Life changes and expired food

This probably is a little odd, but a specific memory I have of my senior year of high school headed into college was looking at the expiration date on a package of cheese and thinking, “by the time this cheese expires, I’ll be in college.”

In that moment, it hit me that my high school career was quickly coming to an end and I was about to be a college student. I mean, this cheese would see the transition!

Well, I just looked at our bottle of ranch dressing and realized that by the time it expires, I’ll be a father.

Press on and get things done. Avoid distractions. Like blogging.

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Sometimes, you just have to buckle down and get things done. (or, you know, carry on)

I’m less than two weeks away from graduation at Fuller. And all that’s keeping me from it are a paper and a final exam. That’s exciting. But between doing some research and making plans for next year at work, hanging out with friends, and spending time with my wife and our new dog, motivation on this paper is a little lacking.

But sometimes, you just have to focus in and get things done.

I mean, I actually like writing. When I pull myself away from the interweb long enough to think deep thoughts, it’s actually kind of fun. But then there’s all this other stuff that pulls my focus away. Like, you know, blogging.

But sometimes, you just have to clear your mind and get things done.

I was reading something Mark Batterson wrote recently about Parkinson’s Law. It says projects will fill the amount of time you give them. The more time you have for something, the more time it takes. It’s so true, isn’t it. Especially for the perfectionist type. It’s always on deadline. Because that’s the only way to get things done.

And then I was thinking about this awesome post by Jason Jaggard. It talks about how the future you needs the you of today to make the tough decisions you need to make to become the you you need to be. (Read the post. It makes sense. It’s good). And, you know, that “discipline” thing of getting things done when you don’t feel like getting them done and working ahead when it would be easier to procrastinate is one of those things the future me needs me to get better at now.

So yeah, it’s time to get this sucker done.

(But David and Joey – if you read this – “get it done” in this case means “make progress.” I’m turning it in on Thursday. Not Tuesday. If given the option, things take as long as they have time to take. Parkinson said so!)

(Photo from swissmiss)

Google is everywhere!

It’s amazing how much coverage Google now has with their Google Maps street view feature. If I can find the house I grew up in from a town of 8,000 in east Texas, what ISN’T covered?

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Two more thoughts:

1. Wow, those trees have gotten huge!

2. I’m pretty sure we had some nice bushes out front. The new owners must have gone with a “simpler, more streamlined” look.

Odds and ends: Obama, Palin and Yoda

In the midst of sparse posting, here are a few things that have been sitting on my desktop I want to put out in cyberspace.

>> Some people don’t get Twitter. I don’t get it sometimes, but I do think it’s a good way to stay connected to some folks. It’s also a great way to exchange ideas. But believe it or not, I also think it’s a great way to get breaking news. It’s old news now, but when Obama’s VP pick showed up on my Twitter feed, I jumped over to his website to learn more. There, they were asking me to sign up to be the first to know.

>> Tina Fey was MEANT to play Sarah Palin. It’s probably the best impersonation I’ve ever seen.

>> And finally, a little graph inspired by Yoda. Great wisdom here, folks.

Classes, transitions, and a lot of paint

Things have been pretty sparse here recently, but for good reason. Between finishing up classes, taking some trips and making some big transitions, life has been packed! For those who may not know, I’m transitioning out of my position working with small groups and moving into a job as a residence director at a university in the area. I’m also going to be working with small groups at a church plant in Pasadena. In the midst of it all, I’ll be finishing up seminary with one class each quarter over the next year. I’m really looking forward to a slower pace on the schoolwork (might be able to absorb a little more), a more relational job, and working with a church plant.

Transitions are exciting, but they always bring stress as well. We’ve loved the relationships we’ve developed at our church over the past two years. We want to stay connected, but as we transition out, we also know things naturally change. And new people and new friendships are exciting, but they’re also new.

So we’re really excited about this next phase of life. We’re moving into a cool new place, and I’m looking forward to starting my job next week. The church plant is scheduled to launch in September. A lot’s on the horizon!

For a peak into what we’ve been up to this weekend, here are two of the rooms we painted in our new place. We’re taking a little time to spruce things up before we move in on Saturday. First, you’ll see the kitchen, where we painted the cabinets (with permission, of course!). To do it right, we took time to clean, sand, prime and then paint those suckers. It took ALL DAY. But you get to see it in about 45 seconds. Then you’ll see a bedroom wall. We also painted the bathroom and living room. All of that in TWO DAYS. With very little air conditioning. Fun stuff!

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This is part of what I’m reading tonight and trying to make sense of:

“The matres lectionis as indicators of historical vowel quantity. The matres lectionis not only indicate certain timbres, albeit imperfectly, but they also indicate etymologically long vowels, again imperfectly. Unlike the Arabic script, the Hebrew script does not use quiescent letters exclusively to indicate all such long vowels. Certain long vowels often are not represented by any mater lectionis (scriptio defectiva), and conversely, historically short vowels sometimes are indicated by a mater lectionis, although the scriptio plena is uncalled for.”

Some of you may be tracking with all of that. But in honor of the rest of us, I again give you this video:

Ahh, the joys of seminary!