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You'd think this was a bad week for me... 
11th-May-2007 09:57 am
...but it's really not. There's just little nagging irritations.

The good has been really good. I got a 'thumbs up' from my advisor on the conference paper I present next week, I've got my wedding invitations in the mail from drjoan, and I've gotten to spend time with my goddaughter and her family.

But, that doesn't stop the irritating bits. Besides, the irritating bits are always more interesting, aren't they?

1. Don't give the hymns to the organist/pianist the day before church. You wouldn't do that to the preacher. Or, if you did, you'd not be surprised when they preached something they've done previously. You don't give them a new topic and say 'you must use this one!' (I've always kindof wondered what you do in that sort of circumstance, vicarchori?)
Stop trying to make me play campfire songs at church. It makes me sad to have to be a big bitch and tell you I won't play drivel.

2. If you're going to argue with me about the language of the Bible, New Testament or Tanakh, please...I beg of you...try to have a small idea of what you're getting into. I don't care what translation you use, IT'S STILL A TRANSLATION. *ahem* Also, if we're not good friends, I'm not going to argue with you on a spiritual level, only an academic one.
I don't feel comfortable making faith statements about my spirituality with strangers. And if that makes me a left wing crazy for engaging with the historical critical method academically, than fine.

3. I still beat myself up about not going to medical school. I don't need anyone to tell me I'm better suited for what I'm doing currently. I know that. But sometimes, academia seems futile compared to jobs that make an immediate difference in the world.

That's all for now, folks.
11th-May-2007 01:10 pm (UTC)
Maybe it doesn't make an immediate difference. But I think it certainly makes a long term one. And you never know... you may be able to help someone in a very immediate way once you become a professor.

I too feel a bit like a I should've done something more meaningful to the world. If only I wasn't such a wuss around blood. But no, I couldn't have done that... so I design marketing pieces and feel a bit like a sell out sometimes because I'm not being a real help to anyone. Heh.

This is not supposed to be about me, it supposed to be me saying, I get what you are talking about. Even if it is just a little.
11th-May-2007 01:19 pm (UTC)
At my current job, the hymns were picked for the entire three year lectionary a long time ago, so there are never any surprises. We always proofread the Sunday service leaflet at staff meeting on Tuesdays, so I have once or twice whined enough about a particular hymn that we've changed it. In the two positions I had before this one, I chose the hymns, and prior to that, I always insisted that I have them at least by choir rehearsal night. I guess my advice would be just to make it clear that you need to have them by a certain day so that you can be at your most effective in helping to lead the singing.
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