Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Grim Reality

Fair warning: This is a Debbie Downer post.

So last night I was aimlessly browsing facebook for a long time, and I randomly came across a facebook group dedicated to the death of one of my former students. I had no idea he had died.  He was actually one of my favorite students I've ever had- super nice, hardworking, genuinely interested. I could've definetly been friends with him. After some detective work (searching the archives of the newspaper in his hometown), I found out that back in July he lost control of his vehicle and ran off the road into some trees and was thrown out.

Sometimes I forget that people my age die.  Freak accidents happen.  Life is transient.  I suppose it's a good reminder, but it sucks that such a great human being is gone.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Anectdotes from Sunday School

One of my favorite things about hanging out with a group of 5-7 year olds is the funny things they say or do.  Here are some of my favorites from this morning:

Kid: "We went in a cave once and it was like 50 feet tall.  Mommy said that's about 13 daddies."

While they were coloring-
Me: So what are your favorite songs these days?
Kid #1: Hosanna!
Kid #2: (named another Christian song, I don't remember what it was)
Annoyed Kid #3: Do I have to say a Jesus song?
Me: Of course not!
Kid #3: Ok then, mine is Free Ride with Lightning McQueen. (I assume it's from the movie Cars)

At the beginning of the Bible lesson-
Me: Ok, let's pray. Dear God, thank you for letting us be here, and help us learn more about you. Amen.
Kid: Gee, that was short.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Sing to the moon.

I'm might be more overwhelmed right now than I ever have been.  Not by work, or life, or music.  The pace at which I'm getting new music right now is much faster than the rate at which I can actually listen to it all.  I think it's safe to say that I'm probably getting on average about 4 or 5 new albums per week.  There are several reasons for this. 
1. The advent of Ruckus (and my subsequent knowledge of how to free my Ruckus songs from the oppression of the licenses they bear).
2. Mojo, a program that lets you browse the iTunes libraries of other computers on your network and download the songs to your computer.  This has made for some ravenous music sharing with the roomies.
3. Friends making mp3 cds for me.
4. New releases from some of my favorite bands.

That being said, here is a list of albums I have fallen in love with lately.  If you are cool, you will like these albums too.
-New Surrender by Anberlin
-The Sparrow and the Crow by William Fitzsimmons
-You are My Sunshine by Copeland
-For Emma, Forever Ago by Bon Iver
-Conor Oberst (self-titled)
-For All This by The Early November
-and there are others but I'm writing this at the end of a long day of work and my mind is going blank.

What a wonderful thing to be overwhelmed by.