Spiders, Spiders Everywhere

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Day’?s Verse:
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
2 Cor. 5:17
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The Westborough train station harbors more spiders than any normal metal structure. Everywhere you look, spider webs drape from corner to corner, edge to edge, railing to railing, over nearly every surface. Let me interject that the Westborough commuter rail stop has more than its fair share of perfect-for-spider spots. It’?s essentially a huge stairway and ramp system to a walkway over the tracks, and the stairs and ramp on both sides of the tracks are made up of I-beams, thinner steel railings, handrails, and the sides are covered with a sort of wide metal mesh that keeps people from jumping onto the tracks below. The covered part of the platforms are simple metal roofs, but a netting keeps birds from nesting under there — and, incidentally, protects the largest, juiciest spiders from their main predators. In short, it’?s a metal framework almost custom-designed to facilitate a rapid increase in the spider population. Continue Reading >>

Wishy-Washy

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Day’?s Verse:
Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you? You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody.
2 Cor 3:1-2
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Waiting for YouThe hypothetical brownies I mentioned in my previous post–which, incidentally, took no harm from having expired baking powder in them–have vanished. Last night the container somehow just had dried-out brownie crumbs and a few chocolate chip bits left by the end of the evening. Continue Reading >>

Our Baking Powder Expired in 2004

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Day’?s Verse:
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong
1 Cor 16:13
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…but I still use it in cookies and brownies.

Speaking of baking, what genre of novel should I write for my NaNoWriMo novel this year? I loved the romance novel, and it practically wrote itself every night, but how could I follow last year’s performance? I have considered a Clive Cussler spoof, but how can you spoof something so poorly done to start with? Plus, all adventure/action novels of the James Bond-genre seem to describe all machinery (especially guns, cars, and aircraft) with detail that would stagger the machine’s design engineer. That alone daunts me, but I think I could come up with an outlandish enough story line to fit the action genre. So please, help me out: Continue Reading >>

Those Travelling Blues

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Day’?s Verse:
Do everything in love.
1 Cor 16:14
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Reading our friend Ben’s blog the other day, he said:

I think it is with rare exception that people like to travel.

Then he described the amazing variety of countries he’?d visited. Immediately I commented, telling him that I must be a rare exception, because by and large traveling’?s low on my list of fun activities.

But for the rest of the day, Ben’?s comment and my response rolled around in my head. I started wondering if I really didn’?t like traveling, or if what I didn’?t like was the mode of travel Ben implied: Planes. I really don’?t like planes, and 9 times out of 10 I end up feeling queasy or even just a little off for the rest of the day. I cannot sleep on planes and end up miserable almost the whole time — and we inevitably take long, six- to eight-hour flights from Boston to Seattle or back. Continue Reading >>

39 Peanuts are 7% of Your Daily Protein*

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Day’?s Verse:
The last enemy that will be abolished is death.
1 Cor 15:26
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Last Thursday I drove in to work and arrived about 7:00, which gave me LOTS of time to do some housekeeping. I stole some cleaning wipes from the cube next door and began cleaning all flat surfaces with a Lysol-inspired vengeance (or perhaps just the fumes started getting to me after a while). Part of this cleaning involved scrubbing my keyboard, which still bore the filth of its previous owner on those most-used keys — E, space bar, enter, home row. At the same time, I decided to disinfect my phone, since I have heard that phones collect germs like a miser collects pennies. So I diligently wiped my phone down, and somehow along the way turned the ringer up far too loud. Now every time my phone rings, I jump and twitch and wish I had just let the germs thrive on my phone. The good news is that I got my keyboard almost totally free of grime and dirt, eradicating the last disgusting memories of my unpleasant departed coworker. Continue Reading >>

’Partment Perks

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Day’?s Verse:
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
1 Cor 10:13
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Patriotic FiretruckWalking to the bakery nearby this morning, I passed by a for-rent sign. As for-rent signs go, it followed the standard formula:

FOR RENT 1 Bedroom Apartment $900/mo
Included: Heat Hot Water Small Pets
[Phone number]

I entertained myself on the way home imagining renting that apartment, only to find it already inhabited by perhaps a family of hamsters, or maybe a few cats, or even one of the littler breeds of dogs—a Pomeranian, perhaps. I’ve never seen small pets as one of the included amenities to an apartment before. Continue Reading >>

3,278.5 Miles by the Odometer

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Day’?s Verse:
Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.
1 Cor. 9:19
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As of September 1, I could have ridden this route on my bike from Boston to Seattle, plus a little bit:

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Alternatively, you could look at it this way, pretending I could ride in a perfectly straight line across the globe:
Miles Ridden as of Sept. 1, 2007
For more international references, I ridden from Marlborough to Brazil, Portugal, or London, if I could ride straight across oceans. Continue Reading >>