Ever since my freshman year of college when my campus minister pointed out why churches typically don’t say Alleluia/Hallelujah during Lent, I have made a point of avoiding the word myself during the season. The explanation she gave was pretty cool to me and made a lot of sense. The reason why some churches make a conscious to not say the word alleluia during Lent is because alleluia is a word you say as a celebration, and during Lent, we are remembering a somber time in Jesus’ life. Although it isn’t that big of a deal when people do say that word during Lent, it’s a good way for me to continuously be aware of the Lenten season even when I’m not able to give up or take something else on. It’s a simple Lenten practice that I’ve been able to do for the past few years.
In addition to not saying Alleluia, I also want to take something on. I love the idea of reaching out and writing letters to people who have made a difference to me. I intended to this last year and didn’t really follow through, so I will hopefully be more successful this year. My plan is to focus more on teachers who have had an impact in my life if I can find a way of getting in touch with them, although other people aren’t off limits.
In just a few short days, I went from $0 to $65! I am 65% to my goal of $100, but if I am able to raise more, I’ll go for it. Of course, my main focus in life right now is my job, but any bit I make will be worthwhile. I still remember the year I wasn’t in school or working full-time, and I was able to raise over $500. That was such an accomplishment :)
I’m signed up to participate in Relay for Life at UNC for the seventh year in a row. Whether or not I can make the actual event, I have a goal of raising $100. If I raise more, that would be great, but for now, I’m just focusing on my goal. I’m hoping to ask ten people to donate $10 each.
I have been involved in Relay for Life since I was a freshman in college. That year, one of my good friends from elementary school got cancer. His cancer wasn’t one of the more serious ones, and he later recovered, but his mother also developed cancer. She eventually died of the disease about two years later. My grandmother had had cancer before I was even born, so she has been someone I’ve Relayed for as well. Last year, I found out that Ian Peterson, someone I had gone to high school with and who was friends with my brother and other friends, had been sick with cancer. I only knew about it for about a month before he died last year. He was a senior at NC State, and is another person who I’ll be thinking of as I work to raise money for the American Cancer Society. I don’t want anyone else to have to suffer through having cancer or knowing someone who has the disease. I know $100 is an attainable goal once I reach out to individuals.
If anyone reading this would like to donate, I’ll put up a link to my personal page, although I don’t really expect people I don’t even know to donate to a random Relay page. Still, some of my friends and family might come across this post via Facebook. http://dft.ba/-dmouncrelay14
This semester is going so much better than last semester! I started things off right by giving the kids assigned seats, speaking lots of Spanish (which scared some, haha), and telling them the rules upfront. Things have definitely been much less crazy since last semester. I really like all of my classes, and I so far haven’t had any real problems with my students. Other than spying the occasional cell phone, the students have been pretty good and generally not too terribly loud. I enjoy my Spanish II classes, although I really love getting to end the day with my Spanish I class. It’s mostly freshmen and sophomores (with at least one junior thrown in), and I actually really like that age group! They’re an overall great group of kids anyway, and they’re the class to whom I feel like I’m actually teaching a thing or two. At the end of class today, one of my students gave me a box of Bertie Bott’s Ever Flavor Beans and told me, “Thanks for being awesome,” which totally made my day. I wonder if he’s a Nerdfighter? (His favorite book is Looking for Alaska, so he at least likes/knows about John Green).
One Ring to Rule them All 2
I was all about LegendaryFrog videos when I was in 9th and 10th grade. This is one of my favorite LegendaryFrog videos and Lord of the Ring spoofs in general. Enjoy the blast from my past.
Topology of a Twisted Torus- Numberphile
This is so cool! He does it with bagels first and then with little handmade models. (I’m actually a closet math nerd). Go check out Numberphile’s YouTube channel!
The Stars of The Hobbit Read The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins.
everyone is reading with their normal voice AND THEN THERE’S BENEDICT
IM LITERALLY DYING OF SECOND HAND EMBARRASSMENT I HATE EVERYONE IN THIS VIDEO
I FUCKING HATE YOU BENEDICT OMFG
CLASSIC. one of my favorite songs of all time
Benedict sounded like Gandalf, hahaha