Saturday, May 30, 2009


Hi guys,

I haven't posted all week, because I have had no time. In the last five days I've gotten sunburned twice, worked my first week of my summer job, and watched Colby farm.

It's been a great time... not. Actually, I've been totally exhausted by the end of the day and barely have time to check my blog, much less write anything.

Anyway, to celebrate my totally overwhelming life, I'm going to stick to something easy and relaxing. Run over to Saturday 9 for some great times. You won't regret it.

Saturday 9: Uninvited

1. Do you mind people to show up uninvited?
Not really. My parents' house is always swimming with people. I'm totally used to it.

2. Last person you talked to on the phone?
Mr. Colby Quinn. (I love love him.)

3. Last person on your missed call list?
I don't think I've ever missed a call on my new BlackBerry. That sounds really pathetic... Remember, I've only had it for two weeks...

4. Who calls you the most?

5. What is your favorite song about breaking up?
"Better as a Memory," by Kenny Chesney.

6. If someone sent you an unexpected gift, what would you like it to be?
I'm would love a really good book. I've been in the reading mood lately, but I can't get into anything my mom brought home from the library.

7. Your classic rock station plays the top songs of all time. What is number one?
Let's see... I love "Faithfully" by Journey, but this is a really hard choice. I really like all Journey songs though. I must think my mother some day for indoctrinating me in the 80s music.

8. Do you live for today or tomorrow?
I try to live for today, but really I'm working for tomorrow. I mean, I'm a college student. I don't always enjoy school, but I realize it's helping me "prepare for the future."

9. What movie villain scared you as a kid?
Cruella Devil. Oh gosh. She was scary... I like my puppies with their fur.

I hope you are all having a great weekend.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Awesome New Things

I have three really awesome new things in my life right now.

First off, I have a shiny new Blackberry Curve. This phone rocks. (Yes, I know it’s a 1 ½ years old, but I wanted to make sure they worked all the kinks out. Plus, I had to keep my old phone for two years.)

It’s ammmmazing. It has really cool facebook, myspace, and twitter applications and an amazing browser. It has this really remarkable sensor in the screen and dims or brightens depending on the light conditions, which means that I can see to text while outside. At night, I can flip on the “phone only” setting which means I won’t get woken up by texts or e-mail. My Blackberry is perfect. I honestly can’t think of one thing I would change on the thing.

And I’m not even getting paid to say that.

My next, life changing, amazing thing would be my new CURLY hair. I got a perm last Tuesday and since then I have spent about fifteen minutes on my hair. I used to spend about thirty minutes a day blow drying and strengthening my hair. Now, I just pick it out and add a little curling spray to my hair. I don’t even have to brush it.

I think it looks cute, too. I like it better straight, but I’m still basking in the amazing-ness of not having to strengthen it. I won’t be going curly for the rest of my life, but I think it’s the PERFECT summer hairstyle.

(Yes, I realize this would be the perfect time to post a pic of my new hair, but I'm lazy and not really feeling up to it. Soon, I promise.)

Last off, I’m starting my new, but not really new, job on Tuesday. I’m working at the same place I did last summer for the USDA Forrest Service. That’s not really the amazing thing though, because I don’t love the job. I love the paycheck I get every two weeks.

My job is pretty easy. I drive around all day checking fences and acting busy. It’s a typical government job. And I have regular paychecks… like once every two weeks. That hasn’t happened since last summer and I’m really looking forward to that.

I’m working on being positive lately. It’s easy when I have so many amazing things going on in my life.

I hope you all have a good weekend.

Friday, May 22, 2009


  1. What kind of out-of-school lessons did you take as a kid?
Honestly, I took ski lessons once, but I think that's all I've got. I was really busy with stuff related to school when I was a kid... I didn't have much time out of school for anything else.

2. What valuable lesson did you learn this past week?

I over-indulged last weekend and had my first real hangover. I was also experiencing the worst cramps in the world. Vodka and PMS together can be a real bad deal. When you do this, you should just admit your hangover and stay in bed. Don't volunteer to go to work with your boyfriend. You just might find yourself stuck in the middle of nowhere for ten hours.

3. Who in your life really needs to be taught a lesson?

I'm trying to be happy and positive today, so I'm not even going to go there.

4. What kinds of lessons would you love to have a private teacher for right now?

Photoshop and just general photography. I'm planning a bit purchase of a SLR in the next few weeks and I want to learn how to shoot manual. Luckily, there are a lot of really good resources on the internet and I'm going to try to teach myself.

5. What steps have you taken to lessen the impact of these rough economic times?

Honestly, I'm a college student who has been putting myself through college. Things were already so tight for me that the rough times haven't affected me at all. Of course, I'm also really glad I'm not about to graduate and need a job. That would suck.

Jake Henry

My dog- Jake Henry- is something else. He's quite quirky and has been described as the "weirdest dog in the world." Personally, I take that as a compliment.

I don't think he minds much either.

Jake Henry
Jake came to our family two years ago. My beloved Border Collie, Stormy, died mysteriously one night. She was only four years old. I was devastated and vowed to never get another Border Collie.

My mom had other plans though. She immediately started looking for rescue dogs, knowing that I couldn't handle another Border Collie puppy. Border Collie puppies are cute, cuddly and leave messes resembling tornado damage. Life with a young, hyper, untrained Border Collie can be rough.

She found Jake across the state, living on the Arkansas- Oklahoma border with his breeder. He had spent the first year of his life on the East Coast, living in an apartment with three with girls. Border Collies aren't the type of dog that you force into small areas and it is vital that they have a yard to run in.

My mother and I traveled across the state to pick Jake up less than a week after my high school graduation. I repeatedly told her that I didn't want another dog. I was leaving for college at the end of the summer and it wouldn't really be my dog anyway. She kept after me, promising to take care of him while I was gone.

Looking back, I think my mom just wanted another Border Collie.

Jake was absolutely scared of the entire world when we picked him up. He actually bit my mother when she reached down to pet him. His breeder actually uttered these words: "Well, we can't have him biting people. Don't worry about taking him... I'll have him put down tomorrow."

Umm... That's Good
My mom looked at me asking, "What do you think we should do?" I thought back over the day. We had traveled eight hours out of our way and I thought it would be ridiculous if we went home without him.

"We'll take him. We already came all this way and if it doesn't work out with us, maybe we can find someone to take him." I had no idea what we were going to do with the dog, but I knew we weren't going to let this women kill him for being scared.

We loaded him in a crate in the back of my mom's vehicle and started on the way home. We had absolutely no idea what we were going to do with the dog when we got home. Would he bite us again? Would he hurt Jamey? (She was only four at the time.)

We arrived home at about 3 A.M. the next morning and unloaded Jake's crate into our kennel outside. He came out, happy to have some food and water. We then left him for the night collapsing into our beds.

The next morning we began our work with Jake. He was still scared, but much more responsive. He had never spent the night in a kennel and wanted out. Desperately. He cowered near the floor, but never once bit at any female member of our family.

He was a little untrustworthy of men though. For weeks, my father would have to regain his trust when he came home. It was hard, but in less than six weeks Jake had turned into a totally different dog. He was more calm, relaxed, and trusting.

I think it's important to point out that Jake never once snapped at Jamey. They were buddies from the beginning. We wouldn't have kept him around if he would have shown any aggression towards her.
My... I love that flash!

We've had Jake for two years now. In that time, his personality has really came out.

Border Collies often find one thing they really enjoy and obsess over that activity. Jake loves chasing shadows. He will pounce on a shadow as it moves across the floor, much like a cat will. He also loves flashlight beams. He will chase shadows or light around for hours at a time.

This obsession with light makes it very easy to get a good picture of Jake. He will actually sit and pose when someone gets out a camera, waiting for the flash. It's quite funny.

He's also increadably smart and knows several tricks. He learns things quickly, often without us teaching him. I can tell him, "Let's go to bed," and he'll run outside and wait on the steps of the camper I sleep in when I'm home. My mom can say "Marla's home," and he starts jumping up and down, obviously excited.
Merry Christmas

Looking back, I can't believe that Jake was almost put down. He wasn't a real danger to anyone; his breeder just didn't want to put the time in to help him.

Furthermore, I can't believe that this dog was sent to live in an apartment. I'm not sure if he was abused, but I do know that his former owners didn't put near enough time in socializing him.

Thank goodness this amazing animal came into our lives. Our family's lives have been improved by having him around.

I'm a strong advocate of rescue dogs. Abandoned dogs are usually scared and want nothing more than a loving family to care for them. Be a hero and rescue your next family pet. I guarantee you won't regret it.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Awesome News

I've had awesome news for over a week, but I just realized that I hadn't shared it here.

After a semester of about a million tests and five billion homework assignments, I finished the semester with all A's!

This is actually the third semester that I've had all A's... My first semester I got a B and a C so my GPA is now only a 8.83. Every semester I try to knock up my GPA bit by bit... but that C did some ugly things.

Don't think I'm bragging, because I'm totally not. My grades are very important to me though, and I spend endless hours studying and writing papers. It gives me great satisfaction to know that hard work will always eventually pay off.

And that makes me smile!

Monday, May 18, 2009

The 29'er Meme

Hi guys. I spent about twelve hours yesterday on the tractor, so I missed getting around to doing Sunday Stealing. It's Monday morning and what would be better than a little meme time.

Sunday Stealing: The 29'er Meme

1. What bill do you hate paying the most?
I hate all bills. They are the plague of my life.

2. Where was the last place you had a romantic dinner?
Me and Colby had a romantic dinner of Pizza at his house last night. We were both totally exhausted, but he rubbed my feet afterward. Does that count?

3. How many colleges did you attend?
So far... only one. I'm transferring next semester, so it will at least two.

4. Why did you choose the shirt that you have on right now?
Because it was on the top of the pile.

5. First thought when the alarm went off this morning?
I'm on vacation... No alarms.

6. Last thought before going to sleep last night?
"Dang, it is so hot in here."

7. What do you miss being a child?
I miss the excitement of doing nothing all summer. I'm started my summer job in a week and I'm totally dreading it.

8. What errand/chore do you despise?
Doing the dishes. I don't mind doing anything else, but I hate sticking my hands in dirty water.

9. Have you found real love yet?
Yes... I am so very happy about my farmer.

10. What do you get every time you go into Wal-Mart?
Cereal. I always need more cereal.

11. Do you think marriage is an outdated ritual?
No... I think dominating husbands are outdated though.

12. What famous person would you like to have dinner with?
Orlando Bloom. He's my ultimate celebrity crush. Hottie.

13. Ever had to use a fire extinguisher for its intended purpose?

14. Somewhere in California you've never been and would like to go?
I never been to California at all. I would love to go see the Giant Red Wood trees.

15. At this point in your life would you rather start a new career or a new relationship?
New career. I'm happy with my relationship.

16. Do you have a “go to” person?
Yes. I am very lucky.

17. Are you where you want to be in life?
I'm getting there.

18. Over the years, what about you do you think has changed the most?
My view of the world. I used to want a big fancy career. Now I just want to be a good person, living a happy life.

19. Looking back at high school were they the best years of your life?
Heck no. I had several classmates who acted like high school was all that mattered and I laughed at them then and now.

20. Are there times you still feel like a kid?
Yes. Like when I don't know how to do something or get lost or have to pay rent.

21. Where was the hang out spot when you were a teenager?
On main street of our tiny town. It's still the place to be.

22. Who do you think impacted your life the most?
My parents.

23. Was there a teacher or authority figure that stood out for you?
Yes. I had several great teachers in high school.

24. Do you tell stories that start with “when I was your age”?
No... I'm not that old yet.

25. What is the scariest thing that has happened to you as an adult?
I stress about my families health all the time. Having two family members die of cancer in the last two months is hard.

26. What advice would you give to someone about to get married?
I'm not married... so I have no idea.

27. What advice would you give someone starting their first job?
Work hard and be responsible. You're boss will appreciate it.

28. If you could go back and change one thing you did, what would it be?
I would have gone to college closer to home straight out of high school. Instead a ran off and I'm now having to move back.

29. If you could go back and change one thing someone else did, what would it be?
I really can't think of anything. Is that weird?

Saturday, May 16, 2009

The Best Thing I've Heard All Day

I just returned from taking my lovely siblings pictures for Prom. Yes, I've already complained about it today, but I really can't resist the urge to whine some more.

It wasn't exactly fun. I've mentioned before that one of my sisters is knocked up. Well, she has a very demanding personality and can be a total pain in the ass. I would feel a bit sorry for her Sperm Donor, but he so dumb and annoying himself that I feel like they are meant to be together.

Today, I'm trying to take pictures of them together. They are all dressed up and the pregnant one (I'll call her S.) refuses to smile. She glares at the Sperm Donor when he gets closer, saying "I don't want to be hugged." There is this huge space between them in all the pictures and she looks increasingly angry in all of them.

Later, we return home and I'm discussing the pictures with my other sister, A. (yes, the one with the empty uterus). We were both annoyed that S. was being such a bitch. Here we are, exchanging complaints when A. says the funniest thing-- "I just wanted to say- let him touch you. I mean, you let him put his uh-huh in your vagina. He had to touch you then."

Oh my. It's times like this I love my life. If that isn't funny, then I don't know what is.

Prom Hell

My parents ran off to the lake for the weekend and left me to take care of my three high school aged siblings. This is prom weekend. (Insert scary music indicating the hell I'm going through tonight.) I think I would rather be beat or ran over with a giant truck then be held responsible for everything that is going on around here today.

My dad has been a bit angry with the pregnant sister lately and didn't want to deal with her stupid Sperm Donor hanging around our house all day today. That's understandable... but why the hell did they think I would want to deal with him? I get the overwhelming urge to puke whenever I see either one of them. Neither one of them even has a car right now, and I'm pretty much responsible for driving them around all night.

I'm also in charge of gathering flowers, taking pictures, and making sure that the two pies I slaved over last night make it to the banquet. Doesn't this all sound like so much fun?

My other sister, the one with an empty uterus, has a boyfriend that lives two hours away. He's coming to be her Prom date, so I'm also responsible for making sure that her uterus stays empty. Actually, I'm not at all worried about this, but he is taking over my living quarters for the night.

After I graduated, my sisters each got their own rooms and took over mine. For the two years since, I've had to sleep on the couch or in the Camper every time I come home. Our camper is three years old and rarely used, so that isn't really that big of an issue. It's a bit annoying to be kicked out of my "room" for the night though.

One of my high school friends is coming over tonight and I think we might just celebrate him turning 21. I feel the urge to blow off some built up steam I've been holding in for several weeks. I'm not one who parties generally, but I might just make an exception tonight.

I hope you all have a great weekend.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Robbing the Place, Cracks, Blogs, & Geographic Locations

Hi guys. It's Thursday and we all know that means it's time for Thursday Thunks.

This week we will answer some crazy questions brought to you by Kimber, taken over by Berleen, the color carrot orange and the number 94.

1. You are at the store when suddenly 2 men walk in with guns and rob the place. Are you the hero, quiet & follow the rules type, or try to make a run for it?
I think this totally depends whether or not I'm alone. I like to think I would behave heroically to save someone I love. If I was alone, I would probably sit back and be quiet. Of course, I would never know for sure unless this happened.

2. Do you like Twizzlers?
They are okay.

3. Are you a YouTube watcher?
Not really. I get on YouTube about once a month.

4. When a auto glass store calls you and asks if you have a chip or crack in your windshield, what do you tell them?
Well, I have a tiny crack right now, so I'd probably admit that.

5. What is the age difference between you and your father?
Twenty-four years.

6. Have you ever tried to find the end of a rainbow?
Maybe. :D

7. Camping - recreational vehicle or tent?
Recreational vehicle. I'm actually living in one right now because my parents kicked me out of the house back when I graduated from high school.

8. Have you ever had to call 9-1-1?
No. Thank God.

9. Who is your favorite blog in the Thursday Thunk bloggers to visit?
I'm actually not picky. I haven't been doing this for too long, so I usually just click around and visit 5-10 people.

10. How long do you think you could live locked in your house on the food that you have on hand right now?
Probably a week.

11. Pepper - shaker or grinder?

12. What state (or country if you are not in the US) is 2 states west of you?

13. What color do you believe you look best in?

and once again... next week is Thursday Thunkers Questions... so....

14. What is your question submission for next week?
What song one would you listen to over and over if you absolutely had to?

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Cranky Much?

I have a new favorite Website/Blog.

Do you ever get annoyed and feel the overwhelming urge to write a mean note to tell someone off? Can you resist that feeling to tell your roommate off for stealing your food? Do you have sloppy coworkers who trash you office?

Passive Aggressive Notes is a blog that displays notes that are usually written in a rage by upset people. The post notes from a wide rang of situation and some of them are just dang funny.

I mean, this one would make me quit stealing my roommates mouthwash. For sure.
The next one gets a very serious point across:
Moral of the story: Don't crap all over the bathroom.

Seriously, go over a check out this blog. It is worth it. I guarantee you will laugh A LOT.

Have a good day and try not to write any passive aggressive notes.

Monday, May 11, 2009


I am absolutely thrilled beyond belief to be home.

The last several months were dreadfully lonely at school. The people around me didn't seem to understand (or care) about the pain I was going through. No one understood that I was missing my family and mourning the death of two grandparents.

I spent almost every weekend alone. Unless Colby or my family came to visit me, I didn't have anyone to spend time with. I tried, frequently, to make plans with friends. For some reason, they were all too busy for dinner or even a quick chat.

At home, I suddenly feel important. I'm surrounded by people who love and care about me. Heck, even the people at the local Pizza Hut care more about me than the people I lived with for the last two years.

I am absolutely so glad I'm not going back to that place.

We my not have a large shopping center or a movie theater, but our tiny community takes care of their own. I may complain about living in the middle of nowhere, but I'm beginning to think there is no better place to spend my life.

Plus, where else can I watch a gorgeous sunset followed by a sky full of perfect stars?

Thank God for having a place to call home.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

With a Little Help From My Friends

I couldn't possibly skip this week's Saturday Nine. You should held on over and check it out.

Saturday 9: With a Little Help From My Friends

1. How many of your friendships have lasted more than ten years?
I actually have no friends from when I was ten. I do have several friends from seventh grade though.

2. Which of your current friends do you feel will still be important to you ten years from now?
My boyfriend. He's my best friend and isn't going anywhere.

3. It's Friday evening and you're planning your weekend. What's on your agenda?
Well, I spent last night on the tractor until 2. I guess it depends on what time of year it is.

4. What was the most recent movie to scare you or give you the creeps?
I really can't think of any. I don't watch scary movies.

5. Finally, the new cast and movie of Star Trek are out. Excited or indifferent?
Totally and completely indifferent.

6. Do you have any nervous habits?
Yes. I usually can't sleep when I'm nervous.

7. Do you swear in general?
Some. Not a lot though.

8. Do you swear on your blog?
I occasionally say hell.

9. Does it bother you when you read a post with curse words?
Nope. Blogs should be a place for people to share whatever they want with the world.

Oh. The Joys of Moving.

I'm home! Finals are over, I drove all day long, and I finally made it back to where I belong. Of course, I feel like doing a little happy dance.

This is what my car looked like yesterday, except everything was inside of it. I seriously could not have fit one more bag or box into the thing. It was exciting.

And by exciting, I mean I couldn't see through the rear view mirror.

I stayed on the tractor with Colby until 2 AM last night. It was actually pretty fun. Did you know corn seed looks like unpopped pink popcorn? It does.

I took pictures and I'll be posting them tomorrow.

Take care guys.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

How many bites to a center of a watermelon?!?

Hi guys.

I've only got one more final left and my room is almost completely packed. I just have to do a little bit of cleaning and study for an easy, blow-off final I have tomorrow.

The world is suddenly looking much brighter. In twenty-four hours I'll be home with my sweetie! Yes, we'll probably be riding on the tractor until three AM, but that's better than hanging out here by myself.

Anyway, let's get on to this weeks Thursday Thunks. Hurry on over there and participate. It's quite fun.

1. Why the heck did you come back this week to do this meme?
Because there is only so much complaining one can do about school before they become totally boring. And I don't want to get to that point.

2. Ever whiten your teeth?
No. I should though. I don't drink soda or coffee ever, so my teeth is generally pretty white.

3. Do you drive the speed limit?
I'm always within about five miles of it.

4. Did the dog eat your homework?
No, my dog attacks shadows instead. (I'm totally going to have to get pictures of that for the blog soon. I'll work on it.) He's pretty much the funnest thing ever.

5. How many bites does it take to get to the center of a watermelon?
Like a bunch. What a weird question?

6. Did you eat paint chips as a child?
No. Did you?!?

7. If someone rang your doorbell/knocked on your door at 1am, would you answer it?
Not here in the big city. I would just assume it was a drunk and refuse to answer. At home, I would totally send my Dad or Colby to answer it.

8. "Amazingly Smooth" makes you think of what?
My freshly shaven legs. Haha.

9. What was the last stupid thing someone said to you? (not counting this meme's questions)
... "I can't hang out with you tonight, but don't think it's because of some big thing. I'm just having this thing with my new roommate." Was that supposed to make me feel better?!?

10. Would you eat a stick of butter for $100?
Not alone. Maybe with some crackers.

11. Find the nearest fabric tab, not counting your clothing you are wearing. What does it say the object is made of and where was it made?

There is seriously no clothes in this room with me. I would get up and look, but I've made twelve trips up and down the stairs today. My legs are tired.

12. What is the strangest name you've ever heard someone name their child (or a person you met... however you want to answer it)?
Bob Geldof and Paula Yates named their daughters Fifi Trixiell, Little Pixie, and Peaches Honeyblossom. Of course, these are celebrity baby names... Weirdos.

13. Why is some toilet paper really soft and others are really hard?
Because some packages cost $45 dollars and others are $0.25. You get what you pay for.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Just call me crazy...

I was mean to my boyfriend yesterday. Not just a little mean either- I was insane woman acting totally irrational.

Looking back on it, I want to claim it wall all because of stress. Things have been really hectic around here. I'm in the process of moving and my apartment is a mess. I just found out my younger sister is knocked up. Plus, it's finals week and I'm totally obsessed with maintaining perfect grades.

But I'm not the only one under pressure...

Colby is currently planting corn. This time of year he works eighteen hours a day, seven days a week. Yesterday, he had two irrigation wells break in a matter of hours and had to drive forty five miles to pick out a giant load of seed. Plus, the dang fertilizer guys weren't there on time and put him behind on planting.

(Right now I'm totally marveling over the fact that I knew all of that. Six months ago I knew very little about farming... Now I can act like a total pro... or at least appear to know what I'm talking about.)

Yesterday, I was feeling weepy and lonely. I was missing my Grandma and feeling bad for my Grandpa, knowing he's having difficulties right now. I just plain felt sorry for myself.

Colby is a real gem. We are currently six hours away from each other and he does a very good job of keeping me constantly informed with what's going on in his life. We text and talk to each other around the clock.

Yesterday, I was feeling utterly alone in the world and Colby was busy. He didn't text me for a whole four hours *gasp.* I know... It was totally ridiculous, but I started to act like he was somehow mistreating me by having his own life.

These thoughts are going through my head and I'm thinking "why am I doing this? This is stupid," but I just kept it up. He snapped at me once, informing me that he was really busy and would call me in a couple of hours. I cried. Like a spoiled brat.

I still feel sorry about it... I've apologized about twelve million times today, but I'm afraid that my dear Honey Bear might forever think I'm a crazed manic.

Furthermore, I'm a little worried about it myself. I'm not ready for the straight jacket just yet.

Monday, May 4, 2009

40% Done

I took my Political Science Information Management test today... That's a stats class for everyone lucky enough not to be a Poli-Sci major.

It was long and hard. For two and a half hours, I worked on problems ranging from standard deviation to tau-b equations. It was hell... Actually, it was worse than hell.

I've had a 88.69-90.25 all semester. I'm praying that the curve for the final will bump my grade up unto the A range.

Yes, it's weird that I know that, but my teacher is a statistics professor. She keeps us updated regularly.

Plus, I'm really uptight when it comes to grades. I've got nothing but A's the last two semesters. At this point, one dang B will bring down my GPA.

Now, I've got to get my mind away from statistics and start thinking about history. I've got a French Revolution final tomorrow.

Gosh. Sometimes I hate being a college student, but then I remember that the being a part of the work force isn't exactly a walk in the park either. But at least you get paid.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Anything you can do, I can do better...

Recently, I had a very funny conversation with my boyfriend. Somehow, we began to discuss the differences between men and women.

Colby made the mistake of thinking that there was something he could do that I couldn't, because he is a man. Marla does not like people assuming she's weak. “You think that there is something that you can do that I can’t?”

“… umm.” He's smart and realized that needed to watch his words carefully.

“No, I can’t get an erection, but I can do anything else you can do.” Except drive a tractor, lift anything heaver than sixty pounds, or a full pull-up, but I wasn't about to admit any of those things.

“You can’t pee standing up.” I could tell he was proud of himself.

“I can… It might get pee all over my leg, but I can do it. What else you got?” There was no way I was going to loose the fight.

Colby paused and I could almost hear him weighing his options. He could start listing off real things that I couldn't do, but I might react unfavorably and set out to prove that I could. And we both knew that wouldn't be pretty. “… I guess that’s it.”

"That's what I thought." I smiled, feeling like I had won the debate of the century.

Thank God he decided not to challenge me.

I wouldn't want to have to show him up.

Settling the Score

I don't want to continue my complaining from yesterday and I need to start studying for my finals... but I didn't want to skip out on the Saturday fun. Be sure to check it out.

Saturday 9: Settling the Score1. Do you feel that you have “a score to settle” with anyone?
Honestly, I have a lot of built up anger right now... but I'm not going to go out looking for revenge. I just need to express myself or forgive. I just haven't decided which one yet.

2. Do you own anything that you think is unbreakable?
I really don't think so... Everything of mine seems a bit fragile at times.

3. Tell us about a crazy thing you did in high school.
I honestly never did anything too crazy. I was a very good kid.

I once ran twelve miles in one day during cross country season. That seems crazy to me now.

4. Name the one talent of yours that you think is the best.
I'm good at learning things. My memory works amazingly and I'm pretty dang smart. I do my best at school work.

5. Who wins American Idol? (if you don’t watch, tell us about a reality show that you do follow.)
I'm not huge on reality shows... I like watching Project Runway, but it's almost always re-runs that I watch on Bravo.
6. What is your favorite movie in black & white?
To Kill a Mockingbird. The book is even better.

7. What is one thing advertised too much on TV?
Condoms. Why do condom advertisements always come up when I'm watching television with my parents. Awkward.

8. What is your current favorite TV drama?
Lost. The story line is finally coming together and I love it- so much.

9. What is your current favorite TV comedy?
I don't like any comedies that are currently showing. My two favorites include: That 70s Show and Friends.

Happy Saturday guys! I hope you all have exciting, fun weekends that aren't centered around studying.

Friday, May 1, 2009


Dear Friends,

I decided that I probably need to vent... And this is my blog, so I'm going to assume the right to say whatever I want here.


Suppose a girl, who's about twenty years old, has an eighteen year-old sister. This sister has always been a pain in the ass. She was loud and annoying from birth, but the older sister always stood up for her. She stuck by her side because that's what older sisters do… that’s what family does.

This younger sister was never as good at school as her older sister. It wasn't that she was lazy; she just didn't understand why she needed an education.

Suppose the younger sister has always had a strange obsession with babies. From about twelve on, she went out of her way to make friends with the girls at school who had become pregnant. She would happily walk around town with them, pushing a stroller, imagining herself as a mother.

This younger sister doesn't appear to realize that having a baby isn’t all fun and games. She doesn't think about the poverty these young parents are experiencing. She doesn’t comprehend sleepless nights or think about the fact that babies colic, even when their parents have a big math test scheduled for the next day.

What should an older sister do when she finds out that her younger sister is pregnant? Not only that, but the girl actually tired to get pregnant- before marriage, before graduation, before she could make anything over minimum wage.

Because this older sister- she doesn’t want to be supportive.

I want to yell and complain. I want to shake her until she realizes what she has done. I mad… I’m the older sister. I’m the one who’s supposed to have babies first.

My parents are raising their own six children. They shouldn’t have to come up with money to support her’s. My parents aren’t going to be able to proudly stand up in church and announce that they’re going to be grandparents for the first time. Instead, they have to deal with the shame that comes with unwed, teenage pregnancy.

All because my sister wants to have a baby.

I can’t imagine what would make a person so selfish.