Monday, June 30, 2008

i feel like i haven't been a good blogger lately.
i think its because when alot of stuff is going on with me/us i have a hard time writing about it. i am not great with words, i am much better on the phone. so, i just try and avoid writing about the hard stuff because i think it never comes out right.

gossip is frustrating.
removing yourself from it is a conscience act.
being apart of it is also a conscience act.
must pull myself out of the cycle.
blah.

our neighborhood kids have been coming to our house in droves this summer. one family in particular with 5 kids! i have really loved it, although sometimes it is very overwhelming to have 8 kids in your 2 bedroom apartment. last week we did arts and crafts which was a hit for most of the girls, the boys not so much. i have been trying to think of something to do this week and i thought why not try and organize a small play or something. is this insane or what? what am i getting myself into? will the kids even be into it? so, i am off to look for a small little play. maybe i can teach them this improv game that i learned from my high school youth group. hmmmmmmm......what to do what to do.

small story that made me happy:
the before mentioned family...5 kids. they are a Muslim family who we have slowly been getting to know. dad works 6 days a week and mom is home with her 5 kids most of the day. the kids are out and about the apartment a lot and so we always see them and recently they've taken to coming over...anyways...last week our church kicked off Terrific Thursday's, where every Thursday there is a fancy event for families. This past Thursday was a trip to Underwood Farms. I was so excited about this event and wanted to invite this family. I brought it up with them and they were THRILLED! the mom wanted to come and she brought all the kids. the kids were at my house EXACTLY at 9:15 on Thursday and couldn't have been more excited. so, we went they had a fantastic time (we picked fresh veggies and everything). getting home we had bundles of veggies. suha (the mom) and i had lengthy discussions on what to do with these veggies, as they were the sort i don't usually cook with (radishes, turnips, bok choy...).
so, last night 9:30pm a knock at the door. and there stood Mohammed (the eldest son) with a plate full of these amazing wrapped rice rolls, about 10 of them and 2 pieces of pita. He said, these are for you guys from the vegetables from the farm. We thanked him and closed the door.
Justin and I stood there together hearts melted eating the best rice rolly things ever! isn't that so awesome! i was happy as i fell asleep last night.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

interested in this documentary for sure....anybody seen it?

"my eyes are dry, my faith is old, my heart is hard, my prayers are cold." ---keith green

Thursday, June 26, 2008

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

2 noteworthy videos (now, lets see if i can get them on here correctly):



Sigur Ros--glosoli



NOTE FROM THE ARTIST:
This is a song that I wrote after watching a CNN
program on Women and war. There are three vignettes;
the first is in Rwanda, the second in Mexico, Somalia
and Tibet and the third is in Burma. I quote Aung San
Suu Kyi...when her people asked her for a message,
saying how helpless they feel under military rule, she
responded by saying, "If you're feeling helpless, help
someone".
This moved me because it is so brilliant of
her to empower her people like that, I found so much
inspiration and truth in her words that it got me
thinking of all the countless women of hope...

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

i need a shower.
both for reals and spiritually.
i just have been feeling like i am carrying some dirt around with me that is weighing me down.
i want to feel clean again soon.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Hey all,
Our chat with the Bowling Family went well. We will move forward with the plan to live together. We made a list of some must haves of this future house of ours and so, that is what we are looking for. It's unknown, scary, fun, and risky. We are commited to walking this road together for right now. Hopefully we will find a place ASAP as our lease is up and we need to renew soon. I look forward to sharing meals together.

Have you guys heard about THIS book? Adelaide loves being outside and i hope to really be able to continue to foster that in her. Bugs, Butterflies, Ants, Sun, Wind and Dirt.....dig your hands in the dirt, children play with earth (like my Arrested Development flashback!!).

"We see people not as they are, but how we are."-Dalai Lama

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

lots to post about and i finally found a moment.

last Wednesday justin scored some free tickets to see Sheryl Crow at the Greek Theatre. I love the Greek. Outside, beautiful, great sound. anyways, i am not really a huge fan of Sheryl Crow but i thought she put on a great show and i liked most of her songs off the new album. She really has a lot of radio hits, i never realized. Next to us was an old drunk lady who was having the time of her life.

this past weekend was the church basement roadshow event at our church. i feel good about the organization of it. i thought the performance was interesting/successful, although i did have some critiques of it. I think it hit the crowd in different ways and i also love when something does that. We got some life changing response and some who thought it was dishonest and confusing. a good event that sparked discussion...nice.

Tonight our friends the Bowlings will come over and we will begin the discussion on whether or not we will try and find a large home to all move into together. i think there are a lot of pros and cons to the situation and I am excited to start talking about it. who knows where it will lead us...but worth the conversation for sure. Scary, risky, fun, different.

gas is $4.67 a gallon here. the solution....more localized living. Living close to job, church, friends...so that we can walk/ride bikes/roller skate instead of drive. This seems hard to do in Los Angeles.

Sunday Justin wanted to go to the Cheesecake Factory for lunch on Fathers Day and while we were waiting for our seats we saw, Jon Voight and his son, Angelina Jolies bro. even celebs celebrate Fathers Day...hahaha

I began reading Water for Elephants a couple weeks ago...so far i am enjoying it. not loving it...just not bored.

recently quite a few of my friends have been struggling with VERY strong anxiety/panic attacks/massive heart palpitations. it worries me for them. it must be very scary to have your body seemingly out of control. there bodies are telling them something...what? what are they telling them? how do they help themselves? i don't know.

ta ta for now my friends.
love each other.

"Courage is like — it’s a habitus, a habit, a virtue: You get it by courageous acts. It’s like you learn to swim by swimming. You learn courage by couraging." -Mary Daly

Monday, June 09, 2008

some stuff i am loving these days.

i love Chai Tea Luna bars......they are great.

i love Dr. Pragers Brocolli Pancakes.

i love this song by Billy Bragg.

i love this new series on Imperfect Parenting.
oh and this blog too.

otherwise...my soul has been a bit downcast.

"the sun will come out tomorrow." -little orphan annie

Saturday, June 07, 2008

have you ever had that feeling when you first meet someone and you know that this person is gonna change things for you? open your eyes, show you around, teach you?
you see them and you think....man, i'd like to be friends with them.

I'd like to meet a person like that again soon.

"Friendship is neither a formality nor a mode: it is rather a life." David Grayson

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

while hanging the laundry today i realized justin has one orange hanger.
its a really nice color orange.
i like it.
i made sure to hang a nice shirt on the orange hanger.

my friend hannah, from college is traveling around the world with her nico.
and they recently had quite an experiance.
you can read more about it here.
i am excited she is doing this and i am excited to be keeping up with their travels via the blog.
what a learning experiance, ya know.
intense and amazing.
you come home a changed person indeed.

alot of folks in our community give us their recycling so that we can turn it in for profit. and last time we took our cans in we got $27! that is a lot of money.
its just a small example of how cool our friends are.

i enjoy eating rice pudding from trader joes. yummy.

my good friend ryan got married last weekend. it was a wedding i wish i had been at. i think they are on their way to Kentucky right now to settle in a begin a new new chapter. hopefully i'll get to meet his wife soon.

the event planning for The Church Basement Roadshow is coming along. I am so anxious to see/meet folks that come. My current idea is that i want to have coffee served but like a coffee bar. BUT not from Starbucks or Coffee Bean. I contacted Equal Exchange to see if they do stuff like that. If they don't i may try and contact local coffee shops to see if they do that? any thoughts?

how are you guys doing?