The one about Blue Like Jazz

Writing this quickly before I get back to my list of things to do. I first read the book Blue Like Jazz a few years ago, but I’ve read it many times since. Donald Miller wrote a very interesting book about his struggles in the Christian faith. It’s not just an interesting story though, it’s written beautifully. There is a movie version of the book coming out and from what I’ve read Donald Miller is very happy with it.

Apparently, there are some people boycotting the movie. I don’t really know why they want to boycott it, and I can’t be bothered to find out why because I think it’s stupid. The book is honest about one man’s struggles to understand the faith he grew up with. What better witness to a lost world than this? Plus, I don’t think we believers should be in the habit of tearing each other down. Fighting with each other is pointless and not worth it. I hope you all will go see Blue Like Jazz (google when it comes out near you, it opens in Philly April 20th) Here is the trailer.

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The one where I’m not thinking ahead

I tend to over think most of my life. Where this gets me in the most trouble is when I have a lot things coming up I tend to stress about them way far in advance. I’m trying to get better at it, but that requires to me live semi in the moment which is REALLY hard for me. For instance. Next week is going to be crazy busy. My works hours are (for once) pretty extensive, I’m baby sitting for a family friend on the 2 days I’m not working, I have laundry and packing that needs to be done for my trip to Kansas at the end of next week (I know!), plus the other “house keeping” type of jobs that need doing. (IE loan stuff, paycheck things, insurance things etc). I know I need to just take it one day at a time, but I’m finding it hard to not shut down completely. I just want to snap my fingers and have it be next Friday because all the craziness will be over by then.

Writing this out has helped some of the craziness to go away. Before I started typing this I broke down everything I needed to do by next Friday and made a schedule of what I need to do each day which is helpful. Lists make me feel calmer that is for sure. But honestly? This is always going to be something I struggle with; I just hope I continue to get better at coping with it. With all of that saved, an important thing to do when you have a busy week ahead of you is to get a lot of sleep. So I will say goodnight.

Oh yeah, I can’t believe Easter is almost here! I’ve almost made it through my whole 40 day blogging experience. Wild!

Janelle

The one about television for children

I baby sat a lot through high school and even know in my mid twenties I’m around children quite a bit. There comes a point in the day when you’ve been taking care of a child, that you just want to plop them down in front of the television to give you a bit of a rest. I was just out at my sister’s for awhile earlier this month watching the L’s and here are some of the television I put on for them. This list is of shows that don’t make me want to rip my hair out when they come on, so it won’t include Barney or Dora the Explorer (shudder)

1. The Backyardigans: oh Backyardigans how I love you. This motion capture show is about 5 animals that have adventures while playing in their respective back yards. Why do I tolerate and even love this show? Because each episode has a musical theme (country, classical, 70’s rock) and all the songs sung in that episode go along with that theme. It’s not cloying and doesn’t talk down to it’s viewers. It’s just delightful. If you have kids and want to try this show out it’s all on Netlfix instant

2. Sesame Street: the classic. I love Elmo, Grover, and Big Bird. Sesame Street NEVER makes me want to tear my hair out

3. The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That: Martin Short is the voice of the cat and sometimes there are some jokes that you know were written specifically for mom and dad. (or Aunt Nell)

4. Mr Roger’s Neighborhood: I’m amazed at how the L’s will sit in rapture to watch this show even though there are no flashing lights and cartoon animals. Just an old man talking softly and his puppets. Wonderful wonderful show with wonderful messages.

5. Madeline: not the live action movie, but the cartoon series narrated by Christopher Plummer. It’s full of catchy songs and uses the same style in the cartoon that the original illustrator used. Love that old house in Paris all covered in vines!

This list does not include the best movies I like to watch with the kiddos (Mary Poppins and the Sound of Music are just 2 and yes the L’s love both of those movies), but most of the time TV is the option over a movie. If you ever have to watch a child and you don’t know what to do, I suggest one of these shows. And if you are a parent; what are some shows your kid watches that don’t make you want to scream in frustration?

The one about sleep again

Well since I wrote that post I haven’t woken up in the middle of the night again. Maybe I just needed to tell everyone about my sleep troubles to make them go away. Today was the first day I woke up with my alarm not feeling like I wanted to to die from lack of sleep. It was a wonderful feeling. Thanks for all of your suggestions! I’m going to keep them all in mind in case I ever have insomnia again! This is a short entry today I know, but I want to get in bed; make sure the sleeping well thing keeps happening!

The one where I talk about Libraries

I love my library. I actually get to check books out of 2 library systems; the one in the county I live in, and the one in the county my mom works in. I’m so lucky that my library system is HUGE. I have never wanted to read a book and not found it in my library. But not all places are that lucky. Some libraries are in danger of being closed and some have no space. That’s sad because libraries offer so much tot their communities and not just great books. People that don’t have internet access can use the library computer to search for job and update their resumes. But I think the best part of libraries is that they are one of the few places where a love of reading is still encouraged.

So with all that in mind, please take the time to watch this video and consider donating to help this little (quite literally little) library upgrade. I already did!

The one about other blogs you should visit

Ok, so today is a short one. (Woke up at 2:30 last night and I’m trying not to nap because that will make harder for me to sleep tonight) Last night a certain artist told me that anytime I wanted to link to his blog I should feel free to do so. So I thought I’d make a list (very short list mind you) of some of my favorite blogs. These blogs are all in my google reader (which by the way you should use google reader I love it! And I’m also using a lot of parentheses aren’t I!)

30 x 30: This is Chuck Dillon. Chuck is a wonderful artist who does work for the Philadelphia Zoo, Highlights and Hifive magazine just to name a few! Check him out!

Rachel Held Evans: I talk about this blog ALL the time. Rachel wrote a great book about how she came through a crisis of faith called Evolving in Monkeytown¬† (read it ASAP) and I can’t wait for her newest book A Year of Biblical Womanhood. Rachel writes such interesting posts. She is doing an Ask A… series (ask a conservative, ask a Muslim, ask a Jewish person, ask a pacifist etc). Her Sunday Superlatives, where she links to blogs she read during the past week, keeps me adding new blogs all the time to my google reader.

Waiting for Go: If you know my sister I hope you are already reading this. If you don’t know her, she has 3 kids, 2 dogs, a cat, and a husband so she has a lot of wisdom to share! Get reading!

Stuff Christians Like: Come for the hysterical blogs about Christian culture (Jesus Juke, how metro is your worship leader, love offerings) but stay for the “serious Wednesday” posts which challenge my faith every week!

Sara Over the Moon: Sarah writes a lot of what some people would consider “radical” things. I don’t always agree with everything she posts, but I always respect how she has come to her opinions and the way she writes them out. I’m also in awe of how she has managed to keep her faith in the midst of some very serious life events.

Anyway those are just some of the blogs I read frequently. (Kayla if you are reading this I didn’t link to yours not because I don’t love it, which I do, but because I know you post about Olivia a lot and I wanted to make sure you were ok with me linking to it. My own nieces and nephew I couldn’t care less about =) Just kidding Jena! If you give me the ok I’ll go back and edit you in cause I love your blog!)

The one where I talk about insomnia

Falling asleep for me never follows a set pattern. Sometimes I need music or my TV on, other times I need it totally silent. Sometimes I need it completely dark, other times I have no problem falling asleep with the lights on. I’ve never had a problem staying asleep, until now. The past week or so I’m falling asleep at totally normal hours, and waking up at totally random hours; like 3:30 am, 4:14 am, and 5:00 am. My mom says that when you wake up in the middle of the night you should pray because God woke you to pray for something or someone. I’ve been doing that and while it’s been great for my prayer life it’s been not so good for my awake life. =) What do some of you do when you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t go back to sleep?

PS: before you ask mom YES I’ve been going to bed without my television on so don’t suggest that first =)