I think it’s beneficial to occasionally remind ourselves of the things we experienced 5 years ago. Not that we should dwell on it, but just be reminded and reminded to pray for those who were directly affected. It’s hard to believe it’s been five years. On one hand it seems forever ago and I think we’ve lost a lot of the zeal and determination we had. But on the other hand it still hurts.
At what point do you become a “runner”? January 30, 2010
I’ve run three half marathons. Currently training for a fourth. The training schedule we use has us working out 6 days a week. (I slightly modified the schedule so the Sabbath is our off day.) Soon our mileage will be over 20 miles a week. Our pace has increased at least 30 seconds/mile without even really trying to get faster, which I think is substantial. I’ve started taking cold water baths after long runs to reduce inflammation. And I spend substantial amounts of money on having good quality running gear.
But I still kind of hesitate to call myself a “runner.” I’ve always thought of runners as really hardcore people to be held in awe, and I’ve never really associated that with myself.
At what point do you become a runner?Was I a runner when I first tried the Couch-to-5K? Was I a runner when I ran a very pathetic first half marathon? Was I a runner when we ran two half marathons in a year for the first time?
I guess I’m a runner, but I feel guilty claiming that knowing that other people who claim to be runners run 60 miles a week, run through injuries, run Columbia’s notorious hardest non-mountainous marathon course.
I haven’t run a full marathon yet, but I want to. Maybe when I do I’ll feel like a runner.
Photo update. January 19, 2010
A little late, admittedly.
Arizona pre-Feast vacation: http://picasaweb.google.com/nettinfinity/FOT09ArizonaPreFeastVacation#
FOT 09 – Prescott, AZ: http://picasaweb.google.com/nettinfinity/FOT09PrescottArizona#
I’ve created a monster. December 24, 2009
I was out shopping this afternoon, and feeling happy about being off of work for the next week and a half. Wanting to be a loving wife, I thought I would bring my husband a treat. I stopped by Starbucks on the way out of the grocery store and got us both a coffee.
I came home and handed it to him and he was happy and appreciative. Then he pulled the back of his t-shirt over his head and announced that he was Cornholio.
It was at this point that I realized that he had already had Starbucks today.
I now hear the sounds of prying, ripping and sawing throughout the house.
What have I done?
The moral dilemma of The Office December 4, 2009
A couple months ago we signed up for Netflix. Apparently we were the last people in North America who hadn’t yet signed up. Soon after the Feast Charlie started exploring the shows and movies that were available for free streaming from the web. This led him to discover The Office, and it was all over from there.
We started with Season 1 and started watching every episode. Saturday nights, up to six hours at a time. Then Sunday nights. And sometimes on a weekday night after a hard day. It was an obsession. I’d start thinking about it as soon as Friday rolled around. We got through to halfway through Season 5 in not very many weekends.
Around about Season 5, though, I started thinking seriously about the show and having moral doubts. As much as I enjoyed and loved watching it, the scenes with any immoral nature were the ones that would stick with me and replay over and over in mind (especially while painting when there’s nothing you can do about it). It was hard to shake. As much as I appreciated the brilliance of the humour, the more I thought about it, the more I could no longer justify it.
1. Other gods before God
2. Worship of idols through the celebration of pagan holidays
3. Taking God’s name in vain. A lot.
4. Definitely not keeping the Sabbath
5. Not showing honour to parents through lying, etc.
6. Hateful attitudes
7. A lot of fornication and aldultery
8. Stealing of time and materials
9. Constant lying
10. Coveting neighbour’s wife, possessions, etc.
It’s hard to get around that.
As much as I loved the show and looked forward to watching it, it got to the point that I could no longer justify spending so much time of my life with a show that so consistently broke God’s commandments. Eventually I made the decision to no longer watch The Office.
I realize that no show or form of entertainment in this Satan-led world is going to be perfect. But there are so many things I want to do and learn and study, and I already don’t have time for all of them, even without including time spent on things that are not uplifting.
I do have a point here. I’m not saying this to be preachy. I know many people will not agree, and I can understand that. My question is, if you watch The Office or a similar show, how do you justify it? Do I just have an overactive conscience? Am I being unreasonable by not allowing myself to participate in things like this?
This year we are thankful for… November 25, 2009
Life, the universe and everything
Having a loving wife and husband
Having the time and opportunity to have interests
Our house, which is now comfortable to live in
Our jobs and the ability to make money
Making good progress on paying off our house
A wife that builds up the house with her hands and doesn’t tear it down
Good food and clean water
The Truth and having a believing husband
The ability to travel, visit family and see interesting things
Living in Columbia, aka Paradise
Being able to walk to work
Being financially stable
Being able to grow some of our own food and working towards self-sufficiency
Local foods and farmers
The interstate system
Having spiritual family across the entire Earth
The worms which eat our garbage
Photo catch-up. November 16, 2009
The last of the garden photos: http://picasaweb.google.com/nettinfinity/GardenProjects#5404715864254188450
So long, tomatoes…
And other house and life photos: http://picasaweb.google.com/nettinfinity/Fall09#