The problem w/ not working anymore is that I don't have a way to justify ridiculously unnecessary purchases, such as this $350 Coach bag. Darn it schmarn it. This bag is about as awesome as it gets. *sigh*
I haven't heard Plumb in a long time, so it was nice to get reacquainted recently. This song is pretty good.(P.S. This is a FREE download on iTunes right now--click here! Also visit Plumb's page to register your email and get 2 different FREE song downloads.Mel, you would like these!)
I spent last weekend in Cincinnati w/ one of my BFFs, doing something I don't get to do very often--going to a late movie! (HA--what was it like 8:15???) We went to see Abduction, Taylor's new movie, and The Help, based on the best-selling novel. I'm a die-hard Team Jacob fan, but even I had figured out that Abduction was not going to be an amazing cinematography event or my fave movie of all time. They labeled it as "Bournes-esque" but come on--it was about teenagers and geared for 16 year old teenage girls! That being said, it was a pretty decent movie. For his part Taylor was believable, and he carried the lead role just fine. The supporting cast were disappointing, (Sigourney Weaver appeared to be asleep thru her scenes, and poor Lily Collins was almost as annoying as Bella yelling, "JACOB!" :) and the story just kinda jumped around too much w/o connecting the dots for the audience. But I'm glad we saw it. (And the chatty, excited teenage girls in the audience were good prep for what Breaking Dawn is going to be like. AHHHH!)
Speaking of BD, we saw these movie posters. Woohoo!
Every time I see this I think, They look good w/ wedding rings. :)
The Help was great! If you haven't read the book, do that first and then see the movie. Definitely worth it. This film was excellently cast; you love the characters on screen as much as you do in the book.
And sorry, Mel, but we hit up PF Chang's w/o you. These lettuce wraps were calling my name. :)
Then on my drive home I stopped to fill the tank and saw this rainbow. Funny how they never get old, no matter how many you see.
Auntie brought the kiddos a fun package of balloons for their birthday, and we set out making balloon animals. It was slow going at first....actually, it was murderous and several balloons paid the ultimate price for our novice attempts at twisting and contorting their rubbery shapes. But then it clicked, and we made a bunch--a mouse, several dogs, a couple swords (you knew my boys would be making weapons, didn't you?) and more creatures that sorta, kinda resembled actual aniamls. Somehow I only got pics of my own creations (Mel, do you have more pics???) so I'm bragging a bit.
Grace decorated my giraffe w/ spots, eyes, and mouth.I think he turned out fabulously!
The flower petals just wouldn't cooperate, but the stem wasn't too bad and we liked it anyhow. Grace called it a bobble-head flower b/c it bobbed up-n-down all day. It made a nice centerpiece, even if oddly mishaped. :)
This is a good article on the "cool factor" in church. I admit--I like our coffee bar at church and it is cool, but I also just appreciate good coffee, and it happens to be at church. Actually one of the very things we loved about our church the first time we visited last year was the good mix of people--trendy young couples, older people, some oddballs (you know who I mean! I'm not picking on them, just sayin') and mostly just regular people that you would see at the grocery store or anywhere. We loved the mix and didn't feel like it was an exclusive club or an episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. We visited another church where the entire worship team looked like models from Vogue magazine--and I'm not picking on attractive people, and of course I think we should look our best in church of all places, but in this particular worhsip service, there was a vibe of "uber-trendiness" that did not feel right. The "cool factor" seemed front-and-center and distracted us from worshipping. It wasn't the church for us. (And BTW, I'm not judging them. They definitely loved Jesus just like we do, but their approach/style was different. I appreciate the difference and acknowledge that it's preference, not a right-or-wrong issue.)
I think we all have to guard our hearts from worrying that certain associations will detract from our own "cool factor". We may not say it out loud, but we all think it sometimes and have to purge these thoughts immediately. Who did Jesus seek out? The very people the Pharisees wouldn't be caught dead talking to. Is that my attitude in church and in my community? Lord, take away my pride, and fill me w/ a heart for all people!