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November 20th, 2005
09:28 pm

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home sweet home
so the iron bowl was AWESOME. my first iron bowl... 3 touchdowns the first quarter + 11 sacks = good stuff. jennifer and i sat with a bunch of people from chi alpha. then went with beth and erin to roll toomer's. except when we got there, there was nothing else to roll. it was just a mass of white. i did accomplish an amazing feat though: making my way through the human maze at toomers without getting swallowed. that was actually kinda fun. then we headed to allison's and watched a movie. came back to the dorms and kathleen and her boyfriend were there. yeah, um, the clarinet definitely came out. what could make the night better? knowing that i was getting to go home for an entire week with NO school!
so i woke up at 8 this mornin and headin on home around 8:45. at first i thought i was crazy for wanting to head out so early, but i found out later it wasn't such a crazy idea. by noon, montgomery traffic was terrible. i would have been stuck for a long while. there's not too many things that i hate more than getting stuck in traffic. so i salute myself.
now i have a whooolle week for thanksgiving. mmmm, i'm all about some thanksgiving. and thanks to me, there's a fried turkey waiting around the corner. i gotta say i'm pretty excited about that, and the cream style corn, and the dressin, and the butter beans, and the... k, time for a shower.

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October 29th, 2005
04:08 pm

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i had a dream last night that i ate at franko's and was so mad at myself for not getting a jar of their dressing to go. guess i just subconsciously want some franko's salad. yeah, pretty random.....
so last weekend was wilson's 2nd birthday. i swear he had more people and balloons at his party than all my birthday's combined. and he's only 2! like he's gonna remember any of that... humph. everything was wiggles. from the cups, to the presents, to his clothes, to the t.v., to the music, to EVERYTHING. the wiggle's are the devil! (j.k, had a waterboy moment) but wilson's hooked and he's only 2. my child will never even know what the wiggles are if i have anything to do with it.
so um, yeah, school. school is goin better for me at the moment (not that it was ever goin bad, but just better). i think it's because i'm fallin into the swing of things. i'm more comfortable with my classes, my schedule, and just gettin it all down with a minimum amount of stress. grades are lookin pretty decent too. i got a 90 on my 2nd geology test the other day. that made me pretty darn happy considering i thought i made a low C, and the class average was a 69. heck yea.
i also talked to the dean of Education about having a double major. she was like, well you're gonna be out of here in 7 or 8 years... i don't know why u'd ever want to do that... a major in education is huge load in itself... so with that kind of talk, i was lookin on the downside about considering a double major. THEN... i get over the the liberal arts dept. and talk to one of the deans there. she said it's only 30 somthin credit hours more if i major in education and psychology. she's like, yeah, you should go for it. what's one more year of studying when it could effect the rest of your life? she was so nice. 7 or 8 years, yeah right. so in that moment, i had a whole new outlook to know someone else saw things in my perspective and was motivating me to go for it. guess we'll see what the future holds...

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October 12th, 2005
11:28 pm

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I am having beach withdrawals...
this is the first time I can actually say i miss the beach.
and i miss it bad.

the ocean breeze, the suger sand b/w the toes, tanning, taking naps and thinkin about life while floating on the water for hours on end, my dock, fishing, waves, pink and orange sunsets, dolphins swimming right up to me, frankos, lilians, bryan and his friends, jello, putt-putt, carol and bill, grillin steaks, big tommy...

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September 1st, 2005
08:42 pm

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it's update time
i have two things in front of me: math h/w and a computer with lj in my face. and well the obvious choice is lj of course since i really havn't written anything in weeks. and well the whole college deal is up and running now so...
A lot of people told me how it'll just kinda hit you all at once when you say goodbye to you parents and finally realize your all on your own. Well that really never happened to me, but i think that's a good thing. I was expecting this SUPER major change; for me to feel like i was just getting smacked in the face with college. But again, that really never happened to me either. why did this realization never come? ain't gotta clue. but i feel at home here. i kinda feel cold about that, since i have been living with the same people in the same two places for my entire life. then, i'm here, and one week later, i'm just chillin. but it's all good, and i'm so so thankful that the change wasn't overwhelming. at all. i know i'm on A LOT better start as a freshman in college than a freshman in highschool. so Auburn, bring it on!
Seems like everyone has gotten a few days off for Katrina, even Bama. well not Auburn. Auburn makes you walk miles in the hailing rain to get to class. oh the joys of living on the Hill... But there is a kitchen about 10 ft from my room. heck yea. i've already made bruschetta and ravioli. next week, Veal Piccatta.
Guess who had their butt sticking up in the air to hike, playing football today? yeah, that'd be me.
and yes, i'm still a band dork.

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August 9th, 2005
04:33 pm

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my flight got in at 10:08 two nights ago. what a long day. even still, somehow i managed to stay up til 2. the caribbean was great (as usual). we stayed in puerto rico for 2 nights at the hilton and then got on the cruise ship. there was this great restaurant in puerto rico called morton's. it's one of those meals i'll definitely remember. everything was ala carte. the hot molten chocolate cake just topped it all off. mom also got a pretty bad sunburn the first day we went to the beach. the funny part was that she was in the shade the ENTIRE time. the cruise was really nice. we met and dined with a couple and their friend from holland every night. good thing the couple could speak english. they were so sweet. i really want to go visit them in holland now. maybe next year... we went to st. thomas, but we took a boat over to st. johns. then we went to st. maartan, but we took a boat over to st. barts. st. barts is where all the hollywood elite go to stay. i loved it b/c it was very french and very classy/high dollar. then onto antigua, st. lucia, and barbados. the snorkleing was great. i liked the royal caribbean cruise line we went on. definitely beats norwegian. the entertainment and food was great. all you can eat lobster one night. it was done perfectly. i was all over that.
now it's back to reality. i head up to college this saturday. can't believe the summer is coming to an end, but it does feel that way this time. one thing i am kinda disappointed about is that i never got a farewell for the youth band. all the members before have gotten to say goodbye and pick out their favorite songs to play. not me. i just feel like i faded and never said goodbye. i don't even remember the last time i played. guess sometime right before school let out since we didn't play this summer. if they did, no one ever called. oh well. i'll just keep rockin by myself.

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July 17th, 2005
10:50 pm

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who loves brand new kitchen dorm appliances?
i do, i do, i do ooo

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July 15th, 2005
06:58 pm

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well, right now i'm waiting to go play a little poker and since i havn't written anything in almost a month, i figured it's time for an update.
still goin strong at ruby tuesday, even though they pay SPGs super crappy. i thought about quitting, but i can only work 2 more weeks anyways so i'm stickin it out. they've only been scheduling me lately to work once or twice a week, but i sure ain't complainin. somehow i've managed to stay at the beach alot less than i thought. i need to get my tail down there and relax while i can. if anyone is up for some beach relaxin lemme know.
With about 6 hours left before the hurricane hit, my dad decided we needed to pack up and leave. so i went on a trip up to the ATL. Houston's was wonderful (as usual) and it's always fun to get a little shopping done for clothes for college. those who know me probably would be a little shocked to see what i bought. :)i can't believe the summer is coming to a close, which means college is that much closer! i called up my first roommate just to say hey and find out a little about her, but apparently she judged me off that one conversation and decided she didn't want to room with me. way i look at it, it's her loss. i didn't think we were a good fit anyway b/c she was an extreme tomboy, who loved to hunt and rodeo. hmmm. i have no regrets calling her b/c if i didn't, then i wouldn't have the opportunity to room with someone much better. my new roommate found me on facebook and we got to talk. seems like it's a much better fit. i believe things happen for a reason.

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June 21st, 2005
01:50 pm

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June 16th, 2005
07:19 pm

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i've been a bit on the stressed side lately. i didn't want to have a lazy bum bored summer. goal: over-accomplished. for sho. i havn't been to western civ. in like a week and a half, so that's gonna pile up on me. and they've got me working a lot at my job. b/w those two things and youth band, i don't feel like i have a moments rest. next week is war eagle camp. that's just another thing to add. so where does hanging out with friends fit into the schedule? well it really doesn't. i dreamed of a happy medium. guess that's why it's just a dream. it looks like i can either be slammed or just bummin around. at this point, i think i rather just be bummin around. please, someone ship me back to mexico.

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June 12th, 2005
01:34 pm

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hola!
i just got back from juarez, mexico yesterday. it was a wonderful experience. just as great as last year's trip, maybe even better at times. this is a trip that i don't want to fade away in my mind. i want to remember everything about it. i was definitely in a dry place with God before i left. by that last night though, He just smacked me in the face. i have not felt this kind of joy in a very, very long time. one little girl named Wendy in particular just touched my heart. the 2nd day i saw her, she just ran up to me, had a huge grin, and gave me the biggest hug. then she gave me her sticker. the language barrier didn't matter. i've got a picture of her and me as my user pic. these people have a happiness (especially the kids) that just doesn't exist in the USA. and the odd part is that they barely have any material things compared to us. it's not the material that makes them content. it's just love in general. their family ties are much closer and stronger than in the USA. they have a hope and eagerness that doesn't really exist in the USA. they still have many troubles and hardships, but there's just somthin different. it's not tangible. at my work site, the woman who we were building a home for took off work. that is just unheard of there b/c of the chance that they won't have a job when they return. w/o a job, there is no money. you get the picture. but she took off work to see God blessing her life. she cooked lunch for all of us twice. that was 12 meals x2. i could not imagine how much that took out of her money wise, but she fed us all. i've been waiting for God to lead me in a direction about what to major/minor in, in college. about what to do with the rest of my life. within all of 5 secs. the last night i was there, He told me. i know these just weren't my own thoughts b/c i've been struggling and debating for so long about what i wanted to do. but it just hit me with such ease that night. that's how i know. i never longed to go back home. i felt more at home there than i do right now. so if you can't tell by now, that trip had an enormous impact on my life. if you've never been on a mission's trip, i'd highly recommend it. it doesn't have to be so far as to mexico, but just anywhere around. you may just see God in a way u've never seen before...

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