the best...

The Grammys are on tonight!  I'm planning on watching them.  But might get bored between all the long performances and not so great attempts of the presenters to make jokes and such.  I'll still give it a shot though.
There's a list of the nominees here.
I'm skimming it right now seeing if any of my favorites are on there...
Never Say Never by The Fray is nominated for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
Lucky by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat is nominated for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
Free To Be Me by Francesca Battistelli is nominated for Best Gospel Performance
The Motions by Matthew West is nominated for Best Gospel Song
And yeah... that's about it. Haha.  Apparently, my taste in music doesn't really follow the mainstream stuff.  That's fine.  I'd rather be different than follow the crowd.


my lovely sunshine?

The power and internet are back. :)
One of my friends (we'll call him "John") joined the Navy last year.  He did bootcamp in the fall and is now stationed at a naval base and going to school for some kind of nuclear science stuff.  John called me tonight!  It was so nice to hear from him again.  The last time I'd seen him was at the OAFC New Years Gathering in Fort Wayne and I wasn't really expecting to hear from him after that even though I'd have liked to keep in touch.  But he called me!  We had a great conversation.  He told me about his school and I told him about mine.  Sounds like he's still not totally adjusted to being in the Navy.  It's pretty stressful and rigid and practically everything in their day is scheduled.  Even when they're supposed to study and do homework.  The only free time he has all day to even talk to people on the phone is at night.  And when he does that it cuts into his sleeping time.  John's dealing with a lot of change and adjustment right now.  He really enjoyed talking on the phone though.  He told me that is was so nice to just get to relax and not worry about anything for a bit while talking on the phone after a day so full of school and other stuff.  He did most of the talking like in nearly all our conversations and I laughed at all his terrible jokes just like always.  He's easy to humor and I'm too nice to call out his bad jokes.  It's great.  He's fun to hang out with and talk to.
Thanks to sleepiness, my comfy bed that was just too warm to instantly jump out of when the alarm went off, and the windy and snowy weather, I was late to class again.  I felt so bad for being late two classes in a row!  But I'm still nervous about driving in the wintry weather since my car accident nearly a month ago.  My teacher was very understanding.  He is so awesome.  All of my teachers are.  It's great.
My room is so cold!  Let me tell you, I am a pro at not dressing properly for cold weather.  Even after living in Illinois for five years I still don't get it right.  I wore a short sleeve shirt under my coat today along with flare jeans and tennis shoes.  It's was thirty degrees Fahrenheit outside, windy, and snowy.  It sucked.  John said it's sixty degrees Fahrenheit where he is.  He thinks it's really weird for it to be that warm in January though.  Personally, I miss that warm weather back in Texas.  I certainly wouldn't mind a little more sunshine and warmth around here.


country livin'

It’s January 24th, Sunday, 8:29 PM.  Why am I dating this entry?  Because our phone line and Internet connection went down Friday night and hasn’t been restored yet.  So I’m typing this up on Microsoft Word and will post it when the Internet comes back.
I started school last week.  So far I really like all my classes and my teachers.  I’m going to learn so much this semester!!!  It’s very exciting.  I’m going to learn how to develop photos in a darkroom, how to better use my digital camera, and expand my limited knowledge of how to use photoshop.  I’m thinking about getting a higher-end digital point-and-shoot camera to use for my digital photography class.  I can use the one I already have for most of my assignments in that class, but I’ve been wanting to get a nicer camera for a while.  I’m not ready for an SLR camera, but the kind my teacher showed us I think will work.  They’re not terribly expensive either.  So yeah, I’m hoping that will happen soon.  Tomorrow in my Intro to Photography class we’re making photograms.  I don’t quite understand yet how they’re made, but I remember seeing the ones my sister made in a photography class and they look really cool.  I’m pretty psyched about it.  :)
The way the darkroom times work out with my photography class and when my second class starts, I’ll have about two hours between my classes on Mondays and Wednesdays.  I can eat lunch, roam around campus to get familiar with the layout, take pictures of the campus, figure out where the computer lab is so I can kill time in there, go to the library and read.  It’s going to take a while to get acquainted with my new surroundings and figure out what all I can do there, but I’m looking forward to it.  Maybe I’ll even meet some people that I can hang out with between classes.  I’ve already met one person in my digital photography class.  He asked if he could sit at the computer next to me and seems really nice.  He’s from a town near where I am and is the same age as me.  Maybe we’ll end up being friends.  Have to wait and see what happens.
Symposia is in town in Fort Wayne.  I’m not quite sure what all it entails, but my sister was telling me a little about it.  It sounds like a lot professors and pastors gather at the seminary there for lectures and such.  (If the Internet was working I’d look up a link that explains it better.)  It’s keeping the seminary students pretty busy.  Fred and I agreed that we’d like to talk on the phone occasionally rather than e-mail back and forth.  Might be better with our schedules becoming busier.  He’s super busy with Symposia being in town, so we haven’t been able to talk yet.  But once things settle down we’ll hopefully get to talk to each other.
My Mom found this new hair product for curly/wavy hair.  It’s a spray gel type thing.  You spray it on your hair when it’s wet and then let it air-dry.  I’m still figuring out the best way to use it on my hair, but I’m getting there.  The spray along with the super moisturizing shampoo and conditioner I’m using now seems to help a lot with the frizzy and poofy problems I have with my hair.


inspiration via sharpie markers

I have a prayer journal.  Why don't I just pray out loud or in my head?  'Cause it's easier for me to write down my prayers.  I always get distracted or forget what I was going to pray about when I pray out loud or in my head.  So every night I write in my prayer journal.  Or I strive to, at least.  Sometimes I forget.
My prayer journal is a simple, cheap, journal-type book from Wal-Mart (I think that's where it's from).  I wasn't a fan of the rainbow hearts all over the white cover, so I covered the journal with green duct tape.  That was a while ago.  Yesterday I got the idea to write Bible verses all over my journal.  Why?  Well, I thought it was a cool idea considering it is a prayer journal, the green duct was starting to look kind of boring, and doing this would indulge my fascination with the fine-tip Sharpie markers I got for Christmas. 
But there was a problem with my plan: I can never remember the references to my favorite Bible verses.  And when I'm in Bible study and come across a verse that I like, I never can remember it afterward.  So what did I do to find Bible verses to use for my project?  I used Facebook of course!  I posted statuses asking people what their favorite Bible verses are.  So many of my friends responded!
I knew it would be fun and encouraging to read and copy down the Bible verses my friends recommended, but I didn't expect to realize something significant about my life while doing this project.  I underestimated the power of God's Word!
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing, and perfect will.  Romans 12:2
When I read and copied down the verse above, I realized something.  Now, I have heard this verse I don't know how many times before, but it never resonated with me like it did this time.  I realized just how much I've let the world influence me within the past year or so.  Things I say, listen to, and think about were conforming to what the world says is acceptable.  I wasn't being "transformed".  There was a time in my life when the only music I listened to was Christian music.  But now that doesn't happen as often as it used to.  Not that listening to secular music is an evil thing to do, but you should use discretion and not forget about your favorite Christian music artists.  My opinion on swearing and cussing had changed also.  I had let other people's opinions influence my own, which in turn influenced what I said and thought.  In the beginning, when this changing started, I thought it was no big deal.  But now I see that it is a big deal.  That I need to be careful and take care of my mind and what I let in.  I need to stand my ground, be transformed, and not cave-in to what the world says is right.
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?  Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father.  And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.  Matthew 10:29-31
This verse also struck me.  Not one sparrow falls to the ground without God knowing.  And  I'm worth more than many sparrows.  God knows and cares about everything that happens in my life!  He even knows how many hairs are on my head!  That is pretty amazing considering how ridiculously thick and crazy my hair is.  *insert smiley face here*  He even knows how many freckles I have too!  But seriously, God knows every little thing about me, and nothing happens without him knowing.  How mind-boggling is that?  "So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows."  God loves and cares for me, so I don't have to be afraid.  That makes me all warm inside.  *insert another smiley face here*
This "Writing Bible Verses All Over My Prayer Journal" project turned out to be a lot more than I expected.  I'm going to do a better job of remembering verses by underlining them in my Bible or writing the references on a piece of paper and taping it to my wall or something.  I had a great time reading and copying the Bible verses.  It was so fun, encouraging, and opened my eyes to something about myself that I hadn't realized or thought about in a while.  I should write Bible verses on things more often!


i want to be a princess when i grow up

I am such a little kid sometimes.
When I'm really excited or happy, I literally bounce up and down with a big, goofy smile on my face.
Yes, I do watch Phineas and Ferb on Disney Channel.  It's the only show on that channel that I actually enjoy watching.  I know all the words to the theme song and I've sung the theme song with one of the nine-year-old boys at the daycare where I work.
I love coloring.  It's awesome.  :)
Simple things like cookies and opening presents makes me happy.
When I lay in my bed with all the lights off except for the Christmas lights draped on my see-through mesh canopy, I feel like a princess.
I felt the same way when we lived in Texas.  My bedroom was on the second story and I had a huge window.  There was Boston ivy growing up the outside wall and around my window.  I used to imagine I was a princess living in the tower of a castle.
Yep, I truly am a kid at heart.


Pray for Haiti

As you all probably know already, there was a terrible earthquake in Haiti last week on Tuesday.  A 7.0 if I'm remembering correctly.  MSNBC has been doing a good job of covering the catastrophe.  I've read some of their articles, trying to stay up to date on developments in the story.  So many people lost their lives in this disaster.  It's unbelievable.
I wish I could go down to Haiti and help with the relief effort.  But I'm starting school this week.  And I don't know how well I'd be able to handle the devastation down there.  I've never been in a situation like that before.  There are so many orphans that need families to take care of them.  My heart goes out to them.  I wish I could take some into my home and help them, but my family isn't in a position to do that.  Yes, of course praying for the Hatians, but I can't help feeling like there's something more I could do.  Not that I don't think praying is important and helpful, but that's just the way I feel.
Today in church there was a flyer in the bulletin about how LCMS World Relief is helping with the response in Haiti.  They're working with other organizations, missionaries, and churches.  The flyer also told how people can donate money to help out.  I think I'll do that.  In addition to praying I can help provide funds for the relief effort.  True, it's not the same as going to Haiti and helping with searches for people or distributing water or comforting the little kids who've lost their parents, but it's still helping.  :)
(I forgot to put this in here when I posted it the first time because my Dad was waiting for me to help him with some automotive repair stuff, so I kind of rushed and didn't write down everything I wanted to.)
Y'all remember Fred, right?  One of Fred's friends at the seminary is from Haiti.  Fred said that his friend was so anxious to hear from his family in Haiti and so worried about them.  He finally did though.  His uncle was killed when a school collapsed and his aunt lost her legs but his father is OK.  Fred so wanted to help his friend but it's hard to know what to do in a situation like that.  Talking doesn't really do any help.  But just being there for them, being available to hang out, provide a distraction, help with homework, or whatever may be more helpful than you realize.  Sometimes just knowing someone is there if you need them is comforting enough.  And of course, you can always pray for your friend when they're in a situation like that.  :)



My Mom made gingerbread with chocolate chips tonight.
It was very yummy.
I ate three pieces.
My tummy is content.


euphoric awesomeness

Yep, I'm going to gush and rave about my latest music obsession.
Jack Johnson
I absolutely love his music.
It's laid back, fun, touching, and unique.  I really like it!!
Here's his song Flake.

My most favorite of his songs though is Banana Pancakes.


scrambled with a touch of affection

It's been a while since my last post and so much has happened in that time frame.
On the 27th, Sunday, I totaled my vehicle.  I was going to church when I hit a slick spot in the road.  The vehicle swerved, spun around, and rolled into a ditch.  Besides extreme soreness in my neck, back, and shoulders, I was OK.  My vehicle, however, was totaled.  Insurance is compensating for the loss of the vehicle and if everything goes well, I'll be getting a "new" (meaning "used") vehicle hopefully by the end of this week.
The meds the doctor prescribed for the soreness really messed with my brain.  I was either extremely tired or really loopy when I was on them.  So yeah, that made the OAFC New Years Gathering in Fort Wayne quite interesting.  One minute I was hyper and the next I was a zombie.  I still had so much fun though hanging out with my friends.
I left for Fort Wayne on Tuesday and got back Saturday night.  It was great.  I got to see friends and family and just be encouraged by all the loving people there.  I got to spend time with close friends in my own local group and friends from out of state.  A group of us girls got to talk, cry, and laugh together, sharing stories and experiences, building each other up and rejoicing in new happenings.  It was awesome.  :)  It made me very happy to hang out with one of my friends who joined the Navy this year.  This was the first time I'd seen him since August and probably the last time I'd see him until who knows when.  We goof around a lot but also have good conversations.  I'm going to miss him.
Just as planned, I had dinner with my sister, her husband, and Fred while I was in Fort Wayne.  I felt bad about being so drowsy and not very talkative and apologized to Fred about it.  He was very understanding.  Fred is a very happy and sweet person.  I wish I had been more of myself at the dinner.  I bet we could keep up a good conversation.  He would be fun to talk to.  We have a lot in common.  I'm hoping he and I can get to see each other again and have another go at a face-to-face conversation.  E-mailing is fine, but getting to talk to each other in real time would be even better.
I downloaded Skype last month and so far I'm really liking it.  My parents found a microphone that I forgot we had and so I'm using it.  It's nice to get to chat and talk with people in real time.  It's been, oh, three or four years since I stopped using AIM and other instant messengers.  I had decided that I just didn't have the time for it anymore and that MySpace and Facebook were more convenient for keeping in touch.  Well, I guess I have time now!  After I get a new vehicle my next prospective purchase is a webcam with microphone.
On a side note that really doesn't have to do with what's happened in the last week or so, I do love cute pictures of couples.  :)

Maybe when I'm a photographer, I'll get to do cute engagement photo shoots.