So the truth is there have been quite a few topics I've been thinking to write about lately. (Amongst them being a bit on Religious Education, some on what has become my gradual move away from right-wing Conservatism, reflections on life here at the seminary, as well as some others.) However, time (and perhaps necessary dedication to other areas of my life) have prohibited me from taking the time to write things out in a manner befitting them. Hopefully soon. We shall see.
In lieu of a more substantial posting, I shall share with you a few things that have been going on lately.
We were again out of school for two days this past week as we endured yet another snowstorm. It wasn't as bad accumulation wise this time, but it rained and froze, so we're dealing with more ice this round. (I'm being super careful this year as it was this exact time last year that I fell on ice in the parking lot and herniated 2 disks in my back. If you're wondering, I still have pain and the issue definitely isn't resolved, but I am able to function. Thanks be to God! Physical therapy has taken me from functioning on 8 Advil a day, to functioning on 1 prescription NSAID, to now no longer needing to take meds to be able to walk, sit, stand-up, etc. While I still hate that I'm not 100%--nor do I know that I will ever be able to get rid of the pain completely--I am so incredibly grateful for the fact that I'm no longer tethered to medicine in order to be able to manage daily life! Glory to God!)
Anywho, the weather not withstanding, it's been a good couple of weeks back. The first week back my friend Chrys and I went to get Ethiopian food in Boston's South End. Having had a roommate in college who grew-up in Ethiopia, I am used to getting good Ethiopian food. This was just "okay" in my book. But nonetheless, it was a fun time and it was nice to reconnect after being away over Christmas break. Afterward we stopped by Athan's (a European Bakery/Cafe not far from HCHC) and got desserts. Here is Chrysostom enjoying his "something -Sara" cake.
While we both agreed that the desserts were beautiful, they were a little too dried-out and left a largely "gritty" feeling in each of our mouths. Not good. I love visiting Athan's but I don't know that I'll get one of their cased cake desserts again.
While we were walking back to the car, I noticed this stained glass shop in one of the buildings not too far from the restaurant. It looked amazing that night! (I don't think my iphone picture does it justice.)
Also, last week I stopped to look at some new glasses with a dear friend as we were in Chestnut Hill mall. I really loved these, but seeing that the frames were around $800, I don't think they're in my new eye-glasses budget! Ha! Don't I wish! I still like them though! :)
Finally, last night after enjoying a little Thai food, a few of us headed to the movies around 10pm. (Let me just mention that usually I try to be in bed before 11 AND I haven't seen a movie in the theatre in over 6 months!) All that being said, it was a great time! 3 of us watched True Grit. ...the remake of the John Wayne film about a young girl avenging her father's untimely death.
I admit that seeing it was just what I needed. Not only did it bring me back to all the nights and evenings I sat with my dad as a child watching westerns on TV, it also helped to appreciate my heritage as an American a little more. (Okay, in a way, a lot more!)
The movie took place in an area not all that far from where I grew up. (For those of you unfamiliar, that would be Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas.) Aside from knowing virtually all of the places and cities they referenced (Fort Smith, Little Rock, Jonesboro, Memphis, the Indian nations, etc.) it was rife with elements of an older American life that I was exposed to and lived growing up... that is, a certain language and vernacular of speech, a certain attitude about life, death, and everything in between, as well as the inclusion of cornbread at nearly every meal and even the songs that were used in the film brought me back to my childhood as they were they hymns my mother would sing to me and sing around the house as she was going about her business. (Leaning on the Everlasting Arms, What a Friend We Have in Jesus, etc.)
Overall, it was a wonderful film, a Western in all that it means. While the film poster highlights all the men in the film, in my opinion, the real star of the show was the young lady playing the 14 year-old Maddie Ross. I admit that not everyone will appreciate the film to the same depth that I did, but it is a wonderful piece of cinematography nonetheless!
Before I go, here is some of the music from the movie that struck me and brought me so close to home...
Now before I go and leave completely, I have to change directions one more time and say that one of the previews we saw last night was for this movie. I think it is going to be spectacular. It looked Amazing! Watch the trailer if you have a minute! ..or, if you've read the book, let me know how it is!
Alright friends, that's all I've got for now. God willing, more later.
Have an enjoyable and blessed weekend! :)