Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Pics from the Wilderness

I'm so glad to be here working, at the same time, it is a LOTof work, and... i really really really would like to be i the same place as my husband!

The last coupe days have been nice here. Most of the crew is shooting in a different location so it's been VERY quiet up here. Had time to finally regather thoughts and catch my breath. Or at least, attempt to. Non beneficial eating habits ever since production started have caught up. So has the non sleeping much problem. Results = Not so lovely. Been short of breath and energy and other various symptoms you really don't wanna hear about. But, I have gone back on my diet, got me some carrot juice at Wal Mart (super wal marts are amazing!!!) and am going to make sure I stay on it. I want to be healthy again! The non healthiness isn't very pleasant.

Been also hard to find time to read the Bible, or talk to anyone outside this production. Me and Stephen make sure to talk once a day, which is good, cause as all the counseling books say, communication is key! I love him so much, and am sooooo thankful we get to be together... even if we aren;t in the same vicinity! lol, we don't fit any sort of mold. Still haven't gotten any official word that I can go visit my beloved husband in Japan this December, but he has been trying very hard to make it work out. There's waaaaaay too much paperwork involved with this business! But yeah.. I kinda married the guy cause I'd like to be able to spend time with him, you know? Been praying hard it'll work out.

Even though it's been kinda up and down on good times and not so good times, one thing is constant. God never fails to remind me of His love. There's been a few times where I have felt so alone lately, but little things and reminders will happen, and I remember I am not alone.

One of the dear gals here has been encouraging in reminding us with a quote from C.S. Lewis' The Screw tape Letters. In it, The elder demon advises his young padawan that humans are most dangerous when they look around, and cannot see God, because if they still have faith even in the darkest times, they will be the most on fire for their savior. Even though we are not really in any major dark times here (yes, it's stressful, but hey, we're making a movie!!! Stress is part of the job!)

When I do get to read the Bible, the passages usually will have something jump out at me that was on my mind that day. One such reminder is the fact that I work in an incredibly beautiful place! I mean, my drive into work could be a lot worse you know. ;)

And yesterday, we passed through low fog clouds and the sun came shining through them and through the trees and for a moment we went trough a color kaleidoscope! One of those rare moments that take your breath away and you get a glimpse at what the beauty of heaven looks like.

Below I've posted some pictures of my daily drive. Enjoy!

And here is my lovely vechicle. :)

I'm just kidding! I do drive the little cart around a lot here at work, but they won;t let me take it on the interstate. ;)

Hope you all are well, God Bless, and....

Friday, September 24, 2010

Working, working, all day long!

Hello from Roanoke VA! I've been here since September 1st and have been working on  production almost everyday! There's been ups and there's been downs, and I can't believe it's only been 3 and a half weeks since i moved out here.
First of all, the intern group is seriously one of the most amazing and wonderful groups of people I've ever met. They're so kind, and loyal, and passionate about Jesus. I was not doing too well physically or emotionally during my first week here, and they were right there for me, to cry and pray with me even though I'd only known them two days! I love you guys!!! And I'm so thankful to God I've gotten to share this experience with so many awesome people. Unfortunately, some of the interns have to leave this weekend. You know it can happen, but it happened to soon for all of us and we are going to miss them dearly. But, we have hope to see them again, if not here on earth, then in the air with Jesus! Or, of course, on facebook. ;)
On the film, My job is a Production Office PA (production assistant). That occupation is basicially helping with logistics. It is our job to be a backbone of the production, keeping everything running smoothly, on time, and in budget. We handle phone calls,  transportation coordination, rentals, catering, purchases for the different departments, schedules, paperwork of all shapes sizes and colors, and any other little random thing that pops up that no one else is officially supposed to handle.

Even though I'm locked up in the office most of the time, there have been a few occasions where I have been able to go onto set and watch the filming. It's neat to be on a bigger production than a single camera. I knew before how much work went into making a movie, but I don;t think I understood exactly how much work it really is until getting here! It's amazing how a group of people from every single different walk of life and personality it takes to make a movie.

Also, I have found out golf carts are very fun things to drive around. I like my little golf carts. :)

Well, gotta go back to work!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Hello from Phoenix!

Hello everyone! Right now I'm sitting in the Phoenix airport waiting for next flight. Traveling to Virgina today for production on the film. So while waiting, thought I'd post a little.

First of all, thank you so much those who have left me encouraging comments an have been prayng for me. I really appreicate it. The past few weeks have been up and down. Some days I'm totally fine emotionally, and other days I just kind of sit in depression. It's not like it's weighing weighing me down, it's just there and comes and goes. I am doing better than I had been though, and still totally believe God is good.

My body though isn't on the same process things fast time schedule as I am though. Been banned from doing most of the physical activities I usually do for 6 weeks. (my poor Jillian Michaels DVD is getting dusty!) But I know they're probably right. I just would like my self to heal faster so i can get back to being physical and not feeling like a weakling.

Last weekend was the annual Southern California Above Rubies retreat that my family puts on for the magazine. (did I mention we do a little bit of everything). We had a lot of new people, and both the regulars and them were totally blessed and inspired by Colin and Nancy's messages, and fellowshipping with other like minded people. Also, we had a man accept Christ and get baptised at the end. Like I said, GOD IS GOOD!

On monday, I went to Disneyland with my family one last time before I left for a few months. I spent the whole day taking my darling sister Jordan (girly) around. We had fun! And my favorite moment was girly getting to dance in the Celebrate You parade with Pinocchio! I also bought her a pink mickey ear hat for her birthday (in a few weeks) since she keeps stealing my mouse ears at home.

Then this morning, got on a plane... and slept the whole first flight, lol. I was so tired. I didn't sleep last night, but I did get to talk to my husband for a few hours! He's such a great encourager, really helped me get up and be ready to go on this trip. (thanks Hon, I love you!)

I'm slightly annoyed at myself that I slept through initial take off since its one of my favorite parts of flying. While putting yourself in the hands of a complete stranger and their aircraft at 30,000 feet or so in the air isn't really the safest thing to do in the world, I like it. Soaring above the clouds, makes you realize how fun life is, and at the same time, how big the world is. I look down at the cities from above, and see all the cars and the people, and wonder what their life is like, what do they believe, where are they going, and are they having a good day?

Flying itself, especially taking off, is just a thrill. I mean, we are flying! It's common now, but it's still cool.

So there's your sleep induced ramble for the day. For any who may actually have read that, here's a picture of the carpet for you. I think it's cool and very airplaned themed, lol.