on April 23, 2007 in Ze Bloggy Goodness with 10 comments by

It feels like SUCH a long time since I’ve blogged anything. Strange. Because the good joke it that it has been less than a week. That’s what love feels like, I guess. 🙂

Have you heard of Paste Magazine? I dig it. Heather and I went to a party at their headquarters last night in Decatur and I was totally impressed with them. I wasn’t as impressed with us- we didn’t mingle well, but we had a real good time. It’s an interesting magazine with an interestingly undercover Christian vibe. Their motto is “Signs of Life in Music, Film, and Culture”. It’s a world of Christianity that I like. I can’t explain it- I’m not doing a good job now. But I like when the world accepts, even praises, a publication (Paste) or a band (Switchfoot or Third Day) for the quality of their work, not considering their “religious” ties, does that make sense? I like when non-Christians recognize high quality art from high quality people… then those people end up loving Jesus.

I read over that paragraph and there is probably something theologically wrong about my thoughts, and I know that in advance. You can comment and tell me anyways, but know that I know that. Someone probably thinks things like Paste are “gray” and we’re supposed to be “black and white”. I respect that. But my response would be this: Do you think the president of the Coca-Cola’s music department would feel comfortable drinking a beer at a Focus on the Family party? Would he even come? He came last night- and is friends with the big guy at Paste, who is a Christian. So there is a connection, a respect, and door opened, that may not occur elsewhere. Without even knowing it, he may have walked right into his salvation. You know?

(Don’t get mad- I’m not a FOTF hater. In fact, I always check “Plugged In Online” before I go see a movie. I love James Dobson. It was just an example.)

Singer/Songwriter de jour- Brandon Heath.

People keep asking me “How are you?”. I bet you get that a lot, too, don’t you? It’s a polite opener. And the answer is “good”. Then the follow up is “What have you been up to?” I don’t have an answer. And it frustrates me.

Do I say, “Well, I’ve been hanging out with my friends and trying to figure out what it looks like to be a 26 year old /single /school teacher /reader /cook /budget keeper /granddaughter /writer /friend /Christian /mentor /dreamer /blogger /daughter /sister /tutor in Kennesaw. And I think I miss the mark every day.” Because something tells me that is not what people want to hear. I would get a lot of awkward smiles.

So my answer is this- “Working hard on the Missions Auction. Wanna donate something?” to church friends and “Nothing much. But no news is good news, right?” to everyone else. What people want to hear and what I say rarely match up. Oh well. 🙂

But I want you to know that if you’ve called to hang out, or want to get together, or wish I blogged more, or wish I would invest in your kids more often, and I’ve putzed out on you, I recognize that I’m not too good at life right now. I don’t know why. Don’t worry about me- I’m not sad or depressed or anything. I’m just learning how to balance. And when you’re learning how to do something, I think you must have to do it wrong a good bit. But I’m getting it right some too. I think.

On a completely different note- I don’t want to miss God this season. The main reason I say this is because I’ve been telling God that everyday, but it still feels like I am. Does that make any sense? Know the feeling? So maybe if I blog it, and He reads my blog today, it will change something.

This is a random blog day. If you are a symmetrical person and you like things that have order, I’m sorry. And I’m sorry we’re friends because I bet I make you a little crazy. But I’m glad we’re friends because that shows that you are a patient person, and I want to learn that. Will you teach me?


  1. Ryan Kennedy
    posted on Apr 23, 2007 at 1:43 AM  |  reply

    I want a cup of coffee and a seat that will hold me for an hour+, to chew the fat and hear about that multi-occupational role you so crazily play in order to keep the world as we all know it in order.

  2. Pamela
    posted on Apr 23, 2007 at 12:22 PM  |  reply

    Ryan, I think you meant to say a “cup of tea”, didn’t you?

  3. carolineb
    posted on Apr 23, 2007 at 12:52 PM  |  reply

    Oh, you. I know God reads your blog, I think he writes it. And I love that business model. Celebrating light. So good.

  4. laurakirkland
    posted on Apr 23, 2007 at 4:07 PM  |  reply

    dancing lady… I forgot about that.. It is kindof like when you are waiting for the sprinkler to go around so that you can run past at just the right moment. Except the dancing lady is too hard to figure out. She’s more random than a sprinkler… That was funny.

  5. ManUtd17
    posted on Apr 23, 2007 at 6:11 PM  |  reply

    Paste is a cool magazine. Dave FM has a weekly spot called “Paste’s picks” where one of the editors comes on with Margot to offer Paste’s latest recommendations. Great way to hear some new music.

    And I would rather be at the Paste party than a FOTF thing any day.

  6. AmyFritch
    posted on Apr 24, 2007 at 1:23 AM  |  reply

    I LOVE a random blog. If you get the balanced thing figured out, send me some pointers!

  7. Tyler Proffitt
    posted on Apr 24, 2007 at 1:58 AM  |  reply

    I just realized that I did not see you when I visited Riverstone on Sunday…explain yourself, Annie Downs. This should be rectified with a game of corn hole at the Bedingfields’.

    Paste is an excellent magazine by the way.

  8. marie-claire
    posted on Apr 24, 2007 at 2:06 AM  |  reply

    You are an amazing friend/mentor/sister/writer. In my opinion anyway.

  9. Annie
    posted on Apr 24, 2007 at 2:18 AM  |  reply

    How did all you people know about Paste and never tell me? It’s like some club that no one invites you to until you find it yourself then you realize that everyone there is a friend of yours.
    Tyler, I didn’t even know. Cornhole. Pronto.
    Marie, much love. Asbury is lucky.

  10. tatum
    posted on Apr 24, 2007 at 7:19 PM  |  reply

    i ditto marie claire (well most of the time at least) 🙂 and dont your worry you’re pretty little head…i’ll be home in 2 months. thats not long at all. are you going to the lake with us or what?

    and i knew about paste too…sorry for holding out on you. 🙂 glad you had fun! i wish i could have gone too.

    you’re word verification never lets me through on the first time…i always have to go a second round. how rude. GEEZ, round three!

Join the discussion

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Get a sneak peek of Annie’s latest book! Click the link to download two free chapters of Let’s All Be Brave.