The (white) Elephant in the Room

December 12, 2008

Tonight is our RVC staff Christmas party.  I’m writing this post ahead of time and scheduled it to post sometime while I’m at the party in case any staffers other than Luke read my blog.  Anyway, we were told to bring a white elephant gift.  And if you know me well at all, you know that I don’t mess around with things like these.  I don’t think anyone will be able to top my gift.  I gave the same exact gift at a college group leadership Christmas party I went to at my previous church 3 years ago.  It went over well so I’m hoping for a similar reaction tonight!  3 years ago my buddy Dylan (photoshop master) edited the photo for me.  I somehow lost his final product so I had to do it all myself.  I worked on it late last night and this is what I ended up with:

Overall, I’m pretty happy with the result.  I did the best I could.  Taking out the background was kind of sucky, but thanks to several photoshop tutorials, I was able to get it done.

Here’s the final product before I wrapped it:
white elephant 2008 final product
I signed it to my #1 fan.  Don’t worry, I’m not that arrogant.  Just thought it was funny! 


What are some white elephant gifts you’ve given in the past (or giving this year)?



December 12, 2008

I suck at remembering words.  Especially God’s word.  I read my bible but it’s a constant struggle for me to memorize scripture.  I’ve always been bad at it.  In elementary school I was your typical Awana kid, only it took me three years to finish my first book.  They definitely kept me around for my mad Awana Olympic skills… yeah, I dare you to challenge me at tug-o-war or a relay race!  Anyway, it seems as I get older I should be getting better at it, but that’s not the case.  I’m not the best at reciting 100% accurate song lyrics (just ask Luke) either, but there are still quite a few songs that I could sing from start to finish in my sleep.  I really want the same to be the case with scripture.  Maybe it’s because I listen to music WAY more than I read my bible.  That’s probably my first problem.  But I want that to change.  I think I need more repetition when it comes to reading my bible.  That’s one of my goals for 2009.  I want to be able to recite more scripture.


Top LP’s and EP’s of 2008

December 9, 2008

Since the end of the year is approaching, it’s time for me to list my top 10 favorite albums of 2008.  As an added bonus, I’m going to also include my top 5 favorite EP’s as well.  I realize I’m going to be ridiculed for some of my choices, but it is what it is.  But as always, feel free to share what you think should have been on the list instead.

I’ll start with the Top 5 EP’s of 2008:
1.  Lights – Lights EP
2.  Brighten – Early Love EP
3.  Jon Foreman – Spring EP
4.  Deas Vail – White Lights EP
5.  The Glorious Unseen – Cries of the Broken EP

Top 10 Albums of 2008:
1.  Lydia – Illuminate
2.  The New Frontiers – Mending
3.  Copeland – You Are My Sunshine
4.  Coldplay – Viva la Vida
5.  Travis – Ode to J. Smith
6.  Nada Surf – Lucky
7.  The Envy Corps – Dwell
8.  Phil Wickham – Sing Along
9.  Edison Glass – Time is Fiction
10.  Oasis – Dig Out Your Soul


Tim’s Christmas Mix ’08

December 3, 2008

Every year I put together a Christmas mix.  I gather all my favorite Christmas music and then narrow them down to 80 minutes in order for all the songs to fit on one cd.  There are a couple other Christmas albums coming out later this December that I might be interested in but I didn’t want to wait that long to make my mix.  I went with more of a pop-indie route this year.  I hope you find a song or two that you enjoy from it.

1. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” – Relient K
2. “Do You Hear What I Hear” – Copeland
3. “Happy Christmas (War is Over)” – Sense Field
4. “Bittersweet Eve” (technically this is a new years eve song but I love it.) – Belasana
5. “Ho Ho Hopefully” – The Maine
6. “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” – Death Cab For Cutie
7. “I Celebrate The Day” – Relient K
8. “Merry Christmas Baby” – Brighten
9. “Silent Night” – House of Heroes
10. “(Ho Ho Hey) A Way for Santa’s Sleigh” – Emery
11. “Christmas is Here” – Number One Fan
12. “Santa Clause if Coming to Town” – Franc Castillejos
13. “Oh Holy Night” – The Fold
14. “Merry Christmas, Here’s to Many More” – Relient K
15. “A Merry Little Christmas” – Aaron Marsh
16. “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” – Dustin Kensrue
17. “I Hate Christmas Parties” – Relient K
18. “Maybe This Christmas” – Ron Sexsmith
19. “Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella” – Joy Williams
20. “Winter Paradise (I Miss You This Christmas)” – Liam and Me
21. “Holidays” – New Atlantic
22. “Holy, Holy, Holy” – Sufjan Stevens


What songs by artists are you listening to this Christmas season?  What songs was I stupid for leaving out?


No Shave November Finale

December 1, 2008

It’s December 1st which means a month of no shaving and no trimming has come to a close.  Some have put in their two cents.  “You should shave”  “Just have a mustache”  “rock the fu manchu” etc.  While I have taken all of those into consideration I think I’m going to keep the beard for a while.  I’ve had a beard off and on for a couple years but never for this long at one time.  So I don’t think I’ll be shaving just yet… but I cannot wait to clean it up and do some trimming.  It’s about time (as you’ll see in the pictures below).  To be honest I’m a little disappointed with the results.  It seems like it all grew in the first two and a half weeks… and the last week and a half didn’t do much.  Maybe I’ve peaked in my facial hair growing abilities.  But I won’t give up.  Not yet anyway.

clean shaved


I know I know, some most of that looks nasty.  Thanks for your love and support over this month.  I couldn’t have done it without you guys.


The Comfort Seat

November 30, 2008

As some of you know, I sold my Blazer last week.  Where as before I was advised to not drive the dangerous car, now I don’t even have that choice.  But really, it’s a blessing.  It feels like a huge weight has been lifted.  I’m glad to see it go… even if it wasn’t on mutual terms.  Since I couldn’t get much money for it I was left with just few options for transportation.  I decided to spend a portion of it on a decent bicycle.  I should be able to get a little bit further on that than I can just walking.  Road/hybrid bikes typically come with uncomfortable seats, or saddles as they’re called.  I’m all about being comfortable so I began to research comfortable saddles and this is what I have come up with so far.

Please check out this site and PLEASE watch the video.  I got a good laugh.

Second choice:

sold at this site.

I think I’d rather be sore than use either of those seats.  I’m sure I’ll be able to find a happy medium.


Anglican, or Angelic?

November 29, 2008

If I wasn’t in youth ministry I probably would never come across something like this:


This is one of my students on Facebook.  I’m pretty sure they have no idea what Anglican means.  I’m banking this was a mistake, or they thought it was another word.  Anyway, I thought it was cute funny.  Gotta love kids!