Thursday, January 21, 2010

Make the Most of this Life

I talked to Lauren today for the first time since she's been in Spain - two weeks is a really long time to wait to talk to your best friend... apparently all is well (you can read all about her adventures on her blog here) and she's having the time of her life. I'm glad...and I'm so excited that I finally got to talk to her (it was getting quite lonely back here in the States without my media naranja). This earthquake in Haiti has really brought my own life into sharp perspective - what if that happened here tomorrow? What if I had been there? Would I be ok with the mark I've left on the world so far? I can't even imagine not seeing my family again, not seeing my best friends again, never getting married, never having children, never saving lives...never doing all the things I want to do before I die. My iTunes was on shuffle (as usual, everything in my life relates to music...) and the song "Live Like We're Dying" by Kris Allen came on. I listened - really listened - to the lyrics, and found myself crying. Here they are:

Sometimes we fall down and can't get back up
we're hiding behind skin that's too tough
how come we don't say I love you enough
till it's to late, it's not too late

Our hearts are hungry for a food that won't come
we could make a feast from these crumbs
and we're all staring down the barrel of a gun
so if your life flashed before you
what would you wish you would've done

Yeah... gotta start
lookin at the hand of the time we've been given here
this is all we got and we gotta start pickin it
every second counts on a clock that's tickin'
gotta live like we're dying

We only got
86 400 seconds in a day to
turn it all around or throw it all away
we gotta tell 'em that we love 'em
while we got the chance to say
gotta live like we're dying

And if your plane fell out of the skies
who would you call with your last goodbyes
should be so careful who we live out our lives
so when we long for absolution
there'll no one on the line

We never know a good thing till it's gone
you never see a crash until it's head on
all those people right when we're dead wrong
you never know a good thing till it's gone

For more songs with amazing, heartfelt, meaningful lyrics, check out Brett Dennen, especially his songs "Nothing Lasts Forever", "Ain't No Reason", and "There Is So Much More" (I'd post lyrics here, but really, that'd be soooo long....) Seriously though - look him up. ah-maze-ing.

Peace and love,

me :)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

I (still) love babies! :)

We've now started the second week of school after a long weekend (thank you, Dr. King) that consisted (for me at least) of festivities on Friday night, a pajama-and-movie-filled Saturday, an equally chill Sunday, and a few hours of service for MLK day. All in all a great weekend, but not much work done, and for some reason, still some level of sleep deprivation. Today has been wonderful though - in my Christian Marriage and Family Life class we talked about open vs closed households and the idea of communal interdependence. I'm in love with the idea of an open household - people always around & dropping by, neighbors doing favors for each other, waving to each other on the streets, having BBQs in the cul-de-sac. We went to a brunch at a friends' house after mass the Sunday after Christmas, and they had Christmas cards bordering the entire window over their sink and around the windows in their dining room. It started me thinking how wonderful it would be to be connected to that many families - enough so that when Christmas comes, you get more than 50 Christmas cards!!

Tuesdays are even better starting this week, simply because I get to babysit little Emry for 4 hours. That's 4 wonderful hours of playing, singing, adorable baby noises, and the like, that have made me fall completely in love with this little man. He's just beautiful. With the March for Life coming up, of course abortion is on the mind, and it blows my mind to think that anyone could ever not want something so precious as a child. Just thinking about anyone hurting Emry, or any of my baby cousins, makes me so upset, and they're not even my children. How could anyone hurt such an innocent, precious, beautiful little baby? Hanging out with Emry seems to have convinced me even more (like I needed convincing...) that life is so precious, and we need to do all we can to protect it. The March on Friday is so so important, to give a voice to the unborn, and to let people know that abortion isn't the only solution, and that taking a life shouldn't ever be a solution. A child is a gift, not a problem or a punishment, and we need to show the world that we care. We need to change hearts in order to turn our country from a culture of death to one of love and of life.

peace and love :)

ps. for more info on the March for Life, click here.

For a great video on being pro-life and changing hearts, click here. (make sure to watch both parts!)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Help Haiti!!

I'm sure anyone reading this has probably heard about the earthquake that hit Haiti on Tuesday. It registered 7.0 on the Richter scale, followed by multiple aftershocks, some measuring up to 5.8 in magnitude! The last estimate I heard of the death toll was 45-50,00 people, and is quickly rising. When I first heard about the earthquake, I went to MSNBC to get some facts. I watched the slideshow of pictures and was quickly overwhelmed by the tragedy and the sheer magnitude of the disaster. Here was a country already ravaged by poverty, and they get hit with this. What could I do to help? I went to twitter (my trusty source of information and all things trending) and clicked on Help Haiti, and lo and behold, was met with a tweet from the American Red Cross telling me that I could donate $10 simply by texting "haiti" to 90999, and the $10 would just get added to my phone bill. And all of the money went straight to the Red Cross - my cell phone carrier would keep none of it. :) So I did that, and felt a bit better.

What's more, CUA's response has been great - they've started the CUA Cares Campaign, and our president, Fr. O'Connell, wrote a novena to be prayed all over campus for the next nine days for Haiti. In addition, there was a mass today to pray for Haiti and show our support; committees are forming to fundraise and educate our campus about Haiti, and students are gladly donated their Starbucks and cigarette money to the cause. (To join in the effort or find out more info, click here) As devastating and heartbreaking as this tragedy has been, the response from the CUA and global community has been uplifting and hopeful - it's wonderful to know that our world really can come together in times of need. As for me, I'm gonna keep praying, and trust that God will provide. I found a great picture looking through the slideshow on msnbc today - great not because of the circumstances, but simply because of the message it seems to send - that even in the worst of times and the most horrifying of places, Christ is still present.

Peace and love. :)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Welcome back to the daily grind...

School started up again on Monday (hence my disappearance for a couple days). Though I wasn't quite ready for the semester to start, I've gotten stuff together (it seems) within the past few days and am now quite happily going along. My schedule this semester is only 4 classes - Physiology, Mechanisms of Bacterial Pathogenesis, Christian Marriage and Family Life, and Spanish for Health Services II. Normally, I'd try to find another class, but seeing as this semester I'm working 3 jobs and volunteering at two hospitals in addition to taking classes, studying for MCATs, applying to med school, running two clubs, and having somewhat of a social life...i think my schedule's pretty full already. However, i've discovered that I only have 6 courses to take over all of senior year, so that'll be fun. :)

I found a song a while ago that Ingrid had posted on her twitter called "This is the New Year" by Ian Axel.  I watched the video and fell in love, and tried to find it to download, but couldn't. Then, I get on iTunes yesterday, and it's the single of the week!! SO EXCITING! Needless to say, I now have the song and have listened to it many many times, and am currently working on figuring out the guitar chords so I can play it and maybe record a little bit...we'll see.

Here are the lyrics:

Ian Axel – This is The New Year
Another year you made a promise
another chance to turn it all around
and do not save this for tomorow
embrace the past and you can live for now
and I will give the world to you

Speak louder than the words before you
and give them meaning no one else has found
The role we play is so important
we are the voices of the undergroud
and I would give the world to you

Say everything you’ve always wanted,
be not afraid of who you really are,
cause in the end we have each other,
and thats at least one thing worth living for,
and I would give the world to you

A million suns that shine upon me
A million eyes you are the brightest blue
Lets tear the walls down that divide us
and build a statue strong enough for two

I pass it back to you
and I will beat for you,
cause I would give the world
and I would give the world
and I would give the world to you

This is the new year
A new begining
You made a promise
You are the brightest
We are the voices
This is the new year
We are the voices
This is the new year

And here's the official music video - basically a dance party and lovefest all in one...aka my kind of life. :)

Peace and love :)

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The babies are coming!!

If you know me, you know my borderline-obsession with all things precious, especially babies. As you can imagine, this trailer brought many squeals, and i absolutely CANNOT wait for the movie to come out. Enjoy, and revel in the cuteness! :)

Babies: The Movie

peace and love.

new movies to love

This break I've found myself seeing more new movies than I have in a while. In the past week, I've seen Sherlock Holmes, The Princess and the Frog, and Avatar in theaters (Avatar in 3-D, of course), and a bunch of movies I've wanted to see for a while, including Up, Kung Fu Panda, all of the Matrix movies, Angels and Demons, and Gone in 60 seconds. I think this may make me an official movie aficionado...but then again, maybe not. Anyway, all of the movies I saw in theaters were good - Sherlock Holmes was your typical mystery action film, but the presence of beautiful people like Rachel McAdams and Jude Law made it more enjoyable, and I'm looking forward to another if they decide to make it. The Princess and the Frog was a bit dark for a Disney movie, but the hand-drawn animation was a throwback to the good ol' days of Disney movies - can you say nostalgia? And Avatar was amazing, although somewhat disturbing...I definitely identify with the compassionate-treehugger side of things, and parts of the movie were therefore quite upsetting to me. But still a fantastic movie - excellent plot, excellent acting, really really cool special effects...i mean, giant blue people and floating mountains and bioluminescent flora and fauna was great. (and my biology mind was going a little crazy trying to figure out the science of it all)

If you're only going to see one movie this month, I'd say go for Avatar, but make sure you pay the extra $3 to see it in 3-D - it's worth it. :)

peace and love.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy New Year!

It's a new year, and with it comes new resolutions. I've made many resolutions in the past (and broken many as well), but this year, I've resolved to update this blog more than once every 6 months. (We're aiming for once a week...we'll see how that goes.)

Since this originally started as a photo blog, it's only fitting that I should update you on the state of my camera. Alas, the digital one is still broken (unfortunately resulting in an entire semester of undocumented shenanigans). However, Santa was wonderful to me (and by Santa, I mean my parents) and brought me a beautiful new Canon 35mm camera for Christmas!! I'm so excited, and have been playing around with it during my break. I also just recently discovered my photos from my trip to Ireland junior year, and am now going through serious Ireland withdrawal. But I've included a couple below (so that this post, at least, has some photos in it), and hopefully sometime in the near future I'll have the chance to take some more!

As usual, I've recently discovered a new artist whose music I'm in love with. The flavor of this month is Rosi Golan. My dear friend Deirdre sent me one of her songs, and alas, I'm hooked! My faves from her newest album, The Drifter and the Gypsy, are "Hazy" and "Shine," and her collaboration with Human "Follow the Arrow" is what got me hooked in the first place. Check her out if you get the chance! :)

As promised, IRELAND:

Muckross Lake

The Cliffs of Moher