Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Scattered Mind.

Seminary life is great. It really is.  I get to attend class and talk/think/discuss how people see the world and how people interpret their spiritual experience.  Sometimes that means hearing stories about Frederick the Wise and the princes in Germany during the Reformation period, talking about Luther's concept of the Two Kingdoms in relation to candidacy (ha isn't that a whole bunch of seminary gibberish), and hearing about how Tolstoy's theological anthology that God exists affects the pacifist perspective he takes on in his ethical approach.

That might sound not super awesome to you, but for me, it was exciting.  But here's the problem: I could spend all day pondering just one quote or concept that I hear professors and students blurt out.  I have these pages of notes that I take in class with so many gems that could easily turn into books.

What's a woman to do with all of these breakthroughs and thoughts jumbling up in her brain?  It's great to experience the dwelling on new perspectives but goodness gracious; gates that I didn't even knew existed just keep opening wide.

My brain feels like mush at the end of each day but at least it's a mush that most definitely did some critical and theological thinking during the day.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Oh, Berkeley, take me in.

Oh, Berkeley, Berkeley, take me in.  Are you aware the shape I'm in? My hands, they shake, and my head, it spins.  Oh Berkeley, Berkeley take me in.

That's my own rendition of the Avett Brothers (they use Brooklyn but hey, it's a B city so it's close enough).  With these words, I am reminded of how immersed I am in the Bay Area and how amazing it is that my life has changed so much; I felt unsure 8 months ago about how this whole move to the West and begin seminary would go.  But here I am, enveloped in coffeeshop life, the student schedule, and enjoying time with new good friends.

Today is the beginning of the spring semester; it began with a run and plenty of peppy music. :)

The past week and a half have been full of best friend time; it was great to have Jillien visit Berkeley and meet my new family of friends here.  Highlights include: a game night with a bunch of PLTSers and my brother, gourmet mac and cheese at Homeroom in Oakland, Jillien calling me out as Hufflepuff (to which I literally cried), and a valentines making party.

Then I headed to the Midwest to the Lutheran Mecca aka Minnesota!  I hadn't seen Kelsey in a year and a half, so it was wonderful to be with her again.  Highlights of that trip include: the Mall of America, taking a walk in below 20 degree weather, free tacos and penny beers at the bars I went to, and cuddle time with my one and only Kelsey.

My heart is full of love, my mind has plenty to think about, and I have a paper due tonight at midnight.  Cheers to a new semester and a busy schedule!