Monthly Archives: December 2006

Books read 2006. 19

Okay, well, I should explain this. In the spring, Mike had four English classes and did nothing but read. When he’s reading, I like to be in the same room with him, and when he’s reading, he can’t have TV or music on. So I did a lot of reading myself. We didn’t go out, […]

Sneaky! 7

Growing up, Joseph and I had a computer game which you could play as a warrior, a magician, or a thief. I always chose the thief, because I thought stealing things from people’s houses was much more fun than killing wild animals or people or whatever. And I think that using magic to get everything […]

And I said, “What about Breakfast at Tiffany’s?” 3

And I said, “What about Breakfast at Tiffany’s?” He said, “I think I remember the film, And as I recall I think I liked it but you preferred the book.” And I said, “Well, I guess our relationship is doomed.” Just kidding! Our relationship isn’t based on mutual admiration of an Audrey Hepburn movie! I […]

First Christmas. 2

KARI: Do they have Christmas in heaven? MIKE: Of course! Jesus’ birthday party! KARI: That’s nice. MIKE: But I hear it’s probably in the spring. KARI: Do you think they have Christmas trees? MIKE: Yes. KARI: White lights or colored? MIKE: Both. KARI: Whichever you prefer? MIKE: Exactly. And instead of inflatable lawn ornaments shaped […]

Christmas questions. 0

This thing sort of made the rounds, and I decided to do it myself to distract you from the lack of actual content. 1. Egg nog or hot chocolate? Egg nog is, in a word, disgusting. Hot chocolate for me, please. 2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? Well. We […]

Is this a small-town thing? A Southern thing? Do I just attract niceness? 4

I know that Alisa has had some terrible USPS adventures, and Mike has also had some run-ins with them from time to time, but I never seem to have anything but positive experiences with the folks at the Post Office. When I applied for my passport, the nicest man was in charge of taking my […]

An act of love. 5

She emptied her mind of all thoughts and pictures; she held it empty till the sudden change in it gave her the consciousness of the spreading out of the stronger will within; then she allowed that now unimportant daily mind to bear the image and memory of Nancy into its presence. She did not, in […]

I’m gonna let it shine. 6

Last night Mike and I took our annual “Christmas lights” tour. It did not start off so well, because parts of Guilford College Rd. and Market St. were inexplicably closed off. Why were these roads closed off, nice police officers? You can’t just close off a road for no reason, you know. Anyway, the traffic […]

As promised . . . 8

Harley Santa!

What a bunch of losers. 1

Wednesday I left work about 2:00 and went home, ate lunch, put in the first disc of Pride and Prejudice, and took a nap for a couple of hours. When I got over my nap hangover (ah, the perils of a long nap), I watched the second disc of Pride and Prejudice while finally getting […]

Further evidence of Christmas cheer. 3

Mike took a picture for me, not of motorcycle Santa, but of another decoration I’m particularly fond of. Every time we pass it, we say, “Kids! Santa’s drunk again!” (It’s ALWAYS knocked over like that! ALWAYS!)

Cheer update. 2

The new house in our cul-de-sac (plural? culs-de-sac, of course) (not the same house as this one) has an inflatable Santa on a motorcycle. And no other decorations whatsoever. I give it a 4. Well, maybe the motorcycle tips it over to a 5. What do you think? (It’s a great time to be alive.)

I am the handmaiden of the Lord. 1

The latest (Christmas-themed) novel by Elizabeth Berg, The Handmaid and the Carpenter, caught my eye when it came into the library. It’s pretty short, so I read most of it in the doctor’s waiting room yesterday (I didn’t wait very long, don’t worry), and I have to say that I enjoyed it. In thinking about […]

An action shot. 6

Mike and Trey dance with a pickle. Luckily Brandi caught this moment (from the greatest day of my life) on film.

The Christmas story in song. 0

On Wednesday night I found myself at Andrew Peterson’s Christmas show in Nashville, sitting with friends and listening to the story of Jesus told in song, starting all the way back in the Old Testament. On Sunday night I found myself with a very different set of friends, watching a musical that did much the […]

“She didn’t just turn out all right. She came out and then it was a lot of hard work.” 8

Okay, this will have to be quick. Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t part of Lorelai’s talk with the “shrink” last year about wanting to have a baby with Luke? But now . . . she’s not so sure about having one with Christopher. Well, wait! She did already have one with Christopher! And […]

Christmas at our house. 7

I was brave and did the Christmas CD Circle this year (has it been done before? I usually avoid CD circles because I don’t really think of myself as a music person). Since I wrote out all the reasons why I picked the songs, I thought I’d post it here instead of it being lost […]

Otherwise, that Day is going to take you by complete surprise. 1

“But take heed to yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly . . .” -Luke 21:34, RSV “But be on your guard. Don’t let the sharp edge of your expectation get dulled by parties and drinking and shopping. Otherwise, […]