Monday, November 29, 2010

The Little Blue Book

I picked up a reflection book at church for the season of Advent. It is called "The Little Blue Book." I would like to share what it had to say for the First Sunday of Advent, which was yesterday.

27 days till Christmas.....and they'll probably be busier than any other 27-stretch of the year.
Something gets in us and we begin thinking we've got to find ways to make this year's Christmas bigger than last year's. Whatever surprise gift we pulled off last year, this year's has to be bigger. Whatever decorating we did last year, this year's has to outdo it.
If that's the race we're caught in, we ought to get off the track. Instead of "bigger" think "better." Or, instead of "bigger" think "different."
The point is to enjoy the feast of Christmas even more, not take the fun out of it. This is a wonderful time of year, one that is dear to us, rich in memories and customs, with sights, sounds, smells all round that make us glad we're human beings.
That fits, because we're celebrating how glad we are that God become a human being.

Just something to think about.....

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Candy Making Time

Today I made lots and lots of Christmas candy. I spent a few hours on them. They sure look and taste delicious!

This is what I made:

- Vanilla with Raisins
- Vanilla with Rice Krispies
- Vanilla and Red Vanilla with Peppermint
- Vanilla with Peppermint
- Mint Chocolate in the Shape of Christmas Lights
- Red Vanilla in the Shape of Christmas Trees
- Chocolate with Heath
- Chocolate with Rice Krispies

Friday, November 26, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! (one day late) Hope you had a great one because I sure did. My family and I went to the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. It was really good. It was super busy so we weren't in the front row along the railings, but we sure had great spots compared to other people! My Mom and I stood together because we left two hours earlier than my Dad, Nick, and Chris, so they they stood further away and didn't have as good experience as us, because we could see everything! We got to see tons of giant balloons, famous people (including, Miranda Cosgrove, Jessica Simpson, Kayne West, Joan Rivers, and Jimmy Fallon), and lots and lots of floats! It was cold the entire time, but it could have been worse. I hope to go again next year! We then came home and had a delicious Thanksgiving feast!

Since it's Thanksgiving time I thought I would write a list of all the things that I am thankful for... but I thought the list would take forever because it would be so LONG! So I'm going to keep it short and thank God for all the wonderful things he has given me in life!

Here are some pictures from the parade:

Buzz Lightyear

Kayne West on the NYC Float



Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Home at Last!

Yesterday I left Bowling Green, KY and made it home to Southbury, CT! This is my first time home since the semester started in August. It feels really good to be home! I really missed my family and it's great to be all together again. I am looking forward to a fun and relaxing break.

Yesterday was my first time flying by myself. It wasn't bad at all! And luckily I didn't have to get a TSA pat down! (Probably because I was in Louisville, which is a small airport) The flights weren't too bad and I found my connecting flight easily! I hope my flight back to Bowling Green will be a good experience too.

So what I am doing over Thanksgiving break?

Thanksgiving day I am going to the Macy's Day Parade in New York City. I have never been before and I am super excited! Mom and I are leaving the house at 4:30 am or so to get there! Later my dad and brothers will meet us there. Then we are coming home for a delicious Thanksgiving meal. I already made the mashed potatoes for tomorrow and they look yummy! It will be my Mom, Dad, Nick, Chris, and I... a great family meal together :) It has been YEARS since only the five of us are together for Thanksgiving.

I'm not sure what we are going to be doing after Thanksgiving. Black Friday shopping? Hmm... don't think so, I'm thinking I want to sleep instead. We might see a movie, possibly "Unstoppable" with the family. But my Mom and I want to see "Love and Other Drugs." I'm sure whatever we do it will be fun.

I will be sure to update you about my break! Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Harry Potter 7 Part 1

I saw Harry Potter yesterday!! Basically it was really really good and I think if you haven't seen it you should go! Considering I haven't seen the past two movies and haven't read any of the books passed the 3rd one, it wasn't confusing. The ending was a cliff hanger, but it wasn't like I needed to see the end right then. I can't wait to see the second part during the summer!

I'm hoping to start the 4th book soon, maybe during Thanksgiving break? We shall see....

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

100th Post!

I can't believe that this is my 100th post! This is very exciting. I didn't think I was going to keep up my blog this long, but I have.
Today is exactly one week until I will be flying home for Thanksgiving break! I thought I'd share some pictures that I found off the internet that relate to Thanksgiving.

I'm going to Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade this year in NYC!

Oh, Black Friday!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Jesus Getaway!

This weekend I went on a retreat called "Jesus Getaway" with the Catholic Campus Center. These are some words that I would use to describe it: fun, insightful, interesting, wonder, knowledge, relationships, relaxing, prayer, powerful, and many others for sure! It was a great experience and I learned soooo much! The retreat was focused on the Eurcharistic Life. What does it mean to live your life Eucharistically?

Here are some quotes that I found thought provoking (some said by other retreaties, from the Bible, or from famous people):

"Christ has no body now on earth but yours; no hands but yours; no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which the compassion of Christ must look out on the world." - St. Terese of Avila

"Proclaiming the death of the Lord 'until He comes' entails that all who take part in the Eucharist be committed to changing their lives and making them in a certain way completely Eucharistic. It is that fruit of a transfigured existence and commitment to transforming the world in accordance with the gospel which splendidly illustrates the eschatological tension inherent in the celebration of the Eucharist and Christian life as a whole." - Pope JP II Ecclesia Euchaistia

"Please remove your masks unless you are a superhero."

"A woman's heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her"

"Taking part in Eucharistic sacrifice which is the source and summit of the Christian life, we offer the divine victim to God and offer ourselves along with it." - Vatican II

"The Eucharistic sacrifice makes present not only the mystery of Jesus' passion and death, but also the mystery of the resurrection which crowned his sacrifice"

We talked about many different topics during this retreat, but the main question was how do we live a Eucharistic life? To summarize my thoughts and what we discussed, living Eucharistically is about sacrifice and unity. We must make sacrifices to become closer to God. Also, the Catholic Church is one. We must need to come together to spread the faith and to know the real presence of God during the Eucharist. "This is my Body" becomes real when we are praying and worshiping together as one.

Another thing we discussed was how we get out of a routine during mass. Some of the other girls and I agreed that sometimes we may get distracted during mass. How do we prevent this from happening? For one, we can come to mass asking for God's guidance during the mass to help us concentrate and fully get what we need out of mass. Also, coming to mass a little earlier to pray will help too. I definitely need to work on this though, but since going on this retreat and fully understanding what is exactly happening in church I hope to be more engaged.

To end the night, we had a “teaching mass.” A teaching mass is when Father will say mass, but will explain everything that he is doing. He explains the what, who, when, why, how, etc. of the mass. It was really neat and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Mass/ Eucharistic is essential and the key to the Catholic faith so it was great to learn the details of mass.

There are so many other things that I could share… but that is enough for now. I had a great time on this retreat and I hope to go on many more in the future! Sharing and listening to other young Catholics that are also trying to discover their faith is what it is all about!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Anybody Else Having This Problem??

For the past week my cell phone has been very weird. It all started a few days before the time change. I will look at my phone and the time will be an hour ahead of time. But usually a few seconds later it will change back to the normal time. I thought it would be all fixed when the time actually changed Sunday morning... but no it's still confused about the time. Over the weekend I set my alarm and it woke me up an hour early... but it still woke me up at the original time that I set it. Today, it completely screwed up. I set my alarm at 8 am, but it woke me up at 7 am. At 7 am I turned off the alarm and made sure that it was still set for 8 am. But it didn't wake me up at 8! Luckily I woke up to check the time... it was 10 minutes after 8! I am glad that I woke up or I might have been late for my class. I'm not sure if it's a Verizon thing or what. I know some people who are having similar problems with the time on their phone. Although I love me looks like I will be relying I'm my clock radio for now on!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

30 Seconds To Mars - Closer To The Edge

So I really like this song....

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Spring 2011 Classes

PSY 321 Child Psychology
MWF 11:30-12:25
PE 101 Walking for Wellness
MW 1:50-2:45
HON EDU 250 Intro to Teach Ed
M 4:00-6:45
SPAN 371 Spanish Comp and Grammar
TR 9:35-10:55
RELS 100 New Testament
TR 11:10-12:30
CD 347 Bases of Speech
TR 2:35-3:55

Total Hours: 16

Monday, November 1, 2010

Happy November!

I can't believe that it is November already. Where did October go? Even though October flew by, it definitely was a great month. The last weekend was awesome, which was Homecoming and Halloween weekend. On Friday I went to Homecoming parade. On Saturday I tailgated and went to most of the game, unfortunately we lost..but it was still fun! Saturday night was the Halloween party at church. It was sooo much fun and better than I expected. I dressed up as "night" and Erin dressed up as "day." We played musical chairs and then danced the night away. Definitely one of the best Halloweens I've had in a long time! So enough of reminiscing about October.... I'm looking forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas now! The official countdown: 24 days until Thanksgiving and 54 days until Christmas!

Here are some pictures from Halloween:

Fr Mike and Mary, the Prom King and Queen!

Scott the Lumberjack and I!

Night, the Lost Sheep, and Day!