I went to Target again … don’t yell at me! Andrew wanted to go. We went insane and just started buying $5 pieces of clothing all over the place. Andrew bought 7,800 hoodies and a plaid shirt. I got a $50 blazer — for $5, guys. Also, here’s a question you might ask me: Did you feel a little embarrassed when the Target fitting room attendant said to you, “Oh, you’re back again?!” Answer: $5.

Umm, I got in trouble from a certain Canadian high school teacher boyfriend yesterday because when I was talking about the polar vortex, I failed to mention how all the schools in the States were closing because of the cold weather but the schools in Red Deer never close for weather because they are hardcore and strong and hearty (calm down). People in Canada go to school in negative a billion temperatures all the time, everyone! It’s true. I was here about a month ago when there was a giant snowstorm and windchills of minus epic proportions and everyone was expected to still ride a tractionless bus to school on roads of sheer ice. Good job, Canada?

Speaking of brave Canadians, when we were at Lake Superior a couple of weeks ago, Andrew was determined to touch the water because he’s done it at all the other great lakes he’s been to. Unfortunately, it was winter and freezing and hypothermic to go anywhere near the lake. But no worries. He simply climbed down an icy ladder, held on to it with his icy fingertips, and dipped his scarf into the icy cold water of doom. He survived.

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Today at Starbucks I asked the barista if they had almond milk I could put in my coffee and she gave me a look like I was a crazy hippie who shelters cows at my underground railroad stop on their escape to Portland, while serving them vegan dinners of nutritional yeast and seaweed. Sorry, lady.

Is it still trendy to wear colored tights? What if you are 31? No?

Micah, this is turning into another Supdate. Sup diggity. Sup doubt.

I just bought this CD to help me focus on writing my lesson today. (It’s going well, obviously.) I love The Head and the Heart. They’re coming to Calgary this spring and I will be there with all the bells on, belting out River and Roads in an off-key shout.

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So, this lesson I’m supposedly writing is about the Feast of Unleavened Bread in the Bible. It is a yearly holiday God wanted the Israelites to celebrate. The holiday lasts for a week and comes in conjunction with Passover. The Israelites were to eat bread without yeast for the whole week as a reminder of how quickly they had to escape from Egypt — there wasn’t even time for their bread to rise! The theme of the lesson has to do with how God redeems us. It is a time to remember and celebrate the Exodus — to be mindful of how God redeemed His people with an outstretched arm. And it reminds me of how Jesus later did the same thing — literally — on the cross. He invites us to repent, to turn from our sin, and to accept His sacrificial gift. When we ask Him, He begins to redeem all that has been broken by sin and the curse in our lives. He is making all things new. It is so so beautiful.

Ok, now that I am inspired, I better get to writing. Go to Target, Red Deer! Toughen up, the States! Start serving almond milk, Starbucks! Thank Jesus for His goodness, everyone!

Bye.

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Burn!!

March 6, 2012

Said like Kelso from That 70s Show.

So yesterday I was sitting in front of my full-length mirror in my bedroom curling my hair. The curling iron slipped from my hair and fell for a split second onto my leg. It didn’t hurt very much and I snatched it up super quickly. You guys, I have such a bad burn. It is angry red and has left a really wide gash on my leg. I will spare you a picture because my legs are not “summer ready” i.e. “skinny,” but it’s bad. This is a probably a good thing though because now that my back is starting to get better I was concerned I wouldn’t have much left to complain about. No worries!

I went to Target today and I accidentally bought a dress.

I just finished reading Little Town on the Prairie and I think it’s in my top two. Laura is growing up and they live in town now and get to do so many fun things like recite all of American history in front of the whole town. (Laura seems to think this is fun.) But she also gets to go to some parties and go sledding and hang out with Almanzo Wilder.

Ben the Bachelor is the Worst Update: Ben is still the worst.

I am loving this song “Porcelain” by Lucy Schwartz lately. You should listen.

Ok, I gots to go. I have an Aramaic midterm tomorrow and would you like to know how many minutes I have studied? Four. So, I’m gonna try to add in a few more seconds today. Talk to you tomorrow!

Stop, Thief!

January 11, 2012

Is it stop, thief or stop thief? It’s with a comma, right? You’re calling out to the thief, yes? I’m confused. Don’t judge me and my commas, OK?

Yesterday I tried to go to the Target by my house but when I got there, police cars were everywhere and the whole building was taped off with that yellow police tape that informs you that someone has been murdered! Is it bad that I just mostly felt annoyed that my Target was inaccessible and less worried about the possibly murdered person inside? After writing that out, I realize that yes that is bad.

There were even news vans outside the store, so I knew this was a big deal. Luckily I have an iPhone so I immediately looked up the news and discovered that no one was murdered but people had been shoplifting  video game systems from Target. Apparently these thieves had been casing Targets in the Denver area. They ran out of the store with their loot, sprayed a bunch of pepper spray, and they got away! The store had to be evacuated because of all the pepper spray residue. So, be on the lookout for three thieves playing video games. They’re driving a Kia with Florida plates. Dummies.

Can you think of a worse tragedy than your very own Target being shut down? Me neither. So, I drove over to Highlands Ranch to their Target. Now, Highlands Ranch is where all the rich people live, and their Target shows it. It was fancier than mine. The aisles were wider, the lighting was warmer, the vegetables were fresher. I’m not sure if any of that’s true, but it felt like it. Also, guess what I found?!?!?!

Target has teacup piglets, you guys! My friend Lindsay had informed me of this magical miracle, but now I saw it for myself. Here’s what’s puzzling: they’re on clearance. How are they not the most popular toy in the store? How did those Target thieves miss these babies on their shoplifting spree?

I almost got one, but then I realized that it talked. You could push its nose and it would say things like “hi, best friend!” Now, wouldn’t mind having a talking teacup piglet, but I felt that if I bought it I might be teased even more mercilessly than I already am. However, even if I don’t have a teacup piglet toy, I do have a 2012 teacup piglet calendar from Micah!

January is rodeo month, y’all!

So after all the Target adventures, I went to the gym. Then my friend Courtney and I had dinner and watched Parenthood. For the first time in forty years, it didn’t make me cry, you guys! I did get close when Adam and Crosby made up, though. Brothers.

I was reading Exodus yesterday and God was giving instructions for the building of the tabernacle and for all the priestly garments that were to be made. There was gold plating and fine linens and weaving and carving to be done. In Exodus 31, God says that he has chosen Bezalel to make artistic designs, to cut stone and work with wood. Bezalel was filled with the Holy Spirit and given wisdom and understanding specifically for these tasks. All of the workers who would assist him were given skills by God as well. This was fascinating to me because  in the Old Testament, not everyone was filled with the Holy Spirit like all believers are today. The Spirit came upon certain people — usually “big name” people like Saul or David or Elijah for certain times and tasks. God thought the artistic work of the tabernacle and priestly garments was so important that he sent his Spirit to fill Bezalel. Bezalel was one of the chosen few who was filled with the Holy Spirit for the his artistic tasks.

Not only does this confirm that God can use our skills and gifts and artistic abilities for his glory, but that he sometimes fills us for just that purpose. Kind of awesome.

Well, I best be off. I bet you’re really glad you stuck around for this post — Target and teacup piglets and tabernacle. These are the things that keep me going. Thanks for visiting!

Wind Beneath My Wings

April 9, 2011

So I tried to take pictures like three different times yesterday. It didn’t work well because it was so windy. And I was wearing a very wind-vulnerable skirt. Please enjoy Friday’s outfit — in a variety of locations for your viewing pleasure.

Again, most of this is old. The sweater is from Gap and I’ve had it for ages. The skirt is also from Gap, and it’s fairly new, but I got it on clearance for $10.97 so take that! (Not sure who I’m talking to, but I felt like it deserved a booyah-type announcement). Shoes are from Payless, also from a long time ago. And, as you may have noticed, my best friend, The Belt is back. I think I’ll call him Mr. Cinch. We are besties forever. I got him at Target, and I know he’s still there, but he’s not online. So go to your neighborhood Target today and get a belt. And some other clothes. And some cute pillows. And maybe a pair of shoes. And please bring me with you.

You guys, I was just flipping through the TV channels, and I realized that the show Smallville is still on TV. With new episodes. Did you know this?! I mean, I haven’t watched Smallville in literal years. What is it, its 97th season? I’m not kidding — I think it has literally been on TV for a hundred years. Is Superman married with grandchildren? Does one of his children have his powers? His parents have to be long gone by now, right? He’s had to have defeated Lex Luther over a thousand times by now. I’m just shocked and perplexed for some reason, you guys! I’m not sure any of you, my dear blog readers, are the right demographic to be asking these questions to, but I just feel like I need some answers. I think I was in kindergarten when that show started.

OK, I’m sorry for that last paragraph. Let’s move on.

It’s my brother’s birthday today. He’s in Arizona visiting my cousin. They are climbing around the Grand Canyon or something.  My brother doesn’t read my blog, but I hope he has a happy day anyway.

It’s Saturday, so I doubt anyone is reading this, but if you are, I hope you have just the bestest weekend! On Monday I’ll update with today’s and Sunday’s outfits, and I’ll let you know about the Rob Bell event at my school: there were protestor (that’s right, just one), and lots of hipsters.

Happy Weekend!

Yes, you guys, I will blog about Jaci’s wedding very soon. It was beautiful and wonderful and practically perfect in every way. It deserves a good, full post.

I just wanted to let you know a couple of things today:

1. I didn’t feel well all last week. As much as I hate daily workouts and not eating french fries, I think that those things are best. I was all off-kilter last week because I was eating junk and not going running. Stupid body wanting to be healthy all the time. I’ll get you for this. Mark my words.

2. I need a new purse and Target doesn’t have any cute ones. Did you hear me? Target doesn’t have any cute ones! I’m not even sure what to do. I have no backup plan. Target is always the answer. So, do you guys know of anywhere with cute purses? Here are my qualifications a) not tiny, but not gigantic b) cool color c) costs about a dollar.

3. Spain won the World Cup! Like most of America, I pretended to care about soccer for a couple of days, and I was happy to see Spain win because I lived there for a few months in college and pretended to know Spanish.

4. I saw Despicable Me. It was cute. The end.

5. I got a letter from Mitsubishi saying that my fuel pipe may be broken and it could cause my car to start on fire and blow up and cause me a slow and painful death or something. They suggested I take it in to the dealership to have it looked at. I suppose I should, but the Mitsubishi dealership is all the way in south Colorado Springs. So far! Is it really worth it?

6. I’m supposed to be reading some book for book club. It’s called something like, “The Beautiful Porcupine.” Wait … I just looked it up. It’s called “The Elegance of the Hedgehog.” I was close. In case you can’t tell, I’m not quite finished with it yet…

7. I took two Dramamine on my flight home from Oregon. I slept soundly with my mouth open the entire time. I think my seat buddy appreciated it.

8. I am helping with a big fundraiser for Axis this summer. Member, I’ve told you about them before? They go around the country speaking to high school students about worldview and big ideas. We’re trying to raise money so they can send out a second traveling team. If you want to be a donor for me, that would be superawesome. You can email me if you’re interested.

9. I have finished Little House, Season 1. My life is without meaning.

10. God reminded me that He is sovereign yesterday. He knows the end from the beginning. He has a plan and it will not fail. It was a good reminder.

K, darlings, have a marvelous day!

So, I am a Worker lately. My mamakins is coming to visit me this weekend (hooray!), which means that I need Friday off. So, I’ve been working from 7-5 with no lunch hour. (Don’t worry, I still manage to get in about nine thousand calories at my desk.) Anyhoo, long days. Long days that require me to get up an hour earlier than usual, which is unheard of and bordering on abuse. And I’ve been freelancing. AND my computer has started to act funny. Spiff City, don’t fail me now!

But the pain and suffering will all be worth it once Jilly Bean arrives. She and I are going to visit a mountain and a store (or 14) and with each other. It will be good times.

Friends, if you are at Target in the check-out line and happen to see the cover of People magazine which has all of the grown-up “Saved by the Bell” characters on it — do not buy it! I mean … I’m not speaking from personal experience or anything … I’ve just heard that this issue exists and that the article inside is about seven words long and is totally not worth the four bucks that you spent on it when you saw it in the check-out line at Target and screamed because Zack, Kelly, Slater and Lisa were staring back at you all growed up. This is just what I’ve heard.

Last night I made this baked macaroni and cheese for my friends who just had a baby. Two things to say about that: 1. Their baby is darling and wonderful and wears polka dot onesies which makes her even more darling and wonderful, and 2. You should make that baked macaroni and cheese because it is delicious due to lots of calories and cheese and calories.

Have you seen this Dave Barnes video yet? That’s right, he’s wearing a Naughty by Nature cut-off shirt. The guy kills me.

OK, I gotta go. I’m exhausted. But still awesome. No worries there.

Have a jovely day, my friends!

Back to the Blog!

January 5, 2009

Long-lost friends!!!!

How are you? How were your Christmas times and New Jears Eves? What gifts did you get for Jesus’ birthday? How is January treating you so far? We have so much to catch up on!

First, let me apologize for not blogging in so long. Actually, my parents should apologize. They’re the ones with the Interwebs connections from the 1940s. I can read a book, paint my nails, watch a movie and run for president in the time it takes my Facebook page to load on my dad’s computer. It was torturous. Blogging would have been a never-ending process, often interrupted when a phone call came through the dial-up Internet service. I can’t talk about this anymore. It makes my heart sad.

Guess who’s typing this blog post on her brand new, spiffy, green computer?! That’s right. Dell decided to go ahead and deliver it a mere seven years and fourteen months after I ordered it. But it finally came. While I was at home in Minnesota. And the delivery guy left it out on the doorstep. Outside. In full view of neighborhood thieves. The box says “brand new expensive computer for you to steal” all over it, and the guy just left it on the doorstep, while my roommates and I are all gone for the week! I was indignant. Luckily, our friend Maria promised to stop by and pick up the mail and feed little Ezekiel, so she rescued it from doorstep computer thieves. Now it is safe and sound on my lap.

OK, I really need a job. I’m thinking maybe I should do something part-time at Starbucks or Barnes and Noble. I considered Target, but since that is my favorite store, I don’t think I want it to become tainted with the feel of work. It would ruin the calm feeling that comes over me when I step inside the door under that lovely, red bulls-eye. So, maybe not my precious Target. Where would you suggest? 

Oh yes, back to Christmas. I was in Minnesota where only crazy people who like to lose fingers from frostbite live. Seriously, it was so cold. Colorado has made me wussy. I can’t handle the sub-zero temps anymore. I just can’t do it! When being outside is uncomfortable because it hurts to breathe the icy air, I think we have a problem. But I did get to go snowmobiling. And I got to see good old Minneapolis. And Northwest Airlines actually got me to my destination on time — it was a Christmas miracle!

It was nice to see my parents. I really do miss them — I get along with both of them and enjoy their company. My dad and I like to talk politics and my mom and I like to shop and eat. It’s a perfect combo. Unfortunately, I have refused to move back to the frozen tundra, so they’re going to have to come to Colorado. I’ve told them to get a move on.

Ok, this was just a quick update to get back into the swing of things. Look forward to my next post, in which I plan to post some exciting pictures of my computer and my fish! In the meantime, leave me a comment and let me know how your Christmas was!