That is kind of how my thoughts feel this morning, so sit down and hold on. This is going to be a rambling ride! 8)
Well, to start things off... i do not have a Music Monday offering this week. I've just not had my head wrapped around worship songs of late. I still love music, especially music that extols the Lord, but i've just not "been there" so to speak. Hopefully i will have one for next Monday.
My Beloved and i actually got out on a date Saturday night. I know, we couldn't believe it either. We "cashed in" some points to get movie tickets and went to see Up in the Air. Over all we liked the movie, but we were not overly happy with the story line (specifically the ending). What we did like was the changes George Clooney's character made in his thinking and life. In many ways it can challenge you to think about your over all life choices, and that can be a good thing.
Yesterday, overall, was nice and relaxing. I got the kids all up for church (me beloved has been sick of late) and when we got home, DD went over to a friend's house for the afternoon, DS1 was taken to the movies by his mom (my Beloved of course ), so it was just me a DS2. He had some homework to do so while he was doing that i watched some NFL playoffs, and during his breaks we played some Mario Cart. Later we watched Merry Madagascar and played a little bit more. Then when he went off to play more Mario Cart by himself i started up a fire in the fireplace, kicked back and watched yet more NFL football, and scribbled notes in my notebook about short story ideas. The Cardinals and Packers game was fun to watch as i am not a particular fan of either team (i enjoyed the Panthers x2 overtime win against the Rams more, but i am prejudice in that regard ), although i was rooting for Kurt Warner. Next week i am cheering for the Saints, the Ravens, The Chargers, and the Vikings.
Last week my Paternal Step-Grandmother (i never really knew my "natural" one) passed away a little unexpectedly. She was in her 80's so it is not a complete surprise, but no one really knew she was sick (it was a respiratory thing). Every year she would make up this Lemon Bark... YUM! Everyone we shared it with really likes it too. This year she also sent my beloved and i a crocheted blanket. It's so soft and warm! When i told my beloved she was heartbroken and was despondent about not having sent her a thank you card yet. It's at times like this that i REALLY feel disconnected from the world. I didn't feel sad... i still don't. Confused maybe. But to be honest i really am not sure how to feel. I wanted to react like my beloved did, but just can't. I went back and forth about going to her funeral later this week. Mostly because of the cost, but my beloved has really encouraged me to go. it will be three days overall. About eight hours out, then the next day the memorial and funeral, then about eight hours driving back home. She was the last of my Grand Parents to pass away.
The subject of "being all things to all people" first came up last week at a fellow "Elf Blogger's" web site (Thoughts of a Wood Elf), and seems to have been a recurring theme in my life of late. The scripture reference is 1 Corinthians 9, specifically verses 19-23. I am "chewing" on what Paul was meaning, as well as the verses of not being a stumbling block to others.
In closing God has taught me a lesson this weekend... well, i hope i have learned it. You see... i can tend to get obsessed over some things. I've noticed this trend in myself, and sometimes i am able to discipline myself to refrain until the urge passes, but on Friday this was not one of those times.
Recently i was doing some "research" in regards to one of the characters i am writing about. In desiring to know more about the background of this particular "profession" (for lack of a better word coming to mind) i began to Google my query.Eventually i learned that Games Workshop had indeed written an article about the particular subject i so desired. And since it is their "world" afterall, i REALLY wanted to get my hands on that particular article. So, in my haste i did the following things, 1) I went to a Fansite and posted on their message board what i was looking for, 2) i then found it on eBay and placed a bid for the magazine. 3) Later i happened to mention to "Tulip" that i was searching for something and how i wished i had her amazing WWW searching skills. Later she comes back and tells me about this Gaming store on-line that had the exact issue i was looking for. In my haste i bought the magazine from the store. Then, later on in the evening someone responds from the Fansite and tells me that he is willing to ship it to me FREE! So, because i am not patient i will now have three copies of the magazine that i would like to have. If i had been patient i would not have had to pay ANYTHING for this article. As it stands i have paid for it once so far, i am on the hook for the eBay auction should i win it (which is pretty likely). Sometimes God just lets us running face first into the walls when we are really not seeking Him first.