I think i’ve made the switch

April 26, 2008 at 1:56 pm (Uncategorized)

I’ve always been a die-hard PC supporter.  I always thought that i could do a lot more and have more flexibility with them.  However, in the past month, this has definitely changed.  I have been using the same computer since my senior year of high school (Dell dimension 4500, desktop, 512 MB ram, 60 GB HD, 1.8 GHz processor).  While that doesn’t seem too bad, it is 6 years old and runs slower then molasses.  I started having a lot of problems with it so i decided it was time to get a new computer.

Being a teacher influenced my decision as to what to buy because i’ve been using a old Mac ibook to teach with and teachers get a sweet deal from apple, so i splurged on a 2.4 Ghz, 250 GB HD, 2GB Ram 15 ” MacBook Pro and i have to tell you i couldn’t be happier with it.  It blows me away how such a small notebook is so much faster and has way more storage space then my old desktop.  Plus the Leopard OS is TheBomb.com 🙂  Yes i just said that.  AND for music, i absolutely LOVE iTunes!  Anyway, i still like PCs and still like their flexibility (when they work), but in all honesty, I rarely touch my desktop anymore…and i’m ok with that.

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New Hobby!

April 23, 2008 at 9:27 pm (Music, School)

So a few weeks ago our school was administering PSSA test and they had activities planned for the students in the afternoon so they could unwind and relax before the next day of testing.  Our Principle asked me if i would be interested in DJ-ing a school dance at the end of the day and i thought about it and accepted.  The whole week before, i had a ton of kids tell me all the songs that they were into and i spent a bit of time screening them and buying the appropriate ones off of iTunes (on the schools bill of course 🙂 ) and put together a pretty sweet play list for the event.  The kids loved it and now the school has decided to drop their regular DJ ( a hired professional in the area) and hire from in-house.  Needless to say, i have a new side career!  My debut night-event will be next friday night.  Wish you could come, but its only open to middle schoolers, sorry….wait, that sounds horrible…

I suppose i’m going to need a sweet DJ name.  Any ideas?  I thought “DJ Nasty” would be cool, but its already taken by a guy who prints dirty pictures on his albums.  Probably not the best example to follow.

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Supplement to Personality Test…

April 23, 2008 at 2:19 am (Uncategorized)

So it turns out that Beth Sweeting and I have the same personality…must be why we make such good “housewives” together :).  So for those of you who don’t read her blog, here is the explination of an ENFJ, and i have to say, it’s pretty darn close.  Thanks Beth!

Portrait of an ENFJ – Extraverted iNtuitive Feeling Judging
(Extraverted Feeling with Introverted Intuition)
The Giver

ENFJs are people-focused individuals. They live in the world of people possibilities. More so than any other type, they have excellent people skills. They understand and care about people, and have a special talent for bringing out the best in others. ENFJ’s main interest in life is giving love, support, and a good time to other people. They are focused on understanding, supporting, and encouraging others. They make things happen for people, and get their best personal satisfaction from this.

Because ENFJ’s people skills are so extraordinary, they have the ability to make people do exactly what they want them to do. They get under people’s skins and get the reactions that they are seeking. ENFJ’s motives are usually unselfish, but ENFJs who have developed less than ideally have been known to use their power over people to manipulate them.

ENFJ’s are so externally focused that it’s especially important for them to spend time alone. This can be difficult for some ENFJs, because they have the tendency to be hard on themselves and turn to dark thoughts when alone. Consequently, ENFJs might avoid being alone, and fill their lives with activities involving other people. ENFJs tend to define their life’s direction and priorities according to other people’s needs, and may not be aware of their own needs. It’s natural to their personality type that they will tend to place other people’s needs above their own, but they need to stay aware of their own needs so that they don’t sacrifice themselves in their drive to help others.

ENFJ’s tend to be more reserved about exposing themselves than other extraverted types.

Which is not to say that the ENFJ does not have opinions.

The ENFJ may feel quite lonely even when surrounded by people. This feeling of aloneness may be exacerbated by the tendency to not reveal their true selves.

People love ENFJs. They are fun to be with, and truly understand and love people. They are typically very straight-forward and honest. Usually ENFJs exude a lot of self-confidence, and have a great amount of ability to do many different things. They are generally bright, full of potential, energetic and fast-paced. They are usually good at anything which captures their interest.

ENFJs like for things to be well-organized, and will work hard at maintaining structure and resolving ambiguity. They have a tendency to be fussy, especially with their home environments.

In the work place, ENFJs do well in positions where they deal with people. They are naturals for the social committee. Their uncanny ability to understand people and say just what needs to be said to make them happy makes them naturals for counseling. They enjoy being the center of attention, and do very well in situations where they can inspire and lead others, such as teaching.

ENFJs do not like dealing with impersonal reasoning.

ENFJs have a strong need for close, intimate relationships, and will put forth a lot of effort in creating and maintaining these relationships. They’re very loyal and trustworthy once involved in a relationship.

In general, ENFJs are charming, warm, gracious, creative and diverse individuals with richly developed insights into what makes other people tick. This special ability to see growth potential in others combined with a genuine drive to help people makes the ENFJ a truly valued individual. As giving and caring as the ENFJ is, they need to remember to value their own needs as well as the needs of others.

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Personality Test

April 22, 2008 at 8:37 pm (Uncategorized)

So a lot of people have been talking abou the Myers-Briggs personality test lately so i found a free test online to double check what i was. So for all of you out there who were wondering what my personality is, here ya go:

Your personality type is ENFJ.

Extraverted – 57% (introverted – 43%)

Intuitive – 68% (sensing – 32%)

Feeling – 85% (thinking (15%)

Judging – 77% (perceiving 23%

Unfortunately mine didn’t match me up with any famous people…maybe it just thinks i’m unique 🙂


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I’m OK with this….really!!

April 21, 2008 at 1:45 am (Uncategorized)

I’ve wanted to write on this topic for a while, but before you start to judge or make any assumptions about this post, you need to know that this entry is not me yelling at any person, groups of people, or any one in particular.  I just feel the need to speak my heart on my current relationship status and to speak to others that are in a similar situation.  I’m single….and completely OK with it.

I feel it is inevitable to escape “comments” when a single guy (or girl) is surrounded by couples.  In my situation, i live in Williamsport and just about all the people i know here are, in fact, married, and it is not uncommon for people to try to “pull the set-up” or really nudge me towards another available female.  While it is flattering and i appreciate the fact that people feel the need to help me out, you should know that i really don’t need it.  Here’s why:

  1. I like being single, especially right out of college because i can do what i want, when i want and no one can really say anything about it.  BOOYAH
  2. It’s just me and God right now, which is what it needs to be because he’s no done getting me ready for any relationship to come.
  3. Question: Do I desire to get married?  Answer: ABSOLUTELY….someday…and i firmly believe that God has instilled that passion inside of me for my future spouse and family.  He’s also got it all planned out being the perfect match maker and all and he doesn’t need your help.
  4. i just can’t plain afford it right now….just bein’ honest
  5. If all else fails…I’m Nate Freiken Reed, aka, the definition of sexy!  (haha jk 🙂

So if you feel the need to suggest a person or make a comment, know that i appreciate your thoughtfulness, but you need not invest any energy in trying to figure it out for me.  If anything, you can pray for the one that i will spend the rest of my life with as i do, and when that day comes, you can celebrate along with me as we will both know that God’s perfect plan has come to fruition…which it will 🙂  And that gets me excited!

I’m sorry this post has been a little long winded, but i want to end with this.  THANK YOU to all of the married couples that currently surrounded my life for your example and transparency.  Because of you all, i have learned a WHOLE LOT about what the first few years of marriage are like and hopefully i can follow your successes and learn from your…shall i say “non-successes”.  I love you all dearly and hopefully now you can understand a little more of where I’m at right now.  Much love!

-n

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A song that I’ve been relating to lately

April 4, 2008 at 12:03 am (Music)

“More Than Useless” – Relient K

I feel like, I would like
To be somewhere else doing something that matters
And I’ll admit here, while I sit here
My mind wastes away and my doubts start to gather

Whats the purpose? It feels worthless
So unwanted like I’ve lost all my value
I can’t find it, not in the least bit
and I’m just scared, so scared that I’ll fail you

And sometimes I think that I’m not any good at all
And sometimes I wonder why, why I’m even here at all
But then you assure me

I’m a little more than useless
And when I think that I can’t do this
You promise me that I’ll get through this
And do something right
Do something right for once

So I say if I can’t, do something significant
I’ll opt to leave most opportunities wasted
And nothing trivial, that life could give me will
Measure up to what might have replaced it

Too late look, my date book
Is packed full of days that were empty and now gone
And I bet, that regret
Will prove to get me to improve in the long run

And sometimes I think that I’m not any good at all
And sometimes I wonder why, why I’m even here at all
But then you assure me

I’m a little more than useless
And when I think that I can’t do this
You promise me that I’ll get through this
And do something right
Do something right for once

I’m a little more than useless
And I never knew I knew this
Was gonna be the day, gonna be the day
That I would do something right
Do something right for once

I notice, I know this
Week is a symbol of how I use my time
Resent it, I spent it
Convincing myself the world’s doing just fine
Without me
Doing anything of any consequence
Without me
Showing any sign of ever making sense
Of my time , it’s my life
And my right, to use it like I should
Like he would, for the good
Of everything that I would ever know

I’m a little more than useless
When I think that I can’t do this
You promise me that I’ll get through this
And do something right
Do something right for once

I’m a little more than useless
And I never knew I knew this
Was gonna the day, gonna be the day
That I would do something right
Do something right for once

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What a great weekend

April 1, 2008 at 1:31 am (Music, Passion)

After a week of being sick and having a long week at school, a weekend playing at Lake Champion for a High School youth retreat was the perfect remedy.  Course there was tons of great stories, conversations, fellowship, xbox 360 with a projector and “Call of Duty 4”, and hanging out with high schoolers, but most of all, for me, it was an incredible and much needed break from the norm.  While i came back exhausted, i was also refreshed.  I do have to say that there is nothing I love doing more then playing at retreats like that.  Especially when you get to see God using our playing, the speaker, and other leaders to bring kids to Christ.  If i could do that everyday…i would, no question.  You wouldn’t even have to pay me.  Anyway, i’m already counting down to the next time i get to do that, even though i don’t really know when that will be.

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