Never Have I Ever

First off, let me say that I think I was a very deprived child. lol. Not of love or food or anything like that, just of a lot of opportunities, activities, movies, etc. Now that I’m 20 I’m responsible for any further deprivation, but it’s hard to catch up. Especially just the fact that I’m 20 and feel dumb doing some things for the first time. For example, I never took any type of lessons as a kid– dance, music, gymnastics, etc. [ok, I did take swimming lessons]. So this past fall I started piano lessons & now I am kind of teaching myself. Another example- I never went to a drive in movie until high school. And we have a drive in theater 15 minutes from here so no excuses. My brother never went out of state until last year. I’m not at all saying my parents aren’t good parents, I just would choose to do things differently as a parent. I want my kids to explore & discover their interests & the world- if that makes sense. Although I will teach them that we are not of the world, but just live in it. Our true home is in Heaven, not on Earth. However, we are to enjoy life while we are here, while serving God.
I thought of this idea from one from my random lists that said “I have never been ice skating.” Some of these things I don’t necessarily think make me deprived, but it’s just a list of things I have never done.

Never Have I Ever…

1) Traveled to the west coast
2) Dyed my hair
3) Attended a “real” concert (Jon McLaughlin in Reardon doesn’t count)
4) Read the whole Bible (I’m still working on it)
5) Played chess (I don’t even know how)
6) Been in the mountains
7) Watched “The Titanic”
8) Water or snow skied
9) Rode on a motorcycle
10) Passed out (I’ve been VERY close but I stop myself)

AU versus S&T

I started classes at S&T this week. Made it through the first two days, woo! It will be mid semester before I know it, right? After today I’m feeling a little intimidated and stressed, but it will all be alright. I just have to convince myself of that. I forget to take school day by day so I get a little stressed.

For all you AU people out there, don’t lose appreciation for certain aspects of AU. Let me explain.

AU vs S&T:
1) It was weird and gross to see people smoking on campus. Thanks for the second hand smoke while I walk to class.
2) I miss the close relationship that bio majors have among each other and having only about 12 people in my bio class. Now I have 40-50.
3) I miss the “Christian based” education. Such as professors actually bringing God into the subject material, praying, or talking about their faith.
4) When giving brief introductions about ourselves, it was so weird to hear a few people talking about their alcoholic lifestyle.
5) I miss the friendliness of people at AU.
6) $35 dollars for a parking permit is cheap compared to $65 for EACH parking lot.

I’m sure the list will continue since I’ve already figured this out in 2 days. I’ll probably start missing chapel soon. lol, or maybe the Haven…NOT!

P.S. > I miss my friends soo much. And Ryan lots.

10 More Facts

10 More Random Facts About Me

1. The next car I buy is going to be a hybrid.
2. I don’t want to change my name when I’m married, but possibly hyphenate it. It’s just because I really like how my full name sounds and how unique it is.
3. I would never get a tattoo.
4. I get intimidated very easily.
5. I don’t weigh enough to give blood… dang ;)
6. People who don’t know me think I’m anywhere from 12-15 years old. See this blog for stories.
7. I truthfully don’t like soda. I love water & tea.
8. I plan on eating organic when I live on my own, especially when I have kids.
9. My favorite number is 214. <3
10. I’ve never been ice skating.

Looks Can Be Deceiving

When people don’t know me, they usually think I am anywhere from about 12-15 years old–MAYBE older if I’m lucky. If you do know me, you know that I’m actually 20. I’m not sure if it’s the height and petite frame that throws them off, or if I actually look young in the face. Sometimes it can be annoying, but I find it pretty entertaining most of the time. Such as these stories…

In September 2008 I was with my mom at a carpet store in town, and the owner asks me “What grade are you in?” Ok, if he is saying “grade” that makes me think he is referring to elementary or middle school. And HELLO, I was in the same class as this guy’s son.

When my dad was preparing for/had his surgery in September 2008, I was around the hospital a lot with my parents. A lot of people, especially nurses would ask me, “Are you skipping school today?” I’m like “Uhh…not really.” [I was taking the semester off from college, not exactly what they were thinking].

Also in late September 2008 my dad was being released from the hospital and one of his nurses was wheeling him out to the car. My aunt and I were walking along side him. She was really nice and just felt like making conversation I suppose, so she asks me… “Do you know what you’re going to be for Halloween yet?” Ok I didn’t have any makeup on that day & looked pretty tired, but come on!! The way she asked it I’m assuming she thought I was probably 11 y/o ? I was so shocked and tired so I just said.. “I don’t know yet.” Plus I didn’t want to be mean. My Aunt said I already had my mask on, haha.

In October 2008 I went to Cracker Barrel with my parents and the host asked me, “Do you want crayons and a coloring page?” This time I laughed and he sounded embarrassed and said, “Sorry I had to ask.” Yeah if you think I’m 10!

In November 2008 when I went to vote, the people there questioned that I was old enough to vote!!!

In December 2008, I was with my mom at Wal-Mart and we were going through the self check out. I was the one checking it out, and when I scanned the Dimetapp (cold medicine) we had to get approval because you have to be 18 y/o to buy it. Well the lady looks at my mom and says, “Are you the one buying this?” And my mom said “Yes, but my daughter is old enough too.” I said, “Yeah I’m 20, haha.” And the lady was very surprised and said she didn’t think I looked 18.

Whenever I subbed this past semester, I heard a lot of uncertainty about my age. Most people at the HS know how old I am, but the principal thought I wasn’t at lunch duty one day because I “blend in” with the students. He told me to get gray hair. No thanks! A lot of the elementary kids would comment & ask me, “Are you a teenager?” “Are you in high school?” “You’re short!!” And I would hear them whispering to each other, haha.

This is one of the best stories:
September 2007…Ryan, his mom, and I were at the “Picnic in the Valley” at AU (part of the new student orientation activities). Ryan and I went over to go meet his roommate, Adam, and Adam’s parents. Ryan introduced himself and then Adam’s mom asked him (referring to me), “Is this your little sister?” I’m not exactly sure what he said, but I’m sure it was something like “No, this is my girlfriend Mindy.” IT WAS SO FUNNY!! But I did feel bad because Adam & his parents were so embarrassed!! Adam did know I was the girlfriend though, not the little sister, so he was REALLY embarrassed.

The other day I was at Wal-Mart’s Vision Center with Ryan and this lady who was helping Ryan get contacts asked if Ryan and I were related. Ok so that makes me wonder…did she think we looked similar, like siblings? Or did she think I looked so much younger that I couldn’t be his “girlfriend?” Who knows!!

I don’t drink nor do I plan on drinking, but whenever I turn 21 I should just try to buy alcohol just for kicks. It would be quite funny.

First blog!

Well I’ve been blogging on Xanga but I discovered Blogspot and decided I might like it better. We’ll see how it goes. I start at Missouri S&T in a week! I took this past semester off (wasn’t in my plans, but God’s) and now I am transferring to S&T from AU. However, I hope to return to AU if things go well at home within the next year or so. I am majoring in biology, but after substitute teaching this semester I think I might add a secondary education major to that. But then get certified for elementary because I don’t want to teach middle or high school. It’s just the easiest way to go so I can still major in Biology. Otherwise I would be double majoring in El Ed and Biology. Biology & Secondary Ed are complementary majors. I’m not for sure if I want to teach!! But this is my plan for now. I also want to do something with nutrition and psychology, but I don’t know how that will work out. Hmm. Anyway, this upcoming semester I am taking Microbiology, Cell Biology, Educ 40 (it’s the first Ed class), and then another class that I’m not for sure on yet. I’m very nervous!! First off, I won’t know anyone and I’m really shy; not a good combination. Also, it will probably consume my life just like last year. I’m also afraid of how I will handle/balance the stress of school and the issues at home with my dad. Yikes. Ready or not, it will be here in a week.