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Stay At Home Travels

So a bunch of my friends are traveling around, seeing the world and I would just have to be honest right now and say that I am just a wee bit jealous! But, then I also realized…”Well, ok, I have been to Greece!” ūüôā That counts. But still, taking a nice long travel to Europe is at the top of my life’s wish list. I guess I can always keep hopeful thoughts. As Justin Bieber says, “Never say never.” ūüôā

Since it is out of reality at the present moment, I decided I could do a bit of¬†“stay at home” travels. I¬†remembered my Greece pages on¬†the “I Like”¬†links are not complete. I am so sorry if you have tried to click on the pictures for more, because¬†I forgot about them. Thus, they are under construction. ūüôā Until the end of September, it is my goal to get those pages and stories done. Also too, my goal is to organize my stacks of life’s birth til present pictures that are currently out-of-order and helplessly stacked in bags in the closet. I love pictures so the task is not daunting, just a matter of sitting down and achieving the organization goal!! Sad though, has anyone else noticed that photo albums are going extinct? Hobby Lobby is the best place now to buy them, but the styles are limited. Just a sad thought–like negatives! ūüė¶

There are many debates (ok not really, but the word fit) on how to store pictures. Some use boxes; others use photo albums; USB and disks; or just on your i¬†Phone. I do not have an i¬†Phone, so my digital pictures are either on my computer or backed up on a USB. Well, I learned a few important things in the world of digital cameras a few weeks ago. I was finally uploading my Greece pictures from my USB to my Shutterfly account, so I can get¬†copies for my scrapbook I hope to complete (I will add the term here, “someday”). ¬†Now, when I went to Greece, I figured that it was a one in a million opportunity…”Click, click, click.” ūüôā Five thousand pictures later, I got home and deleted the bad or blurry ones. Still an epic close to four thousand. But I figure, two weeks of seeing just about everything, that was a pretty fair number. LOL.

Anyway, back to my story–I had my USB plugged in my computer and after a¬†few hours of uploading, I was getting near the end. I went to stand up and was aiming to put¬†my computer on the chair that I used¬†to prop up my¬†feet. But when I stood, I held onto the computer only with my left hand (dumb choice). I was trying to balance with my right hand on the rocking chair, but instead¬†lost everything. The computer fell out of my hands, crashing on the USB,¬†which landed hard on my right foot.¬†USB=busted. In a moments flash, I thought to myself–“I just lost everything.” I had bank files on there, other pictures, school papers, and an awesome power point I presented for my Humanities class.

Definitely a gasp of frustration and panic, but life goes on. Lesson learned for sure. Of my Greece pictures, I only lost the last day–The Acropolis. But my pictures of the Parthenon did not turn out great anyway. It was so hot that day and windy. I got fried like a lobster and could not hear much, plus the rocks are so slippery there with steep steps (and super crowded)…that is what I remember of my last day in Athens. ūüôā Then we went shopping. So I always have my souvenirs. But as my mom says, “Pictures are the best souvenirs.”¬†I think she says it a little different, but I get my picture genes from her for sure. ūüėÄ In this case, my best memories and pictures of other days in Greece¬†are safe.

The moral of my dramatic story is this:¬†Do not¬†procrastinate uploading¬†or printing special pictures and keep them in order always. ūüôā You will avoid years of frustration. Now you know my downfall. Have a great start of the week. If nothing else, say cheese. ūüôā

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Anne (spelled with an “e”).

As I finished my crunchy peanut butter and honey sandwich for lunch, I¬†headed back in my room to finish a project. Today’s goal: my earrings.¬†Picking out my earings in the morning (let alone putting them on)¬†takes a while–due to all of the studs being¬†crammed in the same small oval container, combined with the small backs which I usually drop. I decided if I organized my earrings, my¬†early morning¬†ready¬†routine leaves me with a few more minutes to spare. I got a pack of cork tiles¬†and a 5×7 frame, turned on¬†part two of Anne of Green¬†Gables¬†and went to work.

Right about the time I start pushing in my pearl studs, the scene where Anne recites “The Highwayman” for the White Sands recital starts playing: Matthew Cuthbert buys Anne a pearl necklace; she recites; Gilbert gives Anne a standing ovation; and the scene ends with Diana and Anne walking by the lighthouse on the beach.

Now I can relate a bit more to Diana…wanting the latest¬†fashion, the buzz, eyes the fashion of the ladies’ hair at the dances. But Anne sees past that. As they watch the sunset the conversation unfolds:

DIANA: Did you see all those diamonds? I wish I were rich and I could spend my whole summer at a hotel eating ice cream and chicken salad.

ANNE: You know something, Diana? We are rich. We have sixteen years to our credit, and we both have wonderful imaginations. We should be as happy as queens. Look at that! [Points to sunset.] You couldn’t enjoy its loveliness anymore if you had ropes of diamonds.

DIANA: I don’t know about that.

ANNE: I’m content with my string of pearls. Matthew gave them to me with as much love as ever went into any of those stuffy women’s jewels. I am happy Diana, and nothing is going to hold me back. (1)

I think Anne says it best. She is content. She is loved. She has a goal for her future. I think when I start to see life from Diana’s point of view, I get anxious…wanting more yet not realizing how much I have. Funny, Anne was a lot like Diana in the beginning of the movie–insecure yet prideful. She even wanted to be called Cordelia, always dreaming to be someone else. Her attitude changes over the course of events that unfold. And her attitude in this scene is spot on.¬†Thinking¬†each day from Anne’s point of view¬†allows room for God’s point of view to rise above my own.¬†Meaning, if I am content, happy, and realize that I am loved by the One who created me…even all my handicaps and pain and failures cannot¬†hold me back from becoming who God created me to be. He says,

“For I know the plans¬†I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper¬†you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen¬†to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

Jeremiah 29:11-13.

Seems like the best way to start out each morning.¬†And just like¬†Miss Shirley told Anne, “Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it,” (2) so¬†too God’s compassion and mercy never ends. They are new every morning. Great is Thy faithfulness! [Lamentations 3:22-23].

References:

1.¬†Sullivan, Kevin. 1985.¬†Anne of Green Gables.¬†Based on Lucy Maud Montgomery’s novels. Retrieved August 3, 2012.¬†http://greengables-1.tripod.com/script/1part7.html#.

2. Sullivan, Kevin. 1985. Retrieved August 3, 2012. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088727/quotes.

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