Friday, July 20, 2012


We can't ever really put death into perspective. Senseless tragedies can't be understood. But, will we allow deaths to put perspective into us?

Cling to the good. Cling to faith. Cling to hope.

We only have one, short, life -- make the most of it.

If I die young, bury me in satin / Lay me down on a bed of roses
Sink me in the river at dawn / Send me away with the words of a love song

lyrics -- "If I Die Young" The Band Perry
video -- "Tribute" Tyler Ward

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

"...our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor."

“Posterity, you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in heaven that ever I took half the pains to preserve it.” - John Adams

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

so small

Airplane flights give me perspective. When I look out of the window, I'm overwhelmed by the number of people that each little dot of light represents. From so far above, you can't even pick out specific cities, let alone homes, or cars, or people. Yet, imagine what each of those people is going through, right at that moment. When you look at that city, you're looking at people crying, at people laughing, at people fighting, at people singing. Some single mom is sitting down to a meal her kids, another family is rushing to get to an event on time, while yet another is chatting while packing for a vacation. So much is happening, and we can't even begin to comprehend it all.

For me, flying is always a reminder of how little control I truly have. You can't preserve a sense of control when you're flying. Someone else controls the plane, as you soar thousands of feet above the ground, at hundreds of miles per hour. At the same time, as you watch the cities pass beneath, there's a sense of being so small. I am easily overwhelmed by daily dramas or studies - yet, in my city, state, or world, my little issues don't really amount to much.

I suppose that could lead to a feeling of insignificance...but for me it doesn't. I don't feel insignificant - I feel small. The difference is slight, but important. Insignificance implies an unimportance. Being small doesn't reduce the value of my life, or the importance of my situation, rather, it means that other people are going through life too. It's a simple concept - my life is just one of many - but when I watch cities slip away beneath my plane, it really connects. When I can see the lights that represent so many lives, it feels more real.

I can't control every situation in my life, and neither can any of the nearly-7-billion other people on this earth. At some point, we have to surrender our issues to someone who can actually exercise control.

I really like this short clip by Francis Chan. (I found his book, "Crazy Love" to be very inspiring - this video was part of his accompaniment for the book.) Although, it does make my brain explode a little.

I can't control my life, and neither can anyone else. When I try to manage every issue and control every interaction, life breaks down quickly. Very quickly. Each of us is just a one in billions, and our situations often threaten overwhelm us.

Yet, when I look out of the window of an airplane, it's not hopeless, and I don't feel insignificant. Someone has it all under control - and I am very grateful it isn't me.

It's so easy to get lost inside a problem that seems so big at the time
It's like a river that’s so wide, it swallows you whole
While you sit around thinking about what you can't change, and worrying about all the wrong things
Time's flying by, moving so fast -- You better make it count 'cause you can't get it back

Sometimes that mountain you've been climbing is just a grain of sand
What you've been up there searching for forever is in your hands
When you figure out love is all that matters after all
It sure makes everything else seem so small

Carrie Underwood - "So Small"

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Tuesday Tunes: Haley Reinhart

Old American Idol music ftw. ^_^ Love this song, and love her voice - even though its not normally my type of music.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Tuesday Tunes: Feeling Good

I've been listening to Adam Lambert lately (don't hate =P) and I like this cover, from his time on American Idol. It's nothing like the original, but it has more guitar, which I love.

This is just a happy song, and Lambert's voice is unbelievable. ^_^

Oh freedom is mine / And I know how I feel
It's a new dawn / It's a new day
It's a new life
And I'm feeling good

Thursday, May 31, 2012

"Why are Christians so..."

People are seeking purpose and truth, but are often met with resistance, hypocrisy, and Christians who are unlike Christ.  In current news, this video reminds me of the pastor who advocated the rounding up of homosexuals, and sending them to concentration camps (0:24 - 1:01). Definitely not demonstrative of the redemptive love of Jesus.

The song/video is a tragic reminder, and as well, an important warning.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

" that sizzles and pops..."

"I want a life that sizzles and pops and makes me laugh out loud.

And I don’t want to get to the end, or to tomorrow, even, and realize that my life is a collection of meetings and pop cans and errands and receipts and dirty dishes.

I want to eat cold tangerines and sing out loud in the car with the windows open and wear pink shoes and stay up all night laughing and paint my walls the exact color of the sky right now. I want to sleep hard on clean white sheets and throw parties and eat ripe tomatoes and read books so good they make me jump up and down,

and I want every day to make God belly laugh, glad that he gave life to someone who loves the gift."

— Shauna Niequist

Thursday, May 24, 2012

nemo: yolo

I don't know why, I'm just feeling very anti-YOLO. So here's another picture. This time from Finding Nemo. This scene just made my day when I was little. ^_^


Saturday, May 12, 2012

Excuses for Stupid

 YOLO   \ yoh-low \ , phrase;
   meaning: You Only Live Once

While it is true that you only have one life on this earth, actions you take have lasting consequence.

YOLO should mean “make it count,” not “I only have one life, so I get to do whatever I want.”  Often we see people doing ridiculous things, and then justifying their actions later with YOLO. This student threw his sandwich across the classroom (1). Others have tweeted about more dangerous actions, such as “Switching seats while the car is goin 100+ #YOLO” (2)

YOLO is used as license – as justification to do dangerous, reckless things. The fact that we only live once should cause us to evaluate life, and make sure our actions are worthwhile – not to adopt a devil-may-care attitude.

Robyn Dexter (editor, Illinois University newspaper), (3) “There’s nothing wrong with taking risks in life and trying new things. I’m totally for that. But there’s a fine line between living your life to the fullest and making spur-of-the-moment, completely irrational decisions.”

When applied as a justification for brash decisions, and an excuse for their consequences, YOLO does nothing but harm. This seemingly innocuous phrase puts people in danger, and creates hazards for those around them.

I find the phrase “Carpe Diem” to be a more positive version of YOLO. While YOLO tends to embody an attitude of teen-defiance, Carpe Diem captures the noble ideal of making life count.

Drake writes in “The Motto” (4): “You only live once: that’s the motto ***** YOLO / We bout it every day, every day, every day / Like we sittin’ on the bench, ***** we don’t really play / Every day, every day, **** what anybody say.”

The character of John Keating (Robin Williams) explained in the “Dead Poets Society” (5):  “Carpe, carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.”

The original reference to “Carpe Diem” was a Latin poem by Horace (6) which stated, “Whether Jupiter has allotted to you many more winters or this final one which even now wears out the Tyrrhenian sea on the rocks placed opposite – be wise, strain the wine, and scale back your long hopes to a short period. While we speak, envious time will have already fled. Seize the day, trusting as little as possible in the future.”

Again in the words of Robyn Dexter, ““YOLO” has become an excuse to do stupid things. … What if we were to turn the “YOLO” concept around and actually take it seriously? How about this: “Decided to study abroad in Africa in the fall because I realized my life is too sheltered, and I want to be a more well-rounded person. #YOLO” No way could I judge someone if they said that. But if you’re telling me you’re getting high before class and “YOLO” is your excuse, I have no pity for you. … Like I said, we’re not cats. We don’t have nine lives.

We have one and only one, so make the most of it.”

Monday, April 30, 2012

Tuesday Tunes: OneRepublic medley

I've always liked OneRepublic, and this medley is pretty darn awesome. (Note: his voice is a million times better in HD. =P) Enjoy!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Jesus, Yoda, and Mom.

In Revelation 3, there is a letter sent to the church in Laodicea. The message carried is about lukewarm faith. The people in Laodicea are deceived, they think that they believe in God, but because they are half-hearted about their belief - because they are lukewarm - God warned that he would spit them out of his mouth.
     “These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked."  (Revelation 3:14-17)

Yoda agrees that half-hearted beliefs and actions are bad. As he famously stated, "Do or do not, there is no try."

Any mom (or the FDA safety handbook) will tell you that bacteria grows at room temperature. You can heat food, or freeze it to kill the germs -- but at that in between, lukewarm point, bacteria will flourish.

When you have God, Yoda, and your mom agreeing on something - it's probably true. ^_^ We should live in a way that gives 100%, be it to our faith, our beliefs, or our goals.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

" can never say again..."

"You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.”
― William Wilberforce

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tuesday Tunes: Lindsey Stirling

Hannah posted about Lindsey Stirling the other day, and I think it deserves a repost.

Seriously, this girl is amazing. =D I love her expression as she plays, and her cute little dancing. As Hannah linked, the Lord of the Rings Medley and Transcendence are both awesome. Be sure to listen to the LoTR song. (Also, listen to the HD, people, it's so much better.)

Two other songs I want to add here...

Spontaneous Me
I feel like you can hear a lot of her other work in this song, but I like it anyway. Her musical style is so unique - even though I don't tend to like instrumental-only music, I actually like this.

Electric Daisy Violin

This sounds a bit like her other songs - but she's just so adorable. ^_^ The title really summarizes her style to me. =P

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Tuesday Tunes: Pictures of You

At first I couldn't decide whether I hated or loved this song - the intro style/voices seemed a little weird. After listening to it a couple times, I got used to it, and I really liked this song now.

Pictures of You - The Last Goodnight
Pictures of you, pictures of me 
Hung upon your wall for the world to see 
Pictures of you, pictures of me 
Remind us all of what we used to be 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Tuesday Tunes: The Fray

The Fray is cool.

I hate to admit it, but I originally heard them on the Grey's Anatomy soundtrack. >.< (Note, if you don't know what that is, don't look it up. Tis a messed TV show. =P) My cousins watched it, and bought the music, which they then loaned to my mom. Little me saw it on the shelf, and started listening to it. Some of the songs made me "O.o", but I like others, even now - like the Fray. ^_^

Scars & Stories is their newest album, which came out at the end of summer. The two videos I'm embedding are from it - and I think I like this album best overall. However, some of their other stuff is still good. "You Found Me", in particular, is thought-provoking and awesome music.


Oh you got a fire and it's burning in the rain
Thought that it went out, but it's burning just the same
And you don't look back, not for anything
'Cause if you love someone, you love them all the same

Run For Your Life

Run and you don't give up
All that you are / All that you want
Run for your life right now

I also like "48 to Go" (the lyrics are fun - tis interesting) and the music in "Turn Me On" is cool.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Tuesday Tunes: Daughtry

September - Daughtry

Love the music in this song. My friends and I heard this song at a random restaurant in San Jose. I couldn't hear the lyrics, but  it sounded pretty. Now I love the rest of their songs too. =P

On The Inside - Daughtry

I like this message in this song. And the guitar is cool. And his voice -- aaaa so pretty! =P I was listening to this at my computer, but when mom walked by, she insisted that I turn the volume way up, because, "it's not the kind of song you can listen to quietly." ^_^

You can move to  another town
Hide where you're  sure you won't be found
But it's still just you on the inside
You can pretend it will be alright
No matter how you sell it
When you tell it it's a lie
Cause it's still just you on the inside
Still love you on the inside.

Saturday, March 31, 2012


I saw the documentary "Monumental" the other day, and it's really cool. "Monumental" is about American history, and the almost-forgotten "National Monument to the Forefathers." Production of the movie is perhaps a little over-dramatic (Check out the trailer as an example of what I mean =P), but it kept me from getting bored. Most of us don't even know that this monument exists, but it stands as a tribute to the principles of America. Look at the poster, and examine the monument in the back left corner a little closer. The "National Monument to the Forefathers" is over 80 feet tall, and is comprised of five statues (and smaller reliefs) that symbolize important values. The central figure stands for faith, and holds an open Bible. The four surrounding statues are Liberty, Morality, Law, and Education.

Liberty sits on a lion skin, holding a sword. Broken chains bind his wrists and feet. The two side reliefs are "Tyranny Overthrown" and "Peace."
Morality holds the Ten Commandments, and is seated above two reliefs, "Prophet" and "Evangelist." Morality has no eyes, because her thoughts are focused inwards.

Law also holds the Ten Commandments, and sits with his hand outstretched in judgement. The two side reliefs are "Justice" and "Mercy."

Education teaches out of a Bible, and blends the two side reliefs of "Youth" and "Wisdom."


"National Monument to the Forefathers. Erected by a grateful people in remembrance of their labors, sacrifices and sufferings for the cause of civil and religious liberty."

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Tuesday Tunes: Max Schneider

This guy is kinda awesome. I adore his voice. He hasn't done that many covers on YouTube, but the ones that he has blew me away. Surprisingly, he has a really high voice as well as his unbelievable normal voice. These videos aren't really in any particular order - they were going to be in order of preference, but then I couldn't decide which one I liked best!

Breakeven - The Script

This isn't my favorite song, but his voice goes with it really nicely. Don't get bored with the first part. =P Awesome showcase of his talent.

It Will Rain - Bruno Mars

This was the first song I heard Max in. Love the intro/his first verse. I'm not as into the girl's parts though.

Without You - David Guetta & Usher

This song probably has the least contrast in it (between his passionate voice and his high delicate voice =P), but there's definitely still some, and it's really good. Plus, I like the song itself.

Friday, March 16, 2012

" our world and in our name have these things been done."

The Catholic health care debate has been all over the news recently. In January, the Department of Health and Human Services mandated that most religious institutions pay for certain health services that include those they find morally objectionable. [1] For weeks, there was intensive criticism over this decision, and the Administration amended their mandate in early February. This “accommodation” requires that these religious employers offer the health services, but their insurance companies would be the ones to pay for those services. [1][2] Realistically, insurance companies will not be willing to pay for these services. Either the religious organization will lose coverage, or their coverage will become, indirectly, more expensive. Religious institutions are being, in effect, forced to offer services that they find morally objectionable and that violate their rights of conscience. The Administration has "encouraged" Catholic leadership to listen to the "enlightened voices of accommodation." [3] Professor Stephen Monsma explained why this issue impacts everyone, saying, "It's a matter of religious freedom rights and if the religious freedom rights of some religious traditions are violated, the religious freedom rights of all faith-based organizations would be put in danger."[4] It isn't even constrained to the rights of faith-based organizations. When liberty for some is removed, it may also be removed for others.

In the 1900s, Pastor Niemoller wrote that we can easily convince ourselves, simply because we're not immediately or directly impacted, something is not our battle to fight. I like his writings, and I find them inspiring (as well as convicting), so I wanted to share a famous excerpt.

(Disclaimer: I don't mean to be inflammatory, and I'm certainly not making a comparison between the health care issue and the concentration camps, however, I think the principle Niemoller wrote about is applicable to today and this situation.)


“… when the concentration camp was opened we wrote the year 1933, and the people who were put in the camps then were Communists. Who cared about them? We knew it; it was printed in the newspapers. Who raised their voice...? We thought: Communists, those opponents of religion, those enemies of Christians – ‘should I be my brother's keeper?’ Then they got rid of the sick, the so-called incurables. - I remember a conversation I had with a person who claimed to be a Christian. He said: ‘Perhaps it's right, these incurably sick people just cost the state money, they are just a burden to themselves and to others. Isn't it best for all concerned if they are taken out of the middle [of society]?’ … Can we say, we aren't guilty/responsible? … I believe we Confessing-Church-Christians have every reason to say: mea culpa, mea culpa! We can talk ourselves out of it with the excuse that ‘it would have cost me my head if I had spoken out.’”
“We preferred to keep silent. We are certainly not without guilt/fault, and I ask myself again and again, what would have happened, if … Protestant pastors and all Protestant communities in Germany had defended the truth until their deaths? ... I can ... imagine that we would have rescued 30-40,000 million people, because that is what it is costing us now.”
"We must openly declare that we are not innocent of the Nazi murders, of the murder of German communists, Poles, Jews, and the people in German-occupied countries. … For in our world and in our name have these things been done." – Pastor Martin Niemöller



How often do we not speak out, just because it's easier to sit down? Even apart from the rights of religious often do we let things we disagree with just pass by?

Liberty cannot be divided. With liberty, you cannot pick some parts and leave other parts. Liberty isn't just a cliche - it's so much more. Freedom for all (popular or not) is the foundation of our nation. When we allow actions to be taken for our nation, and in our name, that infringe upon anyone's liberty - we are responsible.

“First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out--
     because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the incurably sick, and I did not speak out--
     because I was not a incurably sick;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out--
     because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for the people in countries occupied by Nazi Germany., and I did not speak out--
     because I was not in countries occupied by Nazi Germany;
Then they came for me--
     and there was no one left to speak out for me.” – Pastor Martin Niemöller

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Tuesday Tunes: Act of Valor

I haven't seen the new movie Act of Valor yet (note: R for violence/intensity), but it looks really good. It stars active-duty Navy SEALS, and is shot as realistically as possible (live ammo, etc). Tis pretty intense looking , but also emotionally powerful. The soundtrack is mostly by country artists, but it doesn't have too country of a sound. Anyway, I love the music, and I'm excited to watch the movie, so I thought I'd share a couple songs. (Don't forget HD for better quality audio and video.)

For You - Keith Urban
And I wonder, would I give my life? / Could I make that sacrifice?

If it came down to it, could I take the bullet, I would.
Yes I would for you.

I Was Here - Lady Antebellum

I wanna do something that matters / Say something different
Something that sets the whole world on its ear
Wanna do something better / With the time I’ve been given
I wanna try / To touch a few hearts in this life
And leave nothing less than something that says
I was here

Thursday, March 8, 2012

A Few Tournament Pictures

Yaaaaay bubble tea! California has unbelievably good food.

After announcing people who advanced, Mr. Hack would give away the page to whoever got to him first. Once of the times, it turned into a scuffle. "I think this the last time we're doing this, and by 'think' I mean '100% absolutely sure.'"

California beaches are so. freaking. beautiful.

We climbed up on this little rock bluff - such a pretty view. That's us on the right!

If you want the full album, then shoot me an email, or comment.


Also, in case this wasn't clear, the GoogleMusic $0.25 promo album changes each day. =P Today tis Lady Antebellum - which makes me very very happy.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Post-Tourney Tunes & GoogleMusic

Yeah, I know: I'm late.

But I have a good excuse - I was in California.

Amazing, sunny, beautiful, warm California.

And I was doing speech and debate. Which makes it even more awesome.

I'll post pictures later in the week, so you can see the awesomeness.

But it was snowing when I came home. =/

Oh well.

Unstoppable - Rascal Flatts

I absolutely adore the original song (I think the lyrics are better ^_^) but the Olympics mix sounds more like pop music, for those of you who don't like the twangy-country Rascal Flatts style as much. 
When the cold hard rain just won't quit / And you can't see your way out of it
You find your faith has been lost and shaken / You take back what's been taken
Get on your knees and dig down deep / You can do what you think is impossible
Keep on believing, don't give in / It'll come and make you whole again
It always will, it always does / Love is unstoppable
Love, it can weather any storm, / Bring you back to being born, again
It's a helping hand when you need it most / A lighthouse shining on the coast
That never goes dim. 
(Original Lyrics)

~*~*~ Public Service Announcement ~*~*~

I don't know if you've noticed, but iTunes music is expensive. I'm predicting GoogleMusic to get a pretty substantial following. One of their last promotions was $5 albums, and $0.50 songs. At the moment, they have a couple $0.25 albums. Yeah. Twenty-five-cents. No lie. Check it out. Their prices change a lot, but if you just keep an eye on their promotions, you can often catch the music you've been waiting for on sale. Amazon's music department is also putting things on sale - which makes me happy.

This is compilation of 20 random popular songs. Honestly, I'll probably buy it just for the Adele song - it's cheaper than buying it as a normal single. =P (EDIT: Don't forget to double-check the pricing if you buy it - sometimes it changes from the display page to the checkout page.) Also, here's Tha Carter IV, again for $0.25. I'm not a Lil' Wayne fan, but in case you are, tis really really really cheap... They also have a couple genres where a selection of the albums are $4 (1) (2).

Tuesday, February 28, 2012


This is a scheduled post, as I am currently in the air, flying to California for a speech and debate tournament. This is going to be fun. ^_^
“There is science, logic, reason; there is thought verified by experience. And then there is California.” – Edward Abbey

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

no reserve, no retreat, no regret.

Hernando Cortez Pizarro was a Spanish explorer and conquistador. Born in 1485 to Spanish nobility, Cortez performed dismally in his law studies, opting instead to become an explorer in the new American lands. He is known for overthrowing the Aztec Empire and winning Mexico for Spain. 

After living in the Caribbean for many years, Cortez received permission to lead an expedition into Mexico. Upon landing in the New World, he burned all of his ships. It was a signal to everyone in his mission: turning back was not an option.

For a history project a couple weeks ago, I wrote an essay on Cortez and his impact on the development of the Americas. Something that struck me was his commitment to his cause. Giving up was never even on the table. He isn't the perfect example: his cause was his personal gain, and many of his methods compromised his integrity - but it made me think. If someone can be so committed to a selfish end, and they can devote their entire life to completely pursuing that objective... what would happen if we completely devoted ourselves to pursuing a good and holy goal?

My goal is to be given completely over to God, totally surrendered. No reserve. I am resolved that regardless of what others do or say, regardless of what happens to me, this is and this will remain my choice. No retreat. I will always make mistakes – I’m just not perfect. But I determine to serve God with all my heart, and I determine to always give 110% towards my principles, my absolute best. No regret.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tuesday Tunes: "iamstressedout" Edition

As I go into two back to back tournaments, my "stressed" playlist is being listened to a lot. =P These are three of my favorite songs... (Also, sorry for the late post - tis a result of the tournament busy-ness.)

Your Hands

God of My Everything

Carry Me

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Tuesday Tunes: Lady Antebellum

I'm not a Valentines Day person. I don't plan a frilly pink outfit. I don't give out cards or chocolate. (I did when I was little, but even then they were blue and white, not pink. =P)

The materialism and sugar-orientation of Valentine Day celebration doesn't make me happy. I don't need stuff to know I'm loved, and if I have too much sugar I will spin out of control.

All that to say, when I realized Valentines Day was on a Tuesday, I wasn't sure what song to post. I realized that "This = Love" by the Script could work, but I had already shared it.

Recently I discovered "Just a Kiss" by Lady Antebellum, plus it's tangentially related to Valentines Day. ^_^ I've never been a Lady Antebellum fan ("Need You Now" seemed clingy and lame), even though I love country, but this song is nice and their new album is really pretty.

Happy Valentines Day!

The dog in the back is the same one as in the Christmas post. I thought this picture was too adorable not to share... ^_^

(original photo here)

Saturday, February 11, 2012


I've got a couple thoughtful posts in the works, but I've been crazy busy, and haven't had time to finish them... So I'm going to share Hannah's thoughts on leadership. This is an awesome post.

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. (John Quincy Adams)
Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. (Harold R. McAlindon)

Thursday, February 9, 2012


I don't watch the Super Bowl, but the commercials are funny. Yay for YouTube! Here are a few that I liked.

Volkswagon/Dog vs Force
If you haven't seen it already, click here for last years. It was better. =P

M&M/Sexy and I Know It

Pepsi/Elton John vs X Factor

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Tuesday Tunes: Dreamer

This is different from the kind of music I normally listen to, but I think I like it. It was on iTunes as a free single a while back. The video is kinda weird. But whatevs. Elizaveta was trained as an opera singer, or something, but then decided to make pop music. Dreamer is a pretty, upbeat, random and happy song. ^_^

Leave  your fear of love behind
Let your dreaming be your guide
If you seek then you shall find
I believe in fairy tales and serendipitous encounters

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Quotes - history and change

     “We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is disappearing.” – R.D. Lang
      “We shall not grow wiser before we learn that much that we have done was very foolish.” – F.A. Hayek

     “There will be a time where you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.” – Louis L’amore

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Weather reports

"This is one time where television really fails to capture the true excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather." ~Phil Connor

Happy Groundhog Day!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tuesday Tunes: The Script

Some of you already know how cool The Script is, and props to you. But for those of you unfamiliar with their awesomeness, here are a few of my favorite songs. :) I try to link to HD videos, so if you click on the YouTube quality button (the gear logo) you can get nice quality audio.

This = Love

Maybe I'm just a sucker for pop music, but I like the lyrics to this song...
It's in the eyes of the children / As they leave for the very first time
And it's in the heart of a soldier / As he takes a bullet on the frontline
It's in the face of a mother / As she takes the force of a blow
And its in the hands of the father yeah / As he works his fingers to the bone ...
It's in the soul of a city / What it does after it crumbles and burns
And it's in the blood of a hero / To know where he goes he may never return ...
Love is why we do it / Love is worth the pain
Love is why we fall down / And get back up again
Love is where the heart lies / Love is from above
Love is this, this is love

We Cry
We Cry is one of The Script's older songs (from their first album, versus This = Love and Walk Away, which are from their 2011 album, "Science and Faith".) The music is different, with a folksy-ish rock tinged pop-y-ness. =P It takes a bit to get used to, but I really enjoy it. (Also, fyi, there's one swear word about a minute in. It's not very clear in the audio, but you know it's there, and the lyrics have it.)

Walk Away
The remix with B.o.B. makes a pretty song so much cooler. Again, I just like the uniqueness of this music. It's kinda catchy. =P (Oh, and there's a mild swear word repeated throughout.)

Monday, January 30, 2012

"Long words like... Hawaii."

This happened a long time ago, but it's amazing. =D

“How can you get a volcano in Iceland? … When you think of a volcano, you think of Hawaii, and long words like that. You think it’s too COLD to have a volcano there. But nooooo. There it is.”

Saturday, January 28, 2012

bread, and debate, and squirrels -- oh my!

Today, we made bread. (Note: That's the royal "we", as I basically sat around and did debate and studied economics.) I'm allergic to wheat, so nice bread is rare. Spelt flour bread doesn't always turn out very well, but this is an amazing recipe. Look how pretty it is! ^_^

As I was dancing around the kitchen, being excited over the prospect of warm bread dipped in garlic and olive oil, I noticed a squirrel in the yard.

While I recognize that a squirrel is basically an oversized rat (read: pointy teeth and a carrier of disease), it's a really stinking cute oversized rat. Also it has bright eyes and a bushy tail. And when it's noshing on a piece of bread right outside my window, I just have to "aaaaawwww!" (and take a picture.)

In other news, I adore my new camera. =P

Friday, January 27, 2012

Quotes - optimism

“I am an old man and have known many troubles, but most of them never happened.” – Mark Twain
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”  - Thomas Edison

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Quotes - books and learning

In honor of the essay question on my world history midterm regarding the printing press... I give you, quotes about books and learning!

 “Books to the ceiling, books to the sky, my pile of books is a mile high. How I love them! How I need them! I’ll have a long beard by the time I read them.” – Arnold Lobel
“O what a world of profit and delight/Of power, of honor, of omnipotence/Is promised to the studious artisan!/All things that move between the quiet poles/Shall be at my command.” – Christopher Marlowe

Monday, January 23, 2012

Pretty weather.

In order to make up for the lack of weekend posting, here are some pictures of the snow, and my personal adventures in it. ^_^

Once a year, I wish I knew how to walk in a handstand. =P

How cool would it be to go find a park somewhere, and just handstand-walk all over a clean white patch of unblemished snow? I think that would be so amazing.
We made a giant cat sculpture.

I like snow. This was a tunnel of bent over bamboo and white fluffy happiness. ^_^

It rained, and so the snow is gone now, but it was hecka fun while it lasted. =P

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Quotes - talent and hard work

"Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn't work hard." - Tim Tebow 
"When you are not practicing, remember, someone somewhere is practicing, and when you meet him, he will win." - Ed Macauley

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Quotes - government regulation

“The First Amendment is 45 words. The Lord’s Prayer is 66 words. The Gettysburg Address is 286 words. There are 1,322 words in the Declaration of Independence, but the government regulations on the sale of cabbage total 26,911 words.” – National Review

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Tuesday Tunes: Dirty Dishes

Dirty Dishes - Scotty McCreery

Mama hollers "Supper time,
And don't make me tell you twice
Wash your hands and wipe your face.

The table's no place for your toys,
And try to use your inside voice,
Don't dig in 'til we say Grace."

So we put down our forks and bowed our heads
And then she prayed the strangest prayer ever said:

"I wanna thank You Lord,
For noisy children and slamming doors,
And clothes scattered all over the floor,
My husband workin' all the time,
Draggin' in dead tired at night,
My never ending messy kitchen
And dirty dishes."

We all got real still and quiet,
And daddy asked "Honey, you alright?"
She said, "Dear, ain't nothing wrong,
Noisy kids are happy kids,
And slamming doors just means we live,
In a warm and loving home,
Your long hours and those dishes in the sink,
Means a job and enough to eat.

So I'm gonna thank You Lord,
For noisy children and slamming doors,
And clothes scattered all over the floor,
My husband workin' all the time,
Draggin' in dead tired at night,
My never ending messy kitchen

For my little busy bees
Beggin' mama, mama can you please?
Always wantin' me to call their name
Loads of laundry pilin' up
Crayons crushed into the floor
And those little sticky kisses
And dirty dishes,
And dirty dishes...

Gratitude truly is a choice. Gratitude will sometimes seem like the "strangest" thing that you "ever said". Yet, gratitude is fundamental. It changes absolutely everything. 

“Something I learned early in college is to not worry about what I can’t control…But what I can control is my attitude, my effort, my focus every single day and that’s what I’m trying to worry about.” – Tim Tebow