Frivolous: playful, lighthearted, trivial; the little things in life that should be savored.

Highlight of the week: Traveling to Boston to support my friend Julie as she ran the Boston Marathon. I'm going to blog more about it next week and share more photos, but it was an amazing experience!! There is so much to love about Boston -- the food, the beautiful architecture, the weather, and the kind people to name a few. I'm excited to share more with you soon!

Yes, I did this:
1 -- Got rear-ended while parked in the pharmacy drive-thru.
2 -- Watched my iPhone 4s plunge to it's death in the Boston harbor.
3 -- Replaced it less than 30 minutes later with a shiny new 5s.
4 -- Waited in line for 40 minutes for Boston's favorite pastry.

While in Boston I also got to connect with one of my favorite professors from my college days at Azusa Pacific University in California. He has since moved to Boston and is the Dean of Theology at Boston University now. I did research for him in college and also did a summer urban ministry program in inner-city LA that he led. It was so great to see him and catch up -- definitely another fun perk to my trip!

Celebrating: My friend Julie amazes me. She said the race was tougher than she expected, but she still managed to pull out a personal record of 3:15. That's just under a 7 1/2 minute-per-mile pace! To top off the amazingness, she is a mother of 6. I'm not sure how she does it. We've been friends for 20 years and I am so proud of her and cherished the chance to spend quality time with her in Boston this past week. She truly inspires me!

We had a bit of an adventure in lodging in Boston. There were 36,000+ runners and over a million spectators, so finding a hotel room was a challenge back when we were booking our travel plans. We ended up renting a shoebox apartment on the 5th floor of an old building in Chinatown. It was super-cheap, but we figured we'd only be there to sleep. We were prepared for challenging conditions, but were surprised to find out when we got there that the apartment also came with three roommates! Yikes! Sharing a tiny bathroom with strangers was an unexpected reality to be faced with. We stayed there for two nights and had totally adjusted to the situation. When I got together with my professor and told him the story, he insisted on putting us up in a super-swanky hotel that the university gave special rates for on our last two nights there. It was unbelievable! We were able to tell Julie the news when she finished the marathon and after an adventurous cab ride, an underground detour through the subway with our baggage to cross a road blocked by the ongoing marathon, and a bag search checkpoint, Julie took the best shower she's ever had. We were SO blessed by this unexpectedly kind gesture. Thank you Dr. Stone!!

Feeling Blessed: Ahhh -- too many blessings to count this week. My cup overflows.
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