Saturday, February 28, 2009

I Just Have a Talent for It

Tonight I discovered yet another talent to ad to my already lengthy resume. But first, a little background. I take kids to church, the more the merrier. Tonight there were 7. I should pause here to inform all of you worried moms out there that yes, they were all wearing seat belts. There were 5 kids in the back and two in the front. After church we went to Frishes to use up some more free kids meal coupons. Yep, you guessed it, one of them threw up, just like two weeks ago. This time it was all over the table. I liked the color of the puke two weeks ago better, it was blue. This time it was brown. Chocolate milk vomit, mmmmmmm. So what is my new talent? Drum role please. I have the uncanny ability to make children who appear to be perfectly healthy blow chunks. I just want to take a moment to thank God that all of the other children at that table can keep eating while watching me clean up puke. They have no gag reflexes. It's really quite amazing. Sometimes a situation like that can turn into a puke circus. Needless to say, I didn't eat all my food. I let the kids eat my fries while I cleaned. I hope they disinfected that table after we left.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

How to Make Milk Chai

When I was in India I drank a lot of tea. There were days where I drank 5 cups of tea. India was also where I was introduced to milk tea. When I first tried it I didn't even recognize it as being tea. Everyday, the lady at the center for runaway boys would bring me my cup of milk tea. Even when I was at the train station scouting for runaways, one of the shoe shine guys brought me a tiny cup of this delicious beverage. I served it to my family tonight. My sisters loved it, my mom liked it and my Dad said that he liked hot chocolate better. India loves milk tea, and my Dad doesn't hate it. What more proof do you need. Try it and tell me what you think. Here is how I make it.

Your will need:
Masala Chai (I use tea bags, I enjoy Celestial Sweet Coconut Thai Chai)
A small pan
a Mug

1) Pick out a mug.

2) Poor half a mug of water and half a mug of milk into your pan

3) Bring the mixture to a boil

4) Reduce the heat and throw in your tea bag and let that simmer for about 4 minutes

5) Mix in a few spoon fulls of sugar.

6) Pour your tea in your mug, let it cool a bit and drink it

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Free Quiznos Sub

Go here, fill in your name, zip code, and email and you will get a coupon for a free sub. I got mine. Hurry before they give away all one million.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Happy Free Random Card Day

In celebration of my recent acquisition of a box of random greeting cards I am declaring today "Random Card Day." So, everyone who would like a random card of questionable quality sent to them this is their opportunity. All you need to do is post a comment and send me your address to danthoms at yahoo dot com and you will receive a random card in the mail. Yea, I don't care if I know you or not, you deserve a card. Everyone needs something to hang on their fridge so don't be shy.

Friday, February 20, 2009

How to be an Optimist

Pessimist Says: I almost hit a parked car after church tonight
Optimist Says: I didn't hit a parked car after church tonight

Pessimist Says: One of the kids that I brought to the movie at church threw up afterward
Optimist Says: One of the kids that I brought to the movie threw up while riding in my friends car

Pessimist Says: I didn't get to go to Friches because the poor kid was coated with blue puke.
Optimist Says: I just saved $6.

Pessimist Says: I didn't eat dinner because I had planned on going to Friches.
Optimist Says: I just carried a 3 year old coated with puke and suddenly I'm not as hungry as I was.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Incorruptibles

When I die I want my organs donated and my body cremated. Some people prefer to be painted up, dressed in a nice suit and buried in a fancy box. That's fine too. But how would you like to be buried for a dozen or so years, dug up, and put in a glittery glass case. If that sounds appealing to you than perhaps you should be an Incorruptible.

The Incorruptibles are a group of around 100 Catholic saints who it is said that supernatural intervention allowed their bodies not to undergo the normal process of decomposition after death. In other words, they were buried, dug up, and their faces hadn't rotted off. Is it just me or is this incredibly creepy. I bought a book called "The Incorruptibles" for a quarter on Monday and I must say, this is some freaky stuff. The earliest known Incorruptible was Saint Cecilia who died in 177, the newest member to the club was Maria Assunta Pallotta who passed in 1905.

I guess I just don't have a good grasp on why these folks bodies are being dug up and and put on display. I can't imagine going to church and staring at an old dead body under the alter for the duration of the service. "Ok, so they didn't rot, that's wonderful, can we put them back in the ground now."

That being said, if I had to pick a favorite I think it would have to be St. Catherine of Bologna who died in 1463. That poor lady has been seated in an upright position for more than 500 years. Then again, I am rather fond of St. Catherine of Sienna too. Of course she is just a head in a fancy box. I read that her head was smuggled over some border somewhere in a paper bag. I guess they couldn't fit the entire body in just one bag. If you have to choose just one body part to smuggle in a paper bag than the head would definitely be the way to go. St. Nicetas the Goth had an incorruptible hand. I'm not sure what happened to his other hand, I guess it was corruptible. If your interest had been peaked and your hoping to wonder on down to your local Catholic church to get a good look at an Incorruptible your probably out of luck. Most of them are in Italy. However, after I die, if they put me in a box in a hole in the ground, come back in a few years and dig me back up. Who knows, you may get lucky.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Bootsy has nice Sunglasses

I stopped at Kroger after church today for some free vitals (sorry, I'm watching the Beverly Hillbillies as I write this). I do enjoy eating tiny cubes of meat from the deli counter. Meat on a stick is the food of the gods (yea, yea, I'm still monotheistic). Imagine my surprise then when I saw that the radio station MOJO was there with the wheel of prizes. I spun the wheel and won a new car. Ok, I didn't win a car but I did win a free t-shirt, a pink t-shirt, a pink woman's t-shirt. Apparently they were all out of men's shirts. The DJ said I could give it to someone or maybe I could wear it. Ok, it's not just pink, its cut like a girls shirt. I may not wear this shirt.

*side note: I listen to MOJO every Sunday morning because they play Gospel with P. Ann Everson-Price. **side side note. I've met P. Ann a few times and she is a very nice lady with an amazing voice. Ok, back to the story.

So any how, Bootsy Collins and Keith Maupin were at a table where they were signing autographs so I of course stopped by to say hi. They were both so friendly, it was almost like we were already friends. They seemed like my kind of people. I walked up to their table and said, "Well look at this, I come to Kroger to eat some free samples and I get to meet you guys and get a free shirt." Bootsy agreed that that did qualify as a good day. I told Bootsy that I liked his glasses and too my surprise he told me that they were in fact prescription. Keith said that Bootsy is pretty much blind and that's why his wife Patti is always with him. Bootsy laughed and denied this fact. I had them sign my shirt and Bootsy wanted to know if I was going to wear it. Keith said I could just tell everyone that there was a red sock in the washer and it used to be white. We all laughed, we all shook hands again and I was on my way. I'm glad I stopped to eat some free meat cubes, that was fun.

Me in my pink shirt...

Monday, February 9, 2009

But I want to Punch them in the face!

Have you ever hated someone? Recently this has been an internal struggle of mine. Normally I love everyone. In fact, of the 6.75 billion people on earth I currently only despise one. Percentage wise that's not so bad. For a while, every time I thought about them I in turn thought about punching them in the face. I of course would never literally punch someone in the face, I'm a pacifist. But still, there was the thought, more figurative than literal. I fast and I pray and the thoughts fade but still to some degree remain. I guess the irony of the situation is the fact that I'm currently working on a teaching for church about love. Romans tells me to bless and not curse. I want them destroyed, and yet God tells me to bless them. My God is a God of love and he calls me to do the same.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

How to be Cheap 101

I'm frugal, ok I'm cheap. Whatever you do, do not be as cheap as me. Here is an instruction sheet on how to be cheap and save money. What ever you do, do not follow all of these instructions at the same time. It will ruin your life.

1) Your paying too much for internet, phone, and cable. Call them up. They will reduce your bill 100% of the time. I have never paid full price for my internet.

2) See that stuff that says organic? Ok, now buy the stuff grown with chemicals, it's much cheaper.

3) Eat as much of your parents and friends food as you can. It will save you boat loads of money and they will all just thing that you enjoy their company.

4) Always buy generic drugs. Its the same stuff in a different bottle. Or you could just do what I do and not take medicine. I'm not your doctor though.

5)Never buy any type of cable or adapter for your electronics in a store. Buy it online. 99% of the time it will be significantly cheaper.

6) The dollar store sells pregnancy tests. I've never bought one but that sounds like a good deal.

7) Buy all of your candy a few days after Christmas, Easter, or Halloween. Chocolate is chocolate. Who cares what its shaped like.

8) If you need some nice clothes, borrow them from your brother. If you don't have a brother with nice clothes, sorry.

9) Try not to be in too many weddings.

10) Eat a lot of raman noodles.

Ok, now tell me your advice on how to be cheap.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Defiance Movie Review

Tonight I watched the movie Defiance and lets just say I cried a little bit. The first time was when they told me that it was $9.75 for a ticket. Can you believe they had the nerve to ask me if I wanted to donate my change of one quarter to save the children? How about you donate some of that money that I just gave you? Huh, what do you think about that? Oh, sorry, back to the movie.

I don't go to the theater often so Defiance was the fist in a long time. Defiance is the true story of four Jewish brothers from Poland who escape the Nazis after their parents are murdered. The Bielski brothers lead, aid, and save 1,200 Jews from certain death by hiding them in the forest. I was on the edge of my seat throughout a good portion of the movie. And let me tell you, this movie will jerk the tears right out of your face. That is unless you have a little Grinch heart like my friend Andrew. I almost cried just thinking about the movie on my way home. Oh, and if you like violence, well there's plenty of that too. I mean, who doesn't like to see Nazis plowed down by machine gun fire? This movie isn't unnecessarily gruesome but some of the death can be, at times, hard to watch. Unless its those dang Jew hunting Nazis getting plowed down. Everyone likes that (except for Nazis of course). And hey, if you can get a little bit of education in world history at the same time, why not. I give this movie two thumbs up.

Get up and Move

I love worship. I especially enjoy the worship services at my church, the VWS. Every once in a while though, I will make the mistake of looking around. What is everyone else doing? And every time that I do this, I can't help but to notice one key thing, most of the people are not singing. Now, this isn't just a phenomenon at the Vineyard Westside. From what I've experienced this is somewhat typical church like behavior. But still, I don't understand. In my mind, I always just assume that everyone is singing until I glance side to side and am I'm proven wrong. The words are up there on the jumbo sized movie theater screen so obviously it's acceptable and even expected for the congregation to sing along. But still, they just stand there with those blank stares. I understand that most people can't sing well but the music is at a high enough volume that no one but God himself can hear you. Yet they just stand there. I don't understand. Whats the point? Maybe one of you can shed some light on this conundrum. What do you do during worship? Why do others do what they do? Help me understand.