I miss this!

•2 August 2009 • Leave a Comment

I haven’t written a real blog in ages. I miss it. I cannot think of a single thing to write about at this moment, however. I’ll have to get back to this another day, I guess.

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Notes on a Death Class

•2 June 2009 • Leave a Comment

Okay, so as most (or at least some) of you know I enrolled myself in a class this semester titled, simply, Death. Most people said I was crazy, morbid, or weird for taking this class, but I think everyone should educate themselves on the ideas that have accompanied death because they do not simply apply to physical death but they remind us that we all need to remember our death is coming. Not only our own death but the death of everyone we know is imminent. Things I’ve learned through this class are to take everyday as an opportunity to be a better person,a better christian, a better friend, a better student, a better everything.

The thing is everyone takes things for granted. What are you taking for granted? Your significant other? Our earth? Your community or local government? Everything we consider a normal part of our lives could be gone in an instant. I read a book in this class by Joan Didion (famous author married to John Dunne, also famous author) called The Year of Magical Thinking. I cannot stress this enough, you need to read this book! Without giving away too much, it is about the year she went through after the “sudden” death of her husband of more than 40 years. She’s extremely honest about her thoughts during this year, almost to the point where you feel that you could be reading her personal journal. Its so hard to reach that point in your life when you can be completely honest with yourself and therefore others, but isn’t worth it? That honesty comes from complete understanding that you don’t know everything, that this world in tangible but ethereal, and that time is precious when you spend it foolishly.

Time is a funny thing. We spend a ton of time watching television in this country. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/news.release/atus.nr0.htm) “Watching TV was the leisure activity that occupied the most time, accounting for about half of leisure time, on average, for both men and women.” And Sound Vision has this to say, “By the age of 65 the average American will have spent nearly nine years glued to the tube.” NINE YEARS?! What could you do in that amount of time? Make new friends? Grow closer to the ones you already know? Spend more time with your family? Grow closer to your God? And that is only one activity that soaks up so much of our time in this modern age. Time for a reversal? I think it’s time to start evaluating where our time goes because, after all, who/what you give the most time to is your god.

http://www.soundvision.com/Info/misc/tvturnoff.asp

http://www.mediachannel.org/wordpress/2007/08/08/time-spent-with-media-falters-digital-spawns-shorter-attention-spans/

hit with a 4×4

•21 January 2009 • 1 Comment

the 4th picture from my fourth album is this:

this is trinity. we were on our way home from sandals night at chick-fil-a. i love this picture because it was taking at night, in the dark, but it still looks cute!

i tag brianna (brianne), lisa, nesha, and tasha.

Illegal Hugging

•6 January 2009 • Leave a Comment

Has anyone else ever heard of the Free Hugs Campaign before? I hadn’t until today when I saw it on one of Amanda Palmer’s many blogs. I guess I just don’t understand why anyone would want to ban hugs even if it is from strangers. I think its a personal decision if you want a hug from a complete stranger. Follow the link for the full story. But its apparently all straightened up now. It kind of reminds me of giving cops flowers in the 60’s except that it isn’t at all about war.

The little old lady that hugs him first is my favorite followed closely by the guy that leaps!

As Promised

•1 January 2009 • Leave a Comment

This may seem like a hefty list but since I read about 30 books last year as well as my school reading I feel like this isn’t a big deal. So here is my 2009 reading list.

January

  1. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  3. The Green Dwarf by Charlotte Bronte

February

  1. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austin
  2. The Tea House Fire by Ellis Avery
  3. The Communist Manifesto by Fredrich Engels and Karl Marx
  4. Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld

March

  1. Northanger Abbe by Jane Austiny
  2. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  3. Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe
  4. Cyrano De Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
  5. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

April

  1. Emma by Jane Austin
  2. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  3. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  4. Marie Antoinette the Last Queen of France by Evelyne Lever and Catherine Temerson

May

  1. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  2. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
  3. The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
  4. The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

June

  1. About a Boy by Nick Hornby
  2. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
  3. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  4. 1984 by George Orwell

July

  1. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  2. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
  3. Walden by Ralph Waldo Emerson

August

  1. Civil Disobedience by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  2. The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
  3. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

September

  1. Mansfeild Park by Jane Austin
  2. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  3. The Odyssey by Homer

October

  1. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  2. Artemesia: A Novel by Alexandra Lapierre and Liz Heron
  3. Dracula by Bram Stoker

November

  1. The Transformation by Catherine Chidgey
  2. Cultivating Women, Cultivating Science: Flora’s Daughters and Botany in England, 1760 to 1860 by Ann B. Shteir
  3. We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates

December

  1. The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis
  2. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  3. The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis
  4. Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis
  5. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
  6. The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis
  7. The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis

Alternates

  1. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
  2. Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder and Paulette Moller
  3. Mythology by Edith Hamilton
  4. The Shack by William P. Young (This one I know I’ll be reading while reading the other I just had no where else to put it.)

Technically Only an Hour Late

•1 January 2009 • Leave a Comment

Here is my prioritized list of goals for 2009:
1. Take a French class. My French is getting lazy.
2. Spend more time reading my Bible. This isn’t really number two as French and this are kind of neck and neck.
3. Spend more time with friends and less time at home doing nothing. (i.e. visit someone at least 4 times a week.)
4. Read more. It is poosible for me to read more even though it doesn’t always seem like it.
5. Get my life (read as my room) in order. This place is a disaster!
6. Walk my typical 2.5 mile walk at least 4 times a week.
7. Read at least two non-fiction books. The ones I have planned are a biography on Marie Antoinette (I’m not kidding when I say I love French History- it should be clear by now) and a book Called Cultivating Women, Cultivating Science about the history botany and how women improved it and shaped its study into a science. Yes, I am that nerdy.
8. Wear my pearls more often. I finally have them out of storage and I really love them so I want to wear them at least once a week.
9. Get over my issue with the phone. How else can I keep in touch with some people?! I can’t text all the time, I’ve got carpel tunnel!
10. Spend two more hours a week creating. I used to draw and paint a lot more and I want to get back to that. I also haven’t sewn anything in ages and I have BOLTS!!! of fabric just waiting to be something.

So there it is. My 2009 goals. I have a set list of reading goals to post as well. Maybe later as I am seriously overtired.

What a Year!

•30 December 2008 • 1 Comment

I don’t know about you but this year has kind of rocked my world, and not always in a good way. I’m kind of glad its almost over. I’m setting myself some new goals (not really NYR- just goals to work toward) that will at least make next year worth it. I hope you all have a happy New Year. I’ll post my goals tomorrow as I have not yet prioritized them.