Saturday, October 29, 2005

top ten moments in nashvegas

so i came home for the weekend, so i thought i'd take a little time to write some fun stuff. the other day i read all of high fidelity in almost one straight sitting. then i watched the movie. so in high fidelity fashion, here's my very own

top 10 moments in nashville (so far).
1. spending time with jaclyn and robyn while we filled up the movie shelf with all of our movies. you should see it in all it's glory. i'll post a picture soon! i promise...because it's amazing. even the maitainance guy is jealous. he told me. 2

2. going to buy jaclyn a boxspring and mattress, then watching a guy tie it to the luggage racks on top of champ (my explorer. she deserves a name like that after the past 2 weeks!)

3. going to buy my boxspring and mattress, then watching the guy tie it to the top of champ.

4. the flea market. making two trips to the apartment because all the furniture we bought wouldn't fit inside champ...even once we tied a table to the top.

5. finding old love notes. let me tell you, they're juicy!

6. sleeping in my new bed for the first time.

7. hanging out with friends who live in the city...stephen, amy, and catherine (and i guess i'll say josh because it was fun watching him talk with his mouthful and spit chewed up pizza everywhere on three different occasions).

8. going to a concert, only to realize that i actually knew the band (guster)...and i was actually pretty excited about it after the fact.

9. seeing the city everytime i turn around. i love it. it makes me happy!

10. seeing one of the biggest bugs in the world in jaclyn's room...then trying to kill it...then killing it and being afraid to flush it. but the best part was watching the maintainance guy come and spray for bugs...even after we used an entire bottle of bug spray.

you're killin' me, bon jovi!

i found out last weekend that bon jovi is playing feb 14. the coolest valentines day present in the world, would be to go see bon jovi (maybe not THE coolest, but still pretty cool). okay, so you can make fun of me all you want, but i'll continue to have a special place in my heart. if i had to name the top 5 concerts i'd most want to see, he'd definitely make the list.

my problem with this concert is the fact that it costs money...and i'm broke. not a fun combination. or at least it's never really worked in my favor. but the cheap seats are $47 plus taxes and fees...they're looking close to $60. which i think would definitely be worth it if i had $60, but i don't. so it looks like it'll be another crappy valentines day in my world. i hate valentines day. grr.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

i'm alive!

hey hey! so it's been a while since ive posted anything. and a whole lot has been going on. i'm officially moved in, we have furniture, and it's actually starting to look like a home. i'm starting to feel settled all i need is a job. i had an interview on tuesday for the job that i really want, and i should know something by the begining of next week.

i've pretty much just been taking in the city and i'm absolutely loving it. every time i'm driving and i see all the fun stuff, i just get excited. it's hard to believe that i'm really living here. it's so great! i love it.

i have actually typed some posts a few times, but my ibook power cord broke, so i can't charge it...which means i can't use it...which means i can't update. but once i get it back up and running, i'll post them.

tonight i hung out with my friend stephen. he's a lot cooler than he gives himself credit for and i think he's a pretty fun guy to hang out with. you should leave him a fun message on here in the comment section. i think it might make him smile...and he definitely needs to smile. i'm actually at his house right now using his ibook. we're trying to charge it will at least give me something to work with.

i'll update soon. possibly this weekend.
peace out!

Saturday, October 15, 2005

and i'm out...

last post til i'm settled in nashville. will update when i have a chance. prayers and encouragement are greatly appreciated!

Thursday, October 13, 2005

packing...yet again

i really hate packing. in fact, i'm pretty sure this is will make the 3rd or maybe even 4th entry about how much i hate it. but i'm not going to go back and look. i've been going through stuff all day today, and it's not fun. i really have a lot of stuff. not junk either...just stuff. dvds, vhs tapes, books, games...lots of stuff. it doesn't make for fun packing days.

i've had stuff in storage for over a year, so i had to go get them out of storage and start going through them. i seriously can't remember some of the stuff i have. so unpacking when i get to nashville will be interesting. i also went to see if i could find some luck. it looks like we'll be eating on the floor. yay! at least it's new carpet.

i've been so concerned with other things that it didn't really occur to me until tonight that i had to pack up the stuff in my room. so i freaked out a little. i know, i can be ridiculous. but hey, what are you gonna do?

okay, i guess i should go back a few days and update what's been going on. we got approved for the apartment yesterday...and if all goes well, jaclyn and i will be moving in on saturday. robyn will be joining us in january. i'm super excited, but i'm a little worried about the whole finding a job thing. i have one prospect right now that would be awesome if it worked out...but i haven't heard anything yet. so i guess i'll just have to wait and see.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

unexpected encouragement, amazing friendships, and the proverbial sunrise

i am continually amazed by the friends i've been blessed with. i know that a lot of times i just take my friendships for granted. and i know that recently i feel so alone, and i complain about not having friends within close vicinity. but that doesn't stop the friends i do have, even those who live 2000 miles away, from encouraging me constantly. it always seems so random and crazy to me that i talk to friends who seem to be in the exact same place as me. it could be a few months since i've talked to them, but then they say something and there's an automatic connection. it's not random, i believe it's God's way of showing me that i'm not alone...that there are other people in the same situation i am. it's so comforting to know.

on monday, ryan posted on his blog about the spiritual dryspell he's been in recently. i'm seriously right there with him. over the last couple months i feel like i've retreated back to where i was last year about this time. i'm always encouraged when i talk to him and find out that we're dealing with the same things. i guess it shouldn't surprise me anymore, but it still continues to amaze me. i think most of it is so that we can be an encouragement to each other. i talked to him monday night and even though we only talked for a few minutes, it made me feel so much better. i was telling him about the upcoming move, apartment and job possibilities and i told him that it seemed like God was definitiely working and everything seemed to be timed perfectly. and then, he said "it's so encouraging to have friends like you. i'm amazed that we can't even have a conversation without talking about how great God is." it kind of caught me off guard, because i haven't exactly been relying on his faithfulness lately. i'd love to say that i have, but it'd be a lie. i've been in a hard place. and slowly, i feel myself coming out of it. but it's not been fun, and it's a place i'd never like to return to. but it was encouraging to be an encouragement, even though i felt very unworthy at the time.

i've been thinking a lot about accountability and discipleship over the past week or so. it's something that i've been craving a whole lot. i miss that so much right now. i miss just having conversations over coffee, or sitting in the big comfy chair at barb's house listening to her stories as she discipled me. it's definitely one of the main goals as i move to a new place. i don't know that i've ever longed and felt like i needed it as much as i do right now. it's a good thing...i just have to make sure that it's something i do, and not just talk about. i'm excited about moving because i know that i'll be surrounded by people who will continue to challenge me daily, yet i'll be encouraged at the same time. i really can't wait.

i was listening to this song and the lyrics hit pretty hard. it definitely sums up my life over the past few months.

Who i Am Hates Who i've Been- Relient K
I watched the proverbial sunrise
Coming up over the Pacific and
You might think I'm losing my mind
But I will shy away from the specifics
Cause I don't want you to know where I am
Cause then you'll see my heart
In the saddest state it's ever been
This is no place to try and live my life
Stop right there
That's exactly where I lost it
See that line
Well I never should've crossed it
Stop right there
Well I never should've said that
It's the very moment that I wish that
I could take back
I'm sorry for the person I became
I'm sorry that it took so long for me to change
I'm ready to make sure
I never become that way again
Cause who I am hates who I've been
Who I am hates who I've been
I talk to absolutely no one
Couldn't keep to myself enough
And the things bottled inside
Have finally begun to create so much pressure
That I'd soon blow up and
I heard the reverberating foosteps
Sinking up to the beating of my heart
And I was positive that unless
I got myself together I would watch me fall apart
And I can't let that happen again
Cause then you'll see my heart
In the saddest state it's ever been
This is no place to try and live my life

Monday, October 10, 2005

movie trivia monday (#6)

today has already been such a great day. i slept in later than i should have...drank a big cup of coffee and sat on the front porch. it's been unusually hot here, especially for it being october. it was even pushing 90 degrees last week. but then friday, the october chill rolled into town. i usually refer to it as "football weather." i hate being cold, but it's fun when it gets a little chill in the air at night and you have to wear a sweatshirt.

so sitting on the porch in the cool morning with my favorite red western hoodie just thinking about stuff was amazing. when we got this house 3 years ago one of the things i fell in love with was the porch. it's not really that great, but it's a pretty decent size and there's 2 glider-rockers and a glider bench. so it's great to just sit there with a cup of coffee. i sat there thinking about all kinds of things, watching cars drive by, remembering conversations that have been had there, thinking about what's to soon become my reality. it was great. i still have a lot to do today that doesn't require me pondering my i'll leave you with what today holds.

so now i present...monday movie trivia.
you know the rules...and if you don't check 'em out!
1000pts for each correct answer.

movie quotes!

1. "let's make like a bread truck and haul buns ladies."
a league of their own (philip)

2. "he'd make a very handsome throw rug. and just think, whenever he gets dirty you can take him out and beat him."
the lion king (chris)

3. "you can't unscramble scrambled eggs."
meet joe black (robyn)

4. "i take the good with the bad; i can't love people in slices."
first knight (philip)

5. "i don't know if we each have a destiny, or if we're all just floating around accidental- like on a breeze, but i think maybe it's both."
forrest gump (robyn)

6. " just say the word and i'll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. hey. that's a pretty good idea"
it's a wonderful life (robyn)

7. "you seem jumpy _____, did you switch from mocha to crack?"
in good company (philip)

8. "sometimes the things that may or may not be true are the things a man needs to believe in the most. that people are basically good; that honor, courage, and virtue mean everything; that power and money, money and power mean nothing; that good always triumphs over evil; and i want you to remember this, that love... true love never dies. you remember that, boy. you remember that. doesn't matter if it's true or not. you see, a man should believe in those things, because those are the things worth believing in."
secondhand lions (philip)

9. "i'm allergic to chocolate."
when a man loves a woman (cynthia)

10. "as we grow older, it becomes difficult to just believe. it's not that we don't want to, but too much has happened and we can't. "
now and then (philip)

11. "oh, i'm dead. i'm so dead they're gonna have to bury me twice."
license to drive (chris)

12. " that's a real shame when folks be throwin' away a perfectly good white boy, like that."
better off dead (robyn)

13. "if you were happy every day of your life, you wouldn't be a human being, you'd be a game show host."
heathers (chris)

14. "haven't you ever heard of the healing power of laughter?"
batman (phil)

15. "hasta lasagna, don't get any on ya."
mission impossible (philip)

Thursday, October 06, 2005

one small step for man (or me)

i've tried to type this post numerous times, but my ibook is being fickle and safari keeps shutting down. i might save it as a draft and publish it later.

so i'm in nashville right now. i started my apartment search today and i hit 7 apartments. i'd say that's probably why i'm exhausted right now. i feel like i found some pretty good deals, but it's just a big decision to make...especially when i'm making it alone. it's definitely not something that's fun to do...definitely something not fun to do alone. today i felt very "alone." besides the fact that i was alone most of the day i just felt alone in general, alone in life. i don't know if it makes any sense at all, but that's pretty much how i felt all day. i did come across a possible job opportunity that i would absolutely love! i'm really praying that it will work out because it really would be a wonderful job.

i'm planning on getting back up and doing it all again tomorrow. it'd be great if you could keep the encouragement, words of wisdom, and prayers coming my way...because i could definitely use them right now.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

that first big step

so, i'm going out on a limb, taking a leap of faith...whatever you want to call it. i may be up a creek without a paddle...who knows. anyway, i'm walking into whatever my future holds for me.

i'm getting ready to head to nashville and look for a job and to check out some places to live. my bags are packed, i'm ready to go (you finish the song)...only thing is, i won't be leaving on a jet plane. anyway, i'm going to be kind of nomadic on my little adventure. i have plans to stay with emily tonight, after that, who knows. if you want to take me in and feed me while i'm there it would be appreciated. wish me luck.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

i hate math

good grief. i didn't realize so much math was going to be involved. someone double check me...but i think this is where we stand right now for trivia 5 only.

andrea - 16000
chris - 15000
crystal - 11000
robyn - 10500
ryan - 6000
mike - 4000

robyn and chris get 1000 bonus points for #25

Monday, October 03, 2005

mega movie trivia (#5)

so this week i've mixed it up a little. there are three sections and there are multiple chances for people to win points. hopefully i won't have people complaining about not being able to get to the points fast enough...suck it up. it's just a game! :)

with that being said, you know how to play...if this is your first time, or if you need a refresher, check
out the rules here.

all grown up...
these actors were fairly well known at one point in time, but where have they gone? some of them are still around, but some, not so much in the entertainment business.

multiple points for each picture are available for these questions. 1000pts for the name of the actor or actress. 500pts for the name of the movie or character they played (some have been in multiple movies or tv shows so this is how you can rack up some points).

1. no one got this, so i'm giving myself 500 points for it (i'm only counting his well known stuff).

the correct answer is bug hall

hercules (voice) .... little boy
the munsters' scary little christmas - eddie munster
the big green - newt shaw
the little rascals - alfalfa


tina majorino - andrea

andre - andrea

napoleon dynamite - andrea

when a man loves a woman - andrea

deb (napoleon dynamite) - robyn

jessica green (when a man loves a woman) - andrea

molly (corrina corrina) - andrea


enola (waterworld) - chris

veronica mars-chris

mac (veronica mars) - chris

sante fe-chris

crystal thomas (santa fe) -chris

3. keisha knight pulliam -crystal

cosby show - crystal

rudy (cosby show) - robyn

polly comin' home - andrea

the little match girl - andrea

beauty shop-chris

darnelle (beauty shop) - chris


letrice (motives) - chris

connecticut yankee in king arthur's court-chris

karen (con. yankee) - chris

the last dragon-chris

sophie (last dragon) - chris


jonathan lipnicki - crystal

jerry maguire - crystal

like mike - robyn

ray (jerry maguire) - robyn

george little (stuart little) - andrea

george little (stuart little 2) - andrea ( i guess it's fair!)

murph (like mike) - andrea

the little vampire - andrea

doctor dolittle-chris

tiger (dr. doolittle) - chris


alex (meego) - chris

5. jeff cohen - big mike lewis

the goonies - big mike lewis

chunk (the goonies) - big mike lewis

ward (perfect harmony) - big mike lewis

max baxter (ask max) - big mike lewis

ask max - big mike lewis

6. henry thomas - andrea

E.T. - andrea

elliot (ET) - robyn

johnny (gangs of new york) - chris

gangs of new york - chris

suicide kings- chris

avery (suicide kings) - chris

legends of the fall- chris

sam (legends of the fall) - chris

fire in the sky-chris

greg (fire in the sky) - chris

cloak and dagger-chris

davey (cloak and dagger) - chris

the apple doesn't fall far from the tree...

these questions are about famous parents with famous children. name both the parents and the children. 1000pts for each.

* in the 1970s in two tv shows both starting with "three," he played a straight man pretending to be gay. in a new movie, perceptions, his son plays a gay man pretending to be straight.

7. name the father

john ritter - crystal

8. name the son

jason ritter - andrea

* this comedian seemed to have everything going for him. but in january 1977, following his final public appearance (at the inaugural ball for president jimmy carter), the 22-year-old called his mother, friends and manager and announced that he was committing suicide. while his manager tried to stop him, he placed a .32 caliber pistol against his head and pulled the trigger. he did not die right away, and was rushed to a hospital with a massive head wound. he was kept on life support until january 29, 1977, when his family and friends decided to let him rest in peace. he left behind a wife and infant son who shares his name. more than two decades after his death, his only son, carried on the "royal" family name and has become a star in his own right.

9. name the father

freddie prinze - ryan

10. name the son

freddie prinze jr - ryan

* this actor went to chapman university in orange county, where his father filmed that thing you do using his friends as extras (he later transferred to loyola).

11. name the father

tom hanks - crystal

12. name the son

colin hanks - andrea

* his father is a comedian, but best known in recent years for playing the character arthur spooner on king of queens. in episode "shrink wrap" (episode #4.25) the son guest-starred as his real-life father's father.

13. name the father

jerry stiller - ryan

14. name the son

ben stiller - ryan

* his father uses a stage name and is a well known "president." at the risk of appearing an outsider, this actor chose to retain the family name, hoping to avoid riding his father's coattails.

15. name the father

martin sheen - crystal

16. name the son

emilio estevez - crystal

17. this actor is the stepson of the feminist author, gloria steinem

christian bale - robyn

18. his father was famous for playing gomez on "the addams family." his mother was patty duke (or his famous brother)

sean astin (or mackenzie astin) - robyn

* her father was known for dressing in drag alongside jack lemmon in some like it hot. she made her break through in a scary movie, reprising the role 20 years later.

19. name the father

tony curtis - andrea

20. name the daugher

jamie lee curtis - ryan

* this actress considers her true "dad" to be kurt russell, her mother's longtime partner who has lived with the family since she was three.

21. name the mother

goldie hawn - crystal

22. name the daugher

kate hudson- crystal

* this actress is the third woman in history to be nominated for a best director academy award. her and her ex-husband spike jonze have both received oscar nominations for best director, having been the first married couple to do so.

23. name this actress

sophia copolla - andrea

24. name her father

francis ford copolla - andrea

25. bonus points if you can name either of her famous cousins...

nicholas cage - robyn

jason schwartzman - chris

movie images

this next section contains screencaps from various movies. name the movie for 1000pts each.

26. sisterhood of the traveling pants - andrea

27. i heart huckabees - robyn

runaway jury - robyn

almost famous - andrea

30. batman begins - robyn

31. seabiscuit - crystal

32. edward scissorhands - crystal

33. the sandlot - andrea

34. miracle - ryan

changing lanes - robyn

Saturday, October 01, 2005

two steps forward, one step back

i've been wanting to move to nashville since before i graduated college. that's been two years. over the last couple months, it's been a reality, but it's still in the distant future. over the last couple days, it's moved closer into the near future.

there are a few things that have come into play over the last couple days...and slowly it seems like the perfect opportunity has presented itself. without going into much detail, i'll try to explain. i have a friend who got a job in nashville who is looking for a roommate. at the same time, my stepdad started encouraging to go ahead and move by saying they'd help me out. so all of this coming together i started thinking more about it. this weekend, it's been pretty much all i could think about. it seems so right. i'm absolutely miserable where i am church...nothing to do. i'm lonely, depressed, and bored. it's not been fun for me by any means. so i get excited about possibly taking a leap of faith and moving forward. it sounds so great.

i went to bed last night with my mind made up that i was going to go ahead and do it. i'm okay with falling on my face. a bruised ego is about the worst thing that could happen, and it definitely won't be the first...or last time as far as i'm concerned. so this morning, i get not one, but two phone calls for interviews. the only problem is...they're for here, not nashville. enter the one step back.

so pretty much all day i've been weighing pros and cons and thinking and thinking and then trying not to think. i don't know what's going to happen, and i definitely can't tell the future, but i'm hoping things are going to start heading in the right direction and i'll get all my ducks in a row (whatever that means).

i'm not the kind of girl to make a decision based on what other people say or think. but i do like to know what other people think about certain situations. and i love to know what the people who care about me if you love me and tell me what you think. or, you can vote!

what do you think i should do?
stay where i am and move in january
take a risk and move now

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