Watched Farscape

Now if you’ve been following my blog, or know me, you know that I finally got around to watching Gilmore Girls at the end of 2008 completing the series in 2009. I absolutely LOVE that TV series. I adore the characters and the relationships. It is my go-to comfort food of tv shows when nothing else is on or I just want to watch something that I know will be good. The hubster even on occasion (mostly because I’m watching it) will come watch it with me.

However, its starting to get a little repetitive to keep watching the same show–and I know that the hubster would rather watch something else. A few weeks ago the hubster mentioned re-watching a show that he loved called Farscape. It is heavy Sci-fi and it aired around 2000 till either 2004/2005. (I’m actually not permitted to Google anything about the show because I would inevitably ruin huge surprises). The basic premise of the show is that an astronaut is trying to use Earth’s gravity to “sling shot” around I think to gain more speed or something and he ends up into a worm hole that shoots him to the other end of the Galaxy. There he meets up with a band of fugitive aliens and they form a union to get away from the Peace Keepers and to try to get back to each of their home worlds.

So, I tried it, and I actually enjoy it! (Hence why there has been less blogging–I’m almost through season 2). I wouldn’t say that I like it as much as Gilmore Girls. But there are really neat relationships that unfold (even if ANNOYINGLY SLOWLY). I still struggle with the Sci-fi aspect of it–there is a new planet or a new race revealed in each episode.  The acting is absolutely amazing! There was one episode where the characters “switched bodies” It was soooo funny and well done…each character acted out the other characters’ mannerisms perfectly that I forgot that those characters weren’t IN the other characters’ bodies.

So if you’re looking for a new tv show to watch, or one that you do not have to wait each week for a new episode to appear, one with lots of twists and turns and “holy crap!” and “SERiouSly??!!” moments this show is for you!

Personally I just want to be Aeryn Sun when I grow up…it might help that our names sound the same/are the same 🙂

Daydreamed About Being Ordinary

I’m not sure anyone in life really wants to be average. Especially in our society, there is the desire to be the best at something instead of “average.” Maybe when we are younger we are rewarded for participating, but quickly we figure out that in order to garner attention we have to actually ‘achieve’ ‘win first place’ or ‘be the best’ at something.

Now, for as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to “change the world” (though I never really had a specific idea about what that meant, would entail, or even looked like). This feeling was encouraged/deepened when I became a Christian. No longer did I just believe in a benevolent something, I had a book (the Bible) filled with legendary awesome miracles and super human feats. There were incredible stories about under dogs who had been in the right place at the right time, perfectly ordinary, but chosen by a Great God to do something amazing. (Esther, Hannah, and Mary are a few of my personal favorites — probably because they are women). I realized that I had a purpose and that God called people to great and mighty things.

At my Christian University this belief was very much encouraged. We listened to weekly speakers, who talked about the marvelous things that God was doing in their lives, how God had accomplished amazing feats/events in their lives. I wanted to be like one of those radiant speakers. I thought this made sense…an awesome God had created me, each of us, for an amazing potential. I even wrote on my face book description, “knowing that my crazy desire to change the World isn’t so crazy because the God who created the Universe lives in my heart.” One of my professors asked us to write an intro about ourselves including our personal goals. I blatantly told him that I was going to change the World. lol.

At dinner I was visiting with some college friends, in from out of town. We, of course, started reflecting about our school and experiences there. I mentioned how we all felt sort of deflated by this ‘achieving’ message from our school when many of us can’t find jobs in our desired occupations, and ‘real life’ does not seem nearly as glamorous and miracle-filled. Instead it is a harsh placed filled with the reality of bills, unfairness, and a lot of struggle. I was thinking about this while writing in my journal, wondering if it is the school’s fault for not educating us about ‘real life’, or if it was myself. I mean, God never promises us to be anything but ordinary. And, honestly, it many cases being ordinary would be more for God’s glory. Whereas an individual person’s glory (even in the name of Christ) might just be that individual person’s glory.

I leave some of the thoughts and discussion up to you…where do you think the balance is? To live as a Christian pursuing all that God has for us to do and accomplish in this life, and learning to live humbly without desiring position and accomplishments?

Explored Etsy

I am a HUGE fan of the internet. I am often saying, “I wonder blah blah blah….let’s google it! or I wonder if I could find blah blah blah…I bet I could find it on the internet.” Even though I remember learning about the internet in elementary school (they actually showed us how to email during our Library period), I cannot imagine living my life without it. (At least on a regular basis, I have lived without it for time periods…but I love the ease of access to information, pictures, people, and products).

So, randomly I have discovered Etsy. I had been on the website before, but today I spent a few hours just browsing and being fascinated with the talents and creativity of people. My mom is an especially crafty person; she has made beautiful daffodil flowers out of soda cans. (I’ll have to either track down a sample or a picture). So I especially appreciate crafty and homemade items.

Here are my fun finds for the day:

This actually started the search. This company started on Etsy but has now moved to thevintagedoctor.com. This dress is also available for $175.00. Cute dress but a little out of my price range.
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I also adore traveling, especially journaling about those travels. I would love to have one of these for Italy this summer. I’m tempted to try to make this myself. Found at Kristincrane ‘s Esty shop for $22.00.
I have tons of Barbie stuff (at my mom’s place) and I never thought of this neat use for doll stuff. I’m not sure if I would wear these earrings except for a themed event. But, I like their originality. Found at Shayaaron ‘s Etsy shop for $19.50.
Again, with the maps and the travel and the jewelry :0). I am tempted to try to make these as well. They remind me of another project I’ve done before. I am just not sure how to do the wire wrapping of the pendent. hmmm. Found at Sherrytruitt ‘s Etsy shop for $32.00.
And one of my new loves…firearms. I have seen other firearm casing jewelry before. My husband just started reloading ammunition…so this is another project that I am tempted to try myself. I’m wondering if he wouldn’t mind if I steal *cough* borrow some casings. Found at ArtifactsNrelics ‘ Etsy shop for $35.00.

Feel free to tell me about some of your amazing Etsy or Internet finds!

Experienced the year 2011!

A new year is upon us. I am not particularly celebrating on the Eve of 2011. I am sitting in front of a computer uploading pictures from Christmas vacation to facebook, while the hubster chats with his friends (learning how to plan a new computer game).

I always like the idea of a new year. A new year means a fresh start, its a good time to *try* to do new things, for new year’s resolutions. Due to my personality type I adore starting new things…the follow through is lacking though. I’m not going to make “official” new year’s resolutions, because my energies/determination fade fairly quickly.

I am very much looking forward to 2011. So far many positive experiences are heading my way. 2009 and 2010 were difficult years of transition. Dealing with graduating from college, getting married, figuring out that I had no idea what to do “next” in my life, and learning how to live with a boy. God has been patient with me as I have struggled through this time period in my life.

In 2011 my graduate counseling classes are continuing, getting to more of the theory and specialization courses. I have switched employment (from the campus Barnes and Noble), and I will be going overseas to Italy with Xtreme Impact. I have always *dreamed* about going to Italy. I am beyond overwhelmed with God’s blessing to be able to continue to participate with this missions organization and teaching teens to live out the Great Commission. We will be doing drama type ministry in the piazzas to attract attention and crowds to share the gospel. The sad fact is that 2% of Christians in Italy are evangelical. This is so sad, when reflecting that there were so many hardcore Christians who were persecuted in the Roman Coliseum. *If you are interested in a great Christian Fiction novel on this topic please read “Mark of the Lion” trilogy by Francine Rivers* I’m sooo excited to see what God has in store for that trip (and the rest of 2011 as well).

For people who are planning “official” New Years Resolutions, one tip I will give. Habits are much easier to incorporate into your daily life when you make it a tangible daily action. For example, a goal like “I will read my Bible more” is common and vague…thus setting you up to fail. However, you can make it specific like “I will read through the entire Bible in the year 2011.” That is now tangible…but it can be overwhelming. So we will rephrase…I will read *however many* chapters/verses a day so that I will read the entire Bible in 2011. I hope that helps.

Happy New Year!

P.S. I will be posting lots of pics/stories from my Christmas Vacation. So be sure to stay posted!