What a Week.

I love philosophy. The highlight of my week was taking my test in History of Philosophy. I honestly didn't want to turn my test in because i wanted to write on it for hours. I wish everyone was as excited about there major as i am. I really think that people should be. If you aren't doing what you love, why do it at all? Sure, I am an idealist, but i don't really care to be a realist. Especially when the "reality" is telling me that i have to get a good job, or be a good wife for my hard working husband so that we can have kids and send them to good schools to prepare them for college so that they can get the right degree so that they can get that high-paying job so that they can provide a good education for their kids (my grandkids), so that they can get the right degree and the right job so that they can continue on this never-ending, falsely rewarding cycle. How about enjoying the process for a second? The enjoyment in learning is worth FAR more to me than the paycheck i wind up with in a few years. I'll be happy living paycheck to paycheck, especially when i realize that the people who are unhappily living paycheck to paycheck are the ones who still have a desire to advance themselves in that economic way. I don't. I'd rather advance myself in a love and live way. I'm such hippie. And i love it.

When people ask me my major, and then ask me what i plan to do with it... I've taken to this answer,

"I'm going to live."

The confused faces that follow are enough to prove to me that that is EXACTLY what i should do. If people are so confused by that statement, it is obvious that there aren't enough people who do that. So i am joing the few, the ones who learn so that they can live to enjoy learning.

On a sidenote, tomorrow I am going Garage Saling with Grant (samanthas best friend) and probably Samantha if she gets back from the Christian Ed. retreat in time to hit the sales early with us.

Things to look for:
-A bike for transport.
-Accessories for the room.
-Old scrapbooking materials.
-Sweet vintage clothes.
-A printer? ok maybe not. but i desperately need one.

Also tomorrow i will build the set for airband, hopefully enough boys will show up with good work ethic. I just want it to be done. I think i am going to use my Habitat connections to ascertain power tools. HA. This is so reminiscient of Spirit week hallways at WCA. love it.

I love you all lots and lots and lots. ♥


As Promised...

The Loathed Subject.

My Bulletin Board that keeps falling down. :(

Magnetic strip above my desk. Lots of pictures.

My desk. Notice the website that my computer is on.. :)

We ♥ Hobby Lobby fake flowers and real vases.

The Bulletin Board i constructed...for 3 hours...

And again.....

Our door.

Our door again.....

Our nameplates...

The full thing...I love it.

Those are my creative endevours for the last week. Love it. Love you all.


The Weekend.

Yes, it is officially saturday. I always feel like i have such long weekends because my classes are over by noon on fridays. Its very nice. Well, thus far it has been a rather creative weekend. We have a bullite board halfway up the stair to get to my room in Olson Hall, but this board is SO ugly and torn up, and there was nothing on it. So, instead of complain, i just sat down for 3 hours and made an AMAZINGLY beautiful bulliten board out of scrapbooking paper. I feel bad for using all the paper that i did out of our stash, but there is still a lot more and our supply is in no way dwindling. (i would love to recieve scrapbooking supplies via care packages in the mail...ahem family). Anyway, after that, i made some more little notecards with verses and quotes on them for our door. Our door is amazing. I will have pictures of all of this soon, especially since it IS parents weekend here and since my parents can't be here, i figure they should still get the benefit of seeing my decorated room. After the creative juices stopped flowing a bit, i went to work on Biology with Katelin at the Student Union. I got 48/60 on my test, but he is letting us explain the correct answers for half credit, so i could end up with a 54/60 which would be BEAUTIFUL...AND a lot higher than i expected. I cannot wait to get out of that class. By the time i finished that it was about 9:30pm and when we got back to the dorms a girl, Jenny was leaving for a bonfire and asked if anyone wanted to go; I went. We drove down to Jerry's farm (a guy who some of the boys on campus work for) and we sat around the fire until Jenny had to get back for her Volleyball game curfew (11pm). We had a good time talking and we talked a lot about Habitat for Humanity stuff, because she is in charge of the the H4H chapter on campus. When i got back i met lots of parents who were saying bye to their kids, and then i...you guessed it....made more pretty scrapbook stuff while i watched the movie "Center Stage." When the movie was over it was about 1am. I did some more homework for an hour, and then suddenly i had a burst of energy. SO, at circa 2:30am left for a walk/run around campus. I walked for 2 miles with weights, then i ran 2 miles. It was ABSOLUTELY gorgeous outside. I felt like i was in a movie when i was running because the wind was just perfect and my music felt like a soundtrack. I loved it. I got home around 3:15 and took a shower. I went to bed around 4am...Sam had been asleep fo 3 hours already. haha. THENNNNN this morning i think i might have awakened around 8:30 but then went back to bed. When i actually got up it was actually 12:30. I brushed my teeth and went straight to the Parent's Weekend Tailgate party. And after that, i headed to the library to do more Biology and to read my History of Philosophy homework......i did the Biology, but i haven't quite gotten to the History of Philosophy work yet.... instead,

i blogged.


why did i get up at 6:00am this morning?

Simple answer: I am a college student...we do these things.

Real answer: I have a biology test that is going to kick my butt in an hour.

I really don't even want to think about the test right now, so i'm not going to write about it. just pray. Other than that, there is some exciting news. My football team is 5-0 and we have another game today WOOO. But even more exciting is the fact that i applied for cabinet for the Habitat for Humanity-Taylor Chapter as the Spring Break Coordinator. This meas that i will basically be in charge of planning a Spring Break Trip for about 95 people (if the same amount go as last year) to go and serve in a relief area. Last year it was New Orleans, who knows what it will be this year. I may or may not get the position. I am, of course, a freshman, which makes it a bit harder. HOWEVER, i don't think there are a lot of people jumping out of their seats with excitement at the thought of this high pressure planning position... i, however, am. Yes, i am literally jumping out of my seat with excitement. :) Hopefully i get the position. If not, i will be happy to serve on the team as just a volunteer or possibly volunteer coordinator.

Another exciting opportunity that i'm thinkig about for next J-term is "The Footsteps of Paul", which is, instead of my ordinary required biblical literature 2 course, a month-long trip to Israel and Greece. Speaking to everyone who has been on the trip, it is an AMAZING opportunity, one not to be missed. I can't do that this J-term because I have to be here to take a leadership class, in case i do want to work in admissions or do anything of a similar nature.

Basically, right now i'm entralled with Taylor's amazing appetite for world engagement, whether it's down the street or a few continents over, they have world vision...something Christian America desparately needs.


why am i still up at 1:30 in the morning?

simple answer: i am a college student. we do thes things.

Especially when i have a HUGE biology test on wednesday that i am not in the least bit prepared for (partially because i can't bring myself to read the wretched book). However, the upperclassmen on my wing who took the class last semester say that tomorrow he will tell us that it is an open book test. If he does i'm going to partially be VERY angry that i have spent all the time that i have worried about this test. It did nothing but stress me out. i didn't study in advance in preparation or anything, so that trickery tactic was way lost on me and most of my peers in the class. lame.

Also, Samantha is having a hard time falling asleep, even when she's tired lately. SO, her plan was to tonight stay up until she can't keep her eyes open so that she'll be really tired tomorrow when she gets up early so that tomorrow night she will fall asleep as soon as her head hits the pillow. shes a smart thinker.

As far as tomorrow goes for me, HUGE football game...we play 3rd and 4th floor Bergwall...and since we are, till this point, undefeated, it is imperative that we win again...cuz my addiction to winning grows stronger with every game and i know not what would happen if we were to lose a game before playoffs.

Also tomorrow, there is a seminar about the court and the constitution and how they should be interpreting it...i'm really interested and hopefully i'll have time to go, in between study breaks that is.

anyway, maybe i should go to bed. i get up in 5.5 hours. hah.

OH and a little sidenote for those who care...the pickadate was a bust...HOWEVER, its ok because that was what was expected. Any boy who doesn't have the courage to ask a girl out on casual date, so that his friends have to find someone to go with him, will definitely not be a great date....he might even be mute. i swear he said less than 30 words.. i'm pretty sure that i've never been so sick of hearing my own voice. haha. EVER. In true annie style, however, i was at no point feeling awkward...more just terribly sad for this poor boy who can't even ask the reciprocal questions like "how about you"? i will be VERY interested to see if this boy ever dates again..and if he ever gets married i'd like to meet the special girl who likes boys who never talk. haha.

so harsh.
hes great...at least i think he is. Maybe i would know if he had said anything.

;) night.


Another active night.

4:45- We beat our opponents soundly in intramural football, advancing us to 4-0, and first in our league.

5:30- We watch our brother wing get smashed once again in intramural football, reducing them to 0-4 in their league. how tragic.

6:30- Dinner with the brother wing.

8:00- Extreme Spoons at the Sammy Fountains. We scattered the spoons more than 200 yards away..and hid them. It made every round last forever. totally loved it though.

9:00- Airband Practice. We are practicing the "mambo" dance from west side story right now. I danced with a boy named jordan who is roommates with the boy i am going on a pick-a-date with on saturday. I found out that he is going with a girl i know really well from CRAM. this makes everything SO much better since i have never met this boy i am going with before and by chance we got put together on this date. apparently he is quiet. almost mute. should be fun. haha. soooo at least i'll have jordan and his date, my friend, darla, there to hangout with.

11:00- Brad brings katelin and i coffee from starbuckys and we meet his roommate...who i actually already knew, but i just didn't know he was brad's roommate.

these kinds of things happen on a campus as small as tay tay. gotta love it.

good night all. i have early class tomorrow..and probably breakfast before.


With ten seconds left....

I THREW A HUGE pass to my wide reciever in my first game as quarterback. We came back and won the game. It was beautiful..but i' can't wait for our quarterback to come back so i can be a reciever again. i love it. next game tomorrow. we are 3-0 baby. We beat probably the best team today....and we shouldn't have, but we did. YES. And now i will do homework until i go play basketball, then from there i go to a 2 hour Airband practice (airband=wca's lipsync).

i love activity.

oh and also i took my career development test today. these are my "personality highlights":


i feel like they are contradictory, however, i feel like a walking personality type contradiction sometimes, so i guess the test is right!

My "critical life issues":

-finnancial management

My top 5 career groups in order are:

LAST in line for my career groups is...(you guessed it)...

-animal care...(they know me VERY well.)

Ta ta for now.


Allistair Begg

Its spiritual renewal week here at Tay tay. And who, of all the millions who could be speaking, shows up? Allistair Begg. That's right. He's brilliant. And funny. And scotish. Can life get any better? I submit that it cannot.

Download the Podcast. www.taylor.edu


Rollerskating and Extreme Spooning.

Last night sam and i decided to go roller skating with one of her best friends, grant, and a bunch of boys from his wing--Sammy Foundation. We traveled to marion to this sweet little rink and a bunch of people started showing up from taylor, wearing tacky clothes...(we didn't get the tacky clothes memo). We skated for FOREVER..it was blisteringly hot, but SO fun. We got home at about 11 and then, since it was open house, some guys came by and talked for a while--we were trying to hurry them away however, because we wanted to watch "the illusionist"..which we did. I went to bed about 2:30 after the movie (sam fell asleep 20 minutes in) on the futon. greatest invention ever. I rolled out of bed at 10 (missed a breakfast date with heather) and then i headed over to Intermural football practice. I pretty much soaked through my shirt in a matter of minutes. It is so humid, and now rainy, here. For lunch, sam and i had agreed to meet up with some Sammy Penthouse guys and bring a few girls to play ultimate spoons and the DC. WOW. most amazing time of our lives. Here are the rules for Ultimate Spoons:

1-pass the cards around in a circle until you get four of a kind.
2-When you get four of a kind, get up and run to get a spoon.
3-When you see someone get up, you also must find a spoon.
4-When you go to get a spoon you must ask someone at a table in the designated area.
5-The person you take the spoon from cannot be a friend
6- You cannot table repeat.
7-Last person back to the table gets a letter
8-The goal is to not get letters and to NOT spell out S-P-O-O-N.

Its a beautiful game. People were looking at us, sO jealous that we were having an insane amount of fun at mealtime, while they were discussing the weather... (which they probably WERE doing, since its so gross).

Great 2 days.

OH and we are playing spoons again tonight at the Boys' open house. Sammy penthouse, extreme spooning here we come.

OH and we are making shirts to designate us as the one and only extreme spooning club on campus.








Fitness for Life...or TIRED for life?

I am SO tired. In my Fitness for Life class we are doing pre-testing before we start our weekly work outs. SO, yesterday morning (at 6:30 am mind you) was all about how much weight we could life compared to our body weight. Apparently my legs are doing just fine because i could do 50+ leg curls with about 80lbs of weight...but my poor little arms could do ZERO on the bench press. I literally could not even get it up once...partly because they had it set at 75 for my weight. how is that even possible? why would they have me lift more with my arms than with my legs? SO confused. Anyway, after that embarrassment...i was sore all morning and my legs were shaking on the way to class because i maxed out on every machine and thus i was a bit wobbly. Somehow i got through my day...only to get up THIS MORNING, and run 1.5 miles to see what my VO2 max is. How much oxygen my body can use at any given time ( i think). I ran it in 13:10...kinda embarrassing for an ex soccer player...HOWEVER..i don't blame myself...it was at 8 in the morning, AND it was inside on a track which gets rather monotonous and slows down my pace EVERY TIME. whatever happened to running outside in God's beautiful creation? eh? Anyway. My legs are thoroughly sore and I now want to take a nap but cannot because i have a reading report due in 2 hours that i didn't do last night due to my sluggishness as a result of the morning exercises.

freshman fifteen my butt.


Labor Day Weekend.

What a great weekend! Friday we took off on our wing retreat. It was such an amazing time. Most of the girls were there, minus the ones who play tennis and volleyball for Taylor. We hung out for a while, played funny games, and took pictures. Then, Amanda, our DA (discipleship assistant) gave her testimony for all the girls. We then proceeded to split into three groups of about 10 and do the same. Each girl gave her testimony, then someone would pray for her as another girl washed her feet. It was a wonderful opportunity to break down the walls of superficiality and get to know each girl on a personal level. Every girl cried. After we got back together, we made s'mores and laughed the night away. When it was time for bed, the bedroom, living room, dining room, and sitting room were FULL of girls. My friend emily and i decided it might be fun to rough it outside. SO, emily and I took our sleeping bags into the cold (yes it actually WAS cold there) and laid for a while, talking. When we did get to sleep, against all odds (the girls thought we would never stay outside), we slept beautifully--probably better than everyone else--ESPECIALLY the girls in the dining room. Because all of the floor was blocked by girls in sleeping bags...the cat was unable to reach her litter box and thus POOPED in the corner of the dining room. It smelled worse than anything i think i've ever smelled in my LIFE. The girls who smelled it in the night didn't want to say anything though because they thought it might be one of the girls--it wasn't. haha. Nevertheless, in the morning we got up and had breakfast, a biblestudy, and then we jetted out of there so I, along with some others, could make it back for......

Saturday community plunge. As a freshman, I am required to have 2 hours of community service for my New Student Orientation class. Most people finished theirs on Thursday, but i have class ALL morning..so i couldn't. So, i proceeded to sort glasses for 2 hours. It was for a ministry located here in Upland, who sends these glasses to people in need. They actually have the LARGEST EYEGLASS SORTING PLANT IN THE WORLD. yes thats right...in upland, indiana we have the biggest eyeglass sorting plant in the world. And you thought upland wasn't famous for anything.. :) The rest of the day was spent hanging out and doing homework. Sam and i went for a nice roomie walk throughout the streets of Upland...and then we came back and went to bed.

Sunday, yesterday, I hopped in a car with my PA, steph, and went to try out her church--Exit 59. It was pretty good. The pastor is not really an ordained or highly educated man, which was a bit refreshing, but also not. Its a church all about the "lay people" and they teach in an expository style. Right now they just started Ephesians. I liked it..but I think i would like a bit more tradition in a church--and a few old people. Next week i will probably go to Lakeview with Sam. After a nice sunday lunch and an afternoon nap, a bunch of us traveled to Indy to a Hootie and the Blowfish concert. We had lots of fun dancing and being silly in the crowd. I knew barely any songs..but it was still fun, especially because Hootie isn't a dancey kind of music, so we looked ridiculous...but we had a good time. Anyway, we left about 11:15 and got back home about 12:30. Half the group made a Steak and Shake run, but i made sure to be in the group that was going straight home to bed.

Today, Monday, was WONDERFUL. I had a roommate date with Samantha. We went into Marion and stayed for 6 HOURS! wow. We first went to Hobby Lobby to get lots and lots of scrapbooking paper because we want to make cards and fun crafty things with it, and its all half price because they are going out of business. We both spent about 40 dollars but really got about 80 dollars worth of materials. It was a beautiful thing. We also bought a beautiful vase and fake flowers to liven up our dorm. We were hungry after the 2 HOURS we spent in Hobby Lobby, so we hit up Applebee's for a little lunchin. After that we decided that if we were gonna be out all day, we better do some homework. SO, we stopped at starbucks and read for an hour. Me, with my history of western philosophy book and her with her New testament for her Christian Ed. class. We proceeded on from there to Walmart to get healthy food and a few various items. We were carrying around 30 bottles of shaving cream for a shaving cream fight we had later tonight. People looked at us funny. One guy even said, "you either have alot of hair to shave or you are gonna sabotage someone pretty bad." haha. Anyway, from walmart we went to the Tree of Life bookstore where we tried to find a concordance...but who'd of guessed that the CHRISTIAN BOOKSTORE wouldn't have had concordances...what?? But, they did have a Vera Bradley display...SOOOO we decided to be cute roommates and get matching ID cases. SO cute. That was the last stop on our marathon roommate date. It was magnificent. We then got back and i had a 2 hour craft time with all my fun new papers and cardstocks. Let me know if you want a beautiful letter, because i WILL make you one when time permits. At around 8 our brother wing picked up us at our dorm and we walked to Ivanhoe's, the "very famous" restaurant. they have 100 sundaes and 100 shakes. its madness. i didn't get one, but i watched 30 people stuff their faces with beautiful concoctions. delish. We then ran back to quickly change and head to an obscure field to progress with the evening's scheduled shaving cream fight.

i am still getting shaving cream out of my ears. ughhhh. but it was fun. hopefully i'll have pictures soon that i can post :)

Love you all dearly.