Friday, November 13, 2009
I have not jumped on the bandwagon and joined Twitter. Although I think their little blue bird is completely adorable, I just can't allow myself to do it. Frankly, I’m a little bit afraid. Facebook is kind of like crack to me, and I really don’t think I could fit another aspect of social networking into my day. Something would have to give, and with the very real fear that it might be eating chocolate or personal hygiene, I’ve decided NOT to tweet.
That being said, I have something to say about all the status updates. Recently, a ‘friend’ (really more of an acquaintance, but a very nice lady nonetheless, and while I can befriend someone on fb, I can’t ‘be-acquaintance’ anyone) challenged me to post a status update each day during the month of November that begins, “Today I am thankful for…” I don’t know really how many days I’ve been at it, but probably four or five. I challenged other friends, and have enjoyed reading the heartfelt and the humorous. My sister-in-law posted that she was thankful that she could play Farmville with the ones she loves. I commented after her that I was thankful that those who love me would overlook the fact that I don’t play Farmville. Some status updates, however, are pointless. Boring, even. I choose to waste the time and read them, but for the life of my, don’t want to or even know why. I know that my friends go to WalMart. I know that they fix dinner. I know that ‘homework is poop’ (this from a middle schooler in my youth group). But I don’t need a minute-by-minute, play-by-play of their days. I think this is probably one of the reasons I’ve avoided Twitter. It would just suck me into to doing the same thing. I am not criticizing them…I just know that I would be oh, so much more painfully pointless than all of these. It's all very inane and maybe even the devil's workshop is an empty status box....
What struck me yesterday was thinking about praying without ceasing. I try to do that throughout my day. Not a formal prayer, necessarily, but a ‘thank you,’ and ‘I love you,’ a ‘HELP!’ from time to time. Kind of like tweets to God. But God knows beforehand what my tweet-like prayers would be. I just wonder, though: We choose what we share on facebook or Twitter. But I don’t think I’ve seen many status updates that talk about being rude to the clerk at the bank, or not saying anything when you receive too much change, or using language and gestures not appropriate to a woman of God while driving in traffic, or thinking to yourself that your friend is just too high maintenance and lying about being busy when she needs a shoulder. God, however, knows about those unshared thoughts. Those tweets that go untweeted. I want to live my life so that I would remember that God is following my tweets and status updates. And so that I would not be ashamed to have Him read them. As I go through the mundane tasks of my day, God knows what I’m doing. He is in the details, after all. But I want to make those details count. When I make a choice, I think I will try to ask myself, “Would I want God to read my status update about this?”
Just something to think about.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Yes, someday I will write an actual post, with actual content. But until then, play along with Lidna at 2nd Cup with this fun meme....
1. What was the last song you listened to?
How to Save a Life by the Fray
2. Have you ever had “buyer’s remorse” over anything?
Many times...most often over 'bargain clothing' that turns out to be not such a bargain when it requires complicated underwear, alterations or it just plain doesn't fit.
3. What is something in your life that you are thankful for now that you didn’t think you would be at the time of the event? (Something that seemed ill-timed, inconvenient or hurtful which turned out to be a good thing)
When I first saw the house I now live in, I really didn't like it very much. It was about 25 miles from work and had been left vacant for several months. Now the area around it has grown, and I probably wouldn't have met most of my close friends if I lived in another area. Plus, I love my home!
4. Do you watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade every year? If so, do you have a favorite float or balloon?
I don't watch the whole thing, but I really love Snoopy.
5. Share a quote, scripture, poem or lyric which has been an inspiration to you lately.
This has been more of a challenge to me than an inspiration. It is John Piper from God is the Gospel: "The critical question for our generation—and for every generation— is this: If you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauties you ever saw, all the physical pleasures you ever tasted, and no human conflict or any natural disasters, could you be satisfied with heaven, if Christ were not there?" I am just finishing up leading a study called Crazy Love. It is an outstanding book. Unless you are satisfied with being a good Christian and love things comfortable and have a good family, good life, good job and all is good....very challenging!
6. This is meant to be a fun question, and this is a G-rated blog, but please share a “guilty pleasure,” something that you enjoy that’s probably not the most edifying, time-worthy or healthy thing you could be indulging in. Did I mention this blog is rated G?
Useless tv shows: Grey's Anatomy, Trauma...and Limon' Potato Chips. Preferably together...sigh..
7. What Thanksgiving food are you looking forward to?
Um...mashed potatoes? Which I make pretty frequently anyway....not a huge turkey girl.
8. What is your favorite book to read to children, or what was your favorite childhood book?
Goodnight Moon to read. Bunny Blue was my favorite as a child.
9. Do you collect anything? (Feel free to post a photo.)
I used to collect teapots and charms for my charm bracelet. Now I pretty much collect dust.
10. Gift bags or wrapping paper?
I feel like bags are more environmentally friendly, but love the way a prettily wrapped gift looks. And not that I'm lazy or anything, but bags are so much easier. Ok, yes...I am lazy.
11. Share an after-school memory from when you were younger. What was your routine like on an average day?
Hmmm...in elementary school, I would come home and get a snack of a sugar sandwich (thanks for pre-diabetes mom--a slice of white break slathered with margarine and sprinkled with white sugar and folded over on itself..mmmm)) and Gilligan's Island on tv...
12. True story: Once, in a job interview, I was asked this question and told there would be no clarifying; I simply had to answer the question: “When you’re fishing, do you feel for the fish?” So what about you? Do you feel for the fish??
Um. I'm not sure what this means? Fish feel slimy? Or do I feel sorry for them? I feel kind of sorry for the worms...ok, I guess I'm clarifying...
Now let's get crazy and link up!<
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Linda, over at 2nd Cup of Coffee, has the 10th edition of Random Dozen. Come play!
1. It's early morning, about 2:00AM, and you're driving home. You come to a red light and sit there. There is no one in sight for miles around. Do you wait it out or run the light?
Probably run it…unless there were one of those pesky red light cameras.
2. If you had the chance to re-do the last 24 hours, would you change anything?
I probably should’ve gone to bed earlier. Otherwise, it was a pretty productive day.
3. When you reply to someone's comment on your blog, do you reply in your comments or go to her blog and comment? (Or email her)
It depends on how personal the comment was. I’ve been known to do all of the above. I always try to visit the other blog, anyway…and sometimes with Mary from Monkeys are Funny, we have a regular dialog in the comments. p.s. What about him? What if it's a man?
4. Your favorite Disney movie is:
Live action? The Parent Trap (old one with Hayley Mills). Animated? The musicals (sorry, Linda). Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin. But I also loved the Incredibles and Monsters, Inc. So hard to choose. Hardest question, so far.
5. Do you recycle?
I recycle the stuff they pick up (aluminum, plastic and cardboard. I don’t get a daily paper and my trash collectors don’t do glass)
6. Games of strategy or games of chance?
Strategy. I have to confess, that I am addicted to the hidden object games online. You can download them for a free one-hour trial from Comcast and I usually do at least one every week or so.
7. Do you have any recurring dreams?
I sometimes dream I am still working at the airline and I am trying to issue a ticket for someone, but I can’t remember the right sequences or codes to punch in.
8. What did you learn from your first real job?
I learned that no matter how much manure you have to shovel, it’s all about the attitude (I mucked out horse stalls at a local racetrack)
9. Do you buy or borrow most books?
Buy them…mostly used.
10. What fashion trend of the past did you say you'd never wear again but did?
Flared/bell bottom jeans. I thought I couldn't do it once peg-leg 501's came out. But now, I have one vow I'm pretty sure I won't be breaking. I promise to never wear high-waisted jeans again (remember Ditto's? Saddle-back Ditto's?
11. When do you start Christmas shopping?
I try to pick up little special things throughout the year, but sadly, not until after Thanksgiving do I really hit it.
12. Have you ever been so happy that you literally jumped up and down for a few seconds? If so, what was the occasion?
I’m a pretty enthusiastic person and I do this pretty regularly. So regularly, in fact, that I can’t remember when the last time I did it, because it happens all to frequently. Maybe I should tone it down. I think I jumped up and down at the retreat last weekend. More than once. But especially when I got off the swing…it was the BOMBDIGGETY!
No post your own and run on over to Lidna’s for some link love….