Spruce Up Day at Laurel: Part Two

Warning: This post may contain a statement or two that will rub you the wrong way. Please be ready for it…

Ok, so yesterday was part two of the Spruce Up Day at Laurel. There were jobs that we just couldn’t finish (or even start for that matter) last week. This week was targeted to be the CSC / Young Professionals day. Todd had sent out a couple of emails on CSCLIFE to remind people about it. Well I showed up at 8:15 and Todd was there. A little bit later Joey showed up. I had things to do in the afternoon so I could only stay until 11:15 or so. In the noontime, they were expected some of the Young Professionals to show up cause they had some stuff to do in the morning.

After I stopped working to take pictures for the Laurel Backyard Habitat Site (this links to Laurel’s Gallery not eNature), I got a chance to talk to some of the “older people”. They shared with me some of the sentiments that maybe we as “college students” may not be aware of. I will summarize and hopefully not add to what they said while also not taking away from what they said.

A lot of the older people have put MANY years of work and money into the house at the CSC and the ministry at the CSC. In the past, as with yesterday, none (or only a couple) of the “college kids” showed up. (Joey and I don’t count) The older folks would like to see the students involved in MORE things at Laurel. We have our own class on Sunday morning, we sit in our own section during service, we have our own heart-to-heart group that is independant of what the congregation studies, and we aren’t even there on Wednesday night anymore. I explained to them that many of our students are involved in Agape. They see that, but that that is just one ministry. So here’s the challenge that has been issued to us. Look for other ways you can more involved with Laurel and folks of all different ages. Maintaining our portion of the Third Creek Bike Trail is one way. I wasn’t there at the end of the day yesterday, but I’m almost certain there is more work that needs to be done.

Spruce Up Day at Laurel

Wilson clearing vines from a tree

Here is Wilson clearing some vines off a tree at the Spruce Up Day at Laurel today.

Well this was supposed to be last weekend, but because of the fact that it stormed all last weekend, it was postponed until this weekend. We were supposed to be working from 9:00 – 3:00 today. I didn’t show up until noon though. The grass at our house REALLY needed mowing. Due to the fact that we are getting kicked out of our house, nobody really wanted to do it, but it was looking bad. So this morning, I cut just the front yard and a little bit of the back. If it was in the fenced in area, Paul’s gonna have to cut that himself. Anyways….

A few people from the CSC had come to help do yard work at Laurel. These were Adam B., Wilson, Jon, K-Mon, and myself. (There may have been others before noon). Nancy Prosser was wanting me to get some new pictures to put up on our Back Yard Habitat Site over at the National Wildlife Foundation (the link is at the end of the post). As soon as I arrived, I was immediately put to work on getting pictures. The picture above, I went over there to get a picture of the bird feeder, but Wilson just couldn’t resist requesting an action shot. I’ve got a lot of stuff to do that is due tomorrow (worship slides for tomorrow morning and a slide show about spring break for Sunday night), so I won’t get a chance to put some of these pictures up until tomorrow.

The next bit of work was spreading mulch with Adam. For those of y’all that don’t know, the Knoxville Symphony is putting on some Home Show. Laurel is the parking lot people get on a shuttle bus from. All the time we were working, everyone would come up to us and say how wonderful things are looking and how good of a job we were doing. Not that it really mattered to anybody, but I was nice to hear people compliment. After we “finished” mulching, Jon Brown grabbed me to begin painting the rails to the west side entrance. Kristen was also pulled to paint. It was really good to catch up with her.

Laurel’s Backyard Habitat Site

More Random Facts you probably already knew anyways

My name is: Justin Taylor Acuff
I may seem: Overbearing
I am really: Easygoing
In the morning: Wake up, maybe eat breakfast, take a shower, brush my teeth, watch the news, read my Bible, go to work.
I like to sleep: on my back
If I could be doing anything right now I would be: Playing soccer
Money is: money
One thing i wish i had: My own house
One thing i wish i didn’t have is: Atopic Dermatitis
All i need is: God


first best friend: Chad Brown
First Car: 1983 Pontiac Bonneville
first Date: Putt-Putt and Movie with Amanda
first real Kiss: Nicki when I was 12 at Oak Park
first screen name: jacuff
first self-purchased album: Um… Hangin’ Tough by New Kids on the Block
first funeral: This is probably my first memory… I was barely 2. I think and it was one of my great uncles.
first pet: Tasha (a cat)
first piercing: none
first credit card: visa
first enemy: Brandon
first musician you remember hearing in your house: The Beattles


last cigarette: never. smoking is gross
last car ride: Um… I’m usually the driver, let me think… I guess it was with Mer back when Nicoll came up for the Speghetti Lunch
last kiss: Junior year, but it hasn’t been so bad
last good cry: I don’t remember. Its probably been a while.
last library book checked out: Um, that’s even been longer than the kiss
last phone call: Nancy Prosser
Last time showered: this morning
last movie seen: Um, it was the first half of Napoleon Dynamite
last beverage drank: Orange Juice
last food consumed: Wednesday dinner at Laurel… Ham, Cheesy Potatoes, Green Beans, Roll, and Pecan Pie… Yummy Pecan Pie.
last crush: well it lasted all of like two days
last shoe worn: Rockport Boots
last cd played: Um… It was probably Switchfoot, The Legend of Chin since that’s the last one I converted to MP3.
last annoyance: Gossip
last item bought: Tire Rotation and Balance
last dissappointment: When friends start dating and shut out everybody else
last time wanting to die: I can’t think of a time I just wanted to die.
last time scolded: Again, Its been such a long time, I can’t exactly remember when
last shirt worn: Plain White T-Shirt
last website visited: I copied this from Jason’s Xanga, but it was snopes.com
last word you said: Ok
last song you sang: It’s The End of the World as We Know (And I Feel Fine) by R.E.M.
what color socks you are wearing: white with the grey heal and toe
what color underware are you wearing: Hunter Green Boxers
what’s under your bed: Assorted stuff in Rubbermaid boxes
what time did you wake up today: 6:15


where do you want to go: Europe
what is your career going to be: Computer and Software Engineer
where are you going to live: The South
how many kids do you want: 2
car i like: Aston Martin DB9


current mood: chilled
current music: U2
current taste: Coffee
current hair: short
current clothes: khaki’s and a polo shirt
current desktop picture: Canyon de Chelly
current color of toenails: clear
current love: life
current infatuation: Gee, this is a hard one to answer.
current time: 10:43 am

What Age Do You Act?

You Are 27 Years Old
Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view – and you look at the world with awe.
13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.
20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what’s to come… love, work, and new experiences.
30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You’ve had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!
40+: You are a mature adult. You’ve been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.