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My Thanksgiving Meal Tomorrow

Right now my Mom is busy slaving away in the kitchen preparing for a busy meal tomorrow. My Mom has an interesting menu planned for tomorrow. She a planned to serve a creme cheese dip covered with cranberries, croissants, honey baked turkey, honey baked ham, stove top dressing, corn bread pudding, sweet peas, and sweet potato casserole. I always look forward to Thanksgiving. Right after Christmas, its my favorite holiday of the year. I not only love ot for the food, but I also love to spend the quality time with my family.

Thanksgiving can be stressful for my Mom. She has to go buy all the ingredients for all the various dishes that she is going to prepare. She has to makes sure that she is going to cook enough for my big family. She also has to make sure that she has the ability to multitask by having to entertain her family and is able to finish preparing all the trimmings for the delicious trimmings for the feast that awaits us. I really enjoy being able to spend time with the members of my family that I do not get to see on a regular basis.

My favorite dish that my Mom makes is her Corn Bread Pudding. I really love this dish. When I was younger this was the dish that my grandma on my Mom’s side would always prepare for but Thanksgiving and Christmas. This has always been the dish that I looked forward to eating the most during the holidays. I think that this thinking comes from the fact that I used to only get this dish during this wonderful time of the year. I love this dish. I love this dish so much that I always ask my mom to cook this dish for me whenever I come back home for a visit. My Mom asked me a couple of weeks ago what I wanted to eat for my Thanksgiving meal and the only thing that I specifically requested was that my Mom prepare her excellent Corn Bread Pudding.

I am really looking forward to my feast tomorrow. It will be an excellent opportunity for me to talk with some of my relatives that I have not really seen since I moved off to Birmingham in August for my Sophomore year of college at Birmingham-Southern College. It will be an excellent opportunity for me to bond with my cousins. We kind of have a wired factoid about all of the guy cousins on my family. I don’t know that the odds of this are, but this is really true. All the guy cousins on my Mom’s side of the family were born in November and we are all seven years apart. This might sound strange, but it is really true. I love the holidays because it really gives me a chance to bond with my cousins. I really enjoy playing video games, throwing the football around, eating, talking about politics, and just enjoying each others company. Thus is a wonderful time of the year and I really enjoy getting to spend quality time with both my immediate and my extended family.

What’s The Point?

This is a question that I have been thinking about since I saw this as the writing topic for today’s date. I think that this question can be applied to almost anything. So I was thinking that this could be more of a stream of consciousness type of exercise.

What’s the point? I often find myself thinking about this on a regular basis. I often wonder what is the point of me doing what I am doing. I think that this can be completely applicable to our whole “Blog Like Crazy” project. I think that the whole reason of doing this is to improve our writing. Dr. Brock has said multiple times that the only way to improve as a writer is to read and write as much as you can.

It’s important to write on a regular basis because the more that you write, the better you will get at it. Writing is important for a variety of reasons. It is almost more important to be able to write better than you speak. This is often the case for me. I believe that I am a stronger writer than an orator. I think that its important to be able to write better than you speak because being able to write well can make up for not being able to speak well. I believe that being able to write well means more than being able to speak well. I believe that being a good speaker is something that can be taught, but being a good writer is something that is an innate talent in my opinion. I think that being able to write is a good writer is an innate talent because I think that it is harder to find strong writers than strong speakers. I believe that strong writers are few and far between. I think that companies are far more willing to pay beople more money that are good writers than those that are good speakers. This goes back to my point earlier about why being able to write is an innate skill or not.

The same can be said for reading on a regular basis. It can be extremely beneficial to read because by reading you are learning from some of the best others in the business. It is a very small percentage of writers in this world that actually have an opportunity to be published and their work shared for the rest of the world to see. My thinking is that by reading on a regular basis, you will be exposed to different writing styles of all the different authors. This is also a great way to figure out what writing styles make sense to you and which ones you would be interested in potentially trying to replicate. By reading, you are also exposed to a variety of perspectives and opinions. I think that if a person reads and tries to educate themselves on the issues that matter, then they will become more informed and a better all-around citizen.

Why does Football Matter To Me

Why does football matter to me? This is an excellent question. Football matters to me for a variety reasons. To understand why I care about Football matters so much, you need to understand why I play football. I play football for the opportunity to develop a brotherhood with my teammates that will stay with me for the rest of my life, the ability to learn many life lesson that I would not have otherwise experienced, and because I love the opportunity to prove people wrong.

The first reason as to why I play football is because I cherish the opportunity to win and lose with men that I will have a brotherhood with for the rest of my life. The guys that I play with at Birmingham-Southern College mean the world to me. If anyone on this team needed a life-saving procedure, I would be the first one to want to give them whatever they needed. The guys that I am playing with right now will more than likely be in my wedding and will help me raise my kids. It is hard to explain what exactly this bond is, but I know that it is something special. This bond comes from going through 6 a.m. workouts and Training Camp together. I know that if I somehow fall out of contact with these guys one day, I know that when I eventually see them again, we will pick up exactly where we left off.

The second reason of why I play Football is because this is where you can learn some of life’s hardest lessons. One of these lessons is how to deal with failure. In Football, when you make a mistake you have theoretically failed. However, one of the hardest lessons to learn is that you have to keep trying and can’t give up. If I quit and rolled over after every time I had a bad snap, I would be nowhere near where I am today. Football has also taught me how to be patient and to persevere. In High School, I did not have the opportunity to play until my Senior Year and even then I was not a starter right off of the bat. I had to wait until the scrimmage before the regular season started to get an opportunity to play. I only got that opportunity because the person who started in front of me on extra point and field goals had one bad snap. I took advantage of that opportunity, executed and the rest is history.

The last reason as to why I play Football is because I love to prove people wrong. I don’t say that to sound self-centered or condescending. I say that because no one actually believed that I would have a chance to live out my dream of playing college football. You see, I was not the most athletic person on my high school’s football team, but no one was going to work harder than I did. No one ever believed me when I told them I was coming here with an opportunity to play football. Everyone always thought that it was some kind of joke or that I wouldn’t be able to handle it. Well I proved my doubters wrong because I have survived everything that has been thrown my way regardless of how challenging it has been. My dad taught me from a very young age on that to get anything you want in this world, you have to be willing to make the sacrifices necessary to get what you want. He also told me that nothing will be given to you and you need to work for it.

If I didn’t play football, I think that I would have a huge void in my life.  I also wouldn’t have made the friends that I made through this whole process.  I would not trade this experience for anything.  This has been an incredible opportunity and I have done my best to take advantage of it.  I would not have it any other way.  I would do anything for the friends that I have made.  This has been an awesome experience.  I would highly recommend to anyone to play college athletics if they have the chance to do so.  This has been a wonderful experience that I wouldn’t trade for the world.

I thank God every morning for giving me this wonderful opportunity. I always thank him for letting me live out my dream.   I also thank him for the awesome guys that I have the privilege to go to battle with everyday of the week.  I honestly cherish this because it can be taken from you in the blink of an eye. Not many people get this opportunity and I think that I am the luckiest man alive for having it. Not many people truly realize how lucky they are until it’s been taken away from them. That is why I play Football.



Where I Was on 8/29/05

August 29, 2005 was a day in my life that forever changed the course of the history of my life, state, and nation. This was the day that Hurricane Katrina tore across the Louisiana and Mississippi Golf Coast. This event forever changed my life.

To understand why this was such a big deal, you need to understand the events leading up to its landfall. I was in the Fifth Grade when this happened. Katrina made landfall on a Monday, but it was really on the proceeding Friday that things were interesting. On Friday my parents and I were watching the Weather Channel because Katrina had hit Florida the previous day and was now in the Gulf of Mexico. The meteorologists were saying how the storm was pretty much going to not be a bib deal at all because it was going to make a turn and just hit the Florida panhandle. So with this information my parents and I went to bed that night pretty confident that we were going to dodge a bullet. However, the next morning we found out the worst news possible.

On Saturday we woke up and found the meteorologists saying that the storm was coming right for us. My parents were starting to panic. They were running around the house taking pictures for the insurance company in case something were to happen. This really made it register in my mind how bad things were going to get for us. I went with my parents all over Baton Rouge to all the different grocery stores trying to buy supplies for what was coming.

Governor Mary Blanco, the mayor of New Orleans, and a bunch of other federal officials came on the television saying how bad things were going to get, that people needed to get out of New Orleans, and that those who could not leave could go to the Louisiana Superdome to ride out the storm. I was really surprised by the endeavor. I thought that they needed to try to get everyone out of the city in case something bad were to happen. This all happened on Saturday. Sunday was much of the same thing. In the late afternoon, it started to rain and we were getting significant gusts from the outer bands of the storm. It never stopped raining until the storm was completely over Monday afternoon. While it was raining on Sunday my Dad and I went to the house that my grandmother was building to pickup the wood that was sitting around the outside of the house. We didn’t want anything to get picked up in the wind and damage any of the neighbor’s property.

On Monday everything started to unfold really badly. Early Monday morning we lost power and we didn’t get it back for about a week. When we lost power, we also lost the ability to have air conditioning. This was not a good place to be in when you live in south Louisiana in the middle of August. I really felt the impact when Baton Rough practically tripled in population size overnight. We grew from all of the people who lost everything in New Orleans from the storm. This was so long ago, that I just kind of remember the big details of what went on. My life changed for the better. I became closer to my family and we got through this difficult time for my state and city. I would not of traded anything I experienced for the world.

Blogging Like Crazy Is Still A Challenge

When we first started to talk about the idea of blogging everyday for an entire month, I thought that it sounded pretty easy. I did not think that it would be hard to find time over the course of an entire day to write one blog post. I thought that it would be easy to find the time to do this every day. However, I was completely wrong. I wasn’t wrong in the sense of being able to find the time to do it, but I was wrong in the sense of how easy it would be to motivate myself to write everyday.

I thought that it would be easy to motivate myself to do this everyday. However, I was wrong. I think that part of my problem is that I will procrastinate on doing this and I will wait untill the last possible minute to do my posts everyday. However, once I sit down and actually do it, I don’t think that I have much of a problem writing the post. My only issue just to get myself to sit down and do it.

This has been an exercise that I really enjoy doing. I feel as though that doing this exercise has made me a better writer. I only say that because this exercise has really forced me to practice my writing on a regular basis and that is something that I am thankful for. I feel like that this process has made me better at being able to articulate my thoughts in a way that I was previously unsuccessful in doing. I honestly believe that if I had not been forced to do this exercise, I do not think that this is something that I would of willingly done on my own. My problem iis that I have filled the internet with blogs, but they have been just sitting unused for the longest time. I have a tendency to start a blog, write a few posts, and then do absolutely nothing with it. When I say nothing, I really do mean that I will do nothing with it. I will leave it alone and forget about it

However, I am determined to not do that anymore. I have started to write on this blog before and left it to die before I would come back to it again later. I am going to say that I will not do that anymore. I am hoping that the “Blog Like Crazy” project that we are doing will make it so ingrained in my mind, that it will be next to impossible for me to forget about this blog.

I feel like that this project has made me a better writer in terms of the discipline it has taught me. This project has taught me that if I want to improve as a writer, then I need to do it everyday. Writing is not just something that you can quit doing and still expect to be good at. Writing is something that requires repetition in order to master it. I feel like that this project has given me the opportunity to practice my writing as much as I need to start doing.

Pig Drawing Day #5

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This is my final drawing of a pig this week.  I am personally glad that this is finally over.  This has been a real challenge for me because I have never found drawing to be a fun activity.  Growing up, my relatives and family friends would always by me coloring books for be to draw in, but I had never found this to be a very enjoyable activity.  I was never the type of child to willingly go and draw something.  I had always thought that drawing was a boring activity and a big waste of time.  Needless to say, I was not a happy camper when I found out that I had to draw this week.  However, the more I got into the process, the more I realized how important drawing really is, the more that I respect it for the art that it really it.

My feeling for drawing have really changed throughout this whole process, as you just found out.  So the next challenge for me was finding something to draw.  I wanted to find something reasonably simple to draw, so that I wouldn’t make to big of a fool of myself this week.  All I did was I typed into Google “Simple Pictures To Draw” and up came a picture of a simple pig.  It was one of those step by step guides of how to draw a pig.  It looked simple enough so I decided to jump on it and try it.  I don’t have a really inspiring story about why I choose to draw a pig.  It was just kind of luck that it happened in this way.

I was scrolling through the millions of pictures that came up and I eventually decided on the pig.  The more time that I have spent with the pig this week, the more that I began to enjoy it.  I began to truly appreciate the picture for its simplicity and what it really was.  I thought that the pig taught me a lot about patience because it was a challenge to draw at first.  I got really frustrated with it, but I eventually got though it and I persisted on.  This ended up being really rewarding.  I was really proud of myself for getting through this.  This was especially rewarding for me because I was doing something that I had never really enjoyed doing that much when I was growing up.

The more that I kept drawing the picture of the pig, the easier I thought that it was becoming to draw the picture.  I noticed all the different curves and lines that when broken down were not that much of a challenge to draw.  All of these different shapes added up to make something that is truly beautiful.

I am really happy that I had to draw as a part of this class.  Drawing is something that I would not of done willingly on my own unless I was forced into doing it.  I would highly recommend drawing even as only a therapeutic exercise.  This is a skill that can teach you how to relax.  I know that it has been a great stress release for me whenever I do it.

Pig Drawing Day #4

My 4th attempt at drawing a pig this week

My 4th attempt at drawing a pig this week

This is my 4th attempt at drawing a pig this week

Day #3 of My Pig Drawing

My third attempt this week at drawing a pig

My third attempt this week at drawing a pig

Here is my third attempt at drawing a pig this week

Pig Drawing Day #2

Day 2 result of my pig drawing endeavor

Day 2 result of my pig drawing endeavor

This is my second attempt this week at drawing a pig

Pig Drawing Day #1

My first pig drawing this week

My first pig drawing this week

Every day for the next week, I will be drawing a picture of a pig.  This will be an interesting process.  I am excited to embark on this interesting endeavor.


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