Apr 27, 2009

Kittens, Lollipops, and The Color Pink: A Hermeneutical Look at Wagner's Ring Cycle

Disclaimer: The title may or may not have anything to do with what follows.

I know my last post was work related, and so to do two in a row is a little annoying, but I just have to share a train of logic.

-Working doubles is usually fine. Two shifts in one day = More money and a day off.

-Working doubles when your first shift is an opening shift is not quite as good. Longer days (albeit with bigger breaks) and fewer monies.

-Working doubles when your first shift is an opening shift and your second shift is a closing shift is not great. Being the first one in the store and the last one to leave really sucks.

-Working doubles when your first shift is an opening shift and your second shift is a closing shift and the closing shift is really slow at first so that everybody gets cut and then you get hammered with a bunch of tables at once with one table that is really crabby and their food gets made wrong and you forget about a margarita that they ordered and in the meantime you have to do Curbside-To-Go while trying to serve 7 other tables makes for the worst day that you will be able to remember while working at Chili's.

I'm ready to be done.

Apr 25, 2009

I need a break from Chili's. I'm just sick of doing the same thing over and over again. I don't know how some of my coworkers can have worked there for more than ten years.

I need a break from Chili's and I can't wait until:

a) This coming Thursday when I get to go home to my family for my nephew's 2nd birthday!

b) The weekend of May 15th when I get to go camping and kayaking in Amish country (a.k.a. Lanesboro, MN).

c) Camp Lebanon. May . . . something. I can never remember what day we're starting.

Those are my future highlights which you can expect to hear more about once they have occurred (surprise! 'occurred' has two r's. I wasn't aware.) I bet you're all melting in your seats with anticipation.

Apr 20, 2009

iTunes Experiment

Go to iTunes. Select 'Party Shuffle.' List in order the first 5 songs that come up. No cheating and picking others.

1. Jump, Jive, An' Wail - Louis Prima
2. Untitled Hymn (Come to Jesus) - Chris Rice
3. Two Worlds - Phil Collins (a little embarrassed about this one)
4. Father Christmas - Chronicles of Narnia Soundtrack
5. 40 Acres - Caedmon's Call (love that this one's on there!)

Your turn . . .

Apr 16, 2009

Five Postcards from a Walk in the Park

1. Sit down amid golden reeds
And share a tree with some birds.
The library of downy cattail books around you
Draws a tawny landscape.

2. Those birds I saw, they sing.
They sing . . . an orchestra/choir
In real, old-fashioned surround sound.

3. Remember the smell of spring?
It enveloped me today
With its loamy, growing, earth-scent.

4. The lake was cool,
But they ruckussed and splashed anyways.

5. Walking barefoot on forest trails:
The winter-long leaves lay softer than
Bedsheets of silk on my skin.

Apr 14, 2009

Nature vs. Nurture

It's amazing to me how quickly I can fall into sin.

At work today, I was thinking about what it means to have a sin nature. And though I've heard those words together for most of my life, I have not thought about what they mean together.

It's natural for us fallen humans to sin. We cannot help it. It's a part of our very nature. When we are regenerated by the Holy Spirit, we are no longer enslaved to that sin nature, but until our bodies have died, we will not be rid of its effects - namely, that even though our hearts often intend well, we frequently sin without even thinking about it.

Take selfishness as an example. How easy is it to think only of yourself without even intending to do so? In fact, I would argue that we have to intend to be unselfish in order for it to come about. It's simply not our nature.

But thank goodness we have an infinitely gracious Savior who does not reach a point where He says, "That's too many sins. Your sin nature is just too strong. You're out." Thank goodness that He nurtures us and gives us grace and humility to repent of our sin nature. Even though it's overwhelming, I have to remember that I can't stop trying to be rid of sin, and I can't stop asking for forgiveness when I do sin.

Apr 12, 2009


I'm thankful that Easter is not a highly commercial holiday. It makes it easier to focus on what's really important. (Unlike Christmas)

Apr 10, 2009

Good Friday

Wounds which mar the Chosen One bring many sons to glory.

Apr 3, 2009

Lamest Superpower Ever

Evidently I have a superpower. But be prepared, it's a lame one. Are you ready?

I discovered today that I evidently make the ceilings leak nasty water. That's right. Jealous, aren't you?

Third time this has happened to me. I'm just doing my thing (twice it's been showering, this time it was coming home from a lovely walk (which, by the way, was a-mazing!)), enjoying life, when lo and behold, my superpower manifests itself without my knowledge or consent! Water dripping/pouring from the ceiling! And this isn't filtered Brita water. Not even Cedar-Lake-brackish water. No. This is either nasty-someone-else's-shower-water, or I-don't-know-if-that-should-be-that-shade-of-yellow-and-I'm-a-little-grossed-out-that-it-is water. Evidently I bring out all the best in the plumbing around me.

Now to figure out how to solve crime with my "gift."

(Alright. I concede. Maybe it's not a superpower. But still. . .)

Apr 2, 2009


I am in the middle of an incredible book right now. Gilead by Marilynn Robinson is already one of my favorite books of all time. And I'm only 100 pages in.

The style, the content, the descriptions, the outlook on life, the theology, the emotion: all of these are reasons I'm enjoying this book so much. Perhaps my favorite aspect of the book is that it is all one letter - written from dying father to very young son. The dying father is a pastor and his thoughts and memories from life are beautiful.

This book is not fast-moving. Just the opposite. And that's why I like it. It's one of those books that it's better to read aloud to yourself because it gives you time to process. There aren't too many like that.

(P.S. I'll maybe do a brief recap of the book once I'm finished, but no promises.)