Thursday, January 20, 2011

Remodeling pictures

Christian was an awesome help with everything :)

Building the desk

Resting :)

Thus is my new room. minus a chair, a bean-bag, a few bookshelves, plus a new paint job and a new carpet, soon to be added. :)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Of boxes, suits, and old papers

The last few days I've been working on renovating my room. The plan is to replace the carpet, paint and get all new furniture... Since we haven't painted or redone much of anything in there since we moved in... like 20 years ago ::grins::

So my days have consisted of cleaning out my closet, and desk. I'm rather proud of my closet right now. It has my suits, overcoats, vests, ties, and dress-shirts in order of color, and it looks rather awesome :)

While I was rooting through my desk drawers, I found some interesting things in there (for example, an old hidden recording pen) including an old crumpled paper with the words written backwards: "It isn't working. Let me restart real quick :) :) :)"

It was such a blast from the past, and it made me smile :)

On schedule for today, I have to finish cleaning up, and then start getting ready for the debate RR on Saturday up in WA :) Should be interesting, Alex Hayes and I will be the only team heading up there from Rainmakers.

Well, I suppose that's all for now.

Isaac Franklin

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Clarification :P

It just dawned upon me that the bi-polar friends comment may have been taken by some particular person to be directed towards them. I wasn't trying to reference anyone in particular, just a few interesting encounters with some of my friends recently :) Just so no one freaks out.

Alright, that's all :)

The ups and downs of my life

Just a quick update...

I've been extremely tired lately, probably due to the fact that I've been staying up till like 2am every night :) The time has been spent on my persuasive, duo, and debate. Lots and lots of debate :)

Friday afternoon Ben, Christian and I went to Imago Dei church in Portland to help the team get ready for the Round Robin. Ben and I had a short worship practice and then helped set up the debate rooms, and the student lounge in the gym.

The next morning, I woke up at 5am to get ready for the day. At around 6, Mr. Edmonds picked me up, and then we swung back by the Edmonds before heading back to the church for the tournament.

I have NEVER been so tired at a round robin... After the first round, I just realized I couldn't keep it up, so the rest of the tournament I kinda just focused on making the arguments, and not putting a whole lot of effort into presentation.

The tournament for Ben and I went like this: We hit Placzek/Placzek going AFF (won), then we hit Hofsommer/Travis going NEG (won), then Tardy/Li going NEG (won) and finally Baxter/Walsh going AFF (won).

We ended up placing 2nd place, right behind Chris Riegg and Liz Wolcott, and right in front of Rachel Aldrich and Shelby Bennet, completing a nice Rainmakers trio :) Over all, I believe Rainmakers took 5 of the top 8 slots.

Today, some of the Whatcom debaters came to church at Gresham, so it was nice to spend some time with them away from the tournament setting and just relax. The coffee I got was pretty much the only thing that made me through the day :) I need a lot of rest... like a lot a lot.

On an unrelated note... some friends can be very bi-polar and confusing. They do things that make you stop and wonder if you did something wrong, and have no idea what it might have been. I guess such is life :-/

I'm tired, but happy (for the most part), unsure of how I'm going to make it through this next crazy month, confused, tired and tired. Yep.

Hope you're all enjoying yourselves.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Another day, another... um....

Sorry for not posting for a few days, I've been kinda busy. Let's see.... where to start...

Thursday night I went out and watched MegaMind and RED at Mt. Hood theater, along with the Roger Family, some of the Fala family, the Cools Family, the Edmonds, and an assortment of other odds and ends of friends ;)

MegaMind was brilliant! Very entertaining, very cleverly made. I was impressed. RED was a shoot 'em up, lots-of-explosions movie. Not great story line or script, but entertaining nonetheless :)

I was dropped off at the Edmonds, and we decided to just have me spend the night there...

Friday morning, I woke up at 5:15am for the prayer meeting, and then we prepared for our trip to Mt. Hood. At around 8:00am Brett and James arrived and Mr. Edmonds, Ben, Christian, Simon, Brett, James and I took the 2 hour drive to Coopers Spur to go snowboarding. After waiting an hour in 15 degree weather, we finally got our equipment and headed up.

I'm very proud to say that I did quite well. I fell down a few times my first couple runs, but my last five runs were made without any tumbles. I had a lot of fun, and we all had a great time together.

On a related note, I'm really looking forward to learning to ski someday. Hopefully. God willing :) In the meantime, snowboarding will have to do.

Saturday I was out cold for quite a bit of the morning. The afternoon was spent mainly (I think) working on debate and such. Saturday evening we had the Maynard wedding. Unfortunately, Portland traffic was so bad that we arrived right at the pronouncement and kiss, but we stayed for the reception. I spent the night dancing to LadyGaga, and an assortment of other artists I don't support with Quin, Justin, Lucas, and Greg :) quite entertaining.

Oh, that reminds me, my little brother James is an amazing dancer. He literally cleared a circle on the dance floor when he started dancing. He was so awesome. :D

Sunday was another crazy day. I woke up early for worship practice, in desperate need of coffee. After the service, Dad and I went to Nordstroms to check in on my suit again, but it turned out they needed to do one more small alteration (Dad's picking it up as we speak). However, I'm really excited about the suit :) It's really comfortable, and very nice looking. ::is excited::

From there Dad and I drove and met Brett, Sarah, and James at the Lucas Family's Swing Dance party. Brett, James and I were only able to stay for about 30 minutes or so before we had to go pick up Jon Winslow and head to the Blazer game with the Barclays.

I'm so glad I was able to make it to at least on Blazer game this year! It was a lot of fun, and the Blazers won easily, but it was still an entertaining game. They also scored 100 points, which means we all got a free chalupa at Taco Bell :) I also won free cinnamon twists on the little change platform..... game.... thingy :P You know what I'm talking about.

Today I have spent dedicated to working on debate, especially on club briefs. I'm in charge of research and coordinating students to compile research on a certain debate case. Today is the final deadline, so I'm receiving, editing and compiling their evidence into a final brief. They've done a great job, I'm really proud :)

That's all for now, I'm praying for all of my friends, I know many of them are busy and overwhelmed right now. But I'm so proud of what they are striving for, and what they are accomplishing. ::smiles::

That's all for today!

Isaac Franklin