Make-Me-Happy Mondays

Dear blog, It has been too long. And I apologize for this.

I'm bummed that I haven't been able to keep up with this blog as much as I'd like to. I've kept up with MMHM's for the most part, but I feel like all of my recent posts have been about how much work I have to do. Every week I think the next week will be different. And every week I am wrong. There is simply too much to get done. I don't even know what to do about it.

But I am taking this short break from studying (for my marketing test Wednesday...bleh) for MMHM.

There have been a lot of things I have wanted to blog about recently:

1. That I recently learned that two of my all-time favorite people have gotten blogs

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best friend Lindsay

(She cared for Haiti before it was cool to care for Haiti. )

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And big brother Jack

(He's kind of a celeb. Don't believe me? I took a photo of a text message one of my friends got the other day from one of her friends, who happens to stalk follow him on Twitter.)

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(And, okay, she spelled his last name wrong, but who cares? She acted like she'd spotted a celeb.)

2. Asbury's switch from Asbury College to Asbury University

It feels much weirder than I expected it would. A bunch of board members visited the school to celebrate the switch, and one of them asked me what the students' general opinion of the new name was.

I said it was bittersweet.

Bitter because every memory until that point had been made at Asbury College, and it was sad to say goodbye to something we've loved so much, even if that something is only seven letters.

Sweet because I think we all feel like the best is yet to come for this place. It's so exciting to see where it's headed with the new buildings and programs, etc., etc., and to know that the Lord who has brought Asbury to this transition will never change. [Why, yes, we did sing "Great is Thy Faithfulness" in chapel on Friday ("Thou changest not; thy compassions, they fail not / As thou has been, thou forever wilt be"). Good choice, chapel song pickers.]

So what's my first memory at Asbury University? Staying up until 2:00 a.m. on Friday night to paint variations of "Vote for Jenelle" on pink t-shirts. Oh, how I love campaigning for things. Pictures to come.

Also, having my picture on the site. Is it lame that I'm excited about that ... because I am.

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(Can you spot me?)

3. That I haven't had time to watch American Idol

That is when you know this girl is busy. When she hasn't watched American Idol. But this week will, in fact, make week number 3 that I haven't watched my favorite TV show in the history of time.

I know. I have to quit something.

4. That I think Burger King should SUE THE CRAP out of Justin Timberlake and Timbaland for writing this ridiculous song

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We talked about trademarks in marketing class about three hours ago, and with this song in mind, I asked my prof. if a company could sue somebody for using their slogan and win in court.

And he said yes.

So please sue away, Burger King Corp. (or IHOP, for that matter) because I'm pretty sure Justin Timberlake has a ton of money and is making even more off that song.

(I'm not even sure why it bothered me so much. Maybe it's all my PR classes. If I worked in Burger King PR, I would not be too happy with JT and his buddy.)

4. Various other things that I am now struggling to remember

Perhaps that is a pointless thing to say, but it is true.

Oh, oh, wait. I remembered one.

5. That I think this movie looks really interesting.

6. What made me happy today

Which was getting a text message from Abby saying, "Cookout at 6:30!" Because, let me tell you, friends and hamburgers are just about the best study break there is.

What made you happy today?

*Disclaimer: this blog was not, in fact, posted at 5:26 Monday as indicated. That is when I started the post. It was actually published on Tuesday morning. Sorry, Monday.

Make-Me-Happy Mondays

What made me happy today was writing

3-1-10 at the tops of my papers.

Because February means

snow and slush and bitter winds,

but March

means blossoms

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and green grass

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and sunshine.

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Make-Me-Happy Mondays

I woke up in a foul mood today. Okay, that's not actually true.

I woke up, glanced out the window, and found myself unable to differentiate between the sky and the road (or the trees or the grass or the buildings, for that matter). That's how gray and snowy it was. So I hit snooze and put my head back down on the pillow, knowing that when I got up five minutes later, I could check my phone and find a nice little emergency text message from the provost saying that all classes had been cancelled (and peace on earth and good will to men). I could read the text message, breathe a sigh of relief and contentment, and crawl back into my oh-so-warm bed.

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But when my alarm did go off again and I did check my phone, I found no such text message.

I frantically logged onto the school web site and scanned for that little red and white Inclement Weather Update. No such update. Thus began the foul mood.

When I ventured outside, it was dreary as all get out. That's really the only word. DREARY.

I was mad at the ice on the sidewalk and the slush that soaked into the bottoms of my jeans and the wind that felt like icy needles against my cheeks and the snow that landed (and consequently melted) on my hair. GRRR was I mad.

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I went to my first class and kept my purse in my lap the whole time because I couldn't exactly set it on the puddle that was our classroom floor. I went to chapel after that and kept my coat on the whole time because apparently the person who controls the thermostat is an eskimo.

Still in my foul mood, I made my way up the stairs after chapel to my 11:00 and guess what.

My prof. didn't show.

That's right. I had a cancelled class.

And just like that, my day brightened a little.

I had more time to do my work, more time to spend at lunch, etc., etc., etc.

And then guess what happened.

My 2:00 got cancelled, too!

That's right, folks, two cancellations in one day! Two for three – I'd say that's pretty good!

So what made me happy this Monday was – you guessed it – cancelled classes.

I hope tomorrow and the rest of the week brings you (and me) some (more) of the same.

Make-Me-Happy Mondays

What makes me happy this Monday is lovely Katelyn!
(Backstory: Katelyn flew to Atlanta yesterday for surgery! Pray for her!)
Here is a song in her honor (complete with clips from her hit music video):

Party in the Operation Room
(sung to the tune of Party in the U.S.A.)

She hopped on the plane at LEX
With a big-A duffel bag
Off to the good ol’ ATL
Where the docs are gonna make her well

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Jumped off the plane
In ATL for the thousandth time
Looks to her right and she sees the Coca-Cola sign
It all looks so urban
Blacks, whites, Asians, even a man in a turban!

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Her tummy’s turning as she arrives at the hospital
Too much pressure, and she’s nervous
But then the nurse turns on the radio
And the Hoedown Throwdown is on
And the Hoedown Throwdown is on
Yeah, the Hoedown Throwdown is on!

So she puts her hands up
They’re playing her song,
And her butterflies fly away
Pop, lock, polka dottin’ it like yeah
Countrifyin’ it like yeah
Yeah, she’s got her hands up
They’re playing her song
She knows she’s gonna be okay
Yea-ea-ea-ea-ea-ea-eah
Party on operation day!
Yea-ea-ea-ea-ea-ea-eah
Party on operation day!

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The docs come in with their white lab coats
They’re all watching her break it down
Like, who’s that chick zig-zag, step ‘n’ slidin’
She’s gotta be from out of town

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The song is over, but the docs are dancing too now
They miss the steps, so she shows them what to do now
They’re all putting hawks in the air
The surgeon walks in and gives them all the death stare

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Her tummy turns again when she sees the look in his eyes
Too much pressure, and she’s nervous
But then the nurse turns the radio dial

And the Hoedown Throwdown is on again
And the Hoedown Throwdown is on again
Yeah, the Hoedown Throwdown is on again!

So she puts her hands up
They’re playing her song,
And her butterflies fly away
Pop, lock, polka dottin’ it like yeah
Countrifyin’ it like yeah
Yeah, she’s got her hands up
They’re playing her song
She knows she’s gonna be okay
Yea-ea-ea-ea-ea-ea-eah
Party on operation day!

Yea-ea-ea-ea-ea-ea-eah
Party on operation day!

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When she feels like hoppin’ on a plane
Back to Wilmore, Kentuck-ay
Something stops her right away

The radio plays her song, and she feels okaaaay

So she puts her hands up
They’re playing her song,
And her butterflies fly away
Pop, lock, polka dottin’ it like yeah
Countrifyin’ it like yeah
Yeah, she’s got her hands up
They’re playing her song
She knows she’s gonna be okay
Yea-ea-ea-ea-ea-ea-eah
Party on operation day!

Yea-ea-ea-ea-ea-ea-eah
Party on operation day!

Love you, Katelyn.