Archive for December 2009

Sine Cera.

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Well, today is the last day of 2009. This year has seriously FLOWN by. About a week ago, I had the intention of posting a blog about how I no longer believe in New Year's Resolutions. But after Evan Wickham's message last night at church, I have changed my mind.

Evan Wickham talked about the origin of our English word "sincere." It comes from two Greek words "sine cera" meaning "without wax." Back in the old days, crooks would take broken pots and piece them back together using wax. Then they would sell them for full price to oblivious customers. When the sun would come up, the wax would melt and the pots would fall apart again.

Evan used this analogy for our lives as believers. We are the pots and God is the potter. As pots, we want to be sincere and without wax, for if we are "crackpots" [hahaha Evan is hilarious!] our wax will show when we are held up to the Son.

So here is my New Year's Resolution. I desire to be sincere—in everything.

First and foremost, in my faith. I want to live a life that is completely unhypocritical. I want people to know that I am a Christian, even if their interaction with me is minimal. And that brings me to the second thing. I want to be sincere in my friendships. I have realized that the overflow of technology in this day and age causes a lot of friendships to be superficial and surface level. I am over that. I want my friendships to be real.

Unhypocritical. Genuine. Real. Sincere.

"We are not bound to say all we think but we are bound not even to look what we do not think."
-George MacDonald on sincerity

Rainy Day.


It's a rainy day in southern California.
Perfect day to watch Breakfast at Tiffany's.
But rather than watch it, I chose to read it.
Fourth book of Christmas break.
I don't know if that's the best idea,
seeing as I'll be reading myself to blindness this semester.
Oh well.

The leaves are wet.
Makes me even MORE eager
for my Holga to arrive in the mail :)

I like blah rainy days.
I might have to light a fire in the fireplace
and roast some marshmallows.

I wish I was in England.
I wish I was in England. I wish I was in England.
I wish I was in England. I wish I was in England. I wish I was in England.
I wish I was in England. I wish I was in England.
I wish I was in England.


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"'Behold, the days are coming,'
declares the Lord God,
'when I will send a famine on the land—
not a famine of bread,
nor a thirst for water,
but of hearing the words of the Lord.'"

-Amos 8:11

Zero Sales Resistance

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I love that I wrote a blog less than 24 hours ago about how I wanted a Holga. A yellow one. So much for a potential birthday gift! I already ordered it! Hahaha. I have ZERO sales resistance.

The photo in my previous blog was of a Holga 120N—lacking the colorflash feature. But I just fell in love with the yellow body! But I really wanted colorflash! After deliberating practically the whole day, I decided I was going to part with the beloved yellow Holga in order to get the 120CFN, which only came in black on Amazon.

But then, I decided to do a little extra research. Ebay came to my rescue! Ebay has seriously become my new best friend! Hahaha.

I found it. My beloved yellow Holga 120CFN. Just a tad bit more expensive, but definitely worth it. Yeeeeeeeee!! I am so excited! :)

All I want for Christmas is...



Is it too late to make a Christmas request?

My birthday is in 93 days. Hint hint :) Here, I'll make it easy for you. Whoever you are. lol.

Dream Chasing.


Christmas has passed. Wow, how time flies! Next semester is creeping upon me. My last semester of college for my entire life. Yeesh! Graduation is in 125 days. Then comes who knows what.

I can go dream chasing, I guess. Summer in England. Move someplace random. Random like Missouri (which wouldn't be so random because the Hallmark headquarters are in Missouri. I could apply there and hope I land my dream job.) Then the real who knows what.

I am glad God knows. Dream chasing isn't so much chasing after the wind when God is in control.

God, please guide my dreams—be the wind that blows me in the right direction.

Merry Christmas, Zambia!


I bought a biosand filter. Probably the best Christmas gift I ever bought.

I encourage you all to check it out. It's a small investment for the kingdom. Much more affordable than building a well—yet still helpful.

Give the Gift of Clean Water from Blood:Water Mission on Vimeo.

(They still need about 800 of them to reach their goal of 1640 filters by Christmas!)

Crowder. Wallace. Gibson.


I am currently reading David Crowder's newest book "Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven, But Nobody Wants To Die."

In the beginning, authors Crowder and Hogan are talking about the history of bluegrass and tell a story about when they went to Scotland to do a concert.

[When I went to Scotland in 2006, I was completely amused by the William Wallace statue. Either Mel Gibson was the perfect actor to play Wallace in Braveheart, or the statue was actually of Gibson! It looked ridiculously like Mel Gibson to me, although not very many people seemed to agree.]

The guy giving the Crowder Band a ride from the airport to their hotel seemed to agree with me. "A few years ago a monument of William Wallace was erected in the town, which just so happens to look exactly like Mel Gibson! People come from all over the world to see one of our national treasures, one of the greatest Scots in history, and what do they get? An Australian in a kilt! Bah!"

What do you think?



On Monday, I took my bowling final. Currently, I am almost done with my 8-10 page paper for Christian Doctrine. All I have left is my take-home final for Christian Education. I am ALMOST DONE with the semester. It's so surreal. I only have one semester left—a semester that will be test-less. Oh how lovely this will be! That's the joy of graphic design classes.

In my graphic design class this semester, we had to create a was due'M DONE WITH IT!!! Check it out and let me know what you think! :)

Cha Cha.


So, I had a FABULOUS dinner with Yvonne and Faith tonight.

We were sick of the caf so we went to Wanda's instead. The environment there just made everything nicer. On top of that, we had an epic Cha Cha texting session. It was absolutely hilarious!!

Of course, I had to ask it about a certain boy liking me. Cha Cha's answer: "Very doubtful. Sorry, but maybe he isn't worth it!" Is it ironic that Cha Cha agreed with my friends? lol. The positive side to it was that Cha Cha also told me I was going to marry a hottie. I know that hottie wont be from Cha Cha since I asked Cha Cha to marry me and they told me that we just don't want the same things. Hmmm interesting. Then Faith asked it to marry her and it answered, "I don't think my boyfriend would appreciate that!"

Yvonne asked a few funny questions. First, she asked, "How is your day today Cha Cha person?" It replied, "Fabulous, Cha Cha question asker! Hope your day is going great! I'm in East Wenatchee! How are your cherry crops this season?" HAHAHAHAHA. Then she asked it what was the greatest question they every received. Cha Cha's reply was EPIC: "The other day someone asked if you could die from lighting a fart on fire. Yes you can if the fire backs up and you get an infection!"

Cha Cha also told me some funny your mama jokes and Chuck Norris jokes:
"Yo mama's so stupid that she thought Boyz II Men was a daycare center!"
"Chuck Norris runs Windows 7 on his etch-a-sketch."

Basically, I love Cha Cha.

Early Death Theory


I have a new theory...I think I am going to die young.

Maybe it's God's plan for me to die at like 28 or something and that is why He hasn't brought me my man. After all, it would totally suck if I married a guy and died a few years later. God's sparing this man from heartbreak. Sounds logical enough, right?

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.


I am a BIG fan of Christmastime. I love the mood of the season. I love the smell of Christmas trees and cinnamon apple candles. I love Christmas lights. So naturally, I was heartbroken when I found out that CBU was not going to light the big tree this year due to—oh how it pains me to say this—the budget cuts. We do not have money for lights. And since we don't have money for the big Christmas tree, we aren't lighting the palm trees either.

Sorry city of Riverside, sorry Magnolia Avenue, sorry neighboring community. You will have to drive by the utter darkness because some grinch decided it would be a better investment to water (and flood) the grass than it would be to have SOME festivities.

Merry Christmas.
Baaaaah humbug.

Dear CBU officials, for the sake of the spirit of Christmas, I forgive you. Though I am heartbroken, I cannot not remain bitter forever.