Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Temperance

I recently got a seasonal job working with school photos, so I haven't had much time to be on the internet, let alone this place of refuge for myself, in the past two weeks.

The internet sometimes becomes to me a thing which possesses almost addictive qualities. One good effect of being apart from it has been the reminder of making sure that nothing comes before knowing God. There are many things in our lives that try to separate us from God, such as money, politics, food, family, regardless of if they are inherently "good" or "bad" or neither. What is most important to us is that which we worship, and remember, God doesn't like competition, and in the end the competition won't stand a chance.

"One great piece of mischief has been done by the modern restriction of the word Temperance to the question of drink. It helps people to forget that you can be just as intemperate about lots of other things. A man who makes his golf or his motor-bicycle the centre of his life, or a woman who devotes all her thoughts to clothes or bridge or her dog, is being just as 'intemperate' as someone who gets drunk every evening. Of course, it does not show on the outside so easily: bridge-mania or golf-mania do not make you fall down in the middle of the road. But God is not easily deceived by externals."

~ Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
What stands between you and God? What are you still holding on to?

Friday, September 15, 2006

Proof That Cats Are Evil

Careful if you're at work. It's kind of loud.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

The Next American Idol?

Not likely. After hearing that they are holding American Idol auditions in Seattle this year, I was really tempted to go and check it out, if not only to make fun of the people in line. I was really tempted this year because it's so close, but also because I turned 28, making this the last year I would be able to try out. Then I remembered how little this competition is for singing ability than it is for marketability. How would the Simons go about marketing me? So...what do you think? How would you be marketed if you were on American Idol?

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Yummy Books...Books Are Good

A book that changed my life besides the Bible:
Messy Spirituality by Mike Yaconelli

A book I’ve read more than once:
Jesus Freaks by dc talk and The Voice of the Martyrs

A book I would take with me if I were stuck on a desert island:
Ultimate Survival Guide by John 'Lofty' Wiseman

A book that made me laugh:
Get Fuzzy: Groovitude by Darby Conley

A book that I wish had been written:
How To Write Awesome Worship Songs

A book that I wish had never been written:
I've probably got a couple, but I thought this one was kind of ironic

A book I’ve been meaning to read:
The Body Broken by Jack Reese

I’m currently reading:
See list on the right -->

I’m tagging the following bloggers to answer these questions:
Jason Campbell (fellow book nerd)
Alan Lewis (daddy-o)
Jared Ranum (fellow unemployed friend...for now...)
Rebecca Marie (Winters...brr...)
I guess you're supposed to keep it going. So...GO!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

How Would You Rate Your Pain?

I posted earlier about my trip to the ER because of some chest pains, but I've been to the hosptial and doctor's office since then for other reasons. Prepare to get personal, or even grossed out.

About a month ago I started feeling some pain during urination and knew almost immediately that I had some kind of urinary infection. The problem was that it was saturday night and the doctor's office wasn't open until monday. On the way to church on sunday I got some phenazopyridine hydrochloride (Uristat) to alleviate some of the pain. In case you don't know, this also makes your urine dark orange-red. When I finally got an appointment, I found out my doctor was on vacation, but thankfully the one I saw gave me antibiotics and told me to call in two weeks. Also thankfully, Eric made the usual movie reference, this time to Tom Hanks in The Green Mile after hearing about my affliction.

After a week of antibiotics, the infection went away and a week later I saw my regular doctor. He was concerned about me having a urinary infection, since they usually only happen in women, unless there is something wrong with the urinary tract, so he referred me to have x-rays taken of my kidneys to make sure there was nothing wrong with them. In order to take the x-rays, I had to undergo a preparation, which included two days of laxatives in order to see the kidneys and bladder. Needless to say, I felt like Jeff Daniels in Dumb & Dumber.

So the x-rays have been taken, and I have been diagnosed with bladder diverticulum, which they tell me isn't too big a deal, but I am now being referred to a Urologist to keep me healthy. I'm starting to get a little tired of being worried about my health. It must be a sign of my getting older. If there are ever lengthy times where I don't post now, it's not because I have nothing to say. I think I'll always have something to say or post a link to. It's because my neck and/or back is hurting and I need to do something else. Also remember, if you're ever on a trip with me and I say I have to go to the bathroom, you'd better just pull over.