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Have Fun Storming the Castle

Today I felt like a princess…kinda.  My friends and I took a spontaneous trip out of the campus town to eat frozen yogurt, shop at Goodwill, play in a castle, and celebrate life and friendship.  The park we visited looks like a castle made of wood.  After a tree climbing experience, in which I failed to climb a tree, we found our inner child and played on the playground.  Since it is Saturday, there were lots of little children playing on the castle.  I am a princess by the way so I felt right at home.

Every time we visit this park, we end up playing with the cute kids there.  Today, this little girl came up to me and was talking about how it had been a perfect day except for the cold.  Then I heard her mom say “don’t sit on that” and I realized that I was sitting on the very thing her mom told her to not sit on so I jumped down.  The thing about kids is their inhibition to talk to strangers.  I’m not sure I was like that as a child, but the kids that visit this park sure are not shy.

This is the tree my friends climbed (and I attempted).  It's very magical looking.
This is the tree my friends climbed (and I attempted). It’s very magical looking.
Climbing in Uggs.  Walking out the branch.
Climbing in Uggs. Walking out the branch.
Walking all the way out the branch.
Walking all the way out the branch.
The tower.
The tower.
I could live here.  Maybe with a little more insulation.
I could live here. Maybe with a little more insulation.
This dog was huge!!!
This dog was huge!!!
The Peoples Exchange Bank...where apparently people are exchanged.  Sounds a little sketchy.
The Peoples Exchange Bank…where apparently people are exchanged. Sounds a little sketchy.

I am a princess by the way.  My Father (in Heaven) is a King!

 

I would also like to add a bit of the book that I purchased at Goodwill.  I picked up A Farewell to Arms (Hemingway) and what convinced me to get it was a drawing from the previous owner that told me the book was bad. Listen to this:

“The forest had been green in the summer when we had come into the town but now there were the stumps and the broken trunks and the ground torn up, and one day at the end of the fall when I was out where the oak forest had been I saw a cloud coming over the mountain.  It came very fast and the sun went a dull yellow and then everything was gray and the sky was covered and the cloud came on down the mountain and suddenly we were in it and it was snow.”

That is beautiful.  This is why I can appreciate Hemingway.  The nature described here shows the emotion of the scene.  Hopefully the rest of the book is as good as these few sentences.

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Friends

With some events in my life during the past week or so, I’ve been doing quite a bit of thinking about what means to be a friend and what friends mean to me.  For me, a friend is one that I can tell more than the surface details about my life.  I can be silly, serious, and real with a friend, and I know they can do the same with me.  I have many acquaintances that I can say hey to, talk about the weather with, and share how my day was, but I don’t go to them when I really need advice or a shoulder or want to be completely silly.  That’s what friends are for.  I am thankful to have several good friends here at school and other various places, a best friend on earth, and an absolutely perfect friend in heaven.

In no particular order are some quotations I found various places on the World Wide Web about friends:
Friendship… is not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.
Muhammad Ali
A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same.
Elbert Hubbard

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.
C. S. Lewis

This quote threw me for a loop the first time I read it.  Friendship is unnecessary????  What!?  I get it now though.  We don’t need it to survive-we only need human interaction of some sort- but it does bring value to life.
True friends stab you in the front.
Oscar Wilde

I guess this means that a friend will tell you what you are to your face.
A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.
Jim Morrison

Amen!

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”

― Mark Twain

A sleepy conscience? I hope this means one hasn’t done bad things, not that one is avoiding owning up to mistakes.  But the other two are definitely on my list.

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”
― C.S. Lewis

“I think if I’ve learned anything about friendship, it’s to hang in, stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don’t walk away, don’t be distracted, don’t be too busy or tired, don’t take them for granted. Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together. Powerful stuff.”

― Jon Katz

I like the “fight for them, let them fight for you” part.

“Silence make the real conversations between friends. Not the saying, but the never needing to say that counts.”
― Margaret Lee Runbeck

I think it’s a true friend that you can sit in silence and it not be awkward.

Proverbs 17:17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.

New International Version Prov 18:24
A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

 

So to all my friends, thank you.  To the rest of you, find a friend and say thank you!

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Thankfulness.

Many of my Facebook friends have taken the initiative to post something they are thankful each day.  I missed this trend and I don’t really want to feel confined to that kind of schedule, but I am truly thankful for my life that God gave me.  Here’s a few things that come to mind tonight.

1. God.  I know this sounds cliche but I am truly thankful for the ways that God reveals himself to me.  I walk across campus and see the leaves changing colors and falling and I see the beauty that GOD planned.

2. Laughter.  This makes number two on my list, because I love it so much.  It doesn’t really matter who it’s coming from, but I like the sound of laughter.  Life always seems a little better when there’s laughter in the air.

3. Tears.  In the past, I thought tears were something to hide,  but I’m starting to appreciate tears.  It’s a way to let go of emotions rather than trying to be strong.  When I cry it’s a physical reminder that I am not strong, but I know that God is strong enough for both of us.

4. Family.  I don’t get to see them near enough, but a day rarely goes by that I don’t tell a story about one of the members of my small family.  I may be able to count on two hands the number of family members that I actually know, but there’s plenty of love there.

5. Friends.  Since I don’t get to see my family often, these people in my life pull me through.  Each of them serve a different purpose in my life.  I can’t begin to list them, but they each know who they are.

6. Church.  This is similar to God, and it should probably be higher on the list.  After laughter though I started going by train of thought.  There are some weeks that if I know I can get to Wednesday or Sunday all will be good.  I do study my Bible almost every day and talk to my roommate about what I or she is reading, but there’s just something special about being in church.

7. Music.  Oh my.  What would I do without this?  It lifts me up and makes me think.  I listen mostly to Christian, because why not listen to something positive if I’m going to put it in my head.  I can’t really pick a favorite song, because it depends on my situation at the current moment.

 

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Pinterest Adventures

I have neglected this blog once again due to a large amount of reading that I have been doing, but I’m here now.

First, I am not sure I ever put a finished picture of my t-shirt rug that I made.  It was a Pinterest design.  You can read my original post here.  Here is a picture of my finished product:

Secondly, I would like to share another completed Pinterest activity with you: Cookie Dough Cupcakes!

Some friends and I wanted dinner on Saturday night (since Food Service is junk then), so we Pinterested some ideas.  We made pizza quesadillas and cookie dough cupcakes.  Here are some pictures and I will say now that they were quite scrumptious.

First, we froze cookie dough balls…
Then we mixed the cupcake batter…in a pan.
Here they are all ready to bake! Yummy!
Fresh from the oven…
Just look at that perfection.
All 62 cupcakes did end up getting icing, but this is a picture while the last batch is in the oven.

There ended up being 62 cupcakes!!! Way too many for the three of us so we walked around campus and gave several away to strangers and friends alike.  It was fun!

Tata for now!  Off to read the Mockingjay.

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BFFs

Sometimes when you have 3 best friends, it is natural that your group splits into pairs.  I have three really close friends here at college and sometimes there is tension when something happens and someone is left out.  Jealousy begins to form, which is not healthy to the dynamics of the group as a whole.  This is usually because we split into little “mini-cliques.”  It’s either two or three that will bond for one activity or secret and someone or someones get left out.  For example, when deciding where to eat, it seems that three of us can agree on something but the fourth one wants something else.  It’s never the same fourth disagreeable person though, so you can’t blame them for just being picky.

Also whenever we go somewhere we tend to split into pair regarding what we want to do.  This could be because two of us enjoy shopping while the other two are much more active outdoors based.  We can all handle both to a certain extent, but if we had our first pick for the most part we split into pairs.  The problem is we want to do things all together.  Sometimes this causes arguments and someone feels pressured to do something they don’t particularly feel like doing at the moment. Interest plays a part in friendships.

I can imagine that this happens in many friendships.  I remember in high school I had 4 close friends, sometimes 5.  We tended to split into pairs as to who we confided certain things to.  Usually this decided by who we saw the most.  For example, one girl I saw everyday after school because our mom’s worked together and we both waited on them.  Another girl I saw at church on Sundays and Wednesdays.  My best guy friend and I were in band together.  Those were the ones I confided in.  This is not to say that I did not talk to the others, but I just did not see them as much. Proximity plays a part in friendships.

I’m not sure how to really solve this “problem” of groups of close friends pairing up or if it really is a problem at all.  It’s harder to talk to a group than it is to talk to one person.  The only time it truly becomes a problem is when the group  becomes cliquey and some people won’t talk to other people.  As long as everyone feels comfortable with everyone, some differences are good.  Actually some disagreements are beneficial as well as long as they’re handled like mature humans.