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island of the sequined love nun

Island of the Sequined Love Nun, by Christopher Moore

well, shoot.

christopher moore has risen to being favorite humorous fiction writer. i started with lamb, still in my list of favorite books. then i ventured into some of this other stuff (i’ve read fluke, the stupidest angel, you suck, and a dirty job, and loved them all).

this one was funny, to be sure. and no writer out there can match moore’s absolute wackiness in characters and storylines.

but this one, unfortunately, was just too raunchy, over and over, for my enjoyment. maybe i’m puritanical; but it just didn’t seem the raunchiness was necessary to the extent it was present.

this is one of his older books; so maybe i just need to stick to newer christopher moore books.

monday morning update

sorry i TOTALLY spaced on posting my monday morning update last week. in the midst of the pittsburgh national youth workers convention, it didn’t even cross my mind. more particularly, i was in a wrestling match with god (losing, i might add), and an update post was seriously the last thing i was thinking of last sunday night and monday morning.

but here we go, back to it…

the weekend that was: after a few busy ones, this was a nice, low-key weekend. friday night, max, jeannie and i went to trader joe’s, and all chose whatever we wanted for dinner. given that max had, the day before, declared “the four major food groups of max” as chocolate lava cake, lasagna, orange juice, and syrup, he decided to make those four his dinner (much to our chagrin and amusement). i had a pre-cooked beef roast, some cubed sweet potatoes (to which i added butter and brown sugar), and some rice pudding for dessert. we watched ‘journey to the center of the earth‘ on pay per view, then i stayed up way too late catching up on some tivo’d stuff.

saturday was my kids’ school’s ‘harvest faire’ (they’re kinda into seasonal festivals for the whole community). it was a stunning day, weather-wise, and we had a nice relaxed time, chatting with peeps and such. in the evening, we all read books, then liesl and i caught up on 4 episodes of ER!

sunday was church (to which i hadn’t been in weeks), the san diego chargers game at our friends’ house (with chili, which was perfect for a cooler day), and ‘to do list’ stuff in the evening. i’m writing this sunday evening, and we have a fire going in the fireplace, jeannie and max are reading harry potter, liesl is studying in her room, and life is good.

where i am at the moment: in my writing spot this morning, then off to work. but this is a new week in many ways. i sold my mini cooper on friday, and we’re going to try to live through the end of the year with the one car. since jeannie has to drive the kids to school down in san diego, living with one car basically means i’m the one with no car. i have writing mornings planned most days this week, and my writing spot is 5 blocks from home and one block from a san diego trolley stop. there’s also a stop about two or three blocks from ys. it’s $5 round trip, which is a bit of a rip off, but should be do-able. i’m asking for a longboard skateboard for christmas, which would make the walks on either end a bit quicker. it’s going to force me to slow down a bit more — i can’t just say, “hey, i need to be at work in 7 minutes,” and leave. i think there’s a chance i will enjoy this, once i get used to it a bit; but i could be wrong, it might drive me crazy!

we’re pretty sure we’re going to buy jeannie a prius in january. our other car is a saturn vue. i’m toying with selling it while it still has a little value, and getting a vespa, or (maybe?) a piaggio mp3. since i only drive about 5 miles to work, and the weather here is almost universally nice, it seems like it would be practical much of the time.

on my to-do list this week: it’s mostly a catch-up week. but i have 3 or so hours blocked off every morning (except one) to work on the middle school ministry book. i really need to keep making significant progress on this, if i’m going to finish by january 1. i have four chapters done now, and about 9 to go for my half of the book (i’m co-authoring with scott rubin of willowcreek). i also have to re-write the opening session for ys one day this week (third or fourth revision).

procrastinating about: oh, not a whole lot, really. i’m finally making good progress on the middle school ministry book. jeannie and i have some work to do on our taxes, and we’ve been seriously procrastinating about that.

book i’m in the midst of: two, i guess. i’m a few pages away from finishing christopher moore’s island of the sequined love nun; and i’m about a 100 pages into dave livermore’s upcoming release, Cultural Intelligence: Improving Your CQ to Engage Our Multicultural World (which i’ve been asked to read and write an endorsement for — that’s on my “to do” list this week also!).

music that seemed to catch my attention this past week: ok, this is a wild one. an amie street email (my favorite website for exploring new stuff) suggested a band to me a week ago. the band is called “king kahn and the shrines.” the album is “the surpreme genius of king khan.” i have listened to it non-stop most of the week.

how to explain? combine old skool funk and blacksploitation music with a bit of the rougher edge of dave matthews, with some doses of rolling stones, the doors, and a bit of punk sensibility. i don’t know, but it’s infectious, and i recommend giving king khan a listen. tasty morsels of fuzzy, buzzy, crunchy goodness.

next trip: nothing this whole week! woo-hoo! my next trip isn’t until the following week, when i head to nashville for the next nywc.

how i’m feeling about this week: okee-dokee! nothing freaking me out too much — should be a good one!

monday morning update, october 27, 2008

the weekend that was: reasonably busy, but fun. friday night, jeannie and i went on a date to a nice restaurant, which we haven’t done in way too long. i’d received a gift cert to fleming’s (an amazing chain of steak joints, like ruth’s chris, or morton’s) as a thank you gift from one of the families of a guy in the middle school small group i lead for the last three years (the exec chef for the chain is the uncle of the kid in my group). and the cert was about to expire, so we headed off to a wonderful dinner of portabello steak fries, filet mignon, fleming’s potatoes, and chocolate lava cake. mmmmmm. saturday was busy with all kinds of stuff — errands, a little UofM football, getting ready for the evening. then, at 7, the guys from my small group from the last three years (who are now freshmen in high school) came over for a sleepover at my house. it was awesome to hang with them. we walked into la mesa village for pizza, and went around the table sharing updates on life (at the suggestion of one of the guys, we all shared four things: 1. what’s going on? 2. how are you going? 3. what do you miss about our small group? and 4. what do you like about the high school group at church?). i got very little sleep, of course, as we played wii, uno (a weird little tradition for our group), ate, and various other goofiness. they totally cracked me up most of the time.

sunday morning, i got them shuttled off to church, then cleaned up the house as my friend mark scandrette and his family were coming over for brunch. we had this amazing breakfast souffle thing with peaches and berries and caramely goodness. and it was great to be with them. we’d vacationed together a couple times years ago, and our kids quickly got caught up, while the adults sat for hours chatting. in the afternoon, some friends came over to watch the sad chargers/saints game (which was at wembly stadium in london!). then, after cleaning up, i went to bed early!

where i am at the moment: i’m in the office for my one day this week. a little off-site writing this morning, then a day of prep and meetings.

on my to-do list this week: the main thing is the pittsburgh national youth workers convention! but i have a 2 1/2 day DCLA meeting in pittsburgh also, and i’m speaking at the pittsburgh youth ministry network lunch, and i have to re-write my closing general session talk (i felt like it was ok in sac, but not great — any input from people who were there would be more than welcome). yeah!

procrastinating about: i have to get back to the middle school ministry book on a regular basis. i made good progress a week ago, but can’t let the busy-ness of convention season keep me from making progress.

book i’m in the midst of: finished up two books last week, the year of living biblically, and donorboy. i grabbed an old christopher moore book off the shelf (one i hadn’t read yet) to read this week, called island of the sequined love nun.

music that seemed to catch my attention this past week: really diggin’ on some ben taylor this week. sounds like a great cross between james taylor, jack johnson, ben harper, and a few others. really, really listenable.

next trip: tomorrow — to pittsburgh!

how i’m feeling about this week: pretty good, actually! so many people i’m looking forward to seeing.