Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Who wants to go see Imogen Heap with me in Glasgow on April 2nd?
(I need more friends.)
If I miss out on her amazingness, I will be sad. I already learned I just missed a Nickel Creek show last month.
Friday, March 17, 2006
On Spring Fever, Babies, and Schaeffer.
The thing is, I keep coming up with brilliant, intellectually stimulating blog posts to write here, and then I end up not. Then it means I go for ages without posting anything. Which isn’t fair to you fine kids who faithfully keep coming back to check here and find nothing new.
Unfortunately, I’m afraid this one won’t be brilliant or intellectually stimulating. But instead it will be in my old-timey “random” style that was ever-so-popular back in the Guild/Green Board days. And if you know what I’m talking about, then, well…then you know what I’m talking about.
1) Despite the fact that Scotland has not gotten the memo that it is supposed to be Spring, we can be certain that Spring Fever is upon us. I’ve discussed this with several friends, and it’s a proven fact. These days, everyone wants to hook up. I use the term “hook-up” loosely, encompassing both the NCMO and the actual dating aspects. It’s post-Valentines Day, (or, “Singleness Awareness Day”), and we singles are past the bitterness, we just want to get straight to the hookups. It’s exhausting, being single. No one to help carry the groceries on the way home, for example. It’s also expensive, as a girl. Granted, it’s way cheaper being a single guy. But as a poor girl, like myself, it means that the fancy restaurants and nights out for a drink are pretty much non-existent. And I say that as someone who’s fairly low-maintaince, I don’t ask for these things on a regular basis. But aside from the makeouts, they are a good perk.
In any case, if you, Single Person, are also suffering from Spring Fever, know that you are not alone. Or, actually, you are alone, that’s the problem isn’t it? Maybe I should rephrase that. Know that there are loads of other folks also suffering from your condition. This may help your case, particularly if you are ugly, because that means there are a lot of semi-desperate people. Try your church first, if it’s getting really bad. If anything, their desperation may make you feel a little better about yourself.
2) So Stella is pretty much the most beautiful and adorable baby ever. And the best thing is that – at least for the next few months - I can go and hold her ALL THE TIME. (Bonus: I can do so and still leave the pooped drawers with her mama and papa!) Within reason of course. I now sorta understand all my friends who go crazy talking about their baby nieces and nephews, even though they make me gag. I’m becoming that auntie, and I don’t even technically have a niece.
She really is adorable though.
Me and her Pops smoked a pipe last night in celebration of her birth. It was nice and all, but it was too cold to go to all the work of pipe smoking.
3) I miss television. I do. I hate myself for it, but it's true. Crappy, lame British TV, oh how I long to see you again.
4) “The Job” is still in the works, and still looking quite positive, but I’m getting the impression they are just dragging their feet because they’re busy getting into the new building. This is annoying to say the least. I’d really like to know if they’re gonna hire me or not.
5) Current Reading: “God Who Is There” by Francis Schaeffer. Anyone read it? Seriously, I love Schaeffer, even if it takes me forever to read him. Schaeffer understood the balance of contextualization and culture while maintaining the importance of Scripture…and he talked about it before it became the HIP thing to talk about. He wrote about postmodernism before that term was ever used. I really don’t understand why he’s not required reading for every single theology student everywhere.
6) I don’t miss essay deadlines, but I’m realizing I do miss studies and classes. I knew this would happen, but I didn’t know it would happen quite so soon.
7) Ian Rankin walked into my work the other day. Being the literary nerd I am (though I’ll admit I’ve never finished one of his books) I freaked out a little, only on the inside. My coworker tells me later that he comes in almost everyday and gets his coffee and does the crossword…I’m not sure why I’ve never seen or noticed him before. Today we began playing the new summer music over the system. I found it really bizarre to have Rankin – the #1 mystery/crime novelist in the UK, sitting there to the backdrop of “Summer Sunshine” blaring – a cheesy, summery way-too-catchy pop song by The Corrs. Some dark organ music would have been much more appropriate.
8) I’ve run out of episodes of 24, and I hate it. I have to wait til the 24th to start Season Four at Ashley and Bryce’s “24 Party”. I keep biting my nails. The good news is that I have less dreams about 24. Last night I had a dream that my friend Joshua and I were in a plane that had an emergency landing on a road (which is a very recurring thing in my dreams…anyone care to interpret?), before running from a tornado that was chasing us, and then saving a screaming Chinese family. So they aren’t all that different – I’m still a hero – but it’s not nearly as fun without Jack, Nina or Tony in the dream too.
That’s me for today.
Have a good weekend.
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Let's see a show of hands.
Anyone else tired of their sin?
OK, not just me then.
(It feels like it's just me.)
Monday, March 13, 2006
A Good Man Is Hard To Find
Well, I didn't write a post for today here. Partly because I'm kinda waiting for the new blog to get done. But I *did* do a guest post for my dear friend Mark at Sacred Journey. I'm honored, and slightly embarrassed to now find out that apparently Michael Horton reads his blog. But I wrote it, nonetheless, and maybe Horton knows some nice young Reformed man to hook me up with.
Or maybe *you* do. Go read the post to find out....
P.S. JONATHAN AND SARAH'S BABY HAS FINALLY ARRIVED!!!!!!! Big hugs and kisses to my new little neighbor, Stella Catherine Hays. (Lori and I were so excited we just kinda screamed all girly-like on the phone to each other.)
Friday, March 10, 2006
So what have I been doing this week?
Coughing, knitting, coughing, sneezing, blowing my nose, and watching 24.
I've hardly moved from the living room chair, you can ask Ashley or Bryce.
Needless to say, I have little to really talk about.
Friday, March 03, 2006
Friends Let Friends Use Their Deodorant
Today was fantastic, aside from the extreme cold, and my uncomfortable, yet extremely sexy shoes. Secretly, I wore them because Lori loves them, and we were having a girls night out. But don't tell her.
Seriously, today was chock full of great friends. I met up with Naike for lunch, which was really much too short. I miss spending quality time with her. Peter and I went for coffee during the afternoon which is always lovely, til I met up with Lori in the evening. We had a fantastic time, and even scored "The Zen Room" at Tchai Ovna ("No standing in the Zen Room! No shoes in the Zen Room!"), which is usually pretty impossible when I go there. We went all out, and got dinner and tea and a hookah. She took some great photos too, which I'm sure she'll post soon. And then we went to the pub til we could no longer stay out without getting worried about making our respective trains/buses home. All in all, it was great. I'd probably talk more about it usually, but I'm EXTREMELY tired.
Quote of the evening: "Love is like puking." (By Lori, of course.)
Also, because all the cool kids are doing it, I'm feeling the peer pressure now and I'm gonna add a Johari Window, and you can all participate. Note that they are almost all NICE things, so don't bother if you don't actually like me. There's the "weaknesses" Johari (the "Nohari"), which one would only really ever do if they are a glutton for punishment and/or sincerely hate themselves and want everyone else to tell them how much they are hated. I'm gonna go for the happy stuff.
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
"Who Knows Where Thoughts Come From, They Just Appear!"
"Modern evangelicalism is an idol." - Jonathan Hays