Thursday, July 31, 2008

VBS Day 3 & 4!

Two more of my kids in the 4th and 5th grade class gave their lives to the Lord today! Praise God! It was such an emotional day!

Favorite quote of the day from a 5th grader - 

I was telling the kids how in China they are not able to have bibles, and have to meet in underground churches. One of the kids asked why this was, and I told him because Christianity was not liked in China...and basically, people are not "allowed" to be Christians. He responded by saying - 
"Well, you know, back in the day with the Spaniards and the Indians, religion was forced upon them. So why doesn't America just go over to China and enforce Christianity?"

What. the. heck.?

A fifth grader?! Where do they get this stuff???....

Frankie + Hula Hoop
Craft time with my class
Miss. Aubree gives an "altar call" and 2 kids come to the Lord!
Worship time!
Day 3 was in Africa so we did "Tree Church"
Game time - freezing as monkeys
We are trying to buy a water filter for those who need one
How amazing is our snack for China...homemade by Mrs. Maureen...she's amazing
Secret Chinese Church...shhhh
These are HOMEMADE fortune cookies!
"Faith" in Chinese

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

VBS Day 2!

Pastor Pablo!
My cute little class in the jungles of South America
How do I get sucked into these things?
Just don't ask...
Cadence and I (she's 3 now!)
Game time
Funny picture of team "hope"
Nice picture...
Cute little Declan

Monday, July 28, 2008

VBS Week O' Fun!

This week our church is filled with the sounds of little children having an amazing race of a time! Vacation Bible School is off to a great start as we "travel" around the world, hopefully to come away with more knowledge about God and His Word. This is my first VBS that I can be a part of full time, and I am so blessed to be able too. Every year I am always working, or busy with something which has forced me to not have the privilege of helping, and specifically, being a teacher of a class. Finally, since I work full-time at the church, I am able to help in many ways. I was able to help write and direct the skit, set up the stage and sanctuary for all the kids, and teach the 4th and 5th grade class. I have never been much of a children's ministry person, but the more I spend time with all of those precious little ones, the more that I love to help. 

More pictures to come later....

2 Precious things that happened with little ones this week:

One, on Sunday during the last 4 songs of worship, a mother brought her little baby into the sanctuary. She must have been maybe 10-12 months old (right before the age where she could walk). The mom was holding here facing the stage, and she was able to see some of the people lifting their hands as they worshipped. But there only must have been maybe 2 or 3 people lifting their hands at that point. Well this little baby either saw their hands, or was just compelled by the Spirit of God, to lift her hands as well. I really cannot explain to you what I saw, but I have never in my life seen something so precious. I wish I would have had my camera. She literally lifted her hands almost the entire worship set, and was fully paying attention. It was truly incredible. I started thinking about how people always say that babies are able to see the angels because they will just look at the ceiling and giggle and stuff, and I truly began to wonder if this baby was watching angels lift their hands in worship in our midst, because if she was copying people, there just weren't a lot of people to copy from. I started to imagine a whole herd of angels just at their feet was a beautiful time of worship for me. 

Second, today as we were in our bible story time during VBS, one of the little boys gave his life to the Lord. Aubree was reading from Ephesians about how we can do nothing to receive salvation from the Lord, because it is a gift from God. The game we played beforehand tied in so perfectly, and when this little boy finally realized that salvation was a gift if he believed in Jesus, he was delighted. He didn't jump for joy, or shout out that he believed, but you could just see it on his face that he finally understood! So at the end, Aubree told the kids that if they made a decision to follow Christ, that they should go to the back and write their name on a piece of paper. They could also write prayer requests. Two kids got up and wrote prayer requests for (1) A grandpa with cancer, and (2) An uncle and "ant" who don't know Jesus, and then at the end when we were leaving, the little boy who gave his life to the Lord ran over to the table, wrote his name on a piece of paper, and put it in the basket very satisfied. It was so precious. 

This past week has been just crazy busy. I have been really tired, and working a lot of overtime. But yesterday, God was just really speaking to me. After we were done with our skit rehearsal, one of the students was praying and he was reminding us that we are doing this all for the Lord, and nothing else. His prayer really put my mind back into the right perspective. Before his prayer, I kind of had a snotty attitude, and just kept thinking of myself - how could I get out of here faster, how could I make my job easier, how could I take care of my needs first? But then my mind went to Philippians 2, and I also thought of Jesus washing His disciples feet. I was reminded that Jesus did not come to BE served, but He came TO serve. I was reminded that I am called to have the same attitude of Jesus - as He humbled himself, so should I. 

I was encouraged. I was encouraged because the Lord had reminded me to keep asking first and foremost, "How can I serve others? How AM I serving others? How am I serving God by putting the interest of others ABOVE my own interests?" 

I hate that my heart can turn to be so selfish so quickly. After all that the Lord has done for me by humbling Himself to death, by the cross...and I can complain about having to work overtime for the work of His kingdom. Eh, I am daily reminded that I am not perfect. Lord help me to put others above myself. Let your Spirit fill me with your fruits...especially the fruit of gentleness. Thank you that you added a child to your Kingdom this morning, and keep doing a work through us at your church. Amen. 

More Pictures!!

Here is our amazing Junior High band..they are adorable!
Cutie Cadence
These are my 4th and 5th graders at game time with Jono
Our team name is "Hope"
Stage View
*Picture credits go to Rebecca and Bethany...thank you!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Happy Birthday Cadence!

3 years ago today I was slurping a Jamba Juice at Mission Viejo Hospital when Cadence Mae came into this world. My love for her was instant (as for all the Norman children really....), but Cadence was a little different because I have known her ever since she was in her mommy's tummy. I am sad that I can't be with her today, but we had a good conversation on the phone (she is on vacation in lake Arrowhead) and I will see her Monday. Take a look at all her preciousness: 

Just a Newborn

Cade and I when she was just born

The love affair begins...(this picture is so classic)

Love this one (years of age)

Still growing...into a Starbucks lover

We love each other

Yes, she does have an actual family

I love this one...she is two years old here

Happy Birthday Cadee Mae!!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Some Linkage...

Ben Witherington who is one of my favorite theologians in this world has finally reviewed "The Dark Night", and it is a great review.

To top it off, he reviewed the controversial book, "The Shack", on the same day! Dr. Witherington's review is fair, and I agree with him 100%. It is SO refreshing to read what he said about the book (because he doesn't entirely bash it like other, *ahem*, "theologians").

In even greater news, the tentative schedule for ETS 2008 is online (thanks Joel!)!

John Mark Reynolds writes a GREAT blog essay about "Distracting Ourselves too Much" are some of my fave's:

"First, no “solitary media” on school days. If we watch a movie Monday through Friday, we are trying to make sure it is a family experience...

Second, no earbuds with people (planes are an exception). When we are with people (especially folks we love), then we should talk with them...

Third, (and this is a hard one for me) with rare exceptions email needs to be checked twice a day and not more often. My phone should stay off or not be answered when in meetings with other people. (This seems obvious, but it is tempting to check email during meetings.)..."

The email one is one that I am constantly guilty of, and will try to work on. These are especially important for parents! Read more at the link above.

Norman Jeune III (from "Christians in Context") posted a review about Gary Haugen's (President of International Justice Mission) new book: "Just Courage: God's Great Expedition for the Restless Christian". This book looks amazing. I am going to take a little excerpt from the book, from Jeune's post, to entice you to see his whole post, AND order the book!

Haugen says -

"The journey for me has been incredible, but by far the most joyful, exhilirating and life-altering part has been the authentic experience of God's presence and power. I have experienced God- and that experience has come in my weakness. God has called us into a battle with violence and aggressive evil that, every day, my colleagues and I know we cannot win without the specific intervention of God...

...In concrete terms, what does that desperation look like? For me, it means being confronted with a videotape of hundreds of young girls in Cambodia being put on open sale to be raped and abused by sex tourists and foreign pedophiles. It means going into a brothel in Cambodia as part of an undercover investigation and being presented with a dozen girls between the ages of five and ten who are being forced to provide sex to strangers. It means being told by everyone who should know that there is nothing that can be done about it. It means facing deaths threats for my investigative colleagues, high level police corruption, desperately inadequate aftercare capacities for victims and a hopelessly corrupt court system. It means going to God in honest argument and saying, "Father, we cannot solve this," and hearing him say, "Do what you know best to do, and watch me with the rest." In the end it means taking that risky bargain and seeing God do more than I could have hoped or imagined- setting girls free, providing high-quality aftercare, bringing the perpetrators to justice, shutting down the whole nasty operation, training the Cambodian authorities to do this work themselves and seeing the U.S. government willing to pay for it."

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Psalm 95

"Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.

Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song.

For the LORD is the great God,
the great King above all gods.

In his hand are the depths of the earth,
and the mountain peaks belong to him.

The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.

Come, let us bow down in worship,
let us kneel before the LORD our Maker;
for he is our God
and we are the people of his pasture,
the flock under his care."

Monday, July 21, 2008

Up Close with Obama and McCain


Presidential candidates Obama and McCain will BOTH be at Saddleback Church on August 16th, answering questions from Rick Warren himself!

Think what you want, be angry or content, but I will DEFINITELY be there in attendance. Even if this wasn't at a church, the chances of getting into an event, with BOTH candidates, that is at a location so close to us, is so rare!

I am so excited right now!

Read more about it here. 

Saturday, July 19, 2008

"The Dark Knight"

I learned a good lesson last night. 

And I want to emphasize the "I" in that first sentence because what I am about to write here is not an attempt to make you feel guilty or "convicted" in any way. I had breakfast this morning with my two great friends - Jacque and Lauren - and they really confirmed my feelings about this movie, so I just had to write about it.

And I won't go into specifics about the movie itself, so don't worry about me ruining it for you. 

Last night, some friends and I went to see "The Dark Knight". There was so much buzz about this film, and I wanted to see it because "Batman Begins" was great, and mostly because this was Heath Ledger's last movie. 

The night started out like any other, and I volunteered myself to stand in line so we could all get good seats. I got there at around 7pm (for our 9:30pm show) I read more of my book, and I was also able to talk for a long time with the guy next to me. It ends up that he is a part of the LDS church (Mormon), and he is very devout. He is 23, and he has one more year left at college. He went on his 2-year mission to England, and enjoyed it very much. As we chatted, we talked about a variety of things, but one thing that really caught my attention was just his "straight-edge" lifestyle. He doesn't drink, smoke, drink caffeine, or watch rated-R movies. Well, let me take that back - he has one of those DVD players (that his friends like to call: "The Mormon Player") which cuts out any bad words or sex (I am not sure about the violence part). He was telling me about how he watched "300" on that DVD player, and that the movie was over 2-hours, but after it went through the "Mormon player", it was only an hour and a half. We laughed at this, and then I commended him for taking such strong stance at keeping his mind and heart pure. I told him that it is hard to find a guy like that. 

And not only is it hard to find a guy (...a husband) like that, but I felt convicted as well. I felt convicted because I oftentimes find myself watching very crude, funny movies. These movies aren't usually violent or filled with sex, but just filled with crude language and inappropriate jokes. The truth is - I am just not phased by these things, and that troubles me. I don't like how my mind and heart have become so desensitized to these things. I was so challenged by this young mans heart and effort he puts into keeping his mind away from those kinds of things. By this point, AJ arrived, and the line started moving. My new friend and I said our informal goodbyes to each other, and AJ and I raced to save seats. 

The rest of our friends arrived, the movie begins, and I am SO excited. I am thrilled to see Heath Ledger in this movie, and I am just excited because everyone is saying it is so great. The first Joker scene comes about, showing how he controls some of the crime in Gotham City, and this is where we first get a glimpse at Ledger. As soon as I saw him in this scene, I can't explain what happened in the depths of my soul, but I became really frightened. And it wasn't a scary movie kind of frightened, but a different kind. After I talked it over with Jacque and Lauren today, Jacque hit it right on by saying that "there is a point where you are watching the movie and it's not just a movie anymore, but it's reality." Unfortunately, I am pretty convinced that Ledger was really struggling with some heavy spiritual things while he was making this movie, and what we see in "The Dark Knight" isn't just all pretend, but is very, very real. 

Throughout the movie, there are so many one-liners by Ledger which hint towards death, it was almost unbearable to watch. Seeing the contrast of the two-faced guy valuing human life as a flip of a coin, while we are watching a young actor who actually is dead in real life, made me sick to my stomach. There were about 3 times during the movie where I thought to myself, "Okay, I am really going to leave now". At one point, my heart started to race, and I felt so sick to my stomach, I wasn't sure if I was going to pass out. I kept thinking to myself, "What the heck is wrong with me?!" All I wanted to do was calm down, because I wanted to watch the movie. I mean, it was a "good" movie! The acting was amazing, the cinematography was incredible, and the special effects were outstanding. It really is a one of a kind film. But the more I sat there, the more horrible I felt. 
I thought of Ledger, and how he had to become this role. When I used to act in high school, our teacher would put a major deal on us about "breaking character" when we were done acting. I remember having a role once where my husband and children had died, and it was very difficult for me to come out of that mindset every time I tried to make myself believe that was my situation. So I can't even imagine what Ledger had to go through trying to play this evil, evil character. Here is a CNN article that talks about Ledger's death, and how he was unable to sleep at night. Ultimately, this brought him to the place where he accidentally overdosed on medicine. The meds that were found in his system were a mixture of sleeping pills and anti-anxiety medications. 

I started to think about certain things that the Lord has spoken to us through Paul's letters:
2 Cor. 4:4 - "The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God."

We are being silly if we think that Satan isn't at work in unbelievers to blind them from Jesus Christ. And when an unbeliever opens himself or herself up to the evil things in this world (though they might not believe exactly in "Satan"), they are opening themselves up to the chance that Satan (evil) might want to work within them. 

So basically, the bottom line here is two things: 
(1) I am incredibly saddened for Heath Ledger and his family. Ledger was made in the image of God, was loved by God, and I wish he would have never died at such a young age, in such tragic circumstances. I think that the making of this dark film had a huge affect on Ledger's death, and like Jacque said - it's just a little to "real" for my liking. 

Heath with Michelle Williams
Heath with his daughter - Matilda

(2) My prayer is that God will keep giving me a sensitive heart to things like these things. During the movie I found myself praying a lot, but also thanking God for making me sensitive to the movie. My prayer is that He will continue to make me sensitive to other movies that I really shouldn't be watching either. 

Life is so short. The theme of this past month in my life has been to "be a light" to this dark world. After watching this movie, I kept meditating on the Philippians passage - "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things." Whenever I think about this passage in Philippians, I can't help but to think about what was written before it, in chapter 2, when Paul sums up the gospel by explaining Christ's humility. Chapter 2 of Philippians is my favorite "summary" of the gospel, and this is what Paul is encouraging me to keep my mind thinking of. 

So, unfortunately, I was not a fan of "The Dark Knight", and I actually never ever want to see it again. Again, I don't want this blog to make you feel guilty for seeing it, or for wanting to see it, because like I said before, I am not affected at all by other movies that you may think are entirely inappropriate. But I think we (Christians) can agree with one thing - we need to be more serious about the things that we are filling our hearts and our minds with. Whether it is movies, music, magazines, TV shows, or internet sites, we need to be careful. As Christians, we are not immune to Satan trying to lead us away from following after Christ with our whole hearts. Let us set on our minds on what is good, and not evil.

Heath Andrew Ledger
April 4, 1979 - January 22, 2008

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Stuff Christians Like

So there is this amazing blog out there that is titled: "Stuff Christians Like". The guy who writes it is hilarious, and the topics are always relevant. As I was sifting through the new entry today, I noticed that there were two, and the second seemed kinda serious. It caught my attention and I continued to read. The post really spoke to me...I loved his example of when he was hurt as a young kid. I recommend taking some time and reading it today. 
Blessings to you.

Wouldn't it be nice...

Blythe put this up on her blog, but then Frank gave all of his answers on her comments. I was impressed by this, so I felt compelled to keep the chain going. Also, I just really like these questions - they are straight to the point. So here are my answers: 

1. What did you do 10 years ago?

Ten years ago I was in the summer of my freshman year, going into sophomore year. I was less than a month away from my 15th birthday which meant I was closer to being able to drive. I was living at 21031 Mountain Glenn Circle in Lake Forest, where I am sure I had to watch my little sisters every day - Sarah was 7, and Emily and Tori were 5. I was also busy hanging out with my friends - Amy, Ronnie, and Casey (whatever happened to those guys...)

2. Five items on your to-do list:

-write a book that is published by a good publishing company
-get my masters degree
-travel everywhere (especially Israel and Europe)
-become a better swimmer
-get a new digital camera

4. What would you do if you were a billionaire?

The first thing I would do is pay off all my school loans. Then I would walk into my church and write a big, fat check and prepare it for deposit. Then I would call Taylor Russell and have her come do my job while I go on "vacation". Then I would buy my parents a house, and give them enough money so they don't have to work anymore. Then I would give Talbot all the money they need for their new building. Then I would call John, and give him all of my money so that he could do whatever he does to make sure I don't spend it all in one day. Then I would call up my old roommate Lindsay and inform her that she doesn't have to work this year, as she is going to travel the world with me. Then I would go home and pack one bag, drive to La Mirada, pick Lindsay up, and head over to the airport. I would go everywhere. Randomly paying for various friends to join me in their favorite places. I would come back after a year or so, and go back to school and volunteer all my time. It would be glorious. 

5. Places I would live:

Colorado (and I love Fort Collins...)
New York City (Manhattan)
France (because you can't beat the perks...)
But seriously, I would go anywhere the Lord was calling me...and anywhere that I can WALK to my next destination

6. Jobs I have had:

Bagels n' Brew
Saddleback Hospital
Mission Hospital
Calvary Laguna
Biola Fitness Center
Kingsfield Church  ;)

7. Bloggers I am tagging who you will enjoy getting to know better:

I want everyone who reads my blog to comment back with your answers...make it the most comments EVER!!!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Booyah Satan!

Oooo, wowee wow wow. God is up to some good stuff. You know the saying, "stop to smell the roses"? Well, I really feel like I am in that place...I just need to STOP...and "smell" what God is stirring up around me...because everything He is doing is SO good!

This past Wednesday night, I feel like I did take a few minutes to stop and "smell the roses". Right now at my church, we meet on Wednesday nights for a midweek study while home fellowships are on a break. The study has been great, as we are "Learning to BREATHE".

Doesn't this flyer design look great?! I love it!

Last Wednesday we were looking at the "R" in "Breathe", which was "remember", or "retaining" scripture. My pastor busted out Luke 4:4 where Jesus tells us that, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone.'" Naturally, thanks to Dr. Lunde's training, I immediately flipped over to Deuteronomy 8:3, where Jesus is quoting the "written" passage. Here is where the "roses" began to smell good.

When I turned over to Deuteronomy, I read, "He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD."

As I started to read this, I realized that the writer here is writing about the Exodus Event, reminding his readers of what God has done to rescue His people. I kept on reading through Luke, and realized that every time Jesus came back at Satan with an argument, He quoted from Deuteronomy chapters 6 or 8. So at this point I began to read through the context's of chapters 6 through 8 in Deuteronomy, and I found something very interesting happening.

You see, in Luke (and in the Temptation event on a whole...), there is a pattern where Satan is trying to tempt Jesus with having authority over everything. First Satan tells Jesus to make stone into bread so He can eat. Then Satan tells Jesus that he (Satan) will give Jesus all the authority in the world. And then finally, Satan tells Jesus that if He is the Son of God, He will throw Himself down off the mountain and prove to everyone that He is God because the angels will save Him. Jesus seems to come out of nowhere with His quotes from Deuteronomy. I mean, they make a little sense I guess...but even when he quotes that man will not live on bread alone, He doesn't even finish by saying, "but by every word of God (in Luke). So what was Jesus thinking of when He quoted from Deuteronomy??

Sometimes we can just take that one verse - Deut. 8:3 - and only glean meaning from it individually. But it is oftentimes good to look at the entire context of where the New Testament writer is taking the Old Testament quotations from. Because as soon as you continue to read on in Deuteronomy (specifically in chapter 8), a whole bigger, and clearer statement is made. Deut. 8:4-5 says, "Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years. Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines you."

Deuteronomy continues by saying, "Observe the commands of the Lord your God, walking in his ways and revering him. For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land - a land with streams and pools of water, with springs flowing in the valleys and hills; a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper our of the hills."

You see, we must read into the context of the Old Testament passage to understand what Jesus is referring to, to have the passage come alive to us. Jesus is really saying "booyah Satan! Are you kidding me?! You, Satan, are offering me the powers of the world when right here in Deuteronomy God is promising us all a place where we will lack nothing; a place flowing with honey, where bread will not be scarce." You have to be kidding me! Why would Jesus take that offer? Why would Jesus listen to Satan when He knows that the Word of God tells Him to be disciplined by God, to walk in His ways, to observe His commands, so that He will brought into a new land where He will lack nothing. 

We live on every word from God, because that is where His promises are. Even when we are tempted, we know that God has something greater for us. Whether we feel tempted to be "in" the world again (or for the first time), we can always go back to the Word of God which tells us that that life leads to death, but Jesus leads us to eternal life with Him. Or maybe we feel like we are being "spiritually attacked" as Satan can get ahold of our minds and our hearts, which causes us to stumble, we can always go back to the promises we have in scripture and reaffirm that we are believers in Christ, who died and rose again. And now He has given us the Spirit which dwells inside of us, and that same Spirit that dwells inside of us, rose Christ from the dead (so much power!). Or just like in this passage, when Jesus was tempted with taking over the whole world, Jesus knew that God has a much bigger ending for Him than what Satan could ever give. And when He was tempted by Satan to stop His fast to eat bread, Jesus knew that God was calling Him to this specific discipline at that time, and would not give in. 

There is so much power in a promise. We tend to forget that nowadays because of broken marriages, broken contracts etc. No one can keep a promise that they make to one another, so it is hard to imagine that God would keep His. But He has. He has never broken a promise, and He never will. He will always be faithful to us. He is our solid rock on which we stand, and it is His words that we must hold near to our hearts, because that is the place where we find our hope. 

Friday, July 11, 2008

Weekend Linkage

  • The Union Line is playing at the House of Blues in Anaheim tomorrow with two of my other fave's - "Aushua", and "Cavil at Rest". It should be an amazing show, and you should definitely be there. Some of us are carpooling over at 7pm, call me up if you wanna ride!
  • Obama is annoying me right now. As I said before, I will not vote for him in this upcoming election, but I always kind of liked the guy...until now...I mean, correct me if I am wrong, but I don't even think Obama can speak Spanish...(see link for context). John, you know who you are - I hate to say it...but every day that I wake up, the more I agree with where you are coming from. Ah! ;)
  • Holocaust Siblings are reunited after 66 years a part...beautiful. 
  • Andrew Faris has been doing a great job reviewing a book he (and I!) is reading. Check all of them out on his blog.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Star-filled Weekend

Bleh, I have been posting too much lately. I need to slow it down...
but this must be shared. 

Sunday afternoon, a bunch of us went to watch Kyle race (he is a professional bicyclist, and he works part-time at our church), and I actually met Mark Paul Gosselaar, aka - Zack Morris, from "Saved by the Bell". He is a professional bicyclist now as well... it was awesome. 
Oh, and Kyle placed 4th out of like 70-ish bicyclist' was awesome, I feel so much cooler knowing Kyle ;) ...the Bike racing world is like this whoooole other's crazy.

Then, Monday night, we were out at Crystal Cove in Newport Beach, eating at Javier's for Camyron's birthday, and we saw Gina from the "Real Housewives of Orange County". (Dr. Williams would be so excited...) ;)
And they were actually filming a scene for a show there! The camera guys were there with all the equipment and was pretty exciting. More pictures from that night to come soon. 

Gina is the second lady on the left

All in all, a pretty exciting weekend, full of "stars"!

Did I mention that I have Monday's off?...