Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Some Things Better Left Unheard

As I sit at my desk trying very hard to concentrate on my work, there is the most obnoxious noise coming from out of one of the offices. I figure if I don't say a name, then maybe this won't sound so mean...but I have never heard such an offensive laugh in my entire life. Maybe offensive is not the word to use, because I know its not intentional - but its causes myself and others around me to cringe so badly, you would think we were all involved in the taping of a Seinfeld show. Is this for real? I'm trying hard to think of other things to share with you - but the "nails on the chalkboard" in the background is all that fills my mind.

OK - on to more interesting things. Church on Sunday was GREAT! Praise God we may have found us a home! We're still walking into this cautiously to see if its where we truly want to lay our roots down, but the first impression was definitely a positive one. The worship was a perfect balance for Jason and I. It was a great mix of upbeat and contemporary worship with plenty of hymns and not overly charismatic. The band was awesome and the leadership humble. The church is called Harpeth Community Church and was recommended to us by my friend Kelley Skiles, who also lives here in Nashville (some of you may remember her from the MC trip to Dallas 10 years ago.) They're temporarily meeting in Centennial High School in Franklin until they get a building of their own - I would say between 400-500 people attend, though it could be more when not over a holiday weekend. It was also very important to both Jason and I that we find a church that used A LOT of scripture in the teaching. And not like one verse to base an entire two hours on - but really diving into a lot of the Word of God to get out the meat and truly challenge us. The head pastor is Dr. Bobby Harrington. That's right Dr. It appears, that he has a doctorate in theology....yea!! His teaching style reminded me of a combination of my own father and Pastor Stone rolled into one. He was real, honest, passionate and NORMAL. :-) He looked like the rest of us - someone you could understand and relate to. On Sunday he spoke on the end times - and where we're heading. Not necessarily all the tribulation details, but what scripture says about where we are today - where our kids are, how to train them, how to lead, how to follow God. It was very refreshing and we walked away with a peace and feeling challenged. I think for the first time in months, I felt the Spirit of God in a church and was even brought to tears a couple times. There is a 101 class coming up that we're going to check into, just to see what exactly they believe, their vision statement et...then we should have a lot better idea on whether this is home for us or not. Keep praying for us - for wisdom and discernment!!! If you want to check out more on Harpeth Community Church, you can go to: www.harpethcc.com

We had a great time together this last weekend - though of course it went by too fast. I waited up for Jason on Friday for him to come home from work and we watched a few episodes of Lost (we're trying desperately to catch up!). Then Saturday we got up and watched MORE Lost and headed to the gym. Yes, I'm still working out :-) After the gym we chilled at Starbucks in our sweats sipping coffee, but only for a little while - cause we had to get home....TO WATCH MORE LOST! We were Lost nuts all weekend. And we couldn't stop either. One more episode...ok, just one more. Then Jason was off to work and I caught up on some much needed conversation with my dear friend Jess over in Korea. After not having the best night at work, Jason came home early and we headed to bed so we would be well rested for church the next day. You might be wondering why it wasn't the best night at work for Jason - well let me just tell you. Because freakin foreigners don't know how to tip! This is a serious problem for wait staff who make their living off their customers. There should be a worldwide bulletin informing foreigners that if you want to come to the States, there are some rules you MUST follow and tipping is one of them!! Jason had a table come in from Europe and they're bill came to $197 and THEY TIPPED $3.00!!! Yes, as in three one dollar bills!! I asked him what he did when they left him three bucks and he said he asked them - "Is this meant for the valet?" Atta baby! Morons. What an insult. Did you all know that minimum wage for a tipped employee in the state of Tennessee is $2.13? It's true! Arghhh!!! ............... (inhale....exhale...).......Ok - I've vented, I feel better now.

Sunday we were more productive :-) Actually we were crazy busy - we went to church, then shopped at Macy's, Bath & Body Works and Kirklands. We also saw The Guardian - which was very good. And in the evening we went over to Sarah & Chris' for dinner. It was a great weekend and I wished it would have lasted longer - if only we had Columbus Day off!!

The laughing has ended now, I guess I can get back to work. :-) oh and hey! Don't forget to leave us a comment!!


Anonymous said...

Oh. I miss our lost times. with those number puzzles. Such bittersweet times. Jason should have punched those people. Yippy for finding a home church! My fingers are crossed for ya. Love you guys.

Anonymous said...

So when I move to Europe, I wont tip in honor of Jason:)
Loved our talk!
Jess (still living in Asia)

Katrina Hope said...

When you mentioned the tip I kept hearing Jason's english accent saying "Come on, are we not the worst tippers?" And then is southern response, "Yeah, yeah you are." lol. Its part of the story he told me about his favorite english diners. I'm sorry about the crapy tip! What percentage is that even... 3%? I'm hanging out at home right now, I took a nap to catch up on all the sleep I missed this week, lol, and now I think I am gonna watch a movie by myself because todd and rob bailed on me it appears. Oh well. Time alone is good. I love you and wish you were here to watch the movie with me:(
Love you,
Your youngest sister, Kati, one of two living in Seattle. ;)

Anonymous said...

Kim, I love your blog. Thank you so much for sharing all the interesting details of your life with your frinds and loved ones left behind in Seattle.
Your writing skills are really quite wonderful, has nayone told you that?
Later, Debbie Kellogg