Friday, February 17, 2006

Podcasts are to Blame

I know I've been MIA for a while. Several of you have made that clear with comments like, "Although you don't read my blog anymore...." or "You're too good to read my blog anymore...", let me tell you: I still read your blogs. All of them. I just don't comment much on your blogs anymore. Truthfully, I like being quite for a little while. Sometimes I talk to much, and lately, I haven't had much to say that is of any importance, so I'm just using this time to read and reflect on what you all have to say.

One thing that I have been doing lately deals with podcasts. I've become addicted. I'll subscribe to several new ones each day, and then watch and unsubscribe and delete depending on whether or not I like them. A few that I will comment on:

1 Year Daily Audio Bible: An incredible podcast. This one was started at the beginning of this year by a producer here in Nashville. He simply reads a passage from the OT, the NT, Psalms, and Proverbs every day. They average about 20 minutes in length, but it's great. I can listen at work or anywhere on my iPod. And if you don't have an iPod, just download iTunes (it's free!) and you can save it to your computer or on a CD and listen in your car.

Ask a Ninja: This one is very silly. All of the episodes I've seen so far at least make me giggle. If any of you guys play Xbox live, at least watch Question 5: "Ninja Skills." I really don't know where this guy came up with this idea for a podcast. (This is a video podcast, so you have to either have an iPod video, or just watch them on your computer.)

Vintage Toon Cast: One of my favorites! Very old cartoons available for free download. Things like some of the old Merrie Melodies with Bugs and Elmer Fudd, Felix the Cat, and some other ones that I'm not so familiar with. It is rated Explicit, but that's because of "cartoon violence." I guess parents are freaking out about their children seeing Bugs be hit in the head by an anvil or something.....

And then, of course, Homestar Runner. You all must check him out at . There are two podcasts that you can find on iTunes, one is homestar runner shorts, the other is Strong Bad e-mails. My favorite (an archive from the website that you can't find on iTunes is the Fluffy Puff Commercial that you can find under "shorts."

Guess that's all of my useless information for now.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Tagged!

Tammy tagged me. I don't know if I'll be able to come up with 4 of everything, but we'll see how I can stretch it.....

Four Jobs I've Had:
Waitress at small-town cafe
Pharmacy Technician at CVS
Nanny
Salesperson at GAP (HATED this job!)

Four Movies I Could Watch Over and Over:
Dumb and Dumber
The Notebook
The Rock
The Italian Job

Four Books I Could Read Over and Over:
Matilda by Ronald Dahl
Harry Potter Series
The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning
The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis

Four Places I've Lived (gonna have to strech this one):
Providence, KY
Green Hills in Nashville, TN
East Nashville, TN
Bellevue in Nashville, TN

Four TV Shows I Watch:
Desperate Housewives
Lost
Grey's Anatomy (last night was GREAT!)
CSI

Four Places I've Been on Vacation:
Mexico
Aruba
Bahamas
Grenada

Four Websites I Visit Daily:
www.amsouth.com (online banking!)
Kronos (to check my time clock at work)
www.pogo.com (free online games)
all sorts of blogs

Four of my Favorite Foods:
Turkey Applejack wrap from Roly Poly
Broccoli Cheddar soup in a bread bowl from Panera
my dad's meatloaf
my mil's chicken cordon bleu

Four Places I'd Rather Be Right Now (all with Rick, of course):
Wilmington, NC
Mexico
anywhere in the Caribbean
a secluded mountain cabin

Four Bloggers I'm Tagging:
Natalie
Angie
Phil
Lindsay

Thursday, February 02, 2006

The World is Spinning

And so am I!

I can't believe how fast my life is moving right now. It feels like Monday to me and it's already Thursday. I hate living like this.

I've realized that I'm a thinker. I like to think about the big picture of life and really spend time at least each week, but more like nearly every day, thinking about some of the little (or big things) that God does in my life and how that relates to the way in which I practice my faith. I didn't realize how much I actually do this until the last couple of weeks when I have no time to do it.

Daily life is now consumed by work and classes, and the tiny mundane things in life that take up too much time. Like doing laundry. Is doing laundry work? No, not really. More like mindless labor, but it still takes away from what little free time I have now to think of the big picture.

Classes and work do that, too. In an odd sense of irony, I spend my days working on the tiniest of God's creation. This leaves me no time to think about the big picture.

I'm about 3 weeks in to the semester, and I'm already thinking that if I don't get a break soon, I'm gonna crack. My introverted side seriously needs some time alone.