Doctor Who: Songtaran Carols
Doctor Who: Songtaran Carols
when people complain about the ending of the catching fire movie
Just going to put this here again. Take a listen and tell your friends and I will actually love you for ever and ever.
First I want to say that I hope each and everyone of you had a great thanksgiving and enjoyed the time away from the axe grind. I know I sure did.
So far I’ve made it through my first week of cutting down on relying so much on Technology and growing my self and my walk. I’ve been getting the daily paper in the morning instead of reading my news feeds. Been just enjoying the sounds around me instead of having my head phones in all the time blaring away music. And I’ve started reading a ton more which I am so happy for. I may be picky about my books but I do love reading.
I must admit, with my parents being in town last week for Thanksgiving, I did use my computer and my phone a good bit. Not so much though for checking my social networks or browsing the news feeds. I mostly used them to provide entertainment for us as we hung out and to help show them how to use their new phones. And I must admit also, that I did splurge a bit yesterday when I got my TV back. My friends had found themselves glued to it way too much and insisted I take it back. They saw my point in what I’m trying to do. I mainly watched some new Netflix movies they had recently added and watched The Office. I finally got one of my best friends into it and I was so stoked.
Starting back today though I put it all aside again so I may continue on my journey to growing myself.
Progress is slow and most of the time never happens in the way you want. But one way or another, you’ll get to where you want to be if you really believe and keep treading on.
I tread on.
So close is finally here! December. CHRISTMAS TIME!
For those of you who do not know, Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday. Of. All. Time.
I totally change around this time of the year. All year I look forward to the cold air, the twinkle of lights, resounding holiday music, sweet taste of hot chocolate, and the crisp smell of a fire.
Don’t get me wrong, May is still my favorite month, but Christmas time is my favorite time.
I am generally, or try to be, a joyful person through out the year. But once December 1st hits, I explode with Joy and excitement. I’m a full on Christmas nut. Like buddy the elf from the movie Elf, kinda Christmas nut. I really just get overwhelmed with Joy.
There is a really great feeling that surrounds Christmas. It’s a time for celebration and joy. Thanksgiving, Christmas’ awesome neighbor, brings us all together as family, whether you are related or not, and humbles us to be thankful for not just what we have, but for each other. Christmas time is the time to celebrate that joy and thankfulness with that family. It’s a time to show each other that you really do care for them. Not just through gifts, but spending that time with each other and cherishing it.
Now what I don’t like is how Christmas time has been taken so much over by businesses and media. I hate the fact how businesses push the fact that you have to show how much that special person means to you through what you get them as a gift. I always refer to The Office episode in Season 2, Christmas Party.
***SPOILERS***STOP READING FOR A MOMENT AND WATCH THIS EPISODE. UPON COMPLETION CONTINUE READING***
Jim and Pam, aka Jam, are my two favorite characters out of the whole show. They both love each other but for the first 3 seasons they just aren’t in sync. In this episode Jim gets Pam for secret Santa. He goes all out and make here this incredibly thoughtful gift, which also plays a huge part in the series finale. But Michael being so hard headed and wanting the center of attention goes out of his way to try and make it a wild party. He even brakes the rules and goes over the $20 limit to buy an iPod for his secret santa recipient. He then turns things upside down by making Secret Santa into Yankee Swap (also known as White Elephant.) Once he does that, everyone goes for the iPod. Leaving Jim’s special gift to be taken by his counter part, Dwight. Michael then tries to brighten up the mood with 15 bottles of Vodka.
Michael: Will this be enough to get 15 people plastered?
Store Clerk: (Pause) 15 bottles of Vodka. Yeah, that should do it.
This does pick up the mood of the party but he kept pushing for everyone to have a good time and be the center of attention and ended up hurting peoples feelings. Nevertheless, in the end the right gifts get to the right people and Pam gets to open her gift from Jim, except for one thing which I will not spoil. You will have to just watch all of The Office to find out.
Michael represents big business and mass media and how they push Christmas. They’ll push for you to buy the biggest and best thing to show up everyone else. They’ll push you to be greedy on a time of year for giving. And lastly, they’ll push you to believe a false joy and forget the meaning of Christmas.
Christmas is a time of celebration and joy. It is the time we as believers celebrate our saviors birth and the beginning of his journey to complete his Father’s work.
He humbled himself from being this almighty Son, to being just like one of us. He came at a time where Children were being killed to try and prevent him coming. Mary and Joseph journeyed in harsh conditions and gave birth to our savior in the lowliest of places. Even with everything against his birth, he came to save us. The angels rejoiced in his coming, Kings laid down their crowns before him, and common people came to welcome our savior into this world.
It is fine to celebrate the season and spread joy, but don’t forget why we really sing and dance at this time of year. It’s a time of celebrating our saviors birth and spreading his love and Joy through out the world.
Remember, that the little things are often the biggest gifts. That a smile can go a long way. That gifts are not just for the Christmas season. That our savior came here to save us from our sin. That is the reason why we celebrate this Christmas season.
Spread that Joy and Love in your hearts. And even when things seem impossible, remember:
"For nothing is impossible with God." - Luke 1:37
Merry Christmas Everyone!
This is the little dance Otis does before I throw his ball.
“I am and always will be the optimist. The hoper of far-flung hopes and the dreamer of improbable dreams.”
— The Doctor
I really could not think of anything to write this morning. At first I kinda just dismissed the idea of posting today since I posted twice yesterday. But I like writing and it occurred to me that I have to really told you who I am. And there’s not better time then the present.
My name is Brec Evans-Orrell. I am 22 years old and live in Charleston, SC. I am currently figuring out which way to go right now in terms of my masters, but who hasn’t been in that position after they graduate college. I am a huge music lover. I really do love listening to any and all kinds of music.
I started off listening to a lot of old honky tonk and country, then progressed into listening to a lot of 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s music. Then got really into classical music. From there I found my way into EDM (Electric Dance Music) for a number of year. From there I back tracked to the 20’s 30’s and 40’s.Then I got into a really rocky phase going form hard rock, to Heavy Metal, to Punk to and then to Screamo. I then got into some classic hip hop and rap and the got current with it. After that I got into a lot of Spanish music and from there into the Blues. I got into just regular rock and roll and then a lot of acoustic stuff and folk. Which brings us to today. Now during my musical journey I continued to listen to the other genres of music I had came upon. Over all, absolutely love music. I’m not a shop-a-holic in any since of the word, except for when it comes to music, movies, and tv shows. I’m a just a huge media buff.
I’ve been playing the guitar for 12 years not, can get by playing a bass and know how to keep a light beat on the drums. I really want to learn how to play the piano though and also the violin and harmonica. I used to have a little turn table when I was 11 and 12 but I lost it in the move.
I love being active. I just love doing things. I love being outside, love doing stuff inside too. I love surfing, I’m no good at it but I love the feeling it gives me. When I’m at work, I can’t sit still. I hate when I don’t have any work to do. Don’t get me wrong I love being able to go home early but if there is work to be done I want to get it done. I played a lot of soccer in high school. I played right wing and mid mostly. I played a little football but just didn’t feel like that was the sport for me. Don’t get me wrong I am very passionate about football along with many other sports, it just didn’t seem like where I needed to be at the time. When I was like 7 -11 I used to run 2 miles every day after I got off the bus. I was really into running track and field.
I like being alone at times. No one likes being lonely, but I do enjoy just being on my own for a while. I know sometimes that comes across as me pushing people away and has hurt peoples feelings in the past. Really wanting to work on that. Hate hurting people. I don’t believe I do it very often or often at all but I know I have at times in the past.
I think it is very important to have friends or a friend. And when I say the word “friends” I don’t mean people you know just because you see them everyday. I mean the people you trust, the people you care about, the people you’ve made stories with. I have been blessed to have a lot of people I can call friends. And I’ve been very blessed that people have called me a friend. I do have a very few special close friends though. The kind you are willing and ready to give your life for. I can count them all on one hand. And I mean besides my family. My family has and will always be my closest friends. The ones I can count on my one hand though are as close as my family are. I know I can trust them with my life. I know I can tell them anything. Honestly I would give my life for a lot of my friends. Really almost anyone to be honest. After I accepted Jesus into my heart I have not feared death. I know where I’m going when it comes my time.
I know I’ve been rambling on. It’s always been a little difficult to write about myself. Not like I have all the bad memories or anything, just can’t ever think of what to say about myself. I try to be very humble or as humble as I can. I always dread the question, ‘what are your best qualities’ because I can’t ever think of what they are. I can always think of what I want to improve about myself but not ever what I think is great about me.
I’m quite nerdy. And I stand by that about me. I love being nerdy, geeky, weird, and unpredictable. Growing up I was huge into star wars. Once locked down a whole Wal-Mart just cause I was fascinated with an X-Wing. I was a huge military kid. My dad was an Navy SEAL so I got really into the nature of it all. Even got to go on a small training OP with him when I was 5. (No worries I’ll tell you both of those stories in due time.) When I was in my pre-teens and teens I was very much into a lot of Anime. My favorite was Gundam Wing by far. Used to save up to buy the models all the time. Growing up with a lot of family that worked or studied in the education field I got to know a little about a lot of things. My dad was an english major and has worked in the medical field for years. My mom was a history and psychology major. Her sister was a geologist and archaeologist. Needless to say I got a know a lot of facts and things about things. That’s another thing about not just me, but my whole family. We know a lot of useless facts about silly things and random things you’d think no one would ever take the time to know. I love that about us.
Here’s some of my favorites:
I have never known who I am most like if you had to compare me to someone. Most of the time you can say oh they’re like this person, usually some famous person or some look a like. For the longest time I have never really known who I am most like. I kinda like that fact. But I think one of my friends has finally cracked the case. I know you may not understand or see the resemblance when I say this but after much investigation and research, I have come to agree.
I’m a lot like The Doctor.
I’ve only been a HUGE Doctor Who fan, a.k.a Whovian, for about a year and a half now. And my friend has only just begun to get into it, but I really have to agree. He is a traveler. He bounces from place to place and time to time saving the universe or just saying hello. Not saying I save the universe or anything, I mostly just stop by to say hello. He’s seen a lot of different things as have I. He’s loved and lost, he’s lost most of the time and just goes with the flow. He’s had many different faces and had many different companions/friends. Friends he’s made stories with. Friends he’s had to say goodbye too, and some he’s never gotten to see again. He’s a believer. He never gives up, never gives in. He seems lost most of the time which if you’ve seen me I do too, but knows he’s on his way to wherever he is going. He’s meet many different people and has had many special people come in to his life. I have had the pleasure to have had many people come into my life. People that I have come to love wholeheartedly. And even though they may have only been in my life for a time, they are never forgotten or left behind. I may not travel through time, save the universe, or have a big blue box, but I have hope. I have faith that no matter what comes, God will lead me through and through. I do not know what he has for me in this life he has given me, but I know he’s getting me there.
I am a Traveler.
Again thank you to all who have not just cheered me on through this but for those who have always been there for me as well. You are loved.
“There’s a lot of things you need to get across this universe. Warp drive… wormhole refractors… You know the thing you need most of all? You need a hand to hold.”
— The Doctor
People say that the first step is always the hardest. I wouldn’t say that the first day of my project was hard, but it was a first step.
I did manage to cut out a lot of my common technological habits today, such as checking my many various social networks, news feeds, and emails. I did have to jump on myself this morning though. As soon as I woke up this morning I found myself reading my breaking news news feed. I stopped myself immediately once I realized what I was doing. Instead I turned on the news on the TV and just listened to it while I got ready for work.
On my way into work, instead of listening to Pandora or my music on my phone, I listened to some talk radio and my favorite radio station 105.5 The Bridge. I picked up the morning paper, hot chocolate and a sausage, egg, and cheese biscuit. While I was starting out my day at work I read probably more of the news paper than I ever have. When I was in high school I read the news paper a little bit but not a ton. I really only read the sports section and the comics. I have to say, even though now with all of our modern technologies and apps for every little thing in our lives, there is just something about sitting down drinking a hot cup of coco and reading the news. It’s almost become nostalgic.
I carried on through my day only using my work computer. I will say I did pick up my phone a couple times through out the day and just found myself looking at it. At first I had no idea what I was doing. It made me laugh honestly. I knew I wanted to check my feeds and notifications that I had missed, but could not and would not.
Along the way home I continued to listen to some sports radio and kinda just zoned out while driving. It was nice just kinda driving. Usually I jam out a lot to my music. You know, sing along to the songs you know and dance to the ones you don’t.
When I got to my parents condo, I worked on a YouTube for my church and finished reading this article on the Nuclear Plants in Iran.
Before I go any further let me tell you a little about myself.
When I was younger I was never really that tech savvy. I played my Nintendo 64 like any kid my age and played with my army men a lot. I was a pretty typical boy. I did resist new technology for some reason though. I remember it took me forever and a day to finally give up my cassette player for a CD player. When my parents asked me if I wanted a cell phone when I was about 13. I totally declined and told them that I had no use or desire for a cell phone what so ever. A year later they made me get one. I was a little more open to it but still kinda hated it… for about a minute after I had it. Once I had my cell phone in my hand, something happened to me. I became completely indulged in my phone. I played games on it, texted my friends, and just messed around with it. When it came time to move away from my CD player and move on to an MP3 player I was still a little stand offish about it. But I quickly caved and decided to get an iPod nano. Needless to say I have an incredible music addiction now. Ever since then I changed completely. I became fascinated with new technology. I dove head first into all this new technology. I will say though I was a bit late to a lot of the parties.
I didn’t join Facebook till after I graduated high school. And then I didn’t get my own computer till that summer before starting college. once I got my computer I just sat on it for hours going everywhere on the internet. Watched hours of YouTube videos, stumbledupon 100′s of new websites, and listened to an endless stream of music. Since then I have become quite tech savvy in many different fields of technology. My work even prefers talking to me about issues with their computers and phone than our IT department. My parents are no exception to that. Since I become so tech savvy I’ve needed to help out my parents and family with a lot of tech issues with phones, tv’s and computers. It’s gotten to the point that every time I see them I always work on their computers and update their iPads. I have no issue with it, I actually quite enjoy it. When I was a sophomore in college I did a social networking experiment to see how many different social networks I could keep up with on a daily bases. I got up to 28 social networks before frying my brain. Even in a lot of my classes that let me have my laptop, I started to learn code and write a little bit of code instead of pay attention. No worries though, I graduated.
So with my parents being in town for thanksgiving, I knew I had a lot of work to do when I got home from work. So far I’ve set up 2 new iPhones, updated 2 computers, fixed the TV in our living room, and answered many technical questions. I have yet to use my phone or iPad though. Even though I’m only using my phone for phone calls and my iPad for reading my books, I still think its a win for the day. I’ve really enjoy not being on my phone a ton. It’s given me a lot more quality time with my family. Isn’t that a part of the reason for Thanksgiving anyway? Bringing families closer together.
I have always enjoyed the holidays. Christmas time has always been my favorite holiday. Ever since we moved to Charleston, we’ve made it a tradition to make it back out to Texas to see our extended family during either Thanksgiving or Christmas. Each and every year we’ve gotten back together has been an adventure. This is year is no exception I’m sure. They came out here to see me though this time, so for Christmas I’ll be in Dallas with the whole family.
Even though I could not totally stay away from technology I have made the first step. I have many more steps to take but look forward to each and every one of them.
If you need to reach my please call me. I’m trying to use my phone for only phone calls as best I can.
Thank you all for your encouragement!
Day one is in the books.
One of my favorite true stories has always been the journey Christopher McCandless took to Alaska. Most of you know his story from either Jon Krakauer’s book or Sean Penn’s movie of his life as portrayed in, Into the Wild. If you are unfamiliar with this story I highly encourage you to read and/or view it. I admire the commitment Christopher had toward reaching Alaska and surviving on his own there. For one, I love the idea of just leaving what you know as your comfort zone and putting yourself totally out of your element. But what I really love about Christopher is the full on, all in, no holding back commitment he had toward reaching Alaska.
Christopher’s commitment to his dream is the same commitment we should have as followers of Christ. I look back on when Jesus was calling his first disciples.
"18 And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fisherman. 19 Then He said to them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ 20 They immediately left their nets and followed him. 21 Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him."
- Matthew 4:18-22 (NKJV)
When Jesus called upon them they did not hesitate or question him. The wholeheartedly believed and followed him. Leaving their comfort zones and all they knew to follow Jesus.
We often say when Jesus calls us we will do the same, but is that in fact true of yourself? Commonly many picture Jesus calling us to do something big like how God called upon Moses, revealing himself through the burning bush. I think this is the wrong mindset to be in. If you wait around for a burning bush calling, you will miss the gentle breeze callings.
Let me explain.
When I talk about a burning bush calling, I mean a calling that you can’t miss. Like you physically hear the voice of God calling upon you and you see his glory. From my walk I’ve learned that does not happen all the time. Those burning bush moments may only come upon us once if that. We all look for God to work through us as he did through Moses and the many people he has used through history. To lead nations and perform miracles. Most of the time though, he calls upon us softly and for other purposes. That’s what I mean by a gentle breeze calling. It may just be a feeling in our gut or just the inception of a small thought in our mind. Yet no matter how small the calling, God has a purpose behind it. He may just call upon you to pray in your small group time. As small as a task as that may seem, he has a plan behind it. That prayer could inspire or encourage someone to reach out to someone they know to come to Christ. That person could then go on to spread The Word out in their community which in turn could lead a business to sponsor a mission to aid another country. You never know how big of a ripple that small prayer could cause.
God has a divine plan for each and everyone of us. No doubt. If we present ourselves ready for his call, we must answer all his calls, big and small. Because we do now know the plans he has laid out for us, but we must trust in him and believe he will use us for his will.
He may call upon you to really drop everything, leave your job and home to follow him and do his will. Or he may simply call upon us to pray. However he calls upon you, always answer his call with the same full on, all in, no holding back commitment Christopher and Jesus’ disciples had.
I have often hoped and believed that I have that type of commitment. I think it is now time from me to weigh and measure myself. To see if I have that strong commitment, and if not, then to grow that strong commitment to my lord and savior.
"Ain’t no mountain high enough
Ain’t no valley low enough
Ain’t no river wide enough
To keep me from getting to you .”
- Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Marvin Gaye
And so it begins.
On November 25th, 2013, I start my journey away from technology and move toward a better understanding. Along this journey I hope to not only gain a much deeper appreciation for the common everyday technological tools I use, but to also gain a deeper relationship with my lord and savior. I know this journey will not be entirely easy and that I am flawed. Nevertheless I will keep my head forward, my eyes to the stars, and my feet moving.
I will only use the necessary technologies I need to carry out the commitments I have. I will only use this blog to post my progress as a live journal.
Goal for this week: Grow closer to my family.
Time Goal: Make it to Christmas.
Continued prayer would be very much appreciated.
Thank you all!
"Clear Eyes. Full Hearts. Can’t Lose."
Basically every fangirl ever
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