Wednesday, July 25, 2012

A song in your heart

I'm dragging a visiting S to the Depot tonight. B may even come, too.

What may be on the table. . .

A gaggle of Ruchs and maybe a Countess DeWinters-Hoffman.

ETA: Sadly, my guitarist can't make it tonight. Maybe next week...

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Scripture Mastery Yoga

Be limber--use one a day, or run the whole thing for about an hour yoga session, but stretch a little first--my knees got creaky. Just in case you need the passages. All thanks go to AP for helping me make this work!

Matthew 5:14-16 - Raised Hands pose (light of the world)
Matthew 6:24 - Opposite Hand/Head stretch (switch at "or else")
Matthew 16:15-19 - Knee hold (switch at "Thou art Peter"--if needed, use a chair)
Matthew 25:40 - Pose of offering (raised hands--into backbend)
Luke 24:36-39 - Prayer hands at heart
John 3:5 - Happy Baby or Side push mountain
John 7:17 - Mountain
John 10:16 - 5 pointed star (spread eagle)
John 14:15 - Goddess Squat (10 Commandments)
John 17:3 - Moon Pose (orbit through the verse)
Acts 7:55-56 - Extended side angle (a verse per side)
Romans 1:16 - Warrior 1
1 Corinthians 10:13 - Chair Pose
1 Corinthians 15:20-22 - Tree pose
1 Corinthians 15:29 - Reverse Warrior
1 Corinthians 15:40-42 - Sun Salute (easier variation)
Ephesians 4:11-14 - Eagle (for unity--just hands for those who aren't that limber)
2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 - Shiva Twist (Shiva isn't a Son of Perdition, but is crazy enough to seem off-kilter)
2 Timothy 3:1-5 - Wide-legged, forward bend (navel-gazing--toes in, heels out)
2 Timothy 3:16-17 - Warrior 2
Hebrews 5:4 - Toe Touch (Aaron bowed before the Lord)
James 1:5-6 - Triangle pose (reach up to God)
James 2:17-18 - Strong Armed Mountain (Left arm to the square=faith, Right arm to the square=works)
Revelation 14:6-7 - Bound Forward fold (arms in back are the wings of the Angel)
Revelation 20:12-13 - Corpse pose

Here is my little poster (I can email it to you if you want a pdf):

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Learning to like mornings, yoga, and a trip to the Depot

Just some things I've been doing lately.

- Moving back my wake up time--This doesn't work so well if I don't get to bed early enough. Monday morning, semi-okay. 6:00 am didn't work out so well. But going to bed the night before at 8 was delightful--I felt well-rested and ready to go. I did get scripture study in, but I went back to sleep. So, I tried earlier on Tuesday morning. Turns out if you go to bed at 11:40 pm, then 5:45 is too early, and by the time you have done scripture study until 6:15, you are thinking that a half-hour power nap would be perfect. Third morning, turns out 9 will have to be my bedtime if I can get up at 5. Mostly because 10:30 pm led to me looking at the alarm clock at 5:30, and saying, "meh."

- Coming up with 25 yoga poses to correlate with Scripture Mastery--post to follow.

- Expecting to sleep late again tomorrow, as tonight at 8pm, I am hitting open mic night (so more like 8:30) at the Depot, if you are bored.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

The Gods MUST be crazy

Well at least one of them. This morning I received the most daunting calling I've ever received. Some certifiable person decided that because I did so well at Primary, then I must be a good teacher (Don't they know in primary if you lesson doesn't go well, you give the kids a piece of paper and some crayons and let them draw something lesson related?).

Guess who is the new seminary teacher for the next two years? Can we say blindsided? Not even on my radar of "callings for Taunja." For 160 days (twice), I'll be teaching five days a week throughout the school year. New Testament and then Book of Mormon. Whoa.

I'm terrified and excited. And terrified.

I'm going to have to change my life to make this work. No, seriously. 6am call time, half an hour away. No more roll out of bed, grab something for breakfast/lunch out of the pantry, off to work (in 15 minutes). I'm going to have to be an adult and actually schedule my life (outside of work--not just fun activities).

When you teach little kids one day a week, it is okay if you aren't super great--they have parents for that. When you teach teenagers five days a week for two years, you could actually screw them up if you aren't good.

Things I've thought about since 8:45 this morning (the high councilor was late):

  1. Is this a joke? 
  2. Whoa?
  3. Are you sure? 
  4. Um, really?
  5. That is a lot.
  6. Whoa.
  7. Seriously?
  8. Okay, what do I remember about seminary?
  9. Brother Snyder's car.
  10. Various basements
  11. Brother Wilkinson
  12. Lee Poor
  13. Sister Simonson
  14. Daniel Ames being a jerk to the teacher
  15. Nathan fearing for his life as we sped to seminary in the mornings
  16. Being tired a lot. 
  17. Apfelskevers
  18. Friday morning muffins
  19. Showers in the dark (which I still do)
  20. Okay, what do I want to accomplish if I am actually going to do this?
  21. Life isn't perfect.
  22. Life isn't what you think it is going to be, and your plans are not God's plans.
  23. The Gospel isn't just for the kids who are sitting at the front of the class
  24. I am not going to be a usual teacher--I hope they are okay with that.
  25. No Judging Eyes--I can't wait to teach a host of teenagers about JEs.
  26. If there is any place that is going to be safe, it is going to be my classroom.
  27. Friday morning breakfasts if they seem to be engaged during the week. 
  28. Seriously, teenagers? I hated my high school years. Well, I hated parts of them--middle school was worse.
  29. Um, I am not a scriptorian. How on earth am I going to teach a bunch of kids to love the scriptures?
  30. Is this actually a prank? 
  31. Whoa.
  32. Deep breaths
  33. I think cancer may have been easier. 

And lots of lots of prayer. And tears.

Sometimes the Lord likes to lob a bunch out to left field. Turns out, I am his favorite left fielder. And I am trying my darnedest to catch it. Here goes nothing.

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