February was great because I did not travel for the whole month. I love traveling, but it adds stress. It was nice to slow down a little bit (as much as anyone who is working part-time and going to seminary full-time can). The last day of February brings a trip. I am driving to Minneapolis to meet a group and head to a conference in Louisville, Kentucky.
Real talk: I am sick of wearing boots. I never really thought I would say that, but I definitely am. I am ready for winter to be OVER. I am ready to wear normal shoes without worrying about stepping in a pile of snow. I am ready for light spring jackets and no more winter coats. I am ready to watch the weather forecast and not see blizzards in my future. I know I live in North Dakota, but I am so over winter. Is it May yet?
I did not do much fun reading this month. That makes me sad inside because I love fun reading. But, instead, this is my reality:
In case you are interested, I have been trying to track my reading on Goodreads.
TV & Movies
Is February the month where TV shows go into hibernation? I watched some of the Olympics this month. This, of course, results in me crying every time. I find I always have this desire for everyone to win. When they play the athletes’ stories beforehand, especially when they have gone through trials, I am gone. I am a crier.
I started watching 30 Rock on Netflix. It has been nice, each night before night to wind down, I’ve been watching an episode. And, you guys. This:
Also, can I just tell you I love watching Jeopardy! This may mean I am an elderly person, but it’s true. I own floral cardigans, so clearly I am embrace inner old person. I am quite excited for the return of the Jeopardy! Battle of the Decades.
I did watch Clueless on Netflix. Feel free to judge, but I’m holding to my opinion that it is a classic.
I try to maintain viewership of Parks and Recreation, New Girl, The Mindy Project, Parenthood, and Bones. I have almost entirely given up on The Vampire Diaries (don’t tell my college roommate).
Articles & Videos
Since I am a youth pastor in a small town, I really enjoyed this article: “10 Reasons Rural Ministry Is Great” by April Fiet:
Farmers might invite you to ride with them in the combine at harvest time. Schools might ask you to assist with coaching or substitute teaching. Local community clubs offer the opportunity for your church to connect with the community in a meaningful way. These kinds of opportunities – and many others – are available to the rural church pastor in a way that may not be true in larger communities.
I am not from a charismatic background, but I found this post to be really beautiful. From Deeper Story, “A Careful Charismatic”:
My language shifted. Gone were my careless words, my over-familiarity with the divine and casual talk of how the Spirit was at work here or there. I held my tongue more. I watched. I listened. My hunger for justice deepened. I saw the Spirit at work in places I’d missed before, and it broke me and freed me at the same time.
I don’t stay up late enough (again, I am an old person!) to watch The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, but I watch clips:
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