Why blog?

It's therapeutic... specially for dorks like me who communicate better when they have the chance to process their thoughts, select their words, and write precisely what they want to say. As much as I'm a "talker", I stumble, stutter, and don't always say things right. English as a second language might have something to do with that (unfortunately, I don't think I could blog in Spanish... I lost my grammar in that language). I like to pour out my thoughts and leave it out there in the cosmos (or the world wide web) for other people to mull over...

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Man it's freezing!

I have been wanting to blog about like... 5 different things, but I hardly get the uninterrupted chance to sit down and put together a sentence. That's life with children at home. That's also life when you have the attention span of a gerbil.

I've been reading the Bible and there's a lot of "mini sermons" I have on those. As of today I've read from Genesis thru 2 Thessalonians, and I'm happy about that! The Bible speaks life into me when I read it. Specially lately, I've been reading the pauline epistles on my pocket-size NLT New Testament (so my purse I take to work doesn't weigh a ton), and I love the instructions that God gives His people, to love each other and honor Him. I have select verses in Ephesians and Colossians.

Like, there's the thought process that the Holy Spirit is God's deposit into us... a way of saying that He owns us, but He's coming back for us later... That we are God's investment into the world, growing and yielding a return for His kingdom. Then there's the thought that we are to receive Christ's inheritance; that everything that God owns here on earth is for the blessing and the provision of His children... Wow these things have floored me as I chew on them day by day.

I also read James as a part of a daily devotional, and it talked about how sin is conceived when by our own evil desires we are enticed. The evil thought gives birth to sin, and sin when it's mature leads to death. I read this and I found the one situation where abortion is appropriate! Mankind is willing to terminate a life because it's inconvenient, but we let wickedness grow like weeds and we are lax to address issues that lead to our destruction. My soap box commentary.

I also haven't blogged lately because of a new job. I'm a paralegal for two immigration attorneys. I love it! I'm not interested in law AT ALL but I love helping people with the destiny that brought them to the US. Every case is different, and every need is different. Every file I look at tells a story, and I get to learn a lot of different life stories. I also get to meet a lot of different people. That makes everything all the more awesome!

I also love being out of the house, and going somewhere else. I get to go to downtown Anchorage and experience a bit of the city life. That's awesome. And it's an experience that is entirely my own, which is nice. It's nice to have "my own thing" to do, something that's uniquely mine and I don't have to share with the kids or with Paul. And then I get to go home to my kids and Paul and it's great!

I also ride the bus. I haven't used the public transportation system since I lived in Venezuela. Praise God it's working out great, and I get 30 minutes of sitting dazed, looking out the window, getting a scenic route... Or I get to read those 30 minutes uninterrupted. I love it! Although there's weird people on the bus from time to time. Yesterday I got on the bus and this one guy looked at me and gave me the biggest grin - you would've thought I was his Christmas present... It was creepy and I walked past him and sat in the back! It didn't help that he was scrawny like George McFly and looked like the kind of people whose social skills are only so-so.

But I wait for the bus in 10-16 degree weather, with fog, in ankle-high snow. My sticks of gum and my drinks for work freeze while I'm waiting to get on the bus. I can probably take frozen TV dinners to work this winter w/o worrying about them thawing on my way there. And I have to walk 2.5 blocks to get to the bus stop. I look at the trees frosted over, and it really is a Winter Wonderland. I praise God, I pray (specially that the bus isn't late... unless I'm running late!). I'm getting my exercise every day too.

On top, I'm going to the gym early morning, with Paul. We work out then too. It gives me more energy for the day (which is good, because I only sleep 4 hours during the night), and I feel happier. I think I'm down from a pre-pregnancy 16 to a 12, and hopefully I'll keep dropping! It's a goal to go below 160 lbs, and I'm 12 lbs over that goal but I've only been trying to lose weight for the past 2 weeks. I can do it! I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.