Here's a list of random for you, with a small thread of connection trailing through...
1. I had a great time this weekend at a cookout with a couple of families from my church. We spent the end of the evening gathered around two long tables playing some serious games of Apples to Apples. There were a lot of people, and we only got through two rounds because both lasted over an hour. The surprise? I won…both rounds, despite some tough competition. I probably am a little too proud of this accomplishment.
2. At that same cookout, we had a conversation about scary movies. I used to like watching scary movies at sleepovers in my Junior High days, but I just can’t handle today’s scary movies like Saw, The Ring, The Hills Have Eyes, etc. There was a very clear difference in opinion during this conversation between the kids (middle and high schoolers) and the adults. The adults were with me. On the other hand, the kids are ok with staying up all night wetting their pants as they watch yet another pretty girl be dismembered by flesh eating monsters. I blame this conversation for the nightmare I had last night. I was pregnant (?) and was being pursued by zombies. At a critical moment, just as I was about to have my brain sucked out by a nasty looking dude, I stopped him by holding out my hand and yelling, “At the name of Christ, be gone!” He promptly blew up, but I was protected from the gore by an invisible magic shield. I was then taken into protective custody by a Bishop. No big deal.
3. I would hate to give anyone crazy nightmares like me. I should have put a disclaimer on number two for all my non-scary-movie watching friends, like Bonnie. Speaking of Bonnie, we will be at the same JJ Heller/Audrey Assad concert later this week. Usually, when people go to a concert, they hope to hear their favorite song, right? Well, Bonnie didn’t just hope- she took the matter into her own hands. She wrote this blog post, and then used Facebook and Twitter to contact JJ Heller to see if she would sing My Savior’s Love Endures. AND JJ SAID YES. Rock on, Bonnie.
4. The last time I went to Bonnie’s house, it was a beautiful day for a drive. I enjoy the back-roads way that I get to her house, and I happened to have a little small town entertainment this time. How is this sign for redundancy?
I would love to know the story behind this sign. Did they really think that their sharpie-on-cardboard creation is more convincing than the red-reflective-legal sign? Maybe it is because they say please...oh excuse me, PLZ.
No, this was not taken in Oh-Henry, which I think is the cardboard sign capital of the world. My favorite Oh-Henry Cardboard sign was stapled to the stop sign at a main intersection and read “Nik-Nak and J-Dog’s Baby Shower, this way!” Awesome. I hope that they named their daughter Kit-Cat.
5. Speaking of driving, I had an interesting experience a couple of nights ago. I was driving home after/during a thunderstorm. There was some debris on the road, things like small branches and leaves. I was driving carefully, but hadn’t seen anything to worry about, until I saw a strange looking lump in the middle of the road. I couldn’t tell what it was, so I moved so it would pass under my car instead of under my tires. But, at the last second, the lump MOVED. The move looked like a hop. And I discovered too late that the lump was a very large frog. A frog makes a surprisingly large THUMP against the undercarriage of a car. (sorry to any frog lovers) I was surprised, but then I kept seeing more lumps that started hopping. They were everywhere- frogs hopping onto the road, frogs crossing the road, frogs hanging out in the middle of the road. I have never seen so many frogs at one time. I decided that I had a few choices.
A. Pull over and wait for the mass frog migration to conclude, thus preventing any more casualties.
B. Look at this as a kind of reverse Frogger in which my challenge is to drive down the road while dodging frogs, instead of the traditional frog crossing road dodging cars.
C. Break the speed limit getting home so that I can find myself an unblemished lamb and a sprig of hyssop, because if the Plagues are starting up again, I need to be ready for the Passover and a New Exodus.
I chose a combination of B and C.
How’s that for a list of random? Has anything random happened to you lately?