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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wednesday Words

"For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go.  I travel for travel's sake.  The great affair is to move."
-Robert Louis Stevenson

(Hello, Baltimore!)

I'm leaving tomorrow to go see Mr. L!  I'm absolutely thrilled to be able to visit him not once, but TWICE up in Baltimore!  Wish me luck on the journey up there -- Atlanta airport, here I come, ugh!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Five for Friday

1.  I miss snuggle time.

2.  I miss how excited Liam would get when you first came home from work.

3.  I miss your hugs.

4.  I miss your pillow next to mine.

5.  Thankfully I won't have to miss you much longer -- less than a week until I get to visit you!!

ily <3

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Wednesday Words

"It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities."
- J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, spoken by the character Albus Dumbledore

Since I've been voraciously reading the Harry Potter series for the first time ever (I know, my shameful little secret!), I figured a quote from the series would be good to do!  =)

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Think: Refusing Truth

It amazes me how blind people become when a truth they refuse to accept is shown to them.  Whether political, informational, or, in all actuality, any kind of category, it seems like they screw up their mouths, stick their fingers in their ears, and start screaming "LALALALA" over and over again, closing their minds to the situation entirely.  They literally lap up crap from the rumor mill while completely ignoring supported and checked factual information.

I stumbled across this interesting article a little while ago:

One part of the article says the following:

Co-author Steven Hoffman, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor of sociology at the University at Buffalo, says, "Our data shows substantial support for a cognitive theory known as 'motivated reasoning,' which suggests that rather than search rationally for information that either confirms or disconfirms a particular belief, people actually seek out information that confirms what they already believe.

"In fact," he says, "for the most part people completely ignore contrary information."

Incredibly, and sadly, it seems like people really are shoving their fingers in their ears.

Another quote further along in the article stuck out to me as well:

The study addresses what it refers to as a "serious challenge to democratic theory and practice that results when citizens with incorrect information cannot form appropriate preferences or evaluate the preferences of others."

I read something like that, and I just get plain scared -- not just for the future of our country, but also because it seems like such a futile effort to even try to get someone to open up their minds and think about the gross untruths they not only believe, but eagerly propagate.  I don't want to believe it's a hopeless cause, but I can't help feeling like it is.

Don't misunderstand me; I'm not even in the slightest declaring myself on a "side" in a political sense.  I am not telling you what you should believe, and I'm not telling you what your political affiliation should be.  The only "side" I'm advocating is education and exposure to the truth -- not the belief in rumors and lies someone only wants to be true.  Don't accept something as truth just because someone (a loved one, the media, a politician) says it is or because it "sounds" plausible.  Research, improve and exercise your mind, and educate yourself on the issues surrounding our country, our communities, and ourselves.

Just please don't let yourself become a sheeple.


Friday, August 19, 2011

Five for Friday

1.  You really do work hard to make sure we get what we deserve, and I don't give you enough credit for that like I should.

2.  You're doing so good in your course!  My little math whiz =)

3.  You're actually willingly going to another Alabama football game with me...I am ecstatic!

4.  You ease my nerves and calm me down, even when it might not seem like it to you.

5.  Less than two weeks!!

ily <3

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Wednesday Words

"The more people I meet the more I like my dog."

I love this pup.
That is all.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

DSLR Camera Adjustable Divider Giveaway from Martilena

A really awesome seller I found about a year ago on Etsy is hosting another giveaway of her fabulous merchandise -- be sure to check out the contest and her Etsy page, found here.

Here's a glance at the beautiful little camera bag she made for me earlier in the year:

I love it, especially since I got to choose the fabric and colors!  I'll definitely be buying from her again in the future!  =)

Friday, August 12, 2011

Five for Friday

1.  You're a cutie pie, even on Skype =)

2.  I appreciate all the advice you give me, from little things to big things.

3.  I love how easy it is for you to make friends.

4.  I think it's awesome how you acknowledge the importance of the little steps towards our goals.

5.  Less than three weeks 'til I see you!!

ily <3

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Wednesday Words

"The brave die never, though they sleep in dust:
Their courage nerves a thousand living men." 
- Minot J. Savage

Although I've already posted this on Facebook, I felt it warranted more attention.  God bless our troops and watch over them as they fight for our country, and please comfort the families who have lost loved ones in the attack on August 6th as well as any others who have lost someone.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Five for Friday

1.  You keep me grounded and responsible.

2.  You still encourage me to dream at the same time.

3.  You strive to be honest and good.

4.  You fight for what you believe is right.

5.  You can't wait to see me when I fly up for Labor Day weekend, woohoo!

ily <3

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Wednesday Words

"There's only us, there's only this. 
Forget regret, or life is yours to miss.
No other road, no other way, 
No day but today."
-Cast of the Broadway musical Rent

After browsing through some Youtube videos one evening, I eventually stumbled across this musical piece of perfection:

It only reaffirmed my love for Idina Menzel and Rent.  It's a message we all need to take to heart since none of us are promised tomorrow.  God bless Rent's creator, Jonathan Larson, for bringing us such a remarkable vision into the human condition as well as a classic work of musical art.

Monday, August 1, 2011

It's Your Birthday, Bonnie!

Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of attending a paint party in honor of my wonderful friend Bonnie's birthday!

For those of you who have never attended one of these parties, basically, before you arrive you choose a painting you'd like to paint, and then at the party an employee (or multiple employees) will help you add details to your painting to make it look beautiful and nice.

My painting (a hibiscus in honor of Hawaii!) waiting on some detail work to make it look better!

At many of these places, you can also bring your choice of food and beverages, and we of course had to indulge:

I had such a wonderful time hanging out with Bonnie and her friends.  They really are such a warm, loving bunch of people and you can't help but smile when you're around any of them!

A few of us with our finished paintings!
And since today is officially her date of birth, I also wanted to wish Bonnie a very, very happy birthday!  I love you and I'll see you again soon!

Me with the birthday girl!