25 May 2011

There's a reason humans are compared to sheep

A lot of the things I post on this blog are primarily for my own recollection.  On occasion, I will read back through old posts and consider what I was doing then, what I was thinking about, and where that succession of events has taken me. 

The following little quote gave me pause; maybe it will do the same for you.

"Forces are afoot right now, negotiating how to get you fat enough for consumption and how to get you calmly and without struggle to the cosmic slaughterhouse floor. The easiest life for you will be one in which you don't question these things, a life in which you simply do what seems natural. The ease of it all will seem to be further confirmation that this is the way things ought to be. It might even seem as though everything is happening exactly as you always hoped it would. You might feel as though your life situation is like progressing up a stairway so perfect it's as though it was designed just for you. And it is.

"In many ways the more tranquil you feel, the more endangered you are. As you find yourself curving around the soft corners of your life, maybe you should question the quietness of it all. Perhaps you should listen, beneath your feet, for the gentle clatter of hooves."

~Russell D. Moore, via The Gospel-Driven Church

The Minnesota Marriage Amendment

Next year, the constituents of Minnesota will be voting on an item which could have national consequences.  John Piper has posted some thoughts on the Minnesota Marriage Amendment. 

To those who sit under a faithful pastor who preaches from every part of the Word, these points will not be new ideas, but they are worth repeating anyway:

1) There is no such thing as so-called "gay marriage".
2) Same-sex sexual relations are sin.
3) Not all sins should be proscribed by human law, but some should be.
4) The legal significance of marriage makes a statutory definition necessary.
5) It is wise that our laws define marriage as between a man and a woman.

Attack of the Killer Vine

Ok, so maybe it's not a "killer" vine, but it does look like it could strangle somebody, given enough time.  And those thorns are vicious.  As you can imagine, this window in my living room takes on a particularly chilling quality after dark.

Repeat after me: "I'm moving in three weeks.... I'm moving in three weeks... I'm moving...."

24 May 2011


Last weekend, we had a silent auction bake sale as part of a fundraiser for the high school youth group at church.  Of course I had to make something... uh... several somethings!  With the help of my trusty sous chef Alyssa, we divided and conquered 4 different desserts in 6 hours.  Hop over to Molto Gelato to see the recipes!

At Long Last*

... I can finally make ice cream. Just take a look at this beauty:

Why yes, I am moving in just under 3 weeks.  How ironic that you ask.

*I assumed I had chronicled my refrigerator woes at some point on the blog, but apparently not.  Only my local friends go the pleasure of those earfuls of frustration.  In short, my freezer has been on its last leg... or toe... since, oh, probably the day I moved in.   I would regularly find packages of vegetables half-thawed, especially if they were near the back, and within the last 2 weeks I've had several packages of meat thaw as well. Ice cream is completely out of the question.  I have tried for months to get this issue resolved with my property manager, to no avail.  Finally in a fit of desperation last night, I called the "Emergency" maintenance line, and I finally got ahold of someone who said they would come right away (hallelujah!).  Saeed was very nice and helped me transfer all of my frozen goods to an empty apartment in the next building. He came back today and replaced the old dysfunctional wheezer with this bright, clean, brand-spanking-new, COLD refrigerator.  I will thoroughly enjoy this until my lease expires... in 3 weeks.

22 May 2011

Saturday afternoon hike

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