Thursday, August 18, 2011

Well, it's the last night in my own bed. I'm thinking of meeting my new roommate from India, making sure everything I own fits into 2 cars and a trailer (to be fair, that does include a couch, two chairs and everything else needed to fill an apartment- a little different than half of a dorm room), remembering everything I need to do once I get to Clemson, making new friends, catching up with old ones, trying to remember the Alma Mater, how to get there by avoiding the toll roads, missing Thomas and my family, and nerves about going back to school. A new school. With new everything. But I am happy. Really. Everyone insists that this is a great school and I will do well here and thrive. I believe them. So I'm sort of psyching myself up to have the energy to get through the next few days until classes start on Wednesday. I changed the look of the blog a bit (a few colors). But if you're reading that I guess you already know. Hey, it's late and I've been a bit scatterbrained today. I'm excited and anxious. I'm ready to go to church again every sunday, even with a new congregation. I've been so blessed with my life- even though a tiny part of me is still disappointed with YAGM, without them rejecting me, I wouldn't have been accepted to Clemson, I wouldn't have had the guts to keep a relationship going, I would never have taken a three week trip to Scotland- just for the heck of it. I've become even bolder, confident and grown up more. I am a happy 22 year-old with amazing prospects for life. Even my empty room signifies a life full of possibilities and potential. So, fittingly, I will end with the most important song for my next few years. Clemson's Alma Mater. And it used to be an all-boys military school, so that probably explains a lot. Either way- let's go Tigers!

Where the Blue Ridge yawns its greatness,
Where the Tigers play,
Here the sons of dear old Clemson
Reign supreme alway.

Dear old Clemson we will triumph,
And with all our might,
That the Tiger's roar may echo
O'er the mountain height.

We will dream of greater conquests
For our past is grand.
And her sons have fought and conquered
Every foreign land.

Where the mountains smile in grandeur
O'er the hill and dale,
Here the Tiger lair is nestling
Swept by storm and gale.

We are brothers strong in manhood,
For we work and strive.
And our Alma Mater reigneth
Ever in our lives.

And of course, a picture of me at Tiger Town Tavern:

1, 2, 3, 4, C-L-E-M-S-O-N

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Well, it's Wednesday at 12 am. I am leaving in (calculating in my head) 60 hours. Leaving on Friday and moving in "officially" on Saturday. But I think the thing I might be MORE excited about is that I get to see my sister Hannah on Friday!!! She and her boyfriend Benjamin have been in California since January. Benjamin lives in Clemson, so they're stopping for a week before heading back to Charleston where Hannah will be a junior at the College of Charleston. So I get to see her!!! YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY! My regularly disheveled room looks even more so now that I'm packing. Once again the question arises- what to take and what to leave? I have an apartment, but it is teeny tiny, so it's not like I'm going to have that much room to spread out. I have my own room, a flatmate from India who just arrived in the US today, and just a whole lot of excitement about the coming semester. I can't wait to just get the year started. It's going to be great!

Oh SING to the Lord a new song!!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

O sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things.
His right hand and his holy arm have gained him victory.
The LORD has made known his victory;
he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations.
He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.
Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth;
break forth into joyous song and sing praises.
Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre,
with the lyre and the sound of melody.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn
make a joyful noise before the King, the LORD.
Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
the world and those who live in it.
Let the floods clap their hands;
let the hills sing together for joy at the presence of the LORD,
for he is coming to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
and the peoples with equity.

End of summer playlist

Thursday, August 4, 2011

I started a list in the sidebar called "Playlist in YouTube videos" (duh). I found all of the songs on YouTube, so if you're not familiar with them, it links you right to the video. I got the official videos if the band had posted one, but some aren't. I have a funky taste in music and sometimes it sounds the same and sometimes it's just a weird random jumble of things I like or that sound appealing to me. These are the songs I can't seem to stop hitting play on, or the ones that are just permanently on repeat in my car. Hopefully there's something new for you that you like. 2 Bands to pay special attention to: Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears and Noah and the Whale. Enjoy!

"The Idea of Growing Old"- The Features
"Gone"- Ben Folds
"Breathless"- Better Than Ezra
"Sugarfoot"- Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears
"Life, Love & Laughter"- Donavon Frankenreiter
"OK, It's Alright With Me"- Eric Hutchinson
"Pony (It's OK)- Erin McCarley
"Love"- Great Big Sea
"You & I"- Ingrid Michaelson
"Hold Me"- Jamie Grace and tobyMac
"Your Arms Around Me"- Jens Lekman
"Merry Happy"- Kate Nash
"L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N."- Noah and the Whale
"On The Radio"- Regina Spektor
"Lake Michigan"- Rogue Wave
"Sweet Darlin'"- She & Him
"Mama Said"- The Shirelles
"Kiss Me"- Sixpence None the Richer
"Leaving On the 5th"- Voxhaul Broadcast