Monthly Archives: April 2004

A tribute to food. 18

I love to eat. I am so glad that food is not bland and tasteless. In honor of that, here are a few foods I could not live without: Cheese. Whether it’s browned mozarella on top of a bowl of french onion soup, cheddar cheese with a granny smith apple, or provolone on a sandwich, […]

I’ll have my people give you a call 7

This week I have been thinking about how I hate having my time overly scheduled. We hang out with some friends to watch Survivor every week, and it kind of stresses me out to have to do something every Thursday night. Mike pointed out today that my problem is not so much with things being […]

How to get guys interested in Pride and Prejudice 11

Cast Keira Knightley in the lead role. (It’s still just a rumor. Let’s see how it plays out.) Mike is very excited about the possibility of this. “Not,” he says, “that I wouldn’t be delighted to go and see Pride and Prejudice with you no matter who is in it. But you have Colin Firth. […]

“It’s good to be heckling again.” 3

In the winter, I sleep better if there’s something warm on my feet, so Mike and I often put our extra pillows at the end of the bed so I can burrow under them. We have a joke that all Mike has to do to get me to fall asleep is put a pillow on […]

Blessing and Community 11

Last night at small group we were looking at the Beatitudes. The rest of the group was discussing different things that challenge or encourage them, but I was just sitting there. Unfortunately, our group is too small for me to be able to get away with that, and I got asked what I thought. I […]

When cooking is dangerous. 7

I have kept this email for a few weeks now, because it cracks me up every time I read it: URGENT NOTICE REGARDING POTENTIAL FIRE AND SAFETY HAZARD IN RECIPE FOR ICEBOX ROLLS ON PAGE 154 OF THE APRIL 2004 ISSUE OF SOUTHERN LIVING Please DO NOT USE the Icebox Rolls recipe. Combining the water […]

In which I admit that I am sometimes afraid to start a book 18

I have been reading a lot of fluff lately. I am not exactly apologizing for that, because my take on reading lite is that people should read whatever they want without being ashamed or feeling that they have to explain themselves. Fluff is fine. I think reading as a form of escape is fine (though […]

Draw you out of your safety nets 8

I thought about writing about scrapbooking today. I haven’t scrapbooked in months, and I’m not sure why (other than the obvious being busy buying a house stuff). But that’s not really what’s on my mind. I’m still in self-pity mode, unfortunately. Today it’s about being left out. It’s the same old, same old “nobody picks […]

Cookie Monster 6

I am watching Friends, and Rachel has on an orange shirt with Cookie Monster on it. I have that shirt! hehe. (Cookie Monster is my favorite Sesame Street character, as he is singleminded in his pursuit of cookies. I like that in a muppet.)

Exulting in monotony 11

“Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, ‘Do it again’; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough […]


Mike mowed the lawn today. When I was growing up, it was my job to mow the lawn. My parents have 10 acres of land, and I mowed about an acre with the riding mower. I would do it early, before it got too hot, and then I would come in and get cleaned up, […]

When it turns out God hates all the same people you do 6

“I know some very great writers, writers you love who write beautifully and have made a great deal of money, and not one of them sits down routinely feeling wildly enthusiastic and confident. Not one of them writes elegant first drafts. All right, one of them does, but we do not like her very much. […]

This one’s for you, Shelby 23

I met Shelby in the lobby of our freshman dorm. I was with my best friend, who, because of a lack of peripheral vision, was known for tripping and running into things. Shelby and my friend spoke to each other, because they had apparently seen each other at the Rec center earlier that day, where […]

“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed.” 3

I have been thinking a lot lately about emotions (and not just because I had a lot of trouble with mine last week, either). I think I often detach myself from how I feel and overanalyze it. It’s one of the things that makes me fear I will never be a very good writer, because […]

Sometimes all I can do is weep, weep, weep, with all this rain falling down 5

Okay, I’m not really weeping. But it’s such a gray Monday – it definitely would have been nice if the world shut down on days like these so we could all stay in bed. Mike and I both woke up sometime between 2:00 and 3:00 am because the rain was coming down so hard. I […]

So long, you wages of sin 8

Mike made us an Easter mix today. We both like some of those old slightly cheesy songs like “The Easter Song” and “He’s Alive” and “Arise My Love,” so it was fun to listen to those songs on the way to and from church. It’s a good thing we both like those songs, because I […]

Love and mystery 2

I love love. I don’t read romance novels (very often), but I sure do like my mysteries to have a good romantic subplot. When I started the Deborah Knott series two weeks ago, I had heard mixed things about them, but mostly that the first few were the best. I did feel that the middle […]

Punch Bug! 6

In my neighborhood, there are these two preteen girls who are often out rollerskating or hanging out in one of their yards in the afternoon. When I drive past them on my way home, they always punch each other and grin at me. I hate to be the cause of such violence . . . […]

“She read, with an eagerness which hardly left her power of comprehension . . .” 10

My mom’s sister and I are pretty close. We share a love of reading, and for many years she would take me to Borders or Barnes and Noble for my birthday and we’d buy a ton of books . . . she would recommend authors she was enjoying, and we’d fill in on classics that […]

To sleep, perchance to dream 17

I am officially having some serious sleep problems. Last night I was up until 5:00 am. Luckily, I slept until about 10 or so, since I didn’t have to come to work until later. I don’t actually feel as bad as I did yesterday, for some odd reason, but I haven’t slept well for probably […]