February 2012

Last week was UALR’s homecoming!  Last year UALR started the Homecoming Boat Regatta.  It’s a lot of fun.  A bunch of teams build cardboard boats and then you stick them in the pool and see if you sink.

Last year we made it most of the course and then sank, but this year we were much more confident.  I mean look at this boat!

The Beast

We put the boat in the water.  And then this happened!

It didn't last long

We sank…immediately.  But that’s okay because we climbed on top and started to paddle.  We didn’t get very far, but it was still fun.  It was great! I’m so glad that I’ve been able to participate in the boat races two years in a row.

Our crew!


A new friend asked me to go to Winter Jam with her last night.  I was a little skeptic to go and those of you who know me understand why.  First I must backtrack, if you don’t know what Winter Jam is it is a collection of Christian contemporary artists all playing in one place.  Now you might have an idea of why I didn’t want to go. Well, I went anyway. I had a blast!  I’m very glad I went.

New friend and I with Building 429

This post is about to take an unexpected twist. (You can’t say I didn’t warn you)

There is something going on in my life and I am not happy about it! (Just ask Rikki or Stephen)  I have been avoiding things and have been just fine but it’s starting to become clear that I won’t be able to avoid them for much longer.  Stephen told me that I can’t run forever.  I told him that he doesn’t know me very well, which is probably a lie.  There is another person in my life who has been trying to get me to come to my senses for a long time and it’s getting hard to ignore her, but I’m trying!

I’m stubborn and I want to do this on my own time! Yep, I said it! MY OWN TIME! I know that’s not how it works but I can still try.  Like the lead singer of Skillet said last night, I’m tired of being told what to do.  There is a war going on and each side is telling me what I need to do and say. I’m tired of it.  He was trying to tell me that I need to listen to God, but I’m taking it as I need to stop listening to what everyone around me is saying and I need to listen to myself, which could end up being the same thing, we will see.

Well that was my Sunday night.  Now on to build a cardboard boat.

For an early birthday present from my second family I went to New Orleans for the weekend.  It was amazing!  I had never been and I can’t wait to go back again.

In case you didn’t know, it’s Mardi Gras season.  Yes I said season.  In NOLA it’s not just one day it’s a month long celebration.  The parades started in January and they just keep going.  I had a great time like I said but it wasn’t all fun and games.

Sunday afternoon we got into a car accident.  We definitely had someone looking out for all of us because no one was injured.  The car we were in was totaled and the airbags were deployed but everyone got out and walked away.  Actually, we RAN away.  Once we hit the light pole (a historic light pole on Bourbon Street) the car started making a really bad sound and there was lots of smoke so I yelled get out of the car and we RAN!  The driver hurt her wrist but it was nothing too serious and the front seat passenger got a little banged up.  Those of us in the backseat just got thrown around and are probably a little sore today, I know I am.

Anyway, I have made a list of the things that I learned while in NOLA and wanted to share it with you.

  1. Parades are not just for kids
  2. Dumpsters should NOT be parked on Bourbon Street
  3. Bourbon street is fun at 2 in the morning
  4. New Orleans is surrounded by water and that freaks me out
  5. I want to live there just for Mardi Gras Season
  6. They have a dog parade called Barkkus (I don’t know if I spelled it right)
  7. Women with pink hair are very nice
  8. Women from Texas are not nice
  9. Drive thru daiquiri places are awesome
  10. Bourbon Street really looks like it does in movies and TV shows
  11. The more beads you have the heavier your neck will be
  12. Cafe du Monde is amazing
  13. You shouldn’t have caffeine after being in an accident
  14. The French Market has really cheap, cool stuff
  15. The Superdome is really awesome and looks cool

Like I said I can’t wait to go back next year and this is definitely a trip I will never forget!