...it's the world, dear. Did you expect it to be small? -The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A bulleted list that few will find interesting

HHEEELLLOOOO Blog world. I have missed thee. I wish I had an interesting enough life that I could keep this up as often as I did while I was in Mexico. But alas, it's not that interesting and I don't have that much time. BUT, because I love reading updates from the blogs I follow, I figured I should update as well....ATTENTION! AWFUL METAPHOR ABOUT TO BE GIVEN!! it's like if you love eating out at Italian restaurants so much then there comes a point when you need to cook some of your own pasta to enjoy at home...

Well atleast it makes since to me. It probably would to Rachel Ray as well, she loves pasta apparently.

ANYWAYS. Rabbit trail officially followed. Who wants an update of me life? Even if the answer is no one i'm still gonna write it out cause I feel like it'll help me figure out what the heck I'm even doing.

-I'm a senior. Last year of college. So far not near as exciting and care free as last year of highschool, but maybe that's because real life is way too close for me to be comfortable with.

-My BFF is engaged!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wanted to put this at the number one update about my life (since she's been part of my life since pre-k) but I figured me being a senior was an important one too. Congrats Char-town and RyGuy. This is 2 months late...but hopefully they'll love me anyways for the shout out.

-I am stressed lately. Over lots. Which is dumb. But it's a daily thing. PRAYERS PLEASE?

-I found a new musical liking: A Fine Frenzy- Ingrid mixed with..something? A little poppy but good.

-I am wanting a change. Like...with my look. (i feel like that's a quote from Glamour). But really. Here are the thoughts my mind has led me to concerning that:
-New tattoo
-New piercing-...possibly non-ear?
-Hair dye
-Short bangs
-Chop all my hair off.
Still haven't decided which of those while take place. Im squishing the idea around. Input anyone? The first 2 are a little...extreme so most likely won't happen. But you never know..... :)

-I am a part time mom. Basically. Which means early early mornings (6:20) but also lots and lots of love and fun! I watch a 6 week old and a 2 year old 4 hours a day, 3 days a week. Totally worth waking up early.

-I love Moe's. Still. And forever. Amen.

Love and Stress and Spanish and Nonsense blog posts,


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Final Week

All I have to do is get through today, wednesday, and thursday. I CAN DO THIS!!!!! Now if only my stomach would feel better...all this would be ALOT easier.

Can't wait to see all my family and friends at the wedding of the summer. Congrats (in advance) to Gentry and Alli!!

Love, saltine crackers, and pepto,


Saturday, July 24, 2010

Week 3...yeah...the whole week.

Well. I'm alive. Thank Jesus. I was really sick this week. I started feeling bad on Saturday night (a week ago tonight) and FINALLY was semi better yesterday. Hopefully by the time my mom reads this, my dad will have already told her. But I was in the hospital from wednesday morning til Friday morning. I felt so bad they had to take me to the hospital and put me on an IV to get my antibiotic in me and to get some fluids in me. It was a very very rough week. And unfortunately I missed all my classes this week.

But luckily, I was able to get all my assignments from a friend and I was able to work a little at home on stuff...(tonight and tomorrow will be dedicated to homework-finishing essays and presentations) Since it's my last week here!!(I'll get to that excitement soon).

So yeah, I was in the hospital all day wednesday and all day thursday even until friday morning. The good part about it was being able to watch sweet shows on tv (Will and grace, everybody loves raymond, friends, csi, FELICITY-yeah, that's right, felicity). And I got an IV with my meds so I didnt have to worry about throwing them up! And the bed was way comfy. Overall, a bad experience(being in the hospital rather than in class) but i made it good. They were really nice and helpful...(for $800 they better have been!).

But, now im out and it's my last weekend here. I went out to dinner with friends last night but that drained me and I had to come in early. Then today we went to El Museo de las Momias (Mummy museum). It was....kinda creepy, but also kinda cool to see a bunch of preserved bodies. Still creepy though. Then we went to the Mega (their mall) to see ECLIPSE!!! Because I still hadn't seen it yet!! It was soooooo good. Team Jacob. K, I'm done. But really, it was good. and it was in English! Yay. And we got to eat subway. yum yum.

Now I'm just at home gonna work on a presentation and hopefully skype with Kimberlee Hauss(who has been out of my life for weeeeeks) and also just rest.

Here's some pictures that are from a while back that I never posted.

And....me in the hospital:

Monday, July 19, 2010


Hi everyone.

I have a lot of pictures to post and things to catch y'all up on but I am currently very sick :( I've been feeling awful since Saturday night. It's no fun and i've barely eaten.

I would greatly appreciate your prayers right now that I can get well and be able to go to class again. I can't hardly keep any food down. I'll post again once I'm feeling better.

Y'all are the best, thanks for praying!

Love and...Jello,


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Days 10-12: Tarea, tarea, mas tarea

It's currently Wednesday and I am laying in bed relaxing after eating a MASSIVE plate of spaghetti...or Espaghetti, as they say here. It was delicious. Well, this week has been good so far. Monday class was very difficult, because we started a new grammar lesson on Subjunctive- my least favorite part of Spanish! haha. But i made it through it. Good news: out of my whole class I'm the only one who got 100 on our first quiz. My professor said he was very impressed- which is good, but it also means I got keep up the hard work and not slack off!

On a not so fun note, I've had more tarea (homework) lately. I have an essay due Friday (which I've already completed!) and a group presentation Friday as well (which I'm going to work on tonight!). So, the last two nights I just stayed in and worked on homework/relaxed. It's been good.

I found out yesterday that I actually am going to have to take my clothes to the lavanderia instead of her being able to wash them here, but I think it'll be cheaper that way anyways, and they fold all your stuff up so cute!

Let's see...what else has been going on? OH! Today in conversation class, some students from Mexico that are learning English came to visit. So we spent half of the class practicing our Spanish with them and the other half helping them with their English. They were horrible at English, haha which is im sure how they felt about my Spanish! But maybe not, since they were beginner English and I am advanced. It was a really cool experience though! And fun to meet Mexican students our same age.

how about I list the top ten things from home I am missing and yall can enjoy them these next few weeks on behalf of me? K great. Here they are, just like David Letterman show: TOP TEN THINGS FROM THE U.S AMY HOLDEN MISSES WHILE ABROAD:(excluding people and pets (aka Leo).

1.Moe's (come on, y'all HAD to know this would be first)
2.Chick f la spicy chicken sandwich
4.Driving a car
5.Bachelorette/Pretty Little Liars
7.My own bed
8.First Evan
9.Sweat tea
10.people laughing at my jokes

Te amo todos de mis amigos!! See you all semi soon at the glorious wedding festivities of Allison Kirby Gaines and Gentry Kyle Hill. CANNOT WAIT!!!! Hope my dress fits, and if it doesn't I hope it's because I've gotten skinny from walking up these darn hills all day.

Love and Tortillas (and spaghetti?),


Sunday, July 11, 2010

Days 7-9: Salsa, Jesus, and Cards

Hola! Weird title combo? Possibly. Fitting for my weekend? Yes.

My first week in GTO (Guanajuato) is complete! Which is good. And since my first week is complete, that means I have completed my first weekend as well. And it was definitely fun! Friday night I went out in el centro with Lori, Abby, Cassie, Allysha, and Trish. It was alot of fun!!! We went to dinner at a place called El Abue- it's recommended by the New York Times as one of the best restaurants in GTO. And my meal only cost $7. Yeah- it was legit AND cheap. Alright alright. Then we went to Bar Fly- kinda lame, but fun to talk with everyone. Then (this was my favorite part of the night), we went SALSA DANCING! At this place called "El Bar"- most creative name ever by the way. It was so much fun. The four of us (me, abby, cassie, and lori) are sitting there talking and all of a sudden this huge tall mexican man just walks up to Cassie and says "baile?". So she just got up without thinking and starting dancing with him and didnt stop the whole night!! Me and Abby were dying laughing. We kept an eye on her to make sure he was being a gentleman- and he was! Then Lori got asked to dance. Which makes sense. Lori and Cassie are both half mexican. But me and Abby are EXTREMELY white...therefore we assumed we would not get any invitation...

HA. Next thing I know our WAITER asks me to dance. I look at Abby as if to say "Seriously?SHould I? (all hesitant). and she just gives me a look like "duh." Next thing I know I'm salsa dancing in Mexico with some random waiter. It was so fun though! He taught me alot of things and I had a good time. We didn't stay out too too late because we had an early morning but it was such a good first weekend night!! Here's some highlights of that night:

On Saturday, we took out first excursion to "Cristo el Rey"- basically a massive statue of Jesus Christ that overlooked the whole city! The biggest statue of Christ ever made is located in Tegucigalpa, Honduras- and luckily I saw that last summer. Blessed to have been able to travel to great places...with jesus statues! It also provided a BEAUTIFUL view of the city- we were basically level with the clouds. Which made me want to jump on them (which I realize is impossible). Here's what it looked like:

Nearly exhausted, we decided we couldn't handle salsa dancing saturday night we instead we played cards and drank cappucinos with two guys on the trip (married ones ha) Greg and Mark. It was a chill night and alot of fun. They are fun guys to talk to!! Mi primer fin de semana fue tan bueno y divertido! I can't wait for what's to come. I'm having a great time and really improving my Spanish!

Well, now Im about to skype with K. Mole then S. Chandler then K. Hauss hopefully. That's a pretty strong line-up. No weak players there. Ha. Oh, and I'm drinking hot tea....mmm warms my belly and my heart.

Well, that's all for now! Hasta luego

Love and Tortillas,


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Day 5: Siesta, Te, y LASAGNA!!!!!

Hola todos mis amigos!!!

I almost just starting typing this whole post in Spanish, that would have been interesting to see y'all try and understand it (minus my Spanish-pro friends: Alli, Kimberlee, Aunt Susie, and... Mole (ish).

Today was a gooooood day. Filled with...not too much- which made it good :) Class was long but manageable. I am getting much more confident in my conversation skills and since my classes are advanced, there aren't too many people in them (only 10) because most students are taking beginner or intermediate. After class I stopped by the Atm to withdraw some money. Hopefully it'll be my last time to take out money- i'm really trying to budget while I'm here but since everything's so darn cheap it makes me feel like I can buy everything.... :) But I won't.

Well yesterday we visited this famous monument que se llama la "Pepila". It's famous in Guanajuato because it symbolizes Mexican Independence and the men that fought to make that happen. It was pretty awesome. And the weather was perfect. Naturally me and Abby Nolen got a sweet picture of us acting like warriors in front of Pepila. I'll post pictures sometime soon hopefully of that trip.

Side note: I'm sitting in the den right now updating this and I was watching some CSI in ENGLISH! with spanish subtitles (shout out to mi mama American- MOM THAT'S YOU). Anyways, all of a sudden mi mama Mexicana walks up and asks if she can change the channel to watch a Mexican romantic novel...haha. So i'm currently watching that with her. Strange.

Anyways, so today was good, like I said. Mainly because we had the best LASAGNA ever for lunch- and lasagna is not normal for mexico, if you didn't know. It was gooood. Then I took a siesta for about 2 hours :) Then got to skype with my rents for an hour and I'll get to skype with Shawn tonight!

I ended the night by eating chess by and drinking hot tea with Erica, Pancho, and Elaina(the girl from Chicago that lives upstairs). Hot tea makes everything better(especially my stomach!)

Here's some pictures from the past days of my room, Leo in my suitcase (ha), and my reaction to my first experience with Mexican cerveza:

Thanks to all who read! It makes me feel like y'all with me.Trust me, if I could I'd fly you all out here!!!!

Love and Tortillas (and Lasagna),


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Day 3 (as promised)- First Day of Classes

Remember my first day here how sad I was and how miserable I described it? It's much better now. Thanks for all of the prayers and for thinking about me while I'm gone. I have the best friends/family ever. Things have gotten so much better!

Though it's currently Tuesday, this post is about Monday-my first day of class! I am taking 4 classes while I'm here, which is sort of alot but they are only an hour each, which makes it better:

Gramatica, conversacion, literatura, y historia

I like all of my professors...well almost all. Ha...

My grammar teacher, Martin, rocks. He's hysterical and is actually making el subjunctivo (this really difficult grammar lesson that is imperative for Spanish but doesn't exist in the English language) kinda fun!

My conversation teacher, the only female (professora) that I have, is really awesome too! She is very animated and makes us speak in class so i think it'll definitely give me confidence!

My literature teacher is also really great. He is very passionate about the subject, which makes it more interesting. All of the authors we will be covering over the month are ones that I have studied in my classes back home in the university. I'm really excited about learning more about them though!

And lastly...Ignacio. My history teacher...oh Ignacio. Well, A of all, he has a sweet beard and is as thin as a pencil. B of all, he mumbles like crazy and therefore I (along with the rest of the class) cannot understand much of what her says!!! C of all...it's history, which is boring anyways. But alas, I'll push through it. I usually just laugh whenever he laughs. That seems to work pretty well.

So those are my teachers/classes. I have school from 9-1 (monday and friday) and til 2 on tues, wed, thurs for museum visits and Mexican culture class. and then i go home for lunch at 3!!! (this late lunch is killing me...not something I wanna get used to!)

Things with my host home are great stilL! I've seen alot more of the girls who live above me. They are nice and we are able to practice our Spanish together. Kelsey, the girl from Louisville who lives above me, has class at the same time as me and we walk to La Universidad de Guanajuato together. That's about it for day 3 in the city. I'm planning on staying in the house tonight to rest, read, do homework, ans skype with some friends, so I'll most likely update tonight as well about Day 4( today- tuesday).

P.S i tried to post some pictures, but im not sure if it's working..i'll try again later i suppose...

Love and Tortillas--which i had for lunch :),


Monday, July 5, 2010

Day 3- Preview

Hola!! It's 11:30 and I should be getting to bed so I'm only updating to say: stay tuned for tomorrow when I will tell y'all about my first day of classes and more! It's currently raining, which means i will sleep well. Why you ask? When it rains at night, the men who love to play guitar and sing late into the night in my neighborhood and keep me up...can't! So I will fall asleep to the rain rather than la musica mexicana.

I'll update tomorrow when I have time! I have pictures to share as well so check back later!

Love and Tortillas,


Saturday, July 3, 2010

Day 2( technically day 1 in the city)

Well. I made it safe and sound....well.. not necessarily sound. I'm going to be honest. This isn't fun. I imagined my first post in this great city to be about how amazing everything is and how I never want to come home and how I am overjoyed to be here...it's pretty much opposite. And I almost wanted to lie and say that it was great so I could have a cool adventure. But here I am confessing that I'm A of all: a big baby who apparently isn't as independent as she thought, B of all: THAT girl that misses her boyfriend after only being gone one day (I guess I really like this kid).

I don't know why I thought I was more independent than I really am. I'm actually really insecure on my own and need people around me to support me and encourage me. I can't do this on my own! (and thank the Lord for that cause you know i'd mess it up if i tried). But I need way more than just the help of friends- I need the Lord to give me strength to be brave in a new situation and find the good in things. I so often forget about Him. Because I am so often consumed with other things that I place above Him. Encouragement from people close to me is great, but I can't rely fully on them to tell me to snap out of it and get a grip. The Lord reminds me that all the time- I just tend to push Him aside.

Whew. Breathe amy. There. That was my complaint/rant from day 1. It was hard. I cried, not gonna lie. But...I'm alive. And i haven't thrown up. And I haven't gotten on a plane to come home(tempting). I can do this. The Lord can help me do this.

Currently I am sitting in a yellow towel on my bed waiting for the shower to get warm. Though it probably never will. Mi mama just keeps saying "Yo no se...quizas esta roto?" (I don't know...maybe it's broken?). Ha. So we'll see if i get a shower tonight.

Now, let's here some positives:

-My host mom is the sweetest, though she doesn't speak a lick of English
-I ate a really really weird meat tonight( and y'all know how I am about meat) and didn't puke.
-I toured the city (in the rain..) and got a really good intro to what life is like here.
-sat in on a quincenera while we were waiting for the rain to pass. ha. I was the only one there who didn't cross my chest and face in a catholic manner.
- the shower eventually got warm by the way-such a blessing.
-I ended the night by reading "To Kill a Mocking Bird". My house mom brought me tea por mi estomago. She said it would make me feel better :)
-I talked with Allysha the director about my lonesome-ness and we are meeting tomorrow to try and work something out.

Today ended well. It was a rough start but God is getting me through it. Prayers would be greatly appreciated!! Tomorrow (sunday) we have a free day and then we start classes monday morning!

Love and Tortillas, (Ruth Minor- the ever so sweet positive influence in my life told me that tortillas is less offensive, and probablly more true, than tequila.)


Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Day 1- Packing

Destination: Guanajuato, Mexico
Intended Goal: Become a Spanish genius and experience life
Plan: Speak the language, get good grades, have FUN, make memories, not wanna come home......but first off..PACK!!

I am beginning my study abroad experience in Guanajuato today by packing. I leave in 4 days for a great adventure in Mexico, but I gotta get myself packed up first! Over the course of the month I'm gonna do better about updating. Hopefully I can become such a faithful blogger that I can write around 3-4 times a week (let's keep our fingers crossed). This all depends on the amount of free time I have, my internet connection, and whether or not I actually have cool things to say (let's be honest though, I'll be in Mexico for a month being carefree and spontaneous- there's bound to be something good).

Hasta luego mis amigos!

Disclaimer- I will be using some Spanish on here throughout the course of the month- I'll try to be considerate of those that don't speak it, but no promises! I guess if you wanna know about my life, learn Spanish. Jokes.

Love and tequila,

(i couldn't think of how I wanted to sign these for my time in Mexico and all that came to mind was tequila. So I'm using it- though most likely not drinking it. Don't worry baptists/moms/anyone else who might judge me for that statement.)


Saturday, March 27, 2010

New addiction:

Well it is spring break.

And I am in Memphis at home. Which means lots of free time (unfortunately boring free time). Later in the week I will have more going on but it's only Saturday night, and my spring break started...yesterday... So there isn't much going on yet.

As i await the arrival of my long desired Felicity season 3 (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) I get my show fix by watching "My life as Liz"

EVERYONE should watch this. It takes a while til you warm up to it, but it's good. So funny and so highschool. The girl in it is a mix between Haley Williams (of Paramore), Juno, and the coolest person you know- whoever that may be.

Charlotte, I feel like you would like this for some reason. Check it out, or don't. It's whatever.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Gotta love friends

I have the best college friends ever. Let that be said first off. Now that we are all juniors, things are changing, people are growing up, making plans, going places. You know how it goes. Well this past fall was actually the last semester we would all have together before a of all) Kimberlee goes to Washington DC for the semester (our own little city girl journalist) and b of all) ALLI GETS ENGAGED. yea. a big deal.

So how did we celebrate? Oh you know, just a little best friend photoshoot. Check them out!

Katie is the tallest brunette, Alli is the tallest blonde, Ruth is the middle brunette, India middle blonde, I am the shortest brunette, and Kimberlee is the tallest blonde.

We are friends.
The end.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Business in the front

Chartown. This is for you.

Business bump. A classic. A sheek eye-catching hairstyle. The only way to go to make a A+ first impression with the profs on the first day of classes.

You taught me how.

Party in the back (commonly known as party poof) will be debuting sometime this weeked most likely.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Thank goodness for 5 make up days

I don't do New Years resolutions. Partially because I feel like they're cheesy and partially (probably the bigger part) because I try to be a realist and expect things to maybe not work out so that if they don't work out, I won't get upset, but if they do work out, well great news! SO, I wouldn't call this a New Year's resolution, but just something I've been needing for a while. Structure in my time with the Lord. It was so easy (and "baby food-ish) for me to just alternate my favorite passages that I like to read, and use those as my time with the Lord. But, I wasn't consistent. And I wasn't spending good quality time, it was more like a checklist (so easy to fall into that sort of time with Him right?).

I came across the reading plan through Charlotte and also through a friend from school's twitter (ironic, yes. Twitter does have benefits). It is a discipleship bible reading journal and it takes you through the whole Bible in a year! Which is something, as a 20 year old that has grown up in the church (ish, I have actually never done. So I'm doing it now!

The best part is that it leaves 5 days of make up or catch up in case you don't get to all of it, which honestly who could? It's been a challenge for sure for me. But I've really enjoyed it! January led me through half of Matthew, half of Acts, part of Psalms and all of Genesis. I really enjoyed reading parts of Acts. I honestly don't think I have ever looked into Acts until this month. Seeing how the church was meant to be set up and how the disciples did ministry makes me realize how bad of a job I do at what the Lord has called us as Christ-followers to do.

Two things I wanted to share.

1.First, is a verse I promise you I read for the first time, but am so thankful to have been shown.

"He said to them (aka each one of us even now), It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes to you."
Acts 1:7-8

I feel like the Lord just took my face in His hands, turned it directly towards Him and said "Hey, fool! Quit trying to figure out what's up and when things are going to happen. I've already decided and picked things out for you, but I don't wanna tell you yet! So just have faith and trust me, You're strong enough to wait and be patient, cause I've given you the Holy Spirit! So don't be afraid, and quit freaking out. I've got it under control."


2. Second is the differences that THE BIBLE , in Acts, gives between the pharisees and the disciples.

Pharisees-jealous(5:17), stiff-necked with impure hearts(7:51), resist the Holy Spirt(7:52),receive the law but do not obey it(7:53),boasted that he was someone great(8:9),
Disciples- God-fearing (2:5), cut to the heart in response to hearing the truth(2:37), courageous(4:13),could not help speaking about what they had seen and heard(4:20), one in heart and mind with other believers(4:32), rejoiced after persecution(5:41),

There is more to come I'm sure. Reading those definitions of pharisees and disciples doesn't make me feel great. I am truly truly more like a Pharisee than a follower of Christ. But grace abounds! I can strive to be like Christ, like his disciples were. I can strive to be God-fearing, and courageous, and truth speaking. I can put off impurity and resistance to the Holy Spirit and pride. The Lord makes that possible.

The truths I have found just in one month makes me excited about digging deeper into the Scriptures.

More to come! I have been in a blogging drought lately, my apologies. I will attempt to do better. Maybe a picture post coming up? That could be refreshing.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Welcome Kimchee dear

Shout outs are a pretty standard trad for my blogs, and most peoples I would venture to say. Tonight I have a special person in mind as I begin this celebratory shout out.

My close friend, dare I say one of the closest, has begun a blog. And I am SO excited about it! She is THE BEST (nacho libre voice). But really. She is an adventurer, a scholar, a beauty, a great gal. We've been friends since she came to ECS(our highschool) in 9th grade, and now, thankfully, we are at the same college. She is a very big, though small in size, person in my life. So, welcome Kimberlee. I look forward to reading about (and hearing straight over the phone and skype of course) all about your adventures while you are in D.C. AND I cannot wait to visit you my presh! I won't make too many mems without you here and I will hold off on Felic til you return to me safe in my arms.