Friday, February 26, 2010

Lenten Fast is not passing fast enough.

This Lenten season, Steve and I decided to give up all TV and movie watching at home. Lent is F-O-R-T-Y DAYS people! We're hardly into the season and I WANT MY TV NOW. Partly why I chose this particular fast was to see how addicted we were to our down time, our hour or two of escapism. The answer is VERY! Would someone please kick me in the head the next time I have this crazy idea. We're seriously tempted to give up now and get one more fix in before starting again on Sunday. I then remind myself the fast is obviously working if we're feeling this way so my spine stiffens and I step away from that line of smack called instant play on Netflix. I REALLY do not want to go through with this fast, but I also don't want to be a quitter. I'm expecting some AMAZING spiritual results from this discipline (God, I'm talking to you).

Thus far, Steve and I have filled the time with endless games of Scrabble (and by endless I mean it feels like they never end). Despite my affinity for words and my spelling prowess, Steve beats me. He beats me with three and four letter words -words that belong in a first grader's vocabulary. The man has a knack for getting all the double /triple points for letters /words. As anyone who's ever played Scrabble knows, three or four letter words can kill the game. They don't stretch out far enough to allow for more than one or two new words. Steve likes to think he's making the game more challenging this way. I, on the other hand, am more magnanimous and will create longer words to keep the options open. My strategy is obviously failing.

Tonight we're list making what all we can do with the time not spent partaking of our drug of choice. If y'all have any good ideas, do pass them on.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

My Prayer for Lent

You say you cannot be silent when stung with pain?
I would not have you silent.
I wish you to give thanks.
It is this way which repels Satan
and brings you help from God.

St. John Chrysostom, 4th century

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Funniest Class Moment

My first day of class in The History and Systems of Normative Ethics with Dr. Horner. Love it so far. Anyway, he's talking about some woman he knew at Oxford whose husband taught there. He described her as having "a foot shaped mouth." So she's at this party talking to another woman when she blurts out, "you're in my husband's episiotomy class!" I guffawed, 'cause, well, I've been awfully close to that reality. I then laughed harder when I saw this young, single, serious guy lean over to the young, single, serious guy next to him and mouth "What's an episiotomy?" The other young man looked just as confused and shrugged. Out of 30 students, only two of whom are female, I'm pretty sure I was the only one who "got" the funny based on the silence that followed Dr. Horner's utterance.

Update: I think I should've made more clear that the woman meant to say "epistemology" not episiotomy. Now that I've beaten it dead, I will clear off.