Because life is a series of edits

And I’m Off Like a Herd of Turtles…

In Books, Pop Culture, Seminary on January 4, 2007 at 2:00 am

Been up to my eyeballs in paper grading and the last of our moving experience (my least favorite part: hanging stuff). We're loving the new place and really making the most of the new space, planning to host an open house before the spring semester starts later this month. If you're in town, consider yourself invited (details to come).

Saw The Nativity Story the other night with Megan and the girls and thoroughly enjoyed it (though it got a little modern/Hallmark-ish at the end, especially in the cheeseball "Silent Night" soundtrack arrangement and the Nativity "pose" at the end). The appearance of Gabriel to Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds was underwhelming (manifesting a convincing angel is no easy task), but I loved how they portrayed Joseph and fleshed out his character and circumstance – a nice visual to the "resolved to divorce her quietly" struggle in Matthew.

In terms of book reading, I'm halfway through The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester, as well as The Shangri-La Diet by Seth Roberts. I'm planning to read Derek Kidner's short commentary on the Wisdom literature (Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes) so I can finalize the syllabus for the Bible class I teach at Wildwood, which starts Monday. I'm really looking forward to studying this with my students, and plan on doing most of our work in class together so as to teach the "how" as well as the "what" of studying Bible discourse.

Not too many extra plans for 2007, other than:

  • lose 20-25 pounds (and a few belt sizes)
  • spend (read: "waste") less time on the Internet
  • pray more (always)
  • write more (and not just on the blog)
  • read 65-70 books
  • exercise more (yeah, yeah)

Sometime in 2007, I need to (finally, and for a third time) pass Hebrew (yep, I failed it again, though with a C this time). Oh, and I'd like – no I NEED – to find a job by May (that's not a resolution but a requirement) for when we leave support in six months. By the way, thanks to the couple of you who responded to our appeal last month – that meant – and means – a lot to us. Personal thank you note on the way…

Now that we're in a house in a neighborhood, I'd like to re-learn how to relate to people who live on my same street, rubbing intellectual and emotional elbows with folks who come from a different perspective than mine, and learning from them as I learn to love them in the process. That would be hugely encouraging to me.

There's more (as always), but it would be too much. We'll see how this much goes and take it from there. Any resolutions/plans out there you'd like to share?

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  1. Thanks for the oil, Marcie. I got it from Ed this afternoon.
    Enjoyed reading your goals, Tonia. I also enjoy WordPress – a lot (and much more than Blogger). The customization is a lot easier to mess with, the templates are nicer, and the whole system has worked well for me (and for Megan) for multiple years now.
    Not sure of all that’s involved in migrating from one to the other, but if you’ve got the time, I would say it’s worth it.

  2. If you want to try Shangri-La, we have some extra oil, we would love to share.

  3. My goals are over at my blog. They are few, but no doubt more than I’ll be able to handle. :)
    And totally off the topic, but how do you like using WordPress? I was exploring it a bit and thinking of switching.

  4. Thanks Craig. WordPress does seem “smoother” from what I’ve read. I will probably attempt the switch later in the year.

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