In Which I Donate My Hair

Ever since I was eleven years old, I’ve had an absolute bush of hair. I tend to joke that all the nutrients in my body go directly to my hair and nowhere else. So, it didn’t matter how skinny or scrawny my limbs were. I always had hair and lots of it. Over the last several years, I’ve been of the mind that since God has seen fit to give me a thick mane, it would be nice to share the love around. So many organizations have cropped up over the years to help people like me do just that–donate hair so cancer patients and those with alopecia can have high-quality wigs at a reasonable price or for free. Continue reading

In Which Amanda Can No Longer Wear Contacts

It’s the end of an age. My days as contact-wearer have come to an end. I had hoped to wear contacts until I was old and gray and required bifocals. I’m afraid bifocals may, indeed, be in my future because bad eyes run in my family. Both my older siblings, Jeremy and Monica, wear thick, heavy glasses and so do my parents. I started wearing glasses at that age when kids are already so self-conscious that adding a huge pair of glasses is nothing short of torture. It was either that or headaches. I wore thick glasses until my early twenties when I gladly switched over to contacts and bid farewell to my nerdy days. Ironically, it is now the fashion to wear big, nerdy glasses. Go figure.

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On Lack of Sleep

fireplace_shutterstock_104497967It is approximately a quarter to two in the morning as I write. As family and friends of mine know, I don’t sleep too well sometimes. I can go for several months, sleeping great and then something will trigger me and I’ll have a period of  another few months where I have a much harder time sleeping. I’m not sure if I’d call myself an insomniac at this point, but when you lay down to sleep and don’t seven or eight nights out of a month, well, I guess that’s getting close. I simply refuse to get stuck on sleeping pills, so here I am, wide awake. My biggest gripe against my dratted body for keeping me awake at night is the boredom of it all. There are only so many things you can do in the dead of night that won’t wake the whole house. Continue reading

Movies

As you probably know, I have a number of friends who have busied themselves with the work of movie making over the past several years. Well, their hard work is paying off. Several of them have recently released official trailers. I’m going to share three of them here. First up is Beyond the Mask. This shows a lot of promise, and I look forward to seeing it in the theater. Speaking of theaters, Burns Family Studios has started a grassroots campaign to get this film into theaters. But they need your help. To find out how you can see this film at a theater near you, visit www.beyondthemaskmove.com. Next up is a film from Henline Productions in which my brother plays the small role of greasy, grimy, horrible slave driver in Polycarp.

Last but not least, Stacey Bradshaw, our leading lady from The Wednesday Morning Breakfast Club, plays in a short film featuring the topic of adoption in Wanted.  You can watch the trailer for this film by clinking this link: Post by Wanted – The Movie.

Movies

As you probably know, I have a number of friends who have busied themselves with the work of movie making over the past several years. Well, their hard work is paying off. Several of them have recently released official trailers. I’m going to share three of them here. First up is Beyond the Mask.

This shows a lot of promise, and I look forward to seeing it in the theater. Speaking of theaters, Burns Family Studios has started a grassroots campaign to get this film into theaters. But they need your help. To find out how you can see this film at a theater near you, visit www.beyondthemaskmove.com. Next up is a film from Henline Productions in which my brother plays the small role of greasy, grimy, horrible slave driver in Polycarp.

Last but not least, Stacey Bradshaw, our leading lady from The Wednesday Morning Breakfast Club, plays in a short film featuring the topic of adoption in Wanted.

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My Christmas

This Christmas season was quite enjoyable all things considered. It started out with a bang by producing this wonderful film, spreading Christmas cheer and cookie dough with Justin and Peter Brown:

Around the middle of the month, I flew to Colorado to visit my family. As I mentioned before, I had not seen most of my family members in that region for over a year. It was really good to catch up with everyone. The first thing I noticed right away was that I am short. As you can see by this highly unflattering picture to all parties,  my nieces, Katie and Constance, have surpassed me in height by at least a good inch or two.

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However, I was somewhat mollified to note that my oldest niece, Kristen, is still shorter than me:

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IMG_0566I enjoyed meeting my sister and brother-in-law’s new dog, Gretel. If Gretel could speak, she would probably introduce herself thusly, “Hi! My name is Stop That. Sometimes they call me Stay and Get Back Here. Mostly they just call me, “Awe, You’re So Cute!” She is very cute and enjoys hanging out on my niece’s comfy bed.  IMG_0571Or really any place that involves cozy blankets and padding.

IMG_0554I had my heart warmed by the gifts my nieces thoughtfully bought or made for me. They don’t have a lot of spare money lying around and having them spend what little they had on me showed me what generous and kind young ladies they are becoming.

Remember in my last post, how I said that for all I knew, I could be walking into a trial next week? Well, I found out what it was already. A number of years ago, probably five or six, I had almost constant abdominal pain which my doctor told me was irritable bowel syndrome. I’ll spare you the gory details, but IBS is pretty miserable. Through some supplements and tender loving care, I became symptomless, to my great relief. This last month, though, most of my symptoms came back with a bang, and I found myself feeling pretty under the weather throughout my entire Christmas vacation. Thankfully, I had a few hours each day where things subsided enough to enjoy my family and go on a couple of outings. But I still don’t feel quite right and I would appreciate your prayers. I’ve got to return to my full work schedule next week, and I don’t especially look forward to dealing with all of my current problems while teaching. At the same time, I was encouraged by the growth I saw in myself by the way I responded. No, I wasn’t completely cheerful and grumpy-free and I could have responded better, but over all, I did respond to my situation far better than I would have five years ago. I’m praying that the Lord will help me to grow even more through this return of symptoms.

In spite of all that, I enjoyed this Christmas vacation so much. My nieces and nephews are growing up so much and it is tremendous fun to see how much they’ve matured.

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Or something like that. Happy New Year to all!

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