Life in this moment…

{entertaining, odd, and hopefully not too far away from reality}

the office season two… August 28, 2007

Filed under: everyday life — Lindsey @ 12:07 am

conflict resolution (see below)
e-mail surveillance: michael handing over all of his imaginary guns and when Jim steps up and helps Michael out with the duet
casino night: when jim comes back and kisses pam….i am so totally a girl

where are all the funny guys? why do i become consumed by fake reality? first friends…now the office…


here’s a little inspiration for you… August 27, 2007

Filed under: awakenings — Lindsey @ 1:44 am

Phenomenal Woman

by Maya Angelou


Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.

I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size

But when I start to tell them,

They think I’m telling lies.

I say,

It’s in the reach of my arms,

The span of my hips,

The stride of my step,

The curl of my lips.

I’m a woman


Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.


I walk into a room

Just as cool as you please,

And to a man,

The fellows stand or

Fall down on their knees.

Then they swarm around me,

A hive of honey bees.

I say,

It’s the fire in my eyes,

And the flash of my teeth,

The swing in my waist,

And the joy in my feet.

I’m a woman


Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.


Men themselves have wondered

What they see in me.

They try so much

But they can’t touch

My inner mystery.

When I try to show them,

They say they still can’t see.

I say,

It’s in the arch of my back,

The sun of my smile,

The ride of my breasts,

The grace of my style.

I’m a woman


Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.


Now you understand

Just why my head’s not bowed.

I don’t shout or jump about

Or have to talk real loud.

When you see me passing,

It ought to make you proud.

I say,

It’s in the click of my heels,

The bend of my hair,

the palm of my hand,

The need for my care.

’Cause I’m a woman


Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.



thanks Rachel…


today… August 19, 2007

Filed under: everyday life — Lindsey @ 12:49 am

i no longer have pink hair
i ate incredible peach crisp
i played in the rain delivering food drive bags

i created, designed, & poured over pictures of people and places i love

i realized that i am blessed to live with mary and not lots of other people

i watched a movie that was silly and stupid but made me laugh out loud and feel giddy (dangerous, dangerous movie…)
i discovered that i have nothing to do tomorrow and that brings me incredible joy…i may get to read, swim, craft, wander…

i felt a little like the usual me…i may have left her behind in the chaos…but hopefully we’re reunited now


lake life August 16, 2007

Filed under: everyday life — Lindsey @ 3:27 pm


I’m addicted to “water living”…there is something magical about being by water. I went to Detroit with Danielle and the boys this past week and I was introduced to the brilliance of the wave runner. It was a fast in and out trip but we sure packed in the fun…had a little birthday celebration for Noah and I, played on the water, saw all the grandparents, enjoyed lake life, and best of all had some good car time with Dani and the boys.

Now back to my life…this fall is looking a bit crazy…gross…


wireless August 8, 2007

Filed under: everyday life — Lindsey @ 1:13 pm

So currently i am sitting outside in enjoying the flies, airplane noise, brown grass (except by the areas where there are flowers –they must water the flowers) with lovely birds chirping and small insects all making their noises (which I assume are mating calls or little bug school recess…) typing on my computer all because of the wonderful thing that is wireless internet. Whoever in their brilliance discovered this technology I give them props.  It is the first week in august so that means staff retreat and after a month of almost total separation from all things technological I am thankful that this little retreat center has internet available.

I am continuously blown away by how blessed I am to be where I am. I love the youth ministry team at WLC…not because we do incredible things or because the boys are the best at what they do (while both of these are somewhat true) I love it because I genuinely enjoy them.  We are better people because we know each other, we all bring different things to the table, I feel respected by the boys and I respect them.  We work for the purpose of loving people and walking with youth as they discover who they are in Christ and how God has designed them…and I am not alone…and I am not doing it with people who drive me crazy or belittle me or look over my shoulder or tell me it can’t be done or are so insecure they can’t celebrate the blessings around them.

I am currently in a phase where I am evaluating everything and encouraging others to evaluate the things around them.  It is my recommendation to all people who complain to write it down and give it to the person or organization with whom you are frustrated and also when you are pleased by something to share that pleasure with the person who caused it.   I suppose this has caused me to also see the things in my little world that I am deeply thankful for and the people whose opinions and evaluations I value.


highlights of year 25 August 6, 2007

Filed under: birthday tributes — Lindsey @ 11:27 pm

in no particular order:

1. I traveled to Haiti for my 2nd time and fell even more in love with this country.
2. Caleb Tietjen came into the world and I became a God mother.
3. I applied for and was accepted to Grad school at the U of M!
4. I began eating dollar burgers with a group of people who a year ago were complete strangers except for Laura and now even though Laura isn’t there we still go!
5. I swam 30 miles (not a hundred yet…but still 30 is a lot!)
6. I began attending the Upper Room regularly and have grown much in the process.
7. I moved in with Mary and my life has forever been changed!
8. I saw WICKED!
9. I travelled to Texas 2 times, Iowa 5 times, Illinois 4 times, Michigan once, Alabama once, Wisconsin 2 times, Florida once, and in my heart I visited California often…
10. I have pink hair.


Great Lakes, Volcanoes, and food…

Filed under: everyday life — Lindsey @ 11:12 pm

So 25 has passed…on into year 26 I go!

Mom and dad came into town this weekend to celebrate the big B-day. Mom and I went to the Children’s museum with Dani and the boys…oh man did we have fun!

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That night mom, dad, Mary and I went out for my birthday dinner at Carmelo’s…YUMMY GOODNESS. I’m pretty sure it was the best Italian food I have ever had.  Big fan!

Saturday we decided to drive up to Grand Marais (say it like Maraaay–those silly french).  It was a really long drive up through Duluth then another couple of hours on 61 around Lake Superior…but it was beautiful.


We stopped at Gooseberry falls and in Grand Marais for lunch (Angry Trout–also recommended by Mary), then we headed up to Grand Portage to explore the National Park.  We only had an hour but I sure learned a lot about the Northwest Fur Trading company.  I totally couldn’t have survived in the 1700s.

Yesterday was a down day…church…computer stuff…the upper room…Punch pizza (I had one heck of a weekend of good food!).  Then today we went to the Science museum to see the Pompeii exhibit. (I also couldn’t have lived in 79 A.D.)  After learning how a volcano can destroy a city & wipe out a thriving metropolis in less than 24 hours we headed to the U of M St. Paul campus to see where my first classes will be held.  I am pretty pumped about this whole deal!

Mom and dad left this afternoon around 3…I did a little work…went to Larry’s funeral and then did Dollar Burgers with the boys from 998…Happy birthday to me!