Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Just thought I would post a list of short statements/thoughts made by Shane last night. (All are reflected in his book Irresistible Revolution.)
The church should be the instrument for transformation.
Often times we don't take responsibility for our ideologies.
The best thing to do with the best things in life is to give them away.
In the book Unchurched, survey asked what do you think of when you think of Christian... top results... (1) anti-gay (2) judgemental (3) hypocritical
Intentional community : surrounding yourself with people you want to be like
We are not saved because we are good, we are good because we are saved
We need to have humility to learn from each other
Best critique of church is actually doing something to change it
Calcuttas are everywhere... find your own Calcutta
He really is a wonderful speaker. If you have the chance, Shane will be speaking tonight at Westminister Pres. Church at 730pm.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Can I just say how upset I am with this????
I first noticed on Facebook how many people referred to Grey's Anatomy, The Office, etc. on their status. Then, while catching a few minutes of the news the other morning, I saw the ad promoting "National Stay At Home Week." Don't get me wrong, I love a good episode of Project Runway, Law and Order and even The Office, but when a "holiday" is planned around it or we MUST schedule our lives around a program then I have a serious problem with it. Whatever happened to planning weekly bowling nights or going out to eat with the family?
Wow, it gets under my skin.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Last night I tried getting all of my homework finished, but sadly fell asleep. I got up early this morning and finished everything including the Saturday paper! Strong. Then, I went a got my haircut. Pretty pleased. No tears. Went to the Farmers Market. $9 for a huge bag of veggies. Yum. Then, this evening I went to a friend's birthday picnic at Arrington Vineyards. The weather was perfect, food great, raspberry wine delish, sunset beautiful, but most of all great people. Afterwards, caught up with Mr. and Mrs. Davis. Now I am settled down to watch a little Law and Order before going to bed.
Did I mention what a nice day it was? :)
Friday, September 26, 2008
On Wednesday night, Brian and I headed to the Ryman to catch a concert. The Ryman really is such a great venue, full of history, rather pretty and great sounds.
We went to see Swell Season. Who, might you ask, is Swell Season? Well, I have to thank my good friend Katie McGunnigal for my introduction. Swell Season is the band featured in the movie "Once". (Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova) Check out the soundtrack...
The concert opened with Bill Callahan. I still have "Will you dress sexy for my funeral?" in my head. If this guy can play at the Ryman then anyone, ANYONE can who can play one chord on the guitar. We just laughed all the way through it.
Swell Season was pretty wonderful though. Hansard has a witty personality and made a hysterical Johnny Cash impersonation. I was amazed he did not bust every string on his guitar at points. They played a series of 3 new songs and I am now looking forward to their next album. My photos did not turn out all that great because of the blue lighting, but this was a decent one of Marketa. Overall, very glad I was able to see them.
October brings Matt Nathanison, Ben Kweller (again) and my absolute fave, The Features. (Also, cheaper tickets. Strong.)
Yea for music.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
I joined a community group at Fellowship.
Slowly getting back into the "American" life and I am thankful to have this group to help me in my readjustment and Walk with Dad.
Monday, September 22, 2008
I allowed myself to sleep in until 6:30am! (Normally I get up at 530am)
I got Starbucks Chai Tea Latte on my way to work!
I was praised at work for the books being finished!
I got a dress at Target for $4.80 and it is super cute!
I got to leave work early on account of running errands and class!
I got a letter from Katydid!
I really enjoyed Master Teacher class!
I was able to get gas without paying a fortune (relatively) and no waiting in line!
I went to the Saucer and played cards with some awesome friends, spoke with a lisp, and just enjoyed a great night!
It was the prime example of a Marvelous Monday!
Could tomorrow be a Tubular Tuesday? Guess we will see... :)
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
My computer has died. :(
My trusty (ha!) Dell died on Saturday before I could write my paper while I was in Cincinnati. Late submission, but some of the most reflective work I have done. Let's hope that will count for something.
Procrastination really can be painful.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
After a Chinese dinner on Friday night, I went home to work on some school work. The bus was to leave at 5am so I thought I would have plenty of time for work and sleep. I was wrong. I pulled my first grad school all nighter and still did not finish everything. But off at 5am did I go to Baton Rouge.
Baton Rouge is 9 hours away from Nashville. A 9 hour ride in which I wrote a paper and slept. Pulling into the area, I was stuck by the difference between Gustav and Katrina. When Katrina hit, I went on 4 trips to AL/LA/MS areas to work. Katrina was mostly flood damage whereas Gustav was wind damage. There were trees down everywhere. Stoplights were out. We had to stop in MS because we did not know if gas would be available.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
It was a great evening. (The day itself was only mamahuhu (so-so), but the email...)
I got a flippin scholarship!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I wrote a letter about how I wanted to use my education maybe not just in the classroom, but to be a better Ambassador/teacher of life. Then tonight I got an email saying my award letter is in the mail. Strong.
I also got insurance on Monday which is HUGE relief.
There are tears my friends, but this time out of happiness.
Thousands of thanks to our Father for providing...
It is Norwegian for "thousand of thanks" according to my Chinese friend Kristy. Kristy is living in Norway and has to figure out how to make a sandwich, pick out meats and cheeses, and order food from a menu. There is only so much one can do from thousands of miles away to help. She is living out an adventure I am sure.
Talking to friends all around the world, I am reminded of just how good and faithful our Father is. He is taking good care of his children. He has taken good care of me by providing such wonderful friends in my life.
Tusen takk to our Abba.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Ladies and gentlemen, I made myself sick on dairy products. It was/is not a good time. Tomorrow there will be no milk, ice cream, cheese, or whatever. (I would say never again, but let's be realistic... my life was a little sadder the past two years without... I mean, did you see the milk video?!?!)