survey (lol)

I stumbled upon the original of this survey whilst going through my archives a while back, and thought it’d be amusing to fill it out for the present and compare answers.

15 years ago I:
1. was 17 and a junior in high school
2. had a crush on a guy who is now married and a dad
3. went to a megachurch
4. was about to take my SAT, I think?
5. filled out this survey the first time around (whoaaaaa)

10 years ago, I:
1. was 22 and a senior in college
2. had a crush on a guy who’s now engaged
3. was probably still recovering from the flu/bronchitis combo that I got during Sing
4. lived with my friends Ashley, Lulu, and Sarah, whom I miss
5. was trying to figure out what the heck to do with my life

5 years ago, I:
1. was 27
2. worked for Half-Price Books and lived with my parents
3. had a crush on another guy who’s now married
4. had recently started playing with the band at church
5. was thinking about going to seminary to be a counselor

2 years ago, I:
1. was 30
2. had just moved in with my friend Kelly
3. was in counseling because I was a hot mess
4. was looking for a new car since I had totaled mine earlier in the year 😦
5. had just started working for Houston Public Library

1 year ago, I:
1. was 31
2. had a crush on a guy I’ve never actually met in person
3. was still fangirling about Hamilton a lot
4. still worked for my church
5. had long hair

Yesterday, I:
1. had to go to work and was super-bored all day because the students were all gone
2. got a whole bunch of knitting done
3. ate a fried egg sandwich for dinner
4. went to bed a lot later than I should have
5. got some reading done for the extracurricular book club I’m in

Today, I:
1. sat in traffic for an hour and a half because Houston is trying to kill me
2. heard a really good sermon
3. ate an excellent salad at lunch with my friend Steph
4. am going to go to community group after I get done with this post
5. need to make my lunch for tomorrow

Tomorrow, I:
1. am going to a thing at my friends’ church, should be cool
2. will probably wear a dress to work (which I never do)
3. need to do some laundry, but probably won’t
4. want to get some more reading done for my book club, but probably won’t
5. need to respond to my e-mail…

Five snacks i enjoy
1. pretzels and hummus
2. banana with peanut butter
3. popcorn
4. chips and salsa
5. I shouldn’t eat these, but the mozzarella sticks from Sonic

Five songs I know all the words to, even without the music
1. “Wait for It” from Hamilton (of course)
2. “Konstantine” by Something Corporate
3. “Falling Slowly” by The Frames
4. “Sunday Bloody Sunday” by U2
5. “On Jordan’s Stormy Banks I Stand” (the Indelible Grace version)

Five books I like:
1. The Meaning of Marriage by Tim and Kathy Keller
2. You are What You Love by James K.A. Smith
3. Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren
4. Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
5. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Five things i would buy with $1000:
1. In truth, all of that would go towards my student loans, but if I were made to buy fun things with it–
2. a new guitar
3. this pair of red pants I’ve been thinking about getting for a while
4. new pair of Converse
5. OR…I could just scrap all that and buy a bike

Top five musicians lately (not in any particular order)
1. The Oh Hellos
2. Sho Baraka
3. The Hamilton original Broadway cast (maybe I’m still fangirling pretty hard over it…)
4. Tank and the Bangas
5. Johnny Flynn

Five bad habits I have
1. interrupting people
2. not drawing good boundaries
3. picking scabs (…sorry, TMI)
4. not getting enough sleep
5. going to bed without taking off my eye makeup

five things I would never wear
1. miniskirts
2. red shirts with khaki pants (too many Target flashbacks)
3. bikinis
4. most rompers or jumpsuits (why is that even a thing?)
5. overalls

Five tv shows i like
1. Doctor Who
2. Parks and Recreation
3. Mr. Robot
4. Parts Unknown
5. Not going to lie: Fixer Upper

five places i’ve lived
1. Seoul, South Korea
2. St. Louis, MO
3. Houston, TX
4. Washington, DC
5. Edinburgh, UK

my top five biggest worries at the moment
1. saving money
2. how to make friends that aren’t at work or church
3. how to get more protein and eat fewer refined carbs
4. when I’m going to get time to do laundry
5. when I’m going to get time to go work out

my top five biggest joys at the moment
1. church
2. work is pretty awesome
3. my friends
4. making stuff
5. books

five things that make you laugh
1. my friends
2. blooper reels
3. the BBC Dad video, which has still not gotten old
4. my colleagues at work
5. late night talk shows

five things you love
1. notebooks
2. music
3. hearing about what God is doing in other people’s lives
4. seeing all the ways the Old Testament points to Jesus
5. writing

Five things on your desk
1. computer
2. coffee cup full of pens
3. binder full of handy work-related information
4. book for work-related book club
5. pair of scissors

Five facts about you
1. I have extra bones in my feet
2. I’m semi-related to the guy who voiced the Sheriff in Cars
3. I have never been admitted to a hospital
4. I wrote a song that we sing at my church
5. according to 23andMe, I’m 0.1% Ashkenazi Jewish (yes, seriously)

five things you can do
1. memorize large chunks of text
2. play guitar semi-competently
3. knit
4. yell really loudly
5. write in cursive

five things you can’t do
1. mathematics more complicated than very simple algebra
2. chemistry equations
3. sing bass (except if I have bronchitis)
4. write fiction
5. sew

five things you say the most
1. what?
2. “The assessment center is over by those windows, then take a right.”
3. hello
4. LOL (only in textual form, never orally)
5. “Have you heard of [insert book title or Internet meme here]?”

survey (lol)


  • Loving this essay from David Taylor on Christianity Today, about Lent, art, and disruption.
  • I recently discovered the blog My Name Is Yeh and now I want cake.
  • It’s almost time for SXSW, which also means that NPR Music has released their annual list of 100 songs(!) by artists playing the festival. You can stream it, listen to almost all of it on Spotify, and/or download the whole kit and caboodle here. They’ve been doing this for years and I always find some favorite new music this way.
  • One of my work colleagues just introduced me to Canva and I am obsessed. I signed up to do a display in May and I’ve already got all my stuff designed for it.
  • Podcasts I’m loving: Nerdette, Pass the Mic, Food is the New Rock (they haven’t updated since September, but I’m listening to the archives)

Psalm 107

(music to come once I figure out what the chorus sounds like)

Let those redeemed by Jesus tell their story
And give Him thanks for all that He has done
From every nation we will sing His glory
Praise the Father, Spirit, and the risen Son

In desert wastes we wandered lost and hungry
In deep distress we cried and found no way
But you brought us into your holy city
And for Your mercy we give thanks

For Your steadfast love and Your faithfulness
For Your wondrous works to Your children
To You, oh Lord, we will bring our praise
To You, oh Lord, all the glory

In death’s dark chambers we were slaves to evil
In sin’s rebellion, chains of sorrow bound
But in your love you broke the gates of prison
With humble hearts we will come bow down

Sick with sin’s black poison, we had long been dying
And there was no cure for us to save our souls
Until You came down and gave Your broken body
And Your blood for food and drink, and made us whole

In the storm of chaos and of deep distresses
All our ships were sinking in the rolling seas
Through all our troubles You remained our anchor
And You spoke the word and gave us Your great peace

Glory to the Father for His grace and kindness
Glory to the Son who gave Himself for us
Glory to the Spirit who dwells within us
Glory to our God, the blessed Three in One

Psalm 107

standing stones

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about personal liturgies, days that we mark in our lives that are important markers of what God did in our lives. So, yes, birthdays and wedding anniversaries, and our baptismal anniversaries (I actually don’t remember when mine is–I should find that out). But also, other days–the day you found out the cancer was in remission, the day you had a conversation with someone that changed your entire life, the day you met your best friend.

For instance, I always celebrate January 5, the day I became an American citizen. I celebrate March 25, the day God brought me back from the dead.

But the thing I wonder now is, what are the rituals I could use to mark those days? Could I pull out my adoption papers every January and flip through them? Could I volunteer to help people in mental health crises on March 25? I don’t know.

What about y’all? What do you do to mark your personal liturgical calendars?

standing stones

An Epiphany poem

Behold the King of glory–

His is not a story that ends in death,
For in His death, Death died
And on the third day no grave could contain Him
He is more alive than life itself because He is life

He is no tame lion
He cannot be caged by culture or category
He is not safe but He is good

He is Lamb, life laid down willingly
He is not the dragon’s victim
He defeated death from the inside out

He is both priest and sacrifice
Both king and servant
Both temple and presence in it

He is
He is

He is

And He is with us in bread and wine
In the body and blood of His broken vessels
The bride He chose before time drew its first breath

He is here

So come taste and see
His glory and His grace
His kindness and His kingdom

Come behold

An Epiphany poem


  • Remember the point I made about Sherlock in my last post? S.D. Kelly parses it out and says it much better than I could’ve in this article over at Christ and Pop Culture. (Spoilers for season 4, so don’t go there if you haven’t watched it yet.)
  • Also, the editors at CaPC, with whom I am internet-friendly, would probably like it if I asked you to pitch in $5 a month and sponsor them so they can keep doing what they’re doing over there.
  • I recently rediscovered Mockingbird after having forgotten about it for a while, and man oh man are they making some great content over there.
  • The Atlantic ran a piece last week about conservative Christians that have gotten pushback from their employers due to their stance re: our current federal administration.
  • We already have “Nevertheless, She Persisted” t-shirts. $5 from each purchase goes to the Malala Fund, which is pretty cool. (There are also “I’m trying to do some good in the world” shirts if you want to be less of a walking political meme.)