Monthly Archives: December 2004

Christmas presents and other frivolities 4

I told my mom that if I were to only get one present this year, what I would really really really want would be season 2 of Gilmore Girls. Imagine how delighted I was when that was the first present I opened on Christmas . . . well, I’m pretty sure it was afternoon by […]

It is the summer of the soul in December 4

People have asked me how the “no presents” thing went for us at Christmas. There was only one moment where I was a little sad, and that was right after church on Christmas Eve. Normally we go home and do our own presents after that, but we had no presents to rush home to. We […]

Good googly moogly! 10

I was flipping through one of the catalogues here at work, looking at some books that are going to be published in March, and what did I see? Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott I actually said, “Good googly moogly!” in my head. This is good news indeed. (And what a great […]

The Irrational Season 3

It’s time for one of my favorite bits of poetry: This is the irrational season Where love blooms bright and wild. Had Mary been filled with reason There’d have been no room for the child. -Madeleine L’Engle

And how do we keep our balance? 5

That I can tell you in one word . . . Tradition! A recent discussion about a New Year’s get-together ended in tears over the subject of traditions. As far as New Year’s traditions go, my family doesn’t have any. My family never had one particular group of friends we always gathered with, or do […]

One more chance to change and grow 12

I don’t do resolutions, so last year I set some goals for this year. I thought I would like to learn how to knit and how to write calligraphy. Let me tell you the progress that I made on both of those things: zero. You know why? I investigated both of them early on in […]

And then! Oh, the noise! Oh, the Noise! Noise! Noise! Noise! 8

When your smoke detector goes off at 2:30 am, you wake up and pay attention. In our apartment, I used to regularly set off the smoke detector. In the summer, it seemed to be triggered just by heat, and any amount of cooking in the oven would set it off. Just boiling water could do […]

Week in, week out 11

Right now I am reading a book I’ve been looking forward to for a while: The Know-It-All by A.J. Jacobs. You may have heard of it – it’s the one about the guy who reads the Encyclopedia Britannica all the way through. It’s truly one of the funniest books I’ve read in a long time. […]

It came to pass that Joseph was the noblest of men 5

A few weeks ago, on the first Sunday of Advent, the reading at church was from Matthew 1, which chronicles the genealogy of Christ and Joseph’s decision to stay with Mary after an angel appeared to him in a dream. The sermon was about Joseph, how it was within his rights to put Mary away, […]

Crossing to Safety 9

I could give all to Time except — except What I myself have held. But why declare The things forbidden that while the Customs slept I have crossed to Safety with? For I am There And what I would not part with I have kept. -Robert Frost I love the feeling of reading a book […]

Notes from a rainy Thursday morning 14

Apparently twinsets are out. Did you know that? I didn’t know that twinsets ever went out of style, but the stores I was in last night did not have any. Maybe it’s more of a summer thing for stores to carry. I sure hope so. If not, expect my one-woman campaign to bring back twinsets, […]

Now there’s a man that I could get behind 4

“And when Jesus raises up the dead and gives sight to the blind You say now there’s a man that I could get behind.” -Waterdeep Lately, when someone has asked me how I am doing (the implication here being spiritually), my answer has been something along the lines of feeling fairly unloved by God, both […]

Proof that Mike and Kari are boring 13

The thing that makes this Christmas so different than those in the past is that Mike and I are actually getting to see each other and spend time together. I didn’t dread Christmas this year, because it didn’t mean that Mike would have 60-hour work weeks. He doesn’t have to work every Saturday, or Friday […]

Santa baby, put a present under the tree for me 8

Since Mike and I aren’t doing Christmas presents this year, it doesn’t really feel like December. With the chill in the house in the mornings, the frost on my car, the general drudgery of the days, and the sun being down when I leave work, it feels more like January than just before Christmas. My […]

Chocolat 9

Spoilers for the book and movie below. A couple of weeks ago I read Chocolat to see if it would be appropriate for a book discussion. Most of my reading these days is geared that way – “Help, help! What books can my group discuss?” I picked up Chocolat because I had seen the movie […]