We’re a good week into school, and, well, I figured I’d go ahead and post a random blog!
Because, really, who doesn’t love randomness???
First, I’d like to show everyone my new room arrangements! I love this set up, it’s soo homey. Also, on the same note, I got a new roommate this semester. She’s quite awesome. I’ll have to do an interview on her one of these days.
This is pretty much my side of the room….and yeah, my bed is in the closet. But hey, it works!
A view from the living room, and my roomie’s side!
My desk…cluttered as always!
In other news, for those of you curious as to what my schedule looks like……here’s a picture of it!
Basically, I have four classes on Monday and Wednesday–these classes start at noon.
On Tuesday and Thursday I have one class (Praise the lord!)
And on Friday I have three classes.
(Name of classes: Composition II; Applied math with statistics; New Testament; Digital Photography; Multimedia Workshop and Persuasion. That’s a total of sixteen hours ya’ll!!!!)
Alright, well I’m going to call it quits for this blog today!
I hoped you enjoyed my randomness (I also hoped you enjoyed the cat video!)
I’d like to start this blog off wishing myself a happy birthday, as it was on Tuesday.And then I’ll wish my birthday twin Will a happy birthday, too.
…And then the same for my bestie Konner whose birthday is today!!
And next but no less important than those above, I’d like to wish my roommate Ashley a happy birthday, because anytime any of her friends have a birthday, she claims it for herself and accepts gifts.
…aaaaaaaaand Finally, I’d like to thank Katy Perry for writing the song “Birthday” which trumps 22 by T-Swift. (go listen)
So I turned 22 this week, and it happened to be the first day back to school. This is the first year I’ve been in school for my birthday, to which most would think, that’s a bummer. I’d venture to say quite the opposite. Sure classes started, but the work load isn’t too heavy the first week of school. Everyone is around and hanging out. It has been a week-long party!
This is how it’s gone.
Tuesday morning, I woke up to this sign with a box of donuts and a birthday cup from my roommate Kassidy. She’s so clever! Also, she is officially a high school English teacher in the Independence school district! I’m so proud of her- she got the job and she’s barely started student teaching! When you see her on campus, congratulate her! Also know that she is Miss January in the Athletes of MNU calendar. LOVE HER.
Then I went to classes and was pleasantly greeted by my friends and professors wishing me a happy birthday! Then after my last first day of class, Konner and I got our nails done at Lovely Nails in Olathe! They are seriously the nicest ever and do such a great job! Highly recommended. Then, we spent the afternoon together until we went to Korma Sutra, which is my favorite restaurant EVER! Also HIGHLY recommended- Thanks to my roommate amazing roommate Rachel for organizing it!
Then me and 389 of my closest friends went to a bowling/laser tag/put put place where I successfully scored a 43 in bowling with my bestfriend Emily- yes. that score is between the two of us. yayyy
This ended around Midnight when we all came back to the dorms and ate ice cream cake from Kon-Kon! She got it Dora and Diego for a double birthday party!
Since then I’ve gone out to lunch with my friend Lauren at Spin Pizza, had Indian food twice more with my sister and parents, and pretty much have been living the birthday diva dream!
I do have to say, the best gift I’ve gotten has to be my new roommate! Kara transferred from Point Loma and was randomly placed in our room. Is it too soon to say that it’s love? Maybe. Does it feel like she’s been here since the beginning? Definitely. This is a picture which I’m sure she appreciates…taken as Konner and I hazed her and her boyfriend Bugs (also transferred- he’s a QB on the football team.)
Then last night began the celebration of Konner’s 21st Birthday! We started at Holy Land Cafe for a ladies night dinner, then came back to my pad to her presents and candy!
This morning we went to an amazing church service at Mission this morning, out to lunch at Salty Iguana, and tonight… who knows?! Sky is the limit with these amazing friends.
Ok just an extra quick post to show you guys my new room! I am rooming with my good friend Mckenna this semester and we are both very excited! We pretty much redecorated everything, so I thought I would share!
Here is an overview from the door! We have Christmas lights all the way around our room for some extra light.
This is my bed! Above it are bulletin boards with my favorite pictures of my friends and family! And the one in the middle is of Venice, Italy which is my dream place to go… so that is why I have a big framed picture… yup.
This is my desk! We keep the TV across from the couch! And yes… I am definitely watching that KU game! Rock Chalk!
This is Mckenna’s bed and our couch underneath! The flower lights is probably my favorite thing about our room! (they are from Target!)
I hope you all had a wonderful winter break! Right now life is all about getting back into the swing of things… New classes, new transfer friends, and for me a new roommate!
Now for me when life starts to get kind of crazy (going to classes, working, trying to get homework done, keeping a semi-clean dorm room, and attempting to maintain a social life) I get a bit overwhelmed. But there are a few things I can always rely on!
1. Spend time with the Lord! This is by far the most important and helpful thing you can do! Just taking a break from life for 15 minutes to read God’s word and to cast worries onto Him is a big relief!
2. Listen to some music! You can really listen to any kind of music (I am in love with Frank Sinatra and a lot of classical music lately) but anything works! Especially some good worship music! (I love All Sons and Daughters) Listen to it while you are cleaning, doing homework, or whatever!
3. Try to keep your room clean throughout the week! Instead of waiting until it gets unbearable… make sure each day you clean up a little so you don’t get overwhelmed with stuff! Now it may not bother you as much as it bothers me, but if you are like me it helps! I can’t sit and do homework in a room that just looks like a mess!
4. Take a nap, or commit to going to bed early every once and awhile! Making time for sleep is important so make it a priority to take a little nap or go to bed an hour earlier than normal for a night! A good nights sleep can make a big difference in your day!
5. Give yourself a break and hangout with some good friends! Studying and working is important… But don’t work yourself too hard! Hangout with some good friends! At MNU we have tons of movie nights, play ping pong, and go to Applebee’s for half-priced apps! No matter what you do… make sure you give yourself a break to have fun!
We also went bowling for an ASG event!
My friend Dan Wright playing pingpong with his one of a kind paddle.
Start the semester off right! Don’t overwork yourself too early on! There is no need for stress! You need to work hard, but don’t do it to the point of wearing yourself out and then not be able to finish!
Hope this helps all you students! Even if you’re in high school!
So Sunday night, after hanging out with Jamie, I run in to this guy: Philip Prado!! Former MNU Blogger
Sorry it was blurry, but I was on one leg to show off our matching clothes! Plaid PJs and Plaid shirt!
“Te amo Je Tem” Spanish and French for I love you. You could say I’m one incredibly blessed man!
Thanks again Jamie!
Later in the week, before my last final, in the office of the School of Christian Ministry and Formation, Randy still doesn’t fear being silly in public. He’s next to one of MNU’s most beloved Professor: Kelvin St. John. He teaches both New Testament Literature and Discovering the Bible (Both Gen. Ed. classes for all MNU Students.)
Randy’s wig is ridiculous. St. John’s hair is glorious.
Then Last night, St. John treated Jamie and I out to some Chinese food! Once again, I love how so many professors here are so personable!
The one and only St. John is incredible. That is a fact.
Now here’s a pic of a good friend of mine, across the hall: Matt.
Obviously this pic had to be taken since we were matching!
Alright so tonight, my youth group that I serve as an intern for: Well Rooted (From Living Hope Church of the Nazarene) had a Christmas party!! Ugly sweaters were “totes obvi” encouraged:P
And don’t worry that mirror was broken and “repaired” before I got to this RA room:P
Here’s a shot of the group not knowing I was taking this pic haha
and that little baby that belongs to two of our sponsors is most definitely one of the cutest babies on the planet.
That trail on the right side is a river with Oreo steppings stones (Not a sidewalk…)
And of course there was a white elephant gift exchange. Here’s a short clip of my gift acquiring. Keep scrolling to see better pictures of the great decorative gift I scored!
Here are two pics of the skull now safely and not stolen in my room.
Here it is beside the reason I “stole” it in the first place. On the left was 2nd East Side’s LanBarger Lympics Totem!
Alrighty friends if you’re wrapping up your semester as well, may you finish strong! If you are not wrapping up a semester, may you enjoy this special time of year with your loved ones, and everyone else (Unless of course everyone is a loved one for you, which I actually hope IS the case!! [Course that's not easy though])
The taste of the chicken flavor is becoming mundane and you just watched the series finale of Prison Break.
This is the most wonderful time of the year for college students who consistently indulge in Ramen Noodles and their roommate’s Netflix. It’s December. Which means:
School is out soon Christmas is around the corner Socks with Rudolph on them are socially acceptable
As the jolly man in the, simply put, soft-large-red-onesie is fast-approaching, instead of paying attention in class, I daydream of the things on my WANT list. This year that includes:
A phone case
Slim style khakis
As you can see these things are not on the typical person’s list, unless you’re about 35. I mean when I was younger, getting socks would have ticked me off, now it would be like manna from heaven. Seriously, I think the washer eats them,and usually just one out of the pair
A strange phenomenon happens as one transitions from the teenage years to young adulthood. We start to desire actually pretty useful and everyday materials…. Sure the PS4 would be cool, but I NEED BODY WASH.
I know that finals are around the corner and I should probably study instead of sending screenshots of hoped for gifts to my mother. Yet, even in the adolescent search for these gifts I am finding a sense of maturity.
This time of year is one to appreciate the little things, the simple happenings, and the beauty of life. The little things like stocking-stuffers symbolize my mom’s corny sense of humor which I obviously inherited and emphasizes how important my family is. The simple happenings such as the pictures I get to take with the accessories I hope for or the whiff of Dove for men when I raise my arms in excitement of the season. And the beauty of life is found in the “Reason for the Season.” The greatest gift was the not-so-silent-yet-beautifully-kinda-gross night when Jesus was born in an animal trough amidst a barn type structure.
Overall, I could get nothing on my “Grown-up Christmas List” and still be satisfied and content. While I wouldn’t be upset if an Ipad Mini was underneath the cheesy-Santa-Claus/Rudolph wrapping-paper, I will feel the same if beneath the cheesiness is a 12 pack of calf-high socks.
Enjoy the season for what it brings, just don’t forget to appreciate thelittle things, the simple happenings, the beauty of life, and the body wash.
So I spent last weekend in Juarez. Crazy, I know, but it was pretty tranquil and the people were wonderful.
I went with my gorgeous friend Taylor. Her grandparents have a branch of Compassionate Ministries, which gives relief to areas in the world through supplies. Normally, they make a trip to Mexico before Christmas to give Nazarene pastors and their families gifts and clothing and other various things in time for the cold, winter season. They have a banquet and there are like 20 pastors from the area with their whole families in a restaurant. Taylor and I went in place of her grandparents this year. She speaks English and French, so my pseudo-Spanish skills came in handy. We flew to El Paso Friday night, met up with the other 6 people on our team, went into Juarez for most of the day Saturday, and flew home Sunday. It was quick! Don’t worry, I documented our weekend.
This is how we remembered where we parked at the airport.
Successfully across the border! I love this city.
This is Juanita. She is a pastor’s wife with a killer sense of humor. She many times offered her school aged boys to me when I commented on how cute they are. Hilarious!
Taylor, Ana, and baby Santiago! Ana is a pastor in Mexico and this is her nephew! Her brother (Santiago’s dad) is also a pastor, and they look just the same.
Me with my new friends! They are wonderful women of God and like to laugh!
Me and Taylor at the airport. Isn’t she adorbs??
Okay so I’m also kind of a jerk friend. Because Taylor doesn’t speak Spanish and would mostly smile and nod along with whatever I said, I may or may not have misrepresented her multiple times. For one, I asked the pastors if they had any single young men in their congregations because my friend wants to get married to a Mexican man. Then told them it was a practical joke. Juanita heard what I said, and responded with, “Tell her if she marries a Mexican man he’ll want her to have 8 kids!” (this captures her sense of humor tremendously.) People also asked if she was the Doctor’s granddaughter, and then asked what her name was. Taylor isn’t exactly a name in Spanish, so after a couple people struggled through her name I came up with a solution. Her name sounds very close to the Spanish word for “trailer,” so I told them just to call her “Tráiler.” Problem solved!
Here are some obligatory pics from Thanksgiving. I got inspired by my hours of Pinterest endeavors.
We even spray painted the sticks navy blue.
Yeah my family never decorates for Thanksgiving.
yeah we never set the table either.
We do this a lot.
I know. My nephew Lennox is the cutest.
Also the Today Show stopped by campus this afternoon to shoot a story about Granny Franny. I made the B-Roll, but Joelle Garguilo is the best! She seriously has a heart of gold and loves life. Thanks for hanging out with us, Joelle!
So last week you got to see our MNU Soccer team’s video, here’s our Volleyball team’s video:
Now’s here are the highlights from the HAAC tournament Final versus Baker: If you see in the first few seconds I guy with curly hair and dancing with crazy legs, that’s Luke Letsinger one of our Student Chaplains. Then to the side am I with my friend Nathan in red pants and a beanie:
I forgot to mention that Wednesday at Kairos (the Wednesday evening chapel for college students at College Church of the Nazarene) we helped package about 160 Thanksgiving meals-made possible by the generosity of the people at College Church of the Nazarene.
Here are some of the typical Thanksgiving groceries minus the turkey!
Here was the semi crate holding space (whatever it’s called: truck load?) of Turkeys!!
Here’s a photo of most of the people that served Wednesday night!
Philosophy Class is one of my faves:
Some of my friends in Philosophy class from left to right: Phillip Prado, Chelsea Amos, and Jordan Case. #beaniesfuhdayz
After watching the Hunger Games: Catching Fire…..
This is from the opening scene of the flick
…… My friend and resident on my hall, Aaron Smith did something I applauded him for:
Aaron seized the opportunity to take home some popcorn from the movie theater! Also in this photo montage is another good friend of mine Charles Feller!
And here’s a photo of Her:
Since we don’t have any pics together, I figured using her current profile pic would be okay :D
She is madly in love with Jesus, intelligent and witty, funny and silly, confident yet humble, and she is obviously beautiful: I’m clearly a SPOILEDLY blessed man.