Back At It

March 15, 2012

Y’all I am back at it. Charles in Charge is home in Minnesota and I have returned to translating Aramaic and whining about translating Aramaic. All is as it should be. Except that it would be nice if my dad were here every day to hang out and chat and buy me things.

Bad news update: My burn is healing and the scab is coming off, but the letters aren’t going away. What am I supposed to do?! No one will want to marry a girl with a curling iron brand on her leg, right? This is dire.

Weird news update: My apartment complex keeps shutting off our water for the entire day. Seriously, they had it off from 8-5 yesterday and they’re doing it again today. So hopefully no one has to shower or wash their face or make a meal or use the toilet or drink a cool, refreshing glass of water because it is apparently not allowed where I live. Also, this has made me realize, yet again, that I would not have done well on the prairie. They had to lug buckets of water from a well just to brush their teeth or make coffee. I complained today as I turned on the tap (before eight of course) to fill the teapot in case we needed some extra water during the day. It’s a tough life.

Good news update: Axis had its very first banquet last weekend and it was so great. More than 250 people came, and I felt so honored to be there hearing about all the great work they’ve done in the last few years. A bunch of my good friends came to the banquet to support Axis. My Springs crew and my Denver friends both came out, and I was so grateful. After the banquet, a few of us went to the Broadmoor since we were all dressed up anyway.

Best news update: March Madness starts today!!!! I do not give a thought to college basketball until this very moment. And from this very moment until the end of March, I will care about college basketball more than anything else in the world. Did you fill out a bracket? Who are you cheering for? Minnesota is not an option because they are awful at playing basketball. But Colorado has two teams going to the big dance (that’s what we basketball lovers call the tournament, you guys).

Bible news update: So, in case you were wondering, I am taking Aramaic because small parts of the Bible were written in Aramaic. Mostly chunks from Ezra and Daniel — those books took place around the Babylonian exile, and Aramaic was the language of the Babylonians. So, we have portions of our Old Testament that are in Aramaic instead of Hebrew. Aramaic is pretty similar to Hebrew — the same alphabet and pronunciations. It’s the vowels and suffixes and prefixes and some of the vocabulary that are different. We’ve been translating Daniel 2, which is the passage where Nebuchadnezzar has a dream that no one is able to interpret. This upsets him a tiny bit so he decides to have all the wise men of Babylon killed. But Daniel saves everyone because he is able to interpret the dream.

Yesterday, I translated the section about the dream — it’s that big statue with a head of gold, a chest of silver, belly and thighs of bronze, legs of iron and feet of iron and clay. Daniel interprets the meaning of this statue — it is a line of kingdoms that will reign and rule. But a stone would come and smash the statue — a great stone that would turn into a mountain and fill the whole earth. That stone, Daniel said, would be a kingdom that would endure forever — long past Babylon, Greece, Persia, or Rome. When Nebuchadnezzar heard that interpretation he fell on his face before Daniel and he said, “Surely your God is a God of gods and a Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries.”

As I translated that passage yesterday, I was so grateful that our God reveals mysteries, that he knows the future, that he has a plan for how things will turn out. He is God of gods, and his kingdom will endure forever. Pretty sweet.

K, you guys, please quit distracting me. I have so much whining to catch up on and a lot of basketball to watch! Talk to you tomorrow!

Finally Friday!

December 16, 2011

Oh, hi. It’s Friday — did you know?! Let’s celebrate with an ordered list.

1. I’m done with finals! It feels so good, you guys! I’ve completed all my tests, turned everything in, and I’m done until late January. Let the laziness begin!

2. In celebration of my newfound freedom I am in Colorado Springs from 8-5 today (not my idea). I’m attending a board meeting for Axis, a non-profit that goes around the country speaking to people about moving from apathy to compassionate action in the name of Jesus. They’re lucky I love them so much — otherwise I would not be willing to be up at 5:30 a.m.

3. I thought this article about Isaiah and his message was fascinating. Thoughts?

4. Have you all seen these Ryan Gosling photos on Pinterest? He just loves those mason jar lamps.

5. I’m going to see The Muppets movie tonight! Has anyone seen it? I’ve heard it’s really good and I’m so excited to see Kermit and Miss Piggy! I’m secretly hoping there’s also a teacup piglet making a cameo.

6. Have you all been watching Once Upon a Time? I don’t think the acting is that great, and I can’t see how they’re going to move the plot past one season, but some of the Lost writers are working on that show, and they keep putting in little Lost references. It’s worth watching just to spot Apollo candy bars and clocks stuck at 8:15. Also, I think I may need to watch Lost again during my free time in January. Anyone want to join me?

7. On a somber note, Christopher Hitchens died yesterday. He was an atheist who spent time debating Christians. He wrote the book “God is Not Great” and considered the Abrahamic religions (Christianity, Judaism and Islam) to be evil and a source of hatred. He died yesterday of cancer in his esophagus. It’s sombering — this man will now meet the maker he has denied. There is no triumph or vindication in this, if anything, as my friend Esther put it on Facebook, “Lord, have mercy.” God is real. He is true. We need him — we will all meet him one day. Lord, have mercy, and help us to share your truth with love and clarity.

Have a great weekend, friends! I’ll try to write some more interesting stuff next week now that I’m not sick and not being killed by finals!

Friday Funday

November 18, 2011

Friday Listacular!

1. Clearly the most important announcement is that Toby Mac has a new Christmas CD! I’ve heard that it’s on sale on iTunes this week!

2. NBC has put up the music that they play on Parenthood each week. Such good stuff. Check it out.

3. Did you know that you can make your own vanilla extract and never have to buy it again? All you need is three vanilla beans, some vodka and a jar with a lid. Store it and top it off every once in awhile. So awesome!

4. I’m writing a paper on Amos 5. It’s the passage about justice rolling down like water and righteousness like a stream. We’ve kind of turned that verse into something fun and awesome, but it’s not. It’s right in the midst of God being very upset with Israel for their sin and idolatry. He’s warning them of what’s to come if they do not repent. Rolling justice is probably not going to be all that pretty — not something to turn into a fun, camp song.

5. My friend Matthew posted this on Facebook yesterday and I died. This is one of the oddest, and at the same time, most awesome videos I have ever seen in my life. I am in love with this tiny little one-eyed shell who wears shoes.

6. I’m on the board for a non-profit called Axis. They travel globally, going to churches and schools and speaking about worldview — helping move families from apathy to compassionate action. If you have any connection with schools or churches and would like Axis to come, you should check out their website. They use tons of multimedia and they do such a great job. I got to go on a trip this past summer to speak at a youth conference, and it was so great. Consider supporting them too!

7. Only one of them.

OK, you guys. It’s been a busy, crazy week. Have a restful, awesome weekend! Loves!

The Non Haps

July 7, 2011

Y’all.

I know I haven’t been blogging lately, but I’m just not sure that you’re interested in hearing about me sitting on my couch reading my church history books, or going to the gym and cursing my way through Turbo Kick, or all the not mopping of my kitchen floor that goes on over here. I mean, it’s fascinating to me, but I just wasn’t sure you’d be super enthralled.

My left eye has been bothering me lately. I’ve come up with all kinds of eye diseases and tumors and glaucomas and blindesses that I most likely have. I’ll probably have to move home and my parents will send me to the Winoka School for the Blind where Mary Ingalls will teach me braille. I’ve scheduled an eye appointment for Saturday, and I’ve braced myself for the inevitable news that, yes, I actually have gone insane.

See, aren’t you glad I’m blogging?!

You guys. Are you on Pinterest? It is my new favorite thing ever! It’s a great way to keep track of cute stuff you see on the Internets, and to steal good ideas from all of your friends. It’s also a good place to keep track of all the crafts that I think are darling but will never actually make. Everyone join and I’ll follow you and you’ll follow me and we’ll all be friends and share fun stuff.

I found some boyfriend jeans! I don’t think I blogged about this, but I had mentioned on Facebook that I couldn’t find any anywhere. I had searched everywhere (Target and Gap), and I was out of luck. However, yesterday I found some at American Eagle! They have some cute stuff at that store, but since I’m not a juniors size 5, I haven’t been there in a long time. But, my friend Kristy got some boyfriend jeans there, so I decided to go. I found some AND, because they’re slouchy, you can get a size smaller than you actually wear and pretend that you’ve lost weight. It’s great. Also, I want these “pants.” Don’t they look comfy and cute and like they’d be perfect for wearing whilst reading church history books on your couch?

OK, there are some maintenance guys right outside my window and I think they’re tearing my wall down. Supposedly, they’re out there painting trim, but all of the loud banging and digging and wall-tearing-down-ing is convincing me otherwise.

I’m going on a speaking trip with Axis next week. Remember them? We’re going to Pennsylvania to talk about Important Things with high schoolers. I think it’ll be good times. I haven’t been on an Axis trip in awhile, and I love their focus on moving students from apathy to action. Through awesome presentations they really get students (and me) thinking about worldview and examining their faith. Most importantly, they encourage those of us who love God to show it through compassionate action — sharing the gospel and loving our neighbors. It’s quality stuff.

Before I go on the trip, though, I need to finish reading a book, write an eight-page paper on that book, write two lessons, take a quiz, and learn my part in the Axis presentation. I also need to sign up for braille classes. It’s going to be a busy few days.

Hope all is well, friends! Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again — rejoice!

Finally Friday!

May 15, 2009

Friends,

It is Friday—what’s not to love?!

About to cross the finish line!

About to cross the finish line!

So, since the last time we hung out, I ran a half marathon! How very happy I am that it is over.*

We were really worried that it was going to be a cold, miserable day since the night before the race, it was pouring rain and about 35 degrees. Running is horrible enough as it is—we didn’t need a downpour to add to our pain. Fortunately, though, the sky cleared up the morning of the race. It was actually a really pretty run—we ran out of a canyon and back into the town of Fort Collins, CO. There were horses along the trail, and mountains in the distance. Unfortunately, I didn’t pay all that much attention to the beautiful scenery, as I was instead focused on wanting to die.

Matthew, Ashley, me and Jaci -- hardcore half marathoners

Matthew, Ashley, me and Jaci -- hardcore half marathoners

Actually, the first eight miles went pretty well, but the last five were rough. My legs cramped up on me and just wouldn’t move very fast at all. I spent most of the last part of the race asking passersby if they’d be a peach and just give me a little piggy back ride for a mile or two. They were all rudely unwilling.

Also, while running, I saw a raccoon lumber across my path. Carrying a dead squirrel in its mouth. Gross.

Anyway, it’s done and done. (Also, can anyone explain to me how I could train for a stupid half marathon for three months and not lose one pound?! I mean, how depressing!)

Now that my insurance has kicked back in, I need to go see the doctor about my knee. Let’s hope he gives me a legitimate excuse to never run again. Although, I do kind of want to do a 10K at the end of July. Six miles is so much more doable for me. Also, there are some evil people trying to convince me that we should go to Hawaii in September to run the Maui half marathon. They’re trying to bribe me by reminding me that LOST is filmed in Hawaii. They’ll stop at nothing.

Speaking of LOST, DO NOT SAY A WORD!!!! I haven’t watched the season finale yet. My roommate Jaci is out of town, so I promised her I wouldn’t watch it until she gets back. The suspense is killing me. Anyway, I’ve heard it’s craziness, and I cannot wait to see it!

Our victory garden is amazingly victorious! A week ago we seeded some peas, squash, corn, watermelon, carrots and herbs. They’re like 10 feet tall already! Seriously, they’re growing so well. I can’t wait until we can actually plant them outside.

Did you know that I’m an official board member? That’s right—I’m kind of a big deal. Yesterday we had a board meeting for AXiS, which is an awesome non-profit dedicated to helping students move from apathy to action. I’ve mentioned them before. If you know of any schools that might like to have them come speak, you should definitely contact them. They do a great job.

OK, I should be going. I’ve got so much Friday to enjoy.

Here’s a question for you, though: Are any of you in grad school? If so, how is it going? Is it a ton of work? Are you working another job while in school? What’s the best thing about school? The worst thing? (OK, I guess that was more like a million questions, but umm … answer them anyway.)

K, bye!

* Photos by the awesome Alecia “Give Credit Where Credit is Due” DeLorme

Facing Reality

February 6, 2009

This week I went on a trip with AXiS, a group dedicated to moving students from apathy to action. We did a presentation about big ideas and chatted with college students about some deep questions. We talked about how ideas rule the world, and how these ideas have consequences — some good, some bad. It’s a really great presentation and gets students thinking.

My part of the presentation included talking about the amount of money we spend per year on sports (about 20 billion) versus how much is spent worldwide per year on pornography (about 45 billion). Insane.

I also got to talk about illusion versus reality. Oftentimes, I think it’s easy for us to misunderstand what’s “really real.” Take beauty, for example. Our culture has told us what beauty is — and oftentimes, what we hold up as our standard of beauty does not actually exist. It’s obvious that what we see on the billboards has been tweaked and changed until it meets our standard of beauty. A woman like the final product in this video doesn’t exist — she’s an illusion:

Anyway, it’s interesting. The AXiS presentation is super cool. If you have any connections to high schools or colleges, you should definitely contact them about coming to talk to students. It’ll get them thinking about life’s big questions and ideas.

Speaking of big ideas, one of our Korean friends on Lost may not be quite as dead as we had originally thought! Best. Show. Ever.

Also, it’s the weekend! I am going to attempt to see a movie, go for a long run, sleep late and read. Guess which three of the four are most likely to be accomplished.

Alright, I gots to go. I hope you have a great weekend!