Do not think, in any way, that you can simply corner the mouse, scoop it up, and take it outside. Mice chase each other for fun since they are young. They are much faster and smaller than you, and as such, will easily be able to evade you.
Do not plaster all areas along the floor with sticky-traps, or tape cupboards shut in case they come up through the pipes. Some people are under the misconception that this is far more humane than the clap-traps. However, imagine that you are a mouse, whose body is entirely covered in fur, with a fragile tail, and not much strength; next, picture super-gluing yourself to a sheet of paper, and then trying to pull free, only to rip off your tail and a mass of hair. If you still think this sounds better than death, I invite you to cover your entire arm in duct tape, and then slowly pull it off. Finally, because mice are small and scotch tape is not very strong, chances are, the poor thing will still attempt to squeeze through, and get caught in a similar sticky situation. It will scream, and you will be forced to rescue it. Have fun.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
We forget the real meaning of Christianity.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
It’s been eight years.
Eight long years.
Eight years that flew by.
Eight years that I’m not sure I’d want to go back to.
Eight years that I would give anything to go back and be the change.
I went to two 6th grade graduations this morning.
The first one was for the girls in my small group.
They asked me to come last Wednesday.
And I’m still just in shock of the fact that they think I’m cool enough to come to stuff like this.
I mean, come on.
The second was for Max.
He’s my little brother.
And all this talk of sixth grade graduations
Got me thinking back
To the days when I was in Sixth Grade.
Back to the days when socks with dress shoes was cool.
To me at least.
At the 6th grade graduation with the girls,
The teachers read off some information about each kid.
What they like to do
What their future plans are.
And it got me thinking.
All the kids had high expectations.
Some wanted to be
“Someone who makes a lot of money”.
It seems like this last one was what they focused on.
Getting somewhere in life.
I don’t remember what I wanted to be in 6th grade.
Probably a teacher.
I always wanted to be a teacher.
Except for the time I wanted to be a
or Social Worker.
And that’s just in the last two years.
But, I think the message I would tell the kids
Would be something different.
I think if I was talking to these kids,
I would tell them to
Chase after their dreams.
Work as hard as the can to do their best.
But in the end,
Leave it up to God.
He might have different plans for you.
Money doesn’t matter.
I think I wish that someone had told me all of this.
Before I got caught up in the college hype.
The “I want to go to Harvard and be a lawyer” mind set.
I think it would have changed things.
For the better?
I am who I am today because of the decisions I made.
Decisions to go to Auburn.
Decisions to transfer.
Decisions to change my major.
Decisions to let God guide my paths.
Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.”
Things have changed so much since eight years ago.
May 21, 2002 was when I graduated sixth grade.
Six years later on May 20, 2008
I went to another graduation.
A High School Graduation.
I can’t believe it’s been two years since I graduated high school.
But, my high school just had graduation last night for this year’s Seniors.
It’s been two years.
I’ve changed so much.
For the better. :)
And in two more years
I’ll be graduating
In a different place.
With different people.
And you know what-
I’m willing to bet that I’ll look back and be able to see some changes.
I’m already learning to let go and let God lead.
Who knows where that’s going to take me?
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
This week's "Show Us Your Life Friday" at Kelly's Korner is HOMETOWNS!! :)
So. I call a certain small town in Alabama my hometown. I know it’s not exactly where I was born and all, but it’s where all my memories are from. We moved here when I was four, and honestly, I love it. In high school, all I could think about was how I wanted to get out and away, but now…all I want is to stay here and live in one of those cute houses downtown and teach at the local elementary school. ‘Cause let me tell you- after observing in some of those other counties for education hours- NO ONE is better than some Elmore County. There’s just something about the community aspect that the rest of them lack.
And yes. I know it’s probably “dangerous” to put this kind of information out there…but all you would have to do is stalk me on Facebook for approximately 3.9 seconds to figure out what high school I graduated from. I don’t make it that hard. But all that being said- please don’t show up on my front doorstep. Firstly, because we don’t use the front door. We’d think you were a traveling salesman or a Mormon. No offence if you are one…but they’re the only ones that use the front door. And secondly, you showing up would probably just freak me (and the family) out. At least have the decency to call first. :)
Here’s what you should know about my town without telling you it’s name. (Because, hello, I don’t want creepy people knocking on my front door!)
1. There’s this bridge downtown. It’s been in movies (like Big Fish) because it’s really pretty. And there’s a river that flows underneath it where a lot of people go canoeing. And kayaking. But I don’t, because I’'m not a huge fan of the rushing water that could sweep me away. They host the Coosa River Challenge and stuff here. We always know when that’s happening because there’s a lot of boats and stuff parked places.
2. We also have Fort Toulouse. It’s a really cool French/Indian encampment that’s been here since before my town was a town. The Treaty of Fort Jackson was signed here. It ended part of the War of 1812. We learned about it in Alabama History in the 4th grade. We also visited the fort at least once a year it seemed like from about 1st-6th.
Quick story about Fort Toulouse. When I was in 4th grade, we had to build an “indian house” (I know, the terminology is no longer PC). Most kids got a sheet of paper and twisted it to make a teepee. Some used cloth. You know the drill. Well, not me. Dad and I went out to the fort and took some MEASUREMENTS of the “indian home” (as in the stucture one made out of wood…not the teepee). Then, we went home and built one to scale. For me to bring in for my project. Um yeah. And you wonder why I’m a perfectionist. :)
3. About 83 million years ago (back when the dinosaurs roamed the Earth) an asteroid crashed into my town. It’s, like, the only confirmed impact crater in the state of Alabama. And what’s really neat- some people think that this crater impact might have been what killed the dinosaurs. Just saying…you know you wish your town had an impact crater like mine!
4. While my town is getting bigger all the time (they’re in the works to add in a new stoplight…I think it’s number 15 or something like that), there’s still a small town feel to it. I mean, the only place to go on Friday nights is WalMart. We don’t have a movie theater or bowling lanes or anything like that. But, I like it that way. We’re still one of those small town Southern cities that has a “church on every corner”. And I don’t think that’s bad either.
5. Little League and football take over just about every Saturday in the year. And when it's not the midgets playing, the high school team is. AND that's not even mentioning college ball. I mean, around here's it's all about "who you go for?". Auburn or Alabama--War Eagle! And, I think that’s enough said.
I was looking through old pictures to use in this post and found these from high school. This might explain the football enthusiasm a little.
This was before/during a Pep Rally. Yes. We take an hour out of the school day every Friday that there’s a home game.
In some places, teams roll the rival team’s school. But not in this town. We roll our own school. Except I didn’t. Because I was in bed by 10 when the fun started. I like my sleep. :)
And—that’s life in my “small town” in Alabama!
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
I know, it’s been awhile. But it took me a good two weeks to get everything printed out and put together. And then- it took me another week to get it photographed. But now, it’s done.
By the way- the pictures in the baseball card sleeves were printed out in what my computer calls the “wallet” size. They happened to fit- and it was a TON easier than photoshopping each image to the right size. They were printed on regular printer paper, not photo paper. The “big picture” on the front page of each day was a 5x7.
All the journaling was just copy pasted from my blog entries from each day. Which means some days had more than others…but..well…life could be worse! :)
While I had the camera out, I took some pictures of my favorite pages in my “normal” scrapbook to share. Just because it’s fun! :)
Friday, May 14, 2010
So, I like to read. That really shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who knows me very well. I’m the kind of person (since I was little) that tries to find the thickest book at the bookstore so that it will last the longest- even though I KNOW that I will attempt to finish it in one sitting. Because that’s just who I am. So, this favorite books post is KIND OF a joke. Because honestly- I’ve read a lot, and I’ve liked a lot. So, this is just the beginning.
So, pictured above are some of the favorites from the ages. I’m an Elementary Education major. So, I like kids books. Dr. Seuss is quite possible my favorite. His ABC book is my absolute favorite one. The letter “Z” page is my favorite. :) And “Green Eggs and Ham”- I think I know it by heart. It’s possible I used it in a Sunday School lesson. Just because I could. And this kids LOVED it. Ha. :)
“To Kill a Mockingbird” is another favorite. Could be because I’m from Alabama. And could be because it’s awesome. My copy is SO worn out. I’ve read it a bazillion times. And yet…I still find neat things each time I read it. There could be a reason behind the fact I like the name Harper Leigh for a little girl. I’m not going to go into detail on that right now though.
I’m also a huge fan of Jodi Picoult and Nicholas Sparks. They’re pretty awesome to for “big people”.
So. Yeah. There’s my favorite books! That was fun!
You can pop on over to Kelly’s Korner to see other people’s favorite books too for Show Us Your Life- Favorite Books Editions! :)
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
And I’m free, free fallin’
Yeah I’m free, free fallin’
-“Free Falling” (John Mayer)
Confession: I have a new addiction. Named Pandora. Namely my Glee and *Nsync channels. Don’t laugh. They make great study music. I love how my Glee Channel goes from John Mayer, to some Little Mermaid, to Taylor Swift, to RENT. Um, thank you Pandora for respecting my wide range of musical interests.
Warning: Picture OVERLOAD ahead. Um. Sorry. I like taking pictures.
So, Sunday, since it was Mothers’ Day, we went on not one…but TWO picnics! The first one was after church before the nursing home. We always go to the nursing home on the second Sunday of every month. We went by Subway to grab lunch, then we went to the park to eat our first picnic. Then, we went on a short walk and took some pictures.
After the nursing home, we headed out to the lake to enjoy our second picnic. First, we went to Children’s Harbor to get some pictures by the pretty lighthouses. We were going to have our picnic there, but they had a bunch of no picnicking signs, so we couldn’t. It was sad.
So, since we couldn’t picnic there, we headed to another part of the lake where there’s a national park. Where we could picnic. And then, we had our picnic.
So. That is Mothers’ Day. With the family.
I’ve probably bored you to tears by now. But, I have one more thing. Because I really don’t feel like trying to remember to blog this later.
This week’s LINK LOVE. :)
- Um. Pandora. Of course. As mentioned earlier…if I could marry a website…this might be it. I LOVE YOU PANDORA!! (How could I have forgotten you from Freshman Year??!)
- This post about Adoption really strikes a chord with me. As someone who wants to adopt sometime in the far away future, I want to remember this link so I can make sure I’m doing it for the right reasons. It’s all about the love, people. :)
- What this Dad did to try and communicate with his daughter that has CP is amazing. An Apple App really can do anything!
- This makes we want to learn to sew. Summer goal: Make this super cute dress. After all, I need to learn to sew so that I can clothe my 15 kids (Haha. Jk. Not really. Well. Maybe. We can discuss the number at a later moment in time.)
- I like FREE. Don’t know how long this will last, but as of this moment, you can get Angie Smith’s I Will Carry You on Ebook for um…free. And I LOVE me some Angie Smith and wanted to read this book. And since I don’t anticipate getting to BAM in the near future…um perfect. Thanks B&N!
- Spritual Growth. We all want it. How do you measure it?
- My “A Week in the Life” scrapbook is complete. It just needs to be photographed. But, you can see other people’s here.
And….I think that’s it for now. After all, I do have 2 finals tomorrow. I should probably get to studying. That would be a good thing, right?
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Monday, May 3, 2010
If someone was to write a story that accurately describe what I’m feeling on the inside right now, I’m pretty sure that Plan B would be it. I mean, story of my life. In Plan B, Pete Wilson discusses what goes on in our hearts when God doesn’t show up the way we thought he would. How it’s not that God’s not showing up, it’s that he’s not doing it by our agenda. Because he has a plan that’s so much bigger and greater. Wilson explores a variety of biblical characters in the book and how they dealt with being placed in a Plan B situation. He describes what it means to let go of the situation and let God lead. Or say to God, “Not my will, but your will. I’m not in control. You are.” It’s a humbling situation.
I would highly recommend this book to…um all of yall. So, you need to go to that place called Amazon.com and place an order ASAP. I found this book to be a great devotional to read when I was doing a quiet time in my car in the mornings at school. Not a super hard read, but it’s pretty deep stuff. It also has a nifty little study guide in the back and I think it would make a great bible study- for any group. I was able to get stuff out of it as a college student, but I think youth and adults would also benefit. As I said before-um…story of my life.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255