11 May, 2007

RGBP Friday Five -- Either/Or

There are two types of people in the world, morning people and night owls. Or Red Sox fans and Yankees fans. Or boxers and briefs. Or people who divide the world into two types of people and those who don't. Let your preferences be known here. And if you're feeling verbose, defend your choices!

1. Mac? (woo-hoo!) or PC? (boo!)
I'm a PC user because it's what my DH needs for work, but we use as few Microsoft products as possible! Monopolies make me nervous. Go Open Source!

2. Pizza: Chicago style luscious hearty goodness, or New York floppy and flaccid?
Oh goodness. Either one means I'd have to fast all day to save enough WW points. Now I'm into making my own -- whole wheat crust, low fat cheese -- hardly seems like a pizza, really.

3. Brownies/fudge containing nuts:
a) Good. I like the variation in texture.
b) An abomination unto the Lord. The nuts take up valuable chocolate space.
Once again, a tough question for someone 10 weeks into her Weight Watchers journey. However, in the one cubic centimeter I would be able to eat and stay on plan, I think I would prefer no nuts.

4. Do you hang your toilet paper so that the "tail" hangs flush with the wall, or over the top of the roll like normal people do?
Over the top, of course. But if anyone else in the house happens to replace a roll of toilet paper, I try not to complain about how they do it.

5. Toothpaste: Do you squeeze the tube wantonly in the middle, or squeeze from the bottom and flatten as you go just like the tube instructs?
From the bottom mostly.

Bonus: Share your favorite either/or.
Stick shift (real driving) or automatic (pointing) for your automobile?
Stick shift all the way. I taught my DH to drive stick when we were dating in college. Now we consider nothing else. (Quickly limits our car shopping options.) However, someday I expect we will have to buy a minivan, and as far as I know, those are only automatic transmission. I will be very sad, as I'm sure I'll be the main driver of the minivan.

05 May, 2007

Vocational Issues

OK, here's the thing about the description of my blog (above) -- I'm not yet ordained. I graduated from seminary four years ago and have remained an approved candidate for ministry. Because I wanted a part-time call, and because I wanted to stay where we are so DH could remain gainfully employed, a suitable call has not come up. Now things are desperate, in part b/c of our finances, in part b/c I want to know if I can really lead a congregation. There are just no calls in my area.

I have two visions: one is of me leading a small congregation, helping them grow in their spiritual vitality and sense of mission and purpose; the other is of my kids growing up, attending the school down the street from us, my husband and I turning our house into a nice small home project by project. It's becoming increasingly evident that these are mutually exclusive visions. I don't know which to choose. Giving up the call to ordained ministry would be the easiest -- I could just get a job. But it feels like such a waste of time and money -- and it doesn't feel quite right. To get a call it seems like I'll have to move, and that creates great fear and anxiety when I think about moving and selling the house, not to mention sadness for disrupting my children's lives. (DD is just getting ready to enter Kindergarten.) I really don't know what to do.

04 May, 2007

RGBP Friday Five -- Party Time

Hey, I'm actually doing two Friday Fives in a row! So, party on!

1) Would you rather be the host or the guest? I would rather be a guest. Hosting requires crisis cleaning in our house, and I'm much more stressed about what people will think about me, my home, my choice of party decorations, themes, games, etc.

2) When you are hosting, do you clean everything up the minute the guests go home? Will you accept help with the dishes? The minute folks go home? Hah! I just today tossed the last decoration from my daughter's birthday party in November. I know it's not good for the environment, but all I've done recently is kids' parties, so the dishes are all disposable.

3) If you had the wherewithal, and I guess I mean more than money, to throw a great theme party, what would the theme be? I don't really know. It would also depend on whether it was a kid party or an adult party.

4) What's the worst time you ever had at a party? The party itself went fine, but the prep for my DD's party -- our first for her friends, not just family -- was really bad -- yelling, stress, etc.

5) And to end on a brighter note, what was the best? When my DD and DS went to DD's friend's 4th b-day party, they both had fun, and so I had fun.