Monday, January 31, 2011

¿Qué tiempo libre?

What free time?

Life is a whirlwind. I can't believe it's already February. It seems like just yesterday was orientation day for my online classes. What has happened to my year? What's happened to my weekend? It seems like Friday was only three days ago!

I love lists. So here's another one of what my weekend was like, and what my week is looking like. :)

1. My wonderful Mother encourage me to run with her Saturday morning, and it was definitely good exercise. My Mom has run a few half-marathons, so to me, she's a champion runner. I, on the other hand, can't run a straight mile. Sad, I know. But I'm working on maybe possibly being able to run a mile. :P

2. My Daddy got me a Snuggie. I don't care what Tim Hawkins says about them. I love mine. Very much. :D

3. I cleaned my closet. And I am very glad I did. Sadly, it still isn't as clean and organized as I'd like it. But it's much better than before.

4. I learned that someone in our homeschool group would be starting up a ballroom dance class sometime in the near future. I can't dance, but I'm very eager to learn. I've always wanted to learn to dance. :)

5. Due to number 1, I woke up feeling rather... stiff this morning. I could barely walk. I don't exercise near enough as I should. 

6. I've been trying to coordinate my schedule for next years online classes. I want to be in classes with folks I know, but I've got to work around my offline schedule as well. So we'll see how things turn out.

7. I finally watched the 1982 version of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Let me tell you. That movie was amazing. I haven't enjoyed a movie as much as that one in quite a long time. Anthony Andrews and Jane Seymour are superb. In fact, I'm putting Anthony Andrews on my list of favorite actors; right up there with Jimmy Stewart and Gene Kelly. :D

8. I was overjoyed that those of you who commented on my last post enjoyed the song so much. :) See? Just because some 16 year old guy whose groupies are 14 and under girls, doesn't mean he can't have a decent song every once in a while, right? Right.

9. My week is going to be busy. Very busy. Like, I-didn't-do-much-homework-this-weekend busy. 

10. I'm kinda in love with two songs at the moment. Pray by Justin Bieber, and Down in the Valley by... well, you'll just have to click the link to find out.

And I'm running out of posting ideas for now. I might not post very much this week. I have a life that needs some focusing on for a little while. :P As for you, click that play button on "Pray" one more time. It won't hurt ya. ;)

abby

Friday, January 28, 2011

don't judge me

Seriously.

I'm doing this in all honesty.

I'm not a big fan of his, but I'm not a hater either. I can honestly say that some of his songs are nice. I can also honestly say that he has been subject to a few jokes of mine....maybe more than a few. But he's still cool. :)

I've learned that it is smart not to judge an artist by only one song. Unless that song is overflowing with very bad things (which isn't uncommon, nowadays). But that's getting off topic...

Even if this song isn't the best song I've ever heard, it can still be shared and listened to. It has a good message.

If you read this, then read who the song is by, and click the little red 'x' to close my window, I will be very saddened. Very. And my opinion of you might drop a few notches(not really). And I don't really have a way to tell whether or not you watched the video. But pretend it's a secret, and you have to anyways, ok? ;P

So. Here you have it.

Pray by Justin Bieber


And if you can say, truly, from the depths of your insides, that you disliked that song, I can say, truly, from the depths of my insides, that something is wrong with you.

;)

abby

p.s. do you like the new look of the blog? I do. :P

Thursday, January 27, 2011

vintage fashion

Well you know how I said that I had something to share? I finally got some pictures. The other day, my great aunt, or my Dad's aunt (who happens to live a few doors down), brought over some of her clothes from the 60s and 70s. I was so excited. Especially when I went to try my favorite pieces on and they fit. There was one dress, two matching sweater/skirt sets, a Hawaiian top/skirt set (that my aunt made) and a few black skirts. But along with it all, my great aunt also brought a cape. A real one, that's reversible, and very warm and zips up and everything. It is probably one of my favorite pieces of clothing ever. :P

So I wanted to show some pictures because I know many of you are also into the whole "vintage anything" fad. :P But I figured that while I was at it, I'd also share some pictures of other bits of clothing that could qualify as vintage as well. :) I'd definitely love to hear what you think about them! :)

For today, I'll only do the dresses. I'll save the others for another post. :) (Sorry that the pictures aren't the best quality. and that they were taken in my bathroom lol {it has the best lighting!}) :)

This red one is the one from my great aunt. I love it. It fits me perfectly. Yes, it's long- and normally I despise long dresses. But this one is so light and wonderful. :P It's great for a Charleston summer when you need something for a little party. ;)


This green one is one I found at a Goodwill. Very 70s. I have no idea if it's really from the 70s or not, but the fabric and style of it make me to think it is. :)


This is a thrift store find. :) And I actually found it somewhere in the plus sized area because I was bored of looking through all of my sized stuff. :P Just goes to show you should check out every section in the thrift store. :D I thought this one was very 60s. It's great with a pair of leggings, and the beadwork up top is really pretty. :) Plus, the fabric is really lightweight- yet another good addition to my summer closet. ;)


I love love love the beadwork. Very much.


This blue dress is from my grandma. I was at her house looking through her closets to see what she had, and I came across this dress. The color is what caught my eye, and I really love the soft blue it is. It's a great dress. The sleeves are awesome too. ;)


OK, that's all for now. I have plenty more to share (well, not plenty, but a few more outfits) so you can expect some soon(ish). :P I hope you liked them! :)

abby

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

{the post with no title}

This post has no particular point. It's just a bunch of miscellaneous things running through my head. ;)

1. My room is really messy. Over the weekend, in my excitement of having exams finished, I started cleaning out my closet. But, of course I got bored of that, and did something else. The that night I entered my room to find my whole closet laying on top of my bed. I hate it when I do that. So I still have a stack of dress skirts that really should be on hangers that sit on my chair at night and on my bed during the day. I can be painfully lazy sometimes.

2. Not to mention that my keyboard has everything from sweatshirts to umbrellas sitting on it...

3. I have written about four posts in the last three days. But decided to post none of them (yet). I hate when I spend time writing a great post, then decided it's better if I don't post it. :P

4. I really want to go shopping. But due to numbers 1 and 2, that probably won't be happening anytime soon. 

5. My exams went wonderfully well. I'm a happy student. :D

6. I can't figure out how to use my webcam in art class because I'm using Safari and it doesn't seem to recognize my built in iSight camera. |-(

7. I've noticed that as I'm getting older, it's slowly getting harder for me to be embarrassed. I'm somewhat thrilled. :P

8. I watched the President's State of the Union Address last night. It was good. I agreed with him on more things that I thought I would. :P Then I watched the Republican rebuttal. IF I had a favorite politician (and I don't) it would definitely be Paul Ryan. But I really don't have a favorite. 

9. I have a headache. I seem to get them rather often.

10. I just noticed that I still have Christmas wrapping paper on my floor...

11. But I'm really not THAT lazy, am I?

12. Speaking of blogs, I thought it would be fun to have someone else write something to post on here for a change. So you might be seeing a guest post on here kinda soon... ;)

13. I "re-discovered" the radio in iTunes, and have kinda fallen in love with the oldies stations. :):):)

14. I think police officers are pretty groovy. Especially Pete Malloy and Jim Reed. 

15. Not to mention firemen... 

16. And seeing as it's just about time for my Spanish class, I'd better stop. But, I have an awesome post planned for tomorrow. I'm sure you'll dig it. 

abby

Friday, January 21, 2011

just to make you jealous

My sister's birthday was a few weeks ago, but today she invited a friend and we went to a park near us called Cypress Gardens. This happens to be the same place that we took our butterflies and caterpillars, if any of you have been reading the "series" on our family blog.

But now that we're back home, I wanted to share some of my favorite pictures from our little outing with you, just to make you jealous. ;) Charleston, is one of the most beautiful, if not the most beautiful cities to live in, and it's beauty ought to be shared. :)

This bird is definitely not a native, but he and a few of his buddies were making the funniest sounds. Another bird was actually talking to us, saying "hello", "what's your name?" It was very neat. :)


This little feller was hilarious. He was in the butterfly pavilion (where it's nice and warm), and he followed us around the whole thing. He was actually biting at our shoes too, and we're not sure why...


I sorta loved this flower. Pretty color, pretty shape. I love it. :)


This, is a cypress tree. And yes, those are all cypress trees in the background. These trees are amazing. And beautiful. :)


Now can you figure out why it's called Cypress Gardens?


I like this picture. It was actually kinda cool having the sun behind the tree so it's not super bright, but I loved the shadows, the green of the trees in the distance and the blue sky. 'Twas perfect.


The reflection was great too. I pretty much fell in love with Charleston all over again while walking around.


You see those stump-like things in the water? Those are cypress knees. And they really hurt when you stub your toe on them.


Reflections...


These were growing inside a hollow tree, and of course I had to take a picture. ;)



I shot this picture wide screen so you could see how tall cypress trees really are. They're quite amazing.


The weather was great, the sky a lovely blue, and it was definitely a great reward for me after finishing all of my exams. :)

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

abby

p.s. Tomorrow (or whenever I get around to it) I have an awesome surprise for you. It might have something to do with vintage items...and clothing.... :D

Thursday, January 20, 2011

oooo! looky here!

Actually, it's not here. It's at Confessions of a Flibbertigibbet. :) Miss Emilyann is having a giveaway! And a groovy one, I might add. The prize is a purse that her mom crocheted. And. It. Is. Absolutely. Adorable.

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See?

I told you so.

Methinks you should click the nice little link up there, and go enter. Even if you don't want to enter, just have a look around her blog anyways. It's quite lovely. ;)

abby

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

pain

At the moment, I'm leisurely waltzing through my notes from my rhetoric class.

That was a lie. I'm actually studying frantically for my exam. So nothing "leisurely" or "waltz-y" about that.

But while looking through my lovely notebook (I love real, hard notebooks with real graphite on the pages :P), I came across a quote.

It's just sitting there up that the top of the page, waiting for me to see it again. I barely remember my teacher saying it, but apparently he did, and I wrote it down.

"You need a brain to feel the pain." - Mr. Baker

Oh Mr. Baker. The wisdom you speak. I know that he was talking about the pain of exam week when he said that. :P

This week has been great proof that I have a brain, because I'm sure feeling the pain up there. Are you? ;)

abby

Monday, January 17, 2011

a bit of this and that

While looking among my photos, I came across a bunch that I edited through Picnik or Pixlr, and I thought I'd share them. Normally, I'm not a big fan of editing. I hate posting edited pictures on my blog, without specifically saying "This is edited", mainly because I like pictures in the raw. It's just how I roll. :) But I still enjoy editing them when I'm bored, or have a different look in mind for it. :) Anywho, all of these following pictures are edited, and I'd definitely love to hear what you think about them. :)

A raccoon "hand" print

My favorite flower ever. :)

A Monarch

Another Monarch in it's chrysalis.

A White Camellia

Those were my text-less ones. :) Here are ones with quotes or scriptures:

Friday, January 14, 2011

when I was little

Well, here's another Friday, with another bit of little Abby. Don't get too used to these for every week, because I know at some point I'll forget. :P So, enjoy (and be sure to comment)! ;)

When I was little . . .

I was a spy. Yep. Just like in Spy Kids (I was a big fan). I played spies all the time. Whenever we had friends over I'd want to play it. Even if I was just playing by myself, I still loved it. I had my super cool binoculars, and a spy badge, everything. It was awesome. I'd climb up in our fort to look over our neighbors fence and spy on them. We live in an old neighborhood where most of the people are retired and don't go outside much, so my job wasn't too exciting. But I still loved it. :D Once, while spying on our the neighbors behind us, the lady saw me and said hi. And since it was kinda near Halloween, she said that she would throw some candy over the fence for me. I was excited. But, Halloween came. And there was no candy on the ground, my side of the fence. Sorry to say, that neighbor was put on the "enemy" list.

Now . . .

We moved. So we don't have those certain neighbors anymore. Which is probably good, because even after the candy incident, they became even more strange. :P As for playing spies, I still do. Or, I try. While with our cousins a few weeks ago, we had a family gathering (with lots of extended family who I didn't know), and I suggested that we play spies. My cousin and my sister (both younger than me) weren't very enthusiastic. So. I guess kids these days aren't as creative as folk my age used to be. :P

When I was little . . .

I loved jump castles. And I thought weddings were boring. So, I told my family that I was going to have a jump castle at my wedding. Wouldn't that be awesome? I thought so.

Now . . .

I can neither confirm nor deny that that will happen. :P

When I was little . . .

Along with my TV addiction, I also had a snack addiction that paired along with it. I had certain snacks for certain movies or shows. For example, if I were going to watch The Tailor of Gloucester, I would eat carrots. I've done that for as long as I can remember. Or, when we'd watch The Beverly Hillbillies, I'd always want some of those orange circus peanuts. In my mind, they were made for each other. :P

Now . . .

I have a feeling that if someone were to start playing The Tailor of Gloucester, I'd crave some carrots. But circus peanuts aren't as yummy as I thought. :P

That's it for now. Eventually, I have some stories to tell that require pictures. Yes, pictures of me when I was little. But I'll have to fetch them form somewhere or even *gasp* scan them in if we don't have digital copies. :P Anywho, I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and hang in there if you've got exams. They'll be over soon. :)

abby

Thursday, January 13, 2011

good morning

Do you ever wake up just feeling horrid? Not physically, but emotionally. Thankfully I don't get days like that often, but when they come, they sure hit hard. During exams definitely isn't the most convenient time for it either. So I prayed. And honestly, I don't pray enough. I recently "re-discovered" this song, actually paying attention to the lyrics, so I wanted to share it with you. And since we've all heard it before, just read through it this time and enjoy the wonderful lyrics. :)


What a Friend We Have in Jesus
Joseph M. Scriven


  1. What a friend we have in Jesus,
    All our sins and griefs to bear!
    What a privilege to carry
    Everything to God in prayer!
    Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
    Oh, what needless pain we bear,
    All because we do not carry
    Everything to God in prayer!
  2. Have we trials and temptations?
    Is there trouble anywhere?
    We should never be discouraged—
    Take it to the Lord in prayer.
    Can we find a friend so faithful,
    Who will all our sorrows share?
    Jesus knows our every weakness;
    Take it to the Lord in prayer.
  3. Are we weak and heavy-laden,
    Cumbered with a load of care?
    Precious Savior, still our refuge—
    Take it to the Lord in prayer.
    Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
    Take it to the Lord in prayer!
    In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,
    Thou wilt find a solace there.
  4. Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised
    Thou wilt all our burdens bear;
    May we ever, Lord, be bringing
    All to Thee in earnest prayer.
    Soon in glory bright, unclouded,
    There will be no need for prayer—
    Rapture, praise, and endless worship
    Will be our sweet portion there.

There. Now, I hope you all have a wonderful morning. :)

abby

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Who am I?

I am the girl who...

goes shopping at the thrift store, and never comes home empty handed.

while shopping at the thrift store, always makes her rounds by the record (as in vinyls) bin to see if there are any groovy artists sittin' there waiting for her to give them a happy home.

enjoys talking to herself while shopping. She comments about clothes she's looking at: "Oh how cute!" "UGH! THIS IS REPULSIVE!" "Hey look! I look like a dorky kid from the 90's!" and so on.

also enjoys the weird looks from other shoppers while talking to herself. If you don't enjoy those looks, what do you do?

saw a cup and saucer set that she had to have. It was only 69 cents. So she got it. Here it is:




who doesn't mind buying a cup and saucer set with the name 'Eunice' already on it. What's wrong with the name Eunice?

enjoys making her friend laugh when she tells her that she bought a cup and saucer set with the name Eunice on it, only to have her friend ask, "Is there any other reason you bought it?" "Um. You mean having the name Eunice on it isn't enough?"

wonders if she makes her bloggy buddies happy when she writes things like this.

loves happy endings.

The End.

abby

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

cold, cold toes

I get cold toes. And cold fingers. And pretty much cold everything. This time of year, I'm especially thankful that I live in the South. This winter hasn't been a usual winter for us though. We've already had snow for the second time in the past year (usually it's once every twenty years or so). Yesterday was rather chilly as well. It was rainy and the rain started freezing on plants, houses and patio furniture. :)

Of course, most of the frozen things melted by the time I was out of class and able to go outside and take pictures, but I got a few anyways. :) The pictures aren't the best quality, because I've been needing to clean my lens off. I did get around to it yesterday, but it was after these pictures. :P




The birdhouse one is my favorite. :) I love the bright red, and the proportionately long icicles. :P

If any of you would like to present me with a global warming argument, go right ahead. But you can expect a hearty laugh, and possibly a pie in the face.

abby

p.s. Happy 1/11/11! :P

Monday, January 10, 2011

thoughts

Sometimes I just seem to have lots of different thoughts running through my head. Sometimes it's a good thing, sometimes it isn't. Usually it helps to write them out, so, if you don't mind, I'll be spilling out what I've been thinking about lately. :)

Exams. Oh boy. When I even start thinking about this, my stomach starts to get a little nervous about it all. I feel so behind this year with everything, and I've really been hoping and praying that I can catch up and ace my exams. Lately for me, good grades have been more important than ever. With all the preparation for exams I need to do, I keep needing to remind myself that it isn't the end of the world if I don't do so great. Life goes on. I heard a song yesterday called 'Because He Lives', and it really helped point this out to me. As a student, grades are muy importante- but sometimes I can get carried away thinking I won't graduate high school if I fail one exam. That just ain't right. I know everything is in God's hands, but I will probably be needing another reminder of that tomorrow. ;)

My Life. That's a big one. As far as academics go after high school, I have absolutely no idea what I want to do. Go to college, definitely. Where, and for what, I have yet to find out. There are so many things I love doing that I find it nearly impossible to find one or two things to study. At the moment, I feel I could study anything; music, architecture, education, business and almost anything in between. So many choices. Sometimes I envy those who know for sure what they'd like to do, but I'm sure that God has something for me. :) It's just this whole 'patience' thing that I need to work on. ;)

EOTYG. Only special people know what that means. :P Of course, I am very excited about this yearly occurrence, but I'm also nervous. If I went into all the details about why I'm nervous, you'd probably think I was a nutcase (if that hasn't already entered your mind). :P I'm sure it will go much better than I'm expecting (as usual). ;)

My Birthday. This one is scary. It's hard for even me to believe. Even though my birthday is in 3 or so months, I'm already thinking about it. :P Lots of people go all out for their sixteenth birthdays, but I have no idea what to do. Most (if not all) of my good friends live far away, so it's not very possible to have a party. One of my friends had her friends decorate quilt squares for her birthday, but I can't sew. :P I'm still brainstorming, but I've come up with the idea that it would just be nice to get an actual letter in the mail from a friend. But with that idea, I can't really do anything about it. :P It's up to my friends (hint hint). :P

Painting. I have yet to place an order for my new art supplies. My art class is starting the painting part of the course soon, and I've gotta be prepared. :) We'll mainly be focusing on oils, but I plan on ordering some watercolor supplies as well, because watercolor is my favorite. :) I don't have any watercolor brushes. I'm sure once I get to painting, I'll post one or two for you to see. ;)


Well, I'd better sign off here for today. I've got a full week ahead of me. And I really don't want to bore you. ;)

Happy Studying!

abby

Friday, January 7, 2011

when I was little

Some blogs have weekly posts on a certain theme, and I thought it might be fun to do the same (maybe not weekly though). My theme idea is what I was like when I was little. Maybe you'll get a laugh or two out of my childhood folly, but it also might help you to learn more about me. :)

When I was little . . .
I gave myself a haircut. I had told my Mom that I wanted to cut the grass with some scissors, but after trimming a few blades, I got bored. Before she knew it, my Mom walked out to see me happily staring up at the trees chopping of bits of my hair. It turns out that it wasn't a great haircut, and my Mom took me to a stylist to get it somewhat beautified. So after that incident, I had very, very short hair. But it was cute. :P


Now . . .
I wouldn't dare give myself a haircut. I'd much prefer to go to a stylist first. :D

When I was little . . .
I was a television addict. And I'm not kidding. Every morning except Sundays, I would get up around 6 or 6:30 in the morning to watch TV. Of course, it was the PBS station, so all of the kids' shows didn't start until 7am. There was a strange yoga lady who had a show that was on until the kiddie shows. Of course, if I got up at 6 to watch my favorite shows, I wasn't going to go back to bed until my show was on. So I watched the weird old yoga lady until Arthur came on. This practice of mine went on for quite a while. One morning, when I got up to watch my shows, I went in to turn the TV on, but it wouldn't turn on. I tried desperately to figure out why it didn't work, but finally had to accept defeat and just said in the chair till my parents woke up. Turns out, they had un-plugged the TV.

Now . . . 
I hardly ever watch television. I do watch TV shows on the computer sometimes, but they're much healthier than Arthur and all those other shows I watched. My Mom has even mentioned shows she said I used to watch like Charles In Charge and Seventh Heaven, which I have absolutely no recollection of. I should probably be thankful I've forgotten most of the things I watched. :P I still would certainly love to have the ability to wake up at 6am of my own accord, but I'm afraid it's impossible. ;)

That's a little bit long, but hopefully you enjoyed it. :P I have no idea how often I'll try to do these posts, but I'll try my best to make it somewhat frequent. :) I'd love to hear what you think about them too. ;)

abby

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

what makes me happy

Lots of thigns make me happy, of course, but today I got something that has made me especially happy. :)

For Christmas, a few relatives gave me money so that I could buy something for myself. So, I pooled some of the money together and bought some sheet music. Two years ago, if someone got me sheet music, I might've kicked them. But now, sheet music is one of the best gifts I could get. :D

I got the soundtrack from UP, because I loved the music from that movie and wanted to be able to play it.

Along with that, I got the 416-page Frank Sinatra Anthology. And it's awesome.

The songs from White Christmas, because it's the best Christmas movie ever made.

And last, I got the two volumes of Keith Green's Ministry Years music books. I'm soooo excited. My goal is to learn as many songs in each book by the end of this year. Big goal, I know. But his music is so fun to play! ;)

Even though this isn't sheet music, I finally got my MacBook Pro yesterday! It's amazing. It's the most beautiful computer ever. I almost hate to use it it's so pretty! :P Sadly, I will have to wait a few weeks to learn everything about it due to exams and all my other reading and homework. ;( But I love it. Much. :D

What has made you happy today? :)

abby

Monday, January 3, 2011

a giveaway!

I seem to be in a contest mood today. It's a new year, so I've got to have some new thing to do, right? :P

 I've entered the giveaway at Pastor's Girl's Ponderings! I love Carlotta's blog, so at least go check it out if you haven't already. ;) You should definitely enter the contest too. Nothing to lose, and beautiful necklace to win. ;D Click here to enter.


abby

Photo Contest

Miss Amanda over at Rainbows in the Rain is having a photography contest (maybe you should enter too)! The theme is macro, so here is my entry:


This is my favorite flower ever, but I have absolutely no idea what kind it is. :P

abby

Saturday, January 1, 2011

*sigh*

Today is one of those days. *sigh*

I think last night/this morning was the latest I'd ever stayed up with the intent to go to bed eventually. So today has kinda been a drag, with the exception of my friends lovely gift. ;)

I have a few pictures from my trip, so we'll see how many I deem worth sharing. But first- I want to thank some people who have really helped me along through my year (in no particular order though). :)

My Parents. I honestly can't thank my Mom enough. She is wonderful. She's always an encouragement to me, and I love her to death. My Dad is amazing. He is a great example of what sort of person would be a good husband one day.

My Sisters. Though they do sometimes get on my nerves, I still love them so much. They can give me a laugh when I need one, and they teach me how to be a better sister and friend. :)

My Friends. For the first time in a long time, I actually feel as if I have some true friends. My previous experiences with friends haven't been that great. Whether it's me or the other person, things just don't seem to work out. This year I have met so many people through my classes that I love to death and they are so encouraging to me. Even if we're not the best of friends, I want y'all to know that you mean a lot to me. Thanks. :)

My Doggies. When I was little, I was sure that I wanted to be a veterinarian, or something to do with animals. Now, I may not be as big on the vet thing, but I still love animals. My dogs are wonderful. I've enjoyed training our younger puppy, and believe it or not, she's taught me quite a bit. And it's always encouraging when she walks in during one of my classes to give a kiss. :) (What's more, is she usually comes in during rhetoric, aka when I need it most). :P

My Teachers. My school has the best teachers ever. I'm positive. My Spanish teacher especially has been a great encouragement to me this year. She is such a godly lady who I have learned so much more than Spanish from. She's quite amazing. :) My Omnibus teacher has been great too. I've enjoyed getting to know him and his family much better this year. My Art teacher is wonderful. I thought I knew most things about art before this class, but I stand corrected. My Rhetoric teacher... well. I'm still working on that one. It's been a rough year, but I still appreciate his teaching rhetoric through a Christian worldview. I think my main problem with that class is the challenge aspect of it. :)

I'm sure you've got better things to do than reading what I've got to say, so let's commence the picture show. :P

First, the present that made me cry.


The show 'Emergency!' is from the 70's. The guy on the right, John Gage (played by Randolph Mantooth) is my favorite character. My friends have put up with a lot from me about him. :P This present meant a lot because 1) my sister bought it- the sister who frowns upon my "obsession" with John and 2) because it's got my Johnny on it. :P It's rather complicated. But it's not. That's my life. :)


 I took that picture of the sunset while in the car, so it's not perfect. But it at least gives an idea of the beautiful sunsets God gives us to top off a day that might not have been to great. :)


Snow. I get chills just looking at pictures. It was fun for the few minutes I was outside sledding. But, I'm glad to be back home with the lovely 60-something weather. :):)

If I have time, I might post some more pictures- but for now I need to eat some dinner. :) Happy New Year!

abby

Happy New Year!

Why hello there!

I've been traveling the past 5 days, and hardly had any internet. But I'm home now, and very, very tired. I don't think I went to bed until 4am this morning. I got up around 10:30, had some breakfast, then opened another Christmas present from a really close (and super awesome) friend. :)

In a few hours, we'll be heading over to my Grandmother's house for some hoppin' johns and collards (standard southern new years tradition). But other than that, I'm hoping to spend my day chilling out. :)

Sorry I left you hanging about my Christmas present! I do have pictures to show, but at the moment I'm not able to run upstairs to get my camera and cord so that I could post them here for you. I'm too tired. :P I can give an overview of my presents though, to help tide you over till I can get the pictures. ;)

The biggest present I got is probably the MacBook Pro. I'm super excited about it. :D I also got an old set of tennis rackets, an Audrey Hepburn calendar, some ViewMaster slides, a book full of Will Rogers quotes, some Bing Crosby movies, a Keith Green poster, lots and lots of socks (yay!), and I'm sure I'm forgetting a handful of other gifts. :)

Anywho, out of all of those things, can you guess which one I cried about? Hahaha, probably not. But I'll leave you to figure that one out till I get some groovy pictures. ;)

But I hope you all have a wonderful new years day! This past year, especially the past few days, have meant quite a lot to me, and I'm excited about this new adventure, year 2011- a new decade. :) So. Have a great day, and don't forget to eat your hoppin' johns for prosperity and health, and collards for wealth. ;P

abby