Saturday, October 29, 2011

Why do you blog?

I was reading the ba-gillion blogs that I regularly follow {Do you have any good ones? I constantly acquire more} and I was thinking “why do I blog”? All of these ladies and gents have things to say. They have projects to show, they have neat things to talk about, and places and gadgets to see.

I started blogging because of a class in school. I continued blogging because I wanted to be cool; but now…

*Cue Horace Silver’s Calcutta Cutie (which you can do below)*

I was am thinking about it {knowing me I’ll think about this a lot} and I think the reason that I blog is to just get the things out of my head {somewhat} organized, to show you what I’m doing, to tell other people what I think is cool and hopefully you’ll think it’s cool too but more then all of that I want to be able to show you what it looks like to follow Christ. I’m not perfect, and that’s okay. I want to be able to let you (or someone) see my life with the good and the messy and to show you {and remind myself} what it looks like for me to follow Christ.

My greatest desire is to be a woman who resembles Christ by clothing myself with strength and dignity, being joyful and when I speak being wise and kind (See Proverbs 31:25-26). I want to be able to say (along with Paul the Apostle) to the women that I am will be ministering to in Berkeley “Imitate meas I imitate Christ”. I am still will always be figuring out how to work this out in my life but I know that I’ll need to abide in Him, serve others because I have faith, keep His commandments, properly fear the Lord my God, love the Lord my God with my everything, and love my neighbor as myself. It’s a tall order, for sure, and I know that I will fail. I also know that all of my failures and sins (yours too) have been paid for by Christ living a perfect sinless life and dying as an innocent man. Because of this we have been reconciled to God and we can choose to accept or reject this. Either way you will change your life for eternity {and that's a long time}.

Now that you have this information, what are you going to do with it? Are you going to reject or accept? It’s your choice… sort of {1, 2, 3, 4) ;)

This was a little heavy for a Saturday, oops... so... Why do you blog?



Friday, October 28, 2011

Me in 1998 & you know, stuff.

Cousin Kelly, Sister and myself.

Cousin Kaite, Cousin Kelly, Me, Cat, Sister.
My dad's friend just dug these up. I'm glad he passed them along. I was about 13 9 (thanks Dad, I don't know what I would do without your math skills... haha) in these photo's. I was blonde (naturally) and rocking my some lovely shorts, right?

I looked up to these girls so much. Now I look up to these women so much.



I really like these verses right now:

"For ask now of the days that are past, which were before you, since the day that God created man on the earth, and ask from one end of heaven to the other, whether such a great thing as this has ever happened or was ever heard of. Did any people ever hear the voice of a god speaking out of the midst of the fire, as you have heard, and still live? Or has any god ever attempted to go and take a nation for himself from the midst of another nation, by trials, by signs, by wonders, and by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, and by great deeds of terror, all of which the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes? To you it was shown, that you might know that the LORD is God; there is no other besides HimOut of heaven He let you hear His voice, that He might discipline you. And on earth He let you see his great fire, and you heard his words out of the midst of the fireAnd because He loved your fathers and chose their offspring after them and brought you out of Egypt with his own presence, by His great power, driving out before you nations greater and mightier than yourselves, to bring you in, to give you their land for an inheritance, as it is this dayknow therefore today, and lay it to your heart, that the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other. Therefore you shall keep His statutes and His commandments, which I command you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days in the land that the LORD your God is giving you for all time."


Deuteronomy 4:32-40

P.S.

I am really loving "Change is Hard" by Zooey Deschanel.

Lyrics:



I’m all outta luck but what else could I be?
I know he’s yours and he'll never belong to me again.
I did him wrong.
So don’t brag,
Keep it to yourself.
I did him wrong.
I was never no, never no, never enough,
But I can try, I can try to toughen up.
I listened when they told me
If he burns you, let him go.
Change is hard, I should know.
I should know.
I should know.

So I'll keep my head down
If you keep it quiet from now on.
In the halls I’d rather hear silence than the bell of new love.
So don’t brag,
Keep it to yourself.
I did him wrong.
I was never no, never no, never enough,
But I can try, I can try to toughen up.
I listened when they told me
If he burns you, let him go.
Change is hard, I should know.
I should know.
I should know.
I should know.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Typo-graph-y

Yesterday I wrote that I wanted to learn more about typography. I have been loving more and more the posters that are so artfully printed with varying sizes and colors and fonts of the words chosen for the page.


This webpage is really cute. I really want this one.


This website frequently has beautiful stuff.


I have a few pieces and I want to showcase them like this. I'll probably use binder clips, wire and nails and hang the wire more straight. Capisci?



Wednesday, October 26, 2011

What is in my head:
  • I want to be a teacher.
  • I need to pray more.
  • I need to sleep more.
  • Why can’t I think of any other sing but a Sugarland song and the chorus from “Rock of Ages”.
  • I should listen to some music.
  • Can I even go back to school? What would my life look like if I did? Could I even function working full time and going to school full time?
  • For the love of Pete why is it so cold in here??
  • How come I always use two question marks to emphasize a question?
  • I should learn more about typography.
  • Maybe I’ll get a weighted jump rope so that I will actually have fun while doing cardio… yeah, right, like that is even a possibility. Riki Lake lost 20 lbs. in 6 weeks… I bet that I could do that too… yeah, totally. If she can do it, so can I. Well, I can try. Okay, no bread, peanut butter, jelly or cookies for six weeks. That’s until December 7th. My birthday is on November 26… I can cheat for my birthday. I really want cake for my birthday. And I want pumpkin pie. And caramel… Okay, be strong and I can do this, right? Yeah, the weighted jump rope (is there even such a thing?) and me. And probably Corynne’s encouragement. A lot of Corynne’s encouragement will be needed (got that, Cryn?).
  •  Weighted jumpropes do exist.

  • Kitty cat mug:



  • Other recent photos:
Family Dinner.

let me draw your hand.

"I'm Slipping"

Pumpkin bread pudding

Cousins and Cousin's girlfriend at dinner.

Put your hand here.

Giant legs and normal sized Dave or is Dave just far away?

Sword fighting. For reals.

Oops.

Chalk.

Sunset the other way.

Sun set the right way.



Tuesday, October 25, 2011

I do not have a shoe problem.

THIS IS A SHOE PROBLEM:

Photo credit from here, I think...


My Shoe "problem" is more of an enthrallment... There justified. ;)

Now I just need to come up with an amazing way to display my enthrallment.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Sick week.

Let's face it. I've been totally fine...  a tiny bit sick ... losing my voice for the past week. 

I like to talk. 

A lot.

To make myself feel better without going to the doctor (I'd rather be at the dentist) I did the following:
Spent time dressing up in the morning.
Drank hot water with lemon and honey.
Ate a PB&J
Drank that nasty stuff again (don't leave the lemon in for long...)
Wore awesome socks.
Read Deuteronomy 2 (made my heart feel better- not my throat).

Had a mini  self portrait photo shoot which resulted in the following:


Tried to get into the Christmas spirit with the mug and my favorite vintage mickey sweater (love it!).

 
 Needless to say, none of these really worked, but it made for a fun week!!



Friday, October 21, 2011

Rapture

“Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near.  So you also, when you see these things happening, know that it is near—at the doors! Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is. It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch. Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming—in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning— lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!” {Mark 13:28-37}

I live in the city next to the city where Harold Camping’s church is located (I live in Berkeley and Mr. Camping’s church is in Oakland). He is the guy that has all these crazy predictions about when the world is going to end. He is a false prophet, in case you were wondering. The Lord warns against this in the Gospel of Matthew (7:15 and 24:11). I pray for Harold that he would realize what he is doing is creating false hope and ultimately making false promises which will make the people’s hearts harder to the true gospel. I am sure that I will meet people soon who fell for Harold’s compelling words and I pray for myself that I will have compassion and be able to trust that the Holy Spirit will jump in, fill my mouth with words and communicate the gospel better than I ever could (knowing me, and how I trip over words when I speak I’d muddle everything but I’m thankful for the promise that the Lord makes in Luke12:8-12 to not worry about what I am saying when I am confessing Him to others because the Holy Spirit will jump in and teach me what I ought to say). Boom isn’t the Lord crazy awesome?! He really thinks of everything.

Honestly, I wish that the Lord would come back. I want so badly to be in heaven with Him and be singing praises of His Glory (Revelation 3-5 gives you a little picture of what this might look like. Read it and weep, seriously it makes me cry and I don’t want to be the only one crying). The Lord keeps His promises and Jesus Christ said that “of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father”. Therefore I trust COMPLETELY that the Lord will keep His promise and come shortly.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Darn this Christmas bug…

I’m really not a scrooge, but I’ve never been much of a budget-er and now that I am living on my own, it seems that all I do is budget (and then break my budget, oops) and then budget again. Christmas just seems to be another thing to budget for. So, when my best friend wrote about her Christmas planning and list making here I got inspired and I made my "Gifts to Get" list (mostly because I want to be able to craft and junk with her). Things are more fun when done in groups, right?

So my list isn’t as long as hers (or as detailed), but I have added two somethings new to the list: Christmas cards and a Christmas tree! Since this is my first year alone I am going to write the cards for people and include a funny picture with them. I hope they are as ridiculous as I want them to be!

I want my tree to look something like this:

Photo Credit



Just kidding… it will probably look more like this:

Original Source Unknown


Covered with these:
And oodles of tinsel. Seriously. Oodles.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

How to write the perfect love/ lost love letter:


How to write the perfect love/ lost love letter:
I found this blog. It’s a blog where people send in love letters/ I-do-not-love-you-but-really-I-do letters and musings. After reading about 10 I have noticed a pattern.

How to write the perfect love letter:
1.       Tell the person that you love them
2.       Say something about the length of time you have been together and how wonderful it’s been.
3.       Recount 4-8 reasons why
4.       Tell them again that you love them
5.       Tell them that you love the whole them
6.       Be really, really mushy
7.       Sign off with your pet name
How to write the perfect goodbye/ I-do-not-love-you-but-really-I-do letter:
1.       Tell the person how long you have been yearning for them.
2.       Tell them how dreadful it’s been to have unrequited love
3.       Tell them that it rips your heart out to know that you aren’t the one making them happy
a.       If and only if they have confirmed that they are dating someone else.
4.       In short. Annoying. Sentences. Tell the person in an attempt to be dramatic and poetic. How they have. Hurt you.
5.       A tear on the paper would totally add to the effect.
a.       If you could get the tear to actually smear some of the ink, even better.
                                                               i.      Has anyone noticed that tear (rip) and tear (drop of fluid from eye) have the same spelling?
1.       My friend’s kid is learning to read so I’ve been paying more attention to words lately (how they look and sound and what they mean)
6.       Be really dramatic
7.       Sign off with your pet name
8.       For an extra special touch you could always be snarky (especially if you know the recipient still loves you) and say something like “I will always love you”




You're welcome.

my heart just fluttered when this came on my Pandora. I forgot how much I love this song.

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Third Weekend in October

Really, there isn't anything special about the third weekend in October for me- I just wanted a hip blog title.

This is what I did last weekend:
Got my hurr did.
Drove home (safely)
Harassed Snoop Kitty.


Went to Cesar Chavez park at the Marina.
Ate a Picnic Dinner with the Escalante's (sans forks)
Watched the sun set.

Oogled the Campanile from my roof.

Snapped a Creeper Photo with my NEW iPhone 4s.


Walked and talked with the little girl.

Checked out the campus.


Things not pictured:
- Set up my new iPhone & spent 2 hours at the genius bar downloading Snow Leopard so that I can hook my phone up with my
- Skipped church to have breakfast with the Escalante's and their friends
- Drank bluebottle coffee (not that big of a fan)
- Tried really hard to convince everyone to go shopping with me
- Talked with Selby for a while (Wedding crisis averted)

Things from my to-do list that I didn't do:
- Clean my house
- Grocery shop
- Do dishes

You can see where my priorities lie...

What did you do this weekend?!

Mantra's are stupid & Post-it's are amazing.

Lately I've been accidentally reverting to my old yogi thinking of doing Mantra's. I've realized that the real purpose of modern day mantra's (i.e. I think i'm beautiful; I love my boyfriend; My kids aren't driving me nuts) mantra is trick yourself into believing something that is false. Really the only "mantra" that should be helpful is the gospel & scripture.

When I am not thinking about Christ my mantra is:
"I love customer service, I love customer service, I love customer service"

*Honestly, that just makes me more mad then I was before.

When I realize that I'm sinning in my anger/ passive aggressive sigh's and that I should be focused on Christ I see this:

*Honestly, I don't miraculously feel physically better (still suffering from exhaustion symptoms, as I wrote about here) after repeating this verse but my mind and my heart are focused on Christ *which is my desired outcome* (to have an attitude change). Not to mention, it's really helpful to me have the post-it note system for bible verses on my computer since I spend so many hours here.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Exhausted.

This is art.


This art is less expensive.

For three days I’ve been exhausted, irritable and lazy. It’s been awful. I’ve been awful to deal with, I’m sure.  I’ve been working 6 days a week for three weeks and having Church to attend to on Sundays, it’s just been exhausting. My eyes kinda feel like I’ve been crying (but I know I haven’t). Is that a sign of exhaustion?? Anyhow…

Reading this makes me feel better:

“If you abide in my word, you are my diciples indeed. And you shall kow the truth and the truth shall set you free” – John 8:31-32
-          Um, ins’t that amazing?!


“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.  If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.  You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.  No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. These things I command you, that you love one another.” – John 15:1-17

-          Just blew your mind, right?



Listening to this makes me feel better:

Listening to this makes me want to shake my booty:

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Oh, Tuesday.

So, just now I realized that I have three things on my desk that make me happy. I smiled. I thought I'd share with you *in one photo* what made me grin:

Pumpkins, Self-made French manicure (without one of those special sticks) & good earth tea with the tea tag quote "What we play is life"- Louis Armstrong.
Now I'm going to go replace some heads for some corpses...

Monday, October 10, 2011

Learning to be okay today.

Today I am learning to love the Lord by myself. Someday I will learn to love the Lord being in a relationship, being a fiancĂ©e, being a wife, being a mother. But that day isn’t today. That day isn’t tomorrow and that day isn’t conceivably in the “near future”. Today is the day that the Lord has made. Today the Lord has made me single. Today the Lord has made me love Him. Today the Lord answered my prayers. Today the Lord is faithful. Today the Lord is kind. Today the Lord fed me, clothed me, gave me shelter and made me to rest in Him. Today I am learning what it looks like to love the Lord. Today is truly a good day.

Today I am learning what it is to be a woman, serving the Lord confidently. Confidant in His provision. Confidant in His love. Confidant in His Spirit. Confidant in His promises. Today I am learning what it is to be a lover of His word, a giver or His grace and a showcase for His gospel. 

Yes, I mess up. Yes, I'm imperfect. Yes, I'm going to try my best and fail. But, that's okay. The Lord has already done everything perfectly so that my sin has been paid for. Jesus is the be-all and end-all of my life. Jesus is it, period. I can't add anything, I can't subtract anything. It's just Jesus Christ. It's that simple.



Just one of those days...

Today is one of "those" days. The day where I have to force myself to remember the fact that today is a day that the Lord has made.

Oh, Lord.

Photo Dump of things that make my heart happy:

Trapped children.

de Young Museum with my family to see Picasso!!!

Golden Gate Park.

On a mission with my best friends to find Creme Brule- then getting to share about being missionaries in Berkeley to a group of AMAZING high school kids. Seriously, they were fantastic.
Sunsets from my balcony.


Dogs at work.


Music I liked today: