Thursday, July 31, 2008
Day to day life is really full at the moment. I've barely had a minute to myself.
Just reflecting... This year I started back at work, doing 1-2 days per week. And I didn't loose any of my other commitments. So I'm just doing everything badly. People have been calling my friends to see if I'm okay since I haven't been returning their calls. At 9.28 this morning I was still working out our playgroup program (people arrive at 9.30). I had hoped to write a new song for this unit, but never got to it. I also want to write an adult song. (It's been a while.) I have a germ of an idea but need about four clear, consecutive, daytime hours to see if it has legs.
Oh well. Maybe this is just life.
But I'm getting pretty good at managing 23 five year olds.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Can I? Should I?
Last week I posted this poem on weddings. It was fun to write and may amuse someone out there. But I probably shouldn't have written it. It's too cynical.
It's so much harder to write things that are fresh and amusing AND edifying. I don't feel like I'm good enough to do it well.
Joseph had dreams. Today I told my RE kids the story of Joseph's dreams about his own greatness - you know the dreams - how his brothers sheaves', and the sun, the moon and the stars all bowed down to him... I know that these dreams were God-given and prophetic, but do you think there could also have been a natural element about them? Was it that Joseph was spending a good chunk of each day stroking his own ego, thinking about how he was daddy's favourite and gloating over his brothers?
Is it that our brains are at work while we're asleep filing our thoughts? And are dreams a glimpse into those files? Maybe Joseph needed to repent of his dreams. (And maybe I need to repent of mine.)
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
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Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
"Pixar has been undone by a great old truth: If you’re more concerned with getting your message across than you are concerned about telling a great story, you’re screwed. I mentioned that I grew up an Evangelical Christian. I also grew up a movie nerd. These two realities were interesting bedfellows.
Every once in awhile, some group of Christians would pool some money and make a movie.
Christian movies suck. Know why? If you’re more concerned with getting your message across than you are concerned about telling a great story, you’re screwed. Ironically, this is why I believe Jesus was successful as a preacher. He told stories with hidden meanings, allowing his listeners to make the connections themselves.
Good point. And not just about movies. Songs (even congregational songs), poems, novels...
Saturday, July 12, 2008
The start of love will never be a chore
So I will raise my glass, enthusiastic,
Delight in plastic joy and see no flaw
Laugh and smile and stifle thoughts sarcastic.
I give them six months. Maybe only four
And they will wish they'd taken steps less drastic,
By then he'll start to think his wife a bore
And she will find his vows somewhat elastic.
This time next year her feet will grace the door
Begin the search for someone more fantastic,
The start of love will never be a chore
Again I'll raise my glass, enthusiastic.
Friday, July 11, 2008
We'd like to point out that in the biblical cases where the parents knew beforehand the sex of their baby (or babies), they were not formally given names until after the birth(s). It seems that Isaac and Rebekah had not even considered names before she went into labour... And Jesus was not named until he was 8 days old.
Stupid reasoning? Of course it is!
Name your baby whenever you like.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
sweet love doth now invite,
thy graces that refrain
to do me due delight.
To see, to hear,
to touch, to kiss,
to die with thee again
in sweetest sympathy
that I may cease to mourn
through thy unkind disdain
for now left and forlorn.
I sit, I sigh,
I weep, I faint,
I die, in deadly pain
and endless misery
draw forth thy wounding dart:
Thou canst not pierce her heart;
For I that do approve.
By sighs and tears
more hot than are
thy shafts, did tempt while she
for scanty tryumphs laughs
So I won't post it. I won't even open the book...
* don't bother googling it. You won't find it!
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
If a sick puppy (which Andrew was looking after) and concern for my father (he was trying to negotiate international airports) was enough to keep me awake, I think I can consider myself a worrier. Unhelpful, too, most of my attempts to distract my mind.
Why not just pray?
Monday, July 7, 2008
Wish I knew who he was so I could tell his boss how good an employee he is.
Friday, July 4, 2008
- When going to pick up a brand new puppy, 3 children are not a good substitute for an extra adult,
- 11 week old puppies get very stressed on the car trip home from the pet shop,
- It's better to have something to put the pup in than just get the kids to hold her,
- When puppies get really really stressed, they poo everywhere,
- When puppies poo everywhere they also get poo all over themselves and the child holding them,
- Husbands aren't always impressed when you arrive at their workplace on the way home from the pet shop with a pooey pup and pooey, excited kids (I couldn't put up with the dreadful smell in the car any longer). But they are often helpful anyway.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
I thought I was done with toilet training!
It seems that puppies shouldn't be left by themselves or taken out until they are 12 weeks old. How is this compatable with any normal lifestyle?
Give me a human baby instead. I know what to do with those.
A cavoodle is looking most likely at the moment.
Don't you love the self righteous buzz that you get from actually accomplishing something? And ahead of schedule! Five months ahead of schedule!
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
For many years we've put it off. But we're putting it off no longer. It's time for dog ownership.
Here's what I'm looking for:
- a young dog (<3)
- attractive to look at
- not smelly
- not needing a daily walk
- not needing excessive grooming
- that can live outside
- small but not too small
- with some character
- interested in people, but happy to be ignored
- good with the kids
- not too expensive.
We had an Airedale Terrier when I was a kid. I loved her. (She is the only animal I've ever loved, or even liked.) I can't imagine feeling fond of any dog unless it looked a little like she did. So I've been thinking about Lakeland terriers (similar to airedales - only smaller) but I think it's way beyond our budget.
This is a lakeland terrier.