Friday, May 9, 2008

My Top 5

Things Under $5 I Couldn't Live Without

Funky cheap earrings
Bobby Pins

Favorite Movies

Sense and Sensability
Singing in the Rain
Roman Holiday
Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Songs to Put on Repeat

Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
The Way You Make Me Feel by Michael Jackson
Breakable by Ingrid Michaelson
Break Bread by Josh Garrels
God of Wrath by The David Crowder Band

Influential People

Michelle Silvashy
My sister Kate
My Roommates (it's the five for one deal)
Marty Kucharek
The Prays

Things Always in My Purse (or Backpack/Bag)
(I don't normally carry a purse unless I'm going on campus, then its a vivid green belum from PNG)

Whatever book I'm reading at the moment
Sunglasses case with glasses
Papers I need to grade
Homework I've procrastinated on doing

Moments that Changed My Life Forever

My Jesus Moment!
When I decided to go to SSU
When I finally got accepted to SSU
My baptism
When I said "yes" to live with my roommates

Obsessions I Currently Have

Cleaning my ears
Keeping the coffee table clean
Ignoring the mess on my desk
Hand washing dishes
Wearing my hair very large

Organizations I'm Glad Exist

Blood:Water Missions
International Justice Mission (IJM)
Students International

Favorite Accessories

Crazy earrings
My Crocs or any other shoe
A watch
My ferociously green belum

Favorite Books

Duh, the Bible written by God
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan

Modern Inventions

The Internet
The washing machine
Window Fans


California Ethnic Literature with Bob Coleman
Geology of Natural Disasters with Karner
Survey of Late British Literature with Thaine Stearns
Ancient Art History with Susan McKillop
Environmental Studies with Erv Peterson

Foods I Never Tire Of

Barbecue Chicken Pizza (made by Ashley, of course)
Ice Cream of almost any flavor
Lemon Chicken
Beans and Rice

Countries I Want to Visit


Places I Think Would Be Fun to Live For One Year (or more)

New York
A small mountain town in the Sierra Nevadas
Lake Tahoe and surrounding areas
Costa Rica

Sunday, May 4, 2008

I Ain't No Holla-Back Girl

Yes, you did read that title correctly. I've decided that I don't like being hollered at.
For the past semester I've been hanging out on campus at Charlie Brown Cafe all morning/early afternoon on Fridays. I wake up, bring by backpack full of books and homework and enjoy a (sometimes) quiet time in the cafe. I have my small group discipleship group there, then a prayer meeting, then I hand out until my roommate Ashley gets off at 1.30. We then proceed to stroll back home.
The walk back home is normally, well, pretty normal. Talk about how work was (even though I am there almost her whole shift making faces at her and asking for discounted drinks), how discipleship was, etc. But for the past two weeks we have been hollered at by guys in cars! Now if I were talking to my dad, he would just tell me, "Tamsen, they are just guys having fun bird-doggin' some girls." My mother would say, "You should tell them to take a picture. It lasts longer!" Both of these responses force me to roll my eyes as the little feminist inside rears her ugly head.
I'm not big on feminism. The only feminist writing that I've read and actually liked was Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Women. Certainly not very radical compared to what we have today, but back when she wrote it, it was hugely taboo. For those of you who haven't read it, its basically an educated woman saying that women 1) have souls; 2) have brains and emotions; and 3) should be allowed to do things other than knit and cook and have babies. Sounds good to me. I admit I sometimes like gender roles. I like it when guys are gentlemen who treat me and other women well. But whenever I get hollered, most of the time I just get disgusted. And half the time when I'm hit on, I don't really understand what is going on. I just get creeped out by the guys who are doing it.
I had a conversation with a male friend last week (who will remain nameless) about commenting on the opposite sex's appearance. I think he was playing devil's advocate but couldn't really tell. He was saying that he think that when a person looks on another person of the opposite gender and comments on how attractive they are, they could be committing adultery. He uses Jesus's words from Matthew 5:27-31 when He says, "You have heard that it was said, 'Do not commit adultery.' But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. " I'm not sure if commenting on someone's attractiveness is considered adultery. I think it would depend on the heart motives behind the comment. But then again, I guess the same could be said for the holler-ers.