Hey, look, it's a survey
1:08 PM | Author: Misty
Ganked from Kenton's blog:

[x] I've consumed alcohol.
[ ] I've run away from home.
[ ] I have lied to my parents about where I am.
[ ] I don't like Bush because from what I hear, he is dumb.
[ ] I don't like Bush with my own reasons to back it up.
[ ] I am for Bush.
[ ] I listen to political music.
[ ] I collect comic books.
[x] I shut others out when I'm depressed.
[x] I open up to others easily (sometimes).
[x] I am keeping a secret from the world.
[x] I watch the news.
[ ] I own over 5 rap CDs.
[x] I own an iPod or MP3.
[ ] I own something from Hot Topic(a shirt someone bought for me in Kansas)
[x] I love Disney Movies.
[x] I am a sucker for hair/eyes
[ ] I don't kill bugs.
[ ] I curse regularly.
[ ] I paid for that cell phone ring.
[x] I am a sports fanatic.
[ ] I have "x"s in my screen name.
[ ] I've slipped out an "lol" in a real conversation.
[ ] I love Spam.
[x] I bake well.
[x ] I would wear pajamas to school.
[ ] I own something from Abercrombie.
[x] I have a job.
[ ] I love Martha Stewart.
[x] I am in love with love.
[ ] I am guilty of tYpInG lIkE tHiS.
[ ] I am self conscious.
[x] I like to laugh.
[ ] I smoke a pack a day.
[ ] I loved Perks of Being a Wallflower
[ ] I loved Go Ask Alice.
[x] I have cough drops when I'm not sick.
[ ] I can't swallow pills.
[x] I can swallow about 5 pills at a time no problem.
[x] I eat fast food weekly.

[x] I have many scars.
[x] I've been out of this country.
[ ] I believe in ghosts.
[ ] I can't sleep if there is a spider in the room.
[x] I am really ticklish.
[ ] I see a therapist.
[x] I love white chocolate.
[x] I bite my nails.
[x] I am comfortable with being me.(most of the time)
[ ] I play video games.
[x] I'm single
[ ] I'm in a relationship
[x] Gotten lost in your city (When I was a freshman)
[x] Saw a shooting star
[x] Been to any other countries besides the united states
[ ] I Had a serious Surgery!
[x] Gone out in public in your pajamas
[ ] I have Kissed a Stranger
[x] Hugged a stranger
[ ] Been in a fist fight
[ ] Been arrested
[x] Pushed all the buttons on an elevator
[ ] Made out in an elevator
[ ] Swore at your parents
[ ] Kicked a guy where it hurts
[x] Been close to love
[ ] Been to a casino
[ ] Been skydiving
[x] Broken a bone (pinky toe)
[x] Skipped school
[ ] Flashed someone
[ ] Saw a therapist
[x] Done a split
[ ] Played spin the bottle
[ ] Gotten stitches
[ ] Drank a whole gallon of milk in one hour (No, but I did get one poured over my
head once for the sake of a video scavenger hunt)
[x] Bitten someone (My mom tells this really funny story of when I was really little
and was staying with a family friend, who was also keeping her nephew the same
day; he bit me, and so I bit him back!)
[ ] Been to Niagara Falls
[ ] Gotten the chicken pox (Surprisingly, no)
[ ] Kissed a member of the same sex
[x] Crashed into a friend's car (NOT a good memory)
[ ] Been to Japan (Going next summer!)
[x] Ridden in a taxi
[ ] Shoplifted

[ ] Been fired
[ ] Ever had a crush on someone of the same sex
[x] Had feelings for someone who didn't have them back (maybe more of an infatuation)
[ ] Gone on a blind date
[x] Lied to a friend
[x] Had a crush on a teacher
[x] Celebrated Mardi Gras in New Orleans (sort of... I was there for a couple of
days, and we didn't really celebrate Mardi Gras, but it was during Mardi Gras)
[x] Been to Europe
[ ] Slept with a co-worker
[ ] Been married
[ ] Gotten divorced
[ ] Had children
[x] Saw someone dying (I have not seen someone die, but I've had close relatives who
have had drawn out illnesses)

[ ] Been to Africa
[x] Driven over 400 miles in one day
[ ] Been to Canada
[ ] Been to Mexico
[x] Been on a plane
[ ] Seen the Rocky Horror Picture Show
[ ] Thrown up in a bar
[x] Eaten Sushi
[ ] Been snowboarding
[ ] Been Skiing (water)
[x] Met someone in person from the internet
[ ] Been to a moto cross show
[ ] Lost a child
[x] Gone to college
[ ] Graduated college (December!)
[ ] Done hard drugs
[x] Taken painkillers
[ ] Had someone cheat on you
By the way...
11:23 AM | Author: Misty
If you read my blog, will you leave me a comment so I know who you are??? :) Thanks.
11:18 AM | Author: Misty
I made an 87 on my educational psychology test! Yea!

I have an option to retake it and try to make better, but I think I'm just going to stick with the 87. I only missed 4 questions, and I'm not sure if I would do better than that on a new test. I don't know. I have until Tuesday to decide.

Other great thing about last night: My teacher let us go early, so I got to watch Lost!

Today I'm just going to class and working, and I'm picking Sharon up at 5 for our discipleship time. I also have to e-mail Bob with our songs for Sunday.

Hope anybody reading this is having a great day! :)
Down but not out!
12:56 PM | Author: Misty
Alright, so the illness seems to be going away. I went back to the doctor yesterday because I couldn't stop coughing. He gave me cough medicine and sent me home.

I napped for a looooooooooong time. Seriously, we're talking like 4 hours in the middle of the day. But I woke up feeling somewhat better. And after getting decent sleep last night, I'm feeling significantly better today.

I had my TEP interview this morning. I think it went pretty well. Dr. Dail and the other lady who interviewed me (I can't remember her name...) mostly asked questions about why I wanted to be a teacher and why I thought I would be good at it. I talked a lot about India and Ecuador and how I want to teach overseas, which was apparently a good thing because Dr. Dail did some teaching in Ecuador right after she finished her degree. Overall, I feel good about it. Now I just have to wait and get my writing score back, whenever that will be.

As for work, this quarter's newsletter is finished and waiting for approval from my boss, so now I just have to wait for her to return it so I can make corrections and take it to the printer. Then I'm going to work on a mail-out for an event we have coming up.

Tonight I have a test in my educational psychology class. Keeping my fingers crossed that I am fairly well prepared for it. I've been keeping up with the readings, and I completed the review sheet the teacher gave us.

By the way, over the weekend I saw Just Like Heaven. Really cute movie! I definitely recommend it.
Tornadoes and homework
8:53 PM | Author: Misty
So, we are getting all the leftovers from Hurricane Rita. This afternoon has been loads of fun.

Best I can tell, we've had somewhere around 4 or 6 tornadoes in county; at least that's what the news people said. There was a big one that touched down about 10-15 miles north of here and did a little damage. Thankfully everything so far has gone north or west of here. The RADAR looks like we're in for some more fun weather tonight, though.

So, upon sitting down to do some homework tonight, I've realized that I'm a little behind. I've got 4 or 5 chapters to read for my CSE 390 class and a couple to read for COM 451. I finished reading one chapter, so I rewarded myself with a 10-minute break. I also need to resume studying for the MAT since I'm taking it in a couple of weeks.

I really want to buckle down and do all this stuff. I need discipline.

On a happy note, I feel a lot better. My ear is almost back to normal, and I'm just a little congested.

My CSE 390 clinical placement officially starts tomorrow. I'm not too worried about it. I'm mostly going to be observing for now. I looked over the teacher's handbook that Mrs. Case sent home with me, so I kind of have an idea of what kind of school I'm going into, at least.

Well, my 10 minutes is up, so it's back to studying for me.
Blahdee blah
10:51 AM | Author: Misty
So I mentioned before (I think) that my sinuses were giving me problems. Well, I woke up yesterday feeling HORRIBLE. I was extremely congested, and my left ear and jaw hurt REALLY badly. I decided to go ahead to the doctor, who told me that I had a really bad ear infection. I got medicine and am feeling somewhat better today, but I didn't get to go to Chrysalis.

I pretty much rested at home all day yesterday, and I'll likely do the same today. I might watch a movie. I'll probably do some homework. Or maybe I'll wait until tomorrow to do that. I've got time.

On a high note, I bought some mango-peach salsa at Target yesterday when I went to stock up for the illness (I was just supposed to buy soup, but I decided to go ahead and stock up on sandwich and snack stuff, too). The salsa's really good.

OK, my nose is running, so I'm going to end here and go get a Kleenex.
All good in the hood
2:14 PM | Author: Misty
Well, I feel much happier today and things seem to be getting back to normal, thank goodness.

I had to take the TEP writing exam this morning. From what I understand, this basically tells the folks in the College of Education whether I would be ready to go out and teach. They give you a packet with a controversial article and some paper, and you have to agree or disagree with the article. The article I got was about how schools "shortchange African American students." I went out on a limb and disagreed with the author, although I'm sure they would expect most people to just kind of complacently agree. Hale, the author, had some good points, but she focused in too narrowly about helping African American students, so much so that it seemed she wanted to provide a lot of services and opportunities only for black students. She also put a sort of stereotype on black students as being poor and white students as being rich, which I also seriously disagreed with. So, hopefully when I get my grade back, they will find that I presented my arguments well enough. If not, I get to take the test again in the spring. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I passed it this time. I also had to sign up for a TEP interview, the other half of this process. That won't happen until next Wednesday.

Well, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, I'm feeling great today, but my sinuses seem to be acting up a bit, so prayers, please. :) I write that because I know that Lauren will read this and pray for me even if nobody else does. Thanks for the encouraging comment yesterday, by the way.

Alright, that's about it. T-minus two days until Chrysalis starts, and I'm almost finished writing my talk... It'll all come together.
Hard hits come at inconvenient times
4:01 PM | Author: Misty
Man, Satan has been bringing out the heavy guns these past few days.

I wrote in my last post that I had decided about a church. When I called Wes, I left a voicemail, and he called me back. He did not seem particularly supportive of my decision and projected a sort of "I couldn't care less if you leave" attitude. He also told me that his advice for me would be "Next time you start something, finish it." Well, that pretty much made me feel like crap. I attempted to explain that this was a really tough decision for me, but I'm not sure that he cared.

So then on Friday night I ended up sitting at home alone, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but I was already kind of down about the whole church thing. So, of course, Satan conveniently brought to mind the fact that nobody was calling me to invite me to hang out. Sometimes it really seems like I'm always the one doing the calling and inviting. To top this off, Josh and Rebecca were having a date night, but they came to our house, so then I couldn't even sit at home and watch TV without feeling like a third wheel. I left and got some food, and they left pretty soon after I got back.

Saturday we invited people over for Jessica's birthday party and to watch the game. Saturday was a better day for the most part, but Saturday night rolled around and it seemed that nobody wanted to hang out again. Mary and I ended up going to watch Batman Begins at the $1.50 theater. I went to bed around 11:30 because I had to be at church early, but I couldn't sleep because our idiot neighbors were being loud. They finally got quiet around 1:30 or 2, and I was able to go to sleep.

Sunday rolled around, and I went to church early because I led worship. Rob just kind of said thanks to me for leading worship and didn't really say anything nice about it, so I started feeling kind of upset about that. Last night it seemed like anything and everything bugged me. We went to Arby's after Bible study, and it was just me, Josh and Rebecca (again the whole third wheel thing -- and it's not their fault, but I can't help but feel that way sometimes). I felt like they didn't really want to be there with me. Kosta and Ragan came and then decided to leave. Then I mentioned something to Rebecca about chores around the house, and she made a comment about how she and Jessica talked about it last weekend while I was gone and what they thought we should do, which made me feel like they were talking about me while I was gone, even though I KNOW that's not the case. When I got home, I tried to be productive and write my talk for the retreat that I'm working, but I couldn't come up with anything. So I just decided that I would go to bed.

Thankfully, before I went to bed, I picked up Captivating and read a chapter. When I was reading, God reminded me that all of these things that seemed so awful about the weekend were really attacks from Satan. I do have friends that care about me and love me, and I am a good person. I'm also walking in His will, and that bothers Satan. I've realized that finishing what I started doesn't necessarily mean coming to an end point by human standards; it means stopping something when God says stop. It's over when He says it's over, and He told me very clearly that it was time to move on. That doesn't necessarily mean it's not a painful process, but it helps. I'm praying that I can forgive Wes for what I saw as a hurtful comment and attitude.

Today I woke up feeling fresh and much better about everything. I had a productive morning (finally put together notebooks for all my classes so I don't have a billion papers flying around everywhere -- I also did laundry, took the garbage to the curb, straightened my room, put the dishes that were in the sink in the dishwasher and cleaned out the litter box). Then I ate lunch, took a shower, met the girl that bought my Arkansas ticket (yea for $40!) and came to work.

Tonight I'm going to keep busy with class from 7-9, then homework. Hopefully it won't take too long!!
I like her
12:05 PM | Author: Misty
I met with my CSE 390 clinical placement teacher today.

I like her.

She was really nice. Her name is Sabrina Case. She gave me a tour of the building and introduced me to a lot of the folks there. We talked about my schedule for the semester. I'm going to try to go Monday afternoons and Friday mornings to observe, starting Sept. 26. I think it's going to be a fun, worthwhile experience - at least I hope so!

I had some good prayer time this morning on my way to the school. I also have made a decision about church - I'm going to be attending Lighthouse, Rob's church. For anybody who doesn't know about all this, I'll try to make a long story short. Rob was the pastor at my old church. When the other pastor and elders started making the church more "seeker friendly" by watering down the messages and telling Rob he had to do the same, Rob left. I (and a lot of other people) left, as well. I should make clear that people did not leave because Rob left; I think it was more a matter of people had been staying because Rob was there, if that makes sense. Anyway, Rob had not decided what he was going to do after he left, so Rebecca, Holly and I started going to Vineyard Community Church, which is where I currently attend. I've gotten rather involved there, and I really like it a lot. So when Rob told everyone he had definitely decided to start a new church, I was torn between the two. I already committed to help out with the college Bible study, but I had not made a definite decision on which church to attend. Last night I went over to pick up some fliers at Rob's house and spent a good deal of time talking with Taffy. After talking with her, I felt more strongly that I should start going to Rob's church. Then after reading my devo last night and praying this morning, I feel certain that's where I'm supposed to be. I also feel like God is telling me that I need to go now, because if I keep holding on at Vineyard it's going to be harder to leave later. So I'm going to have to e-mail Jon and Wes later today and try to explain all this. It's painful in a way for me to have to leave Vineyard, because I love the church and the people a whole lot, but I'm going where God wants me.

Anyway, beyond that, I'm working the rest of the afternoon, then I have class tonight from 6-9 before chalking the Quad at 10 for Lighthouse.

It's gonna be a busy day, but I'm happy. :)
Here's to good beginnings
4:13 PM | Author: Misty
So we kicked off Lighthouse, Rob's new Bible study Sunday night. It was pretty doggone successful.

We ended up with about 60 people there, more than half of whom signed up for small groups (Rebecca and I are heading up small groups). We've gotten e-mails out to everybody that signed up and are hoping to get groups put together this Sunday. Some of us are getting together tomorrow night to chalk the Quad, and we are hoping to hang up some fliers around campus before the weekend, too. I'm excited! :)

I got back my first paper from CSE 390 today and was disappointed to only have made an 88. I disagreed with some of the things my teacher marked, though, so I talked with her about it after class, and she said she would review it to make sure it was graded fairly. So maybe I will end up with an A (fingers crossed). Today I also had to give a 5-minute mini-lecture in Frank's class. I thought it went OK. Folks at least seemed interested in my topic, and Joe, the guy who sits next to me, said he thought I did a good job. I think it was a little short, but oh well. It's not actually graded, so I'm not too worried about it.

Today I've been trying to get my work hours settled for this week and next week. I'm working a Chrysalis weekend in Tallahassee next weekend, which means I won't be able to work Thursday or Friday, so I had to shuffle my schedule around a bit to work that out. It's going to work, though. I'm excited about Chrysalis. I've got to get on the ball, though, putting music together and e-mailing Sarah, the girl who's doing music with me, and writing a talk that I just found out I am giving (whoever was supposed to do it backed out, but thankfully it's one I've done before, so I kind of have an idea what to talk about).

Tomorrow I have my first meeting with the teacher for my CSE 390 clinical placement. I don't really know what to expect, but I'm hoping we hit it off. I'll try to write again tomorrow evening about how that went (if possible - I have class until 9, then I'm going to have to hit the books!). I'm going to have to buckle down and get a lot of studying done so I'm not behind after Chrysalis.

And finally, about my new obsession - Lost. Wow, what a fantastic television show! I just got season 1 on DVD and have hardly been able to drag myself away from it for homework, school and work. It's incredibly well-written and visually pleasing. It's also well-cast and well-acted. I really, really enjoy it and definitely recommend it to anyone.

Well, anyway, I guess that's all for today. Peace out, yo.
Chillbump getter
11:16 PM | Author: Misty
So I'm watching ESPN and they're doing a piece on the University of Southern Mississippi's football team. The team has been misplaced because of the hurricane, and apparently they had some sort of team devotional. Hearing a group of about 50 college football players sing Amazing Grace gave me chills.
Doing OK so far this semester...
10:06 PM | Author: Misty
I have done well so far this semester with being responsible and going to class and keeping up a little better with my homework (although I'm going to have quite a bit to get done before Tuesday... thank goodness for the weekend!). Yes, I know, I am only a few weeks into the semester, but small steps.

Get On Board Day went really well yesterday. I think we got around 100 folks signed up for the e-mail list, and we handed out more than 500 fliers. I'm sunburned.

I've been sending out e-mails and stuff about Sunday. I'm excited.

I'm supposed to go to Florida tomorrow. Not particularly excited about that, and I should be. I have a Chrysalis meeting. I have a lot of other stuff to do, so driving six hours is not sounding too fun.

I've been reading a book called Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge. Good read. I may post more about it later.
12:09 AM | Author: Misty
I'm sitting at the CBH lab on campus with Josh and Rebecca, and I'm a little bored.

We've been working on the Lighthouse video for Get on Board Day for about 4 hours now, and we've finished everything except for the logo. The video looks awesome. If I can load it onto here later on, I will.

My back has been acting up the past few days. I'm debating over whether I should go to the doctor. It has felt somewhat better today but is definitely still not back to normal, and I seem to be having pretty painful muscle spasms every so often. I guess I'll probably wait and see how it feels in the morning and then go to the doctor if I feel like I really need to.

I don't really have much to say. I'm just trying to fill time while I wait for Rebecca to get done with the logo.
Doing what I can
1:43 PM | Author: Misty
I went to donate blood today and was told that I can't donate for a year because of the part of India I went to. That sucks.

I'm volunteering at the Red Cross shelter tomorrow and with the Salvation Army on Monday. I'm anxious to do something that will help in some way.
There's very little of me that doesn't want to get in a car right now and drive down to New Orleans to help in any way I can.

I know it's rather illogical. First, I would have problems getting there because so many of the roads are washed out in the coastal areas. Even if I could get there, I wouldn't know where to begin to help. Obviously, I couldn't help a massive number of people evacuate. I have no means to gather large amounts of supplies to take to them.

But this does not mean I can't help in some way.

The UA Student Recreation Center has served as an evacuee shelter since Monday. Even though I haven't had time to make it out there this week, I am hoping to volunteer there this weekend. I also want to gather some supplies that I know my roommates, friends and I can spare that they need, like towels and blankets and clothes.

If you are reading this, no matter where you are, I want you to know that you can help, too. Donate to the Red Cross fund for victims (www.redcross.org). Volunteer at a local Red Cross shelter. Offer your home for victims to stay in, if you can (I've heard there's a list at www.craigslist.org).

This one's not half a world away, folks. This is in our backyard, and there are things we can do to help.