Fomenting A Rebellion

“If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.” ::Abigail Adams

I Pretend I’m Hardcore September 24, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — ldgafford @ 10:39 pm

In the midst of paper-writing and life in general, I decided to do the following: get another tattoo. That’s right. Another tattoo. Want to see the process? Here it is:

The last of the bare back.

The stencil going on.

Lindsey (yeah, I had the same name as my tattoo artist – it was amazing) laying down the ink.

Almost finished …

The final product.

And there you have it. My unique peace dove tattoo in the middle of my back. I love it. What do you think?


An(other) Open Letter September 19, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — ldgafford @ 9:34 pm

Dear Baylor Girl,

I feel it’s time we had another conversation. After all, it’s only a month into the school year – there’s still time for you to take my words to heart. I’ll make a list so it’s easy for you to follow along … and if we’re honest here, it’s just easier for me to write.

1) I’m happy for you that you were able to get married and start having babies – all before you graduated from college. However, if you’re going to wear maternity booty shorts, at least wear a shirt long enough to cover the wide elastic waistband. Two words: not attractive.

2) Speaking of not attractive – just because they make skirts that are three inches long in your size doesn’t mean you should wear it. Putting leggings on underneath said skirt doesn’t help the situation. In fact, it only accentuates the fact that you shouldn’t be wearing that skirt in the first place. I’m just saying.

3) Please don’t say ‘like’ every other word. You’re in college. You have at least a basic knowledge of grammar. Like, it’s so like annoying. Like.

4) You have a huge backpack. What is the point of carrying your tiny little Coach/Louis Vuitton purse along with it? I’m betting that you can fit whatever is in that purse in your backpack. Besides, everyone already knows how much money you have by the Hummer/BMW/Lexus SUV your daddy bought you.

I hope this helps you to become a better person. I think each one of these is an extremely valid and helpful point. And hey, if you ever see me committing one of the aformentioned annoyances, feel free to comment.

You stay classy Baylor girls,


Mawwiage Is What Bwings Us Twogwether September 7, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — ldgafford @ 8:32 pm

The issue of marriage has been brought to the forefront of my conciousness in the pass few days. I had managed to avoid thinking about it for quite some time, and then … there it was. Marriage – or the idea of it anyway.

Yesterday as I was sitting in my Comparative Public Policy seminar – probably not paying as much attention as I should have been – I realized that I was the *only person* in the room who was not married. Seriously. The only one. All of a sudden I was different than every other one of my classmates. It was very isolating. It is very isolating.

I was telling a friend about this unfortunate phenomenon, and somehow the conversation turned to what qualities he wanted in a spouse and why he wasn’t married yet. He made a comment that he didn’t think he was where he needed to be in his relationship with God, and that was one of the reasons marriage hasn’t come his way.

This got me thinking.

There are plenty of people in this world who are married and are not where they need to be spiritually. In fact, I would venture that most (or even all) people who are married fall into that category. Which begs the question …

Is anyone ever to the point spiritually where they can no longer attain anything else from their relationship with God? I would argue no. So shouldn’t we all be single? Again, I would argue no.

I think that marriage can be a beautiful thing, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t sometimes lament the lack of a significant other in my life. Today, though, I just hate the thought that God may be witholding something and that (for me) it’s an isolating factor amongst my peers.

So here’s to embracing whatever stage of life you’re in, and all the crap that comes with it.