to blog more.
Everyday I think to myself, “I can’t wait to blog about this. This is just ridiculous/too funny/amusing, etc.” That’s one of my resolutions for this new year–share more embarrassing stories about my life on the internet and hopefully still have friends by next year.
Amy’s Top 5 Happenings of 2011
1. My decision to begin a new life in Madison, WI as a production associate for InterVarsity’s communications department, twentyone hundred productions. Who would have thought that the man upstairs would call me to the Midwest? As nervous as I am to leave 70 degree winter weather in California, I am also beyond excited to combine my passions for both the faith of college students as well as in media arts. This next season in Wisconsin will prove to be life-changing and full of adventure. You can indeed look forward to this new layer to my blogging tales. And here is my prayer letter! Please consider sending me there, as I am in a season of raising funds to be able to experience this life-long dream of mine. Shameless plug! My goal is to get there asap, so tell your family! Friends! Great Aunts! Acquaintances! Frenemies! Mailmen! Local authority figures!
2. In being blessed with the amazing opportunity to work with 2100, that meant my time with InterVarsity at UCLA was over. Almost six years of my life was surrounded by this community and it has proved to seriously be the best thing that has happened to me since I realized the secret to perfect steak is the 4 R’s (I will share this on my food blog). I gave much of my life to fostering the faith of many college students, and in turn, my own faith and life matured immensely. Late spring of 2011 was a season of goodbyes and thank yous to Bruin Christian Fellowship. As hard as it was and still is, I leave with so much to be grateful for and am overwhelmed by what God would do with me during my time there.
3. If you count my almost full-time job with InterVarsity, I have had 6 different jobs this past year: professional smoothie maker at Jamba Juice, media arts teacher at Team Prime Time, summer and after-school program teacher at Ivy League Academy, web content management and graphics for Prime Time Sports Camp, and now full-time work being a postal apprentice for US 24/7 Postal Center–your local one-stop shop for your packing/shipping and office needs. I have met some strange, some remarkably interesting, some insanely obnoxious and rude, some surprisingly lazy, some even famous people in all of these jobs. Now you see where my desire to blog more comes from.
4. My dad’s retirement has created almost a completely new man, and I do mean that in the best way possible. Papa Hu has always been a stern, bad-tempered, stubborn, but also the smartest, most sacrificing, and noble man I know. He’s always had a silly switch in him, especially when there were opportunities for corny jokes. But finally retiring from working so hard for our family in order to give us the countless things I have today, there is an insurmountable joy in him that almost never wants to be turned off. And I absolutely love it. Now, don’t get me wrong, my dad still scares me more than anyone (maybe not my grandma, and yes his mother of course) and puts his foot down when needed. But there’s something about new Dad that brings tears to my eyes because I can see himself finally enjoying life and letting go. Retired Dad meant him finally living back at home instead of East LA, and now he enjoys his life again hiking with new friends in the suburbs of San Jose and making fabulous meals for my family.
5. My friggin’ skin problemz came back. I don’t even know how to diagnose it. It’s like a mixture of eczema, psoriasis, zombie decomposition–I seriously hate it. It dreadfully comes and goes, like Dennis Duffy on “30 Rock.” You don’t want him to ever come back, but when even the slightest thing provokes him to do so, wreaking havoc is all he does.
I just hope to be rid of it soon. I’ve seen all sorts of doctors, from eastern to western, male and female, old and young, White and Asian, human and extraterrestrial–it doesn’t seem to go away permanently. The sad thing is, I’m sure I’ll have to live with it all my life and be extra careful to not unleash the beast inside me. The best cure to this is my dietary and sleep habits, which I am terrible at. I love food too much and eat everything I’m not supposed to: shellfish, tropical fruits, sugar, red meat, etc. Why would I deprive myself to only kill me faster with a boring diet? Sleeping more is always something I should be doing–but I also love television, the interweb, hanging out with friends, and going out too much. That usually happens at night after my full-time job so where does the time go?
All I can say is, pray for me. I’m pretty sure this time’s skin episode came because I fell into a creek and from the gash on my leg, it got slightly infected and somehow triggered my skin to go nuts. Wonderful.
Well friends, it’s good to be back–blogging and extroverting my thoughts through this cathartic medium. Blessings on a new year, and may we all have many stories to share to remind us how funny and weird life can be.
This is Amy Hu signing off for January 13, 2012.