Monthly Archives: November 2005

With clear eyes. 4

Is it wrong for my view of someone to be colored by the things she has done in the past? To me, that’s a fact of life – things that happened in the past shape how we respond in the present. If someone has hurt me in the past, I’m going to be more cautious […]

Rows and rows of big dark clouds 9

The wind woke me up last night, and it kept me awake in fear that one of our rocking chairs was going to smash into one of the windows on the front of the house. I had finally woken up enough to realize that I needed to do something about it because I wasn’t going […]

Learning how to wait 3

I am not very good at letting people I admire have feet of clay. Maybe it comes from the high expectations I carry for myself, but I know I am too hard on others (as well as on myself). I say that I know that people will let me down, that I will let others […]

Most of all, we are thankful for sweet potatoes. 7

MIKE: So, what are we having tomorrow? KARI: Grandma’s making turkey, dressing, butterbeans, corn, and bread. Patricia’s bringing mashed potatoes, Nancy is making strawberry cake, I’m bringing green bean casserole and pumpkin pie, and mom’s bringing salad and maybe some other bread. MIKE: Hee. Salad. Salad is easy, why didn’t we pick salad? KARI: I […]

In which Kari succumbs to Christmas 8

I give in. Christmas trees at work, Christmas music on the radio when I wake up in the mornings, making plans for December, Christmas in all the stores – I was able to resist all of that, but Sunday afternoon I helped decorate the church for Advent, and I finally decided I could give in […]

Do you want your sandwich now, or do you want to wait until the lights go down? 12

I used to say that one of my favorite things about Mike was that when we went to the movies, we went to the movies. We got there early for good seats, we bought popcorn and soda. He and I have never gone to the movies a whole lot, but when we did, for something […]

Madeleine’s two questions 4

But over the years two questions of mine have evolved which make sense to me. I ask the boy or girl how work is going: Are you functioning at a better level than usual? Do you find that you are getting more work done in less time? If you are, then I think that you […]

Things are happening – big things, wow things! 3

So, I’d heard that the recent success of Pride and Prejudice in the UK has meant that Andrew Davies (who adapted Pride and Prejudice for the 1995 miniseries) was commissioned to adapt Sense and Sensibility (into a miniseries, I believe), which made me very happy. But now there’s even bigger news! S&S is not our […]

What should I have said, for example, to the bottom-dweller who recently belittled my existence? 4

I spend so much of my day focused on words: email, ordering books, reading, even blogging. And I am usually very aware of what I am feeling and why, usually able to articulate it to those closest to me. But lately I have felt that I am completely at a loss, especially in one situation […]

“You want to tell me, and I have no objection to hearing it.” 4

After hearing that Pride and Prejudice was only being released in 30 cities on November 11, I was incredibly disappointed. For some reason, I checked the list again and realized that Charlotte was one of the cities. Charlotte, hmmm? That seemed doable. So I sent Mike a convincing email (read: I begged) and he checked […]

Helping Trey out. 2

In case you hadn’t heard, Trey is back, but this week he’s kind of busy, so he asked me if I’d post something for him. I had an idea, but I wasn’t thrilled with it for his blog (though it will probably make an appearance here in the next few weeks), so I asked him […]

A very Daniel episode 3

I don’t normally dissect episodes of Gilmore Girls here, but I’m going to discuss some details from last night’s episode because it’s kind of on my mind today. Don’t read below if you are planning on seeing the episode and don’t want to be spoiled.

Humility is throwing oneself away in complete concentration on something or someone else. 5

Tonight I just feel like writing. The books I am reading make me want to write, to talk about how much I love them. Mike and I were talking about one of them this evening, and I realized, “I sound like myself! I am talking about the things I deeply believe!” Mike, of course, was […]

Playing house. 5

When we got married, we had some help with the registry, but mostly we had no idea what we were doing. We registered for a lot of kitchen stuff, which is what we needed the most, and not much else. I’ve had recent conversations about wedding registries, and people are so much more scientific about […]

I’m still alive. 3

Before my wisdom tooth surgery this week, a lot of people said, “Have you been storing up, because you are going to lose weight when you can’t eat!” I am here to tell you that that is just a myth. I spent one full day throwing up everything I ate (thank you, evil antibiotic) and […]