Lost in Translation

Friday, March 30, 2007

I just read Matty's blog.

[Kathy] Hey! Matt is going to see the Police!
[Gonz] *stunned* WHY?
[Kathy] He's... seeing... the Police.. he got four tickets in a row.
[Gonz] *silence*
[Kathy] he's seeing the Police on his birthday!
[Gonz] WHY? Whahappened...?... OhhhHHhhHH.. Police... the band!!

good times

Sunday, March 25, 2007

i haven't a clue what is up with christine these days. but i think that she might be a tad more relaxed. wouldn't you say?

anyhow, not that the chosen photo really has anything to do with what i am about to post (not that i really know what i am planning on posting about), but i thought it sums up the way i feel lately.

a little crazy. a little relaxed. just happy in general.

and that is the end of my post today.
oh - check out flickr. got some new photos of elizabeth on there. in a month and 3 days, she's gonna be one. and oh boy, there will be a party.

Cooking

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Last night I made veal cutlets with mushroom sauce for my in-laws. Mmm... I didn't know that I liked veal. It was gooooood. I'll have to make it for my side soon.

running hard

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

So busy... it'll end soon. Easter, Easter, Easter...
Tomorrow night I have Easter drama rehearsal between 7 and 8, then going to play for the choir for 8 to 9. Monday I have a rehearsal from 7 to 9. Tuesday, I have a rehearsal between 7 to 9. Thursday I have a dress rehearsal between 7 to 9. Next Tuesday and Thursday, I have two more dress rehearsals. And then it's Good Friday. Two presentations. Then, Sunday it's Easter. One more presentation.

Easter Monday, I will sleep all day.
Or... maybe I'll stay awake and hang out with you.

I don't know how it works

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Been thinking about wisdom for the last little while with my readings in the Bible being in Proverbs and also in Genesis. Knowing Right from Wrong and being able to choose Right is not something that we were to be ever capable of. God took the tree of life away from us once the Fall happened - by His grace. He knew what a total mess we'd make of our lives as He respected our free will and then have to live for eternity with all the consequences of all our mistakes. Ugh. And then a thousand or so years later King Solomon writes about wisdom in Proverbs. This idea of foreseeing the outcomes of our choices, predicting reactions as we interact with others, the navigating of one's way throug life's complicated weavings of situations, choices and other variables. All of this - straight from God. Being able to know and choose right is nothing short of God-given.

Now, looking back, I can see so many times where I was faced with a fork-in-the-road, to use an overused cliche. And in looking back I feel like I would have chosen the wrong path - but somehow in God's protective care He removed the wrong choice as a possibility from me. Whether that be through the hawk's eye watch of my parents, the gypsy heart of a potential lover, or the the chance of circumstances just simply not falling in my supposed favour, but then all turning out for the better. I guess it sounds contradictory - God respecting my free will, yet taking away choices... but I think that it's the general disposition towards God. Just wanting to please Him, and He cares for us - even if it means make us feel disappointed when a crush rejects us, because it's only momentary. The greater good for you is in mind. How it all works out is really a mystery.

This is really hard to explain, but I guess what I am trying to say is that I'm really grateful to God for all that He's brought me through, and around. And for parents that prayed for me.

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him..."
- Romans 8:27

I don't know what is happening.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

What's happening to me?!
For one thing, I don't spend much time on the computer anymore. (I do still read all of your blogs, believe me.) But somehow I have managed to find from somewhere this will power to accomplish all these habits that I once found absolutely impossible.

Last week was an amazing week for me.

ABSOLUTELY #1 on my list is waking early. Three days out of 7 this week, I woke up at 6:30 and was able to get to work for 8am. If you looked at my journal, I have NUMEROUS journal entries documenting the desire that lives in my heart to wake early. But as being an individual of the arty-persuasion, this does not come naturally.

#2 - I AM READING. For the first time after college, I am finally reading again. Reading a book - "In Praise of Slowness," learning to take a slower pace in life. Or, how I like to think of it - intentionality. I'll report on more of this later. And better - I am reading the Bible a whole lot more. GASP. I know, I know. Bible College grad should have this one down. Trust me, more of us than not had Bible College destroy this good habit. But today, was amazing - I was reading and had pen in hand scribbling down as much as I could of the riches that was coming from the passages. I actually started freaking out a little. I really felt like my brain was getting way too full and I couldn't contain the knowledge.

#3 - EXERCISING. Gonzo and I have been doing pretty good with this. We signed up at the Y in January. January was hard, 'cause we had holidays in there, Gonz got injured, I got sick, so the habit was hard to maintain. But February through to now, it's been great. I went 4 times last week. This is unheard of for me. The only other place I've visited four times in one week other than church/work in my life is probably Sushi on Bloor. Oh, how I am changing.

#4 - SAVING MONEY, and actually following our budget. Gonz and I sometimes burn money like we don't work at not-for-profit companies. Once we really, really realized and admitted that our biggest obstacle to saving money is our love for eating out money has been easier to keep in our pockets. However, we have made realistic allowances for ourselves so that we can continue to do well.

So, is getting off the computer related to me somehow being able to incorporate these coveted habits into my life? Maybe I'll have to try to work blogging as a habit back into my life. :-)

Impossibility

Monday, March 05, 2007

I am the first one in the office today.

Saturday for me

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Yesterday, I went to work to finish up the PowerPoint presentation I couldn't finish because of the storm on Thursday. Turned out good. Then I went to help with the funeral - Les Burton's... what a terribly sad occasion. Saw lots of people that I hadn't seen at Agincourt in a long time. I wondered where they had gone. Some people leave for good reasons... I always wonder what those reasons are. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else, honestly.

After that, we waited and waited for the Janes to join us for Korean BBQ. Hadn't gone in SOOOO long. Was so good, and fun, to share a meal with them. I hadn't seen them in a long, long time. They're the same as always. Gonz and I agree that they look exactly the same. Heather's hair is a bit longer, but they appear just as I had seen them last. That's cool.

However, having Korean BBQ just before having to sing for an extended period of time is tough. The burps kept wanting to share the mic.

At SNG, I had the biggest band that I have played with in the longest time. I had a bass player and two acoustic guitarists! How exciting. I hope Cody wants to come back. I know that Torontonians have so many commitments and sometimes they just need a break, but I hope that SNG is fun for him. So great to have him. He's good too.

After SNG, we decided to go to an Indian Restaurant with Gladson. My first full fledged Indian Restaurant experience! Honestly scared for a long while (right, Christine?). Was really good! Not that I doubted it - especially visiting one with Gladson. I didn't do any ordering - the orientation of the menu would have taken too long. I still don't know the names of what we had, but in the names of foods in other cuisines we had little fried donuts, huge crispy fried torillas, and a big potatoe-stuffed crepe.

What a wonderful day with great friends.

Snow Day!

Thursday, March 01, 2007

The weather is so exciting outside today that we all got sent home from work at 3pm. In a couple of hours, the gorgeous snow is going to be turning into vicious ice with the freezing rain that is coming. I LOVE IT when this happens. Even though it works against what I want to accomplish at that moment. When the building-wide pages and email-outs came about the church shutting down early, I was like, "Uh-oh, got only a half hour to produce the weekend's powerpoint presentation"... well, of course, that's not really possible. So I was forced to stop being busy and had to go home. I also had put too much work into the artwork for this weekend's slides to send them home to work on them. (I don't have an updated version of Photoshop here at home). So... I now have blog time again!

This has been a crazy intense week. So many things just popping up out of the blue - I don't design as well when my week has been so unplanned and I really don't feel like I accomplish as much when it's like this. I find myself sitting in my office, or arriving at some part of the building asking myself, "What am I up to again?" It's bad. Very bad.

Started with Saturday - Saturday I met with Pastor Mark for preparations of his father's funeral. I was asked to design a bulletin for the funeral as well as run all the multimedia stuff for the service. Lots of details. So, after the meeting I gathered all the (electronic) material from his USB key and then got ready for the evening. That evening I was set to lead worship at Saturday Night Gathering and I was taking a l leap into a song that I didn't really know. I figured I always stick to songs I know and that I KNOW I can lead well. The song we were going to open with was one with a little more musical... richness... and well, I was going to go for it. However, I could not forsee the late arrival of our sound guy. Wasn't his fault at all - our usual sound guy fell sick and called him up last minute to cover. We only got a mere 45 minutes to rehearse (if that) and I felt it all through the service. Even with the songs I knew, it was just really hard to lead.

Went to Beka's house after for her birthday party. Had a good chance to unwind after being wound up so tight for a good, perhaps, three hours (between rehearsal and when service ended). But once I unwound, I was pretty much just tired and useless. Beka's was SO fun though - we played fake guitar all night (Nintendo is amazing).

(It IS Nintendo, right?)

Sunday
I designed the bulletin and sent it over to Pastor Mark, then spent the majority of the afternoon scrubbing my kitchen down. I actually dismantled my oven to clean between the two glass panels (windows to the oven). Then went to church for the Annual Business meeting, finish preparing the PowerPoint presentations, and then run the presentations for the night. That was the smoothest business meeting to date. Well, at least in my few years attending them. Oscar Night to follow.

Monday
Pastor James' MacKnight's funeral. Started my day with tracking down the 'perfect' paper for the bulletin to be copied onto. Perfect paper did not exist and I bought two packages too much for the funeral. Had that copied - thank God Maria and Carmel stepped in to help me sort out the mess in my head and copied the thing for me. I had to transfer Pastor Mark's Keynote presentations and then check through all of them for typos, make sure that the audio clips in them worked and hook up the computer to our system by unhooking the cables and wires running from the current computer. ANNNDDD make sure that the video camera was set up to tape the service. Which was difficult because I had forgotten my work keys at home which had the key to my cabinet that was holding the video camera ransom. Fortunately we were able to locate the spare key and the video camera was set free.

The funeral went from 12:30 until 3pm. Matt - you were right about it going long... (I guessed that it wouldn't go longer than 2pm.) Anyhow, despite the length, it was great funeral, honouring a great man and giving glory to God. So nice when people don't have to lie through their teeth about the person to be buried.

Tuesday
Because the funeral took up the whole day on Monday, I had to do Monday AND Tuesday's work on Tuesday. Got most of it done, but piled on a whole bunch more. In our meeting with Pastor Smith, I opened my mouth and started a huge project that has to be finished for the weekend: labelling 2600 pieces of lego to create a surface for people to write their names on. This project is still going...

Went on a search for Lego that night (a particular set - the standard kind with no weird pieces). Believe it or not, it's really hard to find.

Called Jan to find out whether or not she had returned the lego that she had picked up (I hoped not!) and found out one of our former pastors, Les Burton passed away from a massive heart attack. He was only 42.

Wednesday
Looking forward to a regular Wednesday, it disappeared as soon as I stepped through the doors at work. Started with news of having to make an additional powerpoint presentation for that night's service. Had to throw together a lameo presentation. Started the Lego labelling project. Finished up layout the text for Pastor Smith's notes for copying. Had at least 5 calls regarding IT crap. Made up last minute promo for an event that doesn't have very good response thus far and could possibly be cancelled if no one else signs up.

Jesse and Lisa picked me up after work. Visited three stores (Chinese one, Costco, and Food Basics) to get ingredients for Wednesday night's feast! Jesse made chicken congee which had the most ...uh... delicate flavour. That's pretty much the only way to describe it. I thought congee was easy to make - after watching Jesse, I know that this is not true. I made a steak et frites dinner with tomato salad. We finished the night off with some Italian desserts Kaylee brought over (tartufo, and italian ice).

At the end of the day I was beat, but full and happy.

Thursday ... today!
Today, I brought in one more box of lego to make sure we had enough pieces - one per congregation member (including children). Finished up the bulletin to be printed. Completed the powerpoint announcements for the weekend. Selected the songs I am going to lead on Saturday. Received a phone call from Les Burton's brother, Craig, regarding videotaping the funeral service on Saturday. I am now videotaping the service on Saturday. Went to lunch with some co-workers. Came back and made a church out of lego. (Yes, I was told to make a church out of lego. My job is the best.) Photographed an assortment of lego for the powerpoint presentation for the weekend. Didn't finish, 'cause I was sent home!


Lego Church, originally uploaded by kathy photo.



This week was enough to make my head spin. I can't believe it. Just crazy. But this is a nice ease into the weekend. I am taking the day off tomorrow COMPLETELY. Well... I think I have to make one powerpoint presentation, and perhaps do some overdue laundry. BUT OTHER THAN THAT, I think I'm gonna sleep.