Sunday, October 11, 2015

I. Love. This.

Friday, October 9, 2015

The Year of Living Biblically by AJ Jacobs

 I wanted to read this book to get a different perspective. I appreciate that Jacobs took a reverent approach to studying the laws of the Bible and attempting to live them out in our modern society.  His thoughts and research helped me think about my faith in new ways.  I was disappointed that he gave much of it up at the end of the year. As a writer, I was also disappointed that he took everything literally, rather than using his knowledge of the different types of writing to actually understand the Bible.  The most helpful books I have read on biblical interpretation focus on ensuring we understand the bible as those hearing it would have understood it, taking into account aspects of prophetic, poetic, narrative, and apocalyptic literature.  It is also important to understand the Bible as a whole and how all the parts fit together.  Jacobs' focus on individual passages does not do justice to the big picture.  He also largely glossed over Jesus and the New Testament.  I felt there were some assumptions made about the knowledge of the reader on the topic and there were definitely barriers for him as someone coming from a Jewish background. He did not allow himself to fully embrace the Bible in its entirety.  Still, this was an enlightening read for me on a topic close to my heart (the Bible).

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

I love a band director

I have only made it to two rehearsals (and no performances, yet), but here's a taste of the UVA Marching Band.  I have the privilege of shadowing them to the Macy's parade this year! I'm hoping and praying for good weather!

Notre Dame game
HS Band Day v. William and Mary
Boise State game

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Jamberry nails

I wasn't sure about these, and I'm still not quite sure how they'll work out, but a friend of mine did an online party so I thought I would support her and buy a sheet.  I also won the giveaway set, which is super cute! I started with a sample accent nail as a trial.  I really liked the pattern of this jam (?).  I got too many wrinkles in it, so those drove me a bit crazy for the week they lasted. I'll get to try again with a full set soon!  My friend who sells them can be found here:

Friday, October 2, 2015

Recent recipes

I tried two absolutely delicious recipes this past week.  On can be found here:

Her original recipe suggested cooking the rice first.  I skipped that step due to the comments which said I could.  The rice turned out a little crispy, so I recommend the short cook on the rice.  Otherwise, this was delicious and I felt healthy eating this vegetable based dish.

The second recipe came from our PICU cookbook from several years ago.  It was entered by a friend who is now a travel nurse in Hawaii. Miss her! Loved the recipe!  I think anything made with sausage is absolutely delicious!