Monthly Archives: July 2008

You may have heard that the basil is back. 2

Mike and I felt a lot of pressure to go to the Farmer’s Market this morning. I mean, if we were featured in an article, we had better be there. Since we are going on vacation, we didn’t need very much, but . . . it seemed wrong not to go at all. And so […]

A further response to Melissa: The gauntlet is thrown. 6

Okay, Melissa, I am challenging you to get yourself in an article in the paper on yard sales. Because Mike and I are featured in an article about the Farmer’s Market this morning. Bring it!

I could while away the hours. 3

I haven’t done a Big Bunny update in a while, but some people have asked how she survived the move. The answer to that is that she basically still thinks we are a bunch of idiots. Which is what she thinks all the time. So, essentially, nothing has changed. Actually, the move from one house […]

That I may know and understand. 4

O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your servant who calls upon you, and grant that I may know and understand what things I ought to do, and that I also may have the grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy […]

For the first time, I can sort of see how that is done. 4

It has felt a bit like we are just playing house here at the new place. There is still so much to do, and there are still so many things in boxes (though those boxes are now conveniently stored in the extra bedrooms, which means that things at least appear much less cluttered). The kitchen, […]

All kinds of birthday fun. 7

A lot of people have asked me what we did for my birthday. We went out with my family to my favorite restaurant, which was lovely. This year’s birthday celebrations have been low-key, no question, especially compared to past years. We’ve had a lot going on. But we did do something else that day, something […]

First in an occasional series. 6

Melissa likes to tell you about all the rules she has for yard sales and all the deals she finds on Saturday mornings. Well, I am usually out and about on Saturday mornings, but it’s not at yard sales. It’s at the Farmer’s Market. So here is my answer to Melissa’s posts: Kari’s Farmer’s Market […]

Our house maybe doesn’t smell as clean as I thought. 6

We have been using white vinegar as a cleaner the past few months. Mike asked if I would consider using a more natural fabric softener, so I tried it there and thought it was fine. Then I started using it to mop the floors. And clean the sink. And the tub. It’s all-purpose! One bottle […]

“Fireworks are an art form that uses the night sky as the canvas.” -Larry Crump 3

Mike and I could have stayed home last night when we realized that the fireworks would, in fact, be taking place despite the thunderstorm that passed over Greensboro around 9:00. But that is not how fireworks work in this house, so we headed back out with our umbrellas and our camping chairs and our flashlight […]

At least Lowe’s colors are blue and red. 1

Today we celebrate America’s Independence. Or the Eve of My Birthday. It just depends on who you are. Mike celebrated this morning by putting on the one, the only, the flag bandana. We miss you, Scott. We also celebrated by spending over three hours at Lowe’s this morning. Our cabinets have been ordered, but I […]

Things I am happy about. 10

1. A washing machine that works. I have spared you the saga of the washing machine, but let’s just say that the one that was here was installed improperly. After trying several things, the team composed of me, Mike, and my brother finally managed to diagnose the complete problem and the two of them fixed […]

The middle of everywhere. 1

Now that we live here in the middle of everything, it is suddenly possible for me to see my students when I go out and run errands. We don’t live in my school’s district, but Target and Barnes and Noble are, you know, the kinds of places where people often are. Including my students. I […]

Lego memory lane. 12

This was posted last week, so maybe you have seen it already, but here is a video from Gizmodo showing the Lego vault, where they keep almost every set that Lego has ever created. The post accompanying it is great, too–I feel the same way about Legos and still get them as presents from time […]