Monthly Archives: March 2004

Drunk on words 5

“Do you find it easy to get drunk on words?” “So easily that, to tell the truth, I am seldom perfectly sober.” -Harriet Vane and Lord Peter Wimsey in Dorothy Sayers’ Gaudy Night First off, a little business regarding this quote – I have decided that Gaudy Night would have to replace Evensong in my […]

A wanton woman 10

A patron just came up to the desk and asked if we had any books on winches. Not being the most tool-inclined person, what did I hear? “Do you have any books on wenches?” Luckily my filter was on, so I did not in fact ask why the boy wanted books on prostitutes. I asked […]

Nothing that’s as good as love ever made a lot of sense 7

My husband is one of the bravest people I know. Being open and honest is really hard for him – he has the same fears that we all do of being rejected and being afraid to let people see our messes. Lately I have seen him take some huge steps, things that neither of us […]

And my spirit is at rest. 3

It’s the kind of morning that it’s nice to curl up with a mug of coffee and sit under a blanket with the windows open . . . but unfortunately I can’t do that. Well, I do have coffee, but there’s really nowhere to curl up here at work. I am still on probation as […]

Saturday morning thoughts 7

Mike and I have been together five-and-a-half years, but have never washed a car together until today. As you might expect, our car washing styles were completely different. He’s much more professional about it than I am. You should have seen all the supplies he bought, and he was much more particular about what kind […]

I should infinitely prefer a book 14

A Reader’s Bill of Rights. I love to read. I really do read all the time – now that my hair is long again, I love to set a book open on the counter and read while I’m drying it. I find it makes the time spent go much faster. I read while cooking, while […]

My thoughts on The Time Traveler’s Wife 5

I don’t know how to talk about this book without talking about the ending. So, if you aren’t interested in spoilers, you’ve been warned. Last night I finished The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. After I finished, I cried for quite a while. Not because I was especially attached to the characters, but because […]

Lego Maniac 10

Yesterday I brought my Harry Potter Lego Hogwarts Castle to work. It’s sitting on the very top shelf of my bookcase. I think the Lego people were very clever to realize that Harry Potter fans are likely to be Lego fans. Legos are my favorite toys. Remember the Lego commercials they used to have, and […]

Up in the air and down! 7

How do you like to go up in a swing, Up in the air so blue? Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing Ever a child can do! I love to swing. Whenever my mom would push me on the swing as a child, she would recite this poem. I still think of it […]

Talk, Talk it Out 3

I am a very verbal processor. I tend to do much better when I talk out my problems. I think the hardest part of losing my best friend has been the lack of someone to process with. It’s been bad lately (in terms of me having stuff I need to process), and, let’s face it, […]

Rambling through the Wal-Mart 4

Do you think Wal-Mart makes their parking lots hard to get out of so that we will all just give up and move in there like Natalie Portman did? I am not normally a Wal-Mart girl, but I may have been converted. The Wal-Mart here is great. It’s not crowded, and it’s a Super Wal-Mart, […]

Weekly Roundup 6

Another thing I love about my new house? The hot water heater. It’s so big. In our apartment, it was difficult to take back-to-back showers without someone getting shafted. And, yes, that was mostly my fault for taking longer showers than Mike, but he also likes his water insanely hot. Now? We can both take […]

Cute (Ferocious!) T-Rex 8

A few weeks ago, we visited with Mike’s sister for a few hours. They had just come back from Disneyworld, so the kids had lots of souvenirs to show us. Mike’s three-year-old nephew had a big plastic dinosaur that looked kind of similar to a T-Rex. I personally thought the dinosaur looked more goofy (though […]

Wide Open Spaces 7

On the way to work this morning, I drove through our little town. I looked at the houses and the split-rail fences and the rooster in our neighbors’ yard. Have you ever seen a cat have a good stretch in the sun and then curl up for a nap? That’s exactly how my soul felt. […]

Top Ten Favorite Books 9

In alphabetical order by author’s last name: -Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen -Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy -Evensong by Gail Godwin -The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King -Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott -Many Waters by Madeleine L’Engle -A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L’Engle -The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling […]

Confusion Abounds 7

I know that I have claimed to enjoy the messiness of Christianity, the working out of my faith. I probably meant it when I said it. But, the truth is, I don’t do well when things are unsettled. And things have been kind of chaotic for the last month or so. Not just house stuff, […]

Roll to the Middle 4

It’s not really a stretch to claim that the bed is pretty symbolic and important in a marriage relationship. We have a queen size sleigh bed that we got a year and a half ago. We have had some great times reading and talking and just being together there, but we have also had some […]

Elementary, My Dear 2

I am insanely excited about my new book. It finally came in to the library yesterday (I was first on the list, having been the person who suggested it for purchase – I can’t afford to buy the hardcover) and started reading it at lunch today. This buying a house stuff sure cuts into my […]

Blue Lights in my Rear-View Mirror 7

Want to hear about my brush with the law last night? First night in a new town. Driving excitedly down the road to see my house for the first time as its actual owner. Pass a cop going the other way. Look at the spedometer and realize I’m going waaaaaaaay too fast. See the cop […]

Reality 8

So, after all the excitement and six days of, “We’re closing tomorrow . . . no, no, we’re not . . . we’ll close the next day,” we finally got to sign papers. And can I just say, it was pretty anti-climactic. At the end, it was like, “Go have fun painting!” It seemed like […]