Monthly Archives: November 2004

How lovely are thy plastic branches 20

This time of year, I realize that there are two kinds of people. People who are horrified by the idea of a fake Christmas tree, and people (like me) who think that real Christmas trees are just not worth the hassle. Luckily, Mike and I share a love of fake Christmas trees. We put ours […]

Some things I love about Mike 7

He lets me change the tire on his car so I can prove that I know how to do it, even though he could have done it much faster than I did. He drew me a bath and read to me after a hard day. He kills the bugs in our house when I am […]

Maybe there’s a place up in sock heaven 5

In my sock drawer there is a blue sock with lighter colored blue stripes on it. I got it at Old Navy a few years ago, and it was part of one of my favorite pairs of socks. When Mike and I lived in our first apartment, its partner went missing somehow. We lived in […]

You put your left shoe on, you take your left shoe off 20

You know you are turning into an incredibly selfish person when you complain about the same things that the women on Sex and the City do (or did, since the show’s over). The past few days I have been thinking about what I will wear on Thanksgiving Day. I have an outfit that’s perfect. This […]

Now that I’ve worn out, I’ve worn out the world 17

Who is worn out? I am. So I mentioned that I was a wee bit concerned about the party. I have never thrown a party like that before, complete with invitations and china and crystal candlesticks and borrowed tablecloths. Heck, my wedding reception wasn’t that fancy. So it was a bit nerve-racking beforehand, especially when […]

Reading, Advent, and party planning 17

Usually for Advent, Mike and I read The Christmas Mystery, or we alternate with another book. This year I suggested that we read The Chronicles of Narnia in our Advent time. I had been wanting to reread them anyway, and it seems like a fun thing to do with Mike. So, even though it’s not […]

Sweet chili and other weird foods 10

Over the years, I have had chili at a lot of different friends’ houses. I myself have also prepared chili for quite a few people. I have a fairly easy recipe, but I think it’s quite good (and I’m not the only one who thinks so). If there is one thing I know about chili, […]

On learning to like poetry 8

I never write poetry because I don’t consider myself angsty enough. Sure, I get down sometimes, but I don’t think that’s the overarching theme of my life. I also consider myself someone who doesn’t really like poetry. It just doesn’t do anything for me when I sit down and read it. I think about all […]

Reading through tears 2

Last night I was reading a thread on the Fametracker forums about literary moments that make you cry. Of course there were the usual suspects – To Kill a Mockingbird, Anne of Green Gables (and later books in the series), Harry Potter, Where the Red Fern Grows, The Lord of the Rings, Little Women, Bridge […]

Hymns and old people and tradition 7

I grew up going to non-denominational churches. While there were great things about those churches, I think I missed out on tradition. The only time I sang hymns was at Grandma and Grandpa’s church. I relish singing them now, at the Baptist church we attend, because it reminds me of Grandma’s high voice and Grandpa’s […]

A well-timed word 4

Sometimes someone will say something so surprising that I can’t help but let it through my defenses. Like Mary, I treasure it in my heart, taking it out once in a while to make sure it’s still there and to relish the good feeling that it gives me. There are things I remember from years […]

The Not-So-Great Pumpkin 14

I’m a little late for Halloween stories, but I’d rather talk about that than Election Day. Also, I wanted Rhonda to hear this story. Four years ago, just after we got married, Mike and I went with another couple to stay for the weekend in a log cabin in the mountains. Mike planned a lot […]

A contradiction of sorts. 14

Yesterday afternoon, my friend Kelly and I baked some sugar cookies from scratch and then watched the Panthers game. That reminded her of a conversation she’d had with a friend of hers about contradictions. Her friend, Anna, eats sausage biscuits with her pinkies sticking out, but she also loves The Simpsons. Kelly decided that her […]