Monday, December 25, 2006

Back to the Blogging World

So I think that most of you would agree that it's time I got back into the blogging world and let you all into my life again. I guess that this is my Christmas present to you all!
Happy Christmas!!!

Hmmm,,,,, Life has been so crazy and for those of you who don't know, this is what's been going on with me:
  • Moved to America in August;
  • Go to school at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago;
  • Live right downtown in the heart of Chicago and I love it;
  • Have been playing for the varsity soccer team and we reached the regionals before losing in the final.
  • Got a job on campus as a barista at a little coffee cart at school;
  • I still have no cell phone, but I'm working on it.
  • I miss you all, and look forward to hearing from you.
That's all.
P.S. Watch this space...

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Life in Chicago

This isn't really a post about life in Chicago, but I'll get there soon.
Things are so busy and life is moderately hectic. I have a lot to update on, but that will all come in due time. Watch this space.

For all of you concerned about me, I'm doing well and enjoying myself, playing a lot of soccer, getting settled in, and other stuff too.

When I get more time, I'll blog, but for now, I bid you adieu.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Hey Everybody........

I love Shawna Howard.
She is just such an awesome person and you all should be jealous because I'm at her house this very second and just the fact that I'm in her presence makes me feel so special. I just wish I could be as cool as her. One day maybe I will be. I guess I just have to keep praying that God will make me as cool as she is...

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

California and the wedding.

So, the wedding is over. They tied the knot, and are currently honeymooning in San Fran.
I'm writing this from Shawna's house, whom you have either met or have read about. She and her family are truly wonderful. It's true.
Anyway, today, the last of the Capernwrayites left for home. It was sad, and now I'm all that's left.
The last week has been hectic, but amazing. I've been able to meet up with old friends and make some new ones too.
Since I was in the wedding, I wasn't able to take any photos of it, just in case you were wondering. But I'm sure someone will post some soon, or already has. Instead, I will post a few of the limited number I took whilst beind here: (Oh, at the top, is Jon and I in our matching England jerseys.)
These hooligans placed this magnet on Jimmy's car.
Rocking it on, on the way to LA.
Enjoying the waves in Cali.
Jimmy and Justin sitting on Britney Spears' star in Hollywood.
With Jimmy and Justin's friend, Jonny, in Burbank. Nice.
Preparing stuff for the wedding.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Every night's a party at the Bachelor Pad

So Jimmy and Justin road- tripped from Chicago to join the partay and we've been having heaps of fun since.
Tomorrow the 3 of us will drive to Los Angeles to meet a couple of their college mates. It's only 3 hours there and 3 hours back, but to me it's a mini-road-trip.
These are certainly the days of my life...

Sunday, July 30, 2006

What's REALLY going on...

Well, if things don't work out...

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Arrived safely.

I'm here!
In California, USA, the World.
Just to let you all know, everything went well with the travelling and visa et cetera, et cetera...
I'm sitting here right now in mine and Jón's trailer, with Miss Janice Rae, whilst The Man and His Girl have taken his parents to see the church where the wedding will take place.
It's kinda surreal being here already. The last week or so has been a blur, but I don't mind about that. I'm just ready to have the time of my life! to follow...

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Last goodbyes

So there's less than a week before I leave for Yanksville, and I'm pretty excited. I have just one more shift at Costa, but there's a whole lot of clearing-out-my-stuff-from-the-house to do.
Lately, I've been so focussed on getting things sorted for school, Chicago, Cali, and trying to tie up loose ends, that I've almost completely forgotten that in the next week or so, I'll get to see some of the most amazing people that I had the privilege of living with for a while. I can't wait to see you guys!

Back on this side of the pond, I've been meeting up with people for the last time, saying goodbyes and just hanging out with buddies that I've known since I was knee-high to a grasshopper. They're good friends and I thought I'd share a picture of them with you.

Anyways, hope to see a lot of you on the flipside.

Friday, July 14, 2006

2 weeks to go...

Ok, so I haven't blogged for a while. Big whoop, wanna fighdaboudit?
So, the real deal is that, after England beat Ecuador, and then lost to Portugal in the QFs, I lost the will to blog completely. I was so down in the dumps, I didn't eat, drink, sleep or breathe for a week.
But we've put all that behind us and we're moving on.

Here's the new news with me:
- I got my visa to the US (a 5-year student visa)
- I'm still working at Costa Coffee, earning as much money as I can.
- I hate that America is not a welfare state and that I have to pay exortionate amounts for insurance.
- 2 weeks today I leave for California and get to see two wonderful people get married to each other (as well as see a lot of other people I haven't seen in forever).
- That's all.

    Oh, I know Jón and Marisa wrote this on their blog, but for anyone going to their wedding, (or those living in the Chicago area also), if there is anything you want from England, i.e. something small or food or wuteva, then let me know and you can pay me back when I see you.

    Tuesday, June 20, 2006

    England go through top

    A nervy game with Sweden tonight finished 2-2 with a late goal from England, and an even later one from Sweden.
    Michael Owen's knee injury in the opening minutes was a heartbreaking shock for the team and the country, and we await a scan tomorrow to see whether his World Cup is over.
    A wonder goal from Joe Cole is something you wanna watch on the highlights, and even though England didn't beat Sweden (yet again), it wouldn't have mattered if they did, as they finish top of the group, with Sweden second.
    Also, a mention to the Germany 3-0 Ecuador game, where both teams also go through to the next round, where England will play Ecuador, and Germany will play Sweden. Should be a good game for England, but you never know with these underdogs. Heh.
    Here are a few match pictures:

    (Owen injured; Joe Cole scores; and above, England celebrate Gerrard's late goal).

    And... Here is me sporting the new England away kit!

    Sunday, June 18, 2006

    Italy - USA

    Thought this game deserved a special mention. What a crazy match, hey?
    For those of you who didn't know, the result was 1-1, but that is only part of the story.
    3 sendings off, 2 for the US and 1 for Italy.
    What do you guys think of the sendings off? The two USA reds were just stupid and badly timed, but what about de Rossi's violent elbow on McBride? I was outraged, as was most of the country, and was even more behind the US. De Rossi has let down his country, his team, his sport, and himself. What a moron.
    Here is the incident (which was harder to find photos for than I thought)...

    After this atrociously vicious elbow to the face, de Rossi still has the nerve to protest. All respect for this man has been lost.

    Also a mention to the biggest upset so far:
    Czech Rep. 0-2 Ghana.
    Did not see that one coming.

    Friday, June 16, 2006

    England win again.

    A great win for England, who beat Trinidad & Tobago 2-0 yesterday. A better performance than against Paraguay, and a wonder-goal from Stevie Gerrard.
    Well done to Ecuador who also qualified for the 2nd Round, after beating Costa Rica 3-0.
    Here are a couple of pics from the England match..

    England's two goalscorers - Crouch and Gerrard

    Also a special mention for John Terry and his goal-line save.

    Monday, June 12, 2006

    England Forever!

    So England won 1-0, and yes Schrecky, England didn't play at their best. They did however, play well as a team, and gave a respectable performance, in my opinion. The first game is always difficult for the bigger teams, and we can't forget to take into account the high temperatures which slowed the England team down. A special mention must be given to the Mexican referee who undisputedly took Paraguay's side on an unrealistic majority of decisions. Nevertheless, our boys done good.
    This is the England goal. (Just thought it was a good photo.)

    This is David Beckham, the England captain, who gave a cracking performance...

    ...and here is an England fan, sporting St George's Crosses to cover his hairy nips.

    In other news, the USA put up a dissapointing struggle against the Czech Republic today, losing 3-0, the biggest defeat in the World Cup so far. I think they will have to beat Italy to qualify for the second round, which seems unlikely after today's performance.

    Friday, June 09, 2006

    Fever Pitch

    I dunno about you, but every 4 years there comes a time when my heart thumps and my emotions rise as if I'm manstruating or whatever the male equivalent is. This is that time.

    The World Cup has started my friends, with the first two matches played today.
    Two great goals from Germany against Costa Rica. Maybe two of the best in the tournament.
    And a boring game between Ecuador and Poland (it has to be said), but a good win for Ecuador. If they win their next game against Costa Rica, it is likely they will play England in the second round. Wahey!
    So, tomorrow is the big game. I say England 3-1 Paraguay, with Lampard, Gerrard and Crouch on the scoresheet.

    Monday, June 05, 2006

    Pride and Passion

    Work's been regular. It's been fine. Although today I'm going to ask my boss to get time off during the England matches. Really I should have planned this ages ago.
    But aside from work, I'm frantically getting all the things I need for my visa application interview on the 26th June. Seriously you guys, could someone have a word and just tell them to let me in? Maybe?! Please pray for this whole visa thing to go smoothly, because I'm kinda concerned about how close I'm cutting it.

    On a more important note... Is everybody excited for the World Cup?!!! Booyah!! Admittedly, USA have a tough group, but I think they'll get through. This paragraph is mainly for the guys, if you hadn't already noticed ...and the girls who like football (...Chelsea & Bethany). And yes I will be cheering for Ecuador. I work with a Polish girl who asked me if I will be supporting her country, to which I replied, "Not against Ecuador." But yeah, Schrecky, J, Jummy, Jistin, I was just thinking how strange it would be staring at a box in the corner of our living rooms, watching the exact same thing as each other.

    I don't know if you know this, but there has never been anything in America's history to unite all people, nomatter what colour, religion or political views they hold. However, in England, there have been two things. The World Wars, and International football. Every shop in every town, every window in every wall, all you see are England flags. The passion and pride for our country's football surpasses all differences to unite all people. And you thought that England wasn't very patriotic compared to America?!! Ha!
    ...At least we know what we are cheering about!'re not gonna let me into your country now, are you?
    ...Oh well, what the heck... COME ON ENGLAND!!!

    Friday, May 26, 2006

    I got work!

    For the last week or so, all I've been doing is working at a pricy Italian coffee House called Costa.
    It's pretty good. And I like it.
    I got hired to work part-time, but actually, every single day I've gone in to work, the manager has given me more work. I'm down for a 15 hr a week contract, but in the last 7 days I have worked 48 hours. Ha.
    I really need the cash for college, and God has really helped me out here. Awesome!

    Monday, May 15, 2006

    Finding work and pics of kids

    Firstly I wanna say Congratulations! to Chaz and Rebecca on their marriage. (can't wait to see photos Pam!) If anyone else is getting married, then please let me know. I mean I know of some, it's just that I've been away from the blogging world for a little bit and I feel kinda out of the loop.

    Anyway, I'm back home, still trying to find work. It's not so easy over here. I have a trial work day at a coffee shop starting on Friday, but that will only be for part-time work. Please pray that I'll find work. Thanks.

    Oh, I thought I'd take this opportunity to post a few pics of some of the kids of students at my college. I don't know if you remember, but on my photoblog a while back I posted a photo called 'Blackanese Baby' of a half Korean, half African kid. Well, I posted a couple more of him taken recently so you should go and take a look at them. Here are some of him, his sister and a cute Japanese kid.

    Thursday, May 11, 2006

    Photos from my End of Year Bash

    So, before I left college, we had this end of year bash. I thought I'd share some photos with you (and some of my college friends who will read this). Above is me with my date for the evening, Chisako Mori, of Japan.

    Satoshi Kobayashi (Japan) and Hae Rim Lee (Korea).

    With my former Liverpudlian roommate, Mike.

    Sarah Rivoire & Marcella Rendo, My French and Italian friends.

    My good friend Justin, and his wife Katie.

    Machiko and Chisako, from Japan.

    Nathan and Simon, from London.

    Simo Frestadius (Finland) and his date, Caroline.

    Monday, May 08, 2006

    Update and Photos of Friends

    I've been away for a while, I know. I kinda lost the motivation for a while, but I'll try and write regularly from now on.
    Hmm, so, I spent Easter with Stephen Morris' family, which was awesome. Here's a pic of the two of us.
    We went to the cinema, played table tennis, and ate his mother's wonderful cooking. On Easter Day we went to a sunrise service at 6am (!) and we had an easter egg hunt too! It was tres fun. It was good to see him again, as i hadn't seen him since Winter School. I didn't realise how much I missed him.

    I have now finished all of my exams and I am currently back in Kent for the summer, trying to find work, to earn as much money for Chicago as possible.
    Leaving Regents Theological College was not too hard, although I will miss the friends I made there. It wasn't like that last day in March last year though.
    Here are some pictures of me and some of my friends:
    Note how I have a lot of Asian friends. Ha. (None of them Chinese though. Booo...)

    Oh, P.S. go check out my photoblog for new photos from a photoshoot I did with my best friend at Regents. I will be adding more photos there, now that I have more time, so be on the look out and tell me what you think!