Random Thoughts and Other Nonsensical Things

Location: Western Girl, Southern Land, United States

Thursday, April 20, 2006

He's Baaaaack!

Ok, so it's been a decade since I've written, or at least it seems like it. Many things have happened since my last post. I got to go home for my friend Jodi's wedding, it was beautiful. Not only did I get to be in Jodi and Chuck's wedding I also got to see friends that I haven't seen in ages. I stayed with Kina while I was in town, Kina you're the bestest ever. (pssst, you're my favorite, don't tell!) I saw Kesa and Vanessa, they were on spring break from Wayland. Also, I finally got to see Sarah! She's been back from Africa for a few months and is planning to return in a year or so. After church that Sunday, my sister and I went up to see our parents. Then I drove the 10 hours home.
A few weeks ago the Standridges, the Woodrings and I went to the Memphis Zoo. We had a blast! It was baby David's first trip to the zoo and his first time out of state. It was very monumental. There were some amazing animals, pandas, polar bears, monitor lizards and so much more. It was sooo cold out for the entire 5 hours we were there, then as we were about to leave the zoo the sun came out! The biggest thing I've thankful for is that my car survived another trip to Memphis! No maiming took place this time.
I recently received a promotion at work. I'm still trying to learn all the things I need to know in order to do my job, but it's coming along.
Now it's time to explain the title of this entry. Vaughn is back on Alias! I knew that it was an extraction all along! I hoped more than anything, you just can't kill off Michael Vartan, it's sinful! Only 5 more episodes of Alias left. = (
Anyway, class is over and I'm hungry! Ok, there is this stupid bird that has been banging up against our classroom window for the past month. He still hasn't caught on yet. The term "bird-brain" has a whole new meaning!

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Reese Won!!!!!! Joaquin Should Have!!!!!!

Reese Witherspoon just won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in Walk the Line! Woo hoo! I'm so excited, finally someone who deserves it! I'm so disappointed that Joaquin didn't win Best Actor, but as far as I'm concerned he did! Yaaayyyy, so excited!
Well, this is just to let you all know that yes it's true I am obsessed with movies!
Oh and yeah for Rachel Weisz who won Best Supporting Actress.
Getting really tired of all things Brokeback Mountain as I'm watching the Oscars.
Well anyway, way to go Reese!

Friday, March 03, 2006

Long time no . . . well you know the rest

Hey Everybody,
It's been awhile since I've blogged, not to much has happened. Time is rolling by as it always does. I think I'm finally over my illness, as long as it doesn't come back around again. My neighbors and I have this lovely habit of sharing each other's sickness, it's great fun! It's so funny, just last weekend I was looking around at the trees and longing for spring; then I was sick a day and the next thing I know the trees are blooming! It's so pretty!
My current obsession is Walk the Line, the new film about Johnny Cash. It is amazing, everything about it is superb. I just love it! One thing that really struck me was the similarity in Johnny and Elvis' lives. First off, if you know me you know I Love Elvis Presley! Well I didn't realize that they were both on the Sun Record label starting out and toured together. But they both developed addictions to prescription drugs, and they both married women who when it really came to it didn't want a famous husband. As much as I like Priscilla I think she and Vivian Cash had alot in common. In her defense, she was only 14 when she met Elvis and really didn't have the opportunity to find out who she was on her own. But both of them seem to have seen their husbands' problems for what they were doing to them, instead of pulling up their sleeves and taking them in hand. I do not condone or encourage adultery in any way, but I do believe that June Carter was the primary factor in Johnny's recovery. I think she was the one meant for him and he for her, they just made the wrong decisions before they met. She fought him and his addiction, she cared enough about him to fight. I think that their life together is really a testament to what love can do, it can save you, it can give you a reason to live again. One of my favorite parts in the movie is where Johnny is going through detox basically, and his drug dealer shows up at the house. Little did that dude know that the Carters were there! June started yelling at him to get out of there and her dad and Mother Maybelle chased him off the place with shotguns! I think I just liked the image of Mother Maybelle Carter with a shotgun, it's a great one!
Anyway to conclude, you have to see Walk the Line, by the way Joaquin Pheonix and Reese Witherspoon's performances are fabulous, both theatrically and vocally. Anyother must see, the new Pride & Prejudice (this makes the fourth version I own on film!). Watch as Lizzy "bewitches" Darcy "body and soul", I love that part!
Maybe I should become a movie critic, I wouldn't mind getting paid to watch movies! If Ebert decides to retire let me know! Well, I better sign off, goodnight all.

Friday, February 17, 2006

The Cutest Boy in the South!

I would like to introduce you all to one of my favorite people in the whole world, baby David. This picture was taken several months ago, and as you can tell he was a little suprised by the flash! Isn't he the cutest!

I know I already wrote today, but oh well. I just felt like writing. I feel good; and I haven't felt that way in quite some time. I feel like there is finally a glimmer of sunlight peaking through the haze, and it's beautiful. I'm starting to remember what my enemy has fought long and hard for me to forget, that I am loved. Not just affectionately or even deeply by others, as important as that is, but I am loved at the core of who I am. Deep down inside where all the beauty and the mess (thank you Nickel Creek for the phrase) meld into one I am loved; wholely, completely and unconditionally. It gives me such hope to say that, and even more to know that it is true. As much as I doubt it at times, I am valuable, a unique and precious creation formed in the image of my Holy God. Isn't that an amazing truth! He loves me, He loves me, He loves me, He loves me! I am discovering more and more what that truly means, it is as simple as "Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so," and yet it is infinitely deeper and more complex, more so than I will ever be able to understand.

I was a little down one day and I was watching a movie, I can't remember now what it was but it was a mushy one (I love those!), and I saw how completely in love the hero was with the heroine, it was breathtaking. It just made you cry to see how he saw her, he didn't idealize or catagorize her, he saw her, and he loved her. That lead my melancholy self to think "I wish someone loved me like that. Why don't I have that? I want to be seen, and loved." Then it hit me, thank you Holy Spirit, I am. No one on this earth, no matter how close, will ever know me as my Great Lover, Jesus Christ. And no one will ever love me as me does. I saw in that moment a glimpse of the greatness of His love, and it continues to astound me.
Dear friends (I sound like Beth Moore!), I pray that each of you will come to know and to grow in your understanding of the expanse of His love for you. It's more than words can say, even though I use alot! If you don't know my Jesus, let me tell you, you are missing the greatest love story ever, your own. Fall into him, I have tried Him and found Him to be truly faithful and trustworthy. When everyone, and I mean almost everyone I trusted in this world turned against me, He was there. Even when I blamed Him and turned away in anger, He was there with open arms. And you know what else, when I came back, He didn't scold me or turn from me; He held me as I cried, and He cried with me. He is a "man of sorrows and acquainted with grief," lay your heart out to Him, it's safe in His care.

KJV Jude 1:24 "Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen."

Team USA

Let's talk about VP Cheney and the recent hunting kerbaple (I don't think that's a word, but I like it). Ok people, stuff happens, there I said it. Those are my words of wisdom on the issue.
So, in other important news, Lisa Marie Presley has married again, hubby number four. Despite the skepticism of most, I really hope this one lasts.
Well, my Latin elective has been canceled today, my one ray of light in my otherwise bleak Thursday/Friday schedule. Oh well, no whinning like yesterday.

I'm a little bummed for Team USA, we haven't dominated the winter games like we have in the past. Man, isn't it funny that we are disappointed when we don't win every event! I wonder what it would be like to be from Luxembourg, you'd be estatic if you won even one medal. We did take gold in the men's 5000m and 500m speedskate, of course we have kicked some tail in snowboarding. Yeah Flying Tomato! Ok, so moguls is about the coolest thing ever, so way to go Toby Dawson, who took bronze! We do sort of stink in the biathalon, but who really knows what they do anyway. Finally, Ted Ligety won gold in the Men's combined Alpine ski. So, now the world anxiously awaits that epoch of olympic skill and athleticism, curling! Man, makes me tired just thinking about it.

I just got done talking with Dow, Scott and Ron; we made the mistake of talking about different towns and food. I'm really hungry! I better run, class is about to start. Wooohoooo Christian Writing!

Thursday, February 16, 2006

My Day of Complete and Utter Torture

Today I came back to school. I want to be home in bed. I am finally feeling a little better. However, I returned to Greek and thus confusion. I love languages ok, but seriously! Now I am about to embark upon one of the worst things in the realm of academia, the torture session known to one and all as Christian Writing. Aarrggghhh! Someone please help me!
Seriously, you know I can read pretty well, and I have been reading for almost twenty years. I do not see the necessity of reading a book aloud in class, and in monotone! So anyway!
So, what else hmmmmm. Oh no, he's about to start reading! Make it stop!!!! Waahhhh. I can't go on, I can't think staight!

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Here's a picture my sister took as we were leaving home to move me last year. See, there is beauty in the desert!


I am a little out of it today, still trying to fight off whatever bug is going around. I just watched a really amazing race at the olympics. It was the men's 18 mile crosscountry skiing competition. What was so amazing was the Norwegean defending gold medalist was tripped at the starting line and got all tangled up. Well, to make a long race short, he came back to pass over 70 other skiers to win the silver medal! It was so awesome. Doesn't it stink that Michelle Kwan had to drop out!? By the way I think that the luge is about the coolest thing ever!
Ok, I'm back. I just got done talking to one of my bestest friends, Sarah (the African Princess). She is one of the most amazing people in the whole world, and she always has something encouraging to say. God has used Sarah so much in my life, she is such a ray of sunlight. Thank you Sarah for being my friend and for allowing God to minister to others through you. You're awesome!
I would also like to say hello to my friends back home at the CU, Michele, Emily and Suzanne. Hang in there, things will work out soon. And to Trish, my friend, take slow deep breaths! Emily, one word, peanut (when the time is right)!
I could never leave out my two oldest (as in length of friendship) and best friends, Kina and Kesa. Words cannot describe how much I love you guys, your amazing. I hope that everyone is blessed enough to have friends like them who will stick with you through the hard times and bring so much joy to life.
And my lovely little apartment buddies, the Standridges and the Woodrings, you are amazing friends. Without you, life would be alot darker, and very boring! Hey baby David!!! (I'm a big fan!)
And last but without a doubt not the least, my family. You are everything, I love you guys.
Now that this has turned into a lovefest blog I will digress.
Have you ever been to a fair where they make salt water taffy? They stretch it and pull it until you think it's about to fall apart, but then they put some mystery stuff on it that makes it able to go on and continue being stretched. I fell like that taffy, I really need the mystery stuff. When you face the posibility that everything you had thought you were going to do in your life might not actually be what you should do, it takes alot of stretch. Most of which I feel I sevearly lack. Life is so different from what you think it is as a child, and I don't think that anyone can really prepare you for that revelation. It's terrifying, and yet I think that going through life not realizing the difference would be even scarier. Well, I have alot of thinking to do, so I will leave you with a few of my favorite things.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants*****
Bride and Prejudice***

Sanctus Real

The Single Greatest Entertainer of All Time
Daaaaaahhhhh daaaaa daaaaaaaaa daa, da daaaaaa . . .

ELVIS! *ahhhhh, ahhhhh (crowd cheering)*


Jim Eliot-missionary to the Auca tribe in the Amazon jungle of Ecuador
"He is no fool, who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose."

"What is a friend? It is a single soul dwelling in two bodies."


Hello and welcome to what I hope will be a new way of keeping us all connected. So blogging, this is new. I decided to give it a try since it's all the rage with the kids these days. Do kids say that anymore, "all the rage", probably not. Oh well, I'm dating myself I suppose.
Well, I've decided to use this page to keep you all updated, as well as to subject you all to my opionions. My blog, sorry!
Hmmm, new stuff. I go full-time at work starting Monday, in addition to going to school full-time. Translation, if you call and I don't answer I will call you back before the apocalypse, hopefully. If not, don't worry about it, you've got bigger problems to deal with!
So here's the fun stuff, I'm going to include some movie reviews as well as my frequent listening preferences. All my opinion of course, it's more fun for me that way. So here it goes:

***** Film Review
1. Elizabethtown (PG-13)-starring Orlando Bloom*** and Kirsten Dunst**. Not the average romantic comedy, it's pretty deep and a little eclectic. Not all average movie-goers will appreciate it. [WARNING: language, interspersed throughout the film, not excessive but enough to warrant the rating.] {** 1/2}
2. Just Like Heaven (PG-13)-starring Reese Witherspoon*** and Mark Ruffalo****. More mainstream, but it has more substance than most RC's. A good movie, definately recommended. [WARNING: skanky woman alert-thankfully she's only in a couple of scenes throughout the entire movie.]

In My CD Player
Gavin Degraw's Chariot
Nickle Creek's Why Should the Fire Die?

Must See Classic
Calamity Jane-starring Doris Day and Howard Keel. First off, you can't go wrong with Doris Day. Besides that, this is a classic that everyone should watch, especially those of you who like musicals. This movie is meant to be silly, just keep that in mind. Sit back, relax, and get ready to laugh. Enjoy!

More to come later, thanks for checking in. Please leave your comments, just remember to keep 'em kind people, blogs have feelings too!