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Movies and the beach!

Well, I haven’t written in a while. We’ve been at the beach for my dad’s conference! We’re leaving tomorrow, but hey, at least we come back in a couple of weeks with the rest of my family. This was only a business trip for Daddy-O. Anyways, I don’t think I’m quite ready to leave! I’ve had quite a fun time catching fish in the ocean and eating out at those fancy seafood restaurants.

Anyways, today’s topic is about movies. I’m quite a movie buff. I’ll watch anything you throw at me, as long as it’s not too offensive (when I say offensive I mean overly gory or sexual). Well, most of the time. I was reading the plot for a movie called “Saved!”, which you can read for yourself here. I’ve heard of it before, but I’ve never really read much about it. I guess you could say I was nothing short of offended after reading about it. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve never seen it, but after reading spoilers I got the gist of it. Apparently the plot revolves around Mary, a teenage girl attending a Christian school who gets pregnant while trying to “de-gayify” her boyfriend (smooth move, Mary). Over the course of the movie, she loses her faith and falls in with the misfits at her school. The antagonist is Hilary Faye and her friends, several Christian girls who are downright jerks. I mean, from what I’ve read, those girls are horrible! And they’re the only Christians in the film! In fact, every Christian in the film is either a hypocrite, or just downright mean.

I’m sorry, but that just irks me. What is this film trying to tell us? All Christians are complete snobs? Sure, I know that a lot of Christians do behave like Hilary Faye, but not all of them. In fact, true Christians are very loving and kind and forgiving. We accept you for who you are. Movies where the only decent people are the non-Christians upset me. If people actually embrace these movies, what is Hollywood coming to?



June 10, 2008 at 12:36 am 9 comments

Summertime, church, and theater!

The pool by my house opens quite soon, it’s getting awfully outside, and Target’s started selling swimwear (okay, they started selling swimwear back in February, but you get the picture). You know what that means? It’s summertime!
For me, school gets out in about two weeks, and then summertime! I wish summer was longer, though… I really dread going back to school. Why? I’ll be a freshman in high school, and I’m nervous beyond belief. I’ve already heard enough horror stories about my biology teacher to send me heading for the hills, thank you very much (even though I’m home-schooled, I do take a bunch of my courses outside of the home). Being home-schooled, I can work at my own pace, and I’m taking numerous advanced classes. I’m just hoping I won’t get in over my head next year. Any words of advice?
In other news, we joined a church last weekend! It’s a Baptist church near my house, and I really like it. This is the first church we’ve visited I feel like I really belong in. And you know what else? I’d really like to be baptised here. Believe it or not, I actually haven’t been baptised. I was dedicated as a little kid, but never baptised. No, I’m not one of those people who believe that you have to be baptised to go to Heaven. I think the only thing you have to do to get to Heaven is to accept Jesus into your heart. But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to get baptised, so I plan on talking to my pastor about it.
Anyways, I think it’s time for another rehearsal update. Our show is on May 24th. The lead actor is struggling on his lines beyond belief. Frankly, I’m getting rather nervous. Please pray that everything comes together! Thanks, guys!

May 12, 2008 at 1:11 pm 1 comment

Well, it’s been a while!

So sorry I haven’t posted in a while! I’ve kind of neglected the blog- whoops! Promise I’ll keep updating it every day or two again. I’ve just been quite busy with school, and my show. Only about fifteen days left until the performance.

Anyways, thanks a bunch for your kind words on my hamster! I’m proud to say he’s a lot better. I think moving him out of his old cage was stressful, so I put him back in the old Habitrail Ovo and he’s fine now. He’s still drinking a lot (and soaking his cage), but otherwise he doesn’t appear to be very ill.

In other hamster-related news, I got another little companion! He’s a black Syrian, and I named him Max. He’s very cute, and enjoys falling asleep in my hand. And licking my fingernails. Maybe nail polish tastes good to him…?

Anyways, I’ve got a story I want to share with you guys. I’ve been meaning to post it for a while now, but like I said, I’ve been busy and I kept forgetting! I was at rehearsal last week when two of my good friends, Jayna and Andrew, had a quite serious talk about religion. Andrew is a devoted Christian, but Jayna is an atheist. She finds the whole religious thing a bit hard to understand, so she and Andrew got into a big discussion about it. At first Jayna was just asking simple questions about God and Jesus and the Bible, and Andrew answered them, but after a while Andrew went into full-fledged lecture mode. When it was time to go back in and rehearse our scenes, Jayna started to cry. She told me she felt like she was being judged and prosecuted for something, and she felt really awful.

I think that would be a good example of somebody shoving their religion down another’s throat when they don’t really want you to. I think preaching about God is a really wonderful thing, but when you do so, choose your words wisely, or else you may come off too strong, like Andrew did to Jayna. Anybody else have a story like this? Any opinions? I love hearing from you guys. 🙂

May 8, 2008 at 8:41 pm 4 comments

Hamster Emergency

Well, I haven’t posted in a while. Why? I’ve been sick. SPRING IS EVIL, I TELL YOU! I came down with a sinus infection, and the fact that pollen’s everywhere these days didn’t really ease my suffering. However, I’m a lot better now, for the most part.
Anyways, today I woke up to find something rather odd. My Campbell’s dwarf hamster, Binky, was shaking like crazy and could barely walk. We did some research, called the vet, and observed him more, and we’ve concluded he’s got diabetes. He does drink and urinate a lot, and shaking is a symptom, and his breed of hamster is commonly effected. I was crying my eyes out- he was in awful shape. He’s doing better now, though. He’s walking around, not shaking as much, and is getting back to his normal self. But we’re not out of the woods yet.
I’m really attached to the little guy, if you haven’t noticed (I’m a huge hamster fanatic). So please send your thoughts and prayers his way- I hate seeing him suffer. Thanks a bunch, everyone. Binky’s my baby, and I’d hate to lose him.

April 18, 2008 at 4:20 pm 6 comments

When severe weather comes knocking…

I biked down to the shopping complex by my house again today. Yes, I knew there was going to be some bad weather later on in the day, but I didn’t think it’d hit while I was down there. After all I didn’t plan to stay long- just needed to pick up some stuff for my mom at a hair place and Target, and maybe window shop a bit. So after about an hour and a half (I did end up window shopping…), I ended up at Target in the magazine section. I was about halfway through some article in a celebrity gossip magazine when my cell phone started to ring. And it was my mom. So I answer it and hear, “You need to come home. Now. The tornado sirens are going off.” Of course, my first thought was OH CRUD! I’m NOT riding my bike home in this weather! So I wait about five minutes, buy the tomatoes Mom needed, hop on my bike, and ride away, but not before hearing two Target employees taking a smoke break discuss the weather. According to them, a pretty severe tornado touched down near where we live. DARNIT!

I pedaled as fast as I possibly could (which was actually surprisingly fast) and mumbled a prayer to myself. The clouds were definitely getting grayer, and the wind was picking up. Oh yeah, and by now I was kinda frantic. So I do a little pleading with God. Our conversatin went something along the lines of this: “Is it starting to rain? God, please don’t let it rain. Not while I’m pedaling. Please. Erm, well, I guess it’s nice that you’ve at least kept me safe so far. And that’s what really counts. You know, me not dying and all… but if you want me to die in this tornado because that’s part of your plan or something, I won’t be angry. So I guess I could die. But, uh, it’s up to you, and- CRUD! The rain’s getting heavier!” C’mon- I was really freaking out there!Thankfully I got home before the rain really picked up (which it did, trust me).

And, for those curious, the tornadic weather is gone, and I’m safe and sound. And alive. Phew! 🙂

April 11, 2008 at 10:14 pm 13 comments

Back when life was simple…

Today was quite interesting. Rode my bike down to the Target complex near my house, picked up a book at Barnes and Nobel (for those curious, it was “The Big Picture” by Jenny B. Jones- the latest of the Katie Parker series I talked about here), just walked around the complex, then finally sat down and read for three hours. I’m such a bookworm. After getting pretty far in the book, I biked down to Wendy’s and grabbed a hamburger.

Anyways, I sat down across from four girls who looked about eight. They appeared to be good friends having a playdate. The mother who was chaperoning the girls was a bit stressed out, and I don’t really blame her! The girls were quite rowdy. I watched them the entire time I was there, and I was strongly reminded of myself as a little kid.

You know what I miss most about being a little kid? My innocence, that’s what. Back then I didn’t have to worry about AIDs or the starving children in Africa or teen pregnancy or drugs, or any other not-so-kid-friendly matters. My world was a happy, safe, clean place, and nothing really bad could ever happen in it. I had my friends and my family and my school, and that’s really all I had to worry about. Now that I’m older, however, the world isn’t such a happy, clean, safe place, and I do worry about some pretty serious stuff. I miss being 8 and just breezing by in life.

Another thing I miss was the simplicity of my social life. I had two or three close friends that I hung out with, and got along with most girls. Boys, of course, were cute, but you couldn’t be friends with them. Sure, there were some mean girls, but they weren’t half as vicious as the older kids (which I learned soon enough). You had sleepovers with your good friends every couple of weeks and stayed up listening to the newest Disney Channel sensation and playing pretend games until your mother came in and said it was time for bed around 10 or 11 PM. Then you crawled in your sleeping bag and talked about everything from clothes to the boys you had a “crush” on- and back then, a crush meant simply a guy that you thought was relatively good-looking. Sometimes you’d have playdates with those friends and go to the mall or the park or to someone else’s house (with a parent standing by, of course). And maybe sometimes you’d go home together after school to finish up the small amount of homework your third grade teacher had assigned.And that was your social life. It was all so easy. Life isn’t so easy now.

So what about you? What do you miss most about being a little kid? I want to know your opinions. Thanks a bunch for reading.

April 10, 2008 at 9:07 pm 5 comments

Family stuff!

Well, my aunt and younger cousins came down here for the weekend (they actually left today). And let me tell you, it’s little visits like these that reminds me how far from normal my family is. Now, don’t get me wrong- I love my family very, very much… but I’ll be the first to admit we all have issues. Since my aunt and cousin stayed with family that lives in town, I got to spend the entire weekend with all of them. Now that I think about it, actually… maybe we spent a bit too much time together…

Well, the visiting cousin, who turned 11 Friday, just so happens to be in the “gangsta” stage. Which means he wears giant shorts, T-shirts that reach his knees, puffy shoes, and oversized hats. Oh yeah, and you can’t forget the “bling bling” (which, in my cousin’s case, just so happened to be this giant, chunky necklace made out of rubber bands), and the fact that he’s got his iPod jammed in his ears 24/7. My other cousin, who turned 13 in March, is the same way.

Then there’s my grandmother… she plays a big role in the church she goes to (it’s not my church, though). I only go there when family’s in town or if I’ve spent the night over there. Well, I went this Sunday… and found out that my grandmother really likes to “get down” during the Praise and Worship songs. I mean, REALLY get down. In front of the entire church. 😯 I didn’t know whether to laugh or scream.

Oh yes, and did I mention that the aunt that lives in town is really emotional? She cries over the littlest stuff. The aunt that lives out of town, however, knows how to do the Soulja Boy and the 2-step, and she claims her favorite song is SexyBack.  I’m convinced my brother is part monkey, my mother is a germ freak, and my dad is… well, my dad!

But you know what? As crazy as these people may be, they mean the world to me somehow. Maybe I’m just as crazy as they are… 😉

April 8, 2008 at 2:39 pm 3 comments

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