Monthly Archives: December 2012

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,800 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 10 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Curving

I decided about a month ago that I simply had to get in shape.  Sitting in front of a computer studying or going out for “coffee” with the women I have been caring about in Edmonton has not been good for my waist line or for my physical condition.  I was basically getting fat and lazy.  I think that a person actually loses energy as one does less and then it becomes a vicious cycle. 

So, anyway, I joined Curves.  An exercise place for women. 

This week I have managed to go four times.  I wonder if my body is getting in better shape?

Did you know that all of their exercise machines have little chips readers that set the machine’s resistance on an individual basis?  So as I go around this little computer chip is my personal slave driver telling me to go harder, faster, harder, more repetitions.  A virtual slave driver. And I pay for this. 

What have I come to!

Tonight I have very sore feet.  I have no idea if I have lost an ounce of weight but I do  believe I feel more energetic. 

But it hurts. 

Thank God for ibuprofen.

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St. Lucia Day

Went up to Birdies’s this morning.  Some traditions, even if they started later in life, are a good thing.  She decided that she could carry on for one more year.  Goodness knows she has earned her rest from this but we keep showing up and she feeds us.

We had no lovely young Swedish maiden with a crown of lights on her head this year but there were cardamom buns and cheese and good coffee.

Then I went and exercised faithfully to offset the extra calories. 

Now I should be studying form exam in the morning but it is very hard to get into a studying kind of mood.  Must though.

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Advent – Waiting

Seems about time to see if this blog can find new life. I wonder if things have shifted enough in how I use my time to allow me time to do some reflecting in this space.  Not sure anyone reads this anymore but mostly this is for me anyway.

I checked outside first thing this morning.  Snow again in the night.  Quite a lot.

Winter came early this year.  Now here it is, Advent already.

I seem to have expectations about Advent that are out of sync with the culture around me.  I wish I knew if this was a good or bad thing.  I love Christmas but it seems as if for most people Advent is simply a hurtling into Christmas.  As if now we are in for it in earnest so lets start the decorating and presents buying; lets get the latest decorations and put them up quickly before this season passes. 

There is a part of me that wants to do this too but am I just succumbing to the pressure of my consumerist culture? 

The other part of me screams, “WAIT!”  Advent is a time to wait.  But nobody seems to want to wait.  Including Christians.  They want to leave behind the purple of Advent and rush towards decorations – red and green and gold and all the sparkly things, the glitter and lights. 

It seems to me, and I may be wrong – as I usually seem to be – that we need to wait.  We need to consider the reasons for the waiting.  The whole universe waited for millennia till God sent his own son.  Then his presence was among us – he became one of us – was born, grew up in a human family, taught, was misunderstood, died, conquered evil and rose to offer us life too.  And now we wait for him again.  We need to remember that we are waiting people – waiting for our hope of a new creation, new life and freedom.  And while we wait we have his presence with us.  He did not leave us alone to wait in the dark.

There is so much we can learn if we take the time to wait.  A baby will arrive in good time.  Then we will celebrate!

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