Friday, September 21, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
These are just some of my thoughts that I have had lately-- because I feel like I am complicating my life needlessly and that in the long run I am only going to end up getting hurt.
Friday, August 3, 2007
But this causes me to wonder about how these changes impact our lives. Whether they are huge changes or if they are smaller changes that dont happen on such a larger scale. An example of this would be one day during playground duty that i heard a student say; "you can be the step-dad" it is so sad that it has become such a norm to these early elementary kids. It demonstrates the demise of American family values and is a wonder that nobody can stay together anymore. I wonder as to what big change is to happen next when dealing with the cultural fabric of the United States.
Monday, July 30, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
This thought flows into an issue that I was examining on the plane back from San Francisco. Are my views and values truly archaic? and how indoctrinated am i? It might seem odd that one would even begin to think "how indoctrinated am i?", but it's true. Everyone has certain views that deal with thoughts about how things should be done, how the world should work, or what is considered to be right or wrong. I was having an online conversation with a good friend of mine about nature verses nurture- where i stated something along the lines of "its hard to separate the two because they are so intertwined with what we are taught and who we are because of the values that we have because of the experiences we have." I know for a fact that had i gone to a public university my first year after college i would be very different from the person that i am today. My experiences at a small Christian college helped form my values and what i value. Back to what i was saying earlier (sorry for this huge digression).
Everyone is indoctrinated, its part of being human, and part of being a part of a community. I was raised in a Protestant Christian home, in the Heartland, with strong views on the importance of community involvement, political awareness, a close-knit family and good friends. I guess you could say that my parents were liberal, in the sense that they thought it was important that I make my own choices, and that I accept the consequences for my actions. A good example would be that growing up I never had a curfew. My mum preferred that I was in by 11 on school nights, but it wasn't necessarily said that I had to be in by 11, and if I wasn't I still had to get up early for school the next day. I guess you could say that I have been indoctrinated by the churches I have attended, the schools I have gone too, my family and friends, and the values that I think are important. This is when things become tricky because of how they are entangled. For all purposes of this further attempt to explain my thoughts: values are ideals, goals and actions that are important and a larger part of who a person is. The following is a list of things and ideals that i value:
the freedom of choice/speech
liberty, justice, honesty, faith in people
family and friends
my faith that i have and my relationship with Christ
**such as forgiveness, loving one another ( to name a couple)
Helping people whenever I can
the importance of involvement in the community: whether its a school community, at a job, at a church or if it is even political involvement
equality for every person, the removal of oppression and safe spaces for all people despite gender, sexual orientations, race, religion etc.
knowledge... i am very fond of the cliche "Knowledge is power!"
faithfulness, and saving sex for marriage
There are so many more things that I value but I think that this is a nice little list for all intents and purposes. These are things that are very important to me, and unfortunately there are things on this list that others don't value or feel are archaic, because there is a very different value portrayed in our world, predominately from the media (some of you see where I am going with this). Some view "saving sex for marriage" as archaic and don't see it as important. Its been said that I am old fashioned. Which i guess I can see in some instances but I like progress just as much as the next girl. So I guess I decided that I am not archaic and if "you" are unable to respect these things that I value then its not possible to have any sort of substantial relationship that goes any deeper than being acquaintances.
Its these values that also convict you. Or if you would like to use a non-jargon term... It are these values that cause you to stop, think about what is going on, and determines whether or not you see this path as acceptable. So I don't think that any one person should change their core views to make someone else happy... and i'm talking about religion.
I have kind of lost where I was going with this... but it boils down to this: dont change the core of who you are to make someone with different core values and life experiences happy, and eventually someone will love you for who you truly are and not who you are trying to be to make another happy.
Does this make sense to anyone or have I managed to ramble everyone into confusion?
Monday, May 28, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Peace and Love
- miss bookworm-
Friday, April 27, 2007
There are defining moments in everyone’s life, and it’s in these moments that our life changes and it helps define who we are as an individual but also helps understand humanity better. These defining moments really can be anything such as thoughts/ realizations, conversations or events that occur in our life. What matters is the fact of how we use these defining moments is what is important. Some examples of life changing events can be either huge or they can seem insignificant. I guess a defining moment for me would be the first day of my freshmen year of high school. It was a horrible experience for me, but then again who really has had a positive high school experience? But the positive thing that came out of that entire dreadful experience is that I discovered what I really wanted to be when I grew up. Sometimes I wonder why I chose my current major, but I think everyone has moments like that. I guess these defining moments lead us onto the path that we are suppose to be on, and eventually we will end up at peace with our decisions and who we are. Though I am not sure how you are suppose to figure that out, but it probably part of the adventure.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Monday, April 2, 2007
Here is a list of places i would rather be:
my parents house
Friday, March 9, 2007
Friday, March 2, 2007
But this week I didn't burn myself, I didn't almost cut off a finger, I didn't almost fall in my kitchen, the fire alarm didn't go off, no cooking utensils broke or melted so that was excellent....
As far as branching out goes I learned how to cook chicken... I have made chicken before but never by cooking it in a pan on the stove top. So if you have boneless skinless chicken breasts defrost them and in the pan put a little bit of extra virgin olive oil in the pan with whatever seasonings yo want... I like a little minced onion, a little garlic, a little oregano, salt & pepper, and a little bit of seasoning salt. and then heat up the the oil enough so it slides around the pan nice and easy.... put the chicken in and cook until the chicken is no longer pink... KEEP THE BURNER ON LOW because otherwise it will start to smoke a little bit... (I've had that experience before).
My other branching out experience was chili today... my mom gave me her recipe but i tried things a little bit differently this time. I accidentally got tomatoes with green chilies mixed in.
1. brown the hamburger with minced onion and chili powder
2. tomato puree, diced tomatoes with green chilies, and red kidney beans go in next. stir in hamburger.
3. keep on medium low otherwise there is lots of bubbles...
4. season with chili powder, garlic, oregano, salt, pepper, sugar (preferably brown sugar)
5. add forgotten onion (for this recipe i used red onion)
6. after simmering for awhile check taste again and season to taste...
It creates a powerful kick of spicy and then it kind of chills out and has a little bit of sweetness in the after taste.
So Bethany and Renee you should be so proud of me with my green chili and chili powder cooking experience.
Sunday, February 25, 2007
But back to my story about Minnesota Nice. In my Esl & Culture class we have had a few discussions about whether or not Minnesota nice really exists or if it was a type of eliteness and condescension. But I would like to point out that there are still very nice people out there... I had gone outside this morning armed with a broom to try and get my car to a point were it can move... but i saw a man with a little kid out in his garage so i approached armed with my broom asking if i could borrow a shovel and he said yes. Then he asked me if I needed help... I gave kind of a non-committal grunt type of thing because he already was lending me a shovel but him and his kid followed me to my car that had its license plate visible so that i could at least identify my vehicle. The man continued to shovel while i swept off and deiced my car... The kid was impressed though when i threw the broom handle, that had become unscrewed, like a spear and it was sticking up in the snow...
I'm off to work today... have stuff I need to finish up there. But thank you too everyone out there who truly is Minnesota nice.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
I was talking to my Mum the other day and she said that I need to be more decisive (but then again she usually says that...) but she also said that I need to be more positive. And so I have been starting a list of things that are positive in my life. And so far I have this list: I have been getting adequate amounts of sleep, I have an amazing roommate Beth, I have awesome friends, Im relatively healthy, my niece and nephew are absolutely adorable. I'm really excited to head to Iowa over Spring Break! I think I just need to get away for awhile and spend time with my friends that I havent seen in a very long time.
Spring Break is fabulous because I need a period of time where I dont have to worry about school or work and I can be carefree because my rent will already be paid and I wont have to worry about any of that.
But it is time for me to head out I have to run some errands and I have more studying left to do today. :-D
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Monday, February 12, 2007
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
One of my favorite hobbies is shopping and today allie and I did fancy smancy shopping in the city which was quite wonderful. It was fun to see all of the pretty clothes and the shoes and handbags... oh so many designers. I got a pair of glasses that are readers but im going to have my eye doctor put my prescription into them... they are red, but they are totally cool. But hanging out with allie was fun, listening to music in the car was fun, as was eating doughnuts and drinking hot chocolate from the convience store.... the outlet mall we stopped at on the way there was excellent as well.
Another hobby I have is my love of board games. apples to apples is amazing (and i rock), monopoly is good, life is excellent, and one of my faves is risk... i have always liked the game. But ever since coming to my current university i have become better and better at it. Some day I truly will kick butt at it, but for now I dont because I keep falling asleep because of the time that we start playing at.
I dont really have anything else to say right now. Im exhausted though. It was all of the driving I think.
happy 2 months!