Thursday, August 27, 2009

ESPN Can Mean Something

Just so you know, I am NOT a sports fan. Nor am I a fan of ESPN magazine. But recently, some of their articles have been striking chords with me. It started when my youth pastor showed us the cover of ESPN with Zac Sunderland, a 17-year-old who became the youngest person to circumnavigate the world. Solo. His whole inspiration was Do Hard Things, the idea of the Rebelution! And now, today, ESPN surprised me once again with two great articles my dad read. One is about Colt McCoy, the quarterback for the Longhorns. (Hook 'em, Horns.) He is, essentially, superhuman to most people. He is truly amazing. Check out just one article here. And last but not least, my favorite article. In the very back of the magazine, no less. Did you know that there are children who cannot be in the sun or fluorescent lights for more than a minute, or they contract cancerous tumors? There are. It is amazing, fascinating, and sad. But these kids got to be with their favorite baseball players for the first and last time. Since the kids basically can't go outside in the sun, they do all outdoor activities at night. Therefore, some of the top Yankee baseball players went to play with 12 kids on their home field at three o' clock in the morning. Wow. It just blows my mind. I can't even do the story justice. Google it. It's amazing. And thanks to ESPN. I'm proud of you.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Grease is the Word...

Sorry, it's been awhile...nice to be back! Well, school has started, tennis has begun (yay!), and I have seen what is probably one of the most popular movies of all time. Grease. And I have to admit, I was slightly disappointed. Slightly. Don't get me wrong, it was cute. Is it on my list of favorites? Nope. In my opinion, the best parts were the songs, which shouldn't really be a surprise to anyone. :) They're so catchy! As I listened, I found myself thinking, "Wow, I didn't know this is from Grease!" As for everything else, it was just okay. Alright, scratch that. I LOVED Olivia Newton John's clothes. So simple and cute. I wish that it would be considered normal to wear clothes like that now. *sigh* But, anyway, the whole thing really didn't have a storyline. All I saw was how life was for a "normal" teenager in the fifties. I don't even think it was close to accurate, except for the greased hair itself. I really don't know. This movie made me want to research a little bit more about the actual fifties, not the fifties in the movies. Altogether, it was not what I had expected it to be. My life does not feel more complete after having (finally?) watching the infamous Grease.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Great Ones

I added some new blogs to the list! (They are also renamed as "Simply The Best." The Tina Turner song? Get it?) Be sure to check out Afshin Ziafat. He hasn't updated since June, but his website has some really good stuff. BTW, he was the speaker at camp this year. Another great blog I recently came across is Beth Ann of A Modest Heart. Her posts are excellent! And as for Hoops and Yoyo...if you don't know them, they are the characters that appear on their own line of Hallmark cards. They are so incredibly cute, I couldn't resist putting up their blog, too! Good stuff. I love blogging!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Back to School

So, school's almost started again. And I have to admit, at first I didn't exactly like the fact that every store takes the initiative to interrupt our tranquil summers with signs not-so-subtly poking fun at students. "Back-to-School Sale! Ha ha, you little scholars. You have to go back to homework! No more fun, no more, no more, hee hee hee!...."
But, seriously, I really actually enjoy school immensely. I don't always feel like this. It's the 'ol end-of-summer blues. Sigh. *Insert depressing jazz music here* I have had a great, relaxing, memorable summer, filled with great things, like:
  • Student Life Camp.
  • A trip to St. Louis.
  • Beginning blogging. :)
  • A super fun birthday celebration with some great friends.
  • A beautiful wedding. I love to dress up. :)
  • Some time with my family.

I do love summer, but school will be great. I love the clubs, the people, the day-to-day, and I do like homework, just not always in the moment. :) So, here's to school, the stepping stone of knowledge. Another year of learning. Sounds good to me.