mix tape monday

Can it be true?! It’s back?! Yes. Here you go. This week’s theme is “she”. As in, well, here’s my playlist:

1. Jars of Clay, “Whatever She Wants”
2. Over the Rhine, “She”
3. Bob Dylan, “She Belongs to Me”
4. Fiction Family, “When She’s Near”
5. The Police, “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic”
6. The cast of Across the Universe, “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” (by the way, I know it’s a travesty that I don’t have the original by the Beatles. Soon to remedy.)
7. Counting Crows, “She Don’t Want Nobody Near”
8. Sandra McCracken, “She Must and Shall Go Free”
9. Bebo Norman, “Perhaps She’ll Wait”
10. Paul Simon, “She Moves On”
11. The Beatles, “She Loves You”
12. Richard Thompson, “She Sang the Angels to Rest”
13. Buddy & Julie Miller, “That’s Just How She Cries”
14. Vigilantes of Love, “She Walks on Roses”
15. Ben Folds Five, “She Don’t Use Jelly”
16. The Raconteurs, “Steady As She Goes”
17. Sixpence None the Richer, “There She Goes”

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turn, turn, turn.

I have that song by Pete Seeger/The Byrds stuck in my head today:

“To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time to every purpose under heaven…”

Now, if you’re churchy, or maybe even if you’re not, you know the lyrics come from the book of Ecclesiastes. The Teacher is writing about how life is cyclical, how there’s nothing new under the sun, how things come and go. Life is meaningless, maybe, except for getting a good job, having a good spouse, living a good life, obeying a good God. We live by seasons. Things change all the time, and yet, millions of people go through the same things every day.

* * *
Right now, Sunday, I am sitting in a Barnes and Noble procrastinating by writing a blog post. In other parts of my world…

*Teacher Dave ran a 5k this morning.
*Bill and Shannon are waiting for their son, their second child, to be born.
*Aida and Kazuki, after her water broke, are waiting for labor to start so their first child can be born.
*Erica just defended her senior honors thesis on Wednesday and is waiting to graduate so she can get on with it and start law school.
*David and Nicole are getting ready to get married in two months.
*Greg and Mary Jane just became grandparents a couple of weeks ago.
*Katie remembers that 13 years ago today her mom went to be with the Lord.
*Steph and Hannah are still remembering their dads, both lost to cancer.
*My mom has some sort of weird swelling in her legs.
*Chris (short for Christine) is at her son’s house with her children after her husband died Friday night.
*Dozens more of us are trying to get work done, thinking about our futures, practicing Sabbath, taking out the trash, making dinner, watching kids grow up.

* * * *
“A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep…”

* * * *
And once again I find myself in the strange in-between, on the verge of something new, something good. Waiting for whatever comes my way, trying to figure out where I’m going from here. Not a bad thing. I know I’ve been here before and will be here again, and so have so many people whose wisdom I am trying to harvest a stalk at a time. In the meantime, I am trying to enjoy this, even though the work is hard, even though I’ve hit a wall where my brain doesn’t want to work anymore. (I keep trying to tell it we’ve got three more months of this. I don’t think it gets it yet.)

And, as another good song puts it,

“Summer and winter and springtime and harvest
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love

Great is Thy faithfulness, great is Thy faithfulness
Morning by morning new mercies I see
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me.”


Just popping in to say that I have had a phenomenal amount of stuff to do and will for the next couple weeks, so there’ll be some radio silence here and possibly elsewhere until I get stuff done. Feeling like I could shut down and/or have a nervous breakdown any minute now, so pray it doesn’t happen, or at least that I can stave it off a bit longer. (I will be okay, really I will. Just trying to push through and I could use all the help I can get.)

thursday 13.

This week: In honor of the Library of Congress obtaining every public tweet ever, the last 13 things you tweeted (or, alternately, your last 13 Facebook statuses–stati? stata?–if you’re not on Twitter; if you’re not on either, tough luck).

1. @deepdownthings !!!!
2. It’s definitely time for a cup of tea. Been writing papers all afternoon and my brain is frying.
3. @stephvw *hug*
4. RT @slate “Life” is No. 7 on crowd-sourced list of “most awesomest things ever.” http://slate.me/9vujZf // I love the Internet.
5. RT @abrahampiper Interesting: A Xian musician coming out of the closet. Just as interesting, if not more: How many must be staying in it.
6. @catagator *high five*
7. Just scored a copy of Christ and Culture for $1. #iamagiantnerd #iheartmyjob
8. @trevortaylor :p
9. @slackerlitgeek *high five*
10. The last 5 songs in Next to Normal reduce me to a weepy pile of angst EVERY SINGLE TIME.
11. By the way, after seeing the Astros scores this season, I feel a lot better about being a Cardinals fan. #pleasedonthitme
12. Whenever I see one of my classmates, “My Body is a Cage” automatically starts playing in my head (long story).
13. RT @JeffHolton Dr. Chang’s initials are really “PF.” #fakelostspoiler // LOL

(Serendipitous bonus #14: RT @librarycongress Library to acquire ENTIRE Twitter archive — ALL public tweets, ever, since March 2006! Details to follow. // Wow!)

ten things that happened last night

1. Threatening to slap someone
2. Drinking drinks for my friend’s birthday
3. Watching someone make centerpieces
4. Eating cupcakes
5. My friend’s car randomly getting impounded (on her birthday)
6. Eating barbecue
7. Meeting and having an affable conversation with my friend’s ex (not the birthday friend).
8. Someone yelling the chorus to “Sweet Caroline”
9. Introducing someone to the Scots-Korean Starburst commercial
10. Making the six-degrees-of-the-PCA that much easier to figure out

six more things to do before i go (and then that’s it, i promise)

1. Wear a corset, just to say I have.
2. Go camping. I have somehow managed to never do this. I’ve been to camp, I’ve gone hiking, I’ve slept outside, I’ve eaten s’mores, but I’ve never done the full-blown “hi, i’m in a tent in the wilderness and might possibly be eaten by a large carnivorous mammal” thing.
3. Go to AMC Theater’s annual screening of all the Oscar nominees for best film. (They’ve split it up into two weekends now that they’re nominating 10 in that category, so at least you don’t have to sit through all of them in one go and have your brain melt.)
4. Cook my way through a cookbook, Julie and Julia style.
5. Read all the winners of the Rooster. So far I’m at 3 of 6, so this shouldn’t be too hard.
6. Take a kid (any kid, doesn’t have to be related to me) to his or her first rock show.

a brief meditation on good friday.

For some reason rain has become for me a symbol of both God’s power and wrath and of His mercy. He is dark and foreboding; “His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form”; He metes out judgment by flood and lightning. But He also quenches the thirsty ground, fills the rivers, gives life. If I can paraphrase a Caedmon’s Call lyric, He’ll wash your house away, but He’ll also make you clean.

There are some rain clouds outside in Austin today, the best and worst of days, when love and justice kiss, when death brings us life. The sky will open up and send His rain to the righteous and unrighteous both.

thursday 13

This week: 13 things that make a good spring for you.

1. Sweet tea. Preferably on a porch somewhere.
2. Lemonade.
3. Wearing skirts.
4. Clothes in colors that aren’t black.
5. Bluebonnets (which I will sorely miss if I leave Texas).
6. Azaleas.
7. Allergy meds.
8. Lots of sunlight with a little bit of rain mixed in.
9. The weather not immediately jumping to mind-numbingly hot.
10. Tacos (which for some reason are spring/summer food to me).
11. Bluegrass music (which for some reason is spring music).
12. Eating outside.
13. Rolled down windows and a long drive with some good tunes.