Saturday, February 02, 2008

Me too; this time from Kenya!

8 things I'm passionate about:

1. Seeking first the Kingdom of God
2. My family
3. My friends
4. New things and new ideas (I am my father's daughter)
5. Kenya
6. My students
7. Beautiful places
8. Cooking for my family and friends and students (I am my mother's daughter, too)

8 things I want to do before I die:

1. Fall in love and get married
2. Run a marathon
3. Become a doctor
4. Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro
5. See more of Africa
6. Have more adventures
7. Hang out more with my wonderful family
8. Pray more

8 things I say often:

1. Hi, how are you? or Habari?
2. I'm fine, thank you. or Mzuri.
3. Hodee (this is the kikuyu way to say "Hi, is anyone home? I'm coming in!")
4. Hello my wonderful students.
5. Hey guys, please be quiet.
6. I love coffee.
7. I'm tired.
8. Oh my.

8 [books I've recently read] (I changed this one since I really don't have a TV to watch here):

1. The Great Gatsby, by F. S. Fitzgerald (this one for English class)
2. Busman's Honeymoon, by Dorothy Sayers
3. When the Crocodile Eats the Sun, by Peter Godwin
4. The 2 1/2 Pillars of Wisdom, by Alexander McCall Smith
5. The Kiterunner (can't remember the guy who wrote it--but it's the one you're thinking of)
6. Left to Tell, by Immaculee Ilibagiza
7. Have his Carcase, by Dorothy Sayers (a prequel to #2)
8. Middlemarch, by George Eliot

Songs I could listen to over and over (or the most listened to songs on my itunes) (this would be a good playlist formy funeral, by the way--not that I'm planning on that happening anytime soon, of course--I've still got to do those 8 things listed above :)

1. Love and Peace or Else, U2
2. All These Things I've Done, The Killers
3. Psalm 131, Waterdeep
4. Vivir Sin Aire, Mana
5. Blessed To Be a Witness, Ben Harper and Ladysmith Black Mambazo
6. Into the West, Annie Lenox (LOTR soundtrack)
7. Blessed Be Your Name, Matt Redman
8. At the Moment, Stavesacre

8 Things that attract me to my best friends:

1. They're interested in really getting to know me
2. I'm interested in really getting to know them
3. They're passionate about some or all of the things listed above
4. We can hang out and talk, and especially laugh, for hours, peferctly content
5. There's something a little different about them--it's hard to say exactly what it is; I had a friend who called this "mustard"--something that definitely runs counter to the mainstream or expected
6. Their lives aren't all about themselves
7. They're not too picky
8. I feel completely at ease in their presence

8 Things I have been reminded of this past year:

1. God's faithfulness
2. God's mercy and grace
3. How wonderful my parents are
4. How blessed we are in the US to have a democratic system which really does work quite well
5. I love learning
6. I love new experiences
7. I love helping people
8. I love not always having a schedule or structure in my days

8 People I think should do "8":

See post below.


Kellsey said...

Mary, i love that you changed the TV shows to books, more interesting that way anyway.

Usually I would have lots of different things to write there, but most recently I have (as previously mentioned) been reading a series, so all the books would belong to the Patrick O'Bryan series. I will finish it within the month I think and then move onto other interesting finds.

The only break in my series was when my "supplier" (neighbor) was out of town and I needed something to read in the meantime. So, I read the Diamond Age. Very interesting. Weak ending, but on the whole a very enjoyable read.

Paul Stokes said...

Kellesy, I read that series several years ago, and you are right - it's great! One thing that I bought to go with it is Dean King's A Sea of Words (2nd ed.) A Lexicon and Companion for Patrick O'Brian's Seafaring Tales. Would you like me to send it to you?