Sleep In, No $
for the first time ever, I was late to work. I went to bed at 11:30 and set my alarm for 6:40, I couldn’t fall asleep until 12:30 and then was woken up by Raelson coming home at 5:00am (ever since this whole girlfriend thing started the boy comes home at the wee-hours of the morning…one night he came home at 7:00 and had class at 9:00!) anyway, I woke up again at 7:37 (this is a problem because I was scheduled to work at 7:00. I didn’t turn the alarm on last night so I slept in, I put on some pants, ran down the stairs and flew out the door, I put on my apron, washed my hands, pulled a set of espresso shots and clocked in by 7:45…that’s pretty good for having woke up at 7:37!
Pictures and Saved Cash
2 spring breaks ago I was in the Everglades, my friends and I were camping on a Chickee which is a platform in the middle of the water that you can put your tent on and stay for the night. my friends were sitting on one end of the platform watching the sun rise. I decided to take my camera, set it up on one end of the platform and set the timer to take a nice group photo, as I ran away from the camera towards my friends, my big toe caught the camera strap and forced my $260 Canon Rebel G to slide off the platform and plunk right into the brackish brown water of the everglades. I bolted back to where the camera was and submerged my upper-torso into the water just catching the strap until it fel out of reach, the water poured out of the camera and it never took another picture ever again. Last spring break I borrowed a nice camera from one of my friends, but this year I have a job, and I wanted a Camera. I looked on ebay for a few weeks and finally this past friday found a camera that was ending in just a metter of hours, It was the same model I used to have but included a big telephoto lens, an attachable flash and a camera bag, a total retail price of about $550 but I got it for $222.50 and I will be getting it probably next week!! hooray for camera’s, hooray for great deals, hooray for the promise of great pictures of spring break!
I bought the last little pocket-sized notebook at Meijer yesterday, it had a dirty cover and was an ugly neon orange and green-striped thing, so i covered it with a picture of light filtering through the clouds onto a mountain range. This handy-dandy notebook will always be by my side and I will jot down everythgn that I used to tell myself to remember but would always end up fogetting about. It helps me remember the things I want to learn more about and look up on the internet as well as moviess I want to see and cd’s i want to get. I must reccomend having a little notebook in your back pocket to jot down song lyrics, cool ideas, phone numbers, things to research and just randomness!
Jesus was a Backpacker
I have this book my mother gave be a few years ago, It is a devotional titled “In pursuit of the prize- finding God in the great outdoors” I read a lot of the devotions but eventually realized that it had too much talk about hunting and things like that, so I couldn’t relate to a lot of the stories. I picked this book up again last night and got to thinking. I don’t like hunting, I don’t like killing animals, I am not against others killing animals but the mentality kind of freaks me out. I like shooting guns, but not at living things. This book that I was reading tried to appeal to the hearts of people who enjoy hunting and fishing, boating and riding around in ATV’s, I started to wonder if there were devotionals for people who didn’t want to kill god’s creation but just sit back and take it in, to watch marmots scamper across mountainsides and stand under waterfalls. People who hike for days just to turn back and do it all over again. People who can appreciate a good handfull of trail-mix and know what the best type of fabric is to wear in any type of weather. People who would rather walk on blistered feet, sleep on rocks, eat freeze-dried food, and end up smelling more rotten than a pound of ground-beef in the sun on a summer day just to be surrounded by nature than be sitting on a comfy couch drinking a can of pop watching NBC in a heated house in the suburbs. I want a devotional for backpackers, something that makes references to canister stoves, topographic maps, liner-socks, sternum straps, Nalgene bottles, mummy bags, and biodegradable soap.God loves the outdoors, He created it. If Jesus was walking around today, I know he would be sporting a nice pair of Chaco sandals and a be carrying a pack loaded with pita bread and wine in a Nalgene. He would go out to Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, hike in the slot canyons and get in touch with his wild side. The Bible has plenty to say to backpackers, and the lessons that can be learned from a backpacking trip are also lessons that can teach us about God. I am a big fan of analogies and can just picture a book comparing god to a headlamp on a dark night, a topographic map when you are lost, and a cool sip of glacial-stream water. the only books that I have found that come close to this are here:
With God on the Hiking Trail
Nature Trails and Gospel Tales
I am actually thinking of getting some help to write my own, using my, and other people’s stories to relate the life of a backpacker to the life of a Christian…we shall see how things progress…