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Friday, May 28, 2010

Rapture?

The other day I was sitting in the house of an evangelist that was well known and well thought of around the Edmonton area. He had invited my parents along to meet another relatively famous evangelist that had been staying at his home. I had no idea who these people were, but my brother (along with the internet and other sorts of brochures) assured me that these people were sort of a big deal.

During our visit, issues in leadership and membership passivity were brought up. The preacher broke out saying, "Many Christians do not even care about the effects of the Rapture anymore!"

His friend commented, "Some do not even believe the Rapture to be true!"

I wanted to pipe up that I was one of those Christians that do not believe in the Rapture, but instead I just sat uncomfortably in my seat.

Korman Rant

The other day I walked into the bookstore a little bit disappointed by the selection of books by Gordon Korman. Sure, his new titles Schooled and Pop are on the bookshelf, but where are the books that identify with Korman the most?

I miss Don't Care High, where Korman deals with teenage apathy that is true in every generation. Or how about Losing Joe's Place, where the brass-knuckle wearing female character steals the reader's attention. I understand keeping recent titles on shelves, but even the classic Son of the Mob (if I'm correct, it was nominated for a Young Reader's Choice Award in 2005) loosely based on The Godfather didn't seem to make the cut. Maybe when we're not so caught up with Bella's patient waiting for Edward, we can truly appreciate some literature that evokes laughter by using irony and laying out the reader's wildest daydreams in paper form.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Bittersweet Dreams

I had the same dream twice last night.

The first time, I was walking around on a rainy night and the sky was pitch black. I walked into the Whitaker building and everything was dark. The building felt deserted and the lights to both stairwells to Whit 1 and 3 were off. The lights on Whit 2 were shut off too, but I saw a soft glow coming out of my friend's room.

Ah, some life! As it turned out, everyone had left and we were the only ones left. I remember that we were both madly packing, since we both had to leave quickly the next morning. In my dream, I had to leave her room to start my untouched room. We had no time for conversation, as it was getting very late into the night. As I walked into my room, the same as it had been all year, I looked at a bag of Lay's chips (regular) on my counter and munched on it as it was the only means of sustenance I had.

In my next dream, I walked onto the hall in the afternoon and it was bright and sunny. Many had already left, but there was noise and people on the hall. As I walked past the empty rooms rather quickly because I was again in a hurry to pack, I saw that there was actually quite a few girls hanging around. I saw some faces that I never thought I would see again. However, as I was one of the last to leave, I had to say goodbye again to those that were leaving.

As I walked into the bathroom, I saw a friend that I was surprised would be in Caronport.

"What are you doing here?" I asked.

My question brought her to tears, and she hastily tried to explain to me why she was in Caronport. However, in my selfish pleasure, I was so delighted to see her that I did not care if she was upset to be at Briercrest again.

Ending in the same manner as the first dream, I walked into my room and stared at the Lays bag of chips.

Wuthering Heights

I finished Wuthering Heights recently. It is a decent read, and although the plot line concludes with a somewhat satisfying note, I cannot help but wonder what would happen if Heathcliff did indeed read his Bible.

Here is a line from the end of the book, where Heathcliff's housekeeper for 20 years, scolds him:

" ' You are aware, Mr. Heathcliff,' I said, 'that from the time you were 13 years old, you have lived a selfish, unchristian life; and probably hardly had a Bible in your hands, during all that period.' "

I cannot help but wonder that if Heathcliff decided to flip open the middle of his Bible and read a Proverb or a Psalm, the plot line would have changed. I'm certain, actually, that the book would have ended somewhat differently.

If you haven't yet, be sure to read it over the summer. Meanwhile, I'll be starting The Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

I finished way better academically than I thought I would this semester.

I don't deserve my grades. Yes, I did put in an effort, but when I think about how much harder I could've worked, it doesn't even compare.

The countless hours I spent procrastinating I did things like watch Gossip Girl (awful show, but I refuse to stop watching mid-season) and then lament about how Blair and Chuck should be together.

The only way I understand my GPA is that it must've been grace, because I've done absolutely nothing to deserve my grades.

Grace, grace, grace. And I am incredibly grateful for it.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Let's Appreciate!

I love Arcade Fire. Chris Martin from Coldplay supposedly deemed them one of the greatest bands ever. When I listen to their Funeral album, I agree. Neon Bible, however, is a little more dark.

Here's the chorus to "Intervention", one of my favorite songs off their most recent album:

Working for the Church while your family dies.
You take what they give you
And you keep it inside.
Every spark of friendship and love
will die without a home.
Hear the soldier groan, We'll go at it alone.

Maybe those that come from a ministry-centered family can relate. What PK doesn't know that their father or their mother would be busy at the church or on visitations half of the week? Also, it's no secret that the congregation likes burning out their leaders. Of course, the relationships the pastor makes with the church always seem to be severed and broken off once they leave the church and serve elsewhere. As for the last line, everyone knows that leadership is lonely.

This is a bleak secular outlook on leadership in the church. How embarrassing. They saw through our guise of hypocritical love and acceptance. Although I have seen true and Christ-centered like environments where the pastors and ministers are taken care of without haughtiness, weren't we all guilty of taking our leaders for granted?

The songwriter alludes to Jesus in the next verse. Who is going to throw the very first stone? I certainly can't.

Still Alive!


I made it safely back in Edmonton and man, did I miss the skyline! It's beautiful here!

I'm going to miss you, my Whit2 sisters. You've been there for me countless times. Thanks for checking up on me when I was sick or when I was pulling a late night. I will miss the sounds of joy outside my door. Have a good summer, my friends. I hope I will see you soon!

I haven't found a job yet, so that means I will be poor but I have lots of time to read books! Life is going to be good.

And here's a visual reminder that I am home. My photogenic Queen Elizabeth I doll is sitting beside my favorite childhood books. (Actually, that's a lie. I routinely enjoy Gordon Korman's books for their clever humor and pop culture trivia.)

Monday, April 19, 2010

My Roommate is Packing

Robyn is packing up and I am in denial. I'm going to have the room to myself for a full week without her. This is different than mod week or the time she went to Manitoba. I'm going to have to stare at an ugly mattress and a white wall. (A sign that I'm losing my sanity?) But then I will have to start packing, and it will be like work and loneliness all mixed up together.

Not even my academics or weather can defer me from these blues.

Update: Academics only adds to the melancholy.


Saturday, April 17, 2010

Year End Blues

I don't know what's going on, or who is doing it, but I just want to say thank you. I've managed to keep it all in together and I haven't had a mental breakdown this semester. I'm sure I owe a lot to my prayer group, who knows of my anxieties and woes, not to mention my family and friends back home who I am sure are praying for me. Whoever you are, thanks. I've been busy and stressed, but not the hair ripping, why-does-the-world-feel-like-it-is-on-top-of-my-shoulders-all-of-a-sudden stress.

I went to my prof's house tonight. He made us curry and we watched a movie that I requested (hee!). It was a wonderful documentary called The Queen and I, which is the story of two women of different worlds reconciling even though they disagreed on the topics surrounding the Iranian revolution three decades ago, which actually becomes the basis for the movie. We had a nice time getting to know one another and discussed the movie briefly afterwards. It was fun and really kind of him to have us over.

This semester is coming to a close, and Robyn and I are going to have a little hang out tomorrow afternoon/evening. I still have 3-4 exams left, and then it's grad! I'm really excited to dress up and bring out my spring clothes, even though I love the fall collection more. Always.

I'm getting use to having a crappy GPA. I feel like even though I worked so hard for 4 months, haven't slept in all semester, I blew it all on a final. Now I just wish for the summer for the opportunity to memorize my Mounce textbook so I could sort of redeem myself...knowing that maybe I would have been better off doing that in the first place.

Anyways, I smell like curry and I refuse to be upset about my marks so I'm going to change and get ready for bed. Apparently, life still moves on even when mediocrity is knocking on your door, so maybe I'll concentrate my efforts into making the world into a better place and not being bitter when there are more important things at hand.

Did I mention that it's beautiful outside?


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Last Day of School

I've been pronouncing the word "diaspora" wrong all semester.

Also, I'm surviving off 2 hours of sleep. I've been doing that for days. The sad thing is, my body is starting to get use to it, so I'm actually not that tired all of a sudden. I think I've fallen asleep in class with 9 hours of sleep, but never 2 or 3.

The next 30 hours of my life will be the most stressful all semester...possibly for the last 2 years. I have 2 papers to write. One I still need to research for, which is really embarrassing.

And after I pull an all nighter, there's still the year end barbecue tomorrow for rep. board.

Furthermore, in another case of irony, school has hindered me from blogging anything meaningful.

I can't wait till exam time. I can't wait till I have time to work on my DL. I can't wait till I get a proper night's sleep.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Last Push

My life so far:
-Still working on 3 different papers
-Still tired and stressed
-Still planning on going to a meeting

Apparently we're dressing up for our last meeting. I haven't really decided how "business casual" is "business casual."

On a sidenote: my grades haven't completely tanked yet. Hurray?

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Sleeping in the Library

Today I was in the library working at a table and I noticed that I started falling asleep, so I left the table and went into a cubicle to sleep. When I woke up, I went back to the table and worked and my friend didn't even notice.

Haha I'm sneaky!

Easter Chapel

Easter Chapel was so good today. I walked in late and it was completely dark, except on stage. I wanted to review my Greek during the talk, but I couldn't. The reason for the lights off was because we were suppose to come to the cross in reverence.

The speaker talked about how Jesus washed his disciples' feet, and how it was also an act of humility for the disciples to let Jesus wash their feet.

All the student leaders, those in student government and the coordinators and next year's student body president were at the front washing people's feet. It was actually really awkward for me but an interesting experience.

Happy Easter weekend!

April Fool's

Today we had a quiz in Greek class. Our prof. told us she was ramping us up and getting ready for second year Greek.

Basically we had to write the entire quiz from English to Greek.

Five minutes into the quiz, she says, "April Fool's!!" and took back the quiz and gave our actual quizzes for us to do.

Ha ha.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Courses for Next Semester

Normally, this isn't a subject people normally want to hear about, so I would just gush about next semester here.

These are the courses that I am taking (difficulty level: hardest-easiest)

Prophets Book Study
Scripture and Contemporary Theology
Greek Syntax
Introductory Hebrew
Geography

The geography class is going to independent study, which means I will be using "normal class time" to concentrate on all my normal classes.

I'm REALLY excited about Prophets book study. And one of my favorite profs. is going to teach theology...haven't been in a theo class for a while! (...especially not with this educator...)

I'm going to be busy next semester! Prophets Book Study is going to be my first 400 level class. This semester I had three 300 level classes and it's tough.

This is a sidenote, but my academic advisor is awesome! He is the nicest person ever. I look forward to seeing him every semester (I meet with him at least once...more if I have a lot of questions). He tells me I'm doing well in my program and that he's glad I'm a student here. I never expect that he'll be so re assuring each time, but it certainly helps since I seem to see him a lot whenever it's paper/exam time (that's when the new courses are posted up).

I know I'm not the only one who feels this way. He makes our days.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Embarrassing or Funny?

I did an all nighter for my Proverbs paper. It's really not that good, and I'm sure it'll disappoint.

Anyways, this morning when I saw my prof, he did the usual "how late did you stay up till" thing and so I told him I didn't get any sleep at all. He says "oh, so I assume you'll be sleeping in class today!" I assured him that I was quite alert and that he would have my attention.

Twenty minutes into class and my head is somehow stuck in my bible. I'm trying to take notes on my laptop but I kept drifting out of consciousness so I ended up typing about a friend and how much I missed her because something my prof said triggered the emotion.

Anyways, I was at least out for half an hour before the break and I regained full consciousness. I only got 2 hours of sleep today, because I slept in during chapel. Half an hour of those two hours is the time I slept in class, so good thing I did that or else I'd be wiped right now.

Also, I'm quite sure I have a fear of being ran over by projector carts. People just don't see you around the corner.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Book Dedications

From time to time, I glimpse at what kind of individuals the writers dedicate their books to...These people are mostly individuals that have slaved and helped put in countless hours so that the writer can publish the book. Usually it's about colleagues and the vague "friends, family, and supporters" type of thing. The dedication that Bruce Waltke gives on his commentary on Proverbs 15-31 caught my eye.

"Dedicated to Elaine,
my competent wife,
worthy of praise in the gate."

Ah Prov, 31:31!

How cute :)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Miracle Month

In case there are those that are wondering, today went a lot better than I expected. I'm not sure how many brownie points I have, but I certainly have a few left in my pocket. Just enough.

Update: I definitely have a few brownie points in my pocket. Definitely God's grace.



Monday, March 22, 2010

Where did my head go?

I woke up early this morning to finish my paper. I didn't finish it. Instead, I went back to sleep and slept through my morning class AND chapel.

All afternoon I procrastinated. In the evening, I started my research. I did my assignment completely wrong and just found out after 10 tonight.

I've been in a bad mood ALL day and my hair is disgusting. I'm fatigued and unmotivated.

sigh*

The only small mercy is that the rep board pushed for the library hours to extend. Just in time, too.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Funday Sundays

I had a good weekend. Sam, Robyn and I watched "The Greatest." It's a really sad movie with Carey Mulligan (our new favorite female actress). The premise is how a family is grieving for their lost son and this girl shows up saying that she is pregnant with the dead boy's child. The movie was really intense and honestly got more and more sad as it went on. Alana walked in on us and saw us crying but didn't believe us. It was a total cryfest but a really good movie. (I love Carey Mulligan!)

Today we went to an Alliance church in Moose Jaw to watch our Briercrest college singers. They were really good. I miss being in an Alliance church. Afterwards, we were in downtown Moose Jaw and taking pictures of the general surroundings. Then this homeless man jumped out behind us demanding change. I got kind of scared because a) I didn't see him there and b) he looked intimidating. We walked a little farther down the street and as Alana was setting the timer on her camera, another homeless guy came up to us and mockingly said "You going to pray about Jesus?" or something along those lines. Anyways, we saw him all over town after that.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Ear Flushing

Today I went to the doctor's to get my ears flushed. My ears have been clogged ever since YQ. I'm not sure why, but it's just has been.

Anyways, I'm waiting forever at the walk in clinic (even though I was there before it even opened, but I guess those with appointments have priority) and they finally let me into a room. I waited and waited. Finally, the doctor comes and I tell him my problem. He goes get the flushing instrument (what is that thing called? squigee?) and jokingly says "I'm going to get you wet!"

Needless to say, luck of all luck (and I would say I have the worst luck if I believed in that sort of thing) he gets it all over my shirt and even my pants. At least I wasn't the only one that was embarrassed. I had to walk around the mall for a whole hour with a soaked shirt.

At least I can hear now.

PS. Earwax is disgusting. It's even worse when you see it floating in the water when they flush it out.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Bookstore

The bookstore was giving out free books today. Our history of Islam prof was nice enough to let us leave the room for "5" minutes to pick up some free books.

Here are some titles that I picked out:

The Art of Personal Evangelism
Confessions of a Beginning Theologian
Honoring the Body
The Poisoned Embrace: A history of sexual pessimism

I don't know what any of these books are about, but the covers were relatively new. Hopefully I'll have the time to prove that they are good reads.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Thanksgiving Chapel

Chapel was a lot of fun today. The topic was on thanksgiving through prayer. We prayed for RA's, faculty members, FA's, etc. For each group, they had to stand up and go into the aisles and people would pray for them. I was so surprised my Whit 2 sisters actually found me, since I was sitting in the back.

My favorite part was when we prayed for our lovely RD, who I'm pretty sure we made tear, but don't quote me on that. After all, my eyes were closed, and I, just as anyone, could very well be having a kleenex in my hand and watery eyes but that only means I sneezed.

We also prayed for the people that run this place, like the chaplain, president and the board. They stood at the front and everyone left the pews to go pray for them. We all crammed at the front. Then we sang together as a corporate body while being squished. It was pretty neat.

I guess I was wrong when I woke up this morning. I think this day could be a good day!

Old Trains Break Down

I was in the library and I sneezed. Good thing I found Kleenex in my pocket.

Speaking of weary, SO much homework! Two assignments due per week from now on. I woke up at 5:30 today just to work on it.

I just hope I won't get sick again. Buckley's were $11 at Superstore, and I was too cheap to buy it.

PS. I love reading Judith! Everyone should read it. What a heroine!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Revelation MOD

Revelation was interesting. Did it blow my mind? No, it didn't.

Why should the message of not assimilating blow my mind? Isn't that what we should have been taught in Sunday school? Isn't that what God has been telling the Israelites generations after generations?

Anyways, the class was challenging in many ways and not what I expected at all. Usually that is a bad thing, but I have come out of it with a better understanding to what living a life of genuine faith can mean. I still don't know who the antichrist was, might be, or what's going to happen in the future. That's not the point of it.

The point is worship. And even if it didn't blow my mind, that point alone has left me with a lot of things to wrestle with.


Friday, March 12, 2010

Happy Birthday Youngeun!

I had a fun time last night. We (Jenna, Alana, Sarah, Youngeun and myself) decided we wanted to go to Boston Pizza's and randomly dress up for it. It was a hilarious night, and pretty much became a laugh attack after the waitress thought I was Youngeun. Haha. Apparently all asians do look alike.

From wardrobe malfunctions to Sarah laughing at me because I tried to ordered soup, it was a good time. My favorite part was when they brought out the cake and clapped happy birthday, and then Youngeun screamed when she held her cake. I was sitting there just killing myself with laughter. I'm so glad we got it on camera.

PS. Alana laughing is hilarious. I can't believe she almost cried over the hot water incident! Ah so awkward...I hope it to be never repeated!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Jewish Backgrounds Midterm Mark

I did very well on my Jewish Backgrounds midterm. It went much better than I deserved.

I suppose I labelled it appropriately when I blogged about it last time.

Haircuts During Mod

It's a joy seeing Alana cut everyone's hair on the hall. And then put all our hair together in a box..it's like the hall wig!

I love Whit2. We look SO good!

Monday, March 1, 2010

New Program Launch

Hey everyone, it's that time that I've been waiting for ALL year! There's going to be an information session about the new programs.

In case you don't know what I'm talking about, the ed. team is just switching up a few things in your program. No, you don't have to switch to the new one, but it's useful to see what is offered.

For example, in the revised program, that class you feel you need to graduate with and have been dreading since your freshman year might not be required.

There are two nights at the Hildebrand that the program launch will take place:

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 8:05-9:30 pm after the TESOL ethnic dinner

OR

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at 6:30-8:00 pm

It would be helpful for students to bring their unofficial transcripts.

Also, rumor has it that there will be $20 iTunes gift cards as door prizes for both nights. What incentive!

Quoting from Big Red, the program launch should help answer the following questions:

· Am I in the best program to meet my vocational needs?

· If I am already in the right program, should I stay in the old program or switch to the new version?

· Can I add a minor to my degree?

· Would switching to the new program allow me to use currently unapplied courses I have taken due to a previous program switch or transfer credits?



Sick

The other day, I was over at a friend's house watching a movie and my cold developed into a very runny nose. Unfortunately, there was nothing to blow my nose on so I just sat there with a runny nose for two hours.

Today in class, I left without bring my Kleenex box. Luckily, I remembered and had the time to go back to my room for the tissue box. It actually worked out for the best, because I sat with some pretty sick people today and since they didn't bring their own tissues, I was able to share my supply.

The only problem with that is now I'm only down to a box and half, and I have a feeling this box would run out by the end of the week at this rate. Kleenex, anyone?

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Midterm: Jewish Backgrounds

Oh boy, that could've gone better.


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wednesday

Today started off with a pretty good day. Breakfast was better than usual and it had all my favorite elements. The eggs were actually boiled properly this time! And yogurt came in little packages that had waaay more flavor in it.

Unfortunately, YQ must have gave me a digestive problems because I still haven't fully recovered and gone back to my normal eating pattern. I woke up in the middle of the night feeling nauseous and whatnot.

Let's hope this is just a temporary thing.

Jewish backgrounds midterm tomorrow! Eek, I haven't even started studying yet! Am I doomed?!

Edit: Pretty sure I have food poisoning. Don't worry guys, it's not from the caf! I got it somewhere else.

Also, my schedule for the night: memorize handouts and notes, find verse references and mooch off people who actually understand the material and took notes in class

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Proverbs 10:7

You are a lifesaver.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Ice Dancing GOLD!

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir wins GOLD for Canada in ice dancing! They're my favorite and their dance was so flawless and beautiful. I almost teared. Also, my favorite moment was when he said "I love you so much" afterwards and then pretended they didn't win the gold medal. Haha as if!

Go Canada!

Who says racism doesn't exist?

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/100222/national/crime_ns_burning_cross

Let's hope this is just a one time thing.

Sleeping Pattern

Since I woke up at 4:30 the other night to study for my Greek midterm, I still haven't fully recovered. I've been waking up at 4:30 a lot now. Last night, when I woke up, I couldn't fall back to sleep so I just did my homework in bed with my reading light till I was tired enough.

Actually, this is probably a good thing. I'm getting so much work done!

Greek Class

There was no Greek class today. I can't tell if I was relieved or disappointed. I was sort of hoping it was a practical joke. I also theorized in my head that if enough people showed and demanded a class, we would get one. And I would be among those that had the privilege of getting an extra class. Yay! That would be awesome, actually! I COULD LEARN SO MUCH!

I hope they have another "cancelled" class again, so my dreams could really come true!

...Unfortunately, when I bumped into the TA a few minutes before class was suppose to start, she confirmed that Greek was indeed cancelled. Cancelled! Now I'm going to have to spend the rest of my afternoon doing homework.


YQ Weekend

YQ was packed with youth. Without the overflow section in the Hildebrand, everyone would have sat uncomfortably.

The girls in my room were very kind. Some of them were very mature for their age. They caused no trouble at all and were very quiet, though I should add that my roommate and I sleep fitfully and do not always wake up to noises.

Instead of having a tiring weekend, it was rather rejuvenating for me. I enjoyed hearing a fresh take on the Gospel that is not always mentioned or approached that way.

One question that was asked in one of the talks is why Jesus had to die on the cross. The speaker concluded that there is no actual good reason that the human mind can comprehend, but to accept God's love as a response.

This lead into the message of obedience from the main sessions and the need to learn to grow from human selfishness into properly accepting and loving as a result.

Edit: Also, I should mention that I was thoroughly impressed by the entertainment aspect. Dustin Kelm, world champion unicyclist, was able to connect with the audience in a vulnerable way that did not merely scratch the surface.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Goodbye and Hello YQ

My friends from Edmonton were over this week. (That's why the blogging has been slow, since I've been busy hanging out with them and studying for my Greek midterm). I enjoyed the visit and I hope to see them soon!

Just to update you on my daily life, I woke up at 4:30 the other day just to study my Greek midterm (Alyssa was so good to help me get up that day). I've been studying for a week, and I still pretty much nearly bombed it. How depressing! The only good outcome of the midterm is that I had a dream about my textbook. I really enjoy those Koine dreams.

YQ weekend starts today! I cleaned my room and the only thing left on my list of things to do is to blog about it. I have a busy, yet not over committed schedule ahead of me. Maybe this could turn into a really perfect weekend.

On another, completely unrelated note, men's singles in figure skating was interesting! Did anyone watch? Don't you just LOVE how Patrick Chan made it to the top 5? THE TOP FIVE!? Too bad for the Russians though, as their king was dethroned. I was disappointed.

Keep coming back for updates about the weekend! I'm sure I won't be getting a ton of sleep tonight!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Elections This Tuesday!

Presidential elections are coming up on Tuesday. Remember to vote for the candidate you feel is most eligible.

As mentioned in the Constitution (which the student body will be voting on the revisions sometime next week, which I will also post a reminder for) the president takes on the role as a pastor and an administrator. But first, a pastor.

Let the high tempers and endless discussions begin!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Adje came yesterday. She told us a lot of fun stories about her summer travels and her boyfriend. Just so you know, he sounds like a creeper over the phone.

My favorite story from Adje is the fountain pants story. It must be magical!

On a side note, Jenna was amazing last night at dessert theater. Who knew? Actually, we all did, but the chance to see a fellow Whit2-er wow an entire audience is quite amazing. Also, Alex did an awesome job as a stepsister. Love the costume!

My friends from home are coming today. I can't wait to speak my native tongue, a Middle Eastern language, with them.

Perhaps instead of pulling my hair out over my paper proposal for Jewish backgrounds class and studying for my koine Greek midterm, I will be able to look back on this week being the busiest, yet most rewarding week ever.

Perhaps!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Kailey

My friend Kailey is here. She was my RA last year. She has lots of funny stories about class and out of class topics.

Remember the time she unplugged that toilet? Or she willingly came out of her room at midnight to supposedly help me unplug a toilet, when we were just pranking her?

Also, a lot of people use to stick gum on the walls in the hall, and Kailey would peel it off.

Kailey, it's good to see you again!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Eggs

Although I understand that soft boiled eggs are something that people do actually like, the majority of Briercrest breakfast students do not, I repeat, do not actually like their yolks and egg whites runny.

How hard is it to boil an egg? How many food reps. do I need to tell before this can change? Not to nag too much on this subject, but last year's eggs were boiled and everyone liked them. What happened?

Are they even listening to their food reps, or are our opinions simply not being reported?

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Tip of the Day

If you cut up the hot dog sausage and put it in the toaster in the caf, it tastes like barbecue hot dogs.

Jenna Nash tried it and it worked for her. She says it tastes really good.

Elections

If you love Briercrest, the presidential candidates are having a Q&A session on Thursday at 7:30pm in Reimer Hall. Presidential elections are one of the most controversial and funnest events of the year.

Thursday's Q&A session will not disappoint.

Monday, February 8, 2010

I'm having a relatively good day. My Greek mark is improving, as seen on the last quiz. Hopefully it'll stay that way. Also, I don't really have a ton of homework for tomorrow, so that means I can concentrate on other tasks, like blogging. I had a pack of Gushers today, and I haven't had those in the longest time, so I'm pretty happy about it.

Now, the only thing I need is a haircut...

An Education

A movie I saw recently called An Education (directed by Lone Scherfig) has been nominated for numerous Academy Awards.

The premise of this movie is that a young, high school girl becomes infatuated with an older man and is seduced by his way of living.

This reminds me of what we are learning in Proverbs with the path of the wise and folly. Jenny, the protagonist, is drawn to the easy access of rubbing elbows with cultured individuals. However, what she doesn't understand is that her friends are merely bringing her into a facade, and that it is impossible to truly appreciate culture without her education.

There are many parallels in this movie to the young son in Proverbs. She is seduced by the adulterer, who really does bring her to ruin and shame. Although she never accepted it, she looks over her boyfriend, David's, life of crime so that she will be able to enjoy the luxury that his money provides.

The viewer cringes throughout the entire movie as Jenny slowly walks onto the path of folly, which is essentially what the book of Proverbs warn the reader about. One of the pivotal scenes of the film is where she finally admits that her actions were her own undoing. She says "I feel old, but not very wise."

Besides watching this through the book of Proverbs, it also has other themes like the importance of education, the need for money, the longing for a true sense of security along with freedom, etc.

This has been a very interesting film. However, I do caution the readers in that you will cringe and worry throughout the entire movie for Jenny's demise. Also, there are some inappropriate scenes/ dialogue so don't watch it if you know you're a prude.

Day of Prayer II

Day of Prayer was an amazing experience. It's rare to be in true freedom in worship. Everyone was dancing and there was even a congo line. Communion was actually fun...fun! Very rarely would anyone describe the Eucharist as something enjoyable. A commemorative activity, sure, but not in the way that was done last Tuesday.

However, although I have to admit that it may not have been given the respect it deserved, the fellowship aspect is certainly missing from our monthly communion. Where is the feasting and rejoicing? We certainly miss what Paul had as a first century Christian. Luckily, we got a little taste of that on Day of Prayer.

(However, this approach isn't completely flawless. Where I was standing, communion became a social call, not respectful rejoicing. Although talking isn't a bad thing, no one was talking about the right thing. Maybe next time this happens, we should be reminded that rejoicing is allowed, but flippancy is not.)

Sidenote

The February 2010 issue of Little Red says this:

"Is it possible that day of prayer is merely an excuse to do fun activities for which we have no other opportunity?"

Yes, yes it does. Although there is nothing wrong with dancing in worship, why are we ONLY doing it at day of prayer? Why can't we do this every Sunday or during chapel service? It seems to me that if day of prayer was just that, a day full of prayer, students wouldn't want to come or experience it in the same way.

But, having said that, this Day of Prayer was rewarding in many ways and the joyfulness of it all was a potent reminder to successful Christian living.

Monday, February 1, 2010

The Young Victoria

The other day we watched this movie called The Young Victoria with Emily Blunt in it. It was so good! It's probably one of my favorite movies now. There's talk that Emily Blunt may be nominated for an Oscar for this movie. I hope so! It has everything I like...castles, Victorian clothing, a strong female lead and a gentleman.

Hurrah!

Day of Prayer

Day of Prayer is tomorrow. I usually get really tired so I'm hoping for a early night's rest. Even though I'm going to miss my cancelled classes, I'm pretty excited for it. I like it best when everyone is involved because it's more fun that way. It can be tempting not to skip out and spend a day doing homework. I'll going to try and persevere throughout the day.




Sunday, January 31, 2010

Morning Surprises

The fire alarm went off today while I was in the shower this morning. I was in the middle of my conditioner and I ran out without rinsing or drying myself. The fire alarm, or army airhorn, is still pretty loud and hard to miss, even under running water.

My wonderful roommate was waiting for me, since she knew I was in the shower and made sure I got out okay.

We waited for quite some time before the fire department came. All of Hillson and both men and women Whitaker halls had to evacuate. It was cold, and I wasn't wearing socks.

It was quite the eventful morning. Now that my worst fire alarm fear has come true, I feel like I'm ready for almost anything except an actual fire.

There's much speculation about who set off the fire alarm. Most of the blame does go to our own M.B. To be quite honest, I don't think it is her because her toast wasn't even brown, and this probably isn't the first time she's made toast. Anyways, for selfish reasons, I do hope it was her just to keep the tradition going for Whit2. (Those who know about last year's midnight sparkler incident will understand what I mean.) But, like a true Whit2 girl, everything was handled gracefully and with a barrel of laughs.

What a wonderful morning.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Atheist vs. Theist Debate

The other day my friend texted me just as I was about to fall asleep telling me she went to a debate that involved a theist and an atheist debating whether or not God exists without morals.

She told me that many of the students were particularly interested in what the atheist had to say and not the theist's argument. After the debate, the theist was left standing alone and the majority of the students crowded around the atheist and hung onto every word that he spoke .

A question she left me with was what would happen if all those students had a passion for God and was receptive to the arguments they were hearing instead of using a debate as a simple "my argument is better than yours so mine is true."

In reality, the lack of support from one's contemporaries where beliefs are involved often leaves one feeling discouraged. My question is this: what is the evangelical response when one's beliefs are challenged and the answers are seen as insufficient.

I asked my professor what she thought, since I knew that she had expertise in handling academic situations where her peers weren't sympathetic to her background. The answer she came up with was that the only practical way is to pray and develop personal relationships, but to be prepared for frustrating times to happen again and again. My prof said a lot more, but that was the gist of it.

Although a seemingly trite answer, it does offer me some comfort that there is hope. I'm sure this will take a lifetime of wrestling and coping.

Anyways, thank you, my friend, for reminding me what life is like on the other side. Sometimes it's easy to forget.

Col 2:2-4

Friday, January 29, 2010

The Strange Woman

In our Proverbs class, we came across the issue of the Strange Woman. The adulteress is a familiar character in Proverbs and has certainly drawn much speculation and attention.

It has been brought up that the father, watching from the window, is really just projecting his own fears toward female sexuality and warning his son of this type of danger (read Prov. 7). This point, in addition to the fact that Proverbs primarily addresses the male, could suggest that this book targets women.

This reminds me of a report I read a while ago. Apparently, an unauthorized biography of Angelina Jolie is soon to be published, and an expose on Pitt and Jolie's relationship for the past couple of years has been released. Both of these books concentrate on Jolie and portrays her as a toxic character mixed together with a dangerous sexual persona.

A blogger commented that attacking the female would always be easiest, since pinning the blame on the male (Pitt) is less popular because most readers of these biographies are married women who have an underlying fear of a vixen home wrecker coming in and ruining their lives (see Aniston's fans).

Certainly, male dominance exists in even our society today. Unlike the readers of Jolie's biographies, both genders of Proverbs are able to learn from the text positively before falling into a life of folly.

One response to reading Proverbs is seeing how it is applicable to the female reader. There are many ways of going about this, but the reader could try putting them self into the Strange Woman's shoes and figuring out what constitutes appropriate behavior.

Here is an interesting research paper I found online that suggests the narrator is female.
http://www.ibr-bbr.org/IBRBulletin/BBR_1996/BBR_1996_02_Bellis_Proverbs7Gender.pdf

The two books mentioned above about Angelina Jolie are by Andrew Morton and Ian Halperin.

A book mentioned in class that I would like to read is by Claudia Camp called What's so Strange about the Strange Woman. Sadly, it was not in our school library so I would have to find it elsewhere. This book concentrates around the theme of the fear of female sexuality.



Saturday, January 23, 2010

Today I was sitting in Boston Pizza and my nose started to run so I reached into my pocket for a tissue and it wasn't there. This cold weather does no good for my nose.



It's been a while since I last slept in. Today, I woke up early to go to the city with my friends, except the roads were awful so we turned around and came back. I was sort of hoping for the two hour nap that I would take in the car on the way to 'toon but since I'm awake and back, and not sleeping in the car, I suppose I'll read leisurely instead. I'm thinking of finishing Julian of Norwich, which I didn't get the chance to complete from last semester.

Anyways, attached is a photo of me sleeping in the car on a trip not too unlike the one that we were going to take today. See the way the sun is shining down on me? It's nice and toasty...but I also have sunglasses on to keep my face from getting all spotty. Ah those were the days...

Speaking of the sun, Mr Blue Sky, please tell us why you had to hide away for so long.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Catholic Priests

If you haven't heard, a Catholic priest from News Brunswick is being sentenced for 18 sex related offences.

My question is how do we, as Evangelicals, come to terms with these types of incidences? I generally have an aversion, or fear to questions posed to us Christians that regard these type of charges against priests, pastors, or any other type of Christian authority figure.

In these situations where the spiritual leaders betray the trust of all those involved in their ministry and act so contrary to Scripture, what does an appropriate attitude and response look like? Or should we just let this be one of those things where we sweep underneath the carpet and pretend it never happened until we're confronted with the issue? Certainly, not thinking or reacting to it would make me feel more comfortable.

This isn't the first time a Catholic priest has pleaded guilty to these charges, and my guess is it wouldn't be the last. These issues become a slap in the face for the unprepared Evangelical and though there are no correct answers, perhaps it is worth thinking about.

If you want to read a news article about this incident, see here:



The Need of Space

I wish I brought all my books with me.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Routine

Waking up at 6:30 a.m. can be tough on weekdays, especially when you don't have a morning class to go to. Here are some helpful tips that would get you out of bed in the morning:

1) Set an alarm clock
-I have three alarms on my phone. The first two rings are just what it is--an alarm or warning. It tells me that I need to get out of bed soon. The third ring is what really counts. Like the cliche goes, third time's a charm!

2) Have a morning accountability partner
-This can be sort of unspoken, but there are multiple people on the hall that wake up as early as I do and I think they would notice if I was still sleeping, especially if my door was wide open. I love seeing their bright, cheery faces when we greet one another at the crack of dawn. These pleasant moments can be motivation for one when getting out of bed.

(Or, you can just have these early risers wake you up in the morning. I've tried it, and it is equally as effective, that is if you don't mind giving the embarrassing "what time is it?" look.)

3) Breakfast and Homework
-Really, as long as you know you have something to do, you will get out of bed. Just remember the urgency of the matter the next time you drowsily glance at the time and it will scare you awake.

Proverbs 6:9 says "How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep?"

I'm taking this verse out of context, but I think if we all had this verse read to us as we got up in the morning, it will really remind us to resist the temptation of rolling over or unplugging our alarm clock.

What other strategies can you think of for getting up (and staying awake) early in the morning?