Rest in peace, Laura.

I wish I'd known you better, and talked with you more while you here.
I was so glad to have met you at General Council. You made me laugh many a day afterwards. I know we'll meet again.


Big surprise... not.

I spent the better part of this evening trying to put together a DVD for my grandmother of the service that I put together for my church a couple of weeks ago.

I honestly can say that I can't stand the sound of my own voice. This may come as a big surprise to those of you who've heard me jabber on... but, yes, it's true! I think I may just stop talking altogether... blah!

Body Hacks

Caught a neat article somewhere along the way yesterday which talks about some neat tricks you can do with your body. It's from Men's Health magazine, so I'm not sure if it'll all apply to women, but I would think that it would. For instance:

12. Make your heart stand still!

Trying to quell first-date jitters? Blow on your thumb. The vagus nerve, which governs heart rate, can be controlled through breathing, says Ben Abo, an emergency medical- services specialist at the University of Pittsburgh. It'll get your heart rate back to normal.

I think that one would come in handy when I'm on stage or up in front of my church...!

Here's the link.



Something or other blew up at work today... I was thinking it's cool. Tim says, "explosions, demolition, you know.. the stuff dreams are made of."




I'm in a grumpy mood... again.

Relapse, I suppose.

The past few days, I go from being "ok" to wanting to get away from this place to wanting to curl up in a ball and cry in a matter of minutes...

Lord, Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I cannot accept and the wisdom to hide the bodies of those people I had to kill because they pissed me off.


Thank you.

For the past month and a bit (since Meg and I broke up) I've been kind of up and down in my internal moods. I think externally few people are able to tell exactly what kind of mood I'm in. Of late, it's been a pretty rotten one, and I've more or less felt like a lump.

Two weeks ago I was at November Rally for the weekend, and apparently two of my friends didn't realise I was going to be away for the weekend (Thursday - Sunday). They noted that I hadn't been online for a few days and were actually worried about. Indeed, they thought I'd been abducted by strippers!
That Sunday I came home in the afternoon and they spotted my car in the driveway while they were out and about. They then stopped by here, pounded furiously on the door and gave me a scolding for not telling them where I'd gone. The three of us ended up spending a few hours together.

This past weekend I was in charge of the service at my church. I was responsible to write the majority of the prayers, the children's time, and of course, the sermon. I spent nearly a week working on it all and managed to have it completed around Saturday. Throughout the week I spent a lot of time bemoaning the task before me (which I'd volunteered for). Lots of people listened to me and gave me words of encouragement, which helped me to get through writing everything, and helped me to flesh out the ideas. And let us not forget the four people who read it over for me and gave me some tips on how to improve the sermon.

What I'm getting at is that I feel loved. And this is just a small sampling of what people have done for me in the last little bit. Despite breaking up with a girl who I've had a lot of great times with, and who I love, I feel more loved than I ever have. I am proud to say that I have the greatest friends in the world. You don't know how great you are, but I hope that you'll read this and know that I love you all dearly. Thank you so much for everything you are to me.

[man talk]
My friends are cool. *grunt*
[/man talk]


November Rally 2005

I just got home from one of my favourite experiences of any year. November Rally is a youth retreat where kids are enabled to learn more about their spirituality and the world around them. The theme for the weekend was freedom, and how our freedom (as people in the first world) affects that of citizens in the third world... made for some great conversation, and I hope it spurred a lot of the youth to want to take action on some of the injustices in our world.

If you'd like to see some pictures, go here.


Do a little good in the world...

So, I was just reading at BoingBoing and came across this post. I'm thinking this is a great idea, and something that I'd like to participate in.
At Kiva.org Peope can loan x number of dollars to a business of their choice in the developing world... so easy... so helpful! I guess they haven't had anyone default on the loan, but you donate such a small amount it's not a big deal. And you don't make any money on it, but you do get to help someone make a life for themselves... that's awesome.
Unfortunately (or fortunately?) they got a lot of publicity lately, and now they have no businesses left to sponsor!
I ran into a little extra spending money lately, and this is something I'd like to see happen...