Thursday, September 23, 2004

Toooo Funny

I was taking a gander at the Conan O'Brien website and read one of the recent "In The Year 2000" skits. I thought I'd share one of the predictions with you. Enjoy.

New Yorkers will burn the New York Post headquarters to the ground when a picture of Cuba Gooding Jr. holding a rabbit appears on page 6 without the caption "Show me the bunny".

an important question

I asked Justone this question yesterday, and I enjoyed his answer, so I thought I'd ask you guys too. If you were an animal, what animal would it be, based on your personality, mannerisms, and how you feel today? I originally said baboon, but I think I'm more of a jaguar (lazy one).

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Quote of the week

I wanted to start a weekly quote so here is one to ponder.

When I was a Boy Scout, we played a game when new Scouts joined the troop. We lined up chairs in a pattern, creating an obstacle course through which the new Scouts, blindfolded, were supposed to maneuver. The Scoutmaster gave them a few moments to study the pattern before our adventure began. But as soon as the victims were blindfolded, the rest of us quietly removed the chairs. I think life is like this game. Perhaps we spend our lives avoiding obstacles we have created for ourselves and in reality exist only in our minds. We're afraid to apply for that job, take violin lessons, learn a foreign language, call an old friend, write our Congressman - whatever it is that we would really like to do but don't because of personal obstacles. Don't avoid any chairs until you run smack into one. And if you do, at least you'll have a place to sit down. ~Pierce Vincent Eckhart

Sunday, September 19, 2004

college life

I was thinking about Sarah's favorite things list and it reminded me of something I was thinking about on Friday, so I'll let you guys in on that now.

I was walking around campus the other day and was thinking about how amazing it is that I get to be at college. It's really an amazing privilege. I get to spend a few years of my life listening to experts talk about things I am interested in, and I get to do it on a beautiful campus. I love to hear my professors tell stories about crazy things that have to do with the body or patients they've treated. The really great professors want to know my opinion too, and my stories, so that they can continue learning. Learning is something that they love and are committed to, and they might use my stories next semester when they continue to fill minds of young aspiring health professionals. I love being in college.

Another thing I love is having a favorite place on campus. I think everyone has their spot that makes them feel most comfortable and most like themselves. On Fridays, my place is Cafe Plaid on campus corner. Every Friday they serve Southern Pecan coffee, and I love to go there at sit in the mornings after Social Development. I read, think, pray, drink coffee, and sit to just listen to the conversations of the people around me (Anne knows what i'm talking about). One of these days I want to write a book about people's conversations in a coffee shop. Observation is golden. Observing people is one of the ways I get inspired. My dad is the kind of guy who can look at a sunset or a mountain and be inspired, but for me I have found that I get my inspiration from watching a guy sit at a table by himself with a book, or a lady walk her dog with a look on her face that says she isn't thinking about her steps at all. We all need a little inspiration every now and then to keep from being complacent.

So what kinds of things inspire you guys? I guess that is where this has led to. Or when was the last time when you were inspired? Sometimes it can be a long time between inspirations, so I understand if you can't think of the last time, but if you have something, then I'd like to hear it.

Raindrops & Roses...

i recently realized that i like to make mental lists and that as i'm making these mental lists, i have a curiously strong urge to write them down.

the thing about new york is you gotta do a lot, and i mean a lot, of walking. this is why i believe that ipods were made for city life. it makes the whole walking thing much more bearable and it allows you to really isolate yourself from the chaos of the city.

so this is what i do every day... i walk, i listen, i make mental lists. these lists range in topic, most of which i will keep to myself. however, i feel compelled to share with you my "favorite things" list. it is never-ending and strange and i love it. this is just a small portion of a list that i gladly add to every day.

my favorite things are (in no particular order):

jean jackets, dangly earrings, and polos with popped collars... friendly strangers... watching "sex and the city" when i'm actually in the city... that moment when a boy is brave enough to ask you for your number... those shower cap looking things that cops and security guards and such wear to protect their hats from the rain... a long talk with an old friend that you haven't really really talked to in a long time... watching soccer... riding roller coasters... the chill i get when the orchestra plays the first notes of a broadway show... joshua radin's music and his kindness... the feeling of peace i have when i finish a really long prayer... getting voicemail messages that are worth saving... trying to quit watching movies and failing miserably... wondering what all of you are doing right now... always having a dream place to travel to and a back-up in case you actually get to go to the first one... the contagious laugh of heather drummond... the word "chimbley"... seeing a cute boy and looking down to see if he passes the shoe test and not being disappointed at all:)... tall white chocolate mochas at starbucks [molly, i am so addicted!! i have at least one a day, sometimes two! you have created a monster!]... hearing a great song for the first time and getting a similar feeling when i finally get to hear it live...being too lazy to add anything else to this list at the present moment:)

i'd love to hear what some of your favorite things are or what you think of my not-so-little list or what any of you are up to. i actually somehow managed to delete my whole phonebook on my phone. so, feel free to call me whenever cause i don't have any of your numbers. also, i'm coming to tulsa on thursday, september 30th at approximately 10:55 pm and will be there until sunday, october 3rd at i'm not sure what time. so, if any of you norman kids can come to tulsa that weekend, you definitely should. and you tulsa kids should keep some time open for me:) i hope everyone is doing well!