Sunday, March 30, 2008

All Good Things Must Come to an End

As of tomorrow spring break will officially be over. I must admit I'm a little sad, but I am glad to be back at Belmont. I got back this afternoon and picked Liz up from the airport, so we are enjoying our last moments of freedom. She's watching a movie, and I'm doing laundry because we are definitely the two coolest college kids ever. I don't know how our room can contain so much excitement. There isn't that much school left, though, so I'm looking forward to starting back because it will all be over soon.

Weekend of Champions was an absolute blast. It was a little weird being back as a huddle leader when I was a camper just a year ago, but I had a great time. The other huddle leaders were a little hard to make a connection with because they pretty much knew each other already, they all go to Tech, and we were only there for two days, so we didn't get to know a much about each other. My huddle on the other hand was fantastic. I had six girls in 6-8th grade, and I have never been crazy about middle school girls, but they were a lot of fun. It was a great weekend, and God was definitely working. I had a great time, and I am so glad I got the opportunity to work with those girls and be involved in a ministry that has had such a huge impact in my life.

I guess if I have to go back to school, I am coming after a good weekend. That's one plus to the end of the break. I really can't complain because I don't have class until 5:30 tomorrow--my first one got cancelled. Oh well, it will all be over soon, and I won't be a freshman anymore!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Can't Get Enough of FCA

I realize this is my second post in less than twelve hours, but I've had an exciting night. I am going to be a huddle leader this weekend for FCA Weekend of Champions. This is really exciting for several reasons. First, I have been to Weekend of Champions four or five times as a camper (or whatever they call it because it's only a two day deal), so going as a huddle leader is really cool. I've also loved every second of my FCA experience (and that's a lot of seconds to love), so the fact that I get to keep it going and even contribute to someone else's FCA time is awesome. The biggest reason I'm excited though is because I see God working in this, and I can't wait to see what he has in store.

I know it was no coincidence that I happened to see Sherry's Facebook status and that she needed huddle leaders. I also know things worked out perfectly and I didn't have any plans or any homework this weekend. I know (I realize these sentences all start the same) God wants me to be there, so I know he's got a plan. I just can't wait to see all this play out, and I think this weekend is going to be awesome! I'm just praying now that God will use me for his plan and that I will be available for his purposes.

And in case I forgot to mention it or it didn't come across yet, I'm really stoked to be a part of an FCA event that has made such a huge impact in my own life! I am so excited!

My Brain Is Officially Turned Off!

Spring break could possibly be the best thing that has ever happened to me. I love the fact that I have not had to write a single paper or read any books for almost a week now! I worked today, and I'm working again tomorrow, so I'm back at Belmont for the night. I thought Heather might be around, but I haven't seen her, so I'm just enjoying some time alone. I had some really good Chinese food for dinner, and now I'm watching Beetlejuice. It feels a little lame, but I'm still going to enjoy my brainless night.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Spring Break!

I was afraid it would never get here, but it is finally spring break. I am so happy to be done with school for ten days. And the best part about this break is that, unlike over fall break, I don't have any projects or papers to work on!

I was going to go home tonight, but I am working tomorrow. I decided it wouldn't be worth the drive (gas is $3.15 a gallon) twice, so I am going to stay one more night and come home after work. That wouldn't be a problem at all, but everyone is leaving today, so I feel very lonely. Liz isn't leaving until tomorrow, but she has class until 9 tonight. I have mixed feelings about being alone, but I'm going to try to enjoy it because I know me-time is rare when things are normal here.

Friday, March 14, 2008

A Reflection on Being Spoiled

This is kind of random, but I've noticed more than usual recently a certain friend's facial expressions every now and then in conversation. First I want to say that I don't at all have a problem with this friend, and in case you ever read my blog, Rebecca, I love you, and I'm really glad you make me consider things like this. I would also like to state that this is a fleshing out of my thoughts, and it may make very little sense at some points. Anyway, I have noticed several times since I've known Rebecca that she can't believe it when she hears about how I ask for things from my parents and expect them to give them to me. She is from a one income family with five children while I am from a two income family with two children, so there is definitely more potential for me to be spoiled. I realize that I ask for a lot from my parents, and I also realize that they give me a lot--much more than I need or deserve. I feel safe in thinking, however, that I'm still going to be okay because I realize the amount of things they do for me that they don't have to do. I know that concert and football tickets are not things I need. I also feel a littly bratty asking my parents for them, but I try not to be the brat I know Rebecca thinks I am. I think the deciding factor of how spoiled I am comes in the reaction I have when I don't get something. If my parents don't have the money or just don't want to give it to me, that's perfectly okay. I don't get upset if I don't get something I want. So, overall, I feel like I am definitely spoiled to an extent because my parents give me a lot, but I don't think it's ruined me because I can still be told no.

This was completely random, and I'm still not sure I've sorted everything out in my own mind, which was the purpose of writing this, but I have considered it. Thank you Rebecca for keeping me in check. And I know you think I'm spoiled, so stop rolling your eyes when I say, "I'll have to ask the parents for some money."

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The Crash

Sunday night when I got home I was so excited I couldn't handle myself. This reaction was not surprising, but when I finally did go to bed at 2:00 AM I had trouble sleeping. This is still understandable considering meeting Matt Thiessen was a huge deal. Yesterday was rough because I didn't sleep well the night before, but again, still understandable. I knew how much sleep I had gotten, so I knew how tired I should be. The real problem is that I also didn't sleep well last night. While this could still be the sheer joy of my computer background being a picture of Matt Thiessen beside me with his arm around me that I did not have to alter by putting my head on another girl's body, I'm just not sure that's the problem. What I am sure of is I have got to sleep tonight. I can't handle this waking up several times in the night and never really sleeping well when I do sleep. Yesterday I felt like I was on medication, and today I have too much to do to be groggy. I can't wait another week and one day for spring break. I need to rest!

Monday, March 10, 2008

My Life is Complete

Since I was in middle school I have had a really strange Relient K obsession. I have never stalked the band or anything, but I've spent a small, or rather a really large, fortune on their cds. Tonight was worth every cent I've ever spent on their cds though. I saw RK at 12th and Porter, and it was a really cool show for several reasons. First, this is only the second time I've seen them live, so it was already destined to be awesome. Second, Dave Douglas left the band and tonight was the new drummer, Ethan Luck's first show ever. I was a little sad to see Dave go, but I got to be at Ethan's first show, and how many people can say that? The number of people who can say that is another reason the show was amazing; the venue only held about 200 people, so we were packed in, but it was awesome to see them play in such a small place. And finally, I can now die happy because tonight I met Matt Thiessen! I am still ecstatic about this, and I'm just not sure I'm going to be able to recover. Relient K will always be the best! And if you want to see the videos I took at the concert, they're on my youtube.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Snow, School, and Brett Favre

I was supposed to go to Franklin tonight where my mom and my aunt are staying at a hotel so I could go swimming. I've been really excited about this all week, but today it snowed. I'm really excited because we finally got some accumulation, but that meant I wasn't going to Franklin because I didn't want to be stuck in the snow. I was really ready to swim, but there's no use complaining, and the snow was beautiful. These pictures came from my cell phone, so they aren't that great, but they get the point across.

Aside from the snow, not much has been happening here. Somehow I've had an insane amount of free time lately, and I've watched a lot of tv. I'm not really sure where all this time is coming from, and I feel like I'm forgetting about some really important assignment, but I'm enjoying it so much that I'm just going to let it happen.

I did go to a concert about a week ago that was really great. Kristen wanted to go see Kevin Max, and I wasn't all that interested, but I'm always up for a concert. The show was surprisingly good. I've also now been touched by every member of DC Talk!

I also have two really good videos of the concert on my youtube.

And finally, the big event in my life this week was Brett Favre retiring from the NFL. I'm not sure I'm going to be able to handle this because I have a huge crush on Brett (even though I know he is 38 and has a daughter my age). I'm still having a little trouble getting over this, but I think I'm going to make it through. The one good thing that comes out of this is that the NFL network has been showing specials on Brett every night since the announcement.

And speaking of football, I'm having terrible withdrawals. My ringtone is still the song from the NFL on Fox, and I've had a lot of Madden "cravings" I guess you could call it. I don't know if I'm going to make it until next season!