Thursday, September 27, 2007


Lately, I've been thinking alot about time, mostly because it seems like I don't have any. Classes at Seminary are getting more demanding, there's tons of reading to do, and I just started working at the Trenton After School Program.

Here's some ways I wish I could save time:

I wish I didn't have to shower, sleep, or eat.
I wish I didn't have to take out my garbage or do my laundry or wash my dishes.
I wish I could read whole books in minutes.
I wish I could have whole conversations with friends and families by just saying a few words.

But what would I do with all my time?


I would take long naps even when I wasn't tired and lots of bubble baths during which I would eat a 5 course meal.
I would keep my room at a constant state of comfy cleanliness.
I would pore over books, digesting every word.
I would talk on the phone for hours to friends and family about nothing, just to take in their voices.

What would you do with some free time?

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Everything I really need to know I learned at Seminary Orientation

Some things I've picked up during orientation:

- Be sure to check the source of the item you are plagiarizing because the source may be your professor.

-I should feel lucky, honored, and awe-inspired that this school has just achieved On-line registration. (I know what you're saying, "Um, haven't most schools been doing that for like 10 years?" Yes, but what's important is that we have it now.)

- No means No. Unless you are unable to say No and then it doesn't mean anything. Hmmm...

-In order to appease my indecisiveness, I can be on both the boards of "Seminarians for Life" and "Seminarians for Reproductive Choice". That's not a conflict of interest is it?

-The President ( a chaplain to Her Majesty the Queen (no, like really, he has tea with her on a regular basis)) enjoys jokes about what he may or may not be wearing under his fancy robe.

-Don't pee in a bottle and try to recycle it. (I think this is best left unexplained.)

-Your best friends should be the food service people and the facilities people.

But seriously, I'm realizing:

- I may have more gifts and experiences to offer than I ever realized.
- I deserve, despite initial reservations, to be here as much as anyone else and it's really God's plan.
- A Theatre Education degree may not be as useless as I assumed it would be since every day it's tying into what I'm doing. (Also, PTS trivia, MS.Youth Ministry Goddess herself holds a Theatre Education Degree. If that's not affirmation, I don't know what is.)
- I am truly blessed to be part of a theological community that spans almost 200 years and hopefully will continue for 200 more.

I am blessed, I am blessed, I am blessed

Monday, September 10, 2007

My Break

So I have been somewhat MIA the past couple of weeks, mostly because I have been out of my routine. I ended Summer Greek and have barely touched my computer while I've been home, but here's some things I've been up to:

-Catching up with friends, including one in Wisconsin, and a great trip to the city with Lauren which killed four birds with one trip so to say.

-Going to Eau Claire, Wisconsin! This was a fun, very relaxing trip. I feel like airport karma owed me an easy one. My second trip to this wonderful state did not disappoint. I was staying with a very good friend from college, Laura, and we spent tons of time chatting- letting the time get away from us. We are eerily similar in our thoughts about things and both enjoy long, nerdy discussions about education. It was great and I wish we lived closer.

- Home projects. I have stripped the wall paper in my bathroom, cleared out several drawers of clothes, and finally made something out of all my Europe crap (from 2003!), namely, a poster to hang in my room at school. This was a great idea stolen directly from Laura. Thanks, LJ!

- Lots of movies. My favorite "old but new to me"- Philadelphia. I know, terrible that I hadn't seen it yet, but really great acting and such important issues. My favorite "New New" movie- 3:10 to Yuma. Ok, super amazing, flawless in my opinion.

-Lots of reading. I finished White Teeth (I highly recommend this, but give yourself some time, it's not light reading) and started Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, a memoir that deals in part with the issue of homelessness in Boston. It's pretty depressing, but cool because the author worked at Pine Street, a homeless shelter I lived across the street from for a year.

-Good family time. I have proudly introduced Sam to the wonders of Raffi which he asks for by saying some combination of "Aunt Nenna sings", "bathtub" or "Baby Belooooogggoooo" I think he thinks I made Baby Beluga up in the bathtub. Also, I got to see my Aunt and Uncle and cousins at a barbecue yesterday which was really fun.

Tomorrow I have to officially stand before the Presbytery of Newton and officially say what I believe, officially. It's a little stressful because I'm at the end of a very long meeting and I only have 3 minutes to fit in all that I need to say. Then I answer questions. There will be some nail biting on my part but I think I'm starting to get used to all the hoops I need to jump through.

Orientation starts Friday. Classes start next Wednesday. I'm pumped!