They say that great minds think alike. In my college world, they say "CPMTA" which translates to, "CollegePlus! minds think alike" It's true! Especially because I was planning on doing a post on Knitta's, and my good friend Hattie beat me to it at her blog! Check it out... it's SO awesomely cool! I kinda want to start doing it in my town. Not sure what kind of reaction that would get though... ha ha ha.
Ever felt lost when it came to math? *raises hand* I sure have. High school math was not my cup of tea. College math = awesomesauce. Anyways. Yes, I have felt lost at math before... but not quite super lost until I watched this video. Wow. That's just plain scary right there.... but I got a good laugh out of it. NERD POWER!
Speaking of math, did you know they make this awesome thing called "Calcu-doku"? Yes. It's math and Sudoku...... combined. Saw it at Barnes and Noble for under $10, and the book was mine. I was pretty disappointed at first, because the first 20 or so puzzles were so easy, but, with most Sudoku books, it got harder. WAY harder. I love that book.
So Mom walks into my room the other day and goes "India, what happened to your canopy?" See, when I was a young tyke, my parents got this pretty chiffon (well, it's closer to netting, but it's soft. anyway) canopy for my birthday! When I re-painted my room several years ago, I had to take the canopy down in order to paint, and it has been stuffed in a box ever since. After Mom said that I went scrambling to find it, and sure enough, there it was - right in the box wherein I had left it! Mom wasn't looking for me to put the canopy up, she was merely wondering where it was, but why have one if you don't keep it up?! So I put it up. *girly grin* It makes me feel like quite the princess! Er, I mean, Countess. ;)
Yep, song lyrics for a title post again. I need to get original one of these days, no? Anyway, since I have been gone from the blogging world, a million things happened in the 'real' world!!
To start off with, dance has been going awesomely. Though keeping me busy, I really enjoy teaching the little kiddos. Teaching the adults is quite another matter though.... and I'm still trying to figure out the best way of doing things in that class. Oh well, God will grant me the wisdom I need - and your prayers are coveted for that btw.
After the first week of dance, a dear friend of mine and I flew to Ohio for the weekend! (this was just this past weekend). We met up with 20 other college students and PARTIED!!! I told one my dance 'friends' this, and she goes "....you don't drink, do you India?" LOL - um - no. I then explained to her that this was a Christian gathering, very safe, and we didn't do anything dangerous or naughty. Well, that might depend on your definition of the words too. ;) But all in all it was a total blast. Here is the 'trailer' from the weekend: click here
As soon as we got home from Ohio, it was back to work getting the house ready to show it again! The couple that looked at it a few weeks ago wanted to come and take another look. They did last night, and while they didn't say they wanted to buy it for sure, I think they are pretty interested. Wouldn't that be, like, the pineapple of coolness if our house would sell?! All in God's plan though. :)
Apparently.... I'm going to be in the local newspaper for teaching dance. O.O The dude came and took my photo before classes started yesterday, and I filled out a questionnaire they sent me by email. If it's half-ways decent I might post the article here. Maybe.
Now - Mom and I are going to do some fall shopping so I'd better hit the road! Adios, dear blogging friends. And hopefully now that my travels are over for the time being, I'll be able to blog a little more regularly again.
I think God likes quiet. I mentioned this in my last post, saying I'd be expounding, so here it is! I was reading Scripture with my family the other night, and we were reading in 1 Kings chapter 6. The part where it talks about Solomon building the second Temple for God. (well, technically the first since the one before was the Tabernacle... oh well) We read verses 8-13, and I found verse 7 to be terribly interesting:
"And the House, when it was being built, was built with finished stone made ready beforehand, so that no hammer or chisel or any iron tool was heard in the House while it was being built."
Interesting, yes! Does God not enjoy noise? I think He does, sometimes - like when we make a joyful noise to Him - but in this case, He wanted quiet while His Temple was being built. This made me think of the passage when Elijah is looking for God's action to bring rain upon the land. God wasn't in the wind, earthquake, or fire. (think about it, all these are noisy!) No, God came in the 'still small voice' - something quiet. (1 Kings 19:11-12)
Also, check out Psalm 46:10 "Be still, and know that I am Elohim;" Usually when one is still, they are quiet, yes? Just got me thinking.
I went for a bike ride today, by myself, and it was beautiful. The earth was quiet (from my perspective), and I got to talk to God for 6+ miles as I rode my bike around in His creation. I think it's sometimes easy to forget God in our noisy, busy world. So more often then not (preaching to myself here), we should turn off the music, tv, computer, even people around us - find a spot to be alone with God, and enjoy the silence in His presence. Not saying, at all, that God isn't present in the noise, but I think it may be easier to really dwell on Him if things are quiet. Agree? Disagree? I'd love to hear your opinion.
-we are home! I can't wait to sleep in my own bed again. the trip was fantastic, but there's just nothing like home.
-football starts tomorrow. yep, NFL football. last year, everyone in my family (including myself... sort of) were huge football fans. we'd all gather around the tv on Sunday afternoons with our junk food and watch the games. well, this year we are still fans, but we got rid of our tv. tis a good riddance, but I'll miss Sunday football a bit. (GO Cowboys!!! ..hehe)
-we will never forget. I've read those words a lot today, being it's September 11th. 9 years ago, today, some losers from another country decided to destroy thousands of lives here in this country. it's a terrible thing, and we honor those who died, and who have fought and died since. and we pray for the families of those whose loved ones were harmed, and we pray for those who still wish to do harm. pray for your enemies.... tis a hard thing.
-I should really count up the photos I took on our trip. 3 weeks.... X amount of photos. had to be a lot though... which reminds me. I need to back up my computer! *digs around for external hard drive*
-and with the end of our trip comes the start of dance. I'm sooo so soooo excited, and really nervous too. don't worry - I'll come back to tell you all about it though. classes start Monday. :D
-tomorrow = cleaning the RV. yay! for real, I like unpacking. organizing and putting everything back where it goes is actually pretty great. especially if you can have awesome music playing while you do so.
-don't you love your family? cause I sure love mine. tonight, before I sat down to my computer, we spent a couple hours reading Scripture, then talking about stuff, then laughing at goofy things. we don't usually stay up that late talking (it was 11pm), but we had such fun. at one point we were talking about the problems we've had with our roof from not shoveling the snow off soon enough this winter (gotta love conversational tangents), and my youngest brother pipes up with "why don't we just sand the shingles? that would make them smooth and the snow would slide right off!" that gave us a good laugh. I just love 10 year old logic.
-before this gets any longer, I have one final thought. I think God likes quietness. I'll expand on that more in my next post. until then, auf wieder sein!! *dive bombs my bed*
Ever heard of the Donner Party? If not, you sure missed out in history class (Well, sort of. It's not the happiest story in the world.) You can read about the whole story here, if you so wish.
As we were driving to California today (and yes, as I write, I am now in California. How cool is that?!), you would not believe the amount of Donner related - things we passed on the road. Donner State Park, Donner Rest Area, Donner Lake, Donner Restaurant..... !!! Just kidding, we didn't actually see Donner Restaurant, but Ezra sure thought it would be funny if we had.
What was really ironic, was back when we were in Nevada, we stopped at a gas station for fuel, restroom break, and French Fries. (a road trip just isn't a road trip without French Fries.) While we were waiting for our fries, I told Mom and Dad about this comic I had seen on the internet. Mom, being the history buff that she is, laughed long and hard, but I had to explain the story to Dad. Here it is:
It's hilariously funny... in a really sad, pathetic sort of way. Needless to say, the day was full of Donner Party jokes (we're so mean, aren't we?), history lessons, and thankfulness for French Fries.
I passed my test!!! Thank you so much for praying, those of you who did!!! God's so amazing - and I'm so glad I don't have to study those wacky religions anymore. To celebrate the fact that I am now done with college tests forever (except finals on a couple classes I'm working on) - Mom got me cookie avalanche ice cream. YUM! I shared a couple bites with her, then ate the rest of the container by myself. ^_^ It was soooo good!! *does happy dance* (thanks Mom!)
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Then, the promised picture of my bike. Well, this also happens to have my brothers and their bikes in it. I just can't leave my brothers out, now can I? :D From L to R we have Judah and his Raleigh bike, Ezra and his... something-or-other dual suspension. (I forgot the brand), me and my Trek, and Noah with his dual suspension Windsor - which is an English bike. Rochella - you ever heard of that? I thought of you when he bought it. ;)
And whaddya know, today is September 1st! *eyes get wide* Where did the summer go? Seems like it was just yesterday that we were getting ready for dance recital... and now the dance season starts all over again in 13 days. Can you tell I'm excited?!?!?!!!!!!! I love to dance - and it's going to be a great year. (I hope!)