“So, I just had the most amazing conversation with this guy who reads my blog,” says I, thoughtfully chewing on a sandwich at the Lovebirds Cafe in Pasadena. I was eating lunch with my friend Joanne on a break from classes at Fuller.
“Really? What’d you talk about?”
Me. “We talked for like 2 hours, do you think it means anything?”
Joanne, “Well, it was about theology… I don’t know. Too soon to tell, let me know if you talk again!”
Munch, munch, munch.
“I haven’t actually seen him online for a couple of days, so who knows…”
Of course the name of the restaurant we managed to go to that day wasn’t helping with the whole, love is in the air thing I had going on in my head (okay, so it wasn’t love yet, but I was at least crushing, k?).
Turns out he had left school to go to a convention (which, was on that Friday and Saturday, I’m not sure why he wasn’t on Wednesday and Thurs either, but who knows).
But then Sunday afternoon, his name popped up in my chat window! He was back, and he wanted to talk!
Me seeing him online had nothing to do with the fact that I had an alarm set to tell me when he came back, and then when it did go off, me sitting there chanting “message me, message me, come on, you know you want to.” A case for subliminal influencing 2,115 miles away? I guess we’ll never know…
(*raises left hand and puts right hand on the Bible. I solemnly swear not to write a list post tomorrow. BUT, give me a break. This is a blog round-up… way different! Okay, so it still has a number in the title… and it’s a list.. okay, so it’s not that different. I’ll write something random tomorrow. yes, I know I said that yesterday, but trust me, list posts are too orderly, and I can’t stay orderly for long!)
1. Even if you don’t care much about photography, you can appreciate this video from Joe McNally, awesome photographer and funny funny man. His book The Hot Shoe Diaries taught me so much about working with wireless flashes. Here he is confessing his photography sins. I’m guilty of using my LCD screen to determine exposure too.
2. One of my old-time blog buddies Darren Rowse went big time (Darren! I’ve been blogging as long as you, where are my thousands of hits and six-figure income!?!? What’s that, I have to be consistent? Consistent… can you define that for me?) and now he blogs about blogging. I found this post of links (27 Must Read Tips and Tutorials for Bloggers he collected from other big bloggers on blogging (Say that three times really fast, bet you can’t) very helpful reading.
3. The Randomly Cool Award goes to…. Pioneer Woman! Hands down one of my favorite bloggers. And, bonus, she’s a photog too She almost always has lots of funny pictures to tell her stories with. Here’s a recent post from here on Cold Cows.
4. A theme close to my heart is simplification (because my brain can’t handle to much complexity all at once! Give me little words people, just cause I use big ‘uns doesn’t mean I know what they mean!) But what does it mean to simplify? Some folks have gone totally off the grid and now live in one-room solar powered shacks (er, I mean, deluxe mini-cabins) with composting toilets and no showers (Seriously this one dude I read about showers at his gym, after he rides his bike there… how does he get home un-sweaty? I don’t know, but maybe he just figures he’s not accumulating multiple days worth of sweat…) Anyway, the post at Choosing Voluntary Simplicity has a good balance and some thoughts for both those who have too much and those who become obsessed with too little. Check it out.
5. Anyone out there with a digital camera? What? you ALL have digital cameras?
What’s that? oh, they’re on your phones. Well that counts. Digital Photography School has a weekend challenge to re-create a famous portrait. If you recreate Annie Lebowitz’s portrait of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, I want to know how you have the pull to get Lennon to come back from the dead to pose for you, though.
6. Switching gears a little, my friend Kelly has been writing a very candid blog on dealing with post-partum depression among other things. She just had her second child, and is working through all the changes that come along with that. Check out her latest post here.
7. As a youth minister, I can’t resist this post from my buddy Gavin, interacting with a Rob Bell interview on youth ministry. I particularly loved this quote, because I’ve been saying this for years (Rob! dang you and your famous self for stealing my line!
The dominant paradigm in churches is production, not discipleship. It’s about how to keep kids coming—how are the numbers? In the gospels, whenever there were large crowds, Jesus gave a difficult teaching that thinned out the crowd.
8. Sort of a double link here (no, that doesn’t count as two numbers… I like 9 total for today, so it doesn’t count! okay?) My friend and fellow youth minister (and artistic soul), Holly, has linked to a really cool Epiphany prayer. Check it out here.
9.French Toast Girl! Amazing artist. Love her work. This is one of her latest pieces, Lambey, that was commissioned as a Christmas gift by a friend of hers. It depicts Lambey, the favorite stuffed animal of the friend’s little girl. I love it!
HEY BLOGGERS! This blog round-up’s going to be weekly Saturday thing… Got a post you want link-loved? Leave me the link to your post in the comments to this one and if it’s RELEVANT to my blog content, I *may* feature it in next week’s round up.
*DISCLAIMER: If you don’t know what’s relevant to my blog, read this post to find out what I talk about. If you still post an irrelevant link, I might post it, but I’ll write ridiculing comments about it. You don’t want my ridicule. Trust me.
Okay folks, since I’m blogging in my formal bathrobe today I’m going to write a list post and sort of give you a feel for where this blog is going. (don’t worry, tomorrow I’ll be back in the old ratty plaid one where I post things about what I eat and which teeth I picked after).
And you get a second post today because my driveway looks like this and I can’t go out!
See, as much as I love the random posts, which if you know me, random is one of the highest compliments you can get from me (As in “That was randomly cool!”), I’m on this journey-thing through this different space and I’m exploring somethings that are entirely new and some other things that I’d thought about but never had a chance to explore.
What’s that? You want to know what things I’m talking about?
Hold your puppies folks, I’m getting there.
*Note: to all of you who start looking at the below list and think it’s boring then you must also enjoy living fragmented, disillusioned, and frankly depressing lives. If however, you have any desire to learn to live holistically and live life to the full you will not only read my blog every day, but also invite all your friends. (and to those of you who are about to write me admonishing comments, by all means, do! I’ll take comments however I can get them. But first, google snarky, go ahead, it’s word 😉 )
Where was I? Oh yes, the list.
Dun dun dun.
1. (or should I start with 10? Drat that Letterman, I never know now…) Well if I was going from 10 to 1 with 1 being the sort of climax then 1 would be randomness (see above). These entries are likely to contain pictures of what I ate, what my cats ate (and what they dragged in), but never will you find an apology for my gratuitous use of parenthesis (I like parenthesis, it’s like hiding little secrets in the sentence for everyone to see )
2. (or 9, if you insist). Total well-being.
Okay so, big topic, and in some ways a couple of the following topics could be viewed as sort of sub-topics to this one, yeah, I’m bad at lists (I don’t write outlines for papers either).
The world Shalom in Hebrew is usually interpreted as peace, which is a correct definition, but as I’ve come to understand it thanks to my friend Alli and, of course, my insanely intelligent Mom (who reads like 5 ancient near eastern languages including biblical Hebrew. I’d ask her to blog, but I’m never sure what language will come out), it has more of a connotation of total well-being. So when us Anglican/Episcopalian folk pass the peace and say “The Peace of the Lord be always with you” (and also with you… reflex response), we’re wishing God’s Shalom for the folks in the pews around us, and ultimately the world. (Don’t worry, you non-Anglican’s have equally valid ways of wishing peace, I’m very ecumenical 😉 )
Okay, that’s all well and good, but what does it mean in our everyday lives? Well, that’s where the next couple come in, and it’s a good thing, cause this was a long number 2 (9).
3. (8). Daily Expressions of Spirituality.
A lot of us protestants are familiar with the “quiet time” concept. I’m hoping to figure out meaningful ways to spend time with God in quiet and not so quiet ways this year. Sort of beyond the quiet time. I’ll let you know how it goes.
4. (7.) Exercise, fitness, and physical health.
There are more stories to tell in this category about the battles I’ve fought all through my mid to late twenties in this area. At 29, I had the choice to become depressed that I’d been sick or in not ideal heath for what should have been the physically fittest time of my life, or decide that my 30’s were going to be awesome in this department. So far, so good (I did just turn 30 in September, but I’m doing great, and I’ll share more of that journey in this category).
I’ve found some great ways to exercise at home, and some free resources that are helping me do that, and I’ll pass them along from time to time.
5. (6). Green living and local eating.
We’ve been slowly but surely greening the way we live (and we painted our dining room green! well, sort of olive-y, but still). We recycle, compost, are members of a CSA, and have really greened the way we clean, and as I continue making discoveries in this area, I’ll be talking about them (yes, I’ll be talking, surprise, I know).
6. (5). Gardening and preserving.
We planted an herb garden this past spring to go along with our CSA and this year we’ll be adding (hopefully!) a few more beds, which should give us enough food to start preserving some of it so our other half of the year can be more local too!
7. (4). Cooking.
I’ll lay odds, you’d already figured that one out 😉 Husband and I both love to cook, so I’ll be posting occasional pics and recipes from time to time. Neither of us can leave a recipe alone, so we’ll bring you along on our culinary adventures (and for those of you in the Nashville area, we might even have you over for dinner! but you’ll have to be willing to be blogged. No such thing as a free meal you know).
8. (3). Birdie!
9. (2). Art.
Well, this is the Wayfaring Artist after all. I’m primarily a photographer, but I also paint with acrylics, and do different things with mixed media as the mood strikes me. I also sew, but more for artistic purposes then say, clothes. I dabble in graphic design and web-page layout as well as interior decorating (I love to move furniture around!)
10. (1). …
what? I’m ADD, didn’t you know?
11. (0). (the zero means this one doesn’t count against my list of ten! numbers aren’t my strong point). Living in Community. I don’t even know exactly what I mean by this yet, but if you want to drop by and chat a while, maybe we’ll figure it out together.