Everything is Awesome

legolandI had the opportunity to visit the LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Grapevine, Texas. I’ve never had a desire to go, because I am not much of a Lego fan; I would much rather read than build, but my cousin is in town, so my mom thought it would be a fun idea.

The Discovery Center was a lot different than what I was expecting, not that I had too many ideas as to what it would involve. In my opinion, it was kind of lame (but I am 20). There was a tour explaining how Legos are made, three different rides, a few different rooms of activities, a splash park, and a cinema of sorts. It sounds like a lot, but I was unimpressed by most of it except the room that actually had things built out of Legos, but my ten year old cousins seemed to have a great time.

IMG_4529 IMG_4527Above is the Dallas Skyline (sort of) and the Texas Ranger’s stadium. Seeing these intricate buildings and structures made out of Legos was the best part for me, because I admire people who have that much talent.

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My cousins and I in front of AT&T stadium and American Airlines.

This center was definitely for kids, but younger-aged boys seemed to be having the most fun. If you do decide to visit, make sure to bring a swimsuit and socks, so your kids can play in the water and on the jungle gym.

I just found out that there is an actual LEGOLAND in Florida and I think that one is more of what I was expecting, so maybe I will visit that one someday.

❤ a girl

 

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Dear Jesse

Before you say anything just hear me out.

I know you have advised me to drop the subject, and I will, but I have to get this out.

What you did yesterday night really hurt me. I don’t know what you told Kayla; whether it was that ‘I wanted to talk to her’ or that ‘you told me that she told you that I showed her the text’ isn’t really the point… the point was that you said something to her in the first place and then decided to give her your phone to send me a message telling me ‘I don’t even care enough about you’.

I know everyone thinks I am some cold-hearted bitch, but I’m not. My heart is just as warm as the next person’s, so what people do and say does affect me. To learn that practically all of the people you thought liked you are secretly talking about you behind your back can really make a person feel alone. It made me feel alone.

I have had your back since I first started working at this restaurant when you were just an expo and everyone would tease and make fun of you. I would tell you that they are only doing this to you, because they know it bothers you and they can get a rise out of you. I had your back then and I have your back now and I would have hoped that as my friend you would stick up for me.

It would have been nice for one of my friends to tell them that they know I didn’t do it and that maybe we should actually talk to her about it.

Nobody is perfect and although I think I am pretty darn close, I’m far from it. Most people are normally dealing with stuff that they keep to themselves. I deal with feeling alone. That is something you couldn’t necessarily figure out by just knowing me on a surface level. It is for this reason that it is hard for me to ‘just drop it’ as you and others have told me.

I need to know if the conversations we have as friends are confidential. I need to know that if what I tell you will stay between us or be used as ammo the next time you want a good show or need a good piece of gossip. I accept that you love drama, but I would appreciate being left out of your games. I need to know if what I tell you will stay with you, because if it won’t then I need to start filtering what I say. We are friends and I vent to you for this reason, but I won’t if it has the possibility of being shared.

I would hope that as your friend I would receive more respect from you and I would get to see the better side of you.

❤ a girl

Taste The Rainbow

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Like being a woman, like being a racial, religious, tribal, or ethnic minority, being LGBT does not make you less human. And that is why gay rights are human rights and human rights are gay rights. – Hillary Clinton

This morning I slept in, I watched an episode of So You Think You Can Dance, and took a shower all before I found out that gay marriage had been legalized. I woke up this morning thinking it would be just a regular day, but instead I got to be alive during one of most monumental days in history.

I am so excited that gay marriage is now legal. I have so many friends that can now be married and I feel like so many other people who have been afraid can finally be comfortable with who they are.

Growing up a Christian, I was always told that homosexuality was wrong, but I never really agreed with this. In church, we are taught that there is no sin that is worse than another. Therefore, I never understood why they were so against gay people. No one says anything about alcoholics getting married and that is a sin, no one says anything about people who had premarital sex getting married and that is a sin; I just never understood why it was such a big deal. If you feel that being homosexual is a sin then allow those people to sin the way they want to and you sin the way you want to.

Another reason I never understood why it wasn’t legal is because the only argument against it was that it was wrong, but isn’t there supposed to be a separation of church and state… so when you strip away the religion, why is it so wrong?

I have been amazed and proud at how the country has responded to this news. It is such an incredible celebration!

I was at work earlier and I realized that sometimes people can really surprise you. One of the servers that used to work there was openly gay, but had never really found a partner. He is one of the sweetest people ever and everyone really adores him. Well three of his good friends (a guy/girl couple and another straight guy) decided to go with him to a gay bar for the first time in celebration! I thought this was so sweet!

I have high hopes that we continue this uphill battle! That Americans continue to be encouraging in helping fight for gay rights! It is incredible how far we have come!

❤ a girl

Another Name for Insecurity

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I woke up this morning to a text. After reading this text, I think my skin turned a shade green.

Sloth has an internship at an airline this summer. She is a technology intern and has to wake up at the crack of dawn every weekday morning and come home really late; she is pretty much exhausted all the time, but is having “so much fun” there.

I know it does me no good to be jealous of her and her opportunity, but there are days when I can’t help it. As her best friend, she tells me about all the people she is meeting and how great they are, about what an awesome opportunity this is and how much she is learning, and about all the free flights to anywhere she gets to take.

Yep! That is what I am most jealous of… the free flights. I love to travel and I want to go to all these places, but never seem to be able to. Now she gets this internship and flies everywhere with all her new friends and then tells me all about how amazing they are. I know she isn’t doing it to be malicious, but sometimes I just want her to quit going to all the places I want to go or the places we discussed going together.

Her and I discussed visiting Charleston, South Carolina when we were obsessed with One Tree Hill, because that is the city that they filmed the show in. I thought we had plans to go there, but now that her flights are free and she has other friends whose flights are free, she has decided to go there with them. I don’t want her to miss out, but at the same time I want her to stop and remember and think maybe she should go somewhere that we weren’t planning to go.

What also sucks is how she and I were both interns at the Texas Rangers during our senior year of high school. To say it was an awful experience would be an understatement, but that had always been our thing. Now she just loves to tell me how much we got screwed over and how awesome this internship is. I am happy she finally has something to compare it to and I would be sad if she didn’t tell me about it, but sometimes I just don’t want to know.

Anyway I got a text today from her asking me to tell Deer that she wasn’t going to make it to her bridal shower on Saturday, because she is going to be in Chicago (again). After reading that this morning, I couldn’t help but sigh, because sometimes, for your friends, you need to make sacrifices and attend what you said you would. But she will bounce back and this is an amazing opportunity for her and I am proud of her… most of the time.

❤ a girl

What Makes A Man

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Happy Father’s Day to all of you amazing dad’s out there! We children wouldn’t be who we are without your guidance and love!

So this morning in church the lesson was on ‘What is a Real Man.” As soon as the pastor started speaking I was unsure as to where this sermon was going. I can assure you that about ten minutes in I was already shaking my head.

He decided to start out with what a real man is not. Now there were a few bullets that I agreed with like a real man doesn’t abandon his family or dominate women, but there was one bullet in particular that I was extremely irritated with. He said a real man doesn’t father a child out of marriage.

Now I know that I am sitting in church, so marriage is very important and that pre-marital sex is a sin, but even so this was so vague and so general that I didn’t feel it needed to be said. Men and women make mistakes all the time and getting a girl pregnant out of marriage (which it takes two to have a child, so he is not the only one at fault) is not the best way to start a family, but I think that what makes that man a real man is how he handles the situation he has gotten himself into.

Mistakes are part of life, but to act like just because someone has done this means they can’t turn their life around and become a real man is ridiculous. That man can choose to marry that woman and unite that family that he has started or if marriage isn’t what they want, he can be there for that kid in so many ways. Families are not as cut and dry as they used to be which is why that statement pissed me off a little (and I come from a cut and dry family!).

I don’t think the sermon was meant to be rude or thoughtless, but sometimes I feel like it needs to be edited and read to a few more people before said on Sunday morning. That statement could have been hurtful to a lot of men and families out there. From what I have been taught, God is all about taking negative or imperfect situations and creating something beautiful out of them, so I think the pastor needed to be a little more careful in what he puts out.

For all you men out there who aren’t perfect, don’t listen to people who tell you you can’t be a stand up guy. You can turn your life around and make the best of whatever situation you are in. That is what life is all about! I believe in you!

❤ a girl