My deskThe problem with working in an office with no windows—or any decor to speak of—is that it’s boring and drab and dreary. I love my job at the church, but I’ve longed for some color—some pizazz, as it were. So I brought in a lava lamp that was collecting dust in my bedroom. It helped! And I decided to take the next step and buy a potted plant.

The plant I picked out at Wal-Mart is apparently a palm. Actually, according to the label, it is a “palms” because there are three of them in one pot. Adam named them Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. It’s nice to have some flora in my office (Adam already serves as an admirable specimen of fauna). I picked the palms over the other nice Wal-Mart plants because they had more leaves and only required a moderate amount of water. I didn’t ask the palms, but according to the label, they also prefer indirect light. What could be more indirect than no sunlight whatsoever? Hopefully, the fluorescent lights of my office will do the trick.

The palmsI’m a little nervous about this experiment. This may come as a surprise to you, but it’s the first time in my life that the responsibility of caring for another living creature has been placed solely on my shoulders. Sure, I’ve taken care of my family’s cats and whatever other animals we happened to adopt, but that responsibility was shared. I guess it’s good that I’m starting with a $3 trio of palms rather than, say, a trio of kids. It’s a step in the right direction toward responsibility. I give the palms a 50/50 chance of survival.

Anyway, I’ll keep you all updated on the status of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. On Friday, I plan to transfer them to their brand new home—a 75¢ clay pot. I know, I know—I can’t wait, either.

My officeBonus aside: this picture is a little too small for you to see in much detail (since it was taken with my pathetic camera phone), but apparently I am now a fan of Casting Crowns. I showed up at work this morning and found a poster for their upcoming Bloomington concert taped to my whiteboard. I was not aware of my fandom until today, but I embrace it with open arms.