Meme of Fives

From Eucharis

10 years ago. In 10th grade. Doing accelerated classes and trying to figure out exactly who I was as a newly-minted Christian. Fighting a knee injury. Angsty and hating life.

5 years ago. Newly engaged. In my last year of college. Living in the dorms and hating the frosh that were living on my floor (I got stuck with the party crowd). Horribly depressed because I was missing Jon who was in Oregon doing CPE. Taking Medieval Europe, Religion and Social Change, and East Asian Religious Art.

1 year ago. Trying to adjust to life in Minnesota after our 2nd car was totalled. Praying for a job and that the new car loan would go through. Pissed off at the parish for not letting me teach Confirmation.

Yesterday. A purring 15-lb tabby settled on my bladder at 6. About 15 minutes later, I had to get up and use the facilities. I ended up not being able to get back to sleep so I showered and ate breakfast and did devos. I trudged through the fog and mud to BIG LUTHERAN CHURCH IN TOWN and after spent some time chatting with Krissy. Ate lunch out with Jon, came home, and took a nap. Went to hear a speaker with the gift of prophecy (which I actually accept as he told me some things that were interesting) and endured a healing with a couple who claim to have the gift of healing. (Will rant on this later.) Got home at 12:30, tossed down food, and went to sleep.

5 snacks I enjoy. Hummus and pita. Fruit. Chocolate Instant breakfast. Potato chips. Yogurt. (I don’t usually snack, so I had to think about this one.)

5 songs I know all the words to. “Amazing Grace”. “Give Me Jesus” by Fernando Ortega. Everything Loreena McKennitt sings. “How Great Thou Art”. “If I Flee on Morning Wings” by Fernando Ortega.

5 things Iâ????d do with $100 million. Tithe. Pay off all our debts as well as the debts of my parents. Set aside some so that we could take a vacation every year. Set up college funds for all our kids. Give the rest away.

5 places Iâ????d run away to. Ireland. The forests of Logborough Inlet, BC. Santa Cruz. Seattle. Montana.

5 things Iâ????d never wear. Anything showing my navel. Anything orange. Ponchos. Anything 80’s. Anything with garishly bright colors.

5 favorite TV shows. Grey’s Anatomy. The Biggest Loser. Mythbusters. Law & Order. COPS.

5 biggest joys. Petting my cats. Snuggling with Jon. Spending time with family. Singing sacred classical music with a good choir. Singing harmony on on hymns.

5 favorite toys. My laptop. My yogurt maker. My digital camera. My crochet hooks. Yarn + a cat.

5 people I want to pass this on to. Whoever wants to do it.

50 Things I Love

Kristen did this, and I think it might be a good thing for me to do right now.

So, here are 50 things I love in no particular order…

my husband
my parents
my brother
my brother’s girlfriend
Mint Marble Fudge Soy Delicious
Trader Joe’s
Chipotle burritos
Ben & Jerry’s Oatmeal Cookie Chunk ice cream
Fernando Ortega
Subway sandwiches
Lands’ End clothes
thrift shops
traditional hymns
Handel’s Messiah
redwood trees
banana slugs
the Santa Cruz mountains
hugs from 6 year old girls who wave their arms in the air to get your attention
long walks
the ocean
Celtic Christianity
petting kitties
the Pacific Northwest
Logborough Inlet
my church ladies at Knit Wits
the satisfaction of finishing a project
the Psalms
vanilla lactose-free lattÃ?s
knowing that God is in control of all that’s been happening lately and will work in it for good

Tag! I’m It!

Rick tagged me so…

List ten songs that you are currently digging. It does not matter what genre they are from, whether they have words, or even if they are no good, but they must be songs you are really enjoying right now. Post these instructions, the artists, and the ten songs in your blog. Then tag five other people to see what they are listening to.

01. Dante’s Prayer by Loreena McKennitt
02. Tubthumpin’ by Chumbawumba
03. If I Flee on Morning Wings by Fernando Ortega
04. Give Me Jesus by Fernando Ortega
05. Let All Things Now Living by Michael Card
06. If I Stand by Rich Mullins
07. Dragostea Din Tei by O-Zone
08. You Raise Me Up by Josh Groban
09. Ancient Words by Michael W. Smith
10. Mo Ghile Mear by Mary Black

So… Richard, Leenie, Cheryl, Thames, and Michael: what are you listening to these days?

Movies and Books

Michelle tagged me so…

1) Total number of films I own on DVD/video:
No idea… they’re all Jon’s for the most part.

2) The last film I bought:
I don’t remember — it’s been a really long time.

3) The last film I watched:
Robin Hood: Men In Tights (I think)

4) Five films that I watch a lot or that mean a lot to me (in no particular order):

The Third Miracle
The Birdcage
Forrest Gump
Les Mis (a version we watched in my French class)
any of the Austin Powers ones

Ten Things I have NOT done:
001. Shoplift
002. Backpack through Europe
003. Kill a man
004. Visit Asia
005. Visit Australia
006. Serve as a missionary
007. Learn Spanish
008. Read the whole Bible in a year
009. Eat blue paint
010. Streak through a crowd.

Tag: Drina, Kristen, and Richard.

OK… Rick tagged me for this one:

1. Total number of books I own:

2. Last book I bought:
Ummmm… I think some Calvin and Hobbes ones???

3. Last book I read:
“Eragon” by Christopher Paolini (well… still reading it)

4. Five books that mean a lot to me:
“What’s So Amazing About Grace” by Philip Yancey
“The Jesus I Never Knew” by Philip Yancey
The Bible
“Christy” by Catherine Marshall
“The Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis

5. Two major books when I was a kid:
“The Diary of Anne Frank”
“To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee

6. People I want to tag: (copy/paste the questions and answer them on your blog…)
Ummm… whoever wants to do this?

3 X’s

Ganked from Chris….

1. Jen
2. Jenni
3. Leprechaun

1. gracefulfemina
2. lepicat7
3. genniphar

1. My eyes
2. My hair
3. My curves

1. My abs
2. My height
3. My nose

1. Irish
2. Welsh
3. That’s pretty much it, I think.

1. Economic, military, and social policies of the current administration (agreeing with Chris on this…)
2. My career future (again… agreeing with Chris)
3. Enzyte commercials

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Questions Only

Questions courtesy of the penguin-worshipping people at Beautiful Feet

1. How do you balance candidates when you vote? When you have a pro-lifer who kills life by his ecological policies, how does he compare Kyoto kissing pro-choicer who thinks abortions should be available to anyone at any time of the pregnancy? (That’s a really qualified question, so read it literally :-P)

I vote for the one who is the least evil in my humble opinon. (Gee… could this be a Dubya vs. most of his Democratic opponents question? Nooooooo…) Seriously, I’ve voted for the lesser of two evils in the last two elections and the more evil one has always won. (Send all hatemail to jeniswrong at peacefulwaters dot org please.)

2. How would you argue for the ordination with a moderate conservative or Anglo-Catholic who allows women in non-priestly roles or as acolytes, but can’t go for women’s ordination because of exegetical hangups (Creation account, Timothy, Corinthians)?.

I still haven’t gotten that argument down well yet so I can’t tell you how I’d argue. Most of my friends who disagree with my ordination pray for discernment for me, hoping that somehow I’ll discern that the path is wrong.

3. How do you veg at home?

I crochet, pet my cats, watch “Law & Order”, do taebo, and work in my garden when it isn’t too cold. I also love to cook but don’t really have all that many people to cook for.

4. An anti-cat speech (with people burning cats in public) is going on at the same time as a Marva Dawn lecture called, “Making the Jump From Pastor’s Wife to Pastor.” They’re across town from each other. What do you do?

The anti-cat speech. Protesting cruelty to animals trumps Marva Dawn. (I’m also not incredibly fond of her anyway.)

5. You’ve won a free trip. You can go to Strassbourg, Wittenberg, Worms, and Geneva, or you could go to Hawaii, Jamaica, and the Bahamas. Which do you choose?

Hard question. I can either go galavant around Europe or go snorkelling and get sunburned. I’d probably go with the Hawaii, Jamaica, and the Bahamas since I might do the first trip as a sabbatical someday. Besides, the latter trip would be a break from church things which would be good for me.

If anyone wants me to ask them questions, leave me comments. If anyone wants to ask me questions, comment as well.