Yikes. It’s 2011.

Sooooooo……..you wake up and realize it’s 2011.  I remember welcoming in Y2K like it was yesterday and quickly realizing how stupid “Y2K” sounded when I said it, and then I realize the seniors we are currently teaching were in second grade in the year 2000. What?!

In the Akridge house 2010 was good for concerts and not so good for films.  We enjoyed Inception and The Fighter and a few other smaller films, but overall it was a weak year.  I remember when we would go to the movie theater every other week and now we’re lucky to see a movie every month or two.

We enjoyed The Dead Weather who aren’t for everyone but we were blown away.  We got our yearly Over the Rhine fix, and greatly enjoyed The National and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.  On a whim we saw Alice in Chains and a friend was able to move us up close and we lived to tell about it.

We feel somewhat at home going to concerts.  We seem to always meet a stranger and “connect” with them.  (Isn’t that one of the new church buzzwords I’m supposed to be using?)

In 2011 the Lord is going to give us many more opportunities to meet a stranger and not always at a show.  We have been moving toward starting a church/ministry and 2011 seems to be the year for the talk to turn into something tangible.  January 22nd is the date stuck in our minds.

As for our family, we have discussed adding to our number.  Since we don’t have a company to pay for our health insurance we took a step of faith to begin paying into maternity on our own, in preparation for the possibility.  Who knows?

We enjoy where we have lived for the past 2 1/2 years but it’s time to find a bit bigger place.  It will be interesting to see how God provides it.  He will.

How was your 2010?  Good?  Bad?  Regrets?  Successes?

Life is like a salad one day and a triple-cheese-baconator the next.  Some days I feel like I could take on the world and other days I want to fall asleep resting in a Twinkie coma. Mmmmm….Twinkies.  I’ll be right back.

You keep hoping this year will finally be the year you “arrive” and then you realize what Lester Bangs once said is true, “Well, one day we’ll all meet each other on our long journey to the middle.”  The ups and downs of 2010 remind me that true Arrival won’t happen until I’m dead.

Such is life.  We were never created to be beings who knew how to handle our existence or to make any sort of sense of it on our own.

In the movie “Reality Bites”  Troy Dyer (Ethan Hawke) has a father who has just passed away.  While sitting on a beach waxing nostalgic he says among other things, “….so I take pleasure in the details.  You know…a quarter pounder with cheese, those are good, the sky about ten minutes before it starts to rain, the moment when your laughter becomes a cackle… and I, I sit back and I smoke my Camel Straights and I ride my own melt.”

We ride our own melt.  God never intended for us to try to temper Him.

How about we end with a “things I’m thankful for” list?  Non-churchy version.  Let’s go with 10.

1. Peanut butter.  Nothing like a scoop of peanut butter to kill the hunger.  I’m still trying to figure out how not to waste the tiny little bit stuck to the very bottom of the ice cream scoop.

2. My wife.  (Second to peanut butter?!  She appreciates me being random and not worshiping her, so peanut butter is number one.  Move on.)  I have a true partner.  She inspires, encourages (with love most of the time), passionately shares in love of music and film, loves God more than she loves me, rarely laughs at anything I do keeping me humble and persistent, and lets me open jars to make me feel manly.

3. A job that allows us to work together and show 100+ teenagers what a good marriage looks like.  Most of them have no concept of a good marriage.

4. A job that pays so little we have no choice but to look to the Lord to financially make it every month.  Our last three jobs have come with a pay cut, but our potential for eternal impact has increased at the same rate.

5. Our couch reclines and I ain’t never goin’ back.

6. Space heaters

7. Purpose

8. Diet Mountain Dew (My lady demands and expects to see a perfect physique every day when I enter the kitchen for my morning coffee so I drink the diet instead of the regular. Did I mention that every year I update her David Beckham calendar collection for the fridge?)

9. A reason

10. Passing second grade.

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One Response to Yikes. It’s 2011.

  1. lee stillinger says:

    ok, i have to be honest here – this is some of the most enjoyable reading i have done in quite some time. (you really need to read a good book, right?) seriously! i think you need to bind this up (along with about 200 more pages) and send this to a publisher! heck, i would buy it and read it. although i would hope to get an autographed copy since i use to hang out with the authors before they became rich, famous, and had a “crib”. thanks for the vibe. i’ll be chillin now…..ahhh

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