Saturday, February 28, 2009


I would just like to take this moment to reiterate what I said yesterday.... if you haven't seen Gran Torino yet please go out and do so. You can thank me later.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Gran Torino

If you haven't already go out and watch Gran Torino. I wish I were smart enough or deep enough to write more about it, but I feel as though anything I would say just would not measure up to everything I'm feeling due to this movie, nor would I do it justice.

I will say this, however, not many movies make me tear up in the way this one did tonight.

Go see it, it will be well worth your $6.50 or however much you pay and the 2 or so hours of your time. Really, go. Then come back and tell me what you thought.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Ash Wednesday

I just got home not too long ago from my church's Ash Wednesday service. Well, one of my churches.... this one being First UMC in Athens where I go to school.

It was good. I'll admit that usually every year I go to an Ash Wednesday service but it never really clicks with me what I'm doing or what I'm preparing for. It's just something that I've always done since I was little and went to church whenever my parents said we were going, you know? But tonight was different. Not in a huge, life changing, blinding light sort of way. But in a quiet, small, heart-changing kind of way. I have a serious feeling that this Lenten season will be one like no other for me, and I'm excited. A bit scared, but very excited.

My favorite part was when we were saying the Lord's prayer. There was an elderly gentleman sitting behind me and he had a very low, grandpa-like voice. Next to me were my friends Jess and Cat who both have rather sweet sounding higher-pitched voices. All around me were different people in different stages of life with different voices all repeating the same prayer. It reminded me that no matter who we are or what walk of life we are in or what kind of voice we have we all essentially believe in the same thing. There was no doubt about it - God was there tonight.

It was good.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

I applied for graduation today.


Monday, February 23, 2009

This kid....

And why is he so amazing?

Meet my little brother: Kevin.

I love this kid. A lot.

And I'm really proud of him, and really impressed with the way he's growing up. When we were younger we fought a lot and he was little more to me than the annoying younger sibling. We definitely had our rough patches and some days I swore that as soon as I moved out I'd never look back.

Today, however I am happy to say that Kevin is probably not only one of the best brothers I think I could have asked for but one of the greatest friends I think I have. I was lucky enough to get to spend some time with him this weekend, just some brother-sister time even since the reason I was home was that my dad was off working and my mom was at a retreat. We spent a great deal of time just chillin' on the couch bed and watching hours of Arrested Development together. I love that we can hang out like that now. It doesn't hurt that he cracks me up like no one else can and is also already scheming ways to "check out" any future boyfriends that might come my way too. Oh Kevin.

I kind of forget when he turned into a human ;) but I'm so glad he did. I'm so excited to see where he goes in life and am super excited to get to be a part of it.

Please explain to me siblings.... and how they can go from annoying alien turd one second to actual human being and formidable scrabble opponent the next.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

"But I want to be real
I want to find out who I am
And I will find my way to heal
And I will find my voice my stand"

- From the song Real by Superchic[k]

I love when I listen to a CD that I haven't listened to for a really long time and then it speaks to me in new ways. I had a really kind of blah week last week but after a meeting Thursday, an amazing conversation with a friend from home on Friday night, hanging out with my lil bro (more on that tomorrow hopefully :), an overnight at home and listening to this CD I feel like I've moved to an entirely new place.

The chorus above pretty much sums up my life at this moment. I long to be real and I defintely want to find out who I am. Over the past year I feel like I have a lot of healing to do, but am currently still struggling to find the way to do that but I know that it will all lead to me finding my voice and where I stand. That's a lot for four little lines to be saying, but I feel like it's all so true for me in this moment.

I'm not sure if it's my upcoming birthday or being on the brink of graduation, but I do indeed believe that I'm comming up on a huge new and exciting phase of life but am totally aware it's gonna be tough. Who knows maybe it'll be great too.

In other news I got a free t-shirt and a sweet new book for $4 on clearance this weekend. What couldn't be great about that, right?

Monday, February 16, 2009


Please explain to me relationships and how these people:

Have come to mean so much to me in such a relatively short amount of time.
Friends truly are the family you choose for yourself. I think I've picked pretty well.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

The weather

Someone please explain to me the weather. Especially the weather in Ohio. And how it can go from ice storms and school closings to 65 and gorgeous and back to snow/rain showers and grossness so quickly.

I got to play in the park with my favorite 2 year old, her 4 month old baby sister and their mom yesterday. What a wonderful taste of spring that was, and it was oh-so-good for my soul. I hope that just as yesterday was a small taste of spring that this world is just a small taste of something better yet to come. Wouldn't that be nice.

Monday, February 9, 2009

The 2nd time 'round.

Please explain.... throwing up and why can't food taste as good coming back up as it did going down the first time. I guess it's because if it did there would be people throwing up everywhere all the time and that would just be gross.

Today was a good day... and then I got to taste my breakfast again. I'll kill my brother for leaving germs around our house and making me sick. Actually I won't, but being sick is no fun. None at all.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Used Car Salesmen

Please Explain.... Used Car Salesmen. Why do so many of them have to actually live up to the stereotype? Greasy hair, stupid ties, fake smiles. People who don't listen to the customer and are more interested in selling anything than making sure you get what you really want/need.

I met Flint this weekend. I never want to be like Flint. Nor do I ever want to shop at Kerry Ford again.

Thursday, February 5, 2009


My dad certainly knows the way to my heart. I knew I was to be expecting a package from home with a picture printer ink cartridge and a pair of pants, but the extra goodies were great surprises. My dad (who works at the post office) likes to find creative packaging material. This time he used a bag of marshmellows, some chocolate and an early Valentine's Day card. Perfect surprises for a girl with camp in her blood and a s'more addiction. It was quite the nice surprise.

I hope that all those that I know have people who are thoughtful enough to surprise them. It certainly is nice every once in a while.

I love my daddy.