Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Oh People...

Today is one of those days in which my school appears to be encompassed in a fog bubble.
Last night, as I was going for a run around campus, I was heading toward the area that will be our athletic field.  Last night was foggy as well, and the whole space of fields, which is lower than the rest of campus, pitch black.  On the other side of the river, far off in the distance, a few light were visible through the dense and near to earth clouds, thus creating a very eerie sensation as I looked out at it.

I work for security as a Security Student Assistant.  While I have my desk jobs, I also act as a public relations person because people often stop by my desk asking various question.  Now, where my desk is located used to be the library entrance desk.  You would be amazed at the number of people who come by, begin to walk past me, I say, "Can I help you with anything?", they say, "I was looking for the library," or, "Can we still get to the library through here?" (disclaimer:  they are looking at two clear doors that say "campus security" and a wall on the other side), and I look at them and say, "No, the only entrance to the library is now through the front."

And then there are the people who want to know why off campus students have to park so far away and resident students can park nearer campus.  Well, resident students live here and they get priority on the parking near their dorms.

But, one of my favorites was when a student came and asked if the ID Machine was working (it had been broken for some time).  I said no.  The student replied with a complaint of how inconvenient it was, etc.  After I apologized for the inconvenience, the student replied with, "Oh, that's ok, I don't have any money with me right now." (to buy a new ID).  Oh goodness.

So, this is my job.  I really do love it, though.  My boss is great fun, I get to see lots of people as they walk by, and I have made friends with the IT department : )

And, just for laughs...especially for those who know that I typically have a million tabs open on my computer:


Saturday, February 25, 2012

Milan Fashion Week

It's fashion week in Milan.
I browsed through a Vogue slide show of what appears to be next fall's fashion.
I was not overly impressed with what I saw in this particular set of photos.  However, there were a few pieces that stuck out worse than others.

Take a peek:
The coat resembles a rug.

If you care to see some other styles, click here.

But, check out Michael Kors' Fall Collection from the NY Fashion Week!
The styles are more classic, reminiscent of the 1940's and 1950's.

Friday, February 24, 2012

The Rain

Today dawned slightly on the cloudy side.  By the time I reached work, I noticed it looked like rain was a possibility.  Sure enough, not too much later it had begun to rain.  However, leaving chapel to dash to the cafeteria was quite the little trip.  After lunch, while there was a lull in the downpour, we decided to make a dash for our dorms.  I am now sitting on my window facing sofa enjoying the rain outside my window.

Earlier I was looking at some summer clothes online.  Combined with the weather, I began to greatly look forward to the possibility of summer in Virginia.  I love the rainy, cool days with the windows open!  I miss the hot days of swimming at the river, too!  Oh, I am excited to be finished with school!

However, I am going to miss the opportunities I have to hear such wonderful professors speak.  Dr. Gentry spoke on Wednesday at the Senior Class chapel and again today!  I have learned so much from him and am very thankful to have had the opportunity to learn from him!

Later this afternoon I will be spending time with Marie while we watch White Christmas!  Yes, I am very excited!  I feel as though I ought to wear my Santa Hat (but, I think I left it in VA).

Have a happy Friday!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

New Blog!

Well, I discovered a new dimension of my blog today and was able to re-vamp it!

That was an exciting discovery : )

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Ash Wednesday.

Thus ends the first day of Lent.

It was a curious day.  Having never participated in Lent, I had to do some research regarding its purpose to help myself from feeling as though I was taking part in something based on ritual.  While I still do not have a full understanding of the meaning of Lent, I am hoping to come to understand it better over the span of the days between now and Easter.

Father Tom said something at the service tonight that gave some light to Lent.
We are not to give anything up.  Rather, we are to exchange something of no value (an earthly desire) for something of the greatest value (Jesus).

That put it into perspective.

A quote from the bulletin:

I invite you, therefore, in the
name of the Church, to the
observance of a holy Lent,
   by self examination and
   by prayer, fasting, and self
   and by reading and meditating
   on God's holy word.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

My Life is Like a Monet

I think I have Senioritis.
Homework is calling, but I don't like answering.
I dream of being finished with school so that I may, once again, read books of my choosing!
Quite a lot is transpiring, but it is still in the early stages, so I cannot say much.
However, I hope to have plans for the summer, at least, figured out in just more than a month!
If you think about it, please be praying that I would know God's leading for the next stage of my life.
I can already see the puzzle pieces shifting, beginning to make a picture.
Yet, like a fuzzy impressionist piece, the image is not yet clear.

Monet's Rouen Cathedral in the Fog

Saturday, February 11, 2012

With My Whole Mind

Last night I went to hear Dr. Sproul speak.  It was not what I was expecting.  Rather than a lecture or seminar, it was a normal First Pres service.  Thus, his sermon was probably about twenty minutes long.  It was a bit of a surreal (right word?) night.  Upon being seated (aka, asking a bunch of CIUers if there was room for Hannah and me to squeeze in, which they made room!  Thank you!) I looked at the person sitting directly in front of me and discovered it was my cousin, Lin!  We chit chatted for a while waiting for the service to begin. 

As the service began I was thinking about the similarities between my grandfather's church and the Presbyterian line of worship.  My grandfather was a Presbyterian pastor, and it appears he merged aspects of that with aspects of other things, resulting in Oak Hill Bible Church.  Also, I was thinking about Dr. Sproul, a man of God, highly intelligent, greatly respected, whom many had come to see.  I began to wonder what his personal life is like.  Seeing people on the outside, in their public environment is different than on the inside.  I'm not saying entirely, but every family has their problems.  I just wonder how often we forget that when in view of a famous, intelligent, godly, person.

The most striking thing he said last night, in my opinion, was his admitting that he has never, for even a minute, loved God with his whole mind.  Of course I have heard the reference to love God with all my heart, soul, and mind.  The "mind" aspect of the verse never struck me.  I am to love God with my WHOLE mind!  This calls out to the intellect.  This is why reason, thinking, dwelling on God, and working things out "with fear and trembling" are so important.  God made us to be thinking individuals.  I appreciate that.  Our minds are meant to be worked, but for the glory of God!

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