Friday, March 31, 2006

take time

Please tell ten friends to tell ten today! The Breast Cancer site is having trouble getting enough people to click on their site daily to meet their quota of donating at least one free mammogram a day to an underprivileged woman. It takes less than a minute to go to their site and click on "donating a mammogram" for free (pink window in the middle). This doesn't cost you a thing. Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate mammogram ine xchange for advertising. Here's the web site! Pass it along to people you know.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

about me

The head guy of the organization upstairs says, about me, to a couple of people who'd gathered for the morning meeting: the thing about her, she seems so quiet and sweet, then you get to know her...reminds me of Shakespeare...Taming of the Shrew. For once in my life, I was speechless. Two things: didn't have a come back to that one (guess I was shocked at the truth of it all); there's always truth in jesting. Sobeit (I think that should be one word), I suppose.

so much to learn

I get an e-mail from The Writer's Almanac every day. It includes a poem and then birthdays/days of importance of famous people.

Here are two for ya':
It's the birthday of Eric Idle, (books by this author) born in South Shields, Durham, England (1943). He's one of the six founding members of the British comedy group Monty Python, famous for its movies and its long-running television show, Monty Python's Flying Circus. Idle often played old ornery women, as well as creepy old men and annoying talk show hosts. Monty Python's first movie was Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), in which Idle plays Sir Robin the Not-So-Brave, who wets his armor at the first sign of danger.

On this day in 1886, John Pemberton perfected a headache and hangover remedy he had cooked up over a fire in his backyard. It contained coca leaves and extract of kola nut, and he advertised it as an "Esteemed Brain Tonic and Intellectual Beverage." He had been making something called "Pemberton's French Wine Coca," but Atlanta had just passed a prohibition law, and he had to come up with an alcohol-free formula. He sweetened the new elixir with sugar instead of wine, and his bookkeeper suggested he name the beverage "Coca-Cola."

Monday, March 27, 2006

hard stuff

i know i'm not supposed to understand everything, but some things are harder to handle than others. i found out today that a family that used to be a part of our house church was in a horrible car accident yesterday. their 6 month old baby, Elizabeth Grace, died instantly. The husband died this morning after they took him off the ventilator. The wife is in critical condition. The sad thing is that the wife has to deal with losing her husband and her baby, and about two years ago they lost a baby when he was 2 days old. All the head stuff I know doesn't help my heart stuff at a time like this.

And life goes on. And God allows life to go on for some of us.

I noticed that it's been exactly a month today since I heard from CU Boulder telling me I should hear something 'very soon.' Very soon for them is a month or longer, because I've yet to hear the final word from them. We'll see. I continue to wait.

Yesterday, I flew a kite for the first time in my life. It was a perfect kite-flying day. It was windy; really windy. It was fun. Way fun. Yay.

One resident moved out this weekend; another moved in. More transition at the transitional home for single moms.

This life thing isn't a piece of cake.

Monday, March 20, 2006

in the right direction

a friend of mine just e-mailed me this:
Some of us tend to do away with things that are slightly damaged. Instead of repairing them we say: "Well, I don't have time to fix it, I might as well throw it in the garbage can and buy a new one." Often we also treat people this way. We say: "Well, he has a problem with drinking; well, she is quite depressed; well, they have mismanaged their business...we'd better not take the risk of working with them." When we dismiss people out of hand because of their apparent woundedness, we stunt their lives by ignoring their gifts, which are often buried in their wounds. We all are bruised reeds, whether our bruises are visible or not. The compassionate life is the life in which we believe that strength is hidden in weakness and that true community is a fellowship of the weak.

i definitely need to be reminded of that. not so good at this most of the time, if i'm not focused on the Lord and asking Him what He wants of me. I have to continually ask Him to let me see people how He sees them, with His eyes and heart and not mine.

not making sense

it's the first day of spring and here it's 20 degrees outside, wind blowing and snowing and has been since about 7p last night. that's not what i call spring.

AND why in the world did I even waste my time filling out the brackets for the dance? of the freakin' 64, I'm down to five still in it. I had UNC taking it all, and of course, that's not going to happen. so I'm still keepin hope alive for Duke. geez...good thing I didn't have any money riding on this.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

the good, the bad, and the ugly

the good: for about a week or so, I've been thinking that tax day was today (march 15). so I get all my tax stuff together (being the wonderful procrastinator that I am) and get all that filed Monday. I still had to mail a couple of things today, though, thinking that I had made it just in time, having all my stuff post-marked by the 15th. so the good news is that my taxes are done.

the bad: I have stored in my memory that a friend's birthday is tax day. so I e-mail him saying, happy birthday. yeah, this is when I find out that tax day is April 15th, and indeed, it is not tax day, and it is definitely not this guy's birthday. oops.

the ugly: I didn't have any socks to match today so with a dark brown and aqua striped shirt and khakis, I wore tan socks with pink polka dots. Nice.

this week's been pretty good. I'm about half way through of being on call for two weeks in a row. nothing too dramatic has happened. when I left this morning, the moms were in the back talking, so I just walked out the front door. I get half way down the steps and they're both at the door yelling at me, asking me why I didn't say goodbye. I felt loved. I suppose we're bonding.

I had jury duty Monday morning. my number got called. they had called out 25 jurors for a 6 person jury. so I sat and listened to the case, then we all shared our bios, then we were questioned by both lawyers. I suppose I was crossed off the second after I answered the question regarding which denomination the seminary was that I attended. that'll do it every time.

it's in the 50s this week, although I heard it's supposed to snow again this weekend. I'm definitely ready for milder weather. not up to me, however.

lastly, for those of you who 'know' my laugh, you'll appreciate this: i got 'reprimanded' by the librarian on campus. she said that my laugh was too loud and she couldn't concentrate. that made me laugh (irony is a beautiful thing).

Tuesday, March 07, 2006


someone mistook me for 18 today...
that's really not ok

We know that God does not always choose to answer our prayers the way we might want, but that should not keep us from praying, without reservation, for miracles. --kenny moore

Monday, March 06, 2006

holding my breath

i'm waiting for two pretty important e-mails (one possibly a little more important than the other) and so every time i go to check my e-mail and it says i have one in my inbox, i totally hold my breath and get all of yet, none of them has been either of 'the one's for which i'm waiting. i may go to just checking my e-mail once a day for a little while so as not to bring on a heart attack at this young age of mine.

thursday pm

where i was this weekend

where i hope to be

St. Theresa's Prayer:
May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love
that has been given to you....
May you be content knowing you are a child of God....
Let this presence settle into our bones, and allow your soul the freedom
to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of you.