Wednesday, December 13, 2006

They're Too Much...

I feel compelled to write this entry because I feel as though many poor souls are missing out on of the great Christmas joys that so fills my heart with warmth...and cold, for that matter. The joy of which I speak is a Christmas movie in the same vein of Rudolph called "The Year Without a Santa Claus." To be honest, I remember very little of the plot. But this movie is significant for two very important and ridiculous brothers--The Snow Miser and Heat Miser. They are two opposite brothers and they sing an amazing song. For your pleasure I have included pictures of these classy characters.

I'm Mister White Christmas, I'm Mister Snow! I'm Mister Icicle, I'm Mister Ten Below! Friends call me Snow Miser, Whatever I touch turns to snow in my clutch! I'm too much!

I'm Mister Green Christmas, I'm Mister Sun! I'm Mister Heat Blister, I'm Mister Hundred and One! They call me Heat Miser, Whatever I touch starts to melt in my clutch! I'm too much!

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Being Festive

I'm so sneaky...

He was a good boy this year

Now perhaps many of you know that I am a festive person. I am festive when it comes to many holidays (read: Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day--all those fun saints), but Christmas is an especially big one, right? Perhaps you've received a Christmas card from me in the past, or have seen me in festive clothing. But what you may not know is that I also act as a Christmas elf. No, not one of those elves that pass out candy canes in department stores and wear more felt than is healthy for one human being. I have the priviledge of being elf to certain boys that hang their stockings on the door to their dorm. It all began last year. I don't know how, but my friend Chase somehow let it slip that he and his roommates, Aaron and Dan, had hung their stockings, maybe I could fill them? This seemed like a great idea, and fill them I did. And yesterday the time came for me to repeat this gesture of Christmas cheer. The roommates have changed slightly, and the boys (read: strapping young men) were: Chase, Aaron, Dan, and Shaun. So filled the stockings with lots of goodies. Here are the gentlement sporting one of the best stocking stuffers I know: Banana Republic boxers.

Shaun, Dan, Chase, and Aaron

And here's a little blast from the past:
Christmas elf, circa 2005

Tuesday, December 5, 2006

A Poetry Reading

I must admit, I've been a bit lax in the schoolwork area of my life lately. All of a sudden, I find so much to do, and wonder how it will ever be accomplished. Nevertheless, I never fully regret the things I do instead of the work. Yesterday, this consisted in large part of baking cookies for a poetry reading put on by the Echo, and then reading my poetry there as well. Two opportunities for creativity, culinary and literary.

What could be better, really? When I find myself at the front of a wood-panelled room, filled with 50 people eating cookies, all rapt and at attention as I read...well, that is life.

Monday, December 4, 2006

A Sunday

I did the reading at church this Sunday. Zechariah 14:4-9. Kind of a random passage, but it has ended up meaning a lot to me.

See, my friend Nike asked me if I would do the reading, and she gave me the reference on a slip of paper. Well, at the time I was talking to her and Elanor about a conversation I'd just had with the guy I used to date. And so I thought she was giving me some encouraging verses. But when I went back to my room and started to read, I was a bit confused. Until I got to verse six, which says:

On that day the sources of light will no longer shine, yet there will be continuous day! Only the LORD knows how this could happen! (New Living Translation)

I feel as if those verses perfectly describe my life right now. It's as if I know that God is going to change my situation. But the change he's going to do is something crazy. Something crazy like a sunless day. But he knows how it's going to happen. He knows, and it's ok that I don't.

The ESV translation we use at church says it like this:

On that day there shall be no light, cold, or frost. And there shall be a unique day, which is known to the LORD, neither day nor night, but at evening time there shall be light.

God is there. Through all those unique days. Those unique days that I just don't get. God does. And that is enough. Amen.