Clever. Title. Clever. Ness.

Here are the things I’ve accomplished this week: Making my bed (once), watching Parenthood (It was so good! Did you guys watch? Zeke was killing me.), taking off my old nail polish, boiling 11 eggs so that I could eat them as a good source of protein (I’ve eaten zero of them so far. Therefore, I still have 11 boiled eggs left. That is a lot of boiled eggs. I have carried one around in my lunch bag, though, and brought it back home with me every night. The first day, I did not have it in a ziploc bag and it smelled like an egg and it was gross. Apparently I’m not all that in to eating boiled eggs. Anyone want to come over for egg salad?!).

Here are the things I have not accomplished this week: Making my bed more than once, washing my hair, not being obese, eating an egg, studying any Greek, controlling my TV-watching so that I can study Greek.

So Rosh HaShanah starts at sundown tonight. In Judaism, the new day starts at sundown because in the creation account in Genesis, it says “and there was evening and there was morning, the first day” and so on. The Bible puts evening first in a day, so the Jews do as well.

Rosh HaShanah literally means “head of the year,” because it is the start of the Jewish new year (Hebrew skills!). God commanded the people to celebrate it in Leviticus 23:23-25. It’s a very short section, and it doesn’t say anything about a new year — God refers to it as a time of remembering. God tells the people not to do any work that day. I approve of this, although I’m not sure my professors at my evangelical seminary will buy my excuse that I have suddenly become a practicing Jew who needs a sabbath. I’ll let you know. Instead of work, God tells the people they should get together and commemorate the holiday with the sounding of the shofar.

A shofar is a ram’s horn, and it was used like a trumpet. I’ve heard it a few times (sometimes it sounds really cool, and other times, if the person hasn’t practiced a ton, it doesn’t. Jeff, I’m looking at you. Although, you have improved over the years. :-)) No one really knows why God commanded the blowing of the shofar on Rosh HaShanah, but many believe it was a call to repentance, because ten days later is Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement).

This guy is better than Jeff.

That’s pretty much all the holiday is. There are some traditions that go along with it, which I’ll blog about tomorrow. (It includes me attempting to make challah bread, which includes yeast and letting things rise and knowing how to bake, so I’m assuming things will go very badly.)

L’shanah tovah! (Happy New Year!)

Soon and Very Soon

April 13, 2011

Mr. Cinch and I visited the pretty trail behind my seminary yesterday. And Kristy took some pictures of us. In the nature.

Day 9  and feeling fine. And, no, I did not cut off five inches of my hair. This is what happens when I’m too lazy to blow dry it. My hair is naturally very curly — it has always caused me and my mother great stress and drama and heartache. But some days it is just too much work to drag out the blow dryer and the Chi and the tears. So I leave it curly.

I’m loving my new TOMS shoes. They are so comfortable and I want to wear them forever. I am all about comfort. Because I am an 80-year-old grandmother. Also, though, when you buy a pair of TOMS, they donate a pair of shoes to a child in need. Which is awesome.

Kendi wore a maxi dress yesterday and it looked so darling. It made me wish for summer. And that I was skinnier. And that I could run out and buy a maxi dress right away. But no new dresses for me for another 20 days, so don’t try to tempt me!

You guys, I’m totally getting a sore throat! I didn’t even go running! This problem needs to go away ASAP because there is too much to do in the next two weeks. I am not allowed to be sick.

Here’s some news related to my other life: television. Parenthood stresses me out! I just want everyone to be happy. Also, I am looking forward to seeing Will Ferrell on The Office. Everyone has a good time when Ricky Bobby is around. Shake and bake.

Have you all ever made The Pioneer Woman’s corn and avocado salsa? I love avocados and, also, I love corn, so it’s really worked out well for me. You should try it.

OK, I’m not very interesting today. Which is saying something because, let’s face it, I’m never very interesting.

I was reminded yesterday that so many people are going through so many difficult things. Life is often uncertain and painful, and we wonder where and how God can intervene and bring healing. However, I was also reminded yesterday that one day all will be restored. I wrote a lesson on Revelation 22 — Jesus will return and He will make all things new. He is the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last, the bright Morning Star, and the Lamb who reigns. Soon and very soon, believers will be with Jesus and there will be no more crying and no more pain. It is such good news, friends. Such good news. We are going to see the King. Amen, come, Lord Jesus!

Have a good day, friends!

There Ain’t No Doubt

March 30, 2011

You guys, quit bothering me. I have so much work to do!

I would just like to say five quick things:

1. I have been feeling patriotic for the last couple of days. Much like I felt during Jaci’s wedding. My friend Phil officially became an American citizen on Monday. He’s lived here for a million years and already seemed pretty American to me, but he was technically from the Philippines and had to go through the naturalized citizenship process. I went out, last minute, to the ceremony here in Denver, and it was pretty cool. There were about 70 people receiving citizenship that day, and they represented more than 30 countries. They said the oath of allegiance, promising to be loyal to the U.S. Then they said the pledge of allegiance, and President Obama (in a video), congratulated them and welcomed them. And then they played “God Bless the U.S.A.,” and I was so proud to be an American, you guys! I mean, at least I know I’m free!

Proud to be a U.S. American. Not like such as, the Iraq.

What was coolest about this ceremony, in my opinion, was the variety of countries represented. All of these people chose to go through this process–they didn’t have to–and they are bringing their culture and experiences to the U.S. Our country is made up of immigrants–we are a diverse people, and honestly, it’s kind of neat. I’ve traveled a bit in Europe, and in most countries, pretty much everyone looks alike. If you go to Spain and you have blond hair or dark skin, you stand out. But in the U.S. we’re used to seeing all types of people all the time, and that’s unique compared to most countries. It was cool. Lee Greenwood and I hope that God continues to bless the U.S.A.

2. Wow, that first point was long. I am sorry. As is the “D” I will be getting on this paper I’m not writing. Umm, I guess that concludes point #2.

3. My friends and I watched Parenthood last night, and I cannot take the sadness. There are like five different characters who are sad and disappointed and heartbroken right now, and I can’t deal with it! This is where you gently remind me that that they’re not real people, but I don’t care because they are real to me, OK!

4. I like this quote from Jehuda Halevi: “To see the face of my King is my sole desire. I fear none but Him; I revere only Him. Would that I might see Him in a dream, I would continue to sleep for all eternity.”

5. Point #5 is that I have to go write this paper right now. Also, there is a beautiful trail behind my seminary, and I may attempt to pretend to run on it later this afternoon. The dread is already building — I haven’t gone running in about 40 years, and it is not going to be pretty, folks. Pray for me.

Joves!

Denise

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Yes, that is what I was just writing to you all until I realized that my hands were not quite correctly placed on the keyboard. I’m a writer.

I think 4 p.m.  is a great time to publish a new post for optimum blog traffic, don’t you? No wonder it’s just my mom and her Deer River friends who show up here.

So, I am back to school this week, which is good news for the old bloggy, because it means that I will probably be around a lot more to avoid studying. I’ll do anything to keep from being productive.

This semester, I am continuing to stumble through Hebrew. I’m also taking two different theology classes–one about Christian theology in general, and one about the theology of the Old Testament. This is the book I have to read for OT Theology.

It talks a lot about covenant, the Law, sacrifice, God’s unique relationship with Israel, and other things weirdos like me will be interested in it. Some of you may even like it. (I’m looking at you, Jeff Abel.)

I’ll also be doing this whole mentoring thing that the seminary makes you do. Bleh. It’s not that I’m against having a mentor — I think I’m actually going to enjoy the time with my mentor. However, I also have to do all of this other junk so that it can actually be counted as a credited grad school class. Boo to extra work. That is my official life motto.

Since all I do is talk about TV, I thought I’d make sure that everyone out there loves and devotedly watches Parenthood. It is one of my favorites, and I love Crosby and Zeke and the gang. I’m quite upset that the State of the Union Address will prevent me from enjoying it tomorrow night. Stupid jerks who want to be informed about the condition of these United States.

As it is the new year, I’ve committed to my annual resolution — losing 800 pounds. I’ve started working out again, and getting my health food on. Since I also like to get on health food kicks every once in awhile (usually when I read a book like “In Defense of Food” or watch a movie like “Food Inc.“), I’ve bought lots of fruits and vegetables and started to make smoothies with them. Now, I am very much enjoying the smoothies with bananas and protein powder and almond milk. But do you know what I am not so much enjoying? The smoothies with spinach and peaches and grapes. These are called “green smoothies” and some claim to love them and their greenness. I am working on it. It’s been a rough start. But I’m going to keep at it because I have 30 pounds of spinach and kale and flax seed in my fridge. (I go big or go home, people.)

In conclusion, I should be going because I am already failing Hebrew. On a related note (and by “related,” I mean, “look, there’s a butterfly!”) I was reminded today of how much I love this video from Rend Collective Experiment. You should watch it. It might make you cry. (If it doesn’t, let me know and I’ll pass along some of my Hebrew homework. That’ll do it for sure.)

Joves, friends!