30 December 2008
I think America should at least dual use the metric system. Only Myanmar, Liberia, and the US reject the system fully. All other nations use the metric...some in addition to other ways, but still!
Does this picture not look odd to anyone else?
Marathon runners already convert their miles into kilometers for races, so why not have everything dual listed? We have some signs that are primarily English with Spanish subtitles. I see nothing wrong with that as the US technically has no official language.
I mean, it's not like we have to do away with feet or inches, just let them share their glory. Maybe it's the pride of America in wanting to be one of the few left standing, but I know it'd be a lot easier to grasp directions foreigners tell me or find out the temperature when I'm in a different country if Uncle Sam would help me get used to the metric system here in American soil.
Let's start a metric revolution I say in this 53 degree Fahrenheit (12 degree Celsius) Texas weather!
29 December 2008
I love to give gifts, being of service or material. One of my favorite things to do is surprise my friends letting them know how I value them, and above all, God values them. This element of surprise may show up in a myriad of ways. I remember filling my friend's room with balloons as a few of us hid under them waiting to surprise. There was always Operation Texas snow in high school. Random trips across the country to spend birthdays together, or even planning a surprise party a month before the actual birthday!
But I think one of the greatest things is seeing people find the surprise in the Cracker Jack box. By that, I mean finding a beauty in what was right in front of their faces. The greatest gift I've ever been blessed to see a friend unwrap is not one found under the tree on Christmas morning, but in the manger. It's the journey that progresses through unwrapping the layers of our relationship with Christ so we grow nearer to the core. As much as I tend to like control, lately, I like not being in control. I like to know there is a sovereign LORD who has promised to complete the work He has begun in the lives of some of my friends and family. I like seeing clues as He draws them near and protects. Though I have nothing to do with giving the gift, I sure have enjoyed seeing the faces of individuals as they receive the gift! I like seeing them filled with joy!
26 December 2008
My friend and I are going to run around New York for two days probably looking like a child the first time they see fireworks, just less crying involved. I can't wait to catch up and play with so many friends. It will be cold, allowing the excuse for stops for warm cocoa from random street shops and pizza the size of my head! I can't believe break is coming to an end so soon! so much to do still before school starts..like finding a job! lol. but alas, there is a week of serenity just ahead and i couldn't be more stoked for it!Watch out NYC! We're coming!
24 December 2008
23 December 2008
22 December 2008
There is just something amazing to me about these multi-pored flower/weeds. I never liked blowing them to make wishes, but i did love to blow the seeds off of them knowing more would come the next season! I think my dad used to wonder where they all came from, but I confess...it was me! They were my favorite, how could I resist? I would view it as a challange to pick the few he would miss before he took weed killer to them and 'set them free' into the air. When you blew them into the air, their umbrella like seeds would float until resting upon their new homes in our backyard. The softness to touch and springy exterior was astonishing.
I miss dandelions in Arizona. And petting cacti just isn't the same as my friend taught me when she ran her hands into one once. Why doesn't Arizona have a dandelion equivalent? Maybe people would be happier and nicer to each other then! Why can't the world learn from Texas? :)
20 December 2008
Look how beautiful! I went to Barnes and Nobel today, because my old journal only has two pages left. It's only had two pages left for the past few days because I don't want to finish it until I have a new one! So today I went to go look. In most cases, I am intimidated by new jounrals...this is the first time I have ever finished one and it took me two years to do so! So it's a big commitment for me. I want one I'll love looking at and will be easy to close and write in. I don't want it having dark lines so I can't occasionally draw, but no lines with my handwriting is not a good match either! The large journals with 500+ pages are just so huge and would be a decade commitment for me! But this beauty is perfect! it's the same size as my Bible so it fits good in hand. It has greek imprinted so it reminds me of the new testament. The clasp is amazing and isn't an annoying wrap around that comes undone, but closes oh so nicely. It is a smooth leather so nice to the touch, not a rough leather that is scratchy and turns one away from journaling. It is inviting...it wants me!
So please tell me I'm crazy and shouldn't spend 50 bucks I don't have on this journal. I stood in there for 40 minuates and after looking at the price on this one, I couldn't find another journal I was willing to commit to.
...journals intimidate me!
19 December 2008
I love working for Santa too...gotta love the stuff kids come up with to ask him. My favorite this year is a boy named Dominic who was asking me to get the inside scoop from Santa on how he could grow up to be Buddy the Elf....not be like..but he wanted to grow up to BE an Elf! Even after passing out in the mall today, he was released from the hospital and went back to work 4 hours later...now that's dedication from Santa!
And then I can't forget Portuguese Black Death! Christmas Eve we always go over to my Aunt Angie's and Uncle Al's place for the meal. My Aunt Angie is an amazing cook! Truly! SO she makes typically 7-8 desserts for 12 people! One of these desserts could feed us all easily! SO we each die just a little sampling a piece of each. But it is an amazing tradition. Then my dad comes home and watches Scrooge...a different version every year.
Bring on the Merriment! You can keep your egg nog, but leave the rum cake and portugese friojsh. Bring on the family! Bring on the Scrooge! Just leave the Bah-Humbug behind! And if even for a day, find joy in even the red and green combination! :)
18 December 2008
It is nice to be at home knowing if you drop that piece of food on the ground, Vegas will be right there to pick it up. Don't want to turn on the heater to save some money? Summon Vegas over to sit on your feet and warm them! She'll even sit there and shake...we'll, until something shiny distracts her at least!
So puppy, don't feel lonely! I'll be back in January!
Don't give Kim too much trouble! ;)
17 December 2008
Segueing from yesterday, I also cannot stand Christian bumper stickers! I do not put one on my car because I know I do not always drive in a manner worthy of displaying Christ's love. I even find myself saying, 'ah, those Christians!' as a mom with a fish on her minivan cuts me off! There are maybe only two people I have met who I approve of them displaying them on their car...but overall I feel they do more bad than good! So no more Christian bumper stickers in production would be ok with me! And if you have some, maybe put them on a nalgene instead of a car!
So no white minivan, I will not wish I had Jesus stickers, I'd rather share through good actions and not the occasional sinful driving. Thank you.
16 December 2008
It's kinda like having a bunch of monkeys driving on the roads! I mean, do you really need to cut across five lanes of traffic just to pass one guy as you realize your exit is in two miles?
Turn off your cell phone! Turn off your blinker that's been on for the past 537 minutes! Maybe turn your blinker on when you are changing lanes! Just maybe?!?
Get a new license system so 65 year-olds don't have the same picture as when they were 16. Just gain some common sense and courtesy! If I think you are a bad driver..you probably are, so get off the road already!
15 December 2008
There is just something about the body of Christ coming together to sing his praise. Even in Holland at the retreat in Belgium or the car rides with my team in New Zealand coming home to Palmy from Wellington...I'll always remember singing "never let go" as the lightning bolt struck while thinking of God's power silenced us all.
14 December 2008
* Monday is something I like (mostly just to get in a good mood for the week)
* Tuesday is something I would change (because after Monday there’s always something I would change)
* Wednesday is something I don’t like
* Thursday is something I miss
* And Friday is something I’m looking forward to
Today; however, I've been thinking about Hebrews 11. It is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible as the first verse states, "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." I like that thought...that even though I may have no idea where God is leading in life, I can trust in him by faith that He will see me through. The chapter then goes on talking about the Biblical celebs and discussing how they "by faith" overcame great trials.
I was talking about love with a good friend over lunch and how she felt she can't fall in love ever. We also discussed love being an action instead of a series of words. I was thinking about this passage though, what if instead of putting "by faith," it read, "by love." These people displayed their love for God through their obedience to God. No matter how scary or how much opposition they faced. Thinking about this passage through a lens of love encourages me as I seriously consider future options. I'm 80% in one direction and this is as a result of what I've seen God do so far and trying to figure out how I can best glorify him.
By love push through this economic crisis.
By love, live a life above reproach.
By love, spread the good news through your life and (when necessary) with words.
By love, pursue Christ first, no matter what others say or do.
By love, reach up and out.
By love, live.
06 December 2008
When I think about life, be it pas, present, or future, i wander. I could drive for hours just singing along to my radio and processing life. Be it that I'm broke and gasoline costs something foreign to me at the moment referred to as money, I went to walmart the other night just to wander.
There is something peaceful to me about people watching...maybe that's creepy. But i like to make up stories about people based on their purchases or attitudes. It's fun to watch two teenagers play Bon Jovi's "wanted" song on rock band caring less who all is standing around watching. I enjoy the smiley sticker as I enter the store. I always wonder if the lady in the fabric department does much of anything after 8pm and if she really enjoyed her job. I watched the loneliness in the night stalker's eyes as he dropped the frozen chicken onto the floor. I felt for the couple in the checkout line in front of me as they had their newborn with them. I can't imagine being in the financial situation where the only time you can go shopping is at 11 at night and you can't leave your newborn at home.
i like to wander.
17 November 2008
13 November 2008
the basics are what spiral around
start from scratch
relearn to function
do not pass go
the brain tells the hand to move
the wind shifts direction
voltage forces movement
forgotten how to move
only the volt can know
back to basics
03 November 2008
I can't stand the political bashing on commercials or the surplus of signs on a street corner. Does David really need 6 signs within 2 inches of each other saying he is running for AZ senate? I'm done...my vote is in....vote how you will, I'm not gonna tell you how to vote. I'm not even going to tell you how I voted! Let's get it over with!
27 October 2008
The sinless One to be sin for us
That we might be the righteousness of God.
Your Kingdom has come, we’re being changed into Your likeness
Children of light, it’s our time to arise
I am not ashamed, I know whom I’ve believed
For God Himself has come to me,
Now Jesus is my destiny.
I know I am changed and all You’ve given me,
This hope, this love, this life,
I can’t deny Your power within me
So here I am,
Now we are in You and you have given us Your message:
To tell the world be reconciled to God.
Your favour is here in this day of salvation,
Now is the time, let Your glory arise!
Purify us, Lord
So we’re spotless and pure
As we hold our Your Word
To this generation.
How can they hear,
How can they believe,
How can they call on Your name
Unless we tell them? (2x)
21 October 2008
Why are spare tires referred to as donuts anyway? Is it because with donuts you are not able to go as fast? Or that although not a healthy meal, donuts get the job done?
Anyways, my day is filled with one donut. There is a large screw lodged into the side of my rear tire. I had to change to me spare donut and go t Discount Tire so they could order me a new one. These are to make my dad proud.
in the trunk photo on the right)
20 October 2008
I was reading Ecc. 9:10 today that reads, "whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might..." I'm working two jobs currently on top of school and my ministry with the Navigators. I started off making $7/ hour at one job with no responsibility and after 3 weeks got a $1.50/hr raise! I started my other job making $9/hr and yesterday got a raise to $13 an hour and a higher position. I thank God that whatever job I have i tend to advance quickly. I'm a hard worker...my parents trained me well is what my bosses always say. I enjoy doing my work well.
These two women, one from Texas, the other from Hawaii but both vacationing in AZ, came into the Halloween store today. They both were very amiable and offered me numerous job options they thought i would be successful at due to my personality. It was cute. I don't know them, but they encouraged me to do well in my classwork and to move to either Texas or Hawaii after graduation.
And thus, monday is almost over...bring on the weekend!
08 October 2008
- Diana (sis) - She's a Rainbow- Rolling Stones (also anything from MXPX, slowly going the way of the buffalo)
- Brent- Honey- Moby
- Ariel- For these moments I feel faint- Relient K (also Oops I did it Again- Brittany Spears)
- Alexa- Engage- Pax 217
- Alissa- Paralyzer- Finger 11
- Katy- For Good- Wicked (also Forever by Papa Roach and any country song ever basically)
- Ms. Escalante- We didn't start the fire- Billy Joel
- Marcel- Bad Day- Daniel Powder
- Janeen- Phil Collins- the song with the gorilla on the drums ;)
- Jean- Doom song- gir
- Kayla- you said- shane and shane
- Immanuel- Texican Style- Los Lonely Boys
- Dad- Copenhagen- Robert Earl Keen
- Billy- You're So Vain- Carly Simon
- Peggy- vamos a la playa
- Boo Boo- Lo -Flo Rida (also the techno song sandstorm)
- Sarah S.- the way you move- outkast
- Mariam- geek in pink- Jason Mraz
- Brad- "doctor, doctor i've got an emergency..."
- Sarah B.- Newsies
- Laura- Suckerpunch- Five iron Frenzy (also, raindrops keep fallin' on my head)
- Mom- wouldn't it be lovely- My Fair Lady
- Andra- Ms. Jackson-
- Andrea- the office theme song
- Amber- Let's pretend we live in Antartica- Of Montreal
- Christa- Satan is my Motor- Cake
- Nurge- Places you have come to fear the most- Dashboard
- Sonia- Sunrise, Sunset- Fiddler on the Roof
- Diana A. - ghetto- from Hardball
- Joran- All Star- Smashmouth
- James- Crash- Dave Matthews Band
- Lauren M.- gold digger- Kayne West
- Bethany- Extreme Days- Toby Mac
- Jeremiah- she will be loved- maroon 5
- Jordan- You gove love a bad name- Bon Jovi
- Emily C. - Barracuda
- Alissa- School's Out- Alice Cooper
- Josh B.- Sweet Child O Mine- Guns and Roses
- Josh M.- Beverly Hills- Weezer
- Amy- Honky Tonk Badonkadonk
- all my NZed friends- I am not ashamed
- Krystal- That's How you Know- Enchanted soundtrack
05 October 2008
I still remember introducing the two. A bond formed so quickly the answer to who came up with the idea alludes all of us in the story. I had a best friend and a new friend I thought would fit in perfectly. They fit great as new best friends; my old inside jokes and memories just were not enough anymore. I was ditched and these two girls explored a new territory I was unwilling to go to. One introduced the other to new friends of cigarettes and tequila. In return, those friends introduced her to Heroin and Ex.
I would be more involved in work and keeping up with the friends she turned away from, instead of biking across town to her house anymore. After the incident, I would find myself driving past her house on my way home from work praying as I passed and thanking God I had enough gasoline in my truck to make it home most nights.
I still remember her face thinned more with drugs than age had ever done before. Her fingers wavered ever so slightly as her yellowish nails struck the lighter to ignite the flame. She offered both explanations and apologies for her betrayal of my friendship and trust, and like a pressured customer at Walmart I bought the blue light sale item as soon as I recognized the deal. When I was driving home, I remember thinking if I should keep the purchase or return the as-is item for something else. I kept it. And along with it I kept the trust I thought I could give to another best friend for a very long time. No matter how much we both wanted things to go back to how they were, she didn't want to leave behind her new friends. And I knew with my whole heart I could not accept them. It would be 2 years before God blessed me with amazing friends I felt I could trust. I still cherish them so incredably much.
You only get out of something what you put in I've realized. If I put in no trust, how can I expect any in return. But to be lied to and betrayed was a feeling I had to deal with between the painted blue nails and those yellowed ungroomed ones.
She left the drugs and years later we are now in communication again. I suppose tonight, I just had a snipit of my photographic memory come back, and I'm wondering why. Where do I go from here?
26 September 2008
24 September 2008
Alicia doesn't believe it is fall unless there are actual trees with leaves that change color around. if i see one more green palm tree...
18 September 2008
I feel like I should start one of those paper chains counting down the number of days until winter break. As desperately as I want out, I don't. I wish I knew what God wants me to do next year! Maybe I'll start claiming that I'm a sophomore or freshman so people stop asking what I'm doing next year.
Also, I needed (yes, needed) a Chai latte from Starbucks on my break today. As I swiped my debit card, I realized that my $4.16 was approximately 35 minutes of work time earnings I had just spent. Needless to say, no more Starbucks for a while.
10 September 2008
"Hey, i need more blood hand prints over here!"
"Has anyone seen a sexy nurse?"
"Here's a few more skeletons for display."
"If I find one more unattached mullet!"
"I have an unarmed officer here, anyone seen the guns?"
That, along with cutting open hundreds of boxes never knowing what you'll find in them made for one interesting day! From a box of nice pumpkin buckets to a light-up throbing heart, I was kept on my feet! Needless to say, first test of the year in art history tomorrow! Bible study last night was amazing as well! Thanks for the prayers!
09 September 2008
I started thinking about this because this morning I didn't wake up when my alarm went off. I got so used to the noise that it didn't affect me anymore. It became a clanging I could just tune out.
The beginning of another school year always seems to affirm me of Christ in my life. My old pastor wrote a book on the Bema seat and around a decade ago i went to a Teen Mania production of the book. Recently, i found a revival Teen Mania did of this play just last year and have been watching it online. It is such a good reminder of the power of God. You see, however human we are, when we walk in the Spirit, God will use however much we give of ourselves for his glory.
One of the things I love most about it, is the reminder that our struggle with sin will one day be over! I've never been imprisoned by some court here in the U.S. or elsewhere for that matter, but I have felt the bondage of sin. I imagine my first breath of free air being like that f the Count of Monte Cristo when he escaped his wrongly imprisonment and stood on that cliff side breathing in deeply.
I learned a lot in New Zealand, but part of me was thinking a lot about the 1000 years we'll all be back on a perfected earth. I was thinking of how I want to take my family to hike fox glacier and see bluer waters than I had ever before imagined. I was thinking about how I want to go with Mai to see Tokyo as she could show me where she lived and I was thinking about how I could retrace Paul's steps all over Europe with him and he could retell his story of God blinding him. Sure, the mountains and everything I experienced in New Zealand were beautiful, but it was nothing to the beautiful hearts of the people I met there.
There is a line in the Teen Mania production that struck me coming from the main character to his school mate, "I realized, that becasue she loved him, she had loved all of us." I only pray that I could do this reflecting Christ to those I meet.
What a difference one day makes.
03 September 2008
I feel like I sleep better. And knowing how much I love clean pillows, I decided to wash my sheets a couple of nights ago yet again. Nevertheless, I feel well rested!
27 August 2008
25 August 2008
I feel like this summer has flown by so quickly. I haven't even had time to process! I'm trying, but anxious to see what God has in store for this year. I hate misunderstanding, and sorting through this summer's events has been mentally draining for me.
I need a job. This is probably on top of my need list. Rent is due the first of the month and my tuition stipend has that covered, but then October will be close.
I am a senior. I don't know what I want, or what God wants of me after I graduate.
I just wanted to type. Somehow writting out my thoughts makes them seem more real.
09 August 2008
25 June 2008
22 June 2008
I may not have internet for a week, so happy birthday Randy and Brad! I value your friendships so much!
18 June 2008
13 June 2008
10 June 2008
03 June 2008
02 June 2008
- wake up
- go to church
- help Maggie move in
- swim for hours with friends
- play baseball with a boofie board in the pool as a bat
- hours of Mexican Train dominoes
- cake and coke floats
- 27 dresses
27 May 2008
25 May 2008
Now I'm in Austin with my sister and brother-in-law. We saw an AMAZING rendition of Much Ado About Nothing at Zilker Park. It is pretty much my favorite free outdoor theater ever! I saw West Side Story here a few years ago which began my huge Musical Theater interest. Well, that and a good friend I met in college who did high school musical theater. I still feel as if I'm on Arizona time!
Happy memorial day...and thanks to all of you serving or who have served. Erik, thanks for your sacrifice bro. You deserved the purple heart and I'm praying for a swift recovery and delayed time away from the line!
11 May 2008
06 May 2008
02 May 2008
this has been going on for at least a month! I've tried nyquil, reading, waking up ridiculously early the next day so as to 'fool' my body to sleep early the next night..all sorts of things and no luck! I'm getting tired of this! I want my zzzzz's! at normal times! not 5am-3pm!
29 April 2008
27 April 2008
16 April 2008
So ends the tale of my crazy bus ride.
09 April 2008
06 April 2008
02 April 2008
31 March 2008
29 March 2008
27 March 2008
26 March 2008
25 March 2008
24 March 2008
17 March 2008
13 March 2008
12 March 2008
So I am in the middle of my Spring Break thus far. This is what I've accomplished::
- washed and waxed the car
- worked on my papers/misc. homework
- cleanedthe car interior and filled with gas
- address fundraising letters
- cleaned my desk
- slept in
- rented a movie
- did laundry
- payed the electric bill
- went to my first spring training game
- met Fergie Jenkins and Ron LeFlore!
Fergie Jenkins!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HOF 1991.