T3: What My Hair Is Trying To Tell You

T3: What My Hair Is Trying To Tell You

Supposedly #longhairdontcare

But, as someone with long hair, I can assure you that long hair does care.  Long hair cares a lot, and long hair takes vengeance on its owner.  Long hair can divulge the emotions and activities of its owner.  For example:

1. Here, my hair is telling you that I just ran several miles on a chilly, windy day.  My hair cared, so it became a giant mess as it bounced across my hood until it was in an unmanageable knot.

2. In this photo, my hair is saying that it is Friday, and I was too lazy to even put a clip in my hair.  And it was saying that I was in DESPERATE need of a trim.20170113_065942

3.On Saturday, my hair says that I slept in and went for a morning swim.  Since my hair does not like the blow dryer, it chooses to go to lunch while it is still wet.

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4.  My hair is a little more respectful on Sunday.  It says, “Kat almost has her life put together.  Almost.”

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5.  “Why?  Why did you leave the room?”  That is what my hair asks on snow days.

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6. When there is a clip on the right side of my head, my hair is simply saying that it is a normal day in the life of Kat.

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7. Braids announce one of two things:

  • option 1:  I feel youthful.
  • option 2: I didn’t wash my hair last night.  (always assume the former)

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8. A clip with a twist means that it is a normal day, but I am feeling a bit fancy.

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9. A full-length braid says, “Kat actually woke up with enough time to do something to her hair today.”

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10. A top-bun says that I really like the back of the shirt I am wearing.

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And in this picture, my hair is praising me for finally, FINALLY getting the trim I needed:

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How to Celebrate Your Birthday for a Full Week

How to Celebrate Your Birthday for a Full Week

I don’t know about you, but

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I know, I know.  I am so lame, but I have been waiting like 3 years to say that I am feeling 22.

Anyway, let’s move on to today’s post.

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Look at the above picture of Taylor.  Doesn’t she look disappointed at the measly 3 cupcakes that she has?  I mean, sure, she is only one person, but doesn’t she deserve lots of cupcakes? Ariana Grande has lots of cupcakes.

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And, I mean, sure, you were born on one day, but you are unique!  Your birthday celebration should last for at least seven days!  Here are some ideas to keep the celebration going all week long!

  1. Enjoy Sunday brunch with your friends.20170319_124043
  2. Eat cake and ice cream with your family to conquer Monday.
  3. On Tuesday, get a free drink at Starbucks.20170321_160504
  4. Eat free fruit from Sheetz with your lunch on Wednesday.20170321_153444
  5. Thursday is for a long supper with your closest, dearest friend.  (We always stay at Chick-fil-a for several hours because we talk so much.  In fact, we were so busy talking that I forgot to capture a picture for the blog.)20170323_195454.jpg
  6. On Friday, grab some more birthday freebies and join a casual volleyball tournament (or a whatever your favorite sport might be).
  7. Finish out the week with a relaxing swim and a birthday present (green tea) from the YWCA.20170325_084411.jpg
Wait and See

Wait and See

Miss Shoaf, Will we use the Chromebooks in Science today?

Miss Shoaf, How many chapters of Holes will we read this afternoon?

Miss Shoaf, When will you grade our tests?

Miss Shoaf, Who gets to be the Math Magician today?

Miss Shoaf, Can I solve number 3 on the board?

Miss Shoaf, Will we have a substitute in P.E. next week?

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My answer to all of these questions is the same:  we will have to wait and see.

The constant barrage of questions I get as a student teacher can be annoying if not overwhelming.  Yet, I sit on the floor of my dorm room tonight, and I exhale my relentless questions to God.

  • Will I pass student teaching?
  • What will I do after I graduate?
  • Should I pursue Option X?
  • Why am I even a student teacher in the first place?
  • What is the purpose of all of this?

Just Wait and See

Suddenly, those words that I say to my students without a second thought are the worst words in the world.

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I don’t want to wait.  I want to know now!  Yet, I must trust that God has my best interest in mind, just as I seek the good of my students.  As hard as it is, I know that God wants me to learn and grow.  He knows that I don’t need to know yet.

And so I wait. Very impatiently.

Remember

Remember

I shall remember the deeds of the Lord; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old.  I will meditate on all Your work And muse on Your deeds.   – Psalm 77:11-12

I would be lying if I told you that student teaching is easy. On the days that I make students cry, on the days that I forget to give full instructions, on the days that my lessons fail, I am convinced that I should just switch majors.

If I had a dollar for every time that I wanted to quit…

Hanging above the desk in my dorm room is a quote from Nicki Koziarz:

Sometimes you just need to look back and remember the places God has brought you through.

Surrounding the quote are dozens of pictures. There are pictures from Africa, from when I wanted to completely give up on ever making a decent video. There are pictures taken only days prior to my overnight stay in the DFW airport. There are pictures from all 4 years of college when I was anxious for a multitude of reasons.

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And the Lord brought me through all of it. So every time that the Enemy says that I am flailing and aimless, I must look back and see what the LORD has brought me through. If He brought me through those struggles, he will bring me through this one, too.

30 Before 30: Year Two

30 Before 30: Year Two

It has been two years since I turned 20 and started completing my 30 before 30 list.  Here is what I have completed this year (to see everything I have finished, go to the 30 before 30 page.

  • Travel to Africa, Europe, or Asia

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  • Step foot in 25 states

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  • Read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation

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  • Play Messy Twister

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In total, I have finished 11 of my 30 goals; I am on track to finish all of them before I turn thirty!

I Drove A Car Today

I Drove A Car Today

I must admit that I am far from being the most optimistic person in the world, but today I spent my part of my commute in utter amazement.  It all started with a statement that someone made at Bible study last night.  (I wish that I could type in such a way to show their inflections and sarcasm)

When we get stuck in traffic, we grumble, “There’s too many cars out here.”  But, um, HELLO! What are YOU driving?! Is THAT helping the situation at all?!

Why not change your perspective a little?

I had to laugh because it is true!  If I find myself in afternoon traffic, I unconsciously assume that everyone else is in MY way, but (HELLO!) they probably want to get home and change into comfortable shorts just as much as I do.  And my beloved car, Corrie the Corolla, is just adding to the chaos.

Today, when Corrie the Corolla found herself surrounded by dozens of automobiles on Peter’s Creek Parkway, that statement from last night flashed through my mind.  Suddenly, I was amazed for several reasons:

  • There were literally hundreds of people, all on the same road, and all with different destinations.
  • We were in pieces of metal moving at 55 mph.
  • There were colored lights that told us when to go and when to stop.

We didn’t have to walk or run or skip or crawl to our destinations.  We had CARS.

What’s more, my fingertips are hitting plastic buttons right now, and words are exploding across the world wide web.

When I want to eat something, I can reach into another piece of metal and find food that is perfectly cold.  Or, if it is too cold, I can put it in a box that will heat it up.

To talk to my brother or parents, I tap a glass screen and, suddenly, I can hear their voices.

Maybe I am too simplistic, but I think that life is wonderful when we look at it with wonder.

 

Question for you:

What are you amazed by this week?

Squirrely Tail No-bake Cookies (Blind Spot Monthly Series)

Squirrely Tail No-bake Cookies (Blind Spot Monthly Series)

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When I played soccer, my coach developed a list of foods that were not allowed to pass through any player’s lips.

  • Soda
  • Chocolate
  • Fried Foods
  • Hamburgers
  • Pork
  • Condiments
  • Milkshakes
  • Cake
  • Etc.

The diet started around the second week of March (and it literally felt like a DIEt). By the third week of March, I was always craving something that tasted “off-limits.” It was around this time that I first made peanut butter no-bake cookies.

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I am not saying that these cookies are healthy, but they do not contain any of the “forbidden foods.”  In high school, they quickly became a favorite snack for my entire soccer team.

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In preparation for the Blind Spot feature for March, I slightly tweaked the cookie recipe from high school to compliment my favorite nut butter: Squirrely Tail!

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup Blindspot Squirrelly Tail blended nut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups rolled oats

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, mix sugar, margarine, and milk.
  • Bring to a full, rolling boil (large bubbles that you can’t stir down) over medium heat.
  • Remove from heat and stir in nut butter and vanilla until nut butter is melted.
  • Stir in oats.
  • Working quickly, drop spoonfuls of cookie batter onto waxed paper. (Tip: if you don’t work quickly enough, you can crumble the batter to make granola.)
  • Let cool.
  • Eat and enjoy!

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