Good Friday

April 6, 2012

What a Good Friday… insanely delicious weather, my street smelling like flowers, my house smelling like bananas, and I-10 smelling like onions, a flower picture from Nick, visiting my client’s new apartment on a lake!, Sharing Tree fulfilling my Reading Rainbow fantasies, a huge orange sunset and a huge yellow moon rise, new ways to think about the atonement, new music from Tyrone Wells, puppies that are happy to see you, and being home




February 1, 2010

For real.

I want to be a writer

January 31, 2010

Really I do.  I want to be cleaver and witty.  I want to write stuff that people will want to read.  So I tried to make myself a writer.  I started blogging daily when I was out of school and out of work, I wanted to create discipline in my life.  I would write 500 words every other day.  And I hoped that writing funny, personal little things would convince me that I could write long and scary things… like dissertations.  It didn’t work.  Writing still seems like a chore.  I was sitting here at work with literally nothing to do for hours before I said to myself, I guess I’ll go write something. 

For me, writing is laborious. I have little to say and I always feel like I’m saying it badly.  And today I am even less inspired to go back to school and all the writing that entails.  And I have thought about writing a theatrical adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s “Under the Greenwood Tree” for like 3 years, just as something interesting to try.  Well guess what just opened in London? (not that I was going to get a London opening… it’s just the principle.)

I did one of my lectures in my Teaching seminar on emotions and I did an activity to illustrate that making yourself smile actually make you feel happier.  And CS Lewis says that doing good things will make you into a better person.  Dr. Wagner (my major professor) said “it’s not that you are a bad writer, you just need to work at it more.”

I’m working on it… less now that I had been.  But it’s the kind of person that I want to be. So please bear with me while I try.  I have a feeling I won’t ever be Steinbeck, but I just want to be Erin.  Whether that includes dissertations, 500 words or 200.

And I believe that actions can change your attitudes… eventually.

More is on the way.

My spiritual gift is knowledge.  Sound’s good, right?  But wait just one minute.  In my youth spiritual gifts inventory they gave it a new name, “Studying the Bible.”  And I think I know why… because knowledge ≠wisdom.  It’s easily confused, you see.  But when you look at me you will see the lots of knowledge, not so much wisdom.  Lots of butting in and sounding off, not a lot of think it through and ponder the outcome.  It get’s me in trouble at work, at the theatre, well basically wherever.  It’s the thing that caused me to spend 2-3 fraught days working on month-long assignments and still getting passing grades. Smart but not wise.

I guess sometimes gifts are challenging.  Like a puzzle, or a computer game, or an art set.  And sometimes those are the best gifts. It just takes some work and perseverance.

The Christmas Details

December 17, 2009

Full size images can be found here on my Christmas album.

This ornament is new this year. Love came down at Christmas and all of that. Plus it’s a Josh song.  The drop ornament to the right is volcanic glass that I bought at the museum store the first time it put everything on sale for 90 percent off.  That time it was to replace the carpet.  Last time they went out of business.

Snowflake Floating Candle, it’s sparkly.

My shelf of pencil sharpeners with my smallest nativity on top. Each one is different.  I inherited these from my great grandma, because I used to love to look at them when I was little.  And I’ve added a few of my own over the years.

My favorite nativity, each piece has a bible verse on it.  Like Mary says “my soul will Magnify the Lord.”  And Jesus says “he will called Emmanuel.”  And it’s sparkly. And I got it on Ebay so it was really a great deal.

The ornaments hanging from my chandelier are new this year.
My grandma made the pepper- mint pillow for me. So cute.

This is new too. I have grass that normally lives in the vases. But I got some coordinating sparkly purple poinsettias and a peppermint ribbon.

“so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” -Romans 15:6

It just so happens that I drive God’s favorite car.


I’m sassy y’all

August 28, 2009

Catch me over at Heat Eat Review taking down a Pesto Panini.  It’d been a while since I wrote this so I surprised myself on the biting sarcasm.  I kinda like it.  And what was I thinking giving it 3 stars?


Bean Salad St. George

August 17, 2009

beansaladThe bean salad that I made for our young adult retreat.

Can of Green Beans (rinsed)
Can of Garbanzo Beans (rinsed)
Can of Kidney Beans (rinsed)
Can of Black Beans (rinsed)
Can of chopped Water Chestnut (rinsed)
Half a red onion, chopped
6 Tbsp French Dressing (I used Publix brand)
3 Tbsp Medium Salsa
1 tsp Red Wine Vinegar
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder

Mix everything together and refrigerate for at least an hour.

About Erin: June 2009

June 23, 2009

this must be the place

You found me.  I’m Erin, owner of this year old blog, and reluctant autobiographer.  I say that mainly because I hope my posts, and my categories and stuff will speak for themselves.  But I am realistic to know that some people just want a little synopsis, because I look for them too. You know… “Why is she talking about that?”

The defining feature in my life is my relationship with Jesus.  That sounds trite.  But I say it first because my hope is that it will affect everything else.  And living out my faith makes me look weird sometimes.  I try to own it.

I work and worship along side a great group, called United Methodists.  We have our strengths and flaws.  I choose to be a leader in the church, locally and broadly, through engagement, service, and lending my voice.  There is really a dirth of committed lay leaders of my age group, and I hope others will take a stand.

I live in Tallahassee, Florida because I came here for graduate school in developmental psychology, with an emphasis in educational psychology and particularly reading.  While there I learned that I really am a science geek.  I learned a lot about what I am very good at and a lot about some pretty big weaknesses that I have.  I’ve been out of school for 18 months… without completing my degrees.  It’s an area where I could use some clarity myself.

I spent 12 months unemployed and have been working at a mental health center for over 6 months now.  My job is way boring, but it causes me no stress, a welcome condition after grad school and joblessness.

I spend my off time, and a good amount of my down time at work, as a media consumer.  It’s maybe a bit out of hand the number of blogs I read, podcasts I listen to, TV shows I watch, and books I own. But most enjoyable is my theater habit.  I know more than I ought to about New York shows, and spend ridiculous stretches of time working for free in community theater.

This must be… what comes next.  Stay tuned.


It’s Today!!!

June 22, 2009

Happy one year anniversary WordPress blog!  In honor of the occasion, I’ve started an “About me” page… it’s about time. Check it out.