Monday, March 31, 2008
I became a deacon this year, in January, but due to our cruise, I missed the ordination service. It was rescheduled for yesterday. As a surprise, my brother (a pastor) came to help officiate. Wonderful!! I so wanted him to be there, but with three small children to corral and a church to run, it's usually impossible to organize his presence unless it's at his church. So having my parents and my brother there was wonderful. I did miss my sis-in-law and the girls, but it's tough enough to get them all ready for an ordinary day...much less something unusual.
Since I had my parents to myself all day, I decided to take advantage of my mom's knowledge and we set up a beautiful front porch. I am no gardener, but my mom and my sister-in-law are. Having previously brainstormed ideas with them, I had a sense of what I wanted to do. I'd also been looking at outdoor furniture for weeks and trying to decide what to do. My dad's job was to decide which chairs were comfortable. Oh, and to name our new garden friend.
Here is the result:
Chairs and table, Pier One. (Chairs were on clearance for $45!)
Pots and flowers, Lowe's.Table top detail. Love it!
A garden that attracts a gnome (Meet Norm, everyone): Priceless.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Will this be the one??
Thursday, March 27, 2008
- If it wasn't him, it would be someone else. By which I mean, there will always be a difficult person to deal with, whether a client or a coworker, and unfortunately we just don't live in a world in which people act the way we want them to. [And sometimes, we are someone else's difficult person. Wow. Maybe that should actually be its own thought.]
- This is the job. By which I mean, his antics, charming and time-filling though they may be, are not keeping me from doing my job. This is the job - simultaneously multitasking the needs of all my students, employees, and coworkers (not to mention myself), with the needs of a few "difficult" folks.
- What a great learning experience. By which I mean, there is always something to be learned. A wise field study supervisor told me to be glad for my "difficult" clients, as they would ultimately be the ones to teach me the most. Hmm. While still not convinced, I do have to admit that by trying to crack the code of this guy, and by trying different patterns of problem-solving, and by working on my own reactions, I really am learning a lot more than I would with 10 of my "easy" people.
- Just do it. My apologies to that large company that manufactures overpriced sporting goods for borrowing their old marketing phrase. What I need to stay focused on is doing my job. This means, acting with integrity, maintaining appropriate boundaries, continuing to work for student success, supporting my employees, and consulting with my coworkers for help. Do it.
I would love to hear from others about their experiences with difficult people at work. Do you get better at it? Or do you just learn to look at the bright side? Or do you develop eye twitches and nervous fits of laughter? Not that that's happening to me. Just wondering.
Anyway, I'm feeling drained and our cupboards are full of girl scout cookies, so no Bake Night tonight. I will now curl up with a good book. With no difficult characters in it. Ha.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
I'm pretty sure it's OK to not be mature all the time.
For the record, I still have 12 books waiting for me to read, from my collection before Lent started. I think this is about half of what I started with. Yet, I still feel the urge to buy books everytime I see a bookstore. I guess there's still some work to be done. Mmm. Later.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 'The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.' " Then they remembered his words.
When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. But they did not believe the women because their words seemed to them like nonsense. Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened. -- Luke 24:1-12
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions - it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast. -- Ephesians 2:4-8
Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then shall I know fully, even as I am fully known. -- 1 Corinthians 13:12
Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, he has risen!
He has risen, indeed. Happy, blessed Easter to you.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
The incongruity of faith and everyday life is an ongoing struggle for me. How about for you? How do you celebrate the sacred in the midst of the mundane?
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Not bad. Chicken breast (or part of one, in this case), baked with parmesan cheese and Italian bread crumbs, egg noodles, and broccoli. With a little butter on the noodles. And the broccoli. OK, more than a little. A girl has her vices...egg noodles with butter is one of mine. It could be worse, right?
Thursday, March 13, 2008
-- Elizabeth Kostova, The Historian, c2005
Yeah. Vampires. Spooky. But lots of history, and the characters travel all throughout Eastern Europe, and the people are intellectual, tragic, curious, courageous, determined, and fascinating. Good, good, good writing.
So, so easy. It almost doesn't count.
While they were baking, I practiced my piano. I'm enjoying myself, but I find it tough to change habits and include practice time in my day. Luckily I'm intrigued by learning bass clef, and that's keeping me focused.
Yum. Can't wait to share these with my coworkers, after the week we've all had!!
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Linguine, scallops, onions, garlic, sweet peppers, mushrooms, white wine, butter, and a little olive oil. TH helped me through some of the finer points (searing the scallops, deglazing the pan, opening the wine). He's the real cook around here, but Sunday nights are usually DIY/scrounge.
This weekend has been wonderful. TH and I spent a lot of time together after not seeing each other much over the last week due to meetings, rehearsals, so on. Saturday we tackled some household chores, then went our different ways to run errands. I had lunch at Adalberto's, a hole-in-the-wall Mexican chain that is cheap, fast, and so good. I had to return an item from the shopping marathon last weekend, and picked up a couple of classic pieces in its place. When I got home, we went for a bike ride around the neighborhood. The weather is classic Spring - windy and mild, in the 70's. Today TH sang a beautiful solo in church. After, we grocery-shopped and did some housecleaning, and I tackled a painting project while TH snoozed. I've had the windows open wide all day, fresh air and sunshine filling the house. Then, tonight - the aforementioned pasta, some Yo-Yo, and an excellent book.
Oh, and best of all (I guess I am all about the sweet tooth): I found a new Ben and Jerry's ice cream flavor. My new favorite: Creme Brulee. Oh. My. God. Heaven on a spoon.
Saturday, March 8, 2008
"It's time you acknowledged that you are a miraculous work of art, a masterpiece unlike any other ever created. I'm not pandering to your egotism by telling you that. When I say, "Be yourself," I don't mean the self that wants to win every game and use up every resource and stand alone at the end of history on top of a Mt. Everest-sized pile of pretty garbage. When I say, "Be yourself, " I mean the self that says thank you to the wild irises and the windy rain and the people who grow your food. I mean the self who's joyfully struggling to germinate the seeds of love and beauty that are packed inside every moment. I mean the spiritual freedom fighter who's scrambling and finagling and conspiring to shower all of your fellow messiahs with your best blessings."
-- Rob Breszny, as printed in SN&R 3/6/08
Plus, any horoscope that can use the word "finagling" successfully, deserves some props.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Taking a peek into the oven...
I think it worked...they taste OK...could have used more lemon juice, or lemon extract maybe...not my worst cooking disaster, but not my best effort. They look pretty - I love lemon zest.
I'll take them to work and see what the crowd thinks. Now, time for American Idol elimination night!!
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
- Keep working at my current job. I have no big plans for new work or big promotions - I think I'd like to keep tinkering at my job and get better at it.
- Travel more. We're looking at Galapagos in 2010, maybe Europe again in 2011.
- Learn another language. Spanish, French, or ASL (American Sign Language) come to mind.
- Think things through before taking action or speaking.
- Maybe start running or swimming regularly. Maybe.
- Clear out the clutter of my life: books, clothes, STUFF. On a regular basis. Once every 6 months. Hmm.
- Get outside more.
- Eat vegetables at every lunch and dinner.
- Utilize the public library more than amazon.com
- Sing every day, even if it's only in the shower.
- Eliminate road rage from my driving experiences.
Maybe an ambitious list. But there's something valuable in the process of considering.
"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift." -- Eleanor Roosevelt
Sunday, March 2, 2008
The birthday girls!! (Denise, Ari, and me)
I am officially shopped out. Although, Ari just sent me a webpage with some cute espadrilles...