Thursday, May 31, 2007

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Graduation Pictures and More

Here are some pictures of graduation, and other things:

And these pictures are from weeks ago when Brandon, Beth and I put together furniture but did not have a hammer to do it with..... the rolling pin worked just fine.

Friday, May 25, 2007


I couldn't believe my sense when I saw this....

I couldn't stop laughing. What's next? Will they remake "A Modest Proposal" and for our current generation tell us that not having kids will help solve the "global warming" crisis?

Oops, I spoke too soon....,23599,21684156-5009760,00.html

Children 'bad for planet'

By Sarah-Kate Templeton in London

May 07, 2007 12:00am

HAVING large families should be frowned upon as an environmental misdemeanour in the same way as frequent long-haul flights, driving a big car and failing to reuse plastic bags, says a report to be published today by a green think tank.

Sunday, May 20, 2007


Man oh man. More and more every day can I identify with Conor Oberst's lyric: "I felt lost and found with every step I took."

That's not a horribly bad thing. It just seems that no matter how closer I get to the destination that this life has (if I'm allowed to get away with that over-used metaphor), the more blurry the "X" that marks the spot is off in the distance. The more clear things are marked out, the more unsure I am of the steps, or vice versa.

I'm very excited about the future; it's weird, because chance simultaneously freaks me out and keeps me going. I get content with where I'm at all the time--this is one of the reasons graduation was so shocking or hard to believe perhaps. But at the same time change is pretty cool. Change, it seems, is something that we as humans have to do. We change because it may be necessary, it may be inevitable, it may be reasonable. Maybe it's God's way of working the kinks out.

Sometimes I'm a cynic about a lot of things, mostly the amount of intervention God has in everything we do, and the degree in which we as Christians in fact have a "personal relationship with Jesus Christ." Is he really supposed to be our friend? Is that what he died for--to gain our friendship?? How much of what we think of our relationship with Christ is based on emotions, and the desire to be loved despite everything about us that is unlovable?

But I think sometimes when I believe myself to be a cynic I am in fact really a hypocrite. The fact is, life is change, and we're required to change as Christians. If nothing else, we are a "new creation." Does that happen at the moment of salvation, or does it happen over time? Probably both.

I'm not sure where I'm going with this. It seems I feel more lost and found with every step I take.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Just a Reminder....

Everyone buy gas today.

Create - a - Thing Day 1

Well, I've been inspired by Meredith Beck and I'm going to try this out too: to create one thing a day. It's probably going to be mostly written stuff because my drawing is crap. But we'll see.

My first creation is a poem I wrote. I took all the words from an Aquafina water bottle and turned them into a poem:

Every serving is a choice
Based on bottled information
Reverse osmosis
Not made easy

Pure and perfect substances
Removes taste.
The process is all the same:
“Aquafina, purification,
Aquafina, total consistently perfect.”

State-of-the-art water,
Calorie Free
Taste free.

Questions are a smart choice
Because Independent authority of Pepsico leave you
In your fat daily values and purchase water

Aquafina’s Waters are free of protein, calories, carb, calorie, sodium, calories, taste
And facts.

Comments are cool in a serving per bottle
And smart choices for more time.
A sodium visit
Only thing in place is our total system
Or container size
Please recycle, for purified visit,
Bottled visit under most other servings per every purification store.

So, drinking water,
Pure water,
Per Nutrition serving,
Per purification system,
For diet by percent water amount.

The bottlers, Inc.
Call comments about Aquafina
Bottled sodium,calories

Jerry Falwell is Dead

Television Evangelist Falwell Dies at 73
May 15 01:45 PM US/Eastern

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) - The Rev. Jerry Falwell, who founded the Moral Majority and built the religious right into a political force, died Tuesday shortly after being found unconscious in his office at Liberty University, a school executive said. He was 73.

Ron Godwin, the university's executive vice president, said Falwell, 73, was found unresponsive around 10:45 a.m. and taken to Lynchburg General Hospital. "CPR efforts were unsuccessful," he said.

Godwin said he was not sure what caused the collapse, but he said Falwell "has a history of heart challenges."

"I had breakfast with him, and he was fine at breakfast," Godwin said. "He went to his office, I went to mine, and they found him unresponsive."

Falwell survived two serious health scares in early 2005. He was hospitalized for two weeks with what was described as a viral infection, then was hospitalized again a few weeks later after going into respiratory arrest. Later that year, doctors found a 70 percent blockage in an artery, which they opened with stents.

Falwell credited his Moral Majority with getting millions of conservative voters registered, electing Ronald Reagan and giving Republicans Senate control in 1980.

"I shudder to think where the country would be right now if the religious right had not evolved," Falwell said when he stepped down as Moral Majority president in 1987.

The fundamentalist church that Falwell started in an abandoned bottling plant in 1956 grew into a religious empire that includes the 22,000-member Thomas Road Baptist Church, the "Old Time Gospel Hour" carried on television stations around the country and 7,700-student Liberty University. He built Christian elementary schools, homes for unwed mothers and a home for alcoholics.

He also founded Liberty University in Lynchburg, which began as Lynchburg Baptist College in 1971.

Liberty University's commencement is scheduled for Saturday, with former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich as the featured speaker.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Really and Truly Done

It feels weird. A little too weird.

I'm done. Finished with my undergraduate degree. Completely done. But something is still nagging me, telling me that something is going to go wrong, that I didn't pass this one class or pay this fine or write this paper. I'm sure I'm graduating without a hitch, but I'm still nervous about it, and I think I will be until the calligraphy-clad paper is in my hands.

On a completely different note, I think this semester ended quite well. The one and only Dr. Jerry Fliger took our Senior Seminar class out to eat in Atlanta. We went to "Fire of Brazil," and it was INCREDIBLE. The food was DELICIOUS, the company was great, and it was so much fun.

Afterwards we also went to play a game I had never heard of called "Whirly Ball," and I must say it is one of the most fun games I've ever heard. It is basically bumper cars plus lacrosse, and it was a blast!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Odds and Ends

The MPAA. I despise this organization full of unelected people who make decisions on how movies should be rated. And guess what they're going to be after next? Cigarette Smokers. That's right. Sorry screenwriters. If you're character is a smoker, you're going to have to change that. Forget your own storytelling and how the story is supposed to be, this group wants to dictate smoking as well. This makes me sick. Their arbitrary decisions on how movies need to be in order to get a certain rating based upon the ideas of a few people needs to stop. It's garbage.

And did you know the divorce rate isn't as bad as everyone thinks it is? There are multiple theories for the reasons for that, but it's still interesting.

Monday, May 7, 2007

Despite the fact of passing, this has been one crazy hectic day, and my long and sometimes brutal journey towards the light on the hill that we call "graduation," I still have a short but rocky route ahead of me. I still have random papers to complete, and hours to tally. Addresses to find, budgets to create, bills to pay, memories to reflect upon.

This has been a rough semester, mostly because of the amount of things to do. I've taken 18 hours of classes plus an internship, been planning for a wedding, and working two jobs. I don't know how it's happened, but I'm getting there. I've felt more antisocial than I've ever been, and I've been more antisocial than I thought I could ever handle. But I've survived. Who would have thought, but sometimes, just sometimesI enjoy it. I'm pretty shocked that I can even say that.

I'm still overwhelmed with work that I don't think it's quite hit me that I'm graduating. I don't know when I'm finally going to slow down long enough to realize it.


Holy crap I passed. I guess I overworry, or overreact. But I passed.

You'll probably see me much more lighthearted. :-D

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Where There's Smoke, There's Arcade Fire

Last nights The National/Arcade Fire was a swell evening to combat this relatively crummy week I've had so far.