Tuesday, February 22, 2011

What Is Maturity

What is it? What is maturity? How does one know if you are mature?

Well, first off, there are several types of maturity, for example: spiritual, physical, psychological, technological, financial, and even geological.

"Wow, that Sarah, she can be soooo immature some times!"

"I think Jeremy is very mature for his age."

....*scuttles away*.......*comes back with the life source(otherwise known as bananas)....Okay, so, here's how this got started....*backspaces* me just say this, Someone called me immature, and I think they are wrong. I think they were basing their evaluation of me off the wrong ideas.

Now, I'm no different than most people who would be offended if someone else called them immature. Now, this person called me immature in the circumstance of me being loud and goofy with some of my friends. Which is exactly what I want my point to be.

What makes someone immature or mature? Why do we tend to think people that are quiet and reserved are more mature then people who are louder and talk more. And don't try to tell me otherwise. IT HAPPENS. Granted that is the case a lot of the time, but not all the time. I think we tend to label someone mature or immature based off how much they talk and how loud they are way too much of the time. Half the time people base their definition of maturity off a plethora of opinions from multiple sources.

Personally, I think most of us can agree that maturity has at least these qualities:
  • Responsible
  • Honors the ones in authority over him/her
  • Knows when is the time to talk, and when to umm...shut up
  • Can admit it when they are wrong
  • And not rub it in when they are right
  • Is not prideful(not to be mistaken with have pride/self-confidence)
And there are many more, but I think I covered some good ones.

See, just because someone is loud and a little goofy does not "show their immaturity" Same goes for "quiet and reserved people". Just as long as they know the correct times to be loud and goofy, and when to be serious.

Okay, I've said my two cents worth. Do you agree?

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Licorice Slapping

Yes. We did it. I am spending the night at Dustin and Dillon's last night right? And his mom opens up a bag of red licorice(i hate black licorice), and we start eating it. Now, I am a huge fan of Skillet's podcast, and in one of their episodes, they have like a pain competition and they take turns slapping the inside of each others arms right where it bends(a surprisingly sensitive area i might add)with a strap or something. So, I thought, in a moment of foolishness, why don't we do it, only with strips of licorice. Well, seeing as how my friends are also foolish teenagers, they agree to do it. I slap you, you slap me, we slap him, he slaps us....WoW!...

This is a picture of Dillon's arm. If you look at it, you can see swollen, lines formed by the ridges on the licorice. And we all had that.....

Who knew licorice could hurt so much?!?!....I sure didn't....

And the next day was all about cold reminders.

Which is what I got several, painful times in our Youth Group day to the snow. Sad, I know. That fact that we had to set aside a day to drive to the snow, just reminds me how far I am from Montana. But, it was still the the bomb. We had several snowball fights which really ended up being me and Dillon verse everyone else. Not Good! So we drive up there, like caravan style or something. We drive about 45 minutes, then up the side of a mountain a good ways to even get to snow. Then, we set up on a wide spot, drop some people off to build a fire, attach the inner-tubes to the back of the trucks, load them up and floor it.

Let me tell you something, when you are at the bottom of a 7 person pile up, on one inner-tube, going 20 miles an hour, with your midsection dragging in the snow and ice, it hurts. It's also SOOOOO much fun!! Reminds me of the good ol' days....yea, I am only 16 and I made a good ol' days reference, SO WHAT!?!?!

Then you come back down the mountain, eat lunch, and then do it again, only colder.

picture courtesy of my new ipod......

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Skillet Sadness

Farewell Benjamin Judah Kasica. We will miss you so.

Well, my night(and mood for that matter) is ruined now. Good feeling gone. I don't care if you think I'm too emotional. IDC!..... :(

Yes, Benjamin Judah Kasica is leaving his position as lead guitarist of the band Skillet.

"After 10 great years, guitarist Ben Kasica for Skillet has regrettably announced that he’s leaving the band.

In a message to Skillet fans, Kasica said on Monday that he will be focusing on other projects.

The Christian rock band recently got back from touring Australia, New Zealand and Japan. They were sad to announce Kasica’s departure.

Lead singer John Cooper wrote, “I always knew the time would come for Ben to leave and pursue other dreams, and now it is here. We are a family and we are going to miss him.”

Cooper added that working with Kasica, whose full name is Benjamin Judah Kasica, allowed him to watch the guitarist transform “from the kid who was nervous to play a guitar solo, to the rocker who now plays a solo...with his teeth!”

Kasica began playing for Skillet shortly after turning 16 years old. He shared that he basically grew up on the road, traveling to “loads of places” and drinking way too much coffee.

In a message to his fans he stated, “I had no idea how long the ride would last but have enjoyed it immensely and been thankful to God for everything I've been a part of.”

His plans for the future will be geared towards building his other companies, producing and developing artists at Skies Fall Studios, designing for LifeLoveMusic Clothing as well as “look[ing] forward very much to being home and catching up on churchlife, family and friends.”

Kasica added his thanks to his band members for encouraging him and suffering along with him while on the road.

“I want to thank John and Korey for the opportunity of a lifetime. They've been encouraging, compassionate, long-suffering with me and it's been what's kept me going on all these years. I'm grateful for their years of input in my spiritual, personal and business life.”

He added, “They're amazing, inspiring hardworking people that I have the utmost respect for. I wish them the absolute best in their future in and outside the band.”

The 26-year-old artist concluded his message by saying, “I want to thank you panheads for 10 years of incredible support. You've been encouraging over the years and made touring an amazing experience. You are the absolute best fans ever.”

While Skillet’s Wikipedia page already shows an update today with Kasica as a "former" lead guitarist, there is no word yet as to who will be the next guitarist for the band. They are set to kick off on their Avalanche Tour on March 1."

article and link from website The Christian Post

Fleas and The Four Day Weekend

I hate fleas. Or really, all bugs in general. Any insect is no friend to me. Except ladybugs, those cute little buggers are ok I guess. But other than that, I have a passionate distaste for any and all insects. They are the bane of my existence. Crawling. Biting. Flying. Eeeewwww. Death to them all. Yes, I know our ecosystem would collapse if all insects died......but still.....

That for one of many reasons is why I like the state of Montana. It's cold. Cold kills bugs. I stay happy. Fits me perfect.

And on the subject of fleas, one of our cats was infected with fleas. I use the past tense verb was because my mother and I spent the better part of an hour and a half washing with flea shampoo and picking out fleas driven out by it by hand. Trying to pick fleas off a thrashing, soaked, and unhappy cat is NOT an easy job. Not easy. Had you ever heard a cat in serious distress or pain screech. It gave me the shivers. Creepy.

Here it is. Happens every year. The first mention of Creation! Yes, I am officially signed up for Creation. Oooooohhhh...... good vibes....

Some new movies I want to see that are coming soon:

Unknown (Liam Nelson)
The Eagle (Channing tatum)
The Adjustment Bureau (Matt Damon).
And last but not least...
Hops ( a story about the bunny who didn't want the job)


Friday, February 11, 2011

I Am Free

Okay, only partly. I decided to leave six brackets on my six front, bottom teeth and just take the top off. So now I have me top retainer in my mouth. Which is nice compared to braces, but one side effect of it is that,for the first couple days, you talk with a lisp. Sho now I talk like thish. And it shtinkss. And my friendss make fun of me. Meanies.

So, tonight at youth group we went on a pizza scavenger hunt where teams of teens go out to random peoples houses and ask them for something(anything) to put on your pizzas, then rush bakc and cook them and you have to eat them.A piece of advice, don't mix chocolate and cheese.Nasty stuff.Well.............

p.s. if u want to see owl city's new music video check out my other blog....

Thursday, February 10, 2011

I Have A Dilemma

So, as I type this I am sitting in my grandma's kitchen leaching off her internet in oroville, California. Today Is the day for my final appointment for my braces. In other words, I am supposed to get them off today, six months ahead of schedule. My teeth look great, except for one little detail.

See, about four weeks ago, one of the brackets that they glue on your teeth to hold the wire broke off. Not a big deal right? Since all the rest are still on. But, the tooth now bracketless, is one of my four front bottom row teeth. And for four weeks, it has slowly moved out of it's position. Not a whole bunch, but enough. So, here is my dilemma. Do I go ahead with the removal of my braces, or do I have them put another bracket on the tooth and put it back in position. Delaying the relief of getting my braces off. Which I can tell my dentist to do so, because I am a paying customer and for the price we are paying, he'd better be flexible. Consumers control producers, not the other way around.

Oh, the choices....


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Super Bowl Fail

Except for the actual football part, this year's super bowl was a bust. The lady, whose name I will not mention here, who was chosen to sing our national anthem butchered it so bad in an attempt to make it stylish. And instead of just singing straight, she made it horrible. And the halftime show, don't even get me started. Granted the light display setup was very cool, and the Black Eyed Peas did sing their good songs, but they didn't sound good singing them, and their female vocalist is not a good live singer. That much I now know.

Not to mention, there were seats at the stadium that were deemed unsafe due to the weather conditions. What? Yea, turns out, in Dallas, Texas,(let me be clear, Dallas Texas, you know, way down south?) just days before the Super Bowl, Dallas got six inches of snow. Six!....Go figure huh? Must be all that "global warming" kicking

So, other than all that, it was a very good show.

Until Next Year......

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Super Bowl Sunday

Here it is. The number 1 watched television broadcast of anything ever. Don't believe me? Last year, 106.5 million people watched the New Orleans Saints play the Indianapolis Colts in the Super Bowl. Surpassing the previous and long standing record set by the 1983 M.A.S.H finale of 105.97 million. That's a lot of people.

One little interesting note, there have been four men that can say they have been to every single Super Bowl. After this year only three will be able to boast it. One of them is hospitalized and will not be able to continue his streak. Bummer dude!

This year's Super Bowl features the Green Bay Packers against the Pittsburgh Steelers. I will be rooting for the Green Bay Packers.

Who will you be rooting for?

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Algebra 2 Tamed

But only temporarily. I have survived yet another Algebra 2 test of my mental toughness and endurance. Not without lots of brain pain of course, but I made it. Barely.!

So, if a teacher says don't do something, it really means just don't get caught right? I mean it's better to ask permission that forgiveness on occasion right?? Okay, maybe that's not the best idea ever, but hey, doesn't mean we can't entertain it!

So, nothing exciting has been going on. Vinny and Chelsea are pretty much back together(when you are constantly holding hands under the table,dragging on each other, its kinda obvious). Dillon is still obsessed with a girl*who I will leave unnamed* who lives in TEXAS for Pete's sake. I keep telling that guy to get a life.

My foot is completely healed from the stepping on a nail deal. I have become a series of exercises that, hopefully, will allow me to dunk on a regulation sized hoop in the future. A very lofty goal I know, but still, a achievable one I think.

I am watching the tv show Charm City Cakes, and they delivered a cake that looks like a knight in armor to a place called Medieval Times. They are dressed up in medieval clothes and stuff. Kinda makes me wanna be a knight. Tho, I think I would rather be a Duke instead.

Which bring up the question, what medieval time role would you like to be? Duke? Duchess? King? Queen? Cardinal? Princess? Prince? Executioner maybe?

Zombieland Rule # 6-SKILLET: Big. Cast Iron. In the event of a zombie invasion in your home and you don't have your gun in your hand, grab one of these. It will get the job done if wielded correctly. And, because it doubles as a cooking dish, cook your self an omelet afterward. Try cooking it in bacon grease.