October 31st, 2004

hermione by oatmilk

movies... (etc.)

Emma and i were gonna see The Village tonight (yeah, Rec Council free movies) but they couldn't get the projector to work. While we were waiting we talked about movies with Sara and i said that i had been really annoyed with part of Love Actually because i hadn't realized that two plotlines were separate plotlines (and was thus confused/annoyed) because i couldn't tell the male leads in each plotline apart (describing them to Emma she told me the two men in question were Liam Neeson and Colin Firth). We had also been chatting about movies after dinner including how i tend to have difficulty differentiating between all the blond chicks (talking about actresses in general). I have far more difficulty with men, though.

I actually like watching movies and feeling like i'm just watching characters rather than "Yes, i'm watching Actor X playing a role" but the fact that i have difficulty differentiating between the males within a movie is a problem.

Also from the dinner conversation:

Audrey Hepburn annoys me, though i suspect i would like Katharine Hepburn.

I told Emma that The Dark Crystal is Star Wars with muppets and it occurred to me that Ghost World (i read the comic and saw the movie) is Catcher in the Rye for girls.

It occurred to Emma that The Good Girl is much like Anna Karenina.

Speaking of comparisons: I watched Velvet Goldmine with part of the slash contingent last week and while glam rock image is pretty, but the music is not particularly pleasing to my ears. The movie was shades of This Is Spinal Tap, Hedwig, and Gia (all of which i think i liked better than VG).

When the people trying to work the projector finally gave up, Emma and i went to the 7-11 because i decided i wanted chocolate and then we wandered around town for a while (joined for a while by Liz) until it started raining and we headed home and stayed in the dining room talking about religion (among other things). At one point Kate came in and invited us to watch Saved! with them and we were tempted but decided to stay talking and ended up heading back to our rooms after not too long (ostensibly to go to bed).

I feel like i should work on my paper more (i.e. skim and take notes on more books so that i have a prayer of getting the whole thing actually written on Sunday) but then i wonder if perhaps sleep wouldn't be a better idea (particularly because it would be nice to not sleep through church yet again, though recently i feel uncomfortable being at church). Decisions decisions.
hermione by oatmilk

"Spring Ahead, Fall Back"

I was all proud of myself for getting up at 9:15 all on my own and then i turned on my computer to check the weather and oh yeah, Daylight Savings Time. Oops :)

But hey, i do feel awake, so this means another hour in which to get work done. I win.
hermione by oatmilk

"Our hearts are stirred with each new sight and sound."

So, i was virtuous this morning.

Instead of taking advantage of that extra hour to check LJ/e-mail i skimed/took notes on yet another book. I think i'm finally actually ready to start writing the paper now. (It is, of course, due tomorrow.)

I also had breakfast at Chase-Duckett (yay food) and went to church for the first time save Family Weekend in the past, oh, month and a half. (I've slept in a lot; so sue me.)
PRELUDE MEDITATION

You are accepted. You are accepted, accepted by that which is greater than you, and the name of which you do not know. Do not ask for the name now; perhaps you will find it later. Do not try to do anything now; perhaps later you will do much. Simply accept the fact that you are accepted!

-Paul Tillich
A number of the children (in Halloween costume, no less) read the Call to Worship (each kid reading a different line) and kimono!girl (who was more like ninja!girl come coffee hour) who was the smallest of the children up there had such a strong, sure voice when she read her line.

There was also a baptism. Both parents were women and i wondered if i've ever been to a hetero-parented baptism at First Churches. (Once, i think.)
The sacrament of baptism is an outward and visible sign of the grace of God. Inasmuch as the promise of the Gospel is not only to us, but also to these children, baptism with water and the Holy Spirit is the mark of their acceptance into the care of Christ's Church, the sign and seal of their participation in God's forgiveness, and the beginning of their growth into full Christian faith and discipleship.
I really like how they say "This morning's offering will now be given and received" instead "The morning's offering will now be taken."

The Scripture reading was Luke 19:1-10 and i was distracted during the whole sermon trying to remember all the words to "Zacch(a)eus Was a Wee Little Man." [And yes, i did find the words online. The pages that have the version i knew as a kid have lots of other stuff on the page as well, hence my not linking.]