Saturday, December 18, 2010

Ah, this is the life.

Lazy afternoons and chai tea.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

I Don't Feel So United

It was an early morning, fraught with excitement of going home. The crisp air bit at my cheeks, but I didn't care. I was able to go home. When I arrived at O'Hare, the excitement grew as I saw the terminal for United Airlines. I love traveling, especially being in the airport. Then, my troubles began.
sidenote: I was quite jealous of my roomie who arrived home sooner than me. [she lives in The Netherlands, whereas I am just a two hour flight away from home]
My flight is Well, that's not a big problem. Only by 15 minutes.
See all that yellow? CANCELED flights.
I had to go in a separate line for delayed and cancelled flights. I soon found out why they were bunched together. I got a text from my lovely room-mate saying that my flight was cancelled. [There is only one flight to Bismarck a day, mind you.] As well as the flight to Fargo. Despite the odds, I remained hopeful.
Perhaps, I can fly to Denver, and make a connection there.

After an hour and a half of waiting in line, and talking with John Greenford and his wife who were on their way to Green Bay, I was able to tell an agent my dilemma. He searched, but nothing was found except for the following schedule: O'Hare to Seattle, to La Guardia (New York), to Denver, to some other city, to Bismarck. I was not willing to take that much risk of a) losing my luggage and b) of not having a place to sit for every flight.

And then I realized I would be coming back in less than 24 hours.
Will the lines be better tomorrow?
To which the agent slightly laughed. However, he reprinted my boarding pass and I will be waiting in a much shorter line. 12 hours from now I will be back in O'Hare. I am keeping my fingers crossed until I get through security.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010


My first pair of TOMS came in the mail today! I was so excited =) I was wanting these shoes, but they were all sold out in my size. So I went with a classic :)

Sunday, December 05, 2010

lifehouse, scouting for girls, daughtry

music from bands that I could listen to over and over. I could listen to anything from these bands all day. Most artists I just like a couple, but these guys are all phenomenal. In fact, as I was writing this post, I finally bought the one album of Scouting for Girls that is on iTunes. [come on guys, get it together, put more up!]


scouting for girls


in one week....

i will be home
i will be freezing my face off
i will be practically trampled as I get hugged by my family at the airport
and i will be loving it.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Handle with care.

Life seems to be such a common aspect of everyday...well, life. When it is threatened, I am always surprised by it. Tonight there was a car accident at Judson, and two of the guys are in the hospital. The Judson community came to the chapel to pray for everyone involved in the accident. I was surprised at how many were there. Despite a lot of students being gone for the Harry Potter midnight premiere and it being so late, the chapel was filled with students. I was amazed at the response. I really shouldn't be though. Judson is an amazing community.

taken with a friend's phone at chapel.

After prayer from the President, we prayed in groups. Now, I rarely cry. I have gotten better at it, but just don't cry. I don't even know these boys who were in the accident, but tears were streaming down my face while we prayed and sang songs. One of the songs was Heart of Worship. Some students talked about how trials can help bring people closer to God. Lately I haven't been focusing my priorities on God. Tonight made me realize how fragile life really is. I could be gone tomorrow, or in 80 years.

When the music fades 
And all is stripped away 
And I simply come 
Longing just to bring 
Something that's of worth 
That will bless your heart 

I'll bring You more than a song 
For a song in itself 
Is not what You have required 
You search much deeper within 
Through the ways things appear 
You're looking into my heart 

I'm coming back to the heart of worship 
And it's all about You 
All about You, Jesus 
I'm sorry Lord for the thing I've made it 
When it's all about You 
It's all about You Jesus 

King of endless worth 
No one could express 
How much You deserve 
Though I'm weak and poor 
All I have is Yours 
Every single breath 

I'll bring You more than just a song 
For a song in itself 
Is not what You have required 
You search much deeper within 
Through the way things appear 
You're looking into my heart 

I'm coming back to the heart of worship 
And it's all about You 
All about You, Jesus 
I'm sorry Lord for the thing I've made it 
When it's all about You 
It's all about You Jesus 

Its all about you 

Please pray for everyone involved, but especially for Nick Schlegel, Derek Radesky, their families. Pray for peace. Pray for understanding. Pray for love.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


I went into Chicago in the beginning of November with three of my friends--I saw and heard a lot of interesting things. We were asking people if they thought God was real. The answers were always fascinating, especially one guy that was stranded in Chicago with no way to make money to get back home in Vegas. But for me, the most memorable moment happened very quickly. I saw a man digging through the garbage. I didn't really think much of it, but continued to watch as we walked by [people fascinate me] Right before I looked away, he pulled out a drink from a place like Sbarro. And he started drinking from it. I was so incredibly shocked. But it made me realize how incredibly blessed I am. There I was, walking around with an awesome camera and with friends from a school that I am blessed to be able to go to.

Yet, I complain.

About the cafeteria food
About having "nothing" to wear
About too much homework
About having too much stuff
About not having enough time
About nothing
About everything

I am blessed and I tend to forget that.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

The Banana Incident

Do I have a story for you! There I was, sitting on my bed, editing pictures. Harmless, right? WRONG. If you have a Dutch room-mate, that is. Now, like I said, I was just working and being completely innocent [it's a stretch, but also the truth]. Suddeny, out of nowhere, a banana is flung at my bed. I look up to see an evil grin from said Dutch room-mate. I am shocked. Usually so is so sweet and kind [lies!]. I pick up the banana because I care for it. Then, I discover the worst part. It's a banana split! After this knowledge, I decided to document it.

After this documentation, I decided consuming the evidence would be wise. But then a song
came on and I started dancing. That's when the top half of the banana fell off--into Anne's garbage. I then fell to the floor in laughter. After which I tried to eat the other half but accidentally dropped it on the floor. And then I dropped the banana peel in Anne's garbage.


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

last challenge day.

Day 26- What you think about your friends?
  • they are insane and get cranky when they need sleep (quite similar to me)
Day 27- Why are you doing this 30 day challenge?
  • why not?
Day 28- A picture of you last year and now, how have you changed since then?

--------all of my pictures are needing to be relocated in another folder :'(
Day 29- In this past month, what have you learned?
  • i need to take better care of my body. [it's falling apart...teeth, knee, etc]
Day 30- Who are you?
  • I am way too tired to answer this question effectively tonight [yes, I am dodging the question with an excuse]

Friday, November 05, 2010


Day 22- What makes you different from everyone else?'
  • i'm not that original. everyone else? really? is that even possible? please. i know people like to think they are completely unique and different, but the truth is no one is. [sorry, but it's true] we're all human, and we all have our weird tendencies. some are just a little more boring, and some are just insane.

Day 23- Something you crave for a lot.
  • chipotle (i have decided to eat there less, too much of my money goes there. sadness)
Day 24- A letter to your parents.
  • Dear Mom and Dad, I would appreciate money for my addiction (see number 23). Thanks a heap. Oh, you should skype me. How is Scott doing? [blog readers: he was in a 4-wheeler accident, but he is ok now] I wouldn't mind money for gas either. Okay, well I shall anxiously await your response. Sincerely, your one and only loving daughter, (nothing like putting on pressure to reimburse your addiction) Megan
Day 25- What I would find in your bag?
  • 3 musketeers wrapper
  • billfold
  • homework
  • random lint
  • pens and highlighters
  • a book
  • depends on the day, my d-slr

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Have you seen my aspirations?

I used to have so many goals for my life. Plans, aspirations. But lately, I have just become so very melancholy almost. Lack luster, boring, feeling "ehhh." I tend to blame this on school. Sounds like a good excuse right. The academic institution is sucking away my soul. Right, RIGHT? If I'm truthful with myself (which I really need to do more) I need to face the music that it's me. I've let myself get to this place. I've let myself just go through the motions. I am finally comfortable at Judson, and really know who I am (do you truly ever know who you are?). Is it good to be comfortable? When I get comfortable, that means changing out of my pretty clothes and into sloppy sweatpants. And in general, I just don't care how I look. When I first came to Judson, I took tons of pictures, always had my camera with me. In some ways, I think I was more outgoing back then. What happened? No idea.

I used to write short stories all the time when I was in high school. Since college, I've really just put those thoughts out of my mind. "I am a general art major, why should I write?" Guess what Megan, other things can inspire you. You don't have to do solely artsy things. (personally though, i think writing is a pretty artsy thing to do)

Well enough talk about all these things I used to do. It is time to do fun things again. I've made lists of things I want to do with my life before, but I think it's something interesting to look back on.

  • continue to wear hats
  • travel to [and across] Europe
  • elaborate my short stories, maybe write a novel
  • crochet instead of waste time on the internet
  • cry more
  • fall in love
  • give grace to people that aggravate me
  • learn to swim
  • sketch, even if the drawings are terrible
  • take pictures, all the time
  • talk to people [be a social human being]
  • expand my vocabulary
  • teach myself French

Monday, November 01, 2010

Days 20, 21

Day 20- Someone you see yourself marrying/being with in the future.
  • puts God first above all, even me

  • humble

  • servant's heart

  • chivalrous

  • encouraging

  • un-manipulative (is that really a word?)

Day 21- A picture of something that makes you happy.

TOMS. this is an organization that gives a kid a pair of shoes every time you purchase a pair for yourself. In addition, these shoes will help to fund three new clean water wells in Ethipoia. The shoes are really expensive, but so worth it. I'm thinking of getting my first pair for Christmas.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

500th post

Day 17- Someone you would want to switch lives with for one day and why.
  • my life is pretty awesome. I have enough problems living my own life, why go elsewhere when I'm starting to figure this thing called life out?
Day 18- Plans/dreams/goals you have.
  • move to England
  • become a social landscape photographer
  • the cliche (but beautiful) dream of finding Prince Charming
  • travel all across Europe
  • peace corps?
  • get rid of all my debt from school loans
  • be awesome
Day 19- Nicknames you have; why do you have them? LOTS
  • Meggy eggy seggy peggy weggy zeggy (ask Trisha)
  • Mugsee (rat/mouse) my loving cousin Matthew came up with it
  • Purple [two guys were needing a third person in their group, i was wearing purple, and it just stuck.]
  • Dakota [people can't get North or South straight down here]
  • Erbele, Erbel Tea [people love my last name, erbel]
  • CP [secret with my cousin Jessie]
  • Marge [Anne likes my middle name, Margaret]
  • shutterbug
  • blurbly
  • ....more to come I'm sure

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

missing home?

I think whenever I start to get homesick, I will just look at this picture. Apparently this is home, well nearby. It's of Scott's girlfriend's car. (my brother has a girlfriend...what?? :) Glad I am here. October, no snow. I tend to forget that I'm lucky to be seeing red leaves instead of white snow. I love being able to celebrate autumn for more than a week.

Challenge, 4

Day 14- A picture of you and your family.

a traditional portrait (2006)

Texas Trip, Christmas 2009. Mom made us stand by this sign. She thought it would be cool for her scrapbook. As you can see, I picked the correct footgear for the excursion.

California Trip, Christmas 2005. I am totally absorbed in camera. Playing with settings would be my guess. That was back in the day when I shot in film.
Day 15- Put your iPod on shuffle: First 10 songs that play.
  1. The Lucky Ones--Brendan James
  2. Devastation and Reform--Relient K
  3. All this Time--Maria Mena
  4. Syndicate--The Fray
  5. Something In The Water--Brooke Fraser
  6. The Other Woman--Caro Emerald
  7. Forever Young--BobDylan
  8. Wicked World--Laura Jansen
  9. Perfectly Lonely--John Mayer
  10. Foundations--Kate Nash

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Friday, October 22, 2010

Challenge, 3

Day 08- Short term goals for this month and why?
------start reading the Bible more consistently

Day 09- Something you’re proud of in the past few days
-----good grades on mid-term papers and tests
Day 10- Songs you listen to when you are Happy, Sad, Bored, Hyped, Mad.

  • -----Happy--> Absolutely Me-Caro Emerald
  • -----Sad--> He Must Have Really Hurt You Bad-George Strait
  • -----Bored--> I'll Be Your Crying Shoulder-Goo Goo Dolls
  • -----Hyped--> Keep the Party Alive-Family Force 5
  • -----Mad--> That's What You Get-Paramore

Day 11- Another picture of you and your friends.

me & maggie on the way to pick up kids while at Riverwoods (2009)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

30 day challenge

30 Day Challenge

Day 02- The meaning behind your Tumblr name.

--Invalid. :)
Day 03- A picture of you and a friend.

--These are two of my best friends. My room-mate and my mom.

At Homecoming, i tried to get Anne to run through the water with me.

this is my amazing mother =)

Day 04- A habit that you wish you didn’t have.
-- procrastination
Day 05- A picture of somewhere you’ve been to.

it's pretty grand.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

tumbling is fun

i started tumbling today

i will still be blogging here. tumblr will be for pictures and quotes that inspire, as well as replies to formspring questions.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

30 Day Challenge

my last 30 day challenge wasn't as up to snuff as i wanted it to be, so i am re-trying - just for the heck of it. it won't be everyday....just fyi. i found this on Chelsea's tumblr. i have been thinking about getting a tumblr.....

Day 1 - a recent picture of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself.
(no guarantee that these are interesting)

  1. my hair has recently decided to be awesome. i don't have to do anything to it, and it will be wonderfully curly. but when i brush it....well, that's another story
  2. i finished a six page paper (that i actually wrote 7 pages for) three days in advance. now i have another 6-page paper to write. different class, same professor  (i always write papers the night before they are due, so this one better get a good grade.)
  3. sunday night i went to sleep at 8:30 in the morning, so last night i figured i would be able to crash at midnight, easily. FAIL. my roomie and i were up until 4:30 i think. bombastic fail.
  4. my room-mate (anne) is from the netherlands, and i continually make fun of her accent, and she makes fun of how naive i am. quite the loving relationship we have.
  5. i am an introvert....and an extrovert. lately, more so the latter. 
  6. i hate papyrus [typeface]. the church i go to now is completely obsessed with it. i need to have a talk with the creative arts director. 
  7. my ears are quite peculiar. one attached, one unattached 
  8. fifteen facts about oneself is a lot 
  9. after a week long digital cleanse with anne, i am less obsesses with facebook....but still am completely addicted to twitter. 
  10. i wish i had time to read books i want to read 
  11. i scream in the cinema at horror films, no matter how pathetic they are 
  12. i am a film addict. anne and i have a movie map in our room of films that we need to watch to become whole adults. 
  13. when talking about boys  men, the word sexy is lost on me, but suave.....i practically melt if the guy is anything like Cary Grant. 
  14. i love writing, but haven't been able to because school takes up so much time 
  15. i love cleaning when the room is very dirty. you can see progress, but if you vacuum everyday, it seems pointless.

When taking engagement pictures for friends, I climbed into a tree to get a different perspective. I didn't want to get down.

Monday, October 11, 2010

signs of the times

midterms that is.

Yes, my friends. Time is no longer a friend (when IS it a friend?) Later nights, more snacks, and maybe a catnap somewhere in the day. Wait, that's every day. Well, now people can understand why I am sleepy most of the time. Pictured above is my to-do list. So far, it is what I have to do for this week. LOTS. I finished a six page paper tonight, and one more to do (both for the same professor, different classes). Wish me luck. Or better yet, pray.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Fake Voices

In a future generation
Monophonic crowds emerge
With their metal throats
On organic flesh
Trading Originals for epigones
Real singers have become extinct

Fake voices
Fill the avenues
With Decepticon diction
Its a failed quest for perfection
Once the talent pool evaporates
Real singers have become extinct

This is a song by one of my friends, Curtis Bell. I especially love the line "It's a failed quest for perfection." Because really, isn't every quest for perfection doomed to fail? We can't be perfect. I wish more people would be broken and beautiful. Let the cracks show. God can use the worst moments of our lives for His glory. When we are weak, He is strong. Let's be honest, people. Let's be transparent--so transparent that people only see God's love through us instead of judgement and hypocrisy. Let people see your mistakes. Guess what? We've all made them.

Friday, October 01, 2010

lotsa books

Believe it or not, I'm actually kind of excited about these books (plus the 20 or so more titles I have yet to get from fellow Illinois libraries). I love books, so it's nice when I am enthusiastic about the papers I have to write, and thus research the background. (which includes watching lots of Alfred Hitchcock films :)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


*photo courtesy of epson
I have a tendency to name all of my gadgets and gizmos. There's Ian, Nellie, Steve, Veronica and Eppie to name a few.

Eppie. Well his given name is technically Epson Stylus nx420, but Eppie is his loving adoptive name.

He has proven himself well tonight. I printed off contact sheets and 15 prints for my senior proposal class tomorrow. And every single one has beautiful colors. Eppie and I go way back. We've been together for going on two months now. A very solid relationship. He is very good to me, sometimes more than I deserve. Sometimes I press too many of his buttons and he threatens to stop talking to me, and occasionally he will refuse to help me with my homework, but in the end there is a lot of love in our relationship.

Monday, September 27, 2010


I recently ordered a free sample, and got an all-bran sleep mask. I've never used one, but I like free things :)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Friday, September 17, 2010


Ilove autumn. It is beautiful and perfect. Why do I have this love you might ask? Well, let me tell you. I hate summer. It gets unbearably hot, too much skin is shown, bugs think they can take over the world and the sun is not conducive to my danish-heritage (aka very white) skin. i much prefer autumn.

  • crisp leaves on the ground
  • scarves, and layers
  • bonfires at friends
  • cooler weather
  • the colors
  • hot chocolate

“It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life…”

Author P.D. James

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Girls can be stupid

This is the very truthful wisdom I got from the book,  How to be a Hepburn Girl in a Hilton World. I first came across this fabulous book through Christa-Taylor's blog. Which, by the way is a fabulous blog, and you should definitely read it on a consistent basis. Well I was quite excited when this fabulous book came in the mail, free, courtesy of SwagBucks [insert shameless self-promotion for SwagBucks referrals here]. Books. Books?! What are those? You mean those 500 paged boring things with thick covers? Wait. You mean there are interesting books?! Wow. I thought they had become extinct since I began my four year (okay, okay, five) college stint. Well I was relieved of this knowledge that good books, do indeed live on, despite my obliviousness (is that a word?).  

I got off topic didn't I? The hazard of my very existence. I am positive I have ADD (probably adhd). Okay, FOCUS

I loved this book. It might be a bit of a slap in the face to some, but we need more of that. Girls CAN be stupid. Sometimes I just wish I could be friends with guys, there seems to be a lot less drama. Maybe they just don't talk about it. 

It has become commonplace for girls to be able to literally show every part of the body. When that person isn't us, we tend to gossip and go on about how short their skirt was, etc. But until we do something about it (dress classy ourselves) we really aren't doing anything worthwhile, are we? When you look at pictures sixty years ago, women dressed with class, beauty and dignity. Women Girls don't do that anymore. They wear miniskirts and tops that reveal more than some swimsuits. (which is a whole other topic-don't get me started. I am having enough trouble focusing) When you wear a dress that actually fits, people take notice. I remember this summer Mom and I were in town, and people would kept staring at us. I could practically hear their stares. When you dress with dignity, people notice. Yes, it might be uncomfortable, and yes, people might stare. (but I bet they are wishing they looked as put together as you) Do you really feel insulted when someone says you look like Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly? And for the guys, if any read this blog, would you take offense at being labeled a Cary Grant?

I highly recommend reading this book, it is very short, but full of insight.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010


Whatever happened to mystery? I forgot how much girls throw themselves at guys. Maybe I do it too, but honestly I just want more guy friends (less drama). I was walking with a couple girls today when one burst out "I call dibs!" i was rather confused when the other girl made her confusion known. "The guy, obviously."

What happened to mystery? What happened to letting the guy go after the girl instead of the other way around? Are quiet girls doomed to be spinsters? I don't think so. Let real men be men. Gentlemen. I don't want a guy that is letting women take control of every situation, he should be decisive and a man truly after God's own heart.

[disclaimer: this post might seem like I am looking for Prince Charming, but I'm just venting]

Tuesday, August 31, 2010


crazy-busy seems to be the best word to describe my academic life right now. and yes, my "life" now means schoolwork.

Friday, August 13, 2010

olivetti lettera 3

a worldwide favorite of students, its also the perfect portable for everyone from poets to PTA secretaries, as advertised in one of the promotional ads. lettera 32 offers the combination of value and features with the feel of a full-size machine.

If anyone has the hankering to buy me this $325 beautiful typewriter from I would not argue.

Friday, August 06, 2010


Since junior high I have had the same paint on the walls in my room. I realized this summer that I will be a (super) Senior in college. And since, I am in fact, a brilliant college student, I conceived the idea that it might be a good idea to change a room every ten years or so. Thus, I decided to take matters into my own hands (after someone else bought the paint) and give my room a make-over.
I was getting a little high off of the paint.....

i got this AWESOME recruit :)
Andrew's method consists of putting paint EVERYWHERE in hopes that it will look like more work has been done ;)

-- -- --
360 tour of my new room:

notice the beautiful mac on the bed (that is actually made)

i LOVE books!

some of my final prints from my film class

i *might* have encouraged some of those stains ;-)

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Happy birthday!

to Andrew: 
the crazy, 
of mine.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Powerful beyond measure

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. 
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. 
It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, 
'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?' Actually, who are you not to be? 
You are a child of God. 
Your playing small does not serve the world
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking 
so that people won't feel insecure around you.... 
when we let our own light shine, 
we unconsciously give other people permission 
to do the same. 
As we are liberated from our own fear, 
our presence automatically liberates others.

::Maryanne Williamson::

Friday, July 30, 2010


Imagination. Creativity. School. Work. These are not words commonly associated together. Why is that? As kids, most everyone is overflowing with creativity. Somehow, that gets lost. Somewhere someone tells us that we failed. Either that the sky actually isn't purple, or that stripes and polka dots just don't go together. We start to listen to what others have to say, and genuinely care and want their opinion. Without it, we don't know how to dress, how to talk, how to draw. Is creativity a lost art? It can be applied to so many facets of daily life such as solving everyday problems. How can I get my brothers to stop fighting?

Whenever I see a product that is made different than normal, I stop to really investigate it. How did they come up with that design? Was there a problem with the original product? A store that I love to visit is Creative Kitchen. They have all sorts of kitchen appliances, whisks, and other things to make delicious food. For example, this thing-a-ma-jig chops up hamburger much easier than just using a wooden spoon. Creativity isn't just for artists and writers, it is for everyday use.

Last year I took a class at Judson, with Professor Wilson (dir. Finger of God, Furious Love). It is by far, my favorite class I have ever taken. I actually looked forward to class. Why is it that most classes are so boring to sit through, and seemingly unbearable? Why is it that Old Testament class is one of the most boring classes? It should be abundant with questions, fascinating stories and students eager to listen.

There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns.        — Edward de Bono

One of the first things, that Prof. Wilson talked about in Exploring Creativity, was that our God is a creative God. When you open the Bible, what are the first words? "In the beginning, God created..." God created. In order to create, you have to be creative. There had never been a human before, and then he whipped up Adam, out of DUST. Dust? You know that stuff on the side of the road? God made the human race out of that pile of dust. Wow. That's pretty creative. I never would have thought of that.

The key question isn’t “What fosters creativity?” But it is why in God’s name isn’t everyone creative? Where was the human potential lost? How was it crippled? I think therefore a good question might be not why do people create? But why do people not create or innovate? We have got to abandon that sense of amazement in the face of creativity, as if it were a miracle if anybody created anything.   — Abraham Maslow
 If you are interested in some good reading on creativity I would recommend Cracking Creativity, and for ways to be inspired and pushed, The Creativity Book. Both of them were my textbooks from my class, but I kept them both.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Day 5

...i found someone with the whole list, and couldn't help myself

::a person you admire::

Corrie ten Boom. I can't even imagine forgiving guards from the concentration camps, that had tortured and humiliated you and your family.

::a song that makes you cry::
i know i have said this before, but I don't easily cry....

::an art piece::
oh so many. art history 1, 2, and 3 bring many images floating to the front of your mind, but the first one that comes to mind is Girl with a Pearl Earring, by Vermeer. i remember this easily because i wrote a paper on it. 

::a time when you felt passionate and alive::
when i realized that i was content and satisfied being single. it has taken quite the process, but it's worth it. God is the center of why I live. i don't always act like it, but i'm trying to correct that.

::talent of yours::
listening to people (does that count?)

::hobby of yours::

baking all sorts of fattening things

::something you know you do differently than most people::
eat an apple. i eat the middle section and go all around (just the peeling with some flesh) and proceed to the top and bottom. then i eat the rest of the apple. i am very particular about my food.

::a website::  This is a blog of an amazing friend of mine. She's very honest about what's going on in her life and I love it. She also posts a lot of random images-with-text. One time I got my photography project as an inspiration from 

::a way that you want to be remembered::
as a woman of God who was passionate for things that truly mattered.

::a movie no one would expect you to love::

phonebooth (2003)


well one of my favorite recipes is caramel rolls, but that's too long to share. how about toast? take a piece of bread, stick it in the toaster, wait, then slather it with pb&j.

::childhood memory::
playing in the "woods," dead trees as my fortresses

::a physical feature you love::

my ears. one is unattached, and the other is. did you know i am abnormal?

::a scar you have and it's story::
it's on my knee. i would have taken a picture, but it's miniscule (don't tell my ego that) i got it surfing in Hawaii. Yeah, that's right. I'm tough. I was bleeding from some coral in potentially shark-infested waters. (i just wish it would be bigger than the size of a Q-tip)

::hopes, dreams and plans you have for the next 365 days::

focus more on God. nothing comes before him.

::a motto or philosophy::
even though things are broken, it doesn't mean it is useless.