Tuesday, 27 February 2007

WOTM: C-train station

WOTM stands for Way of the Master, the course on witnessing that I took, and that I highly recommend.

So here's a peek of what we've been doing at the C-train. This is a movie of me and a guy named Justin (obviously not my brother, though), filmed by our camera wizard, Emily. Now before you think "Whoa, she's cramming stuff down his throat!", let me tell you that a) we asked if we could film an interview with him, and b) warned him it would be about religious stuff. As you can see, he doesn't get angry with me, despite the fact that I do talk about hell and judgement. Notice that I do, also, talk about heaven and forgiveness.



I've posted links to a few blogs over on my sidebar - in particular, I'd recommend that you take a look at Emily's. She's planning on being a journalist, so her blog is amazing!

On a more personal note, Daddy's birthday was today. I finally replaced the nut pick thing I accidentally dumped in the trash years ago. He's quite happy about that - I haven't been able to eat a nut or speak of them without him bringing up that I lost that one pick and threw off the symmetry of the nut-cracker set since forever, it seems. Happy b-day Dad!

And speaking of nuts: "It's mad. Utter nonsense. But we'll do it because it's brilliant nonsense." (Douglas Adams)

Friday, 23 February 2007

Where's Waldo?


I have had a cold for the past three days, and even though it hasn't been that bad, my nose is still getting raw. Ugh! Can't complain too much, though, because this cold really isn't that bad in comparison to some that I've had. Have you ever almost gone insane because your nose requires a blowing so often you can barely get out a full sentence in between them? Whoever thinks being insane is fun - perhaps, but not when you're driven insane due to a runny nose.

I had supper at the Poffenroths on Thursday so that we could review the interviews we'd filmed before the Bible study. I really look forward to Thursday evenings.

Friday night was "Where's Waldo" at Chinook mall with the church youth group. Luke Benner and I traipsed the mall together looking for people from our church who were disguised in all sorts of ridiculous manners (some of which you can see in the picture I posted). We didn't do too bad - we found 13 people out of 21. Nobody found everybody; I think the highest score was 15, so we weren't badly off. Once we saw somebody whom we thought was a church member, one of us would have to approach him or her and ask "Is it faster to Vancouver by train, or is my grandma in your pocket?". Church members would then give a ridiculous reply and initial your paper for you. Non-church members, of course, would think you're entirely wacko and probably tell all their friends to steer clear of you. Luckily, neither Luke or I asked a wrong person, although obviously we missed a few of the right ones. Normally we'd see someone looking somewhat "suspicious" (meaning weird), then walk past them two or three times trying to ensure it wasn't actually just a weird-looking stranger before going out on a limb and asking them the question. I saw Leanne there, several times, but totally didn't recognize her. We apparently walked right past Chris a bunch of times, but he was avoiding us like the plague, so somehow we never saw him. At one point we found another guy, and he actually tried to phone Chris to let him know we were headed toward him! Makes me feel good to know we were so passionately avoided ;-). Man, some of the disguises were incredible! Luke had to do a double take and wasn't even sure if this one gothic lady was his mom or not - but then he realized she was wearing his jeans.

There really aren't many people my age at youth anymore, so a lot of the drive to go no longer exists, but I'm glad I went to Where's Waldo, anyway. It was a lot of fun. The only bit of a let down that night was finding out that one group of girls had lied the entire time about how many people they had found in order to get sympathy, and hence information, from other teams. Oh, well. I guess I'll know not to believe them so quickly next time we play a game together.

But that was all yesterday and before. Now I have to get a craft together for the kids at church before tomorrow, and do at least one intense editing and revision of my essay before Monday. Yeah... unfortunately for me, Reading Week is over and school begins again on Monday. Nuts.

"Make a great quote and your name will live forever." Anonymous

Wednesday, 21 February 2007

On Navy SEALs and Lent

Today's the first day of Lent, and I have decided to go without candy. Including chocolate. Ah! At least I get a small reprieve in that "dessert" at least is not considered "candy". Still, though.... one doesn't realize how much candy one munches on throughout the day unless it's gone!

Yesterday I was lectured by a five-year-old on how to choose a career. She looked at me with all seriousness and told me not to worry - that it had taken her a long time to decide. It had been very hard for her, but she thought of the things she was really good at, and was going to be either an artist or a rock person (geologist). Also, she told me, I could do more than one thing. It's not bad if you have to change sometimes. It was one of the cutest things I've ever seen! Go Anjali!

As an update on my career possibilities, I watched "Tears of the Sun" with BJ yesterday, so now I'm thinking of being a Navy SEAL (Kidding, of course. I'd have to move to the States and have a sex change operation, since only men are allowed.) Oh, and guess what? I know what SEAL stands for: SEa, Air, and Land. Their drop-out rate during the training period is between 70 and 80%! Talk about high expectations - these dudes can do a hundred push-ups in two minutes and go from Sunday to Friday with only four hours of sleep!

Jessica's Murder Mystery birthday party is today - yipes! I still have to get a costume together. Talk about procrastinating! I'm "Myrna" a business lady. Also today, a lady is coming over to talk with me about school curricula and the likes I used for high school, and how that all worked, considering I never got a diploma but still got into college.

I guess that's about it for now. My quote for today pertains to Lent. It's from M*A*S*H*:
Father Mulcahy, upon seeing Klinger bowing his head in prayer: Klinger, I thought you were an atheist.
Klinger: I gave it up for Lent, Father.

All right, that's it. Tootles!
Carla

Monday, 19 February 2007

Family Day

After sleeping soundly until noon, I did this, that, and nothing really of much importance until Mom called everyone down to play Rumoli. It was fun until Dad started cleaning up. Well, technically, it was still fun, but somewhat aggravating to have the winner with that smile plastered on his face add the 7-8-9 pile to his already hundred-plus pennies when all us little losers had about a grand accumulative total of probably less than fifty. On the upside, though, I found a penny from Fiji in the mix, which is of some interest to me.

We also went to Subway today, and, because it's family day, we we each got a foot-long sub (or in the words of Justin, a 'foot-linch slub'). The cashier said they accepted anything in terms of payment, so Dad wanted to pay in Monopoly money. Then Dad asked if we could pay by washing the dishes, so the cashier said some other girl beat us to it.

We may be watching a movie tonight, either The Pink Panther, Tears of the Sun, or Glory Road. I may have to forgo the experience to work on my ten page philosophy essay on methodological doubt, but I might just procrastinate a little more and work like all get out tomorrow.

My quote today has nothing to do with anything, but echoes the approximate level of conversation we've all been having with each other today - any rate, the common mood. See if you recognize where it's from: You fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders! The most famous is 'never get involved in a land war in Asia.' But only slightly less well known is this: 'Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line!' Ah ha ha ha! Ah ha ha ha! Ah ha ha ha!

Saturday, 17 February 2007

Evangelism

Ok, so the evangelism didn't go quite like I'd hoped it would this time. The C-train station was basically empty! Mrs. Poffenroth managed to interview one guy on camera, and two girls without, but no one would talk to me. It seems most people who were up and about on a Saturday morning had a pressing reason to be up and about and couldn't spare a few minutes to talk to a couple of friendly girls with a camcorder. Brianna and Teressa came along to watch, and went out to buy us all Fruitopia! Aww... thanks, guys!

For those of you who don't know, I recently took a course called Way of the Master, which is all about the Biblical way of witnessing, and it ROCKS! We (That is to say, myself, the Poffenroths, Emily, and whoever else has the guts to do it) are putting together a video of witnessing encounters for the church. Hopefully I'll post it here when our camera whiz, Emily, puts it all together, but that won't be for several weeks yet, because we don't have all the footage yet.

My quote for the day is by Charles Spurgeon: If sinners will be damned, at least let them leap to hell over our bodies. And if they wil perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay. If hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go there unwarned and unprayed for.

Check out the "Good Person Quiz" I posted a link to on the right.
Yes, I'm passionate! I'm generally an all or nothing girl - and in this case, I'm just a givin' it!

But on another note, cause I do have others interests in life, Dad helped me stick up some wavy mirrors in my bedroom, so now the decor's starting to look like I want it to!

Thanks Dad and Auntie Carolynn for commenting - I'll post a reply with a comment of my own.

Ciao for now,
Carla

Friday, 16 February 2007

The Commencement

*Not all those who wander are lost.* (LOTR)

It's the beginning of reading week, so what better time to start a blog than when I have at least two essays and a project to be working on? I don't know how often I'll update this, but I expect the more comments I get the more motivation I'll have!

My momentary musings of the day:

Descartes' philosophy: An evil genius may exist.
Locke's philosophy: Everything is an evil genius.
Translation: The world's out to get you, but we wonder why there are paranoid people?

Well, that's it for now. Tomorrow I go evangelizing with some friends! Whoo!