Saturday, May 26, 2007
7 am- Work
2:30 pm- take my sister to a piano lesson
2:35 pm- Get my first speeding ticket
6:30 pm- Get really excited about the new Blindside EP coming out next month!!
7:00 pm-My first time at the Brent Hill caregroup. All that was missing was a pink and orange eyepatch. Jared can open his mouth really wide! He was leaping after m&ms in the air like a young trout.
12:?? pm-Fall asleep reading Gifts, which is a really interesting book.
6:30 am-Oversleep, dash off to Leadership Class
10:00 am-Help the Lewins move into their new house, have an amusing misunderstanding.
10:05 am- Zach and I will get there and realize no one is home, wait half an hour, and then in the middle of running for food get a call and go to the Lewins new house.
11:22 am- Arrive at Lewins new house.
11:30 am- Leave after carrying in two things, because I am expected elsewhere.
12:00 pm- Get ready to go to Natural Science and History downtown!
1:00 pm-Arrive at the museum, get food, annoy everyone by playing with a toy dinosaur.
2-5 pm-Have a pretty rockin' time at the museum. Mummies?! Walruses?! AND BISON!!!!! A general good time with lots of laughs. If Erica has a child with no arms like a manatee, it may need to hang on with its teeth!!
Oh yes, and we took some health tests and stuff, and I rocked everyone with my flexibility and grip strength.
5:00 pm-Leave museum, hang around on wolves outside for awhile. Randomly fall asleep in Brent's car and get messed with.
6:00 pm Go to Erik Hand's concert. Watch "Blood Thirsty" "King MC" and "RBD" rock out. Or is it rap out?? It was pretty fun. I was the only one willing to get into it and put my hand in the air and bob my head and all that fun stuff, which is kinda funny, me being the extrovert in a group...
9:00 pm-Sonic! The first time I actually ate Sonic and liked it, too. Yummy breakfast burrito, bad fries. BAD FRIES. Chipolte has really nice bathrooms!
10:00 pm- Go to Jon's house to eat and wind up watching Spiderman 2, annoy Erik(comic book geek, he even has a song) by tearing it apart and pointing out mistakes.
6:00 am- Wake up, prepare to leave for church
7:45 am- Arrive to church, lead sound crew team and help with mixing
8:00-Panic because DAN ISN'T THERE TO DO EVERYTHING FOR ME.
8:05: Get a crash course from Deborah, Jordan, and Kat on how everything works.
8:15: Mix for the first time!!
10:00 am-Help my sister with her Children's Ministry class, almost fall asleep standing up.
1:00 pm- Leave for the picnic with Jared, Mike, Lacey and Tanith. Buy tastey sandwich and potato salad.
1:30 pm- Arrive for picnic super early, eat, and play groundies for a long time, which is an awesome game.
2:30 pm-Unsuccessfully attempt to fly a kite with Ben.
3-6 pm- Swing and make the swings shake, run for ketchup and get chastised for taking too long, even though you brought mustard without being asked, and play Foursquare for a loooong time.
6:00 pm- Go home, try to stay awake for awhile. Play Zelda and make it to a new and very interesting dungeon, the Temple of Time, and read Gifts for awhile, and then fall asleep.
8:06 am-Wake up!
1:15 pm- Have Jon over for Memorial Day (the only person who could make it), eat some tasty food, play Bocce and Croquet at the park and win both, play Uno and lose!
7:00 am: Work
11:30 am- Leave work, come home
5:30 pm- Take Erica to class
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Life is hard.
Beautiful, happy, wonderful moments follow after pain and struggle and sweat. Difficulty. Doubt, fear are constantly waiting to rob us of faith and joy and all the gifts God grants his children. We cannot know the number or the measure of our days, we can only trust that same God who died on the cross for us. To eat, drink and take pleasure in our toils, that is God's gift to us, as it says in Ecclesiastes 3:15.
And yet, as simple as this sounds, lures are everywhere. Bait dangles before our eyes constantly waiting to be devoured. Waiting for we sorry, foolish sheep to be led astray. Temptation. This world is filled with beauty, so like a poisonous flower. We can be tempted to drink in its fragrances, but when we catch even a wiff of wordly air, our folly is followed by destruction. What is good? What should we take pleasure in?
Our toil is the Gospel today. It must be spread to all corners of the earth. We must hold onto and follow God, all His plans and ways. He created the enticing beauty of this world and is the only thing more beautiful still. What else can we replace the world with? Where can we run but straight into his arms?
I have let lesser things distract me from the wonder of His grace and mercy, but I must continue striving and growing, yearning after my God and the task he has appointed.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
I’m going to start typing at 6:32 and stop at 6:33.
Okay, here goes. Sunday was lemon guaca day and it was pretty sweet. Chad’s house was decked out in all kinds of yellow and green decorations and we had games and singing and I helped write a song and we had magic tricks and capture the head and lots of other stuff too.
Oh, I ran out of time. This keyboard is weird. My fingers kept slipping, so I had to go back and fix stuff, otherwise I would have written more. I started Trigonometry yesterday. Not so fun, but at least it’s my only class.
24 last night, Heroes this morning, Lost tomorrow night.
24: lame ending, too slow and quiet.
Heroes: Odd ending, good cliffhanger. I hope Peter and Parkman make it!
Lost: Charlie’s not going to die, that’s my prediction. They’ve still got 48 episodes to go, they’re not done with him yet.
That’s all llamas. Arrr. New writing coming? You’ll just have to wait and see!!
I’ve got a poem and a blog posted below, with some fiction and possibly an essay on writing on the way. I’m not moving any of my old stuff, probably. It’ll be fine on my old blog, and most of it wasn’t that great anyhow…I’ll add it to my links section if y’all want to read any of my archives, though…
I’m still playing around with options, so if anything seems out of place or odd, that’s why. Actually, if anything seems odd, that’s probably not going to change anytime soon. I still can’t pick a theme…
Lemon Guaca Day is coming!! Yesterday we painted three huge signs. Well, sort of a sign-decoration combo. Basically huge lemons and avocados cut out of wood and nearly as tall as me.
It was quite messy, but a lot of fun! I can’t wait to get all the pictures together for this year’s bash. The preparation has already been a lot of fun.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is a very remarkable game. The storyline is very deep and interesting. If you have a Gamecube, it is, along with the other Zelda for the system, Wind Waker, among the games I would recommend most highly. I’ve spent a great deal of time this last week delving into this new world Nintendo has created.
The sword play is certainly much deeper. Some of the new sword moves you can learn are wickedly cool. I’m becoming a master of the mortal draw, which is basically where you put your sword away and just sort of stand there while an enemy charges you down and then whip it out at very last second and strike. Blam, instant kill. What with getting turned into a dog, riding a charging boar through enemy barricades, fighting on horseback, rescuing a man who has been cursed by his greed and turned to solid gold, and teaming up with a quirky sorcerer from another world ,the game is, as I said, remarkable…I didn’t touch on a quarter of what happens…
Blah blah blah. I already left you enough to read for awhile…
“All Wisdom and Insight”
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our sins according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us in all wisdom and insight.” –Ephesians 1:7-8
Time slips by so quickly if we’re not careful. One second we may be doing exactly what we ought to be about, the next we are wasting time. It’s so important to be making the best use of our time because life itself is a gift from God just like everything else. It’s not ours. Wasted time doesn’t glorify God and is nothing but sin. If we are lazy and not seeking God’s will, then what use are we? With every second of every day we must strive to do our very best for God, who has redeemed us from hell.
He gave His son for us, so ought we not live for Him and Him only? We must seek first his kingdom and glory! All other things are secondary at best and sinful at worst.
In the deep riches of His graces there can be no greater peace than to know that our sins are forgiven. He suffered for a time to save us from eternal suffering. What is a few minutes of discomfort compared to all we have gained? What is giving up your seat? Your money? Your time? The king of all eternity has lovingly stepped into our lives to save us and guide us. What are we? Who are we compared to Him?
We have been lavished with grace, LAVISHED, and so we should lavish praise upon God for His mercy and wisdom and love and goodness. Shouldn’t we of all people striving hardest to use our time wisely to serve God? I want to be found praising Him not in word only with lip service but in deed also, every action, every thought, every minute. I’ve done so poorly at this, personally. Time slips by so quickly if we’re not careful. It’s too easy to forget how incredible the gospel is, how incredible grace is. God used all His wisdom and insight to save us. That means his plans are perfect! He isn’t up in heaven goofing off and focusing on our lives and the trials we go through with ten percent, he’s in this with us all the way, one hundred percent, because He loves us that completely.
God sees into all things with an unbelievable insight we cannot come close to. He knows what we need to be doing, He knows where we should be, and nothing in life happens without His careful guidance. Trust Him for it is not merely your time, but also His. In the forgiveness of our trespasses he saves us and sets us in motion with purpose!
In a green cool clear lake,
In a rushing river pulling at my feet
At the bottom of a screaming waterfall,
Lungs filling up with water, I’ll scream for you.
I’ll wait, I will, I will wait for you.
Truth and praise upon my lips.
In the dry desert winds that blow,
In the heat, the baking sun
In this flesh so damaged and hurting,
Throat caked with grit and sand, I’ll scream for you
I’ll wait, I will, I will wait for you,
Patience and praise upon my lips.
In an open field of waving grass,
Drowning in the ocean’s lure and grasp,
Under blue sky and orange-pink sunset,
Lost in forests of dark wind-tossed waves of leaves
Breathing out songs in my lungs, I wait for you
Love and praise upon my lips.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Change of plans, I ran out of time to do any blogging today. But I did find time to do this whilst otherwise occupied this afternoon...
From Savannah's blog...if my fonts are all weird, blame her. Too lazy/short on time to fix anything...
I grabbed 7 books from my shelf, flipped to page 123 and wrote down the contents of line 3. The Results!!
- II. The Garden of Live Flowers 139
- The sky now was quickly clearing and the sinking moon was shining
- out into a long hallway. Numbered doors
- This time there was no protest, only a few scattered cheers.
- stood before the man, unable to hold his eyes. The blond German had
- now saying. "Oh, Orual," she said, not even I have
- friend Orpheus!" Basta put an arm around his shoulders . "The
Now, you should try to match book titles to the excerpt! Here are the book titles in random order:
- Till We Have Faces
- A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Penultimate Peril
- The War in Heaven
- The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
- Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
Go for it, yo. Most of those are easy if you've read the book...
And something else...just a little survey...
- One book that has changed your life, excepting the Bible: Left Behind. I became a Christian after reading it. Hooray for cheesy apocalyptic thrillers!
- One book you’ve read more than once: Um, I rarely reread books, so I'm not sure. There are plenty of books I want to reread, though. Obsessed, The Hobbit, Inkheart, and pretty much all of C.S. Lewis's writing is on the list though!!
- One book you’d want on a desert island: A notebook, so I could write.
- One book that made you laugh: Any of the last five or six Series of Unfortunate Events books.
- One book that made you cry: I can't think of anything...
- One book you wish had been written: The Fall of Light. I've been working on that story for so long!!
- One book you wish had never been written: His Dark Materials. Awful anti-Christian fantasy trilogy.
- One book you are currently reading: Emma, by Jane Austen and Not Even a Hint, by Joshua Harris (among other things)
- One book you’ve been meaning to read: The list would go from here to China, kid . I keep a list of books I want to read, and I want to reread a lot of what I've already read.
- Tag 5 people: I don't think I know five people who really blog!! Ashton and Sierra should do it, though.
Monday, May 14, 2007
I'm not sure why I'm talking about this...
I've got new writing finished...I'm just trying to decide if I like it or not. A poem and a couple journal entries, as well as a bit of fiction. I haven't worked on Cain for awhile, but hopefully that will change much in the near future...I'm starting to get a picture of where I'm going next. Same for Sunset. Still working on the new prologue, but I'm making progress at last.
I've been playing around with Word Press, getting a feel for it. I'll probably move tomorrow and then post some new writing then. Blech.
Had quite a fun weekend...Friday I talked about...Saturday we went to the park for an uberlong picnic and had ridiculous amounts of fun...we played kickball which I'm terrible at, but it was still fun, and foursquare, which is one of my favorite games...
And there was a little pond/lake type dealio (a tarn, yes, tarn is an actual word, look it up!) and they rent out paddleboats, so we got a few. This was quite enjoyable. I was in a boat with Jeremy, Nate and Caleb. This led to a rather amusing tussle, because there is a huge fountain in the middle of the lake, and Jeremy and Nate did not want to get wet. Caleb and I, however, really really really wanted to go into that fountain.
We won, and the water was glorious. I don't think I've been that happy in a long time. I love getting wet and swimming and boating all.
Hmm, this is pretty much Captain Randomblog. I really shouldn't try to update while I do other things...when I come back and start typing again I want to talk about something totally different.
Anyways, see y'all later...enjoy the lovely weather...
I so wish I had a llama right now. I can't remember why, but last night I really wanted a llama. Maybe the movie we watched. Llamas are so cool. Oh, I forgot to put in a title...I'm not listening to music right now...
Friday, May 11, 2007
What a long day. I overslept and had to go to work without coffee, I played a dodgeball toss game at work and one a pop, I made jello and had it spill all over my car, I learned way more than I ever wanted to about Ashton's tea, and I found out that I'm a rebel leader with armored elephants and polar bear-squirrel hybrids (or possibly elephant-rottweiler crosses), oh yes, and David would like prayer because he's looking for a wife. Among other things. I'm sure I'm forgetting stuff...I drew a miniature graphic novel during caregroup tonight without meaning to...it's actually kind of cool. I might write a story based on it. Anyways, I'm just rambling. This is probably a total mess. I'm so tired...I've had a nasty headache all day...my poor car...it's stained with jello grossness. I don't know where I'm even going to begin with cleaning it out. It's all dried in because I was too busy to clean it today. But I am not defeated. I'm making jello again next week. What the heck, why am I talking about jello. I must go, must go, must go.
Later and goodnight, my young firebreathing elephallamas.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
So, new link, but I'm hoping to move any substantial blogs over before I make the switch.
Spiderman 2.1 better not suck. We're watching it for my party pack tonight...(party packs are something my caregroup does...)
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Let me know what you think of the new look!
I changed a bunch of sidebar junk.
I have a journal entry I'd like to post. I'm going to type it up now and see what I think. I also want to get some writing done very soon. I'm hoping to get back on track with my fantasy trilogy, the Fall of Light. It's been pretty much overhauled in the last year. The basic story is still there, but I've rearranged details and events a bit to make it smoother and easier to get into, but at the same time, it's a more complex, more interesting read. I hope. Keep your fingers crossed...or toes...the appendage of your choice.
It would be really easy to spend the next two weeks playing video games, but I think that would be a bad idea. In the interests of rest and sanity, I've been plugging into Zelda and Pokemon, but I plan on playing them less and less over the next couple days and focusing more and more on writing.
I'm also going to try to get something published, specifically Cain and maybe Adam as well. I would really appreciate if y'all could pray for me as I go through this process. I want to seek God's will in this, whether or not I should write full time or what.
Oh no!! I just remembered, I needed to go to school today to pick up my portfolio for creative writing! I hope it's not too late! Later llamas!
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
That may not seem like a big deal, but it was doubtful for a little bit. And it's because of God, not me! I'm going to have to write about that later. It was the most amazing thing, the last few minutes of the test. For now, though, my brain is toast. My brain is boiled liver. It is dead, it does not function. Please don't touch it.
FOUR SOLID OKAY PRACTICALLY SOLID DAYS OF STUDYING.
And I passed!
So, so barely!!
My finals grades this semester:
Creative Writing: A
I'm going to go crawl under a porch and die. Later llamas.
God is wonderful, amazing, beautiful, holy, and wise. You are all beautiful people and I love you dearly. The sun is wonderful...God made the sun...I love God...and Jan Fausset...I'm going to go now...
Saturday, May 5, 2007
This Week the Trend:
-Full Throttle energy drinks
-Rockstar energy drinks
-Vault energy drinks (the red kind!!)
-Mountain dew Amp energy drinks
-Literary classics (what I'm reading lately...)
-Adam, the new Ted Dekker book, whenever its coming out
-Lemon guacamoles, lemon guacamoles for sure
-My new evil guaca head
-My old lemon head, which is becoming more and more piratey.
-1 Corinthians 6
-Lemon Guaca video games!
-The Legend of Zelda:Twilight Princess
-The new Pokemon
Okay, back to studying...that was a long list!! Bye!!
Friday, May 4, 2007
I saw Spiderman 3 last night, or rather, this morning. It was great, phenomenal basically. Ignore the newspaper's review in the paper today...he doesn't know what he's saying...
It wasn't what I expected, though. Not quite as dark as they billed it, with a lot more humor. I'll have to see it again before I decide if I like it or not...but all in all, I definitely recommend it.
Um, I suppose I could post something. Maybe later today. I have to take my eyepod Ivy to the "genius bar" at the Apple Store, where I am anticipating gleaning great wisdom and profound technological expertise from a "genius". Or perhaps they're going to give me some sort of genius juice?? It is called a bar, remember. That would be great, then I could be drunk on my own genius. Or someone else's genius, I suppose. What would be the point in wallowing in my own genius?? It doesn't exist. I have found through extensive research and many uncomfortably spent nights that wallowing in your own genius and wallowing in a giant mud puddle are not the same thing.
Presumably, they are going to take Ivy away. Eyepods usually get taken away. I secretly suspect they never get fixed and that Steven Jobs uses them to wallpaper his house. Stroll through the hallways of his mansion(I guess I'm assuming he has one, but come on) and you can listen to any sort of music you want. If you can get them to play properly. Perhaps Mr. Jobs is probably going insane from walking through his house and trying to get all the eyepods to work to no avail, because they all need different things...and the batteries always wear out eventually. Now he just wonders the corridors in his pajamas, hugging his special foot tall, 500 gig eyepod like a teddy bear.
Ivy is off to join this collective, and merge into this sea of insanity and unabashed morning breath. But I am optimistic, for I may be able to get an eyepod video instead, which can hold slightly more than a four gig nano, I hear.
If you haven't guessed yet, I update more often now, so those of you who have sunken into despair at my lack of updates may now rise like worms from the ground drowning in a rainstorm of delight.
Anyways, as my title suggests, I have chapped lips.
Or rather, I have to study chapstick!!
No! I have chemistry homework!! Later llamas!!1!!1!
Thursday, May 3, 2007
Now I'm off to the Spiderman 3 premiere!
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
There's a thunderstorm brewing outside!! I'm so excited! I hope it rains like crazy!!
I had a four and a half hour chemistry test this morning. It was pretty much not fun.
AND NOOOOOW. I'm going to study biology. I might post an essay on writing I'm working on soon. We were assigned to write a little essay using quotes from two writers that seemed to write something about writing especially for us...C.S. Lewis will almost certainly be in there...I'm not sure about my number 2 source yet, possibly Ted Dekker, Stephen King (who wrote a book on writing, not a fan of his stories) or a few other random people.
Anyways, I really want to get out of the library and into this lovely weather. Later llamas!
My title is from a Blindside song, not a KJ-52 song, just to clarify...KJ-52 has a new song called "Wake Up" that made me think of Blindside's excellent song "Sleepwalking"
Um yay yay yay, see y'all later.