Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A Christmas Gift for You

For all of you who read my blog, I wanted to show my appreciation. 
This is my Christmas gift to you, from one blogger to another. 
I hope you enjoy.

Go big or go home.

Sometimes you have to go big or go home.

Each department at work was given an ugly brown paper cutout of a christmas tree to decorate and post on the door. I don't get to use my creative side very much at worked, so I immediately started scheming big for the contest, and definitely encouraged some friendly competition amongst the other departments.

We decided to go with a music theme because so many people in my office have a musical background. For the tree, I decoupaged the background in sheetmusic and cutout little music notes for ornaments. I also strung ribbon across it, and made a big star out of pretty paper for the top. There are also christmas lights poking through. It's hanging from the door, which we wrapped in red wrapping paper. All of this is in addition to the Christmas decorations my office puts up every year: a tree, some garland, some lights, etc. If that wasn't enough, I brought in a red cozy chair, and next to it I strategically placed a bowl of candy. My laptop is also sitting next to the tree with a looping video of a crackling fire. And i'm of course listening to Christmas music.

So we unveiled our cozy winter wonderland this morning, and the judging is tomorrow. The best part is that I have a front row seat to see people's reactions as they walk by. Some of them are hilarious. I've had people say they're gonna come back with their laptop to sit down and study for finals. Some people laugh. Others just stand in awe. We're only supposed to be judged on the tree itself, but when you create an atmosphere like this, how can you lose?
I'll keep you updated tomorrow after they vote.

These are dark and difficult to see because they were taken with my phone, but this is the view from my desk. Plus, we have overhead lights off to help set the atmosphere. (We're pretty serious.)

From left to right: tree, crackling fireplace on my laptop, and decorated paper tree.

a sideways pic of the tree.

The sitting corner with chair and candy.

This past weekend was fun - busy, but fun. Narnia, lunch with Stella and the girls, Sturgeon's Christmas party, Prickett's college study break party, and worship worship worship and church. I'm excited for our Indian dinner with Navigate tomorrow night to get us pumped for our trip this summer. Also, I could eat Chicken Tikka Masala from Anmol all day every day - but I have a sneaky suspicion it will not taste the same, and definitely 100x more spicy when we're actually there.

Friday, December 10, 2010

musings on creation.

yesterday was pretty fabulous.

I came home from work, played a little guitar to plan for Sunday's worship set (I have too many songs, which is the best problem to have), then our first netflix movie had arrived (yayyyyy for netflix), so i had the joy of watching Yentl....after months of talking with Elisa about wanting to watch it. Why do we love the movie so much? I can't quite put my finger on it, but i'm sure it has something to do with Mandy Patinkin. And the best part was that the roommates got sucked in, too. Surprisingly, Sam couldn't get enough. And then we ordered Indian food for roommate Christmas/hangout/Sarah's birthday night. But we didn't do many Christmassy things because it was 24 stinkin degrees outside and no one wants to go get a tree or go to the basement to get decorations in the arctic. So we curled up with Yentl and Chicken Tikka Masala and my heart got really excited to be going to India this summer. And my intestines are praying for the strength to endure the spice. Then Sam and Sarah went off to study and Elisa and I watched White Christmas. I fell asleep, but the good chunk that I watched made my heart even warmer.

Especially this:

This weekend will be filled with Narnia (maybe), lunch with girlfriends and Elisa's grandma Stella (adorable), christmas party at the Sturgeon's (oh how i miss them) and church Sunday. It seems that warm, fuzzy feelings will continue. Which is wonderful, considering the 14 degree weather that greeted me this morning.

Musings on Creation:
I was sitting in bed this morning, reading Acts, and eating a clementine. I love Acts, but kept getting distracted by my clementine. Do you realize how perfect an orange is? It was ideally created for snacking. I was suddenly struck by the fact that there is no way that this orange just existed or evolved on its own.Someone constructed it perfectly - I mean, it has a protective covering, and then each slice is delicately wrapped so that you can peel apart and eat each piece. It leaves the option for sharing, or for saving some for later. AND it's delicious. I used to say that fruit is God's candy. It's beautiful and delicious and perfectly constructed. Look at an orange. How could that just "happen"? Someone designed it, and my tummy delights in His creation.

There is also a paper christmas tree decorating contest at work - each department gets a brown paper christmas tree cutout and you have to decorate it and post it on your door. i dont want to give too much away, but we are so totally gonna win. i'll post pictures next week when it's all ready to be judged. just you wait.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

I don't claim to know a lot.
Ok, maybe that's false.
But I don't claim to know a lot about music videos.
At least not lately.
I'm totally open to hearing your input.

This day and age, in the year 2010, what, exactly, is the point of a music video?

I mean, really? Are there people who turn on VH1 and just sit and watch music videos? Are those people out there somewhere? MTV doesn't even really show music videos anymore, does it?

Anyhoo, the cause of this question was the flipping of channels while house-sitting this weekend (which, might I add, was fabulous). I stumbled upon the new Kid Rock music video.

This is what I was able to glean from the video:
Hi, I'm Kid Rock. I'm standing in a field with a fancy expensive guitar that is not plugged in.
I'm wearing sunglasses although it appears to be dusk.
Hold on a sec, now I'm on a beach and my hair is blowing in the wind.
For your visual enjoyment, let me show you a clip of the field and the beach at the same time.
Sometimes I like to ride a huge motorcycle down a long road.
I don't wear a helmet 'cause i'm Kid Rock, but don't worry - i'm still wearing the sunglasses.
I like to play my guitar on the beach. It's another guitar that better matches the color pallette of the sand and the sea. But there isn't a place to plug it in. Don't worry, though, because i'm just gonna fling my hands in the air anyway.
I got tired of the motorcycle, so now i'm gonna chill in my fancy old car. It has a set of big bull horns on the grill and shot guns for door handles because i'm Kid Rock and I do what I want.
When I lift my hand up in the air I look like a rockstar.

I just don't really understand the point. I don't get the message other than he was "Born Free" in America...I feel like a lot of money was spent for him to stand with a guitar in some of the prettiest places that God has created just to announce some kind of ownership of his freedom. Here's the video so you can decide for yourself:

On a much lovelier note, Thanksgiving was wonderful - I ate good food with good people and had good solitude time while housesitting, as well as got a little bit of Christmas shopping done. It was cozy. And for a much more cozy video, one that I saw for the first time last night that made me cry I was laughing so much about it.

RAE - you will LOVE this video.

You're welcome.