Friday, December 26, 2008
After church, Trent and I went to my aunt and uncle's for Christmas. I always look forward to going to my aunt and uncle's. Good food and funny people are a great combination. We played "dirty bingo" for the first time this year. We divided it by guys and girls gifts. I brought a Victoria's Secret heavenly perfume/lotion combo and received a $20 Kohl's giftcard. Not too shabby. I would've stole the Gap giftcard, but my turn was over :( After the bingo game, we took our annual Christmas photos of every family and couples. Then the "kids" headed to the basement to play RockBand. It was me, Ben, Trent, and my two boy cousins. Then the older guys made their way downstairs to play beer-and fart-filled games of pool. Needless to say, I was the only girl in the basement in a fart-filled basement. It was great! :D
The next Christmas festivity took place at my Mom's on Christmas Eve. She lives in Plymouth and I LOVE going over there for Christmas. Once again, amazing food and funny people, gotta love it. I received some amazing gifts this year. Above all, the laptop that I'm currently typing on ;) It's a 15" Compaq and I love it. I asked for a smaller netbook, but this will just have to do I suppose haha ;) My sister got an xbox360 with RockBand so that's probably what I'll be doing the rest of my break. Ben got an amazing canon camera that he loves. My parents really went all out this year. After opening gifts, we played a hilarious game of mad gab. We always play games when we get together but we've never played mad gab before. It's very funny and quite entertaining.
On Christmas Day, I headed over to Trent's to spend the day with his family. Ben spent the night at Trent's because the rest of our family had other places to be Christmas Day. It was great though, having him at Trent's. We opened gifts in the morning and it was wonderful. I got TWO awesome, cute, functional pair of shoes from Trent's parents and plenty of clothes and patterned socks :D Trent pretty much stuck to my list which was fine because I didn't really NEED anything (like every Christmas). Trent also got a camera for Christmas so it was fun with Ben there too because the boys just played around with their cameras the whole day. Even while we were playing scrabble, they could not keep their hands off of them! I got a little frustrated actually lol. After playing scrabble, we ate a very delicious Christmas dinner that Trent's Mom made. Then had an even more scrumptous dessert. I've definetely had my fair share of amazing cuisine this past week. I mean, prime rib two days in a row! After dinner, the three of us headed back to my apartment to open up stockings. I put the usual in Trent's stocking- one gift and a butt load of candy. However, Trent got a little more creative with mine and Ben's stockings. I received two more pairs of socks, some floss, a snickers energy bar, a flash drive, some extra strength tylonol, and other random things. Ben pretty much got the same in his. Clever, Trent. The rest of the night was filled with the boys taking pictures of Rachel and Derek and his boys opening their gifts. Ben drove back to my Mom's to stay and I headed to Trent's to stay the night before we took off for Ohio. Or so we thought...
Technically, I'm supposed to be in Ohio right now with the rest of Trent's relatives. I went to bed expected to wake up at 5:30am and on the road by 7. However, at 6am, Trent walked into my room and said "Hey I don't think you set your alarm. But that's okay cuz we're not leaving yet. The roads are covered in ice." So I slept in til 9 when he came back into my room and woke me up for good. He told me that we might leave at noon so I got in the shower at 10:30. Right after I got completely ready, I mean.. hair dried and straightened, dressed, makeup on.. Trent's dad came upstairs and said, "Well, we're not going to Ohio." Aw man! All I said was, "Well, I'm ready to go!" lol. So we didn't go to Ohio. Bummer. They kept telling me about all the fun (wink) I was going to have with their family.... oh well. So Trent, his brother and mom, and I went to the crazy, people-filled mall instead. It was a nice relaxing day, nonetheless.
Now here I sit. Reflecting on this great holiday season. I think the best part was being with people I love. It's so great knowing that there are people around you who love you so much and care about you. I feel so at home whenever I go see my family and even when I'm with Trent's family. I can't even imagine what it would be like to spend Christmas alone. I think that's what I'm most thankful for this holiday season. I would've had just as good of a time even if I hadn't received any gifts at all.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
I was supposed to work at 10am and the "dough girl" went in at 7am. I woke up this morning from a dead sleep (I had Christmas at my aunt's last night and we didn't get home til 1) to the sound of my cell phone ringing at 7:18 and what do you know? It was Alysha, the dough girl. She was opening that morning and called me in a panic. "Abby! We have a major problem! The power went out and I can't get ahold of Drew (my manager). I've called his cell and his house phone and no one's picking up!" Half asleep and looking at my own dead clock I said, "Oh my, that IS a problem. I don't have power here either. Um... well, call P.J. (the other manager) and if all else fails, call Hacha (the managers' boss)." She said okay, I wished her good luck, and we hung up.
I wasn't too panicked because I normally set both my alarm on my phone and my regular clock alarm for occasions such as this. However, I could NOT get back to sleep. I was supposed to wake up at 9 but I just layed in bed and worried about Alysha at work. Finally, at 8:45, my sister knocked on my door and wanted to let me know that the power was out. I called Trent and asked him if his power was out and it wasn't. They live on one of the last streets in Donnybrook so they're actually on Nappanee power. Then I called Alysha and thankfully Drew answered. He said there was still no power at work and he'll see me soon. So...! I got up, brushed my teeth in the dark, and headed to work at 9:30.
I got to work and Alysha and Drew were playing phase 10 in the silence and cold. They had already gotten most of the preps done that they could do without power, but no dough-making of course. We use machines for that! Plus, dough doesn't rise very well in a cold building. So the three of us sat in the building, talked and laughed about this crazy situation, and called our loved ones about this madness. Drew was getting fed up that the power wasn't coming back on so he was going to let Alysha and I leave but be "on-call" in case the power came back. We were just about the leave when all of a sudden, at about 10am, the power came on! We were so happy and busted our butts to get some dough made and other things done. This didn't last long because at about 10:15, the building went dead again. Disappointed, we still tried to get more things done but an hour later, Drew let us leave.
I went to Trent's because they still had power and I could warm up there. I didn't stay long because at about 11:45, I got a phone call from Drew saying that the power came back on but he wanted me to stay home for about a half hour just in case it went off again. Well, it didn't and I headed back to work at about 12:15. The power flickered in and out for a few more hours but Drew and I finally got everything made and prepared for the day at around 2:30. He left and I handled the store until 4. Business was starting to pick up when I left at 4 and the night crew was rolling in by then. Whew! My crazy powerless day was over! So I thought...
Trent and I had just started a continuing game of scrabble when I received yet another phone call from Drew. Apparently after I left work, the night crew got KILLED with orders and Drew was unable to help because he was at a family Christmas party. Off to work I headed again to help out the night crew. However, I only stayed for about 40 minutes, enough time to make some pan dough. My work day was finally over at 6pm. I am pooped!
It's kinda funny that we were powerless at work today because last night at church, Jim talked about Jesus being the light of the world and talked about how it feels to be in the light and out of the darkness. We just feel so much better when we're out of the darkness, just like when we finally get power back. *sigh* I am SO thankful that the power is back and I hope it stays on this time. I have to work tomorrow morning at 7am and I'm PRAYING that I do not have to deal with what Alysha dealt with today. PLEASE God...
Time for bed.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I had a few wonderful shockers this semester as far as grades. Remember my Russian art history class? Well, the very first day of class my strict, yet hilarious professor told the class that it was very hard to receive an A in her class. She said you really have to earn an A. This made me extremely nervous until I got an A on my midterm. We had a few writing assignments and I mostly got B's on them. So coming into the final, I had no idea what my grade was. I studied so much but after I took the final, I felt very apprehensive. I felt like there was stuff on the final that I didn't even think I needed to study. I thought for sure that I got a C on it. I was wrong. Last Thursday I emailed my professor to see what my grade was and she said I got a 99/100 on the final and an A+ in the class. WHAT?!!! Are you freaking kidding me?!? How in the world did I get an A+ in RUSSIAN ART HISTORY?! lol I was very.... dumbfounded hah! Anyway, I learned a lot about Russian history from about 1870's to the 1940's. Very interesting stuff, actually. I know that Dostoevsky wrote Crime and Punishment and Tchaikovsky composed The Nutcracker. AND I actually know how to pronounce these names ;) I think the reason I got a good grade was because it's easier for me to remember weird things, like the names of these artists. Isn't it much easier to remember a name like Rimsky-Korsakov (who wrote "Flight of the Bumblebee," by the way) then John Smith?? Well, I think so.
Another shocker was in my social psychology class. This class' grade was based solely on 4 tests and the final. The whole class was out of 500 points, 100 points for each test. No room for error here, kids. The first test I got an 82... not thrilled about that grade, but hey it was a B. Then, the second test I got a freaking 74... really wasn't happy about that one! My grade was sitting at a very low B. After that, I needed a game plan. Since I finally discovered after 2 tests that they were based on only vocab words and experiments in the textbook, I studied those hard. Hundreds of notecards later, I finally got a 94 on the last 2 tests. It was about time I got A's on those darn tests! So, now comes the final. I finally raised my grade to a high B, close to an A-. I figured it out that I had to get an A+ on the final to finally get a 90%(A-) in the class. Psshhh! Yeah right, I knew I was NOT going to get a freakin A+ on that final. So I thought..... I checked my grade 2 days ago and guess what?! I got the highest grade on the final which meant I got 100/100 on the final. WHAT?!!! So I ended up with an A- in the class. WHEW! By the way, in case you cared, 'high need for cognition' means that you enjoy deep-thinking. I, on the other hand, have low need for cognition :)
My other 3 classes (philosophy, math, and my library class), I did consistently well throughout the semester. I had and kept an A+ in my math class from the very first grade. My professor told me that I had the highest grade in the class during the entire semester. The library class included easy assignments about how to use the resources at the library. I did very well on the final project getting a 299/300 and my professor asked if she could use it as an example for next semester's class. I was a little surprised that I got an A in philosophy, however. Some days I either really didn't understand the material or I just didn't care about what was being discussed. Somehow, I don't really know how though, I got an A.
I hope it doesn't feel like I'm bragging about my grades. It's just that I've never gotten all A's before and to get them in college...? Wow, I'm just proud of myself. I studied hard and prayed harder. Actually, you know what, I think it was the coffee. ;)
Thanks for listening to my ramblings
Friday, December 12, 2008
 Do you have a boyfriend or girlfriend? yep... 5 years and 2 months
 What annoys you most? anything rythmic (like a clicking clock or snoring) while I'm trying to sleep
 Fave 'scary' movie? I don't really like scary movies
 Fave 'action' movie? is Fight Club considered action?
 Fave 'romantic' movie? Love Actually
 Do you have an accent? doesn't everybody?
 Who is your role model? Jesus! lol
 Do you like surprises? I do
 What's the ideal age to die? anywhere over 85 I guess
 Do you like to dance? very much so
 Ever took ballet? nope, just gymnastics when I was like 5
 Bold or pastel colors? both are good
 Do you still wear Tommy Hilfiger? I never did
 What brand do you wear most? American Eagle
 What do you normally watch on TV? cops, I freaking love cops!
 Do you have any 'special' talents? I can stick my foot in my ribs... it's hard to explain but I'll show you sometime if you ask me to
 What's your favorite sport? didn't I already answer this question?
 Can you swim? yep
 Can you play a musical instrument? I learned a little Norah Jones ditty on Trent's keyboard. but that's as far as my musical talents go
 What star sign are you? pisces
 Do you prefer public schools or private? well since I went to a public school then I guess public
 Do you care what people think? yes, I think everybody does to some extent
 Have you ever shot a gun? just my brother's BB gun
 What's your biggest fear? dying or having someone close to me die
 How many hours of sleep do you normally get? anywhere from 6-9... depends on the day
 Regular ice or crushed ice? regular, I hate crushed ice, it gets in the way of the drink
 Blue ink or black ink? I think I prefer black for some reason
 Are your clothes mostly loose or tight fit? I have equal amounts of both (b/c I gained 12 pounds over the summer so now I have a lot more tight-fitting clothes) but I feel uncomfortable in stuff that's too tight
 Have any peircings? just in my left ear, the other side closed up
 Gold or silver? white gold
 What kind of shampoo/conditioner do you use? Pantene beautiful lengths, I'm trying to grow out my hair again. If the shampoo doesn't help, it will still make me think that my hair is growing faster ;)
 Do you blow dry your hair? everyday, depends on how much heat I use though. more heat for straighter hair and on the cool setting for wavy hair. in case you cared haha
 What do you sleep in? sweat pants and a baseball t-shirt
 What's the last book you've read? just books for school, probably my social psych book for my final yesterday
 Britney Spears or Christina Aguilera? Christina has a better voice, Britney is a little cookoo!
 Spiderman or Dare Devil? Spiderman
 Have you ever broken a bone? nope *knock on wood*
 Shower or Bath? shower, baths make me feel dirty for some reason.... I don't know, sitting in my own filth may have something to do with it
 Do you have any cavities? 4, but they're filled
 Have you ever wore braces? yep from 8th-10th grade
 What do you live in? an apartment
 Would you choose true love or to be rich? true love for sure
 Do you have Cable? amish cable haha
 Do you play any computer games? just solitaire
 How long did it take you to finish this? oh let's see... about a week! haha
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
 Ever been suspended? no way!
 Better: Punk or Prep? prep but it would be fun to go punk for a day
 Ever blew a beverage out your nose? no way that would hurt so bad
 Do you like jaw breakers? not really, I'm too inpatient
 What color is your room? cream, boring
 What do you say a lot? "whatev" "good grief" "oh geez"
 What's your best personality trait? I'm pretty mellow and always optimistic
 What's your worst personality trait? selfishness
 Do you have any medical problems? allergic to amoxacillin, found that out the hard way one time
 Are you listening to anything? the fan of the space heater
 What's the last movie you've watched in Theatre? Role Models, very funny
 Who is your favorite friend? aw that's not fair!
 Who do you get along with the best? everyone! I hate conflict
 Who do you fight with a lot? Trent, but we don't really 'fight' or even argue all that much
 Who is your funniest friend? my brother
 Do you talk too much? not at all, people actually tell me that I need to talk MORE
 Ever fell asleep in class? never
 Sneakers or open-toed shoes? sneakers?? open-toad shoes?? who calls them that anymore?! I wear SHOES
 Can you do a cartwheel? sure can! those years of gymnastics did me well :)
 Ever been camping? a few times, my favorite part of camping is making breakfast over the fire
 Shorts or jeans? I really don't like wearing shorts, even in the summer. I hate being cold and I know that everywhere is air conditioned, so why risk it?
 Double dates or just the two of you? double dates are good every once in awhile but I like to be just the two of us most of the time
 Do you go to camp? went to church camp for like 10 years!
 When's the last time your parents spanked you? I don't think I've ever been spanked. I was the easiest child to raise, you know ;)
 Can you rhyme well? not really
 Have you ever belonged to a gang? oh yeah, cuz we have so many gangs in Bremen
 Know people who belong to a gang? nope
 Do you smoke ciggarettes? ew no
 Indoors or outdoors? outdoors only when it's warm
 Have you ever gotten beaten up? nope
 Do you know how to cook? not right now, but I think I'll be okay at it when I become a wife
 Do you know how to do laundry? yeah, I actually enjoy doing laundry :)
 When you get a pizza, how many slices do you eat? usually 2, but pizza does BAD things to my stomach (Todd knows)
 How tall are you? almost 5'4"
 Do you consider yourself too fat/skinny? nah
 Do you watch the superbowl? just for the commercials
 What's your least favorite color? I don't really like orange
 Have you ever faked being sick? nope
 Ever done something illegal? yeah! I speed on a daily basis
 What's the longest you've stayed up? 4 am at middle school (and college lol) sleepovers :)
 Are you afraid of dying? I am, but I'm learning not to be
 What's your biggest regret? nothing really
 Ever picked up a hitchiker? heck no! I never would either
 Is your name on any bathroom walls? I doubt it
Friday, December 5, 2008
But then I began to think about school. I love school so much. I love learning about all the random things in my classes, including Russian art history. A few people have recently asked me if I was going to try for my Master's. And you know what, I think I want to. Why shouldn't I? I really like school and I'm getting better grades than I ever have before. I began to think about my future job. I realized that my dream job would be to do research with a group of other psychologists. Making people take surveys and doing experiments sounds like so much fun to me. Then I realized that those kind of people usually have a PhD. Then I thought, why couldn't I get a PhD?? What's stopping me? What's the worse that could happen? I know there's the money issue, but if I go broke, I know there will be people who love me so much that they would take care of me. Even if I fail, at least I tried to attain some sort of dream.
This idea got me extremely excited this morning. What would happen if I had a PhD? Would I make a lot of money doing what I would love doing? How awesome would that be!? It seems so out of the norm from what I'm used to. I always thought I would live the cookie-cutter life by graduating college, getting married, getting a mediocre job that I didn't really like but paid the bills, having kids, living in Bremen for the rest of my life... which doesn't sound bad, but it's just too "average." But now I realize that I don't have to live like that. I can do things out of the ordinary. I can get a PhD, move away, and maybe not even have kids. It's my life and I can do whatever I want with it. I'm so excited!! :D
On another, kind of random note... why do I think that my life hasn't "started yet" just because I haven't graduated college yet, I'm not married yet, and don't have kids yet? It's weird to think that I'm not "living" just because of those things. Why do we think that "life" is all about going to work and having a spouse/kids?? Is that the best we can do? I don't know, it was just a thought I had.
Things will be dramatically changing for me in the next two years or so. I used to be scared. Now, I'm ready!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
 Do people think you're crazy? only when I'm hyper
 How many people on your buddylist? I don't have a buddylist anymore
 How many songs do you know all the words to? A LOT!
 Do you listen to The Beatles? nope, sorry
 Do you listen to Eminem? only if he has a song on U93, but I don't have any of his CD's
 Do you know anyone who thinks they're Eminem? hah yeah
 Do you read books often? just for school
 Do you strive to fit in? not really, I just try to be nice and if people don't like that, well then there's nothing else I can do
 Fave gum? orbit white, in the pink big-e-pack
 Do you snore? nope, I sleep very quietly
 Are you afraid of thunderstorms? just the wind and lightening.... so yeah lol
 Do you care what you look like? not so much anymore, it's kinda nice
 Is your hair color fake? not anymore, it's all grown out and natural now
 Whacha wearing? dark jeans, green tank top, maroon long sleeve hoodie, and a cream cordory blazer
 When's the last time you talk to anyone? like 2 minutes ago, he's counting change now lol
 Do you 'fall in love' easily? no, I don't think I used to either
 What's your best physical feature? I love my toes! I could probably be a foot model lol
 What attracts you most to the oppisite sex? eyes, jaw, smile, adam's apple LOL
 Are you picky about who you date? I don't date anymore
 What's your favorite cologne? probably curve
 What's your favorite perfume? glow by j.lo
 Do you like roller coasters? hate em, I'm a big wuss if you couldn't tell already
 Have you ever flown in a plane? yep
 Do you wear make-up? uh yeah! I wear more now than I did in high school. it's just fun
 Have you ever went bungee jumping? no and I never will
 Ever been to Paris? nope
 Do you believe in Vampires? um no
 Even if you could become a Vampire? still a no
 Would you call yourself normal? I don't think anyone is normal, we are all unique
 Have you ever gone skinny dipping? only in a bathtub
 Do you eat seafood? oh yes
 Ever drove while drunk? never been drunk... so no
 Have you ever lit yourself on fire? LOL probably not!
 How many people do you trust with your life? the few people closest to me
 Are you considered intelligent? I'm book smart but not common sense smart
 Are you considered a nerd? hah now that I'm getting better grades I probably am
 Do you talk on the phone a lot? not really
 How often do you take a shower? everyday
 What kind of bodywash do you use? dove bars
 What's your favorite candy bar? gotta be snickers, it's a classic
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
 What did you want to be when you were younger? a teacher or cosmotologist
 What's your favorite type of music? I like calm music like Norah Jones, A Fine Frenzy, Howie Day, James Blunt, Colbie Callait... with a little alternative rock
 What do you spend most your time doing? sleeping, duh
 Would you rather stay at home or go out? I would rather stay in nowadays. I'm always hustle-bustling around so it's good to just calm down and stay home
 What is your favorite 'fast food' restaurant? hmmm... Chick-fil-A, but DQ is gaining on me
 What is your favorite restaurant? Chao Cajun at U.P. Mall, Logan's is good too
 Are you a farmer? that'd be a no
 If you could marry anyone who would it be? anyone?! how bout Brad Pitt...? jk, Trent wins.
 How much do you think about the oppisite sex? I would say... about 12 hours a day lol
 What's your favorite toothpaste? colgate total whitening PASTE, gel is nasty
 What kind of grades do you make? mostly A's, with an upsetting B in there every once in awhile
 If you could go anywhere where would you go? I bet Greece is pretty
 How many people do you live with? it's just me and my sissy wissy :)
 What is your favorite sport? I like watching gymnastics on TV, or figure skating
 How many kids do you want? 2, maybe 3
 What would you name them? boy- Kyser.... girl- Lilly
 What color lipgloss/lipstick do you usually wear? cherry flavored softlips or chapstick
 Coke or Pepsi? DIET coke, but I rarely drink pop
 What's the last thing you bought from a Pharmacy? pills! duh... what kind of pills? you'll never know
 Have you ever been in a wreck? a bike wreck when I was 5, my bottom teeth went through my bottom lip.... scarred me (literally) for life.
 When do you usually go to bed? around 10:30, give or take a half hour
 Whats the worst thing you ever did? when I was 9, I wrote a mean note and stuck it in the neighbor's mailbox.... needless to say, we moved LOL
 Do you attend church? yep, I'm the 'sound technician'
 How many friends do you have? a few close ones, that's about it
 What's your greatest accomplishment? getting an A in any class
 What do you plan to be when you're older? I really don't know.... alive, I hope
 What's your favorite PJ's? fleece pants and a thermal shirt
 What's your favorite thing to do? eat LOL
 What color hair do you have? darkish brown
 Do you sing well? not really
 Have you ever been in love? currently :)
 Would you eat a cochroach for $500? maybe if it was dead or cooked, not alive
 Are you afraid of the dark? I used to be, but ever since I moved into my apartment, it's not an issue anymore. I feel safer :)
 Are you bored? nah
 Where's the last place you've been? I went to the library at school to study, stayed for about 10 minutes, then got an a computer lol
 Do you wear a lot of black? not really, but I actually am right now!
 Do you get along with your parents? most of the time
 Would you consider yourself 'popular'? not really, I'm just average
 Do you live in the country, burbs, or city? city, if you can call Bremen a city
 Most painful experience? when my parents got divorced
 Most happy experience? when I found out that Trent liked me. I had the biggest crush on him for years and was EXTATIC when someone told me he liked me too
 Have you ever been stalked? I hope not, but if I have been, they were good at hiding
 Have you ever egged a house? nope, I'm a wuss
 Do you go hunting (deer,duck,etc)? nope, just fishing
 Do you support PETA? sure why not
More answers to come!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
(The top pictures are the original pictures)
(above) The bottom picture looks like Ben in a wig!
Symmetry more attractive?!?! I THINK NOT! I think I'm better off not being symmetric, don't ya think?
Pics of Ben and Trent will be coming soon ;)
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Then, tonight we were eating a very delicious, very healthy dinner consisting of Lean Pockets, Sunchips, and a cup of Ramen noodles, when I suddenly blurted out, "I wonder how we know where our mouths are...?" Trent just turned, looked at me, and began to laugh. Then after we got done eating, I asked Trent if he wanted to take some Pepto Bismol before he went to IUSB to watch a speaker. He laughed and said something along the lines of, "Heck no! Do you know how funny it would be if I had farties the whole night?" And I replied with, "Yeah right, more like squirties after eating this dinner!"
This kind of language is not uncommon for us. Some previous conversations have consisted of, "How would I ever know if the color I call 'blue' is the same color that you're seeing?" or "How does regular digestion take 20 hours but you can get diarrhea within 15 minutes?! How in the world does it go through you so fast?!" And just the other day I was talking to him about my philosophy class. I said, "Trent, I was thinking so hard about 'eternity' and it boggled my mind so much that I almost passed out! The room kinda went black for a second."
I guess once you're with someone for so long, and they know everything about you, there's really nothing else to talk about. Therefore, you have to talk about the silly things in life. All of life's little wonders and questions. So that's what I've been thinking about lately. I hope it made you at least giggle a little.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I remained very neutral with an "I really don't care" attitude. Up until yesterday. After talking to Trent on the way home from school, I began to wish that I had voted. I was starting to SLIGHTLY lean toward one candidate and I probably would've voted for this person had I actually registered to vote. I'm not going to tell you who I would've voted for. I would rather remain neutral to you, the reader. I don't want members of a certain group to hate me just because I would've voted for this particular candidate. You can try to guess all you want, but I'll never tell ;)
Last night it was so entertaining to watch as each state announced their projected winner. I was neither happy or mad that one of the candidates were either winning or losing. Even though I said I would've voted for one of them, my emotions still remained neutral as I heard the incoming results. In fact, this morning I was so excited just to hear the outcome of this craziness. I didn't care who won, I was just looking forward to seeing the drama that was going to unravel today! I turned on the TV, heard the outcome, and thought "Ok, now I know."
So.......! Today I was a little excited/nervous to hear peoples' reactions to the outcome. How else could I describe it other than entertaining?! So that's that. I'm not particularly happy/upset that Obama won and not particularly happy/upset that McCain lost. I'm just, as always, "eh, whatev" :) No matter who got elected, I would still rather put my trust in God to be my leader than the president of our country. That's just what makes sense to me and probably the biggest reason why I didn't vote.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Girls Night (Nov 07)
Rockin out at the Newsboys concert (Jan 08, maybe?)
We're dorks (Jan 08?)
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Sad b/c it was our last day in FL (May 07)
On the ride home from FL (May o7)
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Sorry about your neck, I never figured out how to rotate the videos. I can't even do it on my camera. Oh well. :(
Thursday, October 9, 2008
The message was about the Resurrection and Heaven. The first point was: Heaven is the place where God is and where God's will is done. When the second coming comes, Heaven and earth will be the same. God will come to us here on earth. Also, when I die, I sleep in Christ (or am with Christ). The day will come when I will be raised and given my spiritual body. So, I will always have a body, not just be a floating spirit. The return of Jesus as King is the same as the great resurrection and the establishment of Heaven. Also, Heaven is the place for no grief. I won't be sad. I WILL see my relatives, but my vision will be so fixed on God that they won't matter to me. At the resurrection, my eternal condition is fixed. To sum it up: Heaven is the restored, renewed, earth made fit for God to dwell with his people.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
(By the way, he bought Lucky brand cologne and he now wears it only on our Anniversary.)
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Have a nice day :)
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Okay, the message started with the point that when I was born, I was physically alive but spritually dead. This is because when I was a baby, I had no clue about God and I only cared about myself- getting fed and having my diaper changed. My physical arrow was pointing up but my spiritual arrow was pointing down. However, when I became a Christian, I was both physically and spiritually alive. Both arrows were pointing up. And then I will die. As one can imagine, I will obviously be physically dead. Here's the shocker (well, one of them): when I die, I will still be spiritually alive. Let me explain...
When I die my spiritual condition is fixed. What does this mean? NOW is the time (when I'm alive) to change my spiritual condition. Because after I die, I will either be spiritually ALIVE (with Jesus) or spiritually DEAD (not with Jesus).
The next point is that followers of Jesus (after they die) are with Jesus and only Jesus. No one else is with me. Not other dead family members or my dog that died a few years ago. Just Jesus. *gasp* WHAT?! I won't even meet up with my other family members who have died?! That's the 2nd shocker.
But the shocker of all shockers: After I die, I'm not going to Heaven. Followers of Jesus go to PARADISE after they die to be with only Jesus. I stay in Paradise with Jesus and wait for the 2nd coming. While I'm in Paradise, I am asleep. Think about it- when I am in a deep sleep now, I have not a care in the world. I am at peace and nothing can bother me. This is why I don't really care that I don't see my family. I am content being with just Jesus because I am asleep. I hope this makes sense.
Now, there becomes a HEAVEN when the 2nd coming of Jesus occurs. AND Heaven will not be in the sky somewhere, it will be here- on earth. The earth will be "restored" and Heaven will be here. I know that Heaven will be here, but I'm not exactly sure where Hell will be. :) C'mon, I don't have all the answers! :) But I do know that non-followers of Jesus, after they die, go to Hades where they are alone. They are not partying with their friends, they are pretty much in solitary confinement. And they weep and gnash their teeth because they wish they were with Jesus in Paradise. As for me, no thank you. I would much rather be asleep with Jesus in Paradise waiting for the earth to be restored into Heaven.
*sigh* Just thinking about this puts me at ease. I can't wait (but I will, I'm not about to commit suicide or anything!) to die and just be with Jesus. Most of all, I can't wait to SLEEP! I love sleep! Ahhhh so relaxing. Alright, I hope this post made a shred of sense to you. It makes perfect sense to me. :)
Friday, September 26, 2008
In this video, I'm kinda interviewing Trent about our pizza day. p.s.- don't mind my burp at the end LOL I was eating a leftover Dairy Queen blizzard. oops.
And this is his first taste of our fabuloso pizza!
What a fun day.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
p.s.- Once I get a few people to do this, I'll let you in on the experiment findings.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
A lot of people have been asking me how I like living in my new apartment. To be honest...... I love it! However, I don't really like the screaming kids that live below us and wake me up at 1:30am or the partiers that go on their balcony at 4:30am and talk/laugh very loud. Those, I could live without. But what makes up for it is the fact that I get to live with my sister. I've lost touch with my Mom and sister over the past few years. It wasn't anyone's fault, it just kinda happened. But anyway, we're beginning to mend those relationships and we've already had a few heart-felt talks with lots of crying. It's a new beginning for us as mother and her daughters. I just love it. I try to be home more often so I can start to develop an independent personality. But I really like being at home so I can see my sister and hear about her day. (I just took a little intermission to make egg sandwiches with Trent. We danced silly in the kitchen. We have fun.) I kinda lost my train of thought. Alright, I like talking and hanging out with my sister everyday but I especially like Wednesdays cuz we go and visit my Mom. You see, my sister used to live with my Mom, and now that my sister and I live together, my Mom is feeling a bit "empty-nested." So we came up with a plan to visit her every Wednesday. (fyi: last week my sister and I also visited my Dad in Granger where he now lives with his girlfriend. They cooked dinner for us, and my Dad took us for a ride in his new car. It was a nice time.) Anyway, we eat and talk and laugh and sometimes cry. It's great. To sum it up: no more awkwardness between us. I'm learning how to have a typical mother-daughter, sister-sister relationship. It just makes me feel so good, what can I say? Alright, enough of that.
So there you have it. Basically, moving into this apartment with my sister was probably the best thing that has happened to me in awhile. I feel different, like my life has a new direction. Many relationships are changing for the better and it's amazing. I haven't been this happy in a long time :)
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
The main point of it was about small groups and how being in groups keeps us accountable. It was a great message for me to hear because the message was a lot about being connected with other people. It just fit with what's going on in my life now. Things are changing and it's good. Basically, it's good to have...just.... PEOPLE around you! Especially ones you love :) but anyway! Back to the message. Some of the points were that God created for community or togetherness, because when God created man, he realized that man needed a companion. It's good for people to be and talk together. Another point was that people don't feel loved because they don't love others. And it's not love if I make it about myself. If I make it about others, then it's love. Does this make sense? Sorry, I'm watching a re-run of Friends and I can't really concentrate. :) Ok, the point that I really understood and could apply to my life was that I hold up a "DO NOT ENTER" sign to everyone except maybe 2 people. I need to learn to put the sign down and let people in to open myself up to love. So that was really the point that hit me the most.
Ok, time to go study for my social psych test tomorrow! It's gonna be a doozy. Good night world!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Things I enjoy:
shopping for other people
napping with Trent
falling asleep to the sound of rain (with no thunder, lightning, or wind)
game nights at my Mom's
going shopping with my mom and sister- "the girls"
the smell of Trent's deodorant
car rides to new places
taking hot showers on cold days
eating Chao Cajun at U.P.
singing very loud in my car
hugging my Mom
making my sister laugh
listening to Norah Jones at night when I get ready for bed
taking a shower in the middle of the afternoon
hearing my Mom's voice
making my brother laugh at me
Trent's big blue-grey eyes
my cute little toes
seeing my Dad smile
brushing my teeth
hearing Trent's mom laugh
making Hutch "talk"
being in the passenger seat
casual bike rides
listening to slow songs on my iPod while people watching
learning about anything and everything in my random classes
egg sandwiches before school
watching Trent grill
filling out surveys
making dough at work
"window shopping" at ae.com
deep conversations around campfires
and finally... thinking of things I enjoy
If you want to visit my xanga site just to see what I was into when I was 18-20 years old, the website is www.xanga.com/rellima05.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
And here's what it looks like after 6 minutes when it's done mixing. The big hook swirls around in circles and comes out of the mixer.
After the mixing is over, I take out the dough and put it on this table. This amount is only two bags of dough so it was easy to get out of the mixer :)
Next, I have to cut and weigh each individual piece of dough. I cut a piece off and weigh it: a small weighs 9oz, mediums are 16oz, and larges are 22oz. I only made smalls and mediums with this batch.
By hand, I have to get the dough as round as possible, making sure to get rid of all the rough edges. With this batch, I made 10 smalls and 25 mediums. Only 25 more mediums and 40 larges to go!
Then, by hand, I have to stretch the dough to the edge and perforate it. The perforations keep the dough from rising in the cooler and also keeps it from getting huge bubbles in the oven. This dough is ready to be sauced, cheesed, topped, and put into the oven!
But until then, it will get a lid and be kept in the walk-in cooler to be used throughout the day.
So there you have it. My Friday mornings at the Hut. Fridays are our busiest days therefore we make the most dough on that day. Last Friday I made 1 bag of thin dough, 7 bags of pan dough, and 8 bags of hand tossed dough. That's 10 smalls, 50 mediums, and 30 larges of pan dough. Plus 10 smalls, 50 mediums, and 45 larges of hand tossed. To sum it up, it took me 3.5 hours to make. If you liked this post and want me to show you how I make pan dough, let me know in a comment. I would be happy to :)
Thursday, September 4, 2008
The funny thing is, at dinner we were talking about my earlier post about how there's nothing I can do to make God love me more or less. My Mom said that that's true for parents too and I agree. Even picking out good lamps at Walmart makes my Mom proud. I think God would be proud of our lamps too :)
p.s.- this post probably just made my Mom's day...or even week! :) Thanks Mom, I can rest easy tonight knowing that there's nothing I can do to make you love me more or less. I love you!
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
(This will be brief)
Considering we are approaching our baptism night this coming Saturday, last week's message was about just that- baptism. Some of the main points were that baptism means that I am immersed in Jesus. When I am baptized, I get into Jesus, not Jesus into me. God says, "come and live with me." Not "let me live in you." A few more points are that when I am baptized I: die to my old self and am raised to new life(self). I take off my old self and put on my new self. Basically, the old me is gone and there is a new me. I am a new creation. Lastly, followers of Jesus: (1) are new people and (2) get a do-over/fresh start. The point is that Jesus doesn't want me to carry my old junk around because I am a new creation. What's in the past doesn't matter. It's wiped clean according to Him. Does this mean that my future sins will send me to Hell? Nope. Everyday I can get a fresh start by saying, "Today I die to myself and I live to Christ."
I hope I interpreted this okay in my little mind. :-/
Monday, September 1, 2008
I will probably make another post in the near future containing a more in-depth description of my big move. But for now, I'm utterly exhausted from this weekend. Wow! It was busy. Also, I'm sorry to say that I won't be posting about the church service from this past Saturday. I feel so bad that I forgot to do it yesterday; but today I realized that I even forgot to bring home the outline that had all my notes from the message on it. Oops. The second week of trying to do this thing and I forget to bring my notes home. *sigh* what am I gonna do? I will tell you that it was about baptism though. Maybe I can squeeze in some time this week and blog about it. We'll see! Ok I need to go home and let Trent get some studying done. kbye.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Yes, I said jog. I haven't jogged since my freshman year of high school when they made us take P.E. Trent and I decided to do something physical for our 'couple bonding time' and I suggested jogging together after our Tue/Thurs classes. WHY?! did I have to suggest jogging. I hate jogging. I don't know what I was thinking. I am so out of shape it's rediculous. While we were jogging I felt like my heart was going to explode. I was gasping for air after a minute into our jog. To keep a long story short, my legs are rediculously sore and I almost fell down the stairs this morning because of it. I don't know if I'll be able to make it tomorrow. We'll see! So there you go- my second 1st day of school is over.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
But it's not just the unmute button that's in play, I also have to keep a close listen to the volume and other aspects of sound. This is especially the case when I mix sound for the band. Is the electric guitar too loud? Turn it down. Why can't I hear Brittany singing? Turn her up. Does Trent's guitar sound too tinny? Turn down the treble. Does the violinist have a solo coming up? Turn it up. I also have to keep a close listen when Jim speaks. Why is Jim yelling?! Turn him down! (LOL man I am so sorry Jim)
Now you may be thinking, "How in the world can she listen to the message when she is constantly worrying about the sound of everything?" Well, the truth is, I can't. Most nights I go home and I don't have a clue about what was said. And it's not the fact that it wasn't a good message, it's just that I was too concerned about "was that too loud or too quiet??" THEREFORE, I have devised a plan to solve this problem. I WILL pay attention to the message and (hopefully) every Sunday I will post about what was said. This is my way to reflect on the previous night's message as well as give my readers a little taste of what we believe at Horizon. Don't worry, they will be short and to the point :) So here it goes!
The most significant thing that I took away from last night's message (Aug 23) was the difference between religion and Christianity. Basically, religion is about the DO and Christianity is about the DONE. Religion is all about doing good things and not doing bad things in order to get into heaven- I have to be good or God will punish me. But Christianity is all about not having to earn my way into heaven by doing good things because Jesus already took care of it when he died on the cross. I don't have to DO anything, just accept that it's already been done through Jesus.
A few more points that I found particularly comforting were: there is nothing I can do to make God love me more (doing good deeds)- it's not in my hands. And also: there is nothing I can do to make God love me less(even if I totally reject him).
And lastly, Christianity is not about getting my ticket punched and going to Heaven. It's about my relationship with Jesus and bringing him to others.
-Abby (or Abs, or AbbyNormal, or Babs, or Scabs, or Flabby Abby- take your pick)
p.s.- For those of you who don't already know, I have been dating this guy named Trent Miles for about 5 years now. He's my best friend and I will try my darndest NOT to write about him in every single post.