Thursday 13

This week: 13 things on your mind these days.

1. I need to clean out my fridge.
2. I hope that check clears.
3. I love my tribe.
4. I hope my car’ll be ready Friday.
5. I have no idea what I’m doing after graduation, and that’s terrifying.
6. Dave’s going to Haiti.
7. Greg and Mary Jane are going to Hawaii, and I’m jealous.
8. I kind of want to be reading Harry Potter right now.
9. I need more boxes.
10. I need to find origami patterns.
11. Should I go to my friends’ bridal shower, or should I go tubing?
12. I should finish that movie…
13. Jesus is so good to me, y’all.

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“sometimes i think of abraham…”

1. “…how one star he saw had been lit for me/he was a stranger in this land/and i am that no less than he…”

1a. I really hope you get that reference, but if not:

2. Sorry that it’s been quiet around here, but things have been kind of crazy around these parts. The lease runs out on my apartment this Friday, which means I’ve been packing and cleaning. My stuff is, for the most part, going to my parents’ house for the time being; I will be housesitting for a friend the first two weeks of August, and then from there–who knows. I don’t. I am praying for a job, and of course also applying to multiple places because I believe in the paradox that God works to accomplish His will in the world, and so do we at the same time. 😉 But I am thinking these days of Abraham and Sarah, how God said to go wherever He led them, and how they just packed up their tents and servants and sheep and went. That must have been a scary thing, and the folks in Ur must have thought they were crazy for following some unknown invisible God into nowhere. But they went, and they were blessed, and I wonder if we are called to no less than that. We are pilgrims, and sometimes we have to pack up and go somewhere scary, literally or figuratively. But it’s not as though we go alone.

3. Of course, I say this as someone whose backup plan is to go try out for American Idol when it comes to Austin in a couple of weeks, because I am ridiculous. And I am okay with that.

4. What else…um, I have a final exam for my web-based class due on Wednesday…still cranking out my final project…reading a book about the value of manual work written by a guy with a PhD in philosophy who presently works as a motorcycle mechanic (Shop Class as Soulcraft by Matthew Crawford…good stuff, I recommend it)…savoring what are probably my last days here in Austin…yeah. Singing by myself a lot, too, which is admittedly kind of weird. 🙂 Watching the guy at the table next to me draw (he’s really good). Not much else these days. I just watched Shutter Island with a group of folks the other night–it’s not nearly as creepy as the trailer made it look, more Fight Club mind-bending. My friend Hannah’s been reading Harry Potter for the first time and has been texting and tweeting me about it, which has been thoroughly entertaining (thanks, Hannah). And that’s about it. Kind of mundane, kind of exciting/scary around here. But thanks for sticking around.

5. Oh, one thing: My friend Teacher Dave goes to Haiti at the end of the week with his church, so if you could pray for him and his team, for their protection, that’d be swell, thanks.

6. A few questions, because we haven’t done this in a while:

a. What is the best new discovery you’ve made recently?
b. For Harry Potter readers–what do you think your patronus would be? (I have recently come to the conclusion that mine would be a bear, for various reasons.)
c. What was the last movie you saw? What’d you think?
d. Who’s your favorite president? (I’m rather fond of the Adamses, personally.)
e. Where is one place in the world that you want to visit, but don’t think you’ll get the chance to?
f. What are you wearing right now?

mix tape monday

To go along with what we did last time, this week’s theme is great closing tracks:

1. A.R. Rahman, “Jai Ho”
2. Jimmy Eat World, “Dizzy”
3. Caedmon’s Call, “40 Acres”
4. The Decemberists, “Sons and Daughters”
5. Paul Simon, “All Around the World, or The Myth of Fingerprints”
6. Vampire Weekend, “The Kids Don’t Stand a Chance”
7. Sara Bareilles, “Gravity”
8. Rufus Wainwright, “Across the Universe (remix)”
9. Coldplay, “Amsterdam”
10. Adele, “Hometown Glory”
11. Burlap to Cashmere, “Mansions”
12. Andrew Peterson, “After the Last Tear Falls”
13. U2, “MLK”
14. dc Talk, “Untitled” (better known as “Alas My Love”)

(If you want to listen, I made a playlist on YouTube.)

thursday 13

(Have I seriously not posted anything since the last round of this and MTM? *kicks self*)

This week, because I honestly can’t think of anything else, 13 videos you’d like to share with the rest of the class.

1. The Punch Brothers cover Radiohead’s “Packt Like Sardines In a Crushed Tin Box”:

2. Taylor Mali makes me want to give up poetry because I will never be as good as he is:

3. Bloopers from season 5 of LOST (“Hello, Ben. It’s time for your checkup! *snaps glove*):

4. U2, “Please”, live in Rotterdam (the bridge gives me CHILLS):

5. YEAH TOAST!:

6. Proof that Michael Emerson is the best actor ever:

7. You’ve probably seen the Rube Goldberg machine video for this song, so here’s the alternative one that involves a marching band:

8. Remember that guy who did the slam poem during the Olympic opening ceremonies this year? You don’t? Well, let me re-introduce you:

9. The BYU library spoofs Old Spice:

10. One of the Punch Brothers actually punches another one:

11. On the word “Oriental”:

12. One of my favorite Muppet Show moments:

13. Finally, if you haven’t already seen this, be prepared to have your heart break:

Mix Tape Monday

This week, an idea I blatantly stole from NPR: Great opening tracks.

1. U2, “Where the Streets Have No Name”
2. Bob Dylan, “Subterranean Homesick Blues”
3. Radiohead, “15 Steps”
4. The Swell Season, “Low Rising”
5. Johnny Cash, “The Man Comes Around”
6. Waterdeep, “Good Good End”
7. Paul Simon, “The Obvious Child”
8. Ray LaMontagne, “Trouble”
9. Caedmon’s Call, “Trouble”
10. Flaming Lips, “Fight Test”
11. Ben Folds, “Annie Waits”
12. Patty Griffin, “Love Throw A Line”
13. Over the Rhine, “B.P.D.”
14. Damien Rice, “Delicate”
15. Iron & Wine, “Pagan Angel and a Borrowed Car”
16. Andrew Peterson, “Canaan Bound”

Thursday 13

This week: Now that American Idiot is a big Broadway hit, 13 albums you want to see made into a musical.

1. I have a dream of writing the musical to Andrew Osenga’s Photographs. I think it would be cool.
2. Not an album per se, but I would love to see a U2 jukebox musical about the Troubles.
3. Coldplay, Viva La Vida
4. Derek Webb, The Ringing Bell
5. Paul Simon, Graceland
6. Arcade Fire, Neon Bible (actually, scratch that, someone’s done that already)
7. Flaming Lips, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (actually, I think someone’s developing this, too)
8. Andrew Bird, Andrew Bird and the Mysterious Production of Eggs
9. The Frames, Dance the Devil
10. The Avett Brothers, I and Love and You
11. Sufjan Stevens, Illinois
12. Over the Rhine, Ohio
13. Rufus Wainwright, Want One/Want Two