Archive for March, 2006

Jesuit School or Hogwarts Wannabe?

Friday, March 31st, 2006

I’m Feeling: Amused
I’m Listening To: JellyfishBellybutton

I was walking on SLUH‘s campus a while back with Hannah’s brother, Abe. He pointed to this statue, and we had the following conversation:
“Who’s that guy, a wizard or something?”
“No, he’s St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order.”
“Are you sure he’s not a wizard?”
Not the most intriguing post ever, but I sure got a kick out of it.

I Hate Screwing Up…

Monday, March 27th, 2006

I’m Feeling: Hacked Off
I’m Listening To: Nash Bridges is on on late-night cable.

It really, really drives me nuts when I make a stupod mistake that costs me a lot of time. I had a really good post put together, just about ready to be published, and I clicked a wrong button in my browser. Instead of closing the current tab I had opened, I closed the window – which included the tab that had the form where I update this thing. Ugh. I tried to pull it up from history, hoping it might have the form cached, but no dice. I’ll have to come up with something to replace it tomorrow. It’s freakin’ late now.

Recommendations are a Good Thing

Tuesday, March 21st, 2006

I’m Feeling: Impressed
I’m Listening To: Jenny Lewis on David Letterman

I heard that Jenny Lewis was going to be performing on the Late Show about an hour ago. I recognized her name from a recent post on Lucas & Kelly‘s blog, and decided that their shining review of her concert warranted my staying up for it.
I love it when a recommendation turns out to be so warranted. It was a good performance; it had the typical late-night-tv-show-not-quite-the-way-you-want-it-to-sound thing going on, but you could hear the quality beneath the kinda funky sound. I could see myself really enjoying her music. I’ll have to check out some more. So, thanks to Lucas & Kelly for making her name catch my ear.

It’s About Time

Tuesday, March 21st, 2006

I’m Feeling: Good
I’m Listening To: Burlap To Cashmere – Anybody Out There?

It snowed for the first time, really, all winter/spring. How odd that it decided to wait until we’re so close to April before finally coming. It’s snowed a couple of other times this year, but this is pretty much the first one I can remember that had any legitimate accumulation.
Got a new computer at work yesterday. It’s essentially the same machine that I had before (an iBook G4), but with a slightly faster processor and some other little bells. Mine will be handed down to a teacher here at the school who doesn’t need anything but a portable word processor. So, I got to spend most of last night transferring all of my data and settings to the new machine. I’m pretty much finished… I’ve been spending the morning trying to find things I missed. Anyway, that’s it for me for now, as I’m at work.

Lots on My Mind, Not So Much Time

Monday, March 20th, 2006

I’m Feeling: Busy
I’m Listening To: Steve Martin – A Wild And Crazy Guy

So, the title for this post belies what’s really going on in my life right now. I haven’t really been all that busy, but I have had a desire to post in the last week or so, and something has always come up. It’s frustrating, too, since I’ve had some things that (at least I) thought would be worthwhile.
I learned a couple of cool things this last week. Among them are the fact that They Might Be Giants are coming to town on May 6. I’m looking forward to the show a lot. It’s been almost a year since their last show. I’m hoping that they’ve got the age restrictions set up differently on seating – last time I had a pretty crappy seat, as I was with my younger brother(s-in-law), and the under-21′s were not allowed on the floor. In other Giant news, I recently learned that they now have a free podcast available. Pretty cool stuff. Some of it’s a little weird, as it provides them with an experimental outlet like dial-a-song, but there’s a lot of funny stuff, not to mention a bunch of good music.
Last night Hannah and I watched The Weather Man with Nicolas Cage. This movie was not at all what we expected. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing – I think it’s good to have movies take you by surprise. But it was good – it was one of these things, though, where we find a movie interesting, and may even enjoy it, but then don’t recommend it to anyone. It’s kind of depressing – Nicolas Cage’s character has a lot go wrong in his life, and it never really seems to get better. That aside, there was a lot of good acting in the movie. His father is played by Michael Caine, who is just awesome in this movie. I know we all have to go some day, but there are times I wish actors I enjoy as much as him could just go on making movies until I kick off. After that, I guess I wouldn’t necessarily care. Other highlights include the boy from About A Boy. Interesting movie, though – bear in mind that the scale is a little tipped to the “artistic” side vs. the “entertaining” side.

Precious Surrender

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

I’m Feeling: Challenged
I’m Listening To: Blast From The Past is on TV

I read this the other day, and figured I’d share it. It’s pretty awesome. It’s from My Utmost For His Highest: An Updated Edition In Today’s Language by Oswald Chambers and James Reimann. This is the March 12 entry.
Total Surrender
“Peter began to say to Him, ‘See, we have left all and followed You’” (Mark 10:28).
Our Lord replies to this statement of Peter by saying that this surrender is “for My sake and the gospel’s” (10:29). It was not for the purpose of what the disciples themselves would get out of it. Beware of surrender that is motivated by personal benefits that may result. For example, “I’m going to give myself to God because I want to be delivered from sin, because I want to be made holy.” Being delivered from sin and being made holy are the result of being right with God, but surrender resulting from this kind of thinking is certainly not the true nature of Christianity. Our motive for surrender should not be for any personal gain at all. We have become so self-centered that we go to God only for something from Him, and not for God Himself. It is like saying, “No, Lord, I don’t want you; I want myself. But I do want You to clean me and fill me with Your Holy Spirit. I want to be on display in Your showcase so I can say, ‘This is what God has done for me.’” Gaining heaven, being delivered from sin, and being made useful to God are things that should never even be a consideration in real surrender. Genuine total surrender is a personal sovereign preference for Jesus Christ Himself.

Where does Jesus Christ figure in when we have a concern about our natural relationships? Most of us will desert Him with this excuse – “Yes, Lord, I heard you call me, but my family needs me and I have my own interests. I just can’t go any further” (see Luke 9:57-62) “Then,” Jesus says, “you ‘cannot be My disciple’” (see Luke 14:26-33).

True surrender will always go beyond natural devotion. If we will only give up, God will surrender Himself to embrace all those around us and will meet their needs, which were created by our surrender. Beware of stopping anywhere short of total surrender to God. Most of us have only a vision of what this really means, but have never truly experienced it.

Good stuff.

Fun Weekend…

Monday, March 13th, 2006

I’m Feeling: Worn Out
I’m Listening To: Barenaked Ladies – Maroon

We had a pretty exciting weekend. We went out Friday evening and celebrated Ian’s nine-month-birthday by shopping for a new car seat for him, as he’s already too stinkin’ long for his current seat. We wound up not getting one, since the advertisement we read turned out to be for Toys “R” Us, not Babies “R” Us, and Babies “R” Us didn’t have the pattern of the seat Hannah wanted. So we went home and watched Numb3rs. Geeks of the world unite – this show is CSI:Miami for the rest of us.
Saturday we got up early and went downtown for the St. Patrick’s Day parade. It was a lot of fun… we got pretty sunburned, though, as the weather was 75 degrees and sunny the entire time, instead of the probable rain called for in the forecast. I’m sure glad I can Count on Kent. Ian looked a little like the Gerber baby, his cheeks were glowing so much. It also didn’t help that a parade that’s typically an hour-and-a-half lasted about an extra hour. It was fun, though: Ian and I had our picture taken by a photographer from the Post-Dispatch, although it didn’t end up getting used anywhere in the paper that we could find.
Sunday, we went to my mom’s after church for a birthday party, and then hosted a game night Sunday evening. It was fun… not as many people there as at our last one, but there were some different faces there this time, which is always fun. All things considered, a great weekend. We got some great pictures printed and framed for our living room. Our walls have been essentially bare for the last year. We added a family portrait about two months ago, but it really looked pretty lonely. I get to finish hanging the last of them tonight. They look good.
If you don’t mind, I’d like to revisit the St Patrick’s Day issue for a moment. I find it intriguing that my family, which, aside from my mom’s dad (who could be described as Anglo-mutt), has no Irish blood in it, is so into this holiday. My Aunt married into a family of rich Irish heritage (lots of nieces and nephews with names like Kyle, Ryan, Braden, Meaghan, Madison, etc., plus her three girls, Maggie, Colleen, and Mary Kate), and of course they were there in force. But my immediate family is a blend of the aforementioned Anglo-mutt, German, Italian, and American Indian. Why do we care about these things?
Perhaps more interesting, why did we all name our kids in the same vein? My sister has two boys, Brendan and Patrick, and we have Ian. What the heck? Granted, Ian was kind of a naming coincidence, since what we really wanted was just an alteration of John, so he’d be a junior, but not a junior, and we liked Ian better than Johann, Jacques, Juan, or Juho.
I think maybe there’s a pastoral simplicity and pleasantness to the Gaelic culture, or way of life, or whatever, that’s really appealing to Americans, if only on a subconscious level. So we celebrate it (St. Patrick’s Day) more than the actual Irish (not Irish-American, but actual Irish) do… it’s interesting. In any case, it was fun weekend; Ian seemed to get a kick out of the parade. I’ll post pictures soon.
On a side note, he’s been crawling for about three weeks now, which seemed like it started a little late, but he’s already pulling himself up on things, and seems like he might start trying to walk in the next month or so. Awesome.

I Really Hope This Never Happens to Mine…

Thursday, March 9th, 2006

I’m Feeling: A Little Funny
I’m Listening To: Nothing, as I am at work. Although “Into My Life” by Colin Hay is running through my head.

I was at McDonald’s Tuesday, and saw this awesome sign posted on the door. I’ve seen goofed signs at McDonald’s before; fortunately, this time I was with my coworker Jon, who happened to have one of these new-fangled camera-phones.

Reconnecting…

Thursday, March 2nd, 2006

I’m Feeling: Reminiscent
I’m Listening To: X-Men

I’ve been getting in touch with some old friends recently. It’s been a lot of fun. Some of them have been entirely out of the blue. I’m looking forward to re-establishing the lines of communication.
Not really much else to say at this point… I’ll write more later.