Monday, September 30, 2002

Really don't have much insightful to say tonight. Got some major progress done toward cleaning up the downstairs. Now I just need to tackle the upstairs. And, of course, I watched the Alias premier last night. Absolutely wonderful! Just finished a long post on the subject for snark!fest, so head over there if you'd like to see my thoughts on the matter. To sum up, good back ground for new viewers while still advancing the story for those of us who have been watching the entire way through. And left us with some wonderful new places to go. My jaw dropped twice at what happened, which is always a good sign.

Think that's all for today.

Sunday, September 29, 2002

Today being Sunday, I'll start things off with the Sunday Op-Ed.

1. Disney
What do I LOVE!!!!????? The parks (Or at least the one I've been to), many of the movies, and the man himself. Yes, I confess, I'm a Disney freak. As anyone who knows me will tell you. Of course, I could also use Who was a great visionary in the animation field? Or should that be motion pictures period?

2. Busch Gardens
Where have I never been?

3. Sea World
Where have I never been, even though there's one just three hours from me. (And, yes, San Diego is three hours south of here!)

Ok, not a whole lot I could do with those this week, Chris.

I'm all caught up on my TV watching. Firefly is ok. It could be great, or it could be horrid. And I'm very intreged by John Doe. Tonight, in exactly 6 hours, is the season premier of Alias. Of course, I'm not going to be watching it for 7 hours. Jeff will be able to be over at 10, so I'll wait for him.

Talked to Marcus yesterday. He'll be moving in on Friday. So I need to rearrange things and let him have some room. Doesn't sound like a whole lot of fun, now does it. :(

It's been cold here all weekend with light showers on my way to church this morning. So I pulled out my Christmas favorites tape. After all, it is almost October. Have I mentioned recently how much I love Christmas music? And, while we're on music, David Meece's new CD comes out in two days!!!!

Friday, September 27, 2002

I have a roommate!!!! Got a message while I was out and about last night from Dave telling me Marcus finally has the job. Now we just need to work out the details of him moving in.

Had fun at the Survivor party last night. I was probably the only one completely "into" the show. So I don't know if I'll go back or not. And it really threw my TV schdule off. Then I called Jeff about coming over tomorrow night to watch Monsters, Inc. and he wound up coming over last night and watching Friends as well. So I watched Without a Trace today at lunch time. Confused yet? Me, too. :)

But here are a few thoughts.

Survivor - Don't have a lot to say. They were smart to get rid or Tanya. Now, they just need to win the next couple challenges.
Friends - Did you really think they have them get together that easily? Of course not. As long as they're together by the end of the series I'll be happy.
Without a Trace - Perfect match with CSI. (BTW, the Miami spin-off is ok. Not as good as the original.) Really enjoyed the openner and definately planning to tune in again.

Forgot to mention yesterday that Monday night we had dinner in the Awhani hotel. Or however it's spelled. Fortunately, it was my uncle and aunt's treat. It's really expensive. Fun, but only because I wasn't paying.

Only 52 hours until the premier of Alias Sunday night. Can't wait to see what happens next! (And if you're interested, they're having a 9 hour marathon on ABC Family starting Sunday at noon. Don't know what episodes for sure, but I'd assume they'll lead up to the finale from last season ending right before the new season starts.)

Thursday, September 26, 2002

Guess this is what I get for wondering what people were talking about with Blogger eating posts. Just eat mine. Let's see if I can recap rather quickly here since I want to be leaving now.

Friday night last week - Had fun at the game night. We played Risk 2210, and I came in second. But I stayed much later then I had intended to. Didn't get home until 1AM. But that didn't stop me from watching the season premiers of Sabrina and Reba. (Quick thoughts. Sabrina will take some getting used to again. And I really dislike the fact that they did nothing with last season's cliffhanger. Reba still looks good.)

Saturday - Had to be at church by 8AM for the jr. high frisbee golf, which was fun. Then I headed over to Pasadena, where I spent $90 on books again. I think it's a good think Linda's closed. Then I went out to dinner with Linda and Jan, getting home at 10 PM.

Sunday, after Sunday school, I left for Yosemite. Had a great time, wasn't nearly long enough. The park is still absolutely beautiful, even though the waterfalls were dry. Something about it being fall and there being a light snow pack. Still, definately worth the trip.

And tonight, I'm heading out to a Survivor party. There will be three of us who watch the show religiously, and a bunch who have never seen it before. Should be interesting and fun.

Right now, however, I need to get to dinner. Still have three free meals this week. :)
Guess who's back from vacation!! Had a great time and I'll blog more about it later. Right now, I want to do the Thursday Threesome and then tackle some work. Well, I need to tackle some work. Don't really want to, but that's a different story, right. :)

BTW, this week's edition is brought to us by the weather and The Back Porch.

Onesome. Standing. Any particular issue you feeling like standing up on your soap box and discussing?
Well, one of the multitude of e-mails awaiting me when I got back was one from an ultimate acquantence asking me to e-mail the President to protest the idea of attacking Iraq. Personally, I think it's a good idea, and I rather resent having that sent to me assuming I'm "on his side."

Twosome. in the. Finish the phrase.. "in the..." Now, what made you go there?
"In the Bleak Midwinter..." That's what popped into my head. It's the song that start's Twila Paris's Christmas CD. Haven't really heard it anywhere else, but I like it.

Threesome. Rainbow. What's at the end of your rainbow?
Good times with family and friends.

Friday, September 20, 2002

Hmm, what to say today? :)

Of course I'm going to start with Survivor. What did you think? (And if you missed it, CBS is going to show it again Saturday night. So skip the next couple paragraphs and watch then if you're so inclined.)

First, the two teams. We've got the cocky and in better shape team, then we've got the older but wiser team. Granted, the older but wiser team lost last night, but my money is on them to pull it out more times because of their knowledge. After all, they were ahead until Ghandia lost the challenge for them. Why she didn't go is beyond me. She would have had my vote. And, while I'm sad to see the pastor leave so soon, at least he didn't wind up appearing as a hypocrite before he left.

Next week, Robb leaves. He's getting very upset when everyone doesn't follow his orders (and I agree with his teammates that they needed food as well as shelter.) Also, who in their right mind brings a skateboard to Survivor? I mean, hello?

Pretty much did nothing be watch TV last night. I've been fighting with both places about my AC, both sides are blaiming the other side. And even if the compressor is the problem, Honda might not pay for it because it's been in an accident. What kind of warrantee is that? Frustration city. I don't have an extra $400 right now.

This may be the last chance I have to blog for almost a week. Tomorrow, I've got to be at church at 8. We're talking the jr. high down to Huntington Beach to play frisbee golf. Then I'm heading over to Pasadena for the closing of Crime Time. :( I'll be getting at least two books, however. Then, Sunday, after church, I'm off to Yosemite with my family and Aunt Martie's family until Wednesday. Should be loads of fun.

I want to close with another article. This one talks about the scare last Friday and says exactly what I've been thinking. The book I finished Wednesday was a mystery set during the Civil War. I found it very interesting that some of what was happening back then is happening now. Only back then people understood that during a time of declared war, things are different then during peace time. I think it's been so long since we were in a real war where we were in danger that my generation and the previous generation have forgotten that fact. But the article explains things better then I can.

Have a great week and I'll see you in 6.

Thursday, September 19, 2002

Guess no Thursday Threesome today.

Actually got into the shop when I want to this morning. You know, in time to catch the shuttle and get into work on time. :) Which is really amazing since I was up to midnight reading the final 20 pages of my book. They did the maintenance stuff, then looked at the AC for me. Told me it's a bad compressor, but they say it's the autobody shop's fault. Either installed wrong or faulty part. So it cost me $35 to find out what I was expecting to find out all along. So, why didn't the shop take responsibility for it right away like they should have? Frustration.

I was so stinking nervous leading worship last night. I got there late (we were at the climax of my book), then we couldn't find the keyboard. Finally got everything together minutes before worship was supposed to start. That never helps me be in the best mode to lead. Then, I was handing my Bible back and forth, and turns out they didn't know the new song like I thought they would. But everyone else seemed impressed and the singing was loud.

Loved the premier of Enterprise last night, too. One cliff hanger resolved (and resolved well.) Now, how many more to go?

Tonight, I need to pick up my car, do laundry (maybe. I'll take a look and see.), read more in my new book, watch Tuesday's Buffy rerun, and spend my last few minutes relaxing until I get to Yosemite on Sunday. (Of course is it really relaxing if you feel you must do it?) And, of course, I can't miss the premier of Survivor tonight at 8!!!!

Wednesday, September 18, 2002

I forgot to blog about something yesterday. (How many times do I start with that line, anyway?) With the Monsters, Inc. DVD is a trailer for Pixar's new movie, Finding Nemo, coming this summer. While it's kinda like the first trailer for M,I in that it really doesn't give you any idea what it's about plot wise, it looks like lots of fun. And the visuals are stunning. It's all underwater, and I can't wait to see it.

At S&K's last night found out their leaning strongly toward the seminary they'd leave for in the Spring. And talked to Jeff last night, who's talking about returning to Idaho in the Spring. Much cheaper for him to go to school there. The smart thing to do, but I don't want him to leave yet.

Watched the premier of Life with Bonnie last night. Frantic episode. Hopefully it will be better as a regular show. Don't know if I could stand it on a weekly basis otherwise.

And, in case you missed it, TV Guide's cover article this week is on ALIAS!!!! Interesting, but not a whole lot of new info other then they might dumb down the plot a little. I sure hope not. All the levels of plot were exactly why I loved that show. Then I caught the beginning of Regis and Kelly in Prime time. Since they were going to interview Jennifer Garner (who will win Sunday night!), I taped it, found the interview this morning, and watched that part only. No, I'm not obsessed at all. Have I mentioned recently that it's only 1 week 4 days until the new season starts? Can't wait.

And, speaking of other things we're counting down, it's 1 week 6 days until David Meece's first CD in 7 years (1st new in 9 years) comes out. That is a release that I must get the day it comes out.

Tonight after Bible Study, S,K, and I are meeting with the new youth pastor to discuss having kids join us in leading worship on Wednesday nights. And then Matt and Jeremiah will be coming over to watch the Enterprise premier. Can't wait to see how they resolve that cliff hanger.

Tuesday, September 17, 2002

Jeremiah didn't wind up coming over last night. Had this stupid thing called homework. So I watched the premere of 7th Heaven. It was wonderful to be watching a new episode of something again. And I laughed so hard at parts. It's a wonderful sit-com.

Power went off at some point last night. Woke up to flashing VCRs and such. But my batteries backed up my alarm clock just fine, unfortunately.

Went out at lunch time and picked up my copy of Monsters, Inc. Wish I had time to watch it soon. Seems like all the good stuff comes out right before I'm going to be gone. Also got Lifehouse's new CD. Think I'll need to let it grow on me. But I'm not too worried. It took their first one quite a while to grow on me, but I love it now.

Meanwhile, I think I'll go eat dinner, pick up some groceries, finish getting the worship set for tomorrow put together so we can start on time, set my VCR's for tonight's stuff, and hopefully have some time to read.

Just got off the phone with TJ, telling him I won't need him as a roommate. Now, things had better come through with Marcus because all my eggs are in one basket instead of two.

Have a good night.

Monday, September 16, 2002

You know, if you actually devote time to reading, you get much further along. I could be done with my current book if I'd read yesterday instead of working on becoming a couch potatoe. But I got through everything I had recorded, which actually feels pretty good, considering new episodes of shows start tonight. And Jeremiah might be coming over to watch the pilot of Enterprise tonight. Haven't heard from him all day.

Speaking of today, I've been a good boy and gotten lots of things done today. I'm feeling very good about myself.

And I took my car by the place that did the body work after my accident last year. They looked at my AC and told me it was the conpresser. Said it's frozen. So I called Honda, and I have an appointment to have that looked at and have the next service done Thursday. Hopefully, everything will be taken care of before I leave town Sunday. And considering I'm going to be driving all over the place Saturday as well, I'm feeling much better about life.

Now, to figure out how I'm going to finish this book sooner rather then later....

Sunday, September 15, 2002

Good afternoon. Today's Sunday Op-Ed.

1. Peanut Butter
What happened to the peanut that sat on the railroad tracks? (Toot, toot!)

2. Jello
What have I never been overly fond of? I like jello. I'll eat it occasionally. But I won't go out of my way to eat it. Unless it's a jello fruit salad. Most of those are super yummy.

3. Moon
What was I fascinated with as a child? I used to point to the moon all the time when we were in the car and my parents would answer back (singing), "The moon, the moon, the moon, the moon, the mooooon." Ok, so maybe it was just the fact that I wanted to make them sing this self-made song. :)

Remember last weekend how I was so proud of myself for getting a good blending on my haircut myself? Well, it doesn't matter now. Got really inspired by all the clipper shaves I was seeing, and Friday after I got home, got out my clippers and buzzed my hair off, too. Man, it's short! Of course, it worries me a little since I'm going to see my family next weekend. Not much I can do now, however. :) This will be the shortest they will have ever seen my hair.

Saturday morning was the best time I've had at ultimate in weeks. You know why? Greg Spangler was there. And I got to be on his team. And we actually played ultimate frisbee using the team instead of a variation on keep away, which is often what I feel like we play.

I only spent $71 at Crime Time yesterday. And it looks like I'll get to go back next week for the closing. Which means I need to keep reading hard. But I think I'll do laundry (so I have something to wear into work tomorrow) and catch up on the stuff I've recorded off tv in the last couple weeks today. Sounds wonderfully relaxing.

Friday, September 13, 2002

Is it 5 yet? :)

I had a blast last night. Wednesday, Elizabeth announced she was going to see the touring company of Beauty and the Beast. I'd been thinking about going, even talking to Josh and Pete about it. Well, I decided heck with it. I went on-line, found they still had tickets to last nights show, and bought one. In the second row! It was great, just as good as I remembered it being. So much fun. If you haven't gotten to see it yet, I highly recommend that you do when it comes to your area.

Of course, I do have a couple complaints about where I was sitting. I was to the left of the stage, so there were a few times that I couldn't see the very left hand side (like for Gaston's fall at the end) and Mrs. Potts blocked Belle and Beast dancing during "Beauty and the Beast." But, it was better then not going at all.

And I still can't figure out how they transformed the Beast into the Prince at the end. On stage. Twirling in the air. It's got to be something with the strobe lights that makes it so we can't see. Anyone know for sure?

I also had my first celebrity bump last night in the entire time I've lived down here. See, contrary to popular opinion, we don't all know celebrities and see them every day. I was washing my hands in the restroom and looked over and saw Danny Bonaduce at the sink next to me. Didn't say anything to him since I just know the name and face, but it was still kinda fun.

Also finished my book before I left. Love it!

Got a busy night tonight. First is a just for fun at the Durons, where I learn my fate. See, if they still don't know anything about Marcus, I'm going to start talking to TJ at Bible study, also tonight, more seriously about moving in.

Thursday, September 12, 2002

Ok, time for something a little lighter.

Tuesday night, I read the Fall Preview episode of TV Guide while watching Buffy. There are way too many good sounding shows coming out this year. I don't know what I'm going to do. There just aren't enough hours in the day to watch all the TV I'd like to and read all the books I'd like to.

Speaking of reading, I only have 40 pages to Coffin.... That book is fabulous. I've been laughing ever since I picked it up again Tuesday. And it's a pretty fast read, too. I thought I was going to die when I got to the chicken wing/celery/ranch dressing scene at allergy shots today. Just absolutely too funny. Has exactly my sense of humor.

Last night didn't turn out like I'd planned. UPN was supposed to show a repeat of the Enterprise pilot, which Jeremiah hadn't seen and I'd like to see again. Since I wasn't going to church, I picked them up at 7, treated them to Quizzno's for dinner, and then we headed back to my place. At 8, we found out that they were pre-empting it. Then, we decided to start watching Bab 5. After two episodes, we stopped because Jeremiah needed to get back to do homework. My disappointment there was that we ended with "Infection," one of my least favorite in the entire series, and stopped before getting to "Parliment of Dreams," easily a favorite from the first 10. It'll be two weeks before we get back to it, too, because next week we'll be watching both hours of Enterprise. You know, the season finale cliffhanger that Jeremiah hasn't seen from May (airing Tuesday after Buffy) and then the season premier that wrapps that up. And I can't wait to see how they bring the captian back from the 31st century.
I'm back. I don't know all the details of the situation yesterday, but I guess former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu was prevented from giving this speech in Canada yesterday because of protests. (And yet America is along in these kinds of things?) Anyway, considering all the times I've tried to say something along these lines here, I thought I should post it for anyone interested to read.

Makes lots of sense to me.
Time for today's Thursday Threesome, brought to us this week by St Francis of Assisi and The Back Porch. (And if you aren't familiar with the wondful song that the Raggamuffin Band did of this prayer, buy this CD now. That's an order.)

Onesome. Instrument. What is your favorite instrument to play or listen to? Have a penchant for the guitar? What about the piano? Tell us about your passion...

As I talk about all the time, I play the guitar. It's the instrument I've always wanted to play, and I've always loved. And I love playing it. Of course, of just one of those chord and strum people. I love to listen to classical guitarist.
But you probably didn't know that I also took 10 years of piano lessons. Unfortunately, I've forgotten most of what I even knew, but I love listening to my brother play. He's far above the level I ever reached.
And, right after I started this job, I quite playing handbells. Those are so beautiful when played right.

Twosome. of your. Time of your life? A moment? An age? An event? Tell us about it!
Trixie convention? I'm really not sure. Pretty much any time I'm part of a group that accepts me and I have fun. I'm really hard to please that way.

Threesome. Peace. Though we may wish for Peace on Earth, what gives you inner peace?
God. As I shared after the rant yesterday, knowing God is in control is what got me through last year and gets me through tough days personally. Along those lines is David Meece's classic Learning to Trust and Downhere's song Calmer of the Storm. Both remind me to turn my eyes to Him who created this world with his words.

Wednesday, September 11, 2002

One year ago today.

Seems to me that so much has happened in my life it's hard to believe it's only been a year. (And if you want my thoughts on last year itself, head over to my post on The Back Porch. Sorry, don't have archives going back that far.)

Now, everyone refers to 9/11/01 as the day America changed. But can I ask what exactly changed?

(WARNING, this is the promised rant. If you don't feel like reading this or want to come back to it some other time, I will certainly understand.)

Nothing. Our country has gone back to business as usual except we're fighting a war that very few of us are effected by.

Maybe it's just that I'm living here in LA and on the other side of the country from the attacks. And I knew no one involved in any way. But it seems after the first two months, we went back to business as usual in this country, except with more flags flying then normal.

First, there's our reaction to this after several months. Within the first few hours, there was an immediate recognition of who was responsible for this. It was Muslim extremists. Never forget that. But, as that article I linked to from a couple weeks ago showed, we've already started rewriting the history that we're teaching our students in schools about it. And we're making Islam out to be a peace loving religion. Now, please do not misunderstand, I'm not saying every single Muslim was behind what happened a year ago. But to start rewriting history already is just shocking to me.

Then there's our relationship to Israel and their repeated terrorist attacks. President Bush (and I do respect him), made that great speech about never negotiating with terrorists. Yet what happens with the Palestinians? Politics being what they are, he keeps trying to get Israel to negotiate with them. Come again? And lest we think they are wrong, let's remember that they have repeated bombed innocent civilians. What's right about this? Then there was their own reaction to what happened to us last year, as demonstrated here and here. (Links thanks to InstaPundit.)

Finally, there's the news media. Heaven forbid that the current administration is less then forth coming about their current plans. In war, surprise and secrecy is necessary. Yet they demand their right to know and act as if it's a scandal when they don't know everything before it happens. Anyone beside me remember the outrage they expressed when they weren't told exactly where President Bush was immediately after the attacks. Guess what? It's coming out on 60 minutes II tonight that Air Force one was a target. So maybe we didn't have a right to know. Actually, we don't have a right to know. We do have freedom of the press, but maybe the press needs to start policing itself a little more.

Last night, I was watching the local news, and they had a report on reporters smuggling knives like those used in the attacks through metal detectors in European airports. Is this really important news or are we just announcing where the terrorists can go next. And if it were to happen, then the news media would be shocked, not accepting any responsibility for what happened. (And yes, I know I just repeated it. But the 20 or so of you who read this everyday don't have the same threat as the millions who watch LA news each night.)

Frankly, I'm also a little disappointed with our War on Terror at the moment, too. Seems to me we've stalled. And I know that attacking Iraq will be ugly with much potential fallout, but I do feel it needs to be done. We've let that jerk thumb his nose at us way too long.

I realize I may have just stepped on some toes, but this is what I believe is right.


So, what am I thankful for today? I'm thankful that I and my family live in a place of freedom. A place where I can publish the above rant and not fear reprisal from the government. We may not be a perfect country, but it's certainly better then many of the alternatives.

And I'm thankful I know someone who is still in charge. My first thought when I saw the destruction last year was "Thank God this didn't surprise Him." At times like that, it is very comforting to know that no matter what happens, God is still in control of my life and this world, and no matter what happens, God's not going anywhere. And when my life is over, I will be spending eternity with Him.

I'd like to end with the lyrics to a song I've really come to love in the last year. I posted this over at Zap's board as well.
And I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free.
And I won't forget the men who died who gave that right to me.
And I'll gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today.
'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land.

--Lee Greenwood

God, thank you for this country.

Tuesday, September 10, 2002

I didn't mention the fact that I didn't have lunch yesterday. Or as much as normal. You see, when I went home, I discovered that the bread I was intending to make my sandwich out of was all moldy. And rather gross, too. I really didn't feel like trying to do something different, so I just had my yogart. But it was truly a blessing because they had enchalladas and hamburgers in the cafe for dinner last night. And I didn't have to feel at all guilty for having both.

I actually read last night. Read about half of Nursery Crimes and got started on Coffin's Got the Dead Guy Inside. The first was good, I just can't decide if I want to get all three in hardcover from Linda or if paperback will be good enough. And the jury is still out on Coffin. It's written in a minimulist style that's really hard to follow. For example, I don't know some of these character's relationship. This is a second in the series (which I hate starting with, but it's what Linda had several months ago.) Still there's very little description at all, which makes it hard. It's how I write, which I know is a bad habbit. And here's why.

I really should do laundry tonight. But probably won't. Think I'll go home, (after I get groceries), read until the Friends rerun starts at 7, and watch both episodes of Buffy tonight. That doesn't get much reading done, but it sounds so nice....

Monday, September 09, 2002

So Taffy really didn't have much out of the ordinary to say about creating characters. But I enjoyed getting to chat with her and Tom Sawyer (of Murder, She Wrote fame) for a few minutes. And spend $91 on books from Linda. It's really a blessing and a curse that she's closing in two weeks.

When I got home, Mom and Dad called. They're sorting through records and wanted to see if I wanted any. Well, I took most of the kids records. Just can't stand to get rid of them. And when I have kids of my own, they're be the only ones who know such people like Psalty the Singing Songbook and Colby and Nanny Bird. Why aren't they still in print?

Had a SNYF last night. All the kids went swimming, but the staff stood around and talked about throwing each other in. I'm a little surprised I didn't wind up in because I was the only one dressed for it. I think the fact that we were about to start singing and that means I need to be dry for my guitar helped.

And I have very little planned this week. Turns out that we're having a special prayer service at church Wednesday night, so no Bible study and no reason to go over to S&K's tomorrow night. Will I get more reading done with the extra time? Only time will tell.

Sunday, September 08, 2002

Thought I'd start off today with something I haven't done in a long time, Chris's Sunday Op-Ed.

1. Snoring
What is something I don't do? Although I can remember getting into a discussion with Josh over whether he did or not. He deneyed it, but then again, I was the roommate. I still maintain that you can't really know if you do or not, even if Jeff says he wakes himself up snoring. And, as long as we're discussing all my former roommates, when Donald was asleep, you could hardly hear him breathing at all.

2. Laughing
What do I love to do? Of course, everyone loves to laugh. But a true joke just makes my day. Which is funny considering how few sit-coms I'm watching these days.

3. Crying
What do I do at the drop of a hat? I confess, I cry at things almost as much as my mom does. :) And the Sigmund Brouwer book I read this week had me crying almost all the way through. It was a great book.

"Blessed are those who are happy over the little things for they will never be truly upset for long." Mark Baker

Ok, so it needs a little more work, but that describes me right now. Yesterday, my hair had reached the point where I had to do something with it. And since I hadn't been able to connect with Tim all week to see about setting up a haircut, I took out my clippers and attacked it myself. I decided to be brave and try blending it, and it really didn't come out all that bad. Of course, it doesn't look nearly as nice as it would if Tim had done it, but considering he graduates in December, the fact that I can do something like this by myself made me really happy.

And, for the added bit of irony, about two minutes after I'd started, Tim came to the door. By then I was committed to getting something yesterday and he didn't have the time right then. But the irony really got to me.

Must go. I'm heading to the Sisters in Crime meeting in Passadena that starts in one hour and I haven't eaten lunch yet. Taffy Cannon is speaking. Not only do I think it will be enjoyable, but I also need to get her latest autographed.

Saturday, September 07, 2002

Man, I need to get home and shower. Haven't been back since ultimate this morning. Not that I got that much play time in.

You see, I've been working on a friend's mystery novel for her. And let me tell you, it's great! I really wish her the best of luck.

Last night, Jeff came over and we watched one of the Babylon 5 movies. He's seriously talking about quitting the job that kept him in town over the summer in the first place. Ironic, but I'm certainly glad because I made a friend and had a roommate all summer.

Speaking of which, things are looking promising with Marcus, but no guarentees right now. Still.

Thursday, September 05, 2002

Good morning. Must be time for the Thursday Threesome from The Back Porch.

Onesome. Autumn. As the season changes, what changes for you? Your Daily Routine? Weekend Schedules? Your Mood?
When Fall rolls around, my biggest change is the new Tv season. :) Seriously, my job is fairly consistent through the year, July being the odd month. My life really isn't ruled by school, even though I work at one. And with youth group going through the entire year, my off times don't change that much either. Like I said three months ago, summer always seems different to me, but I'm really not sure why since my life just continues on like always. But I kinda like it that way.

Twosome. Soap. Come now, fess up. Are you a squeaky clean kind of person - or are there dark secrets hidden in your closets???
Of course I'm clean. I take a shower every morning. :) Seriously, if you know me at all, you know me. I can't hide anything for very long.

Threesome. Sale. Have you ever bought something absolutely ridiculous or unnecessary, simply because it was on sale and "such a good deal"? Is it tucked away in the attic or a closet - or did you find it really useful?
I just bought a CD I don't need and probably won't listen to because it was a big name and on sale. But it was only $3.95!!!

Wednesday, September 04, 2002

I was certain I needed to blog, but now I can't remember what I wanted to say. Don't worry, I'll think of something. :)

I feel all out of sync. Today feels like Tuesday even though I went over to Seth and Keirsten's last night. And I was rather proud of myself, too. I came up with a great worship set in 10 minutes. So, some of the songs were a little obvious, but I think it'll work well.

Also found out that we're once again talking about getting some of the kids involved in leading worship. Sounds very familiar. Now, we'll have to see if it goes any further then it has over the last 2 years. If it does, this means my life will be much less flexible. Like I can't sign up for summer league next year because I can't expect several different families to dance around my summer schedule. Who knows? Maybe I won't be doing it on Wednesday at all by that point. We'll just have to see what happens.

Also found out that Seth may take classes for a ThM from Master's Seminary. In which case, they might stay in town for another two years.

Went to Wal-Mart twice looking for several things, like laundry detergent, teethbrush, and the new TV Guide. But thanks to the holiday weekend, they were out of all three. And I'm dieing to get my hands on the new issue. Is it the fall preview of new shows or returning shows? I can never remember which they do first.

Anna, how long ago did you change the name of your blog? I just discovered you had today.

And, finally, Chris has graciously offered to pay for a trip to Disney World in Florida. Isn't that how you'd interpret his comment on my post from yesterday? :)

Down to 60 pages in my book. Finally! Just because I'm in a hurry to read as much as possible before Linda closes Crime Time I haven't felt like reading when I had the chance. Isn't it ironic, don't you think?

You did know better then to think because I couldn't remember what to say that I wouldn't come up with something to say, right? Of course, once I got started, it did come back. Bettter get this posted so I can get ready for Bible study and then have Matt and Jeremiah over for the first two official episodes of Babylon 5.

Tuesday, September 03, 2002

And, once again, I've reduced my time to blog to 10 minutes. Like that ever stops me from rambling on. (BTW, just how many of you find me a pleasant, or unpleasant, way to fall asleep?)

The worst part of my weekend: my air conditioner breaking about 45 minutes out of town on Friday! And in case you missed it, it was around 100 all weekend. Drove around with all the windows rolled down. :) Think this has something to do with the way they fixed my car after my accident, but we'll just have to see. Meanwhile, it's supposed to get back down to the mid 80's.

Friday night was fun hanging out with Donald. Although, I must say he's a very bad host. He beat me at both The Stock Market Game and Historic San Francisco Monopoly. And he didn't even jump in the pool. Something about wanting to make sure he was over being sick. :) Went to bed way too late (about 1AM).

The rest of the weekend was fine. I thought I was going to loose it Sunday night, however. Leaving my grandparent's house for the last time was just so overwelming. I was glad I was driving alone since I started to cry several times. I just can't believe that part of my life is over. Forever.

And I wound up with some stuff I probably wouldn't have gotten had I not gone up. So it probably was worth it. We just won't tell anyone else that, right?

Jeff not only finished moving out over the weekend, but also cleaned up the apartment. It looked so nice until I tried to move in 4 small coffee/end tables and an extra chair. Now the downstairs is crowded again. I need to move without a roommate. I just have too much furniture.

Hey, I'm doing a fairly decent job here.

Anyway, I'm back in Santa Clarita now where I'm caught up in the trivial matters of my life. Like the fact that I misset my VCR and missed recording the first 6 hours of the 24 marathon on fx this weekend. And I really wanted to see how it started again because I just didn't follow parts of it. But I did stay up and watch the final episodes again last night. And Terry didn't fair any better, even with my yelling at the tv. :)

I've been meaning to take this test I saw over at Val's since she posted it. So here it is.

How random are you?

this quiz was made by alanna

Here I was thinking I named my blog correctly, but if I'm not random at all....

Have a good banana everyone. (I've got to do something, don't I?)