paper cup

This is not the first time I've raved about these guys.
I really do love The Swell Season.  Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova, and the rest of the musicians who make up the band are really brilliant.  They are truly gifted.  And yet, their music maintains a level of simplicity and honesty that just blows me away.

Paper cup
You've got no worries, got no
Got no dog in this fight
Paper plane
Take this note straight to her
If her heart's still in the fight

Maybe time will decide
The restless spirit can't survive
On breadcrumb trails no more

Paper saint
Would you hear her when she calls
You got no dog in this fight

Paper bird
Take this offering from her hands
A simple trail back to the light

Maybe time will provide
Give you the strength to decide
I hope it's not too late

Maybe time will decide
The restless spirit can't survive
On breadcrumb trails no more

Maybe time will provide
Give you the strength to decide
You know it's not too late

Paper cup
Ain't got no worries, got no
Got no dog in this fight

Ain't got no worries, got no
Got no dog in this fight



What exactly is the definition of the word "nerd"?  What does it mean to be "nerdy"?  There are many different descriptions floating around on the Internet.
Merriam-Webster  nerd: an unstylish, unattractive, or socially inept person; especially : one slavishly devoted to intellectual or academic pursuits
Wikipedia has an entire page devoted to the description of what a nerd is.
Urban Dictionary has several fantastic definitions!  One of my favorites is "An individual persecuted for his superior skills or intellect, most often by people who fear and envy him."
So it seems to me that there are two big categories of being a nerd.  One is for people who are super smart academically, and the other is for people who are enthusiastic about things that have been labeled "nerdy".  "Nerdy" things could be certain kinds of movies, books, activities, etc.  Both categories include being a social outcast of sorts, or at least not wanting to socialize much.  Of course, someone could fall into both categories.  If they did, would they be double nerdy?
I was talking to a good friend of mine, and he said that he spends what little free time he has doing excessively nerdy stuff, which in his case involves anime and video games.  I assured him there was nothing wrong with "excessively nerdy stuff."  It's what makes him who he is.  :)
The farthest my slightly nerdy side extends is Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and certain pieces of classic literature.  Not really that far, my friend pointed out.  Yeah, but I can at least fake being nerdy when I need to.  I'm really more artsy than nerdy.
A good number of my friends and acquaintances fall into the "nerd" category.  They're so fun to be around!  Their deep knowledge of random subjects and the specific and unique things they're interested in entertain me to no end.  They're a great wealth of creative inspiration.  I love the nerdy friends of mine that fully embrace the way they are, how people view them, and just roll with it.  They know they're a bit odd, and they're perfectly fine with that.  They make me happy.  :)
So now the question is, what makes you a nerd?



This song makes me smile.  :)  I like her music a lot.



I am wind
I am the sand
I am skin
I am a woman
And I'm fine
'Cause I deserve
The time to feel hurt
Katie Thompson - It Doesn't Hurt

So please,
Let me be free from you
And please, let me be free
I can face the truth
Secondhand Serenade - Pretend

And I feel fine
But I know the same does not apply to you
Yeah, I know the same does not apply to you
So I guess that I'll curl up and die too
Relient K - Curl Up and Die



Is it possible to be too forgiving?  Too soft?  To let people off too easy?  I think so.  And I think I've done that.
Don't let someone belittle you, criticize you, make you feel like you're less than you are.  Don't let someone damage your confidence.
Hold on to your value, to your worth.  The worth that you have from being a child of God.
Pastor said in his sermon this morning that we all have value.  However, our value is not based on our abilities, but on the fact that we are made in God's image, we are His creations, we are fearfully and wonderfully made.
A friend asked me if I was ok, if I was hurting.  I said I wasn't.  But honestly, I am.  I was denying it, but it's true, it still hurts.
Forgiveness is good.  Forgive the people that have hurt you.  Forgive them, let go of the hate, and let go of the person.
"I don't care what that person thinks.  I think you're beautiful."  That is the best thing anyone has ever told me.



It's interesting how differently you see people when you look at them from a new perspective.
What was once bright, shiny, and perfect is now dusty, murky, and questionable.  Or the other way around.
Kind of like looking through a clean window or a new pair of glasses.
The assumptions you make when you first meet people can be so inaccurate.  You assume the best or worst and find out you're completely wrong.
Never assume anything.  That's the lesson I seem to be re-learning my entire life so far.  And it's a good thing to remember.
Don't assume things about people's character.  Don't assume something will or won't happen.  Don't assume certain people will always be there for you.  Don't assume you're alone when you're having troubles.  Don't assume things will or won't change.  Don't assume you're stuck in a situation you don't like; you can always change it if you really want to.


knowledge is breadsticks

Things I've Learned:

Don't sell yourself short.  Don't settle for second-best.

Don't expect people to change because most of the time they won't.

Go to OAFC as often as possible.  If you don't then your priorities will get messed up.

Getting dark room chemicals on your hands and then wiping them on your pants is almost as effective as actually washing your hands.

Don't let negative comments damage your self-esteem or cause you to try to change yourself.

Embrace artistry and creativity.  Give it every chance possible to flourish.

Plan more last minute get-togethers with friends.

Aperture, shutter speed, and ISO are less a mystery to me now as they were last year.  But they're still numbers, so they still confuse me sometimes.

Sing more.  A lot more.  Just do it.

I have the flu right now.  It's not fun.

Doing what you love makes life a million times better.

Maintain relationships with those select special friends that you might get to see only once or twice a year.  The ones that when you do get to see each other, it feels like no time has gone by at all, and you pick up right where you left off, like you had seen each other just last week.  Those friends probably mean the most to you out of all the people you know.

I was going to call this "knowledge is power" but thought that was too cliche.  So I changed it to "knowledge is breadsticks".