7QT16: Fun articles I read this week

Well, after the week of nightmarish scheduling, it was followed by a week of “I don’t know what to do with my life and then all the sudden it’s 2 am and I’ve only read buzzfeed all day.” Finally linking up with Jen again… So, without further ado:

Articles I’ve read this week (because I haven’t done much else):

1. Harry Potter – This is a really in-depth look into the Wizarding World. Don’t read if you want all your hopes and dreams to be crushed.

2. OKC Thunder – This is about Steven Adams. I’m pretty close to wanting an Adams jersey, no lie. You just want to love him. (See: article)

3. Oil & Gas – So…This is a thing people believe in…why? For one, my school would literally cease to exist if this took place here. This just makes no sense, honestly. All those people are going to continue to drive their cars, so they’re still stakeholders in the industry in one way or another.

4. Just funny – Finding love in all the right places…

5. I cried at this. – Precious. This provides loads of insight into caring for someone in a situation like this.

6. Adoption Family Trees – This woman has lots of good things to say when we have dumb school projects.

7. Marriage – Well aren’t all these ideas just adorable…

8. BONUS! I read most of this book this week for my poli sci class.


7QT: Things I am grateful for

Linking up with Jen this week from Conversion Diary, as per! I know it’s not Thanksgiving, but there’s always time to be thankful. Here are my 7 for the week:

Job: Today was my last day of my “summer” internship, but I will be continuing work throughout the semester with my work. They also made it rather clear that they anticipate me coming back post-graduation, which means thank you, Jesus, I do not have anything to worry about for the next year.

Laughter: Tonight, J and my cousin Connor came over for dinner. After dinner, we watched Accepted, which is one of my all-time favorite movies. It makes no sense, is super silly and super low budget. I made this reference

during dinner and Connor didn’t understand. And Emily was watching it somewhere else in the world tonight, coincidentally. So I made him watch it. All of my good friends have…
UNSTABLE ERRRRRBS! I hope he got a good laugh because I love this movie.

IMG_0067My dearest one. He is so wonderful in so many ways! But today especially he came over and helped give my house a deep clean, which resulted in him chipping away at calcified hair in the shower drain. He’s such a stud! We also started a reading plan together, which is wonderful. He motivates and encourages me every day to seek after Jesus with all of my heart. He’s the bomb.

A new baby!!!: My brother and his wife delivered their baby (after 41 looong weeks) today! After all that, he’s a brand new daddy and everyone is so excited. 🙂 Yay I’m Auntie Hillary now! Also: just….babies in general make me grateful. Like this one:


Safety: I went on a business trip (fancy, I know…) to the Texas panhandle (not so fancy now…) this past week. Even though they gave us a crossover vehicle instead of an SUV and we maaaaybe returned the car in worse shape than we got it, and luckily none of the landowners carried guns or felt the need to point them at us, and the emergency exit doors on the way home looked like they had been used and reattached, I’m grateful that we all ended up back at home in one piece.

God’s love: Was overwhelmed by my devotional post today at SheReadsTruth. Accepting His love, even though I am so undeserving and His administration of grace is all just astounding that either is possible.

Sleep: Yep, I’m out.

What I have learned from being in an online class so far:

  • Nobody ACTUALLY is excited for this class. Everyone says, Nice to meet you, I’m so ready for this class, going to get my economics on! No. You’re not. I’m here to get in, get out, get back to my actual college.
  • Okay, I’m going to be in the oil and gas industry. What I have learned this week, is that EVERYONE TALKS ABOUT IT LIKE THEY KNOW WHAT’S UP. I admittedly don’t know as much as I could (I’m only on Chapter 8 of The Prize), but I know enough that everything they are saying is pretty ridiculous. I didn’t want to correct some of them, but Doug said, “If you don’t, they’re just going to continue to sound smart about it and people will believe what they say.” So…I did. I replied to a few. Here are two posts that were…interestingly inaccurate:

1. “For example although some states may have oil supply, Colorado has an insufficient amount, making oil a scarce resource in Colorado.”

In case anyone was wondering, this was my reply: Oil is not exactly a good example of a scarce resource in Colorado. The general US, yes, but definitely not Colorado. It mostly comes in the form of natural gas here, but some of the major plays right now are in the Piceance Basin in Western Colorado. Coal, oil shale and natural gas are drawn from this basin. It holds the richest oil shale deposits in the world, and Colorado exports these products to other states. Additionally, Denver is one of the metro areas that houses many oil companies for this reason. Anadarko, EnCana, ConocoPhilips, Cimarex, Samson and Williams are just a few companies that have offices in downtown Denver to take care of these western operations.

2. “For instance, Royal Dutch Shell hires geologists and biologists on their exploration and drilling teams in an effort to offset environmental impact.”

And my response: Every single E&P company has geologists (naturally, to find oil), but also have an entire environmental department. It’s not exactly something noble that Shell does. Everyone has one.

  • The people are very interesting. So many different walks of life to get to this silly community college class. For example:
  1. “My dream is to be a Victorias Secrets model. But I am extremely into music, and I hope to work in a record label. I know it’s hard to be a model, especially in Denver.”
  2. “I am 23 years old and this is my 3rd attempt to finish out my associates degree. I have been working on college since I graduated in 2006 but let’s just say school is not my friend.”
  • I am commended for being a full-time student at a 4-year university:
  1. “You have the motivation I wish I had!!! That’s awesome how young you started on all of your schooling. If I could do it over again, I would do what you have done. I’m on what I call the 6 year road right now, hoping this time is my time to get it done. Welcome to the class!” **Please note that this is the same person from the comment above. 6-year track for an associate’s degree.**
  2. “You go girl! Looks as though you are on track with your studies!”

I understand that some people, life doesn’t exactly go as planned and sometimes you have babies earlier than you think, and life happens, but, correct me if I’m wrong, I just felt like going to college after high school was “the next step.” Right? It wasn’t exactly about motivation for me, really, mostly just the necessity of college…

  • This class is easy so far. I took a quiz on how to graph. As in, what the X and Y axes were. 100%. I know, I’m really good.

So. Day 6, and so many exciting things have already happened. I’m pretty sure that if my book says, “In a free market economy…” one more time, I’m going to burn it. They seriously needed a more editors for this book. Opportunity costs: Better book, but spending more money….maybe then the students wouldn’t feel like a kindergartener when they read it? Look, I’m using what I’ve learned already.

Please take me back to my school. Please!

In other news: Two weeks from Monday, I get on a plane and will not be back until August. I can’t even begin to describe how much sense that does NOT make. I talked to a guy tonight coming on the trip with me from Florida, and this is going to be his first time to Korea. He is so excited, he said that it’s all he talks and thinks about. I’m not at that stage yet; I guess too much economics still to do! And I don’t even want to think about packing. Heritage camp is also this week. So I’ll be taking care of a bunch of Korean kiddos just like me. 🙂 I am also going to be watching two of my favorite little Asia dolls next week, and we went to the pool on Friday. So fun!!