Wacky Wednesday

So in an effort to blog more I have cool titles like today is Wacky Wednesday. Because lets face it Wednesdays can just be nuts. Here in the middle of the week the night mare that was Monday is only a memory And the glimmer of hope that Friday will be is just to far away. Now, of course, there’s no guarantee that I’ll actually blog more, but hey I’ll try, you never know do you!?!?!

Anyway the other thing that made today wacky is the song I woke up hearing this morning. No it wasn’t a Steam Powered Giraffe song … well I guess I should clarify when I woke up at 2a.m. this morning the song running through my head versus the song that woke me up at 630 which was Brass Goggles by Steam Powered Giraffe.

Make Believe – Steam Powered Giraffe

My summer was filled with fun, by meeting the singing automatons, the Steam Powered Giraffe.
The video below was done on their last day of performances at the zoo. Sadly, I couldn’t be there, though it would have been crazy fun! Michael Reed, one of the pet humans, has a little problem with his guitar and the results. Entertaining… Love how quick thinking Rabbit is.

Here appears to be one of (if not the first performance of Make Believe with a bonus track of Little Birdie. Of course, Rabbit improvises here as well.  Gotta love his creativity!!

If you like to know what Rabbit is suppose to say then this video is the one to watch.

See You Around

This past Sunday at about 1:30 am a dear friend went home to be with the Lord. It’s been a tough week dealing with this lost.  Today driving home I was listing to Petra when this song came on and reminded me of some of the foundational truths.  That we shall be together again where there will be no more fears and no more tears.
And for our Spanish  speaking friends….

Friday night and here I sit

Here I sit on a Friday night, watching old reruns of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Isn’t that pathetic!?!? It’s okay, I’ve come to accept that is the story of my life these days. This was a busy week with lots of highs and lows.

I got to spend some quality time with a couple of good friends this week. I took pictures at the APU Baseball game Wednesday night. They won 12-2. You can check out my pictures from the game here: http://www.apu.edu/athletics/baseball/stories/18353/

This week I received one of the best requests for assistance I think I’ve ever received.  I almost cried from laughing to hard.  Here it is for your reading pleasure.  Of course, the very creative author asked me to name names.

The Office that shall remain nameless wishes to extend an invitation for you to conduct a private screening and primer on the wonders of Google docs.   Items of concern most particular to the nature of our work will benefit from your tutelage as you share the vast areas of your expertise.   Your audience will consist of captivated and motivated learners, eager to bask in the highlight of Holly.  That just trips over the tongue, doesn’t it?  The Highlights of Holly…..I’ll work on that.

In turn, not only will you receive the sincere gratitude of your audience, though small in number but mighty with enthusiasm, you will be treated with a small token of our appreciation. 

After receiving your anticipated acceptance of this offer, I will be happy to schedule the date and time for our “Highlights with Holly Hour”.  (There!  How does that sound?)

Eagerly awaiting your reply…….

Of course, I said yes, after all I can hardly wait for my “treat.”  It is an office of wonderful people that are a joy to be with and I love the opportunity to talk about Google Docs and helping people see how it will fit for their work.

I’ve used this video several times, but it’s the one that wakes me up every morning.  Which is a really bad song to hear on Mondays, let me tell you. But it’s Friday and time to celebrate! (It looks like my original video doesn’t exist anymore, but here’s a live performance)

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

I’m blown away at the fact that this is the third day of December and only 28 days left in 2011. I remember as a kid complaining about how long summer was and my dad would tell me, just wait the older you get the faster the time will go by.  Was he ever right?  Hard to believe he’s been gone 17 years this month.

Things have been busy, of course.  I’ve been doing a lot of photography. My baby girl, Lily, is getting to be more and more fun, her Mom and I are going to need to be more creative since she is no longer satisfied sitting in one place looking cute. I did a family photo shoot the beginning of November and the pictures came out GREAT. I was so please. Of course there was APU football, women’s soccer and volleyball that presented some great challenges and some nice opportunities. I did pictures for one of the departments at the beginning of the school year and hopefully will be doing pictures for our Campus Safety in the near future as well. 

Christmas means music. I didn’t do a choir at church this year, when I should have been planning all of that, I was extremely tired. But we are still doing lots of music and having fun with a new guitarist on the team. 

Work has been good, lots of challenges. But I’m enjoying my new office, though I miss the beauty of East Campus and ready access to our students. I need to find the balance of enjoying my solitude in my office and spending time with the students.

One of my new projects is Bible 360. It came out of a conversation I had with a friend of mine who is a relatively new Christian talking about wanting to read all the way through the Bible, starting at the beginning. And although I think it is important to read the all the Bible, I struggle with the concept. I don’t think God necessarily wants us to read every chapter of the Bible in a year as much as He wants us to read the Bible every day of the year.  So the idea with Bible 360, is read one chapter of the Bible a day. Reading the New Testament, Proverbs and about half of the Psalms. I finished the schedule today.  I’ll use the website and the church’s facebook page to post the schedule as well as have schedules that people can have and put in their Bibles. I’m excited about it and hope it can involve more than just my church family.  I need to write the January posts so they can be ready to go. 

I had hoped to introduce this song tomorrow, but we just weren’t ready. But it’s a great song…

So impulsive!

OK. So I heard of this website called flavors.me It allows you to tie websites, social networking into one place.  Kind of cool and like a dork I signed up for the pro!  I don’t know why!?!?  It just seemed like a good idea at the time.  Now… I’m asking myself WHY!?!?!?  Thankfully, it wasn’t too expensive, but still.  I’m such a dork sometimes.

Anyway, I’m thinking about moving “magnusonhouse.com” to point at flavors.me/hollymag321 

So when you go to magnusonhouse.com you’ll have links to all my websites and a preview of what I have to say.  Exciting right?

I haven’t posted a video in a while, here’s another one from one of my favorite groups Chicago

Wednesday Morning Chuckle… or Not


Been awhile since I shared one of these forwarded emails, but this one made me chuckle…

Groaners: Three Prayers

1. Here’s one direct from my son who at four years old had started attending a Christian daycare. The evening of his
third day there, he insisted on saying “grace” at dinner. This was his prayer:
“Gone is great! Gone is good! Let us spank him for our food.
(By Kas Healy)

2. One particular four-year-old prayed:
“And forgive us our trash baskets as we forgive those who put trash in our baskets.”

3. A teacher was drilling his young students on the Westminster Confession of Faith. The first question in the
catechism is “What is the chief end of man?” The answer: “To glorify God and enjoy Him forever.”

One youngster seemed quite sure of himself as he anxiously waved his hand for recognition.
When the teacher called his name, he proudly blurted out,

“The chief end of man is to glorify God and annoy Him forever!”

He was possibly more right than we’d care to admit.

Here’s one of my favorite songs on Prayer: