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    27th November 2011

    USC-UCLA game videos

    I finished some classes this weekend – hopefully even passing them! I also went to the USC-UCLA football game, and while there, I did a little video experimentation. Check out the videos below to see a little bit of what goes on game day at USC.

    18th November 2011

    Home

    It’s almost Thanksgiving week and I’m in the middle of a lot schoolwork – or at least I’m trying to stay focused because the quarter for the MAT program ends the Sunday after Thanksgiving. But it is hard to stay focused with so many interesting and exciting opportunities. I have friends going to Las Vegas this weekend and friends going out and other friends going to the ocean or Hollywood. And there are people asking me for help – on of the occupational therapy professors asked me to come teach wheelchair skills to the grad students in her class, and then other OT students wanting to interview me for their projects.

    And there are things that I need to do to take care of myself, like get in a swim every once in awhile, or ride my handcycle (I set it up indoors – video/post to come soon), or go grocery shopping because I have no healthy food in my cupboards or fridge right now and I’ve eaten out 3 times this week because I’ve been so busy between going to the high school, the USC health science campus for the above mentioned wheelchair skills teaching, and my own classes at the AT&T Center downtown and I haven’t gotten to that grocery store so I don’t have enough variety to pack both lunch and dinner.

    Oh, and I just am not really that excited about some of the assignments we have at the moment. They’re ok. But only one of them gets me really excited – a case study of a particular student – and I can’t tell the world anything about that one!

    And this time of year I also tend to think about some other things. As part of my time with the OT classes this week I took time to tell them a little about my story and showed them some pictures of me before November 24, 2004, and a few pictures of myself in the hospital and after. I get to talk to people about myself a lot, both formally and informally. I’m always thankful for the opportunities because I generally come away from the encounters thankful for life and for how far I’ve come, the abilities that I have, and all the things I have done and will do, God willing.

    It also makes me miss my family. Don’t get me wrong, I love my family and I think about them often. But all of the above mentioned activities generally keep me from really missing… home. This post really got started as a playlist that I was going to give you guys based around the word and idea of home, but I wanted to push myself to reflect a bit more on the idea because I haven’t written much about my thoughts lately.

    “Home” for me, at the moment, is still northern Colorado, where my immediate relatives are, where I’ve spent most of my life and have the most memories, and where my soul used to commune deeply with nature. And if I pictured a personal heaven for myself, it would be an able-bodied me exploring and hanging out in northern Colorado (without a few thousand recent houses encroaching on the foothills, and probably no Centerra either, no offense to those who live in these recent developments). So many beautiful trails. Such great weather. I wouldn’t even mind the snow because I could do back country and cross country skiing – and my legs wouldn’t get all spastic in the cold.

    But I’m also starting to feel at home in southern California. I have some good friends here. I’ve found a church that I think I could go to and grow in for awhile. And I like living in a very different environment than I have ever lived in previously. I love diversity and Los Angeles is a diverse place. You could meet someone new or eat at a new restaurant or see something strange and wondrous every day for a lifetime.

    There are many facets to the idea of home, and so it is possible to be both “at home” and “not at home” at the same time. And that is how I feel right now. There are a few songs that I’ve been listening to lately that really reflect those feelings.

    “Home” by Nadia Fay (you might have heard the version of this song recorded by Girls Love Shoes that has been featured in a recent Lowe’s commercial)

    “This is Home” by Switchfoot

    “Home” by Marty Sampson of Hillsong

    “The Other Country” and “Mansions” by Burlap to Cashmere

    “The Other Country” reminded me – I’m not sure exactly what about it, vocal quality and a little ramp up chord progression maybe – a lot of Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic,” which also should be on this playlist (it actually seems like a mix of “Tupelo Honey” and “Into the Mystic”)

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    2nd November 2011

    Three things for today…

    1. My voice has been a little hoarse all week because I went to the USC-Stanford football game on Saturday. Triple overtime thriller. That USC lost. The Coliseum was rocking for the whole game. And then it was totally deflated. But definitely the best football game I’ve ever watched in person. Seeing Nickell Robey’s pick six on Andrew Luck in the 4th quarter with time running down was the highlight, without doubt. Seeing a fumble recovered in the endzone by Stanford during USC’s posession on the third overtime period was the downer. Bring on Colorado, where my younger brother Mike will brave the cold to watch his beloved Buffs get shut down (I hope).

    2. I and another student-teacher from my program helped out at the Halloween dance on Friday at OHMMHS, the school where I’ve been assigned as part of the MAT program. I would not have predicted that every student in the building would rush to the dance floor on hearing the opening notes to the Spanish-language version of Achy Breaky Heart, but that is exactly what happened. Line dance insanity – and then the mix of the song went double time and the dance floor was a mass of movement.

    3. It’s 80 degrees outside my screen door right now. I’m going to try to get in a swim at McDonald Swim Stadium in a little bit before I go to my evening class. In spite of the growing stress I feel because I haven’t been getting all of my assignments done, all is not so bad.

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