Thursday, March 3, 2011

Things I Miss on Thursdays... Bucknell Basketball

So remember back in October when I had this BRILLIANT idea about a post series that I was going to start (if you don't remember, you can read about it here)... well I did one post and then completely forgot about it.  Well I didn't completely forget about it, I just got out of the habit of blogging all together.  I stopped blogging because I felt like no one was reading my blog and that no one cared what I had to say.  Then I thought about it and was like WHO CARES?!?!?... I'm doing this blog writing for me because I miss writing in my journal, but I can never seem to finish a hand written journal entry... so here I am... pouring my thoughts out for all to see on this *wonderful* blog.

Anyways, to kick off my Thursday series again... this week I am missing Bucknell Men's Basketball.  Yes, I know that my first Thursday thing I missed was Bucknell.  BUT Bucknell basketball is a completely different subject than Bucknell in general.

When I was a sophomore at Bucknell (back in '04-'05) Bucknell basketball was AMAZING... and I mean amazing.  March Madness 2005 is where "Bucknell danced the big dance... just ask Kansas."  Yup, that's right folks, that was the year the 16th seeded Bucknell knocked #1 Kansas out of the tournament in the first round.

This is a picture of the TV at our hostel (we were on Spring Break when it happened) right after Bucknell kicked some Kansas butt!

After that the Bucknell basketball team was HOTTTTT... and I mean red HOTTTT for the next couple of years.  Then they got a new coach and things went downhill for a while... but that always happens when there is a what I like to call "regime change".  I never lost faith in my bison though and have still been an avid follower... even when they weren't all that great.  

Much of my time at Bucknell was spent going to basketball games, and even after I had graduated I obviously went back for games.  I even dragged people to games that were near my hometown when we were home on break.  Going to basketball games was one of my fondest memories of Bucknell and I am super psyched that they finally have a good team again this year and that people are starting to go out and cheer for them just like I did during my four years at Bucknell!  Ray Bucknell!!

Just for good measure I'm going to throw in some pics from some of the various games I went to over the years... Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

What's on Betsey's Phone...

So I've been reading this blog which has become by far one of my favorites to read because well Jessica is just so REAL and shares her life in a way that sometimes I wish I were capable of doing.  I've been reading her blog since a bit after I started my own, and since she has started this "What's on my Phone on Tuesdays" thing I have wanted to join in, but in reality have just been too nervous to do so... not that I have anything horrible on my phone, but I just didn't know how I felt about the whole "linking up" thing.  Well today my friends is the day, I have decided that I am going to get over my fear and "link up".... now for the interesting part... what pictures are on my phone this week....

So we went to visit M.D.'s family a couple of weekends ago....
And we went to church...
And after church we were sitting around and kind of bored...
So I took M.D.'s phone and decided to make an android version of myself...
So here I am... as an android....
M.D. loves me... 
So much that he sent me these flowers...
Aren't they beautiful??

One of my sorority sisters likes to take pictures of funny vanity plates...
I took this one for her...
Because well... who makes their license plate say SLORE?!?!?!
Unless maybe it has some other meaning than what we meant by slore when we called people that in college...????

I love receiving pics via texts from my little bro that show things like this....
Because well...
I am a lawyer
Therefore my brother should NOT be breaking the law
But he is in college...
So I guess a BAC of .33 is ok?

That's all that I've got that's good on my phone this week... stay tuned for more of What's on My Phone on Tuesdays... next Tuesday of course!

Left at the Altar by Kimberly Kennedy

Left at the Altar by Kimberley Kennedy was not at all the book that I expected it to be.  I honestly expected it to be a book about women who had been left at the altar and their journey to move past that horrific experience.  Instead I found it to be a book that every female who has been through a rough breakup should read.  Kimberley uses her own heartbreaking story to share how it is possible to get over a past love, even if that love has left you at the altar.  Towards the end of the book, Kimberley gives the reader a list of tools for healing, followed by a list of tools for moving on.  These lists really put into perspective and summarized what Kimberley had been telling the reader throughout the entire book.

Tools for Healing
1. Know that God cares.
2. Realize it is ok to mourn.
3. Allow family and friends to comfort you.
4. Don't mourn too long.
5. Focus on the truth.
6. Don't waste valuable time plotting ways to get him back.
7. Get back into your routine quickly.
8. Find a godly counselor.
9. Stay in constant contact with God.
10. Turn off the deceiver's voice.

Tools for Moving On
1. Get into a good women's Bible study or small group.
2. Lose the fear.
3. Don't talk about your rejection when you do start dating.
4. Realize that you will inevitable compare every man who comes along to the who who rejected you.
5. Don't make it a priority or become obsessed with replacing that person who rejected you.
6. Develop patience.
7. Beware of loneliness.
8. Continue to reject the deceiver's lies.
9. Realize that you may very well be rejected again.
10. Allow God to reveal to you the exciting plan that he has in store for you.

All italicized lists from Left at the Altar by Kimberley Kennedy pages 138-149 

I found these two lists to be the most important things that I took from the book because although I am currently in a stable relationship with a very loving guy, I wish I had known some of these things when I did go through some very rough breakups.  Like Kimberley there were times when I thought that God was playing games with me and that he never wanted me to be happy because well if he wanted me to be happy then there is no way he would let me feel the pain that I felt throughout some of my breakups, especially one in particular.  

I would definitely recommend this book to all of my female friends and would also recommend it to anyone who is currently going through a break up because it reminds us that it is important to not lose faith and to trust that God did not want your relationship to work out for a reason even if you don't quite understand it at the time.

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