Friday, November 7, 2008

Ode to Sarah

There was a girl, she went to OU
Her hair is blonde, her eyes are blue
I met her one night, while wearing Wet Seal
My flowered halter was polyester, but our friendship would be real
I remember the pics that I took of her and Dewan on Boogie Nights
I never understood why she asked him; then again, I went with Brad Wright?
Little did I know it would be the first of many memories to come
Crossroads, Block and Barrel, JJ’s just to name some
She kind of amazed through this whole time
Here thoughts were bigger and truly inspired mine
She choose Letters as her degree
Just like her Grandfather, a lawyer she’d be
A semester abroad to France off she flew
Causing her politics to turn from red to blue
She came back to Norman and finished her undergrad
Choosing SMU for law school, to be close to mom and dad
Her first year proved to be not much fun
She actually had to study, something she had never done
All this time she was still my best friend
I moved to Dallas with a broken heart that she helped me mend
She made law school seem easy, Cox and I always said
We didn’t know when she studied, only if she was at the Loon or in bed
Finally she graduated, I said, “Time to celebrate!”
She replied, “No, Alexis, the bar I must take.”
I knew it was serious when she got off facebook and refused to go out
There was so much information she had to know everything about
Three days of testing and it was done
Off to Vegas she went, to play blackjack and lay in the sun
Work and the real world were waiting when she came back
10 hour work days and not getting much slack
I would say…“At least you’re a lawyer, you have done so well.”
She replied, “Well, I won’t be a lawyer if I find out I fail.”
Yesterday, November 6th, the bar results were in
It was then that I realized how stressed she must have been
I heard through the grapevine that she had passed
Sarah Smith is a licensed attorney-what a badass
No one ever can take this away what she’s done on her own
The world is a better place for the knowledge she’s sown
This poem might be cheesy and I probably took it too far
I just want everyone to know how proud I am of Sarah that she passed the BAR!!!

Reason #862: Why I hate Texas A&M

I'm sorry if you like them, but there is something about A&M that annoys me more than any other institution out there. YUCK. If you feel differently, read below and you will most likely change your mind.


Reveille, the first lady of Aggieland, is the official mascot of Texas A&M University. She is the highest ranking member of the Corps of Cadets, and she is a Five-Star General.

Reveille I came to Texas A&M in January 1931. A group of cadets hit a small black and white dog on their way back from Navasota. They picked up the dog and brought her back to school so they could care for her. The next morning, when "Reveille" was blown by a bugler, she started barking. She was named after this morning wakeup call. The following football season she was named the official mascot when she led the band onto the field during their half-time performance. When Reveille I died on January 18, 1944, she was given a formal military funeral on the gridiron of Kyle Field. She was then buried at the north entrance to the field, as all Reveilles are, facing the scoreboard so that she can always watch the Aggies outscore their opponent.

Before naming Reveille II, there were several other unofficial mascots, such as Tripod, Spot, and Ranger. It was not until a later Reveille that she was a full-blood Collie. The most current Reveille is Reveille VII who was inducted during Parents Weekend in April 2001.

Reveille is the most revered dog on campus. Company E-2 has the privilege of taking care of Reveille. If she is sleeping on a cadet's bed, that cadet must sleep on the floor. Cadets address Reveille as "Miss Rev, ma'am." If she is in class and barks while the professor is teaching, the class is to be immediately dismissed.

Reveille is a highly cherished mascot and receives only the best.

UMMMMMM....excuse me, a "Five-Star General"???? Along with Douglas MacArthur and Dwight Eisenhower??? PLEASE. Not to mention, the "cadet must sleep on the floor"??? It's a DOG. I don't care how good of a school A&M claims to be, this is the stupidest thing I have EVER heard. For the love of God, OU please pummel them this weekend.

Okay, my raging is finished. If you haven't lost your appetite due to Reveille...then you should move to College Station.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

"All men are created equal."

History is made tonight. No matter where your support lies, we have to recogize the magnitude of this moment. Barack Obama is the President of the United States.

Monday, November 3, 2008

I get it.

A couple days ago, as I was leaving work. I asked Trey, one of my bosses, if he needed me to do anything before I left. You know, make a copy, send a fax or something along those lines. His reply was, "You know what you can do for me, Alexis. You just find a man. Go to a park tonight and just meet a guy." We are on a friend level so it's not weird or creepy that he said that and I know he was completely joking. Still, I'm thinking..."Well, there's another person that thinks I'm incomplete with out a male in my life. Yay." But, since it's Trey and I respect him immensely, I reply, "I'm working on that one, Trey!"

Onward to last Saturday, I'm hanging out with one of my best friends, Adrian. She's engaged and we are catching up on things. I'm telling her how there was a point on Halloween night where I stopped remembering things due to alcohol consumption and that I need to be engaged like her so I find motivation to calm the hell down. (OR maybe I should just use MODERATION?) Anyway, she says, "You know, Alexis, you should think about Internet dating. A lot of people find someone that way." ppppffffftttttt. She's right though. People do find someone that way. It is logical, you're connected with a network of people that are looking to be in a relationship. I've seen the commercials and I too know several people that it's worked for. That's great, good for them, but are my own friends starting to think that the only way I'm going to date is via Internet???

What is it about that whole "" thing that seems so forced to me? I feel like this influx of Internet dating sites is another example of society's obsession with immediacy. One day you decide you're ready to commit and now all you have to do is pay a fee, fill out a survey and volia! Here's someone you can connect with!

What happened to boy meets girl, boy likes girl, boy asks girl out, girl falls for know just the natural progression of things. That seems to be ancient in so many aspects of life. Take the weight loss industry. No one wants to invest six months to a year of eating healthy and exercising. They would rather go buy a bottle of Hydroxycut, stop eating, still have energy and volia! You feel skinny for the weekend. Never mind that it affects you negatively mentally and physically! People are not supposed to loose 10 pounds in 2 weeks, that is weird and unnatural. Even technology mirrors this. Can someone tell me one thing the iPhone CAN'T do at the touch of a button, I swear the next one is going to be able to transform into a car.

As life moves faster and faster and the ability to make things happen now becomes possible, I'm left to wonder, can't the process of love and relationships stay simple and whole? My observation over the past couple years has been something like...boy meets girl, boy texts girl, girl sees boy out with friends, boy makes out with girl, boy and girl gchat, boy ignores girl next times he sees her, girl acts likes she could care less, boy adds girl on facebook...and the process starts alllllll over. I mean I don't want to be Debroah Kerr and Cary Grant here, but please tell me there is something more substantial then this.

My mom does not understand this new dating phenomenon. It really confuses her. I was driving to meet up with some friends and talking to her on the phone a couple weeks ago and she hits me with, "I was talking to your dad the other day and I really think it's time that you get a boyfriend. We think it would be good for you." I love how she thinks that it's a decision like washing my hair or buying a new shirt. I think I'll get a boyfriend today! Yay, life is perfect, I feel great! I have a boyfriend, everyone! She's alluded to this before earlier this year, when my roommate and I were deciding if we were going to live together. My mom said, "You need to decide if you're going to get married or live with Sarah." It was May, Sarah and I were moving out in July. Soooo, did she think I was going to find a boyfriend and get married by July?? And once again, she acts like all I have to do is decide. "I will get married." and the proposals will just come flying I'm trying to find a new job or applying to grad school. Lo siento, madre, it does not work that way.

I do know what my mom is trying to say, and what Trey is trying to say, AND what Adrian is trying to say. I GET IT. I'm 25, having a relationship with someone is a wonderful thing and they want me to have that. I too, want to experience that, but it is not my top priority or my first thought when I wake up in the morning. My life is so blessed with wonderful people that even when I start to feel alone, they remind me that is the furthest thing from the truth. While I realize that the absolute best family and friends cannot take the place of a romantic relationship, I don't want something that is forced and not meant to be. I do not want the Hydroxycut of relationships. I want something that is authentic and real with out anyone attempting to control what will happen. I take that back, there is a control that I do wish upon all aspects in my life. That is the complete peace I have with the knowledge that God is in control. I know every one's views and beliefs may differ here, but for me every good and bad thing that has happened to me has led me back to the same conclusion, that God is real and in control. So really, this whole relationship deal is kind of insignificant if I truly believe that God will ultimately take care of my life if I just let go and trust. Perhaps, now I can begin to "GET IT", the way that I really should.....

Jeremiah 29:11-13 (New International Version)
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."

love love to everyone.

Fight Red Raiders beat OSU this weekend!!! AND, of course...Boomer Soonerrrrrr!!!!