Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Let the guy be a gentleman!

Recently, I was overwhelmed with the thought that guys in today's society can be likened to pigs.  Before you think I am harsh and unnecessarily rude, I should say that I work at a fast food place and come across the type of men who fit this description to a "T." 
I don't care to think this way about men in general, and of late, I have been thinking this only of the men who frequent fast food stores such as my place of employment.

In a recent bout of disgust for the behavior of the male gender at my work place, I vented to a co-worker, saying "Why do guys have to be so ungentlemanly and disgusting? Why don't they treat women with dignity and respect?! You're a guy, tell me what you think!"

His response came as a surprise. He said "I treat girls how I think they want to be treated." 
I pried further..."How do you know how a girl wants to be treated?" 
He said to me, "Lately I've noticed that most girls want to be treated the same as I treat guys. The last time I was at the store for instance...a woman was walking up to the door behind me, and so I opened the door for her.  She sneered at me and yelled 'What do you think I am? You think I can't open the door myself?! Chauvinist!'...that made me so mad I didn't want to open the door for a girl ever again. So now I just look for how she acts, you can tell if she wants to be treated like a girl or like another guy." 
I sort of thought my co-worker was exaggerating, and he then proceeded to ask the other male co-workers who were nearby what their opinions were. Every one said the same thing. 

This made me feel almost sick to my stomach. Here I was, wondering why guys were so disgusting and why they had so little respect for women, and it became clear that part of the reason was because of the strong feminism movement that has told today's society "women are the same as men, don't treat them like they are weaker or special." 

I was slightly encouraged when my coworkers all told me "Since meeting you, I knew you weren't like that, so I've always tried to treat you respectfully" ...and they HAVE. 

I'll gladly admit it to the world and anyone who wants to know: I'm a woman, and I am weaker than and more sensitive than the average guy. I don't want to live my life in competition with the male gender. I don't care to prove that I can do everything a guy can do. I am who God made me to be. Definitely a woman.  As upsetting as it is to meet a man who treats women like trash and with no respect, it is just as disgusting to me to know that there are women out there who are encouraging this behavior. 

Let guys be gentlemen! Help to "train" them that it's okay to treat women respectfully and that there are some women out there who won't scream at him when he opens the door for her. 
Just something I've learned recently.

Monday, April 21, 2014

The End is drawing nigh...

I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  There are 16 days left until graduation! 
I'll want to remember this time, so every day until graduation, I'm going to try to post something.  Someday when I am old, I'll enjoy reading back through the two weeks leading up to Graduation from college. 
This picture is of my class progress.  As you can see, out of 128 required credits, I have completed 127!  I am currently scheduled for 10, so I am graduating for sure. :D
I am still working at McDonalds, teaching piano, traveling on the weekends to my extension church and keeping up with all of my homework and projects.  I'm excited to go home this summer though, and meet my new nephews and visit with family. 
 16 days left!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Judging Fine Arts

I had the opportunity to judge in a Fine Arts competition in Visalia CA again this year.  I had so much fun going with one of my best friends, Sarah.  We were running ahead of schedule so we pulled off the highway at the Cesar Chavez center to look around.  Turns out it was Cesar Chavez' grave site!

Anyway, it was a little random, but very pretty.  When we got to Visalia, I was able to be the head judge in the Instrumental music department.  It was so much fun!  And I was able to see my dear friend Grecia from my freshman year of college.

We went for a walk in the park and I found this dead fish by the side of the pond. 
Don't ask me why I thought it would be cool to pick up...Grecia was taking a video and I didn't realize she was too...

The last day I said goodbye to my new friends and then headed back to college.

I saw a huge rainbow!  But by the time I pulled over, it was almost gone :(

I just love the scenery in's so diverse.

Anyway, I had a great time at Fine Arts.  I hope to be able to go again next year!

Friday, April 4, 2014

I became a Tourist...

About a month ago I realized that I was not scheduled to work on a Saturday (which is unusual for me).  It just so happened that there was a college activity that to the Hollywood Bowl and the LA Grove.  So I decided I should go on at least one activity this year. 
I felt like such a tourist! 
Here, I felt the need to show everyone where the Hollywood Bowl was.
With one of my best friends, Sarah.  I'm so excited to be a bridesmaid in her wedding in June!

All of us, in front of the tiny, miniscule, hard-to-read Hollywood sign.

At the LA Grove, we walked into an Anthropologie store.  As much as I love Anthropologie's style, their prices are through the roof. SO we modeled some aprons and then left...

Here, I'm trying to point out the Hollywood sign again

I was enjoying the warm sunny day at the LA Grove

A very non-flattering picture of me and Marianna

There was a super old truck just randomly sitting there outside the grove, so naturally, we became tourists again.

This man was trying to give me a newspaper, so I obliged.

Annnnnd that's it from my first (and probably last) college activity of the year. :) 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Color me Rad run!

I ran my first color run this semester! 
I decided last minute that it would be fun to do, and having not run or exercised in a month, I was a little nervous.  There was nothing to be nervous about though, as it was just a fun run, not a competition or race. 
I got a temporary tattoo...thank goodness it came right off...
One of my friends I ran with

Before we started

After we were done!

It was so much fun!  And I heard that Lancaster is planning on doing a mud run next year.  If so, I'm in!