We accomplished my most favorite part of Halloween - the carving of the pumpkin. This most sacred part of Halloween was a joint effort of tj and mine, and I must say, I am quite proud of our creation. We baked pumpkin seeds and I got these fabulous pine cones that smell like cinnamon. I've been burning an apple candle, so now my living room smells like apple pie. Now if it were only 50 degrees outside it would be the perfect fall day!


I think this assessment is pretty right on...


There is no one on my television set every morning more annoying than richard karn.

Holy Freakin' Fabulous!!

We talked about this last night before the show and I feel even stronger about it now that it's over. There are not a lot of show's worth 50 bucks, but there are a few - and that was definitely one of them. Imagine Mike D, MCA and Adrock about 12 feet infront of you and welcome to the show I went to last night. The coolest part was that I didn't walk away going 'that was good, but I wish I had seen them 6 years ago when they were at the top of their game'. They seriously haven't missed a beat (ok, a cue here and there and some of Paul Revere, but there are a lot of words in that song anyway). The best part by far was the Paul's Boutique set. I just kept standing there thinking that I couldn't believe that this was happening right infront of me. Great company, perfect "seats", scrumtrulecent music - couldn't have asked for much more on a monday night.



Getting So Stoked about seeing the Beasties tonight for the first time! I'm sure there will be write-up to come shortly....


This is great. I was tooling around on the Liberty University website and pulled up the Liberty Way for kicks (the code of conduct). This is an addendum to the ladies dress code:

Marriage Is No Excuse!

There are many husbands and wives who encourage (and sometimes even demand) their mates to "look sexy." They feel that since they're already married, it won't really hurt to "turn each other on" in the way that they look and dress. I don't think there is anything wrong with dressing to please your husband or wife, in fact I think it's important that you do, but not at the expense of others. We must stay within the boundaries of the Holy Spirit, putting Jesus and His pleasure first in all we do.
One newlywed in our ministry held up a bare little summer dress to her husband, and shaking her head said, "This has got to go." He said, "But . . that's one of my favorite dresses!" She said, "Yes, but why do you like it so much?" He slowly smiled and agreed-and out it went!

Whores, all of you!!!!


TJ and I finally watched "Saved!" last night, and I know that all of you saw it 'like years ago', but we're a bit slower on the movie watching caravan. (as the blockbuster guy said to tj "you've only used this card 3 times the entire time you've had it"). Anyways, as a girl who was raised in the evangelical christian church and was also "born-again at the age of 3 and then recommitted at 5" and went to liberty university, it was amazingly easy for me to relate to this movie (maybe like some of my guy friend's experiences with Blankets).

There was definitely overkill on the part of Hillary Faye, but I did experience a group pretty, popular girls who tried to be everyone's mentors in college. They didn't have a name for themselves, but same basic concept. I've been through the "girl at youth group (for example) is pregnant" saga (although it wasn't to save her gay boyfriend). I've seen the "campus pastor's son is found to be gay" saga and how these people are quickly shuffled off out of sight. I've seen the "pastor is being asked to leave because he cheated on his wife" saga (although it was in retrospect). It is so easy to pick out each and every detail that made church an almost horrifying cult that is an embarrassment and an easy target for the butt of the world's jokes. It's so easy to be able to say "See YOU guys are wrong, and that's NOT the right way, and look who's NOT perfect now".

But at the same time, I began to think of how I also need to be a bit more balanced about it all. There are a lot of wonderful people that are involved in that machine - many of our parents for example that are not hideous beasts that are waiting on tip toe for us to crash and burn to they can ostracize us from their community. There are a lot of good experiences that have come from years at youth group that I actually wouldn't trade. There were a lot of good values that were instilled and a lot of good intentions too. Of course, there's a lot of insincerity, hate and greed also. But isn't that just the way the world is?

Maybe if the church didn't try to set itself "above and beyond" sooo much, it wouldn't be so sensational when they have the same troubles that the rest of the world does. Maybe if they could just admit that they are just normal people, no better than any other - that their cause is no more justified and pure - people wouldn't be so devasted and hurt when the walls crash in a little. We are in this world and of this world - god is the one that's not of this world. We can strive to be like him, but we are still no better than joe schmoe and our organizations aren't any more sinless. Anyway, as a child raised in the exact center of this movie, I definitely think it was a dead on, well-done satire. Those that were so offended by it (and I read some steaming critiques about it, holy crap) need to open their eyes and start to ask why people "outside of the box" view christianity that way, instead of just condemning it as a piece of secular trash and jumping back into their protective bubble.


I gots a new stick!

My most amazing little sister gave me the gift of a lifetime yesterday.

i like the art in you

So, Ben and Ginny joined TJ and I at the Boca Raton Art Museum last night for their "Wednesday nights are free" program. I heard about it on NPR and figured it would be a great way to spend a night. (if any of you haven't gone, you should. it's free every wed. night from 5pm to 9). The works of Ignacio Iturria were on exhibit and it literally was one of the first times in a long time that I've really liked a modern artist and almost everything he had on display. Almost all of his works were on cardboard - some on canvas - some on mirror, all with oil. He has an amazing ability of creating a 3D effect with his art that makes you feel like you can reach out and grab the people in his paintings - like you can walk into the buildings he portrays. Really impressive.

I had a really good time and I'm definitely thinking of making this a once a month outing.


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