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User Image maphobbit Posted: Jan 1, 2018 11:41 PM (UTC)

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Mom didn’t get to see 2018. πŸ˜” It has been unreal that she is gone from our lives. (12/08) Everything happened too fast. Her brief hospital stay (11/17-12/08) was just a roller coaster of emotions and exhausting overnight stays. But people really stepped up to help all of us. Friends, nurses, doctors, family...thank you. πŸ’™

Mom was only 65, which is so young in our modern medical world. Other than her bad liver (autoimmune) she was still going and going. πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ
The house is so empty without her. It’s missing her warm touch already. Dad is still in a mild shock. The beautiful flowers in our home are wilting. We see the words of comfort from people in cards and notes. (πŸ™) We now have Mom in a beautiful clock urn in the living room. Dad was glad to get her β€œhome.” πŸ’
I am thankful for the recent memories I was able to create in 2017 with Mom. But, life will never be the same. I miss her. God willing, I hope to see her again. ✨
I ask for continued thoughts and prayers for my family at this time. Especially for dad. Thank you so much. πŸ™
Other than that, 2017 was a decent year for me. Had a personal milestones. But guys, happiness is a choice. Live life and make new memories and make the most of the bad that life throws at you. Live and learn. ☺️ Here’s to 2018! 🍻
User Image maphobbit Posted: Nov 26, 2017 6:29 AM (UTC)
10 Earlybird
Jaxon waiting. πŸ‚ β€’
We’ve been doing a lot of waiting these days at my home. Mom has been in the hospital for a chronic condition. But honestly, she is strong, and all of her numbers, scans and tests are all good. But, she is strong of body and will. If it weren’t for two things, the rest of her is healthy. πŸ‘Š
Most of you know (or may not know) that I’m a woman of faith, and β€œreligious” in all respects of the word. It may not be your thing, but I’ve always found refuge in the power of prayer. That’s me, though. I mention all this because it has been me since about 10 years old. Nobody is perfect, and I certainly don’t claim to be. I’m flawed and I’m human and I hurt or hurt others sometimes. But prayer has always held me and sustained me when all other things...yes, people included...have failed me. πŸ‘Š
Love people, no matter what. Forgive, don’t forget but don’t hold onto it. Hate the sin, not the sinner. Because we are ALL capable of it. All. Of. Us. 😢
Mom is in good hands at the hospital. And I pray that she’s in better, bigger β€œhands” as well. πŸ˜‡ I hope. And I trust. And I believe with all my heart.❣️ Prayer is my lifeline. I don’t despair. I don’t have deep fears. If you know me and are in any part of my life, chances are that I’ve prayed for you. Who cares if I barely know you and you sit halfway across the class from me? Yep. We all need that hope especially in a world where we don’t always see it. ✨
Waiting can make us a little anxious. But, it’s part of life. We just need to know how to handle it. And how to cope. Yes, it’s cliche but: Everything happens for a reason. Everything. πŸ€”
User Image maphobbit Posted: Sep 8, 2017 8:16 AM (UTC)
5 Rise
3 weeks into my second semester of grad school and I'm still having a blast. Lots of reading and writing and I expect nothing less. Lots more to do and lots more to explore. Thesis topics galore. Just gotta narrow things down. - Anyway, here's a snapshot during a class break in the GIS lab. (Computers somewhere behind us.) πŸ€“πŸ—ΊπŸŒŽ β€’

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#hss #classwork #paperwork #graduateschool #classroom #humanities #h422 #gislab #maproom #graduateclass #graduatecourse
User Image maphobbit Posted: May 15, 2017 5:03 PM (UTC)
5 Earlybird
Scrappy is the #doggo at work that makes my heart smile. (Shhh, don't tell my Jaxon.) She loves hugs and when I rub her tummy. She is a #corgi mix. But, my boss is moving to Texas, and so Scrappy is leaving me. 😭 My heart is sad, so I will have to demand πŸ™ that my boss send me pictures & vids of her. πŸ’™ |
#iloveyourdog #dog #notmydog #doggo #pupper #corgimix #dogatwork #snapchatfilter #officedog #me #selfie #dogsofinstgram #dogs_of_instagram #dogsofinsta #doglover
User Image maphobbit Posted: May 15, 2017 1:24 AM (UTC)

4 Earlybird
So I'm one of the ones who technically graduated with my BA in January. And so technically, I'm already a graduate student. But, I get to participate in the 2017 commencement on 05/21. ✊️ I have so many people to thank. So I just want to say a big thank you. People have been patient with me, they've driven me to classes, they've had to deal with me all these years while I persisted. They wonder why I didn't cut my losses. Yes, I never quit when life got in the way. If it meant taking just one class a semester, I did. I didn't want to have to drop out even if it took me forever. Yes, it took me forever. But I'm here now and will continue to look forward. πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸŽ“ My husband Alex, and my parents take most of the credit for their support. Thank you. πŸ’™ But, I thank God Almighty for the strength to get through every single minute thing. ✨ Well, here's my cap. I had a Lord of the Rings themed wedding and I continue the tradition. (Movie) Bilbo's quote because I'm currently continuing my "adventure" now as a graduate student. 🌎
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User Image maphobbit Posted: May 7, 2017 6:26 PM (UTC)
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This clarinet has been with me since my soph year in high school. (πŸ‘΅πŸΌ) I looked up the serial # and it put it at being made in 1993. A classmate sold it cheap to me. (He was going to play sax at USC instead. Because apparently, you can't really hear us clarinets in the football field.) πŸ‘‚ The best purchase I made (thanks mom & dad) because it has treated me well since. Been with me through many rehearsals, juries, lessons, bands, orchestras, and once (cringe) for marching band. (You're not supposed to march with a wooden clarinet. Plastic is best for sound & being outdoors in the sun, etc.) 🌞
Anyway, I was finally able to join my school band. Haven't been in a school setting like that since my days at Pasadena City College. πŸ€“
I should have done this sooner, but working on my degree is more important now. 🌎
However, I'm so glad that I was able play this time because it's so fun being part of an ensemble, a semester at a time. πŸ“–
And it would be weird to say that I attended CSUF and not become a part of their amazing music program. Who knows what will happen in the future? But for now, I know JM in a unique situation, I'm having a blast.
Cool thing is, I share a remote sensing geography class with a bari sax player gentleman, and was glad to know at least one person in band. 🎼 -- My simple set-up: Buffet R-13 Bb clarinet, Buffett Chadash barrel, Vandoren Black Diamond 13 BD5 mouthpiece, or Vandoren 13 Profile 88 mouthpiece, Michell Lurie Springboard ligature, Vandoren V-12 reeds size 3, or Vandoren size 3 1/2, or Mitchell Lurie Premium 3 1/2. --
User Image maphobbit Posted: May 3, 2017 10:20 AM (UTC)
8 Rise
I don't like taking pictures, as you can tell. However, I cracked down and had Alex take a few for me. After all, you only turn 40 once. πŸ‘΅πŸΌ β€’ Thank you for the thoughts and wishes. And for those whom I saw today that laughed and smiled and sang and ate with me in school, of all places. β€’ πŸ‘‰Thoughtful, you were. Thankful, I am. @klaycietndo πŸ‘ Special thanks for my friend Joselyn @j__salgado for gifting me the huge balloon and the beautiful flowers. Extra special thanks to Alex @lincolnstudies who took the day off to put up with me, and my geography friends, and drive me around today. β€’ Thank you. πŸ’™ β€’
#birthday #may2 #may2nd #maybirthday #me #birthdayballoon #birthdayflowers #happybirthday #birthday #thebig40 #40yearsold #1977 #lahabraheights #socal
Word. 😎 β€’
Was great to work with these two on our poster. There were so many other poster presentations that were so good. We were pleasantly surprised that we were even considered and then we took 1st place. πŸ† Go grateful for this opportunity. It was fun and I learned much. 🌎 Klaycie & rock! πŸ‘Š β€’
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A pre-conference BBQ at the Mission Trails Regional Park. A bunch geographers get together and relax and eat and enjoy nature. Conference is Sat, where we have lecture, posters, and presentations. It's so cool to see everybody and laugh and see them put their work out there. I get together with two others and present our own poster. Glad to be a part of it all. 🌿
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1) Make way for Captain...Alaska? (It's a USB flash drive that somebody forgot, most likely filled with important GIS class data.) β€’ 2) Klaycie and Krista and I are getting together to present a poster at an upcoming geographic conference. (Campus trees assessment.) β€’ 3) Pedro wanted a selfie...cuz he knows I hate them. - πŸ€—πŸ’™πŸŒŽπŸŒΏπŸŒ± #GIS #CaptainAmerica #CSUFTrees #SnapChat #CGS #Map #Alaska #NatGeo #NatGeoMap #GeographyLounge #CSUFGeography #GeographyAndTheEnvironment #CSUFGeographyClub #Fullerton #CSUF #Titans #CSUFTitans #GeographyCSUF #FullertonTitans #GeographyClub #Geography #Geographers #CalStateFullerton #GeographyStudents #StudentGeographers 🌿
User Image maphobbit Posted: Apr 13, 2017 6:20 PM (UTC)
5 Lark
Loved our recent rains. Brought back the green, flowers, and the insects. (Grrr to spiders, though.) But I'm sure you're also suffering...anybody else plagued with (extra) intense allergy symptoms? I have a cough due to allergies. I wake up sounding like I've been smoking packs a day for the last 20 years. Well, we're suffering but nature is doing its thing. 🌿🌱 β€’
#dogs #backyard #lahabraheights #trees #exploring #backyardexploring #dogsagram #dogstagram #dogsofinstagram #dogs_of_instagram #mykid #mydog #mypet #puppypalace #petfancyprize #tangledfx #tangled_fx #tangledfxapp #picfx #prohdr #brindle #greyhoundmix #happydog
User Image maphobbit Posted: Mar 29, 2017 7:18 AM (UTC)
3 Juno
March 29, 1927: My desk clock is 90 years old today. It's not powered by electricity, so you have to wind it up to get it to keep time. There's a layer of dust inside, on the face, under the glass. Still ticking after all this time! β€’ -
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Club officers (AKA some awesome people) at our club booth at school. 🐘🌎 β€’ It's always great to hang out and talk and meet others. (And as an #introvert, that's saying a lot!) The club is going camping later this week and we were talking about that and our other events like our hikes, cultural food events, and beach clean-ups. πŸ‘ I don't think I would get out much if it weren't for my involvement with the club. I've learned a lot and I've also made some lifelong friends. Beats just going to class and then heading home throughout my college career! β€’ πŸŒŽπŸ’™ β€’ (Mae, Chris, Me, Elois.) #CSUFGeography #GeographyAndTheEnvironment #CSUFGeographyClub #Fullerton #CSUF #Titans #CSUFTitans #GeographyCSUF #FullertonTitans #GeographyClub #Geography #Geographers #CalStateFullerton #GeographyStudents #StudentGeographers #GeographersGetAround
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Led the @csufgeographyclub Orienteering (scavenger hunt) event this morning. πŸ‘ Club members were given a map and got into teams of two and went searching for some things on campus. πŸ—ΊOccasionally, they were to perform dances, acts, and take selfies with things or people for points. πŸ˜†Prizes are a free t-shirt or $ toward snacks on campus. We met at a pizza place afterward. πŸ• Had a blast! 🐘 β€’
User Image maphobbit Posted: Feb 19, 2017 3:10 AM (UTC)
9 Nashville
Pampalo took to me right away. He didn't want to leave my shoulder. β€’

#bird #pet #notmypet #notmybird #parakeet #newfriend
User Image maphobbit Posted: Feb 12, 2017 8:56 AM (UTC)
8 Reyes
It's great to see my husband so happy working in a place he loves. πŸ˜ƒ
He's in his element...surrounded by books. πŸ“š
He never leaves home without one. If there's any waiting or down time in life, a book fills that time. (Errands, doctors office, waiting for me to come back from inside a store...)πŸ“” For so long, he faced constant frustration elsewhere. But he's in a good place now. We've been SO blessed. β€’ πŸ™πŸ» .

#library #librarian #librarianlife #academiclibrary #seminary #referenceassistant #gatewayseminary #goldengateseminary #books #reading #frontdesk #picfx #pictureshow #prohdr #notfilm #socal #ontario #california #christian #southerncalifornia #jesus #seminaryschool #blessed
User Image maphobbit Posted: Jan 29, 2017 9:20 PM (UTC)
3 Gingham
Our team of 5 spent Saturday (early) morning out surveying two sections of Orange County, counting the homeless we encounter there. πŸ“‹ Along with hundreds of other volunteers, we met at one of the many dispatch locations. Our choice was right on the #CSUF campus gym. 🐘 This Census count takes place every two years, from 4:30-9am, at the end of the month of January. (And takes place all over the country, rain or shine.) πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Our group had a "cold" zone in Fullerton where we encountered just one individual in a park. Since this individual was asleep, we didn't interview them. Since we didn't encounter others, we came back and was promoted to go to another location. Our map this time showed another cold zone in Buena Park. By this time, it was getting brighter it was easier to see. We also didn't encounter anybody. But that's okay, the point was to survey and assess whether we found any individuals there that were considered homeless. That data would become part of the overall report so that resources could be allocated properly for this cohort. πŸ‘πŸ» Caroline, Maelynn, Kevin, and Pedro were awesome companions, and we had a blast doing this together. (In the process, we also found a stray puppy and took him to find his owner at the shelter nearby. Don't worry, he's fine.) 🐢 I hope to be a part of this next time. πŸ™‚
User Image maphobbit Posted: Jan 22, 2017 9:07 PM (UTC)
5 Rise
Dogs. They never fail to bring a smile on my face. (Even if it's an internal one.) I've owned one cat in my life, and she was an older one and gave her a home from the animal hospital when she was rejected and left there. She was great! But I'm a dog person hands-down.
I don't think I can get by in life, without a dog somewhere around me.
Do you agree? πŸ‘ β€’
User Image maphobbit Posted: Jan 22, 2017 8:27 PM (UTC)
4 Reyes
Hanging out with my little friend Leo @leo_in_la
He's keeping me company while others watch football on TV.