Tuesday, May 24, 2011

I love Bob Dylan.

I don't even remember when I started liking him so much.

I remember Pastor Eric sharing a few songs during Bible class. I remember my high school English teacher having us analyze "Blowin in the wind" for poetry class. But I think I officially fell in love with Dylan's lyrics after hearing Amanda Ghost's cover of "Every grain of sand." Everything to social-critiquing folk to reflective ballads--I have so much respect for him.

Dylan, whose artist name is based on poet Dylan Thomas, is such a master of vocabulary. He has such a handle of the English language and molds it into mysteriously powerful messages:

How many roads must a man walk down

Before you call him a man?

Yes, n how many seas must a white dove sail

Before she sleeps in the sand?

Yes, n how many times must the cannon balls fly

Before they're forever banned?

The answer my friend is blowin in the wind

The answer is blowin in the wind

Today is his 70th birthday, which sparked this series of thoughts. In honor of that, I definitely might watch part of this after work. It includes a bunch of footage from his concerts in the early 1960's.

The man is by no means perfect, but his iconic style and revolutionary music is inspiring as it is historic.

Happy Birthday, Bob Dylan!

Favorite song - Every Grain of Sand:

In the time of my confession, in the hour of my deepest need
When the pool of tears beneath my feet flood every newborn seed
There's a dying voice within me reaching out somewhere
Toiling in the danger and in the morals of despair

Don't have the inclination to look back on any mistake
Like Cain, I now behold this chain of events that I must break
In the fury of the moment I can see the master's hand
In every leaf that trembles, in every grain of sand.

Oh the flowers of indulgence and the weeds of yesteryear
Like criminals, they have choked the breath of conscience and good cheer
The sun beat down upon the steps of time to light the way
To ease the pain of idleness and the memory of decay

I gaze into the doorway of temptaition's angry flame
And every time I pass that way I always hear my name
Then onward in my journey I come to understand
That every hair is numbered like every grain of sand

I have gone from rags to riches in the sorrow of the night
In the violence of a summer's dream, in the chill of a wintry light
In the bitter dance of loneliness fading into space
In the broken mirror of innocence on each forgotten face

I hear the ancient footsteps like the motion of the sea
Sometimes I turn, there's somone there, other times it's only me
I am hanging in the balance of the reality of man
Like every sparrow falling, like every grain of sand

Sunday, May 22, 2011

I cannot wait to see this movie. So excited it got the Palme d'Or at Cannes!!

Looks goooooood =)
I've been loving this series!

Modern updates can be very... um, interesting. But this is spectacular!

The plot and dialogue is fantastic but nothing beats Cumberbatch and Freeman's portrayals of these timeless characters.

The first season (3 episodes, about 90 minutes each) is available through netflix dvd or streaming.

...and as a sidenote - after seeing Martin Freeman in this, I am even more excited for The Hobbit because I am now confident that he will play an excellent Bilbo =)
I really hope to have a bike to ride in Oxford

... it just seems fitting.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

"If love is patient, then today I am in love..."

- from one of my old journals

Someday I'll enjoy sunny days with someone else. But for now, I am happy to wait and enjoy life's many adventures =)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Ok... so you may have heard of somone in a Starbuck's drive-thru covering the tab of the customer behind them. But have you ever heard of soomeone paying for another person's car battery??
I'm a cashier at a Honda dealership and today, my coworker and I were just cashing out customers when she had a customer come up to pay for her oil change. But before paying, she said, "I'm sorry, but I overheard a service advisor telling that customer over there that she needs a new battery, but apparently she's facing some financial trouble. Is there any way I could pay for her battery without her knowing?" She covered the entirety of the other woman's $93.06 bill. After our shock and gratefulness, she said, "I've just been having a really bad day and thought I could brighten it by helping someone else..." After paying, she quietly left.
Later, the service advisor for the other customer came up and informed her that her battery had been paid for. She started crying--crying in public! It was so precious!

It was just a beautiful moment. The world is still so beautiful.
Not only that, but I was so convicted. How often do I go out of my way to help other people? Am I willing to really sacrifice for people I don't even know? I'm hoping that I can spread a fraction of the joy that woman brought today.

be filled with hope... :)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

What a weekend...

Friday night started with a delightful book exchange. Honestly, this was one of the best parties I've ever been to. The location and decor was so much fun and the event required we dressed in something sartorially inspired. I didn't quite know what to wear, so I converted one of my favorite old sweaters into a vest and wore it with a dress.
As wonderful as that all was, my favorite part was the wonderful company. I love being in groups where there is a mix of people in all different stages of life: college age, young career, young marrieds, couples with a growing family, etc. I just love all the other perspectives. I had so many deep conversations with people I don't normally get to talk with. It was just splendid.
I also got to be there for part of my little sister's birthday party =) She and a bunch of friends went ice-skating. So much fun.

Saturday morning I worked. But then after that, I had a spontaneous fun date with my dear friend Julia. It wasn't even like a normal date. You know you're really good friends when you enjoy just running errands together. I love that girl so much.
After church, my roommates and I watched Phantom of the Opera - which totally rekindled my love of musicals. Hopefully I'll get to see Les Miserables in London's West End when I'm there.

Today I worked a nice, long shift. It was wonderful and I really appreciate the extra money. Plus I got to know some of the newer salesmen better. And tonight was a blast. As I said, I'm totally into musicals at the moment and both Mary Poppins and Mozart's Magic Flute are playing in Seattle right now and I really wish I could go see one of them. Mary Poppins was my all-time favorite, most watched movie as a little girl. When I heard it was going to be at the Paramount, I got super excited, but sad that I wouldn't be able to go. So my sister and I made up for it by watching the disney movie again. I think I love it even more as an adult. So much in there about the importance of wonder and the imagination. And the dialogue is way more enjoyable as an adult. Case in point:
"Actually, do you know what there's no such thing as? It turns out, with due respect, when all is said and done, that there's no such thing as YOU!"
A wonderful evening and wonderful close to the weekend.

Bonne nuit!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Sunday, May 8, 2011

In other news...

- I finally got to plant my mom's flowers and it is official: I love gardening! The front of the house is gorgeous! Lots of vibrant color which is exactly what I hoped for. I still have a LOT to learn, but I had so much fun!
I also bought a pot and flowers and made up a mother's day present for Melissa. We dropped it off at her house so it was waiting for her when she got home from the hospital. She loved it =)
"One is nearer God's heart in a garden than anywhere else on earth." - Dorothy Frances Gurney

- Beks is finally home!!! My dear friend has been away at college in Kentucky, but she's back now! We have just two months together before I fly off on my grand adventure, but I have no doubt we'll make the most of it ;)

- I register for classes on tuesday and i think I'll be taking:
- English 494: Honors Seminar "Books of Memory and Forgetting"
- English 333: English Novel... Austen, Dickens, the Brontes, happiness!!!
- Classics 427: Greek and Roman Tragedy in English, Aeschylus, Euripides, Sophocles, and Seneca =)
- Dance 102: Intro to Dance: Dance Appreciation and Intro to Ballet and Modern Technique

I'm stoked! The honors seminar should be hard, but not as hard as my grad seminar. Unfortunately, every professor teaching in the honors program is a post-modernist. I don't know why, but everything I've encountered that is post-modern is just depressingly sad. But I do love the topic of "memory and forgetting." I've been a part of very interesting discussions regarding that. Oh! and "The English Novel"--that is one of the classes that I've wanted to take since starting at UW. I will have just come back from studying Austen, so it will be fun to hear different readings. And classical tragedies--not nearly as depressing as post-modern novels. I absolutely love Oedipus Rex and Phaedra (by Seneca) and so many others. It will be fun to study them for a whole quarter. And finally dance! Over the last 2 weeks, I have had such a strong urge to start dancing again! I am so excited about the possibility of taking this class. I can get up, move, and express myself. Plus... it's motivation to get in shape again ;)

- Still no word on housing in Oxford. My heart is in this place in between 1) feeling desperate, like I should be striving to find a place to live and 2) trusting that the Lord has something amazing for me and I just need to be obedient to contact people. I have had a few nightmares though of having nowhere to live. Peace and trust are always a battle, aren't they? I just know that the Lord wants me there and will open up this last door for me. But pray for me if you think of it!

Well, I think that's all the news I have for you right now, but I'll keep you posted. Sweet dreams lovelies...
Say hello to the newest addition to the Baker family!

Debuting: Miss Ida Marie Esther Baker

She is beyond precious! Such a tiny--but healthy--little Lady =)
She entered the world 12:50 am on Saturday May 7 at only 4 lbs 11 ozs and 17 inches long. Teeny-tiny Princess! She's wearing preemie clothes they had to buy a special car seat for her.
Despite being so small, she has a beautiful, full head of dark, wavy hair =)

Aren't her eyes just gorgeous?!?!?!?!?

The little Baker family:

When we first brought Ross into the room (the next day), he just sat calmly next his mom and looked at her. He sat there for several minutes (unheard of for this little guy) just looking into his mommy's eyes. It was a look of contentment and abandoned trust. So precious...
And when he first saw Ida, he reached out and touched her hair and then smiled really big =)

But then he noticed that she was in his spot... aaand burst into tears. Sad... but he will adjust.

Notice her hair??

Miss Ida and Me.
When I held her for the first time, my heart seriously started fluttering.
She is soooo tiiiiiiiny! I just can't get over it.

This weekend was just magical...... :)

Friday, May 6, 2011

Monday, May 2, 2011

Just got my acceptance letter from UW English Honors =)

Next year = hard, but good!