours in the last 4 days, so I'm not going to play catch up tonight!

with love & exhaustion,


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

oldies but goodies

I found some old pictures of me & my brother & family while on my dad's computer. I had to share them.

 we had gone to the zoo...I think this is in New York.

 hahaha, this night while we were in NY, Eli & I put on a little performance for our parents
I taught him how to dance & everything

with love & fond memories,


Saturday, April 7, 2012

preparing for the Easter sunrise service & breakfast

This year, I'm home for my church's Easter sunrise service. It starts at 7 a.m. (at our house) & after the service we have a breakfast before church. There's been a lot of baking going on in my house to prepare for the breakfast.
My grandmother made a coffee cake, my mom made gluten free blueberry scones, I made gluten free coffee cake muffins, my brother is making a coffee cake, & my grandmother is making something else. Oh, & we also boiled 3 dozen eggs. 

 my muffins
 my mother <3
 3 dozen eggs!
mom's blueberry scones

Easter Sunday is the day that Jesus Christ rose from the dead to claim a victory over sin, death, & Satan. We should celebrate with fellowship with believers--rejoicing in the knowledge that our Savior won the battle.

Mark 16:1-20
 "When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back— it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.
Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. 10  She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept. 12 After these things he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. 13  And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them. 14 Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. 15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. 16  Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18  they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.” 19 So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs."

with love & a thankful heart,