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Sunday lunch date December 31, 2007

Filed under: ME — Katie @ 12:01 pm

Yesterday I sang at my mom’s church. After the service, I went to talk to one of my favorite people, a little old lady named Reatha (whom I affectionately call “Maw Reatha”). She asked if I had to rush off, and I told her that I wasn’t in a hurry. She asked “Would you like to go to lunch with me?” Now, how sweet is that? 

So, Maw Reatha and I went to the Olive Garden and chatted about life and memories and our experiences. I never realized how much I could have in common with a woman from a completely different generation. She is a dear companion and friend, and I hope our outing meant as much to her as it did to me.


Things I Tried to Forget December 18, 2007

Filed under: ME — Katie @ 2:33 pm

I have been reading old livejournal entries (from an old account, not this one) and I was reminded of lots of things that I’d like to forget again. Some of the stuff is pretty funny… I wrote a letter to my English 300 paper (telling it how stupid I thought it was), some of my worst days ever (like the day my car started smoking and the time I cried while giving blood)… and some are embarrassing… okay, most of them are embarrassing. Part of me wants to erase all of them, and part of me wants to save all of them because that’s who I was. One post in particular made me sad because it was when I had first changed to be a communications major and was supposed to graduate in May 2008… that’s next semester! I could be a college graduate next semester! But, I’m not!

But…. I WILL be a college graduate sometime in 2010, as long as I can pass all of my classes and can get into the program. Some days I am really excited about going back to school and other days I am freaked out about it all. I think this is a good decision, though. I am going to major in Elementary Ed., which is what I’ve always wanted to do… I have some hoops to jump through and I have to make up for some mistakes (failing a class….), but I believe that I can do anything if I work very hard. 

Reading through my old journals reminded me of how miserable I was during school, but I think it will be different this time around because I will be doing what I really want to do. I think I have changed a lot, but I will probably still complain about classes and I will gripe about exams and papers, but at least I have a goal in mind now. Before, I was just going to school because that’s what you did when you graduated from high school. I think I needed a break, too. I don’t think I would have realized how badly I want to go to college if I hadn’t taken some time off to work full time. Working is not that bad, but I think I am too smart not to finish school and do what I really want to do. 

Christmas is quickly approaching and I am not ready!! I have been really bad about getting gifts this year… I am just a slacker. I think I am just trying to forget that I will be moving into a dorm in a few weeks…. and going back to class… today is one of those days where I’m freaked out! But, I will be okay! I will be okay! Montevallo is not that scary!!


Michael Moore-ally Aware December 14, 2007

Filed under: ME — Katie @ 7:33 am

As usual, I’ve been watching a lot of documentaries. Here are some reviews:

51 Birch Street
I loved this film. At first, I wasn’t sure where it was going and debated turning it off and sending it back to Netflix unwatched. But, I kept watching and I’m so glad I did. Director Doug Block uncovers the secrets of his parents’ marriage after his mother’s sudden death. Sometimes it is hard to imagine that our parents have dreams, fears, feelings, expectations, and ideas – we see them as one item, our parents, and that they must be happy because they appear happy. But, as Block finds out, happiness – particularly in his parents’ generation – is often a facade, covering the true feelings of the individual. 

Devil’s Playground
I have always been interested in the Amish. My parents and I drove through Amish country in Pennsylvania one year and I was fascinated. If I could become Amish, I probably would. Anyway… about the documentary. So, when Amish children reach the age of sixteen, they are allowed a “rumpspringa” – a break from their lifestyle where they are free to do as they please. They can dress “English,” although many (particularly the girls) maintain their Amish attire. They can move out if they want, they can smoke, drink, curse, go to movies, drive cars, go to he mall…. they’re free to do as they please until they decide if they want to remain Amish or if they want to live in the English world, which can take up to five or six years. This whole experience is fascinating. Some of the kids go absolutely buckwild – dealing drugs, commiting crimes… while others simply “experiment” at parties and get trashed. It is interesting to see their lives and the choices they make when given freedom. Amazingly, though, the Amish have a very high retention rate – only a few elect to leave the Amish community.

I am aware that Michael Moore does not always tell the truth and that his documentaries are just as much about entertainment as they are about delivering factual information. With that said, Sicko makes me want to move to France or Norway. The film depicts a very pretty picture of socialized healthcare and makes it sound ridiculous for us to have anything but socialized healthcare. It does not provide any negative views of socialized healthcare, which is frustrating. However, Moore does point the finger at some of America’s healthcare providers’ most disturbing practices. The film opens the doors for communication about our current healthcare system and how it can be better, but purely socialized healthcare is not the answer…. that’s my opinion, at least. 🙂

Ferenheit 9/11
I don’t like George W. Bush. That’s no secret. I don’t like him even more after seeing this documentary. I don’t know if all the facts are accurate, but the part that shook me the most was not the allegations of ties between Bush and Osama bin Laden. The part that angered me the most was watching George W. Bush remain motionless for seven minutes after being informed that a second plane had hit the World Trade Center. What was he doing in those seven minutes? Waiting for someone else to do something? Who knows… anyway, this film made it even more confusing for me as to why we are actually fighting in Iraq. Maybe I am the only one in this country who doesn’t understand why we are there. 

Bowling for Columbine
I am already against the “right to bear arms.” I just don’t think it’s necessary. So, watching this documentary only strengthened my opinion. I especially loved the comparisons between the USA and other “free world” countries. Moore points out that other countries have the same type of social issues – divorce, alienated youth, violent movies and video games, shock rockers, drugs, unemployment, etc. – but none of those countries offer the right to bear arms, which results in drastically fewer gun deaths. The US has over 10,000 a year while most of the other countries (Germany, Japan, Canada, the UK, Australia) have under 500. Birmingham alone probably has 500 a year (that’s an exaggeration)…. 

The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs
This is a book, not a documentary. But, I loved in nonetheless! Jacobs, an Agnostic Jew (…exactly…), spends a year of his life following all the laws of the Bible, spending most of his time in the Old Testament. It is both hilarious and enlightening. He completes some of the Bible’s most complexing laws – avoiding “unclean women” (women who are either currently in or have recently completed their menstral cycle), stoning an adulterer, separating linen and wool, and some other crazy laws that make very little sense. But, what (I think) Jacobs realizes is that the rules were not meant as a way for God to boss people around – they were created and enforced to create a constant reminder to followers that they are not like the world. Jacobs spent all of his energy focusing on these laws, which means that he was focusing all his energy on God. 

That’s it for now… I have a couple more documentaries on the way, and then I’ll have to cancel my subscription to Netflix since I’m going back to school (which means I won’t have the extra money or time to watch quite as many documentaries!).



Sweetest Thing I’ve Ever Heard December 3, 2007

Filed under: ME — Katie @ 7:31 am

Amy Grant and Vince Gill were guests on Oprah last week, something I wasn’t sure that I wanted to see. I like Vince Gill a lot, but I’m not too fond of Amy Grant’s music…. but, the interview was more about their relationship than their music, so I listened. They seem like a very sweet, loving couple and they have a lot of the hard parts to a relationship figured out. Oprah read an excerpt from Amy’s new book, and it was the sweetest thing I’ve ever heard. This is a paraphrase (except for the very end… I will never forget that line!):

Amy was venting to Vince about something that she now can’t remember, and he was very quiet. She took his silence to mean that he understood her, and she thought to herself how wonderful it was to have someone who just understood her. Then, Vince turned to her and said “Amy, I can’t take credit where credit isn’t due. I will never fully understand you. But, I welcome you, I welcome you. And anything you bring to the table is enough.” 

How sweet is that? That’s better than having someone who understands you – because that person doesn’t actually exist here on earth. It is so wonderful to have friends, family, and a spouse who welcomes you as you are and loves you, with everything you have to offer – good or bad.