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Thursday, July 29, 2010

NOT ALL WHO WANDER ARE LOST ~ tolkien

Brilliant Idea

...I think so anyway. In honor of moving back to school I figured I'd share this picture I came across. The caption said, "practical". I'd agree...and never would have thought of something so simple myself, so thank you to whoever did. Clearly I won't be dispensing any interior design or creative ways to fix up your house/dorm rooms (for that check out Claire Pullen's blog) for obvious reasons but here's my two cents.


Saturday, July 10, 2010

Chain of Thoughts....

Steed is playing a tennis tournament in Birmingham, AL, so I'm staying in Homewood

with my lovely friend Kelsey Brown who I met in Jackson Hole this summer...

It's been great to get to hang out with her again! Last night we got super crunk.

Today we watched Steed play tennis, had a yummy lunch, looked around this cute town, and then settled in on the sofa for a bit to enjoy flipping between two great movies...

and

It's currently pouring outside. I love a good thunderstorm.

especially when you have a good porch swing to enjoy it from....

so the storm reminded me of playing in the rain as a little kid...

which made me oh so tempted to go jump in a puddle!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Invictus...

Okay...I'm way behind on my blogging. A ton of cool things have happened since I left for Wyoming and since I have no idea where to start in telling you all about my trip, I'm just going to start with tonight...which has nothing to do with WY.
Mom, Dad and I ate 4th of July leftovers and watched the movie Invictus-all things I love (family, food and movies). In the movie, Morgan Freeman plays Nelson Mandela and Matt Damon plays the captain of the South African rugby team- a spectacular actor duo if you ask me. For those of you who don't know, Nelson is legit. He was an anti-apartheid activist (he was against one race dominating and oppressing the rest) and was imprisoned for twenty-seven years because of his plans to "sabotage" the government. A few years after his release from prison, he was elected president. Ironic huh? Anywho, the movie tells the true story of his efforts to unite the country and the way he used the rugby team to help do that. I'll let the experts give you a little preview of the movie...
Invictus trailer

Invictus is a poem that inspired Mandela. It reads:

Out of the night that covers me,

Black as the Pit from pole to pole,

I thank whatever gods may be

For my unconquerable soul.



In the fell clutch of circumstance 

I have not winced nor cried aloud.

Under the bludgeonings of chance

My head is bloody, but unbowed.



Beyond this place of wrath and tears

Looms but the Horror of the shade,

And yet the menace of the years

Finds, and shall find, me unafraid. 



It matters not how strait the gate, 

How charged with punishments the scroll.

I am the master of my fate:

I am the captain of my soul.


~William Ernest Henley~

Imagine being in a prison cell the size of your closet for 27 years and reading that to keep you going every day. Pretty cool guy huh? So I searched for some Nelson Mandela quotes and these are my favorites:

"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. "

"There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living."

"We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right."

“And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”

"Forgiveness liberates the soul."

and he's funny too!...

"In my country we go to prison first and then become President. "

Twenty-seven years! I'm already freaking out because I feel like time is going too fast and I'm getting old too quickly, but he was in prison longer than I've been alive! And he came out saying things like that!?! Matt Damon (Francois Peinaar) read my mind when he said, "I was thinking about how you spend 30 years in a tiny cell, and come out ready to forgive the people who put you there." If that's not God given strength, I don't know what is. Yep, Nelson is a Christian.