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Running on fumes

3 Feb

I’ve been back in Colorado for almost 5 weeks, and it feels like I never left. When all six of us roommates got back together that first Sunday night before school started and sat downstairs, we laughed for hours, and it felt like winter break was just one long weekend. Leaving home kind of sucked. I only got to see you guys once! I wish we were still able to go on night-time adventures together… but Kansas is kind of in my way…

The past few weeks of school have been killer. I am taking 17 hours too, Megan! It is a lot of work. I’m taking two lab classes (BIO and Oceanography), Teaching with Writing, History of Colorado (which blows because everything really important in American history happened or started in Independence or MO in general.. my MO pride really comes out a lil too much in this class), Geometry, and an online technology course worth one credit which requires the course work of a 3-credit class. Mondays and Wednesdays, my classes don’t start until noon and I’m done by 3:30 so that’s nice. Tuesday and Thursday I have class 8-12pm and on Tuesdays I have Bio lab from 1-3.. so that really sucks. Also on those days I volunteer at the Boys & Girl’s club until 7 and on Thursday I go straight back to campus for Navigators until 9. So my days are pretty packed. Fridays are like heaven. I have one class 2:30-3:20 and volunteering at club from 4 until dinner or close, depending on my plans. Oh don’t let me forget Women’s ministry at church on Monday nights, Bible Study on Tuesday nights, and babysitting on Wednesday nights. Saturdays are my only days off. I’m pretty optimistic about this semester so far; here’s to hoping that optimism stays for 13 more weeks.

Over break, which now seems like forever ago, I got exciting news! I was offered the job of On Location Camp Counselor at Eagle Lake camp in Colorado Springs!!! I am so so so very excited to spend my summer serving at a camp again, and even more excited that it’s in Colorado (and the surrounding area). My specific job will consist of traveling around Colorado or the northern Midwest area and doing camp at different churches each week. This is the stuff I want to be doing for the rest of my life, so being able to start that now is beyond a blessing. My whole summer is already planned out, and what a relief. I can’t imagine trying to deal with the stress of making summer plans while taking 17 credits. Good luck to you guys with finding internships and jobs!

Outdoor soccer starts the 18th of February and I cannot wait! I went to the gym Friday to play volleyball with my roommate and we ended up playing for almost 2 hours. Oh my gosh I am so sore. Muscles that I never thought I had are hurting me. I don’t like it. VB is hard and hurts your arms so much. My palms are bruised, and I don’t know how that happened. Bleh. I’m so ready to get back out on the soccer field.

Happy birthday week to you Kendyl!! All of the world will be celebrating with you!
-Morgan

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Colorado Update

13 Oct

I live in a house divided. It is 5 vs. 1 every time the Broncos play football. I am that one. The one who could care less about the Broncos, Peyton Manning, and the NFL in general. However, those five do not like that I am that one. Really there is one of the five who is too die-hard and I can’t stand to be around on a Broncos game day. YOU CAN NEVER CHANGE ME INTO A BRONCOS FAN. So, today, as on any other game day, I sit quietly on the couch zoned out as those five cheer and yell and sneer at me as I stupidly comment on the great catch (which so happened to be an interception) for the enemy. However, a little bit of hometown pride swells up in me as I hear the KC Chiefs are 6-0 and have the loudest fans, loud enough to break a world record! How cool. When does college basketball start? answer: not soon enough

Well, I haven’t been very faithful to this blog; for that I apologize. I have become exponentially worse at getting things done. For example, I did laundry last Tuesday. My sheets sat in the dryer for 6 days. 6 days! I would forget them and then remember them but not care and then it was 6 days later. That’s bad.

I have added a fun thing to my schedule. I am now a volunteer at the Boys and Girls’ Club! I love it. I go every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and stick around for about 2 hours. I have helped with homework and a few programs that they participate in. Tuesday was my first day and I stuck with the 1st-4th grade boys. We did a health and fitness program and I was supposed to help them with a worksheet. Holy moly. Those boys were so wound tight! Thursday was a little quieter. The boys were in an “acting” program– which means that the instructor makes up a bunch of stuff and the boys do it and love it. We played zombie tag for an hour. They had so much fun pretending and sneaking around and running it was adorable how many smiles I saw. (One boy was so smiley and in a good mood that he would run up to me and give me a giant hug any time he had the chance… heart melting). Friday was crazy again, they don’t have homework help so the kids get to play in an awesome games room for forever. But then I was stuck with the 1st-4th grade girls for an hour program. We played a game a little like “I’ve Never” but the girls got to move around the room. It was weird. But I learned so much about their home lives. It was heartbreaking. I had a chat with a staff after that program was over and he explained to me the living situation of one of the girls. So heartbreaking.

I love it. Being present and available and loving is such a small thing I can do for these kids and they need it- they crave it. I could do something like this for the rest of my life. I think that’s why I love camp so much. Though I don’t get to spend much time with the campers, I can make every minute they are with me full of love, acceptance, and Jesus; things they might not get at home at all.
Things are non-stop on this end. I can’t wait to take a break this next weekend at Journey, the Regional conference for schools that have Navigator ministries. Going to make the long and out of the way trek up to Estes Park. Can’t wait to be up in the mountains! Finally!

Miss you all

Love, Morgan

p.s. Sorry I suck at writing letters or communicating in other means rather than snapchat. Maybe I’ll make up for it and send you all Christmas cards….

p.p.s. speaking of Christmas….. only 73 days!! Holla!

Oh no!

26 Aug

I’m a Junior in college!!! OH NO!
I haven’t gotten any school supplies, my room is still being moved into, my house is a weird empty mess, I already have plans made for me everyday this week for Navs, I start Bible study recruitment this week, my printer is still in somebody’s garage, and I don’t know if I have a pencil. I am so not physically ready for this year… but I am so pumped! I am living in a house with great girls, I have such great support through Navs, I get to lead a Bible study for freshmen women, my summer has really prepared me spiritually and emotionally, and I can’t wait to live life with these friends again. There are so many mixed emotions about this year but I am so ready to see where it takes me.

I can’t believe I’m a junior in college. I have a car. I have a pretty and confident smile. I have so many solid friendships. I am growing up! This is so weird but I think I love it.

Here’s to the new year, new friendships, new start.

Good luck to all of you starting your second week of college (and those traveling the world)

Morgan-out.

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Music and History

12 Mar

Life for the past week -boring, stressful, dramatic, and lazy

Weekend: my best or at least most memorable one so far. Here are the details:

Friday- Pong night. I found out I am pretty good at water pong, especially when playing against people who are really drunk. Let me elaborate. My friend Tage came up to Greeley for one last hoorah before shipping out next month to basic training, I think, I know he is going into the Navy. Anyways, this would be the last time for me to see him, so I made myself be social and went to a friends’ house and hung out while they continued to par-tay hard. I ended up staying out until 3 am, and played water pong for an hour. I am pretty good, and discovered that my technique is the arch-shot and not the laser-shot. (; At the end of our game, it was Tage and I versus Zach and Emil, Tage and Zach were plastered and Emil and I were carrying our teams because we were sober. When there were just 3 cups left, the game came to a stand still and we were geting bored so Zach decided to slam dunk the last cup. Result: water everywhere, a broken table, and stomach pains from laughing so hard. All around it was a good night- and I have a video to show you all how ridiculous that dunk was.

Saturday- I babysat a little girl named Peyton. Tori’s mom’s cousins recently moved to Thornton but before that they lived with Tori’s family for a few months. During that time when Tori and I would go home for the weekend, we got to know them pretty well and their adorable little girl. This weekend they asked if I would like to babysit for them, Tori had dumb RA duties, and so I did. My reward was money and homemade lasagna with the leftovers to bring home. It was awesome. And homemade lasagna is probably the most delicious thing I have ever eaten… also it is the only home-cooked meal I have consumed since Winter break. So consider yourselves lucky that home-cooking is not that far of a drive. Tori has been so busy with her new job of being an RA that she had only one weekend to go home this half of the semester and that just so happened to be the only weekend I had plans with Navs. Saturday was a great break from campus, plus I got back just in time to play the Hunger Games board game. It’s neat

Sunday- Our schol put on their Spring musical, Legally Blonde, and I went to see it. It was so upbeat and fun. Totally renewed my love of musicals and my dream of my life being a musical. I so want to see this on Broadway, or at least get the soundtrack. The music was so catchy that I can’t stop signing it. I love musicals. That evening I had the honor of having dinner with Jim Downing, a founder of the Navigators and the oldest person who was a naval officer during Pearl Harbor 1941. So many stories. Jim Downing is 99 years old and travels across the country to meet with college students. He is going to a different campus every day this week and that is totally normal for him. He is the coolest person I have ever talked to. He is a walking history book of America. He lived through the Great Depression, fought in both World Wars, and is still alive to tell it all. It is such a privilege to be able to meet someone like him, and so rare. I hope I never forget the stories and jokes he told. He was quite hilarious. Oh and if you ever get bored you should check out his story . Here’s the link. He wrote a book of all his experiences in the Navy for his children, and then was asked to publish it on the USS West Virginia website.

Here’s a clip of the opening act of Legally Blonde

-Morgan

P.S. My spring break starts Thursday night! I’m almost there, I can taste it! And you know what it tastes like..? Ponak’s.

 

Get Me a Pen!

26 Feb

Signing a lease on Tuesday say whaaaat!?

This is so crazy

So, that ^^^ happened last week. I still can’t believe that I can now say that I have a house! I only lease it, and the contract is just for one year, but I still feel accomplished and grown-up!

These past two weeks have all been pretty busy. Not many fun stories came out of them…. Well, I guess Valentines day was interesting. I woke up really sad, mostly because it was 9:30 and I had a tummy ache and I missed my class. But, I took on the day and put on my red sweatshirt and ate my breakfast alone. It was great. Then I had two other classes and one included a test. bleh. But, my teacher redeemed herself by giving us mini gummi bear packages when we finished the test. They were so cute that I couldn’t eat them for a day. Then I went straight to my house (even though it’s not technically my house until July 1, from now on it will be referred to as mine) and took pictures and talked to the girls who live there so I could get all the dirty details my landlord might have not disclosed. I for sure fell in love with the house again. Next, I was off to Zoe’s cafe to chit-chat with the girls I was to be living with so we could discuss finding our 6th roommate. (That is a super long story and is full of drama so I won’t bore you with that) Then, I was late to my own party! The Navs put on an event led by the event teams, of which I am a part of, and it was pretty neat. After the event, there was a dessert social and everybody brought chocolate treats. Once everyone left, which was about 10:45pm, I had a paper to write. Man, now that I think aboutit, my Valentines day was pretty sucky! ha! Anyways, the best part of Valentines day I didn’t even realize happened until the next day. The only things I ate were made of chocolate. I think I am going to start a new tradition of only eating chocolate things on that day, anyone with me?

The time between then and now has not stopped for an hour. Over the weekend, I met with a girl who was interested in being our 6th roommate and then communicated through email and text with my landlord about 20 times to finalize everything. Then Tuesday, February 19, 2013 I signed my first lease! Woop! Woop! I never stop going on Thursdays, and Friday I was on my way to Fort Collins for the Navs Laborers Conference. What an uplifting and knowledge filled weekend that was. I am so blessed to be a part of Navs and to have the opportunity to get off campus and spend time worshipping with hundreds of other college students who love the Lord. It is an experience I wish could happen more often.

And now it’s Monday night. I have my first Math exam tomorrow of which will consist of more paragraphs than numbers. My first big presentation for my Children’s Lit class is due tomorrow and I am super nervous about it. But, there is less than 3 weeks until Spring break! Although, I think it will be warmer here than in Independence… you guys are getting so much snow, this Colorado girl is jealous!

I hope you have lovely weeks and don’t get too stir crazy being snowed in and taking days off of school!

-Morgan

p.s. I would like to extend my sincerest apologies for not sending Valentines. Getting all of yours in the mail just made my day, and now I am very much regretting not being able to brighten your days as you did mine.

p.p.s.I didn’t re-read this, so don’t hate me and my horrible grammar and confusing sentences.

Star Wars

23 Oct

Crazy times have I been having. (I think this is something Yoda would say, but I’ve never seen Star Wars and don’t even know if it’s 2 words or not. The only time I attempted to watch the movie was Freshman year on the way to Disney with the band. Rees was going to explain the whole thing to me, but fell asleep, so I did too.)

I have fallen behind on a lot of things this semester and it’s just now hitting me. I haven’t written as many letters to you guys or anyone and that kind of makes me sad. Letters are so special to me- even if they are simple and silly they are important. So, I apologize for that. I also have been slacking on keeping you all updated with this blog. I forgot my day for a little bit. But no excuses! And of course I’m sucking it up at school work. I think that it’s one of many of our running themes. It’s past midterm season and I have learned close to nothing.

Anywho: Tonight was my first game of the year for intramural indoor soccer. Best league ever. My team has 4 good players, which is 2 more than last year. We only lost by 11, and we got to play until there was less than 30 seconds left in the game- so that’s a plus!

My weekend was spent in Estes Park, the most beautiful place in the world during the fall. I went up there for the Journey conference that the Navigators put on every year. All the Navigators from the Rocky Mountain region get together for this one weekend every year. Groups from New Mexico all the way up Wyoming come to Estes for this conference. It was such a great thing to be in a place with like 600 college students who all love and serve God. Worship was crazy great. I just want to be back there again.

26 days until Thanksgiving break yo

I’m really hooked on the TV show Smash. Musicals are my favorite and there was an episode with Nick Jonas. It’s full of greatness.

That’s all- Morgan

 

Holy Sunsets

8 Oct

Seriously- the sunsets here, right now, could not get any more beautiful. If I were thinking I would grab my camera and share the beauty with all of the world wide web, but alas, I don’t take enough pictures and my camera is far away from me.

Speaking of pictures- I finally took pictures of my new place! And now I would show them to you but I can’t figure this out. Maybe I’ll attach them to the end of this blog….

I can’t believe it’s already October. Where has the semester gone. And I really should know a lot more information from my classes by now- but I don’t. That’s a problem. Especially since midterms are right around the corner….

This weekend was Homecoming and I did not participate. Tori and I watched the football game on tv and we were pulverized by Montana who is ranked only one seed above us (I think). But I did learn some news yesterday… we have an actual dance for Homecoming. I seriously had no idea that it’s the same as high school with the dance and game and parade and everything! Oh and I was reminded that we have a parade at 9:30 in the morning Saturday with the band playing right outside of my dorm, they are pretty good actually.

Navigators is keeping me pretty busy. Thursday I helped to kick off the most favorited activity ever: Swing Dancing! (I actually am not a fan of swing dancing, or dancing in general, but seems like every other person involved in Navs is in love with it and is really good at it). I got to be the DJ which was great because I only had to dance twice and always had an excuse to cut out of a song early. Overall, everyone had a good time and the turn out was great! In two weeks I’ll be going to the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park for an anual conference for the Navs teams from the surrounding areas. Three or four campuses from Colorado, and a couple from New Mexico and Wyoming and maybe one from Montana. This will be my second time in the mountains this semester and I really can’t wait to see all the aspen trees being all yellow.  I will take my camera then, so I can show y’all the greatness of the mountains.

– Almost forgot! A few friends and I have been going to the rock wall at the gym almost every day this past week. It is super fun and challenging every time we go. I have a couple of nice bruises on my knees and two gross scars on the backs of both hands from hanging on for dear life when I forget that someone is holding me on to the wall with a rope. So climbing is my new favorite thing and I’m hoping to go on Thanksgiving break at IBEX.

Hope these pictures work-

-Morgan

it’s shark week

17 Sep

It’s not shark week. I have no clue when shark week is.. but I like shark week.
Today I turned in my resumé for Aspen Leaf fro yo. So hopefully I will know by next week if I have a job. I kind of decided last minute to apply again (I applied last year and I never heard from them- so unprofesh), plus my roommate really wants me to work there so I can give her a discount. That’s fine with me because I think it’s nasty- but I will never say that out loud, only on the internet where no one will ever read these words. And I think I should get the job since I just worked at a fro yo place all summer long. We’ll see….

Also, today was the first community service project that my team in Navigators prepared. It was a hit! We gave away oreos and lemonade for free in a breezeway in the middle  of campus. I got to head up this project, so I am pretty excited that it was successful and that the Staff thought it was a great idea. Feels good to be on this high horse for a lil bit.

Sunday night, our friend Amanda came over for dinner. Usually this is no big deal… but Kendal fixed dinner- and that’s huge! See, K can  boil water and that’s about it. So spaghetti was perfect, and it turned out well. The only thing that wasn’t so cool was that the pasta sauce exploded a little bit so it was really messy. Amanda is a year older and she is the coolest person ever. She has the same dating views as Tori and I (pretty much she hasn’t ever had a bf before and is very conservative) so we always have things to talk about. Plus she is just now dating her very first bf so she’s an inspiration! ha

Thursday I took a trip to our clinic. This was not the first time I’ve been there. I don’t know if you can recall, but last semester I had to take Kendal there because her face landed on a waffle maker. So- clinic- took me and hour and a half to actually see a doctor (my ear wasn’t working, super weird) and she told me I had nothing wrong with me. Well I would like to revoke that doctor’s license because guess what, I’m sick.
So far, this year is just a glitter and rainbows.

Morgan

Whoops….

22 Jan

So it’s 6:30pm and I almost forgot to blog about my life. I know, I know this would have been awful. Here goes…..
Monday- No class, so I slept late and watched movies I think (I can’t remember, this was a whole week ago…).
Tuesday- Longest day if the week. I have Geology lab from 9:30 to noon, Geology lecture from 12:30 to 2 and Biology lab from 7 to 9:50pm. This leaves no time for lunch, and no time fo fun after a long day of science. Both these sciences are on totally different ends of the spectrum, so it is not similar and I cry a lot.
Wednesday- Class all day, literally. I start at 10am and don’t end until 9pm
Thursday- I have Geology lecture and that is all folks! Again, Thursdays are my favorite day of the week. I sleep late(ish) and I have plenty of time to nap. This week I went to Navigators which is a Christian group on campus. They are actually pretty well-known for their Bible studies and stuff. You should look them up if you have the time, I don’t have time to add a link because if I took the time to figure it out this would not be posted until Monday and I might be tar-and-feathered.
Friday- Class, ending at 3:20. This friday I did laundry which has been piling up for two weeks, but it was all finished in two hours! Success. Then right before class I got to go to Starbucks which was the second highlight of the week. The best thing that happened this week was in Multicultural Studies; we watched a movie! Kevin Costner is in it, and during the glorious movie my professer fell asleep!
WEEKEND- I spent it with Kendal. She lives in Lawrenson which is the tallest building from Denver to Cheyenne, Wyoming. From her windows I can actually see MOUNTAINS! (plus she has a kitchen and really nice roommates) Oh and I went to church and am in a Bible study group if there is one that doesn’t conflict with my ridiculous schedule.
This has been a hectic week and there is so much going on that I can’t tell you all of it. Sorry for this bland post but I am wiped out, but alas, my week starts again in approximately 12 hours…. no time for rest.
Oh and did I mention, I applied for 2 jobs. Hobby Lobby and Sky Blu (a frozen yogurt place). Wish me luck on actually getting a job.
I need sleep…

and a milkshake.

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