Archive for September, 2008

Good News

This morning I opened up my Bible and read from the book of the prophet Isaiah (written c. 700BC). He writes about Christ, and how the events of His life would change everything. In 2002 this news changed my life.

My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot,
like a root in dry ground.
There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance,
nothing to attract us to him.
He was despised and rejected –
a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.
We turned our backs on him and looked the other way.
He was despised, and we did not care.

Yet it was our weaknesses he carried;
it was our sorrows that weighed him down.
And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God,
a punishment for his own sins!
But was pierced for our rebellion,
crushed for our sins.
He was beaten so we could be whole.
He was whipped so we could be healed.
All of us, like sheep, have strayed away.
We have left God’s path to follow our own.
Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.

He was oppressed and treated harshly,
yet he never said a word.
He was led like a lamb to the slaughter.
And as a sheep is silent before the shearers,
he did not open his mouth.
Unjustly condemned, he was led away.
No one cared that he died without descendants,
that his life was cut short in midstream.
But he was struck down for the rebellion of my people.
He had done no wrong and had never deceived anyone.
But he was buried like a criminal;
he was put in a rich man’s grave.

But it was the Lord’s good plan to crush him
and cause him grief.
Yet when his life is made an offering for sin,
he will have many descendants.
He will enjoy a long life,
and the Lord’s good plan will prosper in his hands.
When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish,
he will be satisfied.
And because of his experience,
my righteous servant will make it possible
for many to be counted righteous,
for he will bear all their sins.


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Ninja Anyone?

Ever since Mark trained his way to Japan for Ninja Warrior, I’ve been doing ninja research.

That’s right. I’ve been watching Ninja Warrior podcasts left and right.

I find it very important to inform my readers of this fact: Ninja Warrior is the best show ever. Watch it. Find a way.

Mark has now returned from Japan and his lips are sealed as to what his fate there was, but I’m eager to find out how he fared!

In other news, my other friend Mark got to write a blurb in the Star Tribune yesterday. Boom!

Yay Marks!

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Lunchtime Conversations

Jim stopped by my office today for lunch.

Here’s a snippet of our conversation:

Christine: I love cats.
Jim: Yeah…
Jim: Cats are the best thing…
Jim: …Ever
Christine (nodding):
Jim: Cats are so great.

I love this man.

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Golf Outing

Today is our annual office-wide golf shuttle/relay/competition thing. It’s my understanding that everyone is given a club and a team and they use the club to hit little white balls around the green grass. The grass is real, I think.

In this grand display of comradery, people get to socialize, get exercise, enjoy the beautiful weather, and probably bury their resentment toward whoever the weak link is on each team. Or so I assume. But you know what assuming does! HA!

I am not participating. For the following reasons:

  • I’ve never hit a golf ball outside of a mini-golf course in my life.
  • Why pay money to take the afternoon off, when you could work instead?
  • I might get dirty.
  • I would constantly be apologizing because I am still deeply wounded from the Presidential Fitness Awards in gradeschool.  How many pull-ups I can or cannot do does not determine my worth as a human being.  Repeat that with me.  How many pull-ups I can or cannot do does not determine my worth as a human being. 
  • I would paint an elephant on my golf ball, and then someone would probably hit my elephant-ball before it was done drying, and then my elephant would die.

Well.  I think that’s enough writing for one day.

Don’t forget to wish Jimmy Fallon a Happy Birthday today!  He’s been waiting all year!

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Happy Bridge Day!

The bridge is up! The bridge is up!

I made a bridge-shaped cake!

Come over and eat it before it collapses!

Woah. I didn’t mean that as an ill-humored joke.


I just mean that bridge-shaped cakes don’t stand up for very long since they only have two little legs.

At least the ones I make.

I’m not an engineer, so I don’t really know how to properly build a bridge. Even a cake one.

My bridge cake can’t stand for more than an hour or so. If that. It’s probably a pile of icing on our countertop already.

I’ll go check.

Yep. It’s ruined.

Don’t hate me. I’m really excited about the bridge.

I don’t think the real one will collapse.

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Wednesday Update

Ahoy readers!

Here in Maurice-ville, Population: 2 (Steve Miller and myself, of course), there have been two invisible headlines in the newspaper that I don’t subscribe to.

I don’t know what I was just trying to do there, but two notable things have happened over the last couple days:

1) Chipped the enamel on one of my teeth. Here’s a clue: It was while eating a caramel candy bar. And it didn’t not start out as 1lb and on-a-stick. And yes, it might have something to do with the ice. But no lectures, please – I’ve experienced enough inner turmoil over this as it is.

2) Last night my engagement/wedding ring flew off my finger into a corner of my room where there were literally more than a dozen places it could’ve flown (one of 8 boxes, the garbage can, bag of pictures, pile of clothes for goodwill, around or underneath my file cabinet, and more). I calmly tore apart every place I could find. Three times. For 30 minutes. Then I began to cry. After looking through everything again (yes, including the garbage can), I flipped my 2008 financial envelope (which I had already looked through several times) upside down and all my documents came flying out…alongside my beautiful ring. All is well, everybody. But. Worst feeling ever.

Have a great summer!

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The Jack Von Trousner Show

Before I announce and post our latest Rock TV, let me make sure everyone is familiar with Jack Van Impe.  If you are not, please watch any of the videos at this link

Basically he predicts the end of the word via obscure calculations. 

My roommate loved the video without knowing who Jack Van Impe is, but when she saw some of the videos linked above, she found Kevin’s performance parodying Van Impe much funnier.  He did an excellent job of parroting his voice and mannerisms.

This video is a parody of whatever show JVI hosts, but it also pokes fun at some of the bizzarre things you’ll see on “Christian” Television (e.g. desperate attempts to look cool, horribly dated music performances)

Without further ado, our latest Rock TV:  The Jack Von Trousner Show

We also posted a “JVT Outtakes” video because we had way too much stuff to squeeze in the video, but some of it was too funny to let sit unused.


I hope you enjoy!  Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

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