28 February 2009
(this picture is kinda hard to see the Mr. Softee truck, but I took this the first summer I lived in New York because the Softee truck was actually being pulled over the a police officer! I'm not sure what could be bad enough to pull over a Mr. Softee truck, but LeeAnne and I thought it was hilarious!)
As Rob Bell put it, agape is a particular kind of love. So many times love and relationships are looking for what a person can get out of it or how it can benefit them or fulfill a need of some kind. Agape is, in fact, exactly the opposite of this. Agape gives. Agape is love, period. It doesn't need a reason.
I don't know exactly how I feel about all of Rob Bell's theology. I haven't done enough research to know exactly where he stands on certain issues (so I'm not endorsing that), but I do know he has a wonderfully simplistic way of understanding and relaying the message of God's love and how we should be applying that to our lives and in turn channeling that out towards those around us. God didn't give up on us when we continued to hurt and betray Him. Instead, He continued loving us. Over and over and over again. And He still does, despite the fact that we never entirely give Him our full hearts. And as difficult as this is to live out, this is how we should be loving those around us. There aren't many things more painful in this world than loving someone who 1. rejects you or 2. loves you, but isn't willing to give their ENTIRE heart to you because they don't trust it will be worth it. This is what God feels every single day with every single human being. This covers both Christians and non-believers.
The title of this chapter ties into the explanation of agape love because if we realize the value of those around us (because all were created by God) and the intensity in which we should be loving all people - family, friends, boyfriends/girlfriends, coworkers, enemies, etc. - we will come to the realization that people are "worth dying for". (ps -if you click here, you can read the ENTIRE chapter online!) An example Bell gives in this chapter is the firefighters and police officers who went into the Twin Towers after the terrorist attacks on 9/11. Seeing the memorials and momentos for all of those who died going into the towers to rescue people is inevitably going to create an emotional response, which is directly related to the inherent nature and belief we know to be true - people are worth dying for. Which is why the firefighters and police officers didn't think twice about going in to save lives.
Now, although the head knowledge may be there, applying this to the heart can be more difficult. This is how I want to live. This is the goal. Love people. Love ALL people. Even when they don't love you back or say they do but don't show it. God didn't give up on us that easily, why should we? If we are called to live a life that glorifies God and reflects Christ in us, what could be more glorifying than loving people in the exact same way He does? As discouraging as it might be in the midst, you will reap the benefits of doing good. And eventually, loving someone as God loves us will reap wonderful benefits, if we are as persistent with those around us as God was with us.
I like the way Bell put it. Do we have liquid agape running through our veins? I want to.
27 February 2009
26 February 2009
25 February 2009
24 February 2009
Mom, I keep seeing these noodles in the grocery store everytime Brendan and I make "pasta and meat sauce" (also more commonly known as, spaghetti) and I keep asking Brendan if we can get these noodles because it reminds me of you and your love (-love... get it?) for tennis! He hasn't conceded yet... so I had to settle for taking a picture of them on the shelf to show you! Maybe when you come we can all have tennis racquet spaghetti?!
23 February 2009
I'm still exploring my new-found culinary skills, but thanks to my own personal Martha Stewart married friend Caylen, I had an awesome chicken recipe to try out! Thanks for the recipe, Cay!
I can't express the excitement of my latest investment. No, I haven't turned into a liberal tree-hugging activist since I moved to New York, but if you read closely you'll understand why I love this shirt. Although it may seem ironic, my blood runs orange and blue no matter where I spent 18 years of my life...war eagle!
Yes, I'm turning over a new leaf. For those of you who know me well, you could probably attest to a few truths about my personality: first, I tend to get on strong kicks at different times (#1 with a Dr. Pepper at Chick Fil A, Mountain Dew, cleaning, running [yes, this actually was a kick one time], balancing my checkbook, etc.) Secondly, when on these "kicks", I am pretty persistent and determined with carrying them out. (then, usually sometime in the midst of these kicks, I have some epiphanic moment where I realize some great and wonderful (and usually very simple) truth that I should have known all along but suddenly see in a totally clear light... which only makes the kick stronger for the time being. Anyway, my mom could probably verify all of this as a very accurate description of me?) and finally, the last point to be confirmed as truth is sleeping is not very high on my priority list. I don't get much because I like to stay up late. (really late. Night owl is probably an understatement.)
So here's how I've turned over a new leaf:
This weekend, I made an attempt (and was pretty successful) at going to bed early and getting up early. Friday night it was a little before 10 when I hit the sack...and was up to start the day at 7:30 am. I am primarily trying to enact this lifestyle to increase productivity during the work-week. I tried again for today, and once again struck gold! Last night I went to bed around 11 and got up a mere 15 minutes earlier this morning than normal (except, today it was with ease - as easy as getting up for me will ever be at least). Not only did I have time to eat breakfast at my apartment, I did it leisurely while checking blogs and responding to emails and facebook messages. and THEN, I made up my bed... and still made it to work by 8:50. Wow, that Ben Franklin sure knew what he was talking about when he said "early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise." I'm still waiting on the wealthy part, but for now, I'll take the healthy!
ps - for those of you who are bored out of your mind right now by this blog post, this was primarily posted for my mom. I know she'd be proud...aren't ya, Mom?!
21 February 2009
20 February 2009
so, in honor of Chi O's "Yipee Chi O" tonight and formal tomorrow night and in memory of some very fun times from my college years, here ya go - my last two Chi O formals:
Here are the Top 10 Reasons I can't wait for spring to get here:
1. No more scarves, mittens, heavy coats... EVERYWHERE you go.
2. I'll care about getting a pedicure again.
4. It'll be light outside when I leave work.
5. I can eat lunch in the park again instead of at my desk...AND at Shake Shack.
6. I won't have to take the subway for a 6 (or less) block commute anymore.
7. Baseball season will be in full force!
8. I will have at least a little more chance at being tan. Still not likely, but possible.
9. Mister Softee will return.
10. My mom is coming to visit!!!
19 February 2009
18 February 2009
I could look at this website... alllllllll day long.
17 February 2009
16 February 2009
13 February 2009
I guess I should be a little more specific about what is really happening because if your reaction is anything like mine, you are probably pretty astounded right now. No, Mayce is not going to be running 26.2 miles tomorrow all at once. Over the past several months she has run one mile at a time, and then tomorrow she will run the last mile of the "marathon"! Sounds like a pretty cool thing for kids to do if you ask me. And her sister McKay is all for it too. She told me how excited she was this morning - they get to stay in a hotel... WITH an indoor swimming pool!
We had it all - the grey/silver Astro van, a wide array of bingo cards, and 6 Pettus's gathered together in a car destined to any number of various locations with 4 of those Pettus's fighting over who got the front seat. Oh, how I miss those days! Don't you Mom?
12 February 2009
10 February 2009
Thoughts and opinions are gladly welcomed, especially if you have any interest in design!
I love when dreams are this vivid.
A few weekends ago we went to brunch at this place called Back Forty for LeeAnne's birthday. The first thing I noticed on the menu was an odd combination - fried chicken and waffles. I asked the waitor about it... and what exactly it was. He tried to pull a fast one on me. His answer: "Oh, it's a very popular southern dish, and is exactly what it says - fried chicken. and waffles. on a plate together." Little did he know, I'm from the south and happen to have a very close relationship with fried chicken, so I quickly informed him that in the heart of dixie we don't have, nor have ever heard of such a thing! Being the true southerner that I am, I had to try it out. And the verdict... I'm not the biggest fan!
"all weekend i didnt feel weel so i went to the doctor yester day and he told me i had a sore throat, thus justifing the pains in my, i guess id say upper to most upper parts of the body. I was wondering if there is another time when i could take the quiz.
Thanks for time and sorry aout this inconvience."
09 February 2009
--Anne Morriss [Starbucks customer from New York City. She describes herself as an "organization builder, restless American citizen, optimist."]
oh, the little joys in life that are out there if you look for them. This quote was on my coffee from Starbucks this morning. It sounds like a great rationalization for commitment to me.
Sadly, I ended up only coming out with two cards made. But, it did rejuvenate my love of crafting and (kinda) made me miss all my art and craft projects in school. Hopefully I'll get some inspiration soon to get back into my old creative habits.
08 February 2009
06 February 2009
This summer when I interned at Perkins Eastman, Belinda (the other library intern) and I would frequent the small New York deli, Food Depot, across the street from PE on a very regular basis for breakfast. Often that included a new flavor of Mountain Dew called "Mountain Dew Voltage". I LOVED this stuff. Belinda liked it ok I think, but I was obsessed. (Is anyone surprised?) So, when I started full time at PE in September, on mine and Belinda's first day as "full-time employees" we went across the street to get breakfast before our orientation. And, they DIDN'T have blue Mountain Dew anymore. I was pretty upset, but then realized it was Mountain Dew we were talking about here.
Then a few days ago, I was in the Food Depot buying lunch and trying to decide what kind of caffeine filled, high-sugar drink I wanted... when I spotted it - blue Mountain Dew is back!!!
The first thing I did when I got back to the office was email Belinda and tell her the joyous news. And I must admit, I had a bit of a nostalgic moment in the Food Depot drink section when I saw it. It reminded me of the days of old and the greatness that they were - summer (hence warmer weather), no "real" responsibilities, and a good economy. Although none of these seem to be coming again anytime soon, at least the blue Mountain Dew is back!
(ps - if you're wondering why I'm drinking Mountain Dew (of any color) for breakfast, here's why: when you go to bed at 2 am because you're watching Elizabeth Smart on Oprah, sometimes you just need a little boost.)
05 February 2009
04 February 2009
Just kidding... this isn't the only picture he sent. He did send me a few others too of the outdoors and mountains, but this was my favorite because it is SO typical Brendan!
03 February 2009
This post won't have much significance unless you live in New York or have ever spent much time around Union Square. It is, indeed, a very sad day for New Yorkers. Union Square just won't be the same from now on...
The potato/carrot peeler seller died on Sunday. NY Times said: "Joe Ades got people’s attention at the Union Square Greenmarket: the British man with expensive suits and a radio announcer’s voice — the man selling the $5 peeler."
The Times also quoted: “He was very excited about carrots,” And I can attest to that. He was.
Click here to read the whole article.
I took a quick photo sitting at my desk. Not too shabby... right?
02 February 2009
You'd think 150 years is ample time for people to understand evolution, but some still claim it's only a "theory". Perhaps they still believe that the earth is flat and the sun goes around the earth.
My guess is they don't want people who don't believe this "theory" subscribing to their words anyway... ok. Done.
Dating A Banker Anonymous
I was pretty disappointed with the outcome of the game, but it was such a close/good game that you can't complain TOO much, I guess... unless you're one of Kurt Warner's seven kids who isn't getting a puppy now.