Monday, September 28, 2009

A Smorgasbord of a Post...

I went home this weekend. Here are the thoughts I gathered over the weekend. Enjoy.

family accent
I realized whenever someone in my family gets angry, the Jersey accent comes out. Exhibit A- Charlie defending himself. Here's a paraphrased account of what happened in my house the other day. Imagine this scenario with a Jersey accent.

[Catherine walks in the house with pens in her back pocket]
Mom: "Catherine, you shouldn't put pens in your back pocket, ask ya brother."
Charlie [slightly angered]: "Mom, what are ya tawking about? I don't put pens in my pockets!"

End scene.

I know I have blogged about this before, however, after being home I feel the need to reiterate how stupid some drivers are. A few things:
1. Please use your blinker.
2. Go the speed limit, especially if you are in the left lane.
3. Do not flash your lights telling me to get out of your way when there is another car in front of me.
4. It is unnecessary to come to a complete stop when going through EZ-Pass
5. Green means "go," not "stay where you are."
6. Virginia, please take your green arrows and turn them into "left turn yields to traffic," signs. I'm tired of sitting at red arrows when the traffic is clear for me to turn.
7. Pennsylvania caravan, double check your directions so you know when to get onto the parkway. That way, Charlie won't beep at you and you won't be stuck on the median trying to get in the line of traffic.

There is nothing like running on the boardwalk back home. It makes me want to run all the time. Running three miles at school does not compare to running three miles by the water. This weekend the weather was cool, sunny, and slightly breezy. The water was navy blue and a teal green. Absolutely beautiful. How could you not love running when you are beside such an awesome creation? With that being said, I want to run. I want to get back into running shape. I miss it. I want it.

jesus time
Just being honest, I haven't been in the Word as much as I would like to. I'm crazy busy. I stay up late doing stupid things like playing cards, or working out way too late. I lose sleep and neglect to spend time with God. I let my friends down when I fail to read my Bible. For instance, I had a friend this week who needed encouragement. Did I have God-inspired Scripture to give her? No, because I hadn't read my Bible in almost a week. I would appreciate accountability in my Bible reading, I need to get back on track.

84 days till winter
Goodness I can't wait. I need snow, 360s, boxes, chair lifts, cold air, powdered trees, brother bonding time, open trails, butters, flat spins, aching legs, and goggle tans. I miss it. I'm getting anxious just waiting for the snow!! I have my snowboard with me now, so hopefully riding will come soon!

pumpkin spice lattes
It's that time of year again. That is all.

picture of the day: i would

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Just sayin'...

Despite the insane amount of stress and extreme lack of sleep, I am really enjoying life :].

My friends are basically REALLY awesome. We have fun doing random things like camping, roasting marshmallows, swimming, staying up really really late, cooking, and just so many other things.

I am blessed. I'm starting to form some cool relationships with some new students and I am so thankful for the bonds that are starting to form.

School is cool and God is good :]

Saturday, September 12, 2009

The things people have recognized me as this week...

-Exercise girl
-The girl who knows everyone
-Short, brown haired, extroverted girl

Hahaha my life.

Friday, September 11, 2009

I have so much to write about... so I'm just going to say it all.

in remembrance of today
September 11 always make me sad. I always feel the need to tell where I was on September 11 because I remember the day pretty vividly. I remember sitting in my sixth grade math class with Mr. Basiak. A teacher came into our classroom and asked if anyone had parents who worked in New York City, saying that traffic would be really bad getting home. Keep in mind I'm from Jersey and soooo many people commute to work in the city.

It wasn't until I went home that I found out what was going on. I walked through the door and looked for my mom; I discovered her sitting in the basement in front of the TV with tears down her face. That was when I saw it. Across the television screen were people running from smoke and the World Trade Center tumbling to the ground. In an instant I was sobbing. I was so scared! I cried basically all day. I met my brother when he hopped off the bus and told him the news, and within minutes we were all glued to the TV. I had vocabulary homework to do for science that day, but it took me hours to do because I was so distracted. I was afraid that a plane would hit my house and hurt my family. My dad finally came home and our whole family was just sad and in awe of how something so terrible could happen. Corinne's uncle died in the towers, along with so many more.

The next day my dad took us to a park where you could see smoke from the towers across the bay.  Red Bank had a memorial over at the Waterfront Park, with countless candles, pictures, and flowers in remembrance of those lost. There were so many "Have you seen this person?" pictures. :[ Months later, we went to another park area and saw the two tall lights that replaced the towers. 9/11 always gets to me. If it's 9:11 p.m., I need to see the clock turn to 9:12. I'm always remembering that day.

how can i stand here with you and not be moved by you?
Last night's awake was incredibly moving. God has my life in his hands and I am SO confident of that. I know He will provide for me and do great things for my life. Last night was a time of surrender, of humbleness, and praise. God is so good and I am so thankful.

I feel like there is more that I needed to say. If I remember, I will post it.

Picture of the Day: I love my Family!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The Three 'S's of the College Student's Life

Social Life.

In my college experience I have discovered that one of these three must be sacrificed in order to have the other two. The girl down the hall from me goes to sleep by 11, thus giving up her social life. My friend upstairs forgets that his assignments are due because he's busy with friends. As for me, I have not had a reallll night's sleep [we'll say at least eight hours] since... oh.... I forget. I need to start sleeping. I'm doing well in school and have been meeting a lot of new people, but right now I am exhausted! And my body is starting to regret it. Uh oh... :[

So here I am a week in, focusing on school and my social life. My classes are AH-MAZ-ING. Love 'em all! Sans Philosophy because it's online. Not digging the online class thang.

I've been to the beach a few times, baked A LOT [maybe too much, lol] and have been making an effort to hit the gym every day. So far, so good. Except there has been a lot of drama already, DUN DUN DUN! :[ Not down with that, especially since we're only one week into the semester. However, things are clearing up, so that's good.

I'm planning on Daniel fasting it soon, I'm feeling led, so we'll see where that goes.

Let's see, what else is worth saying...

Oh, true. I won at Apples to Apples. Holllllllleeerrr!

Picture of the Day: Today is Keith's Birthday