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The Sonnet

Deliberate Gentle Love Dreamer (DGLD)

Romantic, hopeful, and composed. You are the Sonnet. Get it? Composed?

Sonnets want Love and have high ideals about it. They're conscientious people, caring & careful. You yourself have deep convictions, and you devote a lot of thought to romance and what it should be. This will frighten away most potential mates, but that's okay, because you're very choosy with your affections anyway. You'd absolutely refuse to date someone dumber than you, for instance.

Lovers who share your idealized perspective, or who are at least willing to totally throw themselves into a relationship, will be very, very happy with you. And you with them. You're already selfless and compassionate, and with the right partner, there's no doubt you can be sensual, even adventurously so.

You probably have lots of female friends, and they have a special soft spot for you. Babies do, too, at the tippy-top of their baby skulls.

Your exact female opposite:

Genghis Khunt

Genghis Khunt

Random Brutal Sex Master

Always avoid: The 5-Night Stand (DBSM), The False Messiah (DBLM), The Hornivore (RBSM), The Last Man on Earth (RBSD)

Consider: The Loverboy (RGLM)

Many people seem surprised or confused as to why I'd want to pay to give up a week in order to build for complete strangers. It was always hard for me to explain. Now, it's clear.

Last week, I went on my 5th mission trip, my 2nd one to Mexico, and it was by far one of the most impacting. As a group of 23, we went to Juarez through a group called Casas por Christo, split into 2 groups. Each group built a small, one-story home from the ground up in 4 days. Compared to the last Mexico trip, the conditions were lavish: we slept in a church (instead of tents), had a kitchen and bathrooms with showers (instead of a campfire and water jugs), and had power tools (which were banned last time in Tijuana). The commodities alone made my friend, Alexandra (who went to Mexico last time as well) and I blissful for the week, especially through the continued health of the group (last time half the group got really sick from a bowl of punch the homeowner made. the punch was fine, but the bowl had been washed with local water).
Still, the work was long and difficult at times, 8-10 hours a day and a series of problems of language barriers and lack of know-how. The groups were not evenly divided, the other group having all the building-savvy chaperones and the translator. My group persevered, the last day being a real challenge, since we had to stucco, dry wall, and put finishing touches all in time to cross the border before dark (or be stuck in Mexico with no place to stay). The stuccoing went well, but it's a time-consuming process, so we divided, leaving a few boys inside struggling with the dry wall, with everyone else stuccoing, including a handful of people from the other team. The stucco was done and drying and Alexandra, Courtney, and I had finished all the other jobs while the guys continued to fight with the dry wall, frustration peaking and moral scrapping bottom. My youth pastor, Jim, who gets easily discouraged at times, left and brought us all back a bottle of coke (which is WONDERFUL in Mexico. they use different sugar) and after the drink and a break to cool off, we girls measured and cut while the guys installed the dry wall, finishing in no time and feeling good about our deadline.

It was my sister's first mission trip, agreed to for her grad project and with much negativity, but much to her surprise and my delight, she had a wonderful and life-changing time. I think it would be impossible not too, which I tried telling her before the trip, but you have to really experience it to understand. Life there is so different from ours, yet the people are so happy and grateful for everything, especially the children. It's a very humbling and beautiful experience. Unique to this trip was a dedication after the completion of the house, which was a formal giving of the house to the family. Our homeowners were a grandmother and her adorable grandson, who she is caring for because his mother no longer could. The local pastor was present and spoke words that powerfully summed up our experience; it was a struggle not to cry. He explained that our work and sacrifice for a complete stranger clearly demonstrated our love of Christ and His love for us. The homeowner was not a Christian, but after seeing our demonstration of love, she accepted Jesus. So, not only did we build her a physical, earthly home, but we also brought her into the promise that God gives for an eternal one by his side.
That kind of impact on a person's life is hard to explain. It shakes you to your core, as you realize that all you did was give a few days of your life and get a few cuts and bruises that will soon fade away, but what you gained was a greater appreciation and understanding of how to live for God that will never fade. People have also told me, "You can't help everyone!", using that as a sad attempt to justify doing nothing. No, you can't help everyone, but you can help some, one life at a time, so you should try! God loves everyone, no exceptions, despite what some Christians claim as they spread hate instead of the love god calls us to.

So, why do I, and many others, give of our time and money to help strangers? To spread the love and hope of Jesus Christ, because although helping people have better lives while on earth is important, life without Jesus leads to nothing, as does doing good works.
This is an eternal truth that will forever rule my life.


Mid-year Resolutions

Ali has inspired me to force some direction into my summer with her goals list (and fulfillment of some of them!). I have managed to get some things done, like reading A Clockwork Orange and reorganizing the heck out of my room, so that there are now land mines of donate piles scattered about (the cleaning process is very messy!).

My Summer goals:
- Don't be a lazy recluse: see friends and go places!
- Lose weight (or at least keep off the bit I lost at school)
- Make some money: Illustrate another Duck book
- Get photoshop and get more comfortable with it by trying a million tutorials
- Finish room: donate piles and paint walls (finally)
- Make some of the art I've never had time to
- Read books I've never had time to, like the rest of Fruits Basket and Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife (:D).

I feel productive already! Thanks Ali!


The Virus is spreading...

I don't have a class until 3 and I got woken up at 7, so...
The rules:
1. Comment on this post and tell me your favorite color. Or, you know, whatever.
2. I'll ask you five questions.
3. You have to answer them in your next blog post. (or, if you don't want to admit to your flist that you do these memes, you can reply in my comments.)
4. Also, include this explanation in said post.
5. And then, when people comment, you get to ask them five questions. It's sort of like a virus that way.

From Gwen: (thanks for curing my boredom!)
1. Which family from an Austen novel would you most like to have grown up in?
Well, I haven't yet had the pleasure of reading all of her novels just yet, but I think I'd go with the Bennet family, from Pride and Prejudice. I love her dad and her mom, though embarassing at times, means well, and genuinely wants the best for her daughters. 

2. What language that you don't know now would you like to become fluent in?
wow...I'd love to learn a million languages...but I think Italian would be particularly interesting/beautiful. and then I would be able to participate in Italian discussions at Ali's house. ha! ciao!

3. Who is your least favorite artist?
another wow...it's all a matter of aesthetics of course..in a broad sense, I'm not too fond of traditional art from forever ago that has no meaning or point beyond being a pretty picture (i.e. most of the work in the Louvre. it just gets boring as it is all the same). Hopefully, my art history class will help me to appreciate it better. Specifically, the artist that I really don't like the most...probably Matisse. I just don't enjoy looking at his work. I appreciate his contribution, but it's not for me. sorry that was so long winded, but I could talk about art forever. ha! My current favorite artist is M.C. Escher by the way. brilliant!

4. Do you think that writers/artists are duty bound to express some form of truth in their work?
Nice question! you've set me up for another rant. ha! Yes, I do. I think that art in its very definition should be about truth, either expressing the way things trully are or using fiction and surrealism to show the hidden truth that escapes us normally. If not truth, what then? pretty pictures and stories that just make people feel good? that's all good and well, but that alone wastes the opportunity, and duty, an artist has to speak to and influence his/her audience. I think college is rubbing off on me already. ha

5. If you're lost in the woods (on a snowy evening, perhaps) what or who would you most want to find right in front of you?
well, being lost, I think I'd be most happy to find someone or something that could help me find my way home, like a forest ranger, or Dean Winchester with a map....heh

The End is not the End! (Spoiler warning)

Since 12:20 am, I have been tearing through the incredible conclusion of my beloved Harry Potter series with baited breath. I made it last all day so that I could absorb the info and details, and avoid the ending that I thought I might be disappointed in, but it is brilliant!! 

Brava, JK! Excellent end to a wonderful journey! and the journey hasn't ended yet! yes, we know how and why everything happened, but there are 2 movies and a theme park coming out, not to mention all the fanfiction that will pour out of this. So, I will hold onto this lovely bit of childhood and take its morals and heartwarming tale to heart. I predict there will be many more midnights to dress up like a dork. So, fear not world! The end is not the end!


Fun in the Son: Myrtle Beach 2007

For the last week, my youth group and I went to a Christian youth convention called Fun in the Son. It was my 3rd time, but the theme this year of "Refocus" really stuck, so I thought instead of recording the series of things I did while in Myrtle Beach (and during the loooong drive there), I'd instead keep note of what I learned and what I believe. The two speakers were the comedian Ken Kington and the author and reverend Chap Clark.
If you are reading this and either are a Christian and want to refocus your life, or you are not a Christian, but feel that most Christians today seem hate filled or hypocritical, please read on. If you are my friend and you just want to understand what I believe and what drives my actions, then read on. You don't have to comment or agree with everything, but maybe something that I learned this week will help you to refocus and understand the way that things are supposed to be. If you have any questions or criticisms, I'd be happy to answer them.

I agape you all!

The gateway book

only 19 days until Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. 
only 19 more days of wondering...hopefully
An eternity of HP bashers making me feel bad. 

   The hype for Harry Potter is definitely up, along with the disdain for it. People scorn the series for its "lack of originality" and from its sheer popularity that they don't deem fit. Granted, it is essentially a kid's book, and therefore its writing is not complicated, and it does play off of mythology and other tales, yet I find it incredibly original in its ability to create a completely unique world in a completely real one, using mythology and other so called "unoriginal" aspects to enhance the fact that muggles (i.e. the reader) ignore the magic around them, labeling them as myth and such while it happens blatantly around them. I think it's brilliant! Rowling's style creates a real world in the mind of the reader, along with realistic and lovable characters that you can't get enough of. 
    It has gotten thousands of kids to read and imagine, although the movies have probably decreased that potential as people can now just wait for the films, but hopefully it sparks their interest to read the series, and then read more books, as a gateway book to finer works of literature (like Pride and Prejudice!).
    I don't argue that Harry Potter is by no means a work of brilliant literature. I discovered today that Sparknotes has a page for each book of the series, covering even the themes and motifs. Perhaps therein lies the hatred of the books; the good chance that one day, maybe not too far away, Harry Potter may be studied in schools. I'm not sure the books are sophisticated enough for more than an enjoyable read, but compared to some of the books we've had to endure, maybe it will help rekindle a love for reading that Watershipdown and Heart of Darkness too easily destroyed, although maybe it doesn't have quite THAT much magic.

Consider yourselves STRONGLY cautioned!

Online Dating

because (apparently) I have used the word sex twice and the word ass once in my entire blog. I would think that would make it PG by today's standards. ha!

Scheduled for Hogwarts

Maybe it is due to the fact that I am currently rereading all of the Harry Potter series (to prepare), or that I always say 'Lumos' when I switch on a flashlight (it's probably both), but during the last two days while at Kutztown for "Connections" I could not help but realize the amazing comparisons between college and Hogwarts (making it even more exciting of course!) 

Here are my classes at Hogwarts: No math or science! Only one class on Tuesdays and Thursdays! I like it already!!
Drawing I  3:00-5:50pm TTH
Art History: Renaissance-20th cent. 2:00-2:50pm MWF
2D Design 6:30-9:20pm MW
Honors Comp. 10:00-10:50am MWF
French IV  1:00-1:50pm MWF

It shall be magical indeed! and just as stressful I'm sure, what with all the studio time. oh, how handy magic would be.


After just trying on my odd little cap and gown (although the cap is far from little. it's huge!), I got to wondering who in the WORLD would think of an outfit so ridiculous: a thin, tent like gown and a awkward flat cap. 
Thanks to my best friend, Google, I now understand:

It all started in the often unheated buildings of the middle ages, long gowns were necessary for scholars to ward off the cold...
So, when you graduate, remember that you are carrying down the traditions of freezing cold medieval scholars and conceited Druid Priests and feel proud of your achievements, despite how stupid the outfit, and meaning, makes you feel.