Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

May 17, 2009 at 3:06 pm (Personal)

Okay, so I decided to transform this blog some time ago (January to be exact) into a place where I could blog about all the “little” things in life that bring pleasure (see my About page for more info). I kinda got sidetracked with school and have not really posted since then, but now that it is summer, I’m hoping to actually keep up on this concept I’ve created for this blog.

First up: the Egret is back for the spring and summer! Well, sort of. He has visited the pond outside GCTS once so far (that I’ve seen, of course) and I haven’t seen him since. I’m anxiously awaiting to see him again, and hope to finally get a picture next time he visits!


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Christmas Survey

December 20, 2008 at 11:41 pm (Personal, The Silly Zone)

Okay, so in the spirit of the season, I stole this little survey from Diana, who stole it from someone else, etc, etc. I haven’t done one o’ these little things in awhile and I though it’d be fun.

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper.

2. Real tree or Artificial? Well, Calvin and I have only ever put up a tree once, and it was artificial. Then it fell apart and we figured we’re never there for Christmas anyways so why bother? But when we do finally start putting up our own tree, it will be artificial, as it was for both our families.

3. When do you put up the tree? See above question – we don’t!

4. When do you take the tree down? The one time we put it up, it stayed up for months…

5. Favorite gift received as a child? Hmm…probably the Super Nintendo.

6. Hardest person to buy for? My mom and my father-in-law.

7. Easiest person to buy for? Probably Calvin since I know him so well.

8. Do you have a nativity scene? Only if the little nativity in the snow globe we have counts.

9. Mail or email Christmas cards? Neither.

10. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? I’m not sure. Nothing sticks out.

11. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Usually November, but it doesn’t get completely done until the week before Christmas.

12. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? No I don’t think so.

13. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Egg nog! (If that counts as something to eat…)

14. Lights on the tree? If we had one, yes, and they would be colored.

15. Favorite Christmas song? O Come Immanuel, O Holy Night

16. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Travel so far.

17. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer? No way.

18. Angel on the tree top or a star? As I mentioned before…no tree! Actually I think I’d prefer a big bow.

19. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas morning.

20. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? The rampant consumerism, and having to deal with it for that month at work.

21. Favorite ornament theme or color? Snow/winter stuff probably.

22. Favorite for Christmas dinner? I’m not a big fan of ham, so I really prefer Turkey or Roast Beef…but Ham is the Christmas dish so that’s what I always get.

23. What do you want for Christmas this year? I don’t know. Books I don’t have time to read, games I don’t have time to play….

24. Who is most likely to respond to this? Well I’m not really putting out a call to respond.

25. Do you read the Christmas story from the Bible with family? No.

26. What is your favorite Christmas movie? A Christmas Story…you’ll shoot your eye out!

27. Do you pretend Santa for your kids? Don’t have any kids, but when we do we have decided that we’re not going to do the whole Santa thing.

28. Do you hang stockings? Where and how? My family does, his doesn’t.

29. Does your family have any birthdays near Christmas? Yes, Calvin’s is the 28th!

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Mid-Semester Update

October 30, 2008 at 10:59 am (Personal)

Wow, so it’s been awhile since I’ve posted! I thought I’d give a personal update for anyone who still reads my “personal” blog.

Classes are moving along. I’m finding Greek to be rather enjoyable, and I’m doing extremely well in it. Ugaritic is becoming a bit boring, I’m tired of all the vocalization stuff. I’m also tired of this school’s language pedagogy, which seems to insist that if a “rule” isn’t true 100% of the time, than it’s not worth learning. (Greek being the exception – I find their Greek program to be fairly good.) Might as well memorize everything instead. Silliness. I may post more on this on The Floppy Hat at some point.

Ugh. No comment.

I am once again reminded of what a great church Calvin and I attend. It’s exactly what we need at this point in our lives, and in turn we are able to minister there with joy. We’ve been doing some interesting stuff with the youth ministry, which actually leads me into…

Personal Life
We’ve started playing D&D on a semi-regular basis with some students from the youth ministry, at church – didn’t I say my church was awesome? This is my first real exposure to D&D. Previously, my only familiarity with the game was through D&D-based PC and console games like Neverwinter Nights and Baldur’s Gate. I’m finding that it’s a real blast (I always knew I was a real geek at heart)! Calvin and I have also gotten back into Magic: the Gathering, a hobby of ours that has been neglected for a couple years. I’ve re-read some old favorite fictional fantasy books of mine, and we’re having fun watching a vast variety of movies with our semi-new Netflix account. Alas, my spare time for hobbies is not as large as I would like it to be, and I am certainly more stressed than I would like to be right now. But at least I’m not (yet) a quivering mass of jello like I was this time last year.

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Tour de Japon – At Zanarkand

August 25, 2008 at 9:04 am (Personal, Sortofgeeky) (, , )

“At Zanarkand” is one of my favorite musical pieces from a video game – it has been since I heard it for the first time upon starting up Final Fantasy X, in fact. The piano version (both from the game and the arrangement from the piano collections CD) is beautiful, but recently I found a version performed by orchestra on YouTube – and it is absolutely stunning. In a number of places the strings add a gorgeous, bittersweet note to the piece that sends chills down my spine.

This orchestra also did a number of other pieces from Final Fantasy that are quite good, but this one is by far my favorite. If you’re interested in the others, just search for “Tour de Japon” on YouTube.

Anyways, if you’re at all interested, have a listen:

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March 24, 2008 at 1:32 pm (Education, Personal, The Floppy Hatâ„¢)

I think I figured out why I’m a little nervous about this scholarship thing. It’s because of my reasons for wanting to “be a scholar.” I want to be a scholar so that I can take what my field is doing and make it useful for laypeople. No, more than just useful – I want it to make a difference to the way they interpret the Bible, and thus to their beliefs, faith, and ultimately their lives.

Maybe that seems like a high and lofty goal, and I know I’m only one person, but I want to be one small bridge between the ivory towers and everyone else. I don’t have to be well known, or known at all, but if a well known scholar was to read something I wrote, or hear me speak, I’d want to know that I could be considered respectable, i.e. a “real scholar.” Right now, I see that the layperson has very few people to look to whom they can trust for good scholarship. The result is a lot of popular theological rubbish that most scholars scoff at – but the layperson never even knows there’s another way of looking at it, because the same scholars that scoff really aren’t interested in enlightening anyone – most certainly not Christians!

This all stems from my faith – I care about laypeople because I care about the Church. I guess I feel like that makes me a bit of a weirdo in the scholarly world. But, as Calvin reminded me, for every person who writes books and articles and yaks about this or that, there are who knows how many who are just out there teaching, maybe writing an article here or there, but they just care about the students. I go a little further than that – I care about the students, but I also care about the people they will affect with what they learn. (At a Bible college, I could be teaching future pastors, for instance.) So maybe I’m not as much of a weirdo as I think; there are most certainly others with similar passions out there. I guess I just feel a lot of pressure to “perform” correctly.

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Book Quiz

March 14, 2008 at 10:09 am (Personal, The Silly Zone)

Okay, so another one of those quizzes is circulating…this is kinda scarily right if you apply it to my conflict between my conservative upbringing and where I am now…

You’re The Giver!
by Lois Lowry
While you grew up with a sheltered childhood, you’re pretty sure everyone around you is even more sheltered. Suddenly, from out of nowhere, you were tapped on the shoulder and transported to the real world. This made you horrified by your prior upbringing and now you’re tormented by how to reconcile these two lives. Ultimately, the struggle comes down to that old free will issue. Choose wisely.

Take the Book Quiz at the Blue Pyramid.

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March 13, 2008 at 8:49 pm (Personal)

I love taking personality tests. It’s even better when they’re “official.” I’ve taken the Meyers-Briggs type indicator test 4 times in my life now. Once when I was in elementary school, once in high school, once in college, and I just took it again now. What’s interesting is that I was an INFP the first three times I took it, but I’ve now changed a letter! I now score an INFJ – from Perceiving to Judging. I think the basic difference is that Judging is more organized and scheduled vs. spontaneous. Maybe it’s a result of my having been through college and now in grad school, and needing to be organized to survive. But, INFP still sounds like me in a lot of ways as well, so I have no doubt that give it a couple years and I’ll flip back. 🙂

I’ll spare you detailing the INFJ personality type, as there are plenty of sites you could look it up on if you really wanted to.

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Ash Wednesday

February 6, 2008 at 5:35 pm (Church, Personal)

Today begins the season of Lent, something which, before last year, I hardly gave thought to. This morning, Calvin and I attended an Ash Wednesday service at Christ Church. This was my (and Calvin’s) first time attending an Ash Wednesday service, but we thought it appropriate since we both are taking part in Lent this year (again, for the first time ever). We’re sticking with semi-traditional for our first time around, and abstaining from meat. Now I’m a carnivore through and through, I don’t like seafood, and there aren’t many vegetables that I would call my friends, so this is going to be an interesting 40 days.

I’m looking forward to celebrating Easter this year as the culmination of the period of Lent, rather than just an extra special Sunday – and along with Christians the world around.

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It’s all that talk about ladybugs…

November 14, 2007 at 3:20 pm (Personal)

cash advance

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Church, Chicken and Hebrew

November 11, 2007 at 12:31 am (Church, Education, Personal)

Today was a busy day. Calvin and I started out the morning with a meeting for Got Style at church. (An ABC evangelism training program.) It was interesting to see where our church stands as a whole in their evangelistic styles. My primary (most comfortable) “evangelistic style” is Analytical – no surprises there – followed by Relationship and Incarnational (servant evangelism) as areas I am somewhat comfortable in. Personally, while I scored high in the intellectual arena, I think that works more in harmony with relationship-building. I’m not a huge “talker” until I know someone.

After we got home at around 1:00, we translated 2 Samuel 11 and 24 until dinner. I must say, the narrator in 2 Samuel 11 (as in much of the Samuel corpus) is a literary genius. Unfortunately, you just don’t catch much of the interwoven suspense/surprise elements of the David and Bathsheba story in the English. I love translating Hebrew narrative – the (almost) sacrifice of Isaac was another fantastic read when I translated that some years ago. Chalk one more point up to learning original languages! Anyways, I’m happy to say that we’ve now completed all of our translation work for Exegesis of 1 & 2 Samuel for the semester.

The special Saturday dinner for tonight was “Italian Chicken,” in the crock pot. We put a whole chicken in the crock pot with some chopped up potatoes, and an entire bottle of Italian dressing. It had been cooking since 8:00am on low when we unleashed it. It turned out very well – extremely tender (fall-off-the-bone) and juicy. The potatoes weren’t bad either. We paired the dish with some of those canned crescent rolls and a bottle of Tuxedo White, which was decent, but not as good as I remembered. It’s possible that the food pairing wasn’t quite right, but we’re still learning.

After dinner, it was back to Hebrew: we finished Micah 6:13-7:10 for Hebrew. Tomorrow we hope to finish the book and be done with translation work for Intermediate Hebrew. Progress! Micah has been both frustrating and rewarding to translate. At times, it can be difficult to put the Hebrew into readable English if I even understand what it’s saying myself. That’s when the text isn’t corrupted by some textual error. However, there are some great passages that just really flowed – the beauty of Hebrew poetry never ceases to amaze me. Once again, so much you just don’t pick up in the English – so much you just can’t transfer since they are poetic devices for the Hebrew language.

I am reminded constantly how much I love Hebrew. I have battled through Akkadian all through this semester. Somehow I manage A’s and B’s on my quizzes, but I have a sinking feeling that at the insane rate we’ve had to learn it, it will seep out of my mind within a few months. If nothing else, it has reinforced to me where my real love lies.

So, today, it’s been church, chicken, and Hebrew – and a little Stargate thrown in at the end. 🙂

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