Thursday, December 30, 2010

Downer. Debbie Downer.

Normally I'm a positive person.  But for some reason, I can't shake this couple days of a Debbie Downer streak.  So.  I'll just complain for a little.  I warned you.  Now read on if you must. 

First.  I hate money.  And the answer to whether or not I care to elaborate on that would be no.  Money sucks.  Rather., lack there of.

Next business of negative news would be that I was looking at old pictures today.  Now.  That's positive and negative, because it was rather enjoyable and memories are quite fond.  My mom and I had to go all the way back to 2006 to find a picture of the first blanket I ever sewwed.  So.  While I was looking at these old pictures, I realized how thin I used to be.  Not a bad thin.  But.  I have 'let myself go'.  In my eyes.  And not even really.  It's just that I wish I had more time and it was easier for me to be healthy.  Hopefully being off the meal plan next semester will be a big help.  And a roojmie that is willing to keep me accountable for working out.  Mainly, I have a low self-esteem.  Anyways.  That would be that.

Lastly, I think too much.  So I should probably stop that. 

On another note, I only have a few more days left at home before I head back to school.  I have quite a bit to fit in that time frame, but hopefully it'll all turn out right.

Well.  I've had just about enough of being negative.  So.  I should pray that this shakes like.. now.  You could too if you so desire. 

Time to watch Dispicable Me again!      

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Does It Bother You That I Call You Asian? No Because I Am!

Hold on tight.  It’s a long one.

With only three more days left of 2010, I’d say it’s coming to close in some of the best ways imaginable.  I’m not usually one to reflect on the year as a whole or come up with big New Year’s resolutions.  As Sara Barielles says, “Save your resolution for your never New Year.” And I would have to agree that no one ever follows through anyways.  So.  If you really want to change something, why not just change it?  Why do we always have to wait for the New Year?  And as far as reflecting on the year goes, perhaps I’ll do that in a later entry.  But I’m not feelin that at the moment.

Instead I’ll talk about the grandness of yesterday.    The plan for the day was to have a Bourne movie marathon with my boys.  Because well, the Bourne movies (not to mention Matt Damon) are just so wonderful.  In between the movies was going to be supper and occasional games.  Anyways, plans ended up changing a bit so we were going to eat supper, play games, and then watch one of the movies.  I had my sights set on all three of them, but a little Matt Damon is better than none at all, right?  Right.  So.  The boys get there.  And, not to mention any names. . . but the movies were forgotten.  So.  We decided we’d save that to figure out later.  Supper was served and games were played.  We found out that. . . some place, it’s a law that monkeys can’t ride a city bus.  Hmm.  We also learned that the movie ‘Seven Alone’ is in fact not about a schizophrenic man who’s personalities join together to form one ultra-character.  Then it was on to Pictureka, where it became a competition to yell ‘Blue’ quicker than my dad.  I don’t want to bore you with any other details, just in case you don’t know how to play these games and these facts are irrelevant.  So I’ll just lock them in my head as fond memories and I’ll move on.  Games were over and as soon as the boys sat down and turned on football, I figured watching a movie was soon to become a lost cause.  Somehow, they all decided it was okay to go rent a movie, which turned into going to Jonathan’s house to get the Bourne movies.  We had a sudden kick of possibly aiming to watch all three.  Which meant we had to stop at each of their houses to get contact cases and sweat pants.  Anyways.  At the late hour of 11 p.m., it was time to start the first Bourne movie.  Jonathan quickly drifted into dream world, while Michael drifted into the addicting world of facebook.  So.  Calvin and I were left to watch the first one.  Then we put in the second one.  Not too far into the movie, I heard Michael and Cal set their glasses on tables and commit to falling asleep.  So rather than waking them up right away I decided I’d take a little nap.  3:30 came around and they woke up and wandered home.
And on that note, I’m not sure if my boys know how much I appreciate them.  It’s hard to explain, but they’ve just shown me a lot about life and people and understanding since the first day they walked into my life.  Each of them in different ways.  Not to get sappy.  But.  It’s true.  They’ve been my friends since my junior year of high school.  And I’d say that the time frame that we’ve been friends is close to identical to the time period containing the biggest periods of growth in my life.  And possibly theirs.  I mean, that’s when you grow up.  When you go off to college.  And it’s been nice to have them there.  Not always as a daily thing, but still I know they’d be there if I ever needed anything.  They’ve been pretty consistent.  And I’m rambling.  But.  I just love them.     

Moving on and rambling a bit more, tonight I’m at Kyah Jo’s.  We’re watching Despicable Me and planning to drink coffee soon.  Kyah is the best Asian friend I could have ever asked for.  I look forward to our catch up chats and detailed stories every time we’re finally together.  And let me tell you something, people could learn a thing or two from this movie.  And from Kyah Jo. 

  • I miss Julie.  And our Sunday espresso talks. 
  • This might be the best break I’ve ever had.  Since the beginning of my college career.  It seems everything just fell together. 
  • Also, I’m sure you know but just a reminder: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

Sunday, December 26, 2010

In Vermont, It's Illegal To Stick A Pig. Whatever That Means.


Christmas Eve started 'with a bang'.  We watched Inception at Calvin's on Christmas Eve Eve, which carried over into Christmas Eve as it dwindled down to Calvin, Michael, Jonathan and Megan talk time.  This usually means constant sarcasm and picking on each other with a few as-deep-as-you-can-get-at-this-time-of-day thoughts.  For some people, that sounds rude and crazy; picking on each other.  What kind of rude people do that?  But for us, it's just always been our way of fun.  And as we grew up and life taught us all lessons, it seems that we've kept our constant love for sass and sarcasm.  And for that, I am strangely grateful.  
I got some sleep and the Eve continued on.  My sister came over which was wonderful.  I hardly ever get to spend time with her.  
Then we went to my Aunt and Uncle's for supper, gifts, and games.  Steak and shrimp.  Wow.  Then it was a long night of Royal Rummy.  Needless to say, grama is hilarious when she gets a bad hand.  And.  I made four bucks.  Not bad. 

I slept in until 11.  Way to start off wonderful.  Jenna and Dan came at 1 and we opened presents, which is always a good time.  We all gave pretty wonderfully fitting gifts this year.  
We ate homeade pizza, rested, and then played some memorable games.  Pictureka and Balderdash.  Let me tell you, my family doesn't often play games that make us laugh until we cry.  But.  Balderdash did the trick.  Is a 'mammock' a: fragment, a hammock made for mammals, or a hammock made to fit large amounts of people?  In New Jersey, is it illegal to surf: wearing a purple wetsuit, unless you've soaked in a 'bath mixture' for 3 days to fight off the sharks (good one Jenna ;), or stark naked?  Either way.  Laughs were quite plentiful tonight.  

In the end, I must say that from the absolute beginning of Christmas Eve all the way to the absolute end of Christmas day, I have never felt so blessed.  Constantly surrounded by people who love me and the God responsible for it all.

I love life.  And a white Christmas.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Patience Is A Virtue.

I'd have to say that today is the proper definition of a lazy day.  Thus far anyways. 
Woke up at 10:30.  Not too early, not too late, if I do say so myself. 
Got up.  Showered.  Made myself eggs.  Now let me tell you about fried eggs.  I don't mean to brag, but I can make a pretty delicious fried egg.  The trick is: Toast, a Kraft single, egg fried over hard, sprinked with salt and pepper.  That's it.  Anyone can do it.  But, I was having a discussion with my daddio about eggs the other day.  How the way I make them is all taught by him.  And then we figured out the common factor and the other trick to a perfect fried egg.  Patience.  I get it from my dad.  Don't flip that egg over too soon.  Patience is a virtue.  Thanks for teaching me that, daddio.  To go with my eggs, I made delicious Folgers Chocolate Truffle coffee today. Assisted by Chocolate Caramel creamer that my daddio bought for me.  Thanks again.
My dogs keep barking like crazy.  Something I'm not used to anymore.  Seems like they like barking the most when I'm not ready to wake up or when I'm trying to take a nap.  The thing is., they are so darn cute that I can't be mad at them for more than 2 seconds.  I love them so much. 

More and more each day, I come to the realization that my family is the most wonderful blessing I could ever have.  I had a conversation with my sister yesterday about my family and our Christmas traditions.  My parents tell me every year, "Megan Jane, all we want for Christmas is you."  And when I ask them what gifts they want, I'm lucky if I even get one suggestion that isn't 'family time'.  And the thing is, they actually mean it.  A lot of people will say they don't want anything for Christmas when really, they're thinking of this entire list inside their heads.  But my parents truly would be happy with nothing.  And my sister and I were just talking about how we're so used to that, and families that aren't like that just confuse us.  And we wouldn't have it any other way. 

Not to bore you with a long blog entry, but I have one more thought.  My mom and I have had an interesting relationship, as I think any high school girl and her mother do have.  And I know they say that you grow up and that's when a girl learns to appreciate her mother.  But I like that I'm finding evidence of this and finally living it out.  Thing is.  My mom has the biggest heart of almost anyone I know.  She would give anything for anyone.  Her new job is working with the Kindergarten classes at my old elementary school, and I got the priveledge to go with them yesterday to see Tangled at the movie theater.  (Adorable movie, by the way).  Best part was that I got to see my mom's love for the kindergarteners she works with.  How they all want to sit with Mrs. Van de Loo on the bus and how they put their heads on her shoulder because they have seen the way she cares about them.  It's just wonderful to me.  The most wonderful part is that she's my mother. 

This: is wonderful.  I feel bad if you disagree. 

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Those Oreo Truffles Are Delish.

If you've learned anything about me, you've probably come across the fact that I can be. . indecisive.  See, the thing is, I kinda miss blogspot.  So there lies my indecisiveness.  Blogspot or tumblr?  And... do I have to choose.  A very fond friend of mine told me he thinks tumblr is a social media network and he liked my blogspot better.  [By the way friend, if you're reading this. . we're watching Little Rascals first thing when I get back.  Because you seeing it too long ago and not remembering it is just not acceptable.]  But, this does seem like a logical discussion I'll have to have with Nikweeta once she gets back.  Which is. . a week from tomorrow!!  [By da way roojmie, if you're reading this, what do you think about a lil coffee bar in our roojm?  And by that I mean, a fridge filled with different creamers topped with a coffee machine and tooj cute mugs of ours.  Coffee bar college style, ey?  Also. . dance parties and. . roojmie dates with Shaina and Sarah Beth.  But we can discuss all of those things later.]

On another note, Shaina and I made dinner and goodies at Mak house last night.


Funnest times of all.  Shaina is truly the  


  • Channing Tatum is a great dancer.  I don't care what anyone says. H.O.T.
  • In 1377, 35% of English men were named John.  Hmm. 
  • God seriously gave me the best friends.  Da. Best. 

Friday, November 19, 2010

Smart Aleck.

It's hard to believe I've made it but... it's finally Friday.  It was a rough week, but.. you know what they say; NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD.  And it's true. As long as you're not a greedy smart aleck who asks for things like boats and a million dollars.  Neither of which I want, by the way.  
That brings me to my next thought.  Where did the word smart aleck come from?  Was it just a really sassy little boy?  I feel like he would be one of those little kids you'd read about in Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books.  I read those when I was little.  If you didn't, you should.  Not like, go back to your childhood and do that, because that's not logical, but, read one of them now.  You're never too old.  
Aside from all that, my brain is pretty much fried.  Ew.  Fried brain.  Sounds like a delicious delicacy. . . Anyways. This afternoon I made pumpkin muffins with Reed and Shayla.  Let me just say.  Delicious in so many ways.  
Also, I just introduced Shayla to sweatpants.  I said, "Sweatpants, meet Shayla.  Shayla, sweatpants" and love has arrived.  I dare say she may be hooked.  
And now, since I'm way behind on tv, I am going to watch the latest episode of Glee on hulu.  

And in case you were actually wondering where the term 'smart aleck' came from, because I was, here it is:

Probably from Alexander H Stephens ( Little Aleck)distinguished Senator from Ga in the late 1850's. He was an extremely good debater and speaker of his day. People would come from miles around to hear him speak. He was very small and frail and a senator from NJ told him one day during a debate he could cut off his ears and swallow him in one swallow and Aleck's retort was that his stomach would have a lot more brains that his head.  He was later the Vice President of the Confederacy, and Governor of Georgia.
Lincoln once said of him, "I have just listened to someone who, though small and frail, delivered the smartest speech I have ever heard in my life."

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Near. Far. Wherever You Are.

So.  I'm sitting at the coffee shop.  And there is often this group of 'elder folk' that meet here.  Usually 4 or 5 men and one woman.  Anyways.  One of the elderly men gets a phone call.  And his ringtone is the theme song from Titanic.  My Heart Will Go On.  That one.  It made me laugh.  A lot. 

So Little Time.

These are things I need to do. 

Call my Grama W.  Because she sent me slippers and I need to thank her.  

Hang out with Katelyn.  Because I miss her. 
Hang out with Hillary.  Because I miss her too. 
Hang out with Sarah and Shayler too.  Because I miss them as well.  
Buy craft supplies to make Christmas presents. 
Make Christmas presents. 
Order things online for cheap.  For Christmas presents.  
Millions of homework like Diff Eq, Multivaribale, Chemistry, Behavior Management, and HPR.  Yes.  All of that.  Gross.  
Chew minty gum.  Because I'm craving it.  
Hug Blakeley.  Because she hugs very nicely.  
Not get distracted by things like blogs and facebook.  Whoops. 
Stop with all these boring blog entries and write about some real stuff.  Sometime soon.  Promise. 
Miss Nikweeta some more.  Because I can't really help that.  
Get a cell phone that has a right button that works.  Because it's annoying.  
Play Robot Unicorn attack.  Because it's almost more addicting than Tiki was.
Balance my checkbook and turn in my receipts.  Like a responsible adult.  
Call my parents.  Because I miss them. 
Stop missing everyone.  Because it stinks.  
Open a coffee shop with Nikweeta.  But that's years down the road. 
Study. Now. 



I don't know if I have too much to say, or too little.  I think too much.  And that's why I have nothing to say.  

Thursday, November 11, 2010


I know I'm supposed to be doing homework right now, but this blog entry is urgent.  And it's about.  .   .
[Shayla Kay].

Here's the thing about Shayler.  She is a blessing.  I just love her.  She's real and she's honest and she loves.  And she can relate to me.  She falls how I fall.
She understands what I understand, and she seems to feel for people the way I feel for people.  Which causes that whole 'getting each other' thing.  And I just think it's great.  And I love her.  And she is funny.  And she sometimes jokes about being a nun.  But then I remind her that nuns only kiss knuckles; and since she also likes to kiss like I kiss, I know that she could not live with only kissing knuckles.  Girls like us kiss lips, not knuckles.  And she often loses her keys.  And sometimes I find them for her.  And right now, she has a towel on her head.  And she writes really good blogs that I love to read.  And she hiccups and says "Pardon me" in the cutest voice.  And she thinks I'm cute.  And she can blow really good bubbles because she has a cute gap in her teeth.  And she giggles with me and supports my decisions to skip class (only to a healthy extent).  And mostly.  I just love her. 

And that has been my urgent message.  

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A Day Of The Grand Assortment.

It's hard to believe that a day could be so grand when it begins with a 7:30 Multivariable Calculus class, but alas, it can be done.  
So that's just how it began.  With Calc.  And then I went to Differential Equations.  Where I actually finally turned in my homework.  And then I went to work with the best boss ever.  She really is the greatest.  She listens to all my stories and tells me all of hers all the time.  I would call it a rarity that a boss could be as great as her.  But again, alas, it can be done.  
I got done with work early and went back to my house.  Blake was with me and then we went to lunch.  Lunch was good.  I mean.  As good as you can get in the DC.  I had fish and a vegetable filled taco.  I got to sit next to Shayla and we giggled and talked like girls do.  And then together, we decided that skipping class just seemed like a good idea for a Wednesday.  I mean, sometimes, you gotta do what you gotta do.  And then.  I got to sit next to a cute smile for about an hour, so that all continued that whole 'grand' theme.
Then.  I took a splendid nap.  And then I woke up and Michael and I walked to rent Toy Story 3.  Then.  I colored part of a 'presh moam' picture.  Then dinner wish some of the funnest and finest people I know.  
After that I got do chill with some of the girls in my house.  God has absolutely blessed me with being in this house and putting all of these girls here with me.  Most of the other RCs complain about not having community or having discipline problems, and the list really goes on.  But.  I've had none of those problems.  Most people don't believe it but, alas, it too can be done.  
Now it became time for Survivor at Scott's with him and Jordan.  A weekly ritual.  Then I came back here where I worked on my 'paper blog' that I'm calling 'A Little Bit of it All. And Then Some.'
And now.  It's time to watch Toy Story 3 with Zach and Sarah and Michael. 
And.  I'm sure that will end on the grandest note.


1 Thessalonians 5:16-19

What happens when we remember to pray?  When we get rid of everything we're thinking about and put aside whatever we think we're living for that we shouldn't be?  And we pray.  And we worship.  And we remember who God is.  
Without Ceasing was an event that we put on last Wednesday from 8pm to 8am.  A twelve hour event with back to back worship sets and praise.  We had different stations set up for people to participate in.  We could worship with our art, write out our stories and prayers, go on the midnight service project, stay in the big room to worship, or go in the quiet room to pray. 
The thing is.  We all need to be reminded.  We all have things that get in the way.  So to set time aside once in a while to remember who He is seems like the absolute least we could do.  

["Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."]  

-1 Thessalonians 5:16-19

Sunday, November 7, 2010

A Million Pages Long.

This blog post is going to be a million pages long.  For you dedicated readers, thank you and read on. 

First things first.  Right now I am sitting on Julies spare bed.  I've been at her place all day doing homework.  And now she's hosting her weekly RC meeting, so I shifted my stuff here.  When I say I've been working on homework here all day, I am partially lying because it was mixed in with several other distractions.  The thing is that sometimes I can be a bad student.  Seriously.  Who is always perfect?  I did get my lab report done, which was a big accomplishment.  It's been lingering around from when I was supposed to do it amongst my bronchitisness.  Also.  Not a word.  But I make words up as I please.  Other things that needed completing were my Multivariable homework and my Differential Equation homework.  Multivariable; I was on problem 74 right before I decided to take this 'little' blog break.  Meaning I have a lot done but still a lot to do.  Diff Eq.- haven't started.  But.  That always seems to be my weekend pattern.  I start homework at 3pm on Sundays.  Which is the dumbest idea ever for someone with my homework load, but it's what I do.  It's like fitting 11 hours of homework into 3.  Not really.  But something like that if you understand.  I did decide today though, that I am going to have homework parties at Julie's every Sunday.  Michael, Em, Shayla, and Blake joined at random times today.  So that was grand.  We partook in a typical college dinner- mac and cheese, chicken nuggets, and pizza rolls.  Mmmhmm.  Shayla is gonna cook for us next Sunday.  I can't wait.  And I do say this designed Sunday time needs a clever name.  Soon.  

The rest of my weekend was wonderful as well.  Friday started it off with an excellent room rearranging.  I have room ADD so it's a common thing for me to want to switch things up.  Sarah understands so it's all good.  I love the occasional 'switch around and clean it up' thing.  Then we planned a 'Toy Story 3' night which turned into a 'Taken' night.  Attendees were Nathan, Aly, Hillary,  Michael, and Shayla.  After trying to get the 'Toy Story 3' file to work for about an hour, we made the switch to Taken.  What a great movie and what a great night.  
Saturday morning Hillary and I left at 7am to go help out at the school for the blind.  Now this is an interesting thing.  It was the Championship Goalball tournament and my teacher told us about the volunteer opportunity.  Goalball is a game designed for the blind; partially blind or completely.  There is a court with a big goal on each end.  3 people, each on opposing teams, go on opposite sides right in front of the goal.  They are completely blindfolded with goggles.  The ball that they use has bells inside of it and they roll it back and forth and block it with their bodies.  There are a few more rules but you get the just of it.  It is quite amazing to watch.  I had never heard of such a thing or been by anyone blind for any amount of time.  It was quite the eye-opener.  And I mean that in the most unpunny respectful way.  But really.  It's so cool to be exposed to those who are different then us.  We get really caught up with our lives and what we take for granted.  I think what was the most interesting to me was the fear that these kids didn't have.  If I were blindfolded, I would be walking around incredibly slowing.  Probably crawling even; making sure I didn't bump into anything that would be in my way.  But these kids didn't seem to have that fear at all.  They would block this ball with their body no problem, and find the momentum to throw it without the slightest bit of fear.  And I just admire that greatly. 
Saturday night Ben, Michael, Blake, Shayla and I went to Pizza Hut and Walmart.  Then we all gathered at my house to watch 'Hot Rod' and 'Inception'.  I fell asleep during Inception.  But two and a half movies in a weekend is a pretty great accomplishment for me.  

And I think that is all I have time for for now.  And possibly all you can read before boredom.  So here I will end.  

By the way, if you don't know 'Sticks and Stones' by Dave Barnes, please please look it up.  And if you haven't played the Unicorn Robot game on facebook, don't; because you will get addicted.  And I'm sure we all have more important things to do.  And if you've never had caramel chocolate espressos made by Julie, you should experience one.  Because I will.  Every Sunday.  

To come:  Without Ceasing that happened last Wednesday and a Dave Barnes concert that happened last Thursday night.  By the way.  Those two things made for two great days in a row followed by a Friday where I found out I got an A on my Multivariable Calculus test.  Basically, I've had the best series of days since Wednesday, which has been awesome.  And now, I am really done blogging.  

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Lesterby Shel Silverstein

Lester was given a magic wish
By the goblin who lives in the banyan tree, 
And with his wish he wished for two more wishes-
So now instead of just one wish, he cleverly had three. 
And with each one of these
He simply wished for three more wishes, 
Which gave him three old wishes, plus nine new. 
And with each of these twelve
He slyly wished for three more wishes, 
Which added up to forty-six - or is it fifty-two?
Well anyway, he used each wish
To wish for wished 'til he had
Five billion, seven million, eighteen thousand thirty-four. 
And then he spread them on the ground
And he clapped his hands and danced around
And skipped and sang, and then sat down
And wished for more. 
And more... and more... they multiplied
While other people smiled and cried
And loved and reached and touched and felt. 
Lester sat amid his wealth
Stacked mountain-high like stacks of gold, 
Sat and counted - and grew old. 
And then one Thursday night they found him
Dead - with his wished piled around him. 
And they counted the lot and found that not
A single one was missing. 
All shiny and new - here, take a few
And think of Lester as you do. 
In a world of apples and kisses and shoes
He wasted his wishes on wishing.  

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A Cute Bronchitisaurus.

Currently, I'm sitting in the living room watching Home Alone with Kat.  It's wonderful that's for sure, even though I'm thinking about all I need to do to catch up with life.  
Monday caught me by surprise with a little ER visit and a diagnosis of acute bronchitis.  So that explains why I am 'taking it easy' amongst the demandingness of my math major life.  In case you are wondering, demandingness is in fact not a word.  Until about two seconds ago when I decided to use it.  
Anyways.  They put me on 4 things:  An albuterol inhaler, azithromycin, prednisone, and some cough medicine pill.  Seriously.  Fun stuff.  Rest rest and more rest is what I've been told to do by everyone who's had it or knows about it.  Thing is, I don't have much time in my schedule with all the test making up and homework catching up.  But I did sleep until one today. 
For those of you who are like me and didn't really know about bronchitis... beside that it has something to do with inflames bronchi. . :

'Bronchitis is considered to be acute or chronic. Acute bronchitis is a shorter illness that commonly develops after a cold or viral infection such as the flu. It generally consists of a cough with green sputum, chest discomfort or soreness, fever, and sometimes shortness of breath. Acute bronchitis usually lasts a few days or weeks'

So. That's the health lesson for the day.  
In other news, my mom got the job that she interviewed.  I'm so excited and proud.  She'll be at an elementary school and it seems like more than a perfect fit for her. 
And. I don't really have much other news.  Besides the fact that I love my friends and I'm so so appreciative for every single one of them.  


  • The tornado sirens went off at 5:30 this morning.  
  • I'm watching Freedom Writers at my professors house tonight.  Love that movie. 
  • I'm super hungry.  Which is bad when combined with laziness. 
  • I miss Carly and Nikweeta.  


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Chocolate Pi.

At field experience today, my teacher asked me to prepare a bulletin board design for her for pi day.  For those of you who know what it is, it is forever away; March 14 (3.14).  When looking at her pi information I came across a list of fun things to do to get excited about pi day.  This. . was one of them
''Get married on pi day.  There's nothing more romantic then being married to the one you love at 1:59:26 p.m. on March 14th to show that, like pi, your love will continue forever.''
Yes. Ha. Nope.

Now that that's been said, I've been guided by the one and only Blake to talk about one of the loves in my life.  Chocolate.  
Delicious, decadent, calming, soothing, tasteful, . . to name a few.  Really, I may or may not have eaten 5 pieces of dove chocolate after I got back from tutoring today.  Anyways, along with being delicious, Dove chocolates have pretty good sayings on their wrappers.  One yesterday said: Silence may be golden but laughter is priceless.  For any of you who have friends like mine, you know this is so true.  And one today said: If you fall down seven times, get up eight.   And I love that.  

I had to sacrifice watching Biggest Loser tonight to get done all the homework that needs to be done.  But.  With the musical help of Vampire Weekend this task is looking that much easier.  We'll see about a cream soda once I finish my Diff Eq.  We'll see. 

Random facts for the day: 

  • is my new addiction
  • The closest living relative of the T-Rex is the chicken.  Crazy.  Ha. 
  • Nikweeta.  You are the reason I started random facts.  I think you know this but... reminders reminders.  Luh ju miss ju. 

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Random Realizations of the Day.

Home is where your heart is.  Truly.

Walking by my mailbox makes me miss Nikweeta.  It's strange, I know, but it reminds me of her letters this summer and being pen pals and hearing her voice in my head all the time.

Crunchy leaves are amazing.  And 2 inches of cruchy leaves on my trail is even better.

My puppy in 4.4 pounds of adorableness.

Expired contacts do, in fact, hurt your eyes.

I have the best brother in the world.  Even though he's not biologically mine.

Old CD mixes from high school make me laugh.

The antiderivative of sinxcosx is -(1/2)(cosx)^2.  Which, I'm sure you care incredibly about, but I needed to know for my homework.

Something I do when I'm in my house by myself is sing at the top of my lungs. 

I don't think the way our parents love us can really ever be comprehended. 

Michael coming to visit me next Thursday will be enough happiness for the entire month.  At least.

I need a haircut more than I ever may have in my life.  And I'm about to get one. 

When you combine a pillowtop queen sized mattress, a down comforter, and a teddy bear; the only possible outcome is the best nights sleep.

I don't know how I made it through the summer without Blakeley.  Seriously.  I mean. . surrruhslee.

I don't care too much for money.  Money can't buy me love.  But...  Money could buy me a lot of stuff from Target.  Which I'd love.

Monday, October 4, 2010


I think it's wonderful how many times a day these days I see precious 'things'.  These 'things' are usually in the form of people.  
Today.  I saw Judy. 
Judy is a cleaning lady here at the college and everyday, she is precious.  When I was putting out the mail today she was mopping the stairs.  And, the thing you'd learn about Judy is that she almost always has her headset on.
She's just mopping the stairs and she says ''Be careful'' in the cutest voice ever.  

But before she saw me, she was humming along to the country music in her headphones.  Then she told me to be careful and resumed back to humming her tunes.
And that was precious. 

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Days Like Today.

A day like today was exactly what I needed.  Let me bore you with the details to start off.  

I woke up and after I got clean and fresh, Kat and I started to make biscuits and gravy.  Seth came over and we enjoyed deliciousness.  Then we watched Pocahontas until Shayla and Sarah decided we should go to Apple Days on the Square.  We did and it was wonderful.  Old men were singing songs on the street and there's all these wonderful little places to buy things like apple butter and jewelry.  Perf.  And I did indulge in a carameled apple.  Which was everything I thought it would be.  We acquired Nathan and Michael and headed back to Hoiles house to resume watching movies.  Aladdin was next on the list just after a wonderful stand, talk, and drink apple cider in the kitchen time.  Then we played 'Boxers or Briefs' which just might be my new favorite game.  Then we watched Double Jeopardy, to end the night with a thriller.  We finished it off with some channel flipping and dubbing over Disney XD ('extra dirty') cartoons.  A day for the books by far.  

Aside from all the details, I love friends.  And new friends.  And new memories.  Shayla, Kat, and Drea are girls that are dear to my heart and that I love but Nathan, Michael, and Scott I really knew not a thing about before today.  But today I realized that they are all people I would love to surround myself with all the time.  So much fun and so much love.  I just think it's awesome.  They say that to love and to be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.  And today I felt that I loved and I felt immensely that I was loved.  And that's such an awesome part of life.  God gives us people to make us realize how loved we are.  And just the company of others gives me so much comfort.  

Oh how He loves us.   

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Tired and Worn Out.

You know what they say:  Sleep does the body good. 

So when you don't get that sleep, it's not too difficult to figure out what happens.  And that would be., lack of sleep.  It turns out that I have a lot to do all the time and the thing that gets sacrificed is sleep.  I was just getting my schedule down with my hours and hours of math homework and then this week I added field experience and some calc tutoring to the mix.  Don't get me wrong, I'm excited about it all., I just need some time to get adjusted and get my management skills down.  We'll see if it's possible.

In brighter news. . I got to go for a bike ride today.  It was so wonderful to get off of campus and enjoy the fresh air.  I biked 5.79 miles to be exact.  It was glorious.  I think I'm gonna start calling my Wednesdays my 'Daddy days'.  I'll go for a bike ride, call my daddy, and watch Survivor.  Yep.  I think I just made that a plan.  

This weekend is going to be a weekend for the books.  Friday will be some sort of hanging out with Shaina followed by a roomie movie date with Sarah.  Saturday will be the most wonderful brunch with Kat, Seth, and Scott.  And we'll be watching Disney movies all day.  Then we have Sunday which is a cookout day with my Bro (Seth) and his houses.  Talk about a grand time.  

And that's all I have to say for today.  Time to finish my episode of Biggest Loser and get some shut eye.

Goodnight moon. 

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Roommates Find Your Glasses When You Can't See.

I think it's fair to say that most of the world has had roommates.  Whether it be parents, dogs, siblings, cabin-mates,or the most common college roomie., we've all been there.  But when it comes to college, 'roommate' takes on a different meaning.  In a lot of cases, we end up living (or surviving) with a complete stranger for an entire year.  But in some lucky cases, we get to love those we live with and they become our family.  

Imagine a case where you live with someone who is incredibly messy, and you're not.  Sure you can split the room in half but what if she stinks?  What if she comes home at 3 in the morning or calls you all the time when she's locked out?  What if she leaves the lights on too bright and what if she wakes you up two hours before you need to be awake every day?  That sounds like a long year. 

But let me tell you about my roommate.  Right now, at this very moment, she is laying on her bed with a blanket.  She's in one of those moods where she thinks she's tired enough to take a nap, but really she's way too over tired which means she's hilarious.  She sings at the top of her lungs as I play Josh Radin and she giggles at Zach as he vacuums (which isn't commonly funny).  And that is why I love her.  Also, this morning when I woke up and reached for my glasses, they landed behind my bed.  Let's just say... I'm kind of blind and definitely wasn't going to attempt to find them.  That would be a sight.  But she finds them for me when I can't.  She's the equal amount of messy as me which is quite tidy.  She loves me at all times and she doesn't mind that I'm a math geek.  We share Cream of Wheat and she lets me drink her milk when I'm too irresponsible to buy more.  What I'm trying to say is that she loves me a lot, and we're kind of perfect.    

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A Simply Happy Day.

Today is a good day. Besides the obvious wonderfulness that I got to use my new yellow toothbrush and a new tube of toothpaste, this day is just good. Shaina slept over on the pull out couch so we got to make breakfast this morning. Egglish muffins. Also I enjoyed a cup of coffee since I did so well at not drinking it yesterday. Then we had RC class. Meh. Then chemistry lab. Meh. But ...Richard is the best lab partner ever. Then lunch, and ice cream for dessert that i will not feel guilty about, because it was delish. Now at this moment, I am facebook chatting with Nikweeta. And to make matters better 'I Don't Wanna Spend One More Christmas Without You' by N'Sync just came on shuffle. I don't have rules about not listening to Christmas music until after Thanksgiving and I can also say that I don't mind a good boy band song here and there. Nikweeta reminded me that life is about healing processes and letting God calm you through it all. Sometimes I just need to keep that in perspective. And it's in perspective today. Even more great things: I'm gonna work on homework with the wonderful Katelyn and I'm gonna go for an evening run. Better yet, Glee and Biggest Loser both start tonight. Oh Happy Day.

"I love it here, like a lot, a lot, but life just isnt the same without those you know and love and who know and love you you know?" -my favorite Nikweeta

Monday, September 20, 2010

We Go Together Like PB and J.

Sharpie Mugs. This coming Sunday night we are having an event where we decorate mugs with sharpies. This is the one that I did to practice. My quote is :These days all he could say for sure was that he was ordinary in a world that loved the extraordinary by Nicholas Sparks., because I love that quote. Then I put zebra stripes on it. The elephant is ordinary and the zebra stripes are extraordinary, of course. Get it?

I got the warmest bestest facebook message from Nikweeta. I miss her incredibly but like she said, it's a good thing we're both so good at messaging and talking that way because that's how it is while she's in that other country that isn't here. All the better it will be when I hug her next I guess. But really. She always has a way of making me grab for my heart and smile and thank God for putting her in my life. I love her. Forever.

Today on my agenda is: a good workout, planning Bible study, making fruit pizza, eating supper, getting help with Differential Equations, doing Bible study, eating fruit pizza, and working on my Chem Lab report., mixed with other things that will come up I'm sure. What a day. Again.


  • My favorite kids book is 'Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day'.
  • There are as many fake doctors practicing in India as real ones. Scary.
  • Giraffes' hearts are 2 feet tall. My pastor told me that. I'm guessing it's real.

Saturday, September 18, 2010


Last night I went home with my Calc buddy, Katelyn. The most important thing was that her family is an amazing blessing to everyone that will ever cross paths with them. So much love to give and so willing to give it. The other important things are Cracker Barrell, Starbucks, and her friend Rachel., who is hilarious and gags at the word 'Congrats'. We sat on her dock by the lake talking about girlie things where I found out that 'I'm that girl.' Oh yes. Small world we have.
Tonight will continue to complete my grand weekend. I'm going somewhere with Blake and Ems., and does it really matter where after you know who's going? Probably not.
Sooner than later I must complete my Multivariable Calculus and Differential Equations homework. But., ... maybe later.

Random facts:
  • The average American two-car garage is 25 percent bigger than the average Tokya home. Are we selfish or what?
  • I decorated a mug with a Sharpie last night. It was fun.
  • I miss my Nikweeta.

Friday, September 17, 2010

A Cup Half Full.

Lately I have become more aware of my fondness of coffee. I'm somewhat unsure of what to think of this fondness. I guess it's been a long time coming. I've slowly been growing closer to loving the warmness and comfort of a good cup of coffee mixed with the right kind of creamer and the perfect amount of sugar. I still don't think it's the caffeine that I'm addicted to., but then again., who am I to decide that? The overall wonderfulness of coffee is what keeps me coming back for more. The only thing that keeps me from it is the fact that I don't want to stain my teeth. I like white teeth. Not yellow and definitely not brown. But that's the only thing. So if I can find a way to keep pearly whites and drink coffee, that I will do. But until then I will attempt to limit it to less than a cup a day. Which will be quite a journey. But I'm still going to Starbucks tonight.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

WalkAbout the Wilderness.

At 3am in the morning, which is pretty much tonight, I will be put on a people mover and on my way to Tennessee. Shortly after I will spend eight days in the wilderness wearing only two sweaty outfits and experiencing no showers. Thankfully I'll be able to brush my teeth., with baking soda, but at least they'll be clean. We got our group assignments this morning. My leaders are Tim and Julie and my group members are Millie, Christie, Jay, Read, and Kale. I'm excited to get to know all of them., which shouldn't be too difficult since the wilderness and trying times will force a bond unlike much other. Among this there will be two days of solo. This means 48 hours of no food and no sleeping bag. I'll get my Bible and a journal along with whatever clothes I decide to layer. I'm excited for that opportunity of complete solitude with God. It's so easy to get wrapped up in all the technology we live by these days. I use my computer and cell phone every single day. It's almost become like a breath of fresh air and it shouldn't be. Whatever happened to 'be still and know that I am God.' ? We need to remember to get back to that every once in a while and I'm excited to have that opportunity. My greatest fear is doubting myself through all of this hiking. I tend to reach a level of activity where I just give up on myself, and I think this will be a good challenge for me to learn to persevere. Updates will be in store when I am back.

On the way opposite side of wilderness, there seem to be more additions to the blog world everyday. I suppose it's the new fad that's sweeping the world, perhaps. I'm not even sure if people read this. Somedays that makes me want to stop. But I guess, if I wanted to stop I would., but there's something pretty fun about blogging.

  • About 25 percent of the population sneezes when they are revealed to light. I guess I'm not really allergic to the sun.
  • A dime has 118 ridges and a quarter has 119. Hmm.
  • I have to haul furniture around at 7 and then hopefully sleep until 2am. woo. hoo.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

"There was nothing in the world I cared less about at that moment".

Whatever I did yesterday must have been unimportant up until about noon, because I don't remember it. But. At noonish, Blake's family took us to Subway. I tried the new turkey and bacon guacamole sub. Man it was delicious. Then they said their goodbyes and eventually Blake, Kyle, Brian and I played Funglish for a while. Then Blake and I ate and worked out and took residency in her room for the night. To be honest, I don't even remember all that was done, but I do remember that an incredible amount of laughter was shared. We did watch some Mitcher Davis on youtube, which was wonderful. We also read our entire wall-to-wall and tried to remember the sources of all of that nonsense. Eventually we went to bed. Eventually.

With a sigh of happiness I can say that I am so blessed to be reunited with Blakeley. I know that I can never live far away from her. We decided that now that we're together again it seems like no time has passed, but about two days ago it seemed like forever., and that is a sign of true friendship. Always and forever.

Today Em is coming and we're gonna go to Target to get all of that stuff that we forgot at home, forgot we needed, or just want to have. Then maybe help move some walkabout stuff then finally dinner with Sarah Anne, which will be grand. I'm not too sure what the rest of the night holds but all of the other RCs are supposed to come today, so I suppose some catching up will be in store.

  • The centipede is Tennessee's state bird. Actually. That's a lie.
  • I really like Needtobreathe. Not 'I really like., need to breathe' but I really like the band called Needtobreathe
  • This blog entry was boring and I'm sorry.

Monday, July 26, 2010

The Bittersweetness of Life.

To set the mood, I am listening to Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve. Often times I think that life is just a common motion of bittersweetness, and I am currently once again caught in the bittersweetnesses of life. In case you're wondering, bittersweetness is an actual word, but bittersweetnesses is unfortunately not. But. When I want a word plural, I make it plural.

So. To sound dramatic, life has once again ripped me away from my home and taken me back to school. The thing that stinks is that I'm already missing my besties from home. The goodbyes came too soon and the hugs seemed to never be enough.
And now to sound non-dramatic, I love my location and my other besties here. Rachel Dee and I are staying in a dorm together until our places of residence finally open up. It was incredibly excellent to see her last night and exchange the couple hours of long overdue chit chat. I also got to see Nikweeta for a little while which was once again, excellent.
Today I got all of my stuff moved into to the dorm. Temporarily. Until I can move into my house. By the way.. Do you know what's worse than hauling stuff?... Hauling stuff twice. Yes. But on the positive side, it's a great workout. Then. Finally at last I got to see Sarah Anne. I tell ya, that hug was long overdue. I'm crazy excited to cook meals and watch movies with her and be her roomie! It will be a grand time.

Well. Now that I've gotten in a couple minutes of relaxation it is time to go help get stuff ready for walkabout. Adios amigos.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Beautiful Ruins.

Most people would say that 'beautiful ruins' is an oxymoron, but I would have to say that it makes perfect sense. To me, there is something about ruins that has such a beauty and such a potential to be something great. And then we're always left with the ability to picture what it looked like before it was ruined. And we wonder How did it get that way? I think sometimes in our lives we can look a lot like beautiful ruins. Maybe at times people can only see one side of us; that being either the beauty or the ruins. But I think the better you know a person the more you can see that each one of us has both beauty and ruins and it is our ruins and the way we get through them that makes us beautiful.

Today for part of our mission adventure we started to help fix up the 'ruins' of a place. The last cleaning schedule on the bathroom was from 2007, so I suppose you could say it's been a while since some upkeep has occurred. It was an assisted living place and now it's getting made into a place where women from abused homes can go. There's going to be cops there too in case husbands try to come. I think it's a wonderful thing to give these women a place to go because really, what is there to do in a situation like that? All I can say is that I'm glad I've been so blessed with the life I have been given.

In other news I'm finally done complaining about packing. That's because I'm almost done. Crunch time is/was today since tomorrow I'll be on the road. I've got about.... 1/7th of the trailer packed so in my mind, that's progress. Tonight is a wonderful night of Jennaswan and Carly Love so I'm greatly looking forward to all the giggles and hugs that will be shared.

I have no random facts today because my fact book is already packed away. In fact. It may be at least a whole week until we hear from that great book.
I am thankful for Jennaswan and Carly.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Oh California Ohwhoaoh.

2 posts in a day. Illegal; I know.
I just had an awesome run. And all I have to say is thanks to the old man who upped the awesomeness. Around 19 minutes and 22 seconds I was getting pretty winded, since it's incredibly humid out, and this lil old man was getting the mail. And he gave me the biggest cutest smile I've seen in a long time. And then he says, "Great day for a jog, isn't it?" And it just made my day. Not to mention he was wearing an awesome teal colored polo, which is one of my favorite colors; and all of that helped me get through my half hour. Then on my cool down Oh California by Vampire Weekend came on. Need I say more?

Malachi 3:6.

So I found this really weird video on youtube. And the song is actually quite catchy.. but I'm not too sure about the video. Little wild strawberries and crazy kids dancing in ghost suits? Anyways... it's worth a watch.

I know all I do is constantly complain about packing these days, but I'm going to do it again. I hate packing. If I could skip ahead about 2 weeks and just be all settled in and unpacked, I'd be totally okay with that. But there's this whole process of "Do I need this? Where should I put it? Will I use it?" with pretty much everything I
own. But since I am not a fan of complaining, I am going to try and stop that.

Yesterday was a blast. I got to see quite a bit of my friends. 7 of them to be exact. Plus my dad. He counts. So 8. And Carly and Jennaswan and I watched a bunch of Andy Samberg videos. And how can you beat that? Not easily. Maybe Saturday night we will when we watch Hot Rod. Wait. That has Andy Samberg too. Guess you can't beat him. Anyways. We played with Jennaswans Talking Tom kitty cat app on her ipod which is pretty amazing. It heightens your voice and makes everything sound 12 times cuter.

Next on the agenda today is a run in my yellow magic Nikes with iJango. It feels like it'll be a good one today. Then a shower and some power packing. Then tonight we have a mission thing at 4. We're gonna serve a meal and then sleepover at church. Mixed with miscellaneous projects like pulling weeds and whatnot. Always a good time.
  • I am reunited again with The Absense album by Paper Route. I lost them in the Great Loss and decided to buy them on itunes because I just missed them. And I'm listening to them right now. Wonderful.
  • Funny short story: I can't move in my house right away because they're putting in a sprinkler system. So I called Rachel to ask her if I could live with her until that whole system is a go. Then she says that she was gonna call me to see if she could live with me because there is a summer camp in her house. So. That will be a fun thing to figure out.
  • My God is so GREAT so strong and so mighty. There's nothing my God cannot do :)

See Shel.

Jennaswan picked 'A Light in the Attic' and Carly picked page 66. A team effort brought us to:

Wild Strawberries
-by Shel Silverstein
Are Wild Strawberries really wild?
Will they scratch and adult, will they snap at a child?
Should you pet them, or let them run free where they roam?
Could they ever relax in a steam-heated home?
Can they be trained to not growl at the quests?
Will a litterbox work or would they leave a mess?
Can we make them a Cowberry, herding the cows,
Or maybe a Muleberry pulling the plows,
Or maybe a Huntberry chasing the grouse,
Or maybe a Watchberry guarding the house,
And though they may curl up at your feet oh so sweetly,
Can you ever feel that you trust them completely?
Or should we make a pet out of something less scary,
Like the Domestic Prune or the Imported Cherry,
Anyhow, you've been warned and I will not be blamed
If your Wild Strawberry cannot be tamed.

Turns out there was a band once named Wild Strawberriez. Sweet.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Tuesday Talking Time Together Today.

My thoughts are a little scattered today so we'll see how this goes.

Today I woke up and made an egg on toast for breakfast. Then I watched the Bachelorette and worked on some friendship bracelets. Then Erik and I took Andre for a walk. Then Carly came over and we laughed a lot. Then I went to work where I laughed some more.

My dad proves once again to be the most awesome superhero in dad-form that anyone could ask for. I was short on totes for packing and some new ones magically appear in my room.
On the subject of packing... I don't want to do it. I'm definitely a last minute packer, and it's not quite last minute yet. I have 4 whole days until I leave. That's crazy soon, but I just don't feeling like putting it all in boxes yet.
On the subject of leaving... I don't really want to do that either. I do. But I don't. There are things about going back to school that I'm going to just love like my friends, the freedom, the wonderful little town, a schedule, Bible studies, love, DQ runs, and the list goes on. But at the same time there are things about home that I was just starting to get used to. Mainly my new buddies from the Missions trip and my new brother, Erik; along with my wonderfully painted room, my pillow-top mattress, and Carly and Jennaswan and Kyah Jo who I didn't spend nearly enough time with yet. I just don't want to leave them yet. But I know I'll get to school and remember how wonderful it is. Aside from all that homework jazz.

Today this kid came into DQ and he had a piece of paper taped to his head that said "Kiss me. My name is Joe." Can I just say that I don't think anyone would actually follow those directions. I guess I shouldn't be so critical, but I'm finding I don't mesh much with people who try to draw attention to themselves in ways such as that. On another note, there were a lot of sweet people who came through drive through and delivered smiles to me. I like that. Tiff, Cortt, Trina and I ran the entire store tonight, and let me tell you, we are quite the team.

  • Word of the day just for Kate: impedimenta: baggage or other things that retard one's progress. Makes total sense right? Speech impediments? Slows a person down.
  • In the urban West, one out of three women has blond hair; only one in 20 is blonde by nature. Dumb. Brunettes have more fun anyways.
  • I love Andy Samberg.
  • I enjoy the new B.o.B. album immensely.