Monday, August 29, 2005
Thursday, August 25, 2005
On another note, I have to give 'Post of the Week' to my dear friend Ruthie. She has a blog here, but this post comes from her shiny new blog called The Knowledge Box. It's all about homeschooling and all the things these six kids are learning. It looks like so much fun, I want to join them every single day!
Monday, August 22, 2005
Friday, August 19, 2005
This is something I will try to do every Friday. Click the post title or the link in the sidebar to have a feast of your very own!
Feast Sixty / Friday, August 19, 2005
Do you get excited when the season begins to change? Which season do you most look forward to?
I do get excited. It's hard for me to choose between summer-to-fall and winter-to-spring. If I have to pick just one, though, I will go with winter-to-spring. There is so much promise and new life in that change, that "death to life" exhileration that can only be a gift from our Creator.
What day of the week is usually your busiest?
It's really hard to tell, just because of the way my job works. But I think it's usually Monday, because that's when I type up a bulletin for students, so with that extra thing to do, plus students coming in more on that day it can get pretty hectic.
Would you consider yourself to be strict when it comes to grammar and spelling? What's an example of the worst error you've seen?
What a wonderful question...and I can't wait to see Sarah's answer to this one! Yes, I do consider myself strict in those areas. I proof my emails before I send them out, for crying out loud! If that isn't strict, I don't know what is. Now, I know that I make mistakes, so just because I'm strict about it doesn't mean I get it right all the time. But I do like to try. Worst error I've seen? I'll have to go with the worst grammar error I've heard. A friend of mine was talking to a group of people. She wanted to make sure all of them did not forget their jackets before they left. Instead of saying, "Hey everyone, don't forget your jackets" using the collective 'you' she said -- and I promise this is what it was because I remember feeling my ears breaking off -- "Hey guys, don't forget YOURSES jackets." This was back when I seemed to have a difficult time holding my tongue about such things, so I'm pretty sure I gave her way more grief about it than she needed. I still correct others at times, but I am trying to improve in that area. People don't like being corrected, go figure!
Who has a birthday coming up, and what will you give them as a gift?
The closest one I can think of at the moment is my nephew's ninth (ninth?!?) birthday on September 5. I'll probably confer with the parents and see what they're getting, plus talk with my sister to see if there are any specific wants or needs. I like being able to get a person what they want...what they really, really want. Ooh, please forgive me for the Spice Girls reference!
If you could have any new piece of clothing for free, what would you pick?
I would either pick a long winter coat (preferably black, but maybe red) since I don't have one, or a really awesome 1950's vintage dress.
Thursday, August 18, 2005
10 Songs That I Currently Dig (same disclaimer as Sarah...this doesn't mean the songs are actually current):
1. Like a Feather by Nikka Costa
2. Red Light by Jonny Lang
3. Roxanne by Sting (the All This Time album version)
4. Everybody Got Their Something by Nikka Costa
5. Chariot by Gavin Degraw
6. Walking on Broken Glass by Annie Lennox
7. I Hope You Dance by Lee Ann Womack
8. Til I Get You by Nikka Costa (yeah, third one on the list...I know)
9. Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (had to steal one of yours, Sarah! Click.)
10. Sleep Tight by Celine Dion (on the Miracle album...yeah, it's that baby album!)
I've also got to tag five people, so I choose Dave, Ann, Shellie, Ruthie, and Brandi (ha, now she will have a reason to blog...I bugged her about it last night!).
And the 'Post of the Week' goes to...Sarah! Click here to find out if you qualify to live on Dork Street!
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Monday, August 15, 2005
Ack! In all the excitement of the weekend (Casey's grandmother's 80th birthday party!) -- and the usual Friday's Feast -- I completely forgot that Trace Talks is a year old as of this past Friday. I didn't even realize it until I read Sarah's post from yesterday about her blog being two years old! So, I'm pretty much just copying her idea here. You know what they say about imitation, Sarah! Plus, isn't it soooo neat-o that our blogs almost share the same birthday? Maybe they can go to school together, or talk on the phone, or be roommates at college...Anyway, Sarah shared some of the lessons she's learned in the past two years of blogging, but I don't know that I've learned anything, but I'll give it a try. Sharing the lessons, that is, not learning!
#1 Mama said there'd be days like this...and you can usually turn them into a really great post! (Click.)
#2 Love is something if you give it away...well, in the blogging world, comments are something if you give them away -- you'll end up having more!
#3 Abraham Lincoln (at least I'm pretty sure it was him) said it best when he made this statement: "You can please some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can't please all of the people all of the time." Preach it, Abe!
So, that's my little summary on "blogging lessons learned." Here's looking at you, Year Two!
Friday, August 12, 2005
Feast Fifty-Nine / Friday, August 12, 2005
Did you sleep good last night?
As comedian Steven Wright would say, "No, I made a few mistakes."
What is your current computer desktop image?
I usually do have some kind of image, but I wanted something less busy, so the other day I picked a tiny blue quilt pattern.
When was the last time you planted something, what was it and where did it go?
Ah...my attempt at gardening. It was last year, right after we moved, when I hadn't yet found a job. We were given some beautiful little flowers...what was the name? Can't remember, but they were very pretty. I thought, "Hey, I'll put them at the bottom of our steps!" I bought all the cute little gardening tools, even the kneeler pad. I was stylin'. I planted the things, and they made it for a while, but I suppose I didn't take the best care of them. You never know, they might rise again someday, but we don't live in that house anymore. Maybe I have left a gift for the new renters.
What's your favorite condiment?
The first thing that came to mind was sour cream. Does that count? I think so...you can do so many wonderful things with sour cream. The best one I learned from my sister just recenlty is to dip a strawberry in sour cream, then dip it in brown sugar (Sarah is cringing). I know it sounds like a crazy combination, but trust me...it is just heavenly.
Share a quote that you like, for whatever reason.
A 'Life-Learning Skills' college professor of mine shared this quote with us, and maybe it's his, I'm not sure. Just letting you know that I did not create it, but I do love it:
Every morning I set myself on FIRE with enthusiasm, and people come for miles just to watch me BURN.
Thursday, August 11, 2005
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
I've never felt much concern about getting older (all the thirty-somethings are hiding their laughter), but the other day I turned to my 27-year-old husband and said, "Case...I'm going to be thirty!!" with just a hint of anxiety in my voice. His response? Laughter, which is pretty much what my response would have been if I had more than two years to go. I've never enjoyed seeing women fret over leaving their twenties, and maybe that is why I have made an effort to lean into the next decade. After all, if I stay where I am, what new memories can I make?
For me, turning 30 holds the promise and hope of starting a family (laugh if you will, but I have a countdown clock on my computer desktop for such an event). Entering my thirties means having the chance to fall more in love with the man I married, and falling more in love with and growing closer to God. This is not to say that I am going to run skipping through fields of flowers on the morning of my birthday, but neither will I cower in the corner. To me, turning 30 means more wisdom, more confidence, and by all means...more choc0late!
Monday, August 08, 2005
Upon arrival into town last night, we made our way to the student union on campus, and there we prayed prayers of hope for this coming school year. It was exciting to stand near the doors that will be touched by so many students -- some who know God and love him, some who know God and do not care, and some who have never known God and are searching. We want to touch their lives and 'be Jesus' to them. We want to show them that we are sinners but that God forgives us and helps us in our daily walk with him.
Anyway, back to the prayer...we were just finishing up when we heard the sounds of bagpipes floating across the campus, and the guy was playing 'Amazing Grace' of all things! The words of our prayer seemed to be purposely accompanied by the notes of the song, and all were filled with an extra measure of determination that this will be an amazing year.
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
For the past, 0h I don't know, four years I have been on-and-off looking for a couple of my old roommates. They are twin sisters, so I figured if I found one I would find the other, right? Friendly advice (please note the sarcasm): Twins -- at least the ones I lived with -- get a huge kick out of the "well, if you've seen one, you've seen them both!" kind of remarks. Really, they took all the cajoling in stride. They are both quite hilarious, and that's really why I want to find them again -- just for a laugh or two. So anyway, after years of searching...and searching...I went to (DUH) my university site where I had recently updated my alumni info in order to (DUH) find old college friends. When I did a basic search using only their last name, I found them both, although just one had entered an email address. After getting over how ridiculously easy that had been and kicking myself for time wasted, I sent a brief catch-up letter to Becky and I am hope, hope, hoping that she writes back soon!
Monday, August 01, 2005
Tune in next time and happy viewing...I mean, blogging!