Posted in Life

Random Pictures From My Phone

Because sometimes I end up with some strange things.

From a children’s book about David and Goliath. I was a little concerned.

My hair was doing cool things at some unearthly hour of the night, so I took a picture.

Reorganizing decorations at work. Things happened.

New job at the library! I’m staff! I GET TO GO BEHIND THE DESK!!!

I found that hat. I don’t know why it exists.

Mr. Green was weirdly attractive in this Clue game.

But if you left out the meat and sauce, wouldn’t you just have macaroni and cheese?

Sometimes Bella sleeps with her head under the curtains.

The library was getting rid of this book. Wonder why.

I think I was trying to take a picture of my hairdo. I don’t know what happened to result in this selfie.

This is from a book of Bible stories I use in my nursery class. I like it because it includes stories other than the ones you always see. But sometimes the pictures are very strange.

As opposed to Only Slightly Religious Friendship Bracelets?

Look at those satisfying numbers.

And here we have a picture from a questionable coloring book. Thankfully the two-year-olds don’t care.

Stuffed animal fell off the bed, got trapped, and stared at me disapprovingly.

Look at the cute dog.

Who named this pattern?

This was in a middle school. That third line. I was so pained.

Back to that questionable coloring book. Not only do we have the very strange people, but they left out a few important parts of the story…

?????

From an excellent book called Recess Warriors. Highly recommended.

This is apparently from a Sherlock Holmes play. I love how you can always tell who is Holmes and who is Watson, and I love how well this sums up their relationship.

I’ve been cleaning my room lately. I found some unopened mail…

New boots! They were originally $100 dollars. I got them for less than nine. It was most satisfying.

 

I have no control over which of these pictures will show up on Facebook with the post. That might be interesting.

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Posted in Life

Small Things I’m Thankful for from Today

I kept a list.

  • Bible app to start my day
  • Chatting with a friend while getting ready for work
  • Time for makeup [I don’t usually bother, but I did today.]
  • Long eyelashes
  • Protein bars
  • Songs for ship [“Ship,” being internet speak for, “Fictional characters who are or should be a couple.”]
  • Smiles on patrons
  • Warm sun through break room windows
  • New movies to look forward to checking out [The ones I want to see all had holds on them.]
  • Leftovers from last night’s dinner for lunch
  • Oatmeal creme pie
  • Elementary school kids in the library
  • Cleaning books [I find it weirdly enjoyable.]
  • Neat shelves of books
  • Patron making a Narnia reference
  • Patient mom with two crying children
  • Six bags of book donations [I was bored at that point. Looking through them killed some time.]
  • Small child remembering my favorite color
  • Me: It says, “Great!” Small child: Like me!
  • Breakfast for dinner
  • Learning unexpected trivia from a book about cemeteries
Posted in Christianity

Have a Poem

Not a poem by me. It’s by Willie Mullan. I don’t know if it has a name. It came up in the On This Day app on Facebook as something I once shared, and I think it sums up the concept rather well.

 

God manifest in flesh, oh wonder to behold!
Creative power within the breast that felt the blast of cold.
God in our likeness made, oh may we understand
The One who made the wondering worlds appear as lowly man!
He stood within the realm He fashioned with a thought;
His creatures gazed upon Him; alas they knew Him not,
They cried out for His blood, His claims cast down as dross,
They spat upon His princely face, then nailed Him to a cross.
BUT He made the tree for that cross of wood,
He made the hill on which it stood,
And in some hidden vein of land
He made the steel that pierced each hand;
He made the sun which hid its face;
He made the fathers of that race
Who, in their hatred knew Him not.
He made the fiends with which He fought,
And there, in death, He made a way
Back to Himself
Eternally.

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Another NaNoWriMo

I’m cheating this year. I’m not writing a brand new novel for National Novel Writing Month. I’m editing an old one.

I feel kind of weird doing it. Especially because it’s going a lot faster than writing from scratch, so I’m already halfway to the word count goal for the month. But I decided that overall it would be much more productive to use the month to make myself work on the older project than to try to start something new.

And I think I’m going to be able to finish the editing by the end of the month. Possibly before.

………. This is really, really short. I thought it would be longer. But it seems to be all I have to say on the subject. So. Sorry.

Here, this’ll lengthen it a bit. Enjoy this accurate description of writing.

Posted in Life

Happy Halloween!

Here’s the thing.

It’s after 9:30.

I have no creative post ideas.

I want to read my book or watch a movie or do something that’s not staring at a blank blog post for another two hours wondering what to do with it.

So have a Halloween-related Studio C video, and then we can all move on with our lives.

Posted in Christianity, Life, Thoughts

Slow Down

“I’ve got to go to work.”
“On no account. You need rest.”
“It’s the planning meeting, it’s important.”
“You’re important.”
– From the 
Doctor Who episode “The Lodger”

I do not like commercials for cold and flu medicine. They all seem to say basically the same thing: “Don’t let anything slow you down! Take this medicine so you can keep doing everything you always do even though you’re sick!”

First of all, I don’t care what they’re selling, when I’m sick, no medicine ever makes me feel as good as the commercials suggest. But even more than that, the “Don’t let anything slow you down!” message bothers me.

When you’re sick, your body is already working hard to fight off the germs. Which takes up energy you normally use for other things. So, you know, if you try to do all those other things, too… It doesn’t work out well.

I’m not sure what it is that makes humans want to go, go, go, even when their bodies want to rest, rest, rest. Maybe it’s a subconscious desire to believe that the world needs us. Maybe it’s fear of boredom. Maybe it’s a culture that equates value with productivity. Maybe some combination of lots of different factors, depending on the person.

But when you are sick, it really is okay to slow down. Not just okay; important. Resting when you genuinely need to is not laziness. The world will continue spinning if you call in sick to work, or if the laundry has to wait an extra day, or if you take a nap instead of reading. And it’s okay that the world continues spinning while you rest.

And I think that God sometimes uses illness to remind us to slow down. I’m certainly not going to tell someone with the flu, “Oh, God made you get sick so you would slow down.” I don’t have that kind of knowledge. Notice that my first statement didn’t even say, “I think sometimes God makes us get sick to remind us to slow down.” But it might be something to consider.

One of the best things that happened to me in college is that I had a cold during my first finals week. I had to just do some studying with the limited energy I had, show up for my tests and do what I could, and let that be enough. And lo and behold, things turned out fine. Which gave me proof that I did not have to stress about finals week to do well. It was great.

(You know, I think this blog post was much better constructed in my head. It seemed like it would flow so nicely, but it’s not working so well now that I’m trying to type it out. Oh, well. We’ll jump to the conclusion then.)

So. If you’re sick, slow down. Please. The planning meeting is important. But so are you.

Posted in Christianity, Life, Thoughts

Generating Community

I follow a few pages on Facebook that post clean, funny pictures. I’d say my favorite is probably Debi Downer (and yes, the funny part applies despite the name).

Recently, the admin of the page posted this:

I did not see the picture in question. But all the comments on this post were along the lines of, “I appreciate your clean content!” “We all make mistakes; don’t worry about it.” “You’re the best!” And I have seen this sort of thing happen on this page before. Infrequently. But always handled with the same grace and tact. I scrolled away from this post appreciating this small, pleasant, safe corner of the internet and wanting to remain part of it.

I’ve also seen the same situation happen on another, similar page, which I don’t think I shall name because that doesn’t seem necessary. But that admin’s response was always something like, “Excuse me for accidentally posting something inappropriate! Haven’t you ever made a mistake? I’m busy and can’t catch everything. Go ahead and unfollow me if you want to. No skin off my nose!” This is not a direct quote. It’s been way too long to attempt to find one. But you get the gist. And I’m sure you can imagine that this did not produce the same sort of pleasant conversations.

I never actually unfollowed that page. But I did slowly stop interacting with it, and I don’t see much from it now. When I scroll past a picture that makes me laugh and I notice that it’s from that page, I go, “Eh, I don’t think I’ll hit the like button.” I don’t really want to be a part of that community.

It fascinates me how in the exact same situation, one person’s decision to be consistently humble and pleasant or consistently bitter and annoyed completely shapes the sort of community that develops around them. Because while individual people may be pleasant or bitter no matter what situation you put them in, as a group, people tend to follow the lead of the person who initiates the tone of the group’s emotions.

What sort of community would you rather encourage in your life?