Saturday, January 31, 2009
I summed up my hopes for the new year with six C words: connecting, comunity, creativity, correspondence, challenges, and commitment. Only I never said what the challenges were. Here they are:
1) Memorize 12 verses
2) Invite people over once a month for coffee, games, movie night or other
3) Edit my nanowrimo story for 2008
4) Participate in nanowrimo 2009
5) Blog 15 posts a month
6) Create 12 (one a month) pieces of artwork in media of choice (sketching, paint, etc…)
7) Give homemade creations as Christmas gifts
8) Send a letter or card every two weeks
9) Read 6 ‘classical’ or literature works of fiction
10) Run 10km (does not have to be a race)
11) Be healthy-er
12) An overnight hike and sleep under the stars
I'm off to a poor start. I also gave myself a challenge for each month. January was all about schedules and organizing routines...it didn't happen (yet, hope springs eternal).
Friday, January 30, 2009
This year I am keeping tack of my reading and watching again. So far I’ve read 10 books and watched 9 movies. I’ve set a challenge to read more classical novels this year. Since last year I only read an Austin novel I just need to read two more this year to win. I’m planning to read six, one every two months. January-February’s book is A Tale of Two Cities. I really like it but I’m only four chapters into it.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
...mail and packages from my Mom
...my small group
...getting to know people
...the Isnors. They let me sleep at their place and even feed me when the ice prevented me from getting into my own apartment’s driveway. The Isnors are good people.
I was on Inn From the Cold last night. Today has been difficult. These are a few related or unrelated realizations:
- Lack of sleep causes temporary dumbness –I am dumb.
- The more tired you are the more inviting an uncomfortable sleeping space becomes.
- Ideas always come in groups like grapes but not always as green or tasty.
- Organization is not as overrated as I once thought. I kind of like it.
- Organization isn’t the creative killer I always thought it was. There is something to be said for having a tidy, clean space.
- Donairs before bed leads to strange, strange dreams.
- Epiphanies aren’t always that brilliant after a nap because lack of sleep causes temporary dumbness –I am dumb.
- Fringe is my new favourite show.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
“Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.” Ephesians 4:2
Our church is working through a series together called “Beefesians,” which is actually Kidmo curriculum we are using for everyone…sort of. The lessons are “B” thoughts from the book of Ephesians. We’ve gone through “Belong” and “Believe.” This week was “Be Patient.”
First, the fact that “patient” (verb) and “patient” (a person) are the same but “patience” and “patients” are spelt different is just cruel.
Second, it is so funny that this was the topic for youth tonight. You know the saying “don’t ask for patience…” yay its true. I was going through my message talking about how everyone is created uniquely by God. It is those differences that make us special. We need to allow for others differences and try to see their perspective out of love in order to live like Jesus. That was the whole thing “be patient with others in love.”
The whole time I was speaking (all five minutes) a group of guys were throwing paper and toothpicks at each other, someone was interrupting me to ask questions, a group of girls were gossiping about something at school, people were having staring contest, and one girls was yelling for everyone to stop staring at her. My patience was tested tonight.
For this Thursday I am thankful for my calm leaders and for surviving, and for the few who cared. Also glad this patience was this week’s message, I got to live it as I spoke it.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
"Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations."
1) I am thankful for inspiration and motivation. This week has been filled with both. (And I found the missing journal.)
2) I am thankful for coffee time with Jon Dixion (I had Earl Grey tea). Jon is a youth and children's pastor in the area; I am always blessed by our chats. Today we shared about our holidays, the process of planning out the new year, and summer ministry ideas.
3) I am thankful that I am single. Not something I always see as a positive but I have this week and I think that that is a good thing. I would share the details but they are boring.
4) I am thankful for people who share there gifts and/or time to both the youth and children's ministry. I will be posting more specifics in the very near future.
5) I am thankful for community. I've been apart of a bi-weekly small group since last May. The time together this past week was exactly what I needed.
6) I am thankful I went to Tuesday's knitting group. There was one woman and to teenage girls. I was disappointed at first. It was not what I had feared or hoped but there is potential for friendship to grow and more people to join. And no matter what I'll get a few more projects finished.
I woke early (5ish), which is rare, surprisingly full of energy, which is rarer still, unable to sleep any longer. While waiting to leave for church I wrote down a number of ideas to write about this week in my journal. I was looking forward to sharing my thoughts. I haven’t been able to find my journal since and all my great blogging ideas are gone. It’s a bit frustrating.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I love my church family. The trouble is I have a handful of acquaintances and friends that do not attend my church. Of those, there are Christian leaders in the community and the remaining five or six were introduced to me through a church connection. My world is small or I live in a bubble or both.
Correction: During the Nanowrimo craze I organized three write-ins for local participants. Through these events I was able to meet a variety of people who do not attend my church. But since November ended I have had no contact with any of them.
Tonight, I am stepping out of my comfortable bubble and attending Knit One, Purl Two, a knitting club hosted at my local library. I enjoy knitting so it won't be horrible but nervous meet new people and excited at the same time. I need to dash home grab my knitting; the meeting…er club…um…group starts in 20 minutes. I hope this goes well.
Theres are a few of his other tips:
- Life is hard -- move on
- Comb your hair and don't wear sweats
- Control your hyperness (cut down on the sugar if you have to)
- When you want to get a girl's attention you don't want to be flapping your arms like a crazy madman
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
I like making resolutions. I like making lists, organizing my hopes, and setting tangible goals. I like the new beginnings and fresh starts that come with birthdays, brand new journals, changing seasons and especially New Years.
I started thinking about my hopes for 2009 during November. I want this year to be filled with purpose, adventure and change. But the list I created was too long to be rememeberable let alone possible. I was frustrated and without a resolution. While journaling December 31, I realized my list of challenges fit in themes that were expressed in the following six words:
Connecting –seeking God as fully as I can
Community –growing with friends and church family
Creativity –in writing, artwork, projects, and my space
Correspondence –sending letters, cards, and emails regularly
Challenges –finish 12 challenges and adventures for the year
Commitment –to personal growth, good habits, and the keeping of these 6 “Cs”
Friday, January 02, 2009
For Christmas, Lee-Ann got Bakari, Mom got the bean game, Bohnanza and I got the Settlers of Catan Card Game and Thurn and Taxes. There was much playing from Christmas till my first yesterday morning with one final Bakari just before we went to airport.
Flight home was good. I might chronicle (blog) about the adventure to Winnipeg this weekend. That journey was not so… pleasant. This time there were no cancelations, only one minor delay, and all my luggage made it to Halifax on the same flight as me. The only mishap was at the Toronto airport. I had just bought my lunch, an slice of Hawaiian pizza that had sat under a hot lamp too long,, and was making my way to a sit. My hands were full and my backpack strap slipped off my shoulder to my elbow knocking me, my arm, and the plate holding the pizza off balance. It was one of those comic slow motion moments that would fit well in a movie. The slice flew up in the air. I tried to catch it on the plate which only helped it spin quicker till it landed on the carpet, the airport carpet, upside down followed by the thud of my backpack landing beside it.
I drove stright to the Van Meekeren’s (an amazing family) home to ring in the New Year. Thre was the countdown, sparkling grape juice, oliebol (I had my first one ever) and many more games. I arrived just into to jump into Shadows Over Camelot. This game is beyond awesome because it’s a cooperative. Everyone is a knight of the round table who work together to fulfill different quests to protect Camelot with their unique gift. The first time I was Sir Perceval and the second Sir Tristan. This was my third and forth time playing, I love the game, and yet none of those times have we won. Next was a huge, five person, two and a half hour game of Agricola, which knocked Puerto Rico as the top ranked game on BoardGameGeeks.com. It was after 3:30am when we finished. Everyone spent the night.
After a very late breakfast this morning we started a six person game of Settlers of Catan using the newest upgrade barbarians and traders that lasted too long. It was over three hours. I love fishes and the barbarians add a whole new dimension but by the time we were done no one cared who had won. Next was a round of the bean game with Mollie and Rebekkah before I drove over to Kim and Brent’s for supper. After there son was in bed we played Thurn and Taxes Power and Glory (dumb title) and two rounds of Agricola. Funny thing, the second game we all tied with a score of 33 –weird.
I love games -the playing and occasional winning but more time spent chatting, the in between snacking, and the growing a friendships. Games are great but I think I’m gamed out for the next little bit. Hope everyone’s had a good start to 2009…
*I wrote this very late (its 3:15am) if there are any miskates or bad links I am sorry, comment and I’ll deal with them later.