i beat anorexia, wait- i'm funny?, and poetry is...

oh geez.

you just dont know.

here we go...

- my niece, brady (http://www.bradyfaith.net/) is doing so well! her site is my homepage, so each time i open a browser i check on her as well as her mom and dad (my brother and his wife). i got so excited last night b/c in her pictures she's starting to look like a little fat baby, and this is a good thing. she was so tiny, and now her little fingers look so cute and pudgy. it kinda made me think of this shirt...

she's come a long way, and i'm super excited to get to see her in october.

- speaking of october, a few exciting things are going to happen. adam is coming up next weekend to celebrate his birthday, so that will be fun. i'm going to get to spend more time with his family, so that will be fun. the week after that is the catalyst conference. this is going to be amazing. this will be my third time going, and it has twice melted my face off. jill sims will be attending with me, so that makes it super fun. and finally, in mid-october, i get to go home b/c i'm in a wedding. that will be awesome for several reasons.

- i've been checking out some dave ramsey stuff on money, and it's really good stuff. if you're not amazing at managing money, you should check him out. i ordered a few of his dvds, and they've been amazing so far. highly recommend that action right thur.

- um, suddenly i was funny in class last week. i mean, it wasn't the pity laugh the kids normally give, which usually amounts to a verbal equivalent of, "oh, ms. reagan. you're so lame. we pity your humorless soul." no, this one was more like, "bwahhahahahahah....stoppp!!!! i'm bout to pee my pants!!!!ahahoiwehahwoeihhahahah!" oh yeah. we were reading a short story called "checkouts" and i explained one of my favorite skits to each class, and all three classes thought it was the funniest thing. who knew. maybe i'm adjusting better than i thought... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DA1BO5mjHiA

today we listened to bradley hathaway's poetry in class and discussed his use of imagery, alliteration, poem structure, and allusion. it was magical. www.myspace.com/bradleyhathaway

- chLC is coming to visit (i think) this weekend. she's one of "my girls" from when i did student ministries at savannah christian church as well as young life. she's just started college, so it will be fun to catch up with her and giggle for the weekend.

- last weekend mom came up to visit and it was great. greg and jessica came over for dinner on saturday night. we watched a little from the last season of the office.

- i've been listening to tunes by the following as of late: joshua radin. kate nash. old crow medicine show. fleet foxes. johnny flynn. jose gonzalez. tyga. and, as always, copeland.

- today in the faculty meeting we watched a video interview with this kid named brian. a year ago, brian had the normal life of your average 17-year-old boy. this past spring he was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive form of cancer. in the video, i saw this bald-headed kid nervously rock back and forth in a big comfy chair and attempt to explain what he's gone through in the last few months. he misses school. he misses his friends. but there was nothing pathetic or needy about him. physically, he is so weak. but the voice i heard in the video was far from lacking in strength. he talked a lot about how God has carried him through all of this. when asked if he had a message for people watching the video, he stressed several times not to take the little things in life for granted, and that if you're doing something you love, whether it be playing sports, being artsy, or hanging out with friends, that you should enjoy it to the fullest - and i love this part - because that's the way God wants us to live.... at the end of the video, brian said he wanted to pray for us, so we all bowed our heads as this teenager with cancer prayed for us.... i mentioned that in my classes we read poetry today. well, another poem we took a look at is carl sandburg's "ten definitions of poetry"... poetry is being ungrateful and oblivious of blessings, while the One who provides these things speaks over you through a sick child fighting to survive.

9 say sos:

Allison Murray said...

dude....i'll be at catalyst!!! we've got to get together!

Brad Ruggles said...

Ok first, love your taste in music - joshua radin, kate nash, and especially fleet foxes - great music! I've really been digging Radin's new album.

Second, I see that you're going to Catalyst. Just wanted to let you know there's going to be a Bloggers Meetup Thursday night in conjunction with the conference. Details and signup information are at Bloggers08.com.

Catalyst is always amazing every year. Maybe I'll see you there!

heather ryan morse said...

oooh!! so this is where you write! I have been checking your other site on myspace religiously and NOTHING...i am so glad to find you out!-heather

idontbreakeasily said...

ayeeeee i'm sorry i couldn't make it this weekend, but GOOD NEWS...i got the scholarship! i'm soooo excited.
p.s. i hope to see you soon =]

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