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Haley Raydo

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February 8, 2014

Snow Day Shenanigans

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Hello friends!

Well it is that time of the week again… time for a new blog! This week has been rather crazy.  I mean we only had 3 days of classes due to snow!

IMG_2623The great thing about college snow days is.. You are in college! So you are stuck on campus with all of your best friends!  They even extended open dorm times (guys in the girls dorms/ girls in the guys dorms) so of course that is always nice!

There is something so sweet about a snow day… Just the feeling the night before, “I don’t have to go to classes tomorrow…” is the absolute best!  You stay up late (which means watching movies or watching my friend Randi own some guys at ping pong), you sleep in late and take your time in the shower, and you spend all day with no plans!

My friends and I spent part of our day sledding on Lanpher Hill (right next to the freshman boys’ dorm) and my friend Dan decided to bike down the hill as you can see in the video.

I hope you all had great snow days! If you are in high school right now, just wait until college for your snow days!

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

Mario Flores

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February 8, 2014

Snow, Soccer, Land, and Late Nights- Fuh Dayz.

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With the rather cold, below freezing, below 0 feeling, icy, snowy weather, Soccer-in Land Gym, and Late night/early mornings have been much more common place this past week.

I will still take this weather over 100 degree weather any day.

I will still take this weather over 100 degree weather any day.

 

White on white, snow on my car. It only took like 6 minutes to shovel everything AND my car started no problem :D Hooray for no need of jumper cables!

White on white, snow on my car. It only took like 6 minutes to shovel everything AND my car started no problem :D Hooray for no need of jumper cables!

Underneath the snow, there were some layers of ice...

Underneath the snow, there were some layers of ice…

But…

If you punch it a few times, the ice breaks, and then can be removed. I tried taking a video but it was so dark nothing could be seen. (These pics are taken with flash)

If you punch it a few times, the ice cracks and breaks, and can then be removed. I tried taking a video but it was so dark nothing could be seen. (These pics are taken with flash)

 

 

I always think it's a cool sight to see my breath. I promise though, I brush my teeth so it's not visible because it's ratchet.  However, my beard somewhat appears to be! For whatever reason the right side naturally fluffs out more than the left :S

I always think it’s a cool sight to see my breath. I promise though, I brush my teeth so it’s not visible because it’s ratchet.
However, my beard somewhat appears to be! For whatever reason the right side naturally fluffs out more than the left :S

 

 

 

Moving on, with the beloved Snow Days that MNU had two of, two things were especially on the rise in the spending of my time.

1 Soccer:

This is a picture of Italy's soccer star MARIO Balotelli, we kind of look alike right?

The man jumping in the picture is Italy’s soccer star MARIO Balotelli, we kind of look alike right?

Only, with our socces it’s these incredible people that play in our beloved Land Memorial Gymnasium (Or just Land Gym).

 

These people all came out Monday night. The night we found out a Snow Day was to be our tomorrow!

Typically Killian will text a few people, and after word spreads we meet at the gym and play. Literally all people of all skill levels are welcome. From novice-never-played-before persons, to some of our actual men and women soccer stars from our actual soccer team that come and show us a good time and challenge, to everyone else in the middle, soccer is a great community building-exercise fulfilling sport. Games can have scores kept track of (which most of the time it is) or we just play till time runs out and people have to go home. The mood is virtually always light and positive. While at the same time, there’s still space to compete and get better!

Afterwards, I thought I’d give a brief tour of Land Gym so here are 3 videos of our beloved place to work out, relax, eat, study, and enjoy one another’s company.

1st is a video just after the end of our soccer playing:

2nd is a video of the Tipping Point a place full of couches and other sitting furniture. Also there’s a stage, theater seats for occasional movie nights, a piano for the clearly cool and classy peeps that can play it-Yes that was an attempt at alliteration. We also have Improv shows and Open Mic nights here! My sincere apologies for the lighting though! Oh and one more thing we have a free hot chocolate, coffee, and chai tea machine in here!

3rd We have Land Café. This place is open 9pm to Midnight from Sunday till Thursday. Because our Cafeteria closes at 7, having this place with food-such as my personal favorites: Bosco Sticks or Cream Cheese pretzels!! Late night snacks are a dream that’s actually a reality. Especially since we can pay for the items by using our flex dollars(amount of money put onto your student ID card that’s built in from your tuition.) So for those who don’t have a debit or credit card, you can still pay by swiping and feeling adult like:P

SO, after playing soccer in the night time, I returned back to my dorm room to hang out with some quality peeps.
Now you’ll find that late night-or typically-early morning hang out times are often entertaining. For example, at 4 o’clock in the morning, when cards fall out of one’s hand-that one being one of my best friends Joey V. it’s one of the most hilarious things ever. So here’s a clip of me trying to capture the moment.

And fear not, Joey was cool with this being shown here.

So Monday night/ Tuesday morning we had a great time playing card games and sharing stories.

Front left is my roommate Caleb and above his forearm is my good friend Leon.

Front left is my roommate Caleb and above his forearm is my good friend Leon.

 

Alas-ish Classes started back up, and with all the time available to do school work during the snow days, hardly was done. So staying up a little later and using the Ping-Pong room as a study room worked well for me. Yay for procrastinating! Not.
I must confess though friends, if one keeps up a late night/early morning lifestyle, it’s pretty much inevitable that Coffee (or some other caffeine drink) and naps will be your best friends. So please beware of that.

 

Till next time friends, I’ll just keep living the dream.

Grateful in Him,

 

Mario Paul Flores

Allegra Vieux

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February 7, 2014

Come Clean

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Okay blogging friends. If you tuned in last week, you probably have a very skeptical view of my buddy Stephen. Normally with friends like Steve, I would just allow you to keep on believing that he is the man that will never trust a fart again.

But now I’m feeling guilty because some of the information was fabricated. tainted. false.

So it’s time for me to come clean. (enjoy the sweet sounds of Eisley while reading.) I’m reposting the story here. Follow my commentary (of my own story) to find out what actually happened on that Tuesday afternoon.

 

One time last year, I was feeling a little loopy. I had stayed up all night one Monday attempting to get a project done in the 24 hour lab, one of the feature’s in the library on campus. I had classes that day, so I was awake all day Monday, then all night, then all day Tuesday. It was now hour 34 of being awake when the incident happened.

The sun was setting. It was a beautiful day in April. I drove my car over a hill to see some gentlemen preparing for a fish fry. Among the men in this group, I noticed my friend Stephen Rowell in the distance.

In order to fully understand the story, you have to understand all that this Stephen Rowell.

Stephen answers to no one. He is his own person. He has looked like he is 35 since his Freshman year and has been mistaken for a parent or professor (as pictured above) on numerous occasions. He was “secretly” in love with me for a good year and I finally had to shoot him straight for him to get the idea. He now is dating an amazing woman of God, and I couldn’t be happier for him!

Okay he’s never been in love with me. It’s an on-going joke that for some reason to me never gets old. Sometimes when he asks me a question, like “why can I not do __ the right way?!” My automatic response in the past has been “I don’t know Steve. Maybe it’s because you’re in love with me?” Gets him (ehhh …me) every time.

Stephen isn’t great with schedules. He’s the guy that shows up 10 minutes late to classes regularly but walks in with a Venti Vanilla latte in hand and iPad in arm, greeting anyone and everyone. I wouldn’t call him disruptive, because the professors are usually delighted when he comes in. He’s the guy everyone wants to be around because there’s never any guessing what’s on his mind.

I wouldn’t call it accurate to say “usually” before “delighted.” More accurate would be to say, “Sometimes, the professors are delighted that he actually decided to show up to class.”

That being said, on this Tuesday late afternoon/evening, I may have had sour feelings toward Mr. Rowell. It may have been because I stayed awake for a meeting with him that he missed. It may have been because he went fishing for this fish fry. He may have had another valid reason for not showing up to said meeting, but none of them mattered. What mattered was how tired I was, and how carefree he was, setting up the grill for the big event of the week.

As my car descended the hill, I stopped when I was level with the crew. I hit my brakes, rolled down my window, and shouted, “STEPHEN!!

Stephen looked at me like a deer in the headlights. He slowly meandered over to my window, leaned down, and I couldn’t shake the look on his face. He looked troubled, concerned and in doubt. I asked how he was doing, and he began talking aimlessly. Very out of character for him. He was looking down into my car and making little to no eye contact. Whatever was troubling him was far bigger than this missed meeting that was bothering me.

The above paragraphs contain about 95% truth if the subject matters are reversed. The reality of the situation is that as I shouted “STEPHEN!!” I looked at him like a deer in the headlights. I could not make eye contact. I began talking aimlessly. Nothing mattered in this moment because of a personal matter. Read on:

A couple days later, I received a few text messages from Stephen. In this series, he said something to the extent of “Allegra, I think we need to clear the air. I’m sorry I embarrassed you when I crapped my pants in front of you the other day. I hope you know I wasn’t feeling well and it doesn’t happen often. I hope you don’t view me differently because this has never happened before.”

-> A couple days later, I sent a few text messages to Stephen. In the series, I said something to the extent of “Stephen, I think we need to clear the air. I’m sorry that in the moment your head was in my car the other day, I crapped my pants. I hope you know that I don’t just do this on the reg. I wasn’t feeling well. I hope you don’t view me differently because this has never happened before.”

JUDGE ME if it’s what the Lord is calling you to do, blog world! I did it! I crapped my pants in front of a dude. In the United States. Yards from my dorm room. Had I ever done this in Mexico while I was camping and the closest outhouse was a quarter mile from my tent? No. What about on a job site with no running water or usable facility? No. Okay well what about after a hot pepper challenge with my teammate Fernando? NO! It happened on Campus in the luxury of all these amenities!

In my defense, there were a lot of things working against me. I am a vegetarian and there is a lot of fiber in my diet. I hadn’t slept and had a lot of coffee and caffeine: natural laxatives. I had my first ever surgery and it was on my abdomen, so food wasn’t processing correctly…

And as I shouted, “STEPHEN!!” it was just too much pressure on my abdomen.  

Why did I tell him? Because I thought for sure he knew! And I interpreted his silence as assumption. Assumption that this is a regular thing in my life. At least by telling him myself, I could control the message that was sent. (Public Relations class came in handy.) I could let him know this was a one-time thing. And you know why I’m feeling so guilty? Because as students have asked him about this situation, he has gone along with it to protect my pride. EVEN AFTER I THROUGH HIM UNDER THE BUS.

And now the entire world knows about my bowel issues. If you would like to join with me and prove that this happens to everyone at some point or another, post your story below! We can laugh about it together and rise against the judgers who claim this has never happened to them!  We can start judging them for lying!

Hopefully I didn’t lose any of my followers for this… Oh well. That’s me.

Over and Out!

 

 

 

Joey Alligier

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February 6, 2014

How to: Thrive as a Pioneer

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This one goes out to all my high school peeps who are looking into MidAmerica!

College is a nerve-racking thought/experience; don’t get too ahead of yourself. 
It’s not as scary as TV says!
This place will become your home. 

Here are 5 specific pieces of advice to thrive as a Pioneer:

1) Seconds are okay…sometimesWe’ll start off easy.
The buffet style food sends your brain synapses into a whirlwind. THERE ARE SO MANY OPTIONS. 
The freshman 15 is a real crisis that deserves attention in today’s society.
In all seriousness, get ready for an overload..
O and don’t forget SPICY CHICKEN THURSDAYS; it’s like manna from the Lord and BACON FRIDAYS; if you get up…
And I know you’re wondering, and yes, it is okay to have cereal FOR EVERY MEAL
Just take it slow, alright.

2) Wear big coats.
This one has to be kept under wraps…
It’s also multi-faceted.
Wear a coat/ because this is Kansas and who knows what the weather will throw at ya
and also wear one  so you can sneak more than 1 piece of fruit out of Campus Center..SHHHHH

Moving on.

3) Write it down.

There will be a lot going on.
This is a beautiful opportunity to get organized. The flip side isn’t going with the flow, it is getting overtaken by the flash-flood-type waters.
Use different colors for social events, tests, readings OR you can categorize by classes!
However you do it, WRITE IT DOWN.
Trust me…

4) Save, save, Savers

College means you don’t “pay as you go”
You pay at specific times and after your 4 years.
This means it will seem like you have a lot of money at times to “JUST SPEND”
This may be true, but you should start a savings account in case of a rainy day (We already talked about how the weather changes)
Fellas, you might get a lady, in that case, there are a lot of “rainy days” AKA Starbucks trips.
Another way to save money is to shop at Savers, it’s like a Goodwill.
On my list of steals, not literally, from there is a $10 pair of Sperry’s, a $3 Ralph Lauren Polo scarf, and a $8, $200 Bally dress shoes. 
#getsome

5) Yes. Yes. No.Say yes to things more than you say no.
This is college and a smaller college at that; that means numerous opportunities.
My freshman year I was the Freshman Associated Student Government President, in the play and musical, a student blogger, working in admissions, on the improv team, playing intramurals, working at Chick-Fil-A. Needless to say, I should have said “NO” to a few things and “HECK NO” to a couple others.
In short, GET INVOLVED, but don’t load your plate too full. Then you won’t enjoy it.
BUT, get off your booty and out of your dorm room, go to Wal-Mart with friends and play some tag or something.
Take advantage of the big and little things.grid

6) I know, I said 5, get over it. 

This one needs your utmost attention.
YOU DON’T NEED TO BE IN A RELATIONSHIP RIGHT AWAY.
You come to college and figure out who you are, what you’re becoming, and who you want to be.
There is NO need to throw someone else in the mix right away.
Don’t argue with me. 

We are not settlers; WE ARE PIONEERS. 

There you have it, the 1st installment of the “How to:” series from yours truly

Comment with questions, comments, and/or suggestions for the next installment!

Keep on and keep God, 
Joey

Britney Lewis

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February 6, 2014

Snow, Frozen, and My Day In A Few Gifs

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This week MNU had two Snow Days!!!!!!!!

So Imagine having to start school on a Thursday. . . It’s the pits!

With That Said, here is a brief overview of my day with a few Gifs.

I woke up like a princess this morning….well, not really.

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It was freezing in my Spindle apartment. I felt like I was in the middle of a frozen forest with no clothes!!! Yikes!

I then proceeded to get ready for the day.

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I probably didn’t look as great or as happy as Bill Cosby though!

Then, with integrity, I faced the outside world. And let me tell you…it was tough!

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I’m not even overreacting…it was THAT bad outside.

Then I went to class…and that was fun…

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When that class was over I was done for the day, and I headed off to lunch. It’s Spicy Chicken Thursday Ya’ll!!!

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And Now I’m just sitting in my dorm, procrastinating homework, and watching Say Yes To The Dress.

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Yup. It’s been a great day.

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Stay in school!

Till Next Week!

Bye!

 

Heather Engle

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February 3, 2014

resting, snow days, and the Baker game

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Hello friends!

So let me just jump into things…lately, I’ve discovered that you have to do a lot of reading in college. Crazy, I know. ;] I didn’t fully grasp that fact until this semester when i got bombarded with 4 huge textbooks that I need to read to be able to do well in my classes. And it’s true, I know personally for me, if I read (and really read my books, not just skim over them) I will definitely better my understanding of what the professor is teaching in the class. Weird how it works that way…I mean, who reads anyways? Just kidding. I know that there are a lot of people that enjoy reading. I enjoy it at times, but if I’m really not too passionate about the subject, its hard for me to read the material. But it also says in Gods word that whatever we do, whether in word or in deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. sometimes its difficult to have that attitude about schoolwork, but I feel that that’s the attitude that Christ would want me to have towards it.

Anyways. So lately I have been kind of overwhelmed just thinking about the work load that I have.  At the same time, I don’t want to get too overwhelmed and instead, be balanced in managing my time. Which also means taking time to rest occasionally. But you see, this is hard when this culture has convinced us that we have to be entertained and doing something every single second of every day. And you know what, we really don’t have to! It’s actually really okay to just do nothing. I’m not saying be lazy and sit around all the time, I’m saying that with this constant entertainment surrounding us, we can be so consumed with having to do things all the time and have a constant desire to be entertained. Managing your time well is always great, and getting things done and being diligent in your work is even better. But I think that taking the time to rest and be able to recap is extremely important. I also believe that this lines up with scripture.

Another thing I’ve learned about myself while being in college is that i really stink at time management. I also am really bad at saying no to people. I think that can be a good quality and a bad quality. A good one because the fact that I can’t say no to things can really open up more opportunities that i maybe wouldn’t have had if i had said no. But on the other hand, i can get carried away with saying yes to everything and end up being extremely overwhelmed. I know we’ve probably all experienced this at some point in our life. I know It happens to me almost daily! College has really stretched me in a way in which I have had to be conscious about who and what I’m saying yes to and how I’m managing my time. It is especially difficult to balance doing activities out of school and also being diligent in getting homework done and taking time to read.

So guys, I just thought I’d share a little bit about what college has taught me so far. I know there are so many things I am still learning, and are yet to learn, but for now I hope this was good insight to you guys in some way.

Also……

Tomorrow is supposed to snow a lot, so that means, SNOW DAY FOR MNU! When all of campus found out we were having a snow day, it pretty much felt like the world was going to end. Everyone started franticly rushing to Wall-Mart to prepare to be stuck in their rooms for days. I think all of us at MNU are actually hoping that we are stuck in our rooms for days. Maybe because we have procrastinated studying for the 4 tests that we have this week. THIS. WEEK. And you never know, they just might all fall on the same day. Which does happen quite often.

So yeah! Thanks for stopping by, comment if you would like, but until next time,

-Heather Rose :]

P.S. the video at the top is of the Baker vs. MNU game that we had last Thursday. WE WON by the way. :] but this was the half time show, and it was really odd, but really funny. So you should definitely watch it! :]

Joey Alligier

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February 1, 2014

Talk About Action Pact…

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Let’s just say this weekend has been fun….
I am beyond thankful to have a nice, warm, safe place to stay.
In the end, what’s life without some…questionable….events? Right..?

An Action Pact kinda day..

Click the link and check out a TASTE of the craziness that is a part of my life.

Haley Raydo

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February 1, 2014

New Semester Update!

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Hello friends!

Well we have reached February finally.  It’s a new year, new semester, so I thought I would bring you an update from my second semester at MNU.

My classes are relatively more challenging compared to last semester, however I have found them pretty enjoyable.  My schedule goes:

MWF:  Orientation to Psych, Old Testament, Life Span Development, Human Sexuality (let me tell you that one is quite an interesting/awkward/exciting class, if you are a psych major this may be one you may want to take)

T/Th:   Physical Science and Prob and Stats 

So that is what I have been up to lately.  Between classes, nannying, and school events, you could probably find me in a study room at the library with some good friends.  (And as short of a walk as it is… I will most definitely be driving as long as it going to be soooo cold!)

Another place you could find me this semester is watching basketball.  Whether it be Sunday/Monday night intramural boys basketball, or our Pioneer boys demolishing Baker, you could find me cheering on the sidelines!

Yes we take pictures of ourselves instead of the game.  Go ‘Neers! 

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Also there are some awesome things to do in Kansas City on the weekends! Last night you could have found me at Winter Jam! And it was awesome!  I think my ears may still be ringing!

Ya no big deal or anything, but the drummer for Newsboys was spinning at a 90 degree angle… Crazy! 

IMG_2615It was an awesome night of praising the Lord with the talents He has given to us.

Oh hey Lecrae :) 

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I also like to watch movies and hangout with some of my favorite girls.

From Left to Right: Mckenna (my roomie), Rachel, Me, and Randi :)

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Also this semester has already consisted of more Applebee’s half-priced apps runs.

So that is about it… nothing too crazy but hopefully you get the idea of a pretty busy but fun semester already!

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

 

Mario Flores

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February 1, 2014

Wisdom On Time: Take It One Day At A Time

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“We were created with the capacity to live life one day at a time. So make it to where your work load will only be that of one day.”

I confess that lately I have been rather stressed and disheveled with my schedule, roles, and responsibilities. But if the afore mentioned quote is truth, then I believe that with effort, diligence, and discipline-balance and peace of mind are possible.
So, paying attention to my schedules from school, church, and work I’m working to do this.

I have learned friends that in: staying up late (and not being able to sleep in with 8 and 9am classes-the struggle is real), not keeping up with assigned readings for consecutive days at a time, treating studying as a chore and not as an opportunity-an opportunity to please, serve, and worship the Lord-if all those negative things are done, feelings of being overwhelmed, high stress and high potential for breakdown are highly likely to take place.

I’m confident that nobody wants any of that.

Sure there is such a thing as eustress (stress that is actually good for you). Okay, I’ll concede that, but friends if we can manage our time wisely and focus on putting “first things first”, stress that has no benefit will affect us less negatively. Life will be more enjoyable and fuller.

“Take care of yourself.”-Wise words.

Peace in the Middle East friends! Know that you’re loved,

Mario Paul Flores.

PS Here are some moments from the past week I wanted to share with y’all:

This is just a wee bit colder than the 80 degree weather back home. But trust me when I say that I will take 10 degree weather over 100 degrees anytime (anytime as in I have warm enough clothes for it)

This is just a wee bit colder than the 80 degree weather back home. But trust me when I say that I will take 10 degree weather over 100 degrees anytime (anytime as in I have warm enough clothes for it)

I'm continuing to learn Greek! The Top line says "God I love." and the bottom says "The Lord Christ I love."

I’m continuing to learn Greek! The Top line says “God I love.” and the bottom says “The Lord Christ I love.”

Here's the man that's teaching myself and others Greek. And yes, Randy is trying on yet another hat.

Here’s the man that’s teaching myself and others Greek. And yes, Randy is trying on yet another hat.

I like seeing snow outside the window :D

I like seeing snow outside the window :D

Let it snow...as long as driving conditions can remain safe that it is.

Let it snow…as long as driving conditions can remain safe that it is.

I've mapped out my planner! :D Organization Station I might be on my way! Maybe, hopefully...

I’ve mapped out my planner (This is just two pages of the 3 months worth of work I did! Credit to Jamie for her persuading motivational speech to manage my time more efficiently!  :D Organization Station I might be on my way! Maybe… Hopefully…

 

Allegra Vieux

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January 29, 2014

The day I lost my dignity

January 29, 2014 | By | 5 Comments

Hello my blogging friends,

Last week, the blogging team was given a challenge. This challenge was to share a moment of vulnerability to enhance reading experience. You’ll have to let me know if this works in the comment section.

Without further adieu, I present

The Day I Lost My Dignity: A story of fear, heartache, and embarrassment.

One time last year, I was feeling a little loopy. I had stayed up all night one Monday attempting to get a project done in the 24 hour lab, one of the feature’s in the library on campus. I had classes that day, so I was awake all day Monday, then all night, then all day Tuesday. It was now hour 34 of being awake when the incident happened.

The sun was setting. It was a beautiful day in April. I drove my car over a hill to see some gentlemen preparing for a fish fry. Among the men in this group, I noticed my friend Stephen Rowell in the distance.

In order to fully understand the story, you have to understand all that this Stephen Rowell. Picture 4 Picture 5 Picture 6You may remember around this time last year, I posted a Vlog featuring an “interview” with Steve. If not, I’ll give you the gist on what kind of guy he is.

Stephen answers to no one. He is his own person. He has looked like he is 35 since his Freshman year and has been mistaken for a parent or professor (as pictured above) on numerous occasions. He was “secretly” in love with me for a good year and I finally had to shoot him straight for him to get the idea. He now is dating an amazing woman of God, and I couldn’t be happier for him!

Stephen isn’t great with schedules. He’s the guy that shows up 10 minutes late to classes regularly but walks in with a Venti Vanilla latte in hand and iPad in arm, greeting anyone and everyone. I wouldn’t call him disruptive, because the professors are usually delighted when he comes in. He’s the guy everyone wants to be around because there’s never any guessing what’s on his mind.

That being said, on this Tuesday late afternoon/evening, I may have had sour feelings toward Mr. Rowell. It may have been because I stayed awake for a meeting with him that he missed. It may have been because he went fishing for this fish fry. He may have had another valid reason for not showing up to said meeting, but none of them mattered. What mattered was how tired I was, and how carefree he was, setting up the grill for the big event of the week.

As my car descended the hill, I stopped when I was level with the crew. I hit my brakes, rolled down my window, and shouted, “STEPHEN!!

Stephen looked at me like a deer in the headlights. He slowly meandered over to my window, leaned down, and I couldn’t shake the look on his face. He looked troubled, concerned and in doubt. I asked how he was doing, and he began talking aimlessly. Very out of character for him. He was looking down into my car and making little to no eye contact. Whatever was troubling him was far bigger than this missed meeting that was bothering me.

A couple days later, I received a few text messages from Stephen. In this series, he said something to the extent of “Allegra, I think we need to clear the air. I’m sorry I embarrassed you when I crapped my pants in front of you the other day. I hope you know I wasn’t feeling well and it doesn’t happen often. I hope you don’t view me differently because this has never happened before.”

I wasn’t embarrassed by this moment of Stephen’s weirdness until THIS MOMENT. If he wouldn’t have texted me, I would have gone on with my life as normal, but instead, I had my most embarrassing moment in Dewey’s Book and Bean, getting a text that my friend Stephen, soiled his linens, right in front of me, on a Tuesday afternoon.

Over and Out!