Friday, April 03, 2009

another week

Another week has passed. We are getting closer and closer to our LA mission trip. Tomorrow night and Sunday morning we are getting "commissioned" at our church services (we tell the congregation what we'll be doing in LA and they pray for us). And then we leave a week from Monday - the day after Easter.

I felt responsible this week. I went to the dentist which I was dreading because I despise the dentist (too many traumatic stories to tell...). However, I have a NEW dentist (just switched) and I LOVED my new one. I wonder if it's because she's a woman? She is much more nurturing and sympathetic than my last unfeeling bastard of a tooth driller who would basically tell me to grow up every time I cried during one of my office visits.

I also went to see my chiropractor this week. I try to go every month but I haven't been in months and I could feel it. My neck was beginning to hurt if I turned it around too much. My chiro said I was suuuuper tight and used this little electric massagy-thingy to loosen up my back, shoulder, and neck muscles. And then she went to town and cracked whatever she could. Hallelujah! Oh blessed relief. I feel much better.

And lastly I got an oil change this week. I am pretty religious about this. Every 3 months or 3,000 miles. And nothing but the best oil for my Corolla, Johnny! He gets the top-notch stuff. As they were checking out all the fluids, I was called outside and showed that my front right tire has a nail in it. Whoops, better get a new one soon.

On a completely unrelated note, I saw the movie Australia this week. I went into it with low expectations and was pleasantly surprised. It came out at Christmas time with Hugh Jackman (Rrrrrrrrrr....) and Nicole Kidman. It's directed by Baz Luhrman who directed Strictly Ballroom (a family favorite growing up!), Romeo and Juliet, and Moulin Rogue (LOVE!). I recommend renting it if you enjoy one or more of the following: long movies (it's 2 hrs. 45 minutes), epic story lines (takes place during World War II), crying (I love movies that can make me cry), love stories, and/or Hugh Jackman.

In closing, the big news this week was that my friend Amy and I saw a dead whale on Wednesday. It has been beautiful weather lately, so we went out to lunch with her 10 month old son and then went for a stroll by the ocean. While we were walking and talking, we saw something large in the ocean. We stopped and talked to some other people and realized it was a whale! We were so giddy. A whale so close to shore! I thought it was just sleeping because it bobbed on top of the water. But sadly when we came back that way 30 minutes later, we were informed by a lady with binoculars that it was dead and being pushed to shore by the current and waves.

It was a 3 ton female California gray whale and she beached on Wednesday night. She was 25 feet long. This morning a crew hoisted her up the cliff and drove her to a landfill to be buried. No one knows how she died. They figured she was about a year old and migrating from Mexico up to Alaska when she died. Sad.

That's been my week. How 'bout yours?


Yoichi said...

Woah, what a sight!!!! eeks! Poor thing.

Yoichi said...

oops, sorry Sarah, it's Tira. I'm on Yo's account. :)

Jody said...

What the heck. I'm going to LA, I ran some errands, pretty stoked. Saw a dead whale. I feel like you could have a) broken this into two unrelated posts, or b) warned me about the whale.

Smarshie said...

Whoops, you're probably right. It's not fair to spring a pix of a dead, rotting whale carcass at you guys without warning. My bad!