What I'm Into - May 2014

Today I’m linking up with Leigh Kramer and her What I’m Into blog series.

The Enneagram - Personalist tests are always fascinating. This one includes 9 types based on 9 sin patterns. I’ve known about it for many years, but it just started to make sense for me recently. Tara Owens is doing a blog series on each type, and I’m eagerly waiting for type 9, the peacemaker who struggles with conflict and sloth. Here's a free test, and here's also an overview and links to other online tests.

The Chronicles of Narnia - I’m rereading my childhood editions of these wonderful stories. I think my favorite is The Horse and His Boy. I’m not sure that would make a good movie, hence it being one of the lesser-known works in that series. I’ve gotten a lot of my theology from those books, especially from Puddleglum in The Silver Chair.

Suppose we have only dreamed, or made up, all those things-trees and grass and sun and moon and stars and Aslan himself. Suppose we have. Then all I can say is that, in that case, the made-up things seem a good deal more important than the real ones. Suppose this black pit of a kingdom of yours is the only world. Well, it strikes me as a pretty poor one. And that’s a funny thing, when you come to think of it. We’re just babies making up a game, if you’re right. But four babies playing a game can make a play-world which licks your real world hollow. That’s why I’m going to stand by the play world. I’m on Aslan’s side even if there isn’t any Aslan to lead it. I’m going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn’t any Narnia. - C.S. Lewis

Sunny in the Dark - I spend most of the month as 2nd camera assistant and behind-the-scenes photographer for this independent feature about . Filming took place in and around Dallas and included the most complicated lighting setups I’ve ever seen. I’m so thankful for the opportunity to learn from the cast and crew about storytelling.

Vegetables - Recently I bought about 15 bags of frozen organic vegetables so I can have a healthy option and be less tempted to spend money on take out food. I cook most vegetables in small batches in my toaster oven with olive oil and garlic salt. I read somewhere that changing your diet is a lot about changing your shopping. My current preferred grocery store, Natural Grocers, doesn’t have a baked goods section or samples, and that has helped me make better choices as it’s easier to pass on bread and cheese when I’m not eating it as I shop.

Butternut squash