Sunday, December 24, 2006

Getting serious...

So it's 11:04 on Christmas Eve and I'm still 5 years old inside. I can't go to sleep and I'm wondering what's in my stocking and I just want to lay on the couch and stare at the Christmas tree all night! In fact that is one of my very favorite things to do - just sit and stare at the lights on the tree until my vision goes blurry and I have to blink. I don't know what it is about that darn tree but it captivates me!

I was doing my Bible reading earlier today and I realized - today we read through the crucifixion! Hmm...doesn't sound very Christmas like, I mean what happened to the shepherds and angels and "Glory to God in the Highest!"??? But as I read, the story of Christmas unfolded in a new way to me. Granted, I've always known that it starts with a baby and ends with a resurrection, but reading it on Christmas Eve just seemed fitting.

If there was one word I could choose to describe Christmas it is 'wonder.' What even is that? Well (nerd side approaching) I looked it up and here's what it means: The emotion aroused by something awe-inspiring, astounding or marvelous. Yep, Christmas is chock full of wonder. The fact that my God came as a baby with the purpose of agonizing death to save my wretched soul is beyond my comprehension.

I'd say that's pretty marvelous...

Okay, question time! What's on your mind this Christmas Eve?

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Monday, November 20, 2006

Bustin' A Move

Of all the exciting, adventurous, rewarding and thrilling things you could do in the city, dancing in public is for sure one of the best! It has a way of taking all that you are - all that is cool and all that is not and blends it together into a crazy rhythmic outburst of flailing arms and fluid footwork. Sadly, the single most important part of the public dance is often overlooked: the facial expression. I find that it's best either to look as crazy as possible or as completely sane as possible. You've either got to look like your body just took over and you're not sure what's going on or you have to look like all your hopes and dreams - your entire purpose in life comes down to this dance! Concentrate, close your eyes and feel the music (even if there isn't any). For in the dance is when life really makes sense.

I recently experienced this in the great city of Portland (see
pics below!). The day was full of dancing - dancing with the sax-playing, tap-dancing street performer, dancing with Theo - another street performer outside of the Rose Quarter, dancing all over that town! If you've never tried it, you are truly missing out. So the next time you hear some music and you just gotta dance - let loose! Go crazy! If nothing else, you'll at least give somebody a great story to tell.

Annalisa giving in to the "dragon's breath" dare...

Crazy lady! This muchacha sure had some interesting moves...

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

I Hate myspace...

I do...I really, really do. And I've been pressured by everyone from 180 kids to college roomates to break down and just get one. People keep telling me it's such a great way to keep in touch with people. But I refuse! I will not be conquered! In saying that, however, I do think that I need a more effective way to keep in touch with people and the blog world has always interested me. It's something I would enjoy doing even if nobody ever reads it. So here it is - I am officially an online girl. Those of you who know me are probably shaking your heads right now thinking, "She'll never post again. This will fail and she will cave to myspace." NEVER! Truth is, I have no idea how often I'll post - this is all really new to me. But I hope to do so often enough to keep those who care in the loop. So old friends, new friends, family and all the rest: enjoy!