30 November 2007

Friday Five, pre-advent edition

Will Smama asks us:
Parishioners pushing for carols before you digested your turkey?
Organist refusing to play Advent hymns because he/she already has them planned for Lessons & Carols?
Find yourself reading Luke and thinking of a variety of ways to tell Linus where to stick it? (Lights please.)

Then this quick and easy Friday Five is for you! And for those of you with a more positive attitude, have no fear. I am sure more sacred and reverent Friday Fives will follow.
Please tell us your least favorite/most annoying seasonal....
1) dessert/cookie/family food

candy canes. Does anybody really eat all those things or do they all just end up slimy victims of humidity all over the place? OK, maybe 1 a season, but those things are like coat hangers, they just keep multiplying....

2) beverage (seasonal beer, eggnog w/ way too much egg and not enough nog, etc...)
I never did understand eggnog. YUCK!

3) tradition (church, family, other)
my previous church's (music director's) penchant for cantatas that were nothing but the classics done to new new music. Do the old songs or do new ones, but don't do the classic songs to lousy new music.

4) decoration
I just saw Santa bungee strapped to someone's chimney. That about does it.

5) gift (received or given)
anything from the step mother. They pretty much go straight to the shelter.

BONUS: SONG/CD that makes you want to tell the elves where to stick it.
DH has satellite radio and listens to the Christmas alternative channel. ANYTHING from there, definitely.

I know, I know.... pretty grumpy for November but why not get it out of our systems now so we are free to enjoy the rest of the festivities.
OK, I vented, now back to my sermon with "breathless anticipation"

23 November 2007

Ah, the day after Thanksgiving--groan! Fortunately, I love Thanksgiving leftovers.Thanksgiving is the American holiday when the greatest number of people travel somewhere else to celebrate. Singing Owl was posting this from her son’s home in Minnesota where they were recovering from the food shopping and the preparations and the meal and the clean up. She says it is difficult to think of anything requiring much energy today, and is enjoying her sweet baby granddaughter, so she kept it simple.

1. Did you go elsewhere for the day, or did you have visitors at your place instead? How was it?
We stayed home, just DH and myself. It was quiet.

2. Main course: If it was the turkey, the whole turkey, and nothing but the turkey, was it prepared in an unusual way? Or did you throw tradition to the winds and do something different?
It was the turkey -- an Amish one, so no added ickiness (or gluten) in the meat. But ours was quadriplegic. With just the two of us, the breast was enough. It was roasted in a traditional manner stuffed with apple and celery for flavor, the stuffing is on the side (still haven't gotten the gluten-free stuffing right). But I tried apples and walnuts in my cranberry sauce this year. That was a big success. It also means I'll probably eat the rest rather than having it go to waste. Pumpkin pie with a (gluten-free) gingersnap crust was great!

3. Other than the meal, do you have any Thanksgiving customs that you observe every year?
no. When I was little it was off to my great aunt's to see my great-grandmother;'s extended family and all the second cousins. These days we're boring.

4. The day after Thanksgiving is considered a major Christmas shopping day by most US retailers. Do you go out bargain hunting and shop ‘till you drop, or do you stay indoors with the blinds closed? Or something in between?
shopping requires money. besides, it's snowing here. Although Target on-line is offering free shipping on toys for all the nieces and nephews. hmmmmm. I think I'll stay home and work on candidacy essays.

5. Let the HOLIDAY SEASON commence! When will your Christmas decorations go up?
See previous note about SNOW. Besides, I won't let DH turn them on until it's actually advent. It's my way of showing a little sanity in this perversion that has become more Commerce day than Christmas. The decorations will probably go up mid-week when it's dry and less cold.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

16 November 2007

Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8, NRSV)

Friends, it's nearly Thanksgiving in the U.S. and it's the time of year when we are pressed to name things for which we are thankful. Songbird challenges us to offer a twist on the usual lists and use Paul's letter to the church at Philippi as a model.

Name five things that are true, honorable, just, pure, pleasing, commendable, excellent or worthy of praise. These could be people, organizations, acts, ideas, works of art, pieces of music--whatever comes to mind for you.

1. The Ichetucknee river -- the bestest and most pleasant place on this earth (IMHO)
2. Worship, especially singing, especially unmessed-up classic hymns.
3. The folks who work in the service industry, especially the thankless jobs that we take for granted but rely on. The folks who do those things that can make day good or bad for all the rest of us.
4. Chocolate -- 'nuff said
5. My kitties and their little warm bodies on cold nights.

14 November 2007

Eucharistic Theology

You scored as a Calvin

You are John Calvin. You seek to be faithful to Scripture, and to harmonize difficult sayings. You believe that in the Lord's Supper those who have faith are united to Christ, who is present spiritually, yet in a real way.

Calvin --------------------------------100%
Orthodox ---------------------------- 75%
Luther ------------------------------- 63%
Zwingli ------------------------------- 50%
Catholic ------------------------------ 13%
Unitarian ---------------------------- 6%

02 November 2007

Gannet Girl's friend Tipper agreed to interview us, so we sneaked onto the food giver's computer!

And here's one for the kitties!
Dear Delenn and Padme,

1. Those are unusual names! How/where did you get them?
Delenn: I am named after Delenn in Babylon 5. She was a hero of the Grey council and I'm grey.
Padme: I was named after Padme Amidala. Cause Mom thought I was just a handmaiden, but found out I was really the princess!

2. I am the only four-legged creature left in my house. Do you have others in yours?
D: Mommy keeps trying but Daddy won't let her near the adoption cages in PetsMart. I for one am glad.
P: I want someone else to chase up and down the stairs!

3. I have noticed that cats don't have much interest in me. What are your feelings about dogs?
D: will you feed me or pet me?
P: Can we play?

4. We had a found cat here for a few weeks last summer. He made himself at home rather quickly. Too quickly, in my estimation. Where are yuor favorite parts of the house?
D: on the foot of the bed, especially if there are nice clean clothes that haven't been put away yet. Second favorite is on Mommy's desk in front of the monitor. I cannot imagine why that flat light is more interesting than I am!
P: in the sun in the front window where the whole neighborhood can see me! Otherwise on anything dark so I can show off my beautiful white fur, And on top Mommy's books when she's studying.

5. My human noticed that your human's blog name is Greek. She is very proud of her quite limited vocabulary, but I am sick of it, because there are Greek worksheets and notes all over my bed. Would you describe yourselves as more Greek, more Egyptian, or more American types of the feline persuasion?
D: Daddy tells me I'm Russian Blue, but the lady at the pound place called me a DSH. That doesn't sound nearly as exciting.
P: I came from a very nice neighborhood, thank you very much. hmph.

Looking forward to learning more about you,Your new friend,Tipper the Dog
We enjoyed the interview! Delenn and Padme

With lots of interviewing going on, Mother Laura invites the RevGalBlogPals to comment on "the wonderful world of interviews":

1. What was the most memorable interview you ever had?

An interview with a prestigious consulting firm. I had flown in the night before and woke up with the worst sore throat ever and had very little voice, and it hurt to talk, and did I mention that part of the interview was to do a presentation? The main thing I remember about the day was that at lunch I ordered tomato soup and felt it burn alll the way down my throat was so raw. I called the doctor that night when I got home and got on drugs. It was HORRIBLE.

2. Have you ever been the interviewer rather than the interviewee? If so, are you a tiger, a creampuff, or somewhere in between?

Yes. I'm somewhere in between. I've done enought interviewing to know that you HAVE to find out if they're qualified, but also if they'll fit. I don't think it works to anyone's advantage, on either side of the table to obscure truth or avoid issues.

3. Do phone interviews make you more or less nervous than in-person ones?

More. I rely too much on non-verbal feedback.

4. What was the best advice you ever got to prepare for an interview? How about the worst?

Be yourself.

5. Do you have any pre-interview rituals that give you confidence?

nah. Just: know the position, know yourself. (eat a mint).