radio, radio – tell me what i wanna know, wanna know; i’ve been wide awake, stayin’ up all night, waiting for a song that’ll make me feel alright

just because i  have all the time in the world, i came up with a list of things i’ve learned at college so far.  please understand, that these will most definitely not contain the scholastic things i’ve learned.  so please be entertained, take notes, take to heart, or just totally blow it all off.  but please take note that i’ve worked hard on this slightly time-consuming piece – it was an effort me to put personal thought into all of these. :D no really,  i’m serious. :}
  1. food get’s old after the second week.  cafeteria food.  the bets part about it is the ice cream. :}
  2. it’s better to be ‘perfectly lonely’. (<3s for john mayer)
  3. piano in a busy place makes for magical moments.
  4. after about a month, you want to eat food other than salad.  *please don’t go splurge…*
  5. comparing people to movie stars or story characters is common.  ‘hey, that teacher looks like george lucas…’
  6. sometimes a girl get’s more eyes than she’d like.  the guy who looks at you doesn’t want to be your friend. keep it that way. :P
  7. the best guy friends are the ones who want to be your friend, and the ones you can compare to your own crazy brothers. :P
  8. the best girl friends are your confidants after the first week of knowing each other, and will hug you even when you’re sick.
  9. the best friends back up and respect your morals and boundaries, even around their other friends.
  10. you realize your lack of new clothes.  ‘i have nothing to wear!  everybody has seen me in those already!’ ;)
  11. the best part of the week is when it’s time to play in the fountain. ‘any security guards around…?’ :D
  12. the best class really isn’t class to you just because it’s that fun.  (creative writing is the best!)
  13. good teaching affects you to the point that you do homework for fun.
  14. headphones are so in.  um, literally. :P
  15. to not be quick to judge.  everybody’s different, accept them that way.  stereotypes suck.
  16. roach reunions are common.  especially in the hallways and bathroom. *shudders*
  17. the gentleman will walk you home.
  18. go barefoot only outside – not in a public building.
  19. red hair dye is common.  (just not in my hair :P)
  20. you can tell when it’s people’s ‘comfy’ days. ‘woot! sweatpants and no makeup!’
  21. religious organizational groups are popular, but few people pay attention to what’s being said.  (the only time they’re a saint is when they’re at small group)
  22. it’s easier to realize how small you are in a place so big.  ‘mommy…? :-/’
  23. a good friend will ask you how you are and then ask you to define ‘fine’. (and ‘not fine’ is responded with a hug :)
  24. to praise people for good and decent taste in clothes. ‘love your shirt! hey, your pants are pulled up today!’ ;)
  25. don’t dis any form of philosophical point of view.  just ’cause it’s a place diverse in opinion don’t mean they’re okay with it. :P
  26. don’t laugh if you don’t think it’s funny.  ‘get a hint, people. being crass ain’t nice.’
  27. don’t be in a secluded group of people you are uncomfortable with.  *run away…*
  28. if someone picks on you, be silent and leave, and your friends will defend you, even if you don’t know about it. :)
  29. observe peoples around you in the student center if you like to study character – you’ll meet a lot of it. :P
  30. if you’re serious about your faith, stick up for it.
  31. there is absolutely no privacy for a phone conversation on campus.
  32. contact the ones you love as much as possible.  you won’t regret it, of course. :)
  33. never ignore a ‘hello’ or smile.
  34. give everybody a smile – it makes a happier day for both of y’all. :}
  35. don’t ever jump to conclusions – but don’t leave issues hanging.  ‘sooo… what’d that mean?’
  36. make the most out of the time with your friends.  sometimes you just have no idea where to start looking on campus. :P
  37. make sure to wash your dishes after using them.  it’s like concrete after two days. :P
  38. try to keep up with your laundry.  don’t learn that the hard way.
  39. bookshop items are expensive.
  40. God is amazing and epic.  live like you know it. ’cause, you know – you kinda do.
  41. give people a chance to change. ‘strike one… strike two…’
  42. love your guy friends, but don’t mislead them.  (and straight up, don’t flirt. it’s annoying when you witness it anyway. :P)
  43. have fun in every situation – even if it means getting a little crazy. (yawoot ;)
  44. live without regrets.  life’s always good – just make sure to keep things in perspective.
  45. keep a positive attitude – you have no idea how it might impact someone.
  46. hugs are the best gifts in the whole wide world. <3
  47. stay innocent and vulnerable, despite what’s offered to me.  ‘shun the bad movies! shun the conversation! shunnn…’
  48. to not regret saying ‘no’ when it’s the best thing for me.  (remember, your momsy and daddy would be proud :)
  49. don’t hide, but don’t yell, “I’M OVER HERE!” blending in is lame and sticking out is like a sore thumb. :P
  50. love all people, and work on loving the ones hardest to love.
  51. live life loving it! or at least try… :}
so, this is what i’ve learned.  a lot of it is out of observation (i’m a writer, remember?) and some of it is personal experience (don’t worry, momsy, i meant it when i said that calling people is great :).  so i’m definitely not blowing any hot air. :P
oh, and one last word of wisdom:
  1. happy dancing and tap dancing rocks, especially in a random spot.  tap dancing is doubly great.  especially when you don’t actually know how to do it. at all.
title from: radio by brooke white

rain, rain go away, come again another day – all the world is waiting for the sun.

title from: rain by breaking benjamin

i don’t want wanna be nobody’s fool – i’ve played that part so many times before; how long to be a shadow on the wall? i will make no sound at all, and when the sun goes down, the shadow on the wall – it cannot be seen at all

hello void. :)

maybe because i’ve suddenly been thrown into the busy, social world of going to school, i want more of it. eh, the social – not the school. ;)  i’ve been getting a lot lonelier faster than i should, i mean.  i had made a few really good friends here and have been lame enough to not try to make anymore friends.  which was/is wrong.  even though it is hard for me to make new friends, i really shouldn’t use that as an excuse while my other friends make friends.  i am happy and content with the peoples i have – not saying that’s a problem – but i’ve shied away from meeting new people.  which isn’t cool, peoples.

and now when my friends are with their friends (not saying that i’m not their friend, they’ve got to make time for them all), i start to feel… lonely (duh).  i hate being selfish.  that’s a big one i’m going to have to work on.  that and being outspoken enough to hug the whole school without feeling embarrassed.  where did that girl go? the one who wanted to be friends with the whole school? the one now who sits shy and quiet in the corner of the world, afraid to shine the light God gave her?

oh bob.  my nose is excessively stuffy tonight.  which doesn’t make for an attractive speaker.  and my nose has been running.  i’m definitely not a ‘looker’.  i don’t have a fever anymore, but my sinuses, oooh my sinuses…

i was studying in the student center (that was past tense, folks ;).  but after the people quieted and left, after piano playing stopped, it was like a spell had been broken.  i’m sitting in a big empty place.  people walk in and out.  but it’s so quiet… it’s so much easier to study with a hum of busy, laughing, swearing (it’s not like you can hear it amid the rest of the chaos, but it’s pretty darn constant :P) people.

this moment is just one of those moments i miss all of my family and friends, and wish that it was christmas vacation.  three months left.

epic quote of the night from meg ryan’s character kathleen kelly from you’ve got mail:

sometimes i wonder about my life. i lead a small life. well, not small, but valuable. and sometimes i wonder, do i do it because i like it, or because i haven’t been brave? so much of what i see reminds me of something i read in a book, when shouldn’t it be the other way around? i don’t really want an answer. i just want to send this cosmic question out into the void. so good night, dear void.

title from: shadow on the wall by brandi carlile

she was looking kinda dumb with her finger and her thumb in the shape of an ‘L’ on her forehead

i knew it was coming.

it started maybe on friday.  i sat down to supper and i swallowed – and then i realized, ‘oh snap. my throat’s getting sore’.  it could’ve been anything other than the terrible cold it turned out to be, but i knew it wasn’t.  see, one of my dear friends has a terrible cold too and i’ve been sure to give her lots of hugs (because don’t you hate it that when you’re sick, nobody hugs you so that they don’t get sick too? it’s an awful feeling).  so yeah, i knew the risks.  and now that i have the cold, i’m very grateful that she returned the throat lossanges when she did. :P

i accidentally missed my ride to church because i overslept.  i could have walked to another church, but it looked like rain and i really didn’t want to risk that.  but by divine providence, i heard from sarah who was going to church twenty minutes from when i got up.  so, i put some clothes on that didn’t need ironing and ran out the room in order to go to my first ever non-denominational church service. :)

after lunch, i crashed onto my bed.  i slept and lay there most of the afternoon.  maybe it’s because i’m sick that i feel so drowsy.  my papa came and took me out to dinner, which was fun and nice (i got to get off campus! WOOT! ;).

i was planning on going to the guys’s ‘open hall’ tonight, but i’m seriously not in the mood.  i should be working on my last paper, but i’m just exhausted.  which doesn’t make sense considering i’ve gotten more than enough sleep.  drat – i really need to get laundry done too…

oh bob. i’m just really tired and i’ve got a really bad headache.  hopefully it’ll skip off soon so i don’t have to deal with it this week. :)

title from: allstar sung by smash mouth

anyway the thing is, what i really mean – yours are the sweetest eyes i’ve ever seen

title from: your song sung by ellie goulding

my heart’s a stereo, it beats for you, so listen close; hear my thoughts in every note, oh oh. make me your radio, turn me up when you feel low – this melody was meant for you – just sing along to my stereo

happy labor day weekend, school-kids and work-peoples. :)

yesterday, i packed up my school books, kidnapped my friends sarah and maggie, and took them home with me to port gibson.  we slept in about two hours later than what we are used to this morning and skipped off to natchez.  we found an adorsable coffee shop where we drank and ate different forms of junk food.  across from the coffee shop was an amazing alley – amazing in the sense that it was perfect for a photo shoot.

it was raining and there were big puddles in the street.  while my family went to a furniture store, the girls and i splashed our way to the alley, our cameras out, prepared to capture time with our current technology.

my holiday weekend is going swell so far. :}

oh! and a song which recently was added to my ‘favorites’ list, i hope you enjoy:

title from: stereo hearts by gym class heroes featuring adam levine

she is love, and her ways are high and steep, and i believe, i do believe her when she speaks…

oh goodness! i’m afraid that i left y’all in the dust for almost a whole month! hmm, what has happened since then?

well, i’ve finished my first week of school already and starting on my second. school homework is swell, i guess. the hardest thing for me to do is the ‘worldview’ class. a really sweet gal from three floors above me helps me out on that subject though, so it’s gotten easier.

it was really hard for me to make friends the first week. i had a hard time at orientation too – making friends just does not come easy for me. introductions and conversation starters just aren’t my cup of tea. conveniently, my first friend here was my roommate, maggie. oh my cow, God blessed me so much by sticking me with another beatles fan and vintage lover like myself! maggie and i love all the same music. it’s crazy and wonderful. :) then i made a friend over the fact we were both lonely and we struck up a conversation about it. i’ve made several other friends too – next-door neighbors, and people i hang out with in the student center.

my room is spiffingly decorated! i can’t wait to get a poster on my wall though – my wall is too naked. :P

one thing that kind of hit me in the face once i started coming to belhaven was the crassness and language people used. being homeschooled all my life, i had no idea that i would have to face all of this, even at a christian college. even professing believers being rude. a wise lady i was talking to earlier today told me that i will soon ‘learn who is the friend and who is the acquaintance and live with that more ably’, and that the freshman year is the hardest when dealing with the crassness of others. what can i say? i look forward to my sophomore year. ;)

today was very good – easiest day of classes too. only two classes and i have the homework already done for both of them! (heh, i’m enjoying it now – tomorrow is going to be rough considering it’ll be my toughest day of classes!) i went downtown to fondren with three of my friends. we got lost twice or three times i think, but it was still fun. :) the place we went to, ‘sneaky beans’ was really cute – i think it used to be a house at one time.

i’ve been terribly homesick, but things got a little better over the weekend. but still; i can’t wait to see my family this labor day weekend. :)

title from: she is love by oasis

if you were falling, then i would catch you; you need a light, i’d find a match; ’cause i love the way you say good morning, and you take me the way i am.

well ladies and gents, i am back only momentarily.  we’ve been in mississippi for about two weeks now. there’s not too much to update on except for the fact that our road trip was fabulous and that we’ve been unpacking ever since we arrived here. :P

yesterday was my eighteenth birthday and my family took me out to a chinese buffet in order to celebrate. i really look forward to wednesday, because we intend to celebrate my birthday again with some friends who will be in town from colorado! we’re going to go out for some ‘concretes’ (a sort of ice cream and custard so thick, that if you totally tip over the cup, it stays in!) at a place called bop’s. i’m so excited. :}

well, college starts in two weeks! i’m excited and just a little nervous. :) every now and then i get a little anxious, but it’s no biggy to me considering i already have friends who go there. it’ll be easier for the transition. we’ve been shopping for last minute stuff for the dorm and all that jazz. even though there’s been all the stress, God remains good and i know everything will turn out swimmingly.

well, unfortunately i haven’t had time to upload any pictures, so y’all will just have to be patient on that note. ;) my time on the computer is up and i have to continue unpacking the house. ’till next time, peoples. :)

title from: the way i am by ingrid michaelson

all that i’m after is a life full of laughter – as long as i’m laughing with you; i’m thinkin’ that all that still matters is love ever after, after the life we’ve been through ’cause i know there’s no life after you.

this will be the last time that i post on my blog in a long time. i’ll go one step at a time. :P

the retirement ceremony! i promised that i wouldn’t cry, and guess what?! i cried. :P it was very lovely. daddy unfortunately wasn’t able to have a whole, decked-out navy ceremony because his flag bearers and side boys backed out at the last minute. but despite that, it still turned out perfectly. daddy even said that he was glad that it didn’t work out, or else it would have been focused more on the navy and not the gospel message or his family.  it was beautiful. :)


we’ve been to several parties and have said goodbye to a lot of people as well. it’s been rough, but i know i’ll see them all again. i’ve actually been guaranteed a job already as a live-in nanny for the sarah and andrew – the kiddos i nannied last year! i’m excited to see them and everybody else again. :)

we’ve said other goodbyes as well…

sunday was john’s birthday party. we all went to the park to play games in order to celebrate his fourteenth birthday. but because a lightning storm unleashed not twenty minutes into the game. :P some sweet friends offered to host it at their house so we had an indoor party. it was still very fun, but there were a lot of weepy goodbyes at the end.

we had dinner with more friends last night and we’ll have dinner with more friends tonight and some the next night – our last night. unfortunately, i haven’t had the chance to upload more pictures. on thursday we leave colorado to visit people on our cross country trip to mississippi. so, on that note, i’m not sure when y’all will hear from me next, though i hope it’ll be soon.

well, it may sound like i’m a little down in the dumps here. but God is faithful so i’m confident that everything will turn out for our good. and, it’s not like i’m not coming back next summer. ;)

so, time for some happy tunage! :D  whenever i feel a little down, i listen or dance to it, or sometimes both. ;) when i hear it in my head, i can’t help but dance too! (i don’t doubt that it offers another excuse for people to look at me funny :P) but it all makes me so happy. :}

title from: life after you by daughtry

ps, i still can’t believe that the final harry potter comes into theaters the day after we move! i know that it’ll *have* to happen, but i want to see that movie so bad! what can i say? it’ll be epic. :) aaand, i’ll wear my ‘i <3 fred’ shirt in support of the poor dood. :)

give a little heart and soul, let your body lose control – give a little-oh-oh-oh! give a little!

as it slowly/quickly (it depends how i’m doing sometimes) draws closer to our move, the more people i’ve been saying goodbye to.  last minute sleepovers, multiple parties, just small outings to the bookstore, mall, or coffee shop… just a few things that have been happening a lot lately.  i’ve been sad, but i’m trying to be happy with all the fun times i’m having and the thought that i have so much to look forward to on our road trip as well as when i get to my destination.  it’s the next chapter in my life, an exciting adventure that awaits… although i should let y’all know that i’ve never been too keen on adventures (i like things for them to stay the way they are). but things change – part of life i suppose. :P

i had to say goodbye to my dear friend ellie-bell after our first and last sleepover.

me and timmy :)

i had to say goodbye to timmy early because he was going on a missions trip and wouldn’t be back before i left.

katy, katie, and katie ;)

i went out shopping with my katies from church. the katie on the far right left for college yesterday.

we went to a goodbye party that was held for us by a few friends. we know and love a lot a sweet people. :)

wansa, me, and baitsy ;)

laura and i :)

ooooh, and trey and i went to the cheesecake factory with my friends emily and trevor. we had a swell time. :)

me, trey, trevor, emmy :}

yummmmm.... ;)

my yummy godiva chocolate cheesecake which happened to be divine

oh yeah. which brings me to say the reason i got the godiva chocolate one besides the fact it was beautiful and tasted beautiful. ;) it happened to be the only gluten free cheesecake on the menu (haha, i had a lot to complain about there… i’m being sarcastic, obviously ;). yes, i’m officially gluten free. apparently, being gluten free is a ginormous way to be uber healthy, and because it would be beneficial to my health, mama said i should try it out. so, lunch the other day consisted of…

ta-da! :)

vanilla light soy milk and gluten free crackers that taste like a mix of nuts! :D

so yes. that is how life has been here in colorado. saying goodbye, cheesecake, and lack of gluten. oh! and dead flowers too.

my momsy has informed me that she threw away mine and her’s pretty carnations that we got from some friends after the last performance of music man. needless to say, i was a little upset, but they would have had to be thrown away anyhow before the move next week.

the move! next week! oh dear… now off to happier things…

july fourth independence day was lovely, especially the evening. i sat on our little porch that was surrounded by little twinkle lights, ate gluten free cookies, and listened to happy music (namely hanson singing ‘give a little’), while i watched the fireworks. it was a fantastic display. :)

and then yesterday, on my parents’ anniversary, (APPLAUSE! :D i just love you guys!!! <3), my daddy’s parents who are in town for his retirement ceremony this friday, took me and the little boys out to boulder to see my aunt sarah-grace. then from there, we went to this adorsable little town in the mountains called nederland. the ride there was incredible – the drive through the mountains was so majestic! i couldn’t get over the fact that my God is such the amazing  and ultimate Artist! and nederland, the town, was the sweetest, most romantic little place i’ve ever seen in the mountains. :}

once we reached nederland, we went to the cutest little carousel, called ‘the carousel of happiness’. all of the animals were carved by one man over twenty-six years as a way for him to handle his grief over the loss of a few close friends or relatives.

and then the rest of the pretty little town… :)

and then we went to a little area called eldora where some of the sweetest little log cabins resided. :)

*phew* so now y’all know what’s been up in my busy life. o.0  it’s crazy. slightly hectic, and slightly enjoyable. WOW. i’m so impressed with my long post. :P

title from: give a little by hanson

ps, i’ll try to post one more time before we move next week… you know, about daddy’s retirement ceremony and shtuff. :)

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