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Adventures Beyond the Comfort Zone

Monday, July 03, 2006

Where have I been?

How in the world did it get to be July already? I've not quite been busy enough to really justify my poor behavior in updating here. I've just been enjoying the reduced pressure to get things done. Balancing a part-time job with a part-time internship is considerably less stressful than my last couple summer-employers. I can do the night shift, but... if I can help it, I'm not going back. If it comes down to it, I'd do food service again before going back to nights. ... I seem to be digressing..

Interning for Zach has been great. He went pretty easy on us at first, but is starting to turn up the heat to push us closer to "Real" World temperature. And the whole way, he's been great about giving advice for improvements on our designs/abilities without bringing our existing skills into question.

Ironically, even though I find myself becoming more outgoing this summer, I don't really find myself going out much more than I used to. I like spending time with my friends, but I don't feel the need to see them every day. I hope that doesn't sound cold.. Maybe it never really was the homework, maybe it was just me. It just feels more natural to me to spend most of my evenings in a "quietly at home" manner. Maybe it's just that so much of the 'hanging out' that I see is often a bigger event than I can handle on a regular basis.

I remember one of the guys of MercyMe talking about how they spend their time off. Most of the time they just sit around talking and drinking coffee. They enjoy the occasional amusement park or whatever, but the whole group is generally pretty laid back.

I bet I'd get along great with them.

I've been expanding my skill set these last couple weeks. I've had 3 different teachers lined up to show me around the kitchen. Sarah, Carl, and Laura (in that order) offered to share their knowledge as soon they heard of my desire for more experience. Thanks guys!

I've also been brushing up on my long neglected GameCubing skills, particularly in the Smash Bros. area. I got to show them off just yesterday in a return to Brookings to take on some friends I've not seen in months. (Especially Mark, who's had a knack for being in town [Brookings] when I was busy. Or maybe it's the other way around.)

It's always been something of a match against the masters with these guys, and while I only came out on top once or twice from countless matches, they made a point of noting how I had "definitely gotten better." It was great being able to hold my own until it was at least close to being over.

And no, that's not because I've been spending all my quiet nights at 'home' practicing. I've been doing a lot of reading, and more recently have started trying to learn php coding.

I've got no smooth segue, but Why Men Hate Going to Church has made my list of must read books. My quest into the study of man-ness has taken an unexpected turn. (Stop and think about your average church. Is there anything particularly manly about it? How about feminine? I'll expand on that another time, since I'm already going long here.)

I'd add The Message to the list too, but in a way, it's already there.

Ever since the King James translation of the Bible got to sounding stuffy to the average American, I've seen so many attempts to weed out the 'thee''s and 'thou''s and bring the language up to date. But it always seemed to me that there was always some residue of that 'classic' style that the mind had to dance around before taking it in. The Message is the first that has really felt different to me. It actually feels like reading a book.

That other blog? I haven't forgotten. Far from it really... I've pushed it aside to get other things done, but it's never really left my mind. It seems like there's been increasing pressure from God (via several otherwise unrelated sources) to not let me forget.


  • It sounds like you have been busy, you said you have a PT job as well. Where's that at? I haven't had much chance to talk to you.

    I'm glad you're finding your niche in being social. I've realised that if there are more than 10 people in one place at a time [eg. parties] I'm more inclined to hide somewhere.

    What you learning to cook?

    By Blogger Alicia, at 11/7/06 3:22 PM  

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