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So I've been back in
St. Louis for about 3 1/2 months now and that has given me time
to do a little comparing and contrasting with living in Chicago.
In St. Louis, I
can see more stars, but the neighborhoods are so dark.
In St. Louis,
the weather is better for riding my bike, but the hills are
In St. Louis, we
have great, affordable restaurants, but they are all some
incarnation of Applebee's. I'm going to have to dig to find
a good Thai restaurant.
In St. Louis, I
have pets! And pet hair.
In St. Louis, gas is way cheaper
but I still don't have a car to put it in.
In St. Louis, it is actually
convenient to drive places, but it is extremely inconvenient
to walk. And the public transportation system here? A joke.
In St. Louis, I have high-speed
internet access and cable TV. And as long as I live at home,
it is paid for by someone else (thanks, Dad!).
2005 season was announced this week. My first summer back in
town and my favorite musical is playing. The last time I saw
West Side Story as a live stage production was when it played at
The Muny in 1995. I went three times that week. The full line-up
is Beauty and the Beast, Annie Get Your Gun, Mame, West Side
Story, Jesus Christ Superstar, Singin' In The Rain, and The
Sound of Music. You can look for me in the free seats often this
Friday, January 14,
This year, many
people at my church have signed up to read the Bible through in
a year. Many are just doing the New Testament, Psalms, and
Proverbs. Others are doing the whole thing. I've always wanted
to read through the entire Bible so I signed up, along with
about 90 other people from church. Knowing that many people are
involved is a lot of incentive to keep me going. My mom and I
are sharing our resources - we purchased a copy of The
Message, which is a Bible paraphrase in contemporary
language, and a book called The Map: Making the Bible
Meaningful, Accessible, and Practical, by Nick Page. The
Message isn't a study Bible; it is mainly a reading Bible, so
it's perfect for this endeavor. Here's a little bit that I like
from Matthew 7:24-27, from the end of Jesus' Sermon on the
"These words I speak
to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner
improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational
words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into
your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on
solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit -
but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock.
"But if you just use
my words in Bible studies and don't work them into your life,
you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy
beach. When a storm rolled in and the waves came up, it
collapsed like a house of cards."
That's imagery we
can all relate to after the recent disasters in Asia and
California. I want to be fixed to The Rock.
In other news, Jack
is sick. I won't go into all of the gory details, but he has an
abscess and had to be fitted with a cone so that he wouldn't
bother the wound. He hates that collar. He gets it on and almost
immediately he seems to go into a trance. He barely moves, he
doesn't acknowledge people, it's almost like he thinks his body
doesn't work the same way with the cone. It's pretty pathetic.
This website is my
first attempt at anything like a blog. I've had several basic
websites before, mainly to post pictures or information. This
might end up being the same type of thing, but I'm going to give
this blogging thing a shot. I have no goal and no theme - this
is just going to be my little residence on the Web. At the same
time, I'm learning FrontPage, so if the design seems a bit
awkward, be patient. I'm figuring this out as I go along.
Because I'm not using Blogger or Blogspot or anything similar, I
haven't yet figured out how I'm going to archive my posts or how
(and if) I'm going to let people respond. Won't this be fun?
What I'm Reading...
Coming in 2005...
Domino, new "Lucky"-esque
home magazine, early 2005
Ya-Yas in Bloom: A Novel
(Rebecca Wells), March 29
See, Crystal Lewis album,
Real Sex: The
Naked Truth About Chastity (Lauren Winner), April 1
The Monster (Frank Peretti),
Sisterchicks Down Under (Robin Jones Gunn), April
A Long Way Down (Nick Hornby),
With This Ring,
I'm Confused (Kristin Billerbeck), May
Joyful Noise, Crystal Lewis
children's album, Spring
The Revelation (Beverly
Lewis), June 2005
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (J.K. Rowling), July 16
Light From Heaven (Jan Karon),