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monday morning update, march 16, 2009

the weekend that was: my weekend was mostly re-entry from a week out. i’d been up at forest home camp, NE of LA, all week. the second half of that week was a personal silent retreat, which went through early saturday morning. that morning, i drove back to san diego, straight to my church, where i was part of a parent training morning. our junior high pastor (christina) and high school pastor (brian) talked about what they’re trying to accomplish in the youth ministries, then i talked about adolescence and youth culture from a macro level. i was followed by our church’s teaching pastor (who also happened to be my boss 20 years ago at a church in omaha!), who talked specifically about parenting teenagers. it was a great morning, and i really enjoyed it; but it was a weird way to come off three days of total silence!

saturday afternoon, jeannie and i had a wonderful time of getting caught up and talking about life. one of the things i decided on my silent retreat is that i’ve been watching too much tv lately. the stress of my season was been a little bit of a perfect storm when combined with a television season with so many shows i like to watch. but i’ve been escaping a bit too much. and, with “kings” just starting — which looks like a show i’m going to add to my intake — i’m making a tough choice (for me, it’s tough) to cut four 1-hour shows:
celebrity apprentice
amazing race
hell’s kitchen

i’ve enjoyed all of these, so this is hard; but i think it’s best for me, and certainly better for my marriage and family. in full disclosure, the shows i’m still recording are:
american idol (which we watch as a family)
lost (which, like 24, jeannie and i both watch)
heroes (which i watch with liesl)
the office and 30 rock

saturday night, jeannie and max and i went over to our friends’, joe and beth slevcove, primarily so max could spend some time with their brand new son, akian (the russian word for “ocean”), because they’ve asked max to be akian’s “god brother”. max is taking this all very seriously, and it’s really wonderful to watch.

sunday morning was church, then a few do-dads around the house; followed by a nice catch-up with my friend, john. in the evening, all four of us (me, jeannie, max and liesl) were back at beth and joe slevcove’s for the baby shower for akian. really nice time.

where i am at the moment: at my desk, at ys, in san diego. good to be here.

on my to-do list this week: full week, but no travel. it feels a little bit stressful, though, as i have a lot of things coming to a head right now.

procrastinating about: well, taxes (like i said). i realized i missed a magazine column deadline last week, so i gotsta get that done. i have more revisions coming for the middle school ministry book, and i know i could be working on those now (but i’m waiting for someone to tell me i have to do them, which certainly qualifies as procrastination!).

book i’m in the midst of: woo-hoo! i finished 5 books since last week:
the know it all
are you there, vodka? it’s me chelsea
deep church
the world is flat
same kind of different as me

and i almost finished losing my faculties: a teacher’s story (which is a great non-fiction piece by brendan halpin). not sure what i’ll read next.

music that seemed to catch my attention this past week: really didn’t listen to anything this week!

next trip: a week from today i fly to grand rapids for a 24 hour trip to zondervan. but, otherwise, nothing major ’til my spring break trip with my daughter to paris, in a few weeks!

how i’m feeling about this week: hmm. not sure. lots on my plate, which feels a bit weighty. but i’m glad to be here all week.

things that bother me

my friend kurt johnston didn’t set up his “things that bother me” post as a meme, nor did he tag me; i just felt like copying the idea and creating my own list!

The Power of the TSA
i am regularly annoyed by the combination of incompetence and power of the lovely employees of the TSA. grrr. don’t even get me started. anyone who follows me on twitter gets to witness me whining about this on a regular basis.

The Volume of TV Commercials
nothing like having the volume set perfectly in that “i can hear it, but i won’t wake up my kids” zone; then, commercials come on at twice the necessary volume. this is possibly one of the best reasons for dvr/tivo.

Simon Cowell’s Shirts (and Paula Abdul’s inability to be critical)
my family is adicted to idol, i’ll admit. and i actually enjoy the nasty reality that simon cowell brings (as opposed to paula’s pablum). but, dude, you’re a serious mega-rich jet-setter; doesn’t someone you trust ever tell you your shirts are big-time ugly?

People Who Fart More Than Once on a Flight
really. i was on a flight the other day, and the poor guy wedged into the middle seat next to me decided all the rest of us needed to be punished for his seat selection. dude farted nastiness about every 20 minutes. i handled it maturely, after the third or fourth time, by stage-whispering things like “oh, come on!” with each subsequent cloud o’ stink. one fart? hey, we all have needs. but more than one? that’s crossing a line.

BriteKite on Twitter
britekite is a stupid little twitter app that allows people to post their location via the gps on their phones. listen, i DO NOT care that you are at Wal-Mart, or Arby’s, or what the address of your church is. twitter is self-indulgent enough without this insanity (especially when you britekite the same location five times in a week).

Service Provider Companies Where You Can’t Reach a Live Person on the Phone
argh. i’m getting ticked just typing this! just the other day, i spent 20 or 30 minutes cycling through the options on an auto-receptionist routing tree from hell. we’ve all had this experience. i can understand the need to have an auto-attendant in some businesses. but if all else fails, please give me a “connect with a real person” option! i am paying you, after all!

Christians Who Give Us a Bad Rep
hate. fear. distancing. condemnation. judgment. man, i really don’t like being in a situation where i have to say, “well, i’m not THAT kind of christian.” how ’bout this: all the christians who are fear-filled, condemning, judgmental haters start calling yourself something else, and leave “christian” to those who actually try to love like jesus. you could call yourself “religious” — that would be ok. or, maybe “gong”, as in the sound of something without love.

The Smallness of McDonald’s McGriddles
i have a not-so-secret weakness for the little bit of syrup-flavored deliciousness called the mcgriddle. but have you seen the size of them recently? they shrunk them to about 1/2 their original size, i swear. i thought i was getting play-skool toy food!

People Who Don’t Turn Their Turn Signals Off
seriously: if you’re not actually changing lanes or turning, get that thing off!

ok, that was just off the top of my head. i’m sure i could come up with more. how ’bout you? feel like unloading a bit? add a comment…