Monthly Archives: July 2007

Dear internet, I am bored. 14

I must make a confession. Though I saw it four times in the theater, I have cooled quite a bit on 2005’s Pride and Prejudice. I still think it’s beautiful, the soundtrack is lovely, and it’s a lot of fun . . . but it’s just not right. I know all the things that irritate […]

Ain’t nothing that stays the same / I won’t ask it of you. 1

The first sunrise I remember seeing was when we lived in Gibsonville, which means I was probably 4 or 5. I remember my mom drinking her coffee, but I don’t remember if anyone else was there or why I was up. The sun was red that morning as it slipped over the horizon. In middle […]

Accio Deathly Hallows. 13

After 21 hours of reading (it takes longer when you read out loud, but the advantage is that we hear every single word and that if we get confused about something, there’s someone to consult), we finished Deathly Hallows at almost 2:00 on Sunday morning. At that time, we were both like, “We enjoyed it,” […]

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen 1

Full disclosure: I hate circuses. It’s not the clowns or the acrobats, it’s the animals. I’m not a PETA member or anything like that, but the animal performances make me uncomfortable . . . there are allegations that even the biggest circuses mistreat the animals, and I find it hard to believe it doesn’t happen. […]

Our pictures. 2

Our Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows release party pictures are up on Flickr. For the record, we did not get spoiled between the party and the parking lot, even without our iPods. We had a grand old time. I love geeking out with people I don’t even know.

And the Eternal Glory goes to . . . 2

QUESTION: How many times will Kari cry? QUESTION: How many times will Mike cry? Let’s just say that one of us cried more than expected and the other cried less than expected and leave it at that, shall we? Actual Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows spoilers below.

Quaker Summer by Lisa Samson 0

I liked this book, sort of. I had a hard time with the main character’s compulsive spending at first, because it’s not something I can really relate to. But I did appreciate how, over the course of the book, she made an effort to change that, to be a more generous person, to give of […]

Fist of solidarity. 1

From J.K. Rowling’s website today: We are almost there! As launch night looms, let’s all, please, ignore the misinformation popping up on the web and in the press on the plot of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I’d like to ask everyone who calls themselves a Potter fan to help preserve the secrecy of […]

Summer reading: Possession, chapters 21-28 and the postscript 7

It’s hard to talk about this without starting with the ending, so I’m going to kind of work backwards from the postscript. Two people met on a hot May day, and never later mentioned their meeting. This is how it was. The postscript is both unbearably sad and exactly as it should be. No matter […]

I know my birthday is over. 3

It just took us a while to get some of the bowling pictures up. Look at this awesome cake my friend made for me. She’s totally a rockstar.

A very special message from our sponsors. 0

Your attention please. I’d like to say a few words: Eternal Glory. 14

If bookstores and websites can put out books full of Harry Potter predictions, why can’t Mike and I get in on that game? Well, we don’t have a publisher, but other than that, why can’t we get in on that game? So, here is our giant post full of our best Harry Potter predictions. You […]

We’re a strange old pair, me and eternity. 5

It’s hard to live a life filled with wonder. I get glimpses of it when we play with kids, when summer nights stretch out hot and humid in front of us, at Christmas, when I eat something that tastes amazing, when something I have been looking forward to finally happens. But most of my life […]

“Oh, no,” he groaned, “she’s made you a Weasley sweater.” 3

Let’s talk about some of the things I got for my birthday. I want to see if you notice a theme. Mike gave me a pie pan, an apron, a pie cookbook, and other pie gadgets. My mom gave me another baking stone, which I can always use, and which is especially useful for Christmas […]

Evolution, Me, & Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande 6

When I was growing up, it didn’t seem like a stretch for a person to be a Christian and also to believe that evolution was the way that God chose to create the world. These days, though, Intelligent Design seems to mean that very clear lines are drawn and you have to pick a side. […]

Professor Dumbledore enjoys chamber music and tenpin bowling. 4

Until Friday, Mike and I had never been bowling together. Isn’t that weird? One time at a conference, he went bowling and I watched because I didn’t bring any socks with me. That’s the only time I’ve seen him bowl. I hadn’t bowled since . . . high school, maybe middle school. There’s no real […]

Summer reading: Possession, chapters 16-20. 3

Were you surprised? Had you guessed? I can’t remember if I was surprised when I read it the first time, but I remember being like, “Ohhhh, so that’s what’s going on. A baby.” I didn’t read these chapters twice, either, probably because the journal was quite long enough once, which is not to say I […]

Librarians are hipster party people. 1

The New York Times says so. Who are you to argue with The New York Times?

More food-related things. 8

1. We ate more of my pie last night, and I liked it better than I did on Wednesday. The flavors combined a little better. So that’s interesting. Mike very loyally said that he liked it exactly the same on both days. 2. Did you see the pictures of the fantastic meal that Mike made […]

Close my eyes, make the pies all day 9

Before yesterday, here is what I knew about making your own pie crust: MOM: “Making your own pie crust is overrated.” That’s all. I’ve only used store-bought crust. Making your own pie crust seemed like a feat of mythical proportions. And, actually, I’ve had people compliment store-bought crust before. So my mom (who knows how […]