Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Simply Amazing...

The following is a forward that I received from a friend. I usually don't repost forwards, but this one is truly worth it.

This story is not only amazing, but my immediate thoughts were concerning babies after I read this--aborted babies in particular--who aren't given the same chance as this dog was. Every year, thousands of babies are aborted simply because expecting parents are told their child has or might have some sort of birth defect.

Sadly, we live in a culture of death where the dignity of life and the unborn is not protected. Life comes from God and only He can choose when to take it.

Jasmin

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This is 'Faith'

This dog was born on Christmas Eve in the year 2002. He was born with 3 legs - 2 healthy hind legs and 1 abnormal front leg which had to be amputated.



He of course could not walk when he was born. Even his mother did not want him. His first owner also did not think that he could survive and he was thinking of 'putting him to sleep.' But then, his present owner, Jude Stringfellow, met him and wanted to take care of him. She became determined to teach and train this little dog to walk by himself. She named him 'Faith'.



In the beginning, she put Faith on a surfboard to let him feel the movement. Later, she used peanut butter on a spoon as a lure and reward for him for standing up and jumping around. Even the other dog at home encouraged him to walk. Amazingly, only after 6 months, like a miracle, Faith learned to balance on his hind legs and to jump to move forward. After further training in the snow, he could now walk like a human being.



Faith loves to walk around now. No matter where he goes, he attracts people to him. He is fast becoming famous on the international scene and has appeared on various newspapers and TV shows. There is now a book entitled 'With a Little Faith' being published about him. He was even considered to appear in one of Harry Potter movies.



His present owner, Jude Stringfellew, has given up her teaching post and plans to take him around the world to preach that even without a perfect body, one can have a perfect soul.









Monday, September 28, 2009

Of course it's pink!

Since I commute so much for work, I decided buying a hands-free headset was in order, so I wouldn't be looking down so much when answering my phone while driving on the freeway.

Look at this little piggy that I found while shopping for headsets!



It's ultra slim, light, relatively well-priced, and, most importantly, PINK! But y'all probably knew I'd end up with a pink headset, right? So far it works well!

For those wondering, it's the Samsung WEP 350, and it works with Blackberry devices (it literally took 2 minutes for me to figure out how to set it up with my phone).

Happy Monday!

Jasmin

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Awesomeness

UCLA is the only team left in the PAC 10 right now that is undefeated...

...GO BRUINS!



Jasmin

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Ugh

Working 12 hour days is no fun! It leaves no time for anything. :( I can't believe I haven't had time to post this whole week...work has been insane. For those hours, I should have been a lawyer, right? Ha! Hopefully I'll catch up on posts this weekend. :-)

Hope y'all had a better week!

Jasmin

Monday, September 21, 2009

Go blue!

I went to my first ever football game at my grad school this past weekend...it was AWESOME! And the best part was that we won! We tailgated a bit before the game, got to see the marching band play, and wore our school shirts.

Below are some pictures from the game.

Happy Monday!







Jasmin

Thursday, September 17, 2009

My grad school journey begins!

I'm super excited-- I have my grad school orientation tomorrow morning so I get to miss work, yay! It's an all-day event featuring speakers, campus tours, networking events, etc, so I'm very excited! :)

My trip pictures are to come next week...I'm officially a slacker for promising them two weeks ago and not following through. Work has been brutal and busy lately.

Happy Friday everyone!

Jasmin

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Little Beast

I finally have a new laptop! I think my old laptop, the dinosaur, senses this, because it has been very slow and uncooperative lately when I've been turning it on to copy files off of it. It's as if it knows I'm "cheating" on it with a new, younger, faster, shinier model.

I ended up purchasing an HP Pavilion dv4-1465dx notebook. It's small and perfect for lugging around campus for grad school. My main requirements were size (this one is 14"), battery life (6 hours), and weight (I have no clue how much it weighs, but it's a feather compared to my old brick).

The only drawback of it is that the OS is Vista. I'm waiting for Windows 7 to be released in October so I can get my free upgrade. I never used to believe those who harped on Vista, but it truly is awful. There's nothing redeeming about it.

In other news, can you believe Patrick Swayze passed away? So sad! May he rest in peace.

P.S. For those wondering about the title of the post, it refers to the nickname I gave my laptop, since it's small yet powerful.

Jasmin

Monday, September 14, 2009

Manic Monday

I had FOUR coffees today...yes, four. That's when you know you're tired. It was very much a Monday that I hated. Driving home, the sun was setting and I was squinting, which made me uber sleepy, so I actually pulled over and took a nap in my car. Better safe than sorry, right? It's amazing what a 15 minute power nap will do. I then went to meet up with a friend at Starbucks to catch up, where I had, what else, more coffee. ;)

I plan to hopefully (*crosses fingers*) upload trip pictures starting tomorrow. I've had too much going on this past weekend (like my high school reunion which I helped organize) to post anything at all. So my apologies.

Happy Monday!

Jasmin

Friday, September 11, 2009

Forever Remembered

Today marks the 8-year anniversary of September 11th. I truly can't believe it's been that long-- it feels as if it just happened yesterday. I will forever remember where I was when I heard the news.

Fittingly, I was in NYC a week ago and I was staying near the site of the Twin Towers. There's much construction going on there at the moment, and the proposed memorial plan will not be completed any time soon, unfortunately. I remember visiting the site in the summer of 2003, and at that time all that was visible was a makeshift wooden cross and a small metal sign that listed the names of all the victims.

May they rest in peace and may we never know another day such as Sept. 11th.



Jasmin

Thursday, September 10, 2009

With age comes wisdom, right?

In honor of my recent birthday, my younger brother decided to create a homemade card for me, which I always love...it's much more personal than a generic store-bought one.

He also decided to get back at me for the crack I made about his age when I modified his birthday card back in June, even though he is younger than me by four years.

Behold, ladies and gentleman, the card he created for me:

Cover
Me as a granny, 'cause, ya know, I'm soooo old.



Inside
Twilight characters Edward and Bella, because they look young but will forever be old vampires. Check out the massive hair on Edward...quite accurate, no?



Jasmin

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Things I'm looking forward to!

Here are some things I'm looking forward to soon:

1. Starting grad school in October. I'm very excited about the program, and equally excited about being able to attend all the football and basketball games and cheer my school on. Yay! :)

2. Reading Julia Child's memoir, My Life in France.

3. Seeing the movie "Julie & Julia" after finishing the above book.

4. Summer transitioning into Fall! I love the season and the cooler weather.

5. Finally buying a new laptop for school. The one I currently own is a dinosaur and super slow, given that it's about 7 years old.

What are you looking forward to?

Jasmin

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

So I lied...kinda

I'm pooped and tired today from waking up super early for work, so vacation pictures will have to wait a few days. Sorry!

However, given that I'm a tennis player and fan, I decided to blog on two things I love: the color pink...and...shoes! Yes, pink tennis shoes. These are awesome! Melanie Oudin, the 17-year old American who is having an amazing run at the U.S. Open, has such shoes. Are these worth learning tennis or what? ;) I think so.



Jasmin

Monday, September 7, 2009

I'm back on the west coast!

Happy Labor Day everyone! I'm back! I flew in late last night from NYC. I'm bummed to be back on the west coast (east coast, how I love thee so), but I'm excited to start a new chapter of my life because I begin grad school next month!

I plan to blog for the next two weeks about my daily romps on the east coast (with pictures, of course). Some highlights include wine tasting in the Virginia countryside, visiting Monticello, seeing the National Shrine on the campus of Catholic University of America in Washington D.C., and attending my first ever U.S. Open match. And of course, seeing all my friends and making new ones was awesome.

May you all have a restful Labor Day. :)

Jasmin

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom

Hello everyone! I haven't blogged as much as I've wanted while on vacation in D.C. because, well, I've just been having too much fun! But I promise to do a day by day recap (with pictures) when I return next week. I leave tomorrow to fly to NYC-- I'm very excited but sad at the same time to leave my friends and all the new friends I've met while on vacation.

In the meantime, my good friend Simone who I've been visiting wrote a poem in honor of my visit and posted it on her blog. It's also here below. Enjoy!

Bed at two, awake at ten
Our eyes are too droopy to start the day again
The pink princess is fast asleep, unmoved as a hidden forest log
I, the hostess, upset for missing my morning jog
SIGH, nothing is new under the sun
We raven-haired ladies have been friends since before twenty-one

Bed at two, awake at ten
Our eyes are too droopy to start the day again
I peek through the creak in her bedroom door like a timid rat
The sleeping beauty angers quickly at my loud tip-tap
Yet birthday adventure commences in light-hearted cheer
The merriment perpetuated with wine, you know she hates beer

Bed at two, awake at ten
Our eyes are too droopy to start the day again
Much Ado About Nothing, a steel-plated lunch, and Monticello
And conversations of suitors and disappointing fellows
Alas, we despair not for we have each other
Holidays like this, good food, and two Middle-Eastern mothers.

Jasmin
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