Monday, October 10, 2011

A must-have

Is it wrong to buy this for myself? If it is, I don’t want to be right.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Forget Me Not

Loving The Civil Wars right now. Their harmonies are amazing, and this video is perfect. Just strolling and being cute.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Waterfall

Enjoying Coldplay’s new song. Such a fun song for the Fall!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Balmorhea

I get lost in Balmorhea’s music. So much beauty in it.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Ah, the mundane

My off-days have given me a lot of time to think... to think and to read and to learn. Here’s a completely non-fluid list of things I’m learning:
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“There are many aspects to the nature of Christ. He is the Good Shepherd, our Deliverer and our Healer. We perceive God through the filter of our need of Him. And thus He has ordained, for He Himself is our one answer to a thousand needs.” - Francis Frangipane
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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about God as the meeter of our needs... but also as the meeter of our wants. Proverbs 19:22 says, “What a man desires is unfailing love.” I’ve been looking and the only times I find the phrase “unfailing love” in the Bible is in reference to God. Not once is it attributed to humans. We all desire unfailing love... God is what we want, not just what we need.
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I believe that God creates a nagging dissatisfaction in everyone for a reason.... the need that we feel is one that only He can meet. In my 23 years of life, I’ve experienced a lot of loss. I’ve found that God (unlike the world) does not minimize the things that break our hearts... Life involves change. Change involves loss. Loss involves death of one kind or another. Perhaps the most profound miracle of all is living through something we thought would kill us. The good news is that God is not just the best of humanity, He is all-together God. Life has been good - painful at times, but God has always been faithful. I love this verse in Song of Songs, “Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, and come with me. See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone... the season of singing has come.”
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I’m also learning that appreciation for His presence emerges from the daily walk - perhaps in the mundane more than the miraculous. How this is done... still trying to figure out, “but He knows the way that I take.” (Job 23:10) Choosing to trust Him in the mundane, and trying to walk with Him rather than begging Him to walk with me.
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God made the day. I’m just glad He made me part of His.

Friday, August 19, 2011

A short story

The other day I... wait, no...that wasn't me.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

So I guess I’m a teacher now

Other than a couple of minor freak outs, the first week of teaching has been far less stressful and far more encouraging that I dreamed. To my complete surprise, I was told that I got to have a classroom! My fear of being known as “the cart lady” who children fled from as they heard the creaking wheels of my cart coming down the hallway were put to rest. On the downside, I was left with 3 days to decorate the bare, white walls of a portable building... my “cottage,” as I like to call it. With the help of some friends, my room now looks less like a prison cell and more like a classroom.

My nightmares about my students revolting have not come true... at least not yet... so I chalk that up to a success. Other than some technical difficulties with the projector, being 3 chairs short, and having a pipe burst in my room and submersing my desk in an inch of water, this week has gone really smoothly!

To sum it up, the first week of teaching has been really surreal. It is still a weird thought that I have knowledge to impart upon these kids. It’s a very strange feeling, transitioning from student to teacher. But the more I think about it... my students have knowledge to impart upon me. That’s what’s great about teaching, is that I’m still learning, too. I can’t wait to get to know my students and hear their stories. Many of them have traveled outside of the country and have stories of their own to share. I have been so impressed with my students’ attitudes and awareness toward the need for Spanish in our area. I had one student tell me that she wants to be a missionary... what a blessing that I can be of some help to her as she pursues the Lord’s calling for her life!


I made a new canvas for my room.. one of my favorite quotes from Che Guevara in The Motorcycle Diaries.

Monday, August 8, 2011

A Little Inspiration

As my first day of teaching approaches, I find myself in need of a little inspiration... and if these two videos don’t scream INSPIRATION, then I’m not sure what else will. I know I don’t teach drama, but that won’t keep me from trying some of these methods.



Crafty

On my last day of Summer, I was feeling a little crafty. I made canvases for my classroom with quotes from a few of my favorite books that would make sense to be hanging in a Spanish classroom. I’m looking forward to adding to the collection once I buy more canvases, read more books, and am in the mood to craft again... there’s no telling when those three things will collide once more... in fact, it may never happen again.





Monday, August 1, 2011

Things to Ponder

There's a fine line between hunting and just standing in the woods like an idiot.

Sponges grow in the ocean. I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be if that didn’t happen.

Everywhere is within walking distance. If you have the time.

Don't you hate when your foot falls asleep and you know it will be up all night?

I want to learn how to play the harmonica. I think I’ll start by driving really fast and holding it out the window.

I find it interesting that only one company makes the game Monopoly.

Sometimes, I try to daydream, but my mind keeps wandering.

I’m writing a book... I’ve got the page numbers done.

How would we know if a word in the dictionary were misspelled?

What's another word for Thesaurus?

It's a small world, but I wouldn't want to have to paint it.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Don’t Make Me Sing

It’s my best friend’s wedding weekend. I’m told there will be a band for the reception tomorrow night, so my dancing shoes are polished and ready to go.... But I hope they don’t make me sing...

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Confessions of the Month


  • I "unfriend" people on Facebook on their birthdays if I don't recognize them. If I woudn't talk to you in person, I definitely won't on Facebook. So, "Happy birthday. It was nice to never actually know you. Bye." I hope all of you readers survive "The Purge".

  • I recently watched A Knight's Tale. And cried. Multiple times throughout.

  • I've read every single magazine in Metropolis Salon. I'm talkin' every. last. one.

  • The girl at the Sno Cone stand by my house knows me by name.

  • I've had 3 different nightmares about my students revolting on my first day of teaching.

  • Celine Dion's "Power of Love (Cause I'm Your Lady)" came up on suffle. And I belted it. Twice.

Friday, July 15, 2011

What if I did pageants?

Actual conversation with my sister.

Subject: What if I did pageants?
Length of conversation: Entirely too long
Result: Abs are sore from laughing so hard

This conversation prompted a series of questions:

WHAT would my talent be?
Is dribbling a basketball considered a talent?
If dribbling a basketball was my talent, what would be the appropriate outfit?
But really, what if you have a talent like.... equestrian horseback riding?
Could one show a video of one's horseback riding?
Are all talents limited to attempts at singing and dancing?
What talents besides these are really conducive to fitting on a stage?
What if you're an artist?
Would someone with actual artistic talent be in a pageant in the first place?
Is graceful a word I would use to describe myself...?

Conclusion:
The thought of me doing a pageant maybe shouldn't be as funny as it actually is. But hey, at least I got a good ab workout in.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

It’s a Praise Thing

New workout regiment... It’s a praise thing.

Friday, July 8, 2011

El Ataneo

As a lover of both the written word and of Latin American coffee, El Ataneo was clearly one of my favorite places in Buenos Aires. I could have spent hours in this theater-turned-bookstore. The theater was built in the early 1900s, and I believe it served as the first movie theater with sound in Buenos Aires and also held many live Tango performances. The former stage was converted into a cafe, and the balconies now serve as small reading areas.

In other news, I don’t know if I’ll ever return to Barnes & Noble.


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

the cutest thing

I just died from adorableness.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

La Bomba de Tiempo

We went to an awesome drum show the other night called “La Bomba de Tiempo.” I was told that none of the music is rehearsed, it just sort of happens naturally. Very cool show. These guys put Nick Cannon and the rest of the Drumline to shame.

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

ONDA VAGA

This is the band that we saw in Buenos Aires. The show has definitely been a highlight of my trip thus far. They put on a great show, and I dropped 50 pesos to buy both of their CDs in the process. Even if you don’t understand Spanish, you should watch this.. It’s a fun video!

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Buenos Aires!

Bueno. I have to say that I’ve been in Buenos Aires for less than a week and I’m totally in love with it already. I’ve been blessed to spend time with my friend Paul and his friends here in Buenos Aires. They’ve showed me the ropes and made sure I haven’t gotten lost on the “subte” (subway) or the “colectivo” (bus). After just a few short days, I have truly developed a love for this place... (also for empanadas). Not only do the people have great accents, they are some of the nicest people I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet. My classes are going well... definitely a good review, plus I’m learning LOTS.

T-5 of Buenos Aires thus far:

1. The accents. Difficult at times to understand, but very cool nonetheless. I’m still getting used to saying “Me sshamo Shoanna.”

2. Mi barrio - I live in Palermo, which a pretty trendy neighborhood. I spend a lot of time walking around and going in and out of cafes and used book stores.

3. El subte - I kind of love public transportation. It makes every trip you take a little more interesting. I’m not brave enough for the “colectivo” yet, because you never really know where the bus is going to take you. Apart from my feet, the subte is my transportation of choice.

4. ONDA VAGA - We went to a concert a couple of nights ago, and it was awesome. Imagine an Argentine hipster band... very diggable. I shamelessly took pictures and bought both of their CDs, if that tells you anything.

5. The pace of life - Buenos Aires is a huge city, but life still moves a little slower here... on “Argentime,” if you will... ba dum ppsshhh....

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Kopecky Family Band

My personal favorite is the second song, “Birds”.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Two of Us - The Beatles

I have officially conquered 1/2 of The Beatles records in my dad’s collection. I have learned to listen past the thousands of teenage girls screaming and enjoy the musical genius of The Beatles.... it’s easily done because I often remind myself that I would have been one of those screaming teenage girls, without question. “Two of Us” has become my theme song for the summer. Enjoy!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Friday, May 20, 2011

Funemployment

Well, we’re masters of something, I guess. After the longest year of my life, I am finally a Master’s graduate. Am I glad I did it? Sure. (ask me in 3 years, and I’ll sound more convincing). Would I do it all over again? Ehhhhh.... doubtful. A couple of weeks ago, we had a cookout with the up-and-coming M.A.T. class. While I wanted to yell out warnings and complain about some of the misery I faced this past year, I refrained. They’ll find out soon enough with or without my help. However I must say, as far as teaching goes, I had the best experiences over the past year. I was blessed to learn from 3 amazing mentor teachers (which is way more than some of my fellow MAT classmates can say)... and that, my friends, has made all the difference. I have learned a tremendous amount this year both professionally and personally. I’ve been stretched to the point of emotional breakdown and slipped dangerously close into insanity... but alas... I made it! I’m excited to see what my next steps will be. But before I make any steps at all, I’m going to enjoy my last summer of funemployment.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Black and White

Loving this song right now... must give credit to David Bingaman for showing me this video. Briefly thought it was Bingo there for a minute. It wasn’t.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

This is a Book



I will be the first in line (if said line exists) when this book comes out on April 25. The table of contents includes chapters such as Honors and Awards (for which I would qualify), Frustrating uses of Etc., Fortune Cookies, Pets (a conversation), My Powers, and Confessions of a White Guy with Dreadlocks. Seriously, so excited to read this book.


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Friday, March 4, 2011

Musical Crush Replaced

Mr. Mumford is giving my all-time musical crush, Chris Thile, a run for his money.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Celebrity look-alike: 4th edition

Janelle Monae and Gerald from Hey Arnold!


Celebrity look-alike: 3rd edition

Celebrity look-alike: David Bingaman and Sylvester Stallone from Cliffhanger.


Celebrity look-alike: 2nd edition

If Moffett was a small, black child, this would be him. I think it's the dimples.
Celebrity look-alike: Andrew Moffett and a lost boy from Hook.



Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Celebrity look-alike: 1st edition














Keaton Belcher and the Blue Monstar from Space Jam.

Let Justice Be Served

Recently, my car was struck by an unknown shopper in the Wal-Mart parking lot... at least, this seems the most likely suspect. So I filled out a police report describing the incident, and there was space on the back for a diagram. Yes, I turned this in as evidence to the Fayetteville Police Department. Let justice be served.

Monday, February 21, 2011

My thoughts go elsewhere

I got bored today and made a list. This is something I like to do from time to time. And so, I’d like to leave you with a comprehensive list of my thoughts during Curriculum Design class.

- I’m a list-maker. Hence, the list. I also like to hyphenate words. Hence, list-maker.

- I wish everyone had to pay me a nickel for every time they mispronounced my name. Dr. McComas would be broke.

- My dad taught me that if I can’t say anything nice, I should at least make it funny... which usually resulted in my mom washing my mouth out with soap.

- My mom put me on Slim-Fast in 3rd grade. Apparently, she wanted me to move on from my elastic khaki pants to something slightly more fashionable. Although, I don’t know what could be.

- But if my mom was so concerned about my fashion, why did I have a bowl cut for a major portion of my childhood?

- I watch SportsCenter more than your average girl.

- I’ve attended more baseball games than most middle-aged men.

- I was a lifeguard for 5 Summers. If my calculations are correct, I’ve wasted approximately 2,560 hours of my life. And saved none.

-If I owned a bookstore, I’d make the mystery section really hard to find.

- I once quit texting someone altogether because he used too many emoticons. The smiley faces after every sentence were a little unnecessary. It had to end. And so it did.

- My theory on evolution is that Darwin was adopted.

- I’d like to go to Sonic later and order the best “suicide” ever.

- I plan to be spontaneous someday.

- All my years of watching Matlock will pay off some day.

- Lesson learned at church yesterday: Boaz = Biblical hottie

- I hate getting a handful of Trail Mix with no M&Ms in it.

- I wish I still had my Dream Team Trapper-keeper to keep all these papers in.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Grammy Review

Mumford & Sons, The Avett Brothers, & BOB DYLAN -- I start here with my blog because this is how I got roped into watching the Grammys. I wasn’t planning on watching because there are only so many times I can hear about Eminem’s “Recovery” album and how revolutionary he is as an artist (more on this later). Back to Dylan & friends... I seem to have lost my socks.... because they were just rocked off... DYLAN FEVER FOR LIFE!


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Norah Jones, John Mayer, & Keith Urban -- “Jolene”. Dolly, I love ya girl... can Norah please sing all of your songs?

Eminem - His anger kinda terrifies me... but I don’t entirely hate him. I wish the Academy would take into account the number of seconds that will inevitably be bleeped out.... because I’m pretty sure it was about 1/3 of the song with Rhianna. Which brings me to my next point...

Rhianna - Oh girl. It’s not that I don’t like you... I’m just confused by you. You were once so normal...First things first... clothing is, in fact, an option. So, let’s deal with that and then (if there’s time) we’ll discuss your hair. Normalcy: also an option.

Side bar: how old is Dr. Dre these days? I was uncomfortable during his performance with Em.

John Legend - Looking sharp in that grey suit!

Mick Jagger - He certainly gets around well for a 68 year old. Great performance!

Barbara Streisand - Bored with the song, but I do love her. I want to go watch What’s Up, Doc?

Lady Antebellum - 3 Grammys. This pleases me.

Arcade Fire - Grammy performance or Mountain Dew commercial? Hard to say... I hope nobody in the audience suffers from epilepsy. And oddly enough, this was the only performance of the night NOT to involve fire.

For a complete review, please go to my friend Noel’s blog: http://passiontealemonade.blogspot.com/
You won’t be disappointed.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Scratch that, snow has its perks

We stumbled across this glorious mountain of snow on our way to the grocery store.

Snow is fun until it’s not.

I have never witnessed snow like this in Arkansas... or anywhere really. Fortunately, my roommates and I have season 2 of Lost to keep us entertained until we are able to venture outside... which by the looks of things, may not be for a very. long. time. Godspeed.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Awake My Soul

Love Mumford & Sons

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Do I ever cross your mind?

If you can’t tell by my past 3 posts, January has been pretty uneventful. Therefore, I have been (and will continue to do so until anything noteworthy happens) posting a few of my favorite musical finds of the moment. I’ve actually been listing to Justin Townes Earle for a while, but this one has crept its way into my heart lately. I’m into bluegrass these days... I think my dad would be proud. Enjoy.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Dream

Learning this tune on the guitar. My dream is to have this heavenly of a voice and to own a harmonica in the key of D.

Sunday, January 23, 2011