A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Room mates and quirks

As I sit here with my laptop open trying to read my neuroscience textbook, my dog-named Sawyer-is running around with boxers on his head and my room mates are chasing him and trying to get pictures all at the same time. A strange scenario one might say....wrong. The craziness that is in that sentence is my apartment; it is my life from August to May and i love it! My room mates are the silliest, most random, awesomest girls I've ever known. Living with them is an adventure every day and I look forward to what each day brings! You see, sometimes its the craziness and unexpected that truly brings us joy. When we're caught off guard we simply must be ourselves as we instantaneously lost all preparation we might have had for that moment. It is in the unexpected and unpredictable ways of life that we truly exist. I have come to decide that I love these moments and I want them in every aspect of my life!

Even when I'm hanging out with Jesus, I like to be willing to take any moment as it comes. For instance, sometimes I think I should have been black, especially when I'm singing to worship songs. I bounce my knees an abnormal amount, jump up and down when I really agree with the lyrics, and even ad lib my own words into the silence!!! You think I'm kidding and you've just never been to a worship service with me or you've just never gotten close enough to hear me! Although hearing me isn't usually an issue because the more excited I get the louder I get. I get that from my mom....thanks mom. So of course that translates to the church and my worship as well!! However I do try and ad lib quieter than I sing! I wish what I ad libed made sense or sounded pretty but most often it doesn't. I try new harmonies or poetic sounding phrases and usually it's an epic fail. But that is besides the point-the point is that I'm quirky and I even want Jesus to know those quirks!!!

Well while we're on the subject lets just get things out in the open real quick! Facts about Alison, you may or may not be aware of:

Fact #1: When I'm listening to a song, even if I don't know the words-I still sing along. I can't help it, I like to be a part of the music!

Fact #2: I think I like McDonalds...I think i've just been scared to admit that all of my life..

Fact #3: I must be wearing my rings, watch, and ear rings at all or times or I feel naked...like seriously, as bad as not having pants on.

Fact #4: I don't like my neck being exposed to the public, I can't explain why it just feels so vulnerable!

Fact #5: I prefer to eat my cake all smushed up. I like the icing to cake ratio to be even.

Fact #6: I really don't like ice cream all that much....unless it's on cobbler.

Fact #7: I wear socks to bed.

Fact #8: I really don't like sitting on the floor...at all...it makes my butt fall asleep wayy too fast!

Fact #9: I hate putting the sheets on my bed-I will sleep without sheets for days, even weeks, before giving in and putting them on properly.

Fact #10 (And i believe 10 is enough for one night!): I love going to the dentist! A clean mouth is my favorite thing EVERRRRRR.

So I'm super sleepy and I could barely think of 10 things about myself which is kind of alarming considering this is myself talking....anywho-be like a hoo in hooville!!! Even if the grinch takes all your toys, walk outta your house happy and keep on singing!!!

Good night to all, and all a good night!!!

Sunshine of the Day: Buying the kind of coffee we have at Highland and making it and drinking it out of my new favorite mug!!!! the best coffee ever : )

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Adventures galore

Wow! What a weekend! I traveled out to Fredericksburg this weekend to help out with IMPACT weekend. I led a group of middle school girls and boy oh boy were they crazy!! ( in a good way of course!) They were quite pranksters and over the course of the weekend saran wrapped cars, toilet papered cars, stuck gummie worms in peoples noses while they slept, and devised various plans to scare people! These girls were an ultimate blast and I learned more middle school hand jives that i've ever known before! But the best part was that inside all that craziness were some really sweet girls. They had a genuine interest in understanding more about Jesus and weren't afraid to ask questions. I must admit, that is a very refreshing quality! So many people today are afraid of religion, afraid of discussing it or of asking questions, but what better way to find answers than to ask questions!?! Annnnddd who better to ask questions to, than the One who knows the answers!?! ( which of course is God, not me!!!)

The drive up to Fredericksburg, which I now know is in the hill country, was absolutely gorgeous!! Now, I must admit that I am a bit partial to the south east mountains and trees but the hill country sure put up a good fight. The scenery was simply breath taking this time of year and there were many times I wanted to pull over and just wonder around and enjoy nature! I really wish i would have looking back on it!! I arrived 30 minutes early, that could have been 30 minutes wondering in the wilderness!!! I have discovered that I have a scardy cat inquisitive nature! I have all these adventurous thoughts in my head but I am a chicken and never do them unless someone makes me do them...and usually no one knows my weird thoughts unless I share them...which is rare... Anways!! I have a fascination for road side stores with fruit and small town cafes. There were so many on the way down, I almost stopped many times! But..as we have already discussed, my scardy cat nature gave in and therefore I am fruitless, cafeless, and still natureless : ( Since then I have decided a good spontaneous, plan free road trip is in order!! Someday....someday oh adventurous alison...you will get to explore..

In memory of my almost adventurous weekend, I have decided to be cRaAazZZy this week ( well crazy for me...). So Christine and I began with none other than: golden corral for dinner!! I haven't been there since I first moved to Texas in 6th grade. I remember my mom and I had never heard of a golden corral so we tried it and ended up eating there about once a week. Then my dad finally moved out and joined us in our house and told us we couldn't eat there anymore...something about sketchy company?? I was quite disappointed because I could get just as much dinner there as dessert and mom never seemed to notice!! *score!* So that is my past history of the great GC ( golden corral for you newbies), and tonight Christine and I began a new future of GCing. We paid 10 dollars for unlimited plates of every kind of food imaginable! I mean where else can you eat steak, a fajita, fried catfish, and borbourn chicken all in the same place!?!? So after three plates of food and plenty of dessert we bounced! Although I must say, there was a large amount of sweet old black ladies there who were headed to church afterwards, and I just loved them! I love how excited they get for church and how they would worship all day if they could!!! Christine and I have decided to visit one Sunday night soon....I can't wait! In addition to our snazzy dinner, we have decided to go on a luxurious run through the cemetery this wednesday afternoon with Sawyer! Apparently it's pretty, according to the all knowing source caitlin, and I am looking forward to it!! Soo I just can't wait to see what this week has in store with a start like this!!

Well I have procrastinated enough...but I must admit life is just too good not to blog about : ) Therefore I have two sunshine's of the day:

Sunshine of the Day (1): Seeing Jesus work in the kiddos at IMPACT was just stinking incredible!!! Our God is SOOOOOOO totally my sunshine : )

Sunshine of the Day (2): Getting to talk with my best friend and boyfriend for hours in the car today on the drive back!!! I am so blessed with such great people in my life!!! God is the best provider ever!!!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

In the beginning...

So, I feel slightly pressured to say something interesting or funny on my first official blog. But I must warn you, I am neither exceedingly interesting or funny, I just love life and am here to tell you about it!

If i may make one recommendation, my dear room mate, laura, is a hilarious writer so you should check out her blog!! (http://stardusttoremember.blogspot.com) She'll love me for that : )

Brown Eyed Sunshine...what a strange name for a blog you say. Well let me explain how this name came to be. All of my life, I have had these plain boring brown eyes and I have been quite disappointed with them. Of all the beautiful colors out there-blue, green, hazel-I got stuck with brown. I've been really quite bitter about it until recently. You see, my brown eyes, are quite different than the next person's brown eyes. If our eyes are the window to our soul-the very most individualized intimate part of us-then my perspective is vastly different than anyone elses! So in fact my brown eyes are a totally different brown eyes than yours! The fact that I deeply delight in the sunshine, enjoy a cinnabon over any other dessert, and love to laugh out loud when I talk to Jesus just implies that my unique person is different than yours. There is nothing worse or better about this fact, its just a fact about what makes me tick! So all that to say, I now love my brown eyes, plain as they may be-they are my eyes and my perspective!

The Sunshine aspect of this blog refers to many things. I love the literal sunshine and how it warms my skin and there is a guaranteed smile to follow. I love getting all my vitamins soaked up from mr. sun because I'm all about the vitamins! I love the psychological benefit of increased happiness. I love the atmosphere it creates-perfect date weather : ) And most importantly it reminds me of my Savior, Jesus Christ. C.S. Lewis so beautifully quotes " I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen. Not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. " That is Jesus to me. He shines light, understanding, and hope on my world and brings a smile to my face every single time : )

So now that you understand the strange thought process that became my blog name, I feel that I must do something productive before the day ends. You see, creating this blog name took approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. A bit much I know but I am a picky woman! Nonetheless, my neuroscience homework calls!

Sunshine of the day: Eating trifle with my roomies : ) what an ultimate blessing!