Wednesday, February 25, 2009

dear friday,

i can't wait to see you. you are meeting me with a happy hour then ryan adams. how could i ever repay you?

also, tell the rest of the weekend i'm excited for it too.

nobody girl.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

the wizarding world of harry potter.

sometimes known to cry at harry potter previews, it's a pretty sure thing that i am obsessed with HP. books, movies, everything. and now...A THEME PARK!?

the wizarding world of harry potter is going to open in 2010 in orlando, fl. it will include a hogwarts castle, the village of hogsmeade, and the three broomstick pub.

i know i'm too old to still get excited about things like this, but oh my gosh. this will be like a dream come true. and i thought going to the great room in the library at k-state was exciting.

i will be there, opening day, ready for a butterbeer and a quidditch game.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

oh hai.

there are two shows on tv that i watch sometimes that are so interesting to me. i think it's because i was a psychology major and both of these shows have to do with some deception, and like 99% of psych experiments contain deception. it's so intriguing to see what people will do when they aren't aware something is going on.

the first show is called what would you do? this is a show basically about what people would do on hidden cameras. they set up situations that will basically test if people will exude helping behavior to strangers. after studying helping behavior in social psychology, my faith in humanity was not so high. however after watching this show and seeing how people will actually stand up for other people - it's restored just a little bit. some scenarios include a blind woman getting ripped off, an Arab woman being denied a purchase, etc. they interview the people afterward and ask what made them help, and it's always pretty charming.
* right now, they are making an actor look like a creepy stranger going up to children asking for help finding a lost puppy. they are looking for adults to get involved, and thank goodness people are. NOW they just did another experiment with a nice, clean looking guy. but people are STILL not letting this girl go with him. thank you human kind for not letting me down.

on a totally opposite note, there is a show called 'true beauty'. on the outside it looks like some kind of laguna beach, mtv sick show that i would never watch. BUT. they gathered up some hot people and told them that they were in a competition to become one of the hottest people. they would win a page in People magazine's 100 hottest people. so as they are primping and looking their best, they are really being judged on their inner-beauty. HOW FUNNY right? they set up situations where it seems they are doing things related to their looks, but certain people such as a loner high school kid, a homeless man, etc. come around and they see how they act towards them. most of the time they pretty much fail at being a nice, compassionate human being, but sometimes they shock you. every week they kick someone off and tell them the truth about the show and show them ALL of the ways they were a terrible person. for some reason i can't get enough of the show.

that's about all the time i have for tv, but i make it count. wheel of fortune is still number one for me though.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

ch ch ch changes.

if you work in an elementary school, you should probably not change your hair from blonde to dark brown. it's like headline news to these kids - everyone either comments, stares, or exclaims, "what happened to your hair?!"

here are a few quotes that really stood out during friday - the Day of Shock:

Hugo, kindergartner: "Miss Mann, are you wearing a WIG?!"
Aidyn, kindergartner: "Did you paint your hair with black paint?"
J'Nariea, kindergartner: "Where you get your hair lookin' so good?"

this is expected from kindergartners, but man some older kids need to learn some manners. when someone asks you what happened to you, it usually means they don't appreciate the change. thanks for at least pretending you like it. NOT.

sorry for the blog fail lately. it just doesn't seem to inspire me to write anything.
i'm busy. school's hard. work is time consuming but wonderful. Kids Adelante is tough but good. my weekends are usually full seeing adam. there's just not that much time.

i love rachel rianne bain. she is my favorite number today. happy birthday.

that's about it. i will leave you a picture of my new shocking look.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

my heavy hopeful heart.

there was a school shooting at M.E. Pearson elementary school in KCK on monday. a kid (age 14) was trying to switch gangs and his old gang came and killed him. the students at M.E. Pearson were inside, hiding with the lights out while they were being told what was going on.

hearing this i'm sure it seems far away, distant. sad, but is no more affecting than glaciers melting. i mean really, we live in a world where stuff like this goes on all the time? it's not that we don't care, but there is just so much we don't know what to do about it, so we move along.

tonight at kid's adelante (a ministry for hispanic kids in KCK) was somber. the majority of these kids go M.E. Pearson. i was met at the door with the bombardment of this news. tears in these kids' eyes explaining what happened, and that it gets worse.

tomorrow, the gang is supposed to retaliate. no one knows when or where, but the fear is there and it is real. a group of 4th grade girls i am close with don't even want to go to school tomorrow, but don't want to miss their valentines day parties. it isn't fair. they shouldn't live in fear like this.

my heart hurts for these kids. they are living this week in fear and anxiety, at the age of 10. i can't comprehend what they are going through. i came to kids adelante empty, hungry, tired. but i gave my all in prayer for these kids. i made sure not one of them left with the same fears. these kids have to know that they have a God who is fighting for them, and that there are adults who are fighting for them in prayer. i have been learning abut how powerful our prayers can be, and tonight i used it with everything i had.

God has the final word, the enemy will be silenced. i pray that he will be silenced tomorrow, and that my kids that i adore will get to love life and be filled with hope that God is faithful.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

lookie here.

i have a couple things to share with you. the first is this story on the today show this morning. i watch the today show everyday, and when i turned it on this morning they were talking about the same ol crap. the economy and how big businesses will never learn not to buy huge private jets. i am so tired for hearing about it. but then, then an inspiring story. watching this clip brought tears to my eyes - then once i was composed brought tears to my eyes AGAIN. it left me with watery, frozen eyes as i left for work. take a look:

the senior who gave up his spot is amazing. he said for patrick's dream to come true, he would've done anything it takes. what a real example of love. blew me away.

the second thing i have to share is this, and there is one word for it. HILARIOUS.

Monday, February 2, 2009

it's groundhog day!

oh hai.

2009 is not the year for blogging. but it is the DAY for groundhogs. but first let's clear this up. it's not groundhog's day. just groundhog day.

today is one of my favorite holidays, and coincidentally one of my favorite movies. bill murray is absolutely hilarious. quote after quote this movie is hysterical. i had one of the longest days ever* and i am still managing to watch it. it's that important people.

like look here:

Ned... Ryerson. "Needlenose Ned"? "Ned the Head"? C'mon, buddy. Case Western High. I did the whistling belly-button trick at the high school talent show? Bing! Ned Ryerson, got the shingles real bad senior year, almost didn't graduate? Bing, again! Ned Ryerson, I dated your sister Mary Pat a couple of times until you told me not to anymore?

*i got back from florida today. pictures/story to come. when i have time to catch up slash desire to blog again.