Friday Fuel: Tension, Personalities, Bad Cats and Celebrity Memoirs

October 4, 2013

Friends, I hope it’s been a good week for you as it has been for me.  It’s been an often breathless, tiring, amazing week.

You know, quite often I’m kind of repulsed by the nonsense that I find in my Facebook feed, as I’m sure you are too.  But this was one of those weeks where, I don’t know if it was by divine conspiracy or just dumb luck, but there were just a lot of great things that came my way.  I’m just continually thankful for the wisdom and humor of the friends I’ve picked up along the way of blogging.

Anyway, these are a few of the things that fueled me this week.

In My Classroom

I’m always pleased when students surprise me with their creative ingenuity.  It always makes me look good.  In fact, my students make me

Rawr!  I'm a cat.

Rawr! I’m a cat.

look so good that this week, I sent some student work to it’s first destination in a tour around the city that I set up.

But quite often, all of our attempts at excellence turn out…well, badly.  And I hear so many groans and complaints that it’s actually refreshing to hear a student just laugh at themselves when something goes so horribly awry that it can’t be saved.  This drawing is probably the scariest, funniest looking “cat” I’ve ever seen, and the artist’s reaction was probably the best smile I’ve seen all week.  When the student asked for a new piece of paper, I asked her to sign her work for my archives.  Maybe I’ll turn it into a card upon her high school graduation.  Either way, it’s awesome, and is a great lesson in the not-so-terrible nature of failure.

In My Kindle

51O5o-cFKQL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_I’m going to make a confession, which I’m a bit embarrassed about.

My new reading kick is celebrity memoirs.

I know, I never would have predicted it either.  But after Jim Gaffigan’s book, the Kindle recommended some others to me.  My first pick was Mindy Kaling’s book.  First, it wasn’t awful.  Second, it’s refreshing to see a more three-dimensional, human side of people you only know on TV.  And third, I don’t care, don’t judge me.

In My Blog Reader

I was, for the first time in my life, quite pleased with the finale of a show that I’ve invested so much emotion into for five years.  Breaking Bad ended in just the way I think it should have.  I can’t think of any permutation of the ending that would have been any better.  But everyone’s a critic, and while I usually ignore them, JR Forasteros actually has a really good analysis of the flawed Breaking Bad finale.

Second, I love talking about the tension between the calling to create and the temptation to consume.  I think consumption is just about the most spiritually deadly force in our world today.  My pal, KC nailed it right here: The Tension and Relationship Between Creating and Consuming.

Finally, in another bit of divine conspiracy, I met this week with a pastor friend who is almost eerily on the same wavelength as me on everything.  He strongly recommended I get into the Enneagram personality test, which Leigh Kramer just happened to cover.  I’ve always failed personality tests, not because I have no personality, but because binary tests rarely provide enough options for me, so I’m super excited to take both of them up on their challenge.

That was my week.  I hope yours was productive, engaging and redemptive.  What fueled you this week?

5 responses to Friday Fuel: Tension, Personalities, Bad Cats and Celebrity Memoirs

  1. No judgment here: I loved Mindy Kaling’s book! I haven’t read Gaffigan’s book yet but he’s one of my favorite comedians.

    Thanks for linking to my Enneagram post! Keep me posted as you delve into it and let me know if you have any questions. I think you’ll really enjoy it.
    Leigh Kramer recently posted..The First Reading

  2. This might be totally random, but my good friend (and former church co-worker) recorded a song with her husband on the new Beatles Reimagined album. The album was featured on itunes and it looks like their song is the most popular.

    Totally energized me.

    Here it is – (it’s the first track by the Well Pennies).

    Again, it’s random and I’m not sure why it fueled me so much, but I’m really happy for them.

  3. Hey Matt, thank you for the shout out. I had a lot of fun writing that for Jeff and hope to do more along the same lines in the future. Hope you had a great weekend. Keep up the good work. Noodles need to be cooked.
    ThatGuyKC recently posted..9 Alternative Responses to “Knock Knock” Jokes to Drive Your Kids Crazy

  4. Love Jim’s and have heard great things about Mindy’s book. See, I’m on a first name with these peeps 😉

    Thanks for sharing. This is one of the favorite parts of my week, reading this round up.
    Luke recently posted..God: Faith as a Quest