Archive for June, 2009


I went to see Star Trek and got Lost when I got there

I’m still loving being self-employed right now.  My eyes are going crossed from working on the computer so much lately, though.  

That’s why its good that I’m still getting out and performing, preaching and giving lessons.  

And, I’m trying to do some completely non-work related recreational activities as well.  And, if I want to go to a movie during the day I don’t feel to badly about it because I’m working a lot of nights and weekends.  

I went to see the new Star Trek movie, and I guess I’m more of a traditional Trekker than I thought I was.  It was a good movie, and sets it up to be different by altering the actual time line of the Trek universe.  How convenient for the writers and the “new direction” of the franchise.  Even so, it was an awesome movie and I enjoyed it a lot.  

And I’ve finally started to watch the series “Heroes.”  I’ve wanted to do that for a long time, and my wife finally put all of the DVD’s in the queue with our Blockbuster-by-mail memberhsip.  I’ve watched the first six DVD’s of the first season, with only one left.   I’ve been staying up until well past midnight to watch these shows on my laptop in my office.  

It’s starting to take a toll, both with my energy level and my mood.  When I get into a show, or a book, or a series of movies, sometimes I start to take them a bit too seriously.  Especially the dark ones.  And Heroes is really pretty dark.  It’s got a lot of messiah metaphors.  (It IS a superhero story, after all.)  And the relationships between the generations of the Heroes is really well-developed and pretty intense.  

So, since I’m self-employed I better limit my late-night viewing a bit and “get back to work,” lest I get lost in sci-fi land.


A Public Prayer for the Puppy’s Privates

So, we got our puppy Charlotte fixed last Monday, and our boys were pretty concerned for her.  Sunday morning during worship at church, Isaac asked for prayer:

“I’d like prayers for Charlotte, because she’s getting her uterus and her ovaries taken out tomorrow.  And we won’t be able to play with her for a couple weeks until she feels better, so we want to pray for her.”

There were some giggles and nervous titters in the congregation, but people are used to our boys saying interesting and precocious things in worship so no one was really offended (as far as we know).  Everyone understood how serious this was for Isaac, so they all said the response, “Hear our prayers, O God.”  

Later on that day, I explained to Simon that when you talk about what was happening to Charlotte, you usually just call it being “spayed.”  He replied through his teeth, “Well, you could have told me that on Saturday.”  

Now, Charlotte is wearing the “cone of shame.” (refer to the movie “Up” to understand this phrase)  It turned out that she had double ear infections, doggy conjunctivitis (pink eye), and they had to pull her last little baby tooth out while she was under sedation.  Needless to say, Charlotte is very high maintenance lately, needing lots of love and medicine.  

A few weeks ago, my younger son noticed that one of our babysitters’ dogs was wearing a cone.  When he told me about it in the evening, he leaned over to me, looked me straight in the eye, and said in a serious tone, “It’s because he got his beans taken out.”

So, for all the pets out there wearing “the cone of shame,” hear our prayer, O God.