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Q&A with Your Frequently Silent and Slightly Insane Host

Thanks to the lovely Hannah A. Krynicki, y’all get to endure yet another challenge post! Aw, com’on. You know you want to learn more obscure facts and preferences about yours truly. So, here goes:

1. Favorite book/story in the Bible?

See, this is a really hard question, so I’m just going to go with a story that I like and thought of off the top of my head which is the parable of the sower (which can be found in here in Matthew 13, if you’re interested). I’ve always liked the message of this parable, but now that I work on a research farm where helping to plant is one of my tasks, it has taken on a new depth of meaning. What’s even cooler is that it’s a great example of how Jesus masterfully catered to His audience because most of the people He spoke to were likely farmers or, in the least, knew and understood farming. I wonder what kind of parallel He might draw today. Maybe a food service metaphor? Leave your ideas in the comments.

2. Chocolate chips or Skittles?

Skittles. No contest. Probably the sour ones, but I mean, I don’t discriminate between Skittles. I eat them all.

3. You get a five-minute public broadcast interview with an influential person in your government (president, Supreme Court justice, prime minister, etc). What do you say?

Hrfrfrfrfrfrfr. What kind of question is this? What are you supposed to say in five-minutes? In a broad-cast interview? I think I’d probably ask them to share a bit of their story. Regardless of what you believe, which party you ascribe to, or actions you’ve taken as an official, you have a story, and I’d say rather than ranting for five minutes about whatever they’ve done to make me mad I’d want them to share a bit about who they really are with both me and whoever is watching. Because ya story is important, kids.

4. According to this test, which Disney character are you?

Simba? Not really sure what to do with that, although I will say that lions are my favorite animals and the Simba show at the Animal Kingdom in Disney World was probably my favorite attraction in like… the whole Disney World parks.

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5. If you could choose to live in another time period or an alternate universe, where would it be and why?

I’ll tell you straight up that I’m sitting in my Spanish classroom doing this (because class was cancelled at the last minute, and I’m here now, so why not use the time to do a Q&A?) in a Joan of Arc costume for Halloween mostly for extra credit but also because I’m a huge nerd. So I’d say alternate universe/another time period that basically is medieval times but with better women’s rights so that I can haul around a sword and marry who I want, y’know? So like, Narnia. Basically I’d want to live in Narnia. But during the Golden Age. Or a time when it isn’t in total crisis.

6. Can you write something in a different language? (No translator help!)

¡Si! Me gusta español mucho. Porque yo aprendo español, yo escribo en español. (Translation from Spanish: Yes! I like Spanish a lot. Because I learn Spanish, I write in Spanish. Wasn’t sure how to say “can write” instead of just “write” … so yay for elementary Spanish sentences. Hopefully it’ll get better after I’ve done my internship abroad.)

7. What was the last dream you had that made you laugh?

Laugh? I genuinely don’t think I have ever laughed in my dreams… Is that bad? Probably. Um. I mean, I usually laugh at how bad they are. Like, I’ll wake up having died or something, and I’ll kinda try and laugh it off like, “Wow! That was a really stupid way to die. Good grief.” Kinda like Olaf’s “Aw, darn; I’ve been impaled” mentality.

8. Do you know how to build a fire?

Yes. Theoretically. I mean, I’ve watched my folks do it a ton of times, so I think so. I just haven’t ever done it by myself. I am a bit of a pyro though, so it’s probably for the best that I haven’t.

9. Amazon.com or brick-and-mortar stores?

Brick-and-mortar… most of the time. I’m both relatively impatient and distrusting of anything advertised on the interwebs (or in general), so brick-and-mortar stores definitely take care of those two problems. However, when it comes to textbooks or if I’m running low on funds, I definitely jump ships to the Amazon.

10. What is one real-world problem that truly bothers you?

All of them bother me. No joke. I could get really impassioned about all of them. But, if I had to pick one, it’d be the lack of Global Food Security.

Bonus: What would you do to change the problem in #10?

So basically what I want to do with my life is international agriculture development and extension which means bringing technology (anything from machines to technical know-how) to farmers who don’t currently have access to it–probably one of the most critical issues in the agriculture industry. Food security isn’t rooted in the fact that there isn’t enough food in existence or that we don’t know how to make enough food; we have the food and the knowledge, it’s just getting it where it’s needed that is the main problem. I want to be a carrier of technology.

Well that was fun! I guess now it’s time for me to ask questions and tag people, yes?

For the benefit of those tagged, here are the rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  • Answer the questions you were given by that blogger.
  • Nominate 10 bloggers, give them ten new questions, and let them know they’ve been tagged.

Questions:

  1. What did you want to be when you were a little kid and why?
  2. What would you say to your future self (in a few sentences)?
  3. Sweet or unsweetened tea? (Y’all southerners know there is only one right answer here.)
  4. Star Trek or Star Wars or Uncultured Swine (Just kidding, but seriously if you don’t have an opinion, someone has failed you (probably your parents).) and why?
  5. You’re lost, presumably forever, in the desert with a lifetime supply of ______. What would it be and why (the more ridiculous the answer, the better, by the way)?
  6. City or country and why?
  7. Outside job or inside job and why?
  8. You are the president of a small island country; at the beginning of your term, you are allowed to make anything into law for one day. What law(s) would you enact and how do you plan to enforce them?
  9. Can you actually judge a book by its cover? (Be honest, now, y’all.)
  10. What was your least favorite chore to do as a child? What about now?

I’m going to be really lazy and say that the first 10 people to read this article (which is basically anyone who reads this article, because I think I have like three followers) may consider themselves tagged. So yeah, do the thing. Or comment on my answers. Any that you agree with? Disagree with? Let me know in the comments.

Love you each muchly!

Sarah

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The Pretender

“What if I say I’m not like the others
What if I say I’m not just another one of your plays
You’re the pretender
What if I say I will never surrender…”

– “The Pretender” by Foo Fighters

The first time I found myself watching the Foo Fighters was in my 11th grade AP Lang class in the context of transcendentalism–a sampling of the “I do what I want” worldview. I’ll be honest: I wasn’t a huge fan of “The Pretender” the first time I heard it. At that point, I was pretty strictly instrumental or Christian music, and rock seemed like a foreign concept.

The second time I listened to “The Pretender” was in a dusty pickup truck with my boss during my first week on the job. I didn’t even realize I’d heard it before until I looked it up later (because, gasp, my music preferences have expanded, and I thought it sounded kind of cool) and watched a music video that quickly carried me back to Wilkes’ classroom and sidewall smartboard. This time, the lyrics had significantly more weight. After coming out of what had turned into a year-long wrestling match with doubt and purpose after graduating from high school in May, still pretty bruised and battered, I listened to the words of what is undoubtedly a secular song raging against “The Man” and found myself seeing an entirely different parallel: raging against “The (Real) Pretender” — the master of deception and our sworn enemy, Satan.

Woah, now, Sarah; don’t you think you’re stretching it a bit? How could you possibly pull a Christian truth from a rock song? Let me draw your attention to a small nugget I learned at Summit last summer: all worldviews, besides Christianity, are counterfeits crafted by Satan himself. So let me ask you a question: If you buy a counterfeit MK purse, ladies, are you going to buy one that looks like the real thing or one that looks like what a crazy cat lady pulled out from her closet and cheerfully sharpied on? Well, obviously, the one that looks real. Here’s another thought: which lie is stronger–the one that is completely fabricated or the one that has a healthy dose of twisted truth? The Foo Fighters are right about one thing: there is a Pretender out there right now to fight (and it’s a bit more intense than a swing set punching match) against. No, they’re probably not thinking about the Dark Lord Satan. I’d imagine they’d probably say something to the effect of it being a call to action against the “guvment” because that sounds cooler than “government.” Some of you might go for both meanings right now, but let’s ignore the disconcerting political landscape for a moment and focus on a different “Man” — the prince of our crumbling world and listen to the song.

We have a pretty smart Enemy, don’t you think? But this song, if you listen for the truth that is hidden within it, points out his greatest weakness: he’s nothing more than a pretender and calls him on it. Someone’s been trying to play God–and doing a pretty good job of it, but we have been given eyes that see through his lies. We can shatter the distortion and unveil him as an imposter. And once all the pieces of the facade fall away, so can everyone else. Bam. Sorry, Satan, but we’re not going to fall for your tricks–for this game that you’re playing with us because we don’t have to play by your rules.

Imagine you’re playing a little league game, and the other team is playing dirty because they believe you don’t know the rules. And then, with a smile on your face, you run back to your daddy who’s leaning against the chainlink fence, scowling and ready to crush that stupid ref’s face, because here’s the kicker: our Daddy–our heavenly father wrote the rules. That’ll win a “Well, my dad…” contest in a heartbeat. My Daddy–your Daddy literally wrote the rules of our world into existence. We know the Truth. (Remember that sword collecting dust on your coffee table?) Imagine your dad leaning up from his watchful position, patting your head, and saying, “I’ve got this, kiddo. Don’t you worry.” That’s right, Satan, we’re not just another one of your plays. In fact, we’re members of a team that has an infinite winning streak. That’ll take the winds right out of his sails, ladies and gents. We’re not like the others. We know we’ve won.

Maybe we are transcendentalists after all.

Listen again. “Spinning infinity, boy/The wheel is spinning me/It’s never ending/Never ending/Same old story.” I think about my own struggle with sin. Satan traps us is a cycle of shame and disobedience, but we don’t have to live like that. Christ has set us free-invited us into a life free from perpetual dishonesty, twisted truths, and pointless struggles. He has chosen us as His royal priesthood. Think about it: we’re sons and daughters of the King of the Universe who literally rolled up to the stronghold of the Enemy and kicked in the doors. Can you imagine the smile on His face as he walked away from Hell, keys in hand, knowing that, at long last (like, a 66-books-in-the-series long story), it was finished. We, wayward prodigals all across the world, could finally come home.

We know who we are in Christ: children of God. Satan is equally familiar with who he is not in Christ: the enemy of God. One of my favorite lines in the bridge is “So who are you/Yeah, who are you.” That’s right, Satan. We know who you are. So say it. It’s time for us to return the favor of flooding minds with false doubts and never-ending questions, and we’re going to hit you as hard as we can. We’re not going to be kept in the dark any more, bleeding ignorance (See Intro of “The Pretender”). We’ve claimed the promises of God, and He promises that you’re finished. Squashed. Like a grape (Thanks for that analogy, Flynn Rider).

Why do you think Satan fights so hard to silence us as Christians? “I’m the voice inside your head/You refuse to hear/I’m the face that you have to face/Mirroring your stare/I’m what’s left/I’m what’s right/I’m the enemy.” I’d be pretty alarmed if there were an army of hammer-wielding, holy-spirit indwelled warriors running straight for my plexiglass shields, too. Especially since the Big Guy Upstairs more than has their back–He guarantees they’ll succeed. (If you watched the music video, try thinking about that big ol’ wave of red paint as the blood of Christ that covers us and sets us free. Not to mention all the bad guys were in black.)

That’s my kind of song, friends. So, now that you’ve gotten your fill of lyric analysis and rock music, I’ll bid you happy jamming and lie-shattering. The Pretender is waiting, and the King just handed you Mjolnir and said have at it (that’s right, Avengers fans. Christ has made you worthy.)

Love always,

Sarah

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Challenge Accepted

Thanks to the lovely and enigmatic Writefury, I’ve been nominated to do the “describe me” challenge. Sounds cool, so…

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The Rules

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-Thank the blogger who nominated you.

-Choose one song that describes your music taste.

-Choose one outfit that describes your fashion taste.

-Choose one meal (including drink) that describes your taste for food.

-Choose one book that describes you/ changed your life.

-Choose one quote that describes what you want for your life.

 

My Responses

“Choose one song that describes your music taste.”

I WON’T BE PART OF YO SYSTEM! But seriously, trying to slam all of my “music taste” into one song would be awful. So, I’m not gonna do that. Fight me, challenge makers. I won’t play your little game. I mean, my favorite genre isn’t even really a thing. Like, I call it “folk pop,” but I’m pretty sure its either a term made up by hipsters trying to sound cool or its legit but no one actually knows what it really means. I’m a southern girl through and through; there’s just something about that blue grass-esque feel that moves me. Pretty sure it’s in the blood. Stranger things have happened. That being said, I also love bass and funky techno stuff. Lauren Daigle’s “Come Alive (Dry Bones)” I think is a pretty good example of this.

Seriously though, I will bump it to just about anything that has a good message or theme. The more thought-provoking the better. Also, if I can listen to it while I’m walking in downtown Athens and feel like a boss, I’m almost immediately a fan. Which includes instrumental music. Some of my favorite comes from the film score How to Train Your Dragon composed by John Powell. This one is called “Battling the Green Death.” The ending is absolutely fantastic in this one!

Music is my literal jam. I love listening to it and creating it. It is one of the few things that I can count on to–not matter what kind of day I’ve had or how I’m feeling–to make my heart come alive.

 

“Choose one outfit that describes your fashion taste.”

What fashion taste? Seriously, right now I’m chilling in black gym shorts and a t-shirt and that’s my norm (even in public). If it’s cool (life in Georgia means 90% of the time you’re going to be about two inches from heat stroke, unless you’re expecting it and then it snows, but that’s a story for another day), functional, and modest, that’s the direction I’ll be rolling on the runway. Dresses are basically the bane of my existence, but they’re growing on me. Very slowly. Mostly because sometimes I enjoy looking like a lady. But only sometimes. When my mom makes me.

 

“Choose one meal (including drink) that describes your taste for food.”

To start, hot green tea–pretty much any flavor, although ginger is probably my favorite… that or peppermint–with enough sugar to make it sweet because I’m a fan of sweet things. Then, as the entre, anything that my mom cooks from scratch. I kid you not, I don’t remember ever eating something out of her pots and pans that wasn’t incredible. Cooking is definitely not my spiritual gifting (I once managed to burn break-and-bake cookies….), but my mom is a whiz in the kitchen. It’s pretty awesome.

 

“Choose one book that describes you/ changed your life.”

Easy answer: The Bible. Greatest story ever told. Describes me. Changed my life. It’s pretty awesome, too. But, in the interest of keeping things not-textbook, I’d like to highlight a book I just finished: Girl Meets Change by Kristen Strong. It is a brilliant book and has completely changed the way I view transitions and unexpected turns (or even turns at all). Her godly perspective on change and seriously fantastic metaphors and storytelling made it a book that is literally overflowing with truth and insight.

 

“Choose one quote that describes what you want for your life.”

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That one there. Because reasons. It’s on a poster on my door. Like a really really really big note to myself. When I was still of a mind to get up a couple minutes earlier in the morning, I would read it outloud before venturing downstairs. It’s just so cool. And eloquent. I mean, it’s basically saying “I do what I want,” but in a significantly more inspirational and biblical manner.

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[insert plethora of cool posts here]

Hey, folks! As of right now, this blog is under construction (and probably will be for a few days). It looks kinda dark and scary right now because… well, starting a new blog is a little dark and scary. But, I shall try my hardest to have some cool things up and a reasonably well wrangled theme up in the next few days.

Stay tuned,

~Sarah