Wednesday, January 26, 2011

amazing seminar

This summer I went to the annual RUF summer conference and it was pretty much the best week I can remember having. There was an option as to what seminars you could go to. All of the girls in my group chose the 4 day all girls seminar. That seminar was amazing, and now you can hear how amazing it really was. The speaker put up the first two talks. I wouldn't suggest any guys listen to this cause it would be kind of awkward for them. But I think every Christian (or non-christian if they want to) girl NEEDS to hear this seminar. The first one is 'the problem of pretty' and the second one is 'food and exercise.' While they're both amazing I think what she has to say in 'the problem of pretty' really makes you re-evaluate how you think of your looks.

Monday, January 24, 2011

here we go steelers

best song ever produced. Don't forget to check out my new sports blog here

Friday, January 21, 2011


hey everybody I started a separate blog about sports and fitness. here it is. Please check it out if you've got the time. I'm just planning on giving opinions on teams and sports. Maybe I'll even throw in a few fun sports like ultimate frisbee and such.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

eulogy on the dog

courtesy of the daily what:
Heartbreaking Loyalty of the Day: “A dog, “Leao”, sits for a second consecutive day, next to the grave of her owner, Cristina Maria Cesario Santana, who died in the week’s catastrophic landslides in Brazil.”

"Gentlemen of the jury: The best friend a man has in this world may turn against him and become his enemy. His son or daughter that he has reared with loving care may prove ungrateful. Those who are nearest and dearest to us, those whom we trust with our happiness and our good name, may become traitors to their faith. The money that a man has, he may lose. It flies away from him, perhaps when he needs it the most. A man’s reputation may be sacrificed in a moment of ill-considered action. The people who are prone to fall on their knees to do us honor when success is with us may be the first to throw the stone of malice when failure settles its cloud upon our heads. The one absolutely unselfish friend that a man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him and the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog.

Gentlemen of the jury: A man’s dog stands by him in prosperity and in poverty, in health and in sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground, where the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only he may be near his master’s side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer, he will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounters with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince. When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wings and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens.

If fortune drives the master forth an outcast in the world, friendless and homeless, the faithful dog asks no higher privilege than that of accompanying him to guard against danger, to fight against his enemies, and when the last scene of all comes, and death takes the master in its embrace and his body is laid away in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there by his graveside will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws, his eyes sad but open in alert watchfulness, faithful and true even to death."

hey look at that

My personal trainer is on the left. Laura Brueggemann, she's awesome.

steel curtin

have I ever mentioned how much I love the steelers. Being that my family is originally from Pittsburgh, I've been a steelers fan ever since I can remember. They're awesome.

As a side note I'm considering starting a separate blog devoted to sports. No sport in particular just sports and fitness in general. I'm no professional in the field, I just love them so much.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

1 year in 2 minutes

thought this was pretty cool

One year in 2 minutes from Eirik Solheim on Vimeo.

Saturday, January 8, 2011


I'm very excited because today I signed up for my first sprint triathlon. On May 1st is the TriZou in Columbia. A sprint triathlon is a shorter version of a full triathlon. This one is a 400 yard swim-14 mile bike-3 mile run. I recruited one of my fellow Nutrition & Fitness friends to train with me. It's going to be really difficult but I'm extremely excited for it, because up until now I've only done 5K races. I'm fully expecting to be one of last ones to finish but who cares because afterwards I'll be able to say that I've done a triathlon. Plus it just sounds like fun.

This brings me to the point of people who want to get in shape. Sign up for a simple 5K or whatever kind of race you want. Once you sign up for it, you're pretty much forced to train for it. So many people just say "I want to get in shape" and they never enter the gym again after February (believe me I've been around the gym enough years to see this happening every year). Signing up for a race gives you something to look towards and a realistic goal to set for yourself. For instance a 5k is just a bit more than 3 miles. This sounds like a lot to someone who doesn't run very much. But training for it is super easy: run a mile a few times a week for 1-2 weeks, and work your way up to 2 miles by week 3 and by week 4 you'll be able to run 3 miles no problem.

I don't know if you've ever been in any sort of race but the atmosphere is awesome. There's a bunch of people excited about being there. You see people walking around with numbers, which gets you motivated to race. The race itself (well at least 5Ks) is always easier than the training because you've got adrenaline, people on the side cheering, and about 300 other people doing the exact same thing you're doing. If anything, you get a t-shirt. And come on who doesn't want to wear a shirt around that says that you've run a race.

here's a few pics from years past

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

aww of the day

how cool

surviving the world

yet another great one from surviving the world. If this doesn't convince you to start reading it then I don't know what will. He also adds some fun explanation of what he writes on the board, so that's what's below the pic

"Forget the frog and the pig relationship, or the two puppets who live together so they can split the rent in a neighborhood with obviously high cost-of-living as there are creatures living out in the street in garbage cans. How have there not been riots or blocks of talk radio devoted to Gonzo the Whatever romancing Camila? Quite clearly the lack of protests indicate that if you haven't found love yet, you're not hitting up the right henhouse for some friendly scratching and squawking.

Muppets From Space, by the way, is a great movie for oh so many reasons."