Enduring All Things: 2012

Monday, December 31, 2012

Good Bye 2012

Well, 2012 is over. I cannot believe it. This year I started working in the real world after graduating from college at the end of 2011, got married, and moved to Dublin, Ohio after living my whole life in Georgia and Arkansas. This year was very eventful.

If you had asked about half way through 2012, I would have said this year was one of my worst years so far. But can you blame me? I had graduated early from Harding (my favorite place on earth) and most of my friends (including my fiancé) were still there while I was 9 hours away in Georgia living with my parents, working, and planning a stressful wedding.

BUT, in July, the 7th month of 2012, I married my best friend and since then, this year has been the best of my life so far.

Here is a re-cap:

My Favorite Events of 2012:
  • Hunger Games midnight premier
  • Spring Sing 2012
  • Harding Graduation, May 2012
  • Getting married
  • Honeymooning in The Bahamas
  • The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
  • Lynd's Fruit Farm
  • The weekend my parents came to visit
  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert
  • Celebrating Christmas in Georgia
  • Christmas in general
  • Our first Ohio snow

Wonderful Ongoing Events of 2012:
  • Working from home every day
  • Watching Supernatural (we are completely caught up)
  • Watching Once Upon a Time (we are 2 episodes into the second season)
  • Watching The Vampire Diaries (not new in 2012, but still exciting)

My Favorite Movies of 2012:
  • The Hunger Games
  • The Avengers
  • The Amazing Spider Man
  • Lincoln
  • The Hobbit
  • Les Misérables

My Favorite Songs of 2012:
  • "I Won't Give Up"- Jason Mraz
  • "Call Me Maybe"- Carly Rae Jepsen
  • "Gangnam Style"- Psy
  • "We Are Young"- Fun.
  • "Somebody That I Used to Know"- Gotye
  • "Drive By"- Train
  • "Why You Wanna"- Janna Kramer
  • "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"- Taylor Swift
  • "Good in Goodbye"- Carrie Underwood
  • "Safe & Sound"- Taylor Swift, The Civil Wars

So really, 2012 was a pretty great year. I am growing up but such is life. I couldn't ask for a better person to spend my life with than my wonderful husband. And Ohio isn't so bad after all. ;)

I wish you all a Happy New Year and here's to 2013 being just as wonderful as 2012 (or better)!

Love always, Mrs. Charlene Maugeri
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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Les Misérables!! ...oh and Christmas too

Source for all of these pictures: IMDB
On Christmas day, Pearson and I woke up and opened gifts from each other. Then we had lunch and laid around watching Christmas movies and being lazy and then a friend and I went to see... drum roll please... Les Misérables! Kate and I saw the movie and then Kate and Chris came over for dinner and we played Yahtzee, but back to the important part...

Les Misérables

The movie was absolutely awesome amazing wonderful breathtaking marvelous stupendous... Sigh, I cannot find a word to describe this movie.

Converting a musical stage play to a movie, I believe, is no small or easy task. It is difficult to do well and to be successful with it. I think Les Mis has been/is/will be successful. The show we went to, 3:00 on Christmas day, was sold out. And it was the largest theater I have ever seen a movie in. We had to sit on the second row. Also, if you have seen the stage play, you probably know it can be hard to follow, but in movie form, it all makes more sense!

First of all, Hugh Jackman was phenomenal as Jean ValJean. I mean phenomenal. He said himself this was a "Role of a lifetime" on 60 minutes and he pulled through. He has been nominated for Best Actor for this role and I think he may very well get it. The emotion he showed was fantastic and of course his singing numbers were to die for- though that is what we expected, right? Of course, with him having won a Tony for his role in The Boy from Oz. What? Yes. I think I have found my new male actor muse.
Anne Hathaway has been nominated for Best Supporting Actress as Fantine. I think this this nomination is pretty well deserved too. I have always liked her as an actress. Again, it is the emotion in this film that does it for me. The part of Fantine is a large undertaking vocally. Her beautiful solo, I Dreamed a Dream has been sung so well by many in the past so Anne had big shoes to fill. I think she surprised a lot if people.
The part of Eponine was played by none other than Samantha Barks. Samantha portrays Eponine in the the 2011 London production of Les Mis and 25th anniversary concert edition. I have heard her sing "On My Own" in this concert at least 5 times and it leaves me breathless every time. I was looking forward to her singing it in the movie and I was not disappointed in the least. I was however surprised at her acting. If I am not mistaking, this was her first major motion picture. Screen acting is very different than stage acting, but she killed it!
Cosette and Marius were okay. Just okay. We knew they both could sing... Amanda Seyfried from Mama Mia and Eddie Redmayne even won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in the Broadway Red. Their acting was pretty good but they just got over shadowed by other performances. I almost feel bad for them but they played their part and did their job.
Who knew Russell Crowe could sing? I mean it wasn't that great. It seemed a little strained at times, but he has like no experience! He sang with other people most if the movie so it was excusable but when it came time for "Javert's Suicide", I held my breath. I don't know why I doubted though. I think the producers knew what they were doing, but it was surprising nonetheless. He did an awesome job! I have always liked Javert's character. The story is about the redemption of Jean ValJean but in a small round-about way, Javert is redeemed as well... I won't give anymore away.
And last but not least, we certainly cannot forget about these two. We expected a great performance from none other than Helena Bonham Carter and Sasha Baron Cohen as M. and Mme. Thénardier. Helena is on of my all time favorite actresses. It is amazing what she can do. I mean she acted as Hermione pretending to be Bellatrix in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. That is hard to do and she was very convincing. Anyway, these two make an excellent hilarious duo. We knew that from Sweeney Todd. They both played the part of the absolutely ridiculous thieves/inn keepers like it was natural. Though, maybe for these two, it is their natural way to act. "Master of the House" was one of my favorite scenes and I can't wait to see it again when I am not sitting in the second row of the theater and miss a lot of what goes on in that number.
Anyway, if you haven't seen the movie, I hope this gets you excited. I am hoping to convince Pearson to take me to see it again this weekend since he missed it the first time. Please go see it! It will be worth your time and money, I promise.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Our Week In Georgia


So, a while ago, Pearson and I decided to spend our first married Christmas at home, just us. If we were going to see family over the holidays, it would be after Christmas. Well... we were in Georgia this week... BUT, we ended up back home for Christmas eve and day, so don't you worry about that.

The company I work for had an office Christmas party on Wednesday and wanted me to be in town for it. (For those of you who don't know, I still work for a company in Georgia while living in Ohio. I telecommute all the way to Georgia every day from my spare bedroom in my Dublin apartment :P ). Anyway, my manager convinced me to come to the party so Pearson and I made the 9 hour drive on Saturday the 15th and stayed all week. I went into work every weekday so it wasn't much of a vacation for me, but it was a fun change of scenery nonetheless.

So having worked in the office from January to August of 2012 and then working remote from home in Ohio ever since then, coming back into the office was sort of... strange, for lack of a better word. First of all, the department I work for had hired 3 new people since I left, including a manager, none of which I had ever met in person. This was interesting because adding new people changes the whole dynamic of a team like ours (all good changes I found) and I hadn't really been able to see all the changes from Ohio over the phone and internet. However, everyone seemed so excited to see me and have me back in the office. It was a great feeling :) As I mentioned earlier, we had our office Christmas party on Wednesday. It was a lot of fun. I really enjoy working for this fantastic company. The people are great. We are very successful and constantly growing even in this not-so-great economy. And though it is a secular company, it is run by people with great morals and standards. We started lunch at the party with a prayer and God was mentioned in a lot of the speeches. After lunch we played games, had door prizes and just goofed off for a while. It was a wonderful first experience of an office Christmas party.

Other than work though, it was fun to be "home" for a while. Back to Buford church of Christ. Back to the Mall of Georgia. Back to Lake Lanier Islands. Back with friends. And especially, back with family. It was a nice refresher. Pearson and I enjoyed shopping and visiting some places that were important to is in our Georgia dating days. And my dad even pulled out some old VHS videos of me and my brother growing up. It is always so fun to reminisce whether it is just thinking back a few years or 20 years, and Pearson got to see some funny videos of his wife as a 2-year-old.

On the first Saturday when we got there, Pearson and I went to a Christmas party for the young professionals at Buford church. It was so nice to see everyone and we fit right in like we never left. We did the usual Christmas party games and had a gift exchange. It was so energizing to see old faces and hug some friends we hadn't seen in several months.

On Tuesday we had Christmas with my grandparents. They loved pretended to like their Ohio State hoodies. Ok, Memaw loved it but Pepaw just kept joking about it. We will see if he actually ever wears it.

On Wednesday we had Christmas with my parents and Tyler. Everybody was impressed with their gifts and they surprised us with a... wait for it.... vinyl record turn-table! I was so excited! I mentioned once that it would be cool to have one and my parents surprised us. It can record from vinyl and cassette to CD which is fantastic!

On Thursday one of my best friends, Kellum, came to Atlanta and we went to Lake Lanier Islands Magical Night of Lights. It was a lot of fun just goofing off like old times.

We stayed Friday and Saturday night with Pearson's family. On Friday we made cookies and Saturday evening we had Christmas. It was a lot of fun and very relaxing after working all week. I finally actually got a vacation. We literally laid around and did nothing but watch movies all day on Saturday. And they gave us a new 39 inch TV (which we knew about- but it was still exciting).


All in all, it was a great week even if it wasn't how we had been planning for our first Christmas to go since we got married. It was fantastic and I wouldn't trade my family and friends for the world. I am truly a very blessed lady.

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Mrs. Charlene Maugeri  <--That never gets old.
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Thursday, November 29, 2012

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas....

Ok, Thanksgiving is over. We can start celebrating Christmas now. But seriously, I am all for starting the celebrating early, just not before Thanksgiving gets all its glory. See it is still November and my apartment is all Christmas-ified. We are finished decorating and I love having my own place to decorate!

Here are a few pictures...
Our first tree. Before the decorations

The tree after decorations!

In between the 2 pictures above we had a couple frustrations but nothing the Maugeri's can't overcome!

We have decided that we are going to start collecting Santa hats. All kinds. We now have 7 hung all over our living room.
Two hats. One says Merry Christmas
BOX Santa Hat
There's a Santa hat on the TV... And there's a nutcracker
Two more hats. These have sparkly sequins! And a winter scene that my Nana and Pappy made. I am so glad they let me take this- it is one of my favorite things they make. And yes, in the mirror you can see that I am wearing a Santa Clause robe..
A teddy bear holding mistletoe and a Santa rolling pin that my Nana and Pappy made
Our fridge is a snowman. Be jealous!
I tried to recreate a wreath I found on Pinterest. I think it turned out OK considering pretty much everything was from the dollar store.
Our "His" and "Hers" stockings. I love them! So gad we found them!
Have I mentioned that I LOVE decorating my own apartment? We have had so much fun and I love Christmas time! Christmas music has now been on basically non-stop in our home and cars. We watched Charlie Brown Christmas last night. It truly is "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" and I can't wait to have our first Christmas as a married couple!

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

So we went to the TSO concert in Cincinnati on Saturday. Ah-mazing. We went last year in Little Rock and decided we would make it a holiday tradition. Last year we were in the nosebleed section but this year we were on the floor! We could actually see the band! Haha last year we could only see the lights and fire.

For those of you who don't know (if there are any of you left out there) Trans-Siberian Orchestra is an American progressive rock band. They combine orchestral, symphonic music with hard rock. In other words, they have a string section that always comes from the local symphonic orchestra for the concerts (the Cincinnati symphonic orchestra in our case), a crazy rocker violinist, a couple electric guitars and several vocalists. They have been playing Christmas music since 1993 and the last 3 years they have added a spring/summer tour where they play Beethoven music.

They look like rock stars but they dress like symphonic orchestra members and always put on a fantastic show with lasers and fire. The first half of the show tells a story about Christmas. in this case it was "The Lost Christmas Eve", then they introduce the band and play songs from other CD's in the past and such. Here are a few pictures.
This was when we first got there. We were pretty close to the stage.
Here is the infamous story teller with the awesome speaking voice who tells the story between songs.
This is the amazing keyboard player. He was an inspiration.
Some of the lasers.
They went up on pedestals on stage.
He came right by our seats on his way to the lift in the back of the arena.
Here are 2 guitar players being lifted in the air.
The crazy rocker violinist on a lift over the audience right in front of us.
Last year I said it was the best concert ever and this year was even better! You should all see them at some point in your life. I am not kidding. :)

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

HallowThanksMas? Really?

Sorry I am just now writing about this, but as most of you know, my parents came to visit last weekend. It was weird for us and I know it was weird for them. I can only imagine how it would feel the first time you go visit your grown children. When we were walking up to the front doors of the church building on Sunday, Mom said, "This is weird, visiting our daughter's church." But we had fun. We went to the OSU game on Saturday and watched them beat Purdue in overtime. We went back to Lynd's with them because my mom wanted to go. She is like me and loves all the fun fall things like picking apples and such.

Last week we had a Halloween party with the Buckeyes for Christ. That was fun. We played lots of fun games and watched the Adams Family.

Today is Halloween but it doesn't seem like it. We aren't supposed to have kids come to our door because we live in an apartment. We don't really have any plans for tonight related to Halloween. Pearson and I watched Hocus Pocus at some point last week and I have recorded a bunch of other Halloween movies so maybe we will watch one. It is kind of sad that we have been celebrating Halloween all month but on the actual day, we have no plans.
BTW, this is me. I dressed as Minnie Mouse for Halloween at 3 years old.
This brings me to another point: Even though Halloween seems over before it is, that is no excuse to start celebrating Christmas in October!! Seriously, many stores and shops already have Christmas decorations up, have big sales going on and I have seen some "Holiday" shopping commercials on TV. I just walked by a huge display of "Holiday (Just because they can't say Christmas) Movies" today. This really grinds my gears! The only reason the "Christmas" season keeps growing and now covers 3 months is because we have gotten so materialistic. It is the companies that are starting the Christmas shopping season early. It is ridiculous. The point of Christmas is truly to remember the birth of Jesus and what God gave to the world when he gave us His Son and to return that spirit of giving to other people. It is NOT the spirit of spending a lot of money and buying the biggest and best presents to impress our loved ones. It is NOT the spirit of getting the best deals and fighting with whoever happens to be in between us and that number one gadget that is marked down half price for 3 hours only on Black Friday morning! (This is why I don't shop on Black Friday- My grandma had a sweater literally ripped out of her hands many years ago and ever since I have thought those people are crazy). But at least Black Friday is AFTER Thanksgiving! That is the worst part. I would like to ask the companies with Christmas decorations up already, "Hey, don't you know there is another holiday between now and Christmas? Do you know what it is called? Do you know why we celebrate it?"

Thanksgiving. A day set aside to give thanks. This holiday supposedly started as a harvest celebration when pilgrims came over to the Americas and they were thankful for this New World and for a good harvest. The holiday evolved quite a bit since then and in 1789, President George Washington proclaimed the first nation-wide Thanksgiving celebration in America "as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanksgiving). Don't you want to be thankful and acknowledge the plentiful favors of our Almighty God on a day set aside for just that? Sure we should do that every day, but this is a day recognized by our country to do that. We should take advantage of it and make it a big deal. You could very well argue that this is the most important holiday of the year. We have nothing without God. We are nothing without God and his blessings. The least we can do is be thankful, and frankly, many of us have trouble being thankful on a daily basis. So a holiday designed to make us stop and be thankful is needed. BUT, these days we practically skip right over it! Enough! Let's celebrate Thanksgiving and save Christmas for December!

Okay enough of my ranting. I really didn't mean to write that much about the matter but if you hadn't noticed, it bothers me a little. Now after today, I will change my decorations to reflect Thanksgiving. I can't love being festive for every holiday.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

A Delightful Day

Have you ever had one of those days where everything just seems right with the world? Those days seem to be few and far between. I don't know why but today is one of them for me. It is such a good day and I feel at peace and without a care. And I really don't know why or what did it.

This morning I listened to the rain some while working. Maybe that had something to do with it.

Since it stopped raining, I have been listening to Halloween music. Yes, Halloween music. Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday. I like it better than Christmas... Shocker, I know. Pearson thinks I am crazy but I love acting and dressing up. I always have. I can truly express myself by being someone else (I know that doesn't really make sense but just go with it) with no shame and inhibitions because it is Halloween and is at least somewhat expected and accepted. I also just love scary things. Scary movies, haunted houses. I like the thrill. So maybe Halloween music and the fact that there are only 13 days till Halloween put me in a good mood.

My parents are coming to visit this weekend. They will be here tomorrow night! Wahoo! My mom has never been to Ohio and my dad only has once to help us move. I am excited to show them our home. Is that why I am so happy? It probably has a lot to do with it.

At work I have been reassigned back to a project I had previously worked on. The new stuff I had been doing was getting frustrating so this is a very good thing. Maybe the reason for this day being so glorious?

I have been talking to my brother today! We go days without talking, not on purpose, we are just busy. But today we have been texting all day and talking to him always makes me happy!

But, I think the main reason today is such a good day is because it is the day that the Lord has made. I know that sounds cliche but it is so true. God made this day and he allowed me (and you) to live to today and witness its blessings. How awesome is that? God has a purpose and a plan for each of us and today is part of that plan.

I have days when I think I won't make it. When the world seems to be crashing down. You know, like the complete opposite of today. But that is silly. When you have God on your side and rooting for you, what could go wrong, really? I mean sure life can be hard sometimes but whatever is going on in my life at a given time is NOTHING compared to God's Grace and Love. They are pretty awesome.

Now if I can just get myself to remember these things on those horrible days I would be okay...

Thanks for reading my random ramblings.
Mrs. Charlene Maugeri


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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Fall Festivities

So I recently stated that I wanted to do some fun fall things in October like picking out pumpkins and visit a haunted house and do a corn maze etc. but was afraid that it wouldn't happen. Well, my fear has been rectified.
Friday night, we went to a murder mystery dinner put on by the Murder Mystery Co. This one wasn't necessarily a FALL festivity but it was fun nonetheless. I found a Groupon for half price for 2 tickets. It was a 3 course meal and interactive show. It was really good and worth the money and it was only like 10 minutes away from us! The theme for this particular show was 1957 prom night. We dressed up like people from the 50s and we won best dressed!!
This was our "prom" picture.
This was our mug shot as suspects
This was our certificate for "Best Dressed"
If we ever go back I think we will bring other people with us. It would be more fun if you know more than just one person there.

Then on Saturday, I went to a ladies day at a Columbus area church because Ms. Tamera Holzer was speaking. She goes to Buford church of Christ where Pearson and I grew up but she grew up here in Columbus. So she came back this weekend and I got to see her and her daughter Jordyn. What a joy that was to hear a familiar voice and meet so many wonderful ladies and hear encouraging words from all.

Saturday night, we went to the Haunted Hoochie with some friends from church. Oh my goodness. This haunted house/forest was legit! It is said to be the scariest in the nation. Of course, my source is its own website, but still. We had a blast! The down side; we waited in line for literally 3 hours. It wasn't so bad though because we were with friends and they had a DJ. The wait was like a big party and it made the actual thing less scary.

On Sunday, Pearson surprised me with his mystery date for October. (Mystery date: one of us plans the whole date and blindfold the other to take them on the date. It happens once a month alternating responsibilities). We went to Lynd's Fruit Farm!

We picked a peck of apples:
We picked out some pumpkins:
We shopped at the Amish market:
We did not do the corn maze but I was happy anyway. :P I had such a wonderful time. I just love fall!!!

Then, and this one wasn't planned by either of us, we went to sonic for happy hour after our Lynd's adventure and when we tried to leave, the car wouldn't start... The engine wouldn't even turn over. Great. So we asked one of the workers if anyone had jumper cables and could give us a jump and two very nice men helped us out. We went straight to Advanced Auto Parts to get a new battery and the man who helped us was a hoot!! He spent over an hour changing our battery. He said I had a lot of corrosion on the battery- which we could see. And he spent so much time to make sure he got it all cleaned off and to prevent it from happening again. But while he did all this, he never stopped talking. He talked about his job and how he got there and how he had been working on cars since he was 9 years old. He talked about the military and both his uncle and his mother being in the army. He had a lot of military stories. He finally asked us about ourselves. He asked us if it was work or school that brought us to Columbus. When we told him Pearson was at OSU for grad school, he went off on his college experiences. He was a really nice old man and too funny! He made a horrible situation enjoyable.

Last weekend we went to Andrew and Deanna's wedding and then went home to Buford. This weekend we did all these fun things. And next weekend my parents are coming to visit!!! I like October. :D

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Wonderful Weekend

This past weekend, Pearson and I went on a little road trip. We left Friday after work and drove all the way to Knoxville. We stayed the night there then Saturday morning we drove to Helen to see some good friends get married. It was a beautiful ceremony for the start of a beautiful life! We love you, Andrew and Deanna, and are so glad we got to be a part of your big day.
After the wedding, Pearson and I headed to his parents house for the night. We got to meet their puppy, Colbie for the first time, had dinner, watched a bunch of football (we won't go into details, this part of the weekend was very disappointing) and enjoyed some family time. Sunday morning we went to church at Buford for the first time in over 2 months and had lunch with both of our families (this includes my grandparents and aunt, uncle and cousins). We were a wild bunch and I bet Arby's was happy to see us leave. Then, after picking up a few things from my parents' house, Pearson and I hit the road for what would be a long 11 hour (we hit construction) drive home. We got home at 12:30 and fell into bed. I think I was asleep before my head hit the pillow. It was a long exhausting weekend but totally worth it. We figured out that we spent 24 hours in Georgia (including 1 hour of driving from Helen to Dacula and about 8 hours of sleep) and about 23 hours on the road...

Anyway, all this to say: Isn't family great? I mean seriously. I got to see my in-laws, my parents, my brother, my grandparents, one aunt, one uncle, some of my cousins, and my church family all in one weekend. I missed them all and seeing them was so uplifting. They were so excited to see us and took care of us for the weekend. They had only compliments to voice. Isn't it great to know you are loved? I feel truly blessed to have such a great family all around. It is tough being away from them but coming home is so great. It is a refresher. We needed it. As I said, totally worth taking a weekend road trip.

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Just an Update


Anybody need a little help smiling today? I found this fantastic article that I had to share. It made me happy just reading it. Don't all of those things sound just lovely!? I especially like "8. The moments when I realize there’s nowhere I’d rather be than where I am right then.", and "13. The smell and feel of old books as I’m browsing my local book store.", and "26. Completing challenging tasks. That makes me feel bullet-proof!", and "36. When my husband gets into bed way later than me and inadvertently wakes me up by cuddling." and "39. Falling asleep outdoors with the sun on my face." Ok I better stop before I list half the article. You can read it for yourself.

So this weekend, Pearson and I both got sick. :( BUT on a brighter note... It's beginning to look a lot like fall-time! Haha. I think that is probably why we got sick- Changing of seasons in a new region, maybe? Hey, that rhymed! I LOVE fall!! It is my favorite season! Cardigans, scarves, boots, changing leaves, Halloween, cool breezes, the smell of camp fires, hay rides and fall festivals. I love it all! I stepped outside on Saturday and was overwhelmed by the temperature and smell of the crisp air and my face lit up and I thought "It is fall! I have been waiting all year for this!" Sigh.

We decided to do this monthly "Mystery Date" where one of us plans a whole date and the other one has no idea what it until we get there. So I tried to do this on Friday. I found a drive-in theater online and told Pearson to just be ready by 6:30 and to wear whatever he wore to school. We drove to south Columbus with a cooler full of food hidden in the trunk and pulled up to see that we were the only people there and the drive in was very sketchy and in a sketchy part of town... We decided to forget it and come home and watch some "Supernatural."

Oh that's another thing. We have been watching "Supernatural" on Netflix and are hooked. We are half way through the 2nd season. It is kind of creepy but so good and addicting. It is a suspenseful show but one of those that is a mystery. You try to figure it out by the end of the episode.

Sorry this post jumps around so much. There is a lot on my mind haha. So this week We are going to 4 events according to Facebook! And I thought we were going to be bored on the weekends and not make any friends. Psh. Ok I didn't really believe that would happen but it did cross my mind a couple times- you know how it is when you move away. And I always think of worst scenarios. Anyway, we are going to bible study tonight like we do every Tuesday night for Buckeyes for Christ (the college and just-out-of-college group at church). Then of course tomorrow we go to mid week bible study at church. Thursday we are bowling with Buckeyes for Christ. Then Friday we are going to a cookout. And Saturday we are going to a Hog Roast! So we have a busy week and that means I only have to cook a couple times!

**Update 9/18 On Saturday, Pearson ended up going to the OSU game instead of the Hog Roast because a guy from church had one extra ticket at the last minute. He had a ton of fun. I went to the Hog Roast and stayed a lot longer than I thought I would. Haha

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Friday, August 31, 2012

Near the Foothills of the Ozarks...

I am feeling very blessed today.

So earlier today, I was looking at some facebook pictures of one of my teachers at Harding. (Sorry if that sounds creepy) As I was seeing how much fun he has with his family and remembering how much fun he was in class and how I felt he ginuinly cared for me, I realized how truely blessed I was to graduate from Harding University. Looking at those pictures, I realized how much I truely loved and respected this man as a teacher, friend and mentor. He, along with all of my teachers, truely cared for me and would have done anything for me. And what's cool is they would have done the same for any/all of their students. I don't know for sure because I don't have any other college experience, but I don't think you quite get this care from large state schools. At Harding, all the teachers are Christian and the student to teacher ratio is 17 to 1 (http://www.princetonreview.com/HardingUniversity.aspx). This means they can get to know every student on a personal level. Many professors host home bible studies on wednesday nights for students. Many also host class parties and study sessions in their homes etc. They all have office hours where you can go talk to them and most of them will do anything in their power to help you understand the studies. Now this is starting to sound like a commercial plug for Harding which is not what I meant. I just wanted to say I feel very blessed to have this experience.

Also, I Skyped with my old apartment mates last night. I miss them, but we didn't miss a beat. We picked up right where we left off in December when I graduated. The friendships I made at Harding are forever. I am so blessed to have so many close friends with similar values as me who care about me even from 700 miles away.

And on that note, you know what else is a blessing? Technology! Kelsey and Mollie are literally more than 700 driving miles away from me right now but last night I saw their faces (and their beautiful Legacy Apartment) and talked to them for a long time. No long distance bills, no wasted minutes or overage charges. Just using wifi and a computer. Not only that but I am able to continue to work for M3 Accounting Services out of Gainesville, Georgia from home in Dublin, Ohio! Now how cool is that? It really is a blessing. I didn't have to worry about finding another job here and the best part? I get out of bed 10 minutes before I am supposed to work and can work in my pajamas. (For the most part). Just today, I was on the phone with my boss (my work phone that I can use on the office's network via internet) and I was watching what he was doing on his computer through my computer screen. Crazy, right?

And one last thing on my heart right now. I am so blessed to be...Ashley Ragland's MATRON OF HONOR! And what an honor it is! I am so excited for Ashley and Taylor to finally be united in holy matrimony and now I get to have a lead roll in the process! Ashley, I am physically far away but I promise to do everything in my power to make this the best possible experience for you. I am so glad you get a turn at being the bride now and I hope I can pay back half of what you did for me when it was my turn! Love you!

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Love, a very blessed Mrs. Charlene Maugeri
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Monday, August 27, 2012

Bittersweet


Today the world seems a little dimmer. We lost a very important and special person yesterday. Mr. Wade Cowart has touched so many lives in his time here on this earth. We are so very sad at his passing. Once again, words cannot describe. He was certainly one of the most unselfish men I have met. He led the flock at Buford Church of Christ so well. He was not only wise and caring in his leadership, but he had a sense of humor too. I don't think I ever had a conversation with him where I wasn't laughing. He was a great man and will be missed.

I have a story to share...
So a long time ago, Pearson was really little, like maybe 3, and he was trying to tell his parents about something Mr. Wade did or said at church but he couldn't remember his name. Then it hit him, "Mr. Scardy Cat"! See having always heard the name Cowart, Pearson thought people were saying "coward". He couldn't remember the name but knew it was some weird name that people shouldn't want to be called. "Oh yeah! Scardy cat!"

I can't tell you how many times I have heard that story and now I feel like I was there. Mr. Wade loved that story too. He has always been close to our hearts.

But... We can't be too sad for too long. Why? Because Mr. Scardy Cat is in a much much better place. The suffering and pain he was feeling here on Earth have vanished. He is with our Lord and Savior where he belongs. He is home and he is not sad. In fact, he is singing with the angels in heaven and one day we will be with him.
Revelation 21:4 (speaking of the new heaven) "He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away." ESV

We miss you Mr. Scardy Cat, but we are so very thankful that you are not in pain anymore and maybe a little jealous that you get to see Jesus before us.

Love, Mrs. Charlene Maugeri
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Columbus Zoo

"How many are your works, Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number- living things both large and small." -Psalm 104:24, 25 NIV

A zookeeper once told me (along with a bunch of little kids at Vacation Bible School) that the difference between humans and the animals at her zoo is that we humans have the CHOICE to glorify God every day. We wake up in the morning and we make a decision that day to do everything to God's glory or to do whatever we want. But animals don't have the choice. They glorify God just by being themselves. Pretty cool when you think about it, huh? And it is evident even to us humans how glorious these animals are when we just look around. Or if we would say... I don't know... go visit a zoo?!
Pearson and I went to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on Saturday. This is the 8th largest zoo in the world, 4th largest in the country, and it is considered the "best" zoo in America by several different polls. And what's the best part? We live like 10 minutes away!

Anyway, as I was saying before, this trip to the zoo truly opened my eyes. I felt like a little kid. Every new animal we saw brought "ooh's" "ahh's" and squeals out of me. I saw the work of our God everywhere and it was completely overwhelming. I want to share a few of the most impressive animals.

First, the tiger: Absolutely beautiful. I wish you all could see it in person. Words cannot describe.
Next, the lions: The King of the animals! I wish they would have gotten up and walked around. But just seeing their massive size and being that close to them was breathtaking.
Next, the rhino: I cannot believe God made something so powerful. This guy was very impressive. And he stood so still that he looked like a statue because it is hard to believe these things actually exist. But right as I was thinking this, he slowly moved his head as if telling me, "No, I am real. Believe it."
They had some beautiful kangaroos. Again, I wish they had gotten up and moved around but now that I think about it that would be kind of scary. We were almost close enough to them to touch them and there was only a little rope between us. Amazing!
 
Here are some of the reptiles: The reptile house was Pearson's favorite part. There are way too many to post them all but here are some of the more impressive ones.
 
The gorilla was amazing!! But he looked either bored or sad and made me feel bad for him. It is really cool how they actually have personalities.
They had a couple of Harding Bison(s)!
The bats were super cool!
We got to pet and feed stingrays. That was phenomenal. They came right up to us and enjoyed the attention. It was like petting a dog. I could have stayed there for the rest of the day.
 
And last, but not least: The Manatee. I don't know what it was about this animal but I think it impacted me the most. I don't know if it was the size; maybe I expected them to be smaller, or just the fact that they actually do exist and live out there in the huge ocean mostly hidden from humans. And yet, the Columbus zoo has 3 and we got to watch them swim around in their little tank. Maybe it is because it is just such a peculiar creature. Sailors used to see them and think they were mermaids. That is so cool. God made this amazing creature. And he made us. Again, I can't put the experience into words but it was astonishing. (BTW, the manatees only come to the zoo if they are hurt or sick and cannot make it on their own in the ocean. If they are nursed back to health, they are released again. So don't worry about their being stuck in a tank all their lives like I did at first).
I hope this post has blessed you half as much as the visit to the zoo blessed me, but I know a blog post with a few pictures doesn't do the real thing justice. God is good, all the time. He is powerful and I just love when He finds a way to remind me of that.

What's your favorite animal at the zoo?
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