Monthly Archives: April 2005

Still they were beautiful, everyone’s beautiful 8

I’m currently reading Gilead by Marilynne Robinson, and while I am not yet far enough into it to know whether I can recommend it, I can say that the prose is beautiful. Here’s one of my favorite bits so far (there were several to choose from): I really can’t tell what’s beautiful anymore. I passed […]

Walkin’ in my red shoes and I get so worn out 8

It’s the age-old question: function or fashion? Yesterday, I chose fashion. And my feet are not pleased with me. I try to dress slightly more professionally when my book group meets, and yesterday that meant my suit and heels. I bought these heels (they aren’t red, by the way . . . I just wanted […]

An apple-avalanche 8

Remember my apple problem? Well, today, as part of the worst Wal-Mart experience ever (best not rehashed at this point, because my blood has finally stopped boiling), I caused an apple-avalanche (or an applelanche, whichever you prefer). As I was trying to reach those Granny Smith apples, I brought down a good portion of the […]

Of chocolate cake, sleeping bags, and old houses made new 13

Sorry to those of you who have already heard parts of this entry. Since Mike was gone this weekend, all day on Friday I said things like, “Party at my house!” Sometime in the afternoon, I realized that that didn’t make any sense. Seriously, Mike is only four years older than I am. He is […]

Don’t change your plans for me 7

I have new plans for the evening, as In the Company of Cheerful Ladies has just been handed to me with a post-it note featuring my name. This morning I started Gaudy Night (comfort reading at its finest), but I am excited about having this new book instead. Have I ever mentioned my love of […]

Remember when we were driving, driving in your car 11

After my comment about wanting to be enjoying life more these days (the only part of the post I think Mike actually read), Mike has made an effort to shake us out of the read, watch TV, and sleep pattern that we seemed to be in. Wednesday night this meant that I was complaining about […]

This Old House 5

Dear Kari, Hope you are well and enjoying the beautiful springtime! Grandpa and I are doing OK – for old folks! Just wanted you to know that we are having an open house/housewarming for your Uncle Buddy on Sunday afternoon, April 24, from 2:00 – 5:00. As you know he has just renovated the old […]

Book talk 12

It seems like we’re in a bit of a holding pattern these days. Mike’s busy with school things, and that makes it feel like we’ve got big changes coming up for some reason. I think we do have a lot to look forward to this summer – vacation and a Patty Griffin concert and Harry […]

It’s too much trouble to impress you / my lies are never big enough / I use the truth to cover up where you’re looking 15

Sometimes I forget that change comes slowly, and that we can’t expect too much of ourselves. I think sometimes that I am learning about expressing my opinions and being vulnerable, and then something like last night happens, and I realize I haven’t made as much progress as I would want. Last night at small group, […]

It’s everywhere! 5

Check out the cover of the most recent issue of Library Journal: Now Halo is invading my peaceful library world! I can’t get away from it! (I can hear Mike cackling even now.)

And we feel the same, and we want the same thing, too 6

Sometimes my heart feels so full that it’s hard to find words to express myself. I have felt that way a bit lately, like everything I’ve written has been lacking in quality because I don’t know how to say the things that are on my heart. Yesterday afternoon, Mike worked on some computer issues while […]

A long week. 8

This has been a long week. I woke up yesterday and was horrified to realize it was only Thursday. Others in my department said they felt the same way. I don’t know what’s been so long about it – maybe it was the concert at the library on Tuesday night combined with the fact that […]

A long way down to the place where we started from 5

While doing the summer ordering, I keep coming across A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby. Every. Single. Time. I see it, I start singing in my head, “Your love is better than ice cream, better than anything else that I’ve tried . . .” This is fine, except that I will still be singing […]

God is in the bathroom 13

Some people think God is in the details, but I have come to believe that God is in the bathroom. -Anne Lamott Last Wednesday I was at church, and I got a little nervous about the meeting I was going to (I had never been to Wednesday night meetings before), so I ducked into the […]

Wedding season is upon us 10

Wedding season is about to begin. I always kind of dread it, because weddings are hard on me emotionally. I see all the families there and I tend to get jealous, and I hate that I am getting jealous, and suddenly all I am doing is focusing on myself and why am I not thinking […]

From A to Z 11

On Friday, Mike and I helped out with the youth group scavenger hunt. We don’t normally help out with the youth, both because I guard my out of work time ferociously and because, let’s face it, working with youth is scary. But our friend needed some help, so we agreed. I had a rotten day […]

Prothalamium 3

Come, all you who are not satisfied as ruler in a lone, wallpapered room full of mute birds, and flowers that falsely bloom, and closets choked with dreams that long ago died! Come, let us sweep the old streets–like a bride; sweep out dead leaves with a relentless broom; prepare for Spring, as though he […]

And still, he raises his fist in triumph 5

I have this fantasy in my head that one day we will meet. Not by accident, although my brain isn’t giving me any clues as to how we will know to meet at that particular coffeeshop on that particular day, just that it was arranged and agreed upon. We’re older, at least five years from […]

It’s just you and me down this long highway 10

This was drafted earlier this week, if the timeline seems a bit wonky. I seem to be doing a lot of things rather badly lately, so I’m sitting here trying to work it out with words, because that’s something that usually helps, an area where I have hope that I won’t completely foul things up. […]

My team won the national championship. And I am glad. 15

At one of the more stressful points last night, I turned to Mike and said, “I’m sorry. This is all my fault. You wouldn’t care about this game if not for me.” Later on, when things were looking better, I said, “But, you know, I wouldn’t have cared so much when the Panthers lost the […]