Monday, May 23, 2011

Worst Rapture Ever

     I remembered what it was that I wanted to write about. 


     I would be surprised if I encountered anyone who hadn't heard that the Rapture was supposed to occur two days ago, on 5/21/11. Like everyone else, I enjoyed the kicks and giggles that came from joking about how anyone could possibly claim to know the exact date and time of Jesus' return. But then I began thinking about the Rapture and what that means. It means that our time on earth is DONE. It's OVER. We're in heaven answering to and taking responsibility for what we did with the time God granted to us. 


     Are you ready? I am most certainly not! Of course, I cannot wait to join the Lord in heaven, in the perfect place He has designed for us, but I can't help but think about how little I have to show for the life I have lived. I would be mortified if God came up to me right now and said, "Hey Juliette, welcome to heaven! Here's a DVD of your life. Every second has been recorded, and there's commentary! Every thought you have had is on here and will be played out for us to listen to. Ready? I'll get the popcorn." I don't know about you, but I'm pretty sure I'd be coming up with excuses and rationalizations about every 3.2 seconds. Wait! The reason I didn't tell that person about You was because I REALLY had to pee, and no one wants to listen to someone who is sqirming or has wet her pants! or Ohhhhh when I did this I had just had a really long day and I just NEEDED that vice ... but I promise I was thinking of You the whole time! 


     Don't get me wrong, I know that my sins are completely forgiven and everything, but I also know that I will have to answer for everything. This whole "fake Rapture" deal kind of opened my eyes to what matters. GOD! His kingdom! His glory!!!


     What about you? Are you taking advantage of every day? Are you using every day for HIM, or for yourself? Are you constantly thinking of how bad you have it instead of realizing how GOOD you have it, and how BLESSED you are? Because you are. No matter how bad life is, there are always ways in which you have been blessed. 


     This is what I did today, and it helped:
     My car is old. 16 years old, and with just over 252,000 miles on it. Now, the face that I even HAVE a car is a blessing. (Maybe some time I will post on how I got that car; talk about an answer to prayer!!) I was thinking about how the paint is fading, it needs to be washed, one of the seat belts is cracked, etc. But then I turned it around, and here is what I realized:
     ~My car has air conditioning. How it has lasted so long is a mystery, but I am thankful for it every day, especially in Southern California!
     ~ Automatic locks and windows!
     ~ Some of the most comfortable seats I've ever experienced in a car.
     ~ A HUGE trunk!
     ~ Original engine.
     ~ The best turn radius of any car, ever, no matter what you say. That car turns on a pinhead!
     ~ My speakers haven't blown out!
     ~ I looooove the color.
     ~ It's so safe!


     I could go on, but I'm getting tired. My point is that I've been thinking about my life and have realized that it isn't being lived to its full potential. Is yours?

Life is FUN!

     So many things are coming up for which I am so excited!! 


-- I'm going back to camp this year. I haven't been since 2008 (I think ... I'm pretty sure I didn't go in 2009 ...) and I have MISSED it. And this year I will be going for TWO weeks instead of my usual ONE. Can't wait!!


-- Biola's graduation is this weekend. It is CRAZY that it's been a year since I walked across that stage ... those three seconds FLEW by! It will be really nice to see friends I haven't seen since last year, but I don't like the nostalgia that comes with graduation. Boo.


-- My birthday. I don't actually care about my birthday. Crazy, I know. BUT I'm excited because my birthday kicks off the 16 days I will be at home/camp. Three consecutive weekends spent at home with my family and friends will be SO nice.


-- Gas prices to go down. Seriously, the other day I was able to get gas at an Arco for $3.95/gallon!!! And I'm really excited to not think that $3.95/gallon is INEXPENSIVE. Stupid.


-- My wedding. Just kidding.


-- Going to Arizona. I've been planning on going to Arizona to visit the Williams' but it hasn't happened yet, but this August I'm bound and determined to make sure it does! It WILL happen. IT WILL.


I thought there were a lot more. The first three are the most imminent and thus the ones that demand most of my focus and attention and excitement, but I'm excited for the last three also!!


In other news, the new season of The Bachelorette kicked off tonight and is being played in our apartment as I type. I HATE how seriously some people take this show. None of this is real! Come ON! I mean seriously. Just come on. 


That's all for now. I'm sure more interesting things that I want to blog about will come to my mind while I'm on the cusp of sleep or when I have the baby sleeping on my chest tomorrow, but this will have to do for now.


P.S. I decided it's time to stop blogging about wanting a boyfriend/husband/family, because it will happen when it happens. I'm perfectly content and happy with the way things are right now, and why speed up my life when I don't need to? So, NO MORE wistful emo lonely posts, or thoughts of posts. The end. Kaput. Finite.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Silence

     I've begun to realize lately that I value silence. A lot. As in, I don't really like to talk very much. I would much rather sit in silence than try to make forced conversation, and I appreciate those few friends with whom I can sit in a comfortable silence. The past few nights when I've come home from my job all I've wanted to do is just soak in the tub or lie on the couch with a book, or just go to sleep. De-briefing the shenanigans of the kids doesn't appeal to me; neither does hearing about anyone else's day. THIS. IS. BAD. !!!! Help!!!! Suggestions????

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Ten on a WednesdayalmostThursday

1. If you could watch only one movie for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Probably Baby Mama. I think that movie is absolutely hilarious. But I also love the LOTR trilogy ... so maybe if the trilogy was on one disc I would choose that one. Maybe.
2. Let’s say someone wrote a screenplay about you; what actor/actress would you choose to play you and why?
Rachel McAdams. She's been the catty teenager (Mean Girls), the romantic girl (Notebook), the girl next door (Wedding Crashers), the BA (Red Eye), and the tortured artist whose life was planned out for her before it even began (Time Traveler's Wife). Plus she's had all the same hair colors I've had. And she's got a donk.
3. What’s the first movie you remember seeing in theaters?
The Lion King. I saw it once with my aunt and once with Morgan and her mom, and I cried both times. (WHEN MUFASA DIED.)
4. Did you ever make out at the back of a movie theater in middle school/high school?
Nope
5. Are you a Netflix-er, Blockbuster-er or a Redbox-er? (Or none of the above?)
Red Box on occasion.
6. Name one actor/actress who you would give anything to have a dinner date with.
Christian Bale or Johnny Depp or Rachel McAdams 
7. What’s the worst movie you’ve ever seen?
Lady in the Water. I HATED that movie.
8. Do you sneak snacks into the theater when you go?
Yes, but l don't really go to movies that often. And since I gave up sugar for May (except I've cheated a couple off times) I've only gone to one movie, and I sneaked in a bag of apple slices.
9. Movie theater popcorn: love or hate it?
I LOVE it.
10. What is the all-time best Disney movie in your opinion?
Disney or Disney/Pixar? Beauty and the Beast or Finding Nemo I think.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Curse of the Third Date

the third date curse. i'm pretty sure i've talked about it before, but in case of confusion let me break it down really fast.

-guy and girl have first date.
-guy and girl have second date.
-guy and girl have third date.
-guy never speaks to girl again.

i've decided that i suffer from the third date curse, and i think it's time to figure out why. for now i'll blame myself, and for two reasons: 1) i'm the only common denominator and 2) unlike beth in the book i just read, i'm fairly certain i don't have a jealous ex-husband chasing away my prospects and feigning protection of our 7 year old son in the process.

here is what i've come up with:

1) I'M INDECISIVE. i don't see this as a bad thing though, because as the girl i don't feel the need to make the monumental decision of where we have dinner. unless he picks fast food, because even though i'm not picky, i do have some standards.

2) I'LL LAUGH AT ALL YOUR JOKES. so what if you can't actually tell that I'm laughing? Though I may be grimacing on the outside, I'm almost always laughing (at you) on the inside.

3) HE WAS 32. 'nuff said. this one wasnt actually my fault.

4) I'M TRADITIONAL. excuuuuuuuse me for expecting you to open the doors for me and walk on the outside of the sidewalk and throw your coat over puddles for me. apparently chivalry IS dead.

5) IBS. Irritable Boy Syndrome. Basically, if he's annoying (which so many are!), you can expect me to spend excessive and unecessary amounts of time in the bathroom. most of the time he doesnt even know he's annoying.

part of me feels as though i should apologize for this list, but i won't. partly because this list is (somewhat of) a joke, and partly because i'm tired of apologizing for myself. sure, i may be a bit cynical, and sarcastic, and sometimes mean, but most of the time it's just a facade. granted, it's a facade that can be as tough to get past as it is to take any of the kardashians seriously, but it can be done. so i don't trust people (re: men), so what? so i think most people are lying, so what? so i think most people take themselves waaaaaaay too seriously, so what? and so what if i place as much importance on spelling as i do??

--side note: you're, your. to, too, two. there, their, they're. it can be done.--

so in conclusion, the curse of the third date is now resting his talons quite aggravatingly on my freckled shoulders. but that's ok, he hasn't bitten hard enough to draw blood (yet).