Sunday, November 22, 2009

'Tis the Season

For New Moon:
As you may (or may not) have heard, I waited in line all afternoon and evening Thursday for the midnight release of New Moon, the second installment of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series. Heck, I even made the news! A camera man from News Channel 4 came in and filmed me and my frineds for awhile, interviewed all of us and a couple other people in line, and then, we were on the 6:00 news talking "Team Jacob" versus "Team Edward" (which Team Jacob DEFINITELY won) Then came the movie and OH. MY. GOODNESS. It was sooooo good. If you are a fan of the series, I strongly encourage you to go out and see it. It was 100x, no. 1000x, possibly even 1,000,000x better than twilight. The CGI is so much better. Chris Weitz is a genius, and let me just say, Thank you Jesus for Taylor Lautner. (PS. Beware of screaming fangirls.)

To Be Thankful:
This week is Thanksgiving so I can't miss my opportunity to get it all out here. This holiday season I am reminded of just how blessed I am to have the opportunity to grow up and live withing a commutity that is so supportive of everyone in the commutity. They have always been there to encourage me and lift me up when I'm down and they believe in me even when I don't. They stand behind me when I need support, beside me when I need a friend, and ahead of me when I need guidance.

To Remember:
A teacher, coach, and friend, Mr. John Griffis. You will be missed. I pray for the Griffis family every day. Tomorrow afternoon, we will be celebrating Mr. Griffis's life at Bethany First Church of the Nazerine at 2:00pm. If you had the blessing of knowing him, please come say goodbye and show his family your support. Also, tomorrow (monday) will also be Team Griffis day at Chick-Fil-A. Go in and tell them you are there for Coach Griffis and 15% of your purchase will go to their fund at Bethany First Church of the Nazerine, then Tuesday is Griffis Day at Papa Angelo's pizza in Bethany. But you have to tell them you are there for Coach Griffis to get the money into the fund!

To Forget:
Janet Jackson. And even though Michael was a good performer, I am sick of all the hype. Sorry.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

There is no "I" in "TEAM"

I am absolutely disgusted. I cannot believe the arrogance, immaturity, self-righteousness, selfishness, and lack of not only class, but character as well that is being shown. I will not speak of any specifics but I can’t just sit here and be silent.
If you are reading this you probably know me…we have met once upon a time…and you probably know that my mouth has a tendency to get me in trouble. I already know of at least one person who will probably be disappointed that I decided to post this blog but I honestly can’t just sit here. I have to share my opinions…it is what I do. So yes, this may be crazy but this situation has me fired up.
This week something happened. I won’t say what, and it doesn’t involve me at all. I heard about it from a few different places and the absurdity of the situation took me by surprise at first, but as I watched things unfold over the last few days, I began to get that surprise quickly turned to anger.
Maybe this is just how I was raised, but I am a believer in finishing what you start. It is just understood that walking out is out of the realm of possibility. If you make a commitment to someone, or many people, you are expected to follow through and get the job done. One of my favorite sayings is, “When the going gets tough, get tough or get going.” Normally, people choose the “get tough” part, but in the particular case I am referring to for this entire post, the person, or rather, people, decided to “get going”. They did not stick with their commitments to their friends, family, teammates, or fans. Yes, I am referring to sports. Now, you may not be a sports fan, but stick with me…you might agree, you might disagree. But when a person is put into a position of leadership on a team, whether deserved or not, they have the obligation to be there for their team, through thick and thin, good decisions and bad, etc… If a coach makes a decision you don’t agree with, you grin and bear it, you get over it and move on. You have GOT to understand that the coach has some reason for making the decision. He didn’t make the decision to specifically punish you, it is not any kind of a personal attack, it was probably just in the best interest of the team as a whole. So for someone to walk out on their team because of some silly disagreement is absolutely disgusting to me.
I can guarantee you my brother or I would have even thought about pulling a stunt like this my dad would have marched us right back up to the school and apologize over the loud speaker. He would have told us we had to stick with it at least until the end of the season and we could re-evaluate after that. I can also guarantee you of a few things he would NEVER let us do. He would never let us walk out on our team, never EVER let us miss school because we couldn’t face the people we were voluntarily letting down, and under NO circumstances would he ever let us show up to gloat when it was all said and done. He would make sure I didn’t leave my house for a solid 3 months for anything other than school, church, or work. I’m sure if I were in this situation, my dad would say, “you know, you screwed up and need to make things right again.” Instead of letting me make a major mistake, even if I didn’t think it was a mistake at all. But not everyone is like that. Some people let their kids make horrible mistakes.
The recent turn of events has shown that some people just don’t have any class, or better yet, any character. They honestly believe that the world revolves around them and if anything happens that goes against their plans, then to hell with it. Those people will soon find their bubbles popped and their worlds crashing down around them. If they continue down the road they are on, walking out anytime there is a dispute or hardship, they will lead a terribly lonely life.
This is a character problem. Or, I guess I should say, a LACK of character problem, stemming from the presence of parents who let their kids do what they want and “make their own decisions” instead of helping them make the right ones. I know, I know, I am blaming the parents, but when we were discussing this post my dad said, “I may yell at the kids, but at least I don’t lead them down the wrong path.” I can honestly say though, that what has happened is probably for the best. 1. We can now see through all the smoke and mirror and see the kind of people they really are. 2. We can see that just because someone is in a position of leadership does not necessarily mean they deserve to be there, or that they can handle the pressures and consequences of being the leader. 3. I have learned that I would rather LOSE with dignity and class and honor, than to win with selfishness. 4. I’ve learned that no matter what, there is always a positive side of things…it is all a matter of perspective. 5. trust is the easiest thing to lose, and the hardest thing to build. 6. winning isn’t everything. 7. I may not have liked it at the time, but my parents knew what they were doing and made me do what was best for not only me, but those around me who would be affected by my decision and guided me through to make the correct decision. They made me take the fall when I was wrong and helped me through when I was being punished for my actions. They taught me to be the best I can be and to always try to have a good attitude. I really do think I have the best parents in the world. (sorry other parents reading). I faced the consequences when I was wrong instead of running away from everything and everyone. I was forced to take the criticisms and I am better because of it.
I am going to end now on this final note…It is another one of my dad’s favorite quotes. Think about it in this context and feel free to question, comment, or argue with anything I say.

“Usually when someone thinks they’ve arrived, they ain’t.”

No one part is bigger than the whole, we’ve got to remember that.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

It's November.

HAPPY NOVEMBER!!!!! You know what this means? If I leave for New York when I want to leave...It is in exactly 6 months and 21 days! That means I have 6 months and 21 days to work out every blip and kink in my plans that I can possibly plan for, and raise (hopefully) $500-$1000! I can't wait! So, in my anticipation for this trip I have been doing quite a bit of reading about New York City. I've completely read and reread New York City for Dummies (4th edition) and last week I noticed there is a new edition out so I should probably read it! I got 6 other books from the Library about New York City AND I bought pop up maps ( Joey from friends when they go to London...).
I really hope you guys enjoyed my picture poem. After I posted it I was really inspired to get the ball rolling and make some official plans. But let me tell ya, this would be a lot easier if I could get all of my travelling companions and myself into one place at the same time.
That's enough about travelling thought. What's new this month? Hmmm, there are 2 new books out that I really want to buy. The first one, Perfect Mistake, is the latest book in the spinoff series (Privilege) from my FAVORITE book series (Private) by Kate Brian...aka Kieran Scott! (shout out!) The other book I am dying to read is The Van Alen Legacy by Melissa De La Cruz. Those books are already out...they came out in October. So, what is new in November? Well, lets take a look. The first part of the month seems a little blah compared to the last part! I don't think I have any BIG plans until after the 19th! 1. November 19th, 10:00am-New Moon campout. I've got to get to Harkins to camp out in line for decent seats to New Moon for the midnight showing...yes thats right...sitting on the floor for 14 hours! FUN!!!! 2. November 20th 12:01am NEW MOON with Michelle, Mary, Me, John Paul, Jonathan, and Ciara. 3. Sometime before Thankx my cousin Emily will be arriving in OKC from Birmingham for Thanksgiving! 4. Thanksgiving! This is my 2nd favorite Holiday! I am so excited! 5. Baby Shower for my cousin, Becky. She is having a little girl (Harper Ann) in January and we are having a shower on the 29th! 6. November 30, and the last day of the month, is my daddio's birthday! Happy Birthday DAD!!!!
Well, that is my overview of November! I will keep you updated on everything going on as it happens! Hope everyone had a fun and safe October and Halloween and is still alive and well!

-Stephanie Dolman
-Jonathan Cleveland
-Brittany Blackwood
-Bailey Tidwell
-Tyler Clark
-Jon Rand Lowry
-Erin Blackwood
-Travis Pettitt
-Jared Collett
-Brynn Ross
-Christiana Hendrick
-Randy Gordon (my dad and favorite person on the list!)

God Bless.
Go Pokes.
(Team Jacob!)