Tuesday, September 4, 2012

...wow

Summertime is a hard time to remember to blog.
Especially when that summer consists of almost nothing other than packing up a house, taking some of it with you to another state, then being a nomad for two and a half months while you continue house hunting.
My family finally got our house, but it closed about...ten hours too late. We paid for our stuff to be moved into the house and into the correct rooms, but becaue the house wasn't closed yet, it all got stuck in our detatched garage. Which means we have to move it into the house ourself.
Including the three hundred pound couch.

And I don't have a bed.
We sold my old bed, because (no joke) I hit my head on it too many times.
And I need to buy a new one...

Anyway, I started college a couple weeks ago. It's kind of interesting, but I'm at a regional campus, so I'm not getting the "full college experience." oh well....

Speaking of college, I have homework.
Tata for now!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Something Else from my English Project

If I could take any adventure, it would be one that my brother, Jonathan, and I are planning to take before we start families. We will start wherever we live, which will most likely be Ohio in an old beater car that we buy for this purpose, though it will have to have a good stereo system, and we will start driving west. We will stop when we see something that looks interesting, and we plan to stop at Yosemite and Yellowstone National Parks. We will continue driving until we reach the West Coast of California, then we will sell the car and buy plane tickets to New York. We will spend some time there, then ride a bus to Florida. We will again stop if something looks interesting, and in Florida we will go to Daytona Beach, where we spent a lot of time as kids when we lived in Orlando, as well as Universal Studios to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. We certainly will go to SeaWorld, as our family used to go there nearly every weekend, and most likely go to Fun Spot in Kissimmee, where my brother spent a lot of time a few summers ago when he was on a missions project in the area. After spending time in Florida and visiting old friends there, we will take a train to Little Rock, Arkansas to visit other friends there, and finally we will take a train the rest of the way to where we started. Jonathan and I both love exploring and taking adventures, and this would be a wonderful way to see the United States before I fulfill my life's dream to move to the United Kingdom.

Jonathan and I have been discussing this trip for a while now, and we want to do it because we haven't had many chances to explore. Our family has traveled a large amount, but our mom doesn't really like just going somewhere without an itinerary and without studying a map for a while beforehand so she will know where she is at all times. Jonathan and I are much more spontaneous, and we think that a spontaneous road trip would be extremely fun to go on. We would see parts of the country we have never seen before and we would grow even closer as siblings, though we are already best friends. It would be an expensive trip, but it would be really fun.


I like adventures. XD

~Arwen

Something Else from my English Project

If I could take any adventure, it would be one that my brother, Jonathan, and I are planning to take before we start families. We will start wherever we live, which will most likely be Ohio in an old beater car that we buy for this purpose, though it will have to have a good stereo system, and we will start driving west. We will stop when we see something that looks interesting, and we plan to stop at Yosemite and Yellowstone National Parks. We will continue driving until we reach the West Coast of California, then we will sell the car and buy plane tickets to New York. We will spend some time there, then ride a bus to Florida. We will again stop if something looks interesting, and in Florida we will go to Daytona Beach, where we spent a lot of time as kids when we lived in Orlando, as well as Universal Studios to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. We certainly will go to SeaWorld, as our family used to go there nearly every weekend, and most likely go to Fun Spot in Kissimmee, where my brother spent a lot of time a few summers ago when he was on a missions project in the area. After spending time in Florida and visiting old friends there, we will take a train to Little Rock, Arkansas to visit other friends there, and finally we will take a train the rest of the way to where we started. Jonathan and I both love exploring and taking adventures, and this would be a wonderful way to see the United States before I fulfill my life's dream to move to the United Kingdom.

Jonathan and I have been discussing this trip for a while now, and we want to do it because we haven't had many chances to explore. Our family has traveled a large amount, but our mom doesn't really like just going somewhere without an itinerary and without studying a map for a while beforehand so she will know where she is at all times. Jonathan and I are much more spontaneous, and we think that a spontaneous road trip would be extremely fun to go on. We would see parts of the country we have never seen before and we would grow even closer as siblings, though we are already best friends. It would be an expensive trip, but it would be really fun.


I like adventures. XD

~Arwen

Monday, May 28, 2012

"My Favorite Past Time" or, Being A Nerd

For my English class I have to do a fifteen (0r more) page project on "My Personal Legend" and one of the sections is on "My Favorite Past Time."
This is what I wrote



My favorite past time is being a nerd. While many people think that calling someone a nerd is an insult, I am extremely happy when I am accused of being a nerd. According to my friends and I, "a dork is someone who thinks they understand awesome things, but they really do not. A geek is someone who understands awesome things and participates in awesome things. A nerd is someone who understands, participates in, and creates awesome things." By "awesome things" we mean things such as Doctor Who, the Lord of the Rings, Narnia, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Star Trek, Superheroes, Comic books, reading for fun, obscure sports like archery, billiards, fencing, and Quidditch, and listening to music about or from the above, such as film scores and the singer Hank Green.
Whenever I have free time, I am participating in one of the above, and sometimes I am even doing nerdy things while doing my homework or working on a project. Currently, my second favorite band is Chameleon Circuit, which sings entirely about Doctor Who (my favorite band is a band from Indiana called 3union that hasn't made it big yet, but they are absolutely fantastic). I listen to them often while I'm doing homework, and the other artists and bands I listen to are mostly nerdy as well. One example is Hank Green. He wrote a song entirely made up of puns, one about how life isn't as bad as we think by comparing life as a human to life as an anglerfish, and one about quarks (as in the particles that subatomic particles are made of).
My brother and I recently spent a bit of money to buy swords, and we also have two bows. We do archery, and we are excited to move to Ohio, because there will most likely be a lot more room to shoot and practice when we are in a more rural area. We watch archery and billiards videos on YouTube, and my favorite Olympic sport is fencing. If this isn't enough to prove that I'm a nerd and that I love being a nerd, I own ever single Harry Potter, Narnia, and Lord of the Rings book, as well as some other books by the authors of those series, and as I packed up books to move to Ohio, I have kept those out so that I can read them without having to open up ten boxes and finding them.
Another example of me being a nerd and enjoying passing time by being a nerd is my love of language, though not in the typical sense. I prefer to have conversations with people are more verbose than most of my peers, such as those who would use the word verbose in a sentence. Much of my writing is in language that is more advanced than the vernacular, and I enjoy using words that are a bit archaic. I also enjoy other languages, but not those such as French and Spanish. I am learning to speak and write Quenya and Sindarian, which are the languages of Tolkien's elves, and I am learning to write in Gallifreyan, which is the language that Time Lords (such as Doctor Who) use, as they are from the planet Gallifrey.
Another thing about me that is often considered "nerdy" is my selection of hobbies. I crochet, mostly scarves that are the colors of the houses of Hogwarts. I also sew, and my favorite things to make are little creatures that are rather adorable, and I have named them after characters from Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings. While I enjoy shopping as much as the next girl, I would rather go to Lynnhaven Mall and shop in the fantasy store there that sells swords, books, and sculptures of things like dragons, than go to Hollister or American Eagle.
My favorite past time, overall, is being a nerd. While this entails a number of things, it all adds up to the simple fact that I am a nerdfighter (Termed by John and Hank Green in Brotherhood 2.0 Vlog). From watching Star Wars to writing in Gallifreyan to doing archery, there is no denying it. I'm probably one of the biggest nerds you will ever meet. And you know what? I'm proud of it.

Monday, May 7, 2012

EEK!

Sorry, I kinda didn't post last weekend, did I?
ANYWAY.
I had my wisdom teeth out last Tuesday.
BUT.
I got my college acceptance letter,
My mommy is making celebratory brownies..
All I need for my day to be perfect is Doctor Who and/or Avengers..
AND I might get to see one of my best friends in two weekends. For the first time in over a year.
THIS IS AN AWESOME DAY!

CAN I SAY THAT AGAIN?
THIS IS AN AWESOME DAY.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

I'm So Sorry!

I've been neglecting you guys!!!
I'm so sorry.
I PROMISE I will have a full update for you sometime over the weekend.
I PROMISE.
~Arwen

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

True Reason and the Reason Rally

If you haven't realised yet the reason for the title of my blog...this might just convince you.

Many of you may have heard of the Reason Rally being held by a group of athiests (led by Richard Dawkins) this weekend in Washington D.C. The rally is being promoted as "the largest gathering of the secular movement in world history." So...what exactly is the reason rally?

According to their website, the Reason Rally is
(I apologise for the slight bit of language in this...)

"The Reason Rally is a movement-wide event sponsored by the country’s
major secular organizations. The intent is to unify, energize, and embolden
secular people nationwide, while dispelling the negative opinions held by so
much of American society… and having a damn good time doing it! It will be the
largest secular event in world history. There will be music, comedy, great
speakers, and lots of fun… and it’s free!Sign language interpreters will be
available for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Also, there will be a
viewing area on the Mall designated for people in wheelchairs.The Reason Rally
is being produced and run by the Reason Rally Coalition, a 501(c)(3)
organization whose board consist of all the sponsoring organizations. There are
two levels of sponsorship, the higher of which (8 organizations) will share
equally in any profits generated by the event. In other words, your support
benefits the movement on the whole, as well as the organizations that
contributed the most to this free event."

This looks like it's going to be interesting, doesn't it? A group of people getting together to promote reason sounds like something really beneficial for our country, where people are growing more and more ignorant and illogical. However...these people haven't been the most reasonable in recent years.

My dad is one of the most interesting people I know. An apologist, speaker, writer, blogger, and strategist, he works with Campus Crusade for Christ/Cru, and Chuck Colson's Breakpoint ministry. His blog, Thinking Christian, has allowed him to have conversations with many athiests over the past few years, and he has spoken with some who are much more reasonable than others. When he found out about the Reason Rally, he had the idea that someone should write a book about reason, showing that Christians are just as reasonable as athiests. He prayed about it, and the Lord led him to work to collaborate on the book with some of the most prominent Christian apologists working today. The book was published on ebook recently, and has actually at some points gotten to the top of the Amazon Kindle list of books on atheism.

Anyway, please be praying. My dad is going to the Reason Rally this weekend, and there are a lot of people who don' t want him there. Some may even try to get him arrested, though his attendance would be completely legal. People are being unreasonable about the fact that people who disagree with them are going to be there. My dad and the people he is going with will be taking water bottles to give to the Reason Rally attendees. Some people online are saying that they "better check for the safety seal," implying that we as Christians might try to poison them. Unreasonable? Yeah.

Check out the book, True Reason, and pray for our family and my dad, as well as the other Christians attending the Reason Rally. Most of all - pray for the atheists who will be there, because they are blind to God's love for them.

Lisa

Monday, March 5, 2012

Random Update and Slight bit of Ranting

Saturday night was the Ring Dance for my school. I wasn't all that excited to go, but I ended up having fun anyway. I hung out with some of my friends from eighth grade who I don't get to hang out with often anymore, which was fun. I felt a little jipped though when one of them posted on facebook that she had fun and tagged a bunch of people, not including me. Maybe I'm just being stupid though.
One of my guy friends that I had English class with last year asked me to dance. He actually asked almost every single one of the girls he has hung out with recently to dance, and I really appreciate that. If it weren't for him, many more girls would have not gotten to dance with anyone beside themselves.
One thing that kinda made me mad, though...I asked one of my guy friends to go with me as a friend and he said he was already going with someone. He wasn't there, nor was the girl he said he was going with. If he didn't want to go, he could have just said no - I was asking as a FRIEND. I would have been fine with him saying no. It was more insulting that he lied to me than it would have been if he had just told me that he didn't want to go.
Anyway, I still had a good time, danced with my friends, looked like an idiot because I didn't care what other people thought. Everyone looked really pretty/handsome at the dance. One of the most popular girls at the school went out of her way to come up to me and tell me I looked pretty. We don't talk to each other, and we don't hang out with the same people, since I'm one of the least popular kids at my school, and it kind of made me really feel prettier than I already did. I wore my Greatmudder's favorite necklace to the dance in memory of her. She was really amazing. I miss her.
So...what else is going on in my life?
Just under three weeks until the school musical.
The drama kids went to my old elementary school on Friday for their annual Dr. Seuss Book Character Parade. I made a cloak that looks like the ones the Fellowship wore in Lord of the Rings, but black rather than grey. It's really pretty. The funniest part of the trip was when Aaron, who was dressed up as Darth Vader, and a little 3rd or 4th grader, also dressed as Darth Vader, had a lightsaber fight. Aaron let the little kid "cut off his arm" and then he did a perfect stage fall and pretended he was dead. It was soooo funny.
This weekend is the Fine Arts Festival! I still need to know how you guys want me to blog it...if you do at all >.< I'm really excited, but apparently I have to learn the Purple Dog song unless I want to be the outcast of DFAF...
Ummmm....that's about it.
I'll leave you with a funny.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzcLQRXW6B0

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Fearless

My fear
Is not what you'd expect
Not spiders
Or the dark
(Clowns are a different story).

But my fear
Is of speaking up.
Speaking out
Being bold,
and sharing my opinion.

Sometimes I say that
I'm not afraid to speak my mind
That's what I want
But I'm sad to say
It isn't always true

I prayed tonight for boldness
For the ability to speak out
What God has in store for me
I have no idea
But this I know -
It's gonna be big.

And I'm gonna be...
Maybe not fearless
But I will be Bold.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Life

Life.
I posted a while back about how we don't know how much time we have left on earth. That was reiterated in my mind recently, in a way more terrifying than I would have ever expected.

My mom picks me up from school every day. I couldn't ride the bus when I was injured, and we kind of just stayed in the habit after my foot was healed. At the end of last month we had a half day at school so I was going home around 11:20 instead of 5:00 (Musical Rehearsal). We were sitting at a light, and it turned green and my mom began to drive into the intersection. Everyone was stopped at the light going the other direction, except for one person. There was a blue sedan that didn't stop at the red light. They almost t-boned our car. My mom and I would have been seriously injured, if not dead.
Like I said, we don't know how much time we have left on earth. Only God does. Let's make a difference while we can.

On another subject- Ring Dance is next weekend! I'm not sure if I'm excited or not...which is kind of an odd feeling. I don't have a date, and at this point I don't have a group of friends to go with, especially since my best friend since second grade won't be there. Taylor, being the insanely talented gymnast that she is, will be in Florida at a gymnastics meet. Our ring dance is at the Officer's Club on a local military base, and I've heard that it's really going to be crowded. YAY! *not*

What I AM excited about, without a doubt, is the District Fine Arts Festival I'm going to in Maryland with my youth Group. Let's go WAG Church! Remember my "Last Lecture" speech/essay? I edited that (pretty severely, actually) and entered it into the First Person Essay section of the contest. I have a chance to spend a weekend with some of the coolest people in the area, watch them perform, and possibly even make an impact on someone's life through my writing. I'm SUPER excited.
If you guys want me to, I'll do a "Blogging DFAF" like the "A day in the life" posts on Sparknotes. I'll send it to Sparklife, and if it doesn't get published I'll post it here.
Actually, I'll do it whether you want me to or not. If you'd rather me do a vlog, then I can do that too.
Let me know in the poll or in the comments (Poll if I can remember how to set up one)
Later y'all.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Ring Dance

Even though I tried to remember the Lord as my "Valentine" today, the day was awful...
Freshmen girls carrying teddy bears the same height as them that their boyfriends gave them,
Girls with roses
People kissing
People happy
And then me....in my "forever aloneness"
High school + Valentine's Day + Single Me = ARRRGGGHHHHH!!!!!!

Ring Dance is coming up...and if I'm going with a date or a guest I have to know by the 29th, since it's on a military base. I asked my best guy friend from school today, but he's going with someone else. Now I don't know who to ask or to go with...
I don't want to go alone. I did that for homecoming...it was awful. Probably partly because I was in a wheelchair...
But whatever.

So...anybody want to go to Ring Dance with me? If you can get here, that is... seeing as how most of my followers don't live anywhere near me.

*forever alone*
Lisa

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Love

As I think about tomorrow being Valentine's Day, I'm realizing that I don't want to celebrate Single's Awareness day like I have the past few years - because I have an everlasting Valentine.

Not only does God love me, but he sent his Son to die for me. That's a humbling thought.

As it is, I'm rather nervous. Ring Dance is coming up for my school, and I really don't want to go alone. So I'm asking one of my guy friends to be my escort - and I'm nervous about asking him. That probably seems really silly, since I'm asking him to go as a friend, but I'm just weird like that. I wish I had some felix felicis...

Before I go...remember what love REALLY is, guys.

"Love is patient
love is kind
It does not envy
It does not boast
It is not proud
It does not dishonor others
It is not self seeking
It is not easily angered
It keeps no record of wrongs
Love does not delight in evil
But rejoices with the truth
It always protects
Always trusts
Always hopes
Always perseveres.

Love never fails...
And now these three remain
Faith, hope, and love
But the greatest of these is love."

1 Corinthians 13:4-8a, 13

I love you all because of the way Christ loved me.
<3

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Stress
Tension
Overwhelmed
Tired
Hungry
Angry
Short Fuse

I can't find peace
Where's the joy?
There's too much
Going on right now
Too much for me to handle.

I feel like giving up
I'm afraid I'm about to give in
Would anyone care
If I just gave up?
Anyone less than 100 miles away?

I'm struggling again
Worse than I have in ages
Depression
Anxiety
Fear
Tense
Nervous
No reason.

Going on
Keeping going
Tiring out
Worse and worse
It's harder, and harder.

No time
For anything
Fun
Sleep
Even God is pushed aside
Because of school
and Theatre.

What
is happening
I'm becoming a "sloggy log."
Just what I didn't want to happen.

What's happening
I'm scared
Moving
Leaving
Too much is going on
Too much is changing

Help me, God.
Guide me.
I'm scared.
Save me.
Protect me.
Take care of me.
Please.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Update

Musical season has started, and that means that I'm after school till 5 each day and doing homework till late
Exams are this week
I just found out recently that after this school year I'm moving...to Ohio after the school year is over. My dad's still going to be doing missionary work, but it'll be with a different organization and he'll be able to do more of what he's passionate about, as will my mom.
Finding that out made college applications a lot more complicated. A lot
And there are signs that the guy I like might actually like me back. But I'm not sure...
So yeah...
Did I mention that on Mondays I go to school, leave and go to piano lessons, go back to rehearsal, and then leave rehearsal early in order to coach the 1st and 2nd grade, and then 3rd-5th grade, teams at my church for Basketball that my brother and I coach. Wow that's an awful sentence, but I'm too overwhelmed to edit it.
I'm just a bit overwhelmed.
Pray for me? Please?
I love all of you who read my blog, except those of you from domar.ru, because you're creepy...why are you always reading my blog anyway????
Yeah.
<3

Friday, January 6, 2012

We really don't know

How much time we have left on earth.

That just hit me. I've known it, but it just registered in my head and in my heart what that really means for me.

We have no clue how long we have on earth until Christ comes back or until we die. I know we're young, but we still aren't promised tomorrow. If we want to make a difference...we've gotta start. Now.

My dream, my goal, for my entire life has been to make a difference in the world, to change the world, and to help people realize the importance of Christ. I don't know how I'm supposed to do that, but knowing that I don't have forever to do it makes me want to just run outside and start yelling about it, to make sure everyone I know knows the change Christ has made in me.

One of my friends, an atheist, recently downloaded a Bible app on her iPod touch. It wasn't what she was looking for, but she decided to keep it, and she's reading it. I want to think I am part of the reason that she kept it and decide to look at it, but I feel like that might be pushing it. I don't know if I've made that kind of an impact on her, but we have had conversations about religion.

I really want to get in front of my English class tomorrow morning and tell them what Christ has done for me...but I can't. I'd be called out for disrupting class, they'd make fun of me, and I'd never hear the end of it. They would make fun of me till the end of the year, if not longer. I'm terrified to just go out and tell people. Why is it so scary? I just want to make a difference.

Sorry if this seems like a rant. But it's what is on my heart right now, and I wanted to share it with you all. If you have any ideas of how to get the Word out there, tell me!