Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Catching up...

Wow, I really haven't been blogging much lately. Life has been whipping by ay lightning speed. I've often thought about an idea for a post, but I've either been far from my computer at the time or too bleary-eyed tired to actually do anything coherent. So here's the run-down of the last little while:

- This is the first night in 10 nights that I have had free. It's all been great stuff, but I'm sooooo tired! (Well, I guess technically I had last Wednesday night free, but only cause I had a mini break down and bailed on my small group - the night I was supposed to lead, no less! Thank you to my wonderful understanding friends who took over for me at the very last minute.

- 'Member how I got all crazy about taking an improv class? Well, I did, it was great, and now I'm on to another obsession: AFRICAN DRUMMING! As a music teacher, I have taken a few workshops as a music teacher on the djembe and I've really enjoyed it. On a whim last summer at a county fair in Washinton, I bought my very own djembe. I rearely play it, cause well, I don't really know how to, and it's really loud. I SOOO want to go down to Spanish Banks (a beach here in Vancouver) and play in the drumming circle they have there every Sunday night in the summers. I just don't think I can handle all the pot smoke. Blah. BUT, my friend Dave and I went to an African evening at a local high school - complete with a Kenyan meal - YUM!!! - African dance and story telling, and drumming. Oh, the drumming. That was it. I'm on the hunt for a class.

- Most people who know me know that I LOVE taking pictures. I take kajillions of them (and about three of them are even good!). I just have an automatic digital camera, and I've wanted to take a photography course to learn more about compostion and how to use an SLR camera. But recently I've been totally inspired by a friend's FAN-TASTIC online photo gallery. This guy has talent. I want to learn to take shots like that! So. Drumming and photography courses are in my near future. Not sure where I'm going to find the time, but I'm sure gonna try.

- I had a super busy weekend playing tour guide to a friend from out of town - beaches, Victoria, and a Vancouver city tour were all part of the package. It was fun getting to show off my little corner of the world. And I learned that sometimes things can be even better than you expected them to be.

- I went to a mind-blowing seminar on Sunday night called "Holy Week: The week that changed the world," given by Darrell Johnson. Darrell is a former missionary and pastor who now teaches preaching at Regent College. I am blown away every time he preaches. His understanding of the Bible and his totally fresh look at who Jesus is just blows my mind. I usually end up weeping after I hear him speak becasue of the new insight I gain into my saviour. Wow. If at all possible, I'm going to post this seminar somewhere so you can hear it. For now, I would highly reccommend going here and listening to his 3 part series called The Main Thing: "The Lamb of God," "The Son of Man," and "The Great I AM" from July 2005. *low wistle* Wow.

I think that's it for now... my tummy is rumbling! :)


Brian said...

I share your passion with photography - I love being able to capture God's beauty in a unique way. I'm glad to hear my photo gallery is inspiring - I also take millions of photos; good equipment and practice helps me to come away with a few good shots (okay, luck, timing and patience helps too). Feel free to post my link :-)

A good way to improve composition through self-study is by studying books by Freeman Patterson (a Canadian author and photographer). In particular, "Art of Seeing" and "The World Around You" are among the ones that I recommend. They have been a source of inspiration for me.

Finding time is tough, my Photo-a-Day gallery really is Photo-a-week...

Jean said...

You HAVE been busy! Glad to hear you're doing well :)