January 28, 2009

on character flaws

I was just struck by one in particular, for me, anyway. I can be really oblivious. This, ladies and gentlemen, nearly drove Mme. Tracy INSANE while I lived with her. I honestly don't think it's laziness (you'll understand when I explain) although Trace might argue otherwise. I think it is pure, unadulterated (just go with it) obliviousness. Lord knows I am the farthest thing from type A anyone ever saw, and maybe this is part of that.
Here's what made me think of it.

There is a shampoo bottle on the floor of our bathroom. It is empty. The other day, in the shower, I used the last drop - and I tried to aim it out of the shower into the trash. I missed. Since then, it has been lying helplessly on the floor of the bathroom. Here is why I say I am not lazy - I haven't noticed it. I remember the moment when I tossed and missed, but since then, it hasn't fazed me. Until today when I saw it and I thought, "I should throw that away." This happens to me a lot. Things like shampoo bottles lying amok around my house. Stuff like that just doesn't bother me.

On a completely unrelated note, I spent today babysitting for a cutie 1-yr old named Eliza. I have come to the conclusion that there is nothing that is better than the moment when you go into a babes bedroom after their nap and they are standing there, holding themselves up on the crib, BEAMING at whoever it is who has come to take them back into the bright world filled with toys and bottles. At the risk of sounding like a complete sap, that is one of my really favorite things.

Lastly - I would encourage those of you who feel so inclined to check out this blog: Stuff Christians Like. Really funny and often, really poignant. [Sidebar: I always feel awkward using the word poignant. But it feels right. So I'm leaving it.] This post from today really REALLY hit home for me.

with that, I am taking my beautiful flowers that I just got (more on this later) and watching Lost and then hitting the hay... first day at Denver Christian tomorrow as a school counselor INTERN! I'm such a big deal.

As I sit here, I realize I haven't actually thrown that bottle away yet. Too busy planning this blog post. Don't worry, Mom, I'm going now...

January 23, 2009

help a sista out

Ok, so, Thursday (a week from yesterday) marks Kansas' 148th birthday... and the second annual Kansas Day Party hosted by the girls of 1403 University. It's funny to remember last year... I had just moved in and hardly knew anyone. I imagine this year will be more fun. Ha!
Anyhoo... I need a costume!! Last year some of the costumes included: Crazy Mike, largest ball of twine, and a sunflower.
I need some suggestions! My only thought so far has been Kirstie Alley. And I'm not even sure how I would pull that off.

Ok so... creative juices flowing... aaaaaand, go.

January 22, 2009

things I think you should do

i.e. How to Have a Happier Life (in my personal opinion)
see a beautiful movie: I LOVED this movie... it is a beautiful film (as Kara used to say) that is so engaging... I never got bored for one second! I laughed, I cried, I was moved. Convince your husband to go (cough *Mom* cough) and see this movie. You won't be sorry.

spend time with/learn from people who are smarter than you:
I pretty much do this every single day. Even if you're not in school... maybe "smarter than" is a little harsh... but someone who knows more about something than you. Someone who has different spiritual gifts. Whatever. Ask them to have coffee with you and then soak it all in. You don't have to say, "hey, you're smarter than me, can we hang out?" People (most people, anyway) love to be pursued and invested in... so do it!

listen to delectable music:
my two always recommendations - Ingrid Michaelson's album "Be OK" and Andrew Bird's "The Mysterious Production of Eggs." (I'm clearly concerned with equal representation here.)
Both are just nothing short of delightful and come highly recommended by ME!

do something really fun and totally below your maturity level:
(i.e. go somewhere where you will surely be the oldest person in attendance)
for example: going to Jump Street - wall to wall trampolines.
we were the oldest people there by a good 10 years.
do something every day that scares you.

No, I'm totally just kidding. That would be a super lame thing to say.
Just wanted to see if you were paying attention.

do shamelessly indulge in something you consider to be a little bit embarrassing:
like get overly invested in a reality show (i.e. join a Fantasy Bachelor league.) Or read the same books that 14 year olds are fawning over (i.e. Twilight. All 4.) I'm not sorry. Sidenote: one of my Bachelor girls got the boot this week. Sayonara, Kari.
admit you were wrong about something:
So, I finally (eons later) finished The Shack. And you know what, I didn't hate it. Still I will admit, it was not my favorite book ever - nor was it all that well-written. But when I let myself be open to what its message was, I found some things that REALLY hit home. A big huge shout out to Jennifer Shively for bringing this to my attention. I spoke a little too soon. Pulitzer Prize winning it is not, but theologically interesting it certainly was.

watch tv on dvd.
A personal favorite. This category also includes watching tv online, which I think is just as fun. I have admittedly watched a great deal of Doogie Howser, M.D. - and I loved every minute of it.

quit things that aren't life-giving:
Or... say no to things you don't want to do.
[What does this look like? Don't answer your phone if you don't want to talk; don't go skiing when your friends do; don't go to church for a sunday (crazy, heresy! I know); say no to taking someone's shift at JCrew if you need a night off; etc.]
This, I have found, is a freeing recognition: that I don't have to do stuff I don't want to! I still do, sometimes, but I'm not confined to it. This doesn't mean don't stretch yourself from time to time (I mean, you still have to do one thing every day that scares you, obviously.) Fyi: I stole this piece of advice from someone smarter than me. (See what I did there?)

Now I am totally going to plagiarize Erin Cooper here...
What do YOU recommend as a tip for a happier life?

January 16, 2009

love it when song lyrics speak to my life

I saw Bride Wars last night... and let me start by saying that one of two things needs to happen in my life: I either need to not be single, or stop seeing movies about weddings. That's pretty much what it boils down to. No more romantic comedies for me.
Ok so... there is a song in the movie called "Dream" by Priscilla Ahn... who I like a lot... she has a really pretty, quiet voice, and her songs are a little bit like lullabies, which is nice from time to time. Anyway this song played, so I downloaded it when I got home, and I was excited because of reasons I will tell you in a minute. Here's how it goes...

"Once I was a little girl, alone in my little world, who dreamed of a little home for me. I played pretend between the trees, and fed my houseguests bark and leaves, and laughed in my pretty bed of green. I had a dream... that I could fly from the highest swing, I had a dream.
Long walks in the dark through woods grown behind the park, I asked God who I'm supposed to be. The stars smiled down on me, God answered in silent reverie. I said a prayer and fell asleep.
I had a dream... that I could fly from the highest tree, I had a dream.
Now I'm old and feeling grey. I don't know what's left to say about this life I'm willing to leave.
I lived it full and I lived it well, there's many tales I've lived to tell. I'm ready now, I'm ready now, I'm ready now to fly from the highest wing... I had a dream."

Yeah, its a nice song, but here is why I love it so: because I DID THAT! See the italics? In our house on Greenleaf, I totally used to sit between two trees in our backyard and play pretend and dream and have guests and feed them naturey crap. Mom - you will remember - you and Thom used to make fun of me for sitting out there and pretty much talking to myself slash the occasional imaginary person. So today, I have been enjoying remembering the simplicity of life between the trees. Being a kid was so great.

peace, love, and 3 day weekends...
megan mcgregor greaves signing off from between the trees

January 13, 2009

chi town got tip drill

I went to Chicago!
I saw Thomas:I saw Emily: I saw Kristin:And... I saw WICKED!!What a glorious time. It was such a fun weekend. Catching up with Kristin and Emily, viewing Thomas' Northwestern life... braving the terrible SNOW! Plus Wicked was AMAZINGGGG... seriously. It was SO GOOD. and, thanks to Thom, we had AMAZING seats, too! Yes, all of these caps are necessary to emphasize how grand the experience was. I loved it. Full pictures here: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2043131&l=b575a&id=24900146

The Bachelor started last week... so fun. I am in a fantasy Bachelor league... I have a team of 5 girls and I get points when they do well. If I win, I get a dozen roses sent to me! It is so funny and fun to have a vested interest in what happens. I watched it last night with Chelsea and our commentary was clearly hysterical. If you watch, I picked (in order of how much I like them) - Jillian, interior designer from Canada; Melissa, former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader; Kari, who wears her hair funny and wrote Jason a poem; Stephanie, the old, scary looking widow and single mother who is absolutely the nicest person ever; and Nikki, who got the first impression rose and whose boobs are perpetually hanging out all over the place. FYI.

Started my intercession class yesterday... 5 hours of theology, every day, for two weeks. EEEEEK. its hard to pay attention to ANYTHING for 5 hours at a time. Unless it is Twilight. Which I am done with, by the way. All 4 books. A little bit sad... but just in time to focus on school again, which is good, I guess.

This particular blog post goes out to Erin Cooper, so she can get a good, voyeuristic look into my life, which she requested this morning. Here you are, my creepy little friend. Check her out in the blogroll right to the right. I have also added www.ihategreenbeans.com which you will love if you love the Bachelor (cough *Amie* cough).

ok, there it is. blogging. I'll try to remember to do it more often...

January 1, 2009

a happy new year, to all that is living - to all that is gentle, kind, and forgiving

a year in review...

last january, I started babysitting for cutie pie, Bodie:
and I went to visit my alma mater:
in feb and march, nothing very cool happened.
I played with my friends. and I had really long hair.
in April, I turned 23, and my friends (new and old) were fabulous.
AND THEN, I cut off all my hair!
May was a good month... I house-sat for a sweet house with Allison...and Cally and Adrian became Mr and Mrs Chenault!and in June, Emily Lebens became Mrs. Cameron Young...
then in July... yes... another wedding! Jessi and Brock Dahl.
We celebrated, in Farrell Fashion, with an 80's themed party... on a party bus.Note the bride: in gown, in front.August... Susan moved in!in September... we saw Sigur Ros at Red Rocks:And October... the Halloween party of the century thrown by the girls of 1403!November (technically December, deal with it) brought Thanksgiving and Ruthie's wedding!and now, December... Holiday fun with the family. also a little violence.Which brings us to the present moment! New Years was kind of a bust... we had high hopes for a fun night out downtown but it was a bit more stressful and annoying than fun. The best part was these shoes, provided by my sweet sister Amie!

So I welcome 2009... and I kiss 2008 SAYONARA! I hope that this new year will bring healing from stupid cancer for my lovely sister, Audrie, and for my sweet friend Wilson.

On a lighter note, I hope also for many more occasions on which to wear those shoes. Because they are fabulous.

Those are the two big ones, really.

And although I am not much for resolutions or any of that crap, I do like the new year... I like the blank slate and all that. I've been listening to a song today that's making me think about this new year in a way thats pretty much a "there's no time like the present" kind of attitude. Its kind of a conversation, it would seem, between God and, well, me. Ha.

"'If you want to see, I can open up your eyes;
and if you want to live, I can open up your life;
and if you want to love, I can open up your heart.'
'Where do we begin? When will this life start?'
'How about now?'" - jonah werner

How about it? Happy New Year!!