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Well, just someone from the Northwest that hops about here and there. Hey there hi there.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007


So we are going through 1st Peter in church and it has seemed to me like we are going very slow. I think a week or two ago someone asked me what we are studying and I told them that we had just started the second chapter of 1st peter.

I was totally wrong. We are so still in the first chapter talking about suffering. We've been talking about suffering for 3 weeks I think. I get it, I think now. I didn't really get it until sunday when everyone (some people?) decided to be transparent and share their woes in front of the church.

Maybe we did need to go at a snails pace because I'm only just now getting that suffering is something real, not in Rwanda or Malawi or old school China.

On a side note, there was some talk about not putting up verses during messages. I have an opinion on this: The goal is to educate. At work we have to take a peer training class and they said that the first thing you do when training someone is to find out about them, their learning style. Some people (MYSELF!) are not verbal learners. It helps me to have something to look at, and as far as pages turning while in the service? Um yeah, so what? It is not like if I read the passage think about it, then decide that the guy speaking is way off in left field that I can actually challenge in front of EVERYONE, that is crazy rude. However, Dave said it was ok if I did that to him when he speaks on Sunday, byuhahaha.

Sunday services have been a part of my life for.... well my whole life and the traditional presentation of information has left me a bit calloused. Don't long for monologue, I long for community, interaction feeling like I'm part of the study of God's word.

Is this just me or does anyone feel the same way?

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

well hummm

I guess I might have spoken a bit quick about stronghold, I've played it a bit more and for some of the harder missions it is really frustrating because the AI is not that smart. I've mastered the defending the castle but the limited army is annoying.

I wouldn't recommend this game.

Anyway, last night we went and hung out with Jen, even Chelsea came out. I'm surprised / encouraged that she's willing to drive out from Gaston to be with us.

She took this picture and sent it to me.

What else? Well I was kinda hyper during service on Sunday, usually on my short weeks (well always) I serve at Mount Olivet doing sound ministry so that translates to spending 4 hours in the morning at church. Paster Martin normally preaches 45-55 minutes so by the evening I am SOOO sick of listening to someone monologue.

Yes sometimes this is true in ethnos, I can't get past the means information is being presented to actually get to the content. Guess that is one of my shortfalls. But it was like last sunday's service was catered to no-patience people like me. Just asked for input several times during his message. Mad props for that.

Chelsea was talking to a new guy pat I think his name was? She was telling him how great a church this is, has great worship. Pat asked her why the worship was great and she just kinda quickly answered 'well we just randomly read scripture' which we don't do that often but Scripture is always added in the service. But the cool thing is that Paul just stopped singing brought the service to a crawl for quite a while and said to read out verses, it was really cool. So what Chelsea says happens actually did happen that Sunday.

That was kinda cool.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Fun new game

I've been playing stronghold legends and it's really cool. The graphics are kinda dated but the gameplay is great. You get to make castles mount archers and train troops and have your own little castle town with food craftsmen and the like, it is very complex and fun though considering how complex it is, the game is really hard to figure out, I generally loose each mission 3 or more times before I figure out how to use the new stuff successfully.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Little Kids are my worst fear

But I was really brave today, I was out visiting Ben and Dora (Ginny's brother) and I got them some beer and cigars because Dora just had a daughter a couple days ago. You are supposed to smoke cigars right? Anyway, Ben was out smoking a cigarette and their son Asher was crying up stairs, but Dora couldn't lift him because of her meds she couldn't do any lifting.

So, I did something way out of character for me and offered to take the 15 month old out of the crib downstairs because he just woke up from nap. And he didn't pee, poop or throw up on me, it wasn't nearly as frightening as I imagined.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

I'm getting so old

I'm going to be 27 in a little over a week :(

Monday, January 22, 2007


Serial killers have similar childhood characteristic they torture animals, they start fires and 60% of them continue to wet the bed after the age of 12.

Friday, January 19, 2007


while not the #1 reason a reason I support graceworks Visible grace... one of the reasons is because I think the founder is cute. :)

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

crazy 15 car pile up

I have to admit, driving on some of the back roads when I just started slipping sideways it freaked me out a bit luckily I didn't have anything like the above happen.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

In which I am punched in the face by a stationary boulder

Jen called me this morning and invited me to go sledding. Her mom dropped off us at the top drove to the bottom then drove us back up. Well we were going down this road that was very steep up off of skyline. I took it down once ok, so I decided to try to go faster next time.

Plastic sleds don't steer very well, add to that, they don't steer very well going way to fast and face first.

Round a sharp corner I tried to go, off the road I went, there was a rush of white powdery stuff, a sudden jolt and everything went black, I tried to take a breath in but it wouldn't happen. Luckily this was only temporary.

Turns out that I flew face first into a rather large boulder, I kinda hit it on the side so my jaw is way bigger than it needs to be and my whole right side is ouchy. It was fun though up until I hit the rock.

Monday, January 15, 2007

No more snow

Oh sadness, now the snow is gone and this is what the view looks like too bright and thus depressing. I miss the clouds and the bleached landscape. I hope it snows again soon that will make me happy.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

David Wu is a total geek

Our representative in the house compares Bush administration to Klingons

Needless to say, while I've never voted for David Wu, I am highly amused.

Friday, January 12, 2007


Saw this link about the apple iphone apparently only Paris Hilton will be targeted by apple's new product.

I'm also not a big fan of the lack of keys, we've done this before for many years and completely keyless phones are annoying. They are harder to use even adding a couple buttons makes them that much cooler.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

this just in

it is snowing outside right now!!!!

Doesn't it just make your heart sing?

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Proof Of Evolution

After seeing this I'll never doubt Terry again.

Mandelle put this on her blog found it there wow!

Monday, January 08, 2007

For Pride is a spiritual cancer: It eats up the very possibility of love, contentment or even common sense. (CS Lewis, Mere Christianity)

Chalk one up for flakeyness, I said I'd go last night if I had someone to dance with, Jen Chelsea and Ginny said they'd dance with me but I didn't go swing dancing.

I was kinda counting on Chelsea not wanting to go because she usually stays up on sunday and every time I could remember she'd always leave church right after and go back home. I asked her on myspace to go with but kept getting 'maybe' as an answer. I assumed that meant no. It turns out that she was able to get to sleep Sunday after work but I wasn't. I lay in my bed for an hour and a half but it didn't work. I ended up just staying up killed some time til I knew people would be there for church setup, because if I was awake I might as well be helpful right?

Anywho, by the time church was started I was really tired, on top of that I was cynical and temperamental. I totally didn't think Ginny would want to go so I didn't even ask, turns out she did and I just assumed that she didn't like dancing. When I took her to the toasters she didn't dance same with the Halloween party. I didn't dance at that one either though because I just don't really get into that kind of music in a dancing sort of way. I guess the point is that I was way off, Ginny actually wanted to go swing dancing.

I tried to pawn her off on Chelsea because apparently I'm her security blanket and when I said I was tired and didn't want to go she in turn didn't want to go. I gave chelsea Ginny's number when I was supposed to give Ginny Chelsea's I guess I was kinda out of it from lack of sleep. Earlier though, Dammy called and said that John (from mt. olivet.) had broken his ankle and was going in for surgery monday. The life group there was meeting him at 7 to pray for his healing.

Swing Dance lessons vs. Prayer

Prayer vs. Swing Dancing

hrmmm mmmm it was a really difficult decision, the fact that I was tired anyway and becoming incoherent sorta helped me pick going over to John's he lives off of Canyon road so it wasn't too far a drive. I guess I could have gone after but it would have been 9sh before I got to the wonder ballroom. I didn't even have the directions, after praying someone there commented on how bloodshot my eyes were so I went home and went to bed shortly thereafter.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Heavenly Father

I need a date for sunday night to go swing dancing with.

Please hear my prayer Jesus

Saturday, January 06, 2007


I was sad no one left me comments on my last blog, it had pictures and everything. But someone eventually did so now I can continue on with my life. Thank you whoever you are!

Oh and happy Birthday Chelsea

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Well a good friend of mine discovered last year that the mat I was using at the entryway was way too but, upon further inspection it was discovered that not only was it too but but also way too bit, turns out it was folded in half. So that mat is in the living room, I went to big lots today because the other stores I had planned to goto were closed and I needed to kill some time.

I discovered some bamboo mats of various color I picked a red one because one of the walls in red. It was only $7 so I was like score!

In other news: This is what Jon looks like when he is utterly defeated. Jon if you read this you better come back for a rematch sometime to regain your lost pride.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Global Warming

So, I decided to stay home today because I haven't been feeling well. I watched the al gore special on global warming and some of it I agreed with, yeah we have some sustainability issues that need to be address. They won't be addressed though because of special interests.

One thing that wasn't even touched on was nuclear recycling. WHY DOES NO ONE TALK ABOUT THIS?!

Nuclear Reaction

What we call 'alternative energy' is not cost effective. Al Gore makes it sound like we are just being stupid for not changing but it isn't as simple as that. For example, he put up a wind farm that was hmm I think 300kV and cost millions and on the transmission lines they are required to put bird spacers ever 30 feet but the wind will blow them to the end and they'll have to send crews out to fix them, which costs. However they've never killed a bird...

That being said, cars in the US, big big problem, not just for the environment but it costs in other ways too, I'm sick of both of the major parties, they both don't have a clue. Republicans are in bed with oil so they won't touch this, Democrats are in bed with the auto unions so they won't touch this either.

Saddam Hussein's execution, as covered by the major networks.

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