Archive for July, 2010

The Sunshine donuts of Eugene: Voodoo

So I forgot some school stuff at home yesterday so my mom was wonderful and met me halfway between Eugene and Salem so I could have my notebook and book to study for my midterms. We had been talking yesterday about Voodoo donuts and how there is one in Eugene (the original is in Portland) and how neither of us had been there. So I stopped before heading north to get a dozen to share with my parents! The place is as weird as the name sounds!! It is open 24 hours and reminded me of sunshine in that way, but is pretty unique in every other way! Here is a picture of the donuts and descriptions of some of the out of the normal donuts:

Some of the donuts that were in my voodoo dozen (where the worker picks the 12 for you) were: Portland Cream (the one with eyes, also the official donut of Portland), Captain my Captain (Captain Crunch), Maple Blazer Blunt (I gave this one to my parents not knowing what it was :/), Tangfastic (the orange one, that is tang powder on top), Arnold Palmer (the one with the fruit loop, with lemonade and ice tea powder on top), Double Buble (bubble gum dust on top), Miami Vice Berry (the blue one, blue raspberry powder). Also all the powder ones have vanilla frosting under the powder. I haven’t tried any of the strange ones yet, or talked to my parents to see if they have, but it should be interesting!!

These are even some of the more normal ones!! There are some crazy donuts here! Just to name a few there is a fruit loops donut, chocolate donut with coco puffs, butterfinger donut, voodoo doll, maple bar with bacon and many more.  If you are curious you can look at all the different kinds here: http://www.voodoodoughnut.com So if you guys come visit we will have to make a trip to Voodoo!!

Now back to studying!! I have midterms in both of my classes Monday. Studying during the summer is kind of a downer, but at least I will be done in 2 weeks! Woooo!!

Can’t wait to see everyone in slo!!!!!

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Critical Thinking

So I decided to write two posts today. This first one (I wrote it second, but it is going to show up first) is on topics/concepts that have been talked about in my sociology classes and is more critical thinking (hence the title) and pondering of concepts. The second one is an update on life and what I have been up to.

Today in my methods of research class we talked about gender and sex. Honestly this is a topic that I don’t really have any desire to study more in-depth. I think this is because the view of this topic. The article we had to read for class today was called “The Five Sexes”. Today our teacher talked about how society wants to put these three other sexes (hermaphrodites, male pseudohermaphrodites and female pseudohermaphrodites) into the boxes of man or woman. I guess the issue that I am having with all of this is basically that God created man and woman (Genisis 1 & 2). Yet, these babies are born like this, knit in their mother’s womb by God himself. So what are we to think about this? It isn’t like someone did something to these fetuses to have them be born with male and female genitalia. So if these people are naturally this way, should they stay this way or should we surgically modify them to fit into what society deems “normal”? I don’t have the answer to these questions and I would be interested to hear a Christian view on the whole topic, because I’m fairly sure my teacher’s wasn’t.

Another thing that was uncomfortable/I had issues with was using these 5 sexes to justify homosexuality. My teacher’s explanation was if there are only 2 sexes then there is really only 1 “normal” or “natural” way to have sex. But, if there are 5 sexes there are many more ways that become “normal” or “natural”. However, does God intend for these people who are able to have sex with either males or females to put into practice that ability? Personally I don’t believe that we were created to have intercourse with someone of the same sex. Man was created for woman and woman created for man. However, that doesn’t mean we as Christians shouldn’t love these people or judge them, I think that would be the total opposite of what Jesus would want us to do. So, say we want these intersex people (as the author of the article calls them) to choose to either be a man or woman. When should that decision be made? At birth by the doctor or parents? Or should the infant grow up some and then decide? Some people in class said that we wouldn’t be able to have 5 boxes of sexes to choose from on say the census or any survey until society becomes more accepting and open about this. My question is, should society change to be more accepting of these people? On the one hand they were created by God this way and I don’t like to think of oppressing, discriminating, or judging people for something they cannot control. On the other hand I do not think I would like how people would use it to justify the “naturalness” of homosexuality. All in all, I think this is a REALLY complex issue and would love to hear other people’s thoughts/opinions on the topic.

On another note today in my sociological theory class we were finishing up talking about Durkheim’s division of labor concept. My teacher made us write what we had done today and how that related to the division of labor. Then he put this quote by Martin Luther King Jr. up on the board. It gives examples of division of labor and relates it to world peace. Also, MLK was a sociology major in college, so he most likely had to read these same theorists that I am reading, specifically in this example Durkeim and the division of labor. Anyway, I thought it was very insightful and a new way of looking at peace, so I thought I would share!

“It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. We are made to live together because of the interrelated structure of reality. Did you ever stop to think that you can’t leave for your job in the morning without being dependent on most of the world? You get up in the morning and go to the bathroom and reach over for the sponge, and that’s handed to you by a Pacific islander. You reach for a bar of soap, and that’s given to you at the hands of a Frenchman. And then you go into the kitchen to drink your coffee for the morning, and that’s poured into your cup by a South American. And maybe you want tea: that’s poured into your cup by a Chinese. Or maybe you’re desirous of having cocoa for breakfast, and that’s poured into your cup by a West African. And then you reach over for your toast, and that’s given to you at the hands of an English-speaking farmer, not to mention the baker. And before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half of the world. This is the way our universe is structured, this is its interrelated quality. We aren’t going to have peace on earth until we recognize this basic fact of the interrelated structure of all reality.

This quote was from a Christmas sermon Dr. King gave and the whole thing was really interesting and a good, quick read. Here is a link to the whole thing if you are interested: http://www.ecoflourish.com/Inspiration/Christmas_Sermon.html

So that is all for now! Hope I didn’t get too philosophical or anything on you guys!!

Life Update

This last weekend one of my cousins got married. It was fun to see family and everything since I didn’t go to the family reunion last weekend. Also another cousin of mine had a party/reception because he got married a while ago, but never had a reception or anything. So Saturday was a very busy day!! I drove up to Salem Saturday morning then went with my parents to Woodburn (between Salem and Portland for people not from OR) and went to their service it was nice, but long as Catholic things usually are. I thought it was interesting the scripture that was read. I can only remember what was read for the gospel, which was the story of how Jesus turns water into wine. I just thought there was a lot more relevant scripture that applies to marriage than this. The priest made it work, but it felt kind of like a stretch when there is SO many more relevant passages elsewhere in the New Testament (and I’m sure Old as well). Yet, the Catholic church limits itself by making the main scripture reading/homily (sermon) about a reading from the Gospels. Anyway, I got a little off topic. So that was fun, the one kind of downside was that both of the receptions were outside and it was around 90. So it was HOT! But it was a nice way to spend a Saturday

Sunday I went with my parents and got a bike! The bike I had before was from 3rd grade, and not rideable. So I am pretty excited and it has made getting to school a lot faster and easier! Also I have been proud of myself for riding to and from school these past two days! If you knew me in high school or younger, you would know this is a big accomplishment! Maybe later I will add a picture of my bike. It is a pretty Poly/UO green : )

Also, update on the roommate situation: There have been a few roommates since I last wrote that haven’t worked out. HOWEVER, I had two girls who are both Christian email me last week, and I think one is going to come down to look at the apartment/meet each other so I am really hoping one of these works out! It would be a HUGE answer to my prayers. But if one of these girls doesn’t work out I know God has something else up his sleeves!!

I am getting really excited to come down for Vince and Angela’s wedding! I am pretty sure I am flying down Thursday either into SLO or San Jose. Then I am staying in SLO for a week after the wedding!! Also we (Gavin, Garret and myself) might be going to another wedding for their Grandma the next weekend, but we will see if that all works out. But over all it will be a really nice vacation and time to relax and have a real summer with no school! Also I want to see as many of you as I can while I am down there. So if you are going to be in SLO between August 19-30 let me know and we could figure out a time to hang out! I can’t wait to see all of your lovely faces again and spend some time in one of my favorite places!!

One last thing, I thought I would post a few pictures of my veggie plants. They have gown so much and it is fun to look at the changes, so I thought you might enjoy that too!

From when I first planted them….

… to now!

L to R: cucumbers, green beans, sweet peas, broccoli, and cantaloupe

Some of the sweet peas that have grown! I have had a few, and they are just as yummy as the ones from the store!!

Thats all for now! I miss you all and think about you often!!

In A Heartbeat

In A Heartbeat is the name of the book I just finished reading. I picked it up at the air port in Sac before coming up to Oregon. It is written by the Tuohy couple, the one that the Blind Side is about. It was really good and inspiring. If you have seen the blind side you know that they took in a struggling black football player and became his family. This book was really a good read though because they didn’t just talk about their experience with Michael. They talked about their philosophy of giving. Also, they are Christian and so it was awesome to read about it with that frame of mind, and they talk about how God and Christianity influences how and why they give. Basically, they believe in cheerful giving, which is very biblically based in my opinion. It was also really sweet to read about the other ways they have found to give both financially and through investing time.I loved how at the end of the book they wrote about other ways to give that don’t involve large sums of money.

Anyway, I would recommend it to anyone who really liked the movie and/or wants to read about ways to give back and get involved with a Christian perspective.

The LORD is my ultimate comforter

Lately I have been feeling really alone here in Eugene. Maybe it has been exemplified these past fews days after being with Gavin where I never felt alone or anything. Honestly, I get wrapped up in what I am missing in SLO. I see what my friends are doing in the place where I want to be, and to be straight I get jealous and covet what they have and are doing. For a while I have just kind of felt bad for myself and had little pity parties for myself up here (really lame, I know). But I have come to realize, with the help of a person or two, that this is not what God wants for me. He didn’t bring me back up here so that I could spend a year or even a summer just sitting around feeling bad for myself. Why am I coveting what other people are doing if the Lord’s plan is perfect and I am right where He wants me? That is basically like saying “God I’m not really happy with your plan. I think I could have thought of something better.” When in actuality that is CRAZINESS!!

So these past few days have been just realizing all of this and recognizing sin where I had been reluctant to before. Also, I think it has been hard because I feel like I have to have it all together, like I have to be strong and I have to make it. When in reality I need to acknowledge that I need help, I don’t have the strength to make it through this situation, or life, on my own. I need Christ. So with that these verses (2 Cor. 12:9-10) have been a great comfort and truth and reminder that when I am weak the Lord is strong and He can be so glorified in this situation!

“God said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Cor. 12:9-10

Start of another term!

Before I write about the new term I am going to write a little about this last weekend.

So Thursday I went up to Portland and flew down to Sacramento. Gavin and Garret got in early early Friday morning. Friday Gavin and I went on a bike ride around his neighborhood. (For anyone that has doubts about my bike riding ability, Gavin can vouch that I can ride a bike!) That was really fun, but it was HOT! So we came back and swam in the pool for a while which felt soooooo good! Friday afternoon Gavin, Garret, Cody and I went to see Inception. It was really good, but it was very intense. It was non-stop action for two and a half hours. I would probably see it again once it comes out on dvd. But if you like action movies that also have a psychological story line and play with your mind and reality, then you would probably like Inception. Friday night Gavin’s mom made Indian food for dinner that was delicious! I can’t remember the names of everything that we had, but I want to get some of the recipies because they were so yummy!

Saturday was Gavin and Garret’s birthday. We ran a lot of errands and stuff. Brian came up for dinner, which was fantastic (steak, potatoes, salad, corn, peach pound cake, and homemade icecream). After dinner we went and relaxed in the spa which was so great!

Sunday Gavin, Garret and I got up early to drop me off at the airport and then they drove back to SLO. Lynn picked me up from the airport and then I came back to Eugene and just relaxed last night because I didn’t have homework or anything!!

Today is the first day of the second 4 week term of summer. Right now I  am enrolled in a SOC 311 Methods of Research. I had that class this morning at 10. It seems like it should be a good class. Instead of having a final test we have a research project. I am excited that I will get to come up with my own research concept and execute it because I didn’t get to do it in my stats class. I am also enrolled in SOC 399 which is on immigration in America. I am crashing SOC 310 at noon. This class is sociological theory, which will probably be kind of boring. But if I get SOC 310 I can take Sociology of Education in the fall! I really want to take this class so I am hoping the teacher will add me! Then I can drop SOC 399. Also kind of funny, a girl that I know through mutual friends from high school was in my SOC 311 class this morning. What a small world!

I’ve started looking at schools for my masters in educational counseling, which is what I want to do eventually. I haven’t decided if I want to go straight into it or take a year off. I keep going back and forth for a lot of reasons, but I have a little while until I have to decide what I want to do.

I should get headed to SOC 310 to try to get in!! Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Such great lyrics

As I am working on a paper/homework for class I put on Tyrone Wells music to groove too. Gavin has been listening to him and intrigued me to listen to him and check him out. He is SO good!! I really like the song More, but the song I have been listening to over and over is Enough. I think one of the reasons I like his songs so much is because they can be listened to in different ways. He is a pop singer, not necessarily Christian worship, but he is Christian and you can tell in the lyrics. These are the lyrics from Enough that really stick out to me:

I was lost so many years
Now I’m found ’cause you are here
So just look at me again
‘Cause now you’re my everything
I could never ask for more

So it’s enough, yeah it’s enough

So good!! If you are looking for a new artist to check out I would definitely recommend checking out Tyrone Wells!

Ok now back to the paper a little before heading to bed! Night!!