Monthly Archives: September 2007

And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear 9

Yesterday I went to an event at UNCG featuring Margaret Maron, an author whose work I greatly enjoy. I went with some women from my work book club, and after the event was over, they planned to drive home and I was supposed to meet up with Mike, who was studying at Starbucks. Before parting […]

The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter 0

About two-thirds of the way through The Feast of Love, one of the characters muses that, “In truth, there are only two realities: the one for people who are in love or love each other, and the one for people who are standing outside that.” The secret is that the book doesn’t really believe that […]

A hard habit to break. 2

I woke up in the middle of the night and reached over to the nightstand, fumbling around for my glasses. It took a few seconds before I realized that I don’t wear glasses anymore, but I suppose that something so ingrained in my being would be a hard habit to break. I wore glasses for […]

A reading roundup. 2

I have been rather neglectful as far as writing up the books I’ve read. This is partly because I read a few books in a row that were so terrible that they caused me to lose my will to write anything about them and partly because the past few weeks have been busy with Mike’s […]

Watch as I turn Mike’s birthday dessert into a celebration of myself! 9

When December arrives and I start getting all introspective and, “What did I DO this year, what does it all MEAN?” I will be able to say . . . this year I learned how to bake things. From scratch. First I made this cake: And then I made a pie: And some more cake: […]

“You left your sorrow dangling.” 4

This is the track list for a mix CD I made. It is a melancholy autumn CD. You have been warned. “What Light” by Wilco – I would not consider myself a Wilco fan, but I do like this song. “Moon River” by The Innocence Mission – I didn’t like this song until I saw […]

While others are painfully shy 3

When Melissa and I were first becoming friends, one of the things that we ran into was that I have this need for physical space. I am not a very touchy person. I couldn’t tell you why that is, but I have never been one of those girls who plays with other girls’ hair or […]

Birthdays and tiny feet. 7

I have already told Mike not to expect any future birthday week to surpass this one. I mean, really. He started his birthday week with a phone call informing him he gets to meet J.K. Rowling. Then we went to see Wait, Wait. Yesterday we had ice cream for lunch. And on Thursday, his actual […]

Exclamation marks! Loud noises! 9

Last month, I entered this contest to see J.K. Rowling at Carnegie Hall. The prize? Two tickets to see her read, answer questions, and sign books. This will be her only public event, and tickets couldn’t be bought, they could only be won. I also entered Mike, because he’s been kind of lucky lately. And […]

Maybe every way I’d learned / To deal with the tragedy / Was another junkyard find / Rust-eaten and raggedy 1

This time of year, I find the seduction of cool nights (finally, cool nights) impossible to resist, and you are likely to find me and my iPod outside. I love running on nights like that, though my soundtrack tends to be a little too melancholy to inspire running at a very admirable pace. Mike listens […]

The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott 0

Now that all (well, most) of our Harry Potter questions have been answered, some mysteries remain: Will another series capture our imaginations? Will there be a second coming of Harry Potter? How long will we have to wait? I believe, as Stephen King said in his article, that there are always more great stories to […]

May I offer you a cute rabbit photo instead of actual content? 9

Pizza for you, pizza for me. 4

Black Bean Pizza. Start with one pizza crust. You could make your own, but, yes, we buy ours. We get the Mama Mary’s whole wheat thin crust. I do think that this pizza would be better with a thin crust, for what it’s worth. This winter I will probably experiment with making my own. Then, […]

“We are all strangers in a strange land, longing for home, but not quite knowing what or where home is.” 4

Many other people have said eloquent things today about the passing of Madeleine L’Engle. I grew up with her books, both chronologically and emotionally, and there is no author who has shaped my faith and helped me believe in a loving, personal God more than she has. It is no exaggeration to claim her as […]

This is a subject you never thought you’d see on my blog. 11

Some people have asked why I haven’t written about the rabbits since getting them. The main reason is that I don’t read it when other people write about pets on their blogs, so I can’t imagine why anyone would want to read about my pets. (Except your pet. I always read your entries. It’s other […]

My long strange relationship with red meat. 6

In college, a friend of mine turned 21 and we went to Outback for her birthday. I guess because of the margaritas? I’m not sure. It wasn’t my choice. It was actually a fairly uncomfortable night for me in general, for a whole lot of reasons, but the one I will mention here is the […]

The Discovery of Heaven by Harry Mulisch 1

When I tell you that this was my 100th book of the year, you will have an idea of how many books I haven’t written up this year. I know you think that all I do is write up books, but I have spared you quite a few. You can thank me later. Preferably with […]