Archive for March, 2011

An endurance test.

I was never one of those kids that could run. Swimming I was pretty decent with if it didn’t exceed 4 laps or 100 meters, but when it came to running, every time it felt like my lungs were going to either explode or implode from inefficient breathing. It’s been so long since I ran I can’t even remember the sensation enough to describe it, but let’s just say it was no fun.

However, when it comes to spiritual exercise, joining the church in Irvine in their truth pursuit program for the Life-Study of Exodus by Witness Lee has been a test of endurance to say the least. I wouldn’t say it’s painful on the lungs, as the reading has actually been healthy in terms of spiritual breathing, but it has been more like a disjointed sprinting, tripping, running off the track, finding the way back to the track, going at a steady pace, and jumping over hurdles, warming up, cooling down, and a 3-legged race kind of experience to get through the 185 chapters.

I’ve tried sequestering myself at coffee shops to carve out the time to read a chapter or catch up on a “few” missed chapters…

I’ve tried catching a page or two at yogurt shops while waiting to meet up with friends for lunch…

But the best help I’ve had so far is sticking to Thursday night readings with a couple other gals from my small group. This has definitely been most helpful in staying on schedule and being accountable. Thanks Cchu and P.Zo for being such faithful study buddies!! Only like 100 more chapters to go…well…according to the schedule, I don’t think we’ll finish until March 2012. Not too bad…since we’re in the 3rd volume of 4 for the greenbacks..and we just finished chapter 92 tonight out of the 185…almost 50% complete, minus the handful of chapters I have yet to make up in the 80s. Woohoo!! :)

Please pass the bread…

My housemate made calzones for dinner but her first attempt left a lump of dough that just didn’t seem to be the right consistency. Rather than chucking the sticky dough, I attempted to turn it into Fruit Bread. Somewhat going by a random recipe I found in my book, I took a stab at playing with the dough blob and after a lot more flour, raisins, dried cranberries, fresh squeezed OJ, an egg, butter, a lot more flour, some milk, sugar, a lot of heat and a lot of time, voila! I made bread for the first time!!! It’s nice and light…and the perfect sweetness…who needs 85C when you can bake your own “FRESH BREAD!”

It worked!! Phew...

X-treme Photography.

Extreme sports. Extreme dating. Extreme eating. Lots of people go to the extreme. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. But enough on that for now. I had a chance to go to Joshua Tree for a nice chillaxing weekend with good company and good food. Nothing beats RV camping…that’s a 4-star camping experience for sure!

For a couple of my friends, amazing and passionate photographers, it was their chance to explore dimensions of extreme photography, whether it was climbing jumbo rocks with heels, leaping from boulder to boulder to set up a flash with seconds before all the lighting would change and make the perfect picture obsolete, or trying not to get stabbed with thorns and thistles to get the right shot with the right light… Meanwhile, I had fun taking some shots of my own with my iphone. Not too shabby for a camera phone. :)

Matthew Saville in Action!

Matthew doesn't give up and uses every shred of light there is!

Emily Ivey in action!

I on the other hand very much enjoyed cooking in the posh RV, the hearty breakfasts, s’mores around the campfire, and the easy rock climbing…living the simple life with no access to the internet or phones…learning to live in the present, here, and now. Good therapy for the soul…planning another trip for April. Anyone else want to join?