Friday, February 8, 2008

Friday Favorites

Okay, I am totally stealing this idea from about a dozen others that I know of, but isn't stealing also the highest form of flattery? (???) Friday is my favorite day of the week - has been since I was little - there's an excitement and anticipation about knowing the weekend is coming and will stretch out before you with endless possibilities and combos of R&R, with a few fun activities thrown in. Friday means the week is closing up and there are good things to come. So in lieu of this, I have decided to do a Favorites post on Fridays, to celebrate my favorite day and my favorite things. But I think sometimes it won't just be things - it'll also be people, or places, or quotes...just favorites in general. So here goes my first edition!....


1. CRAB SALAD -- yes, it smells and has a very distinctive taste, but I LOVE it. The super Wal-mart has a decent brand (though I MUCH prefer it homemade or the version from Ryan's Steakhouse with little peas in it) called Santa Barbara Bay Krab Salad. I eat it with Ritz crackers and I've got myself a fantastic lunch or afternoon snack. If you've never given crab salad a chance, do it. You only live once.
P.S. I just remembered my beloved crab salad last night and got some, and enjoyed it immensely for lunch today - hence my excitement and it making my favorites list.


2. DIET CHERRY COKE -- besides the fact that it goes fabulously with crab salad (see above), it is the best diet soda I've had, and I'm picky. I thumb my nose up at diet Coke, diet Sprite, and even diet Dr.Pepper, but I love me some diet cherry coke. It doesn't have any weird after tastes and it's not yucky syrupy or flat like some sodas. And the all time best thing about it: zero calories. Sometimes (sometimes everyday) I tell myself that I can have two (or five) of them in a day because it doesn't add any fattage...not sure that's entirely accurate, but it sounds good.


3. RICK ATCHLEY -- okay, he's the preacher at our church, and I know he's a totally random thing (person) to put on a favorites blog, but he has been kicking some SERIOUS spiritual tail lately, and I've been totally blown away by it. It's tough to get in front of thousands of people and tell it like it is, not hesitating over the possible repercussions, but plowing through, doing the will of God. It takes courage and guts and oomph, all of which Rick has in abundance. I don't know what the Lord has been saying to this man lately, but he's been on a mission over the last several weeks and I think it's fantastic. Last week he talked about Jesus - Jesus is THE way, not A way. That's crucial. It's life or death. And from that, he talked about how tolerant our society and the upcoming generation is - how there is no absolutism and everyone does "what is right for them." And here's my favorite part: he told it straight up about my dear friend, Oprah. Those of you who have talked to me at length at any point probably know my feelings on the woman. Months ago I swore off watching her show or supporting her in any way. If she's not the anti-Christ, she's a good indicator of what he'll be like in the beginning (I'm kind of kidding, but not really), if you ask me. I could totally get on my soap box, but instead I'll give you the quote Rick gave at church, which I think sums up a whole lot: She said (paraphrase) "Is it more important to God that you have a heart full of love, or that you call His Son Jesus?" (and her answer is the heart full of love). This is just one example of her watered down, catering to the masses, luke-warm filth that pollutes the minds of millions of women who consider her a paramount example for what's right, what's in, and what's acceptable in our world today.
And now, coming down off the soapbox that I originally intended not to perch atop, GO RICK!, because someone needs to tell it like it is in this day and age, to be honest, to be a voice and a true representative for the Lord, and he's doing it.

So there's the first edition of Favorites Friday. See you again next week :)

9 comments:

Kristen said...

Looking forward to Fridays :)

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angela said...

Crab salad, diet cherry Coke, and Rick. I would have never thought that they could all go together on one blog post! I agree, Rick is kicking so serious spiritual tail! And, isn't it funny how certain foods just hit the spot sometimes.

Jason & Summer said...

I have struggled with Oprah before...she does SO MANY wonderful things for people all over the world and so it's hard not to admire her, but on the other hand, her view of Christianity is tainted in a lot of ways. She has the "all you need is love" philosophy and while that is part of the equation, leaving Jesus out is not a good idea...:-)

The Murray Crew said...

Thanks for awakening my love for CRAB and my disgust for Oprah!=)
Jen
Mom to Quads

Kristi Petrak said...

Have you tried Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper or Diet Cherry Chocolate Dr. Pepper? Way cool! wasn't sure about the idea of chocolate and DP mixing, but it's good. Love you girly! ^_^

Lori said...

we missed you in class today...and amen about oprah!

Emily said...

Hey, Jennifer! I'm so glad to know you have a blog - I feel like I never really get to talk to you at school, so I'm excited to "hang out" with you in blog-land. I love the idea of listing your favs - what a great way to focus on all the good things in life! I'm with you on Oprah, now I only wish they would put something on during the 3 o'clock hour but Dr. Phil...

SLO said...

Hey,
I dont know you, but I stumbled onto your blog through a trail of people I knew from Harding. I grew up in Texas and Rick Atchley was my preacher while we were there! I am assuming he is still at North Richland Hills? Anyway, just thought I would say hello and see if maybe I knew you or maybe we had some old friends in common. You can check out my blog if you want. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!