Monday, January 29, 2007

(the anti-Friday5)

Things that make me tense...
Politics, especially talking to people about politics
Mess and clutter, like in my house right now.
People who seem to have no, mess, clutter, perfect children, perfect lives, perfect figures, read only literary treasures and eat only vegan, free-range, free trade things and know how to dress well.
Knowing I'm here doing nothing when so much needs doing somewhere else.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Relaxing Friday 5

The revgals meme this week is about things you do that renew you and boy do I need this one! So 5 things I would do to relax and renew...if I did them, which I will, soon I'm sure, yeah.

1. Read/Watch TV/Movies -take mental vacations, cuz physical ones just aren't happenin'. And thats a shame. We're not far from my Mom here where she could take care of Flash for a weekend, if we were ready for that. Next year who knows where we'll be. Better start planning our "get-away".

2. Cook - Not that rushed dinner thing, not that, but something relaxing, tasty and made because I wanted to make it.

3. Be creative -Knitting, drawing, dancing - crazy loose stuff object in mind.

4. Taking a drive - Haven't found any good places to do this here, really. Driving in NJ is serious business. We used to drive and talk a lot when we lived in rural South GA. Hard on the gas tank, I know. Maybe this should become a biking thing now.

5. Fun with friends. I'm starting to miss my Bible Study girls, we suspended meetings over break. Cookouts have been suspended until the thaw. But we had folks over for a movie recently, and I think this exercise has convinced me to talk a friend into going for coffee. And a date with my Hubby, after ords.

New Blogger

Perhaps I'm overthinking this, but I am switching over to new Blogger momentarily. Hope it all works!

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Blog Nonsense: My Title

My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is:
Very Lady Kate the Complex of Brompton Underfoot
Get your Peculiar Aristocratic Title

Children's book Awards

You may have already seen the winners.
If not check the American Library Association's webpage

I am reading (right now) The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron,
which won the Newbery Award. I saw a galley copy of it a while back
and frankly didn't register with me. Such is the power of the Newbery award.
So I am reading it. No, Edward Tulane did not win, whew!
Alabama Moon didn't get anything either...but such is life.

The Caldecott Award went to David Wiesner for Flotsam
which is so beautiful and intricate, it makes you want to dive into the pictures.
You don't have to read it, its wordless, but you really should take a
glance at it next time you are in the book store.

The Sibert Award, for Children's non-fiction went to
Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon
by Catherine Timmesh.
I was watching this one fairly closely, since I was on the Sibert Committee last year
and Juvenile Non-Fiction is one of my assigned collections.
I really enjoy it too.
What a fantastic choice! Science, social Science, teamwork, the photos!

Excellent job Award committees! You should be very proud of yourselves!

Monday, January 22, 2007

epiphany stars

Each year on Epiphany we receive a star with a word on it at church,
to use in our spiritual devotion time. Each year it has been a wonderful thing, a word I needed to hear, and see taped to my mirror
or floating in my purse, tucked into my bible.
Last year, it was Direction.
Very purposeful, things to think about.

This year its Silence.

Those of you who've met me will know
that Silence is a tall order for me.
My life doesn't have much which is fine by me,
because I don't need much.
But I am beginning to understand
that Silence may be an essential something missing from my life.
I'm giving it a try.

So, when? You may think this odd but,
I've tried turning off the radio in my car, just as a starting point.
At first I had a hard time with this, I have a 25 minute commute and although I often find the radio inane,
listening uncomfortable.

Does this sound bizarre to you? You think I'm crazy, right?
Do you like the quiet? I'm going to try to.

First steps

Hubby had a "informational chat" by phone with a church this morning.
Its just first steps, of course.
But, I'm getting excited about all this.
Not this particular church, persay, but the process, the anticipation!
This time at seminary has been so different.
In a way it feels that we've been removed from the world
and I guess I'm getting ready to re-join it,
already in progress.


Simba had surgery last week, and he's back and on the mend. Max, our other dog was very very worried for the two days Simba was gone. He looked around the house for him, didn't eat well, and was very timid on walks, not sure where to go. I think he took it worse, frankly. Its funny how attached they are.
We got Simba from the Humane Society in 2000 and Max in 2001, right after September 11, from a neighbor of a friend, who said if we didn't take him they'd take him to the Humane Society. Simba (8) is a red Terrier Mix (so says his pill bottle) and Max (6) is a larger blond lab mix. And they are brothers and pals.
Max greeted Simba better than we did, sniffing him and licking the wound. He snuggled with him on the dog bed.
Happy reunion!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Funny Things

" I want donuts to make me healthy and strong"
Me too, Flash.
Me too.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007


Sick little boy, dog going in for surgery...
no sleep.
And its only Tuesday.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Another Sister Eulalia story: The Airport

Sister Eulalia had spent her few weeks with us and with my Aunt's family
and it was time to fly back to Texas. As usual, she was dressed in full habit.
My Aunt offered to help with Sister's bags
when they arrived at the departure gate.
But Sister Eulalia looked around and
spotted a group of tough-looking young men nearby.
She said "No, no. Those boys will help me."
She said her goodbyes and went over to the boys,
sized them up and tapped on the elbow of the biggest one.
She drew herself up to her full 4 foot 9 inches and asked him to help her with her bags.
Now, this fellow doesn't want to turn down
a tiny, elderly nun in front of his pals,
so what could he do?
He picked up her bags and followed her.

HIghlights of the week: Librarian style

40 preschoolers made mouse hats on Monday.
On Tuesday the Teens decided on Pretty in Pink
for their next movie night.
Wednesday, I lost 3 times to
various 7 and 8 year-olds in Chess Club.
Tomorrow is Storytime Day...
We're having books by Laura Numeroff
(famous for If You Give a Mouse a Cookie)
and doing the Hokey Pokey,
'cuz that's what its all about.

Monday, January 08, 2007

The Wise Men brought what?

During yesterday 's children's sermon
the leader asked the children if they remembered
what the wise men had brought for Jesus.
A bubbly little 4 year old, front and center said
"I know I know!

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Injured Dog

No idea how it happened, when we came home yesterday he was carrying his back leg. Took him to the vet this morning. Possibly a torn ACL, we'll know more on Thursday.
Poor Simba.

Epiphany People

You hear each year that we are "Easter people". But we are also "Epiphany people". We mean well, but we are late, and bearing inappropriate gifts.

Today is Epiphany, known by our Spanish-speaking brothers and sisters as Three Kings Day. Christmas is a holy day, a church day. But Three Kings Day is when the wise men, or kings, arrived bearing gifts for Jesus. So, Three Kings Day is full of celebration and presents. So, if your Christmas lights are still up, turn them ON, in solidarity and celebration!

Friday, January 05, 2007

Things I love that start with P

Parties and people, especially family!
Peace - In a purely selfish personal sense.
Paper - I have a paper datebook, full of doodles and highlighter. A PDA is a Public Display of Affection not a electronic planner.
Paperbacks - Got one in my of those contemporary romance Christmas treasuries, I get one every year.
Play-dough & paper hats & peanut butter & playgrounds - Keep a little boy and his mama happy.
Practicality - So, why the blog??? Hmmm.

Can't think of anything else. Time for some popcorn!

The birthday Friday5

Its someone's birthday today! So, welcome to the Birthday meme!

1. Favorite way to celebrate your birthday (dinner with family? party with friends? a day in solitude?)
Huge Bash with everyone there, preferably a "surprise" party so I don't have to plan it!

2. Do you share your birthday with someone famous? (Click here to find out!)
Ray Bradbury (sci-fi writer)
Norman Scwartzkopf (General)

3. Milestone birthdays:
a) just like any other birthday--they're just numbers, people.
b) a good opportunity to look back/take stock
c) enjoy the black balloons--I'll be hiding under a pile of coats until the day is over
d) some combination of the above, or something else entirely.
Every year you get is a blessing! Milestone birthdays are an excuse for a bigger bash!

4. Have you ever been sung to in a restaurant? Fun or cringe-worthy?
Mostly cringe-worthy, but when I was a kid we used to go to this Italian place where a retired opera singer named Walter would sing Happy Birthday to me. I loved it!

5. Tell me one advantage and one disadvantage about your particular birthday.
Late Summer birthday. Never had school, but never had enough people around for a party. Often it was the week we went on vacation.

Happy Birthday to all of you, early, belatedly or right on time!

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Book recommendation

Alabama Moon by Watt Key

I read this in an afternoon and loved it. It was also on a Mock-Newbery Award list I saw recently. I would probably put it in for the Prinze Award were it not for the protagonist's age. Think Holes, think Maniac Magee.

Here's a blurb from the publisher, Farrar, Straus and Giroux:

"For as long as ten-year-old Moon can remember, he has lived out in the forest in a shelter with his father. They keep to themselves, their only contact with other human beings an occasional trip to the nearest general store. When Moon's father dies, Moon follows his father's last instructions: to travel to Alaska to find others like themselves. But Moon is soon caught and entangled in a world he doesn't know or understand, apparent property of the government he has been avoiding all his life. As the spirited and resourceful Moon encounters constables, jails, institutions, lawyers, true friends, and true enemies, he adapts his wilderness survival skills and learns to survive in the outside world, and even, perhaps, make his home there."

What I love about it, aside from the extraordinary plot, is the author's care for his character. Many books leave the main character out to dry to make a point about coping in the world, or some such. Without giving it away, the reader knows that Alabama will make it. You don't think that he will, you know it. There are some poignant moments and some truly slapstick moments. And someone will make a movie of it, and make a killing.

And for those of you thinking Edward Tulane... Moon knows what to do with rabbits.

Parents and Call

I've shared before that my mother doesn't "get" Hubby's call. Not so sure about the whole Protestant thing in fact. And here we are, starting the whole "first call" process
and it is beginning.

She doesn't want us to move far away, I understand that, but she's all-of-a-sudden developed extreme prejudices against other parts of the country...or in fact any place further than 3 hours from her. Her new stipulation is that it be near a level three hospital. And she apparently thought that he'd go into some sort of apprenticeship after seminary, not an actual church where he may be the only pastor. My stepfather wants Hubby to use a percentage-based rubric system for deciding of a church position, and if he explains it to me again, I'll scream.

Its only the beginning...

Church School Musical Chairs

So I thought I was going to either do last weeks Wired Word about Gerald Ford, or of-my-own-choosing the Fellow who jumped in off the platform in New York to save a teenager from an on-coming train, or whatever Wired Word sends me this week.
But I just realized I'm helping with the new Rotation Sunday School for the kids this week and
a. I have no idea what I'm doing
b. Need to find someone to cover my Adult class
I am so glad I figurred this out today! Because I could be figuring this out on Saturday, or worse yet...SUNDAY MORNING!

Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy 2007!

Friends of ours always had an open house Chili Cook-off every New Year's Day. When we moved to seminary, we missed it so...we have our own.

The first year we had it in our apartment and invited Hubby's study group and the building. Our apartment overflowed. Last year we had it at the meeting room down the street. There were so many people and so much fun...we forgot to vote! Today was the last one we'll have here and there were 9 pots of chili (winners for Best Hot, Best Beef, Best Non-Beef and Best in Show). I'm so pleased that a neighbor has plans to hold it again next year.

I wonder where we'll have it next year, and I wonder who will come.