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Monday, July 31, 2006
My 'Singleton' Guidelines
I am single. Having a romantic relationship at this point in my life is not a priority. Sometimes I do want a boyfriend. But I don't have the time to work on a relationship. My idea of dating is to only date someone you would want to marry. And since I don't want to marry right now, I am devoting most of my time to school. There are some people who say you need to live at home until you're married,etc. I don't believe that. My parents have raised me well. They have given me great values to live my life. In fact, I live in an apartment by myself about four hours away from home. However, I do still seek guidance from my parents when making important decisions.

We all know that we should be abstinate from sexual activity until marriage. I am very proud of the fact that I have not participated in any kind of sexual activity. Is it harder because I am away from school and live alone? No. I guess it could be, but the fact is I stay away from situations that would cause temptation. This is what has worked for me:

Limit alcohol fueled activities. I can not say I abstain from all alcohol activities because that would be a lie. But I do try my best to be safe when I drink. I drink with close friends that I know and trust, and I never drink with strangers. I avoid being drunk at large groups or parties, and if I do go to a party I stay with my group of friends.

I have a modest attitude. I believe a modest attitude is more important that modest dress (although that is important). We all know girls who wear decent clothes and still are overly flirtatious/sexual. I am around guys all the time. I have study groups with guys,etc. But I carry an attitude that clearly lets guys know: I am not interested in anything but the task at hand. I am nice but I don't give off false hope.

I guard my words. Is it just me or has every conversation revolved around sex for like the past decade!! I don't talk about sex, bodies, etc in mixed company. Call me prudish, but I fail to see why women complain that men only see them as sex objects; yet they allow- and participate in- such lewd conversations.

I protect my reputation. You know the saying: "Sleep with dogs, you wake up with fleas"? Well I really am careful with who I choose for my friends. In my opinion a suitable friend is someone who I wouldn't mind bringing home to Thanksgiving dinner. I believe that my reputation is important. How many times have you met someone new and they say "oh I heard about you from so and so." Well what if so and so saw you walking out of a different boys room every night?! When guys date 'certain' girls, they only want 'certain things'. Also, your future employer, husband, preacher WHOEVER can hear about you long before they meet you. You can make sure that what they hear is good!

These are just a few guidelines that I keep to maintain my purity. I'm not saying you have to perfect (I am not!). But we should all be proactive in keeping our purity in a world that is so impure.

Thursday, July 27, 2006
3 things meme
3 Things That Scare Me
3.Death of family members

3 People That Make Me Laugh
1.Absolutely Fabulous
3.My niece
4.Those crazies that call into my local talk radio station

3 Things I Love
1.My family
2.America (I know,cheezy)

3 Things I Hate
1.Doing anything before noon

3 Things I Don’t Understand
1.Why people take their pets EVERYWHERE!
3.Child abuse

3 Things on my Floor
2.Overdue library books
3.My laptop

3 Things I’m Doing Right Now
1.Typing out this meme
2.Watching the news
3.Fighting sleep

3 Things I Want to Do Before I Die
1. Live in the Middle East
2. Have a family
3.Practice law

3 Things I Can Do
1. Keep my niece entertained
2. Sing every Barney song by heart (see above)
3. Be really frugal

3 Ways to Describe My Personality
1. Shy
2. Silly
3. Elmo-ish (I sorta sound like Elmo lol)

3 Things I Cannot Do
2.Wear anything other than my Rainbows (flip flops)
3. Keep up with my socks

3 Things I Think You Should Listen To
1. A Billie Holiday cd
2. crickets at night
3. The Evita Soundtrack

3 Things I Think You Should Never Listen To
1. Al Sharpton (ok does anyone know what he is talking about?)
2. Rush Limbaugh ("")
3. Balloons popping

3 Absolute Favorite Foods
1. Pizza
3.Crab cakes

3 Things I’d Like to Learn
1. How to speak/read German better
2. How to swim
3. How to run a marathon

3 Beverages I Drink Regularly
1. Diet Dr. Pepper
2. Diet Ginger Ale
3. Crystal Lite tea
woo hoo aspartame!!!

3 Shows I Watch
1. Law and Order
2. All BritComs
3. Queer as Folk

Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Interesting new project!
I love frugal living. Actually, I strive to live a life of simplicity. In my opinion simplicity and frugality are different things. Frugality is buying all the shirts in a thrift store because they are a great deal, simplicity is buying no shirts-despite the great price- because you already have what you need. However I think frugality plays a major part in simplicity, when you do need a shirt, it makes no sense to pay $50, when you can get a comparable item for $10.

So, I have been researching these topics A LOT and I am planning an online course, that I will offer to my blog readers. The course is going to be free and I'm very excited about it.

Sunday, July 23, 2006
The annoying blog quizzes part 2
I always liked Ballykissangel
You Belong in Dublin

Friendly and down to earth, you want to enjoy Europe without snobbery or pretensions.
You're the perfect person to go wild on a pub crawl... or enjoy a quiet bike ride through the old part of town.

The classiness in me says 'Thank Goodness'; the southern belle in me screams 'YANKEE??'
You Are 20% Redneck

I'll slap you so hard, your clothes will be outta style.
You ain't no redneck - you're all Yankee!
Ugh! I HATE Mountain Dew
You Are Mountain Dew

Ultra hyper and full of energy, you're on a permanent sugar high.
Some people complain about your taste, but the do appreciate your power.

Your best soda match: Coke

Stay away from: Root Beer
You Are Most Like George W. Bush

So what if you're not exactly popular? You still rule the free world.
And while you may be quite conservative now, you knew how to party back in the day!

Your 1950s Name is:

Yvonne Virginia

All quizzes were from blogthings.com

Oh Wow
I (barely) passed this 8th grade math quiz.

You Passed 8th Grade Math

Congratulations, you got 8/10 correct!

At times I feel very lonely. Sometimes I feel like I have no one to relate to in real life. I was very thankful to find the blogs that I enjoy to read. These women (see my list of blog links) are very strong in their faith and I love the frugality and homekeeping tips as well. However I don't fully connect with these women either. I don't have a husband or children. And it is hard to find a blog by a woman that supports women having a career or going to college before starting a family.

Does anyone else feel this way? In real life, I am the 'odd' friend. I don't date because on a college campus, dating equals sex after a frat party and never speaking again. And honestly, right now my focus is on finishing college and starting a career. When I get married and have children, I don't want to work. Personally, I don't feel being a stay at home daughter is that great of an idea. My mom keeps her home and while she uses my help (when I visit from school) there isn't enough for me to do.

Do any of my readers ( if I have any :), know of any books or blogs that would fit me? Thanks!

Saturday, July 22, 2006
Which Movies have you seen?
I looked for some memes to do for my new blog. I figure that this will be a good way to introduce myself. Here are a list of the top 100 movies from IMDB.com. I have put the movies that I have seen in bold. And if I've read the book that the movie is inspired from, I've italicized it. Wow, I haven't seen much :p

  1. Godfather, The (1972)
  2. Shawshank Redemption, The (1994)
  3. Godfather: Part II, The (1974)
  4. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The (2003)
  5. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The (2002)
  6. Schindler's List (1993)
  7. Shichinin no samurai (1954)
  8. Casablanca (1942)
  9. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The (2001)
  10. Star Wars (1977)
  11. Citizen Kane (1941)
  12. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
  13. Dr. Strangelove (1964)
  14. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  15. Rear Window (1954)
  16. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  17. Pulp Fiction (1994)
  18. Usual Suspects, The (1995)
  19. Memento (2000)
  20. North by Northwest (1959)
  21. 12 Angry Men (1957)
  22. Buono, il brutto, il cattivo, Il (1966)
  23. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
  24. Psycho (1960)
  25. Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain, Le (2001)
  26. Silence of the Lambs, The (1991)
  27. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
  28. Goodfellas (1990)
  29. American Beauty (1999)
  30. Sunset Blvd. (1950)
  31. Vertigo (1958)
  32. Matrix, The (1999)
  33. Cidade de Deus (2002)
  34. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
  35. C'era una volta il West (1968)
  36. Apocalypse Now (1979)I've read Heart of Darkness
  37. Pianist, The (2002)
  38. Third Man, The (1949)
  39. Paths of Glory (1957)
  40. Taxi Driver (1976)
  41. Fight Club (1999)
  42. Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (2001)
  43. Some Like It Hot (1959)
  44. Double Indemnity (1944)
  45. Boot, Das (1981)
  46. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
  47. Singin' in the Rain (1952)
  48. Chinatown (1974)
  49. L.A. Confidential (1997)
  50. Maltese Falcon, The (1941)
  51. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
  52. All About Eve (1950)
  53. M (1931)
  54. Bridge on the River Kwai, The (1957)
  55. Se7en (1995)
  56. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
  57. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
  58. Rashômon (1950)
  59. Raging Bull (1980)
  60. Wizard of Oz, The (1939)
  61. Alien (1979)
  62. American History X (1998)
  63. Sting, The (1973)
  64. Léon (1994)
  65. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
  66. Manchurian Candidate, The (1962)I've seen the remake
  67. Vita è bella, La (1997)
  68. Touch of Evil (1958)
  69. Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The (1948)
  70. Finding Nemo (2003)
  71. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  72. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
  73. Great Escape, The (1963)
  74. Modern Times (1936)
  75. Clockwork Orange, A (1971)
  76. Amadeus (1984)
  77. On the Waterfront (1954)
  78. Ran (1985)
  79. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
  80. Annie Hall (1977)
  81. Wo hu cang long (2000)
  82. Jaws (1975)
  83. Apartment, The (1960)
  84. Braveheart (1995)
  85. High Noon (1952)
  86. Aliens (1986)
  87. Fargo (1996)
  88. Strangers on a Train (1951)
  89. Shining, The (1980)
  90. Metropolis (1927)
  91. Blade Runner (1982)
  92. Sixth Sense, The (1999)
  93. City Lights (1931)
  94. Donnie Darko (2001)
  95. Duck Soup (1933)
  96. Great Dictator, The (1940)
  97. General, The (1927)
  98. Sjunde inseglet, Det (1957)
  99. Princess Bride, The (1987)
  100. Dogville (2003)

Tomorrow is my birthday. I am so thankful that the Lord has let me live on another year! However I think I have the birthday blues. I joke that I am having a pre-quarter life crises. It's time for me to look into graduate schools and I have no idea where I want to go study or which programs (there are so many!!) I want to look into further. I'm starting a new exciting time in my life, but at the same time I am really scared.

Thursday, July 20, 2006
No More Sweet Tooth

I have a HUGE sweet tooth. Sweet tea, 7-up cake, brownies, sugar straight from the pack, it doesn't matter. If it is sweet...I HAVE to have it. I have decided to completely stop eating sweets. It totally defeats the fact that I make sure I wake up at 5 am to work out, if I just eat those calories in sweets. Not to mention the fact that I can just pig out on sweets, which is just greedy. Also diabetes run in my family, so I should do anything to help myself eat healthier.

Note, I am not giving up carbs or anything, just sweets. I heard that if you stop eating/doing something for 3 weeks; you no longer crave it anymore. So that's what I plan on doing. Please pray for me on this!

If you would like to join in, please leave a comment. Maybe it's not sweets you have to give up but something else like: sleeping in, not washing the dishes at night, etc.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Helpful or Harmful?

Our world has received many benefits from the World Wide Web. Thanks to the internet, our physical locations no longer prohibit us from meeting and befriending people who share our same beliefs, religion etc. Throughout the years I have found many blogs and message boards that I enjoy and learn from. However some message boards I find are often full of controversy. For example, many women go to such boards for advice and comfort. Yet, they are met with sneering replies. These replies indirectly indicate that the author believes they are better because: she doesn't do any housework on Sundays or does not work outside the home.

I understand wanting to help a woman be better in her faith, etc. But are our conversations with fellow sisters in Christ uplifting and helpful? Note, I am not saying we need to be tolerant of a person's sins. We shouldn't be tolerant of our sins. But, we should be willing to help anyone desiring to leave as Jesus asks us to. Therefore on behalf of all Christian women online, I ask that everyone guard their words and thoughts carefully. We're all familiar of What Would Jesus Do. Let us make sure our actions AND our words are reflective of the fact that we are Christian women.

Monday, July 17, 2006
Welcome to *Of Noble Character* blog

Hello! Welcome to my blog. I started this blog because I have received such encouragement from the many Christian women blogs online and decided to start my own! I got the title of my blog from Proverbs 31, which describes the Wife of Noble Character. While I am not a wife yet- I'm a junior in college and not even dating!- I really admire the arts of homemaking.I plan on having a career until I get married, and then I really want to be a stay at home mom. So my blog is going to be a hybrid of a mix of things!