If you don’t expect too much from me, you might not be let down

April 23, 2011

Tomorrow’s Easter, which means the end of the Lenten season.

So far I have done well with the coffee ban, but I’ll admit that I couldn’t have succeeded without the help of my old friend hot chocolate.

I know that the point of sacrifice isn’t to substitute one vice for another, but it was really nice to wake up to a warm drink, especially on those days where my work shift started at 6 or 7 am.

I don’t particularly like tea, so that was out of the question. I even tried drinking it again just to be sure that I don’t like it, and I was right. I think there was that one time that I liked an herbal tea, but I’m plum out right now..

My Bible-reading quest hasn’t progressed as well as I had initially planned. But if I can only read another 700 pages before I go into work today in 4 hours, I will have reached my goal of completing the Bible before Easter.

So that’s up to you to decide if you want to believe in my success or not.

As mentioned previously, part of the problem is that I mostly tried to read right before bed. Which made it difficult to get through more than 2 or 3 pages before falling asleep.

I was hoping that I would be able to stay awake for more once I got to the more familiar parts, but that hasn’t happened yet.

I blame it on the Catholic church.

If we would have read through, say, Deuteronomy or Numbers more often in church when I was growing up, maybe I could have gotten through it easier now. I mean, how hard can it be to base a sermon on how many bulls would need to be sacrificed to forgive touching an unclean woman? Or how many yards of fabric would be needed in the creation of the Sacred Tent? Instead, we just skipped ahead to the New Testament most of the time.

Too bad I have to work this evening, or I could have watched all 15 hours of The Ten Commandments on TV to make up for my lack of diligence.

What I have been working a lot on, though, is preparing for the ODDMALL craft show, which will be held in Hudson, Ohio, on May 7.

I’m pretty proud of the strides I’ve taken to keep on top of this. I had a 1-inch button-making-marathon on Wednesday, worked on some new designs, and wrote down a schedule of how I’m spending the remaining two weeks of my preparation time. I still would like to develop some new jewelry designs and fine-tune my display materials, but I’m feeling pretty good about it so far.

Anyway, hope everyone has a safe and Happy Easter! I know I’ll be hanging with the fam, and hopefully eating some delicious foods..


I heard the dude blamed the chick, I heard the chick blamed the snake..

March 17, 2011

So I’m still only about 50 pages into the Bible and already I made a mistake.

In my previous post I allude to Cain and Abel in my Bible-read-a-long checklist, citing Abraham and Sarah as the parents.  Really, the honor goes to Adam and Eve.

This goes to show how terrible I can be with names, and lists of names pretty much make up this whole first book of the Bible.

Through reading this, though, I wonder how some biblical names carry on through the generations (ex. Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, etc. etc.), while others fall by the wayside. I mean, sure, those are some pretty important biblical figures, but why not go for some less obvious choices for naming your child:

Jidlaph

Chesed

Jokshan

Basemath

Uz

Mehetabel

Oholibamah

All very attractive choices.

Anyway, I really need to devote more daytime-time to reading instead of right-before-bed when I have to be careful not to fall asleep and drool on the Holy Book.

Thank goodness the Good Word transcends some beat-up and stained paper…

In other news: I did finish up the last 60 or so pages of the other book I was reading, The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar. I picked it up at random at Barnes & Noble, and really enjoyed it. On one hand, it discusses class differences in India. The illiterate servant, Bhima, lives in the slums with little access to proper medical facilities or education, while the mistress, Serah, lives in a nice home and has power and influence over others. Through hearing their stories, however, we see how universal our dreams and feelings and insecurities really are.

The author was actually supposed to be one of my professors at Case, but she had to cancel the class for some reason. Probably because she was working on/promoting a national best-selling novel, which is a pretty awesome reason to cancel a class.

There are a few more books on my short list to read, but I’m reluctant to start those quite yet. Besides trying to play catch-up with the Bible, I’ve been working on some new jewelry designs to post on my Etsy page.

Here’s a hint as to what to expect next:

vinyl.


I would have stopped at Day 3 gladly, but Day 4 came next…

March 12, 2011

So today is the third day of Lent.

This year I decided to give up coffee. Was going to give up pop, but I don’t drink it that much whereas consuming coffee has long become a daily occurrence for me.

The last time I gave up coffee was in college. Before then I never got into the habit of drinking coffee, but for some reason (perhaps as a right of passage? done out of necessity for pulling all-nighters?) college kids just start to do the coffee thing.

There was also a Starbucks right on campus, which was a total novelty considering that my hometown never had one until only recently. Plus they totally accepted “Case Cash” which is the extra money put on your student ID as part of the meal plan — to use at times when the cafeteria’s not open or to go to Subway, etc.

I didn’t realize how addicted I had become until about the 3rd and 4th days when I got a (lack of) caffeine headache.  I guess I didn’t think that the crappy vending machines at the art school really had coffee in their coffee drinks… I mean, I didn’t go to Starbucks every single day, but I did frequent the 55-cent-watery-powdered-coffee dispenser fairly often.

This year it’s not so bad.  I did have a bit of a headache today, but I can’t tell if it’s from the caffeine or something else since I was also kind of nauseated.

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Though I’m Catholic, I’m  interested in utilizing this time to exercise some self-control. I mean, I know that giving something up/not eating meat on Fridays represents sacrifice and things, but I would have to dig deep in the ol’ mental filing cabinet to really remember all the details and how-comes that go along with the Lenten season.

On that note, however, I am going to try to read through the entire Bible before Easter.

You may remember this post about my teenage “bucket list”… Well reading the Bible is one of the items I added to my grown-up version (which I have yet to publish).

I have the basic gist of it down from going to church every weekend throughout my childhood, but I’ve never sat down and actually read the book from start-to-finish. I’m not expecting to understand the entire Bible in just a few weeks — I just want to get a feel for the flow of it.

That’s why I’m reading through a Contemporary English version to start. I’ll graduate to the New Oxford Annotated Bible (with Apocrypha) when I’m really ready to be ultra-studious about it. (That’s the huge one with elaborate academic-sounding footnotes and the “missing” books in it.)

I’ve only made it through about 12 pages (I need to do about 21 per day to finish on time), but a lot more has happened than I expected/remembered.

-The creation of all things (check!)

-Adam and Eve get banished from the Garden of Eden (check!)

-Noah saves all the animals from certain death (check!)

-They all have a whole bunch of descendants when they’re like 300-600 years old (check!)

Abraham’s Adam’s wife, Eve, bears a son who kills the other son (check!)

-The evil, corrupt cities of Sodom and Gomorrah are destroyed (check!)

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It’s amusing the way it’s all put into layman’s terms. Like the first verses are simplified to pretty much read as follows:

“God decided to create birds. This was good. And that’s how birds were created.”

I get that there’s no way that we could possible know how God created birds, but it’s just funny how this version lacks the eloquence that the original versions surely had.

Anyway, I should probably head upstairs and get to readin’ if I’m ever going to catch up.