Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Devote Daily

A few friends and I have been working on a project for the last few months.
It's an online daily devotional.

It's called Devote Daily.
and it launched on Monday.

It's written with high school students in mind,
but I thought I'd share it with you, too...

Take a minute, click on the link above
and read our first few posts

I'd love to hear what you think...
leave a comment
or send me an email:

Hope your Wednesday is fantastic.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Unearthed. This World Through The Lens Of The Next

My church {Mariners Church}
just finished a series on worship
which I thought was fantastic.

Here are the links to videos of each
of the three messages:

If you do take the time to watch any or all of them,
I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Love. Love. Love.

Here's a little weekend kick-off
online round-up for you...

I love that art comes in so many forms.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Put On A Happy Face

I prefer to put on my make-up

sitting on the floor

with natural lighting

using a eyeshadow palette mirror.

I hold the mirror in my left hand,
brush/pencil in my right

with all the pieces laying on the floor in front of me.

The other morning, I realized
this might not be a common place to "put on your face"
but it's become such a routine for me.

Where do you put on your make-up?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Cold Dark Matter...And Engine Oil

To continue the discussion we began yesterday,
I thought I would tell you a bit about the best art installation I've ever seen.

by Cornelia Parker

Parker filled a shed with objects she had collected
from friends' sheds and neighborhood sales

She then blew-up the shed,
collected the pieces
and attempted to recreate the moment after the explosion.

Here's the installation:

Parker's piece is, easily,
my favorite installation of all.

Second, would be Metropolis II
{which is currently on display at LACMA}

A room custom-built for the installation,
it is filled with oil and has the illusion of well-polished, mirroring floors.
Visitors are able to stand in the middle of the dark sea via a narrowing walkway.
{The only permanent installation at The Saatchi Gallery}

I really love art.
More about art tomorrow, I'm sure.

Monday, February 20, 2012

There's A Superman Joke In Here Somewhere

I spent the my Monday at LACMA
with my friend Sara.

I saw several really great pieces
by a lot of really great artists.

But the best of all was this:
created by Chris Burden
the same artist who designed Urban Lights:

I had to fight back tears when I saw Metropolis II.

We spent almost an hour walking through the display
taking dozens of photos
watching as the cars and trains began to move

then we walked through another exhibition
{which I'll tell you about another day}
but, before we left, we visited Metropolis II again.

Oh man, I love it.
I want to recreate it in my own home...
so I can watch it all the time.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

A Cluttered Home Is A Cluttered Mind

That's it, friends.
As of yesterday, I am no longer the renter of a storage unit.

Seriously...I'm so proud of myself that I don't even need your words of affirmation.
Though, I will happily accept them.

Monday brought two packed carloads of boxes to my home.

And some new treasures for Sara B
and Jon McB
who only wore this bracelet through staff meeting,
but that was enough for me

On Tuesday evening {Valentine's Day}
I prepared my room for the new furniture
by moving everything in to the living room.

And, thus, began our week of living in the TV show Hoarders.

Moving boxes to get the front door open.
Moving boxes to get a blanket out of the cabinet.

Pushing the recliner forward so I could step around the boxes
and move the frames to get in to other boxes in the closet.

Photographic proof of the chaos:

I've come to realize how much a cluttered house gives me a cluttered brain.
It has been difficult for me to focus on other things
knowing that this is what my home looks like.

The idea of coming home from work to this mess...
it's similar to the thought of coming from a crazy day at work
and then heading out to Disneyland.

Wednesday morning, the movers dropped off the pieces.
Closing my storage unit of four years.
And beginning the "find 15 minutes" project at home.

Find 15 minutes...
and give "a place" to as many items as possible.

First: the living room
Our typewriter displayed under Glory.

My bookshelf...
slowly being filled
{since there should be an order to the shelving of books}

And my wonderful old craft table.
How I've missed the organization it provides!

I told my roommate that I would like to be back to normal by Saturday evening.
That means I need to find a lot of 15 minutes intervals in the next few days.

I can't wait to see how much clearer my brain feels next week!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


In our sex-drenched culture, the church has either ignored or misunderstood
the connections between sex, love, and God.

The silence of the church, and the hypocrisy shown by its members,
has left an entire generation disillusioned and confused.

Beginning this Sunday {February 19th}
Mariners Church is beginning a 10-week conversation
called NAKED TRUTH to explore the relationship
between sex, love and God.

I'm excited to participate.
If you live in Orange County and are 18-30,

this week:
{I want to marry their carnitas fries}
{I saw them a few months ago. They're rad.}

For more information,

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Where Do Broken Hearts Go?

To celebrate your musical legacy,
here is my favorite cover of one of your songs.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Love. Love. Love.

Wow. How did I make it to Friday without a post
filled with online things I love?

Well, here it is.

Check it out.

{That almost warranted an entire post}

{crossing one more item off my 30 by 30 List}

{who is Rube Goldberg?}

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Time Enough At Last

It's tough for me to read only one book at a time.

I like to have several options
so I can choose what to read based on
my mood,
my level of concentration,
how much time I have.

Here's what I'm reading right now:

{for book club}

{for work}

What are you reading?

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Just In Casetagram.

My new iPhone case came today!
It's made up of my Instagram photos.

I was really, really happy to get rid of my
painters-tape-rigged case.

I totally love it.
I designed it on Casetagram
You can scroll through the gallery of designs.

They also have great customer service.
I ordered mine a while ago,
but there was a mix-up at the Post Office
and it was sent back to the company.
When I contacted the Castegram Team
they responded that same day,
apologized and had it reshipped for free.

So glad it's finally arrived!

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

I'm Sure CD Collections Say A Lot About A Person...

When I went to my storage unit yesterday,
I was the most excited to bring home
my three boxes of CDs.

So much goodness in there
to prove that I had
terrible taste in music for the majority of my life
{though my brother would argue that this is still true}

Here are some of the highlights:

My first real musical love: Debbie Gibson
{Electric Youth was also my first perfume.}

Nine Disney CDs.
Including two Little Mermaid soundtracks
and two Jungle Book soundtracks.

Lots of Boy Bands from the 80s and 90s.

More *NSYNC CDs than all other Boy Bands combined.
Including two Mix CDs from European-released songs.
Thank you Napster {and Alanna}

Who knew there were five different Spice Girls albums?
{Granted, two are singles...but still}

There is also a large assortment of Christian rock,
and quite a few ridiculous One Hit Wonders.
{Edwin McCain and Nine Days, to name a few}

Though I am a little embarrassed about owning some of them,
I've had a really great time listening through these old CDs.

Which CD in your collection
would bring you the most embarrassing joy?

Monday, February 06, 2012

There Are Several Better Ways To Spend Your $4000

Since moving in to my new home, the goal has been
to configure all of my belongings in such a way
that will allow me to vacate my storage unit.

{vacate is the official term, which I learned this morning
when I said "close down" and was corrected by Earl,
the nice desk manager.}

I've had said storage unit for three years.

Three years spent deciding between
driving to the storage place and digging through boxes
or driving to Barnes and Noble to replace the book I want to re-read.

Three years of monthly payments...
meaning I have spent over $4000
keeping my belongings away from me.

no more.

January was move-in month.
I knew there was no chance I would move everything in
and get around to hiring to movers
{for two heavy Ikea bookshelves and an unbelievably heavy craft table}
who would then make it happen by January 16th
{pay day for the storage place.}

So I'm shooting for February.

I took a trip to my space today
{not myspace, though I do love have that app on my iPhone}

Having cleaned a majority of it last Spring,
I loaded up my car with boxes.
and boxes. and boxes. and boxes.

Then drove home to find a place for everything.

I rearranged my bedroom to make room for the "new" furniture.

Though the books will stay in their boxes until the bookshelf is delivered,
everything else has a place.

Ideally, my roommate won't even realize
that the living room was filled with boxes this morning.

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Love. Love. Love.

It's that time again...
Here's a list of online items that I love.

You know how I love him.

{here are three of my favorites}

Super delicious-looking gourmet cheeses
what the incredible treat!

This cute photography project called
Love Ever After

Blogs that I've recently fallen in love with:

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

A Really Great Date

At our team lunch yesterday,
we were describing great dates.
Places, not people.

I thought for a minute and came up with this:

A visit to a Museum.

And then a meal...
At a place like Bottega Louie

It may be simple.
But it seems so fun.

Others said:
Hiking by the ocean
"Anything but batting cages"
A bike ride

What's your idea of a great date?