Monthly Archives: October 2005

Blatant emotional manipulation 12

Mike made a Road Trip Mix full of songs that we both like, or that he thinks we both like, and we listened to it on the way to and from Wilmington. Here are a few of the actual songs and our actual conversation based on them. See if you can find a theme. “What […]

The Wonder Spot and my weekend plans 1

Last night I finished The Wonder Spot by Melissa Bank, who is also the author of The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing. I liked both of them, but I liked The Wonder Spot better, because I could relate to the character a little more. I don’t think the book explicitly said that she was […]

But wait and they all will be lost roads 2

When I feel like I’ve been unjustly accused of something, it’s hard for me to rest until I’ve set the record straight. I vacillate between extreme anger at the person and anxiety that they think so poorly of me as to believe fill in the blank. Yesterday was an anxiety day. The day before was […]

In the middle of the earth, in the land of the Shire 6

On Friday night, Mike and I went to see The Hobbit, which was being performed by a youth theater company from this area. Now, before I poke a little fun, I want to say that we had a good time and the kids obviously worked very hard. The sets were great and the main characters […]

Dealing with loss in community 1

Mike and I heard yesterday that a young man from our church died in service in Iraq. Over the summer, when he was on leave, he gave a really moving testimony during a Sunday service, telling us how he had felt God was there with him, saying how he was proud to be serving there. […]

Is pushing through the pain supposed to be this itchy? 10

Sometimes I think I might be allergic to exercise. I mean, here I am, trying to be healthy, trying to walk (or run a little bit) around my neighborhood a few times a week. And how am I rewarded? By breaking out in a rash. When I exercise, I very often get itchy on my […]

“That was all God-given talent.” 14

A couple of months ago, Emily asked me something about how I read so fast, and during the course of the conversation I realized that everyone doesn’t read like I do. When I am reading a book, I read sentences or phrases all at once, instead of reading individual words one at a time. Until […]

You light up my life. In ten minutes. 7

This is a variation on a conversation that is often heard in our house. Let’s just say we have differing ideas about why one might turn on a lamp. KARI: You know, the lightbulbs in our house seem to be good ones. We haven’t had to change many of them, and we’ve lived here a […]

And I awoke in the house of God 9

I went running the other night. The last time I went running was in the spring 2001, when I was taking a jogging class. At UNCG. For credit. I even had to run in a race and everything. The goal in the class was to improve over the semester, and sense I had zero running […]

Four items that wouldn’t add up to blog entries on their own. 5

One. The only time we watch commercials these days is when we’re watching sports (thank you, TiVo). And with NFL and post-season baseball both getting a fair amount of airtime in our house, we’ve seen more commercials than usual. There’s a weird commercial . . . I’m not sure what it’s for, maybe wireless internet […]

Adventures in warehouse shopping 2

Despite the gray day and the pouring rain (our new grass is so green!), Mike and I decided to venture to Costco yesterday to try out our new membership. Mike’s boss added us onto his plan, or something like that. All I know is that he gave it to us, which was very nice of […]

Brownies are supposed to be fun and easy. 12

I forgot to stop and buy brownie mix on the way home. I remembered earlier, but not when it counted. In my defense, I will say that I had a lot on my mind, and Kelly and I were talking about some things both serious and light, and I just didn’t think of it in […]

Sermons, Sunday afternoon, and soup 2

On Sunday at church I was kind of out of it. During the children’s sermon, I turned to Mike and whispered, “I didn’t hear a word of the scripture. What’s the scripture today?” He told me it was where John sends a message to Jesus, asking him if he’s the one they are supposed to […]

Shelby and Jeremy’s wedding 12

Look, Shelby and Jeremy get their very own entry! When I woke up, the first thing I thought was, “Shelby‘s getting married today!” And then I prayed that her day would be perfect. I didn’t pray specifically about the weather, because I don’t know if I believe that praying for the weather makes any difference, […]