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Friday, October 10th, 2008

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11:56a
MaryAlice came to my desk a few minutes and said happily, "Connecticut!"
I was confused, thinking, "Connecticut's not a swing state..." Turns out she was talking about this.
10:56p
[CAUMC] assorted [2008-10-09]
Michelle was at small group, which was an awesome bonus surprise. Apparently her last class ends this month and then she just has her externship, so she should be all gradumucated by January.
She works until 1 on Sundays so is thinking of coming to CWM \o/

Laurie, a BU STH student who apparently has been going to CAUMC Sunday mornings for some time also showed up. She recently went to a conference on sabbath and was talking about how do you do that as a pastor -- e.g., most people will only call you with crises (either of faith or medical) so are you supposed to say, "No, it's my sabbath"?

At one point we were talking about looking you and Michelle said she acts about 15, so... I said that I do act like a grown-up, so I'm extra-frustrated by looking so much younger than my age. Someone (probably Michelle) questioned this, and I said, "I work in an office and manage people. I'm totally a grown up." She said this was undercut by the fact that, "You spend 80% of your time there watching porn." Everyone was appropriately speechless. I just kind of laughed, 'cause while not technically true (and she was of course joking -- she apologized, and I insisted she didn't need to) the spirit of the statement was true.

Later, she was telling me that she and her sister had been talking about shows that should have been on cable so there could be more hot gay sexing -- including Buffy and Angel -- Angel/Spike, and Buffy/Faith. Through this I learned that Laurie is a Joss fan. She is apparently now into Doctor Who and Torchwood.

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Because last week was topical, I partially forgot about Living the Questions, and I'd been reading about Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and blogsurfing, so I opted to excerpt some blogposts which I found interesting and thought would inspire discussion.
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We talked about Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We talked about holidays and which ones we get off. We talked about Eid. (Laurie's from Minnesota, which apparently has a burgeoning Muslim population.) We talked about the upcoming Presidential election. I should have cut us off 30-45 minutes before I did.

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Affirmations

Michelle to me: "You give the best hugs in the universe. Except maybe for my boyfriend -- but he's twice your size." (6'5", 285 -- to my 5'2", 140) After closing prayer, Laurie commented that I/we do "full commitment" hugs, which she appreciates.

Mike thanked me for pulling this together, said "we couldn't have done it without you," said I'm "reliable."

Laurie to me: "You're very smart. [In an almost awed tone.] But you know how to hold your tongue. Which I don't. But I hope that spending time in your presence, it'll rub off on me. And along with your wisdom, you also have an appreciation for dorky things like Joss Whedon."
11:01p
"why me? why this now? why this way?"
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Friday

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A GMA anchor said Warren Buffet has surpassed Bill Gates as the richest man in the world. First time in 15 years Gates hasn't been at the top. She cracked, "I guess it's a good thing someone's been making money this past month."

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I've watched Pink's new single "So What" [lyrics, video] on VH1 a couple times and am not really a fan. I do really like Matt Nathanson's "Come On Get Higher" [lyrics, video] and Gavin Rosdale's "Love Remains the Same" [lyrics, video]

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Speaking of tv, MaryAlice said the HBS turkey was on WBZ last night. Katie told me some about the segment later, and we agreed that it was pretty lame. Excerpt

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via undeny: Jayne Hoodie ("A man walks down the street in this, people know he's not afraid of anything")

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I don't actually know what kind of cake we ordered for Greg's party 'cause Ben took care of everything, but it was YUM. Looking at the menu [PDF], I'm thinking the Chocolate Symphony? -- "Three tiers of Valrhona chocolate mousse (bittersweet, milk, and white) with chocolate cake"

We also had the two bottles of wine that Peter had given Greg over years past and which Greg had been saving for a special occasion. He poured us all a little bit of this Wisconsin Cranberry Wine (he'd even chilled both bottles in his mini-fridge that morning), and then while I was talking to Sara and Nithya, whatever was left of that as well as most of the second bottle got drunk. Various people had elsewheres to be, so when I turned around 25 minutes after the "party" had started, the hall was almost empty.

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Meme I've seen around: When you see this, post in your own journal with your favorite quote from The Princess Bride. Preferably not "As you wish" or the Inigo Montoya speech.

Possibly my favorite line is, "Is this a kissing book?" but the one I've been thinking about recently is:

That day, she was amazed to discover that when he was saying "As you wish", what he meant was, "I love you." And even more amazing was the day she realized she truly loved him back.
11:05p
"half the time the world is ending, truth is I am done pretending"
In my continuing quest to develop a blogroll, I started skimming Velveteen Rabbi's blogroll today.

One thing that really struck me was:
     Though he slay me, yet will I trust in Him (Job 13:15)
[seen on Barefoot Jewess]

This probably sounds really unhealthy to a lot of people, but I'm finding it really resonant and comforting (and no, I am not feeling equipped to articulate how/why).

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I also really liked "oy... that poor ram!" -- on the akedah

And from the same blog (pursuing tzedek): "there's a whale on my tail! does forced repentance really count?"

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And lastly, a set of Ramadan photos [originally seen via link here]
11:09p
and for something completely different...
wisdomeagle has been talking about soliciting prompts for wingfic. Some of the prompts are kind of awesome.

Browsing masterlists, I was like, "This sounds like Good Omens! Yay! Only, it's bandom boyslash, and why would I read that?"

Apparently I am entirely enticed by the idea of wingfic in Supernatural -- a show I don't watch or even really follow and for which I barely read any fic -- while still being uninterested in the idea of wingfic for most (all?) of my actual fandoms (except when provided with specific awesome ideas, e.g. noelia_g's prompt above).

Speaking of Supernatural fic, is this not the best fic title ever? "teach me some melodious sonnet, sung by flaming tongues above" (via musesfool's delicious)
     Edited to add (because Lorraine correctly points out that even with all my churchgoing, one might be hesitant to make assumptions about which hymns I know due to the wide variation across churches/denominations): I began singing the hymn immediately upon reading the title.

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