Monday, September 29, 2008


I had an experience this morning.

One I wouldn't wish on anyone.

I had just done a good work out and jumped in the shower; I was still adjusting the temperature, so hadn't put the showerhead back up yet when all of a sudden I see a living crawling thing IN MY TUB. Not funny. My entire body tensed up and got more of a workout than doing Tae Bo Flex as I tried to wash the stupid grasshopper back down the drain it had just crawled from. I finally squashed it with one of the kid's toys so it was 1 - dead and 2 - in pieces small enough to go down the drain.


Okay, you can stop laughing now.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

new pages

Our weekly scrapbooking get together has started up again. More people this year, which is good for more laughs. I hope we meet some new girls from the community through this.

Meeting weekly means I'm actually doing some pages... I have a bunch in progress, as usual; these are the two that are done and scanned.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Mom, is that you?

Ha ha! I laughed when I saw my poll today - one person voted! That's too funny. And a family member, too. I'm guessing my mom...

Sunday, September 21, 2008


Just had to brag a little about my amazing race car driver husband. He won a big race today - his third of the year. He's won more this year than any other season. So many cars - it's a big deal to take the top spot. I'm pretty proud of him. :)

Thursday, September 18, 2008

making me happy today

A day off when I don't usually get one (I swapped Monday for Thursday this week).

Staying home.


The yellow tree out the office window.

The new grass growing just beside the deck.

Laughing with my husband this morning.

Not being mad at the kid when I sent her out the door this morning.

Feeling relaxed.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

scars are souvenirs you never lose

We had a big long conversation about scars this weekend while we were sitting in the hot tub at the retreat.

My favorite is a two inch scar across my left knee that I got when I was 8? 10? When I was a kid, anyway. We were out at our friends' acreage and I caught it on a carpet tack sticking out of the corner as I skipped down the steps and turned to go out the door. It was the 70's - people had carpet on the walls. Maybe that trend died because I wasn't the only one getting scarred up. Or maybe just because how could it possibly last? Maybe that was a drug induced trend...

One thing I remember is hobbling out on crutches to where the other kids were playing volleyball or something, and getting ZERO sympathy. They just wanted to play with the crutches.

Another thing I remember is my parents disagreeing about me going to the hospital to get stiches or not. The virdict was no - I ended up with 3 bandaids across it. And it's a big beautiful scar today. My favorite. And I do have a few.

Part of why I like it so much is because of the 'other story.' As a counselor at summer camp as a teenager, I'd tell the campers how I got my scar:

"Well," I'd say, hesitating, "I play soccer, right? And it's a fairly physical game... sometimes it gets a little rough... So after this one game, this girl is waiting for me in the parking lot after. She starts to push me a bit, and I'm trying to walk away, cause I don't want to fight, then she pulls out this knife..." At this point the girl's eyes are wide and staring. "So she slashes at me," I mimic it, "and got me here."

"Really?" they would ask, and I'd reply, "No, but it's a better story than how it really happened!"

Ah, that scar.

PS - The title is lyrics from the Goo Goo Dolls.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Brain Games

Found a site today when I went searching for brain games so that while I'm mindlessly wasting time on the computer in the evening (after I've read for educational purposes, of course) I can be improving my brain power. That's important stuff, you know.

I found this one site with a bunch of different games, lots similar to ones we played as kids, but now for grownups... Remember Memory or Mastermind? Yeah, they're here. I especially liked the guess-the-flag game, and they had some code to copy it to your blog, so here it is for you to play. Enjoy!

Friday, September 05, 2008

great quote

"Man's maker was made man that He, ruler of the stars, might nurse at His mother's breast; that the Bread might hunger, the Fountain thirst, the Light sleep, the Way be tired on its journey; that Truth might be accused of false witnesses, the Teacher be beaten with whips, the Foundation be suspended on wood; that Strength might grow weak; that the Healer might be wounded; that Life might die."

This is by Augustine on the paradox of Jesus' incarnation. I found it as a footnote in Philip Yancey's book Reaching for the Invisible God, which I am reading for my next class, Theological Overview.