thursday 13

(Real-type blogging coming as soon as all of my stuff gets out of boxes, I promise.)

This week: The last 13 books you read (if you’re strange like me and actually keep track of these things).

1. N.T. Wright, Simply Christian.
2. Molly Wizenberg, A Homemade Life.
3. Stephen King, On Writing.
4. Sinclair Ferguson, The Christian Life: An Introduction to Doctrine.
5. Greg Garrett, Crossing Myself.
6. Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita.
7. J.I. Packer, Knowing God.
8. Robert Farrar Capon, The Supper of the Lamb
9. Walter Wangerin, Jr., The Book of the Dun Cow.
10. Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death.
11. Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar.
12. Ken Follett, The Pillars of the Earth.
13. Ralph Wood, The Gospel According to Tolkien.

thursday 13

This week: Thirteen guilty pleasures. 🙂

1. Doing laundry at my parents’ house in Houston. Yes, I actually enjoy doing laundry, because I’m a weird kid. When I don’t have to pay for it, it’s even better.

2. Klondike Bars with Oreos. Seriously, there are Oreo bits in the ice cream and in the chocolate coating, and they’re kind of amazing.

3. A hot bath, with a magazine and a beer.

4. Naps on Sunday afternoons. Actually, I don’t feel so guilty about that; it’s resting on the Sabbath. 😉

5. Getting to surf the Internet at work.

6. Splitting bottles of sparkling wine with my old roommate. Either that, or bacon chocolate bars (yes, this are for real; yes, they are both as wrong and as amazing as you think they are).

7. The peach milkshakes at Chick-Fil-A.

8. Browsing the young adult section at bookstores.

9. The Travel Channel.

10. Movie + one of those 99 cent frozen pizzas.

11. Martha Stewart Living. I don’t know why I feel like I should be guilty about this, but gosh darn it, I love it.

12. Okay, I freely admit that I have watched the Nickelodeon show iCarly, and yes, I like it.

13. Buying music on iTunes en masse–I actually have a jar that I dump all my spare change in, and every once in a while I go and trade it in at one of those grocery store kiosks for an iTunes card. So I’ll get about $30-40 worth of music at a shot. Totally awesome.

some tap dance for your Tuesday

I very nearly took tap lessons when I was a kid, and these make me want to find a time machine, go back 15 years, and tell my younger self to go ahead and do it, because this stuff is amazing. If you don’t find yourself in a better mood after these, there is nothing I can do to help you. 🙂

HT to Maggie Mason at Mighty Girl for this one:

This one involves Gene Kelly ON FREAKING ROLLER SKATES:

And finally, the one and only Ryan Kasprzak:

thursday 13

It’s back! Crazy, right? 🙂 Anyway, this go around: 13 bands that you feel like you should like, but you just can’t get into (and I fully expect people to yell at me for a couple of these):

1. The Eagles.
2. Bright Eyes.
3. REM.
4. Smashing Pumpkins (although I like Zwan, so this is weird).
5. Arctic Monkeys.
6. Snow Patrol (with the exception of that song “Chasing Cars”).
7. She and Him (*that Zooey Deschanel/M. Ward collaboration. I just can’t do it).
8. Pink Floyd. I mean, I fully recognize that they’re iconic and they’re great musicians making very deft music, I just can’t get into them. Granted, I haven’t heard very much of their music, but what I’ve heard has just kind of struck me as “meh”.
9. Elvis Costello. See above.
10. Belle and Sebastian.
11. Bloc Party.
12. Pedro the Lion. I mean, I like a couple of his songs, but overall he sort of underwhelms me.

1. A very dangerous, and yet sometimes very necessary prayer to pray: “Lord, if there’s anything in my life keeping me from knowing You better, take it from me, no matter what it is.” Now, this is dangerous in two ways: One, God says yes, and you get to limp around for a while without whatever it is He’s chosen to eliminate; or two, He says no, and you have to figure out how to work around it towards Him. Neither option is particularly fun. But, thankfully, it’s not like God leaves you to do it by yourself, because really, you can’t. You’re not strong enough. But He is, and He works it out in you somehow.

2. I have a random question for any pastors who might be reading out there (and I know you’re out there, y’all just don’t comment *cough*): If you weren’t doing any sort of professional ministry, what do you think you’d be doing for a living? I’m always curious about that.

3. Actually, any of y’all hiding in the back there who read but haven’t commented, I’m going to offer you a chance to just say hi, let us all know you’re here and how you’re doing. It’s okay. I don’t bite, I promise. Unless you are a spambot or a jerk, in which case I just might. 😉

4. This is a sad realization I just had: I have never heard the entirety of the Beatles White Album. For some reason this drives me crazy.

Of course, there are a lot of those things that everyone “should” have listened to or read or watched that just have never happened for me. I’ve never seen the Star Wars movies, for example, or read Jane Eyre or Animal Farm or all those other things that just sort of seem to be a given for people in our culture. Part of it may be that I just didn’t get interested in movies or books that weren’t sold at Lifeway until I was in college (I wish I were kidding), so I’m still trying to catch up, which is sort of irritating.

5. The Starbucks where I’m blogging from is playing “I Shot the Sheriff”. I don’t know why, but this is really funny to me for some reason.

a brief update

dwelling on: “The bravest thing I own is hope.” — Brave Saint Saturn, “Daylight”

reading: Stephen King, On Writing; SInclair Ferguson, The Christian Life. About to start David McCullough’s massive biography of John Adams. I find that since I’ve graduated college, I’ve been reading a lot more non-fiction, which is bizarre to me since nearly my entire undergrad career was spent reading fiction (with the occasional philosophy or literary criticism text). Maybe I just burned out on it, or maybe my mind just switched gears somewhere, but, yeah. Still weird.

listening to: Lots of podcasts; WIlco (the album) (awesome); the soundtrack to Next To Normal (amazing and heartbreaking); unusual amounts of Buena Vista Social Club

rooting for: Jeanine on So You Think You Can Dance (finale’s this week, yo), and Teacher Dave, who’s training for a half-marathon (and if you know him, you know this is a big deal).