Monday, January 23, 2006

This description of my birth date is rather uncanny...

Your Birthdate: September 7

You are an island. You don't need anyone else to make you happy.
And though you see yourself as a loner, people are drawn to you.
Deep and sensitive, you tend to impress others with your insights.
You also tend to be psychic - so listen to that inner voice!
Your strength: Your self sufficiency

Your weakness: You despise authority

Your power color: Maroon

Your power symbol: Hammer

Your power month: July

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Hey Pat, maybe I need to revisit my call.

As I was lurking on other blogs, I decided to take the "What is your theological worldview?" quiz again. Last time I ended up Holiness/Wesleyan...this time, well, I think it shows my worldview is in flux right now...but I'm thinking that's a good thing :-)


You scored as Roman Catholic. You are Roman Catholic. Church tradition and ecclesial authority are hugely important, and the most important part of worship for you is mass. As the Mother of God, Mary is important in your theology, and as the communion of saints includes the living and the dead, you can also ask the saints to intercede for you.

Emergent/Postmodern

75%

Roman Catholic

75%

Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan

68%

Neo orthodox

54%

Charismatic/Pentecostal

43%

Modern Liberal

32%

Reformed Evangelical

29%

Classical Liberal

29%

Fundamentalist

4%

What's your theological worldview?
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Saturday, January 21, 2006

Thank You Whole Foods

For those of you without a Whole Foods in your area, please don't hate on 'em but encourage the store to come to your town.

Whole Foods has saved my day yet again. T and I have discovered that not only does WF offer cheaper coffee options than "the man" but they also have decided to operate all of their stores completely on solar power AND offer free wireless internet.

So guess where I'll be studying from now on....like right now.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

You know you're a parent when...

So you know you're a parent when a fun afternoon/evening includes:

-A five hour play date where a 2 1/2 and 3 year old run themselves toward an early bedtime (yes!)

-a yummy dinner of "trees" (toddler code for broccoli) and grapefruit juice

-a trip to BabieRus with two pregnant friends to help them register

-coming home to snack on red wine and Terra chips while trying to decide on watching CSI or Grease II on the tele.

Good times :-)

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Temporary Freedom

Well, I'm officially back into the blogworld. The reason for my extended absence is that I really didn't have any brain power left to blog anything coherent in the last month. All of that was sucked into the numerous writing projects, sermons, and papers I had to plow through. This past week alone, I had to birth 39 pages of papers/exams of which I wrapped up at 10 am yesterday. I am proud in the sense that I don't think I had any major meltdowns over the course of the week, which means I must be getting used to the mental torture of seminary a bit :-)

I do have to give a shout out to my partner in crime because he made a lot of my writing time possible and was the primary parent for at least 5 of the 7 days (Before you feel too bad, he only had 15 pages of work to my 39). But seriously, for the most part we worked as a team and he's on campus right now handing in his last assignment so WE ARE FREE! (For a week and a half).

To recap my week:

On Sunday, January 1, I sort of finished taking notes on my Doctrine of Election paper (You know you've descended into seimary geekdom when you're reading titles like Karl Barth's Critically Realistic Dialectical Theology: Its Genesis and Development 1909-1936. I really thought this paper was going to get the best of me. The length was supposed to be 15-20 pages, which I guess in the grand scheme of things isn't too long but just long enough that you have put in some serious study time to pull it off. The biggest pressure-cooker for this paper is that it was worth 90% of our grade. Yikes! My two options for who will grade this paper is my professor (the author of the above book) or my preceptor who is notorious for not giving students As on anything. So yeah, I'll let you know how that one turns out.

Mon-Thurs morning: writing said Election paper.
Thur-Sat: Writing 9 more pages of Theology exams covering Pneumatology, the Church, and the Sacraments of the Lord's Supper and Baptism (you know EASY stuff ha ha)
Sat night-Monday night): Writing 15-20 page paper on Women's Religious Involvement in Islam. Not too worried about this hastily written paper since it is a P/F class.
Tuesday 10 am: printed off 2nd set of Theology papers and Islam paper.
11:50 am: All papers are in their proper bins outside of professors locked and darkened offices :-)

I'd like to say that I've felt euphoric joy after finishing these assignments. But instead I've had a nagging headache and strong attachment to lounging on our living room couch (where I'm at right now). I think that is the challenge of finals. You push so hard to the finish line and sadly, there are no cameras or medals or or silvery blankets or gatorade bottles waiting for you at the end of the marathon. Just the knowledge that a new set of challenges are ahead in under two weeks. Sigh, can you tell I'm ready for this seminary gig to finish? :-)

Well, I plan on my next blog to be more thoughtful and less about my schedule and more about what I'm thinking about (as soon as my brain is able to do that again)

Thanks all for being patient.