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Writing, photography, scrapbooking, acting, singing, God, hanging out with Garrett and all my other wonderful friends, Italian food, Mexican food, brownies and most anything else chocolate, video production, music, my iPod, dancing, laughing, reading


Switchfoot, Jars of Clay, Lifehouse, Bethany Dillon, Kutless, Relient K, The Fray, Starfield, Leeland, Building 429, U2, Avril Lavigne (first two albums), The Phantom of the Opera soundtrack, no country and no rap


Pride and Prejudice, Phantom of the Opera, While You Were Sleeping, Little Women, Daddy Day Care, A Beautiful Mind, October Sky, The Majestic, The Mighty Duck movies, I Am Sam, Night at the Museum, and many more...


The Bible, Wild At Heart, Waking the Dead, A Walk To Remember, Finding Alice, Little Women, Captivating, Crime and Punishment, The Veritas Conflict, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Importance of Being Earnest

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Time to Pay the Bills

So first of all, thanks to everyone who gave me advice about the whole credit card thing. I think it's probably just because of my lack of credit, so I'll probably either co-sign with one of my parents' cards or try elsewhere. And I do know that credit cards can be evil, evil things, but don't worry, I am cheap and have no desire to use it lightly! I would treat it kind of like my debit card and pay my bills every month.


Anyhow, so now I need more advice. Does anyone have a suggestion for how I can get some web space for cheap? I have been working on a website on iWeb, and so it's pretty much already designed, I just need the web address and the ability to put it on the web. I would do it through Apple, but it's $100/month. :( No bueno. So please refer me to a good (and cheap!) web host if you know of any.  Thanks! 


And... I don't really have anything profound to say today. Yesterday I started writing yet another movie script. It's about a drunk driver who wrecks into a young man and how his life is changed by it. I want it to be really inspirational and moving.  


I hope everyone has a great week! 

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Grrr... Darn Criminals...

Last month I applied for my first credit card through Suntrust. The lady at Suntrust predicted that there would be no problem for me to get approved for one. Well I didn't get approved. My parents and I came to learn it was because of something in my credit report. But I don't have a credit report. So, my parents and I figured that someone must have gotten a hold of my identity and used it to get a credit card and mess up my credit.


So we sent for a request for my credit report. And now they say they can't send me one, because I either 1.) don't have a credit report or 2.) didn't supply them with enough information. Well, I'm pretty sure I sent enough info, but I also know that I shouldn't have a credit report. But Suntrust denied me for something in my credit report. Or was it really my lack of a credit report? Capitol One is usually happy to obloge with being my first credit card and have sent me numerous opprotunites in the mail, but they have suddenly stopped. They check credit reports, so is there something wrong with mine? Or did they just get tired of rejection? As I said, I personally don't have a credit report, but I don't know what any criminals out there could be doing under my name!  So I don't know what to do with all this. But after college I would like to buy a house, but in order to do that I will have had to established credit! But no one will directly tell me what the problem is, thus, no one is helping me, this  the problem cannot be solved, thus I cannot have good credit! AUGH! 


Anyone have any advice or knowledge about this? 

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You Never Know What Will Hit You... Or What You Will Hit...

Well, I had my second wreck today, but this time it was my fault. It was just a tiny fender bender so it's not a big deal.  I was in a lane going straight and decided I wanted to get into the turn lane. I didn't see anyone so I went over and that's when I bumped into a Jeep. Yes, a Jeep. My first wreck was with a Jeep that ran into me, that totaled my (or actually my dad's) car meanwhile it was barely harmed. And then this time around I get a big dent and he gets nothing. I'm thinking I need a Jeep. But anyhow, all is well, I just have a dent I have to live with since my insurance doesn't cover my own stupidity.


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An Excerpt from "Passion and Purity"

This really spoke to me yesterday...


" can learn much about a prospective mate by observation alone. There is no better place than a college campus to observe what a man or woman is made of. From a respectful distance, with no knowledge on his part, I had the opprotunity to observe the character of Jim Elliot... When we began to get better acquainted through conversation, I found my hunches verified. Long before I had any reason to think he might be interested in me, I had put him down as the sort of man I hoped to marry. Kissing and holding hands would have added nothing to this conviction (anybody can kiss and hold hands). On the contrary, in fact, it would have subtracted something very important. I wanted to marry a man prepared to swim against the tide.


"I took it for granted that there must be a few men left in the world who had that kind of strength. I assumed that those men would also be looking for women of principle. I did not want to be among the marked-down goods on the bargain table, cheap because they'd been pawned over. Crowds collect there. It is only the few who will pay full price. 'You get what you pay for.' 


"It is a powerful lie that, because sexual desire is natural, healthy. and God-given, anything I do because of that desire is natural, healthy, and God-given... Christians who are buying such rubbish today are without honor. They have lost the notions of fidelity, renunciation, and sacrifice, because nothing seems worth all that...


"If your goal is purity of heart, be prepared to be thought very odd."  


Written by Elisabeth Elliot 

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Back to the Norm

The past two weeks have been pretty crazy. First I had to deal with the deal of my granddad, and then the day after his funeral I had to drive back home, only to fly out to Charleston the next day for M-Fuge. And after all the craziness of the previous week, something I had been really looking forward to I suddenly started to dread, but the week of camp proved to be exactly what I needed. It was such a huge blessing to work with children from lower income families and God taught me a whole lot. I felt convicted about things I need to really work on here at home. 


I had such mixed feelings about coming back. While sleeping in my own room and returning to my family and friends all sounded very ideal, leaving new friends and those kids behind was not what I wanted either. But that's the way it goes. My mission field in Charleston was meant to only last that one week... for now... I don't know what the future holds. I may never go back or I may move there one day, who knows? But right now, my mission field is right here, and I have to admit I've been failing pretty miserably at treating as such.


It's hard to not be "normal". It's so much more comfortable to live life your own way than God's way, but it's not worth it at all. I'm sorry Joel Osteen, but the Bible I read says I will go through trials and times of trouble, but to rejoice in all circumstances and to know that God always has a purpose that surpasses anything as shallow as how I feel. He'll give me the strength I need for those times as well. 


So that is not to say I am going to have to ship off to Africa or live on the streets. I may very well spend all my days as a middle-class citizen in the surburbs with my husband, 2.5 kids, picket fence, and dog. But whatever I do, God will give me the desire. Sometimes it'll be easy, and sometimes it won't, but the important thing is that I focus on Him everyday. 


Anyhow, I guess that's enough rambling for now. By the way, I thought I'd add, for those of you who are reading the imported version of this on Facebook, that I caved and added a couple extra applications. Yeah, it pretty much kills me inside, but I was very tasteful about it (the "where I've been" map appears after my wall, at the very bottom and very uninstrusive, and the ribbon awareness has one ribbon and is nicely set to the left side) and I just thought they were worthwhile. And none of you should have gotten an invite to add these applications. So if you're into applications: be selective, discreet, and tasteful. Having 20 of these things stuck in the middle of your profile is a little obnoxious. That's all for my public service announcement. Thank you. :) 

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