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8:00 A.M. – Quest Accepted: One for the History Books
Quest Description: Complete 100 question exam on ancient church history in under one hour.

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1:00 P.M. – Quest Accepted: Learn Your Lesson (Plan)
Quest Description:  Complete a full lesson plan on Daniel 1 in two and a half hours and return it to the Fitz 3 desk worker.

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The Final Stretch

You know it’s the last week of classes when:

– You stay up all Sunday night doing homework.

– You write four papers in under 24 hours and you still have five more to write by the middle of finals week.

– The phrase “free time” makes you laugh.  Not the “oh, that’s funny” kind of laugh, but the unsettling sort of laugh that is usually accompanied by facial tics and a desire to inflict harm upon the offending speaker.

– You actually go to sleep before midnight, sometimes even as early as 9:45 P.M., despite the fact that it’s practically still light out then.

– You immediately turn down offers to do anything even remotely resembling a social activity without so much as a second thought.  Play racquetball?  Sorry, homework.  Hold a conversation for more than a minute and a half?  Sorry, homework.  Actually leave my room and interact with people?  Sorry, homework.

– You’ve moved past counting down the days and are now counting down the hours to when you’ll finally be finished with school (that’s approximately 266 1/2 for those of you following along at home).

– You unapologetically resort to posting quick, cheap, list-form blog posts, sacrificing content for the sake of that ever-elusive holy grail known as sleep.

I hear it calling me now, in fact.  Goodnight, my friends.  I’ll see you at the finish line.

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Why Dan is the Best Roommate Ever

1. Dan is Alaskan

2. Dan tells wacky bedtime stories at random

3. Dan is fun to watch Wipeout, Survivor, and The Amazing Race with every week

4. Dan doesn’t clean the room, so I don’t feel bad about not cleaning the room either

5. Dan is blind without his glasses on, which allows for hilarious pranks involving large numbers of people hiding in the room and surprising him when he tries to go to sleep

6. Dan knows how to make YouTube gold

7. Dan is always willing to play one more game of Super Smash Bros.

8. Dan drags me along on crazy adventures involving fountains and the like

9. Dan has ridiculously curly hair

10. Dan gives me ideas like this one when I’m at a loss for a blog post and I only have twenty minutes left in which to come up with something

Thanks for making my freshman year a good one, Dan.


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Why My Mom is the Best College Mom Of All Time

So my little brother came down to visit me at school this weekend, and my mom promised that she’d send some stamps with him when he came so that I could mail some letters.  When he arrived, I discovered that she had not only sent the promised stamps, but also four Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs (the best candy in the world) and a bucket with four little cans of Play-Doh and a bunch of animal-shaped cutters to go with it.  What can I say?  She knows me to a fault.  Thanks for sending me candy, toys, and Martians at random intervals to brighten my day, Mom.  Today’s post is dedicated to you because you really are the best college mom of all time.

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The Moody Men’s Collegiate Choir performed our seventh concert tonight, and tomorrow is the end of our first week on tour, which means that tonight we are about halfway finished with the 2011 Spring Tour.  So far, it’s been the best experience I’ve had at Moody to date.  All 37-ish of the Men’s Choir men are a riot, and riding on the bus with them is always a great experience.  We’ve explored the Southwest U.S., seen some amazing sights, performed in half a dozen churches, met plenty of wonderful people, and probably spent almost 24 total hours sitting in the tour bus shooting each other with darts and making lame puns.  All of this has, of course, created countless stories, memories, and inside jokes, including (but certainly not limited to) the victory dance and the step of doom, and I couldn’t be enjoying it more.  Tomorrow is our day off, and we’re headed to White Sands National Monument for a while before we make our way to El Paso where we’ll be performing three times at two different churches on Sunday (and did I mention the concert in Las Cruces in between?).  I’m looking forward to both the day of rest and the following day of insane busyness, because every day with the Men’s Choir is a day well worth the effort.  I can’t wait to spend another week on the road with them, and to post my favorite stories here for you, but for now, I need to get to sleep (and no, Mom, I didn’t stay up until 1 AM.  It’s only 10:45  here in New Mexico).  So until tomorrow, have a great night’s sleep and God bless!


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Wall Paper

To the left of my desk there is a thin strip of wall that is rapidly disappearing beneath a growing collection of doodles, posters, paintings, and other such fantastic doodads.  Its official name is The Great Wall of Paper (and One Watercolor Painting and a Piece of Cardboard), but most of the time I just call it “the wall”. I love the wall, because each article I’ve placed there reminds me of a different aspect of my college experience, and they all have a story behind them.  Together, they make a colorful snapshot of what my freshman year at Moody has been like so far, from the  new things I’ve tried to the new friends I’ve made to the family members I love and miss.  I’ve already mentioned the crazy drawing from my PCM in my “Not Just Any Desk” post, but I thought the rest of the wall deserved equal treatment, so here are all of the items on the Great Wall of Paper from top to bottom:

1. A Watercolor Painting of Mario


Super Watercolor Bros.

My friend Adam goes to Art Club every Wednesday, and one week he decided to experiment with watercolors by painting a scene from Super Mario Bros.  When he finished it, he let me have it, so now it’s hanging cheerfully at the top of the wall, giving my room just the right amount of nerdy flair.

2. My 2009 NaNoWriMo Winner’s Certificate

Last year's NaNo winner's certificate.

Right beneath Mario is this orange and squirrelly reminder of my very first NaNoWriMo.  This year’s certificate is framed, so it wouldn’t stay on the wall with tacky putty, but last year’s certificate is there to remind me of how much fun writing is, and how much I can write when I put my mind to it.

3. My “The Best” Sign From “Stop Motion Skyline”

You guys are the best.

One Monday night I had the crazy idea to film a stop motion video, so I sat down with my webcam and started snapping pictures.  Pretty soon, the idea developed into a short little tribute to everyone watching, letting them know that they are, indeed, the best.  That fact still holds true, and that sign still reminds me of all the fun I had trying out a new style of video.

4. My Filming Notice

A sign I made for my door while I'm filming.

Back when I first decided to try vlogging, I made this sign for my door to let people know that they could still come in if they needed anything.  I didn’t want them to think I was in the middle of an important conversation, or worse, that I was talking to myself.  Although in retrospect I essentially was talking to myself and just didn’t want to admit my insanity.  Oh, well.

5. When Beavers Fly

A drawing that my mom did for The Funny Paper Game.

Ah, The Funny Paper Game.  Ever since we learned how to play this Pictionary/Telephone hybrid from our friends, the Swensens, it’s been a family favorite.  I kept this picture, my mom’s interpretation of the sentence “When beavers fly, birds will not”, to remind me of home – and my goofy family whom I miss very much.

6. Derpy Hooves


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I decided to try my hand at drawing when I first started watching My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and I learned that it isn’t too hard to do.  So, I drew a few pictures to send home to my siblings, then I drew one of my favorite background characters from the show for myself.  I think it adds some much-needed cross-eyedness to the room.

7. That Drawing of Me

‘Nuff said.

8. My “Edit Me” Motivational Poster

Do it now!

I edited the cover art from this year’s NaNo novel to remind me to get some much-needed editing done.  So far I haven’t had a lot of time to work on it, but at least I made the poster.  That’s a step in the right direction, right?

So that’s the Great Wall of Paper, a collection of pictures from all the different parts of my college life.  What kind of drawings, doodles and doodads to you keep around your room, and what are the stories behind them?

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The Grill

Community is incredible, isn’t it?  In today’s world, it’s easier than ever to connect with everyone you know and their cousin and yet still spend most of your life alone.  Despite their name, social networks are just the opposite.  We can claim people as our friends, but never talk to them face to face; we can “like” everything they say and never have any meaningful exchanges.  It doesn’t take long for this solo act to wear us out, because we were made to live together with other people.  We were made to care about more than just what we have to say and what everyone else thinks of it, meant to know more about our friends than all of the pithy quotes and witty one-liners they carefully select to show to the world at large.  We were meant to go deep, to be authentic, and to truly love one another.  Tonight, the guys from my floor headed down to the lounge one floor down, and we spent some time fellowshipping with the men who live there.  We cooked up some meat, tossed around some fun and also quite a few probing questions, then we settled in to hear my roommate Dan’s testimony and pray for each other.  After a long day of sitting in my room, wondering why I felt so logey (look it up, it’s a great word), spending some time down at “The Grill” reminded me that there are a lot of sincere, godly, fun men here at school every day that I rarely acknowledge, and I think that that is a huge mistake.  After all, if God wanted me to believe that I was the most important person in the world, why did He make several billion others and order me to love each of them as much as myself?  It looks to me like the ratio of love for others and love for myself in my heart should be about several-billion-to-one, and I can tell you now that’s not the case.  I can also tell you, however, that that’s something I want to change.  By the grace of God, I want to take off my Facebook face and interact with the real people in the real world and make a real difference in their lives – and maybe in the process I’ll see some real conviction and real change in my own life, too.

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