To do and not to do

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I've spent a lot of time in the car thinking about things. Some of them are deep thoughts and others, well, they're not so meaningful. Today I came up with a list of things I would and would not like to be when I grow up. (These are personal reflections of my own, they are in no way intended to be mean or degrading to said job, just something I would not like.)

This would be a really cool job:
1. Make communion wafers. Just think of what you would say at a cocktail party- "Well yes, I do make the body of Christ."
2. Make the communion wine.
3. Be a scribe for the illuminated bibles. Maybe my neat handwriting would finally come in handy. Pun intended.
4. Be a monk. Yes, I know I am a girl.
5. Work at the crayola factory.
6. Come up with names for crayons, makeup, fingernail polish, paint colors, etc.
7. Work in a book store.
8. Own and operate an inn.
9. Test clothing for Patagonia.
10. Write for travel magazines.
11. Design patterns for quilting fabric.
12. Work in the post office sorting mail.
13. Work for postsecret.
14. Design stamps. Design stationary.
15. Test write pens.
16. Work at a zoo.
17. Work at Patagonia, Life Is Good, Kavu or some store or company that is fun and functional and friendly.
18. Anything that involves travel and good medical benefits.
19. Work in religious peace talks. Inter-religious dialogue. Helping one group of people understand another group of people- and working to keep everyone happy and live in a more peaceful and safe world.
20. Write letters for a living.

This I would not like to do so much:
1. Be the person who has to pick up the blown tires on the side of the highway.
2. Be a mortician.
3. Clean people's teeth.
4. Have to put animals down for illnesses, etc.
5. Be a flight attendant or work in an airport. People can annoy me. And they do it the most in restaurants and on planes. Food and air can bring out the worst in people.
6. Be riot police. Crowds of crazy and usually angry people. No thanks.
7. Anything where I have to carry a gun.
8. Prison guard.
9. Drive a semi truck. Particularly when carrying a. explosives b. flammable substances c. livestock d. trees that are piled on top of each other with nothing securing them.

I am extremely thankful that people DO do these jobs because they are necessary and important. I just can't do them.

What wouldn't you- or what would you- do? Post your comments here.

I'm going to China, I'm going to China, I'm going to China

Monday, May 17, 2010

I don't think I've told you that I'm going to China yet, but I am! I am excited beyond belief that I get to go to a country with so much history and culture. I want to go everywhere I can in the world. I want to see people where they live. I want to read about it and then GO there. I want to know what people are like. I want to see government. I want to see architecture. AND I GET TO!! Oh I am counting down the days. I want to see the world, and I am going to. I'm going to Tibet. I get to stay in a monastery. I am going to see the terra cotta soldiers. Go to Beijing. Go to the Forbidden City. This is going to be amazing.

I am avoiding the thought that I have to learn Mandarin. Or remember names that all sound the same to my ignorant Western ears.

I have few things that I really really want to do. I've learned a lot in the last few years. I know what's important to me and my life. I want to graduate from college. I want to get married. I want to have kids- my own or adopted. I want to travel as extensively as I can. I want to go to seminary and graduate. I want to find a job that fulfills my calling. I want to keep good friends, family and have a good life. That's it. China is part of my plan and I can't wait to go. I will do it. I want to do it all, God willing.

This is the official summary of what we will be doing in China: Though this study tour to China, students will experience the world's most populous country- a country with the world's fastest growing economy, a fascinating 5000-year history, and one of the few remaining Communist-controlled governments. We begin in Shanghai, China's gateway to the Pacific, visiting the famous Yuyuan Gardens, the Shanghai museum and the Bund (old foreign sector). From the bustling megalopolis, students will then venture into the Yunnan province where they will visit the city of Dali. As ethnic minorities make up 50% of the population, this will allow the students to see another side of China. Visits will include Cangshan Mountain, the Three Pagodas and the Dali Library. after this experience, we will fly to Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province in China's interior. In Chengdu, students will visit the home of Dufu, one of China's famous poets, and the Panda Bear Research Base. Students will also have the opportunity to visit with students from a local high school and spend the night with a Chinese family. From there the group will travel to Mt. Emei, a famous Buddhist retreat where they will stay in a Buddhist monastery on the mountain. From Chengdu we will head to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, where we will visit religious sites, including the Potala Palace (the holiest temple of Tibetan Buddhism and the traditional home of the Dalai Lama), Drepung Monastery and Jokhang Temple (where Tibetan Buddhist monks still train and practice their religion). Next, we will stop over in Xian to view the famous terra cotta warriors before heading to Beijing, China's capital to visit the area's most important sites- Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Olympic sites and, of course, the Great Wall.


my own woods

Saturday, May 15, 2010

There is something perfect about silence and being alone. I understand Thoreau's desire to live in the woods. It's so peaceful. From this peaceful lot in Montreat, I can hardly see the road below from the porch.

It's true I have to share the woods with an abundance of creatures. Some cute, like the chipmunk that scurried out of my path, and some less so- I seem to attract a large following in the insect world.

Brandi Carlisle's got a great song called "Have You Ever" that goes like this:

Have you ever wandered lonely through the woods?
Everything there feels just as it should
You're part of a life there; you're part of something good
Have you ever wandered lonely through the woods?
Have you ever stared into a starry sky?
Lying on your back, you're asking why
What's the purpose? I wonder who am I
Have you ever stared into a starry sky?

And it goes on. To answer her questions- I have wandered lonely through the woods. It's perfect. I highly recommend it.

C'mon! Seriously?

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

This is verging on the ridiculous. I have been sitting at my desk for hours now, trying to write a persuasive essay about how the Navy should postpone their proposed construction of the Undersea Warfare Training Range off the coast of Florida and Georgia because of the fears of environmental impact until said fears have been allayed with the proper sanctifications of environmental protection and research agencies. My brain has decided that it has no more thoughts on the subject and now wishes to go to sleep, or at least move onto something else entirely. Which it has done in the form of this blog, two letters, taking down all of my postcards and various wall decorations, and through countless handfuls of Garden Cheddar Goldfish (that was an accidental purchase at Target- but apparently is giving me 1/3 a serving of vegetables). My brain is empty. Not a thought in sight. This is not a problem of focusing or forming cohesive thoughts, but of actually having any thoughts at all. I have none. Even though I will be done with English for the semester, and if I pass, the college career and therefore life, this is apparently not incentive enough to come up with something, anything. "Because I said so" is all I can really muster. Hey, it worked for our parents.