Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Great Disney Trip of 2011

So I just spent a week in Florida at Disney World, aka the Happiest Place on Earth. If you judge that last statement by some of my siblings that went you wouldn't believe me but it is. How can one not be happy at Disney World? Members of my family found a way but it didn't ruin my general excitement and merriment.

We started at Hollywood Studios where it was Star Wars Weekend. Lots of Storm Troopers and various Star Wars characters wandering around the park. It was pretty awesome. New ride at Hollywood Studios was Toy Story Midway Mania. I love the Toy Story franchise and this ride was awesome. You just get to shoot things. And shooting things is great. I never won... But still had fun (I'm a terrible shot).

The Magic Kingdom was magical (duh). Animal Kingdom and Epcot aren't my favorite parks but both were fun. Pictures will be posted over at Facebook.

It was hot and I already hate the summer heat that has yet to hit DC. It's going to be brutal and I will be unhappy. Seriously... People actually like the summer weather?

My one complaint is the general lack of toys. Toon Town is closed because they're expanding Fantasy Land and I imagine all action figures would have been at Toon Town. I wanted a Mr. Incredible action figure and a Wall-E action figure so... EBay here I come. Disney's thing at the moment is these collectible Vinylmation toys and pins. They're cool. All the figures are Mickey Mouse but painted to look like your favorite Disney characters. Some were awesome... Some were lame. The biggest bummer was you couldn’t pick which one you get. You grab a box in the series you want and hope it's awesome. I grabbed too Toy Story boxes and got Hamm and Rex. The best figures were the Nightmare Before Christmas, which you could pick and choose but they were more expensive. I, of course, got a Jack Skeleton. I also picked up too of the pins, Jack Jack and Mr. Incredible. The Dalmatian was the best pin but I couldn't find one when I went to get it so... It didn't happen.

Of yeah, my playlist for the week?

Anberlin – Blueprints for the Black Market
Anberlin – Never Take Friendship Personal
Ascend the Hill – Hymns
August Burns Red – Messengers
The Chariot – Wars and Rumors of Wars
Emery – Favorites Mix
Jeremy Enigk – World Waits
In the Midst of Lions – The Heart of Man
In the Midst of Lions – Out of Darkness
A Plea For Purging – Depravity
A Plea for Purging – The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
Sigur Ros – ( )
Sleeping Giant – Sons of Thunder
War of Ages – Eternal
War of Ages – Arise and Conquer
Your Memorial – Atonement

Fun times. Now to enjoy my 3 day weekend.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Food Review?: Extra Dessert Delights - Mint Chocolate Chip

Yep, I'm reviewing gum.

I used to chew gum constantly. Always had a pack and was always chewing. And then a year and a half ago I stopped. No real reason just stopped chewing gum. So I was in Target yesterday and because I'm heading to Disney in a couple days I decided to get some gum or my trip.

I've been eying Extra's Mint Chocolate Chip gum for a while. I mean, a gum based off one of my top five favorite ice cream flavors. Even though it's sugar free, it has to be good right?

Well... Like all my food reviews, this one isn't positive. The gum isn't terrible... It's just not that enjoyable. First off, the gum smells great. A good starting sign, or so I thought. You're first hit with just mint. Normal, boring mint gum. And then you get an underwhelming chocolate taste.

And then you finally get that Mint Chocolate Chip taste... Well, at least what low fat, sugar free, awful crappy ice cream tastes like. It's not very pleasant and made me a little ill to my stomach.

It makes me sad. I had high hopes. And yet again, I was let down.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Habakkuk 3

I know I've tweeted (twice) about Habakkuk 3 but I'm going to blog about it too. I'm a little obsessed with Habakkuk's prayer. It's beautiful. And I think it's a good reminder of honesty with God about life.

It starts with praise to God.

"LORD, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, LORD. Repeat them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy. God came from Teman, the Holy One from Mount Paran. His glory covered the heavens and his praise filled the earth. His splendor was like the sunrise; rays flashed from his hand, where his power was hidden."

At this point Habakkuk lays out the formula for Christian metal. You think I'm joking? You know why yo don't believe me? Because you don't like Christian hardcore and metal. Well I do. I live, eat, and breathe the stuff.

I saw Over the Rhine in concert at a festival and inbetween songs Karin Bergquist said she loved Christian metal and then sang Death, death, death, Jesus, deah. It was funny. Not completely true but still funny.

So after some worship, comes death and desctruction.

"Were you angry with the rivers, LORD? Was your wrath against the streams? Did you rage against the sea when you rode your horses and your chariots to victory? You uncovered your bow, you called for many arrows. You split the earth with rivers; the mountains saw you and writhed. Torrents of water swept by; the deep roared and lifted its waves on high. Sun and moon stood still in the heavens at the glint of your flying arrows, at the lightning of your flashing spear. In wrath you strode through the earth and in anger you threshed the nations. You came out to deliver your people, to save your anointed one. You crushed the leader of the land of wickedness, you stripped him from head to foot. With his own spear you pierced his head when his warriors stormed out to scatter us, gloating as though about to devour the wretched who were in hiding. You trampled the sea with your horses, churning the great waters. I heard and my heart pounded, my lips quivered at the sound; decay crept into my bones, and my legs trembled. Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity to come on the nation invading us. Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls."

That's pretty metal. A lot of death and killing. It's great word play. I want to record this passage as a spoken word poem. It would be amazing.

But the best part is when you come to the end of the Chapter.

"yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior."


Through all the pain, and wrath, and destruction that's happening there is still joy to be found in God.

No matter what's happening in your life God is still awesome and there is always joy to be had in God. He loves you!