Thursday, August 30, 2007
The rules are self explanatory. Elaborate on the word(s) in bold lettering below.
Accent – I like to think that I really don't have a very Southern accent. Since I've been in Alabama, I'm starting to think I really don't. I have a somewhat muddled Southern accent I think because I've been around so many different people. I definitely don't say light and bright and night with the long "i" sound but I have been known to use "ain't" and "cain't" and "y'all". It's just nature. I have started using "you guys" a lot though. My volleyball team is really rubbing off on me. I've started saying a lot of things in a very Yankee way. It's somewhat troubling. Ok...my fav accents... definitely the Australian accent. There's nothing hotter. Except maybe a Boston accent.
I Don't Drink - Wine. I really grosses me out. My dad gave me my first taste of wine and champagne at a distant cousin's wedding when I was sixteen just so I could get the trying out of my system and I wouldn't want to do it again. I think it worked. I'm not a fan. At all.
Chore I Hate – Hmmm...I don't really know if there is a chore that I absolutely hate. I just have to be in the mood to do it. I really hate washing dishes in my house since our house was built in the 1800s (ok...I exaggerate a bit but it's old) and has no dishwasher or disposal. But I really hte when I washed everyone's dishes and then they pile up and I have to wash them again because no one else washes them.
Pets – I've had five dogs in my life. First was Sandy, a basset hound/yellow lab mix. She was great but did when I was in third grade. We had a stray for about three weeks that I found in the gutter so I obviously named him "Gutter". We had to take him to the pound though because every night he would dig his way out of the backyard, knock over the garbage cans, and sleep by them. Then we got Cleo, a full-blooded basset, from the pet store in the mall. (That was back when they still sold dogs and cats a pet stores.) Then my friend Mark's sheep dog jumped our fence and got Cleo preggers and we ended up keeping Speck, the Sped dog. Yes, folks, that's Sped as in Special Ed. He really was. Well Cleo died at the end of my sophomore year of college from old age and then Speck died in like April or May of 2006. He was blind and had very bad hips. He had been a trooper through my parents' moving process and the year-long stay at the "condo from hell" in which he had to climb stairs to get to the common part of the house. My parents' room was on the bottom floor and that was also where the door to the backyard was. It was hell. Sweet Speck learned how to feel his blind way up and down the steps and then one spring morning my parents woke up and he was alive but he just couldn't manange to move. So they had to put him to sleep. Then once my parents got in the new house they got Randi, the most adorable blonde cocker spaniel you've ever seen. He's a mess but we love him. He's a year now I guess.
Essential Electronic – WOW. That's hard. I'd say TV because I'm pretty addicted to it. But I really would have to say my cell phone. I love texting. And I think that if I couldn't text I would die. Or at least have a pretty tough time. Actually, when we went to Honduras that was the first thing I though about. I couldn't text. I went through withdrawls. It was like I was in rehab for texting. It was too much.
Gold or silver – Silver. Most definitely. Gold doesn't look good against my skin.
Insomnia – Uh oh. I have these spurts of insomnia sometimes. My mind starts racing, thinking of random things, or problems, and it keeps me from going to sleep. Sometimes I have lists of things that I have to name off before I can go to sleep. But the best cure for insomnia for me is either to pray or turn on the light and read my bible or a book.
Job Title – Sports Informations Intern at Samford University. Hopefully, soon-to-be Sports Information Assistant Director #2.
My Most Admired Trait – Hmmm...I don't know. You'd have to ask other people. If I had to answer this question then I'd say my ability to encourage or to make a funny at just the right time or my beloved sarcasm.
Kids – I want whatever God wants to give me. Healthy or not. Boy or girl. One or 10. Because I know it's all for his glory. Whether it's easy or hard, God's not going to give me more than I can handle with his help. But I've always said I want three kids. Boy, boy, girl. Or boy, girl, girl. I want my little girl to have the big brother I never had.
Religion – I'm a Christian. Baptist if you want to be specific. I've gotten a whole new grasp on Christianity and baptistism and make disciples of all nations in the past year because of my church here in Birmingham. See we have this pastor; his name is David Platt. He's 28 and already has a college degree, a masters, and a doctorate, not to mention the many countries he's visited along the way, and him teaching at New Orleans Theological Seminary in his 20's. Something that rarely happens. This is his first church to pastor and it's a megachurch. We're talking over 4000 members and we are going to take over the world for God's glory. He has such a passion for showing God's glory in all nations, including our own and he's got a plan to accomplish it. He speaks the truth from the pulpit. He doesn't get up there and read a verse and then list a bunch of bullet points. He doesn't preach AT his congregation. He teaches the Word. If you ever want to hear a sermon, they are all on the website (in audio and video) along with the guide to fill out. Clich here to go to the website.
Siblings – One sister. Anna. There's not enough time to tell you all I would love to tell you. I'll just say she's the best sister ever. She's one of my heroes!
Time I wake up - I really have a specific time to wake up. I ususally wake up an hour before I have to be at work and that varies. I try to get to work by 8, 9 or 10 depending on what's going on that day and what happened the day before. So you do that math.
Unusual talent/skill – Hmmm...I can make my tongue into a bowl.
Vegetable I refuse to eat – Turnip Greens. I can't even stand the smell. Why would I want to eat something that I can't stand the smell of.
Worst habit – Popping my knuckles. My knuckles are going to be huge someday.
X-rays – Only dental x-rays. I've been very lucky.
My favorite meal – Boiled shrimp and crawship. Second favorite - Pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes or potato casserole, crunchy romaine
But it's also the day that college football starts around the nation and I'm pretty excited about this season. I've always been the optimist of the group, and I showed my true colors last year and made myself look like a fool when I proclaimed that Mississippi State would win six games. Boy was I ever wrong. I've never been one to be very pessimistic and I'm not going to start now, but I have realized that I do need to be realistic.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
'Consider it pure joy, my Brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds.'
" ....To count our hurt, pain and struggle as nothing but pure joy? As my parents were Christians, and my Dad even a Pastor of our church, they knew that verse very well. However, on the morning of the 4th of December 1982 in Melbourne( Australia), the last two words on the minds of my parents was 'Praise God!'. Their firstborn son had been born without limbs! There were no warnings or time to prepare themselves for it. The doctors we shocked and had no answers at all! There is still no medical reason why this had happened and Nick now has a Brother and Sister who were born just like any other baby.
"The whole church mourned over my birth and my parents were absolutely devastated. Everyone asked, 'If God is a God of Love, then why would God let something this bad happen to not just anyone, but dedicated Christians?' My Dad thought I wouldn't survive for very long, but tests proved that I was a healthy baby boy just with a few limbs missing.
"'And we know that in all things God works for the best for those who love Him.' That verse spoke to my heart and convicted me to the point where that I know that there is no such thing as luck, chance or coincidence that these 'bad' things happen in our life.
"I had complete peace knowing that God won't let anything happen to us in our life unless He has a good purpose for it all. I completely gave my life to Christ at the age of fifteen after reading John 9. Jesus said that the reason the man was born blind was "so that the works of God may be revealed through Him." I truly believed that God would heal me so I could be a great testimony of His Awesome Power. Later on I was given the wisdom to understand that if we pray for something, if it's God's will, it'll happen in His time. If it's not God's will for it to happen, then I know that He has something better.
"I now see that Glory revealed as He is using me just the way I am and in ways others can't be used. I am now twenty-threeyears old and have completed a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Financial Planning and Accounting. I am also a motivational speaker and love to go out and share my story and testimony wherever opportunities become available. I have developed talks to relate to and encourage students through topics that challenge today's teenagers. I am also a speaker in the corporate sector.
"I have a passion for reaching out to youth and keep myself available for whatever God wants me to do, and wherever He leads, I follow.
"I have many dreams and goals that I have set to achieve in my life. I want to become the best witness I can be of God's Love and Hope , to become an international inspirational speaker and be used as a vessel in both Christian and non-Christian venues. I want to become financially independent by the age of 25, through real estate investments, to modify a car for me to drive and to be interviewed and share my story on the 'Oprah Winfrey Show'! Writing several best-selling books has been one of my dreams and I hope to finish writing my first by the end of the year. It will be called 'No Arms, No Legs, No Worries!'
"I believe that if you have the desire and passion to do something, and if it's God's will, you will achieve it in good time. As humans, we continually put limits on ourselves for no reason at all! What's worse is putting limits on God who can do all things. We put God in a "box". The awesome thing about the Power of God, is that if we want to do something for God, instead of focusing on our capability, concentrate on our availability for we know that it is God through us and we can't do anything without Him. Once we make ourselves available for God's work, guess whose capabilities we rely on? God's!
May the Lord Bless you
Monday, August 27, 2007
1. U.S. Americans? Isn't that a little redundant? I mean I know there are South Americans and Latin Americans but we usually refer to them as Latinos or Brazilians or Peruvians or something like that.
2. THE Iraq? Are you serious?
3. And what does "The Iraq", South Africa, and Asia have to do with the percentage of Americans not being able to identify the United States on a map? Of course "The Iraq" and South Africa aren't going to be able to identify it, they barely even have food.
4. Just a little word of advice, don't use a phrase such as "such as" if you don't know how to use it in a sentence. It just makes it worse.
Ok. I apologize if this was rude. I never got the chance to be in a pageant in which I had to answer a question. The Hinds County Junior Miss deadline was changed and moved up and before I knew what was going on, it was too late. However, I'm sure if I was handed a question like that I would have at least touched on the American education system and not foreign countries.
However, Bubba from "Rick and Bubba" said that he was given the suggestion that we should hired more teachers from Mexico because they have no problem figuring out where the U.S. is. Ouch. Stop it. That was just wrong.
I think the girls are much better this year. We have two really good freshman and one who hasn't really had a chance to prove herself yet. Plus, team morale is much better this year. I think the negativity has been laid to rest and they really are thinking positively. I really think that they just need to win a couple of games and get a taste of what it feels like to win, so they can win more than six matches this year. They played some really tough teams this weekend and at times they played well so I think it was good to go up against some tough teams before the season really gets going.
The weekend was all-in-all good except for the part where I got sick to my stomach in Ruby Tuesday on Friday. I ordered the two mini-burgers with the salad bar and those who know me know that I love me some black olives. Friday was no different. I headed up to the salad bar and piled the olives onto my salad. I finished my salad and started working on my burgers, but I could only get one burger down before my stomach started to feel full. I didn't really understand it and I though that maybe it was because I had eaten a big lunch that my stomach was full...that is, until I started feeling a little quezzy and high-tailed it, in an ever so nonchalant way to the ladies' room. No one expected a thing.
I flinged the door open and headed for the nearest stall and it all came up. The poor girl next to me shouted, "Are you okay? Do you want me to get your friends?"
I finally was able to answer her, "Nope. I'm good. Thanks you though," all the while thinking, "This girl probably things I have an eating disorder. Greeeeeaaaat."
Anyway, ten minutes later, I'm perfectly fine, sitting back at the table, no one knows anything. It wasn't until I was back at the hotel in the room telling my parents what happened on the phone, when anyone knew what had happened. Lindsay, our cute little blond-haired pixie of an assistant coach walked in on my convo and immediately exclaimed, "You did what at the restaurant? Are you pregnant?" As my eyes grew somewhat bug-like, I politely said, "No way," and continued my conversation. Later I went and got a Sprite from the Coke machine and ruffled through my back to find some Ritz crackers.
I started munching because I was so incredibly hungry, and Lindsay says, "Sprite and crackers. That's a pregnant woman's snack." I quickly replied with, "Well, my sister eats grapes but it unless this is the 'Immaculate Conception #2', I don't think we have anything to worry about.
Come to find out, it was the olives because "Matt the Trainer" (as I call him) was the only other person to have black olives, although not a pile like me, and he said he got sick at about midnight the night before.
Anyway, the rest of the trip was great besides the two losses but our girls sure do know how to eat. We had breakfast at Cracker Barrell (Yum!) and then ate dinner at Jason's Deli (Yum! Yum! They have free soft-serve.)
That is pretty much my weekend in a nutshell. On to Monday....
Today is the first day of classes at Samford. I think we are the only university in the nation, or at least on the east coast that starts this late. Of course, this has it's bad points like not being able to find parking spaces and random new kids standing in the middle of the street while cars are trying to pass. However, it also has it's good points too -- like having some of my favorite student workers back around. (Shout out to Ruth, Lydia, Megan, Gavin, Mejia (Jessica is her first name), and Kat.) I was so happy to see these kids back in action today (although Gav does get a little annoying and can bring office production to a screeching halt every once in a while). Not only is it just exciting to have them back in the office to talk to and find out what they did all summer, but that means a load off of us around here. Yay for fun student workers!
I'll leave you with a few tidbits of news/info that I've found interesting over the past few days.
1. The Little Dooey has once again been given a much-desired Herbie Award by famous and good-looking ESPN sportscaster Kirk Herbstreit.
"If I were a normal person, I'd be doing six months to a year for two felonys dealing with cocaine. It good to be Lindsey Lohan!"
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Monday August 20th, 2007
DESTIN, Fla. -- Seven hours after a Crestview father reported his 21-year-old son missing from Crab Island, the younger man was found safe on the docks behind a Destin restaurant.
The father told an Okaloosa County sheriff’s deputy that his son had been standing in the water about 3 p.m. when he last saw him, according to Sheriff’s Office report.
About an hour later, the son left a cell phone message asking his father to call immediately.
The father called that number and spoke to a man who said the son had been on his boat earlier, but had left to swim after his beer bong after it was thrown overboard.
When the deputy found the younger man at about 10:30 that night, the son told him he had been trying to make his way home after waiting for an hour on the east side of Marler Bridge.
He was in good health, the report noted.
North Florida Daily News
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
This is the best picture I could come up with right now. That's Ross in the red shirt.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Now to an ordinary movie-goer, this would probably have been a little annoying. I think it started to annoy my daddy a little bit. However, since I've come back from Honduras, I have a new-found interest for the Spanish-speaking people. I thought it was quite interesting. Maybe you will too.
Well, usually when the family is altogether we go to a movie and then go out to eat to celebrate just being together. Although, mom and Anna and I would have loved to go see Hairspray, and from what I've heard it's fantastic, we did have to please the boys, so our choices were Bourne Ultimatum and Transformers. Dad picked Bourne and Ross, the bro-in-law, was itching to see it too, so that's what we saw. I'm pretty easy to please because I like any kind of movie, especially action. Plus, you can't argue with looking at Matt Damon from an hour and 55 minutes either.
So this movie gets four and a half stars from me. I can't say five full stars because not too many movies get that from me just because that's just impossible really. Anyway, it started out with action and never stopped. (Plus, I absolutely love Julia Stiles. I have ever since 10 Things I Hate About You. She's just good!) Anyway, the action never stopped. Being the third of a trilogy, there really was no point in set up, so the movie just started. It picked up right were the last one left of and I loved that about it. If you haven't seen this movie, go see it now.
During the first part of the program you will be on a very low calorie diet (VLCD), which consists of a nutritionally complete beverage as your sole source of nutrition. Medical monitoring is conducted to insure your safety while in the program. In the second phase of the program, the adapting phase, a dietitian and behaviorist will meet with you to help you transition back to whole foods both nutritionally and behaviorally. The third and most important phase is the maintenance phase. This is when you are eating healthy foods at a calorie level that will enable you to manage your weight for a lifetime successfully.
A key component to all three phases of the program is the weekly support/education classes. These classes cover important components to weight loss such as behaviors, nutrition and exercise. Our philosophy is based on learning and practicing healthy behaviors and getting rid of the “diet” mentality. For long-term success we will give you the tools needed to make those healthy life-style changes."
This is me with Mom and Dad on graduation day. Just imagine my daddy 103 pounds lighter and you've got yourself a skinny daddy.
Ok, last subject. James Morrison. If you haven't heard this guy, you've got to go listen to him. Here is his MySpace page, the only way I know to listen to him without having to pay for it. I broke down Thursday night and bought his CD, Undiscovered, from iTunes, burned it to a CD and listened to it all weekend. I've about worn it out already.
This guy is a little mix of Gavin DeGraw, John Mayer, and Marc Broussard all rolled into one, with a little Stevie Wonder sprinkled on top. He's awesome! His music and rhythms are incredible and his lyrics are even better. Just a little shout out for one of my newest favorite artists. Yay for James Morrison!
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Today is also my good friend Lauren Ray's birthday. Not only were we sorority sisters, but we've been known to cause some trouble overseas...especially in France. Happy Birthday LL!
Thursday, August 9, 2007
I am a fan of The Hills. I admit it. I know you think I'm insane but for some reason I'm drawn to it. Maybe it's because LC reminds me of my best friend Lauren. Maybe it's because we've both been through ridiculous break-up after ridiculous break-up with guys named Jason. Maybe it's because deep-down inside I want to live on the West Coast, be in fashion school, and work for a fancy-shmancy magazine and I'm living life vicariously through her. Whatever. I like the show.
What I do not like is Lauren/LC's ex-best-friend/roommate and her skeezy boyfriend Spencer trash-talking Lauren and the show like it's helping their cause any.
Just a little history for those of you who don't know...Heidi and Lauren's friendship went south last season because Heidi chose to go live with her boyfriend Spencer over being LC's best friend. (She obviously doesn't know the rule that says "Sisters before misters.) The problem was that LC (and everyone watching) could see straight through Spencer's charm to his lying, deceiving, and hurtful ways. But, oh, Heidi was too blinded by what she thought was love and after being hurt once by Skeezball, took him back.
Now, LC and I both know that that was her first mistake -- taking him back. That made Spencer think her could charm-talk his way out of anything and that's pretty much what he did the whole season.
This whole deal was just one of many things that declared the LC-Heidi relationship "dunzo". But it was a biggie. No Heidi and Spence are going around to every media outlet that can bear to listen, trashing LC and her show, by spreading rumors and lies about the show's star.
A little advice for the couple:
1. You aren't making anyone but yourselves look bad. Smart people and grown-ups look down on people who act the way you do.
2. Everyone realizes that your main motive in all the trash-talking is to bring attention to yourselves because that's the only way you can get attention. No one is interested.
3. Do you really think it's a smart PR move to slanderize the star of a show in which you both were made to look like idiots? LC is the show's STAR. It's only going to bring HER more attention and more viewers.
4. Get a Bible. Read James. Well...read the whole thing. If you have questions, feel free to contact me.
That's my schpill for the day. I'm done. Cheers.
Friday, August 3, 2007
Disclaimer: I have nothing against Jews. I love Jews. My boss is a Jewish carpenter.
MTV'S "MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEEN" SPIN-OFF, "MY SUPER SWEET BAR MITZVAH"
- chair-raising dance done to P. Diddy song
- all guests given an 'oy bag' instead of a party bag
- parents live out their dreams of one-upping their friends by throwing the biggest most ostentatious party ever
- hotel's closed-circuit television broadcasts "funny sermon" written and performed by bar mitzvah boy
- boy steps out of limousine and makes grand entrance wearing a blue velvet jump suit with Star of David embroidered in shiny silver thread on the back
- "Dad, you're so stupid! I told you I did NOT want you and Mom to rent a Hannukah Harry impersonator!"
- party-themed centerpieces made from recycled yarmulkes
- party is Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat-themed, not because of its biblical theme, but because bar mitzvah boy is going through a Broadway musical phase
- parents try to be really cool by saying (and repeating) 'kosher shmosher'
- T-shirt screen printer left out two words - 'bar' and 'mitzvah' - when making shirts, so they read, 'JEREMY'S BIG'
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Thursday, August 2, 2007
I'd love to explain it myself, but the quotes from this article I found are too priceless not to share.
"Hundreds of inmates at the prison in Cebu, Philippines, have taken to performing large-scale dance numbers to such classics as Michael Jackson's 'Thriller,' Queen's 'Radio Gaga' and several songs from the 'Sister Act' films to help pass the time while serving sentences or awaiting trial."
"If they say laughter is the best medicine, how much more for dancing?" (Tu che!)
"While the goal is to keep the body fit in order to keep the mind fit, such may not happen if it is done in a manner deemed unpleasurable," Garcia told Filipino's Sun Star publication. "Music, being the language of the soul, is added to that regimen."
"Filipino detainees try to make their life less difficult by engaging in such activities," said a Filipino police officer working in New York. "Music and dancing is so much a way of life in the Philippines, and Filipinos have this tendency to sing and dance their way out of even the most complicated situations."
"As a jail officer, I got worried when I saw it," Rubio told ABCNEWS.com. "I know that the Cebu Provincial Jail is undermanned like some of the city jails, and securing those vast numbers of inmates poses a big problem. Inmate dancing is not prohibited in our Operations Manual, but the one performed by Cebu Provincial inmates was a disaster in waiting."
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