Monday, February 21, 2011

A Sampler of Diamonds, Engagement, & One Thousand Gifts



 1~Belly Bling & a Growing Up Thing.~1

Look what I did:




Yep, that's a pic of my bedazzled belly!  Much to the chagrin of certain family members, I got my navel pierced just over a week ago.  No, I don't plan on walking around with my midriff showing all the time now.  I got it pierced mostly for myself; I'm learning that it's usually worth it to "go for it" & try new things that I've always thought, "Wouldn't it be neat if..."  
Two years ago I decided to have a sideswept bang cut into my hair.  I met resistance with that idea, too.  However, I am SO GLAD that I got my hair styled the way I wanted, and so far I'm very happy with my belly piercing, too.  I think a 22 year~old can decide these things for herself, especially since they are rather inconsequential! ; )
 & if you're offended by my picture... join the club! ; )


2~My Gift Girls.~2



One blog that I read faithfully is A Holy Experience by Ann Voskamp.  Ann recently authored a book entitled One Thousand Gifts.  There's a book club over at (in)courage for this book; I'm following along with the book club in a semi~participatory fashion as I seek to keep up with reading the chapters on top of all of my required daily activities.  
Under the "meet the readers" section of the One Thousand Gifts website, there is a slideshow of readers with their One Thousand Gifts books.  I don't think mine has been added yet, but I submitted the picture shown above, one of me with the book & five of my blessings.  I look ALL KINDS OF CRAZY in this photo, but I love love love how sweet these five little girls look.  Each one's personality is so apparent simply by viewing this photo.
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Gifts!


3~Congratulations!~3


My brother is now engaged!  I will finally have the big sister that I always wanted!
I didn't get permission to post their picture on my blog, but surely a pic of the bling is in order since that seems to be the theme of the day!


 The wedding will be in October.  Yay Tyler & Bethany! : )



4~Sacred Time.~4


It's easy to tell what ancient cultures held as their sacred objects of worship.  My prof said something during a lecture the other day that really made me think.  He said that if future societies were to analyze our physical artifacts and our patterns of life, they would think that we worship. . .


Time.

Think about it.  What governs our day?  What do our schedules revolve around?  
When is the only instance an otherwise well-meaning person would deny another person proper acknowledgement/attention/concern?  Probably if time was running out!
Even the expression referring to time "running out".. being depleted... shows how valuable time is to us.

What is placed at the highest, most prominent place in most rooms?  Not a religious symbol of any kind!

A clock.


Sometimes I have to stop & remind myself that here is now.  
Breathe.  I am here in this moment. 
Right now.





Linking up with Miscellany Monday today.

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters



Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Space Between


The song admits, "I always fall for your type" & it's true.
You are mine, you wounded yet strong
you soiled yet redeemed.
Ours is a Romeo & Juliet saga,
Star-crossed though our paths crossed
from different worlds that couldn't quite fuse.

Yours is a life that spins on revolving door.
I'm different than any you've had before
I intrigue you, but how do you know I won't leave like the rest?

Mine is a life of privilege and formal academia
but with a heart for the downtrodden,
a heart that beats in rhythm with the hurting.

May we ever meet in that place,
the place where black & white make gray?
where an ages-old chasm rejoins?
where you and I make a we?







Thursday, February 3, 2011

Accents/Dialect Vlog

Disclaimer:  I can't STAND to watch myself in movies.  I apologize in advance!



video


Aunt, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, Toilet, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pajamas, Caught

▪ What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
▪ What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball?
▪ What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?
▪ What do you call gym shoes?
▪ What do you say to address a group of people?
▪ What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?
▪ What do you call your grandparents?
▪ What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?
▪ What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?
▪ What is the thing you change the TV channel with?