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Naive // The Kooks

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For when the way is rough, your patience has a chance to grow. So let it grow, and don’t try to squirm out of your problems. For when your patience is finally in full bloom, then you will be ready for anything, strong in character, full and complete.

— James 1:2-4

ESPN World Cup Studio Coverage: A Breakdown of the Performances in Brazil →

at the risk of sounding super lame, i have to say that one of my favorite parts of the world cup was the studio show.  i love that they were able to get people from so many different countries (though they might have done better to get some representation for asia and africa), and different soccer backgrounds and get them all together for some good-natured discussion.  i loved watching ruud van nistelrooy’s relief when the netherlands pulled out a victory in penalty kicks, i loved seeing michael ballack’s glee as germany won the final, i loved that lalas was so happy about being wrong about the us not advancing from the group of death, and i loved the men in blazers and their enthusiastic love for miguel herrera.

but what most impressed me was the fact that they took all of these guys from all of these countries and they were all able to offer (mostly) smart, thoughtful commentary in english.  even gilberto silva, whose english was clearly the worst, was right in there, offering insights and even making jokes.  as an american who has always wanted to be multilingual, i was so so impressed (and maybe just a little jealous).   

maybe it’s time for me to finally get over my anger and forgive jk rowling for messing everything up?

eh, maybe next year.

taking part in terraces with a view →

i stayed at the hotel medici when i was in florence two years ago, and while the rooms are nothing to write home about (but whatever, cause we spent a total of only 6 hours there over two days because you don’t go to the florence to chill in a hotel room), the view from the terrace was spectacular.  it was a nice surprise, as well, that the view from our bathroom window just happened to be the duomo.  

(Source: florenceforfree)

strength-dignity:

I like that the words “knit” and “woven” are used in Psalm 139. You were not simply spoken into existence as God did with the earth. You have been hand crafted and beautifully put together. God spent time making you who you are. And there is nothing worthless about you.

(via faye-jones)

So, do it. Decide. Is this the life you want to live? Is this the person you want to love? Is this the best you can be? Can you be stronger? Kinder? More Compassionate? Decide. Breathe in. Breathe out and decide.

— (via soul-runner)

(Source: whilde-daisi, via faye-jones)

i once ate a pretzel in the airport in frankfurt, so i’m claiming this win as a personal victory.  also, where does one sign up to be the chancellor of germany?  because that is a job i think i want.

latenightseth:

My brother and I react to Holland’s second goal in Switzerland’s quietest restaurant. #Hup! [x]

Can you guess who Seth and his brother are supporting in Wednesday’s semi-finals match?

(Source: irishmush)