Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving Break and Musings on Dad's Deployment

Hello, dears! In two days, I will have been on Thanksgiving Break for a week. That's absolutely crazy; I still feel like I just got home. At the same time, I feel like it's been forever since I was back in my room at Tech. I'm not sure how I can explain those two co-existing feelings, but the disparity definitely says a lot about me.

Since coming home, I've done quite a lot. I've read five books, written one 6 page paper, caught up on iCarly, spent time with my mom, babysat, and just plain relaxed. You have absolutely no idea how good it felt for me to be able to just veg in bed reading for fun. It's been so very long since I've gotten the chance to do that. This semester at school has been so ridiculous that I honestly had not gotten a single chance to read a book for fun. I've started several over the semester, but had not managed to finish a single one. I have a feeling that next semester is going to be just as bad, but I will survive, somehow. Especially if I have such relaxing breaks as this one.

The one non-relaxing element of this break so far was that horrible paper I had to write. I've never had such a difficult time writing a paper in my life. The novel we had to write about, Midnight Cowboy, is so obscure that there weren't any sources about it. That was quite frustrating. It's done now, but I'd venture to say it's one of my worst ever. It just felt disjointed and pointless the whole way through. I hate sending in papers that leave me feeling that way, but, I'll have a chance to make it better after my teacher gets a look at it, so everything will be fine. I'm just glad I have that weight off of my shoulders and can now enjoy the rest of my break. I do still have more work to do over the break, but nothing so horrible and exhausting as a paper.

Because of that unexpected hitch, I didn't get to go to Dennis' show at the NorVa tonight, but he says it was probably their best-sounding show yet, so I'm extremely proud of him. :) I still wish I could have been there to support them. Dennis was the most optimistic he's been after an Early Departure concert tonight, so that was a good sign. In addition to being there for him, I would have been able to see a bunch of people I wouldn't otherwise have seen on break, but, that paper just had to get done.

I'm not excited to spend a holiday without my dad. We all miss him a lot and it'll be rough having the fact that he's not with us so glaringly at the forefront of our thoughts tomorrow, but we'll make it through. My dad has it worse, after all. He doesn't have the rest of the family to console him on the absence. He's by himself in Iraq. I'm sure he and his new friends will find a way to celebrate the holiday that helps them feel a semblance of the comfort he'd feel here at home. I think, next to my family, he'll probably most miss doing all of the cooking in the kitchen with the family. You'd swear we were Italian, we're so loud when we're all together in the kitchen. I'm going to miss that this year. I wish I knew exactly what my mom felt about my dad being deployed. I know it has to be hard on her. I just feel so horrible for her and my dad. To have to be apart for a year when they love each other so much must be so very hard. I know my mom is lifting it all up to Jesus and I'm very glad for that. She knows how to make every season in her life bring her closer to God. My mom is such a beautiful, wonderful person. I'm so blessed to be her daughter.

Sigh. On the brighter side, I got to talk to my dad on the phone for at least twenty minutes yesterday. It was so great to hear his voice and just talk about all the little details of our lives that we don't often get the chance to share anymore. It seems he's definitely coming home for my Spring Break, though, and I'm beyond excited for that. It was frustrating thinking that the date was up in the air for so long. It will be so good to have him home.

I have a lot on my mind and a few things I still need to do before I fall asleep on my all-too-comfortable bed, so I better stop for now. You all know from experience I could go on even longer. :P

Have beautiful Thanksgivings, everyone! Don't forget to thank the One who blesses us all so thoroughly. <3

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Time Flies When You're (Not?) Having Fun

Really? Has it really been two weeks since I last wrote a blog post? That's absolutely insane. I would like to be able to tell you all that things have actually started to slow down, but if I did, I'd be lying. I think the mere fact that I hadn't realized how long it had been since my last blog post. That's not to say that a lot hasn't changed since then, though.

Since last Wednesday, I found out and informed my friends Katie, MB, and Megan that I won't be able to live with them next year due to financial constraints my family and I need to impose. To remedy our current situation, I am applying to be a resident advisor next year. Here at Virginia Tech, not only do Resident Advisors not have to pay for housing, they get paid, too! Twice a month. Craaazy. I'm not really doing it to earn money, though, to be honest. I'm doing it because I really just want to give it a shot. I think I'd be a great RA. The perks aren't bad, either. After all, I get paid, I don't have to pay for housing, I get to make a lot of new friends, I get to make the most of my incessant desire to fix peoples' problems, AND I get a room all to myself. I really hope I get selected for the job. It'd be just TOO much fun. :)

I am pretty upset that I won't be able to live with MB, Katie, and Megan, though. I wish I would have known MUCH earlier in the semester that living off campus just wouldn't work for my family. Katie, MB, Megan and I have been talking, more or less since the semester began, about all of the awesome things we'd do as apartment mates. We had weekly dinners, cleaning parties, dance parties, and so on already in planning stages. It was so much fun to imagine all of the exciting things we would have done together. It's a little sad to hear them continue working on plans for next year without me. For example, today they met with Maria, who is going to be living with them next fall in my place (Megan will be in that room in the Spring). While I don't think I should have been invited and am not sore at all about not having been invited, it makes me sad to think that all of these plans are occurring now without me when I had been suggesting them before. It's okay, though, because I know they'll welcome me over anytime next year. I'll be an honorary apartment mate or something to that effect. Everything will be okay. Plus, if I do get a position as an RA, my room, seeing as I'll have it all to myself, will be a great place for them to come and hang out during the school day so they don't have to go all the way back to the apartment. Things always work out for the best. I have yet to see what "the best" is yet, but I believe it's yet to come. ;D

Right now, I'm staying up late with Katie as she studies for an organic chemistry test she'll be taking Friday morning. Thursday night is our friend Corinne's 20th birthday party and Katie doesn't want to have to worry about studying at all Thursday night while celebrating at Corinne's house. Speaking of Corinne, she told us recently that she just gave her two weeks' notice to Quizzno's which has been keeping her from spending any time with us. We're all VERY excited to get to spend more time with her in the upcoming weeks.

It's crazy to think that it's already getting down to exam time. I've already practically finished one of my classes. I just have to write a reflection on a paper I'm going to write for another class. This week was more or less the worst week I've had so far at Tech. Even worse than the week that I had three tests all on the same day. Even though one of my papers due this week had its due date postponed until next Wednesday, I'm still feeling crushed by this week. I know Dennis is feeling it, too. We haven't gotten the chance to video chat for two days in a row now and I could tell it was getting him down tonight. I feel bad about it, but we've both just been so busy that it couldn't be helped. I just have to keep reminding myself and him that sooner rather than later, we'll be seeing each other in person for Thanksgiving Holiday!

Speaking of Thanksgiving, I'M GOING HOME FRIDAY AFTERNOON. Oh, guys. You have no idea how excited this makes me. I've been DYING to go home and this week has just made that desire all the more poignant. It really has been most dreadful. I'm lucky I have great friends who cheer me up during the week with fun text message conversations and forbidden trips to the café for ice cream. :) I'm convinced that I wouldn't have made it through this week without experiencing a mental breakdown if not for all of them.

A lot has been going on in my life outside of schoolwork recently, too. We just had discernment at Newman for our new Student Campus Minister and Music Minister. I, personally, can't wait for Council Discernment, because I'd really like to be Hospitality Coordinator. The housewife and mother in me is just dying to express itself and I'm convinced this is a healthy channel for it. Haha.

In other Newman News, Megan and I joined a bunch of kids from Newman on a Hike this past Saturday to McAfee's Knob just outside of Catawba, Virginia. I had never been, but, oh, my, goodness I have been missing out. It was absolutely stunning. Despite being the 14th of November, it was absolutely gorgeous outside and I got away with wearing shorts and a tee-shirt. It was about a three and a half mile hike to the top of the knob. Once there, Megan and I went exploring. We tried to make it out to a rock we lovingly dubbed "Pride Rock" due to its uncanny resemblance to the rock of Lion King fame. We sustained quite a number of scratches from thorn bushes and scrapes from rocks and even soaked our butts on unexpectedly wet moss in our attempt. The group was assembling for a group picture and preparing to hike back down to the parking lot just as we started getting really close. Don't worry, Pride Rock, Megan and I will return someday and conquer you. Just you wait. :) We may even bring reinforcements.

On the hike, I met another Kara who, like me, is a sophomore at Tech. She just transfered to Tech at the beginning of this semester and is an absolute sweetheart. I really sincerely hope we get to be good friends because she honestly is one of the nicest people I've ever met. I feel stupid for making a joke about her being my doppelganger the other night at Newman Thanksgiving Dinner because I have been trying so hard not to make her feel like "The Second Kara" if you know what I mean. It's hard enough transferring into a school without someone with your same name stealing your thunder. I hope she doesn't feel like I was trying to stake out my territory like some snobby dog or something. Haha. Okay, now I'm just being ridiculous. But the point is, she's a real sweetheart and I'd love to be her friend. Just think "The Kara's." It'd be hilarious. :)

Newman Thanksgiving was a boatload of fun, too. Megan and I made a funny-looking batch of mashed potatoes after stealing a bowl from the Newman House to make them in. :) We documented the experience with pictures and I can't wait to see how ridiculous I look in them. There was SO much food and SO many people! I wish I had gotten the chance to go around and meet a whole bunch of new people, but I was sitting with Kara and trying to keep watch over the plate of food I made for Megan while she was at a meeting for Relay for Life. I got to talk to my friend John Keenan for quite a while during the dinner which was a lot of fun, considering what a funny person he is. I don't get many opportunities to joke around with him, so I definitely appreciated that time. :)

Katie's still studying for organic chemistry. I never thought she'd stay up past one o'clock doing her own work, but, alas, she has! Amazing. :) I almost feel like writing an essay about her here on this blog just to tease her since she's already said she wants to read this blog post when she's all done studying. Buuut, I think I'm too tired for that, so that'll have to wait. :)

I suppose that this is all for now (ha. ha. ha.), guys!

I love you all. :) God bless you! <3

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


I didn't even realize the truth of my own words when in my last blog post I wrote, "Jesus and I have a long week ahead." It's been longer than long. And it's only Wednesday. Last night, I was crushed with the weight of this world, the weight of disappointment. Let me tell you, it was not a good feeling. Honestly, I don't exactly know what caused it. All day, I'd been experiencing really heavy thoughts that seemed to just come out of nowhere--an inescapable feeling that people just can't do anything right. I kept listening to the girls screaming and yelling and laughing out in the hallway of my dorm and all I could think was, "Why is it that they have so much fun making fun of other people and preying on their weaknesses?" I just don't get it. Why do we like so much to put others down? Why does it make us feel good about ourselves? All I could think in response to that was just how awful we must look to Him and how I just can't grasp the fact that He loves us. How can he love someone like me? Someone like any one of us? It's not that I don't believe that He loves us. I believe that wholeheartedly. But it just makes me sad for Him that what he loves is so seemingly irrevocably broken and sinful. I want to actually make Him proud, but I don't know how. Every time my teacher compliments me for my grades and my "moral character," I thank him, awkwardly, not sure how to respond. If I'm such a good person, why am I not making the difference I should be? Why can't I stand up to someone out of love when they're doing or saying something that both they and I know is wrong? Why can't I be what I think He wants me to be?

God's love for us will never cease to be a miracle for me. I am blessed far beyond what I could ever deserve.

I really, truly do not know how to end this post. I feel like my thoughts are incomplete. Like I'm incomplete. Can't I be better than I've been? Of course. Always. But how? How did He do it? Being human is so hard, so frustrating, so aggravating.

Will I ever feel like I've tried hard enough for Him? I think it'd be okay if the answer to that was 'no,' so long as I never stop trying. I just want to make Him happy. I'm aware of how screwed up and broken our world is, so isn't it time for me to do something about it? Then again, our world is beautiful and charming, too, but all of that charm and all of that beauty is Him manifesting Himself to us. Oh, that we could ever deserve such beauty, such love.

I don't know how you did it, Jesus, but I won't rest until I've tried my best, too.

Goodnight, everyone. Good luck with the rest of YOUR week, and God bless and keep you always.

Jesus, don't let go.

Saturday, October 31, 2009


Tonight turned out to be a pretty scary night. Unfortunately, it's not in the usual Halloween way. Instead of ghosts, goblins, and ghouls, it's more a plaguing fear of loneliness, isolation, and rejection. For about two and a half years of my life, I haven't had to face this feeling, thanks to Dennis. But now, being at two different schools, and facing this really hard decision that could have some pretty unpleasant consequences is leaving me afraid of what may be to come. I'm not ready to be the same girl I was for sixteen years of my life--starved for a real human friend. All in all, I'm feeling pretty low tonight. Dennis has tried talking me out of it, but it just seems to be of no use and I feel bad for how useless he feels right now.

I wish I could tell you all exactly what it is that I'm facing that's causing this overwhelming anxiety, but at the moment, I just can't. I just wish it was my fault that I'm in this situation. Maybe it is, but so far, I can't see how. I'm not sitting around trying to feel sorry for myself. I don't feel sorry for myself, actually. I just feel horrible and afraid. There are only three things that are looking like pick-me-ups right now: Dennis, my family, and prayer.

"Be not afraid," says the Lord. "I go before you always. Come, follow me. And I will give you rest."

I'm going to pray myself to sleep tonight and take my sweet Lord's hand to allow him to lead me to a much-needed rest: rest for my eyes, rest for my mind, and rest for my heart.

Jesus and I have a long week ahead.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Librarian Hair

When you were younger, did you and your friends ever wind your hair up in a bun and make it stay up that way with a pencil or a pen? I remembered about that the other day while riding the bus with my friend Katie and I've been doing it since. It's kind of fun, actually. It leaves my hair all curly and wavy when I pull it down in a way it refuses to do when attacked with a curling iron. Speaking of my hair, the other day, it smelled overwhelmingly of the pomegranate shampoo I use and I asked MB to smell it. She did that once and has more or less not stopped smelling my hair since. She does it in this really ridiculous manner, too, like a dog sniffling for tracks on the hunt. It's so embarrassing--especially in public. But that's MB. What are ya gonna do?

This weekend, as if you all don't know, is Halloween weekend. MB, Megan, and I have been trying to figure out our Halloween costumes for more than a month now. We've gone through hobbits, 1940's cabaret singers, etc. and finally arrived at The Power Puff Girls. MB, dark hair, tomboy -- Buttercup. Megan, red hair, leader-like -- Blossom. Kara, brown hair, sarcastic -- Bubbles? MB's boyfriend Will was going to be the professor. Then, we realized that our friend Katie would make a MUCH better Bubbles than I ever would, seeing as she has short blonde hair and blue eyes. I switched to being Ms. Keane (the teacher). Then, I found out I have three tests on Monday. In other words--scratch ALL plans. Hahaha. I'll be studying my butt off all weekend, which means I'll miss the finalized Halloween plans--staying in and watching classic "scary" movies like "The Nightmare Before Christmas," "Hocus Pocus," and "The Corpse Bride." In all honesty, I think I'm okay missing it, seeing as I just really need to study. Not to mention, it'll be nice to have the room to myself for the night.

We're getting to that time of year when everyone's trying to figure out what to do for housing for the next schoolyear (AKA Fall 2010 and Spring 2011). Earlier on this fall, Katie and MB started getting ideas together, thinking we were all going to live together in an apartment nearby campus in a quiet little neighborhood that's not too expensive. We were going to go and check out the apartments this weekend, but the agency isn't showing the apartments until January. I'm really not sure what we're looking at as a backup plan, but, I'm starting to look into other options which I'll share more on later when we figure things out. :)

Classes have been absolutely insane lately. I've been working non-stop for weeks on end. I never go to bed at night feeling like everything I need to do is done. I'm constantly anxious about more and more assignments. It's gotten to the point where I don't even do my French workbook anymore until the day before it's due because I don't have time to do it every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. It's so frustrating, but it's what I'm paying so much money to do, right? Sigh. It'll all be worth it when I can stand in a library one day and rightfully call it my own.

Perhaps the most frustrating thing I'm dealing with in terms of this schedule is the lack of time to just read for fun. I've been trying to reread the Uglies series that Megan lent me, but it's taking so long because I'm just too exhausted by the time I go to bed. I also got a subscription to Magnificat for my birthday, and I had fully intended to read it every morning, afternoon, and evening. Living in a room with someone you're actually friends with is so much different than rooming with someone who's in a different social circle. I had so much more time to myself to do things that I wanted back then. Now I'm living by my schedule, yet revised by another person. I can't go to bed just whenever I want and I often have to go to the study to finish all of my work. I'm getting used to it and it really doesn't bother me all that much--it's just an adjustment.

Katie and I have been doing a healthy eating challenge, abstaining from caffeinated sodas, ice cream, cake, etc. Every first Friday of a month, we'll be pigging out on sweets and soda--a day affectionately dubbed First Fatty Friday. That Friday is coming up a week from today and I already have an idea as to everything I want to make sure I eat that day. I'm super excited. I can't lie. :)

Megan, Katie, MB and I are all going out now to buy MB a dress for a wedding she has to go to in a week or two.

That's all for now, loves! God bless. <3

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Whushdo-uh Slathba?

I think at some point tonight, my brain decided that I was absolutely NOT going to be in bed by the time I wanted to be. It also decided, likely due to an overdose (is there such a thing?) of exposure to Kristina's and Hayley's blogs, that I wanted to blog tonight. Or soon. Fair enough, brain. I'll take it and run with it.

I think we can all establish by now that I am absolutely HORRIBLE about keeping promises that I make on the internet. It's a good thing that Dennis and I don't confine our relationship to e-mail, or, uh, we wouldn't have much of a relationship. :P Basically, my point is, I'm going to try to steer clear of making promises of frequent blog posts, or even themed blog posts for that matter. I am, simply put, lazy by nature. I just can't help myself. I appreciate that all of you (all zero of you, that is) allow me to be this way with little (try NO) complaint. Truly, I do.

Point being: It's been awhile, guys. Where to start?

Well, first of all, I'm back at school. Sophomore year, here I am. I'm only halfway through my first week of classes and I am already in this unfortunate limbo of feelings. While being exhausted emotionally, physically, and mentally, I'm also excited about routines and schedules and learning. It's definitely a jumble of feelings I'd file under "UNPLEASANT." That's just me, though. Perhaps you actually LIKE feeling torn and emotional 24/7. "I never met such a woman. She'd certainly be a fearsome thing to behold." QUICK. Name that movie!

Anyhow, moving on. The roommate. For her safety's sake, we'll just call her MB. That's what I call her all the time, anyhow. We have her to thank for the charming title of this little bloglet. She just rolled over on her bed and uttered something similar to that. It was fascinating, really. I love when people talk in their sleep. I can't help but try to guess at what she's dreaming about. I can only assume, for reasons I will not share and can only wonder if you can understand, I think she's dreaming about taking a nap on the beach and making sure she has enough sunscreen on to keep from resembling the priciest item on the menu at West End when she wakes up. (By the way, for those of you not well versed in Virginia Techisms, that's lobster.) The point of bringing up MB -- she's absolutely awesome. Wonderful. effusive, and vibrant. For example, she tried to kill me earlier by chucking her dimestore fantasy novel at my head and half-shrieking, half-hiccoughing. It was, erm, endearing?

No, really, though. She's great. And that thing with the book? It may or may not have been an accident. It's open to interpretation, honestly. She has us all wrapped around her little finger, though, so I might just have to say that she had absolutely no intention of knocking me unconscious or, for that matter, hitting me to begin with. Haha.

Talk to you all (all who?) again soon. :)

Friday, May 22, 2009

Sand Dunes and Book Binges

Hello bloggy world! Guess what?! Summer's here!

That photo is from my recent trip to Jockey's Ridge with Dennis. Jockey's Ridge is the largest sand dune on the east coast. We had an amazing time. We packed a picnic lunch and ate it in the backseat of my car, thanks to the wind whipping the sands around so much. Ah well. It was still a great time.

I've really been enjoying my summer so far. I'm trying to pick up my old job as much as I really don't want to work there anymore. Our area really doesn't have much to offer in the way of jobs right now, considering the state of the economy. So I figured the best decision was to start working my old job again where I have more or less a definite in, not to mention the best possible pay of any job I could have found.

Last night, Dennis and I made a trip to Barnes & Noble since we were in the area, and I started to regret my decision, wishing desperately that I could have gotten a job there. The likelihood that they were actually hiring, though, was slim to none, so I'm probably better off at my old job. Not to mention it would take my paycheck to drive to a job at Barnes & Noble anyway. Maybe next summer. :)

I'm going on a book binge. Don't worry, it's completely healthy. Just a lot of heavy reading to make the most of my summer. :) Here's my list so far:
+ The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath****
+ Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
+ Swan's Way by Marcel Proust
+ Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
+ Emma by Jane Austen
+ Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
+ A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
+ A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
+ Several books by Jodi Picoult
+ Many more. :)

**** Strikethrough means I've finished reading

Wish me luck!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Star Trek and Actin' the Fool

I know what you're thinking. Two consecutive posts? Impossible. Absolutely, utterly, and entirely impossible. You don't have to lie to me. That's definitely what's going through your mind right now. That or, "Kara, get to writing already. Your pathetic attempts to be funny and clever are failing miserably." Well, geeze. Fine, then. No need to be rude.

Ahem. I saw Star Trek tonight and let me say, as someone who has never really even attempted to be a Trekkie (i.e. watched a single episode...), that movie left me wishing I'd been one my whole life long. It was nothing short of incredible. I have to admit that my favorite character was not Spock, not Kirk, not McCoy, but rather, Chekov. Oh man. He was absolutely precious. I couldn't get enough of him. I made the mistake of sharing that little fact with Dennis on the phone tonight. Here's how that went:

Dennis: He had an absolutely over-the-top accent. I mean, that was unnecessary.
Kara: Aww, come on. He was my favorite character!
Dennis: Really? Well, that's fine. But still. It's really annoying when movies have characters with unbearably heavy accents.
Kara: I think all girls kinda have a thing for accents...
Dennis: I don't think I like where this is going.

Hahahaha. I'm sure I said something to assuage his discomfort over that particular topic, although I can't remember what it was at the moment. I also think it's much more entertaining to leave the conversation there, don't you? :)

So, if you didn't catch the main points of that:
1. Star Trek was awesome enough to make me want to be a Trekkie.
2. I have an itty-bitty-not-a-crush on Chekov.
3. My fascination with accents makes my boyfriend uncomfortable.

I've actually just remembered what it was that I used to cheer him up. I reminded him that every now and then his Irish heritage surfaces in his speech when he least expects it in words such as "potato," "portion," and "life." It's undeniably cute. I'll stop being gross now.

Dennis and I have a way of making people, well, not gag, but wince. Case in point -- Marybeth. Marybeth is my roommate for the 2009-10 school year. Last night, after studying for a few hours for our Survey of British Literature exam, I showed her Dennis' cover of "I Will Follow You into the Dark" as well as my copy of the same song with my vocal harmonies recorded into Dennis' track. She shook her head halfway into the song, buried her face in her hands and uttered a part-squeal, part-wince, part-disbelieving giggle and sighed, "You guys. Ugh. Too cute." We don't exactly intend to cause these reactions in people. It just seems to be what we do. I'm not sure whether we should be proud of this or not.

I've avoided singling people out to tell that Dennis spent all of today writing a song for me again today. Mostly because this song is particularly personal as it arose from a rather sad night the two of us had. I love the way he will go so far out of his way to make sure I'm okay. He's so loving. I'm so blessed to have him in my life.

Tonight, I probably shouldn't write a novel on here, since I'm already wracking my brain for more topics to write about from today. Not to mention, I'm distracted by listening to the afore-mentioned song on repeat. :)

I love you all! I hope all of your tomorrows are beautiful. <3

Bonus material -- A line from the song mentioned in the post:
"And I know: It takes an average of 21 seconds for you to burst out laughing when I tell a bad joke."

Friday, May 8, 2009

Well, gee. This is awkward.

I feel like you, my dear little blog, are the poor lovesick girl and I am that dreamy hunk of a guy you went on a date with once and never called you back. Except, maybe not so dreamy. Or hunky. Or a guy. But you get the point. I've neglected you and you have every right to be upset with me. Forgive me?

Right, then. After a two month unintentional hiatus, I've returned. I've been reading blogs this entire time, just not writing. You're not all that surprised though, are you? I somewhat blame it on what I will call my blogging lessons. I've been reading the blogs of Angie Smith (over here), Kristina Horner (over here), and Hayley Hoover (over here) and learning just what a blog should look like, be like, sound like, you name it. If you don't already read any of these three blogs, I highly suggest it. Angie is one of the biggest inspirations in my life, though she may have absolutely no idea. Kristina and Hayley are just two of the girls I wish I was on a daily basis. They're Monday and Thursday respectively of the fiveawesomegirls of Youtube fame. I've been more or less obsessed with their channel for well over a year. I'm not ashamed and you can't make me be!

So, yes. I'm trying to become a better blogger. I've realized that the only way to do so is to, You'd think that would be intuitive, but, well, it's taken me a whole two months to figure that out. I'm a little slow to catch on sometimes.

Speaking of the 5AG (we were, weren't we?), my freshman year of college is coming to a close. Wait. How are those related? It's actually pretty simple. My college friends and I are more or less scattered across Virginia, so, this summer, we're taking up a 5AG-style vlogging extravaganza. It would help if we had a fourth of their creativity, spunk, and general awesomeness, but, well, we'll entertain ourselves at the very least. Feel free to join us on our summer adventures, if you'd like! (Over here, at our Youtube collab channel.). It should be great fun.

I only foresee a few issues at the moment. My friends Katie, Kristin, and I (all of the K's. Funny how that works.) are all very much into the project whereas our other three are a little less enthused. Or so it seems at the moment. Mary, Corinne, and Maria haven't exactly gone coocoo for Nerdfighteria the way the rest of us have. Additionally, Maria's going to Africa for the summer, so we've more or less decided that she'll be a guest Saturday vlogger when she returns home. Mary has said little on the subject and Corinne has...well, the same. I guess we'll see how it goes! I might ask my roommate for next year to jump in on the project if she so chooses. Here's the lineup as it stands right now:

Monday -- Kristin
Tuesday -- Kara, your truly
Wednesday -- Corinne
Thursday -- Katie
Friday -- Mary
Saturday(sometimes) -- Maria

In other news, I am SO ready to be back home. We're in our final few days of finals right now. I don't have any until Tuesday and Wednesday when I have two each day, but, I'm studying early, surprisingly. My boyfriend, Dennis, is already home for the summer, seeing as he goes to my school's rival college and just has to one-up me. I'm just aching to be home and spend the summer with him and my family. I miss them all so much.

I'm going to be doing a lot of missing for the next year, actually, seeing as my dad's leaving for Iraq soon. I'm not exactly happy about this in the least, but, I love him and support him and will suck it up. I'm just worried about my mom. I know she's tough, but raising a lot of kids on her own for a year is going to be rough on everyone.

Ah, well. I'm off to dinner with my dear Marybeth before studying for our British Literature final! Love you all!


Thursday, February 26, 2009

I never do what I should

Okay, so that's not entirely true. But I have an essay to finish and it's already 1:30 in the morning. Oh boy.

I wanted to post to document the progress of my Lenten Resolution. Today, as you may know, was Ash Wednesday. There was a lot of talk around campus about Lent and ashes and an excess of the question, "What are YOU giving up?" In light of tonight's Gospel, though, ( Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18), this struck me as odd. One point of the Gospel today was the intentions and motives of your actions of faith. Prayer, fasting, and alms-giving (the three pillars of Lent), are meant to be done for God's almighty purpose and not for the purpose of making sure others see you do it. My Renew Faith-sharing group tonight had an interesting discussion tonight about our resolutions and about public actions. We kind of tackled it from all points of view and I can't give you much of a conclusion other than that one should always do things for the right reason, not for the sake of others seeing what we have done.

For this reason, I am posting my Lenten resolution for my sake alone. The purpose is not to call attention to myself and say, "Hey, look at what I'm doing. I'm a great Catholic!" This isn't my intention at all. My intention is to have a place where I can reflect on my day-to-day progress over the next 40-odd days. I more or less consider tomorrow Day 1 for this purpose, although technically, today is Day 1 (which is okay, since I didn't break my resolutions! :) ).

So today, Day 0 (or 1 ;p), I'd like to just outline my resolutions:

1. I will not buy anything for myself other than food for my room. This food has qualifications, too. I am limited to fruits, vegetables, crackers, milk, and orange juice. Nothing else will be bought for my personal desires. No trinkets, no yarn, no knitting needles, no crochet hooks, no books, no "nothin'".

2. I will return to going to the chapel daily for half an hour to read my Bible and pray. I started this last semester as part of a "Faith in Action" prompt from my Freshman Renew Faith-Sharing Group and although I have not returned to it yet this semester, I will make it happen daily over the next 40-odd days.

3. I will focus on compassion and love in the purest sense. For me, this means being kind to everyone, even when my pride would rather make a stand. I will not be short-tempered with anyone. I will spend time working with a food drive through my Newman community on campus. I will do my very best to avoid starting useless arguments with those close to me, since I find it so easy to lose my patience with those I'm closest to. It's time to overcome that human, sinful, habit. If not overcome, than at least stand up against it. We're all capable of being better than that and I'm willing to prove that to my God and myself.

That's more or less it. I'm praying I can make it work the way God wants it to. May He enlighten me and teach me so much in this season of reflection. God bless you all!

"We will wear compassion and the gates of Hell won't stand against it." - As Cities Burn: "Gates"