Monday, June 30, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
But I'm waxing a little too poetic about the food. While it's true that I love a long, leisurely meal (ours began at 6:30 and ended with dessert at 11:00), there's one thing I love even more: great conversation. And we enjoyed wonderful conversation with our friends last night.
Most of our discussion centered around a shared vision we have for the reconciliation of art and Christianity. Bob is a filmmaker whose most recent project, a series of shorts called Trigger, has just been produced by Zondervan. These brief vignettes are designed to be a launching pad for discussion: many questions are raised but few, if any, are answered. The point is to provoke discussion and get people thinking about issues that we would normally tend to ignore or gloss over.
Let me just say, the films are amazing. We watched a few last night and I was completely blown away. They are artistic and gripping, raw and honest. One of my favorites was a mosaic of photographs, dubbed over with a woman singing: "He's got the whole world in his hands." You know the verses, right? Have you ever heard the one about: "He's got the red light district in his hands?" How about: "He's got Osama bin Laden in his hands?" Wow. Pretty powerful stuff.
Anyway, I was so taken with their vision and their amazing product that I just had to blog about it. I can't encourage you enough to head on over to the Trigger website and check it out. Though Trigger is associated with Youth Specialties, I certainly wouldn't consider their audience limited to teenagers or college students. I would love to use these shorts as a launching pad for discussion in an adult Bible study, too. There is no doubt in my mind that it would trigger an extraordinarily real and meaningful discussion...
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Woo-hoo!!! The final period is placed on my third novel! This doesn't mean I'm done-done, I still have edits to work through with my writing partner, my agent, and my publisher, but edits are managable. Right now I'm just thrilled that all the blood, sweat, and tears, all the gut-wrenching work of creating something out of nothing is complete. Praise the Lord.
Excuse me, I'm off to go celebrate...
Sunday, June 22, 2008
My little one would have gladly hopped in the cage and yanked the feline's tail. He fearless. But he sometimes makes his mommy very scared. Hmmm... What's wrong with that scenario?
At any rate, say a little prayer for me on Monday if you think about it! Though I'm feeling relaxed and stress-free right now, tomorrow may be a different story... :) Have a great week!
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
A few intense sessions of personal psychoanalysis informed me that my life right now is a little too full of the emotions and struggles that emerge in the book. So yeah, that's holding me back. Life imitating art, or something like that. But I think there are other factors at play here... Like the fact that the weather is beautiful and I want to be outside. And my children are adorable and I want to play with them. Not to mention my friends are fun and entertaining, there are great books to be read, cool pools to be lounged beside, impromptu barbecues to attend... And if I'd just get my book done I'd be able to enjoy them all!
But I can't help but procrastinate. And in the spirit of embracing my procrastinistic (is that a word?) tendencies, I'd like to give you the top ten things I'd rather do than finish my book.
- Mess around on Facebook. What a time drain that is. I'm canceling my account tomorrow. Or maybe the next day...
- Shave my legs. It is summer after all.
- Daydream about our upcoming August vacation. We're driving to BC. Wait, did I say daydream? Maybe nightmare is a more accurate term... 30 hours in the car with two small children?!?
- Make and consume the ice cream bars I posted about a few days ago. Usually I lose weight in the summer. Not this year...
- Water my gardens. Totally unnecessary endeavor since Iowa is about to become another ocean.
- Hang out at the local pool. Yeah right. More like: save 4 year old from drowning, chase 2 year old across the kiddie pool, rescue abandoned kickboard from burly teenager about to clobber unsuspecting friend with it, break up fight over goggles, stop 2 year old from eating food off the ground, save 4 year old from drowning again...
- Unwind at girl's night out with an hour of yoga. Ahhhh... now that I truly love. Enough to fall asleep during the few minutes of total relaxation at the end. As long as I don't drool...
- Talk politics. Sure it usually turns into a knock-down, drag-out fight, but it's always a good way to raise my blood pressure. I've been thinking it's a little low.
- Doodle title possibilities all over the paper I'm supposed to be finishing my book on. Right now I'm hooked on The Body, Broken. Or The Body Broken. Hmmm... What do you think?
- Sit under the pergola in my backyard, surrounded by overflowing hanging baskets, whisky barrels, planter boxes, and flower pots, and pretend that I'm thinking hard about my book while I'm really thinking about absolutely nothing at all.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Though it was dreary today, yesterday was hot and gorgeous--we went to the pool for the first time this season, and managed to get good and exhausted (and just a little sunburnt). And going to the pool made me crave my favorite summertime treat. It's simple, delicious, and you can bet my freezer will be crammed with it for the next few months. I thought I'd share the recipe with you. Enjoy!
Ice Cream Bars
6 tbsp. butter
1/2 cup corn syrup
4 tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
5 cups Rice Krispies
1/2 gallon of ice cream (any flavor, I'm a big fan of Rocky Road)
-Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the corn syrup and brown sugar. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. When the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is beginning to thicken, remove from heat. Add the peanut butter and Rice Krispies. Mix well. Press 1/2 of the Rice Krispies mixture onto a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper. Drizzle a layer of chocolate sauce on top. Soften ice cream and spread evenly over the Rice Krispies. Top with the remaining Rice Krispies mix. Press together. Freeze for an hour at least. Remove the bars from the freezer and cut into individual size servings. Wrap each bar with plastic wrap. Freeze until ready to eat.
Monday, June 9, 2008
From the publisher: