Friday, March 17, 2006

random Friday

There's nothing like a little randomness on a sunny afternoon, especially when it's St. Patty's Day and the evening's plans are looking promising...

last 10 random tunes on iTunes:
1. Eurotrash Girl - Cracker
2. Daysleeper - REM
3. Frim Fram Sauce - Diana Krall
4. Never My Love - The Association
5. Your Body is a Wonderland - John Mayer
6. More Than This - Matt Nathanson
7. Saints and Sailors - Dashboard Confessional
8. Turn Turn Turn - Judy Collins
9. Somebody Put Something in My Drink - The Ramones
10. Ruby Through the Looking Glass - Tori Amos

random news item:
Didn't anyone else hear about Sandra Day O'Connor blasting her own party during her speech at Georgetown the other day on NPR?

random anecdote and photo:
Tonight, Ryan and I are headed out to dinner at Beale St. and then to an Amerks game - a belated birthday date. We haven't had a date night (technically) since last month when we were up in Sacket's for a weekend. We were supposed to be winter camping, but that fell through due to some extreme weather conditions (see below photo of Ryan on the frozen tundra that is supposed to be Henderson Bay). Anyway, I'm looking forward to my crab cakes tonight!

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Friday, March 03, 2006

say what you mean, mean what you say

It's Lent again. Again. Seems like it was just fast the last year has gone by. Dutifully, I played the Ash Wednesday service this week, but I felt better about it than last year. This is probably because even though things are crazier and more emotional, in some respects, than last year, I am at peace with my past decisions. Finally. I feel more spiritually centered, less doubting, more hopeful.

Protestants don't necessarily follow the Lenten "sacrifice" of giving something up. By making a sacrifice I suppose you are supposed to feel closer to Jesus, because he is the one who lived - and died - the biggest sacrifice of them all. I don't give anything up and instead focus on my own personal spiritual journey. How can giving up say, chocolate, for Lent, compare to giving up a life? It can't. And if one is not spiritual at all, how does giving up chocolate mean something? Little steps, maybe, if one has a path or a plan for becoming more spiritual in whichever way one chooses.

But if one's intentions are obviously maligned, what then, is the point? Seriously, how hard is it really to give up something like chocolate? Why do these kinds of "sacrifices" need to be material in nature? Why not consider giving up holding grudges? Or eliminating road rage from your driving habits? Or curbing your urge to tell racist jokes? Living by example is really, in my opinion, the only way to change the things that are wrong in this world.