Thursday, May 29, 2008

Busy--and not Busy

I like to be busy, but also get overwhelmed.  If I had to sit a home all day, I would go mad--but thinking about a busy calendar stresses me too.  I like the freedom of getting up and deciding what to do that day.  

I just doesn't work out that way most of the time.  

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Christian Century is Taunting Me

I received my first issue of Christian Century.  It was worth subscribing too.  It seems to be taunting me though, inside the front cover is an ad for their 10th Annual Lecture/Workshop.  The two speakers are Marcus Borg and Lauren Winner.  I love both of their writings and want to go. BOTH of them I love--how cool would that be?

It is in Chicago on September 29-30.  Any one want to meet me there?  $200 for both days lectures. 

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

This is just the kind of person I am...

I score a great pair of jeans for $1 at the thrift store--then go to Hale Fire Glass and buy a pair of custom made orange bead earrings for $25.   They are awesome--the jeans great too.  

Also a stack of 2008 Cosmo magazines and a new looking Gap bag--$1 for all of it.  *I just found a quarter in the bag! **I found another quarter!  

I am loving Summer Break so far!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

In Political News

While flipping channels a few minutes ago, I learned that Ted Kennedy has a brain tumor.  He was hospitalized over the weekend.  It was not a stroke, but a malignant tumor.

I am saddened by this news.  I have admitted here before, I was fascinated by the Kennedy family throughout my childhood.  This family has had great joys and great sorrow.  

I just recently watched a program about those living on minimum wage.  In that program it mentioned that Ted Kennedy has been fighting to increase minimum wage for many years.  

Senator Kennedy, I wish you well.  

Monday, May 19, 2008

First Day of Summer Vacation!

Today is the day for me and Claire.  Friday will be Delaney's!  I can't believe it is already Summer Vacation!

Ah, the Simple Life--sort of!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Idle Hands

Yesterday, I mowed the lawn.  It is relatively good exercise, so I started doing it last year.  I even have an awful straw hat I wear so I don't get too much sun.  I also wear awful looking gloves, because they prevent the blisters that I got last year from the mover handle. It is not a cute combo.

Yesterday, I planted a rose bush I received from a student. Today, I planted a few things in pots. I had herbs, tomatoes, peppers, lavender, and a few flowers that I liked which are unknown varieties.

I am currently scratching the mosquito bites I acquired doing these activities.  Josh is laying the 144 landscaping bricks we bought today for the front yard.  We don't stay idle around here.  

Sunday, May 11, 2008

You're A Good Man...

I spent last night seeing You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown.  It was at a local high school.  We all enjoyed it. Delaney's favorite was Schroeder, which I thought was interesting.  I have always been a big fan of Sally myself.  Claire liked Linus and his blanket.  A good time was had by all.  I was surprised at the talent these high schoolers have.  

Josh and I saw the YAGM, CB on Broadway.  I love this musical.  It is so simple compared to many of the big productions, but I relate to it.  I would imagine most of us have those childhood insecurities that haunt us from time to time.  That is what I think Charlie Brown and the Peanuts Gang represent.  Also, they seem to all get by with the help of the gang.  

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Darrell Porter

This guy, Darrell Porter was an icon of my childhood.  I loved Darrell Porter.  I had a Darrell Porter baseball card collection.  All this seemed to begin with a stuffed animal my dad brought me from Guam.

This was a special monkey.  He had red overalls and cap.  I was about 6 years old.   Darrell Porter was big stuff at the time.  He was the Word Series MVP in '82.  I vividly remember a Wonder Bread commercial.  Darrell Porter caught the loaf of bread.  

For some reason understood by my six year old mind, I decided to name my monkey Darrell.  Yes, Darrell Porter.  Over the years, he acquired a cardinals helmet. A&W or somewhere similar served ice cream in plastic helmets.  It fit Darrell, the monkey, perfectly.

Throughout the years, my fondness for Darrell Porter remained.  He left St. Louis and played a bit for the Texas Rangers.  I continued to search out his baseball cards.  I remained loyal to the player and my monkey.  Darrell Porter the monkey even went to college with me.  He was pretty interesting.  How many monkeys from Guam wearing a cardinal's helmet do you see?

I remember getting phone calls on the day Darrell Porter died.  It was widely reported in the St. Louis area were I have many friends and relatives. My mom was first--she left a message. "Lynnea, you need to call home."  One of my college friends called.  She asked, "Did you hear the news?"  

I thought one day I would met him.  He lived in Kansas City for many years.  One summer, I was living in that area.  I secretly hoped I would run into him at a restaurant or shopping.  It wasn't meant to be, but Darrell Porter is who I think of when I think of St. Louis in the 80's.  I am sure most think of Ozzie Smith or countless others, but I will stick with Darrell Porter.  

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

What Does Christian Mean Anymore?

I am a Christian.  I have no problems admitting it.  I believe and follow the example of Christ--Jesus.  I am still a believer--even with my questions.  I hold on to my faith.  It is my own.  

I may not fit the mold of some Christians.  I struggle, I sometimes think outside the box.  My faith remains.  I know God and I believe God knows me.   

Coasting towards Summer

Claire and I have seven more school days until we are off for summer. Delaney has twelve.  I have tons of stuff to do, but it always gets done.  

I am ready for the break of routine.  I want to sleep in, and do whatever.  I know reality is appointments and swim lessons.  I will take it.

Monday, May 5, 2008

I am weak

I ordered some bath products from Victoria's Secret.  I did get free shipping and a free bag with coupon codes.  I am weak, I admit.  

Friday, May 2, 2008

Mother's Day is Coming

I don't like Mother's Day.  I know I am a Mother, so it should be my day and all.  I can't help but be reminded that my Mother is gone.  I have managed to go away for the first two years since my Mom died.  I was at Lu-Lu's in Gulf Shores one year and Cafe du Monde in New Orleans the next.  
No plans yet for this year.  We may be in town.  My work doesn't get out until the following week this year which limits us.  I am thinking about a mini trip to Chattanooga or Memphis--Atlanta? Well, I know I want to get out of town if possible.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Cloves and Cardamom

The school I work in has quite a few Indian families.  I have enjoyed learning new things.  I received a beautiful pashmina shaw for Christmas from a student. Her mother showed me several ways to wear it.  I needed the lesson--now I know how to wear it.

Since then have been introduced to many wonderful things.  I was given a large bag of delicious tea.  The tea was brought back from their visit home last summer.  I was given several dishes of prepared Indian foods.  One was a sauteed eggplant with a lot of spices.  The other a rice with vegetables, mint, cilantro and spices. I enjoyed them, and was talked through the process of preparing them.  Today, I was given cloves and cardamom.  They grow in the back yard of her home in India.  How neat is that?  I feel so honored to have these things shared with me.