We Didn’t Start The Fire

December 27, 2011

The truth in the logo

So, once again Facebook has decided to implement some weird change to the layout and function of their social networking site. The “newsfeed” add on about a year ago was WAY too much for me. Facebook was bad enough when I had to search out people to stalk. Now, all I have to do is log on and I get more information about people than I ever cared or needed to know. I wonder why we continue to allow our lives to be front page news (literally). But I am guilty, like so many others, of posting pictures of my latest adventure or little things about my day like people actually cared what I thought about ANYTHING. There are many times I have debated deleting my Facebook and disconnecting that part of my world, but the sad part is that Facebook has become a legitimate way I keep in touch with people that I really do care about. Because without that I would be forced to exchange emails or call my friends to check on them more or (dare I say it) send a letter to a friend that is far away. It is sad that I sit and wonder sometimes how I would stay connected with what’s going on in Joe from college if I didn’t see his relationship status change on my newsfeed. When you stop and think about it, it’s kinda impersonal. But I digress.

The real purpose of this post was to compare a little ‘quiz’ I did almost 6 years ago with how I would answer now. I stumbled upon this while exploring Mark Zuckerberg’s newest change to the Facebook interface, Timeline. Yes, I know you wanted to know exactly who was writing on your high school boyfriend’s wall when you were in high school (if you had Facebook then…). Well, now you can go back to 2005 and catch up with your old Facebook posts. I feel like this is an add on that would mean more 5 or 10 years from now. Facebook isn’t really 10 years old and most of it’s recent success was in the last 5 years. I think everyone loves nostalgia, but I don’t really feel like 4 years ago is such a “blast from the past”. However, I guess it’s one of those ‘kinda cool things that I can explore now since I’m on break with nothing to do, but this time next week when school starts back I won’t give it a second thought’ things.

There I go on a tangent again…to the quiz! Enjoy! 🙂

The answers in parenthesis are my 2011 answers and my 2006 answers are not in parenthesis.
LAYER ONE: ON THE OUTSIDE
Name:
*** (It hasn’t changed and I’m not really giving away names on this blog. Sorry!)

Birthday:
Sept. 30

Current Location:
my living room (My bedroom, I forgot about the days before I had a laptop and our family computer was in the living room…)

Eye Color:
brown
Hair Color:
brown wit a little red

Righty or Lefty:
Righty

Zodiac Sign:
libra

LAYER TWO: ON THE INSIDE
Your fears:
losing the people i love and not being good enough (Well, I experienced some of both of these things in the years between 2006 and now. So I think my new fears are losing my empathy for people)

Your perfect pizza:
thick crust cheese, pepperoni, bacon like a meatlovers:Plol (Anything deep dish Chicago style–yup, i’ve crossed over the the dark side!)

Your current love:
God

LAYER THREE: TODAY

Your thoughts first waking up:
Back to school…aww..man:( (Christmas part two! Yay!)

Your best physical feature:
umm….i guess my smile (still is 🙂 )

Your bedtime:
um it depends on a lot of stuff (I am a grown woman–I do what I want. Which is usually in bed by 12)

Your most missed memory:
hangin wit my cuzs either in ATL or Chi-town and hangin wit my all my friends (A life without responsibilities…lol)

LAYER FOUR YOUR PICK:
Pepsi or Coke:
dr. pepper (or sprite)

McDonald’s or Burger King:
burger king (or Chik-fil-a)

Single or group dates:
both (single)

Adidas or Nike:
nike (sure…)

Lipton Tea or Nestea:
either (Southern sweet tea!)

Chocolate or vanilla:
I LOVE CHOCOLATE! but i like the smell of vanilla…(somethings never change)

LAYER FIVE: DO YOU?
Smoke:
nope (and it’s gonna stay that way)

Take a showers:
yep (and it’s gonna stay that way)

Think you’ve been in love:
yeah (not really, I have been pretty infatuated over the years, but not truly in love)

Believe in yourself:
yeah (got to!)

Like someone right now:
no (not entirely true…)

Tell your friends you love them:
yes…LOVE YOU ALL!:D (yes!)

LAYER SIX: IN THE PAST MONTH
Gone to the mall?
yep (check)

Been on stage:
umm…does chorus count? lol (does my school’s atrium count?)

Eaten Sushi:
nope…eww…nah (hahaha, yes! And loved it! So, I guess somethings do change…lol)

Been dumped:
nope (no)

Gone skating:
no(I WANT TO!:D) (i’m going this weekend! )

Dyed your hair:
nope (no)

Got asked out:
lol no (does to study count?)

LAYER SEVEN: HAVE YOU EVER:
Changed who you were with to fit in:
nope (unfortunately in the past, yes)

LAYER EIGHT: GETTING OLD:

Age you’re hoping to be married:
late 20’s (i guess we can still shoot for that…lol It might be more early 30s)

Age you hope you die?
whenever God wants to take me (yes)

Age you want to have kids:
late 20’s early 30’s (How about mid 30s?)

Name 2 things you want to do:
1. grow closer to God
2. live life to the fullest (yes to both!)

LAYER NINE: IN A GIRL/GUY:
Best eye color:
it doesn’t matter (same)

Best hair color:
dark (sure…it doesn’t really matter)

Clothing style:
whatever looks best on him (yes)

Serious or funny:
funny!!!!!! (yes)

LAYER TEN: WHAT WERE YOU DOING?
1 min. ago :
listenin to music like i am now…lol (Writing this post…)

1 hour ago:
at tha bank..(On Facebook…thus how this whole post came to be)

1 day ago:
goin to church (Celebrating Christmas with my family!)

2 years ago:
umm…doin stuff (I wish I could always be this specific! lol And I was Junior in college who knows what I was doing…)

LAYER ELEVEN: FINISH THE SENTENCE:
I love:
God, my parents, my grandma, all my family, and ALL MY WONDERMOUS FRIENDS!:D (I would agree except with the word “wondermous” and i would like to add that I still love my grandma even though she is no longer with me here on earth)

I don’t:
want to go to school tomorrow (I’ll be saying that a week from now…lol I don’t want this Christmas to end…)

I feel:
sleepy and tired (12:30 am…yeah, that sounds about right lol)

I hate:
fake and arrogant ppl…(amen, sista!)

I miss:
my family in chicago and atlanta, and my friends not here. (My grandma and my friends from HU and LUMC)
I need:
to do my pre-cal…uggh. (oh wow…I don’t miss those days. I need to order my book for my social justice class, pay my rent, wash clothes and pack, call my doctor about my bill, deposit money in the bank, etc. Welcome to adulthood 17 year-old me! lol)

I want:
to go to Africa right now!!!!!!!!! (travel the world)

I would like to go:
to Africa…good thing i am:D (If you couldn’t tell I was excited about this trip to Africa..as I should have been. I’m going to Haiti this summer, so I guess I want to go there.)

Goodnight!

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ImageSo, this post a week thing was doomed before it started, but I am not going to give up on blogging. Even if it is only meant for once or twice a year, I will still keep a record of when the writing bug hits me and I have to answer.

I titled this post an REM song because I was online and bored and realized that the Mayan prediction of the end of the world or more accurately the Mayan calender resets a year from today (December 21, 2012). So, it has many people wondering if 2012 really will be the end of the world as we know it or just another end of the year as we know it. 2011 was a year of BIG change in my life. It was somewhat expected change, but I remember one of the first posts I made on this blog close to a year ago talked about the uncertainty within those changes. Graduating college, moving away from home, starting medical school, etc. This year was a big milestone in my life and I have really enjoyed it. But in someways, I felt like it was the end of the world as i knew it. For 4 years I had gone to a college in my hometown that i had lived in for the majority of my life with familiar faces that I have known for decades. And when I ended my journey here, everything changed. My world ended and a new life began. Now, I live in a new town and state and I go to a new school where I didn’t know anyone when I first started. I have new friends and growing new interests/hobbies. My world looks quite different from the way it looked a year ago today. The funny thing is that I knew it would, but I never knew how much. However, I am enjoying every moment of this new world that I am living in. And the good part about it not being the ‘doomsday’ type end of the world is that I can still revisit to the people and things that made up my old world and feel like it never ended.

So, what about 2012? Well, as far as expected changes I think I am settled for a least 3 and 1/2 more years. So, the big changes I saw in 2011 will not be a factor next year, but that doesn’t mean that I still won’t experience those good and bad UNexpected changes of life. And if in 2012 we see the true end of the world, then I don’t want to look back on the next 365 days with any regrets. I want to live, laugh, and love as much as I can. And if December 21, 2012 finds me at home (like I am now) with my family preparing to celebrate another glorious Christmas and brand New Year, I still don’t want to look back on 2012 with any regrets. I am sure school will get a little harder because I will be a second year and preparing for Boards, but I still want to live this year to the fullest like EVERY year that God has and will bless me to see in my lifetime. I hope we all can take that approach to this year whether it be the last one as we know it or not.

Merry Christmas and HAPPY HAPPY 2012!

Summertime

May 21, 2011

I love the summertime.  Although I am super bored at home by myself, it is nice to have the freedom to go and do what you want. And the weather is beautiful (for parts of it anyway…). As much as I at times hate the solitude  of summer, I do love the feeling of being in God’s creation and enjoying beautiful sites like the creek I visited a week ago with my friend. The other thing  I love about summer is traveling! I am headed to California for the first half of next week and then my new home of Chicago for the second half. It is really nice to just get to spend time with family and go to new and familiar places. Also, anytime i can get away from home is perfect!

Anyways, I was reading some of my old posts and to honor the summertime I thought I would play another round of the GOOGLE game! I am excited to see how this has changed since I did this five months ago. So here we go, the rules are the same see my below post “Smile” for full instructions. And kids, PLEASE try this at home. 😀

WHO is rebecca black? Well, if you have been under a rock for the past three months, I guess you are probably the one searching this in google. I would describe rebecca black as a terrible plague on music. To witness the illness first hand follow this link It is a true American tragedy.

WHAT is my ip? This is surprisingly a repeat. Five months later, I still have NO idea.

WHEN is new SNL? TONIGHT and it is Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake. I am CRAZY excited!

WHERE to find plain masks walmart? (oh that was my searched question…) WHERE’s my refund? Well, with the IRS if you haven’t got it by now…

WHY is the sky blue? But I already gave you my best scientific answer five months ago….you wouldn’t need to search this if you just read my blog! 😀 The runner up is…WHY do men cheat? Well, to quote the book and movie of the same name, HE’S JUST NOT THAT IN TO YOU.

HOW I met your mother? Well, I’m sure you probably saw her at the bank where she works. She is a really friendly woman and I am sure you had a lovely conversation.

So, this was cool! If you have done your own version, put the link to your blog in the comments. I would love to see your version! 😀

Goodnight!

Pomp and Circumstance

May 20, 2011

So, I graduated college last Saturday and it hasn’t really settled in. I have been a member of the Harding empire for the past 17 years and it seems weird, almost traitor-like, to think about calling another school home. However, in two months I will be. As I look back on my years at the university specifically, I think about the people. The people I met in college made my experience a lot better than my high school experience with Harding was. The picture above is just one group out of the several groups of friends I made at HU in my four years. The people above, the science crew, have been with me the most as we have taken classes together, talked together, cried together, laughed together, got angry together, and spent WAY too many late nights and days in the science building (sci as I affectionately call it…). I couldn’t write down in one post how much every person, not only pictured here but many others, that i’ve met at HU has meant to me. I have so many wonderful memories and those memories are the only things that make me what to hang on to this place. My life is changing so fast and I can’t count the number of times in the past month I asked for time to just slow down and wait for me to catch my breath. On the other hand, I think of all the times in the past 3 and 1/2 years that I just wished for one day to be over or for time to fly between one moment to the next. Oh, how I wish now (as I was told MANY times) that I had enjoyed every moment more. It is always true what they say that you never know what you have until it’s gone. I feel like I always remember that lesson too late at times in my life. All I can say is I have been blessed by the people I met in college and I MISS them, dearly. I hate the times I was distant, moody, and petty. I hate the times where I was too focused on the next test or project or guy and less on those friends that meant the most to me. It is also fitting that I am reminded of this lesson on my grandmother’s birthday. She died 2 and 1/2 years ago and I still miss her as if it were yesterday. I learned that lesson about not giving enough time to those who mean the most to you in a hard way when she died. She was my best friend and I will see her again someday.

On that note, I just wanted to speak a small bit about the news I’ve been hearing. According to some guy on family radio, I will be seeing my grandmother again tomorrow because that is when the world is ending. Apparently, he has calculated when the rapture is going to take place. I believe what Revelation says and that it will happen someday but the bible also says that “No man knows the day nor the hour when the Lord will come”. So, I’m not sure why this guy thinks that he is the exception. If the world ends tomorrow, I am okay with that because I will be in Heaven with my Lord. But if it doesn’t, I won’t be disappointed and I am kinda excited about the next stage of my life. I guess we will see but my trust is in God either way.

Well, I am sorry I haven’t participated in the post-a-week as I had originally planned, but my last semester was more challenging and time consuming than I thought it was going to be. But all in all, it was a great year and an great four years and I look forward to the future whatever may.

Peace and blessings

100 Years

February 13, 2011

I am not doing very good at this post a week thing, but once my senior seminar is over I plan to worry less and enjoy life more. It has been a hectic, but wonderful first 5 weeks of school. For one, I can’t believe that it has been 5 weeks already. I am excited about the next chapter of life, but I am nervous about the future also. I guess that’s why today’s topic has struck me so post worthy. “What would i say to myself if i could go ten years into the past?” Well, I am going to answer that and take it a step further by writing to myself 10 years into the future as well.

So here we go:

Dear 11 year old me,
I know you are all excited about graduating 6th grade in a couple of months. It is a great
experience,but enjoy elementary while you can. Unfortunately, you will never have recess
again after this year.The people you thought were your friends will start to act weird
and mean because they think they are "cooler" that way. But don't do that.
Look around at the friends you have and cherish the ones who have always been there
because 10 years from now, they actually will still be there. So treat them better.
Don't take yourself too seriously and enjoy every experience you can.
Except don't try out for the Jr. High cheer leading team. You are better than that and
you are just going to get discouraged and make you feel bad about yourself.
Try focusing on your grades and schoolwork. 7th grade is going to be a little challenging,
so, work hard. You are going to medical school someday! You should probably start earlier
than I did caring about your grades. Oh, and don't quit piano.
You are just going to end up doing it off and on for the next 1o years
and retaking lessons at my age. So, I'm sure there are a lot of things I could tell you,
but somethings you need to experience so that you can become me.
However, the last advice I'll give you, young one, is
don't waste your time and energy on the jerks you will meet in the next 10 years.
I haven't found a special someone yet, but I hate the energy I spent caring about
some of the jokers you are about to meet. Believe me, love will come just be patient.
Well, I have to go. Enjoy life and every moment. Love God and love people.
Love,

21 year old me

Now, to the future:

Dear 31 year old me,
You have to understand how weird I feel writing to myself in the future. I have lots of questions and I would really love if you could write to yourself 10 years ago and let me know what is in store for the next 10 years. But I guess you are a doctor now and I hope that you are married, but if not that’s okay. And if you are married, do i have any children yet? I would assume that you would tell me some of the same things that I told my 11 year old self. About enjoying life and cherishing my real friends. There’s probably some more jokers in my future that I’ve wasted time on, but hopefully my broken road is leading us somewhere. I hope that I have kept in touch with my friends from college. I don’t know how much they mean to you, but they mean a lot to me right now. And I hope that the friends I made in medical school are good people. I hope that I am fluent in Spanish and I have been back to Africa at least once. (If not living there right now…) I hope that wherever I am, I am helping people through medicine and touching lives. I know that God is still a major part of my life and I hope that my parents are somewhere near. I guess my biggest hope is that you are a better person than I am today, but still down to earth,  fun loving, and hopeful. I hope that life has not beaten you to the point where I am none of those things 10 years from now. I believe that the best is yet to come for both us.
Please respond. Love God and love people. Stay true to us.
Sincerely,
21 year old me

Viva La Vida

January 29, 2011

Well, I almost missed a week already. A lot has happened this week and it has been hard to gather my thoughts to post. So, I am posting at 10:30 on (what some would say….) is the last day of the week. All through the week, I have seen the topic suggestions for each day and I always thought it would be nice to write something, but I haven’t had the time.

This week I had my last medical school interview and I absolutely fell in love with the school. The school is ten hours away from my hometown, but the school is everything I want: Fun people who are dedicated to service and medicine. I felt right at home and the facilities were GORGEOUS! It is weird, though, how I can be so decided yet undecided at the same time. I feel like the choice I make for medical school will direct the rest of my life either good or bad. I am so afraid of making the wrong choice that I was almost hoping that I would not get a choice at all. However, I am thankful that I did get a choice and I feel like I might have found the place I want to spend the next four years.

To respond to one of this week’s topics; Do you want to life forever? I would say not this life on Earth. I would like the eternal life the Bible speaks of with no more pain and sorrow. But this Earth is so horrible and sad at times that it would be depressing to life forever in it. However, I fully advocate living life to the fullest. That was something that was made clear to me as I visited my last medical school this week. I always thought that life would end when I get to medical school. But my idea of that is changing. The students I met were not dead (well, I didn’t meet any 3rd years…) and they really seemed to be enjoying life. I know medical school is difficult, but maybe it is not the kiss of death to my social life as I thought it would be. I don’t know if it is just this school or the future in general, but I am really excited about life. A concept that has been harder for me these past two years. Maybe one post I will spend talking about my wonderful grandmother, but her death had and still has an effect on me. Thankfully, time does heal some.

Along with being excited about life is not letting my last semester work block me from enjoying these people I will only be with for a short time. A theme I am sure you all are getting sick of hearing me say, but let that be a warning to you. Time passes quickly so if you are in college, high school, or just life in general, do NOT forget to love the people you are with. Because even if it is your spouse or parents that you think will be around forever, the truth is that they won’t. We do not live forever on this Earth. So, make the best of the life that you are given because you only have one life to live.

Good night and have a great week!

 

Well, my final semester in undergrad has finally begun and I am left feeling excited, nervous, sad, and happy at the same time. I never felt this way about high school graduation. Maybe because I knew the friends I had from high school would be my friends in college and those I wasn’t friends with I would never care about. For the most part, this was true. However, college has been a different experience. Although challenging and frustrating at times, I have had the best experiences while I was in college. I have made a lot of true friends and I have grown a lot as a person. This has not been made clear than when I hang out with my college friends. We all get along so well that it is “clique” ish at times. But we have laughed together, cried together, complained together, and encouraged each other. I guess my nervousness comes from the thought that I will not find this same type of group ever again in life. This is completely discouraging about the future and makes me want to let time stand still and not move on. But I have to move on.

Even though I have made stronger friendships in college than I did in high school, I must still keep somewhat of the same attitude i had about leaving college. I am going to bigger and better things. The friends I’ve made in college will not disappear. I will get invitations to all of their weddings and they will be invited to mine. My closest and dearest friends will, hopefully, come visit me and I will visit them. And my friends who will still be around good ol’ S-town will see my face every once and a while because my parents are here. So, I should look at graduation as not the end but a beautiful beginning.

On a slight side note: The first two days of school have been fun. I am interested to see how the semester goes. I am really glad to see everyone and I am going to enjoy EVERY minute of my last semester.

Have a good rest of the week everyone!

Take A Chance On Me

January 14, 2011

So, I am a huge “The Office” fan. I remember the first episode I saw was season 5’s “The Duel”. I was invited to an office January premiere party by one of my friends who was a big fan. I had NO idea what i was getting into. The show was weird to me at first, but I found it pretty funny. I talked another friend into watching it too and we borrowed seasons 2-4 from other friends and became HOOKED. We got caught up in the story lines (especially Jim and Pam!!). And we have been avid Thursday night watchers ever since.

Last summer, Steve Carell announced that he would be leaving at the end (today i just found out BEFORE the end) of season 7. I respect his decision to go on to his family/bigger and better projects. However, I feel like it is the kiss of death to “The Office”. Everyone, including Carell, insists that the show WILL go on after season 7 and be successful. While the show may go on, I don’t believe it will be very successful. As much as I love every character on the show from Michael to Stanley, it will never be the same without Steve. At least they are not stupid enough to recast the character, but an extreme void will be left without Michael Scott.

The Office has done well as an ensemble show, but it cannot deny that for seven years Steve Carell had been the fearless leader. Even people who are not avid fans of the show know Michael Scott. He is part of (who I consider) the big four of “The Office”: Jim, Pam, Dwight, and MICHAEL. The show without any of those characters is not the same. There are so many talented actors, comedians, and writers who work on this show, but they will not be able to replace a character this valuable. My prediction is that the show will continue to season 8 and then fall off as it’s British counterpart did when it’s star, Ricky Gervais, left. I will forever be a fan of “The Office”, but I think I’ll only be faithful to seasons 1-7.

What do you think? Should we not give up on “The Office”?

Smile

January 3, 2011

THE FUTURE

So, I like this idea of a Topic of the day that the WordPress blog posts everyday for the rest of the year. Although I didn’t sign up to do a post a day because i know that once school starts back it will be near impossible to post every day, I will post as often as the mood strikes me. Today’s topic was “Name something that makes you smile”. Well, I have a lot of things that make me smile like God, friends, and family to start. However, I will have several posts in the future to be serious and sentimental. So, a random funny thing that makes me smile is Google. Even the word is funny enough to make you smile. Some say that Google is making us stupid and perhaps that is true, but I am thankful for Google at times. It is amazing that we basically have the world’s knowledge at our fingertips if we phrase our query correctly. I am a fan of the Vlogbrothers on you tube (look them up!) and recently one of the brothers made a Google Rant Video. In the video, Hank plays a game with Google by entering in certain words and seeing what the Instant search feature suggests. So, I decided that I would play my version of that game for this blog using the Five/Six W’s:  Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How.

I will search the first word in Google, post the top query, and attempt (haha) to answer the question. Here we go:

Who owns my heart?  Well, I would say that God owns my heart and anyone on earth just rents it.

What is my ip? Umm…I admit that when I saw this, I had to look up what ip meant and realized that it was IP address. So, to answer the question, I have no idea.

When is daylight savings? In the spring, it begins at 2:00 am on the second Sunday in March.  It, thankfully, ends at 2:00 am last Sunday of October usually (Last year it was the first Sunday of November)

Where is chuck norris? This was actually the second query behind “Where do i vote”, but I liked this one SO much better. I assume that wherever Chuck is he is roundhouse kicking like crazy and taking names.

Why is the sky blue? I had such a smartalec remark to this, but the science nerd in me wants to look up the real answer. So, I found that:

Rayleigh scattering causes light to scatter when it p­asses through particles that have a diameter one-tenth that of the wavelength (color) of the light. Sunlight is made up of all different colors of light, but because of the elements in the atmosphere the color blue is scattered much more efficiently than the other colors.

When you look at the sky on a clear day, you can see the sun as a bright disk. The blueness you see everywhere else is all of the atoms in the atmosphere scattering blue light toward you. Because red light, yellow light, green light and the other colors aren’t scattered nearly as well, you see the sk­y­ as blue.

Thank you, http://science.howstuffworks.com

How to tie a tie? I just ask my guy friends.

I hope you enjoyed this game as much as i did. I would love to see if the query/questions change as people search. So, I will probably do this again. And i would love to see you do your own version of the Google game!

I talked in my last post about living life to the fullest. Well, part of that will be attempting to post every week with the Challenge for 2011 given by the WordPress staff. They also have a post a day challenge, but i knew that would be a little to ambitious for me (considering a week is going to be challenging enough once school starts back). Anyways, I thought I would share that with you.

Wish me luck!