This semester I am trying to (let me re-word that, am going to) become more involved in the Christian organization on campus, CCF (Christian Campus Fellowship).  I only went to the weekly worship service a few times last semester  (per my therapist’s request) and left it at that.  This semester I’ve gone two times in the first few weeks of school and plan to go every week I can.  I have also joined a small group called “Be Lights that Talk,” which meets once a week to challenge ourselves to reach out to other on campus who do not know Jesus. Continue reading “CCF at MST”

Late Night Rambling

Well, here we are… a few days into the month of June. Already! I am pretty depressed that I start summer classes this upcoming week. I bought my books this week and paid the bills (Yeah, I actually had to pay for summer classes as opposed to my free fall and spring semesters…welcome to real life?) One is in a classroom 5 days a week/2 hours a day for 4 weeks (West Civ)… oh and did I mention it starts at 8 AM? Wow, I think I might regret this soon. Two classes are online (Intro to Stats and Political Science) for 8 weeks. None of them are my cup of tea, but I have no choice but to take them. Preferably now, so I can graduate in three semesters. And so I can get them out of the way, yuck!

Speaking of tea, my boyfriend has been working on getting the BourgeaTEA website up and running. Among many other things, Ryan works for Chris Bourgea, a guy that also goes to Anderson University that started his own tea business. I’ll show you the website once it officially launches. Is anyone else a tea drinker? I looove iced tea, but I usually drink the cheap Lipton kind that my Mom over-steeps. But pretty soon I am going to be able to make all the high quality, loose-leaf tea I want (as long as I have some tea to make, of course.)
How? Many thanks to CSN Stores, a company consisting of 200+ online stores, where you can “shop easy” for sofas, cookware, grills, office supplies… or, you name it! They are providing me with my choice of a product to review, and the one I chose has to do with tea (or coffee, if you prefer) and I will tell you all about it really soon! I’m excited! Stay tuned.

The days and weeks go by so fast it’s hard to keep it all straight. Ryan and I went on a bike ride yesterday and today, both about 7-8 miles near my house. Today the ride was soo hard for me because of all the hills we had to climb, and the gravel roads. Also, the muscles in my legs were burning the first half mile! I whined every time I caught my breath. (Poor, poor Ryan.) I think I’ll give my legs (and his ears) a break tomorrow so they can recover. But no matter how tough the bike rides get, I’m always eager to go back out and ride again. I guess that’s a good thing? ha. It’s definitely good that I’m finally getting some exercise. I hope to also start getting my Zumba on, maybe this week!? Ryan’s Momma, Sara, is going to join the party too! Can’t wait to get started again. Oh, but my chiropractor is definitely going to see my face soon. With all this exercise, I need a major back/neck adjustment.

We went fishing from our pedal boat after our bike ride yesterday. We had to wait out a storm before our ride and before we fished. They were popping up out of nowhere! We did see two pretty rainbows though. I caught a few nice sized bass and Ryan caught a catfish and a crappie. We were going to fish again after our bike ride today, but it stormed again. So instead, my Mom treated us to dinner. This storm is still here, five hours later. Apparently the tornado sirens were going off at dinner, but we didn’t hear them. We’ve also been wanting to make s’mores, but the storms have postponed our plans. We have the materials, just waiting for the weather to cooperate! My mouth has been watering for the s’mores and I may have snuck a few marshmallows already. To top it all off, we were going to rent Alice in Wonderland tonight, but it was either sold out or not available. So much for our plans!

You’d think I was a fish out of water as badly as I’ve been wanting to go swimming lately. But guess what? We hardly have any nice options for pools around here. They are working on building a good one in this town (finally), but it won’t be done ’til next summer. I’m determined to go swimming though, no matter where I have to go!

Lately I started entertaining the idea of buying a new (used) car, but I think it’s becoming more than just an idea very quickly. I began looking for cars online and I’m starting to really like the idea. I didn’t think I was really ready to buy a new car, as I’m kind of attached to mine, but I think it’s time. And now I’m really excited! Especially because I may have already found the one. I’m in the market for a Honda Civic Hybrid, and I hope to go check one out in a few days. Possibly even buy it?! Eeek, we’ll see! You’ll hear about it if I do.

A few days ago, I was more convinced that I was about to buy a new camera, an upgrade to a dSLR from my point and shoot. Per Ryan’s recommendation, a Canon Rebel t2i. But now I may be too broke if I buy this car. Bummer… I guess I’ll have to keep stealing Ryan’s camera for a while! I just bought him a new lens for his 23rd birthday that is coming up this September. Yes, it’s a bit early, and I just bought him his presents from his 22nd birthday really late… so this time I’m making sure it’s early rather than late. Plus, I really wanted to use the lens. Ha.

I really don’t like spending money, so all this talk of purchasing big items is not really a normal thing for me. I’m still using the same computer that I bought almost 4 years ago. I’ve had my car for about 6 years, although my parents bought that. I bought my current camera 2 years ago and it was my first camera. Just some examples.

It’s almost 1:30 AM and I think that about does it for this post. I wasn’t tired when I started, but now I’m pretty sleepy! Good night (or rather, good morning when you read this… if you make it to the end of this long post.)

Where in the World Wednesday

Today I am again participating in Classy In Philadelphia‘s feature Where in the World Wednesday.

To remind you, Jessica says…

“The idea of WITWW is to post a picture of you in someplace in the world…it doesn’t have to be somewhere foreign or tropical. Just a picture of you somewhere that you consider traveling.”

Two years ago, almost to the date, I visited the state of Michigan for the first time. Two other girls and I went with my friend Caitlyn & her sister Carissa (my RA at the time) to their hometown of Battle Creek (home to Kellogg). It was about 3 hours away from Anderson University, our starting point.

Michigan was pretty much what I pictured… with snow and lots of it! It was funny because when I called my parents that weekend, they were experiencing spring-like weather in Missouri. Total opposite.

During our visit, we went to a homecoming basketball game to see their brother, watched Juno at the theatre, shopped, and went to Church on Sunday before we left. It was a fun weekend, probably one of my only fun weekends while at Anderson (too many stressors).

While I was there, I learned that Dairy Queen closes for the winter in Michigan. Interesting!

Have you ever visited Michigan? What’d you think of it?

Not Me! Monday

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week. (But if you don’t want to go for that, you should go to her blog to witness a miracle of God. Amazing.)


Is it possible that I could’ve won yet another giveaway? Certainly not me again! Must be a different Mindy. ;-)

I did not change my mind and decide to speed most of my trip back and forth to Anderson this weekend! I strictly abide by the 65 mph Illinois speed limit law just like everyone else.

On my way to AU, I did not wait so long to stop for a pee break that I had to take my belt off at a stoplight to relieve some pressure and had to painfully waddle to the bathroom to make it… not me!

What? Who didn’t exactly follow the “open house” rules at AU* this weekend? It wasn’t me!

*Anderson University has certain open house hours and rules for campus housing in regards to the opposite sex. In the apartments, like where Ryan lives, one is only allowed in apartments’ of the opposite sex from 10 am-2 am on weekends and 10 am-midnight on weeknights. Also, you aren’t supposed to go in the bedrooms– the rules are to stay in the kitchen/living room area only. In the dorms, it’s even stricter. Way less hours, must have the door open 45 degrees… and when time is up, you hear the RA’s run around the halls reminding you like little kids.

I did not write lackluster posts this weekend just to barely hold true to my commitment to NaBloPoMo. Not me! Instead, I set aside time to think, reflect, and write meaningful words instead of hanging out with my boyfriend. (ha)

It wasn’t me who snobbishly refused to eat food at AU facilities and instead used the money my Mom gave me to buy it elsewhere!

I did not stay up on my computer too long and thus turned off my alarm on Sunday morning and almost miss church, but made it by not washing my hair… it did not look like a greasy mess at the end of the day!

I did not stare at Ryan’s cute face all weekend long like a crazy girlfriend who doesn’t see her boyfriend enough. Okay, yes I did and call me weird all you want. I don’t mind.

Ryan did not have to remind me about his yet-to-be birthday present from several months ago. Not me!

I did not get directionally confused in Ryan’s apartment complex again. Nope, I figured it out last time.

I did not complain about going to class tonight, even though I did get to stay an extra day because of my easy class schedule, only go to class 4 x a week… and ended up getting out early tonight. Nope, not me!

Oh and can I do a Not My Boyfriend! section for a second?

My boyfriend did not buy a new iMac + Magic Mouse and hide that fact from his girlfriend (ahem, me) for several days… Guilty conscience?

It did not take Ryan 5 minutes to realize he had warmed up the wrong leftover pizza from his fridge, even though wrong leftovers looked totally disgusting and had one more piece than we remembered… We even said something about the odd looks of it. (Okay, and maybe I was involved in this mistake too.) It finally clicked that the pizza we warmed up was actually Ryan’s roommates’ from the gross food service on campus, hence why I refused to eat there. (It was funny, but you had to be there.) I mean, if we did that. But not us!


I hope your Monday was as good as Mondays can be. Do you have any not me moments to share with me? I’ll try to do this NaBloPoMo thing better the rest of the month. No promises, though.