Friday, April 25, 2008

You do NOT want to mess with Sayid

The Lost episode last night was good.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

A Family Hobby

Well, not my family exclusively. I saw this on Anne's Blog, but it's making the rounds.

The game is this:
1. Pick 15 of your favorite movies.
2. Go to and find a quote from each movie.
3. Post them here for everyone to guess.
4. Right answers/affirmations will be posted in the comments section accordingly.
5. NO using Google or my Facebook profile or any other use of the intranets to CHEAT.

I definitely did not try to make this easier for the average person, but I think my family at least should have a decent shot at most of these. We shall see!

1. "It is I, Sidney Feldman."
2. "And when we die, and you are sent to heaven for doing your conscience, and I am sent to hell for not doing mine, will you come with me, for fellowship?"
3. "I bribed them to sing a song that would drive us insane and make our hearts swell and burst."
4. "Playing strip poker with an exhibitionist somehow takes the challenge away."
5. "You're not a god. You can take my word for it; this is twelve years of Catholic school talking."
6. "Caution is for popinjays and cockatoos!"
7. "Oh, I've got all the faith in the world in Johnny. Whatever he does is all right with me. If he wants to dream for a while, he can dream for a while, and if he wants to come back and sell peanuts, oh, how I'll believe in those peanuts!"
8. "Well, hellooo big dollop!"
9. "I couldn't help overhearing. I had my ear to the door."
10. "These eggs are positively glacial. When I run this house, senile servants will be the first thing to go."
11. "I'm not gonna say any more than I have to, if that."
12. "I'm Woodrow Wilson. Go to bed!"
13. " It's... it's... it's indescribably beautiful! It reminds me of the Fourth of July!"
15. "Twentieth century? Why, I could pick a century out of a hat, blindfolded, and come up with a better one."

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Covenant and St. Louis

We went. We saw. We experienced.

Check out our trip pix.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Late-Night Packer

...As in, unfortunately I am one.

Anne, Darlene, and I are heading to St. Louis tomorrow to visit Covenant Theological Seminary. It should be a fun road trip and hopefully will help confirm the call I'm feeling to go and study there this fall. I'm interested in the Masters of Arts in Educational Ministries, a two-year program which would equip me to work full-time as support staff in churches or various other ministries. I haven't yet been able to narrow down my ministerial interest to a certain focus because I just love helping with everything, so I anticipate Covenant will also be good for allowing me to search out God's more specific plan for me. Please say a quick prayer for us if you think of it!

Anyway, I guess I oughta finish packing!

Friday, April 04, 2008

I Like Math

In grade school when I was in about third grade, my class somehow determined that “that quiet girl over there” would make a good student council representative. (I’m just kidding. I had friends… apparently.) In the very first student council meeting they held elections for the offices of president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. In my 8-year-old panic, I misunderstood and thought that we HAD to put our names in as candidates for one of the offices. I didn’t want to, but my thought process was this: I like math, so I guess I wouldn’t mind being the treasurer. What I would like for someone to explain to me is how this little girl actually got elected to treasurer in a room full of probably 30 kids who were mostly older than her! (I think there were about 600 kids total in my elementary school, so it’s not like we all knew each other.) I still laugh and shake my head about that run of events.

Thankfully, my responsibilities as treasurer were simple. At the beginning of each meeting, I was in charge of reading the amount we had available in our budget, which was something like $132.45. Every meeting, the presiding teacher would prompt me to stand and I would say, “We have $132.45.” I was still very self-conscious about speaking in front of a group, and never in my memory did I do so voluntarily until I was much older. The amount I read off never changed, as we didn’t spend any of the account’s funds during at least the first half of the year, nor did any money come in. (Poor little Prescott School!) As I got more comfortable in my role, I found myself saying one week, “We still have just $132.45.” I knew as soon as I said it that I shouldn’t have. One of my student council peers shouted out an incredulous, “JUST?!” Needless to say, my face turned red as I realized my error, since this really was a lot of money. This did little for the meager confidence I had built up in my fledgling attempts at extemporaneous public speaking.

So why does this anecdote come to mind? Probably because my life now reminds me of my life then. I work daily with account values, although in a more advanced manner now than in third grade. All the time I find myself saying in mock interest that a client has a balance of something like $642,539.44 in their annuity with us… a number that's just a number until I catch myself and mentally say, not unlike Strong Bad, “Whoa, that is not a small number! That is a big number!” I guess what I’m trying to say is that sometimes I marvel at how much money some people have. And then I tell myself to quit marveling and just do my job.

“I would be the best rich person…”
-Veronica Mars

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

RC Sproul Interviews Ben Stein!


I heard parts of this the other day on the radio. Here’s a video of the interview online.