Monday, December 31, 2007

Some Good things I’ve accomplished this year

I forget where I got this idea from, but I thought it was kinda cool to look back at the positive things from the past year, instead of focusing on the other stuff, like I tend to do. So... this is my list of things that I'm proud of. Some Good things that I've done or have attempted to do, this past year
  • Lived on my own
  • Admitted when I needed help
  • Started taking more pictures and have been consistent with it
  • Sponsored a child in Africa (Got my 1st Christmas card from her too!)
  • Read a couple really good books (God grew tired of us, Against Depression, Streams in the desert…)
  • Successfully lead activities at summer camp (1st time as activities director)
  • Started to take back authority in my life that I had given to others
  • Made it through my first semester at Chico State
  • Made some new friends outside of my usual social circle
  • Went two months without biting my fingernails

It's kinda ironic, that I'm listing some accomplishments, and while thinking of them, this song is playing. (Is that ironic? I thought I knew, but the Alanis Morrisette song confused me)
----------------
Now playing: George Strait - I'd Like To Have This One Back
via FoxyTunes

My first crush

No, this is not a boring personal story... well, at least it's not one of my boring, personal stories.

Saw this video on Amit Gupta's blog, and thought it was pretty cool

Friday, December 28, 2007

Things I've learned this year (or have been reminded of, or perhaps I knew all along)


Things I've learned about life and the world in general


  • A good computer (like my MacBook) needs a good name.
  • George is a good name for my MacBook.
  • Life is hard, and sometimes it really sucks. But, if you keep hope, you'll wade through all the crap, and get to the good stuff.
  • Diet Pepsi is the greatest beverage on earth.
  • Everything is funnier when it's said with a British or Australian accent.
  • There's this chemical that's called oxytocin (I think that's how it spelled) that is released in your brain when you cuddle with someone for more than 20 seconds. It causes you to "bond" with that person. The same chemical gets released when a mother holds her newborn baby. (I actually learned that in school)
  • Hondas suck! Or at least every Honda I've ever owned. I think I'll be buying an American made car this time around.

Things I've learned about other people


  • You know who your true friends are, when you screw up or when you fall on hard, uncomfortable times, or when life gets too hard to cope. The ones that are still by your side at the end of the day, are the worthwhile ones. The missing ones, were never really there to begin with. True friends are scarce, and you should hold those friendships sacred, because they are.
  • People that don't find the movie "Better off Dead" funny, are just simply, not funny people. There's something seriously wrong with them...seriously!
  • No matter how hard of shell people seem to have, there's always a creamy center underneath.
  • Babies and Chihuahuas can snore really, really loudly.
  • Confrontation is absolutely necessary in open and honest relationships. Because if someone really cares about you, they'll be courageous enough to say what needs to be said and they'll take the risk of you being mad at them for a while. If you really care about somebody, you'll be willing to take that hit.
  • McDreamy has sad eyes. And his sad eyes, kinda make me sad.

Things I've learned about myself


  • I don't give up on people, and I really like that quality about myself. I always have hope for a better situation. I'm an optimist with a pessimistic shell.
  • I've become a hugger (what's wrong with me???)
  • Not only do I have value in God's eyes, but I actually, deep down, believe it too. I've always known that I had value, but I didn't realize that I actually believed until a couple of months ago.
  • I'll never love going to school. But, I'm okay with that. I don't need to love it, I just need to get through it. And maybe, somewhere along the way, I might even enjoy it every now and again.
  • I want to marry someone with the passion of Steve Irwin. Someone that keeps me on my toes. Not necessarily jumping on crocs, but... I wouldn't be opposed to it.
  • Either I really like the look of shoes that I don't have to tie or I am way to lazy to tie my shoes.

Things I've learned about God


  • God's gonna wait until the timing is just right. He doesn't do a rushed, piss-poor job of things.
  • God uses different ways to get my attention. Whether it be an episode of Scrubs, a verse in the bible, a kind word from a friend, a harsh word from a friend, a car crash, or a pharmacy tech at Longs.
  • I've learned to be more comfortable expressing my doubts and insecurities about my faith, and about God. I've learned it's okay to have those moments, and it's okay to move on from them, also.
  • Can God cook a microwavable burrito so hot, that he can't eat it? Ok, I haven't learned the answer to this question yet, but I am working on it.

That's it for now. What did you learn this year?

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Here are some more reasons...

why being lonely is sometimes super cool!
(added by my cousin Jimmy V)

  • It's bad enough you have to put up with your own relatives, you don't need a whole new set.
  • Uncontrollable sobbing is good for the tear ducts.
  • Bicycles built for two are just plain silly looking.
  • It's fun to hear dating advise from your friends. (Who end up broken up or divorced a month later anyway.)
  • You can openly ogle members of the opposite sex. (Or same, the choice is yours!)
  • Imaginary girl friends are cool. Mine's from Canada. (Bonus for knowing that reference)
  • Being sexually frustrated adds years to your life.
  • You can finally live with hundreds of cats and nobody thinks your a weirdo. (To your face anyway.)

Monday, December 24, 2007

Why being lonely is really sometimes super cool!

  • Dinner out is usually cheaper, and you don’t have to eat less cause you’re embarrassed to eat too much in front of a guy.
  • Wine doesn’t go as fast when you don’t have anybody to share it with.
  • You don’t have to argue about who’s gonna drive to wherever it is you’re going.
  • The remote control is all yours.
  • No need to explain away your cheesy music playlists on iTunes
  • Who’s a better date than McDreamy (every Thursday night at 7)?
  • You don’t have to clean your car out
  • You can play Mortal Combat with a friend in Vietnam
  • You can spend all day Saturday making an egg-salad sandwich, only to not feel like eating it, and you don’t have to justify the complete waste of time to anybody.
  • You don’t have to worry about deciding which friends feelings to hurt, when you have to turn down their party because you already have another one to go to.
  • Spend all day responding to blog posts with your super cool blogging friends.

Any others I forgot?
P.S: I was watching an episodes of Scrubs, and JD came up with an idea for an awesome list, so… I decided to follow his lead.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Hey Becky, what blogs do you read?

Okay, nobody's asked me this question yet, but it's a good question, nonetheless, so... here's a list of blogs that I usually check out:
Oh, and I also get a couple of fake blogs or "flogs" from Rudy Guiliani, Gordon Ramsay, and Nancy Grace.

Another Oh - You might be wondering how I get any homework done when I'm constantly on my laptop looking at blogs and news. Here's the secret: I don't get any homework done. :)

Cheers!

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Why did the front fall off?

This video goes into my collection of evidence that everything is funnier with a British Accent (or, in this case, Australian Accent)

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Who's your candidate?

Find Your Candidate for the 2008 Election

I took the quiz and I matched Mitt Romney 100%. That's kinda cool. I've been torn between Romney and Huckabee. I'm still not sure which way I'll go in the primaries, but I guess there's still time.

PETA is a respectible organization?

FOXNews.com - Eva Mendes Stars in 'Fur? I'd Rather Go Naked' Ad for PETA - Celebrity Gossip | Entertainment News | Arts And Entertainment

PETA just plain irritates me. Do they really think that parading around celebrities in the nude is the way to gain people to their cause? Eergghh... it's just frustrating to see something like that. I don't have a whole heap of a respect for a celebrity that would "whore" themselves out like this, either. Ok, I guess I'll get off of my soapbox now.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Grandma at 29?

This story shocked me! Maybe it's my naivety or my sheltered childhood, but 29????? She had her daughter when she was 13. That's unbelievable. I can't imagine one of the 13 year olds in our youth group having a child! Wow, my heart just goes out to this family and the other families that are in this same position.

The F-Word (Chef Ramsay's TV show)?

Found this cool site, for people that love Gordon Ramsay. I think the thing about him that's appealing to me, is that he say's what he's thinking or feeling at the time. He doesn't worry about people's feelings or reactions, he says what he feels, needs to be said. I guess there's that rebel in me, that wants to be like him. But, I'm not that person. I care about people's feelings. Maybe it would be different if I owned a restaurant and it was my reputation on the line, but I just can't yell at people and call them idiots, even if they're acting like one. That's just not me.
Oh well, I can live vicariously through Chef Ramsay.
Cheers!
Becky

Sunday, December 2, 2007

What did I get for my B-day?

Thanks for all the cool gifts
Here is a list of some of the neat stuff I got
  • Nice ring from Debra (much too big, she’ll exchange it for me)
  • Mr Bean’s holiday vacation DVD, from my dad (never seen any Mr. Bean movies)
  • New Die Hard DVD, from my dad
  • A Winston Churchill Biography from my mum
  • A Truman biography from my mum
  • An opal ring from my mum
  • Gift card to Jamba Juice from my aunt Jane
  • Many nice email messages from good friends
  • Drinks and bread sticks from my friend Ben

----------------
Now playing: Doves - Caught by the River
via FoxyTunes

Friday, November 30, 2007

What do I want to do when I have a headache?

Things I want to do when I have a headache

  • put a screwdriver through my eye
  • lay in bed crying
  • ice pack on the forehead or back of upper neck
  • take a dozen or so pain pills
  • peel my face off with my fingernails or maybe a putty knife
  • put on, “head on, applied directly to the forehead. Head on, applied directly to the forehead. Head on, applied directly to the forehead…”
  • get a hug from somebody that’s empathetic to my pain (you know, not one of those people that just says, “that’s life”.)
  • watch Grey’s Anatomy
  • put some pressure over my eyes

Thursday, November 29, 2007

A Handsome News Anchor?

Watching the CNN/Youtube debate tonight (well, I guess technically last night) inspired me to make this list:

My Top 5 most attractive News Anchors







































-----------------------

Don't Agree? Did I miss anybody?
Lemme know!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

A car accident?



So, on Monday night, I was headed home from school and I was on a curvy road, and must have gotten distracted or something, because I drifted off to the right, went part way in a ditch, and then up on a bank and then the car turned over and upside down, then it slid for a ways, and finally came to a stop. The first thing I thought was, "I gotta get outta the car before it blows up!" So, I scrambled out of the drivers door (which opened, thank God) and ran away from the car. Everybody was really nice, and the person behind me in traffic waited with me until the fire department and everybody got there. And then the CHP officer happened to be someone that went to my church, so he gave me a ride home and even talked to my parent's with me about the car. I'm really grateful that I wasn't very hurt (just some neckpain). It reminded me that God is good. And that he kept me safe for a reason. I might not know what that reason is, but I'm bound and determined to find out. Anyway, that's my story.

Pearls before Swine?

More and more, this is becoming my absolute favorite comic strip. I thought this one was appropriate for the casual blogger, such as myself.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Is this really scrubs?

I think this is just so neat and creative. I hope when I meet "the one", he will propose to me in some unique, interesting way like this.

Friday, November 23, 2007

What is there to be thankful for?

Things I’m thankful for, this Thanksgiving

  • diet pepsi. Cans and cans of diet pepsi.
  • a blanket that is just the right thickness
  • a family that loves me
  • my MacBook (I named him Henry)
  • internet blogs
  • “minisodes” on MySpace TV
  • Hugh Laurie
  • Dr McDreamy & Dr McSteamy
  • The hilariosity of Stephen Colbert
  • Sean Hannity
  • youtube
(I realize that some of these things might seem kinda shallow, but I believe that a lot of times it’s the little things that count the most)
So.. what are you Thankful for?

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Adam Sandler was once funny?

Happy Thanksgiving. Here's a video from the good ol' days when Adam Sandler was still funny.

Thanksgiving Song

Add to My Profile | More Videos

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

What's with all this Saint Business?

Okay. It’s time to write about something serious. I started this blog to keep me writing, and I need to write about life. Real life. Not just the glib and glab on the net that I find amusing or intriguing. The bloody guts of life. That good stuff that makes us cringe.
Last Sunday I was on a wild goose chase with my cousin, trying to find a graduation present for a recent graduate of the police academy. My cousin wanted to get the graduate a St. Michael medallion, something many cops wear. St. Michael is the patron saint of soldiers and policeman. On Saturday we bought a St. Christopher medal, and then found out it was the wrong saint. We must have gone into at least 50 stores on Sunday and we never did find St. Michael. All of this saint business is fairly new to me. All my life I’ve attended a non-denominational protestant church, where tradition isn’t largely emphasized. After the St Christopher mistake, I decided to look up what he did and why he was in every store we went to. Wikipedia has a cool saint portal where you can look at many of the major saints and their accomplishments and why they are the patrons of certain occupations.
I’ve been dealing with depression ebbing and flowing around me and in me since I was a teenager. Since my first occurance when I was 13, I’ve been interested in finding out more about it. Now, 10 almost 11 years down the road, more than ever I seem to be finding articles and blogs related to mental health. I don’t know if this actually helps me stay healthy or if it’s become something I’m over-indulging in and causing me to think about something more than I need to think of it. Whatever the reason, I do find some gratification in reading thoughts similar to my own, and I feel pleasure knowing there is a connectdness in our shared misery.
Maybe that’s why I feel connected to certain saints. Some seemed to have lived as hermits and I can definitely relate to that. Is there a place in this world for a hermit like Saint William Firmatus? Was there a place back then or were they just as much outcasts then as they would be now? Some Saints are said to have been able to bilocate, which is just outright weird to me and makes me wonder if that actually did happen and if it happened then, if it happens now.
Poor Saint Drogo found out that his mother died while giving birth to him and was riddled with guilt as a child. At eighteen he became a penitential pilgram, traveling all around Italy. Then he contracted some sort of terrible deformity that frightened anybody that saw him, so when he was 20 something a cell was built for him off the side of a church, and he lived there the rest of his life, without any human contact. 40 years, without any human contact! He only had a small window where his food and communion were delivered.
Blessed Christine of Stommeln was believed to have been crazy and she often fell into convulsions. She also had signs of Stigmata and seemed to have attempted suicide several times. I had always believed that saints were near perfect people, but after reading several short biographies of different saints, I now know that’s not true. Them seemed to be normal people with greatness thrust upon them. One, whose name escapes me right now, had to flee the city because her father wanted her as a replacement when her mother died. She and the local priest fled, and when the father caught up to them, he had them both decapitated. A church was built near where the incident to place and miracules healings are said to have taken place in that particular spot. She, then became a patron saint of mental illness.
The point to all of these stories? I have no idea. But, for some reason they bring me a bit of comfort on a stormy day. When I can’t sleep at 4 in the morning, it brings me a bit of peace to know these things:

1. That suffering in the world doesn’t change. It’s been there since the fall of man, and it will continue until the end of times. Different stories, same intense pain.

2. More importantly, I’m reminded that God doesn’t change. He was with the people of these stories, and he is with each believer now. If I feel like I’m having some existential breakdown, God has experience handling that. He knows the pain I’m going through and knows what needs to be done in my life. So whether I’m reading “Beyond Blue” or the history of Saint Joan of Arc, I’m reminded that I’m a part of something so grand, so beautiful that my mind can’t even comprehend it. I’m part of God’s Kingdom. And that is what I can find comfort in.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Free Rice?

ysmarko linked to this site, and I'm becoming addicted to the game. It's a vocabulary game and each time you answer a question correctly, the site donates 10 grains of rice (payed for by the advertisers on the site). It's kinda a cool way to give to charity. So here's the link

Angie goes fur shopping?

Why isn't the press all over this?
Where's the liberal media when you need them?
How can someone as high-profile as Angelina Jolie get away with shopping for fur coats?
Why am I only asking questions?

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Tree disease? Weird man in balloon? Gay Hikers? Whaaaat?

This poor man! He has trees growing off of him.
Okay, it's not cool, but at least it's not boring. The article said he has teenage children. I wonder if they make him drop them off a block down from the mall?
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
I have no clue why this is so funny and why I hafta watch it over and over again, but I do... watch it over and over again


Not sure why someone would do this, but it makes for good tv. Maybe that's the reason.

Foreshadowing

This is too funny not to post

It's okay, she'll probably have Bill talk to the press for her, and tell them that the flags were rigged by the right wingers, led by Rush Limbaugh.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Steve Irwin Day!!!



I was sick on Thursday and ended up not leaving the house. So it was, "wear your khaki's at home" day. I also babysat my nephew Brett, later in the evening. I dressed him up in some khaki's, and we watched Crocodile Hunter Collision Course together. And in celebration, I passed on my Steve Irwin Doll to him. I dunno, we had fun. I wonder how the day went in Australia? Anywho, here are some pics.

There's something about that smile

Even though he's making fun of the talk shows that I regularly listen to, I just love Stephen Colbert. There's just something so likable about him. He's lovably ignorant.


Gordon Ramsey on Live with Regis & Kelly

Chef Ramsey didn't drop the F-bomb once, in 8 1/2 minutes! That must be a new record for him.




Here's the recipes
for anybody ambitious enough to give it a shot

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Inside the Actor's Studio... with Becky P

Lately I’ve been watching Inside the Actor’s Studio with James Lipton. The questions he asks every guest, right before the audience gets to ask questions, intrigued me. Why those questions? So… I did a little bit of research and found out they were derived from a questionnaire written by Proust, a french novelist. Lipton picked up the idea from a British TV show host named Bernard Pivot. Anyways, I thought I’d post the questions and see if anybody responded to them, so here they are:

What is your favorite word?
What is your least favorite word?
What turns you on?
What turns you off?
What sound or noise do you love?
What sound or noise do you hate?
What is your favorite curse word (feel free to write #$@!&$@ in place, if you’d like)?
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
What profession would you not like to participate in?
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say?

Quote of the week: It’s sometimes better to boggle the mind than to mind the boggle.
Charles Oman (1860-1946)
Historian

Cool website of the week: It’s all about the fake blogs!

Listening to right this second: Now Comes the Night, by Rob Thomas

Oh yeah, here are my answers to the questions:

fav word: Serendipity
least fav word: literally
turn on: a soft voice
turn off: indifference of the world
sound love: the sound of boots being tightened and tied
sound hate: The dinging sound that my car makes when the keys are in the ignition and I open my car door.
fav curse word: bastard!
profession to attempt: Wildlife Guide
profession not like: fashion store clerk
Heaven, God say: I’ve been expecting you

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Wildlife Warrior, that's me?

Alligator kills man trying to flee the police
This story on was on FoxNews.com, but it linked to the local paper. What kinda disturbed me about it, was this part of the story: “If an alligator either digests or kills a person it's a state law through Florida Fish and Wildlife that it be destroyed, so the alligator will be put in an incinerator or be buried, Tongen reported.”
I’ve never been accused of being a “tree-hugger” or a “naturalist”, but it seems unfair for the alligator to be destroyed. The man, the criminal, ventured into his territory and the gator did what comes naturally to him, he attacked. That’s what gators do! That’s why you don’t go swimming where they are! If someone makes the mistake of getting too close to a gator, it’s their fault, not the gator’s. It just doesn’t seem right.

To stick with the animal theme

I admit it. I’m a tad obsessed with Steve Irwin (Steve Irwin Day is Thursday!). But, this is recent news. He made such a huge impact. I sometimes wonder why God would decide to take someone like him so early? Would he have burnt out? Was it because through his death, conservation has grown? It makes me think about my life. What have I or will I accomplish that can compare to Steve’s life? Do you ever think God might have made a mistake? I know he didn’t, but I just can’t help but wonder why...

Monday, November 12, 2007

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

04/10/07

Becky’s Bashings

Weekly Blog 04-10-07

Since I love lists, I thought I’d give a link to a great list made by my friend Tami.

It lists the possible ways she broke her toe and if you ever go to Collins Lake, it’s pretty funny:

http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=116420556&blogID=251598754&MyToken=bfde2f0c-854d-45bc-9fe4-e1f8d9f2f4a9

I was in Wal-Mart yesterday, and I saw a stuffed Rhino and I said out loud, to myself, “Oh look, a whino.” And then I got to thinking, what if a Rhino really was a whino? That would be a dangerous combination, don’t ya think? And then I started thinking about all the things I know to be true about Rhinos and I remembered that when they get really stressed they can sweat blood. So, I’m not sure how alcohol would affect a rhino, but now, I’d kinda like to find out.

I think I might have come to the bottom of the mystery that is my aversion to hair. When I was at my parent’s house recently, I found an old book that had scared the beeswax out of me. Just look at the cover

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Useful fact of the week: Are you ever thinking of a cliché, but don’t know the exact wording? I know I always am. I found this cool site that has a book of clichés. You know, like, “Life’s hard.” Anyways, I think this is useful. http://utopia.knoware.nl/~sybev/cliche/tough.shtml

Useless fact of the week: Paul Hewson = Bono. I wonder why Bono changed his name? Paul Hewson isn’t that bad.

Quote of the week:

"Our plans miscarry if they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind." – Seneca



Oh yeah, I’m also going to try again not to use sarcasm in my speech. The first attempt failed miserably. I figure it’s okay to use it in my writing, because that’s just artistic expression. So, feel free to hold me accountable to this, and go ahead and slap me on the wrist if you hear me being sarcastic.

Thanks,
Becky P



Monday, April 9, 2007

weekly blog 03/29/07

Pierson's Pearls of wisdom 03-29-07
Happy Spring break to those whose break is coming up and to those who already had theirs … congrats? Oh, and if you don't get a spring break, sorry.

What I'm currently reading:
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. I found this book that had both stories in it, at my parent's house, and I realized I have never read it. Out of all the characters at Disneyland, I think I would want to be Alice, because she wears a simple dress with just a ribbon in her hair, and I wouldn't even have to wear a wig, because my hair is already blonde! What a sweet gig. I could wave to people, take pictures with little kids (I might have to hug them, but I could get over that).

So… Has anybody else read these books? Whaddya think? I'm only about a quarter of the way through the first book, and it's insane!

Things I overheard at my Dentist Office last week while I was sitting in the chair waiting for my mouth to get numb:
"Is he paying for everything, but food?"

"No, everything. Otherwise I wouldn't go."

"oohhh."

"Oouch!"

"She had surgery on her butt!!" (That was yelled by my dentist)

"What's up with his earring?"

Reasons why my 65-year-old dentist, Dr. Savage might have decided to get an earring, last week:

-He's going through a midlife crisis (obvious answer)

-He wanted something to match his motorcycle and his helmet that both have flames on them.

-At 65, he wanted to relate with his younger patients, so he decided it was either the earring or a grill, and being a dentist, he went with the earring.

-He's hard of hearing and to prideful to admit that he thought his wife said they were going to, "get a herring."???? What else rhymes with earring?

-He is just plain silly.

-Or, as he told one patient, "I woke up one morning, and the Good Lord had blessed me with an earring."

What I want to do this week:
I want to find a really good biography of Winston Churchill. The more I hear about him, the more I want to know, so if anybodyhas any suggestions, let me know, please. Do you think anybody ever called him Winny?

Quote of the Week:
"We are all worms. But I do believe I am a glowworm."
- Winston Churchill

Have A Great Week!!!

weekly blog 03/15/07


Becky's Not So Deep Thoughts (I'm trying out different titles each week, let me know what you think) 03-15-07

When you can't get to sleep do you ever look at your clock and say to yourself, "okay, if I go to sleep right this minute, I can get 5 hours of sleep." And then about an hour later you look at your clock again and say aloud, "Now I can get 4 hours of sleep." And then you scream, "Why do I keep looking at the clock? It doesn't matter how many times I'm looking at it, I'm still not getting any sleep!" Ever happen to you? Yeah, me neither.

Anyway, thanks for all the responses last week. People are made happy by the weirdest things!

Coolest Acronym of the week: Forsaking All, I Trust Him or FAITH for short. I had never heard that before. Coolio.

My new word of the week: Coolio or Dealio. I'm pretty much adding io to the end of words. I'm not sure why. Maybe because it makes me sound more optimistic and I'm trying to break my tendency of being glass half empty.

Completely Random Fact: A Rhinoceros horn is made out of hair. How gross is that?

Useful fact? How to escape from quicksand: (Paraphrased from the book The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook)

1. If you're in quicksand country, you should carry a stout pole with you. If you don't have a pole try to carry a branch or something like that.

2. If you start to sink, lay the pole on the surface of the quick sand.

3. Flop onto your back on top of the pole. Try to float your body onto the quicksand.

4. Work the pole to a new position: under your hips and at right angles to your spine.

5. Take the shortest route to firmer ground, moving slowly.

Quote: "My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always thought I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone."

-Thomas Merton

(This is my favorite Merton saying)

weekly blog 03/06/07

Becky's Bashings 03/06/07

Becky's Bashings (thanks Ed, I like it and I'll try it out)

Okay, so I didn't exactly do a weekly blog last week. My bad. But, you know what? It's okay. It's okay. Because to quote Stuart Smalley, "I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, people like me." I'm working on trying not to be so much of a flake. Consistency is important, and something I value, I just need to value it a little more. Speaking of consistencies and bad segues, I posted a new Ronald Reagan Video on my site, and his speech could have been made yesterday, and it would still be just as relevant.

I'm going to try to be an optimist this week, so my list is my top 10 things to be happy about:

10. Cheez-it's are really cheesy.

09. The sun is shining today.

08. I have great friends

07. I had the privilege of spending time with my nephew Brett, this weekend.

06. I live in a great country with a great president.

05. I'm not stuck in a dungeon somewhere. (Jack Handey says, "Most of the time it was probably real bad being stuck down in a dungeon. But some days, when there was a bad storm outside, you'd look out your little window and think, 'Boy, I'm glad I'm not out in that.')

04. To my knowledge, an insect hasn't laid eggs in my brain.

03. I have the opportunity to attend college.

02. Chico has many trees.

01. God is good, all the time. All the time, God is good. (That brings me like, so much more than happiness).

What makes you happy?

Useful fact of the week: While Rudy Giuliani is ahead in the polls as a frontrunner for the Republican nomination for President, according to a recent poll, 60% of the people that chose him as their candidate, did not know he was pro-choice. It's just interesting to me. Would that change your vote?

Useless fact of the week: You know how people make those strange sideways faces with the keystrokes, like :) . This one, I learned, is Ronald Reagan 7:) . Do you see the resemblance? You can go to this useless website and learn all sorts of useless smileys: http://www.eyrie.org/%7Emasonk/smileys.html

Quote of the week: I got really depressed when people said I should think positive. I thought, "If that's what I have to do to survive, I'm never going to make it."
-John, a 52-year-old with cancer

weekly blog 02/19/07-02/25/07

Weekly Blog

02/19/07-02/25/07

I'm writing this as I chug one of the last diet root beers I will be having before Ash Wednesday, tomorrow. Even though I'm a protestant, I observe Lent. It helps deepen my relationship with God, and any deepening of that relationship, I welcome. I'm giving up soda pop, which I love. Every morning on my way to school I have a diet Pepsi, then one more when I get home, then usually a diet root beer at night. This will give me many opportunities to spend with God. Do any of you out there, observe Lent? Let me know what you're giving up. I'm just curious.

Book of the week: Ruthless Trust by Brennan Manning. Okay, Manning is my favorite writer, so I am partial to any of his work, but this I believe is one of his best. He talks about what it means to fully Trust in Jesus Christ, and what gets in our way. Great, great book.

Useless thing of the week: There's this cool website where you can download the handwriting fonts of Lincoln, Washington, Jefferson (our former Presidents), or Benjamin Franklin (not one of our Presidents). How cool!

http://www.killerfonts.com/order-President.html

Useful thing of the week: I just learned how to download videos from youtube (thank you Alex Ward) and I thought I'd share that with y'all. You need to have firefox as a browser and then you download a plug in or some computer word like that. I'm sure if you Google "download youtube videos" you can find it. Or if everybody reading this already knows how to do that and I'm just a 'tard, just ignore the last three sentences that you read.

Quote of the Week: "Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Of course inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." -- Groucho Marx

week of Feb 12-18th

Becky P's new weekly blog

Week of Feb 12-18th

This is my first weekly blog, another step in becoming a weekly columnist in a nationally syndicated paper. Starting out with something serious, I want to address the genocide going on, in and around Darfur, Africa. In the past two weeks, not a day has gone by where I do not think of this atrocity. I personally feel that the United States has a moral obligation to intervene in situations like these. How can we turn a blind eye to such great suffering? I know that the purpose of our Government is to protect the citizens of this country, but as human beings, we have a purpose to serve one another, and love one another. What's that saying, "all it takes for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing?" (Not an exact quote). How can you get involved? Go to www.savedarfur.org and learn about what's going on and what you can do to help. We live in the greatest most powerful country in the world, and with great power, comes great responsibility (there is wisdom in Spiderman comics). Just something to think and pray about.

I think I'm also going to have a good book of the week. This week is…. (drum roll, please): Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived, by Ralph Helfer. It reminds me of a kid's book only it is written for adults, if that makes any sense. It has it all; love, adventure, shipwrecks, fires, and most of all, freakin' huge animals. After I was done reading this on Saturday afternoon, I had the urge to go to a wildlife refuge and see some elephants. I don't know of any around here, though. Shucks! Anywho, Modoc is a great book. There is a couple of passages that are not kid friendly so I would say it is probably a twelve year old and up book.

Useful fact of the week: During the winter, people living in Northern latitudes, probably are not getting enough Vitamin D (processed through sunlight). Ask your doctor about taking a supplement during the winter.

Useless fact of the week: "The cork is on the fork to prevent injury to himself or others."

I like to make lists: Top five weird dreams I have had recently

5. Ronald Reagan came over for a visit

4. I worked in a hospital and 3 guys robbed us and when they got caught I got to handcuff one of the guys because I've taken a Law Enforcement ROP class in high school.

3. I was the babysitter from Everwood and kissed Ephram at his house.

2. A friend of mine died and it was my job to convince his ghost that he was dead.

1. I was Rachel from Friends and Joey dared me to eat this little man made out of waffles. He was like a pyramid with a head and a waffle hat. So, I chased him down and ate him. Yum!!!

Quote of the week: "If to be feelingly alive to the sufferings of my fellow-creatures is to be a fanatic, I am one of the most incurable fanatics ever permitted to be at large."
- William Wilberforce