Miss Woodhouse's Musings

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Well, it’s that time again- the time of year when millions of people watch crystal balls drop, drink champagne, wear goofy hats, and kiss perfect strangers.

It’s a new year.

A lot has happened in the world this year, but others have presented this information better than I ever could. A lot has happened in my life, but who really wants to read about all that?

Instead, lets talk about this new year. 2010. A new decade in our new millennium.

Normally I avoid making resolutions at this time of year. I always feel like such a failure come February when all my good intentions are out the window- and I mean so far out the window you’d doubt that they ever existed.

But this year is different. Once again I’m going to try and make some resolutions. Instead of just jotting them down and hoping for the best, this year I’m going to try and infuse my list with some resolve and a plan of action.

I may not make it past February, but I’m sure going to do my best. If you like, take a few moments to write down your own resolutions, goals, and ideals. Maybe we can check back with each other around, say, March to see if we are on the right track.

Until then- party hard, drive safely, and welcome this new year properly.

It’s time for a fresh start!

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To Live Forever

Before I skipped town, I had to chance to indulge my obsession interest in Ancient Egypt by looking at a small burial exhibit at a local museum. It was wonderful. The exhibit was nicely set up, the curator was entertaining, and the artifacts beautifully restored.

One idea has occupied my mind since then- was is it about death that warrants it taking up so much of life? These Egyptians spent so much of their life thinking about, paying for, and arranging for their deaths that it must have cut into their living activities quite a bit. Their quest for fame and wealth was only a little oriented towards a position in life- mostly, it was to secure their comfort in death.

Yet, they never found the satisfaction that their hearts and minds needed to be at rest. The type of satisfaction that only comes from knowing Who your Saviour is, from accepting His sacrifice as payment for your sins, and from resting in the comfort that He has your future firmly in hand. Instead, they lived in a constant state of fear that no matter how much good they did, their hearts may not measure up against the feather of truth.

Because, when you look at things in a practical manner, your soul is going to live forever. It’s inevitable. No matter how or when your body expires, your soul is indestructible.

The main concern lies in whether your soul will live in the peaceful presence of God, or in the eternal torment of hell. The choice is yours based on one, single decision of salvation you make or don’t make on earth. It doesn’t matter how or where you are buried, if you make regular sacrifices to the gods, or if you paint certain pictures on your coffin. All that matters is your decision to accept Christ as your Saviour.

It’s a lot to think about, isn’t it?


Boxing Day

Because of living in England, our family holds to the tradition of calling the 26th of December “Boxing Day”. In fact, nothing made me happier over this holiday season when someone, knowing of my British roots, wished me a Merry Christmas and a happy Boxing Day. But I digress.

Traditionally, the term refers to the boxing up of Christmas gifts and decorations. I always wondered why people would pack up Christmas so quickly, but I understand a bit more now. All this thinking about boxing things up made me think about different boxes in our lives.

First is the box that people put you in based on who they think you are. Sometimes this box fits you perfectly and makes life comfortable and safe. However, what these boxes don’t take into account is that people are always growing and changing. The box that fit you so perfectly last decade may be the thing stifling you now. Problem is, other people don’t always realize that you’ve outgrown a box, and telling them can be uncomfortable for both you and them. It’s okay to change your box- you can’t help growing, you can’t stop changing. The worst thing you can do is to deny your need for a new box. So go ahead- start pushing the sides of your little box to fit your new position in life.

By the way, the reverse holds true as well. You should be aware of the boxes you put people into, and be willing to adjust the boxes for them. Do unto others and all that….

Another box is the one that people put their emotions into. They delude themselves into thinking that if they contain their emotions, then they can’t be hurt by others. This technique will work- but it will also keep them from feeling peace, love, and joy that I blogged about over the past few days. Emotions are emotions. If you want to feel good emotions, you have to be willing to deal with the bad emotions as well. It’s not a pleasant truth, but it’s a truth nonetheless.

So there are a couple of boxes I’ve been thinking about. If you think of another kind of box, drop me a comment- I’d love to hear from you!

Due to this wonderful thing called “auto-posting”, I’m doing better at keeping up here than I expected. So, hang in there. :) Oh yes, and starting in the New Year, Starbucks Saturday postings will be back! –Miss Woodhouse


Joy! (Part 3 of 3)

Merry Christmas, dear blog readers! May this day fill you with the joy that only the peace and love of God can bring.

This is a clip from a family tradition; Claymation Christmas. It’s only a few minutes, and it’s really profound. Enjoy!

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Love (Part 2 of 3)

We all want to be loved. So many of us spend a good portion of our lives looking, searching, longing for someone to love us.

We don’t have to look too hard, if we know what to look for.

The ultimate love started here:

….continued here:

….and lives on to this day. Don’t forget to take a few minutes during the last day of holiday prep to sit and remember that what we are celebrating is the ultimate gift of love.

What an amazing gift it is!

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Peace (Part 1 of 3)

“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” declares Romans 10:15. The good news spoken of here is the gospel, also called the gospel of peace. Too often I think that we get so caught up in the taking of the good news to all people, that we forget to claim the blessings and promises of it for ourselves.

So, as you rush about your last minute shopping, baking, gift wrapping, and other activities, don’t forget that this is a season of peace. Rest in it; enjoy it.

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid!” John 14:27

Peace out!


Heading Out

Well, the finals are done, presents are wrapped, cards are… oh no, I actually still have cards to send out… nevermind!

Anyway, I’m getting ready to head out to what I fondly call the “land of no Internet”, so I’ll be posting when I can. I’ll archive some posts for the New Year, so don’t lose hope- and keep checking back with me!

Have a Merry Christmas!

This blog will be back to its regularly scheduled posting in the New Year- provided the world doesn’t end or something like that.

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Still Here

For those of you who have expressed concern that I fell into a caffeine-induced stupor and checked out of daily life, never fear! I’m still around.

It’s finals week for me, and perhaps the most difficult one of my college experience. I’m probably still worn out from last quarter’s intensity because I’ve not been able to get a grip on anything. Anyhoo…

How about some random thoughts to make up for my silence?

1. Driving through a construction zone with orange cones on either side of the car throws me emotionally right back to my Mario Kart days. This is not a good thing. I’m the kind of virtual driver who once she figures out which portion of the screen belongs to her spends the entire race trying simply to go the correct direction and not veer off the road. Driving through the construction zone today with the road zigging and zagging like the road to Hana brought back a flash of those Mario-induced panic attacks. Maybe I should slow down on that road until they finish the renovations sometime in 2042.

2. Did you know that green tea gives more of a caffeine jolt per cup than coffee? Iced Zen Green Tea Lemonade from Starbucks makes pulling an all-nighter so easy! The combination of caffeine and sugar is perfect. I didn’t even notice that I had made it to 7 am this morning until I submitted my paper and saw the time stamp. Thanks, Sbux!

3. Today is my parent’s 37th anniversary, which I think is absolutely mind-bogglingly, amazingly, fantastically cool. Happiest of Anniversaries, Mum and Dad, and many more to come!

That, I think, will do for now. Two more tests to go- then get the party started!

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Rambling On

I was reading excerpts of Samuel Johnson’s Rambler tonight for school, so I thought I’d pass on some thought-provoking quotes. I’ve totally undervalued Johnson’s writing out of ignorance- this must change! He’s really an interesting person.

On Fiction:

It is justly considered as the greatest excellency of art, to imitate nature; but it is necessary to distinguish those parts of nature, which are most proper for imitation; greater care is still required in representing life…” In other words, we can’t just imitate something because it is there. We should be careful to evaluate what we are copying.

Vice, for vice is necessary to be shown, should always disgust; nor should the graces of gaiety, or the dignity of courage, be so united with it, as to reconcile it to the mind.” This is really good. Fiction is good way to teach the evils of vices, as long as we don’t make it look so appealing in the process that the lines between good and evil are blurred.

Hollywood, by the way, apparently doesn’t read Johnson either.

Moving on….

On Spring:

We solace ourselves with some new prospect, and press forward again with equal eagerness.” Oh, I really love this quote! What a wonderful way to think about spring, as a fresh start for both the world and for ourselves.

It may be laid down as a position that will seldom deceive, that when a man cannot bear his own company there is something wrong.” This is the 18th century version of an insult upon mankind. What a great comment! Basically, if you can’t just sit back and enjoy everything that’s happening around you, then something is amazingly awry in your life.

So there you have it!

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‘Tis the season to be…hmmmm?

To my dear customers,

The holiday season is a busy time, and I’m honored that you still take the time to drop in for your coffee, pastries, and merchandise. However, maybe you should take some time to chill out and smell some poinsettias. No, really; I mean this. It’s for your own good.

What? You don’t understand what would make me say this? Well then, allow me to give you four examples of why it’s time to take a breath.

Customer A ordered a grande latte, and a cinnamon coffee cake. I was on bar, so I made A her drink. She stood at the handoff plane, talking on her cell phone, and waiting for her drink. Talking on her cell phone, and holding one of our brown pastry bags in the same hand. This is important.

When I handed her the latte, she leaned forward and in a very kind manner asked if I would get her the coffee cake she ordered because the register person forgot to give it to her. I noticed the bag, but thought that maybe she ordered two pastries so I went to grab her another cake. On my way, the register barista stopped me, and walked over to the customer (who is an old friend of hers), gave her a hug, and pointed to the bag already in her hand.

Customer B came in and bought a bag of coffee. While I was grinding it for him, he walked out the door, got into the car, and drove away. It was two hours before he came back looking for that elusive pound of coffee.

Customer C asked for a gingerbread loaf and a blueberry muffin. They also asked me to put the little bags into a bigger bag together. Then they proceeded to leave the store and abandon the pastries, never to be heard from again.

Customer D ordered a venti Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino. He didn’t have enough money on him, so he ran out to the car to grab the money he needed to complete the transaction. He came back in, paid for his drink, and apparently left the building since his drink went unclaimed.

So, dear customers, accept this evidence as fact that you need a break. If you’re doing this to us, chances are you are doing the same elsewhere. Take a break, relax, and have a Merry Christmas!

With love,

Your barista

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