The Texas Ren Fest: a meeting ground for every fandom. Even the bad (vampiric) ones.CH
The Texas Ren Fest: a meeting ground for every fandom. Even the bad (vampiric) ones.CH
Here are some random clips of my Thanksgiving break! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!
~1 Thessalonians 5:18~
Unpredictable by: Francesca Battistelli
Linus and Lucy by: Vince Guaraldi
Writing a post about Thanksgiving was harder than I thought it would be. To be honest, I didn’t really have anything to say other than you usually hear. “Be grateful for what good you have”, “give thanks to those who have helped you”, etc.
As the last week of school comes to a close with finals looming heavily around the corner, I’ve found what I wanted to say about being thankful.
I’m thankful for all of the things that challenge me. I’m thankful for the moments when I despaired, the moments when I felt the most pain. The moments when I was losing faith. I’m thankful for when I was hurt and afraid.
Those moments are the most vital experiences. They challenged my strength, hope, and beliefs. They made me grow. I really believe that the truest moments of growth come when everything you stand for is shaken. If you’re wrong, admit that you are wrong. Learn whenever possible. Never stop seeking change, small or large.
I know that I am happy now because when I remember those moments, I can feel the difference in my heart. And don’t get me wrong- I’ve had a great life! I’ve had a house over my head, food on my plate, and a soft bed to sleep on every day that I’ve been alive.
However, we need to forgive and accept the past. Be grateful for what we’ve experienced, good AND bad. We can’t undo it, regardless. What we have experienced has made us stronger.
Every test I take is stressful, and every goal I have comes with effort. That’s how it’s always going to be. Even when I no longer need to take written exams, my tests shall come in different forms.
I implore you to never forget what has changed you. Don’t focus on only positive things because life isn’t made of entirely positive things. Remember the negative. Know that negative things will continue to happen to you. Your ability to accept them and learn from them will do so, so much for you.
On a slight side note, I definitely think that HBU has the same attitude, Through any education here, you will be challenged. That should be something to look forward to!
I wish everyone good luck on their exams next week. Never stop learning!
How do we stay thankful after Thanksgiving is over and life begins again?
Mid-week motivation from earlier in the month. Thanksgiving video coming up soon!
Another weekend of urban adventures with my favorite explorers! This last weekend I had the honor of visiting “Cinderella Park” (lovingly named by Claire and Annalise). Though we did not stay at Cinderella Park long (on account of little preparation for the cold AND wet), we had time to love, climb, and name Cinderella Park’s crown jewel: the beautifully christened “Assyria”. Claire, who is currently learning about the Assyrians at Trinity, took many opportunities to recite a rather impressive timeline of Western civilization.
After a quick stop to pick up gloves, hats, and scarves for the girls, we set out for a urban hiking trail near Tanglewood. Though it was cold and windy, it was well worth the ice water in my boots. Claire and I went off the beaten trail for a bit to squeeze under small nooks and attempt passages across rotten logs. Thankfully, there were only a couple slips and some dirty stockings. Before leaving, I collected five fallen, red leaves from a nearby tree. I placed them in my edition of Lord of the Rings and pulled them out frequently when writing my character study essay over Mithrandir (Gandalf). Now, whenever I open up to the “The Riders of Rohan”, I can gaze at their beauty. They smell like cold autumn.
My name is Caitlin, and I am a strict after-Thanksgiving-decorator. However, I am also an RA, so sometimes that means pulling out lots of dusty boxes and setting aside an hour or so to listen to the She & Him Christmas album while decking the lobby in garland. On days like today, I am thankful that things like this fall under my job description. And ironically enough, I am also thankful for the opportunity to decorate prior to Thanksgiving. There is a certain kind of unity and gratitude that stirs up when the temperature drops and sweet friends gather around to make somewhere feel like home. So happy Thanksgiving, and Merry Christmas.
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. (Colossians 3:12-15)
This introduction is a tad overdue (due in part to my tendency to keep myself busy) but tardiness is something I do not want to make a habit of! My name is Alanna Khubieh, I’m a Fine Arts Major, and I’m very excited to be joining the team.
To start off my introduction, I’ll begin with a bit of my background. I am a single child who was raised by a single mother (my parents divorced when I was a few months old). I went through twelve years of public school, which is an experience I’d just love to rant about in a later post! My father is of full Arabic descent and my mother is of a mixed Puerto Rican and European descent. I technically have one half-brother named Sebastian who currently lives in California with my father. He’s five and definitely adorable. I discovered my passion art in middle school and I haven’t given up on it since. Majoring in Fine Arts is, perhaps, one of the most satisfactory decisions of my lifetime. Also, I live ten to fifteen minutes away from campus, which is very convenient for a commuter.
I have become very involved on campus this year, and although it’s stressful, I have made many friends and experienced many challenges. Just the way I like it! Primarily, I am a member of the Freshman Council, a Boethian in the Honors College, and a sister of Phi Mu. Some organizations I’m interested in joining full-time are Ratio Christi and Buddies.
As a side note, I was involved in both National Honors Society and National Art Honors Society at Kempner High School. I am definitely interested in founding a NAHS chapter at HBU.
A random assortment of things that I very much like: Wolves (imagine how happy I was when I chose HBU), the color purple, pink lemonade, chocolate anything, and Vietnamese food.
My hobbies include: casual gaming, writing, and singing. Some old past times I’d like to return to are horse-back riding and soccer.
Some more facts or something: I own three dogs and a cat (the cat is the alpha), I can’t eat gluten, I will never turn down an offer of karaoke, I was in choir for all four years in high school (varsity for three), and I used to play the guitar.
Favorite Music/Musicians: My favorite genre is jazz/swing, but I like pretty much any genre. Musicians/Bands: Adele, Caro Emerald, Caravan Palace, Michael Buble, Lorde, Florence and the Machine, Paramour, Within Temptation, Evanescence, Regina Spektor, and Sarah Bareilles, to name a few.
Favorite movies: mystery and sci fi are my genres. Some all-time favorites include Forrest Gump, The Color Purple (not for the title I promise), Hunger Games, Wreck It Ralph, Up, and Toy Story.
Er, as a final ingredient to this stew, my favorite games are okami, mario bros in general, kirby, and smash bros.
I think that suffices as far as a get-to-know-me post goes. I look forward to writing about the things I experience at this wonderful college!
As we all know, Philippines has been struck by typhoon Haiyan few weeks ago. As part of the Filipino community, we tried to collaboration with one of the food trucks in town called Flip ‘n Patties to raise up money for donation towards the victims of the typhoon in the Philippines. Here’s a summary video Filipino Student Association to Flip ‘n Patties last Friday (Nov. 22, 2013) in support of the cause.
Last Sunday, I had the pleasure of attending the Texas Renaissance Festival with the English Newsletter. We had a wonderful afternoon partaking in the joys of the court of Henry VIII.
Mariah and I tried to keep track of how many shirtless men we encountered, but we stopped after about fifteen in twenty minutes (given it was also “Barbarian weekend”). While I had a wildly good time, if you are scandalized by men in “bikinis” and chain mail, this is not the place for you. I spare you photographic evidence.
Because sometimes, you just need a nap. I delighted in the authenticity of their sleeping arrangements.
While most of the merchandise at Ren Fest is obscenely expensive, I was able to purchase a $6 book on Arthur of Britain while Mariah purchased Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose for $12 (a text for our History of Religion, Science, and Medicine class next semester!). Liz left with many fantastic purchases, including an ink pen and knife. Next year, I hope to purchase either a leatherware good from the Poetic Earth shop (Mariah purchased a beautiful journal while I walked around touching everything) or a star compass.
Now the real treat of the faire: the joust. I have sen jousting at the Ren Fest before, but this year, they really brought their “A” game with reenactment. Thankfully, we sat in England’s section: it spared me having to get up and walk over when the knights emerged. Now, I may have forgotten myself for a bit and berated the French both brutally and relentlessly. The French knight was a wuss who both ran away and eventually resorted to kicking his enemy. Our knight, Sir Thomas of Kent, and his ally, Sir Otto (a good sort of German) fought honorably. While Sir Thomas fell second in battle, Sir Otto was left to fight the disgraceful Spaniard who slain him.
The Spanish knight dipped his sword into the flames and fought Sir Otto. Though Sir Otto was wounded by a fiery jab, he overtook his foe.
Another one of my Ren Fest favorites is the music. Walking through Germany and England, we encountered merry fiddlers and folk singers. Before leaving, we enjoyed the music of the Romani people.
I can’t wait for next year’s festival! However, though I enjoyed “Barbarian Weekend”, I would prefer to go to “Celtic Christmas” instead.