Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Lent, Museums, and Tunnels

Today is the first day of Lent and in an effort to acquire more culture in the Holy Land, I have decided to participate. So, in order to make myself more accountable, I am announcing to the blogging world that for the next 40 days, I will be giving up chocolate. I'm not gonna lie, this is kind of a big deal. My name is Elyse and I am a chocoholic. While I anticipate hard times ahead, I think relinquishing my daily cup of hot chocolate will prove most difficult. Thus, any support you have to offer whether through comments, emails, letters, or high fives, will be highly appreciated.
In other news, yesterday I took a trip to the Biblical Lands Museum where I actually knew the context of some of the artifacts thanks to the excellent tutelage of Dr. Skinner and Bro. Wilson. Favorite displays included 'weaponry through the ages' and some incredible mosaics. I was highly tempted to purchase a 'build you own mosaic' from the gift shop, but then I remembered I'm approaching a state of poverty so I saved myself the sheks. I did however, get to bond with some of my favorite people.

Here is Jayne, Nycole, Kim, Suzy, Kara, Teri Ann, Jessica, and I. Of course I have to give props to Miriam who is behind the camera, but no less loved or important.

Here I am making my mark on history among other homosapien handprints, note the sweet nail polish.

Today was yet another field trip, and I have to use my signature phrase...that was awesome. First we got to watch a sweet 3D movie that gave us the lowdown on Hezekiah's Tunnel and the City of David. Then we embarked on our trip down the tunnel. Sloshing around in our jeans and singing disney songs almost all the way down, experiencing history with this group is anything but dull. However, the pictures can tell the story alot better than I can.

Me being so excited to make the descent into a wet and narrow tunnel. It rocked my world.

Richelle and I in front of the millo in the City of David. Brother Huff also informed us that there used to be a toilet in this dwelling. That's history for you.

Here's Janay, Richelle, Aleni, and I striking a pose. JJ, Josh, and Jeff also felt the need to be included. Posers.

This is Jennifer, Ali, me, and Aleni after emerging from the tunnel in all our glory. We're pretty much amazing.


  1. Way to go with the chocolate. I've found the worst thing about giving it up is I go crazy for sugar substitutes. Like donuts. Which I just ate four of.

  2. Yay for giving up chocolate! If I can give up soda you can give up chocolate! Brownie Surprise should be difficult, but I think you can do it!

  3. First, thanks for the generic photo of a JC bedroom! Now I can quit praying Stefanie will post one! Next, that really looks like the girl in the white hat has her leg in water up to the knee! And finally, tell me if you don't feel much better after 40 days off chocolate because if I KNEW I'd feel much better I'd commit, but I don't want to jump if it's not going to be worth it at the bottom :) You can do it if you really want to!

  4. I'm very proud of you for giving up chocolate for 40 whole days. That is a BIG deal. Best of luck. (Did everyone give something up for Lent at the JC?)