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Spurgeon Quote! December 29, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — beyondtheoutside @ 10:13 AM

“Any man can sing in the day.  When the cup is full, man draws inspiration from it.  When wealth rolls in abundance around him, any man can praise the God who gives a plenteous harvest… The difficulty is for music to swell forth when no wind is stirring.  It is easy to sing when we can read the notes by daylight; but he is skillful who sings when there is not a ray of light to read by — who sings from the heart… Lay me upon the bed of languishing, and how shall I then chant God’s high praises, unless He Himself give me the song?  No, it is not in man’s power to sing when all is adverse, unless an altar-coal shall touch his lip… Then, since our Maker gives ‘songs in the night’ (Job 35:10), let us wait upon Him for the music.”

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The Notebook by Nicolas Sparks December 28, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — beyondtheoutside @ 11:57 AM

So, I finished The Notebook by Nicolas Sparks last night. Yes, I read that book in just a couple hours. I now feel the need to give a brief review of it. 🙂 Well, it was okay. I would suggest watching the movie and skipping the book though. The movie is great and the book is okay. The book and movie are both pretty close. Some movies, like My Sister’s Keeper, is not like the book, but The Notebook stuck closely to the book’s story. Anyway, the book was alright. The story was boring because I already knew it. The movie has a more emotional part to it, especially the ending. The book The Notebook did not captivate me like the movie and was pretty boring. The book is really almost all about just 3 days that the two lovers spent together, whereas the movie covers a lot of time. So, I wouldn’t suggest it to readers who like good, fast paced books. This book was slow and discriptive, two of my LEAST favorite things in a book. I don’t care how many coats of paint are on the wall, or what how many feathers and what colors the birds wings were. Really, details are not always necessary! Anyway, the book was well written and it is an okay story, but in my humble opinion, it would be better to skip the book and just watch the movie 🙂

I’ve finished my bank run and now I’m off to run errands and start Odd Thomas!

P.S. I am really getting into reading books that were made into movies! I love the comparison! If you have suggestions, leave a comment 🙂 I hope to read more in the near future.

 

Update December 27, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — beyondtheoutside @ 9:26 PM

Ah, Christmas is over, finally. I really don’t like Christmas. I mean, I like a couple things, but this season is less than enjoyable for me.

Today, however, was very good. I went to church and the choir sang (even though it was Christmas songs, which I really don’t like), then Eric Price gave an amazing message about the love of God. Click here to listen. I would encourage you to set aside the 40 minutes to really listen to this. It was encouraging.
Then, we went over to my cousins house, to celebrate him getting his Master’s degree in business and management (I hope that’s right!). It was a fun time. My cousins from Geogia were there, as well as my newlywed cousins, Luke and Lizzy. It was a good time. My cousin Taylor took his first steps into my arms! That was super exciting. I got to get to know Lizzy a little better, and I got to catch up with Megan and her fast-growing children. It was very fun. I love my dad’s side of the family tons, so I was glad to have a get together with them. Hopefully when Lizzy posts pictures she’ll let me add them onto my blog too!

My sister finally brought me the book Odd Thomas, the one that she’s been telling me I could borrow for a while. I’m excited to start it. It’s a 4 book series and she got the 2nd for Christmas, so that is exciting. Can’t wait to finish The Notebook so I can read  Odd Thomas. So, that was my eventful day!

Tomorrow I get to go to the bank to set up another account, which I’ve been meaning to do for a while, but been to busy to get around to, finally getting some new eyeliner (which I really need!), buying (a) new book(s), then a staff party from my summer job with all the staff. Should be a good day. I’ll be sure to post pictures.

Oh, and check out this sweet necklace I got from my sister for Christmas. I love it! Click here to see the picture.

So, this week has started off great-let’s see what the rest holds!

 

Book Review.

Filed under: Uncategorized — beyondtheoutside @ 1:45 PM

I just finished Please Stop Laughing at Me by Jodee Blanco. Worst book, in my opinion. So boring. Story line: I went to school. I was bullied. I had a good summer and thought school would be better. I went to a new school. I was bullied. Summer was good. Repeat 5 times.  I didn’t enjoy it one bit, personally. Anyway, read it if you like, but it was not my favorite of all my reads. I’m starting The Notebook by Nicolas Sparks. I love the movie, like every other girl my age, so we’ll see how the book is! I get to go buy (a) new book(s) tomorrow with my giftcard to Barnes and Noble. Can’t wait. Hoping to get “Fall On Your Knees” and others too possibly. Now, back to reading/football. GO RAVENS!

 

Grades! December 24, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — beyondtheoutside @ 10:29 AM

Final grades are up! 5 A’s and a C! Yay. My GPA is still a 3.68, but I’m hoping to bring it up by taking this winter class (speech) and getting an A. If I did my math correctly, an A in speech would move my GPA to a 3.72. That’s a little better than 3.68 and I’ll take what I can get right now! I’ll send in my application for UMBC after that class so my GPA will go up just a little bit hopefully 🙂 The reason I got a C in Spanish was because, well, more than one thing. 1) my teacher was the granddaughter of the devil. 2) i can’t learn languages.
To expand on both points:
1) my teacher was HORRIBLE. EVERYONE hated her in my class. She said she was too busy for us, she taught the class like we were an online class because she taught so many online classes. She expected us, in 101, to give a four minute speech, multi-media, in spanish mid-semester. I didn’t even know enough to talk for 4 minutes! She also always said she was too busy for us because she’s a mom and teaches other classes and crap. Ugh. She was awful. She had us do these dumb survey things like almost every week and they were like anonymous and then she would go over them in class together and sometimes be like “oh, who said this?” and no one would say it was them cuz it was supposed to be anonymous and all. So then she’d be like “oh, we can only be honest when we don’t have to say it’s us who said it?” So annoying. And then we all said on the survey thing we were lost and had no idea what we were learning and stuff and she’s like, “I have a syllabus to follow, I CAN’T slow down” blah blah blah. Her tests were literally like 11 pages! And she had a recording part on the tests where you had to say like 9-11 sentences sometimes on that part. Well half the time the machine recorder didn’t work and we had to re-do it at home or something. It was a huge mess. If you asked her a question (via e-mail only pretty much) about your grades, she would say that she just punches grades into the computer and the computer does the math, so it’ll “work itself out.” For two of our tests, the average grade was in the low fifties. That should say something. When we went over that test she told us to tell her if something was hard. So we did and she’d say, “oh, that was supposed to be a trick question.” If it was supposed to be hard then why would she tell us she didn’t think the test was that hard and doesn’t understand why we failed it. Also, my teacher grades based on out of class participation! If you go to the stupid “language labs” on Fridays, then you get points on your class participation. This is not EXTRA credit mind you. GR! And, she hardly ever spoke English after the first day and when she spoke in Spanish she talked so fast! I might have caught a little of what she was saying if she talked slower, which I asked her to do on one of those surveys, but she said she didn’t have time to talk slower. Gr. The dean of the Languages will be getting and e-mail from me shortly.

2) I can’t learn languages. I got ALL A’s except for Spanish. I’m not stupid. I managed to write a 27 page paper this semester. I am a good learner and pretty self motivated. I don’t work well under pressure, so I don’t procrastinate that much. So getting a C is not my cup of tea. My sister and mom also had problems learning languages. My sister got the worst grades in Spanish, struggling through it. My mom actually chose the college she did because she knew that she wouldn’t have to take a language. I, however, chose an honors college that requires that I get up to the 201 level of Spanish. Right. Good luck, me. But, it seems that I have something called a Foreign Language Learning Disability. Yes, it’s real. So, if I have that, then I will get a slip saying that I don’t have to take any of the years of language required at the school. What a blessing that would be! I am getting tested in February, so we’ll see. I’ll keep ya posted 🙂

Anyway, those are my excuses for getting a C in Spanish.

Hasta Luego.

 

Reading. December 23, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — beyondtheoutside @ 9:41 PM

I love reading so much. It’s almost geeky how much I love to read. I would rather read than watch TV or a movie or anything else. Give me a cup of coffee and a good novel or memoir and I’m all set to go. This Christmas break I have read three books already, started my forth, and I have two more in the lineup. I have read My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult-Great book, better than the movie, which was good, and highly recommended. If you’re going to read the book and watch the movie, I would suggest watching the movie first, personally. This book would only be suggested for ages 13+ like the movie was, due to the language and somber topics handled. Then I read Salem Falls, also by Jodi Picoult. Good book. I liked it, but I don’t know that I would suggest it to people that I know-I don’t think they would like it. It’s about a man who moved into this small town after being convicted of raping a student at the school he taught at (even though he was innocent). This book is almost like a modern day version of The Crucible. I couldn’t put the book down but wish I would have known the content before I started. I quickly learned that I would have to skim some parts, but oh well. Again, great novel, but I would only recommend this book to mature adults due to the subject matters, graphic things, and again, language. I also just finished Crazy Love by Micheal Buble. I have heard great things about it. Personally, I wasn’t impressed. Read it if you want, but I didn’t read anything I hadn’t read elsewhere at some point. I am planning on reading two more books. I don’t know the name of one of them because I’m borrowing it from my sister and I can’t remember what she told me it was called. I also want to read Fall on Your Knees by Anne-Marie MacDonald. We’ll see how those are, and I’m sure you’ll get a review of those as well 🙂
I love reading and I can’t wait to read more books this break (I will probably read a lot in January also since I just have one class).

 

Christmas in four words December 21, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — beyondtheoutside @ 8:53 PM

Christmas in these days is this:
a highly commercialized social product.

That’s how I feel about Christmas and that’s why I am a self-proclaimed Grinch (with a heart two sizes too small).