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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Goodbye, WABB

WABB 97.5, the local and locally-owned Top 40 station that has been a major part of Mobile history since its founding in 1973 is going off the air tonight at midnight. They were bought by Educational Media Foundation, the people behind K-LOVE. Which is a double whammy, because it not only takes one of the last remaining local stations in the country off the air, it also poses direct competition to another local station in our area: Power 88. Don't get me wrong, I'm a Christian and I love Christian music, but Power 88 is listener-supported and I don't want them to lost any donations! They might go away too if that happens!

But I digress. WABB is a legend in our area. The Morning Guys, the contests, the music, the round-the-clock weather reporting during hurricanes, etc. There's really no way to describe what this radio station has meant to this community to someone on the outside. I just can't imagine that they'll be gone in a few hours! I always assumed my kids would be listening to WABB!

I will miss them dearly, and I just thought I should post a goodbye to them. So goodbye, WABB, there will never be another station like it!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Happy Mardi Gras! -or- Lent Starts Tomorrow!

Sunday I went with Matt, my mom, and my brother Dallas to some of the parades and such for Joe Cain Day. We watched a few parades at street level, then we went up to the balcony of the Battlehouse Hotel for the Joe Cain processional. (My boss' boss' boss owns that balcony and auctioned the use of it on Joe Cain Day for charity, and my boss' boss won the auction, so our department had a blast up there.) We caught literally pounds of Mardi Gras beads, stuffed animals, Moon Pies, and even Ramen noodles! It was tons of fun and I REALLY want to do that again next year! Today is Mardi Gras day, a.k.a. Fat Tuesday. I am at work AND on call, so no parades for me, but I've never gone on Fat Tuesday anyway.

What I really wanted to talk about in this entry is Lent. The whole purpose of the Mardi Gras season is to "get it out of your system" so to speak before Ash Wednesday, which is the start of Lent. Lent is a season of sacrifice, penance, service, and reflection leading up to Easter. Usually Catholics and some Protestants "give something up" for Lent. I'm not Catholic, but I do usually observe Lent.

This year, because I have become such a hardcore reader, I've decided to give up secular books for Lent. Starting tomorrow, I will only read the Bible, Christian non-fiction, and possibly some Christian fiction until Easter. I am also starting a Lent devotional from biblegateway.com tomorrow with Matt. I will try to listen only to Christian music as well, and I will try to spend more time in prayer and meditation with God. I will also try to donate at least some money every week to some charity or church. Basically, I am trying to be more Christ-like during Lent, and I hope to keep it up to some degree the rest of the year.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Blue Like Jazz

Ever read Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller? I'm reading it right now, and I'm about 80% done. It's awesome. I can't stop thinking about a few things that have popped into my head since I started reading it.

I want to start going to church again. This may necessitate the finding of a new church for Matt and I and it may not, but either way, I want to find one and go to it. I want to get plugged into a community of believers that has really caught on to the message of Christ.

I want to start spending more time in the Bible again, especially together with Matt. Maybe we could find a devotional book that works for us instead of just reading cover to cover or playing "Bible roulette."

I want to start tithing. Not because it's cliche or religious; in fact that's probably why I haven't been so far. But I feel like I need to start giving back to God. A tithe doesn't have to go to a church though. I could just as easily donate 10% of my income to Samaritan's Purse or Power 88 radio.

I want to dispell some of the myths about Christianity and try to end some of the undeserved hatred that's directed at Christians. I feel like so many people would come to Christ if they knew who He actually was and not whatever distorted image they've picked up from watching the bad side of fake Christians in the media.

I want to be a better picture of who Christ actually is. This of course is impossible to attain 100%, because our human nature will never allow us to be fully Christ-like. That's why we need Him to begin with. But I'd like to be closer to the unattainable than I am right now.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Married Life So Far

I get a lot of people asking me how I like married life so far. I usually just say "fine" or "it's great" or "I love it." Because I don't quite know how to describe it. There are so many things that feel the same as they did before. But I thought, as an exercise, I might try to articulate what it is that makes married life so different and wonderful.

What's in a name?
Saying "husband" as opposed to "fiance" or "boyfriend" really does feel different. It has a different connotation, and a different legal status, attached to it. Saying that I am a "wife" makes me feel different in a similar way that saying I was a "college student" felt different than saying I was a "high school student." It's like a new life stage, or a new state of being. And it has a definite permanence to it, like this is the life stage I'm meant to stay in forever. (Unless and until I add "and mother" to the end of "wife," but I don't see that happening anytime even remotely soon.)

On the subject of names, having a different last name seals the deal for me too. It feels different the same way calling myself a "wife" feels different. And it has the same level of finality to it. Like my maiden name will never be my last name again and I will share a name with my husband forever.

Diamonds are a girl's best friend.
Not really. Matt is my best friend. But I digress. Wearing wedding rings on my left ring finger is the most visible outward symbol of my new status as a wife. It tells the rest of the world that I am permanently spoken for, and proud of it. I find myself constantly adjusting my rings, playing with them, admiring them, trying to make them catch the light so that the white rocks shine a million colors and the black rocks flicker back plain white light as if they don't want any of it. It's not because I love shiny jewelry that I love these rings, it's because I love what they represent.

Speaking of best friends, Matt is mine, hands down. I love that I married my best friend. We watch TV shows, play games, listen to music, go to club meetings, eat, sleep, everything together. It's the best thing ever to wake up in the middle of the night and look over to see your best friend lying there, sleeping peacefully. I wouldn't trade that for the world. At the same time, we can be in the same room doing two totally different things (like how right now he's playing video games on the couch and I'm typing out this blog) and it still feels right. Like we're still spending time together, because we are. Since we got married, we are closer together in a way that I just can't describe.

A lifelong comittment
I keep mentioning the finality that marriage has to it. It really does feel like I'm "done." Like marriage was a major life goal (which I guess it really was) and now I have accomplished it. I feel accomplished and happy and proud and incredibly in love. Marriage is the be-all end-all of relationships. And it is incredibly comfortable. Not that I ever doubted the stability of our relationship before the ceremony took place, but now there's just a sense of complete and total rock solidness that makes me feel like we could take on anything together.

Being married is pretty much the best thing ever.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

I have turned into a hardcore reader

And not just like I was in high school, when I was forced to read a tortuous amount of books on top of mounds of other homework for my super-advanced higher-than-college-level I'm-an-overacheiver English classes. I am reading for fun. Seriously. Since the about Christmas, I have read the Hunger Games trilogy 4 times along with 6 other books, and I have 2 more in the works. I have started a book club with my November 2011 Knotties and am participating in the Winter Book Challenge on the Nest Book Club. Matt and I were at the library for at least an hour last night scouring the shelves for the items on my list, and I have spent probably $100 on Kindle books since Christmas. I have found my new hobby, haha.

I also have a few ideas bouncing around in my head that I might try to write down. I'm not saying I'm going to turn into a novelist or anything - I'm not even sure anything will come of it once I get it out of my brain - but I have written a lot of poetry and short stories in the past. I was a contributor, staff member, and/or co-editor of the literary magazine at my high school for 3 years. I probably would have jumped on board in college as well had they not ignored the application I sent in the summer before my freshman year.

I think it would be fun to try writing for a while. I might even participate in NaNoWriMo this year.