Manuka's Place

Monday, September 26, 2005

I think that is light at the end of the tunnel


Wow! What a few weeks. Man, I have been soooooo busy. Not that I really have a break right now, but things have eased up a bit. My ethics class meets for the last time tomorrow night and I couldn't be more pleased. My group is one of the three presenting and I think we are ready. We still need to form a paper but I hope that its not too hard. It has been difficult working in a group on a grad school project. We all have different ideas and they don't always match. We have really struggled but I think it has been for the best. I start round two for this semester on October 4th. I will have two classes, Greek II and Pastoral Theology. Each class only meets once a week for ten weeks so it is not as impacted. I am really loving my computer design class. I am just about to finish up my project for Corel Painter. I will be painting a landscape with the computer by using a picture as a clone source. It sounds complex or rather Star Wars, but it really is cool. I will try and post my project as soon as I finish. My piano class is plugging right along. It has been a bit better since most people now have headphones and are not interrupting the professor during class. I am learning a lot but unfortunately I am finding it hard to practice. I have good intentions every day but other things seem to get in the way.

My ankle is feeling better today. It gets sore as the day goes on and doctor said that was to be expected. I hope to start physical therapy this week, that is if the insurance comes through. I am still waiting on bloodwork from the ENT doctor. She needs to check a few things before we continue with anything regarding my snoring and sleep issues.

I was on duty to preach at all four services this weekend and it has gone well. Our congregation has a parish theme every year and this year it is "On the Road Again... The Journey in Jesus", and since I came up with the theme I got to preach the first monthly installment. I used Willile Nelson's song "On The Road Again" as a metaphor for the message. I played the song in church just before the sermon I it went over well. I talked about how we are all just gypsies on the highway of life, going places we have never been, seeing things we may never see again, and making music with our friends. And how Jesus took this journey as well so our destination could be heaven. I hope to post the audio of the message on our website, but we will see because our webhost is located just east of Houston and we have not had email and our website has been down since the weekend. They have not had power since Saturday and we hope everything is all right with them. I will let you know if it gets posted. That is about it for now. Talk to you soon

Monday, September 19, 2005

Sorry folks but I had to do it.



I added "word verification" to my blog today. It is a feature that will stop spamming in the comments section of the blog. There have been a few times when my blog has been hijacked and multiple comments have been left by an automatic system. So if you want to make a comment, you will need to type in a word that is displayed. It is very simple and easy to do but I do apologize for the inconvenience.

Good News

Just a short update on things. I still have a lot on my plate, but it is getting less crowded right now. My Ethics class will be done next Tuesday and I still have some work for that. I am preaching this Sunday so I have some work to do on my sermon. My Wed. Bible study is going well and I am almost prepared for the next few weeks. Adoption paperwork has been on hold for a bit while we find some time.

On the medical front, I went to the foot and ankle specialist today and he said I don't have to wear the big black boot anymore (YEEEE HAAAA!). He is pretty sure that what the other doctors saw as bonechips are remnants of old injuries. He is sending me to physical therapy for a month and then he will re-evaluate my ankle. For now it will be a bit painful as I may have some regression switching back to regular shoes but that is expected. There may be a chance of surgery after my re-eval. but we will cross that bridge later. I go back to the ENT this week as well, my ears are much better and I should have the results of some bloodwork then.

Thank you for all your prayers. I will keep you updated when I get a chance.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

One more thing...

I almost forgot I also have to write a sermon for Sep. 25th.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Please Stand By!


I will have to take a break from posting for at least a week or two. I am under a tremendous amount of work right now. Here is the list so you can pray (I'm not kidding).

-Presentation and research paper for ethics class (30 min presentation &15 page paper)
-Presentation about Mission Alaska for this Sunday (Powerpoint & Bible Study)
-Bible study on our parish theme for Sep. 18th
-C.S. Lewis Bible Study (starts Sep. 14th)
-New young adult group starting on Sep. 24th (at my house)
-Developing advertising for our move to three morning services in Oct.
-Project for Computer Design class
-Shut-in calls
-Three more Dr. Appointments
-Possible surgery on my ankle
-Adoption paperwork to finish

Thanks for your prayers.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Party On Dude!


When I was in college I used to be a regular at dollar Tuesdays at Edwards Cinema in Irvine. Many of us would go every Tuesday since Wednesdays were always light days academically at good ole' Christ College. There was a time when Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure was playing and I went about four weeks in a row. I loved that movie. I still think it is pretty good. Some of the best work from Mr. Roboto Keanu Reeves. The reason I bring this up is that my Seminary class that I am taking right now is called "Christian Ethics and Culture". So far we have been studying the philosophy of ethics with a lot of time spent studying the ancient philosophers. I have been hip deep in Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Mill, Kant, Nietzsche etc. Boy those guys know how to write big, long, drawn out sentences. YIKES! So we have spent many hours with Socrates and I can't help thinking about how Bill S. Preston esq. and Ted Theodore Logan go back in time to get people from history for their project. Something was definately amiss at the Circle K. One of the unfortunate travelers is ole' Socrates. Now Bill and Ted aren't the sharpest crayons in the box and they call him So-crates. Now all through class I am thinking about So-crates and not Socrates. That movie has tainted philosophy for me forever. So here I am in class and I don't think there is a soul in my class who shares this nugget of info so I am relegated to having a party in my head. It is still a party, but not as fun. I wonder if "Wild Stallions" can play for my ordination. Party On Dude!!

In other news, I have an MRI today for my ankle. Yeah, I am moving at the speed of insurance, then off to the specialist next week. So nothing new there. This just in: The CT scan shows I have a brain.... and good sinuses. Next for me with the ENT is a new sleep study. I can't wait to be hooked up to about a million wires again and have someone watch me sleep in that green haze of night vision. Now that is a job that I don't want. On the Adoption front: I have filled out most of the paperwork. What a chore, but it is done. We will send it in next week and then wait for processing (about 2 weeks) after it is processed and there are no red flags, we can get fingerprinted and signed up for our class. That's about it from here. Talk to you later. Be Excellent to Everyone!!