Jul 28, 2009

PBS, Basements, and Other Such Treasures

I suppose I should make an effort to blog a bit more.

Monday went stampin' with Mom's friends and Stephanie. Nothing too brilliant came from that trip. Just a lot of laughs.

Today involved some cleaning of the basement. It's amazing what one can find. Turns out my mom went through a Kenny Rodgers phase in her life. I think she owned every one of his records. It was definitely entertaining going through all sorts of old stuff that had been forgotten about. Random bulletins and church newsletters, magazine clippings, and the real gem of the day: a prank letter from my dad's old work. It was from the 'unification committee' letting employees know about the new procedures to be taking place. You knew it was crock when they mentioned that 10:15 am was hug time, and that 3pm all employees would be required to come to the sales floor and sing 'kumbayah'. I think I giggled for 5 minutes about that.

MCC: 62

Word of the Day: caffienated

Quote of the Day: "I'm perfectly happy being married to a man who thinks that PBS is what women get once a month." "I actually said that once a month was enough for PBS" (conversation between Jill and Tim on Home Improvement)

Jul 26, 2009

Jeremiah 29:11

This morning was really neat.

Epic, I know. But seriously, I have no other way to describe it. A sort of satisfied, warm feeling went through my soul as I sat in church listening to the scripture passage. Let me explain.

Two summers ago, I went to Calvin College on a summer program. The program was three weeks long, and was designed to help us 'determine God's calling' for our lives. More so, delivered from the mindset that we were being called into ministry (and you know, get some interest in attending Calvin). The program, designed for teens in the grade 11/12 age group, was hardcore. We listened to the professors of Calvin Seminary give lectures on everything from Infant Baptism vs Dedication to the 'End Times' and the mistaken notions of the Left Behind series. We were split off into groups, going to different parts of North America for 10 days, to learn about life in the ministry feild. One team went to Alberta (church plant focus), one to NYC (urban ministry focus) and one to Juarez, Mexico/El Paso Texas (mission feild focus). Of course, I was part of the group that went to Juarez.

Anyways, the theme for the three weeks came from Jeremiah 29:11. "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord". A verse that has spoken to me ever since, reminding me that I am in God's constant care, and that my life can only be lived to his glory.

What was cool about this morning, was that one of the leaders from this program, is interning for the summer at one of the CRC churches. She read that passage this morning. July 26, two years previous, was the day I came back home, after one of the most amazing summers of my life. Two years later, one of my leaders is once again reminding me that God knows the plans he has for my life. Now that's a God thing.

MCC: 60

Word of the Day: Ironical

Quote of the Day: "We made a lot of friends, and by the end of the week we had a lot of people we needed to add to Facebook!" One of the teens recounting SERVE in church this morning.

Jul 20, 2009

Funnier at the Time?

A weekend in Toronto/Hamilton.

All wonderful. The best included Shakespeare in the Park. Better spent with two wonderful friends, don't you think? It was eventful...to say the least. Among Saturday's spectacle was a joke played by Maria and Joel, many witty and crude remarks, extensive trips across the GTA and a picnic in the park. Sunday involved an experience. I slept over at Joel's house Saturday night, and hadn't really met his family yet (as we had been gone to Maria's on Saturday). I woke up and came down to find his mom and dad sitting in the living room having coffee. Shower was in use, so I had to wait. Might as well make conversation in my PJs, right? Funny thing is, Joel's dad is also a professor at Redeemer, and happens to be my faculty representative. He and I have never really met. A first impression? Strange teenager comes down stairs with old gym shorts and excessively baggy t-shirt as pajamas. Bed head and bad breath included. It had been explained earlier that I was sleeping over, and that no, I was not Joel's girlfriend, but just a random friend from school (who has corrupted their poor son's mind with public school trash) and an extreme case of sarcasm. Oh yes, Brittany, way to start off on the right foot! (get it Joel?)

The weekend was fun. I was happy to spend some times with friends who speak my language (that is novels and poetry).

MCC: 54

Word of the Day: Breadstick

Quote(s) of the Day: "I enjoyed your stairs almost as much as I enjoyed your bed!" (Joel to Maria)
"The second smartest dog on the planet? And this might surprise you...The poodle. I am a little disappointed in God right now." George Strompolopolous

Jul 18, 2009

Tweedledee and Tweedledum

Do you have those friends whom you can be a part from for a year or two and pick up exactly where you left off?

I discovered this week, that I have a few of those. Jon and Cliff were two of my dear friends in High School, and I had the priviledge of seeing them both this week. It reminded me of the good old days in the cafeteria, chugging back Coca Cola, eating breakfast, playing Pokemon... These two guys are great. Cliff is a bit of a joke. He's hard to take serious, and his sense of humour is often filled with profanity and crudeness, but he is so endearing. It took me a while, but I grew to love him. He was one of those guys that knew where you could get anything, (even though he had no interest in it), poked fun at himself, and laughed a lot. I found out today that he is going to be a policeman. Which made me laugh a little, because his persona was always the kid making fun of the cops. Think...Michael Kelso from 'That 70s Show'. That's Clifford Swift (his reasoning for becoming a police officer was actually that with a name like Swift, he had to do something with a title.) My advice? Stay off the streets. They'll give him and gun and tazor when he graduates. (just kidding...)

Jon, on the other hand, is a quiet, Christian guy who is really the opposite of Cliff. He doesn't know what he wants to do with life, and that's fine. I think he's just ready to give it all up to God and follow. Jon's been a really good influence in my life tha past few years, and I am thankful for his friendship. He's okay to let Cliff steal the show. Someday Jon will be up on a stage rocking out with his guitar.

I love them both, and it was so good to see them today. 3am and that's what I had to post.

On another note, I am going to Hamilton this weekend, so I won't be blogging again until Monday. I hope that you all have wonderful weekends. God Bless.

MCC: 49

Word of the Day: Sleep

Quote of the Day: "I was going to be a paramedic, but they don't give you a cool title or a gun for that one, and you have to save people's lives. I figured that entrusting lives into my hands would be more of a disaster than anything. So I decided to be a 'po-leece occifer'. -Cliff

Jul 14, 2009

Weekends, Weddings and Wii

I realize I haven't posted anything in a while. It's much too bad, I had grand plans for some great posts this weekend. My RA, Lorie, was my date for a wedding this weekend. We had quite the weekend.

Friday she came to my house around noon, after a very busy week of Vacation Bible School for me. We headed to London to find her some shoes for the wedding on Saturday. After 5 and a half shoe stores we managed to find very classy strappy sandals that went with the dress perfectly. We went out to East Side Mario's for dinner. The waiter there was very cute. Lorie and I had a great time talking with him. Following dinner we decided that a movie would be a good end to the day, and went over to SilverCity to watch Transformers. This was an excellent movie. Lots of explosions. I found it really entertaining when the 'Decepticon' came in and ripped the USA Flag from the top of some governmental building. Oh yes, it was excellent.

Saturday was the wedding. We got up, watched Ghostbusters, made ourselves look good, and then headed out to Stratford. The wedding was nice, simple, but very pretty. The guys from the dorm beside ours were all at the wedding as it was their RA that was getting 'hitched'. It was nice to see them all again. Between the ceremony and the reception we had about two and a half hours to kill and so we went to Wendy's for Frosty's and then to someone's house where they played 'Mario Kart' on Wii. Boys and their Nintendo...

Sunday came around and Lorie and I were off to Aylmer to visit a few friends and go to church. The day was nice and relaxing and seeing friends was really great.

Jul 7, 2009


Need more?


there's a whole bunch. I spent an entire afternoon on these videos.

MCC: 41

Word of the Day: (doesn't this seem a little ironic to you?) Risk

Quote of the Day: "Wherever you GO, God is with you!" (joshua 1:9- abbreviated so 4 year olds can memorize it.)

Jul 4, 2009

Finally, Sunshine!

Finally! Some beautiful weather! It's nice and sunny outside, when all week it has been raining and cloudy.

It has been a busy week. I've worked every day, set up for VBS, gone to see 'The Proposal' with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds- worth every dollar paid!!!. It's been a good week, all in all.

MCC: 37

Word of the Day: Scrumptious

Quote of the Day: "Next time someone calls and complains about the food on account of their bad day, tell them to call the hotline- 1-800-E-A-T-S-H-I-T." Steve (the owner of Strathroy's BK Lounge)

Jul 1, 2009

It must be Lint!

Happy Canada day! 142 years and still going strong. Canadians have done some pretty cool stuff. Go to www.thelondonfreepress.ca to get a complete list!

MCC: 36

Word of the Day: Caulking

Quote of the Day: "It must be Lint or something, everyone's buying fish!" Tara, one of the managers at work. (she meant Lent.)