Enduring All Things: March 2013

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Thankful Thursday: Harding

Today for Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for...

Harding University

As I have said before, I am very thankful for Harding. For my education, my friends, my teachers, my experiences and how my faith was shaped. Harding was such a blessing in so many ways.
I am thankful to the founders, the presidents, the board, everybody who helps run this place and makes it awesome.
I am thankful for the people who give money to scholarship funds to make it possible for some students to be there.
Believe it or not, I am thankful for the rules and that the motivation behind them is for the protection and morality of the students.
I am thankful for my sisters in Chi Omega Pi. I have an entire Thankful Thursday post dedicated to them here.
I am thankful that my club sisters, my friends, my dorm moms, and even my teachers were and still are my family. I could rely on any of them for anything.
I am thankful for all the fun, wholesome things to do and be involved with at Harding. For clubs, sports, movie showings, concerts, student government, charity fund raisers and so many more.

This week, however, I am most thankful for Spring Sing. I love Spring Sing. I loved it the one year I was involved in it and I missed it all the other years. It was so much fun to be a part of something so big and spectacular. I love dressing up and performing in front of people. Freshman year, when I performed, our show got 3rd place! I loved miracle week [the week of Spring Sing from Saturday to Saturday]. It really was amazing. I also love it when I am not part of the show. Spring Sing brings so many different people to campus from alumni, parents, and grandparents to prospective high school students. Campus and the town of Searcy are buzzing for the weekend. There is so much excitement. Children get a thrill seeing performers walk across campus in their costume. The winning shows get a check to go to their choice of charity. It is just an all around positive, uplifting, fun weekend. And best of all, this year, it gives us an excuse to go to Harding and see friends, family, and the campus we love and miss so much!

I am so excited and I am posting this from my phone in the car on the way to Searcy!!!!! Woot woot!

Thanks for reading.
Mrs. Charlene Maugeri

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Monday, March 25, 2013

To have and to hold...

I just love weddings. Don't you? They are always so positive. Such a celebration. A celebration of love. A celebration of new life. Or at least a new phase of life. They represent something so much bigger than one day: Marriage. A promise. A promise to God and to each other to love each other for life. That is a long time. It is such a beautiful promise.
I take you to be my wife,
to have and to hold,
from this day forward,
for better or for worse,
for richer or for poorer,
in sickness and in health,
until death do us part.
Love is a choice. Not a feeling. When two people come together in marriage they are promising to choose to love the other every day. Even when they don't feel like it.
I currently have 4 save-the-dates on my fridge and another couple in my inbox. How exciting is that? So much love is in the air! It just makes me so happy! For all of you getting married this year, I hope your marriage is as wonderful as ours is. I am praying for you. God bless! Also, don't hesitate to come to me for advice since I am such an expert after 8 months of marriage! :P

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Thankful Thursday: God's Word

Today (and every day) I am thankful for...

The Bible
I have been studying Genesis lately to prepare for Bible Bowl. This got me thinking about reading my Bible and the fact that I have a Bible. Sure now I am reading what I am reading because I am in a competition, but other times I read a book that just interests me or I haven't read in a long time or I prepare for bible class or if I have a question I can go find the answer. And how/why is this possible? Because God has revealed his Truths to us. 

The other day in church, our preacher stated that there is not one person in the United States who does not own a Bible because they are not able to afford one or they have no access to one. People and religious groups give out free Bibles all the time. Not to mention that the entire thing is on the internet at Bible Gateway, You Version and, I am sure, many other places.

Side note: I was doing some research to see how many Americans own a Bible and how many Bibles Americans own etc. I found out that the average Bible reader in the US owns 3.6 Bibles. So I went around the apartment and counted ours. We have 10 in print in our apartment. This is not counting the 2 on my Kindle, Bible apps on both of our phones and what we have access to on our laptops. Crazy. And I can think of 3 more in print at my mom's house that are 'mine'.

Anyway, I am thankful that God has revealed Himself to us through the inspired writers. I am thankful that He has left nothing to the imagination really. It is all there. All the answers. All the instructions. All the reassuring passages. At our finger tips all the time. I am thankful for the technology we have today to print so many Bibles. People haven't always had that. And for the technology we have today to have the Bible on our phones and other gadgets. There is no excuse now to not have it on you all the time. In case you get in a spiritual discussion, pull out your phone. In case you are having a bad day, pull out your phone. In case you are feeling inspired to spend a little time with God, pull out your phone. In case you are having doubts, pull out your phone. Awesome! We are so blessed!

Thanks for reading!
Mrs. Charlene Maugeri

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Demons, Evil Queens, and Vampires, Oh My!

So since I have been writing about TV shows I have recently discovered, I have sort of accidentally become somewhat of an advertisement. I figured I should back track a little and talk about other shows I/we have been watching since we got married. We like finding a show and watching the whole series because it gives us something to look forward to and get involved in. I like movies, but it is not the same as watching the same characters in a show face a new challenge every week. Or waiting to see who it is that has been doing all this mysterious stuff for the past 4 weeks.
"Oh wait, you mean all this time, So-n-so's grandma (who is also What's-his-name's adopted daughter and That-other-girl's long lost sister) has been behind it?!"
I think I like TV shows because they are like reading a novel in that you can't usually finish a novel in a couple hours like a movie, but you have to stop reading every once in a while. When you are not reading, you can't stop thinking about the story until you can read again. The same is true for TV dramas. They draw you in. On the flip side, like a good novel, sometimes a TV show can be so addicting that you cannot stop. There have been plenty of times that I have stayed up all night to finish a book because I can't put it down. With Netflix, we have the whole TV series at our finger tips and we have the "one more episode will be OK" mentality. Next thing we know, 10 episodes later, our whole day (or night) has disappeared. But hey, we are young. No big deal.

Right after we moved to Ohio, we didn't have cable. Only Netflix. So we started watching Supernatural. Both of us had watched it a little in the past so we decided to start from the beginning and see how far we get. (The first 7 seasons are on Netflix and they are in the 8th right now on the CW. Also, the actors have signed a contract for up to 10 seasons!). Well, we have been caught up to what is on TV now since before Christmas. That means we watched 7 and 1/2 seasons in 4 or 5 months. Crazy!

Anyway, Supernatural is about two brothers who hunt evil, supernatural beings. Monsters, if you will. Some episodes are stand-alone ghost hunts, but others follow a specific story line of say, searching for this one evil guy until it comes to a head in the season finale and the only way to defeat him is for someone else to suffer. I mean really suffer. It is so good. The writers really do their research. Every myth, legend, or lore they use to create a story, is really out there. We look them up.
Next is Once Upon A Time. For a year and a half now, I have seen a bunch of hype on Facebook about this show. I knew it was about a bunch of fairy tails so I really didn't think Pearson would like it very much. But when my mini feed and Pinterest kept filling up with it, I decided to try it on my own. I watched a couple episodes and loved it. Then Pearson watched one with me and decided he had to watch the rest. I wasn't allowed to watch without him anymore. Sigh. But that's OK. We have, of course, been caught up to what's on TV for a while so it isn't that easy for me to watch without him anyway.
Source: IMDB
And last but not least, The Vampire Diaries. I started watching TVD in the fall of Sophomore year with my roommate, Kellum. We watched like the whole first season in one week. Finals week, no less. However, since then, I have lost some interest in TVD. It is in the 4th season and I think they are maybe running out of material [this is just my opinion. I know some people who would tell you otherwise]. But, I do have invested interest in the characters so I am sticking it out. Plus, it isn't all bad. There were a few pretty intense episodes in the past month or so. And fortunately, it was during that time that Pearson watched an episode with me so now he wants to see it to the end. This is also good because I have to explain things to him that happened back when the show was awesome, which makes me want to watch it more. Anyway, enough rambling. If you start watching from the beginning (it is on Netflix), you will like it!

Sorry this post is so long. It is apparently something I am passionate about. I probably should have split it up.
Anyway, thanks for reading!
Mrs. Charlene Maugeri

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Friday, March 15, 2013

You Jealous?

I just booked our hotel for my best friend's wedding! Woohoo! I am so excited for this it's ridiculous. Ashley and Taylor are finally tying the knot and I get to be a part of it. And it is really happening too, because I booked a hotel! Woot Woot. But seriously.

This event (the booking of the hotel) made me think about all the fun things coming up in the life of the Maugeri's...

So a couple weekends ago, (yes this is a fun thing in the past but I still wanna talk about it) Pearson and I flew to Memphis Friday night and flew back to Columbus Sunday night. We went for Ashley and Taylor's wedding showers. It was a refresher to have a break (even if so small) from normal life and to see friends we haven't seen in a while. It was so much fun to spend the weekend with a bunch of girls (for me) and with the guys (for him). Don't get me wrong, I love being married and I love my husband, but sometimes you just need a little girl time, ya know?

In two weeks we will be going to Searcy for Harding Spring Sing!!!
If you don't know, Spring Sing is a production that Harding University puts on every Easter weekend. It includes several 'club shows', host and hostess acts, and ensemble numbers. The club shows are 7 minute segments of nothing but singing and choreography preformed by members of social clubs. Our freshman year, Pearson and I did the Chi Omega Pi/Delta Gamma Rho show. It was a beach theme with swimsuits from the early 1900's and it was so much fun! (I think some people may kill me for posting these pictures but it is so worth it!)
Me and Kellum, my awesome roommate!
Look at that handsome lifeguard!
Weren't we precious?
Anyway, I am looking forward to seeing the show (we are of course going to the Saturday night finale show). But I am also ecstatic to see everyone and just be on campus again. It's been too long. I miss everyone.

After we get back from Spring Sing, we will be getting ready for a summer full of weddings and showers. There are several couples that go to church with us getting married over this summer and some more from Harding as well. We are going to try to go to as many as we can.

And last but not least, our one year anniversary trip to... Drum roll please... New York City!! Pearson has never been and I have been wanting to go with him for a long time. I love New York. We are going to see a Broadway show. Probably "Wicked" since I haven't seen it (I know, can you believe it?). We will go to China Town, of course, and other shopping areas. For the rest of the time we will just hang out in the city that never sleeps. I am so stoked!

Thanks for reading!
Love, a very excited, Mrs. Charlene Maugeri

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Hiro the Hero

The latest SyFy/Action/Drama/Fantasy TV show on the Maugeri's watch list is... Drum roll please... Heroes!

We watched 16 episodes on Saturday. I know. It was an accident. Neither of us could sleep in for some reason so we got up and wanted to watch something. Since we are caught up on our big shows (Supernatural, Once Upon A Time, The Vampire Diaries), we went through Netflix looking for something new. When I saw Heroes, I remembered watching an episode or two Freshman year with my roommate. So we watched the Pilot. Then we had to watch the next one. And another. After that it was just about lunch time... One thing led to another and after 16 episodes, we had to call it quits. Monday and Tuesday we watched the rest of season one.

It is thrilling. Brilliant. Well, at least the first season was. It starts out with a bunch of stories of 'Super Heroes' that are discovering their abilities for the first time. And as the season progresses, they all learn their role in saving the world and have to work together. Don't worry, I won't give too much away but it is so good. You have to keep watching to see what happens next and how these people are connected.

My favorite character is Hiro. He is a cute little happy-go-lucky Japanese man who gets so excited over things like going to New York. He is convinced that it is his destiny to save the world even with close friends and family doubting him.

Again, I recommend this show to anybody and everybody.
Thanks for reading!
Mrs. Charlene Maugeri

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Thankful Thursday: Sore

Today I am thankful for...
Being Sore

From working out that is. I am thankful that I have a body healthy enough to work out and get sore. I have added a new work out or two to my routine this week and I am SORE. My shoulders, back and abs ache. But that means it is working. I am thankful to be healthy and to have the internet to learn workouts, a gym for the residents of our apartment complex and a body that tells me when I should stop :-P

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Mrs. Charlene Maugeri

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

"War Changes Everything"

Source: IMDB
So there is this show about an early 1900's English aristocratic family and their servants. It follows this family and their household through many great events throughout history including the sinking of the Titanic and World War I. It shows how the caste system slowly changes through the early 20th century and the effect this has on all of society from Lords and Ladies to servants, politicians, doctors and soldiers.

I am addicted to Downton Abbey. Completely addicted. I have watched 2 seasons in one week. I love the characters. I love the drama. I love the accents. I love the history. I love the changing attitudes. I love Maggie Smith. I love that it follows so many stories.

I can't hardly have a conversation where I don't bring up a story form Downton Abbey. The other night, I told Pearson something about one of the Earl's daughters and when I finished he said "I think this show was made for you. Like, seriously, I think there was a panel of people that got together and said 'There is this girl in Ohio named Charlene Maugeri and we should make a show for her.' and they came up with Downton Abbey."

It is so addicting because there are so many stories going on and yet they are intertwined and they all care about each other and you just grow to love them. Not to mention, there is almost no language, no vulgarity, little nudity and anything else that poisons most of TV today because it is set in the past when those things were not spoken or seen. Ever. The acting is wonderful at intense moments. The dialogue is mesmerizing. When I watch it, I feel I am living in that time and place. I have starting thinking in a British accent at times and replying with poise and proper language. I have cried both sad and happy tears and I have laughed hysterically.

There is one downside to being addicted to this show; It is British. Which means, it is not shown on TV in the US. But the first season is on Netflix. All 3 seasons are on Hulu Plus and Amazon Instant Video. I highly recommend it to anyone! Watch it and then we can talk about it O.o

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Thankful Thursday: Coffee

This Thursday, I am thankful for...

I am certainly addicted to coffee. I'll admit.
But I am very thankful for it.
I really need it in the mornings but only in the mornings.
It wakes me up and gets me going for work but it doesn't keep me up at night.
Pearson told me yesterday that he read an article urging pregnant women to give up coffee. I think I would die.
So I admit, I may rely on it too much but I am thankful that it wakes me up in the mornings and gives me a good start. And I like the taste.

Thanks for reading a somewhat silly Thankful Thursday!
Mrs. Charlene Maugeri
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