Thursday, November 27, 2008

The day of giving thanks

Traditionally, Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for the food and to express gratitude among the people that you are with. But as I woke up today I really thought about what I am thankful for. It's something that we do not think about at all and it's sad that it takes a national holiday for me to realize how lucky I have it, and how thankful I should be every day for what I've been blessed with. What am I thankful for? I'm thankful for my wonderful family, my grandparents are one of a kind, and my two sisters are amazing, my mom and dad couldn't have been better parents. They gave me anything and everything a kid could want all throughout my adolescence and they are still "giving" and I am nearing adulthood. My uncles, aunts, cousins, and other relatives are all a huge part of my life. I've been participating in family gatherings for as long as I can remember and not just the holidays. My family will celebrate a new restaurant opening, and a thursday night football game. So as I sit here and realize what I am thankful for, the first thing that comes into mind is my wonderful family. 

Secondly, I am thankful for my incredibly faithful friends, wether it be my friends from back home or my friends from school. My friends and I from back home have been so close for the past 7 or 8 years of my life and it doesn't matter how long we go without seeing each other, within minutes of reacquainting, we haven't missed a beat. My friends from school are my family I've lived with for the past 4 years of my life. I can't say enough about all the great times I've had during college and every single one of my memories include my best friends from school. The relationships that I've made while being at school and the good times that we've had will be something I can carry with me for the rest of my life. I am truly thankful for all my friends that inspire me to be who I am today and who are always there for me no matter what.

Finally, I am thankful for my girlfriend. She has been the centerpiece of my life for the past two years and I wouldn't change it for the world. I love her unconditionally and no matter what happens she is always there for me, there to embrace me, and there to listen to everything I have to say. She has completely changed my view on life, and she has brought me a sense of calmness. Her loving and caring attitude and her willingness to understand me has put a new perspective on things for me. I am thankful I somehow got a chance to meet her and thankful that she is my girlfriend.

Thanksgiving is such a wonderful day. Happy Travels to everyone and enjoy the break. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Who dat

Who dat...who dat...who dat... That's all I heard walking the streets of Bourbon. Virginia and I grabbed a bite to eat at a little sub place. They had funnel cakes, and it was by far the best tasting dessert I've ever had, the guy literally used almost an entire thing of powdered sugar on it. Nonetheless, it was incredible. We made our way to the Superdome, it took us a good hour to finally get to our parking spot, props to our Garmin... Once we got into the stadium, the realism of being that close sank in. We were on the 50 yard line about 15-20 rows up...We went and stood right by the first row and were probably 20 yards away from the players. I saw Bigby, Jennings, Rodgers, Reggie Bush, Drew Brees - all right up close. Exhilarating would be an understatement. We finally made our way to our seats and sat down just in time for the opening ceremonies. 

The game got underway and it was a pretty even battle until Rodgers threw a terrible interception and from that point on, the saints destroyed the packers until the final whistle. The scoreboard read 51-29. Hey, even though my team got stomped on, it was an awesome game to watch. It felt like every couple minutes somebody was celebrating in the endzone, the saints more than the pack, thats for sure. 

After the game, my roommate got us into the players area and I saw Mark Brunell, Joey Harrington(and his gorgeous wife), and some other players. Then we went onto the field and took some pictures(I'll post at some point) and just hung out...I looked over at the side and we noticed that the post game show was going on. The same show that I always watch every Monday night. It was Steve Young, Emmit Smith, and Stuart Scott doing the post game interviews. We stuck around and went into the visitors locker room and then made our way over to the post game show. We asked Steve Young if he would take a picture with us, he agreed..but not very pleasantly. He didn't smile for the picture...Bad Steve...Emmit took off on a golf cart before we could catch him. 

I had such an awesome time, and I'm back in Mississippi now. Thanksgiving is soon and I can't wait for all the good food and hanging out with friends and family. I won't be attending our traditional family Thanksgiving this year because I'll be here with my girlfriends family. I decided to take Monday and Tuesday off of school this week and start my break a little early. 

Once I load all the pictures from the game, I'll post as many as I can. 

Adios.

Side Note:
O.A.R. has a new cd out - called All Sides - the sound is completely different from their other stuff yet quite pleasing. I've only listened to some of the songs, but the clever lyrics along with the mix of rock and reggae, the five members have created another genius album. 

Monday, November 24, 2008

Arm Made of Vines



This is a design I started a few weeks ago and never got the time to actually finish it. Being a non-athlete this past week or so allowed me some spare time to relax and do some things on my to-do list and this was one of them. It's amazing how much extra time I have now, I'm certainly not complaining, but I wonder how long that will last. Last night I went for a leisurely jog, because now...I don't have run to get in shape, now I run just to run. The difference is incredible. If I want to run slow, I can run slow. The beauty. Anywho, Hope you enjoy this picture.

I'm going to my first packers game tonight, It's gonna be crazy. My roommate and my girlfriend are going as well, I can't wait. Hopefully I'll get some good pictures so I can post them.

My holidays have begun, and this time of the year is my absolute favorite. Loveesss it.

Happy Trails.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Slow Night, So Long

The title of this song is only fitting for whats going on in my life right now. I went to see a good friend today and kinda said my goodbyes to her, shes moving to Colorado for a while before she steps foot into the real world. In the next couple weeks, I'll be opening my arms to many people and saying my goodbyes because my next chapter is: New York City. I'll be interning there for a semester and getting a little taste of the real world, but knowing that nothing is final yet because I still have two semesters of school left. I've decided to extend my education and not take summer school, but push those classes into the spring. With this tumultuous economy and dwindling job market, this seems to be my best option. The best feeling is knowing that I'm stepping out into the real world but nothing is in stone, I know for a fact that I'll be coming back to school. It will be a good warmup for when I'm ready to call it quits here.

Tomorrow I'm waking up early and starting my long day off with a nice cup of coffee, My girlfriend and I are driving to Jackson, MS and that will begin are thanksgiving break. I love roadtrips, especially with her. I just got a lot of new music and I'll finally get a chance to actually listen to all of it. We'll hang out in Jackson tomorrow night, then on Monday were heading to New Orleans to see the Packers - Saints game on Monday night football....First off, this will be my first ever Monday night game, as well as my first Packers game. They've been my favorite team since I can remember and I've never got a chance to witness them. Were sitting 50 yard line, 12th row, so maybe I can tell Greg Jennings to give me his jersey or something.

School will be finished in less than 2 weeks and then it's off to Virginia for the month of December. This semester flew by, and just like that I won't be attending school for a solid year. It's definitely a break that I needed and am looking forward to.

All I can think about these past couple days is the Kings concert and how amazing it was. I can't express in words the feelings I had during their show(even though I'll try), it was incomprehensible, picturesque, and certainly overwhelming. Here is another video of the concert that I took. Hope you enjoy. 


rise and shine all you gold-diggin' mothers
are you too good to tango with the poor, poo
r boys

I also wanted to say that when I got home to my house tonight, I couldn't open my side door because there was a tree in my kitchen. That's right, an actual tree. Some of my buddies thought it would be a nice surprise for my roommates and I to come home to a tree hanging out in the kitchen. They have it coming, thats for sure. This is a threat. Sike, i'm kidding...but seriously. 

Heres a picture of this ridiculousness. 




Friday, November 21, 2008

people call us renegades

I was introduced to Kings of Leon about four years ago in Charleston, South Carolina. They were playing at a fairly small venue and I didn't know much about them. The second I walked in and heard them, I smiled...The music, the sound, the lyrics...literally put a smile on my face. Unbelievable. Little did I know nor did anyone know that in four years they would be platinum in the UK and well on their way in the states. That night, those couple hours, that sound, those feelings - I carried with me for a long time. 

As the indie-rock band got more hype and slowly gained a fan base as well as an identity they became more and more popular. The release of Because of the Times helped solidify their solid upcoming as a band. It was a major hit, and an album I'll be telling my kids about. My roommates and I overplayed that CD more than George Lopez is played on Nick at Night. But it didn't matter, once again - the music, the sound, the lyrics...it started all of our nights off in our middle room while playing card games, usually we would end up pretending to sound like them, or dancing in the living room, but nonetheless it was an album that I'll never forget. 

Comprised of three brothers and a cousin, the Nashville based band played in their hometown to end their latest tour. It was at the Municipal which was quite the host. We had general admission tickets and got there early to catch The Whigs, and We are Scientists open for them.  Both bands were pretty good, but I couldn't help to think about how much better Kings of Leon would be. So I didn't really give them a chance.   

Four years later, I was standing less than 20 ft. from Kings of Leon yet again, this time, thousands of people jumped, screamed, and sang at the top of their lungs the incredible melodies of a band that was dubbed "just not good enough" in their beginning days. I was lucky enough to get some video footage of four different songs, and a decent amount of pictures. My girlfriend and I were in awe last night, I can't understand how a band can sound that amazing on a stage. I thought the CD used to give me chills, last night I felt like I was in Antarctica with a bathing suit on. They were flawless, completely flawless. 

They started the concert off with Crawl, which is on their new cd and really started things off right. They continued to bounce from their older stuff all the way up to their new cd. They appeared to be done playing by closing out with Cold Desert but they returned and jammed out four more songs. I kept thinking during each song, Oh, this has to be my favorite one..but I said that for almost every single song they sang. Call me obsessed, but I'm not sure how you can't be obsessed with them. Caleb Followhill - the head singer was one of the most composed singers I've ever seen. He hit every single note with the perfect blend of emotion, pitch, and tune. He spoke rarely throughout the concert but did make reference to his mother, and how they used to write songs and weren't very good at it. Then he ended it by saying " I guess we got a little better." 

So overall it was one of the most incredible experiences I've ever had in my 21 years of life. They continued to amaze the whole night and provided thousands with a memory that they will cherish forever. So my hat goes off to KOL - and thank you for such an amazing show. 

The music, the sound, the lyrics...Flawless.
 
-By the way Nashville is a pretty ballin' city. 
-This video is of knocked up and is one of many that I'll be posting. 





People call us renegades
'cause we like living crazy
We like taking on the town
Some people getting lazy




Tuesday, November 18, 2008

toasted almond

7:14 A.M. Wake up. Shower. Moped. Freezing. Toasted Almond Coffee. Two Donuts. Physics Test. Nap. Jersey Mikes. Lab for hours. CS4(holla). Lab, again. Turkey Burger. Photoshop. Blog. Sleep.

That sums up my day. 

I have barely gotten any sleep the past few days, so many things are on my mind. I can't stop thinking...I'm not even sure about what, each thought only lasts for a few seconds, and then it fades away. 

'Twas a longggg day. 

Toasted Almond coffee in the morning, I can't wait. Then Kings of Leon here I come. 


Saturday, November 15, 2008

blink

Sixty Eight games, Thirty Five points, Fifteen goals, Five assists, Five game winners, Four preseasons, four seasons, three spring seasons, two winning seasons, two losings seasons, two tournament bids, two no-shows, one sweet sixteen, one final four. One family.

I'm finally done. I've had ups and downs, but it's been one hell of a ride. I've experienced so many things, and soccer here as given me such a great opportunity. I don't know what lies ahead for me, but I'm excited to find out. I learned a lot while I was here, not just about soccer...just about life, and adversity. It's time to open another door, another chapter, and see what else is out there. All I've known for the past 15 years of my life is soccer. It's gonna take some time to get used to, but I'm ready for whatever God has planned for me.

"You are your own scriptwriter and the play is never finished, no matter what your age or position in life."


Now it's time for me to change direction, and start writing something else...

I wasn't feeling any music today, but there are some good tracks coming soon.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Recently Added

My Recently Added playlist has been getting some action these past couple days. I posted a short something about Foals yesterday but figured I would give them another shout out tonight. I strolled across them last night when I was listening to the Cold War Kids, good ol' itunes suggested I listen to them. I didn't really want to, but everytime I went to change a song, it kept popping up in the corner, telling me I should listen...so I gave in... Good job itunes.

Foals is all over the place with their music, but surprisingly it's incredibly addicting and moving. It's one of those albums you just want to turn up as loud as it goes, and pretend like you know the words, but you just mumble noises...yeah...you know what I'm talking about. Here is a video of one of their hits Balloons. Check it...


I go through phases with music, and I'm definitely stuck in the Indie-Rock/Electronica/Makeyouwanttojumpupanddown kinda music lately. I'll be posting some new stuff that I've found in the past days. 

Update:
  • The stock market has been cruisin' downhill for a while...
  • gas is $1.99 
  • Shaun Hill is no Brett Favre
  • Starbucks doesn't have free internet, weird
My grandpa loves quotes, and books of knowledge from that past, and he passes along a lot of it to me...One book he passed along is The Treasury of Quotes by Jim Rohn. I'll be posting some quotes here and there from this book...

We must risk going too far to discover just how far we can go.

......night

Monday, November 10, 2008

life is beautiful.


How does something so simple get brushed off, and forgotten so easily... each morning we wake up and forget immediately just how precious our time is here, and just how meaningful each second of each day is. We simply forget how beautiful life is, we forget everything that happened to allow us to be here, and we forget how lucky we are to have a chance just to be here. Why is it so hard for us to realize how blessed we are, and by realizing that one thing...that alone should provide us with the happiness that each person continually seeks. We wake up each morning, and live each day according to our mood, our feelings, and our emotions. All of these are swayed by what we are thinking at that very moment. We let the littlest things bother us, and that in turn effects how we act towards people, and how each day goes by. But what if, just what if, we lived each day like it was our last. Just what if each day we thought how lucky we are and that happiness carried over to everyone else. Our world as we know it, would be completely different. 

So tomorrow when you wake up, think about how lucky we are, and think about how beautiful life is, and the great opportunity we have each day. 

I stumbled upon a pretty sick quote that sums it all up.

Yesterday is gone. 
Tomorrow has not yet come. 
We have only today. 
Let us begin.


Some new jams:

Foals - Antidotes
indie-electronica, kinda like cold war kids/the kooks/playradioplay all in one. 

Illinois - What The Hell do I know? 
Another indie rock band, kinda like the white stripes but turned down a few notches from their alternative side. Very unique, each song varies with the overall "sound"

Against Privacy

we don't gamble
we don't do the stock exchange
we paint paintings
we write scenes for the stage

we will talk about well fare
we will talk about sex
talk about the golden prada shoes
no body gets gets upset
no body gets upset

and we're waiting
were waiting for your call
we're against privacy
against privacy

forget ex-girlfriends
we want little governments
we tell stories
we want to get you to join in

call us optimistic
we get the meanest looks
we are bust through romantics
history books will show
history books will show


-Cold War Kids

Saturday, November 8, 2008

roast beef...and what not

The fam headed out this morning, my last game on Riggs went fairly well. We won 3-0 and had a bunch of people over after the game. The weather here is increddibleee, and we all just hung out all day watching football and hung at the neighbors. My mind is pretty blank right now, not much blog material...shooo..bloggin' is tough, thats fo sho.

last night was fun, today was fun. 

Oh and we play Boston College now in the first round of the tournament. holla.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Time flies...seriously.

The saying goes, time flies, enjoy it while you can...but It's hard to really do that. If you really sit back and think about everything that has happened you realized it's not that the time has flown by, it's that your mind only holds a certain amount of memories in a little bank that you remember off the top of your head. SO everything feels like it's going so fast. That's why pictures, journals, little notes can all help you to remember all the memories you had. I kept a journal my sophomore year almost every single day, and junior year I attempted to keep one online but....that didn't really work. 
 I just packed up a lot of my stuff for my parents to take home while they're here. First off, I have way to much shit, second off, I'm not to sure I'm ready to get out of here.  I have so many memories at this house, and this is all I've known for the past 3 years, it's finally coming to an end. My last game at Riggs tonight, schoooweee. 

but time flies...seriously. 

The end is near.



Tomorrow night is senior night. I'm a senior. I can't believe it, I remember all the senior nights that I've been standing on the sideline, and every single one I remember thinking how long it would be until I was gonna be standing out there. It's here, and it came way to fast. My parents and my girlfriends parents are both coming to watch. It's our last home game of the season, and I just want to go out there and have fun. 
This semester has gone by so fast, just a few more weeks and I'll be done with everything and heading on home. I'm glad that I'm not graduating, atleast I'll get to come back and actually experience college as a normal student, weird. 
I've been reading all kinds of blogs lately, and the biggest thing I learned today from the BOF blog is to write, and write a lot. It helps you learn, and don't worry about making mistakes, put yourself out there and a big thing to Spike at Brains on Fire was he wanted to either be loved, or hated. Nothing in between. So pretty much, don't halfway do something, go all out and put everything you have into it. You'll be loved, or hated. He also spoke about how hard bloggin' is and it's tough to keep up with. So as far as mine goes, it's going to be somewhat of a personal journal, and I'll try to get better as I go. 

What's going on in the world:
  • The stock market crashed again today, down 400 something points. I'm gonna try no to check it for a long time, but I can't resist. 
  • Brady Quinn made his first start tonight, he balled out.
  • Jay Cutler threw for 447 yards and 3tds, and came back and got the dub.
  • Evergreen went up for two solid days, and plummeted today.
  • Sigur Ros is sick.

Eitherrrrrwayyyy, I'm bloggin..and I'm loving it. 

Another late night, another cup of tea, and another blog post. 

I posted some new pictures on my photoblog over on flickr...check em out.



Thursday, November 6, 2008

...and here we go



I decided today with my roommate that it was time to blog. So I did a little researchin' and found that google had a pretty cool free blog spot. So here I am, my first post, my first blog...I'm a blogger now, no big deal. I'll be trying to stay up to date with this and post a lot of pictures. Friday night is coming fast, and it's my last home soccer game I'll ever play on Riggs Field. Pretty crazy how time flies, but I guess everyone says that. 
Well, it's to late and I have to wake up at 9, which I probably won't, but I'll try my best.


p.s. The picture is from my walk I took today, all the leaves are changing, and it's pretty amazing to see all the different colors, I took a lot and will post more from the set later on. 

holla.

Nov. 4th- 2008 - Barack Obama was elected president. 
- I'm pretty excited to see how things shape up, we are definitely in a downward spin right now as a nation but the charismatic views of Obama and his persistent personality seem to be a step in the right direction in altering what has got us to where we are today. I don't necessarily agree with all of his policies, but I didn't agree with all of McCain's either. Obama has already rewritten history without doing anything, now hopefully he will change things for the betterment of our country. Only time will tell.