Wednesday, April 29, 2009

29 little things

I stole this idea from a link I found on a random blog and I love it! Since I love lists I thought I would copy this for my own blog.

What better to brighten my day than to think of 29 little things I love.

1) Getting flowers for no reason
2) A really good mix song (Jay-Z/Coldplay Viva La Hova is my most recent favorite)
3) Shavasana at yoga (we get a 10 minute time at the end to just lay down - it's fantastic)
4) When you walk outside of a building and the temperature is just what you needed (i.e. if it was cold inside it's warm out, if it was too hot inside it's cold out)
5) Brownies
6) Raspberry iced tea
7) Getting home after a long day
8) a card in the mail
9) frozen grapes
10) Georgia font
11) Finding a movie that is perfect for your mood
12) Starting a good book
13) Realizing that you can go to bed early
14) wearing flip-flops
15) freshly painted toe nails
16) A fun night out
17) when my favorite song comes on pandora
18) Fudgesicles
19) seeing old men wearing loafers
20) getting a magazine to read
21) Finishing a bottle of water
22) Listening to a song that reminds me how much I love someone
23) fresh-out-of-the-oven muffins
24) getting concert tickets in the mail
25) doing something that someone else appreciates
26) Thinking of the perfect gift to get someone for their birthday
27) Press-n-seal. that stuff is fantastic
28) Warm towels out of the dryer
29) Overhearing people's funny conversations

Bluegrass in Benson

Last Friday I went to a bluegrass festival in Benson, AZ to watch some of my friends play. It was awesome.

We were the youngest people there by 20 years and were stared at as we walked in. I think the old people there thought we were out to cause trouble or something. There were so many interesting people there! I just wanted to walk around and take pictures of people, but I also didn't want to be that creepy, so I decided not to.

Here are some pictures that I did take:

the girls: Dorian Wells

This group of gentlemen had just finished on a 30 city tour of Holland. huh
The group we went with :)

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Dear Kix

Dear Kix,

I know that when I was little and my mom bought all my groceries your "kid tested, mother approved" slogan really worked. However, I've grown up. I'm in college now. I buy my own cereal and that ad campaign doesn't entice me to buy your cereal anymore. Cereal that is unhealthy appeals to me, I no longer want cereal that is "mother approved."

Bottom line, Kix, you should get a new slogan. Something about how the delicious little balls of fluffy cereal taste great, something catchy, maybe rhyming even. Then I'll buy your cereal again.


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

a recomendation for IHOP

I love IHOP. Their funny face pancakes cannot be beat. They have pretty good hashbrowns too. I've have great memories from many Late Night Snacks there. (Late Night Snack is a tradition for IV where we go to IHOP at 9 on Tuesdays)

So this evening, I was just driving to ihop i was like...oh man, an iced coffee sounds great especially since it was about 95 degrees outside and it's still warm after dark...but they don't have any at IHOP. UNTIL I walked up and saw a sign like a beacon from heaven advertising their new iced coffee in mocha, vanilla and original. I ordered one and was sorely disappointed.

I found out today that they have a weakness. so I'm warning you don't get their iced coffee - unless you enjoy watered-down, too sweet, weak coffee.

I felt like I needed to blog about this to save anyone who was thinking about ordering an iced coffee from IHOP from wasting $2.26

Thursday, April 16, 2009

i miss freshmen year

I miss freshmen year for a few reasons.

The reason I miss it today is because I was reminded about how much I miss ten o'clock class. Our class started late today so I got to push snooze a few times. I read some news online while I ate a leisurely breakfast. Actually did my hair. It was fantastic.

I have to admit, I would be much lazier, but it's nice once in awhile.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Here's to you, Mr. Spandex Shorts Yoga Guy

Have you seen the budweiser commercials that solute real men of genius? That's where i got my blog title from.

So i see Mr. Spandex Shorts Yoga Guy every so often at my $4 yoga class. He comes to class fully clothed. A regular pair of shorts, a normal t-shirt. Then, about 3 minutes before class, after the sticky mat is set up, he sneaks into the bathroom and emerges almost naked. He sits back on his mat and begins the deep breathing. Class starts and every so often as a twist my torso up to the ceiling Mr. Spandex catches my eye and I get very distracted. Not because he's attractive, at all, or because he has an excellent reverse warrior, simply because he is the only one in class that is that exposed.

I don't really get the spandex shorts appeal for yoga. Do they make you feel more limber? Do you enjoy the feeling of sweat dripping down your armpits onto your mat?

If you are out there Mr. Spandex Shorts, let me know. I am very curious.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

why I am like Bilbo Baggins

I'm in on page 108 of The Hobbit by Tolkien. it's one of my goals to read more classic novels this year, and in my mind, this is a classic. In reading these novels I didn't really expect to come upon stories that teach me lessons about myself. At about page 28 in The Hobbit I came upon a part of the story where I realized that I am like Bilbo Baggins.

Bilbo is going about his normal life when Gandalf stops by, awhile later his house is invaded with a party of dwarves. Very important dwarves. Thorin, the most important dwarf, starts the serious part of this very odd gathering by explaining their journey and says, "We shall soon before the break of day start on our long journey, a journey from which some of us, or perhaps all of us...may never return..."

This is Bilbo's response...

"Poor Bilbo couldn't bear it any longer. At may never return he began to feel a shriek coming up inside, and very soon it burst out like the whistle of an engine coming out of a tunnel....Gandalf struck a blue light on the end of his magic staff, and in its fireword glare the poor little hobbit could be seen kneeling on the hearthrug, shaking like a jelly that was melting. Then he fell lat on the floor, and kept on calling out "struck by lightning, struck by lightning!" over and over again..."

they have to put him, in this state, in the other room. Gandalf says, "an excitable little fellow...gets funny queer fits, but he is one of the best, one of the best - as fierce as a dragon in a pinch." and the dwarves continue on with their meeting.

Eventually Bilbo revives a bit and "after a while and a drink he crept nervously to the door of the parlour...then Mr. Baggins turn the handle and went it. The Took side had won."

This Took side that Tolkien writes is Bilbo's adventurous side of his family (you see, hobbits are not adventurous at all but Bilbo had an adventurous relative and that side of his family has always been a bit crazy. yet, until this moment Bilbo had led a quiet life...)

I see a remarkable similarity between this story and my story on an almost daily basis in my relationship with God. God puts me in this place, like Gandalf puts Bilbo in the situation, because He knows the potential I have, the same way Gandalf knows the potential Bilbo has. I think Gandalf knows perfectly well that Bilbo is capable and wants to do it...yet in the midst of this Bilbo has this complete freak out.

How often have I done this with God?

God calls me to this huge, incredible, hard, amazing journey EVERY DAY and nearly every day I spaz out and turn into a blob that quivers and mumbles and melts like jelly. I let out this shrieks of fear and have to be struck by lightning and put in a quiet room until I realize that I do want to be a part of something bigger. I do have this innate desire to greater things. Journeys that are bigger than my everyday comfortable life of eating and sleeping and sitting around. I'm called to fight goblins and find powerful rings and impact those around me.

Ultimately I am called to a journey from which I may never return. It will not be comfortable and I will often think that I wish I were back in my comfortable little hobbit hole. I will be hungry, tired, cold, scared...but the journey is bigger, the mission is more important. Just like Bilbo, my Took side will win me over, God will sigh and say that I am queer but he knows I can be as fierce as a dragon in a pinch. And I will open the door and start my journey.

Monday, April 6, 2009


Wordle: Ducks

I found this like to and was thoroughly entertained for most of one of my classes. Be careful, this is kind of addicting :)

Friday, April 3, 2009

Ducks in a row

I love this expression. Getting your ducks in a row. It's ridiculous to think about. What if you don't have ducks? And even if you had ducks I feel like they would be difficult to get in a row. Unless it's a mom duck with her baby ducks, in which case it happens naturally, so you wouldn't have to do anything to get the ducks in a row.

Anyways...I'm trying to get my ducks in a row for this weekend and it's a little challenging considering I've got about 20 to organize....