a couple of things for your October 31st

First, for all of us geeky Reformed folk: Martin Luther meets the Internet. (You can read his theses here.)

And for everyone, unless you don’t do the Halloween thing:


i have been tagged…

Hannah is making me do this, so here goes:

The Rules:
1. I have to post these rules before I give you the facts.
2. Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
3. People who are tagged need to write a post on their own blog (about their eight things) and post these rules. (if you donโ€™t have a blog, email me)
4. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
5. Donโ€™t forget to leave them a comment telling them theyโ€™re tagged, and to read their blog.

Okay, so…

1. I have the preternatural ability to make nearly any non-liquid savory edible into a sandwich. It can get a little scary.

2. I can’t sit for long periods of time without having something to do with my hands. This is part of why I took up knitting, actually.

3. My favorite words: for the meaning, hesed; for the sound, dirigible.

4. I have a UK-printed Bible (thanks, Jonathan), and it makes me happy whenever I encounter a word like “honour”.

5. I’ve slept through every lecture I’ve attended about Nietzsche. Really. This is a sign of something, but I don’t know what. ๐Ÿ™‚

6. At times I have been tempted to name my future children Calvin, Martin, and/or Geneva. Yes, I’m Reformed; how did you know? (But no, they’re kind of cool names anyway. Right?)

7. Before I die (or more likely, before Garrison Keillor dies…) I want to see a live taping of A Prairie Home Companion on its home turf in Minnesota.

8. I sing backup vocals on this album (you can’t really hear me, but hey). That’s a really good EP, too, I might add, and not just because I’m on it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Tagging: Sara, Ashley, Erica, Teacher Dave, the Hales, and, uh, whoever else might want to do it. ๐Ÿ™‚

a list of my sporadic thoughts on a sunday evening

1. I went into a Whole Foods for the first time in my entire life, and it is absolutely fascinating. Organic milk! Five different kinds of hummus! I have a theory that the best microcosm of a society is its grocery store or equivalent thereof; Whole Foods is an obvious sign of the further Bobo-ization of America. The end.

2. That all being said, I also wish we had a Trader Joe’s in the state of Texas, but you work with what you’ve got.

3. I’m reading High Fidelity and, strangely enough, I keep hearing John Cusack’s voice in my head as I read it. Only…he has an English accent. And it’s sort of bizarre, but in a good way.

4. Also, if you guys could all pray for me, as I haven’t been sleeping well at all the past few days–like, I’ll wake up and have an adrenaline rush in the middle of the night, so I’m sort of jittery and my mind is racing and therefore can’t get back to sleep for a while. As a result, the sides of my personality that I don’t like, the irritable depressed ones, have been coming out to play, and it’s not altogether fun. With all that’s going on at our house, that’s the last thing I need to be happening, so pray, please, those that pray.

5. On the flipside, I’m going to Waco this upcoming weekend, so I am a happy kid. The end.

6. I was going to say something else, but I can’t remember what it was…if I can remember, I’ll put it up here. Happy Sabbath.


This week: An idea blatantly stolen from guitarist/singer/songwriter extraordinaire Andy Osenga–13 famous living people you would want to road trip with. And by famous, I mean that more than 500 people have to know who they are. Ready, set, go:

1. Dr. Tim Keller.

2. Stephen Colbert.

3. Patty Griffin.

4. John Cusack.

5. Pope Benedict.

6. Douglas Coupland.

7. Anne Lamott.

8. Derek Webb and Sandra McCracken (okay, and their baby, too).

9. Don Miller.

10. All the dudes in U2.

11. Marilynne Robinson.

12. Don and Lori Chaffer.

13.ย  President and Mrs. Bush.

Now, if I could somehow get all these people on the same trip, that would be really interesting…

“madame la maire, you’ll wear a different chain…”

A weird idea I had, as outlined between this IM convo between Teacher Dave and myself:

me: i had a weird idea yesterday at work.
Dave: yeah?
me: a gender-bending version of les miserables where all the parts are played by someone of the opposite sex.
Dave: bizarro.
Dave: not a rewriting of roles, but simply reverse casting?
me: maybe some rewriting.
me: but it’s an interesting twist.
me: a student revolution led by women.
Dave: right.
Dave: but would “Fantine” be a man? not only played by a man, but a male character?
me: where the woman left him and he is trying to raise a son?
me: yeah.
Dave: interesting.
me: and he’s helped out by a woman.
me: also, the valjean-javert plotline gets kind of an interesting twist when you make it two women.
Dave: sure
me: “eponine” as a lovesick guy.
me: make “cosette” a little boy who has no mom
me: and the line about the lady dressed in white gets a little more sad, if that’s possible.
Dave: right
me: a little fall of rain gets a little hotter/sadder, kind of.
Dave: heh
Dave: lots of thought into this?
me: this is all kind erupting spontaneously.
me: when i get a weird idea i tend to run with it a little. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Dave: just a bit. ๐Ÿ˜‰

things i have done today:

1. Eaten ice cream *and* pie. Yum.

2. Gotten my mom to swallow both her first batch of medicine and half a thing of Jello. Believe me, this is a task.

3. Talked to my dad, who is in Dallas.

4. Watched two movies.

5. Cleaned my room and stuck some stuff in the laundry.

6. Started reading High Fidelity, which is both so similar to and so different from the movie that it’s blowing my mind a little bit.

7. Wasted entirely too much time on the Internet.

8. Wondered what it’s like at convents when all the nuns have PMS at the same time (thanks a lot, Nick Hornby).

9. Been glad that I’ve had the day off.

10. Prayed for patience and mercy.

11. Written an entire slam poem in my head–I’m about to actually put it down on paper.

12. Watched famous people do completely random things (HT to Teacher Dave for the first one):

*pokes head in the door*

(starting music: The Frames – Denounced)

1. Sorry posts have been infrequent as of late (well, for me, anyway; I’m not posting five times a day, at any rate). Haven’t had a whole lot to say, to be honest, as my thought life has been really boring, but thanks for sticking around.

2. I have just acquired 3 new albums in less than five hours. Be afraid. Actually, they’re all stuff by very good artists (The Frames, Over the Rhine, Sandra McCracken), so my main problem at the moment is deciding which one to play on repeat for hours at a time. I’ve actually gotten a lot of good music lately, so it’s sort of hard to decide which ones to blast and which ones to put on hold, heh. Does anyone else have this problem, or is it just me?

3. I take the GRE in the morning. Eek! Ashley and Sara, I will give you feedback.

4.ย  Um. Nothing else. See, I told you my thought life was boring these days.


This week: 13 people you’ve lived with.

1. The parents.

2. A foster mom in Korea whose name I don’t remember.

3. My brother, his wife, and their two oldest kids lived with us for a while. That was insane.

4. Courtney, my first college roommate.

5. Julia, my second college roommate.

6. Kacy, my third college roommate.

7. Ashley, Sarah, and Lulu, my fourth-seventh college roommates. ๐Ÿ™‚

8. A dog, a parakeet, and a number of fish, all now deceased.

9. Any number of other girls from church and school, on various trips, and to varying degrees of sanity.

10. Lauren and Holly (who were technically my neighbors, but we all shared a bathroom).

11. Sara, H, Erica, Jessi, Chelsey, Nicole, and occasionally Nikki and a bunch of other people, who didn’t technically pay rent but practically lived at our place, anyway.

12. Nearly all of my relatives, for brief stints.

13. And yes, I have lived alone, which is also all kinds of fun.

the living room recommends

because i haven’t done one of these in a really long time:

John Newton hymns
The guy wrote more than “Amazing Grace”–not knocking “Amazing Grace”, but he wrote some other great gems, e.g. “Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder”, “Approach, My Soul, the Mercy Seat.” More here.

Ace of Cakes
Yes, I mean the Food Network show, but no, really, it’s hilarious. Imagine a bunch of art and theater majors armed with icing and soldering irons, and you’ve basically got it. The cakes are pretty ridiculous, too; on the episode I’m watching while I write this, one guy is making a typewriter. No joke. But really, I just watch it for Geoff, and can you blame me:

The Across the Universe arrangement of “Let It Be”
T-Bone Burnett (responsible for the O Brother, Where Art Thou soundtrack, among other things) made this one a gospel song, which gives it a little bit more soul, a little bit more visceral quality, which it needs in the context of the movie (I was all choked up during this scene). It makes lines like “And though the night is cloudy, there is still a light that shines on me” resonate more. The vocalists do a great job of it, too.

The roasted chicken flatbread salad at Quizno’s.
Seriously, I’ve had two this week. Two. They are that good. And they have all your major food groups, too.

Keeping your house clean
Especially when everything else in your life is chaotic–you gotta find order somewhere. It’s part of being in dominion over creation…kind of…