Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Simple Woman's Daybook 45

FOR TODAY: January 30, 2011
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...the sun is too bright to see the computer monitor so the blinds are closed.

I am thinking...tea makes (almost) everything better and how kids worship music is a full workout.

I am thankful for...unexpected surprises.

From the kitchen...perfected wraps this week.

I am wearing..."high" high heels (black) black pants, and a gray tank under a purple flowered blouce/tee.

I am creating...a clutter free home still -it's slow going and will probably be my status for the next six months.

I am going...to Just Us for tea.

I am reading...Fiction on Fire, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, Radiant Shadows, Safe House and The Amber Spy Glass (audio).

I am hoping...run into friends at Just Us.

I am hearing...children run outside my office.

Around the house...going to tackle one box at a time till all the clutter has a home or is out of the house.

One of my favorite things...beginnings

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...the writing group:

Thankful Thursday #40

It's a few days late due to a snow storm but I was thankful on Thursday and this is what I was thankful for:

1) Snow days
2) Smiles
3) Hugs
4) My stupid cats
5) Challenges
6) Plans
7) Steph!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

TV Talk: Television Pet Peeves 3 of 3

This is the last look at things that drive me crazy in TVland. To recap the first four pet peeves are:

1) Canceled shows ending with a cliffhanger.
2) A show being canceled in the middle of a great-take-a-few-seasons-to-tell story arch.
3) The writer's change characters personality/normal behaviors to create conflict or to explain the actors absence.
4) Continuity issues and general mistakes in the shows fictional world.
Now on to this week's television frustrations:

5.
I hate when I discover a show after it's over.I started watching Lost (currently on season 3), Gilmore Girls, Jericho, Firefly, & Farscape (currently watching season 2) after they had ended. It's bittersweet to like the show and know that it doesn't exist anymore. Plus I am all excited about this "new" show but everyone else has already moved on.

6. Remember the show Alias? Loved that show; it was a sad day when it ended. There were so many characters that made the show good; there were so many actors who made the show good. Like Marshall Flinkman played by Kevin Weisman. He was quicky and funny and just plain great. Quoting his imdb.com page "TV Guide named Kevin one of television's "Top Ten Scene Stealers", and he appeared on Entertainment Weekly's "Must List" in 2006." Since Alias ended I haven't seen much of Weismen. He turns up everyone again as a guest role, normally playing the the computer geek or evil scientist, which brings us to my final and maybe greatest TV pet peeve: Only seeing cast from canceled shows when they're the murder suspect on CSI (or CSI Miami/NY, Numb3rs, Bones, NCIS etc).

So there you have it, my six television frustrations. Do you have examples of any these TV flaws and what are your great television dislikes? If so leave a comment. Tune in next week for the flip side of the discussion with a three part look at "TV Likes".

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Rejected VBS Themes

While researching possible summer curriculum and Vacation Bible School (VBS) themes I found this fun list of rejected concepts. Enjoy:

VBS Transformers: Jesus in disguise
VBS Outer Space Invasion: All your souls are belong to Jesus
VBS Facebook: Becoming a friend of Jesus
VBS Inquistion: Burn the witch, purge the heretic
VBS Rock Band®: Instruments of God
VBS Basic training: Becoming A Soldier In Christ
VBS Fairytale: Our happily ever after
VBS Shakespeare: The actual greatest love story
VBS Highschool Musical: Breaking Free
VBS CSI: Uncovering God's fingerprints
VBS: Bible study
VBS Warcraft: Power crystals from God
VBS Harry Potter: The magic of God
VBS Pokemon: Stewards of God's creation
VBS 300: Becoming "prayer" warriors
VBS Communism: Jesus loves everyone
VBS Iron Chef: Salt of the earth
VBS Math camp: Functioning with God
VBS da hood: Jesus is our homeboy
VBS Pirates: The eternal treasure
VBS Orchestra: Keeping in time with God
VBS Tetris: Building blocks of life
VBS Nascar: 2 Fast and 2 furious for God
VBS Matrix: Finding the one
VBS Mapquest: The straight and narrow road
VBS Anime: Subtitles for life
VBS Yugioh: The power behind the cards
VBS Maximum Security: Prisoners of this world
VBS Armageddon: The last five days
VBS Bouncycastle: Jumping for Jesus
VBS Diamond mine: Harvesting God's creation
VBS Tower of Babel: Where les enfants kay-toh
VBS Chess Club: Pawns of God
VBS Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship for Jesus
VBS Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
VBS Ninja: Where kids are silent and still
VBS Haunted House: Satan's tricks and God's treats
VBS Econ: God is our business
VBS 1337: Jesus is pwnage
VBS Dance-off: Every move we make we make in Jesus
VBS Binary: 0101101001
VBS Chocolate Factory: The sweetness of truth
VBS Amazing Race: Discovering God's world
VBS Carpentry: The hammer of God
VBS Action Movie: Live hard and die free
VBS Quarantine: Getting cleaned up for Jesus
VBS Zombie Apocalypse: Joining the resurrected
VBS Call of Duty: Spiritual Warfare

Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Simple Woman's Daybook 44

FOR TODAY: January 23, 2011
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...a snowy and gray forest landscape.

I am thinking...about cleaning tips (just finished Simple country wisdom : 501 old-fashioned ideas to simplify your life by Susan Waggoner), the up coming Sunday morning, steam-punk, the family vacation just around the corner (I still have a few details to take care of), and how far behind the 90-day Bible reading I am.

I am thankful for...friends.

From the kitchen...been slipping back into some old habits this past week, going to refocus on eating veggies and making meals at home.

I am wearing...my tan "vegan-friendly" (+1 Jess Point) shoes by Simple and black with colourful polka-dots dress with a coral sweater.

I am creating...a clutter free home -it's slow going.

I am going...first to worship God.

I am reading...Fiction on Fire, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, Radiant Shadows, Safe House and Leviathan (audio).

I am hoping...to catch up on my Bible reading plan

I am hearing...just the computer run

Around the house...going to tackle the office/storage room this week that has thing piled too high.

One of my favorite things...home cooked meals

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Thankful Thursday #39

I am thankful for:

1) Jess
2) Life group
3) Surprise run-ins
4) Generous coffee shop workers
5) Challenges
6) Tea
7) Books

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

TV Talk: Television Pet Peeves 2 of 3

Welcome back to this week's TV Talk, we're continuing the discussion of television annoyances from TV cancellations to annoying characters. If you missed last week's introductory post which included the first two TV Pet Peeves you can check the article out here. Now on to this week's television frustrations:

3.
I hate when the writer's change characters personality/normal behaviors. The reasons often are because the show needs conflict or the actor is leaving. In most cases the reasons for the new behavior seems weak. These are the examples I could think of: a) Dr. Lawrence Kutner (Kal Penn) committing suicide on house b) Zack Addy becoming a serial killers protege, c)Dr. Preston Burke standing Christina up on their wedding day on Grey's actually there seems to be a lot of things on Grey's like this that bug me Issy moving on from her true love, Issy leaving, changes in who likes who it's all frustrating, d) the drastic and sudden changes in Morgana in the BBC show Merlin and e) the changes in David Tennant's Doctor to prepare for the new Doctor, especially in the Waters of Mars. All these bug me on a deeper level which is Pet Peeve #4:

4. Continuity issues and general mistakes in the shows fictional world. The writer's and producers created the world they should at least get the facts they made up right. I know that it's hard to avoid mistakes especially if the show has been running for a few seasons. Most of the ones I catch are tiny and I only see them because I like to watch whole seasons at a time. If I had watched the episodes every week (with the airing breaks) I wouldn't notice most of them. Those tiny flaws are okay, what gets me are the big mistakes with the world.

Like the 100th episode of Bones, it's the one that Sweets is writing his book and the character recount "their first meeting". The episode was good in creating drama and continually the Booth-Brennen relationship arch but totally erased who Brennen was in the first season. The other example I have is from my newest favourite sci-fi show Warehouse 13. During the first season three actors from Eureka played characters on Warehouse 13 but not their Eureka characters which was cool to see. What got me was in the second season there are two cross over episode in which Fargo (Eureka character) visits the Warehouse and Claudia (Warehouse 13) visits Eureka. Silly thing to be bugged by but if they live in the same universe the first season actors shouldn't have been different characters.

Tune in next week for the last of my TV Pet Peeves. Till then, do you have examples of either of these TV flaws?

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

100+ Books Reading Challenge 2011

I wasn't going to join any more reading challenges. I wasn't going to attempt to read 100 books this year, some day maybe, but not this year. There are too many other things going on -too many other challenges I'm already attempting. But then I thought, "Why not? There is not time like the present, the more the merrier. After all there's always room for one more."

Robin's right; I am insane. But this is the last one for 2011, it is The 100+ Books Reading Challenge 2011 is hosted by Home Girl's Book Blog. The goal is simple read a hundred books or more. I was going to sign up for Book Chick City's 100 book challenge, but she doesn't allow audio books which I find very sad. Home Girl allows audio books AND graphic novels!

So far I have read 60/100 books.

The guidelines:

1. The goal is to read 100 or more books. Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate. --Non-Bloggers: Post your list of books in the comment section of the wrap-up post.

2. Audio, Re-reads, eBooks, YA, Manga, Graphic Novels, Library books, Novellas, Young Reader, Nonfiction – as long as the book has an ISBN or equivalent or can be purchased as such, the book counts.

3. No need to list your books in advance. You may select books as you go. Even if you list them now, you can change the list if needed.

4. Crossovers from other reading challenges count.

5. Challenge begins January 1st and continues through the end of December, 2011.

6. When you sign up under Mr. Linky, put the direct link to your post where your books will be listed. Include the URL to this post so that other viewers can find this fun challenge. If you’d prefer to put your list in the sidebar of your blog, please leave your viewers the link to the sign up page. Again, so viewers can join the challenge too.

Mystery & Suspense Challenge 2011! 1/12

Book Chick City is hosting The Mystery and Suspense Challenge 2011! Here's the details and rules:

• Timeline: 01 Jan 2011 - 31 Dec 2011

• Rules: To read TWELVE (12) mystery & suspense novels in 2011 (12 is the minimum but you can read more if you wish!)

• You don't have to select your books ahead of time, you can just add them as you go. Also if you do list them upfront you can change them, nothing is set in stone! The books you choose can crossover into other challenges you have on the go.

• You can join anytime between now and the later part of next year.

• At the beginning of Jan 2011, you will find a link to specific month to add your reviews. There will be a monthly prize too courtesy of the lovely Simon & Schuster - you must be signed up to the challenge and add the link to your review to be entered into the monthly prize draw.

Books read 11/12:

1. Worst Case -James Patterson
2. The 4th of July –James Patterson
3. The 5th Horsemen –James Patterson
4. Break No Bones –Katthy Reichs
5. I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You –Ally Carter*
6. Cross My Fingers Hope To Spy –Ally Carter*
7. The 6th Target –James Patterson
8. The Mysterious Affair at Styles –Agatha Christie
9. Don’t’ Judge a Girl By Her Cover –Ally Carter
10. Double Crossed –James Patterson
11. Graveminder –Melissa Marr
12. Only the Good Spy Young –Ally Carter

*The Ally Carter books might be too "kiddish" of suspense and more "young adult" but they are about spies and this is my challenge so I am counting them.

Series Challenge Season Five

I found another reading challenge that sounded good...so I joined it. It's the Series Challenge Season 5 hosted by Secret Dreamworld of a Bookaholic. The goal is to catch up on series. Here is the list of the rules:

1) The challenge starts January 1, 2011 and ends December 31, 2011.

2) You must read 3 or more books for this challenge.

3) With these books, you should finish the series or at least be up to date with it.

4) Crossovers with other challenges are perfectly alright, as are re-reads.

5) Post a review on your blog and leave a link at the post I will set up on January 1, so I can keep track and others might find new series to enjoy.

6) Have fun!

Books Read:

1. The Last Olympian –Rick Riordan
2. Radiant Shadows –Melissa Marr
3. Only the Good Spy Young –Ally Carter
4. Darkest Mercy –Melissa Marr


Series I want to catch up on or finish:
Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Wicked Lovely
um...I'm sure there are more.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Make It Monday: Transformers Dishcloths

Welcome to my first ever "Make It Monday."I am hoping this will become a regular blog feature full of projects, patterns, tips, and tutorials for a number of different crafts I enjoy.

After a ten month hiatus, I've been knitting again. It feels good. My current project is are these transformers dishcloths. The pattern is clear and easy to follow. If you want to try to make one you can find the instructions at Knitting Memories: Transformers Cloth.

This was my first attempt.

It still needs to be blocked, would you actually block a cotton dishcloth? The tails also need to be sew in, but then it's done. The cotton was thinner than I would have liked. I've already started a second attempt with the yarn doubled.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Simple Woman's Daybook 43

FOR TODAY: January 16, 2011
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...blinds are closed because it's too bright with the glare of the sun off the fresh snow.

I am thinking...I'm post-sermon-processing (I preached in both services today), I always over think what I said and wonder if I should have said this or that. I'm also thinking that I love C.S. Lewis quotes and it's time for a nap.

I am thankful for...God healing and protection of a friend of my who had a serious head injury yesterday from a bad fall while skiing but who is stable and home now and doing much much better.

From the kitchen...been making a lot of chicken salads. The bonus was I only ate out three times this week and all were because I was connecting with someone. When I had those lunches out I actually chose good food and didn't eat too much. I think it's a good food week.

I am wearing...brown Mary-Jane-ish shoes, with a black and white patterned skirt, and a black blouse. I know brown shoes do not go with black but they were more comfortable to preach in.

I am creating...knitting

I am going...first to home for a mini nap then on to the youth service RITV later tonight

I am reading...Fiction on Fire, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, The Help and Leviathan (audio).

I am hoping...for a very productive day tomorrow

I am hearing...Farscape

Around the house...I'm thinking about switching my office and my bedroom.

One of my favorite things...new sci-fi shows

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...

Saturday, January 15, 2011

An Introduction to the Agnostic Secretary.

My good friend Donna work's at the local United Church as that administrative assistant; she's also an agnostic. It makes for some very interesting conversations. Today she created her first blog "The Agnostic Secretary". I am looking forward to seeing what musing she will share in the blogosphere. This is a section from her first post:
"This is my first foray into the blogging world - hallelujah! Since I have just recently begun identifying myself as someone who writes (not quite a writer yet), I let my friend Liz talk me into beginning a blog. The blog title is the name of the book I'm working on (and may possibly complete in about 20 years) and is purposely ironic considering I work for a church. They believe in God, I believe in people - it seems to work out swell...."

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Thankful Thursday #38

I am thankful for:

1) The opportunity to preach
2) Return luggage
3) Lunch with Denise
4) Hugs
5) Fruit and Vegetables
6) Plans
7) My family

You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

2 Corinthians 9:11

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

TV Talk: Television Pet Peeves 1 of 3

Welcome to the newest addition to Bowl of Stew(art), TV Talk. TV is something that I actually think about a lot but I realized I don't really blog about much (expect Survivor predictions). So I'm making it a feature until Survivor returns. And I'm going to start with things I hate about television.

As much as I like watching TV some times it makes me GRR! The biggest TV frustration is learning a show you love is canceled. But there are also smaller moments that just irk. I've complied these annoyances together for a three part series of my "Television Pet Peeves," here are the first two:

1.
Do you remember Woody's TV show in Toy Story 2? Stinky Pete the Prospector explains that "Woody's Roundup" was canceled and that the last episode ended with Woody and Bullseye leaping across a canon. Fans never knew if how it turned out. This is my first TV pet peeve, canceled shows ending with a cliffhanger. The one I really remember was a sci-fi show called Odyssey 5 ending with a kidnapping, one of the main characters being charged with murder, and the ultimate evil being left undefined. It was very unsatisfying. The other example was Jericho, but at least with fan support they were given half a season to wrap up the story, somewhat.

2. My second TV pet peeve is similar. I hate when a show is canceled in the middle of a great-take-a-few-seasons-to-tell story arch. Even if the writer's have a few episodes to wrap it up (or they make a TV movie) you know the longer version would have been so much better. The examples I can think of are Dollhouse, Stargate: SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis.

Do you have an example of a last episode cliffhanger or rushed show ending? Leave a comment or share your biggest TV pet peeve. Next Wednesday I'll be sharing two more of my most hated television pet peeves.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

2011 Reading Challenges

I've signed up for a few reading challenges (7 in total) plus two on going reading challenges the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge and the Alphabet Mystery Reading Challenge.

In an effort to keep track of all the reading adventures I've decided to group them all here with some of the relevant details. The name link sends you to my original post where I'm going to list the books I've read. The host link will take you to the host's original post with all the details, guidelines and information on how to sign up.


1. Name: The Gilmore Girl Reading Challenge 2011
Hosted by: Lisa at The Gilmore Girl Reading Challenge
Goal: Be 'Rory'-read a total of ten books from at least three different categories.
Time: Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2011
Books Read: 1/10



2. Name: The James Patterson Reading Challenge II
Hosted by: Socrates Book Review Blog
Goal: "Loyal Fan" -read ten books by James Patterson
Time: Sept 1, 2010 - Aug 31, 2011
Books Read: 11/10



3. Name: Out Do Yourself Reading Challenge 2011
Hosted by: The Book Vixen
Goals: "Breaking a Sweat" -read 12 more than last year
Time: Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2011
Books Read: 0/12



4. Name: 1st in the Series 2011
Hosted by: A Few More Pages
Goals: Series Lover -read 6 books that are the first in any series
Time: Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2011
Books Read: 8/6



5. Name: 2nd Challenge 2011
Hosted by: A Few More Pages
Goals: A few more bites -read 6 books that are 2nd in a series or the second time you've read the author.
Time: Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2011
Books Read: 2/6




6. Name: The TwentyEleven Challenge
Hosted by: Bart's Bookshelf
Goals: its complicated so visit either link for the details and guidelines
Time: Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2011
Books Read: 18/20

7. Name: Series Challenge Season 5
Hosted by: Secret Dreamworld of a Bookaholic
Goals: finish or catch up on series, min three three books
Time: Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2011
Books Read: 4/3 books



8. Name: 90 Day Bible Blast
Hosted by: Meditations of His Love
Goals: read the entire Bible in 90 days
Time: There doesn't seem to be a set start date, but I am giving myself a deadline of April 25, 2011
Books Read: 0/66 books of the Bible



9. Name: Mystery & Suspense Challenge 2011!
Hosted by: Book Chick City
Goals: read 12 mystery or suspense novels
Time: Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2011
Books Read: 12/12 books


10. Name: The 100+ Book Reading Challenge
Hosted by: Home Girl Book Blog
Goals: read 100 books or more
Time: Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2011
Books Read: 60/100 books

Read the Bible in 90 days

I have to give a shout out and thanks to my friend to Jess for introducing me to the 90 Day Bible Blast hosted by Meditations of His Love. The goal is to read through the entire Bible in 90 days.

This will be the last reading challenge I'm going to join in 2011, I think. I've been wanting to read through the Bible again, it's part of my 30 before 30 challenges and helps me with the "Finish" element of my 2011 resolutions. I'm also going to try something new and follow the "chronological" reading order (corrected & revised January 21, 2011):

1. Genesis 1-11; Job 1-5

2. Job 6-20

3. Job 21-34

4. Job 35-42; Genesis 12-18

5. Genesis 19-29

6. Genesis 30-40

7. Genesis 41-50

8. Exodus 1-12

9. Exodus 13-24

10. Exodus 25-35

11. Exodus 36-38

12. Exodus 39-40; Leviticus 1-7

13. Leviticus 8-18

14. Leviticus 19-27

15. Numbers 1-15; Psalm 90; Numbers 16-17

*16. Numbers 18-27

*17. Numbers 28-36

*18. Deuteronomy 1-9

*19. Deuteronomy 10-17

*20. Deuteronomy 18-26

*21. Deuteronomy 27-34; Psalm 91

*22. Joshua 1-24

*23. Judges 1-14

24. Judges 15-21; Ruth (all 4 ch.)

25. 1 Samuel 1-17

26. 1 Samuel 18-24; Psalms 11, 59 , 7, 27, 31, 34, 52 , 56, 120, 140-142

27. 1 Samuel 25-27; Psalms 17, 35, 54, 63; 1 Samuel 28-31; Psalms 18, 121, 123-125, 128-130

28. 2 Samuel 1-4; Psalms 6, 8-10, 14, 16, 19, 21; 1 Chronicles 1-5; Psalms 43-45, 49, 84-85, 87

29. Psalms 73, 77-78; 1 Chronicles 6; Psalms 81, 88, 92-93; Chronicles 7-10; Psalms 102-104

30. 2 Samuel 5; 1 Chronicles 11-12; Psalms 133; Psalms 106-107; 1 Chronicles 13-16

31. Psalms 1-2, 15, 22-24, 47, 68, 89, 96, 100-101, 105, 132; 2 Samuel 6-7; 1 Chronicles 17; Psalms 25, 29, 33, 36, 39

32. 2 Samuel 8-9; 1 Chronicles 18; Psalms 50, 53, 60, 75; 2 Samuel 10; 1 Chronicles 19; Psalms 20; Psalms 65-67, 69-70

33. 2 Samuel 11-12; 1 Chronicles 20; Psalms 32, 51, 86, 122; 2 Samuel 13-15; Psalms 3-4, 12-13, 28, 55; 2 Samuel 16-18

34. Psalms 26, 40, 58, 61-62, 64; 2 Samuel 19-21; Psalms 5, 38, 41-42; 2 Samuel 22-23; Psalms 57

35. Psalms 95, 97-99; 2 Samuel 24; 1 Chronicles 21-22; Psalms 30, 108-110; 1 Chronicles 23-25

*36. Psalms 131, 138-139, 143-145; 1 Chronicles 26-29; Psalms 127

*37. Psalms 111-118; 1 Kings 1-2; Psalms 37, 71, 94

38. Psalm 119; 1 Kings 3-4; 2 Chronicles 1; Psalm 72; Song of Solomon

39. Proverbs 1-12

40. Proverbs 13-24

41. 1 Kings 5-6; 2 Chronicles 2-3; 1 Kings 7; 2 Chronicles 4; 1 Kings 8; 2 Chronicles 5; 2 Chronicles 6-7; Psalm 136

42. Psalms 134, 146-150; 1 Kings 9; 2 Chronicles 8 ; Proverbs 25-29

43. Ecclesiastes 1-12; 1 Kings 10-11; 2 Chronicles 9; Proverbs 30-31

44. 1 Kings 12-14; 2 Chronicles 10-12 ; 1 Kings 15; 2 Chronicles 13-16 ; 1 Kings 16; 2 Chronicles 17

45. 1 Kings 17-19; 1 Kings 20-21 ; 1 Kings 22; 2 Chronicles 18 ; 2 Chronicles 19-23

46. Obadiah; Psalms 82-83 ; 2 Kings 1-11

47. 2 Kings 12-13; 2 Chronicles 24 ; 2 Kings 14; 2 Chronicles 25; Jonah; 2 Kings 15; 2 Chronicles 26

48. Isaiah 1-8; Amos 1-9

49. 2 Chronicles 27; Isaiah 9-12; Micah ; 2 Chronicles 28; 2 Kings 16-17; Isaiah 13-17

50. Isaiah 18-27; 2 Kings 18; 2 Chronicles 29-31; Psalm 48; Hosea 1-7

51. Hosea 8-14; Isaiah 28-36

52. Isaiah 37-39; Psalm 76; Isaiah 40-48; 2 Kings 19; Psalms 46, 80, 135

53. Isaiah 49-66

54. 2 Kings 20-21; 2 Chronicles 32-33; Nahum ; 2 Kings 22-23; 2 Chronicles 34-35

55. Zephaniah; Jeremiah 1-9

56. Jeremiah 10-25

57. Jeremiah 26-37

58. Jeremiah 38-40; Psalms 74, 79; 2 Kings 24-25; 2 Chronicles 36; Habakkuk; Jeremiah 41-45

59. Jeremiah 46-52; Lamentations 1-2

60. Lamentations 3-5; Ezekiel 1-12

61. Ezekiel 13-22

62. Ezekiel 23-36

63. Ezekiel 37-48

64. Joel; Daniel 1-9

65. Daniel 10-12; Ezra 1-6; Psalms 137; Haggai

66. Zechariah 1-14; Esther 1-5

67. Esther 6-10; Ezra 7-10 ; Nehemiah 1-7

68. Nehemiah 8-13; Psalms 126 ; Malachi; Luke 1; John 1

69. Matthew 1; Luke 2; Matthew 2 -3; Mark 1; Luke 3; Matthew 4; Luke 4-5

70. John 2-4; Matthew 8; Mark 2; John 5; Matthew 12; Mark 3; Luke 6

71. Matthew 5-9; Luke 7; Matthew 11; Luke 11

72. Matthew 13; Luke 8; Mark 4-5; Matthew 10-14; Mark 6; Luke 9

73. John 6; Matthew 15; Mark 7; Matthew 16; Mark 8; Matthew 17; Mark 9

74. Matthew 18; John 7-10; Luke 10

75. Luke 12-13; Luke 14-15; Luke 16-17; John 11

76. Luke 18; Matthew 19; Mark 10; Matthew 20-21; Luke 19

77. Mark 11; John 12; Matthew 22; Mark 12; Matthew 23; Luke 20-21; Mark 13

78. Matthew 24 -26; Mark 14; Luke 22; John 13

79. John 14-17; Matthew 27; Mark 15; Luke 23; John 18-19; Matthew 28; Mark 16

80. Luke 24; John 20-21; Acts 1-8

81. Acts 9-14; James; Acts 15-16;

82. Galatians 1-6; Acts 17

83. 1 & 2 Thessalonians; Acts 18-19; 1 Corinthians 1-8

84. 1 Corinthians 9-16; 2 Corinthians 1-9

85. 2 Corinthians 10-13; Romans 1-16;

86. Acts 20-28; Colossians; Philemon; Ephesians

87. Philippians; 1 Timothy; Titus; 1 Peter; Hebrews 1-10

88. Hebrews 11-13; 2 Timothy; 2 Peter, Jude; 1, 2, 3 John

*89. Revelation 1-11

*90. Revelation 12-22

The Alphabet Mystery Reading Challenge

I discover Sue Grafton and the Alphabet Mystery series (or Kinsey Millhone series) by participating in the 2010 Gilmore Girl reading challenge. I hope to read all of the books and thought another reading challenge would be a great way to keep track of my progress and allow anyone else interested to participate.

Guidelines for the Alphabet Mystery Challenge


1. The goal is to read all of Sue Grafton's Alphabet Series.

2. This is an on going reading challenge. There is no set deadline and it is never too late to sign up.

3. Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate. If you're not a blogger, leave your information in the comments.

4. If you're a blogger, write up a sign-up post that includes the URL to this post so that others can join in. Feel free to use the button above. When you sign up in the Linky, put the direct link to your Alphabet Challenge sign-up post.


The books:*

"A" Is for Alibi
"B" Is for Burglar
"C" Is for Corpse
"D" Is for Deadbeat
"E" Is for Evidence
"F" Is for Fugitive
"G" Is for Gumshoe
"H" Is for Homicide
"I" Is for Innocent
"J" Is for Judgment
"K" Is for Killer
"L" Is for Lawless
"M" Is for Malice
"N" Is for Noose
"O" Is for Outlaw
"P" Is for Peril
"Q" Is for Quarry
"R" Is for Ricochet
"S" Is for Silence
"T" Is for Trespass
"U" Is for Undertow

*I have read the books in blue.

The TwentyEleven Challenge

The TwentyEleven Challenge hosted by Bart's Bookshelf sounded fun and another way to discover new books and it allows crossovers from other challenges. Here are the details:

The requirement will be a total of 20 books from 11 categories, this means there will be a slight changes to the rules though. Rather than read 2 books in every category, you will need to read a minimum of 1 and a max of 2 in each. (Essentially meaning you can choose two categories where you only need to read one book.)

As always though, the categories are intended to be loose guidelines only, if you decide it fits, then it fits! ;) The only other things I think you need to know are:

* Each book can only qualify for one category.
* Crossovers with other challenges are allowed.
* Books read from 01/01/2011 to 31/12/2011 are eligible.

And the categories for TwentyEleven are:

1. To YA or not YA…
Okay, this one works like this… Tend to read more Young Adult than Adult Fiction books then read one or two adult fiction titles, vice-versa if you don’t tend to read much Young Adult.
2. …With a Twist.
This one focuses on sub-genres, read a lot of chick-lit, then try a paranormal romance! Fantasy? Why not give some Steampunk a go, like a bit of Space-Opera in your Sci-Fi then pick up a military Sci-fi book. Like your Contemporary Literature, give a Young Adult Contemporary a chance. Well hopefully you get the idea!
3. Hot off the Presses.
Read a book published (in your country) in 2011? Then it counts for this category.
4. It Wasn’t Me! (aka Bad Bloggers*)
Books in this category, should be ones you’ve picked up purely on the recommendation of another blogger count for this category (any reviews you post should also link to the post that convinced you give the book ago).
* Bad Bloggers: Is hosted by Chris of Stuff as Dreams are Made on.
5. Show it Who is Boss!
Tackle that overflowing T.B.R. pile! Books for this category must be already residents of your bookshelves as of 1/12/10.
6. Bablefish.
Read books that are translated from a language that is not your own.
7. Will-Power? What Will-Power? (aka: The Henry Ward Beecher Memorial.)
You know that quote I have in my blog-header… “Where is human nature so weak as in a bookstore?” Recognise yourself in it? Then this is the one for you! Bought a book NEW during 2011? Then it counts for this category. Second-hand books do not count for this one, but, for those on book-buying bans, books bought for you as gifts or won in a giveaway also count.
8. Mind the Gap.
Need just one more book to compete that duology/trilogy/series then read it for this one! (Obviously as this is for that final book you need to complete it, then you can’t read two books from the same series! And it clearly can’t be your first or penultimate read!) Because not everyone reads a series in order, this is for the last book you need to read, not necessarily the last book in the series…
9. Back in the Day.
Re-read an old favourite or two for this category.
10. Way Back When.
Read books that were published before you were born for this one, whether that be the day before or 100 years prior!
11. Slim-Pickings
Got a novella you want to read? Then this one is the one for you! Any books between 90-150 pages count.

My Progress 12/20:

1. To YA or not YA…
    1. The Help –Kathryn Stockett
    2. Austenland –Shannon Hale
2. …With a Twist.
    3. Leviathan –Scott Westerfeld
    4. Graveminder –Melissa Marr
3. Hot off the Presses.
    5. Love Wins –Rob Bell
    6. Behemoth –Scott Westerfeld
4. It Wasn’t Me! (aka Bad Bloggers*)
    8.The Soprano Sorceress –L. E. Modesitt
5. Show It Who is Boss!
    9. Jesus for President –Claiborne & Haw
    10. Bad Connection –Melody Carson
6. Bablefish.
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7. Will-Power? What Will-Power?
    12. In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day –Mark Batterson
    13. DragonSong –Ann Macaffery
8. Mind the Gap.
    14. The Last Olympian –Rick Riordan
    15. The Amber Spyglass –Philip Pullman
9. Back in the Day.
    16. The Screwtape Letters –C.S. Lewis
    17. Pride and Prejudice –Jane Austin
10. Way Back When.
    18. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn –Betty Smith
    19. Flatland –Edwin A. Abbott
11. Slim-Pickings
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1st in a Series Challenge

This challenge is all about starting new series, the author or the genre does not matter. It is hosted by A Few More Pages. For all the details and guidelines visit 1st in a Series Challenge 2011.

There are four levels for this challenge:

Series Novice: Read 3 books that are the first in any series.
Series Lover: Read 6 books that are the first in any series.
Series Expert: Read 12 books that are the first in any series.
Series Fanatic: Read 20 books that are the first in any series.


I'm going to attempt Lover 8/6

1. The Angle Experiment –James Patterson
2. Leviathan –Scott Westerfeld
3. I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You –Ally Carter
4. The Mysterious Affair at Styles –Agatha Christie
5. Magic Kingdom for Sale Sold –Terry Brooks
6. Witch and Wizard –Patterson & Charbonnet
7. DragonSong –Ann Macaffery
8. The Soprano Sorceress –L. E. Modesitt

2nds Challenge 2011

This challenge is all about reading the second book in a series or the second time reading an author the genre does not matter. It is hosted by A Few More Pages. For all the details and guidelines visit 2nds Challenge 2011.

There are four levels to choose from in this challenge:
Just a spoonful - Read 3 books that are 2nd in a series or the second time you've read the author.
A few more bites - Read 6 books that are 2nd in a series or the second time you've read the author.
A full plate - Read 12 books that are 2nd in a series or the second time you've read the author.
All you can eat - Read 20 books (or more) that are 2nd in a series or the second time you've read the author.

I'm going to attempt A Few More Bites 2/6

1. Cross My Fingers Hope To Spy –Ally Carter
2. Behemoth –Scott Westerfeld
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Out Do Yourself Reading Challenge

The Book Vixen is hosting this reading challenge. The aim is to read more books this year than last year. For all the details go here.

Levels:
Getting my heart rate up – Read 1–5 more books
Out of breath – Read 6–10 more books
Breaking a sweat – Read 11–15 more books
I’m on fire! – Read 16+ more book

My 2011 reading goal 84 books which is 12 more than last year (72) so I am aiming for the "Breaking a Sweat" level. 0/12

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James Patterson Reading Challenge

I found the James Patterson Reading Challenge while signing up for the Agatha Christie Challenge. The challenge is hosted by Socrates' Book Reviews for reading books by James Patterson.

The challenge is in progress (runs from September 1st 2010 till August 31st 2011) but I'm going to jump in anyway counting the one book I read since September 1st. For more information you can find the details and guidelines here. There are three levels of participation:

Level 1 - Read 2 books...just trying them out
Level 2 - Read 5 books...a loyal fan
Level 3 - Read 10+ books...obsessed with James Patterson

I'm participating at level 3: 11/10 (only because audio books count)

1. School’s Out: Forever -James Patterson
2. Worst Case –James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge
3. The Angle Experiment –James Patterson
4. The 4th of July –James Patterson
5. The 5th Horsemen –James Patterson
6. Against Medical Advice –James Patterson
7. Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports –James Patterson
8. The 6th Target –James Patterson
9. Double Crossed –James Patterson
10. Witch and Wizard –Patterson & Charbonnet
11. Daniel X –Patterson

The Gilmore Girl Reading Challenge 2011

Lisa is continuing the The Gilmore Girl Reading Challenge for 2011. She explained last year that, "Books played a big part in the television show 'The Gilmore Girls.' Rory was an avid reader. When Rory and Lorelai were going to Europe, Rory wanted to bring 12 books...a friend sent me a link to an episode-by-episode listing of all of the books seen, read, or mentioned in the series and the idea for a challenge was born."

The requirements for each level have been modified for 2011 and there is a new twist: for the Emily level, you can substitute one movie adaptation of any book. For the Lorelei level, you can substitute two movies and for the Rory level you can substitute four movies. If you are interested in participating check out the Gilmore Reading List.

Emily
: Read a total of four books from at least two different categories.
Lorelei: Read a total of six books from at least three different categories.
Rory: Read a total of ten books from at least three different categories.

My goal is Rory level. So far I have read 1/10

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The Agatha Christie Reading Challenge

The goal is to read all of Agatha Christie's mystery novels, the great thing is there is no set time frame for this challenge. It's never to late to start and you can finish any time. Find more about the Christie Reading Challenge here.

Books I've already read/heard are crossed out.

Novels

1. The Mysterious Affair at Styles
2. The Secret Adversary
3. The Murder on the Links
4. The Man in the Brown Suit
5. The Secret of Chimneys
6. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
7. The Big Four
8. The Mystery of the Blue Train
9. The Seven Dials Mystery
10. The Murder at the Vicarage
11. The Sittaford Mystery aka Murder at Hazelmoor
12. Peril at End House
13. Lord Edgware Dies aka Thirteen at Dinner
14. Murder on the Orient Express aka Murder in the Calais Coach
15. Why Didn't They Ask Evans? aka The Boomerang Clue
16. Three Act Tragedy aka Murder in Three Acts
17. Death in the Clouds aka Death in the Air
18. The A.B.C. Murders aka The Alphabet Murders
19. Murder in Mesopotamia
20. Cards on the Table
21. Dumb Witness aka Poirot Loses a Client
22. Death on the Nile
23. Appointment with Death
24. Hercule Poirot's Christmas aka Murder for Christmas aka A Holiday for Murder
25. Murder is Easy aka Easy to Kill
26. And Then There Were None aka Ten Little Indians
27. Sad Cypress
28. One, Two, Buckle My Shoe aka An Overdose of Death aka The Patriotic Murders
29. Evil Under the Sun
30. N or M?
31. The Body in the Library
32. Five Little Pigs aka Murder in Retrospect
33. The Moving Finger aka The Case of the Moving Finger
34. Towards Zero
35. Death Comes as the End
36. Sparkling Cyanide aka Remembered Death
37. The Hollow aka Murder After Hours
38. Taken at the Flood aka There is a Tide...
39. Crooked House
40. A Murder is Announced
41. They Came to Baghdad
42. Mrs McGinty's Dead aka Blood Will Tell
43. They Do It with Mirrors aka Murder with Mirrors
44. After the Funeral aka Funerals are Fatal aka Murder at the Gallop
45. A Pocket Full of Rye
46. Destination Unknown aka So Many Steps to Death
47. Hickory Dickory Dock aka Hickory Dickory Death
48. Dead Man's Folly
49. 4.50 from Paddington aka What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw! aka Murder She Said
50. Ordeal by Innocence
51. Cat Among the Pigeons
52. The Pale Horse
53. The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side aka The Mirror Crack'd
54. The Clocks
55. A Caribbean Mystery
56. At Bertram's Hotel
57. Third Girl
58. Endless Night
59. By the Pricking of My Thumbs
60. Hallowe'en Party
61. Passenger to Frankfurt
62. Nemesis
63. Elephants Can Remember
64. Postern of Fate
65. Curtain
66. Sleeping Murder

Short Story Collections

1. Poirot Investigates
2. Partners in Crime
3. The Mysterious Mr. Quin
4. The Thirteen Problems aka The Tuesday Club Murders
5. The Hound of Death
6. The Listerdale Mystery
7. Parker Pyne Investigates aka Mr. Parker Pyne, Detective
8. Murder in the Mews aka Dead Man's Mirror
9. The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories
10. The Labours of Hercules
11. The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories
12. Three Blind Mice and Other Stories
13. The Under Dog and Other Stories
14. The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding
15. Double Sin and Other Stories
16. The Golden Ball and Other Stories
17. Poirot's Early Cases aka Hercule Poirot's Early Cases
18. Miss Marple's Final Cases and Two Other Stories
19. Problem at Pollensa Bay and Other Stories
20. The Harlequin Tea Set
21. While the Light Lasts and Other Stories

Saturday, January 08, 2011

The Simple Woman's Daybook 42

FOR TODAY: January 9, 2011
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...falling snow

I am thinking...the sermon I just preached, how to improve my communication and organization with volunteers, and that I am hungry.

I am thankful for...the Isnors.

From the kitchen...been eating a lot of salads in my attempt to eat more fruits and vegetables. I'm really looking forward to the Wolfville market opening again.

I am wearing...the only dress clothes I own not currently lost between here and there which is black pants, maroon blouse over a cream tank top.

I am creating...dishcloths, currently in the lost luggage.

I am going...home.

I am reading...Fiction on Fire (which is on hold because it is in the missing luggage), In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, and Worst Case (audio).

I am hoping...my luggage turns up soon.

I am hearing...the hum of computers running.

Around the house...by the end of the week I have committed to replacing my current bed with a brand new bed.

One of my favorite things...preaching, with Scott away I got to preach this morning. I think I'll post a short form tomorrow.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...I'm going to have to upload it later, sorry.

Best of Movies: 2010

For the last "best of" list we're looking at movies. I looked through the list of movies and pulled out my favourites. The first list are rented favourites and the second were "new" big screen loves.

Rented
Horton Hears a Who
Ponyo
Sahara
The Princess Bride
King Arthur

Big Screen
How to Train your Dragon
Prince of Persia
Inception
Despicable Me
Harry Potter 7
Tangle

I think of the newest movies my top picks were Inception, Despicable Me, and Harry Potter. What were your favourite movies of 2010?

Friday, January 07, 2011

Movie Stats: 2010

Welcome to 2010 edition of "Liz's Movie Watching Habits." It's like Wednesday's useless facts about my reading habits only this time its about the movies I've watched over 2010. Again, if you find it boring that's okay, you can still blame Matthew for getting me interested in keeping stats. Here are the results:

Movies Watched:
2010 -72 movies
2009 -90 movies
2008 -104 movies

Animated Movies:
2010 -10 movies
2009 -15 movies
2008 -16 movies

Movies Watched With Youth Group:
2010 -15 movies
2009 -11 movies

Highest Viewing Month
2010 - December: 14 movies
2009 - December: 19 movies

Lowest Viewing Month
2010 - November: 2 movies
2009 - November: 2 movies

Movie Goal from 2010:
I wanted to watch only 7 movies a month for a total of 84 movies.
I watched an average of 6 movies a month for a total of 72 movies.

2011 Movie Goal:
I spent much of the summer renting or borrowing from the library entire season of different TV shows. I think the movie number would have been much higher if I had counted them so I am going to keep the same 84 movies (or less this year = 7 movies a month) for another year.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Thankful Thursday #37

I am thankful for:

1) Neighbors who helped dig my car out of a snow bank
2) Insor's for waking up when I called in crisis at 5am and then driving an hour to the airport to bring me the passport I forgot...I fail -they're AWESOME!
3) Scott and Shari
4) Worship
5) Reunions with friends
6) Wearing flip flops
7) Amazing Speakers

But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.

2 Corinthians 2:14

Best of TV: 2010


Looking back on 2010, I've been making "best of" or more "my favourites" list. Today is a countdown of my favourite shows that I watched this past year:

12. Human Target -simple mindless fun
11. Bones -I watch for the ensemble of characters
10. Castle -I started watching because of the Firefly reference during and really enjoyed it so I kept watching
9. Survivor -more simple mindless fun and I like guessing who's going home
8. Fringe -this is my TV at the Morgans show, I love Walter's character and the whole show
7. Lost -I starting watching after the show ended with friends and I really like it, we're on season three
6. The Good Wife -it's good
5. Eureka -sci-fi goodness with small town charm
4. Warehouse 13 -more sci-fi goodness, I started watching because of Eureka and fell in love with the stories. I reminds me of SG-1 in that it's doesn't take itself too seriously
3. Sanctuary -I just like it, it's more sci-fi-ness
2. Merlin -it's another fun show
1. Doctor Who -I love the new Doctor, the newest season is great, I miss Tennant.

And that's my list, what shows are you currently watching?

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Best of Books 2010

A good friend recently asked me to add book reviews and reflections to my blog. I'm taking the suggestion to heart for upcoming blogging year but for now a look at some of my favourite reads from 2010 and why.

I discovered this year my favourite non-fiction books are travel or challenge related memoirs. The first two books in this list were accounts of Christmas and Herkeling's encounters on the Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage I want to take in 2014. The next two are challenge memoirs that challenged me. Apartment Therapy helped me begin to tackle some of my dislikes with my living space.

Non-Fiction
What the Psychic told the Pilgrim by Jane Christmas
I’m Off Then by Hape Kerkeling
A Million Miles –Donald Miller
The Happiness Project -Gretchen Rubin
Apartment Therapy -Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan

Fiction

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan -I like YA genre and this was a good introduction to the series. I just started the final book this week.
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd -This was my favourite read of the year. I loved the imiagry and story. I found myself thinking about the novel weeks later.

Those were some of my favourite books, now what were your favourite reads of 2010?

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Book Stats: 2010

Welcome to 2010 edition of "Liz's Reading Habits." If you find it boring that's okay and you can blame Matthew for getting me interested in stats in the first place. This is the third year that I have kept track of my reading habits. These are the rules:

  • For a book to count it had to be read cover to cover and finished in that year.

  • If a book was started in 2008 but finished in 2009 it counts as a 2009 book.

  • "Reading" has also come to include listening to audio books.

  • Here are the results:

    Total Books Read:
    2010 -72 books (including audio books, 48 without)
    2009 -72 books (including audio books, 63 without)
    2008 -66 books

    Non-Fiction Books Read:
    2010 -14 books
    2009 -15 books
    2008 -13 books

    Fiction Books Read:
    2010 -58 books
    2009 -57 books
    2008 -53 books

    2010 Stats:
    Audio Books Listened To -24 books
    Highest Reading Month -May and June with 9 books each
    Lowest Reading Month -August with 2 books

    2010 Reading Goals Evaluations:
    I wanted to read to 84 Books (7 books a month)
  • I did read 72 books (6 books a month)
  • I wanted to read 6 classical novels
  • I did read 1 classical novel.
  • I wanted to read 20 non-fiction books
  • I did read 14 non-fiction books.
  • I also participated in the Gilmore Girl Reading Challenge. My goal was "Rory" level with of 20 books from four different lists.
  • I read 10 from at more than three of the categories....which makes me Lorelai.



  • 2011 Reading Goals:
    Read/Listen to 100 Books (8 books in most a months + 4 more)
    Read 4 Classical Novels
    Read 20 Non-Fiction Books

    Monday, January 03, 2011

    10 Simple Projects from Apartment Therapy

    While waiting to board my next flight on my way to the Gathering (Wesleyan Pastor's Conference) I was checking out some of my favourite sites and found this great article from Apartment Therapy:



    I really like the idea of creating a reading nook, something I've been thinking about doing and clean your house 20 minutes at a time for 30 days.

    The Best of Bowl of Stew(art) 2010

    2010 was an interesting year for Bowl of Stew(art). Some big milestones were reached like second most post in a year, highest hits in month (March with 545), and the blogs fifth birthday on January 27th. In other ways it was sad. I admit a lot of the posts were mundane. I like my staple weekly posts like Simple Woman, Survivor Recaps, and Thankful Thursdays but when that is all that is posted the Stew is bland.

    I have some ideas on keeping a more balanced blog in the new year. For now, these were my favourite posts from the previous year and my self chosen "best of Bowl of Stew(art) in 2010":

    Sunday, January 02, 2011

    The Simple Woman's Daybook 41

    FOR TODAY: January 2, 2011
    You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

    Outside my window...I watched the sun rise today.

    I am thinking...about Tron: Legacy. This summer we watched the original at a youth event so a group of us went to see it last night. There was a cheese factor but over all I liked it. I loved it till the end; I wanted a happier end.

    I am thankful for...neighbors, they helped get me out of the ditch Friday night.

    From the kitchen...I helped make a very tasty Pampered Chef dessert pizza with Kim called a "Taffy Apple Pizza" so tasty.

    I am wearing...polka dot dress (first time wearing it) with a pink cardigan and green shoes. Actually I'm wearing winter boots but I'll put on the green shoes before church starts.

    I am creating...fun themed dish clothes.

    I am going...to Florida.

    I am reading...Fiction on Fire and the last Percy Jackson book.

    I am hoping...for a great year.

    I am hearing...Project Runway.

    Around the house...I have great ideas to rearrange all my rooms furniture when I get back from the Gathering.

    One of my favorite things...new boardgames (thank you family for Agricola).

    Here is picture for thought I am sharing...my sister and dad walking up the tobogganing hill together:

    Saturday, January 01, 2011

    F is for Focus, Finish, Forge & 2011

    I look forward to setting goals and making resolutions each year. Leading up to 2009 I realized all my goals began with the letter “C”. Last year all my challenges began with the letter “L”. For 2011, the key words are Focus, Finish, & Forge, making this the Year of the Letter “F”.

    Focus –I hope to focus on the people and things that matter most in my life (God, Ministry, Relationships, and Habits) and be intentional about making them priorities. It's the whole keep first things first principle. I have found that when I am not being intentional in my daily routines my focus drifts and the things that truly matter to me are forgotten. My goal with "Focus" is make the continual effort to live with God, Ministry, Relationships, and Habits it the foreground of my life.

    Finish –I love beginnings. I love writing on the blank pages of a new notebook, the first day of a year, the start of a project, and mostly coming up with new challenges. Beginnings are shinny and bring; they have hope and promise with them. Finishing is a different story. Filling a notebook, living a full year, completing a project, and being successful at goals takes time, effort, sacrifice. It is never really easy. There are always diversions and reasons to procrastinate or just give up but finishing is better. I believe the reward is worth the effort. I just sometimes forget. My goal for "Finish" is to complete the 30 Before 30 Challenge. I am currently at 20% with only four months to go.

    Forge –This is a bit of a word-language stretch. Dictionary.com's definition for forge includes concentrated effort." Forging is connected to making and forming which gets me think of creating. Creating is something I love. I love to create stories, artwork (paintings or drawings), cards, meals, and crafty projects (knitting, sewing, etc.) but don't make time to the space for these activities in my life. I can go weeks with only any crafts of projects. I just started my first knitting project in over a year this week. My goal for Forge is to create more often than I did last year. My hope is to have an craft project always on the go and make a card, meal, and piece of artwork a month.

    So those three themes of my 2011 resolutions, what resolutions have you set for this new year?