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il intéresse la perspective qu'être dans un nouvel environnement peut apporter. mais, quelques choses demeurent les mêmes. car le hurston de mme. indique, il y a des années qui demandent les questions et les années qui répondent.

posted by Paige @ 5:36 PM   0 comments

in lieu of forwarding an email i got...
You know you're living in 2005 when...

1. You accidentally enter your password on the microwave.
2. You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years.
3 . You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of 3.
4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you.
5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don't have e-mail addresses.
6. You go home after a long day at work and you still answer the phone in a businesslike manner.
7. You make phone calls from home and you accidentally dial "9" to get an outside line.
8. You've sat at the same desk for four years and worked for three different companies.
10. You learn about your redundancy on the 11 o'clock news.
11. Your boss doesn't have the ability to do your job.
12. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home.
13. Every commercial on television has a website at the bottom of the screen.
14. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn't have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it.
15. You get up in the morning and go online before getting your coffee.
16. You start tilting your head sideways to smile. :)
17. You're reading this and nodding and laughing.
18. Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going to forward this message.
19. You are too busy to notice there was no #9 on this list.
20. You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn't a #9 on this list.
posted by Paige @ 11:03 AM   0 comments

paris in the spring
yes! now this is the kind of touring that i like to do. pop culture and travel. yay!

i just got my passport too, thanks to the wonder connections i have with congress, so all i have to do before next week is get well! how great is this timing? i got a nasty flu bug on my last two weeks on my job, packing, selling furniture, shipping a car, planning a yl banquet, traveling to paris and moving across the u.s., all in 2.5 weeks! wee!

anyone have any advice or "must sees" in paris? i'm a paris-virgin, so please impart your knowledge on me!
posted by Paige @ 6:42 AM   0 comments

my third greeting each morning
i figure this is my 10 year anniversary of being a coffee drinker. it started innocently enough - just swinging by bean town each morning before the god-awful s.a.t. prep class my parents forced me to attend. i mean, you need coffee as a 17 year old who has to get to class by 6 am, right? mmm...that costa rica brew is still the best i ever tasted. and they've since changed bean suppliers and no longer carry the same costa rica beans, so that is a memory savored in my mind. perhaps one of the best parts of my high school life, which tells you a lot about my high school life.

as i'm preparing to pack, and since i will be carless for a couple of weeks while my car gets shipped out to the west coast, i have to start prioritizing what i want and when i want it. a french press, i decided, will have to travel with me. you see, my parents, for as much as i love them, have horrible coffee habits. my mother gave up coffee, er. caffine maybe, so she doesn't drink coffee anymore. this is evidenced by a free pound of coffee i gave her when i was a barista at starbucks almost three years ago. i finally made her throw it out last fall. my father single-handedly oppresses the coffee growers in south america by insisting that no one should pay more than $.75 for a cup of coffee. thus, he drinks his coffee each morning from mcdonalds (classy, huh?) and complains that anything i brew is 'too strong'. i guess my starbucks brainwashing was successful as it has infiltrated my daily brewing habits. coffee is a powerful force in our lives, isn't it?

and as i'm thinking of my beginning days as a coffee drinker, i have to laugh at the seriousness of life as a 17 year old. do you remember the pressure of a good performance on the s.a.t.? what did you all get, just out of curiosity? i think it's funny because it means nothing now. i know some people that got low scores on the s.a.t. but are doing quite well for themselves and are very smart. you want to know what i remember about that s.a.t. prep class i was dragged to? that my wierdo instructor took the exam each year "just for fun" and that he wrote his name on the band of his underwear. we know this because he showed us. kind of gross now that i think about it.

oh, and i got an 1180.
posted by Paige @ 12:00 PM   0 comments

right back where we started from
(start singing the phantom planet song - aka the oc theme song - now)

it is official. i will move back to la on march 7*.

looking forward to:
the beach!
putting my frizz-ease to retirement
going to seminary
no more metro
getting my dog

i'm really going to miss:
the kurtneys

*please forgive me for not telling you all in person.
posted by Paige @ 7:00 AM   0 comments

some days like that, even in california
i really don't think i can handle all the emotions that are necessary to function right now. uncertainty, surprise, decisions, grief, joy?, excitement, pride, loved.

it is raining today in dc and the emotions hit me with the same force of those cold rain drops. what is left to do but continue to move forward? each drop that hits is one of many. it will roll off and i will dry. but in the end i will be in a different place than when i started.
posted by Paige @ 8:22 AM   0 comments

ct best of 2004 movies
per our discussions from saturday night, the ct lists of the best movies of 2004 and the most redeeming movies of 2004 are linked here. they are interesting lists to skim, especially when you read why the critics chose them. it's interesting to see some of their choices - like dogville and vera drake and million dollar baby - as those are the movies most conservatives hiss at, but also to see what was left off the 'best of' list - the passion - the conservatives' baby.
posted by Paige @ 5:40 AM   0 comments

everything's gonna be ok songs
favorite songs to crank that have that everything's-gonna-be-ok feeling:

1. Stars, David Crowder Band
2. Babylon, David Gray
3. Stay, The Dave Matthews Band
4. Dreams, The Cranberries
5. Learning to Fly, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
posted by Paige @ 6:09 AM   0 comments

you've gotta love the legislators of the fine state i reside in.

since i don't have time to post something too thoughtful, i'll leave you with this thought ripped off from patton.

i may be getting very close to my dreams (or at least taking a very large step towards my dreams)...i'll keep you posted. in the meantime, please pray for direction right now. i really need to hear from Him. and how fitting that this all comes down on ash wednesday (all of this deserves a thorough post, i know...).

and i WANT this! if there were a way to link it to the paige registry, i would!
posted by Paige @ 12:02 PM   0 comments

oh, you gotta check this out!
posted by Paige @ 12:55 AM   0 comments

superbowl commercials
last night i went to the superbowl party hosted by the church i attend, at the church i attend. as you know, i don’t watch these things for the games, but rather the cultural effect of the event. i prefer to be in-the-know on these things because i feel it is very important to form an opinion on an event rather that hear about it after others have already formed an opinion.

in the case of the superbowl, my interests lie mainly in the commercials and sometimes the half-time show. (some interesting trivia about me - commercials are something that fascinated me starting at a very young age. my mother still laughs at her two-year-old daughter’s fascination with luvs commercials, for example. don't ask me why my two-year-old mind found those commercials to be of interest...)

last night there were two commercials that set my mind reeling. first was the godaddy.com commercial which portrays a mock stripper/patriot cheerleader standing before a senate hearing. now, as a washingtonian familiar with the images of cspan, the beginning of the commercial caught my eye given that it appears to be senate hearing and the event i was watching was the superbowl. i thought someone had changed the channel, so i watched. as the woman bounced up and down in a broken tank top, i looked around and noticed the entire room, for the first and only time that evening, was quiet and fixated on this commercial. the entire room of 100+ people of faith.

what to make of it? yes, we are humans and therefore still prey to sexual advances, be they in live human form or on tv. but the silence was more telling than that. the silence was to look around the room and see how others were reacting. at our most basic level we can handle a brief sexual temptation, but what this situation demonstrated was that we have learned to filter our sexual temptations through the church, based on the way others handle it. if it were simply the temptation then we would disregard it, avert our eyes and continue in conversation with our neighbors. but no, we were more concerned about the controversy than about the actual issue (much like last year’s half-time show, for example). we were more dependent on the leading of our church than upon our personal reaction to it and what He might be saying to us at the moment.

the second commercial was the one about the momma’s boy action figure and honestly i can’t even remember what the actual product was. maybe bud light, cause they seemed to invest a lot of money in their advertising last night. but regardless, there were mixed responses from that ad. in our case, however, it launched a discussion surrounding leviticus 18.

the underlying theme of this post, and the question i pose to you, is if a cultural piece provokes us to further seek Christ, than is there value in it, regardless of the content? instead of making judgments the merits of an exposed breast, i ask, when was the last time you used a controversial piece as a catalyst for a discussion about the nature of God?
posted by Paige @ 8:29 AM   0 comments

i must say that this item on ebay is interesting, given that she is one of the contestants on the apprentice. does this mean she won?
posted by Paige @ 6:14 AM   0 comments

posted by Paige @ 8:06 AM   0 comments

breakup songs
i know i will build on this list, but here it goes to start. bear in mind that this is successive compliation, each song signifying the different emotions of a breakup.

draft breakup song list:
1. you otta know, alanis morissette
2. untouchable face, ani difranco
3. how am i supposed to live without you?, michael bolton (this one's debatable....hate the song, but that stage in a breakup is key and the song captures that...)
4. i will survive, gloria gaynor
5. tear in your hand, tori amos
6. if you leave, orchestral manoeuvres in the dark
7. please remember me, tim mcgraw
8. bye bye, jo dee messina
posted by Paige @ 8:26 AM   0 comments

words that resound, thanks to rafferty

So many hours spent struggling
so many lives I could better appreciate
with this vale removed

Not searching anymore
nor waiting
no strength left to devote
to this losing game

Find me darling
come to me while sleeping
and wake me with a kiss
so pure
posted by Paige @ 10:28 AM   0 comments

i got you, babe
today is groundhog day and incase you missed katie and matt's annoyed report of the events this morning from punxsutawney, pa, he saw his shadow so we have 6 more weeks of winter.

it is here that i must profess my affection for the movie, groundhog day. not only do i love bill murray, but i love the overall message of the movie. as i've said recently, i appreciate things that encourage starting over. too many times in my life i've seen people, including myself, give up too easily. i'm a fighter for what i believe is the only thing that matters in life - relationships. i like that murray's character is given many opportunities to get it right.

further, i like the christian implications of the movie - that there is something that is stopping him and making him change. murray's character does not know why he must repeat the same day, nor does he have someone answering his questions of 'why?', only that he has no option and must continue to seek for the purpose of his predicament. we, too, when faced with our moment of conversion, must learn how to proceed with life. many times we continue with the same patterns, but if we are smart we will learn. things become more familiar and should be either embraced or avoided. we have the responsibility and opportunity to react to that which is posed to us each day*. and sometimes we end up in the very place we despised before but with someone we have learned to love.

i think i will re-watch the movie tonight. in the meantime, i'll leave you with this: some gentleman with too much time on his hands even created some groundhog day songs.

*how un-calvinist of me...kurt would be so proud...
posted by Paige @ 11:22 AM   0 comments

are you there god, it's me, paige
today i got an email which read:
Hi Paige,

Jesus here. Its taken me a year but we are now ready to discuss membership with you! please let me know when would be a good time to talk. Perhaps the end of the week? Would send me current application information to review before we speak? That would be great.

Thank you,


now i will say that this does have context for me, even though i did have to do a double take. i mean, it's not every day you get an email from jesus himself. i just think it's funny that hey-sus doesn't come immediately to my mind when i read the word 'jesus'.

so me and jesus are setting up a time to talk tomorrow.
posted by Paige @ 1:18 PM   0 comments

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