Archive | April, 2009

SO close!!

30 Apr

Does anyone know where the Paper Writing Fairies are?  They were supposed to come to my apartment in the middle of the night and finish my paper and they never showed up.  So now I’m stuck finishing my paper all by myself.  I have almost five pages single spaced – it needs to be 15 double spaced.

My friend Dan left today for a week in Europe and had a seven hour layover in Atlanta.  I couldn’t let him sit in the airport so I picked him up and we spent the afternoon getting lunch and walking around Atlantic Station.  He had never been to IKEA before so we walked over and wandered around.  His flight left around 5 p.m. … Traveling Mercies Dan!!

Please keep Allen Mullinax and his family in your prayers.  Allen is the music director at Pilgrimage.  His mom passed away from complications in hip surgery.
Please keep Maura LaRocca in your prayers.  She is a good friend of mine and my family from Kent and has been suffering from awful kidney stones.  The medicines they have been giving her haven’t been helping and she is in a lot of pain.
Thanks everyone!!
Emory folks – we’re so close!! (Some of you are already done, lucky ducks!!)
All my love,
Sarah

I Have the Greatest Friends and Family

29 Apr

First of all … thank you Thank You THANK YOU for all of the wonderful comments, e-mails, texts and ideas in response to my last blog post.  They put me at ease and helped me see the big picture.  They also helped me ignore the mess and finish my Pastoral Care paper!!  12 pages in two days leaving me with a to-do list looking like this:

Polity – Final Paper, 15 pages
That’s right – ONE MORE PAPER!!  It’s due on Friday, which means I need to be cranking out about 7 pages a day between now and then.  Totally do-able, right?  I definitely have plenty to write about.  Tim didn’t really give us a prompt to write off of, but most of us are going to be drafting our ordination papers (at least the UCC part of it).  I think if I stop thinking of it as an assignment that stands in the way of summer and start thinking about it as part of the journey towards ordination, I may just be able to relax and just let God lead me in my writing.
I haven’t been as focused on school work as I planned on being (am I ever?)  On Friday night Bruce and I stayed awake to supervise the youth sleeping in their cardboard tent city at the 30 Hour Famine and – without technically being able to eat to stay awake – I started reading Mommywood.  Once I started I HAD to finish.  Luckily, it was a quick read – I finished it on Sunday night!!  It was a nice distraction from everything else I have going on.  It was a cute book – I was a little disappointed at some of pointed remarks and jabs Tori took at her mother.  I know they’ve had a public and difficult relationship, but I didn’t think it was necessarily appropriate for Tori to criticize Candy multiple times a chapter.  It’s so unfortunate that they can’t either:  A) Find a way to put the past behind them and get along or B) Just agree to live their own lives and not constantly be harping on each other.  Make up or move on.  That being said – it’s a cute book.  I still feel like I relate a lot to Tori – in her quest to be perfect, in her admiration of the people around her and in her long spectrum of emotions.  I think I needed to read that after all of the other heavy reading I’ve done this semester.  I think I’ll read Stories From Candyland next (after I finish my Polity paper, of course … I think).
Bruce and I had a date last night!!  It was fun.  We were both hungry and tired and NOT in the mood to cook so we went to Chili’s and sat in the lounge.  We watched the Braves, the Celtics/Bulls playoff game and ended up talking about our honeymoon.  I didn’t want to talk about the wedding because I thought we both needed a break, but we got on the subject and were smiling and laughing while we were talking, so it didn’t seem like such a bad thing.  We came home, crawled into bed and looked at hotel options while eating Rita’s and watching 27 Dresses.  It was a good date!!  We haven’t booked anything yet, but I think we’ll probably make some final decisions tonight or tomorrow!!
In the meantime, I’m getting geared up to write my Polity paper so I can bid Seminary Year #2 a fond farewell.
Peace & Love,
Sarah 🙂

The Stages of a Messy Apartment …

27 Apr

Stage #1:  Confusion – “Bruce, how did our apartment get this messy?”

Stage #2:  Frustration – “No, seriously.  Bruce, how did our apartment get this messy?”
Stage #3:  Comical – “Haha, seriously, Bruce can you believe how messy our apartment got?” (laughing ensues)
Stage #4:  Determination – “Okay, Bruce.  For REAL this time.  We’re going to clean.”
Stage #5:  Hysterical Crying – It’s actually kind of hard to get words out at this point.
So – I’m in Stage 5 of a Messy Apartment right now.  Though, I have to say.  As not fun as it is when it starts, it is by far the most effective of the five stages.  We’re actually making some progress.  It’s a shame I’m not making any of that progress on either of the two papers I have due this week, but once you hit five the blinders come on and you can do NOTHING else (except blog, apparently).
It’s strange – as soon as I melted down I immediately wanted my mom.  Not to comfort me – to clean.  Hmm … that sounds terrible.  I wonder if I can re-word that to not sound like a spoiled princess.  Let me say it like this – I was having one of those “I don’t wanna grow up” moments.  My mom kept such a clean house as I was growing up.  My room was always a disaster but once a week I would come home and everything that was once on my floor would be on my bed because she came through with the vacuum and dusted.  She did the dishes every night.  My father cleaned the floors.  She filed the mail as it came in (or at least her piles were neater than mine seem to be).
WHY CAN’T I SEEM TO FIGURE THIS OUT?!
I want my apartment to be a HOME.  Not just a dumping ground or a dust collector.  But I haven’t figured out how to do that yet without being a nag or without neglecting my responsibilities at work or school.  It’s SO frustrating.  I’m getting married in a little over a month and I can’t figure out how to create a home.  And that makes me very, very sad.

Wedding Nightmare

24 Apr

Before I go into my nightmare, I have to share with y’all my SHEER JOY THAT CLASSES ARE DONE!!!!! Tim cancelled polity on Monday because he’s holding a Boundaries Training for those of us who need it for ordination so – as of 11:45 I am done Done DONE with classes for my second year. Here’s what my to-do list looks like now …

Polity – Final Paper, 15 pages
Pastoral Care – Final Paper, 12 pages

Oh, how sweet that looks now from where it was a couple of days ago …

SO – Back to my Nightmare

I’m quite literally talking about a nightmare. Like a dream about the wedding where NOTHING was going right.

First of all, the wedding wasn’t happening in Kent. I couldn’t really tell where we were, though I think it was a combination of the church in Washington that my mom used to serve at and the church in West Chester, PA that my cousin got married at over the new year. Anyway – I was in this big room with all of my bridesmaids and there were boxes everywhere and we were getting dressed. Our hair wasn’t done because our hairdressers never showed up, but we didn’t realize that until right before the ceremony.

Oh – and throughout all of this – no one was really happy. We were all just kind of going through the motions. Shouldn’t brides and their bridesmaids be chattery and giggly while they are getting ready? Well – we weren’t.

So I have my dress on and everything is a go when all of a sudden – dum dum dummmmmmm … We cannot find my veil. I know, tragedy, right? But this was a BIG problem for me in my dream and I started to tear through all of the boxes in order to find my veil. Come to think of it – I think the room we were in looked a lot like my parents basement, dimly lit and filled with boxes (they decided to pay for the wedding before they finished the basement – I affirm this decision). So I’m tearing through boxes and there is NO sign of my veil. I did, however, find my parent’s Christmas Tree skirt that they couldn’t find last Christmas when they were putting up the tree (Mom – maybe that was my subconscious’ way of saying that your tree skirt is in one of your boxes in your basement).

So I can’t find my veil, the room is now a disaster because I have open and pulled everything out of all of the boxes in it and my hair isn’t done.

And then people from my church start popping in to say hi. But the ceremony is supposed to start in five minutes.

Oh – and at this point Max hadn’t showed up. But he finally did and when he walked in the door, I realized that I had never printed a bulletin. In fact – I hadn’t even finalized the worship service!!!!! So Max and I are frantically trying to put together the wedding service (this is why pre-marital counseling and rehearsals are VERY important) and Max seems distressed. He looked up and told me that Shannon left him. Now – those of you that know Max know that his wife’s name is Liz and they’re very happy together. So I don’t even know where Shannon came from. Then Max looks at me and says with absolute disgust “I just don’t feel like doing this right now.”

No veil … boxes everywhere … grumpy bridesmaids … people dropping by … no bulletins … no worship service … an angry minister …

LUCKILY Bruce called (he had left for work before I woke up) and my phone ringing woke me up. When I told him I was so happy he called because I needed to wake up from the wedding nightmare, his response was, “Isn’t it too early for you to be having these?”

I hope that was the only one!!

Keep On Keepin’ On …

22 Apr
Am I the luckiest girl or WHAT?!
Bruce picked me up from class tonight with these beautiful flowers in the car!!!!!  I am SO unbelievably lucky to have a fiance who not only puts up with my stress, anxiety and overall crankiness but also buys me flowers in the middle of all of it!!
Amazing.
I just printed out my final colloquy paper for the semester so that will get handed in tomorrow and then my to-do list will look like this:
Polity – Final Paper, 15 pages
Pastoral Care – Final Paper, 12 pages
Preaching – Wedding/Funeral Sermon, 5 minutes
New Testament – Final Exegesis, 7-8 pages
I actually have a first rough/working draft of my New Testament Final Exegesis.  Max read it last night and didn’t find anything significant that I needed to change and Edward (my colloquy leader) said he would read it tonight.  I’ll fix it on Thursday and turn it in on Friday!!!!!
I’m SO close to being done.

June 7th …

19 Apr
The Army Wives are BACK!!!!!
Can y’all tell I am just ITCHING for school to be over?  Memoirs written by perky blondes, a new season of my favorite Lifetime television series … I am officially ready to be finished with my to-do list!!
The Baked Potato Fundraiser at church was a great success!!  The youth were SO helpful, the people in the church were really enthusiastic about being part of it and we ended up making over $300!!  I’m happy for the youth.  It was a little bit bittersweet, though.  The youth and children were having a Penny Wars and the jugs have been out in the narthex since the wars started.  This morning when we got to church – the jugs weren’t there.  We’ve searched high and low and can’t find them – I hate to think that someone took them, but we can’t think of any other possibility.  I suppose we wanted the money to support people in need, and if someone needed the money that badly I guess I’m glad it’s where it needs to be – but I’m disappointed that whoever took it didn’t feel like they could ask someone in the church for help.  Because there are funds available.  And now all the enthusiasm and money the youth and children have dedicated to the project are gone.  I’m sad, I’m disappointed, I wish the abundance in the world was equally distributed … 
Until next time,
Sarah

With just a few clicks …

18 Apr
… my “post – second year” reading list is on its way!!
I just put in my Amazon order for the following books (expected to be shipped on April 23!!):

Mommywood is Tori’s second memoir.  The first one was light and adorable and made her not only a relatable celebrity, but also helped me realize that I’m not the only person who is highly emotional, extremely passionate and at-times completely irrational.
I promise I am NOT trying to play both sides in the whole Tori vs. Candy battle, but I am curious about what it was like to marry into such a dynasty and to have to deal with being a celebrity through marriage.
And last but certainly not least … 
I have Sarah Weddle to thank for this book – she sent me a link with an excerpt from it last week and I was instantly hooked.  I had NO idea she even had a book deal!!  Kristin Chenoweth is potentially one of the most adorable and down to earth actresses I’ve ever followed.  If I could be as adorable and put together as she is every time I see her on TV, I would consider myself to be lucky.  I’m looking forward to seeing what she has to say about life, love and faith in stages – the topics that I tend to blog about!!
Notice that NOT ONE of these books is exegetical, methods of exegesis, biblical interpretation, readings from early Christianity, congregational analysis, etc. etc. etc.  Don’t get me wrong – I love what I’m studying.  But I’m ready to cleanse my mind and read something a little bit lighter.
In the meantime – I’m working through my finals to-do list.  If I were to show you the list again, it would appear that I’ve gotten nowhere, but I promise I have.  I’ve been working at my exegesis all day and have a thesis and an outline.  I’ve also been having had an ongoing conversation with Max about my thesis and the direction its heading.  We appear to be on the same page and he agrees with my thesis so I hope to keep moving in a forward direction!!  I’m actually REALLY happy that I chose the passage that I chose to exegete.  I chose Luke 23:32-49 – the death narrative.  In once sense, its kind of a depressing end to the semester, but we had already touched on part of this passage once in a colloquy paper and I left colloquy that day wishing I had a second jab at the assignment.  This is my second jab!!  It’s also amazing to me how some of the pieces of the semester are starting to come together (we’ve looked at different types of criticism in pieces) and how they interact with what we learned in NT501.  I’m really happy about that – I’ve been frustrated with my New Testament experience and I’m hoping this paper will help me end it on a positive note.
SIDE NOTE:  Tomorrow is the Baked Potato & Salad Fundraiser for the youth at church – did you know you can get a 50 POUND BOX of potatoes at the farmer’s market for $20?!
Peace,
Sarah