That's right people, This December (after this wonderful semester ends *note the sarcasm*), I'm getting on a plane and going to Central America!
Now for details.
My good friend Kelly and her fiance Evan have spent a lot (as in seasons) of time in Nicaragua doing mission work. They are going back for a few weeks, at the end of the year and asked me to join them.
I am super excited and pretty nervous at the same time, I've never really been outside the U.S., so this will be a totally new experience.
Which is good, new experiences are what shape us, if we never tried new things, everything would be boring, it's still a little scary though.
One of my best buds/traveling companion/tennis partner, Rebecca, moved to Palo Alto to go to grad school this fall.
And next week we're going to visit her!
I am superly-super excited!
I've been missing Rebecca like crazy and I'm pretty much in love with the bay area.
I really love traveling, so I've been extremely grateful for the opportunities I have (and continue to have) to visit other parts of the world. This year has been especially adventure filled (as far as travels go), which is totally cool by me. I just hope this trend continues. By the time I graduate, I'll be a regular world wanderer!
I enjoy all the seasons, but fall is definitely my favorite.
Colder weather, boots, cardigans, pumpkin everything, soups and hot drinks, my birthday, and Thanksgiving are some of the things I love most about this season.
Today is Wednesday, meaning the school week is half over, huzzah! For the rest of the week I'm planning on studying, cleaning my room for my G-ma's return, making more pumpkin chocolate chip muffins (recipe found here), going to Amelie's with some lovely friends, trying out a few new recipes, and doing lots of pilates.
Also, I found my long lost camera charger, so hopefully I'll have some new pictures up soon!
The actual music video to this song creeps me out, so I'm posting the following video instead. I discovered Florence & The Machines last month and I'm already lusting over her voice. In a non weird way. Enjoy!
Hopefully after tomorrow I'll be able to actually post something worthwhile.
Occasionally I am revert to my pessimistic frame of mind. Okay, to be honest, most of the time. Right now I'm exhausted. Physically, emotionally, mentally. School is a great opportunity, but I hate it right now. I'm praying for a change, but I'm discouraged. In addition, my best friend lives six hours away from me. And did I mention I'm socially handicapped? Just kidding, but seriously.
I'll probably bounce back once my english paper outline is finished, my math test is taken, math homework is fin, and theater quiz is completed. But at present, I need some new springs.
Through it all I can still trust in my savior. I've failed him so many times this week, (and it's barely Wednesday) another reason I'm debbie downer today, but I know he loves me. I just need to give this all to him. Hopefully tomorrow will be better.
"From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I." -Psalm 61:2
Yesterday I saw that Panera is now serving Pumpkin Spice Lattes and so is Starbucks. And I want one... but then I step out into the blazing heat that Charlotte is STILL experiencing (note the slight bitterness) and I suddenly am craving a Strawberry Lemonade instead.
Come on fall weather, grace us with your long awaited presence! This is not cool (literally)!
Here's a picture I attempted to picnik. It even has fall colors. And mustaches (which don't really have anything to do with fall).
"So we drove on toward death through the cooling twilight ."
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
I read The Great Gatsby over the summer and while it was interesting, it was throughly depressing. Poor Gatsby (not in the monetary sense). Currently though, I'm reading Their Eyes Were Watching God and then I want to check out Everything Is Illuminated. Have you read any good books lately?
So, school has officially started. I'm a freshman in college. That looks strange on paper, but I'm getting used to it (kind of). With all the stress that comes with a new phase in life, it's easy to focus on the negative. I have a tendency to be pessimistic, but I'm trying to break that. Life is good and I've been blessed! To help keep things in perspective, I'm going to try and write down some the good in life more often. So here goes!
I'm thankful for:
1. Financial aid! Praise God!
2. Interesting classes
3. Finding new music
4. My sister helping me find my way around campus (thanks Katie)
5. Supportive parents
6. Iced chai tea lattes
I just hope this optimistic mood won't fade away once my homework starts getting more difficult ...
i sorta started my own blog.... not in a mean spiteful way. I'm not going to share the url just yet. and hopefully i'll still be blogging on here. pardon me for my lack of posting this summer. i'm aware i haven't posted hardly at all. oh well.
today is my first key club meeting as president. man am i nervous. happy thoughts. if you could say a little prayer (or a big prayer) that'd be great.
All three of us are very much in love with The Civil Wars, (not the epic clash between the north and south, the vocal stylings of Joy Williams and John Paul White). Last night we were lucky enough to be in the front row of their concert with Madi Diaz.
It was spectacular! They sang beautifully and were very personable (at one point we had a conversation with Joy Williams about shoes). I'm super psyched about their new stuff and ridiculously jealous of their talent.
If you haven't listened to The Civil Wars or Madi Diaz I am telling you right now, you are missing out. So go listen to them!
(Doesn't this cover of "You Are My Sunshine" just make you want to cry? In a good way of course)
I hope everyone's weekend was great! Ours consisted of finishing VBS at our church, getting ready for school to start, cleaning, church, Pinkberry and Panera with some friends, etc. It was nice and relaxing.
School starts a week from today. Scary. I'm excited but a little nervous. Hopefully everything will be fine and dandy!
I was watching a House marathon last night on oxygen, because I think House is about the awesome-est thing on television.
And it dawned on me, after watching about my third episode of House, that oxygen must be the channel lonely single people watch. I came to this conclusion after seeing multiple commercials for about four different online dating sites.
"Ha Ha" I thought "I am so glad I'm not one of said lonely single people who sit in front of the TV all day".
Then it dawned on me that I am single, I am sitting alone in my living room eating goldfish, and I have sat in front of the TV for a pretty long time watching the oxygen channel.
Which is why I'm not at all sad school is starting soon.
(please don't feel like I am dissing any person who watches oxygen or has used an online dating site, I'm simply sharing my semi-humorous thoughts from pretty late at night)
We (my sisters and I) were on our way home from a very frustrating trip to Wendy's when we realized out little bloglet is one-year-old. Sniff... I'm so very proud.
I'm not really sure what I hoped to accomplish with this blog or where I thought it would be in a year.
But here we are, and I must say I enjoy sharing my thoughts via the blog (and I thank you for listening to them).
So here's to another year (raise my glass of sparkling cider)!
Well, I'm back. I've stayed away from the blog for quite some time, but I'm going to give it another go.
For starters, here's a summery picture:
It's quite blurry, but I like it and it reminds me of our wonderful vacation to Bald Head Island :).
Now on to movie recommendations. If you haven't seen inception yet, go do yourself a favor and watch it. It's fantastico! Another recommendation is the BBC series North and South based on Elizabeth Gaskell's novel.
I know this has been random, but isn't life? This summer has been so strange, but good nevertheless. I graduated from high school, went to visit my best friend in South Carolina, went to Bald Head Island with my family, my friend Taylor came for a visit, went to Summer Fire (camp), had my friends Ben and Lily come and stay with us, went to our churches assembly and now am getting ready for VBS. I feel like I'm on the verge of change, which is true since I start college in twenty days (eek). But it's more than just a transition. For so long, I've dreamed of what I would do with my life and now I'm not so sure of anything. I just want to be happy, but I'm unsure how to get there. Hopefully I'll make sense of everything.
I hope you all are having a lovely summer! See you around!
I usually don't get to do much reading (outside of textbooks) during the school year.
But now that the summer has come, I've become a hardcore bookworm.
So far I've finished: The Lacuna and Persuasion, and I'm working on The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. They have all been great so far, but I have to admit I'm partial to Persuasion, probably due to the deep love for Jane Austen my parents instilled in all of us as children.
Yesterday we went to visit our friend who had knee surgery, and on the way we listened to Noah and the Whale. Ever since I heard about them, I have loved their music, but I forgot just how awesome they really are. Check out their music video, it reminds me of Wes Anderson's style of directing movies, I sort of like them a whole lot. P.S. I'm filling in for Em's usual Musical Monday.
This video quality isn't the greatest, but the song is superb!
Today, my parents and Katie went to Ohio for a funeral, so Abby and I have been chilling and working on finishing up school. It's been a relaxing Monday for us which was nice compared to our busy weekend.
Over the weekend my best friend Aubrey came up to visit. We shopped, ate at Nothing But Noodles, went to our friends concert, car danced, watched one of my favorite movies, taught the preschoolers at my church, ate delicious chinese cuisine, and went back to the mall to get Katie's birthday present! It was so much fun!
I hope you all had a great weekend as well! Happy Monday.
Isn't this so beautiful? I've been listening to it all week, but I wish it was just a wee bit longer. I love this: "I found your life in grey and white, and never thought I'd color it." I wish Copeland wasn't breaking up. :(
Since I've put off most of my Music Appreciation work until now, I've been listening to composers all day which has been quite nice. Today I found a composition by Philip Glass and I love it! Here's a brief bio: Philip Glass is an American composer who's composed music for his own musical group, as well as operas, musical theater works, eight symphonies, eight concertos, solo works, string quartets and film scores. He's considered one of the most influential composers of the late 20th century. Also, random trivia, he has lived in American, France, India and Nova Scotia. His pieces are repetitive and I really enjoy them. You'll have to see for yourself though, or rather listen for yourself.
I'm not sure where I found this picture, but I think it's lovely. I wish I could escape to those woods and sleep for a month or so. Life is draining me as of late, but I'm sure it will get better. Have a great weekend!