Can’t sleep. It’s been a while since I’ve found myself in this position. I used to suffer from some mild sort of insomnia, balanced with a healthy dose of work-o-holisicm. I don’t know what happened but over the last couple years I’ve learned to shut down and spend more family time in the evenings. Since then I’ve been sleeping better.

Not tonight.

Miles woke us up at 2:30am with a bad dream. Took him about 15 minutes to get back to sleep. I never did go back to sleep. So I’m now blogging and contemplating what to do next… Here’s some thoughts:

  1. We’re launching an “unplugged” venue that will run at the same times as our other services on Sundays, have live worship & show recorded video teaching. We’re launching in a week and a half and we’re not ready. But that’s never stopped us before.
  2. I’m getting very tired of these spam comments, “Your post makes one think! Great article. Thanks for allowing me to comment!”.
  3. Twitter’s been overtaken by the DNC, the RNC, and Chrome, none of which excite me much.
  4. Read this and this and let’s just say I’m not feeling to hot right now.
  5. Jen and I are starting what she’s calling a “cabbage soup” detox tomorrow (I guess that’s today). I’m (a) not looking forward to it, but am committed to it, and (b) it has nothing to do with Matt’s 9 day detox that he’s doing – but it is cool that we’re doing the same sort of thing at the same time.
  6. I still don’t really get the difference between categories & tags.
  7. I’m currently working on redoing our main church website with a friend. It’s coming along nicely – I think.
  8. Jen and I are sharing at a marriage conference this weekend. I feel totally under-qualified.
  9. I still want to start a once a month local blogging seminar. Every time I talk about it there’s a buzz, so expect some news soon.
  10. Miles started taekwondo today (and when I did the spell check on that word “Wonderbra” came up). We think he’s gonna really like it. It’s weird “growing up” we keep plugging in these attachements to the community. Miles was in soccer, now’s he’s in kindergarten and taekwondo. He’s also in AWANA. Macy’s still at home all the time, but Jen wants to get her into dance and next year she’ll go into preschool. It’s all brand new to us.

Alright, I killed about 20 minutes on this post. Just some thoughts for the morning. I hope you all have a great day. I’m either going to crash for another 2 hours or just get up and get started. Either way, today should be fun being half awake.

8 thoughts on “4:21am

  1. Kendra Watson

    Melanie was up at 3:17am with a bad dream too…funny how I always remember the exact time my eyes creep open after hearing a child crying! I did the “cabbage soup” thing in college. the soup was good…for the first couple days atleast!!

  2. Lorelle

    After all that and you STILL don’t get tags and categories? Must have been the late night talking. πŸ˜€

    Think of how you use the bible. You have the books of the bible which can be seen as categories, grouping related stories/content together. But you want to find out how many times “floods” are mentioned in the bible. Do you go to the categorical books of the bible? No. You hit the index for the word “flood” which is a “tag” in this pitiful but appropriate example.

    Tags are “per post” which means they are added to each post when writing it. They can be any words that describe the content within and words people will search for when they search for that post from a search engine, for example.

    Categories are used mostly by those visiting your site looking for groups of related content. If I want to find out more on what you’ve written on the topic of the bible, I would select that category to see all those related posts.

    Does that help?

    And hopefully, you will get some sleep soon. πŸ˜€

  3. James McLean

    ewww to that link to the “Why Would You Want to go to Church”. Its like anything else, we don’t always want to. I don’t always want to pray but i do, i don’t always want to exercise but i do. its a discipline not an obligation. we do it because it puts us in a place where God can grow us and move us where he wants to. the bigger question is are Churches equipping people to accomplish the mission of Jesus?

    I hope Miles doesn’t round house kick me in the face when i come home in December, ha ha!

    James McLeans last blog post..A Long Obedience in the Same Direction

  4. alex

    Kendra, ugh 3:17 ouch!
    Thanks Lorelle! That now makes total sense.

  5. Lorelle

    Here’s one more specific example that might help Tam.

    Your blog categories, the collected bodies of work you write about, are Fruit, Vegetables, and Meat.

    You write a blog post about lettuce. You tag it with search terms and keywords such as lettuce, salad, greens, bib, romaine, and such. These are specific to the post about lettuce. If someone is searching the net for information on types of lettuce, you want those tag words to help them find it.

    The post is then “filed” under “Vegetables” because those visiting your blog might have arrived because you wrote a fascinating article about bib lettuce, and they want to see more of what you have in your blog file folder related to Vegetables. So they click the category for vegetables and find out that you’ve written a ton about corn, carrots, spinach, beans, and such.

    But let’s say that they really wanted to know more about romaine lettuce and not bib lettuce. The tag link for “romaine” should take them to all the other posts you have with the tag or word “romaine” in them, giving them a micro-category view of everything you’ve written about romaine.

    That might only be three posts, not enough for a category called “Romaine” but enough that helps the visitor and makes them dig even deeper because now you have helped them learn more about Romaine and established yourself as a vegetable expert. πŸ˜€

    Think of categories as Pendaflex file folders that hang on hooks in a file cabinet and tags as the multiple folders that sit inside of those larger file folder holders. Does that help?

    I still like the analogy that categories are your blog’s table of contents and tags are your blog’s index words list. That makes the most sense to me.

  6. alex

    Lorelle you have a way with words – that’s for sure. I get it now, although I’m fully awake too!

    Tam, I hope that helped and am so stoked that my little blog could be a place where we can all learn together πŸ™‚

    I’m surprised that the tags/categories thread is more popular than FF trying to replace Taekwando with “Wonderbra”!

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