Monday, June 30, 2008

Musical Monday

This wasn't my original choice, but after my little opera critic today, I had to make this my pick for the day.

Earlier today I was reading, and I had Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte playing in the background. I don't get the hankering to listen to opera very often, but when it hits, I figure I had better soak it in. Faith came down and sat on another couch and was sorting out some play money. I didn't really pay much attention because she seemed happy enough.

Then she turned to me and said, "Mom, this yodeling is boring."

Nothing like having one of Mozart's most famous operas reduced to yodeling!

So for today, I'm going to share a beautiful trio from Cosi Fan Tutte, "Soave sia il vento." The primary piece begins at 55 seconds.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Sunday Cell Sounds



These were taken outside of our house a few minutes ago. We had a quick rainstorm roll through and it was enough to cause a double rainbow. It doesn't show at all in the second pic, but if you look really hard at the first, you might be able to see a faint rainbow behind the more clear one. Up here on the hill, we get some really beautiful rainbows. I honestly don't think I've seen as many in my entire life before we moved up here seven and a half years ago. This one was beautiful, but it's not even close to some of the gorgeous ones we've seen around here. I'll have to keep the camera handy more often so I don't miss these amazing events.

Anyway, that's not even what I was intending to write about today.

We attend a rather large church. And since even when a couple dozen people get together, you can almost count on a cell going off, of course when several hundred meet, it's going to happen. You would think that now that cell phone use is pretty common people would remember to silence (or just turn off!) their cells in church, but nevertheless, there hasn't been a week that we've attended yet that I haven't heard a cell go off in the middle of the service. And really, it is almost to be expected.

What amuses and baffles me most is when the SECOND cell phone goes off. Even if I know that I turned off my phone before church, when that first phone goes off, I'll pop open my purse and verify that it's off. That anyone can hear the first phone (and in an acoustical building like that, how could you NOT hear the first phone start playing the theme from Indiana Jones?) and not make sure that they won't be next is just a constant source of amazement for me.

I'm sure I'm preaching to the choir here but please! Turn off your phone!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Mid-thirties? I don't think so!

Another year, another birthday (yeah, I'm one of THOSE people!). Today I turn 34. Yippee!

So I was talking to Jason about what this birthday means in terms of where I am in my thirties. He said that I have officially crossed into my mid-thirties. I say absolutely not. The middle is 35. So I'm still in my early thirties. Then next year I'll be in my mid-thirties. IMO, that lasts until 38 (mid has to last as long as early, right?). And 40 isn't really in your forties, that would still be late thirties, going by the logic that year zero isn't a year, so of course, a year ending in zero isn't that decade, it's the one before -- kind of like when we didn't call it the 21st century until 2001.

So it's still early thirties here baby!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Movie Riffs

In a comment to one of my recent posts, a friend mentioned Mystery Science Theater 3000. I have very fond memories of that show. When Jason and I were dating, they didn't get Comedy Central down here, so he couldn't watch MST3K, so I would tape (yes, on VHS!) -- three episodes to a tape. Then we'd go watch six hours of Joel or Mike and the robots. It was great. For a while, Jason and his brother had a clip from the opening of the show on their answering machine. We were fans and it was a kick awesome show. I lost track after it moved to the SciFi channel, but it was definitely one of my favorites. If you've never seen it before, check out the clips at the bottom of this post. This is one of my favorite shorts ever spoofed (Mr. B Natural was good, but this is my favorite).

Anyway, for those who have mourned the end of the show, I want to make sure that you're aware of RiffTrax. This is a download site for riffs to more current movies. You download the track, rent or buy the movie, and then sync everything up so you can watch movies like Spiderman 3 and Jurassic Park with Mike and the bots making fun of everything. They're just a few dollars per download, but the laughs are totally worth it!

And if you want to pick up some of these movies and trade them for some you already have, check out SwapaDVD. If you sign up, tell them BigMama sent you! (This is a sister site of PaperBackSwap, my favorite haunt on the interwebs!)

Now, for the boing!


Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Musical Monday (On Tuesday)

I meant to do this yesterday afternoon between work shifts, but had some problems with work that ate up my whole afternoon. So I'm jamming it in today. The original Musical Monday guy is out serving Uncle Sam, so I figure I can pull this off. ;-D

Today I'm going to to post about Jars of Clay's song "I Need You." IMO, Jars of Clay has been one of the most impressive bands in Christian music since their debut in 1993. They have a vast musical ability, from straight up rock to bluegrass to new hymns penned by them. Their lyrics are incredibly top notch. More often than I'd like to admit, I have to work to figure out what they're saying, and even then I'm not sure I get it right!

Fortunately, this song is pretty straight-forward in its lyrical interpretation. I love this lyric because it's another reminder that no matter how hard I try to hide my imperfections from God, he sees them and he loves me anyway. I love the lyric that says, "You are the shelter from the rain and the rain to wash me away." With it being June, we've got rain coming down most evenings. Around here, it's been a primarily healing rain. One that allows things to grow and blossom and produce. Of course, we've all seen the terrible power of rain as well in the midwest with all of the flooding. Clearly rain can have a destructive power as well. I think it's just a wonderful twist of lyric to show God both as a shelter AND rain.

Anyway, if you're looking for some new music and you haven't kept up with Jars of Clay, I'd recommend picking up just about anything of theirs. You'll be challenged as you're entertained.

[verse]
Strangely out of place
There's a light filling this room
Where none would follow before
I can't deny it burns me up inside
I fan the flames to melt
Away my pride
Do I want shelter from the rain
Or the rain to wash me way?

[chorus]
I need you, I need you, I need you
I need you, I need you, I need you
You're all I'm living for

[verse]
I might sound like a fool
But I think I felt you moving
Closer to me
Face to the ground
To hide the fatal cut
I fight the weight
I feel you lift me up
You are the shelter from the rain
And the rain to wash me away

[chorus]
I need you, I need you, I need you
I need you, I need you, I need you
(All I'm living for)
I need you, I need you, I need you
You're all I'm living for
All I'm living for
You're all I'm living for

[bridge]
Face to the ground
To hide the fatal cut
I fight the weight
Feel you lift me up
Can't deny it burns me up inside
I fan the flames to melt away
My pride
Only had a second to spare
But all the time in the world
To know you're there
You are the shelter from the rain
And the rain to wash me away

[chorus]
I need you, I need you, I need you
(All I'm living for)
I need you, I need you, I need you
(All I'm living for)
& I need you, I need you, I need you
You're all I'm living for
All I'm living for
All I'm living for
All I'm living for
You're all I'm living for

Sunday, June 22, 2008

TV is awful

Because we had to get a land line for my new job, we opted, after 5 years, to add satellite tv to our budget again (one of those "cheaper in a package" things). Oh. My. Gosh.

Television is just awful! It's either 24 hour marathons of Law & Order reruns or 24 hour news, where they talk about anything wholly unimportant or (what seems like) 24 hours of SpongeBob. Ugh. I remember why I didn't really miss it when we went those years without it.

Don't get me wrong, I like being able to DVR The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, but honestly, I can just watch those shows on the intertubes and that seems to work just fine.

I don't have anything profound to say at all other than TV is junk. Seriously. If I'm missing something good, feel free to leave me a comment and let me know, but wow. This is just not worth much. I have a feeling once the contract is up, we'll be going back to barebones basic cable (if it still exists in the future) and Netflix again.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Catching up

I've been a lousy blogger lately. Ugh! Anyway, I've got a little time today, so I figured I'd go ahead and catch up what's been going on around here.

As I mentioned on Monday, I started a new job. I'm working for DHL through West At Home. It's been really interesting. I love that I'm able to work from my home computer and still make some money. It's not a way to get rich at all, but I'm able to totally set my own hours and can stay at home with the kids. Once they're in school, I'll be able to work while they're gone, but I'll also be able to attend any kind of school functions or meetings pretty easily. I love the flexibility that I have being able to work from home. It's totally legit. I didn't have to shell out any money and I've been paid right on time. I never thought I'd actually find an at home job that wasn't some kind of MLM. I do miss having co-workers like I had with Aegis, but this is still pretty good!

We're already starting to get a little nuts for vacation here. We're going to Williamsburg again with my parents, but this year my sisters and their families are also going. We're celebrating my dad's retirement from teaching, and I'm totally jazzed about it. Jason isn't going to be able to join us for the full week, but he should be there for most of it, so that's good. The worst thing about this year's trip (aside from Jason missing part!) is that I'm going to have to make the drive with the kids myself. Yucko! Even when I know where I'm going, I start to get nervous driving in unfamiliar territory. I tend to second guess myself a lot. I'm sure we'll be fine, but I don't love the idea of making the 8 hour drive alone. But once we're there, woohoo! I can't wait!

Church is going well. Jason and I both played on the main team this past weekend for the first time. Jason was on percussion and seemed to have fun. I just played on the special music, but it was nice to get to play again. I've loved singing with the kids on Sunday mornings and definitely plan to make that my primary musical outlet, but it was awesome to play the piano again. Plus, it was nice to have an opportunity to get to talk to some of the other church members. Between the church being large and us living outside of the city, sometimes it's hard to get to know folks. It was good to be able to sit and talk to some other members for a while.

I think that's about it for now. I'm sure there's a ton of other stuff I haven't remembered to write about, but I want to go sit with the kids and play a game. They've been making up their own VBS for home, and I want to encourage them in that! I hope everyone is having a great summer! Be blessed!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Musical Monday

I know it's been a few weeks since I've been around to do a Musical Monday, but the kids aren't awake yet, so I thought I'd squeeze one in here real quick. School let out on June 6th and I started a new job at home with DHL (through West At Home -- more on that later), and of course that cuts into my computer time quite a bit. But that's not all bad!

Anyway, I've been hearing this song on KLOVE a good bit, and it was done a few months ago as a special during church, and it's been dancing around in my head quite a bit lately, so I thought I'd share it here. This is You Are Everything by Matthew West.

I'm the one with two left feet
Standing on a lonely street
I can't even walk a straight line
And every time you look at me
I'm spinning like an autumn leaf
Bound to hit bottom sometime
Where would I be without someone to save me
Someone who won't let me fall
You are everything that I live for
Everything that I can't believe is happening
You're standing right in front of me
With arms wide open
All I know is
Every day is filled with hope
You are everything that I believe for
And I can't help but breathe you in
Breathe again
Feeling all this life within
Every single beat of my heart
I'm the one with big mistakes
Big regrets and bigger breaks
Than I ever care to confess
Oh but, You're the one who looks at me
And sees what I was meant to be
More than just a beautiful mess
Where would I be without someone to save me
Someone who won't let me fall
You are everything that I live for
Everything that I can't believe is happening
You're standing right in front of me
With arms wide open
All I know is
Every day is filled with hope
You are everything that I believe for
And I can't help but breathe you in
Breathe again
Feeling all this life within
Every single beat of my heart
You're everything good in my life
Everything honest and true
And all of those stars hanging up in the sky
Could never shine brighter than You
You are everything that I live for
Everything that I can't believe is happening
You're standing right in front of me
With arms wide open
All I know is
Every day is filled with hope
You are everything that I believe for
And I can't help but breathe you in
Breathe again
Feeling all this life within
Every single beat of my heart
You are
You are Jesus,
You are
You are everything
I particularly love the line that speaks about Christ seeing what we were meant to be. I know that the messy part is easy to see on me (both literally and figuratively!) and I find great comfort in knowing that Jesus sees my heart and knows me. I also love the declarative nature of this lyric. Even when I don't feel it or even truly believe it, Jesus IS everything. As Paul noted, it is in Him that we live and move and have our being. Each breath that we take is a testimony to God's greatness and mercy. As we go through this week, may we each find ways to be what Jesus created us to be.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Democratic race finished

Slate.com just posted the finished version of the Democratic race. I know I posted the first version a few weeks ago, thought the final one might bring a few more chuckles. Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Yes We Can!


It looks like it's official -- Barack Obama is the presumptive nominee for the Democratic party. I'm terribly excited. Of course I'm excited because the guy I've been rooting for/voted for has secured the nomination, but I'm excited that I live in a country where someone can rise above their circumstances to have a shot at a position of power. Regardless of who ends up as president come next January, I pray that he remembers that there is no authority except what God has established.
And I'll apologize now for being insensitive here, but sometimes trying to be politically correct is stupid. Chris Matthews was talking about how exciting it was that an African American is going to be vying for the top spot in politics. Which is absolutely very cool. But then he started talking about the global society. And he said something along the lines of no African Americans ever being elected/chosen in Europe. Ummm...Chris? In Europe, people with dark skin aren't African AMERICANS! *sigh*
But nevertheless, woohoo!!! Yes we can!!!
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