Monthly Archives: October 2004

Turning off the radio 11

In Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott has a nice bit about learning how not to listen to radio station KFKD, which plays in her head (and my head and most other people’s heads) in stereo. One side tells you how great you are, how much more talented and gifted and special, while the other side […]

Two memories. 13

It seems like a good time for sports-related memories. Here are two of mine. Softball practice, circa 1992. I’m not sure why I was catching at that practice. Rosemary was our catcher that season, but she must have been out or unavailable or something. I think that season I was playing right field (more on […]

Balancing french fries and skinny thighs 15

So I realized lately that it’s been almost a year since I had french fries. Almost an entire year. I used to be that girl who could eat and eat and eat and never gain weight. You know, that girl everyone hates. And then, in the post-college years, that changed a bit. I feel like […]

Trying to figure out who I am 16

I had a discussion with a friend of mine about identity, and how, when things change and you can no longer identify yourself in certain ways, it can be difficult to forge your new “identity.” That got me thinking about the different ways I have identified myself over my life. The main identifier pre-high-school-graduation was […]

If life is a comedy, then why all the tragedy? 9

A few nights ago Benjamin’s daddy, my Mark, rolled over in bed and touched my hand. He was not yet asleep, but not really awake, either – suspended in that dreamlike state one travels through for a few precious seconds before diving into slumber. “Do you think, when we get there, we’ll ask God all […]

Chili’s woe 17

Mike and I have always considered Chili’s to be “our” restaurant. It’s our default chain restaurant for most social situations – fairly quick service, good food, good margaritas. What more could you want, really? We have tried lots of things on the menu, but we have a pretty standard order. I get the Veggie and […]

The Nerd Club 13

There are very few things from high school that I remember with any affection whatsoever. Yesterday I was reminded of one of them: The nerd club. Last night, my mom asked me to come hear her speak at a women’s group she’s been attending for a few years now. I told her I would come, […]

Quirk quirk quirk 16

A few weeks ago, we were at the Shearers’ house, and Brian admitted that he doesn’t like leaving voice mail or answering machine messages. I took that opportunity to share one of my particular quirks, one that I had never admitted before: I hate checking my messages. In college, I overcommitted myself a bit, and […]

Changing my perspective on sin. 6

A couple of things I have read lately have talked a lot about how different your perspective is when you become a Christian as an adult. I have been a Christian since I was a very young girl, so that perspective is completely lost on me. I can’t point to a specific moment of conversion […]

Further signs of fall 5

We took a day trip to Asheville on Saturday to enjoy the signs of fall. It was nice, albeit cool, and the parkway wasn’t as crowded as I feared. We worked on my version of my top 50 songs (I have them narrowed down – now I just have to rank them) and ate country […]

An Annie Dillard Sunday 13

“On the whole, I do not find Christians, outside of the catacombs, sufficiently sensible of conditions. Does anyone have the foggiest idea what sort of power we so blithely invoke? Or, as I suspect, does no one believe a word of it? The churches are children playing on the floor with their chemistry sets, mixing […]

A mood on a gray day 3

I have been in a bit of a mood lately. I don’t know why. Actually, that’s completely untrue. I know exactly why, but it’s not fit for public consumption. So let’s just pretend I don’t know why. The result of the mood is that I have been more withdrawn than usual the past couple of […]

Becoming an active television watcher 7

I spent entirely too much time yesterday reading this. What I found most fascinating was her discussion of how many survey participants claim that reading and participating at TWoP has changed the way they view television. That has certainly been the case for me. I started off with Shack’s wonderful American Idol recaps. Season 2, […]

Rainstorms, autumn, and wakeful nights 16

Last night we had a big storm come through, and the world was clean and sparkly this morning. As I was driving, I noticed some of the leaves are finally turning. It’s funny how it happens so quickly, and then it’s over so quickly. It kind of made me miss our old apartment – there […]

Take a photograph if you’re wanting this to last 14

A couple weeks ago I was suffering a bout of writer’s block, and Brian said, “Why don’t you write about your budding interest in photography?” At first I was surprised he knew about my interest in photography. I had merely asked him whether the x-rays that they use to check luggage were going to erase […]

Wardrobe schizophrenia 17

I told Mike today that I think my wardrobe is a little schizophrenic. On one hand, I love professional stuff, like twinsets and button-down shirts and, you know, Ann Taylor Loft. On the other hand, I am also a jeans-and-Docs or cargo-pants-and-flip-flops kind of girl. It’s been that way for a long time. In high […]

Serene was a word you could put to Brooklyn 7

On our final day in New York, we had one last adventure. It did involve the subway. Let me get a few things straight for you, though. I went with my aunt to New York. This particular aunt is my dad’s sister. One of the things I specifically requested we do was to go visit […]

I want to wake up in the city that never sleeps 15

Day 2 in New York started with us checking the weather. It was supposed to rain in the afternoon, so we loaded up the umbrella and the raincoats. It only rained for about thirty seconds at almost 5:00, but we were ready! The funny thing is that no one else seemed to be too concerned […]

Ground Zero 2

When Mike and I watched the DVD of September 11 a few weeks ago, there was a segment about the people looking for their family members. You remember the pieces of paper that the TV kept showing – picture after picture of missing people, posted on every available surface. Mike said, “This was the hardest […]

In a New York state of mind 11

We got up at 4:45 on Friday morning to make our flight. The only thing that made me accepting of this fate was that I was getting up the same time as Luke: LORELAI: Ooh, sorry, I have to get up super early tomorrow. LUKE: No problem. What time? LORELAI: Six. LUKE: I get up […]