Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
"...where we used to just send e-mail messages, now we send the messages through Facebook. Then Facebook sends our recipients e-mail that our friends then use to then log in to Facebook so they can see what we've written. Then they send their replies to our Facebook accounts, which send us e-mail, which prompts us to log back in. New technology that's three times as cumbersome as the old! Give us more!"
The article talked about other interesting trends including name hybrids like Brangenlina, the craze of Twilight, and Rihanna's growing amount of songs that everyone likes but no one admits to liking. If you want to read up on more of these, check it out here.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Here are a few pictures that I took...
Friday, December 26, 2008
Abby Thomason's Top 10 Favorite Games:
1. Settlers of Catan
2. Ticket to Ride
3. Hit or Miss
4. Hand and Foot Canasta
6. Hollywood Bowl
7. Phase 10
9. Apples to Apples
Correct me if there is a game that should have been included on this list. It's possible that I forgot an important one... Happy Gaming!
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
I'm so glad that Joel keeps up this tradition. It was a perfect night!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
In addition to the festivities above, our Bible study leader Sara had been given some oversized pick-up sticks and wanted us to try them out. It was incredible! Emily Lewis, Christine, Valeria and I played the first game and it was pretty intense. The others joined later, and as always, I had a great time. I think everyone should invest in some of these pick-up sticks. It was quite the good time...
Friday, December 19, 2008
Ten Things I'm Most Looking Forward to About Christmas Break:
1. Spending time with my family
2. Going to the Plaza for annual Christmas dinner--Joel's treat!
3. Traditional Christmas Morning Breakfast: cinnamon roles, sausage-egg casserole, sparkling grape juice...
4. Burrichter Family Christmas
5. Playing Lazer Tag with my entire family: aunts, uncles, cousins, friends... it's great!
7. Catching up on some TV shows that I'm behind on like: The Office, Heroes, Top Chef, Private Practice...
8. Sleeping in
9. Hanging out with my friend Mary
10. Not thinking about class for an entire month!
A lot of the above list involves my family... that's because they are so great! Needless to say, I'm pretty excited about break!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
While sitting here watching TV with nothing to do, I just saw the most interesting commercial. It was for Atlantis Paradise Island but it had a remade version of "Anyone Else But You" from Juno in the background. How strange! It made me smile though...
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I didn't watch his season of American Idol so I have no "The other David is better" feelings against him. I heard this song on the radio and liked it before I knew it was his... It's funny because it reminds me of a boy version of a Jo Jo song and I really like that (Maybe they should get together... They were born 8 days apart and will become legal in the next two weeks!)
I think the reason why I like this song so much is because it brings me back to the old pop days of *N Sync and Backstreet Boys. Oh, those were the days...
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
The package ALSO had a $20 bill with the attached note. "Have a night on the town or a pizza break from finals or a quiet lunch at your favorite place. Enjoy. Love, Mary and Janet" How nice is that? I have the greatest family...
I am sitting here studying in my "Holiday Hoe-Down" long sleeve tee and all is right in the world... (Except for the fact that I have a crazy hard final about aggressive dogs in two days. Oh well... I'll survive!)
Monday, December 15, 2008
I get up so early that there is no frost on my car! I'm still baffled. I don't know when the frost comes (I just spent about 15 minutes Googling it trying to find the answer, but no luck...) but it must be after 4:15. I can't grasp this idea. I know it's not as complicated as I'm making it, but I still don't get it.
Nevertheless, I love that I don't have to take the time to pull out my cruddy old ice scraper and freeze my rear off while chipping away at 4:15 in the morning... If you don't like having to defrost your car, just beat the frost and wake up a little earlier. And if you need someone to talk to because the rest of the world is still asleep, you can call me because I'll be up baking muffins and scones.
My lack of frost is nothing profound, just something I appreciated today so I thought I'd share it with you all.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Yesterday there were impromptu lunch plans for the boys to go and try this hamburger place that is apparently one of the best in Kansas City called Hayes Hamburger... and I got invited! It was probably a pity invite but I took it anyway!! So my uncle Dave, cousin Anthony, brother Cory, Dad, and I all went to this little diner and it was quite the experience.
For being known for their hamburgers, I honestly didn't think they were THAT great. They were really greasy and had too many onions. But being allowed to attend a boys event was quite the honor AND they had some pretty tasty curly fries! The only thing that would have made it better would have been to have Joel, Kyle, and Brad there!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
For those of you who don't know about the Magic Tree, it's this crabapple tree (I looked that up, I'm not a tree expert) here in Columbia that has tons of lights on it! I just Googled it and it even has its own website! I was reading about it and while some of the stuff they said was a bit... out there, I REALLY liked this: "First and foremost it is a "senseless act of beauty." Beauty has a way, when we recognize it, of putting us at ease while at the same time exciting us, paradoxical yes, but true. I think this particular paradox is better known as the state of joy. This is a healing state of mind that can have a powerful affect on heart, mind and soul not to mention the body. Acts of beauty, then, are always quite sensible." How interesting... I would say we were all for sure joyful last night! It was great!
On my way home... my drink spilled all over my car. MY drink. Not Jonathan's. I took him his and returned to my room where I cried for a little bit. I know, that's ridiculous, it's only pop. But it was late and I was really craving that Diet Coke.
I tried to make things right by pouring myself a nice big glass of off-brand Diet Coke. I even found a straw that my roommate Valeria still had around from Halloween. But it just wasn't the same.
I'm pretty convinced that the bad breaks of the evening were caused by the man at the top of this post: Ronald McDonald. At the time I took the picture of him being a creeper I had no idea that the Diet Coke that I waited 20 minutes for would be on my car floor before I could even take a sip. Really, Ronald...?
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
In the meantime, before the stress returns, I have randomly returned to playing piano. I took piano lessons for 7 years when I was young. I quit so early that I don't remember much but I can still figure things out. SO, I have busted out my dusty old keyboard (from like 2nd grade) and have begun playing again. One of my favorite things to do is to look up how to play songs on YouTube. You just type in "how to play *enter song title here*" and pretty much for every decently popular song out there, someone has taken the time to slow the song down and teach you how to play it. You don't even have to know how to play the piano!
Since I currently can't get enough of "Postcards from Far Away" I decided to try to learn it and it's going pretty well. Over the past year, I have also taught myself how to play "Boston" by Augustana, "What Goes Around" by Justin Timberlake, "Unfaithful" by Rihanna... I know, all pretty lame songs, but it's kind of cool to know how to play them. Below is an example of these crazy YouTube piano lessons. If only they had this when I was 12 and decided to quit playing.
Monday, December 8, 2008
I think eyes are cool. This summer I got excited to use the macro setting on my camera and became intrigued with taking eye pictures. Here are a few...
Sunday, December 7, 2008
I think if I could choose a theme song mine would be "Postcards from Far Away" by Coldplay. I know I've talked about it before... but I just love it. It's so pure and beautiful and toward the middle of the song there are a few minor notes, but it ends with a beautiful major key. Cheesy, I know... but I hope that's what my life is going to be like. There's got to be some bad notes in there because it's life and I'm human. But if my life turns out to be anything like this song, I'll be content.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
1. Notecards: that's the way I study, by writing out flashcards and going over them, and over them, and over them...
2. A pen: of course I am going to have to write, especially while writing flashcards. Tonight I went to Wal-Mart and bought new pens especially for the next two weeks. I have to get excited about studying somehow. It's the little things, I guess...
3. Music: there's no way I will stay sane without music. My iPod may just become my best friend.
4. Off brand Diet Coke: I love this stuff... The caffeine is great and so is the price. The taste isn't bad either...
Anyway, it's Saturday and I'm gearing up to head to a coffee shop and study for the night (lame, I know.) Just thought I would blog a bit about what I will be up to for the next two weeks.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
I walked in my apartment to see my roommate Sarah sitting on the couch with a guilty look on her face. I turn around to see that she was shamefully watching the MTV show Paris Hilton's New BFF. I made fun of her for a bit but noticed myself sitting down and being mesmerized by the insanity of the show. It was the season finale and she was about to pick between the two finalists. Long story short, that 20 minutes of television was one of the most ridiculous things I have seen in a while but yet I still watched. I guess I secretly want to be Paris Hilton's new BFF. (I just don't think that's true though...)
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
She came to see my apartment for the first time, then we went out to Kaldi's for lunch, then we stopped by a fun record store downtown, then we tried to take down the fire marshal for blocking the way out of the parking garage, then we came back and I did homework and she watched a movie. It was a simple day but amazing.
It's kind of cool that you don't have to do anything extra special with really cool people because being with them is good enough. That's what today was. Mary's one of those really cool people. I thoroughly enjoyed having her visit!
(I know the picture above is blurry. We took one in focus after this one but both decided we liked the blurry one better so we stuck with it... That's pretty typical Mary and I.)
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
"Someone may fear that we are magnifying private religion out of all proportion, that the "us" of the New Testament is being displaced by a selfish "I." Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which one must individually bow. So one hundred worshipers meeting together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be were they to become "unity" conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship. Social religion is perfected when private religion is purified. The body becomes stronger as its members become healthier. The whole church of God gains when the members that compose it begin to seek a better and a higher life." (Pursuit of God)
Monday, December 1, 2008
I feel like music with words kind of decides for you the thoughts and feelings you are to get out of it. Don't get me wrong, I love vocals. I sing. But instrumental music... there is a world of possibilities. You can use your imagination as to what the artist was thinking and your feelings can change with each listen. It's a rush of unpredictable emotions... I just love it. Some of my current favorite instrumental songs:
-Life in Technicolor- Coldplay (the first one, the new one has words... What's that about?)
-Postcards from Far Away- Coldplay
-Baleen Morning- Balmorhea
-Bella's Lullaby- Carter Burwell (from the Twilight soundtrack but don't discriminate.)
If you aren't a big fan of instrumental, I recommend you give it a try. It may just change your outlook on music. (The picture above kind of depicts my thoughts on instrumental music. I took this on our vacation to Florida two summers ago.)
Sunday, November 30, 2008
I have never been a fan of cussing because I feel like it is unnecessary and unoriginal. Get a little more creative with your vocab and don't risk offending someone. Say something besides the 5 words that our society has decided aren't so appropriate. How can anyone follow the line "Cool your beans my son" with that? I'm a little disappointed.
Other than that, I really like everything I've heard. So if you like Snow Patrol, I don't think you'll be too disappointed.
Friday, November 28, 2008
My cousins Julie, Anthony, Brad, my brother Cory, and I made it out to a local shopping center at 12:00 last night/this morning. They said they would give away $25 gift cards to the first 1,000 people there. We thought that would be no problem. Boy, were we wrong! There were SO many people and the lines were insane so we didn't end up buying much! BUT, we did get to enjoy the beginning of the Christmas season. There were beautiful Christmas trees, lights everywhere, Christmas music, we even saw a Santa. It was great! I am SO ready for the Christmas season! (Brad and Cory are below... they were just kidding.)
Thursday, November 27, 2008
After all the food settled a bit, a bunch of us went to play disc golf at a course close to downtown. I loved it! I haven't played since this summer and it was just so much fun. The weather was beautiful and it was incredibly refreshing to walk around after eating so much. Although we all got killed by my cousin Anthony, the company was great. I would recommend disc golf after your Thanksgiving meal to anyone.
Though I must admit, the first thing that I did when I got back was eat some pumpkin cheesecake... I undid all of my exercise, but it was AMAZING.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Last night she taught me how to make pie crust (pictured above) and tonight she gave me tips as we made chocolate chip cookies, puppy chow, and scotcheroos.... (You better believe I won't be visiting the scale anytime soon.) There is something special about baking with your mom. It's like one of those things they show in holiday movies where they have cheesy instrumental music in the background and zoom in in slow motion on everyone's smiling faces. I wish we had cheesy music in the background tonight because I thoroughly enjoyed myself and it deserved to be documented like a holiday movie. It was just great!
Monday, November 24, 2008
I will even risk sitting in traffic to experience the city. Today I noticed that there was traffic heading north and that I would probably hit it on my way back home. But I wasn't about to take the 635 way because I was willing to add an extra 30 minutes on to my trip just to see the Sprint Center, the Kansas City Star building, and of course, the Scout one more time.
Luckily the city didn't disappoint and the traffic was gone by the time I returned. Oh, Kansas City... It's the greatest.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
I went shopping with my good friend Jessie and it was just so great... I like her so much. Jessie and I's friendship is interesting because there is about a 10 year age difference but I still feel like we connect so well. I love hearing her insight about things and sharing stories with her because my life as a college student and her life as a mother of two are a bit different. She is simply a wonderful friend.
The shopping was fun. We hit up Marshall's, Stride Rite, Gap Kids, Old Navy, and then Dillard's. I would say my shopping trip didn't really begin until we made it to Dillard's. My intention of going there was to try on some Sperry Topsider's so that I could ask for the right size and style for Christmas. After putting them on my feet I just didn't think I was going to be able to part with them. I made a quick call to my mom and asked her if she wanted to give me an early Christmas present and she did! So I bought them! They look like the shoes below:
We then made it over to the MAC counter where I tried on department store make up for the first time. SO much fun! Jessie introduced me to a whole new world of shopping. We finished the shopping trip in the perfume section. If someone asks you if you want to try Kate Moss's new scent, say no.
Anyway... today was great. I loved spending time with Jessie. She's an incredible woman. And I love my new Sperrys. They are great, too. As for Kate Moss... I still smell like old lady... Thanks a lot.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
"The man who has struggled to purify himself and has had nothing but repeated failures will experience real relief when he stops tinkering with his soul and looks away to the perfect One. While he looks at Christ, the very things he has so long been trying to do will be getting done within him."
This is just so cool to me and makes so much sense. So often I feel guilty about how I am never measuring up. While I can't ignore my sin, if I start focusing on the man that Christ was and is I will be transformed automatically into something closer to the woman that God designed me to be. So simple. I love it.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
"If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this." -C.S. Lewis
Interesting. I like it a lot. (That's me pondering to your right, ha!)
-Come On! Let's Boogey to the Elf Dance!
(It was difficult for me to narrow it down even this far. It's all just so good!)
Sunday, November 16, 2008
So, I decided to follow the rest of my generation and start a blog. I don't really know if what I have to say is worthy of a blog... or your time, but I figure it is worth a shot!
I don't really have a lot to say except I feel like I should address the title of this blog. It comes from my favorite song, "Noticed" by MuteMath, my favorite band. It goes...
"You are reaching something that is beating
I can't believe I never noticed my heart before
Over and again, racing out of my skin
I can't believe I never noticed my heart before"
Nothing profound but I feel like sometimes I experience something or something will just click and it's like I'm noticing my heart. Cheesy. I know... But I figure those are the things I will likely mention here so it might as well be my title.
We'll just have to wait and see how this goes... Goodnight!