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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Key to my Heart

I recently had a conversation with the lovely Laura about the key to each of our hearts. It was so great to see that both of us know what gets to the heart of the other person. I will not share with you what our years of friendship have taught us about each other but let me just say there are certain things that make each of us melt. I doubt guy friends ever even think about this but as a girl it is comforting to know she knows me so well.

The reason I bring this up is because of a project of mine that started me thinking about keys. Two summers ago my friends and I were inspired by the connection the girls in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants had through the sharing of one pair of jeans. We wanted to find a necklace that we could pass around snail mail style for the summer. Apparently this connection with an accessory cannot be forced however and we never found something we could all agree on. Near the end end of our search we finally found something we all liked, vintage keys, and wanted to turn one into a necklace. So we started bidding on keys on ebay. Unfortunately, being ebay newbs, we were outbid every time.We gave up when summer hit.

I recently decided that if we couldn't have one necklace to pass around I would make four so we could each have one. I bid on a ton of key sets and won a set of ten. I used ribbon and simple necklace clasps to make them into a necklace. I used simple slipknots for everything. Which sadly took me forever to figure out! haha So now we all have one... two years later. =)
You would be surprised how easy things are when you go to make them. Summer tip: try those projects you either didn't have time for or were too intimidated to try before.

Book Quote: The Amber Spyglass

I found one! In the midst of Pullman trying to disprove God I found a gem of a quote that I love!

The Amber Spyglass
By Philip Pullman

"'Did you miss God?' asked Will.
'Yes,' Mary said, 'terribly. and I still do. And what I miss most is the sense of being connected to the whole of the universe. I used to feel connected to God like that, and because he was there, I was connected to the whole of his creation'" (447).

Monday, June 28, 2010

Independence Day

I love the 4th of July! =)

The holiday starts a few days early for our family. My dad and I eagerly await the local casino's firework show days before the 4th. Because the money is always pouring into that place they spend millions on fireworks (millions our city does not have) and have a much better show then the one on the actual 4th of July. Last year we drove super early to the park near the casino to get front row seats and it was amazing! Fireworks bursting over your head instead of off in the distance? Yes please!

On the holiday itself my whole home church comes over to our house for a party. Red, white and blue everywhere! We have a mexican buffet, potluck salads, drumsticks, a candy bar (think drink bar), and Dr. Pepper. There are games for the kids, worship, prayer, entertainment (one year Joey broke cement blocks and wood with his face), and a whole lot of catching up with everyone's lives. After we have stuffed ourselves we load up on blankets and jackets, pile in trucks, and banzai up the hills to get a good view of the fireworks. We have sparklers, poppers, and fireworks my dad gets from somewhere (he always has them lying around). The truck radios blast the patriotic songs that the firework show is timed to and we over exaggerate our ooos and ahhhs as smiley faces, dripping trees, and maggots light up the sky.

I missed the 4th last year with my family and it was horrible. This year I am making up for it by going home for five days and I decided yesterday that I am wearing my cowboy boots with my red and blue. Stoked! =)

Book Quote: Week 5+6

Oops! Missed a week! And now I am going to miss two weeks. Why? Because I can't find anything quotable in the book series I have been reading. I am very ready to finish the series... His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman. It makes me even more excited though to start reading the new J.R.R. Tolkien books I bought this week. I now have everything he wrote apart from a few of the works he co-authored. I am giving one of these collections away but love having them all next to each other in the shelf for the time being. Yay for used book stores!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Garage Sale-ing

Yesterday I went with two of my girlfriends all over north county looking for furniture to restore (me), old suitcases/antique frames (Carly), and retro decor/records (Christianna). One awkward estate sale, a few lame garage sales, and fifty arrow-less directional signs later I found something. Not the furniture I was looking for but something amazing none-the-less. I looked in a cardboard box labeled "Free Stuff" not expecting to see anything worthwhile but to my surprise I found a whole bag of wine corks!
It was the only thing I found out of all the sales we went to but it was worth it. I love the cork with the wax seal on the top. I don't know how it remained intact but I am excited to see what it turns into. Come to think of it, you are also probably wondering what the heck these corks will turn into. =) I have an awesome cork necklace that my mom's friend made and I am hoping to make something as creative with them without stealing her idea. I really have no ideas past that but I recommend having random materials sitting in your craft arsenal anyway. You never know what you can use them for.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Planning my Plans

I spend too much time planning how I am going to go about my day. I pour over my schedule sometime just to make sure I can get everything done that  I have told myself have to get done. In a sick way, I enjoy writing detailed lists on how I am going to accomplish my life. For instance, I made this list last night: Work till 12, Pack up rest of stuff in car, Vacuum, Check extra 5 apartments, Checkouts With Dom, Leave...

As if I really needed to be reminded to leave? Come on! I spent a while making this actually. When I could have been sleeping or working instead. Granted, it is one thing to be organized. But it is an entirely different thing to map out your whole life. Which is the point I am getting to.

I need to realize that:
If I don't clean that one kitchen counter, life WILL go on.

If I do not get to leave right at 2pm from work, my day will NOT be destroyed.

If I cannot write that one card today, that friend will NOT know the difference.

If it is a matter of spending time in prayer or spending time checking my emails and facebook notifications, I will not benefit from sitting in front of my computer and I WILL benefit from spending that half hour with the Lord.

Verdict? I WILL NOT prioritize my summer goals over God's summer goals. And I will try to live more freely without being tied down to the over-detailed, pre-planning part of my brain.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Full Days

In two days....
I will be done with my life as a Community Adviser (three years!).
It will officially be summer.
I will be hanging out with my Dad.
I will be completely moved into my Grandparent's house.
I will only have two jobs instead of three.
I will say goodbye to Poly Canyon and on campus housing.

In the past few days....
I officially became a fourth year in college.
I finished finals!
I moved all my stuff to Templeton by myself (with a little help from
Bear and Mayur's muscles).
I celebrated Bailey and Caitlin's 21st birthdays and their graduation.
I worked 12.5 hours for commencement with the Police Dept.
I made some new friends.
I freaked out a little about having to graduate soon and move on with life outside of college.

Picture (top): Dexter Lawn.
Picture (bottom): Driving the UPD Escort Van.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Book Quote: Cellular Article

By Will Walker

"The good life, as it has been sold to us, is about comfort and ease.The problem, of course, is that no amount of status or wealth guarantees you either of these. The deeper problem is that comfort and ease do not necessarily make for a satisfying life, much less a life of significance. [...] The 'real world' wants to lure you into self-sufficiency so you will think that normal life is real life. I want you to see that you were made to live for something beyond yourself so you will think that normal life is a wasted life."

Monday, June 7, 2010

Homemade Presents

My friends, Caitlin and Bailey Hitch, turned 21 today!!! They are twins and are very dear to me. We have been friends since the first day our parents left us in the dorms and three years later they are still some of my closest friends. So I decided to make their birthday presents. I love homemade presents. =)

First off... Caitlin has fallen in love with hair clips makes out of Yo-Yos. So I found a simple tutorial online for making Yo-Yos, threw on some antique buttons, and sewed them to hair clips. Easy peasy! They even made the white bag interesting. (enclosed inside the bag? an antique teacup =)
Second... Beer bottle vases!!! Since it is their 21st birthday I thought it would be appropriate to transform a bottle, formerly containing an alcoholic beverage, into something wonderful and useful. So using paper, magazine letters, chipboard accents, and tags I made two mostly matching vases to commemorate this special occasion. =)
Thirdly... Bailey's present was harder to come by. The finished product is nothing like my original idea but I like the character it took on as I pieced it together. I used a coffee bag (from a local coffee roasting company) as a base for the canvas. After running around Beverly's trying to find fabric I landed on the most wonderful bolt of fabric. So I drew my color scheme and inspiration from the purple fabric you see the E's made of. After cutting out the letters using an Amy Butler pattern I sewed the letters to the burlap with random zig-zag lines and added all sorts of buttons and ribbons. I LOVE antique buttons in case you didn't notice. I use them so much though that I am starting to run out and need to go hunt for more soon.
They should be opening their gifts as this post appears on my blog. I am so excited to give them everything! Not to mention it will clear up a lot of space in my closet. =)

Friday, June 4, 2010

The Supremacy of Christ

I feel like I have been posting a lot of quotes and links lately but this passage really caught my eye. Because it is so powerful I feel that even a cursory read will speak to you. I am not recommending you read it quickly though. Take some time to soak in the weight of who Jesus is.

The Supremacy of Christ 
Colossians 1:15-23
"He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.  Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant."

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Check Check Done

I have been a CA (community adviser) and RA (resident adviser) for over two years now. 2 2/3 years to be exact. Or to be even more exact... 8 quarters out of the 9 quarters I have been at Cal Poly. And I am now 12 days away from never having to do another set of rounds, or another desk shift, or unlock another stranger's door. I am definitely in checklist mode now.

staff meeting - check
meeting with my boss - check
set of rounds - this sunday
desk shift - check
adviser banquet - tomorrow
program/event - check
checkout - next tuesday

So close I can almost taste the freedom!!!

Book Quote: Jesus Without Religion

Jesus Without Religion
Rick James

"So just as it would be a terrible miscalculation to assume that Urban Outfitters is a Christian company because it sells Jesus figurines and "Jesus is my homeboy" T-shirts, it would be wrong to assume that everything that has gone on in history under the same name of Christianity is an expression of sincere Christian faith. It simply isn't. We never seem to get the real Jesus when all we talk about is the behavior of people while wearing a cross, because anyone can wear a cross--and wearing a cross doesn't prevent us from doing anything. In fact, if I were the Satan, I think I would wear one whenever I went out in public--it goes good with black" (pg 25).

I partially recommend this book. Rick James makes some good points but I hardly feel convinced of many of his arguments. And I am not the one who even needs convincing! His ideas and arguments could be fleshed out better but then again, I have found some cool stuff in there and he has a no-nonsense kind of writing which lends itself to humor and contemporary examples. Here is where my partial recommendation comes in. I do not recommend it to long time Christians, debating non-believers who need deep scientific explanations, or your mom. I do recommend it to a new believer, some one searching for truth, or someone who is just curious about who Jesus was and is. My friend gave a copy to my hair stylist and that is why I am reading it. I am excited to see what she thinks of it.

New Band 2

I almost forgot my other musical discovery this week!
Reasons for loving this band:
1. They are from London.
2. They sooth my soul.
3. They have an incredible folksy sound.
4. They have great harmonies and a banjo.
5. They have really cool, high quality music videos.
6. They are Mumford and Sons.

Little Lion Man
My apologies for the repeat of the F word. For some reason it sounds less horrible with their accents.

Winter Winds
Such an artful blend of instruments! I would like to see you make a banjo subtle but powerful enough to work with a trumpet! =)

New Band

A few things:
1. They are Irish.
2. They love Jesus.
3. They are creative.
4. Their lyrics are powerful.
5. They have captivating music videos.
6. They make me happy. =)
7. They are Rend Collective Experiment.

Favorite line: You are the movement and fight in me. I am running fast and free to you.

You Bled
How can you resist these kids and the simple message of Christ loving us?!

iphone Worship
HOW CREATIVE IS THIS!?! This is how I first heard of them. He is even singing into an iphone!

PS I tried embedding the videos for easier viewing but they were cut off so you could only see half the screen. Computer -> 1
Stephanie -> -20