1/31/2010

Slow...

Things have been pretty slow on the blog this month. I've only posted three times and, by my standards, that's way below an acceptable level. During this time, I've struggled with the typical blogger guilt. But in the end, I decided that my rule of "I blog for me" trumped any feeling of guilt I was having. This conclusion led me to label the slow down as an unofficial blog sabbatical. (Sabblogtical?)

I've had some things rolling around in my head during this month that I'd like to write about. Most of them will end up being more than a paragraph, and definitely posts that I'll want to use as an ebenezer to mark some learnings I've had lately.

Sabblogtical officially over...

1/16/2010

Reading Rainbow...

For as long as I can remember, I've been a reader. But during that whole time, I've also lacked any kind of regular discipline when it came to reading. In other words, there was never a regularity to it. I would read when curious, inspired, or required. I would read when bored, traveling, or injured. I would read when sick, resting, studying, eating, babysitting, dreaming, and waiting. But I would never do it consistently.

Now that's all changed...

Since starting my retail job in October, I've learned how great it is to be given breaks. Whenever I work an eight hour shift, I'm given two fifteen minute breaks, and one thirty minute one. And it's during these times that I've fallen into the habit (discipline?) of reading a book. And it's been really great for me, as it's added up to an hour of reading most days of the week.

Here's what's really great about it: since accidentally beginning this discipline (sometime in mid to late November), I've read FOUR books! (At this rate, I could potentially read thirty two books this year!)

So I thought it'd be cool to share what books I've read so far. Here they are, in the order I read them...


1) The Green Mile by Stephen King

2) Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

3) Eating the Dinosaur by Chuck Klosterman

4) A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller


And the one I'm on right now is The Film Club by David Gilmour.

I'm loving being able to dive into books so much and can't wait to read more...

1/07/2010

Weird Cell Phone Picture: #22 (For Life)...

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Today was a beautiful day, so my brother and I decided to go downtown for lunch. After parking, depositing some money in the meter, and crossing the street to the restaurant, we came upon this car. When I saw the license plate I wondered if, when they got the plate, they saw what I saw.

Maybe I've just been in Middle School ministry too long (or maybe my sense of humor just never developed past 7th grade), but doesn't that say "turd for life"? Maybe he shouldn't be so hard on himself...

Extreme Makeover: Josh Edition...

When I was in high school, I fought rather ferociously against my naturally curly hair. And by "fought ferociously", I mean "got my hair cut very short every four weeks". But between college and moving to southern California, something happened. Maybe it was growing up and learning to appreciate how God created me, or maybe it was being too poor to afford a monthly haircut. I'm not sure. But the haircuts became less and less frequent and the hair became more and more lengthy.

So right now, I get a haircut about once every four months. Towards the end of the fourth month, the situation gets a little... well, hairy. This is added to by the fact that I also typically grow a beard at the end of the quarter.

The cycle just came to its completion yesterday when I paid a visit to the barber and got my ears lowered. Below, you'll find the before/after shot...

When I showed up to work yesterday afternoon, I got responses ranging from "you look so different" to "You look like a little boy" to "you look like Steve the Pirate after he got his haircut".

I didn't know it was such a big deal. Personally, I think both dudes in the above picture look good...