Thursday, December 30, 2004

New Year's Eve Plans

I finally have plans for New Year's eve this year. Last year I didn't do anything because Sanctuary, a local praise & worship group, didn't perform their concert like they had the previous three years. At first I was told they broke up and then a few weeks later I was told that they had just reduced the size of the group. I haven't heard any more about them so I don't know what their status is know. This year a friend from church is having some people from church over. I don't know what we will be doing but time spent with my friend is fun. I will most details later. Stay tuned.

Friday, December 24, 2004

Merry Christmas!

Once again it is the Christmas season, My church has a Christmas eve service every year and I went to it this year. Pastor Alan had a short message based on Revelation 22. He said that just like the people were supposed to be alert, ready, and watching for the messiah to come so we should be alert, ready, and watching for the messiah to return. When Jesus returns, if we are not ready, we will be left and face the tribulation.

Twas the Night before Christmas (Egghead style)

'Twas the nocturnal segment of the diurnal period preceding the annual Yuletide celebration, and throughout our place of residence, kinetic activity was not in evidence among the possessors of this potential, including that species of domestic rodent known as Mus musculus. Hosiery was meticulously suspended from the forward edge of the wood burning caloric apparatus, pursuant to our anticipatory pleasure regarding an imminent visitation from an eccentric philanthropist among whose folkloric appellations is the honorific title of St. Nicholas.

The prepubescent siblings, comfortably ensconced in their respective accommodations of repose, were experiencing subconscious visual hallucinations of variegated fruit confections moving rhythmically through their cerebrums. My conjugal partner and I, attired in our nocturnal head coverings, were about to take slumberous advantage of the hibernal darkness when upon the avenaceous exterior portion of the grounds there ascended such a cacophony of dissonance that I felt compelled to arise with alacrity from my place of repose for the purpose of ascertaining the precise source thereof.
Hastening to the casement, I forthwith opened the barriers sealing this fenestration, noting thereupon that the lunar brilliance without, reflected as it was on the surface of a recent crystalline precipitation, might be said to rival that of the solar meridian itself - thus permitting my incredulous optical sensory organs to behold a miniature airborne runnered conveyance drawn by eight diminutive specimens of the genus Rangifer, piloted by a minuscule, aged chauffeur so ebullient and nimble that it became instantly apparent to me that he was indeed our anticipated caller. With his ungulate motive power travelling at what may possibly have been more vertiginous velocity than patriotic alar predators, he vociferated loudly, expelled breath musically through contracted labia, and addressed each of the octet by his or her respective co! gnomen - "Now Dasher, now Dancer..." et al. - guiding them to the uppermost exterior level of our abode, through which structure I could readily distinguish the concatenations of each of the 32 cloven pedal extremities.

As I retracted my cranium from its erstwhile location, and was performing a 180-degree pivot, our distinguished visitant achieved - with utmost celerity and via a downward leap - entry by way of the smoke passage. He was clad entirely in animal pelts soiled by the ebony residue from oxidations of carboniferous fuels which had accumulated on the walls thereof. His resemblance to a street vendor I attributed largely to the plethora of assorted playthings which he bore dorsally in a commodious cloth receptacle. His orbs were scintillant with reflected luminosity, while his submaxillary dermal indentations gave every evidence of engaging amiability. The capillaries of his malar regions and nasal appurtenance were engorged with blood which suffused the subcutaneous layers, the former approximating the coloration of Albion's floral emblem, the latter that of the Prunus avium, or sweet cherry. His amusing sub- and supralabials resembled nothing so much as a common loop knot, and their ambient hirsute facial adornment appeared like small, tabular and columnar crystals of frozen water. Clenched firmly between his incisors was a smoking piece whose grey fumes, forming a tenuous ellipse about his occiput, were suggestive of a decorative seasonal circlet of holly. His visage was wider than it was high, and when he waxed audibly mirthful, his corpulent abdominal region undulated in the manner of impectinated fruit syrup in a hemispherical container. He was, in short, neither more nor less than an obese, jocund, multigenarian gnome, the
optical perception of whom rendered me visibly frolicsome despite every effort to
refrain from so being. By rapidly lowering and then elevating one eyelid and rotating his head slightly to one side, he indicated that trepidation on my part was groundless.

Without utterance and with dispatch, he commenced filling the aforementioned appended hosiery with various of the aforementioned articles of merchandise extracted from his aforementioned previously dorsally transported cloth receptacle. Upon completion of this task, he executed an abrupt about-face, placed a single manual digit in lateral juxtaposition to his olfactory organ, inclined his cranium forward in a gesture of leave-taking, and forthwith effected his egress by renegotiating (in reverse) the smoke passage. He then propelled himself in a short vector onto his conveyance, directed a musical expulsion of air through his contracted oral sphincter to the antlered quadrupeds of burden, and proceeded to soar aloft in a movement hitherto observable chiefly among the seed-bearing portions of a common weed. But I overheard his parting exclamation, a! udible immediately prior to his vehiculation beyond the limits of visibility: "Ecstatic Yuletide to the planetary constituency, and to that self same assemblage, my sincerest wishes for a salubriously beneficial and gratifyingly pleasurable period between sunset and dawn."

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Christmas Program

Our church Christmas program was Sunday night. After the total chaos of the dress rehearsal on Sunday morning, I think the program came off pretty well. The first time I saw the script was Saturday, I'm just glad I didn't have a speaking part in it this year. The choir sang throughout the play and since I'm half the alto section I had to be there. The program was mostly for the Sunday School classes. I think we had some where between 25 and 30 kids involved. That is a big change from when I started attending this church 5 years ago. I think we had 6 or 8 kids in all classes.

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Dad's Cancer Part 3

Let me start by saying, Praise God!!

"Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise Him, all creatures here below; Praise Him above, ye heavenly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!"
-Thomas Ken

"God is still on the throne and prayer changes things..." - Pastor Noah Hutchings

Dad had an appointment with his oncologist Tuesday to go over the results from Friday's CT scan and blood tests. Apparently the chemo he has been going through has done it's job. The doctor said that on the CT scan it looks like the center of the tumor is dead. The center is what causes the tumor to grow. The plan now is for Dad to do one more round of chemo in January. After that I'm not sure what the plan is for him. I'm sure they will keep checking it at regular intervals.

Monday, December 13, 2004

Visited Countries

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The two European countries I have visited are Poland and Ukraine. I went on a missions trip in July 2001 with a group from my church. We flew from Chicago to Warsaw, Poland then took a smaller jet to Odessa, Ukraine where we spent a week teaching Vacation Bible School at a church there.

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Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Quiz :: Which of the Greek Muses are you?

You scored as Polyhymnia. You are Polyhymnia, the muse of sacred poetry. Religion is the biggest part of your life, and you're not afraid to let everyone else know. You are kind of shy and not great at letting people know who you really are.



















Which of the Greek Muses are you?
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Evil Test

I am 5% evil.

I am an Angel. I rarely sin which makes my life pretty boring. But if there is a god he will likely reward me in the afterlife.

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