• art,  exercise,  inner world,  parenting,  pop culture

    Surprised by Small

    “Less is more” architect Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe once stated when he described his minimalist yet profoundly beautiful design style.  His Barcelona chair remains an icon in the world of design though it debuted in 1929.  And a coveted item amongst those of us who wish we had the thousands of dollars to plunk down for of those chairs. Design Within Reach my ass. I am often surprised by small. Small things that end up being profoundly huge in my life- teaching me about myself, my kids, God, my body, friendship and life.   Often I’m so distracted (more self-imposed than not) that I miss the small.  In find myself…

  • inner world,  jesus,  pop culture,  spirituality

    rivers cuomo makes me cry

    I didn’t really care what other drivers were thinking as I blasted Weezer’s red album as I drove to meet my friend Ginny for dinner tonight. I didn’t mind if they saw me singing along at the top of my lungs and drumming on the steering wheel. I wasn’t concerned about who noticed when a few tears slid down my cheeks as I got caught up in the beauty and wonder of a timelessly moving three-chord progression. I was listening to the song “The Angel and the One” which by lead singers River’s Cuomo’s admission is a “spiritual reverie.”    Call it tiredness from a long week of class, being hopped…

  • fashion,  pop culture,  random things I like,  sheer vanity

    yay or nay? denim leggings

    leggings are back, and I’m not quite sure what to think about it. It reminds me a lot of middle school and the baby doll dress/leggings craze. On one hand I love the way leggings look under a sweater dress. On another hand, I wonder if there is an age limit for certain types of leggings. I like the look of denim leggings in theory, but I’m not quite sure I like them in reality. I saw some at Target last night at a ridiculously low price, & I’ve been thinking they’d be a nice alternative to wear with boots and a tunic or sweater instead of skinny jeans shoved…

  • movies,  pop culture,  Uncategorized

    Friday fluff-“as seen on TV”

    Have you ever been to a place you’ve seen on TV or in the movies your whole life? Was it as cool as you thought it would be when you went there? Recently a friend tagged me in a photo of this: This is a frozen banana stand on Balboa Island. For those of you who aren’t familar with the show Arrested Development the characters in the show own a frozen banana stand & talk a lot about family responsibilities in staffing said banana stand. My friend wrote under the picture: “balboa island is just how i imagined it. (it’s where lucille lives on arrested development.) hello george michael bluth!”…

  • inner world,  jesus,  movies,  pop culture,  Uncategorized

    finding my voice in Adventureland

    Recently Dave and I watched adventureland the latest flick from the Judd Apatow click directed by Greg Mottola who worked with Apatow on Superbad. While I’ve seen most of Apatow’s movies- (I actually went into labor the night my husband and I saw Knocked Up in the theatre) this was much more of a dark comedy than we expected it to be.  Most of the Apatow crew movies are coming of age stories cloaked in raunchy earthy humor & I think one of the reasons they’re so popular are because of the sweetness that lies interspersed with the ahem, earthiness. In Adventureland, set in the 1980’s the main character Jesse…

  • friendship,  inner world,  movies,  pop culture,  Uncategorized

    I love you, man! (the sermon)

    What do Peter Klaven from “I love you, man”  and Peter from scripture have in common? Take a listen to my blog post today & find out! This is about a 15 minute long “sermonette” that I had to preach for a class I took this past spring at Wheaton Graduate School on the Gospel & pop culture.  This was by far one of my favorite classes, mostly because I love pop culture and watching movies.  Our professor Rick Richardson even gave us popcorn money for this class assignment- how sweet is that?! Our groups in class had to pick a movie & discuss the spiritual themes behind it.  This…

  • pop culture,  spirituality,  Uncategorized

    all we need is just a little patience

    It’s only 11am and today has been a really rough day.  Things just seem to pile up when even just one thing is going poorly. I was thrilled to see the sunshine on this brilliant yet cool morning as I settled onto my porch with my coffee, journal & bible, watching kids with their little backpacks set out for the walk to school.  I was trying to meditate and pray and just invite Jesus to calm my heart and mind.  But all I could hear was the guys down the street yelling at each other while they leaned over the hood of one of their cars. And the giant blue…

  • pop culture,  sheer vanity

    my alice cooper day

    Do you ever have one of those days where in the midst of rushing around you forget to look in the mirror?  After running some enjoyable errands, visiting a friend & finally coming home to make lunch I caught a glimpse of myself & this is what I saw: O.k. I’m maybe exaggerating a little. But I did remember sneezing shortly  after I had applied my mascara and thinking- hmm, I wonder if that smudged but not bothering to check. So, this is what I actually looked like: Maybe, you can’t see it well in the picture, but it was pretty distinct.  Though it was slightly embarrassing it was an…

  • pop culture

    MJ Memories

    Even as I write this I’m thinking, “seriously, do we need more stuff about Michael Jackson on this wide world of webiness?” Well, probably not- but as many of us are thinking about him as we’re inundated with media coverage, I thought I’d add my 2 cents. I thought three things when I heard about his death: 1. Weird- I was just talking with a friend about our life long ambition to learn the Thriller dance & then collectively bust it out at a club on 80’s dance night. Does anyone else dream about doing this? I was especially inspired to do this when I saw “13 going on 30”…