Friday, July 30, 2010

6 Observations...with videos!

1) The Count of Monte Cristo has got to be one of the best movies
2) I think there's a Gremlin in our refrigerator. It's making really weird noises.
3) I cannot watch the Double Rainbows youtube video without it completely blowing my mind at how genuinely psyched this guy is over DOUBLE RAINBOWS!!
4) Remember Dawson's Creek? How could you not be a Pacey fan?!?! Who wants tickets to Pacey-con?
5) I love Robert Pattinson and this video makes me really sad for him. He's either A) Super Paranoid about being followed or B) Just watched the movie Inception and doesn't know what in the world is going on!
6) The Experiment... practically filmed in my backyard.. finally has a trailer out!

Here's a picture from our celebrity hunt during filming of The Experiment.

Thursday, July 29, 2010


This past Friday a bunch of bible studies got together to play Capture the Flag out at Jordan Park. The weather wasn't looking very promising so I figured we'd end up doing something else. Boy was I wrong. Before long, the rain started to pour and the thunder and lightning started blasting the sky. That didn't seem to stop the enthusiasm or energy of the game. I think it only made it more interesting. At one point it was so dark and raining so hard that you could only see when there was lightning. Most of the guys were dressed in camo or black which basically made it impossible to find anyone. At one point I took off running after Adam Nordaker and he disappeared into the woods. Another time I was walking down a road and Ean was creeping around a tree behind me in perfect stealth mode. I walked right past him and didn't even see him! Darrin, who was on my team, even came up behind me when I was moving around the corner of a house and I didn't even hear him and he scared me so bad!
The rain was so heavy that at one point I found myself running through 2 feet of water. So much for those tennis shoes! The rain also made it interesting as far as chasing people. So many people ate it on the ground from slipping on all the water. Israel was running after Kayla and I and it was like he was a cheetah in the rain forest. He was running so fast and water was flying everywhere (I got caught and was sent to jail). Overall, it was a fun night and thankfully no one was hurt. It probably wasn't the smartest thing we could have done with the crazy amount of lightning and Luke Hukee crawling in the creek or everyone running through open fields... or the fact that there was a tornado spotted in Indianola just 30 minutes away. At least I got some great pictures out of it!

The pictures are from the final group that made it to the end of the night! We're completely soaked!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Reality TV

Recently, Jane and I have found some hilarity in watching Cake Boss on TLC. It's a 30 minute show and usually I'm running into the house in between different events and this 30 minute show has been great for us to sit and chat and grab a bite to eat before I run back out the door. One thing has become evident after watching this show: Jane and I, along with our friend Hayley, want to open a cupcake shop in Des Moines. We're in the non-serious talking/dream stage right now but it just looks so much fun. That got me thinking about other reality shows on TV. If I could be a part of any reality show on TV, here are my top 5 choices:

1) So You Think You Can Dance
2) Food Network Challenge
3) Amazing Race
4) The Hills
5) Fantasy Factory

Let me explain.

So You Think You Can Dance: I may not be a dancer to the highest caliber as the contestants on this show BUT, it would still be so incredible to work with some of the choreographers and dance dance dance!

Food Network Challenge: I'm terribly uncreative when it comes to decorating but I really really love to bake. I LOVE Food Network Challenge and I'd love love love to be a part of one whether its fantastic cakes, sugar creations, you name it!

Amazing Race: Who wouldn't want to compete in a race around the world?! My brother and I really want to try out but I first have to learn how to drive a manual car!

The Hills: Before you go spouting off about how ridiculous this show is, I totally agree with you. You see, I've watched this show (well first it was Laguna Beach) with my friends since our sophomore year of college. I mostly want to be on the show to see what its "really" like and to answer some questions that I've had (such as What has Trey been up to since LB and Who did Stephen really like better LC or Kristin?)

Fantasy Factory: Definitely the most ridiculous show on TV and I laugh hysterically at every episode. Should I make an appearance on the show, I would make a special request for a visit from Big Black and a performance by Bobby Lite.

So those are my choices! My brain probably shrivels every second I sit down to watch TV but everyone needs a little mindless humor in their lives.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Wedding Shower and Wedding

Weddings… my second job.

Or at least it should be. I'm a professional wedding attender and this summer has been no exception. I really love weddings and my attending skills are becoming more marketable with each passing month/year. A few weekends ago, I was able to make a trip to my parents to knock out 2 different wedding events. My aunts and my mom's friends were throwing a shower for my brothers fiance Krista back in my hometown so we made the trip up north. It was such a fun shower. My aunt Laurie decorated everything with bright Gerber Daisies and it looked so cute. They served "make your own trifles" and it was so yummy! Mine consisted of angel food cake, cool whip, vanilla pudding, crushed nilla wafers, strawberries, rasberries, and some blue berries. Delish!
That evening, a family friend was celebrating her recent wedding in Colorado with a reception back at home with family and friends. Since I don’t make it back to my parents very often, I was thankful that both events were the same weekend and I could attend both. It was really fun to see old friends and people I haven't seen in a while but it was a busy weekend. And on to the next wedding I go….

On a side note, since I don't make it to my parents very often, when I am there, my mom likes to take advantage of that situation. This time we went through my closet. Wowee… was I obsessed with N'Sync. I went through boxes and folders of magazines, posters, pictures, books, etc. all dedicated to Nsync. It was really fun to look through but at the same time it was a little scary. My mom, Krista, and I also watched some of our home videos which had us all rolling around laughing. Krista confirmed through watching the videos that even as a child, I could never sit still. I'm always happy to visit my parents because even though I don’t consider it home anymore, it's still home. :)

Friday, July 23, 2010

6 Observations... Inception Style

1. Inception ends just the like the Hills. You don’t know whats real and what's fake! (Thank you Justin Meyer for that realization)
2. I successfully bit off 3 nails during that movie because I was so nervous
3. I want Ellen Page and Joseph Gordon-Levitt to date after watching Inception
4. Leo Dicaprio has still got it.
5. The free fall sequence into the water… so visually cool!
6. Inception is a ridiculously Awesome movie. I may need someone to come explain it to me. hahaha

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Yankee Doodle Pops Concert

Des Moines hosts Yankee Doodle Pops every year around the 4th of July on the Capital lawn. I love everything about the 4th of July so I'm always excited when others want to partake in the celebration. Jenni, Kayla, Elyse, and I headed downtown to find prime seating for the nights festivities. We were treated to some jazz music followed by a performance by the Des Moines Symphony. Iowa's own Simon Estes even made an appearance and sang a few songs. Jenni and I even did our own rendition of Old Man River. I'm pretty sure they're going to be asking us to perform next year. Live music outdoors with friends is definitely on my top 10 favorite things ever list and before long, the number of our friends celebrating with us increased. The night was capped with fireworks! It was a beautiful night. I can't wait for next year!

Monday, July 19, 2010

What have you decided?

After nine seemingly long months, I'm finally coming to the end of my study of the book of Daniel. It's bitter sweet. I've never wanted to read my Bible more than studying this book and I've never been so confused in all of my life. I've never wanted to cry and rejoice over the exact same thing. I find comfort in knowing that the Lord's plan is set. He is good and He is for us and I can rest in that fact. That one day everything will be made right. That the Kingdom will be returned to God and death will be destroyed! (1 Corinthians 15:24-26) Do you know how exciting that is!? That one day there will be no more death, no more sorrow and crying, no more pain! (Revelation 21:4) How amazing that He will be with us and that He has given us the choice to live in eternity with Him. What have you decided? Even though there is much to be excited about in Daniel and Revelation, I also found myself feeling a lot of discomfort. The realization that there will be an end and people will be going to Hell is also true. Heaven and Hell are real and when Christ returns to claim His people, if your name is not written in the Book of Life, you will spend and eternity in hell set apart from God. Do you realize how long eternity is? What have you decided?
I've learned that in all of this, the Lord really knows what He's doing. Since the beginning, He has had a plan and that plan will be fully played out. The Lord knows every move we're going to make before we even think to make it. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, and He will reign forever.

Of all these things, there is one thing that I long for more than any other. One thing that makes me want to jump up and down and never stop, to cry tears of happiness and rejoice as loud as I can. There is one that that brings the biggest smile to my face. "And one day, we will stand before the Lord, and we will see His face." (Revelation 22:4)

What have you decided?

Friday, July 16, 2010

6 Observations

1. I love that people still rollerblade as a form of exercise
2. My coworkers and I decided it would be more fun if instead of saying "can I talk to you for a minute" we now say "can we engage in some dialogue?"
3. My mom almost killed us this weekend. She forgot to turn the gas grill completely off.... and the entire house ended up smelling like propane until my dad got home the next night and figured out what the smell was
4. Earwigs are one of the grossest looking bugs
5. I'm pretty sure I can smell when rain is coming
6. Work is not the same when my coworker isn't around to chat about anything and everything with me.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Michael Buble recap

The entire day was such a fun day. My mom and I met up with my aunt and cousin around 10 am and headed west to Omaha. We spent most of the afternoon shopping, chatting over lunch, and more shopping. We eventually made our way to the Qwest Center and quickly found our seats. Amazingly enough, we had floor seats so we were in prime Buble territory.

Naturally 7 opened the show and these guys are seriously ridiculously awesome. You would swear they have instruments up on stage but its just them. They're so talented, I wish big things for them.

Then came the time for Michael! The house lights went down, the screen turned black, and all you saw was an outline of Michael and an orchestra! So freakin cool watching him direct the orchestra. Then that soulful, croon worthy voice belted out Cry Me A River and the audience went crazy (self included). After the first 2 songs he spent a good 10 minutes just talking to the audience and joking around. He told us that he went out to sushi beforehand at Kona and the sushi guy just happened to be in the audience. It was hilarious! He even called out a girl in the audience who was holding up a poster for him to sign. She came up to the front and he asked her how old she was and she was 14 I think. He then said she was going to hang that poster of him next to her Edward Cullen poster and he started doing an Edward impression. Loved everything about this!

He sang more songs like Georgia On My Mind, At this Moment, Crazy Love, Mac the Knife, and Everything. A highlight was when he sang All I Do is Dream of You. His band really loved playing that with him and it was great to watch them all interact with each other. Another highlight was when he was talking about growing up and always knowing he wanted to be a performer. Ever since he say the parade scene in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, he just knew. This led in to him talking about how today's generation has Bieber Fever but when he was a kid, he had Michael Jackson... cue the MJ dance break! He danced and sang some MJ and it was crazy good!

I've been to another Buble show before and I knew he likes to get people up dancing. When Michael started singing Save the Last Dance for Me I just knew he was coming out into the audience. He slowly made his way towards our seats and my cousin Audrey and I waited but he never turned our direction. Little did we know there was a platform about 5 rows behind us that he was making his way towards so we bolted out of our seats and got right up next to the platform. He belted out a crowd favorite "Home" and this is when his sweat flew off his face and on to me. Gross yet so awesome.

Naturally 7 came out and sang with him too but I can't even remember what song they sang because I was mesmerized! ha Audrey was so proud of her hand shake with the Naturally 7 bass player and we danced our way back to our seats with Michael's lead guitar player! So much fun! From that point on people were up dancing to Heartbreak Tonight and How Sweet it Is. He closed the show with the ever popular Haven't Met You Yet. The cheers didn't die down and he came back out for an encore. He started with Feeling Good and then sang Me and Mrs. Jones. He ended the night with the same song he ends every show with: A Song for You. It truly was one of the best shows. He's just so charming, charismatic, and witty. Oh yeah, and he always sang the Stars Spangled Banner and it was hilarious! Oh Buble, when will I see you again? Thanks for letting my mom, aunt, cousin, and I have such a great night!

Audrey and I dancing to Haven't Met You Yet

Mom and Aunt Laurie dancing away

Can you see the sweat?! Yeah. Awesome!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Eclipse Day Recap

Maybe its because I'm 27 going on 17, or the fact that I just get really excited for things but Eclipse premiere day found me bouncing up and down in my chair with joy for what would later be amazment in front of my eyes. The Twilight frenzy has indeed taken over and I look forward to every big thing they do whether it’s a release of a book, the new soundtrack, or NOW, the release of the next movie. My coworker and I agree that is more of our fascination with Robert Pattinson that keeps us interested but Twilight is a really fun story. So here's the recap of my day:

6:00 am - alarm goes off and I think "seriously, I have to get up?!" You see, I'm still on my Michael Buble high so I forget that its Eclipse day. Thankfully this year, I did not fall out of my bed. I hit the snooze

6:20 am - I think to myself, "self, you better get going if you don't want to be late for work" and then it hits me… ECLIPSE DAY! I have a brand new Team Edward shirt all for this special day. I know I'm a dork, I embrace it, so you should too.

7:00 am - Arrive at work. Recap the weekend with my coworker and so begins the twilight discussion.

Throughout the day theres random conversations about what we're excited about, different scenes we're excited to see or why a scene was the way it was, discussing our time of arrival at the theater and how last year there were so many crazies around that it was great people watching to pass the time.

2:00 pm - Its time to start listening to the Eclipse soundtrack on Intense Repeat! I love the soundtrack so this is pretty easy

3:30 pm - bouncing up and down in the chair, spinning in circles, overly excited….

4:30 pm - Jumpy Claps! I'm outta here and am SO ready for this premiere to be here.

5:00 rewatched some released clips of Eclipse in preparation for the evening. It's always good to get a little extra Edward time in

6:30 Met up with Jenni VW at the mall for dinner. And so began our people watching.

7:15 Made a quick walk across the street to Kum & Go to get some caffeine! My choice: Red Bull Jenni: 2 mountain dews. We also talked about the possibility of a 5 hour energy shot. I decided that it would probably give me a heart attack

8:15 Browsing at Barnes and Noble. We found all kinds of Twilight treasures. I purchased an Edward Cullen puzzle for Jenni and I to put together to pass the time. We later realized that the puzzle was 1000 pieces and the lighting in the food court was not conducive to puzzle putting together. Lets just say we didn’t make it very far.

9:30 More puzzling… but the rest of the crew arrived.

9:45 We made our way into the theater! Geeeeeeeeee I can't take this. I think I'm going to pee!

10:00 My coworkers sat right in front of us! Great choice of seating!

10:45 I'm pretty sure I was asleep standing up… or sleep walking. I'm not exactly sure but it was one of the two.

11:00 Surprisingly there weren't as many crazy people as one would have thought for the premiere. Lots of Twilight related tshirts but no vampires or werewolf costumes. I was a bit disappointed… until I remembered the Twilight themed weddings and blood drive that was going on at one of the other theaters across town. That’s where all the crazies were.

11:30 Jenni quizzed us on Bible trivia. We did surprisingly well for how delirious we were!

12:01 House lights go down! GAAAHHHHHHHHH my heart was racing.. Though I'm not sure if it was from the movie or the Red Bull (it gives you wings)

12:15 We were treated to some really COOL previews. The next Narnia movie is coming over Christmas! And THEN came the Harry Potter preview. Seeing it on the big screen made me want to do jumpy claps! They also showed the preview to Paranormal Activity 2. I screamed and I even knew what was going to happen!

1220 SHOWTIME!!! OMG I can't believe its finally time!!! Lots of giggles, cheers, claps, and silence as everyone was in deep concentration of the movie!

220 The END. Happy Claps all around the theater! So happy to finally see the movie and I was pleased with how it turned out. Oh Robert Pattinson. Thank you for a wonderful evening and thank you friends for joining me on another midnight movie adventure.

I'm not one to give movie reviews but I will say that Xavier Samuel is my new favorite actor, I loved the scene between Bella and Charlie where they had their "talk", and Rob had less constipation face in this movie. I was proud of him! Also, I felt like they empowered Bella more in the movie than she is in the book. She left Edward standing around by himself a lot. I noticed that Taylor even walks with a side lean! What was up with Jackson Rathbone not opening his mouth when he talked? Weird. I hate that they make him look like Edward Scissorhands.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Sent to me from my dear friend Haley

Today's entry from Oswald Chambers in "My Utmost for His Highest" was so good, which is why I can't wait to pass it on!!
Let us strive to be faithful to the One who is, and always has been, and always will be-- FAITHFUL.

"Will To Be Faithful"
. . . choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve . . . —Joshua 24:15

A person’s will is embodied in the actions of the whole person. I cannot give up my will— I must exercise it, putting it into action. I must will to obey, and I must will to receive God’s Spirit. When God gives me a vision of truth, there is never a question of what He will do, but only of what I will do. The Lord has been placing in front of each of us some big proposals and plans. The best thing to do is to remember what you did before when you were touched by God. Recall the moment when you were saved, or first recognized Jesus, or realized some truth. It was easy then to yield your allegiance to God. Immediately recall those moments each time the Spirit of God brings some new proposal before you.

“. . . choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve. . . .” Your choice must be a deliberate determination— it is not something into which you will automatically drift. And everything else in your life will be held in temporary suspension until you make a decision. The proposal is between you and God— do not “confer with flesh and blood” about it ( Galatians 1:16 ). With every new proposal, the people around us seem to become more and more isolated, and that is where the tension develops. God allows the opinion of His other saints to matter to you, and yet you become less and less certain that others really understand the step you are taking. You have no business trying to find out where God is leading— the only thing God will explain to you is Himself.

Openly declare to Him, “I will be faithful.” But remember that as soon as you choose to be faithful to Jesus Christ, “You are witnesses against yourselves . . .” ( Joshua 24:22 ). Don’t consult with other Christians, but simply and freely declare before Him, “I will serve You.” Will to be faithful— and give other people credit for being faithful too.

Friday, July 09, 2010

6 Observations

1) I heard someone say "my bike fulfills my need for speed. Its like I'm riding on a rocket ship"
2) This same person also said "I think we're going to need to call a priest to do an exorcism on our computer system"
3) Matt Crummy was in a legit boy band in high school. Ask him to tell you the story
4) During Bible Baseball (at 11:30 pm), I was asked how many sons Abraham had. My response: oh Father Abraham... he had many sons.
5) Ean would make a good homeless man and a good thief
6) My coworker Christie and I wore the exact same outfit on Tuesday. We can also read each others minds. :)

Bonus Observation: I have some really REALLY amazing friends.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Food Fascination to a Fascinating Life.

I have a friend who's getting married soon and if I was asked to give a toast at her wedding, I would most definitely discuss her love for food. She's the only person I've ever met who has cried after eatting something so good. She has an emotional attachment (that’s healthy) to finding great restaurants and experiencing great food. You'd never know her love for food just by looking at her because she's so fit. She's the first person I ask when I'm going to visit a new place and want to know a good restaurant. I too, love getting together with friends over a great meal but for her, its all about the food. That got me thinking. Generally at work, we're always curious as to what each person brought for lunch. Why? Its like grade school all over again. "What did your mom pack?" "I'll trade you your Funyuns for this cookie!" Without fail, every day, someone will ask the other what they brought for lunch today because whatever it is, its always better than what you brought. There's been a handful of times when I've been the one with the lunch that everyone wants and its usually left overs from a local restaurant. I want to be the one that makes the goods. In the same way, I want my life to be contagious. I want people to see my life and my relationship with the Lord and the peace and joy I have and want it. There's a song by Warren Barfield called Mistaken. Here are some of the lyrics:
I shouldn't have to tell you who I am
Cause who I am should be speaking for itself
Cause if I am who I, I want to be
Then who you see won't even be me
Oh the more and more I disappear
The more and more He becomes clear
Til everyone I talk to hears His voice
And everything I touch feels the warmth of His hand
Til everyone I meet
Sees Jesus in me
This is all I wanna be
I wanna be mistaken
For Jesus

That, my friends, is the most fascinating life with a cherry on top.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

A Full Heart

Time and time again I'm reminded of what an awesome community and church body I serve with. I'm surrounded by so many amazing people that when I stop to really think about it, I'm blown away by God's ridiculous love and perfection for bringing us all together. I've found myself in service/volunteer positions that, to the World, would definitely be less favorable. Its when your body is so completely tired and you must fully rely on the Spirit (because the Spirit is never tired) that you realize how important it is to be surrounded with encouraging believers. Spending an afternoon in the summer heat cleaning the Icubs stadium is definitely not on the top of anyones list yet its where I find the body coming together the most. Picking up cigarette butts and emptying garbage cans at a music festival while its downpouring and you're zooming around on a golf cart… its when I see Christ in people I'm serving alongside. Helping The Silver Pyramid clean up her booth into the wee hours of the morning and then having 2 friends stay until 5 am to talk with her and share truth…. I'm speechless. My heart is so full with love for these people I serve with and I want to weep for joy at the simple thought of one day being in the presence of the God that we are doing all of this for.

A dear friend shared this with me from Hebrews 10 : 21and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

The Lord is Faithful and He will do what He has promised. Thank you friends for your constant faithfulness in serving for the Kingdom. I'm humbled.

Friday, July 02, 2010

6 Observations... Twilight Style

1) There are legitimate crazy Twilight fans out there. I'm afraid I unfairly get lumped into that category often. Or does the fact that I have a cardboard cut out of Edward solidify the crazy?
2) It is impossible to successfully put together a 1000 piece Edward Cullen puzzle together in the JC Food Court before a midnight premiere
3) There was a total of 6 guys in the theater I was in at midnight.
4) I wish the makeup in the movie would have made the vampires look more real... you know, because there's such a thing as a real vampire
5) I'm convinced that I didn't even need the Red Bull to keep me awake this time because of all the action

Thursday, July 01, 2010

My movie date with Theo

Theo and I went on a little movie date to the movies the other night. Theo's 3, I'm 27, and we're the best of friends. Theo and I went to see Shrek and we had a glorious time. We arrived at the theater and Theo picked out some movie snacks (sour gummi worms) and we made our way into the theater. I let Theo pick out his seat, which conveniently was at the very back of the theater. He was very anxious and kept asking when the movie was going to start. Note to self, arrive a little late next time since 3 year olds don't understand movie previews. Theo did great and loved the movie. He even got up and danced a few times. Our favorite line from the movie: "If somebody tooties their flutie, I gotta shake my bootie." Donkey.