Saturday, February 21, 2009

Pulling at your heartstrings

Check out this video made from pictures of animals at a shelter in Texas. It definitely tugs at the heart. Here are some ways that you can help shelter animals:

1. Volunteer your time. Many of these animals are lonely with little human interaction. Volunteer to play with cats, walk dogs, or just pet an animal that desperately needs human companionship.
2. Donate money. Animal shelters appreciate any sized donation.
3. Donate needed items. Find your local humane shelter's website to view their wishlist. Often times, they need towels, blankets, clay kitty litter, cleaning supplies, and other pet necessities.
4. Get your pets spayed or neutered. Please help prevent pet overpopulation by spaying or neutering your pets. You can save lives this way, and there are probably low-cost clinics that can do this for cheap.
5. Educate others about spaying and neutering. If you notice a friend with a litter of puppies, encourage them to seek to have the pet fixed.
6. Do NOT buy a pet-Adopt! Many animals come from facilities that churn out animals like machines, and these dogs or cats are very mistreated. They are lonely, not given proper veterinary care, and abused. Please view: for more information

As always, thanks for reading and supporting your local animal shelter!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Orange belt testing, and for those of you who can wear ear buds, I am jealous

Hello friends-I have good news for you all. I passed my exam last evening for my orange belt! I was soooooo nervous. After I was finished, I felt exhausted from the stress, and my hands were a-shakin'. I had a friend of mine test me and another friend from class work with me on the partner portions of the exam. It was so nice of them to do it! After it was over, I was so glad because it's so stressful, but as I was laying in bed last night, all I could think of was: I wonder how long it will take for me to prepare for the green belt test. ; ) I guess I'm a glutton for punishment.

Also, I've wanted to get something off my chest for the last couple of days. I HATE ear buds. You know those dumb headphones that everyone has? Yeah, well, I can't wear them because they don't fit. I normally wear a pair that has a piece of rubber that goes over the ear, making the ear bud more secure, but recently I lost those and have had to deal with the normal ear bud. My attempts to wear these only lasted a day because wearing them was more frustrating than it was worth. Trust me, I looked while others were putting them in, while they were wearing them, and I still was not able to put them in properly so that they would no fall as soon as I made any minute movement. I must have defective ear openings.....

Sunday, February 15, 2009

A miscellaneous post!

This weekend was so crazy and all over the place! I loved every minute of it.

On Friday evening, I visited my high school youth pastor's home to help out with an activity they were hosting for middle school students called the Broken Hearts Banquet. They asked me to sing something related to their theme which is God's Love is Right Now, and I chose a song by a group called Avalon entitled "I'm Speechless." My parents came to support me, which was wonderful, and the speakers that were invited were so interesting to listen to. My parents also took video of it too, and I may post it if I can figure out how one might go about doing that.... The speakers were parents of some of the children who were in the youth group that had adopted children. I laughed and I cried; some of the stories about the individual children were hilarious, while others broke my heart. I've wanted to adopt children for as long as I can remember wanting to be a mother, and hearing these stories fueled that desire even more.

Saturday was of course, Valentine's Day, and it was different that what I had anticipated for the day. A close family friend's mother died last week, and me, my family, and my boyfriend Aaron all went to the funeral in the afternoon. I was asked to sing at the funeral, and I must say, I'm so glad I went first, because I was a wreck as the service continued. The woman who died was named Nellie, and her grandson did something so beautiful; he is a police officer for the city of Indianapolis and was given a medal a heroism which he placed in her casket because she was a hero to him! I didn't know Nellie very well, but it was heartbreaking to think about losing any of my own family and to see others grieving.

Later that evening, Aaron and I headed back to Bloomington to celebrate Valentine's Day and our FOUR YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!! I am in disbelief that it's been this long, and I feel so fortunate that I have Aaron in my life. He is my support and my best friend. I love you Aaron. Our first Valentines Day together happened after we had only been on two dates, so we went really casual and ate at China Buffet. It's been tradition that we eat Chinese every year for anniversary, and it's a tradition that we did not falter from this year either! Afterwards, we watched a movie and settled down just to relax and to talk. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed the evening; most nights, we work on things for our business, so it was great to just focus on each other. I somtimes forget how interesting he is to talk to.

I should be studying for my statistics exam which is Tuesday, but I've been busy today with a lot of exciting things! I lead an economics club meeting this afternoon at three which was a lot of fun because we had graduate students come and talk about their experiences. I learned a lot from them, and we had ordered some great pizza that I had never tried before. Afterwards, I headed to the library and started to study and then got distracted by working on some things to spread the word about animal welfare, and now here I am blogging.

I suppose I should get back to work and start getting serious about this exam! I'll update about how it goes, and I'll also be posting soon to tell about my upcoming belt test in hapkido. I'm going for my orange belt on Tuesday so wish me luck : )

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Would you like to do something about Michael Vick?

Many know that Michael Vick was convicted of crimes related animal cruelty involving dog fighting at his home. He owned dogs that were trained to kill others dogs, and those who survived were brutally killed. Soon, he will be released from prison, and YOU can do something regarding his reinstatement into the NFL.

If you would like to sign a petition asking the NFL NOT to reinstate him, follow this link:

If you would like to sign a petition asking the NFL to test him for a psychological disorder before being reinstated, follow this link:

I urge you to consider the implications of these petitions. By signing them, you are communicating that you value integrity over talent and justice over suffering. I believe in second chances, but I also believe that this type of brutality can easily be translated from animals to humans. Please stand up for those with no way to communicate their pain.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

My guilty pleasures

Hello everyone! I'm taking a break from schoolwork right now, because I've had quite enough of statistics. If I never have to test a coefficient's significance the rest of my life after this class, I'll be ok with it!

This week has been so long, especially since each day has required me to be on campus for about 10 hours : o Today unfortunately, is no different, but I'm starting to wonder how I can make weeks like this more enjoyable. I know just the trick: my guilty pleasures! I'm trying to sprinkle these in every day so that I am not just spending my time on work all the time.

So here for your viewing pleasure, is a list of my guilty pleasures.

1. Oprah-I know she's a little crazy, but I must admit, I love the woman! In my opinion, she's the closest thing to American royalty, and I think she's a social genius.
2. The Ellen Degeneres show--what's not to love from her crazy dancing to her silly games? And besides, she's an animal lover!
3. Cheesy pop music. I love listening to upbeat music when I workout, so this type of music hits the spot. Rihanna where you at?!
4. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Yum!
5. Perusing through animal welfare websites to see how I can help stop animal cruelty. I would love everyone in the world to spay or neuter their pets and avoid unecessary and cruel violence against animals. That is all.
6. Naps-even a 15 minute nap makes me feel better. And there's nothing better than napping while it's raining.
7. Sitting on the couch eating dinner with Aaron. I'm so glad that we don't have to be formal together all the time.
8. Watching my bunny Mimzy run around my apartment. You know she's the love of my life!
9. Snuggling up in my kitty cat blanket. Aaron has threatened to throw this thing away because he thinks it's ugly, and because I've had it forever, but it is sooo comfortable!
10. Watching funny videos on youtube.