Making the Move

Well, friends, I think its time that I moved the ol’ blog to another host.

In a panic, I set up a new blog on Blogger yesterday when I thought that tBlog was no more. I see now that tBlog does exist, but I find I prefer Blogger as a host. It seems more customizable, user friendly and there’s an option to require a word input for comments which I like because I get lots of spam comments. I will miss all my buddies here, and I promise to come visit so long as you all come visit me at my new home…

Bria’s Blogie

 

Real original, I know. But that’s how I started, how I have been and probably forever more will be. 

Hopefully I’ll figure out a way to back post so I can move at least a few of the better posts with me, but until then tBlog will be the home of my past blog… collecting dust… oh, now I’m sad. 

No tears! I like the new host and my new blog; I love my old friends here. I will hopefully have the best of both worlds at my new address, but that’s up to each of you! Bookmark or subscribe to me!

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One Click=Free Food, etc.

Several of you out there got on the Hunger Site bandwagon with me a while back. I recently found a HUGE list of other websites that also give food or help the world in other ways for nothing more than a click. What follows is the list. Click everyday and do your part to help a hurting world without even leaving your desk chair!

======[ Free Donation Clicks! ]=========

http://children.care2.com – Feed Children!
http://www.bhook.com/ – Feed People!
http://www.feedsa.co.za – Feed People!
http://www.freerice.com – Feed Rice! This one builds vocab too!
http://www.hungerfighters.com – Feed People!
http://www.hungrychildren.com – Feed Children!
http://www.OneClickOneMeal.com
http://www.porloschicos.com/PorLosChicos.NET/index_english.htm – Feed Argentine children!
http://www.thehungersite.com – Feed People!
http://www.youthnoise.com/page.php?page_id=2335 – Feed People!
http://www.okruszek.org.pl/ – Feed a Homeless person!
http://www.chintai.net/contribution/index.html – Donate to MSF!
http://www.kct-uk.org/click/ – Donate Cups of Tea!
http://www.worldhunger.org/contributefood.htm – Help Feed!
http://www.spendu.org/beta/index.php – More free Rice to give!
http://www.greinermaltz.com/ Feed homeless people!

=== Save the Animals : Free Donation Clicks! ===

http://babyseals.care2.com/ – Save the Seals!
http://bigcats.care2.com/ – Save the Big Cats!
http://primates.care2.com/ – Save the Monkeys!
http://bigcats.care2.com/front.html?c=1&p=&iID = – Help Tigers!
http://bigcats.care2.com/front.html?c=2&p=&iID = – Help Jaguars!
http://bigcats.care2.com/front.html?c=3&p=&iID= – Help Leopards!
http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com – Feed Starving Animals!
http://pets.care2.com/ – Help Homeless Animals!
http://ecologyfund.com/ecology/_donate_species.html – Protect Wildlife!

=== Help Education : Free Donation Clicks! ===

http://www.buildaschool.org – Help build a School!
http://www.e-inclusionsite.org/en/clickDonate.php – Promote IT!
http://www.theliteracysite.com – Free Books to the poor!
http://www.ripple.org/give.php?p=education – Help Educate!

=== Save the Environment : Free Donation Clicks! ===

http://stopglobalwarming.care2.com/ – Offset Carbon, Stop Warming!
http://ecologyfund.com/ecology/_donate_pol.html – Reduce Pollution!
http://ecologyfund.com/ecology/_donate_coastal.html – Save a Coast!
http://oceans.care2.com/ – Save the Dolphins!
http://www.therainforestsite.com – Protect Habitats!
http://www.clickforgreenland.com/_us/_en/home.aspx – Save Melting Greenland!
http://www.theenvironmentsite.org/donate.php – Help the Environment!
http://cannecy.free.fr/solar/index.php – Create Free Solar Energy!

=== Help the Forests and Plants : Free Donation Clicks! ===

http://cannecy.free.fr/iforest/en/ – Plant an Oak!
http://www.diewaldseite.de/ – Help the Forests, from Germany!
http://www.ettklickforskogen.se/engelska/ettKlickeng.asp – Help Old Forests!
http://www.tree4life.com/ingles/ingles.htm – Plant a tree in Brazil!
http://www.landcareniagara.com/ – Plant a tree in Niagara!
http://ecologyfund.com/ecology/_donate_rainforest.html – Save the Amazon!
http://ecologyfund.com/ecology/_donate_us.html – Save the Wilderness!
http://ecologyfund.com/ecology/donate_plant_tree.html – Plant a Tree!
http://redjellyfish.com/ – Help the Rainforest!
http://rainforest.care2.com/ – Help our Rainforests!

=== Promote Health : Free Donation Clicks! ===

http://breastcancer.care2.com – Prevent Breast Cancer!
http://matercare.org/lifesaver.asp – Help Surgery!
http://www.giveaminute.org/ – Give Healthcare!
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com – Stop Breast Cancer!
http://www.thechildhealthsite.com – Child Healthcare!
http://www.thestophivsite.com – Stop HIV/AIDS!
http://www.craigresearchlabs.com/cancer.html – Stop Cancer!

=== Help Stop Poverty : Free Donation Clicks! ===

http://www.ripple.org/give.php?p=food – Start a Crop!
http://www.ripple.org/give.php?p=money – Help Finance the Poor!
http://www.povertyfighters.com – Help Raise Money!
http://www.solvepoverty.com – Help Jobs!
http://dsmith11.tripod.com – Help Health and Poverty!
http://www.accse.net/rasa/donacion-rasa.html – Help Agriculture!

=== Promote Safety : Free Donation Clicks! ===

http://stopviolence.care2.com – Stop Violence against Women!
http://www.clearlandmines.com – Stop Land mines!

=== Clean Water for All : Free Donation Clicks! ===

http://www.ripple.org/give.php?p=water – Give 6 days of clean water!
http://www.cliquesemiarido.org.br/eng/default.asp – Free Clean Water!

=== Misc Free Donation Clicks! ===

http://mx.geocities.com/solidarioes
http://www.clickajuda.com.br/default2.asp
http://www.dameunacasa.com/index2.html
http://www.dff.jp
http://www.donarsindesembolsar.net/
http://www.esperanza.org.ar/ing/800×600/donaciones.html
http://www.geefgratis.nl
http://www.geocities.com/freakjonny/charity
http://www.helpwithclicks.de
http://www.klickdiespende.de

This is not my list, so please let me know if one doesn’t work or doesn’t belong on this list. I got it from the Feed a Child with a Click group on Facebook. Bookmark this page or bookmark the pages of a cause you’re interested and click away while you drink your morning coffee. YOU could change the world!

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Screwy Smoke Detector and Just Plain Screwed

For some reason yoga was canceled this morning. I haven’t been in a few weeks so it could be that the class is canceled for forever. I saw the leader running around at the gym, but none of my fellow classmates. I think I’ll call next week before I go. I hope it isn’t gone for good; I was starting to like yoga. Since I can’t find peace and serenity in yoga this morning, I’ll write instead.

I think I’ve come to the decision that I am not going to do so well in my classes this semester and that I’m going to have to be ok with that. The only grades taken in each of the classes are the tests. That’s normally great, because I hate busy work anyway, but all the tests are scheduled on the same week on back to back days EVERY time a test rolls around this semester. That would be fine, even desirable too, except that all of the tests require several days in advance, intense studying. I can only do that for the first test in the group, the rest I have one day to study for. *sigh* This semester is going to kick me out of graduating Magna, I bet. Oh well. It is the bitter end, and I find I just don’t care anymore. Especially since I’m already accepted into the PT school of my choice and the school told me all I had to do was get a B in all the pre-req classes and a C in all other classes to stay accepted.

On a lighter note, my smoke detector can’t tell the difference between smoke and yummie cooking smells. If we burn something, it goes off, which is good. If we bake something aromatic like bread or cookies, it goes off. Especially if we fry something in the skillet in lots of sauces or spices it will go off. I’m beginning to wonder if someone let a massive amount of gas it might go off. Sounds like an experiment to me! Will probably have to enlist the help of one or several of we girls’ nasty boys.

 

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Spring Break and Summer Job

      Spring break has come and gone with little to report of interest. I went to L.A. with the tennis team, again. We played well. We have our national ranking back. Its wonderful being recognized for a job well done and all the hard work we have collectively put in. If we keep going, we should get a spot at nationals! :-D We got back on Monday and I slept away the rest of the break because I had bronchititis that I so lovingly shared with Greg, my mom and perhaps my sister too. I like to spread the love. haha.

      I found out a few hours ago that I have summer job at a camp in Massachusetts just off Cape Cod. I’m really excited but really nervous too. The camp is a Christian activity camp aimed at little rich kids, I think. I will probably be teaching snot nosed brats tennis, but hey I’ll be out of town… out the state even, which I so desperately wanted for my summer. Besides that, they’re offering me Red Cross lifeguard and water safety training for free which will look nice on a resume since many PT clincs have pools. I also hope to grow my own faith while leading little faiths too.

      I’m kind of scared of the kids a little though. I’ve never really enjoyed the big cities up that direction because so many of the people are so horribly unfriendly. I hope the poor kids haven’t been infected too terribly with that yet. The recruiter people I talked to stated that as the reason that they were in the south looking for staff. They said that southerners are way more friendly than northerners and that they want only friendly faces staffing their camp. I guess I’ll put on a big southern smile, tell my munchkins “Howdy, y’all!” and enjoy my summer in my swimsuit and sunglasses on the lake front.

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Lent

It has been Ash Wednesday for about an hour now. What are you giving up for Lent?

I’ve been watching the Facebook stalker feed and seeing some interesting options. For instance, one person is giving up her roomate or maybe clothes. Ok, those were jokes. hahaha.. ha. Yeah… ok. :-) I have given up sweets a few times, but every time I do that it seems to increase my sweet tooth after Lent by ten fold. 

Any ideas? I’ve got all night to sleep on it. 

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(In)Patiently Waiting

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” Jeremiah 29:11

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

Those are pretty basic theme verses for all of Christianity but I’m finding particular comfort in them tonight. I find myself so encredibily jealous of all the couples all around Greg and I that seem to have found a spot in their lives to just magically get married. That spot in ours isn’t smiling and waving at us yet. Until that time starts jumping up and down in excitement like I probably will I’ll just have to hand my hat on the above verses and try to be satisfied. That’s a tall order. I better get to trying to fill it.

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Wedding, tennis, … *snore*….

I went to the bridal show today. The price tag of each necessary service offered there makes me sick to my stomach. $7500 for photographs alone! $600 for a chocolate fountain?! Are you joking me? How’s a girl supposed to have her fairy tale come true complete with Prince Charming if she’s not a Princess with a huge treasury filled with jewels and gold coins? Eloping is looking better everyday.

On a brighter note, my tennis team won our match this weekend. By defeating the particular team we did, by this time tomorrow I would imagine we will have a national ranking once again. You can’t even begin to understand how happy I am about that! *squeals in delight*

I seem to be chronically tired. I’m kind of concerned really. I wonder if it’s the past year or so catching up with me or maybe some latent mono. I had a couple friends that had mono over the summer and I spent some time at their house studying and such. Actually, I think I will go to bed now. Ta-ta!

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We’ve Got to Have Faith, Faith, Faith

I spent a good portion of this evening filling out scholarship applications. I love begging filthy rich corporations to take pity on little old me with my high hopes and almost empty bank account. Such corporations are becoming fewer and fewer every day thanks to our friend, the economy. I must say that my schooling has come at some of the worst financial times in recent history. My undergrad savings was hit hard when Osama and his thugs pulled that 9/11 stunt, followed by two wars. Now in the wake of all that, the economy has imploded just in time for my doctorate degree. B-e-a-u-tiful. My hope– and yours too– must remain in Jesus in these tough financial times. The money my parents have saved for my education since I was in the womb practically is all gone. God provided just enough through my parents and the stock market to pay for all the classes that I have needed for my Bachelor’s degree and that is it. (The shriveld carcas that’s left is completely insignificant in size when it comes to educational costs.) He provided for me there and so I’m going to have to trust that He will continue to provide for my next and final piece of formal education. That’s all I– or any one of you– can do at this point.  I’ve already put down my $1,000 seat deposit and if I can’t find money to pay for the rest of it, I’ll have to forfeit that deposit. Worrying over the matter is very tempting. Instead of sweating over it though, I refocused that energy to apply for scholarships, because that is something I can do that could help. Worrying helps nothing and gets nothing done to fix the situation.

Can we all learn from my antecdote here and trust God to bring us out of the financial hole in which the whole world currently finds itself in residence? Perhaps instead of watching the ridiculous news media fret over how much the stock market has lost here lately, let’s do something to help patch this sinking ship so God can turn ‘er around. Anyone out there have an answer? Heeve ho! It’s off to work we go!

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