Thursday, July 31, 2008

marriage 08'

two of our most favorite people in the whole world are going to get married.
to each other.
they are our favorite double date couple.
we like to eat at steak and shake together.
we have a girl side of the table and a boy side of the table.
we also like to eat ice-cream together.
and we play games together.
and we have couple night.
and we always have good conversations.
and we touch each other's legs.
and we take pictures together.

we are excited because they are going to have a really great marriage.
and we are going to be married in the same year.
and they are one of those couples that fill your heart with love and joy and happiness.

in, fact i might have shed like one or two tears when i was talking to them:

congratulations eric and ashley:

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Self Diagnosis

Hello Blog Friends. It has been a long time since I have done the blog thing (because Danae does such a great job of keeping our faithful readers informed) but today I have decided to use this post to organize my thoughts about the possible causes of the illness that I have been blessed with this week.

- A fever that averages between 99.5 and 101.0
- A headache right behind the eyes
- Night sweats (these are new...past two nights)
- Sore throat (also new.. just started yesterday)

Possible causes:
- Perhaps the headache is a result of quitting caffeine. But that doesn't seem to explain the fever, unless my body has such a big crush on coffee that it is revolting by heating up. The only problem there is explaining away the problems of mind-body dualism and defending a thesis that would support an independent consciousness in my body. Crazy? Maybe. But for now let's explore other options.
- Oh what about the tooth in my mouth that has a large hole in it? Perhaps that little jewel is infected and making its case to be immediately relieved from all duties as a key part of my digestive system. BUT. Said tooth doesn't really cause any pain itself and seems to be hanging in there pretty well. Which is nice but also means the poor little guy doesn't know that in a few weeks he is being let go.
- Option three is a stretch, but it seems possible that I may have a Greek infection. Having spent an average of 5 hours a day with this friend, why wouldn't it be causing my symptoms? The only problem is that other students exposed to koine bacteria have not suffered from sickness, or have other symptoms like scorched retinas and trouble breathing.
- Maybe I'm being poisoned. Unlikely though because who does that? Really.

Doctors professional opinion- "Should go away on its own." Thanks Doc.

Meanwhile I will continue waking up in a pool of sweat (literally) and avoid moving my eyes too much.

I am open to suggestions on what you think is causing these symptoms. Thanks for stopping by!

-Douglas E. Castle

P.S. Danae is good. Isn't she cute?

Thursday, July 17, 2008

First Day of School

Husband, Doug has started seminary. He is in his second week of 'suicide greek'. He wakes up before me and studies. I go to sleep with him reading a greek book beside me. He rubs my feet while I hold up greek note cards. He eats dinner and then goes to the library for hours. He wakes up in the middle of the night thinking about greek.

Welcome to seminary!
Here is a picture of him on his first day of school.

Monday, July 14, 2008


Last night in my dream Doug broke up with me. He did not want to date me any more so he called it off.

This morning when I woke up and he was still next to me, I cuddled even closer.

And when we were eating breakfast I asked him a few times if he broke up with me.

He assured me that he would never break up with me.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Last Night

Our apartment is full of half used mustard, ketchup, half an onion, jar of garlic, cheese, boxes of baggies, and dish soap. We have two full pizzas in our refrigerator and our freezer has a box of half eaten sausages, and ground turkey. We also have a roll of wrapping paper, three eggs, four boxes of matches, and some crushed red pepper. And the list could go on and on.

These are some of the positive things that have come from my family's move to Montana.

The not so positive things are that I have never known Trinity without them, the parking spot for apartment 233 is vacant, and I sit alone at work without my dear mother to laugh with and talk to.

We went out to dinner last night with mom, dad, and david and I said in the car that I would probably not cry when they left. I did not want them to take it personally because Bethany wept.
We ate some chips and guacamole, ate some cake, hugged goodbye.

And then I cried. In the car on the way back to our apartment. I kept crying as I fell asleep.

It hit me much harder than I expected.

Doug reminded me as I fell asleep that God would take good care of them as they make the move and start a new life there.

And that is so true.