Tuesday, March 29, 2011

All Kinds of Revolutions

These days, I live in a bit of a bubble.  A mommy-o-sphere, if you will.  My days are spent in the company of Dora, Wonder Pets, Seeds, and two adorable children, while the world, it seems, keeps raging on.  I have never joined, nor plan to join Twitter, and though I'm pretty avid texter now, I only began less than three years ago in order to communicate with my sister.  The books I read tend to be older, and I'm still listening to a lot of the same music that I was in 2006.  I sent an email to my very hip, fashion forward best friend from college last week telling her how happy I am that styles have come back around to wide leg pants and bright colors, both things I have still in my closet from 2005-2006 (AKA the pre-pregnancy, pre-nursing, pre-gaining and losing lots of weight up and down years).

So, it's pretty safe to say that a lot of things happen culturally that I am totally unaware of.  However, every once in a while, my little bubble gets popped by new things, and it usually pours when it rains.  Take the whole Rob Bell situation.  I was completely unaware of it until a 2AM feeding Miller while surfing the internet rabbit hole led me to article after article about it.  I don't really feel qualified or informed enough to comment at this point.  What I do know is A) I really hate that it's causing divisions whether real or imagined in the visible church, and B) I think I need to read the book to make a fair judgement call.  If there's one lasting thing that grad school gave me, it's that I cannot take anything at face value.  And, since I'm currently trying to tackle Anna Karenina, other books are just going to have to wait.  (Well, other than the other book I'm reading.  But it's more like a series of blog posts.  But I digress.  Moving on.)

Also, there's this completely unrelated movement wherein runners are moving to low-profile running shoes.  A lot of them are those "five-finger" shoes that have separate sections for all of your toes.  My mom encouraged me not to knock them if I haven't tried them, but I'm not sure how I would feel about separate places for all of my toes.  They kinda like each other.  After talking to a guy at an outdoor store today, though, I want to do more research.  Eventually.  What I do know is that I LU-UHVE my new running shoes.

Finally, I'm reading One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp.  Talk about revolutionary people!  This book is changing the way I think and see everything.  Everything.  It's hard to explain but when one of the dear friends in the Bible Study where we're discussing this book called it revolutionary this morning, I knew exactly what she was talking about.  Don't read it if you want to stay the same and wallow in your life.  The book is so challenging to me about living my daily life and being thankful in ALL situations.

Other than that, the biggest change I'm making is to all natural deodorant.  So far so good, but it's not summer yet, so we'll see.

"I don't know nothin' expect change will come.  Year after year what we do is undone." -Patty Griffin


Ellen said...

every time i read your blog, i think:"i feel the same way" or "i'm with her." these little ones keep us so joyfully busy and sometimes thankfully oblivious.

are you serious about skinny jeans going out in favor of wide leg again? i just found some that i like finally...

rob bell stuff makes me sad too, but i don't think i'll read the book (#2 on nytimes list!)

my bro swears by the 5 fingers shoes, but i just don't know. i love my asics. used to love the supernova too:)

don't you love 1000 gifts? have you seen the discussion videos? so encouraging

hollie marie said...

My husband has bought the new Rob Bell book to formulate his own opinion also, and so far has found very little that is Biblically sound. Sad.

Also- I haven't tried the five fingers shoes, but have recently been using the Injinji toe socks and LOVE them. No more toe blisters!!!


MarineDwg9 said...

Ellen, I feel the same way about your blog too! I hope that you guys are feeling better this weekend! And no, I hope that skinny jeans aren't out because I adore my jeggings, I'm just glad that all the wide leg pants I have (and can fit into again!) are back "in".

Hollie, I heard an interview with Rob Bell today and it sounds like your husband and I probably have the same view. From what I heard, I can't believe that he and I read the same Bible. Very sad, indeed.

Kels said...

Oops! That last post was me. I didn't realize I was signed in as B! Ha!