Dec 31, 2010

blog break

It feels like forever since I posted, but I've decided to use the usual "busy holidays" excuse for my downtime.  It's New Year's Eve....one of my least favorite holiday extravaganzas.  As my friend, Courtney, likes to say, "it's amateur night out there."  I will be staying in tonight at my apartment with one of my resolutions for next year to include increasing my social outings.  Ironic, huh? I don't usually make resolutions, but I think it makes for some somewhat good blog content so here goes.  Also, if I've written it out in cyberspace, maybe I'll stay accountable??

1. No more Diet Coke!  I quit September 2 of of this year and have only slipped up twice.  My slip ups included Diet Dr. Pepper, so I still feel proud.  In 2011, I plan to be Diet Coke free, and still missing it. 

my mouth still waters at the sight
2.  P90X and maybe the new Insanity coming out called The Asylum.  On Jan. 3rd, I am starting P90 with a group at my apartment.  I don't think I like Tony very much, but I've committed the first part of my year to this guy :). 

oh dear
3. As I said earlier, I want to be more social.  It's time to say YES more than my NO's to the random outings offered in Austin, TX.  I will really need accountability on this one, and I know my roommate will do her best!


Even cloudy, this city is my favorite!


Hope everyone has a happy, safe, and enjoyable night this evening.  Let's make 2011 the best yet!

Dec 13, 2010

congrats to. . .

my two great friends, Julia and Melissa!  They both graduated with Masters Degrees this past weekend!  I just wanted to take a minute to post how proud I am of both of you!  Both these girls have been working full time while studying towards this goal, which is such a feat!  Love you two very much!  Celebrate!!!!
I could not find one pic of just you two, so this will suffice! :)


Dec 3, 2010

'the way i see it'

It's the end of the fall semester so that means only two things: studying and coffee.  One of my absolute favorite little shops closed down, and so I warily ventured back to Starbucks.  It's so odd to think that I was working there during the holidays exactly three years ago.  I made more peppermint mochas and caramel apple ciders than anyone ever should.  I smelled like coffee, my belongings smelled like coffee, I served a lot of coffee, and I drank too much coffee.  I was dreaming of studying back then, and now I can't wait to stop.  Life can be funny like that.  Starbucks taught me so much, and I think I just thought of a new post...."25 Things I Learned from Starbucks".  To be continued...
So many of us know the holiday season is near when we get that first Christmas Starbucks cup.  I was looking at mine today while daydreaming away from my books, and I remembered how much I love the "The Way I See It" quotes on the normal cups.  The unique marriage of quotes and coffee is high up there on my list of favorite things.  Then, I spent more time procrastinating on my studying by looking up images of these said cups.  And finally, I am again avoiding studying by writing this short blog.  I know I was more focused in my younger days, I just know it! :)




Nov 28, 2010

i am thankful

Had a wonderful Thanksgiving at home in Aurora, TX.  Holidays are great with my tiny family, because it's just simple relaxing time with my mom, dad, and uncle.  Oh, and the three cats.  My parents live in what I like to call the country, but it sure can be a nice area away from the hustle and bustle of the DFW.  Right after I arrived, I took a run and was reminded how beautiful life is. 

I am most thankful this year for my Uncle Joey's return home from the hospital.  He was admitted for over 2 weeks, and eventually had a defibrillator/pacemaker put in to help his heart.  After much rest, he is now doing better and was able to come eat with us on Thursday.  He is a funny guy, and I am glad for the memories we made this year.  Praying his health will continue to improve in the coming months. 

Uncle Joey
We actually had the cliche Thanksgiving meal with turkey and the works this year.  Sometimes we spice it up and have Tamale Thanksgiving, etc.  Unfortunately, despite my mother's best efforts, the turkey was a dud.  We joked before it came out of the oven that it might turn out like the Griswold's on Christmas Vacation.  Bad joke, because it wasn't far from the truth.  It gave us all a good laugh, and we drenched it in my late grandmother's delicious gravy recipe when we ate.  She would have been so distraught over that turkey, but we still had a great meal!  I miss her so much during the holidays!

Back in Austin now from the visit!  I am now one test away from finishing up my last fall semester of classwork. Only...one...more...semester.  Next time most of you see me, I'll be a P3.5, and applying for rotation choices for my fourth year here in Austin.  Time flies when you are studying (sorta). 

Thanks to my mom for all the cooking and coffee! 

Nov 21, 2010

reporting from battle

Warrior Dash, Central Texas 2010, was a huge success.  This was truly a blast!  If you ever get the chance to run a Warrior Dash, I'd tell you to DO IT in a heartbeat, even if you aren't an avid runner.  If it's somewhere in Texas, I would love to do it with you! I haven't run a race since middle school cross country, and I survived having so much fun (but yes, i'm quite sore today, ha).

Here's a quick summary of our day:

After breakfast, Melodye and I picked up Russ and drove to the middle of nowhere.  More specifically, Rusty's Walnut Creek Ranch in Cedar Creek, TX.  The first races had begun at 8am, so as we entered the park at about 9:30, the atmosphere was already so exciting.  We picked up our bib numbers and shoe tags, along with the wonderful and complementary viking hat and t-shirt.  You can then check all of your items in a tent and get ready just to run.  We wandered around and watched many competitors finish the last hundred yards of their heat at the finish line.  That's the final 2 obstacles of jumping over fire and crawling through mud under barbed wire.  We enjoyed seeing everyone struggle through, and got to laugh at the occasional ridiculous costumes.  I saw a tiny woman dressed as an oompa loompa, a hulk, lots of ninja turtles, and tons of unnecessary tutus.


Team RAWR getting pumped up before the race



Trying to look ready

We finally got to enter into the starting gate with our heat.  I estimate that we ran with at least 400 people, if not more.  Our bright orange attire stood out, and the RAWR was a huge hit because everyone roared at us frequently.  Much thanks to Paige for that idea!  The first half of the race was full of tough terrain and a few obstacles including running through and over tons of demolished cars.  The second half really turned fun as we ran through a large creek with water up to our knees.  Melodye and I came out of that looking like we swam.  There was a huge spiderman horizontal net that is probably the cause of most of my sore muscles, and there was also a towering pyramid of bales of hay to climb over.  I think pure adrenaline got me through.  As we neared the end, we climbed over a 20 ft. tall army wall and sprinted (well, tried) over two rows of burning fire only to come to the dreaded mud pit.  It's covered by barbed wire so you have no option but to crawl through.  It looked easy enough watching others but turns out it was extremely cold and thick.  After running, we barely could pull ourselves through that mess.  I loved it!  We finally crossed the finish line with 10 pounds of mud and debris on our bodies and we were handed a medal, water, and peeled bananas. 


We did it!
We finally got cleaned up by two men who spray fire hoses of water on large crowds of muddy racers.  Russ thought it was a very 'third world' experience, but it felt so good to be mud-free.  The final perk of the race is a free beer.  It was cold and refreshing and paired so nicely with the 5 lb turkey legs I'd been dreaming of. 

I ended the day by learning how to throw tomahawks, because that seems like such an important skill.  Not your normal Saturday to say the least! 

I really want to do another dash if I get the chance.  I also secretly wish they were about 5 miles because that would be a true endurance test if you ask me.  Thanks so much to Russ Guild who is the reason I even knew this race was happening in South Texas.  I had so much fun with both of these kids, and I'll leave you with one final picture to enjoy....especially if you are an ACU Wildcat!


Nov 19, 2010

it's time

In less than 24 hours, I will be at the....
Tonight, I'm making t-shirts for Melodye Cure, Russ Guild, and myself so that we are ready to become a warrior in the proper attire.  We make for a random group and I am so excited about it.  Wildcat love!  I can't wait for all the funny memories.  Look for an entertaining post this weekend after we brave the 3.2 mile course.


Nov 16, 2010

winter love and crushes

I'll admit that I'd prefer a stifling hot day of mid-August to any day in the Winter.  But, I do enjoy some perks of the colder days. It takes me a while to finally accept that the coolness is here to stay. Once there, I crush hard on wool, pretty blankets, pearls, mittens and gloves I never wear, and scarves.  I'm very excited about all the grey I've been seeing in the stores...it can be such a flattering color in the winter with rosy cheeks!  Here's some sweet winter favorites I've found.  I'm ready for quiet nights with hot chocolate and favorite movies!!  Hope it's a good season for you.


Nov 10, 2010

on repeat


Those are my top 10 current favorite songs right now.  They are not necessarily new or the hottest tracks on the block, but they have been filling my car rides and study hours with sweetness.  I thoroughly enjoyed ILike's handy playlist creator that gives you an HTML code for free to post anywhere! 


P.s. Happy, Happy, Birthday to my wonderful mother, Susie!  I hope you had a great day and I miss you!

Nov 6, 2010

gypsy afternoon

Today, I had the great opportunity to attend this:
There really is nothing like Austin's trailer food.  For those not so fortunate to live near S. Congress or the other trailer hot spots, this festival was SUCH a good idea!  This was the first annual gathering, and I am happy to say that I attended.  I got to spend the day with two friends from pharmacy school that I'm getting to know very well this year.  Sarah and Stephanie were the perfect girls to go and eat with and listen to some live music.  I am sad that neither of them will be spending their rotation year in Austin. 

We began our day with the seriously-too-good Mighty Cone.  I haven't had this delicious fried chicken and coleslaw tortilla cone concoction since ACL all the way back in 2008.  Delicious!

Sarah and I starting the day

After this, the austin crowds really showed up in true fashion and the park started looking just like ACL only no bands.  It was a fun time warp for me.  We sampled some burgers from Hat Creek Burger Co. that were soooo good.  I realize I had fasted all morning, but I think that may be the best burger I've had in a long time.  Trailers just make things taste good.  Finally we decided on dessert at Bananarchy.  They freeze bananas, dip them in chocolate, and then let you pick what toppings you want sprinkled on.  Heavvven.  But heaven turned out to be a really long wait.  I never ever dreamed I would stand in line for an hour and half for a banana.  We did.  It was humorous.  Sarah and I decided that we can figure out how to make these frozen treats.  Who wouldn't enjoy a frozen banana dipping table for their next shower?!?

Stephanie and Sarah enjoying their bananas
Days like these make me so thankful that I have experienced Austin living.  Only here can you show up to a park, watch hundreds of dogs play around, and sample food from vendors that will hopefully never decide to go into the chain world.  It was a beautiful day in Austin that turned out to be a little hot! I can't believe that I got sunburned in November. I love you, Austin.

Much thanks to these sweet girls for a fun day! 

Nov 3, 2010

jobs are weird

I'm on a blog lull currently, so this could be full of my inner pointless rambling.  Please enjoy or skip.

Sometimes school can be so monotonous that it's easy to forget that I'm being trained for a vocation.  It still feels like I'm studying just to get to the next class, but in reality, I'm creeping closer to actual WORK! (gasp!)  It's weird to think that any of us can choose just about anything to "do".  Rocket scientist, librarian, homemaker, archaeologist, barista, dolphin trainer.....the world is our playground.  I chose a playground that people only need when they are too sick to play.  Some chose playgrounds that people need when all they want to do is play.  It's such a huge choice that is asked of us.  Some say they don't find that calling until so late in life.  Regardless, we sleep more in our life than anything else.  But after the shut eye, we work.   Do you ever look up from your daily job and think, 'this is weird?'  I mean that in the most simplest  and humorous way.  For instance...if my day involves school (which is most), I usually spend my time looking at things like this:
or this....


Those pictures were so stunning I bet I've enticed you to keep reading...ha! But my point is, jobs are weird.  Did I ever think looking at those things would really get my engine going??  No.  Did I think that I loved medicine, people, and math and pharmacy really tailored to those things? Yes.  Did anyone let me see the details after I had decided on the 'big picture'? Nah. I think that would spoil the fun. 

I have so many friends and family that do sooo many different things as their 'job'.  The titles are nice to throw around, but I always really wonder what they truly do when they get to the office, or kitchen, or highway.  Jobs ask weird things of us.  Boring tasks, funny encounters, and daily activities that you can't really even explain.  Sometimes, you don't even know why you are doing them.  I secretly love that.  Somehow, we are all holding this fragile working world together by doing random things.  I'm proud of everyone that gets the job done that is asked of them.  No matter what it is, it's important. 

My job will be making sure I know everything I can about the medicine you are taking.  That's just a surreal thought.  I used to need help pouring my own milk when I was young, but don't worry...I'll get your IV antibiotics ready when needed.  Eeek!  But, that's so me.  I like to make sure there is a hefty dose of pressure in my life at all times.  I'm very envious of others that get to make choices and do things at work without scary consequences....(weathermen, cough cough).  I'm in awe of those that work in creating things.  I'm in love with those that start their own companies or discover new paths.  And, I'm partial to those that simply spend their days serving others. 

Jobs are just weird.  Jobs are scarce.  Jobs are tough.  I hope you enjoy yours, I hope you find one, or I hope it's worth every morning's journey to do it.  It shapes how we handle so much else of our real life happenings.  I'll leave you with an old faithful as we complete another week of work...

"Whatever your hands find to do, do it with all your might."  ~Eccl. 9:10


 

Oct 27, 2010

getting in costume

Halloween weekend is nearing.  I love to watch how people go all out decorating their houses and themselves.  I hope it's a great weekend for the Longhorns and ghosts and goblins.  There will be PLENTY of ORANGE to go around in Austin, TX for sure!  I have decided not to go out this year, but I may go to a friend's costume party for a bit.  In light of the festivities, I thought I'd bust out one last little treasure from my trip home 2 weeks ago.  First, do you remember this guy? 


"DID I DO THAT????"

Well, I won't even pretend that I wasn't a big fan.  So, at 7 years old in 1991, in Fayetteville, AR.....

I guess I just never was the "fairy princess" sort of girl
All I remember about this Halloween was that no one at my school party knew that it was me underneath all that Urkel.  Whew.  I'm so thankful that I have a picture to prove this happened.  I think it would be fun to throw a Halloween party where each guest had to dress as something they were from their childhood trick-or-treating days.  You now know who I would be!

Oct 21, 2010

you never know...

...what you can find on craigslist.  So, I used to be afraid of this website.  I think the awful murder story was enough to do us all in, but I have always thought it was a big scam and a place for bad things.  Then, Paige and I decided to try and find a kitchen table set for our new apartment.  Not wanting to spend half of our federal student loans, we checked out craigslist and really stalked the table section for about a week until we found our winner!  I can't lie, it's kind of exhilarating.  There were a few that we missed by minutes because people beat us to it.  I called one owner while someone was pulling up in their driveway with a trailer ready to steal my dreams.  When we made the final successful transaction, I felt like we WON!  When I poured over all these listings and descriptions, every now and then something odd or ridiculous would pop up in the search I created for tables.  People also like to sometimes divulge their reason for selling, and it gets really good when they are secretly selling their ex's belongings, etc. 
Anyway, I've found so many vintage treasures along the way as well.  There are things I will buy when I need to furnish a house, and you REALLY never know what craigslist has to offer!  I mean that literally, because people are selling and trading things that I didn't know was possible.  The house swapping on 'The Holiday' seems to really happen. All in all, wishes can really come true on this site.   Here's a couple of funnies I have collected:  (no copyright infringement intended...)

 
Like new toilet - $50
Like new bathroom low-flow toilet for sale. White. Save yourself some money and come pick it up. Price is firm.
This just seems wrong.  'Like New' is not how I want to buy a toilet, but maybe that's just me.  Yes, the economy is tough right now, but I'd save for this to be my one thing I could buy new? eww

 
4br - Ferreri for Equity in home
I have a 1992 Ferrerri owned and customed painted by Christan Shawn. One of a kind. Displayed at Ceasers Palace for ten years. Has only 2 K original miles.
I need a house in the south Austin area. I need at least four bedrooms but would prefer more. I do have a small R.V. that I need to have space to park.
Serious inquires only.
Okay, excuse me, what??? I googled Christan Shawn and still don't know who that is.  Caesar's Palace, Ferrari,  and probably Christan is spelled wrong and that worries me. Maybe some middle-aged guy really wants a ferrerri and will sell his house.  Maybe.

Need Afro Wig - $5
Looking for an afro wig - preferably brown - but black is OK. Can trade Homedics Foot massager (see pic) - has heat/regular mode - works great OR I have a stack of scantron tests that will outfit you for the rest of your college career. PLEASE!!!
I feel like some poor UT student is really excited about Halloween and is trying to Pawn off his foot massager that his mom probably bought him for Christmas.  So random.

miniature donkeys - $90


miniature donkeys for $90 each or $125 for the pair.
there jennys around 2yr very healthy
will deliver up to 25 miles free
This is my favorite because I forgot donkeys can be miniature, and I absolutely love donkeys.  So cute and so sad that they are for sale.  If I had a farm I might be in trouble.  I hope they find a loving home along with all the other wonderful treasures on this crazy site.
Thanks, Craigslist.

Oct 19, 2010

lovely

I've been really stuck on this word lately: LOVELY.
I made a playlist about a month ago of songs that I loved at the moment, and i titled it 'lovely'. 
I have no idea where it came from or started from, but i felt such attachment to the word. Isn't it a great word?  It's almost one of those words that sounds exactly what it means it my head.  Good things, beauty, love things. 

After I started inadvertently adding this sweet word into my vocab without inhibition, I heard one of the sweetest songs ever. I heard it unintentionally through Pandora. I'd never heard of the artist, never heard the song.  But somewhere along a busy highway in Austin on a UT Shuttle Bus leaving campus....I heard this:

I don't wanna be hurt
I just want to be little old me
Shouldn't have to think
Who am I suppose to be today
And what gives you the right
To tell me who I should be
Who gave you that right

Cause I, I feel lovely
Just the way that I am
Yes I feel lovely
The way that I am


I know you want the best
Yeah only good things for me
But you have to realize
I can't be all these things you project on me
Cause I'm beautiful to me

Doesn't that mean a thing?
I need that to be enough for you
Need that to be enough for you
Cause it's enough for me
It's enough for me

I promise it's better hearing the song, so if you wish, here is a great youtube audio LOVELY by Sara Haze
Only the author really knows what this song was about.  I immediately felt that someone was telling her she wasn't 'enough' of the right things for that situation.  If that hasn't happened to you, I don't wish it upon your worst enemy.  Sure, life around us can tell us we are not skinny enough, pretty enough, or ambitious enough.  But when you meet someone personally who thinks you should be different than your LOVELY self, it's a hard blow.  I'm over those attacks.  Everyone I know is so LOVELY in their own way I can barely stand it!  It's certainly enough for me, and I enjoy finding the LOVELINESS in myself and my surroundings. 
I couldn't figure out what to post today.  And then I remembered LOVELY tugging at my heart.  We all should feel lovely just the way we are.  It should be enough.  For me, it's quite enough.  I'm content with lovely. 

Oct 17, 2010

hindsight?

This could be a very boring post for my non-Rx readers.  I apologize for that.  The pharmacy school I pictured in my head is much different than the one I've been a part of for two and half years.  It's funny, trying, exhausting, and wonderful all at the same time.  Here's some "huffs" and a few puffs about my journey.  Don't worry, I'm still so excited to be a pharmacist one day. No need to sound the alarms.  But like anything else in life, it's not always what you pictured.  Why 50? I tried for 100 but that was overkill.  Here's what I wish I would have known in 2008.  Enjoy!
50 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Starting Pharmacy School:
1.       Hold tight to why you want to be pharmacist…school has a sneaky way of making you forget.
2.       You’re never too old for sweatpants...never.
3.       On the bad days, ask yourself what you would rather be doing? If you have a great answer to that, you may be in the wrong place (and no, I don’t mean sleeping).
4.       Sleeping becomes a gift.  Do it whenever you can. Wherever you can.
5.       Invest in a good alarm clock.  Or three.
6.       Four years is a long time.  Remember to enjoy life.
7.       Try to do one thing every day for yourself.  If that’s just a simple bubble bath, rock it.
8.       Workout, eat well, and be kind to your body even when you have no energy.  Energy will come from those 3 things.
9.       Do not neglect your relationships because you ‘have to study’.  Life is much bigger than medicine.
10.   Every single classmate has a cool and unique life story.  Try to hear as many as you can.
11.   Friends and family will ask you health questions all the time.  Even in your first year when you are only learning about electrons. (again)
12.   Try your hardest to help your friends and family.
13.   If you can only teach them one thing, teach them not to Google their health questions.  The Internet is dangerous.
14.   You will live life from one test to the next.  Forget gathering knowledge and enriching experiences.  You are measured by your test performance.
15.   The tests do not reflect what kind of pharmacist you will become. Don’t lose heart.
16.   You will often forget what was on the test you took yesterday.
17.   You have the opportunity to meet life-long friends.  Don’t miss out.  They are priceless, and the only people who truly understand what this is like.
18.   Find a planner you like, and use it.  The minute you stop, you’ll kick yourself.
19.   You will not always, or rarely, know what is going on in the world or news.  Sometimes ignorance really is bliss.
20.   Pharmacists are NOT medical doctors.  We are not in charge of diagnosing patients and saving the world.  Some professors will tell you otherwise.
21.   Pharmacists do much more than lick, stick, count and pour.
22.   It’s okay to sometimes only want to lick, stick, count and pour.
23.   Attending class with people much younger than you for the first time in your life can be disheartening, surprising, and good.
24.   Pay it forward. In any way you can.
25.   If you can avoid working in school, do it.  It just makes you more tired.  You have 30 years of work coming for you.
26.   Every time you meet a pharmacist, ask them what hours they work, what their job is like, and what they would do differently if they could.
27.   If you don’t want to do a residency, that is just fine.  You are not less of a pharmacist or student.
28.   When you can’t find the motivation to study, sometimes it is best not to.  Quality over quantity.
29.   Use every free Sunday you can before you start school.  They are hard to come by.
30.   No matter how much you pay in tuition, you will still kill thousands of trees printing notes because they just don’t have the funds to give them to you. It’s baffling.
31.   PowerPoint is an old dog…can’t we find something else to use?
32.   Don’t worry about money.  You have your whole life to pay back loans. 
33.   Find a mentor.  They are wonderful. 
34.   Know when you’ve had too much coffee.  Try Vitamin B instead.
35.   If you don’t like something about your curriculum or school, it probably will not change. 
36.   Balance your life with non-pharmacy people.  It’s refreshing to hear what they are doing with their days.
37.   You still need to go to the doctor.  Self-treating doesn’t work forever.
38.   Colds, flu, and other germs spread like wildfire among classmates.  Wash your hands.
39.   It’s worth it to have a laptop.  No one needs to know you are on facebook during the most boring lecture of your life.
40.   A professor can spend 3 long hours lecturing and never once mention a drug.  It’s strange.
41.   People feel the need to tell you all about their health problems.  All of them.
42.   Try not to wear your white coat in public.  There are many reasons for this.
43.   Just tell people you are in grad school.  It makes more sense to them.  If not, they think you are learning how to be pharma sales rep.
44.   If you are in it for the money, you are in it for the wrong reasons.
45.   Life is more fun on the back row.  I promise.
46.   Sometimes you just need to drink a beer and watch some reality TV.
47.   The little things in life can be really exciting.  Grocery store outings are a nice break.
48.   You can’t live on lean cuisines forever, but the microwave is your friend.
49.   No one forced you to do this.  Why complain all the time?
50.   Find joy in the journey.  If you seek it, you will find it.

Oct 16, 2010

quick trip

This past Thursday, I was hired by my mom to come home to the Metroplex and help her get...(deep breaths)....an Iphone!  Okay, not really hired....but sorta.  It was time for a new phone, and it was time for some serious iphone 101 sessions.  Let me be very clear when I say that I am in no way a good technical support analyst for this type of thing, but I know enough to explain the basics.  It is always a nice break to come home, and I honestly don't know how some people do it on their own.  Those Apple employees are super sweet, but they really do just ask for you money, activate the phone, smile big with excitement for you, then send you out the door into the land of unknown thumb possibilities.  After battling I35, eating a home cooked meal, Apple store, AT&T store, downloading Itunes, spending about 4 hours in coaching -- we were done!  She is so excited about her new toy, and I think it will change her world a little like it did mine!  I was also able to offer minor assistance to my dad who is a little lost in his Palm Pre land (that phone is nuts).  My favorite part was introducing them both to Pandora.  It was like Christmas for these two:

No wonder families barely talk anymore :)
I was also fortunate to meet up with Channing and my favorite little person, Bridge!  We ate lunch with my mom at Ana Mia's!  This is one of the few, but big downsides of living in Austin.  I'm so far away from my favorite people. 
This was a great quick trip home!  It is such beautiful fall weather in Ft. Worth.  I would have stayed so much longer if I did not have 3 tests waiting for me next week at school.  Still trying to figure out how 10 hrs is taking up so much of my time?? 
Last but not least, I'm so excited about this:  Channing gave me a blessing tree!!! I haven't been that excited in a long time, and I can't wait to fill it up some more once I get some ribbon and paper.  This is the sort of stuff that I can't wait to enjoy once I'm free of school.  I am always excited to see her latest crafts and projects because she is really talented.  I hope she and my mom will decorate my house one day. Here's a preview before I start really counting some blessings: 

Oct 13, 2010

book junkie

When fall semester began, I initially had some free time on my hands to get back to reading books that didn't contain the word 'pharmacotherapy' in them.  You can't imagine how nice it is to read freely and not be worried that you should be studying.  It usually feels so good that I can't put the books down easily.  My first love is and always will be MEMOIRS.  Autobiographies are a close second. Here are three books I enjoyed along with a fourth that I'm working on.


"I play tennis for a living, even though I hate tennis, hate it with a dark and secret passion, and always have."

Andre Agassi has been a part of my life longer than most of my real people.  I have watched countless matches, and I remember the day he retired and an era in tennis ended.  What I didn't know, was that Agassi never really had a choice in his path, nor did he love tennis by any means.  This book was astoundingly honest, 'open', and funny.  I would recommend for any true tennis fans out there, because there are many play-by-by chapters on matches.  I connected with many of his battles against that sport and life, and I was really surprised by his great writing skills. 


"You will lose someone you can’t live without,and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly—that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp."

Anne Lamott is my new girl crush.  I have enjoyed four of her books already.  She is my modern day version of C.S. Lewis.  Her faith came into existence much later in her years, and boy, does she have a life worth telling!  She is brutally frank...the kind of writing where you wonder, 'did she just say that??'.  Hard Laughter was written when she was 23.  I can't fathom writing a book at that age, so it's really beautiful talent.  It is the story of her father's brain tumor and her crazy life dipped in just a tiny bit a ficiton.  I just can't say how I much I love this author!  Warning: this book is a bit SAD.


"You really won’t understand your life as a woman until you understand this:You are passionately loved by the God of the universe.
You are passionately hated by his Enemy."

Next came Captivating.  Good grief, I have avoided this book for years.  Mostly because ACU required me to read Wild At Heart for a Bible class I took, and these two books are from the same author. Blah.  Don't get me wrong, Wild At Heart is good, but mostly good for men, and maybe some women who are just seriously interested in understanding men (pssh like that is really possible?).  The authors are John and Stasi Eldredge, and a good chunk is written just by the wife.  Captivating is an attempt to reclaim our lives as women, especially when we think that our original plan of getting married and creating a family has passed us by.  Sounds a bit silly and weird when I describe it, but it truly opened my heart to the power of walking with Jesus more closely as his 'bridegroom' because He IS captivated by us.  I read this at such a perfect time in my life.  I think so many people I know have this on their bookshelf, and I trust it will change you a little when you finally open it up. 





Finally...I'm beginning Velvet Elvis.  I saw it on the shelf looking lonely at Half Price, and I read Sex God last year by the same author.  I'll let you know what I think....

Oct 12, 2010

dandelions

Hello there! I've been desiring lately to enter the world of blogging.  It's taken me a few weeks to finally decide to jump in and try this life out.  I make no promises that it will last or that it even will contain any worthy postings, but I like to think it's usually best to follow the nudgings in your life (well, some of them).  I journal often, but I think this will be an entirely new world of ramblings, and I'm quite excited!  Two of my close friends have inspired me to capture life in this format.  While I may not be traveling the world just yet, or getting really crafty in all my immense free time, the doors of possibility are open! 

First, let me explain the dear dandelions.  If there is anything from nature that I am truly captivated by, it would be the dandelion.  Yes, the weed that my gifted, gardening mother must agonize over every summer, has always and forever charmed me. I can not even imagine to count all the silly wishes I have made all the way from 3 to 26 years of age.  I have them hanging in my bedroom, on countless trinkets, and even captured in a paperweight.  I'm even thankful that they've grown attention in the design world, because now I'm always looking for them.  In all honesty, they continually remind me that something once thought of as despised or useless can transform into something beautiful and full of hope.  Almost symbolic of our life before our Savior, Jesus.  Oh dear, I bet you thought I wouldn't go that deep so quickly.  Anyhow, that's my explanation of this blog: finding treasures hidden beneath the hum-drum of daily life.  Those treasures are there waiting for us all to enjoy and marvel at no matter where we wander. 

"Roses are red,
 Violets are blue,
 But they don't get around
 Like the dandelions do."  
         ~Slim Acres

Now that this post has happened, it's time for me read a little bit more about the tips and tricks of blogger.  Wish me luck, and thanks for stopping by!