Thursday, September 27, 2007

What's Your Story? How I Got Engaged

MamaArcher tagged me to blog about the story of my engagement. I'm afraid that it isn't much of a story.

My husband and I met 23 years ago while we were both in college. We met in August and neither of us was looking to get involved. I had just broken up with a guy and was going to get a restraining order against him the following Monday and my future husband was visiting his aunt and was out having a good time with his brother and cousin. He asked me to dance and so did his brother (a minor argument broke out as to who I would dance with -- I danced with both of them). We danced and talked and went to the beach and talked some more and then waited for the sun to rise (it never did, it was overcast that morning).

And then I didn't hear from him for three months. He didn't want to date someone who lived an hour and a half away. But I guess he thought about me and decided to date me anyway. His brother was dating my friend (they met the same night we did) and I guess she mentioned I wasn't dating anyone, so he called and we started to date and then eventually we realized that this was it, we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. We decided to get married when we graduated from college.

When we graduated we set a date for the wedding and started to make plans. I went shopping with him for the ring. We learned a lot about color, quality, clarity, etc. and I picked a very nice 3/4 carat diamond with a blue tint. We went to the beach where we went the first night we met and he asked me to marry him. It was a tad anti-climatic since I already knew we were getting married and I had picked out my ring :-) but it was nice to finally be officially engaged after almost four years of dating.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Bruce Waltke's OT Theology has finally been published!!

I can't tell you how long I've waited for this publication! Years!

Here's a description:

The Old Testament is more than a religious history of the nation of Israel. It is more than a portrait gallery of heroes of the faith. It is even more than a theological and prophetic backdrop to the New Testament. Beyond these, the Old Testament is inspired revelation of the very nature, character, and works of God. As renowned Old Testament scholar Bruce Waltke writes in the preface of this book, the Old Testament’s every sentence is “fraught with theology, worthy of reflection.”

This book is the result of decades of reflection informed by an extensive knowledge of the Hebrew language, the best of critical scholarship, a deep understanding of both the content and spirit of the Old Testament, and a thoroughly evangelical conviction. Taking a narrative, chronological approach to the text, Waltke employs rhetorical criticism to illuminate the theologies of the biblical narrators. Through careful study, he shows that the unifying theme of the Old Testament is the “breaking in of the kingdom of God.” This theme helps the reader better understand not only the Old Testament, but also the New Testament, the continuity of the entire Bible, and ultimately, God himself.
I will be taking OT History and Theology II in the spring so I'm sure I'll have to read it for that course. Especially given this recommendation (by the professor who will be teaching the course):
In An Old Testament Theology Bruce Waltke shares his lifetime of devout scholarly study of the Bible. He is a master interpreter, and all of us—scholars, clergy, and laypeople—benefit greatly from this tremendous insights into the text. This book is a must read for all who study the Old Testament. - Tremper Longman III, Visiting Professor of Old Testament, Westminster Theological Seminary
Since it's a 1,000 pages I better get started.

The price is reasonable, only $27.87 at Westminster bookstore (and if you use my link, I get a kick back :-)

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Perseverance of the Saints

How to continue when in doubt (via). Wise advice from Peter Leithart.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Review Haiku of King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

When I explained to Sarah that it was a documentary about middle aged guys who compete to be the top scorer of Donkey Kong, she wasn't too exited about seeing it.
"How about we see Nanny Diaries instead?"
"Sorry, you don't get it. I'm going to see this movie and if you want to join me you can."
"It sounds stupid."
"I'm still seeing it. You can go see Mr. Bean with your dad and Samantha."
"That looks worse!"

Even my husband was surprised that I wanted to see a documentary about middle aged geeks playing video games. The next day:
"Were you serious about going to see that movie?"
"Well, yeah!"
"OK, I guess I'm seeing Mr. Bean with Samantha."

I picked Sarah up from school and we went to dinner and then walked around Princeton. It was fun though I was shocked to see how many stores were empty on Nassau Street. I was wondering if there was a weird local dip in the economy or the rents had been raised too much but it turns out that some of the stores had moved and the new stores hadn't opened yet (Princeton is usually quite busy so I was surprised that there would be any problems in the economy).

The main theme of the movie was the battle between the evil current champion and the nice challenger. It's definitely a Rocky-type movie, they even included "The Eye of the Tiger" which made me laugh because preparing for the fight for the challenger meant sitting in front a video arcade machine and playing for hours at a time. It was amusing but not awe-inspiring or motivational. Those interviewed in the movie made several attempts to equate their competition with sports but it just sounded so ludicrous when you see these guys playing video games while sitting on their hindquarters for hours.

The movie was amusing but it left you wondering why in the world these people care so much about being number one at something that is a fad that's well pass it's prime and best left to the kids. The movie did make the competition interesting and the underdog aspect of it did make you root for the challenger. It was well directed and I wasn't bored by it. But ultimately you have to wonder if the gamers will come to regret how much of their life was wasted playing video games.

I think that the haiku Sarah and I (mostly Sarah) came up with captures the essence of the movie:

A pointless journey
the geeks embarked with quarters
what a waste of time!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Remembering 9-11

And praying for those who lost someone on this day.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Our Dinner Conversation Tonight

Samantha was angry because I denied her dessert so I said to her, "When I die you'll regret being mean to me. You'll say 'I should have been nicer to my mom!' And I'll look down from heaven and say, "Yes, you should have."
Sarah: "Hey! There's no bitterness in heaven."
Me: "OK, at my deathbed you'll say to me 'I should have been nicer to you.' And I'll reply, 'Yes, you should have been' and then I'll die.

That got us thinking about our last words before we die.

Doug: "I told you that I was sick."
Me: "No, your last words will be, 'I knew I shouldn't have that second pork chop.'"
Samantha: "I'm going to say, 'Where's the remote?'"
Sarah: "My last words will be, 'What?'" (She says this all the time.)

I know, kind of morbid, right?

Saturday, September 08, 2007

The New iPod Nano Ad

Excellent choice of video for this ad:

1234 by Feist is an upbeat song and the video is colorful just like the Nano. Apple did a really good job designing the Nano, it's sleek, colorful, compact, and well-designed (video players should be wide so that you don't have to turn the player to get a wider screen) they produce the most elegant (and visually pleasing) technology of any computer company.

Now I'm torn because I was going to get Samantha a Sony Walkman for Christmas but after seeing the new Nano, I might get her that. There is only a $20 price difference. Decisions, decisions!

Monday, September 03, 2007

Do not respond to email inviting you to join QUETCHUP

It's spam. If you join, they will send an invitation to everyone in your address book. Here and here are two bloggers who learned the hard way. I've been invited to join four or five times today but since it's for a social network I ignored it (I'm having enough trouble keeping up with Facebook).

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Movie Review: Stardust

When I read this movie review by Roger Ebert I decided that Stardust might not be worth the time or money to see it in the theater. He liked it but it had problems. And since it was PG-13 I couldn't take Samantha anyway. I figured I'd watch it on DVD. But then Samantha was invited to a sleepover and I asked Sarah what she wanted to see. She picked Stardust. I mentioned that it didn't get good reviews. I remembered in particular this line from the review:

There are lots of other good things in the movie, but they play more like vaudeville acts than part of a coherent plot. It's a film you enjoy in pieces, but the jigsaw never gets solved.
But she checked online and saw that if you liked The Princess Bride, you'd like this movie. So, we decided to see it.

But I did have some reservations until I remembered that I was dissuaded from seeing Aeon Flux in the theater because of the reviews but when I watched it on DVD I loved it. I also loved The Island and that got bad reviews as well.

Sarah and I loved it! It was exciting and made you wonder what would happen next. The things that Ebert thought were too much actually added to the excitement as you moved from one adventure to another.

It begins with a young man trying to cross the wall into another world, he's stopped by the guard at the gate but he's able to get around him and check out what is beyond his world. What he finds is a marketplace and a pretty girl who is enslaved by a witch. He returns to his world and over nine months later a baby is left at the wall and brought to him by the guard. The baby, Tristan grows up into a young man who works in a shop and has a crush on a young woman who is really interested in another suitor.

But he doesn't give up and makes her promise not to marry the other suitor until he returns to her with a fallen star. She agrees and gives him one week. He tries to cross the wall but the guard has been practicing since Tristan's father's successful breech and stops him. He tells his father what happened and his father tells him what happened when he breeched the wall. He gives him the stuff that was in the basket with him when he was a baby and one of the things turns out to be a candle that will get him where wants to go by thinking about it. He thinks about the star and his mom and is immediately transported to where the star landed. The star turns out to be a beautiful woman with long blond hair whom he takes captive so that he can bring her to his girlfriend.

The rest of the story is about how they make their way back to the wall so that he can present her to his girlfriend. They have to battle witches who are after her heart (they will have eternal life if they eat it) and princes who are after her necklace (the one who possesses the necklace will be king of their father's land) to get back to the wall. They meet some interesting characters along the way and face some pretty harrowing adventures.

The movie is sweet and funny and upbeat and has a great message about love and what it takes to give and receive it.

At the end of Ebert's review he says this:
There is a kind of narrative flow that makes you want to be swept along, and another that's just one thing after another. "Stardust" is fun enough the first time through, but it doesn't pass the Derek Malcolm Test: "A great movie is a movie I cannot bear the thought of never seeing again."
Well, Sarah and I were swept along and were sad to see it end. In fact, at the end of the movie I turned to Sarah and said, "I'm so going to get that out when it comes on DVD" and she said, "No, I'm going to get it." And we spent a few minutes arguing about who was going to get the movie. I guess for us it did pass Derek Malcolm's test.

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