Girls Write Out
Wednesday, April 26, 2006

I went "home" today to the Silicon Valley. Hung out in my church coffee shop, spied an older Chinese man reading the "Thorn Birds". (That was an interesting contrast -- sort of a character waiting to be uncovered.) Anyway, my friend Maria came to see me. I saw my old pastor and the gang, ate Vietnamese Pho, had a bubble tea sans the bubbles (tapioca = fattening), and made a trip to the Hong Kong Bakery for my son Seth's obligatory papercake. All in all, a perfect day.

Then, I came home and hiked the hills around my house, watched my kids play croquet in the yard, ate my husband's home-cooked chicken & dumplings, and watched MXC with my kids (if you don't know, don't ask! It's too stupid to explain.)

But it dawned on me how many people we are in life. I'm the girl who loves her "Masterpiece Theatre" (last night Thomas Hardy, my favorite author, and one of his happy ones "Under the Greenwood Tree") and yet, I love stupid Adam Sandler/Mike Myers humor. I love fine art and expensive jeans, but can't bear to spend money on things like dishes (I have beautiful ones that look real, but are plastic for our lifestyle!) I love David Crowder AND Barry Manilow.

So what is it for you? Let's hear some contrasts that make a person real. There's the public us, and the geeky us that we might have hidden at one point. But now we're too cranky to hide that we love both Styx and the Bee Gees. For we are wonderfully made!
Kristin Billerbeck  
posted at 12:30 AM  
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At 12:57 AM, Blogger EuroYank said...

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At 7:52 AM, Anonymous Bethanie said...

i love josh groban and jump5! :)

john grisham thrillers and sappy romance novels...

i only drink good expresso (not that instant rubbish) but am quite happy to drink post-mix coke.

i hate cleaning the house yet i'll do that wwaaauyyy before i even THINK about the assignment i have due the next day (hence, today, i have a spotless and totally organised house and no essay written... and hey i'm reading blogs gee i'm good).

i also am good at organising others, and terrible at organising my own life.

ok i could think of some more that are better contrasts, but yeah really should get onto that essay. anyone volunteer to write it for me?

At 8:33 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Great topic, K!

My house is neat as a pin (it's a blog, I can cliche if I wanna), but my van . . . let's not go there.

I'm quiet and introverted, but I play the drums. :-)

At 10:09 AM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

I love "Are You Lonely Tonight?" (Elvis) and "How Great Thou Art."

I love Renoir and modern art.

I love traditional furniture with a clean-lined piece thrown in here and there.

I love coordinating fabrics in my decor with a zebra print (or other animal print) thrown in for good measure.

I love walks on the beach in shorts and flip flops (like we did Sunday evening), and I love to dress up in after-five attire and attend banquets and such.

Looking at my bookshelves, I love biographies and novels. Poetry and how-tos.

I'm so incongruous. And loving it.

At 10:12 AM, Blogger Chaos-Jamie said...

Tapioca is fattening?!?!?!?! I'm so depressed.

I love clearance racks and expensive clothes. I will rarely spend more than $10 on any clothing item, yet I perpetually shop at the high dollar stores.

I love flip-flops and high heels.

I love dark chocolate but won't even bother to swallow milk chocolate.

I read chick-lit and the classics (oh, and Torn birds--groan--so good.)

Love big band, and jazz, and eighties music...and just about every thing else.

If I don't have an opinion, I will make it on the spot. Often mid sentence. Gets kind of embarasing.

At 2:25 PM, Blogger Mom Nancy said...

I love Catholic rap ( and but hate other kinds of rap.

I love living in Baton Rouge (most of the time) but hate seafood.

I write Christian romance AND fantasy.

Two of my favorite movies are Housesitter with Goldie Hawn and Steve Martin (A great romance - I can point out all the "formula" parts) AND Die Hard.

I hate housework and love to entertain.

I have a Scandinavian daughter and a African-American son.

At 3:26 PM, Blogger Malia Spencer said...

Great topic Kristin! I love reading Sci-fi, fantasy, mysteries, thrillers and historical romances.

I love listening to Public Radio that plays lots of classical and opera but I'll also turn on the pop stations to listen to rap.

I am happiest in shorts, tank tops and slippers (daily attire), but give me the chance and I love getting my hair and makeup done and dressing up for formal events.

I love the beach but hate what the salt water does to my hair. If I want to swim I go to the pool.

I love fancy (and fattening) desserts when I go out to eat but at my favorite steakhouse I skip all their great desserts in favor of the fresh pineapple at the salad bar.

I hate exercising in a non air conditioned environment but I will happily run after a tennis ball at noon in the summer for three hours.

I love living in Hawaii but I hate the extreme heat in the summer. I'll practically live in my air conditioned bedroom for three months in the afternoons until it cools off at night.

There's a lot more I could say but I think those are the highlights. :)

At 3:35 PM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

Oh my goodness, I am so enjoying all these! Isn't it funny how people SEEM to be one way, and they have this completely other side? See, only God can do that kind of characterization!

At 6:10 PM, Blogger Jaime said...

Wow - I was just in the bathroom (washing my hands!) thinking about this very subject and then came and read it! Go figure...
I was thinking about a Corporate Work Conference I went to today and wondered how many of the plastic, botoxed women there had their husbands whiskers in the bathroom sink and hair spray residue from that morning's primping yet to be scrubbed away? or if their bathrooms were as Barbie-doll-clean as they are...


What you see =
Land's End clone (work clothes for cellular company in which I manage are all from there. Blah.)
What you get =
outdoor sports Patagonia clad girl with an invisible nose piercing bc her husband would deny he knows her if she seriously pierced it

What you see =
Extroverted humorist who totally relates in conversation to off the wall, rock climbing, xtreme sports people
What you get =
I wouldn't hop off a log 5" inches about the ground. I am a athletic failure and a freaked out mess when it comes to risk

What you see =
A 29 yr. old
What you get =
A 15 yr. old stuck in a 29 yr. old body.

At 6:55 PM, Blogger Stuart said...

I love sci-fi action and adventure and fantasy. And Broadway/Hollywood muscials!

I like creating my own alien species and worlds. But feel wierd around trekkies and starwars geeks. ;)

I'm a guy, but actually went to a blog called "Girls Write Out".

Fun stuff ladies! I shall vacate the premises. ;)

At 7:04 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

LOL Stuart! We won't tell.

At 8:11 PM, Blogger Kath said...

I love the city but I live in the country.

I love city mornings with the first rush of traffic, business openings, early morning radio . . . I love mornings on my sunporch with my husband listening for turkeys, watching our hummingbirds and hoping for deer.

I love ratty tshirts and too-big jeans . . . I love formalwear and always wanted to be a princess.

I adore fancy Jags . . . and hate vehicles in general.

I love to be thin . . . I love to snack constantly (equals not thin).

I love my friends . . . I hate to talk on the phone.

I love people in crowds at my house . . . too many people at my house gives me wicked headaches.

I thought this was great fun!!!


At 10:42 PM, Blogger Kayla said...

I love bombs, guns, explosions, and action and most of my friends are guys...but I melt all over the couch watching a Cary Grant movie. (Don't tell the guys!) Oh, and I love shoes. Especially strappy high heels. The higher the better. And yet I hate painting my toenails.

I love to read Ted Dekker thrillers...but I also read chick-lit and ALL of the Love Inspired books (again, don't tell the guys!) since my aunt gets them all.

I read Dee Henderson books. Those are a dichotomy right there. Suspense and killers and a romance plopped right in the midst of it!

At 10:44 PM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

Yay, another Barry Manilow fan! (Thanks for helping me admit that.)

Just wrote on my blog about the time the mgr. of my former bank called to tell me I had FOUR different signatures on file. Hey, I told them, they're all me. Just different facets, ya know?

Btw, LOVE diamonds and denim. But doesn't everybody? :-)

At 8:31 AM, Blogger Ruth said...

I absolutely LOVED "Under the Greenwood Tree" Sunday night, it was terrific! I dedicated a whole blog to it...I suppose one contrast in my lift would be loving Masterpiece Theatre and Star Wars...LOL.

At 9:24 PM, Blogger CaliGirlDCE25 said...

oh wow.... here's me:

tv: I love Alias and Lost, but also Masterpiece Theatre and American Idol and all other reality tv (Wives and Daughters in 2002 i think is my fav Masterpiece Theatre)

movies: Random Harvest (oldie with Greer Garson) and True Lies (action with Arnold the Governator)

Music: Bach and Ben Folds Five and John Reuben and Broadway

Starbucks Orange Mocha Frappuccinos and yet I will drink pastor's coffee in the mini kitchen at the church where I work...

Romance novels and John Grisham

I've had straight hair for 21 years...and just got a perm (I was born to have curls...why didn't God give them to me??)

I love Ruth's Chris steaks and Steak and Shake

hahaha..... it's so weird how we change... i mean, i'm only 21 and I have my whole life in front of me and yet, i can look over the past 4 years of college and see how much I've changed in just that short amount of time. I can't imagine who I'll be 20 years from now! :-)

At 11:48 PM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

I think Malia wins with Classical music on NPR and rap. That's hysterical.

Although I'm delighted to hear there's Catholic rap. Where was that when I had to endure Father Armstrong?

And Jamie sorry about tapioca. It's a starch. Bummer, huh?

At 12:57 AM, Anonymous HolyMama! said...

online i am outgoing and friendly, but in reality i am so shy and quiet, with only two friends!

punctuation should be perfect in a manuscript, but on my blog - the more creative, the better!

ten years ago i held my daughter's hand as i stood in line at the food bank. today, God's blessings are more abundant that we could ever - EVER - have dreamed. He is so good!

At 11:37 AM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

Holymama, that just makes me shiver, how good life is -- to be able to appreciate it when you have it, now that is a gift! Believe it or not, I'm very shy too, that's why I don't like to speak. I'm mouthy, but shy. And I have had the same best friend since I was four. NO one else will have me. : )


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