Wednesday, May 11, 2011

What's on my mind

What is on my mind?

...the Big Apple. That's what.
















What if I lived there? Just for a summer? Could I handle city life? Should I make a leap so big?

I don't know. I think I'm just gonna try and see what I can find and if an opportunity presents itself... that's where I'll be.

In other news, we have puppies now. They are so cute. Ours is named Sawyer, after Sawyer from LOST. Kyle's (from the same litter as Sawyer) is named Baxter. They are incredibly adorable. Trust me. There will be pictures at some point.

I miss my friends from school terribly and am still adjusting to the idea of not living with many of my graduated senior friends... and Linja will be out of the country! What the fat?! But I love it and I'm so excited for all of these people. Your lives are going in new and exciting directions I'm sure.

On that note does anyone remember that book Oh the Places You'll Go? I feel like that book filled a lot of kids with a lot of false hope.

Other things... I saw Yentl today. Barbra has got some pipes. And Inigo Montoya as a Jew! It's awesome.

And... OH! SUPER 8. Looks amazing.

















Seriously, the trailer gives me goose bumps.




June 8th get here!!!

Okay, that's all I got.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

The Greatest Compliment

Before I get to the serious subject of this post, I'll start with a story.

A couple of weeks ago we had Jr/Sr Banquet here at Bryan. Part of the process entails getting on buses and riding to far (or not so far) away destinations. Well I happened to end up on a very fun bus along with star soccer player extraordinaire Harry Sherwood.
pictured here being awesome

 He started up a game called "Mixed Tape" where basically everyone just sings stuff and you can jump in with anything if you know it. Well there came a pause after some song had died out and I chimed in with "It's Raining Men". I got a couple of lines out and realized that no one was joining in with me and trailed off, slightly embarrassed. Then I heard the voice of said British soccer champion extraordinaire say, "You can't play if you can actually sing." This is one of the greatest compliments I've ever received. I mean, I've had people tell me I can sing before, but never in a super cool accent like that. It was pretty sweet.

But on a more serious note, I'd like to talk about what I consider to be the greatest compliment I could ever receive from a friend.

The greatest compliment I've received is to know that a friend considers me loyal. Loyalty is something I value highly. To know that someone loves you enough to always be willing to stand by you, no matter what your trial or ordeal, is the greatest absolute you can ever have. A good friend will not abandon you no matter what you may have done to offend or reject them, because they know how to forgive and love in spite of your failures and fallen-ness. Everyone struggles with maintaining friendships, especially in times of transition, like moving from high school to college, or even moving up in class throughout college. The dynamics of my friendships are constantly shifting. But I try my best to love all of my friends well, even if I don't get to spend as much time with them as I once did. I don't give up on friendships, even when that seems the easier option.

Once my friend, always my friend, unless you do something near-unforgivable like kill my parents or something (Drewber and Sweeny!).

Well, that's how I feel about that. I love my friends!





Nicole

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Max Richter - Sunlight



If you're in the mood for something haunting and beautiful... definitely give it a listen. I love Max Richter's stuff. I know this isn't much of a post but... oh well. I'll come up with something better eventually.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Childhood Obesity and why it grosses me out

Okay folks, this is just a blog for blog's sake pretty much, but as I sit here at Bimbos (a small rinky dink restaurant in Dayton) and watch a child who is surely no older than 13 pile mounds of ranch onto a salad mainly populated by croutons, I just have to say it. Fat little kids kind of gross me out. Really gross obesity in general does, but when you see it in a child it's just somehow worse. I mean, this girl is 13 and probably weighs about what I do plus an extra fifty or so pounds. How have we allowed this to be okay? It's horrifying.

And not just for the people who have to look at her (me), but for her. She is gonna struggle with image for the rest of her life because her parents didn't have the sense to teach her to push back from the table. Or, perhaps even worse, she may never struggle with image (considering where we are, she's not too out of place) and have health problems sneak up on her later in life. At this point it's no longer an issue of me looking for blog fodder but actual concern for this girl's future.

Well, that was my little rant on how fat America is getting. Tune in next week for "Little girls who dye their hair bright pink and how trashy it makes them look from an early age."

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Redheaded Realism 5: Aladdin



Just my latest attempt at humor to draw the masses. This one has been very well received so far. What do you think?

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Academia for Academia's Sake.

Is it a good thing? Should we condone this practice of learning things just to learn them, not to be used for practical application?

I have long been against such behaviors, for the longest time simply because I don't like them myself. However, since I've been at college I've realized that it has more to do with my fundamental beliefs than my disposition of disliking the work. God wants us to live purposefully... and to spend money, time, and effort mastering things that won't contribute to any greater purpose I believe is more than just impractical, it's unwise.

That was my mini-rant for the day. And it was brought to you by my Contemporary Math homework that I don't want to do.

Nicole

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

2011- Shaping up to be a happy year

For some reason, for the past several weeks, I have been extremely positive about life. I can't tell you why. There has been no spectacular change in my circumstances that would prompt such happiness... but alas, I am happy. It must be joy from the Lord, because I honestly can't say where it's coming from. I hope that it stays with me, because it really is wonderful.

There are positive things happening in my life right now. I am working toward several goals, including the eventual removal of my impacted wisdom tooth. I am working hard, and a lot, but because I have my sights set on something, I am happy to have work, and I am excited for the opportunities it will allow me. I can't express what a blessing it has been to have this job from Mama Lemons (Garrett's mom) that will earn me $200. That's straight from the Lord. The plasma business should also prove to be fruitful, and I am looking forward to making a regular habit of going.

Along with my improving financial situation, my academics are not as difficult as I feared they would be. At least not so far. Biology seemed very daunting to me at the start of the year, but now I enjoy it a lot. And I made an A on my first quiz! Also, today my overseer for my work-study job told me that I am the best worker in our program (America Reads) and offered me her position next year. I don't know if I can accept yet, but it was a great affirmation to know that my dedication to these kids has been noticed and appreciated. I really do enjoy working with them, and I take the job seriously.

I guess this post turned into something of a life update. So there it is in case you were wondering. I am happy even in my strife lately, which is wonderful.

In his heart, a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps. Proverbs 16:9

There are certainly places I would rather be in life right now, things I would rather be doing at this point, but God has put me in the place I am in and set my heart at rest. What a great peace he has given me!

Nicole

Monday, January 10, 2011

Back to Bryan...

So... part of me is really looking forward to being back. The other part of me wants to run away screaming. I am so happy to see friends again, that always lifts my spirits, and I love living with Lydia. However, my class schedule looks like this:

Start Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:00 AM Introduction to Fine Arts Archery Introduction to Fine Arts Archery Introduction to Fine Arts
10:00 AM Intro to Biology Intro to Biology Intro to Biology
12:00 PM Elementary Spanish II Elementary Spanish II Elementary Spanish II
2:00 PM Contemporary Mathematics Lab:Intro to Biology Contemporary Mathematics Contemporary Mathematics
3:00 PM Bryan Chorale Bryan Chorale Bryan Chorale
4:00 PM Advanced Narrative Writing for Film Advanced Narrative Writing for Film

And I'm broke. REALLY broke. Broker than I like to be. So fun times that involve money are out. Also I kind of just don't want to have to deal with the pressure of school right now. 2011 is just full of potential to really rock... but heading into this new year I'm feeling more adult than ever before (but I'm pretty sure time in general does that) and I just want to start my life. Is that crazy? Am I rushing the college experience? I don't know.

What do you think?