surreal

Here are highlights from the news this morning. Front page of the BBC news:

Norway Youth Camp Attack Kills 84
White House Debt Talks Collapse
Sunday Mirror Phone-Hacking Claim
Ohio Ex-Marine Murdered 11 Women
Heatwave Record For US and Canada
UK Prime Minister Wants Murdoch Answers
Higgs Hunt Results Excite Scientists
Obama Signs Gay Military Ban End
Chavez Ends First Chemotherapy

And that’s just front page highlights!
When you’ve spent all your life hearing about how stuff like this will happen one day, it’s kinda surreal to witness it on the front news all in one day. Time is short.

a few of my favorite things

I love it when it thunderstorms in the summer! The lightning, the rain, the thunder. It seems like such a violent process and yet it creates an environment where life can blossom. And although I couldn’t see myself living in Victoria, B.C. or London because it rains ALL THE TIME there, when it comes once in a while, I even like the gray.

If I could experience the sensation of showering all day, everyday, I would definitely sign up. It’s so refreshing! I know it’s an external cleansing, but for me, at least, it helps me think more clearly. Wouldn’t call myself a creative genius, by any stretch of the imagination, but any “genius” ideas (even if they’re insignificant on the scale of saving the world), I’ve had in the shower. I just love the clean feeling. Hmm. Yep, I love taking showers. That’s the one thing I’ll miss most about America when I return home – taking ridiculously, environmentally unfriendly, long showers 🙂

The silence between friends. Just to be able to sit there, together, and say nothing, and it’s not awkward, not uncomfortable. I mean, I love listening to interesting people talk too, but I guess there’s something special in a relationship where you don’t have to be talking all the time.

With many of my friends getting into the whole exercise, marathons and triathlons thing, I figured I should try the running bit, but it’s not my cup o’ tea… But I’ve discovered a new passion – biking! When you’re cruising down the hill with the wind hitting your face: it’s exhilarating. There really is nothing like it! Earlier this week I even discovered an appreciation for climbing up the hills 🙂 Once you’ve accepted that progress will be a little slower going uphill, it takes a lot of the pain out of the process. It’s still hard work; but it’s less painful…

Hmm, and this is probably the bestest of them all: Sabbath! I don’t think I’d still be a Christian if it weren’t for that weekly set aside time. No matter how awful or successful the week, there’s that Friday sunset through Saturday sunset to refocus. I want it to be Sabbath everyday. And not like when I was a kid (I just didn’t want to do chores sometimes) but for the intimacy of the relationship with God during the holy time.