Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Here's My Opinion.

Here's my opinion on Caribou Coffee: Top Notch. I got a blended peppermint mocha and my sister got a strawberry banana smoothie. They were both almost surprisingly delicious. And the guy taking orders was super good looking. And they ask for your name to call when your coffee's ready, and my sister said when he was like, "May I ask your name?", I should have said, "Yes. Megan. Could I ask yours?" Now that would have been clever. Not to mention they have the cutest (not over-priced) coffee mugs and the cleverest cups and napkins.

Here's my opinion on laptop warranties: They suck. And I know we tell the little kids at daycare not to say the 's' word, but laptop warranties call for it. There's always these dumb little hidden fees. "If it's an error with the driver or hardware, that's covered, but if it's a software problem, I'm sorry but you'll have to pay one hundred and thirty dollars, ma'am." Get. Real.

Here's my opinion on being lazy: Decent. I think that four days of being lazy is about the perfect time to be lazy. But as far as leading a life of laziness, well, that's just not for me.

Here's my opinion on talking animals: Creepy. I hate all those movies with talking animals. I just don't think it's right. With the exception of 'Ratatouille'. That's a cute movie.

Here's my opinion on eggs: Delish. Not only do they taste wonderful on a piece of toast with cheese, but they are a wonderful source of protein.

Here's my opinion of watching four seasons of a show in three days: Embarrassing. But if said person is watching four seasons in three days during said persons commitment to four days of laziness, I would say that this 'person' should not be so embarrassed, yes?

Here's my opinion of walks with my sister: Laughterful. Yes. I made that word up, but I'm not sure how else I'd define it. We walked for 40 minutes and laughed for almost every second of it. Not even sure what the laughter was caused by, but laughter doesn't really need a reason.

Here's my opinion on my day: One for the books.


Tuesday, June 29, 2010

I Am Thankful For Netflix.

Today at my sister's I changed the toilet paper. Changing toilet paper always reminds me of Carly. It's wierd but it's only because of the way she always puts the toilet paper on backwards. Well. To her it's forwards. Which I guess just means that we all have our own wonderful ways of doing things. Anyways. Wierd subject.

Other than changing the toilet paper I didn't do much., but I had a very productive day. I woke up at 10am. And I actually watched Netflix and painted until my sister got home from work at 5pm, with the exception of shower and food breaks. And I know what you're thinking: Wow. What a bum. And yes. I take full responsibility for my actions. And honestly, I'll probably repeat them tomorrow. Actually. I have to take my sister to work at 7am. That means I'll get an early start on the day and have some time for my tan. After my sister got home from work today, though, we went to Panera. Man I love that place. Then we went to get canvas (because I'm painting stuff for her bathrooms) and then we went to Target, where I unecessarily bought two dresses. But they're really cute. So. I guess that makes it ok?


My favorite part of this week so far was when my sister and I were driving in the car last night singing the theme song of Weeds in funny voices. It was so wonderful.

Also. I think I'm gonna go have myself a midnight snack. My friend Kate was going to have a midnight snack tonight too :) I hope she enjoyed it. Man do I miss our chats. Kate is wonderful.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Little Boxes On The Hillside.

I am thankful for my sister. She is 2 years older than me and she's been married for almost three years. We're pretty close when it comes to how close siblings are. She's been there for me for everything. I'm at her house for four days and it's wonderful. It's my vacation for the summer. I'm sitting on the couch right now enjoying her Netflix. One of these next few days I'm gonna sit outside and work on my tan while I read more of Captivating. I'm finally peeling. I know it sounds bad and nobody wants their skin to peel, but truly, i think it's a sign of a good tan. And I don't want cancer, but a tan i'll take.

On another note, I don't understand how people can't see that smoking is bad. I'm sorry if anyone takes offense to that, but I just don't see the joy in ruining lungs and polluting the air. I went for a jog this morning, and I could hardly breathe. And sure, part of it is due to my out-of-shapeness. But most of the credit goes to all of the people I passed that were smoking. It's just gross. But I guess, to each his own.

Random:
  • Children are born with 300 bones but adults only have 260. Some fuse together. Weird.
  • I have to take my ipod and laptop into Best Buy today. My best wish would be that they give me a new of each, because I've had so much trouble with both of them and I have warranties, so that's what I deserve right? But I'm expecting the worst, because everyone is cheap these days. Probably even the wonderful Best Buy.
  • One month until I go back to Illinois!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

A Little Taste Of Shel.

Long-Leg Lou and Short-Leg Sue
by Shel Silverstein

Long-Leg Lou and Short-Leg Sue
Went for a walk down the avenue,
Laughin' and jokin' like good friends do,
Long-Leg Lou and Short-Leg Sue.

Says Long-Leg Lou to Short-Leg Sue,
"Can't you walk faster than you do?
It really drives me out of my mind
That I'm always in front, and you're always behind."

Says Short-Leg Sue to Long-Leg Lou,
"I walk as fast as I'm meant to do."
"Then I'll go walkin' with someone new,"
Says Long-Leg Lou to Short-Leg Sue.

Now Long-Leg Lou, he walks alone,
Looking for someone with legs like his own,
And sometimes he thinks of those warm afternoons
Back when he went walkin' with Short-Leg Sue.

And Short-Leg Sue strolls down the street
Hand in hand with Slow-Foot Pete,
And they take small steps and they do just fine,
And no one's in front and no one's behind.

Friday, June 25, 2010

I Am Thankful For Quarter Machines.

This morning I worked at Contours from 9am to 4. Now it's time for a quick blog entry, a nap, hopefully a walk, and then off to DQ. Yesterday I decided to name that annoying fly, but today he is nowhere to be found. Hmm.
Tomorrow will be a day of greatness because Jennaswan, Carly, and myself are venturing to the Dells to Mt. Olympus. All that is guaranteed is fun, sunburn, waves, water, music, love, boys with their shirts off, reading, food, and some more fun.

Lately I've been thinking about grace and patience. I feel like in the past year or so I've lost patience that I used to value. Patience for kids, patience for those who mess up, patience for those who just don't make me smile all of the time, and patience for myself. I used to forgive easier and I used to have more grace with people. I'm not saying I'm this person who never looks at people with grace or who never realizes when patience is required, I'm just saying that it's something that I feel if I don't remember to use it, I'll lose it., which I really am not wanting to do. I'm going to do my best to keep myself positive on the daily because I feel that if my life revolves around being positive well., I'll always be content. And with that positiveness in mind, I'm going to start writing one thing I'm thankful for everyday that I haven't thanked God for before. And you may be thinking., Gosh, everyday? Are there that many things to be thankful for? And the answer would be Yes., there are that many things to be thankful for. Because there are so many little things that count. Today. I am thankful for quarter machines. I was craving chocolate at work today when I started thinking about getting a blended mocha or chocolate from the store after work. Then I remembered that just down the hall we had quarter machines with candy galore. I chose Reese's Pieces to satisfy my craving. And what is so wonderful about quarter machines is that they only cost a quarter. A blended mocha or a bag of chocolate would have cost almost 4 bucks. That's 16 handfuls of Reese's Pieces. And not only did I save money, but I saved calories.

Unimportant:
  • Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Rogers. Millicent? What a middle name.
  • Last night, Tiff and I cleaned up a grease spill for about an hour. We had more fun than most people who usually clean up grease probably do.
  • I wonder what it means to other people when they say they have a date with destiny.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

You Only Get 3 Warnings On The Go-Cart Track.

The Great Loss occurred again today., which means that once again, my computer has managed to delete all music off of my ipod. Also, there's a humongous annoying fly that's been flying around in my room for a good couple of days. Maybe I'll just give in and name him and call him a pet. Alright. Now that I got all that complaining out it's on to the good stuff.

Tuesday I went to Mt. Olympus. Jennaswan and I both got quite sunburnt. Hopefully it will soon turn into a golden tan. I went on the go-carts, one rollercoaster, a couple of water slides, the wave pool, and the lazy river. From this I discovered that I really am not fond of wooden rollercoasters that have all that drop-down-fast stuff. And from this I discovered that I'm not what most would call a thrill-seeker. A few of my friends (mainly the Clouse brothers) are what I would call thrill-seekers. I don't do that. I guess I'm more content with just relaxing and being in my comfort zone. And some think that's bad., not being able to go out of your comfort zone much. But I guess I don't mind it much at all. This Mt. Olympus trip was with my youth group, and on the bus ride home this little boy said "You know what I said the first time I went on the Cyclopes? I don't know if I'm just scared or dead!" Precious.

I had another thought walking around the water park. I'm really bad at judging age. I think most people judge age on how much make-up a person wears. That's probably why people think I'm young all the time., because I don't wear pounds of eye shadow. And as far as guys go, I think I can usually guess their age pretty well. Sometimes. Speaking of guys, I've really wanted a boyfriend lately. Not actually want one, but how girls get when they just... want one. Just for like the past couple of days. This too shall pass.

Random:
  • The Great Loss resulted in the loss of Mumford and Sons, whom I really love.
  • I feel like I always have stuff to organize.
  • I'm about to see Toy Story 3 with Calvin. Gosh I'm excited.
  • About 70 percent of Chinese students who leave to study abroad don't return. Did I not say before that I'd hate to live there because of that whole not allowed to wear ponytail thing? Duh.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Firenuts.

"Have you heard of Jesse Barrera?"
"No but i've heard of Ryan Cabrera!"

Also, "Fire and Ice".
"Did they just say firenuts?"

And that's just a little glimpse into a day in the life of my best friend Caroline and me. Carly and I hung out today and I guess that would be most closely comparable to... a starving rat getting a humongous block of cheddar cheese (a rat who's favorite cheese is cheddar., much like Carly's). I gave her the favorite son card I bought for her for graduation and she gave me lots of hugs and giggles in return. We watched part of the Bachelorette and then talked for a while.
Prior to my Caroline endeavors I worked a 6 hour shift which actually went by fairly fast. These two old ladies got medium twists, and the one had to help the other with her walker so I carried their cones out to her car; and well., I don't want to get old but when I do, I only hope I can be as cute and loving as they were.

Tomorrow I am going to Mt. Olympus with my youth group. It will be a grand old time, especially because Jennaswan is coming along. Can't wait. Then it's off to work for the night, so I'm prepared for a long and tiring day. And hopefully a tan. But it's supposed to storm, so we'll see. They say you get pretty tan through the clouds, but I'm not sure if it works with lightning...

Unimportant facts.
  • Americans collectively drove 11 billion fewer miles in March 2008 than March 2007. Now that's weird. I wonder what happened? Did we drive buses? Because we sure are to lazy too be walking and biking that many miles.
  • I love my friend Tiff.
  • I'm going to watch an episode of True Beauty and then go to bed. And then wake up at 6:30 am. Ew.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

I Thought It Was A Bird But It Was Just A Paper Bag.

"Hunger hurts but starvin works when it costs too much to love." Now. I'm not 100 percent sure what that means, but I feel like I can relate to that. Like., of course it's not fun to be hungry, but if something costs to much and its result may not be worth the cost, then you starve right? It's not at all about food but when you put it in the love perspective it makes a lot of sense. It's not much fun being lonely, and it's awesome to have someone to love and care for you, but sometimes it can cost too much to love. I guess you just have to wait until you know you can satisfy your hunger for just the right cost. In a not-food perspective sort of way.

On the other note, today is Father's Day. I wrote on probably 20 ice cream cakes today for daddys while I was at work, and in church this morning Pastor Larry read this neat story by Erma Bombeck:

When the good Lord was creating fathers, He started with a tall frame. A female angel nearby said, "What kind of father is that? If you're going to make children so close to the ground, why have you put fathers up so high? He won't be able to shoot marbles without kneeling, tuck a child in bed without bending or even kiss a child without a lot of stooping. And God smiled and said, "Yes, but if I make him childsize, who would children have to look up to?"

And when God made a father's hands, they were large and sinewy. The angel shook her head sadly and said, "Large hands are clumsy. They can't manage diaper pins, small buttons, rubber bands on ponytails or even remove splinters caused by baseball bats." And God smiled and said, "I know, but they're large enough to hold everything a small boy empties from his pockets at the end of a day, yet small enough to cup a child's face."

And then God molded long, slim legs and broad shoulders. The angel nearly had a heart attack. "Boy, this is the end of the week, all right," she clucked. "Do you realize you just made a father without a lap? How is he going to pull a child close to him without the kid falling between his legs?" And God smiled and said, "A mother needs a lap. A father needs strong shoulders to pull a sled, balance a boy on a bicycle or hold a sleepy head on the way home from the circus."

God was in the middle of creating two of the largest feet anyone had ever seen when the angel could contain herself no longer. "That's not fair. Do you honestly think those large boats are going to dig out of bed early in the morning when the baby cries? Or walk through a small birthday party without crushing at least three of the guests?" And God smiled and said, "They'll work. You'll see. They'll support a small child who wants to ride a horse to Banbury Cross or scare off mice at the summer cabin or display shoes that will be a challenge to fill."

God worked throughout the night, giving the father few words but a firm, authoritive voice and eyes that saw everything but remained calm and tolerant. Finally, almost as an afterthought, He added tears. Then He turned to the angel and said, "Now, are you satisfied that he can love as much as a mother?"

The angel didn't say a word.


I love that. And I also love my dad so incredibly much. I'd be lost without him.

Also. I really like the song '4-minute Warning' by Radiohead.

And this is my cute puppy, Snickers.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Happy Birthday Grama Loo!


Today was a pretty grand day. Swimming at Tiff and Britt's, then making funfetti cookies and converting a bunch of wonderful youtube videos to songs. Then I went for a walk while I talked to my sister on the phone and then it was quality time with Kyah Jo at Target, Starbucks, and my house. Then Culver's with grama and grampa and finally a skype date with Nikweeta. Wonderful.

Today is my grandma's 86th birthday. And let me tell you, is she ever precious. Her and my grandpa have so much love for each other. I think that young lovers could learn a lot from my grandparents. How to love someone so unconditionally. It's the cutest. Also. My grandparents smile a lot. And I love it when my grampa laughs. And my grama always winks at me from across the table. We were chatting and she looked at me and said "You look more like your sister than you ever used to." And then I think she felt like she was telling me that meant I was less pretty, so she says, "But that means that you are still pretty. Because you're both pretty." And she smiles. And then I say, "What if I look like my dad?" and my dad says, "Then you're pretty lucky." I just love being surrounded by clever people who love me so much.

Last weekend I confessed to my family how when I was little I remember feeling left out because of my middle name. My family's middle names are Lee, Lenore, Lynn, and my dog even has the middle name of Luv. My middle name.. is Jane. And I always hated how I was the only one who didn't get an 'L'. My dad told me that it's apparently because I'm so special. I said., nice try dad. But I'm good with it now. I like my middle name. But I remember I used to be so sad about it. It's so funny what matters to us at different times in our lives.

The human spine flexes 100 million times in fifty or sixty years. That's kind of gross if you think about it.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Everything And Nothing.

Today I have everything to talk about. Which in this case kind of means that I don't want to talk about anything. All I can say is that I really love Steph, Full House, and Chocolate Eclaire dessert.

Also. I finally sent my pen pal letter out today (so if jour reading this., get excited:)

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

You Are 35% Daffodil.


Today I woke up to a crying baby and a barking dog. Not everybody's first choice at 7 am, I'm sure. Ava sure was whiny today. But she's still precious.

On the brighter side of things, Stephanie is finally here. And it's wonderful. I love her to death. There's not many people I love to laugh that much with, and no one else I can jam with Justin Beiber to and have that much fun with. Last night we tried to watch New Moon. She was successful. I was semi-successful. She decided that she's never seen me watch a whole movie in the entire time she's known me, which is probably true., I have a hard time with that. We also both decided that if we were boys, we'd probably only grow a beard if we looked like David Beckham. But if we looked like our guy friends, then, probably not.

Today, we went to Barnes and Noble. I bought 'You Are One-Third Daffodil'. It's a book with a bunch of fun facts. 35% of our DNA is the same as daffodils, hence the title. I love it. I also bought 'Captivating' which I am going to start digging into for my Bible study for the girls in my house next year. Something happened and we laughed really hard, but we can't remember what it was about. I think that happened a lot actually. Then we drove home and jammed to Justin Beiber. I mean jammed. Full out. I. Love. Steph. We also read this book about birthdays and what it means when your born on certain days. Not really real, but fun none the less. Then, Calvin came over and watched basketball with us. It was a grand old time. We talked about the black Rocky of China and getting married and moving to California. Not many people have that much fun I'm sure.

Random:
  • Steph and I are gonna go get popsicles.
  • Most toilets flush in E-flat. Weird.

Monday, June 14, 2010

8 Hours of Monopoly. Is That Possible?

This past weekend I went to a cabin with my family. Is was a nice relaxing weekend full of games and a little water. I took out the kayak two of the days. Man, now that is a good arm workout. When I'm older and have a cabin, I want to be sure to have a kayak to work out my arms and a paddle boat to work out my legs. I think that would be a pretty awesome work out. Speaking of having a cabin, I told my sister that we need to have a cabin. If my husband is richer than her and Dan, I told her I'd buy it., but if they're richer, they can buy it and I'll buy the kayaks.

We started a game of Monopoly around 6 on Saturday. Longest game of Monopoly I've ever played in my life. My sister and I don't usually make it very far. The game started going and pretty early I got Park Avenue, buy my mom had Boardwalk. And we all know that Park Avenue isn't much without Boardwalk. My mom also had two railroads that I really wanted to add to my collection, but she wouldn't give them up. Anyway, around 10pm she goes bankrupt. And since it was my doing, I was rewarded everything she owned. Eventually I put hotels on all of my properties which... is pretty pricey when you stay a couple nights at the Boardwalk Hotel. Anyways. My sister had to sell all of her property and then she gave me the six dollars she had left when she was sick of playing. Then. Dan went bankrupt by 5 dollars short when he had to pay my dad. So. My dad had a lot of property. We finally decided to call it quits at 2:30 am. My dad had 6000 dollars and a lot of property. I had 9000 dollars and some property. So I guess it depends whether you value property or money as far as who won goes. But if we would have gave it a few more hours, the probability was more on his side.

I started reading The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks. I think I'm gonna stop reading it. It makes me think about the past and having someone and I guess I just don't have energy to do that this summer. But I'm totally fine with sticking to watching Season 5 of Bones on my ipod. In fact, that would probably be more enjoyable anyway. But, props to you, Nicholas Sparks, for always writing excellent works.

My cousins baby is here for 3 weeks. My mom is watching her during the day. She's the cutest baby ever and I know how people can fall in love with babies so easily now.

Random:
  • Stephanie Dawn is driving my way as we speak. Gosh am I excited.
  • My dog is sitting on my shoulder right now. Like a cute little bird.
  • My friend, Andrea, had the best dream in the world the other night. We snuck into a science convention with Bibles and that's about all I can say. But I love her and miss her terribly.
  • The study of stupidity is called 'monology'
  • It's nap time.


Friday, June 11, 2010

The Grass is Always Green. Everywhere.

Today I woke up to a wonderful storm. I really love storms. I think they're calming. The only thing I don't like is that they really scare my dog. And he shakes for a long time and I just feel so bad. But the positive thing about rain is that it really does make the grass look greener. And that brings me to this: Why do people think the grass is greener on the other side? The other side of what? Don't people know that by saying that, they're kind of saying that someone wants what they have, too? That makes me pretty happy for what I have. If someone things grass is greener where I am. That's pretty sweet. But I guess sometimes I do think the grass is greener everywhere else.

I got paid today for both of my jobs. I sure do love paychecks. And two paychecks on one day, well, that sounds wonderful, doesn't it?

My family is leaving this weekend to go to my mom's friends cabin. My sister and her husband are coming so it'll be quite a blast I'm sure. I'm excited for a little relaxation.

Today I drank a blended mocha. And it wasn't as delicious as I'd hoped. I only drank a little over half of it. That's when you know it just doesn't taste right.

Also today, I started writing a letter to my pen pal. I sure loved the letter I just got from her and I hope my letters make her smile just as much as hers make me smile. Wouldn't it be neat to send a letter to a random address and ask them to be your pen pal? I wonder what kind of response you'd get. Of course you wouldn't want to send it to some creeper that would come stalk you. I don't think that chance would be worth taking.

Well. Since I'm thoughtless and rather boring today I may as well go pack.

Random:
  • Pogonophobia is the fear of beards. Man would that be the worst. People are afraid of the weirdest things. I'm kind of afraid of mustard though. That's pretty weird.
  • My friend Stephanie Dawn is coming next Monday to visit me. It will be a grand few days with her here.
  • God is the best. Always.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

I Sure Love Pierogies.

I had a thought today as I was collecting money at the drive thru. I thought about people and different types of people. And before I open the window to collect the money, I sometimes judge the type of person they are. Some of them look really crabby and some look quite delightful. But some of the ones who look the crabbiest turn out to be the most pleasant. There was a lady today who looked mad until I opened the window, smiled, and told her the total. Then she had the biggest, cutest, pleasant smile on her face. And that made me think. We can't judge a persons heart by looking at them. We never know what's really on the inside.

Another thought I had was about whip cream. Jennaswan and I made blended mochas today and we put them in caribou coffee cups with whip cream. When I was drinking my frappe I started to wonder why I like whip cream on delicious drinks and stuff. And really, I think it's just because it looks fancier. I don't really care about the taste. And I really don't think the taste is worth the extra calories. But I would sacrifice those calories to drink a fancier-than-not looking frappe, that's for sure.

Potato and Cheddar Pierogies are my current favorite edible item. Thank you Carly.

Today my dad said the best words ever: "Oh, and this came in the mail for you today." and he hands me a letter from my favorite Nikweeta. And it sure made my day.

The Sandra Bullock Adventure.
I'm going to embark on an adventure. I decided this after watching Sandra Bullock win the generation award. I realized that she might be my favorite actress. I've just loved so many things she's done. So I thought: wouldn't it be neat to watch every movie she's ever been in? Well sure it would. So that's just what I'm going to do. Now, I don't know how long this will take me. Probably a while because I'm not gonna be able to strictly watch Sandra since there are other movies I'll want to see. Also. I do have a life and I work and hang out with my friends, so I can't just sit and watch movies every minute. But. This is the list (chronologically) of what I will be viewing throughout this adventure.

1. Hangmen
2. Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman
3. Who Shot Patakango?
4. The Preppie Murder
5. Religion, Inc.
6. Love Potion No. 9
7. The Vanishing
8. When the Party's Over
9. The Thing Called Love
10. Demolition Man
11. Fire on the Amazon
12. Wresting Ernest Hemingway
13. Speed
14. Who Do I Gotta Kill?
15. While You Were Sleeping
16. The Net
17. Two if by Sea
18. A Time to Kill
19. In Love and War
20. Speed 2: Cruise Control
21. Hope Floats
22. Making Sandwiches
23. Practical Magic
24. The Prince of Egypt
25. Forces of Nature
26. Gun Shy
27. 28 days
28. Miss Congeniality
29. Murder by Number
30. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
31. Two Weeks Notice
32. Crash
33. Loverboy
34. Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous
35. The Lake House
36. Infamous
37. Premonition
38. The Proposal
39. All About Steve
40. The Blind Side

Well gosh. That'll sure take me a while. But I'm pretty excited. Some look scary, some look lame, some I've seen, and some are hard to follow, but most are excellent I'm sure. But I also need to start reading books. Oh the time I don't have to do the things I need to do.

Well. I'm tired and I need to go brush my teeth.
Adios.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Umbrellas usually don't keep you dry.

This morning Tiff and I went to get paint with my mom and we painted my room. There's dark grey on the bottom which goes about two thirds up the wall. Then there's a stripe of white. Then there's a lighter grey that finishes up to the ceiling. It looks pretty classy. So. That's drying now. Tonight I have a meeting for a missions trip that my youth group is doing. I'm the female leader, so that will be a blast.

On another note, it's been raining here for about three days. I think it's funny when it rains. Because if you think about it, rain is awesome. The grass is greener and the flowers are happier. You can dance in the streets and stomp in puddles. And with a rain jacket and boots I could walk for miles with someone I love. But I went and got a couple of groceries today and everyone in the parking lot just had this face of catastrophe on. Like it was the worse thing in the world to have to go get groceries in the rain. Sure it's a bit more enjoyable to run errands when it's dry, but it sure isn't the end of the world.

Also. It's a weird dream of mine to be a dog walker for a bit. Like those people in central park who walk in nice trench coats while they have like 10 different dogs on leashes. I think that would be wonderful.

Random:
  • China banned the pigtail in 1911 because it was seen as a symbol of fuedalism. I'm sure glad I don't live there.
  • My favorite Nikweeta sent me a letter today. Gosh I can't wait til I get it. It's been forever since I've recieved a wonderful letter.
  • Sliced bread was patented by a jeweler who had been working on it for 16 years. Gosh was that worth it.
  • My dad just got home :)

Sunday, June 6, 2010

t.i.r.e.d.

Today after church, I came home to find my mom, dad, and sister moving beds around. This included the new queen bed we got from my mom's friend being put into my room. I must say, it's probably 8 steps up from the old bed. So. A bunch of rearranging went on. So, the comforter that fits this new queen bed is a baby blueish, which means that the tan walls that are in here right now just don't match very well. So. My mom and I went into town to look at paint. The color I want is Armory. It's a dark grey. I like it a lot. While we were at Menards though, I was distracted by all of the awesome colors of paint. I love the way all of those paint things look. I don't even know what they're called but they're the things that have like., 3 different shades of a color all on one little paper. So. I saw the row of all of these lined up and how the colors went from a teal all through the color wheel and back to teal. Gosh. It was beautiful. So. I decided to take one of each. I had to sneak them though because I didn't want the guy that was working to yell at me. Although, if he would have caught me I'm sure it would have been more work for him to put them all back then to just let me take them. Anyways. There were 59 things. And I really don't know what I'm going to do with them but hopefully I'll figure something clever out. I found a white color called Kiss Me Kate. So. I picked it up and wrote a letter on it for my friend Katie. I thought it was too fitting to pass up.

Tomorrow I hopefully need to wake up. I plan on starting the day of with a run before I have to go to work. I've just been way to droggy lately and I gotta do something this week to make me feel like it's summer. All this rain isn't really helping either. But tonight in this new comfy bed, I will hopefully not even hear alarm clocks.

The next song that will probably be put on my Do-Not-Playlist is 'Sleeping Sickness' by City and Colour. The lyrics aren't much for me to relate to but it has a pretty killer rhythm. Love it.

Now. I'm gonna go walk the dogs and then watch 'Did You Hear About the Morgan's' with my parents. And then. I'm going to bed extremely early. And it will be wonderful.

A Day of Contemplativeness.

Well. I'm quite aware that I'm making a mistake by still being awake at 2 a.m. The thing is though., I really can't help it. That's what I get for taking a 3 hour nap that ended when I should have been getting ready for bed. And yes, I know that staying up means I'll just have to take another nap tomorrow and the cycle will keep repeating. Such as life. But, today did turn in to be a better-than-expected day. I went into work early which means I got done early. Then I came home and tidied up and took a nap. It was a wonderful well needed nap. Before this nap I was not even functioning like a human. I was out of it and not knowing what people were saying to me. Spacey. But. It's amazing what a nap can do for a person. So. A nap I took. Then. My sister was in town. It was the best unexpected occurrence ever. So I met up with her and a bunch of people went to the coffee shop. I got a mocha frappe which was delish. My friend Greg was there and I got to talk to him. That actually probably made my day. I always love catching up with him. Then. Even better. My sister came over and decided to spend the night. We're getting up at 8 to make breakfast. Chocolate chip pancakes. Mmmm mmm good.

On another note, I was thinking about things. Matters of the heart things. And the reason I'm up late is not only because I took too long of a nap but it's because I'm contemplative. Now. These matters of the heart don't really have anything to do with me wanting to have a boyfriend. Because I don't. But. I was just thinking about past happenings and past feelings and what not. Also. I was thinking about the difference between rejection and heartbreak. They don't come with the same feelings. Being rejected has to do with feeling inadequate. It's about thinking 'Dang. That person didn't want me so I must be boring and imperfect'. Things like that. Heartbreak has more to do with feeling like you just don't wanna be without that person. Of course rejection is entangled in with it., just as heartbreak comes with rejection. But the ideas are still different. And I've been both. I've been rejected and I've been heartbroken. And I've realized that although rejection really really sucks, heartbreak is the worst ever. And I'm finally starting to figure out why I felt differently after different break ups. A break up is a break up right? Nope. Come to realize one was more rejection and one was more heartbreak. And heartbreak is what makes it harder. Because it's not only that you feel inadequate., it's that you're really gonna miss the person. And for a while, the thought of being without that person just makes you want to curl up in a ball and sleep for an entire day. And then eat some cookie dough. And I've also realized that you can even be the one breaking the heart and still get pretty heart broken in the process. And it's hard to figure out what's worse. But. I think I'd rather have my heart broken than break someones heart. Because well., that's just a lot to be responsible for.

Today is one of those days where I could just go for a good man hug. You know., those Let-Me-Hold-You-Til-You-Know-It'll-All-Be-Okay Hug. Those are the best hugs I think a person can get.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Rise and Shine.

I'm quite thoughtless today. It appears as if all that lack of sleeping is catching up with me. Usually in the summer I get more sleep than the school year., but thus far that's not the case. Last night was worth staying up late to Skype with my favorite Nikweeta. An hour and 45 minutes of talks of life, love, and happiness went by and not a giggle opportunity was missed. This morning I got up at 5:30 and my dad and I ventured to the yearly Dairy Fest breakfast. Accordion music and a line in the rain and a breakfast consisting of delicious cheese curds, cranberry muffins, eggs, not-so-good tasting coffee, milk and Juicy-Juice. Let me tell you, Wisconsin is probably the only state where people will wait in the rain for this. It's tradition. A tradition that I'm quite proud to have. And there is no one I would rather go with than my dad. I wore flip flops and it rained and he walks really fast so I said: "Dad, I can't walk real fast in these." And he goes: "Well, can you run?" What a funny man. This is the first year I didn't get a kiddie bag filled with wonderful Wisconsin treats like erasers shaped like cows and coloring books filled with cheeseheads and dairy. Really though? You miss one year of the Dairy Fest breakfast and you come back and bam- you're an adult. No kiddie bag. But I guess that's the way life works.

After that I took my neighbor to her therapy appointment and went to the coffeeshop while I waited. I had a pretty disgusting mocha latte (probably because it wasn't from Adam Bros). But even though the coffee wasn't up to par, God did an excellent job with my delivering my devotional for the day. I'm reading 'Set Apart Femininity' by Leslie Ludy. She's got some pretty great things to say. "We've been looking for beauty in the wrong place. And our incessant search for beauty has stripped us of all that is truly beautiful." That's pretty good stuff. And it's so true. We don't know where to search for beauty any more it seems. Our world has 'beauty' so readily available but it's not the kind of beauty that we truly need. She goes on to say: "We live in a world where radical abandonment to Christ means, at best, maintaining technical virginity until marriage and possibly going on a short-term mission trip every couple of years with an ipod, cell phone, and InStyle magazine." Gosh, that one's convicting. We think we've got it right but we've got is so wrong sometimes. I live so comfortably. I love so conditionally. I serve whole-heartedly so infrequently. I feel like it's so hard to live uncomfortably even though God demands it and I think our idea of 'uncomfortable' is probably way more comfortable than it should be. That's where we've lost it. We've been given so much and we've become so unappreciative to the point where we actually think that we deserve everything we have. I'm definitely guilty of that. How do we love unconditionally the way God loves us? We lose the meaning of what unconditionally is. Someone does something to upset us and there it goes., I just don't love them today. But we're the most imperfect things and God loves us so conditionally. And that is so amazing and I really think we loose the true meaning of what that really is. But I am eternally grateful for having a Savior who loves me so unconditionally.

Some important things to chew on:
  • The women of the Tiwi tribe in the South Pacific are married at birth. Whoa baby. Literally.
  • My dog has been sleeping on my bed all day. He's precious. My puppy on the other hand is a Little Rascal and has tried to eat pretty much everything in the house besides food. But he's still precious too.
  • I'm super hungry. Right now and all the time.
  • Apparently I was a bit more thoughtful today than I thought.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Friends, Love and Ice Cream: a well rounded day.

So yesterday was a 12 on a scale of 1 to 10. Well. The night only got better. And it seeped into today. Bible study was an eye opener for sure. Beth Moore study on Loving Well. Dang does God know how to open up your eyes when you think you've got things figured out. After the Bible study a few of us girls went over to a Tonya's house to watch 'Invincible'. Only rule for the night: no dissing Mark Wahlberg. Of course Tonya and I didn't even think of breaking that rule. Seriously., have you seen those biceps? But., some of the other girls of the house weren't so kind. But that was a good movie. After Tonya's we ventured to Jennaswans where we began our crazy adventures of the night/morning. First was to make four music videos. In crazy outfits. And when 3 a.m. comes around we all know it's time for a photo shoot. I mean., what else would someone being doing? Sleeping? Please. So there was a photo shoot and then finally bed time. In the morning I lazed around and chatted with Jennaswan a bit. Edited some pictures and shared some music. Which I just lost by the way. Because apparently I told itunes to wipe out my whole ipod. Oh well. I'll get over it soon enough. Back to my day. I really love Jennaswan. She has such a wonderful heart. Not to mention she's model gorgeous. I just love her. After that I came home, walked the dogs, and headed to Carly's to watch So You Think You Can Dance. Gosh those people can move. That was good quality time with Carly. Now Carly. She is just such a fun lovin blessing in my life. But I sure do miss the good ol' days when we didn't have jobs and we weren't busy and we could lounge around together all day and all night. But I guess growing up has it's advantages too. Then off to work from 3 to close.

So, Beth Moore really is a woman of God. In the Loving Well study she talked about the different types of people we love. We've got people who are a joy to love. They're called Joy. We've got people who are testy to love: Testy. There's those who we hate and despise: Foe. And finally there are those people in our lives whom we don't even really know are there. They're kind of like strangers. They're called Far. Well. Immediately I thought of my joys. First ones that came to mind: My family, Blake, Niqui, Carly, Jenna.. and the list goes on. I've got some solid and plentiful 'Joys' in my life. Testy. Yes. One in particular came to mind. And I think this one is the whole purpose that God placed me in this Bible study. He sure does know how open my eyes and I just cannot wait to see what he has in store for that. I guess I'm ready for the challenge. Foes well, I couldn't think of anyone that I hate or despise. And the Far- we've all got people in our life that we don't even realize need our love. And the most awesome thing is that God brought one of my 'Fars' to my attention tonight. I tell ya. I just cannot get over how awesome that God is. I just love the guy. But yep, I'm really excited about this Bible study and where it goes. Especially if I've learned this much already.

Randoms:
  • I am about to Skype with Nikweeta and I'm certain it will be like topping my day with a cherry. The sweetest cherry ever.
  • I'm listening to Glee Volume 3 right now. Wonderful? I'd say so.
  • Lady Gaga used to be normal. What?
  • A hippo can open its mouth wide enough to fit a 4 ft tall child. Now that's a thought.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Lazy Day.

No work today. That's pretty fantastic. Woke up at 9 this morning and went for a walk with Blakeley. Except, she was driving on the phone and I was walking while I was on the phone. We walked 2 and a half miles. Then we talked a bunch more while I ate and watched TV. And now I'm still watching TV and I truly think that being lazy is one of the best things in the world. Of course not being lazy everyday, because then you would get to feeling like your life is just unproductive. Which it probably would be if you were lazy everyday. But after an episode or two more of Parental Control I'll be off to finish moving my stuff into the other bedroom and cleaning. Then off to Jennaswans and then a Bible Study at church. Sounds like a 12 on a scale of 1 to 10 of a day for me.

I had a thought this morning about microwaves. Why do we have them? I feel like if people think it's dangerous to stand in front of a microwave then why would we eat food that we put inside of a microwave? Hmm.

Also, I really want a sleeping nook. A lot of people say that they wouldn't want to be tucked away like that but I just think it would be wonderful and cozy. My dream bedroom would have grey walls and a sleeping nook. With a window where the sun rises.

I guess this post shows that lazy days just create lazy brains. And I'll be okay with that today.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

I Got You Bayb.

One thing is for sure: God gives us people for the ups and downs. Some of the people he gives us are kind of a temporary thing. They come and go with the problems. But some of these people are a permanent thing. We come to the age where friendship becomes more than playing with play-doh and finger painting. Instead of learning our ABCs and 123s we begin to learn life lessons like patience and unconditional love. And with learning these life lessons, we learn to make life long friendships.

Blakeley is my life long friend. Not lifelong in the way that we've grown up from Day 1 together playing in the sand box and getting dizzy on merry-go-rounds., but lifelong in the way that we will always and forever be there for each other through any up and any down., whatever it may be. I haven't had many friends like her. She's the kind of person that can look at me and ask what's wrong before I even say a word. She turns my tears of sadness into tears of laughter in about .2 seconds. She can make anyone I know laugh for hours and she can entertain me with made up stories in different accents. She's got a heart that is big enough to care for everyone she loves and you will hardly ever see her down. Not to mention she is a godly woman and anyone would be blessed to have her around. She knows the things I hate like rude people, mushrooms, flirty girls or those people that flip their eyelids inside out. She knows the things I love like teal, dark chocolate, funny Tshirts and fried okra. She's pretty much the best friend anyone could have. Unfortunately for everyone else, a couple of her open friend spots have already been filled by my love.

I guess to wrap this up, there is no argument too big that could ever tear us apart. Everyday we will be there for each other and everyday we will care about what is going on in each others lives- whether we're in the same room or 5 hours away from each other. Friendship is love and I'm so glad we've got each other.