Quick Retreat Recap

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Day’s Verse:
Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.
Proverbs 17:28
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I went on the women’s retreat. I will fill in the following blank to describe it for now, and then share details later (maybe). It was a _______ experience:

Tiring: Not enough sleep and a lot of intensive interpersonal interactions exhaust me in no time flat.
Eating: The food was abundant, tasty, and frequent. Need I say more?
Cell phone: We had not driven 20 minutes before the first cell phone made its appearance, and although we were supposed to be retreating from our everyday lives, it seemed to me that nearly everybody called or texted home to talk to husbands and kids at least once a day, if not more frequently.
People: They kept talking about “getting alone with God” and “quiet time,” but I experienced precious little of either. From breakfast through after-dinner activities, the entire weekend felt like nearly every second had an activity for us to do in a big group. I doubt I ever spent more than 15 minutes by myself at one time.
Quiet: Not in general (if words were dollars, we would have all been multimillionaires by the end), but for me. I talked very little because I don’t really know the women in my church, and I don’t talk around strangers much. (See today’s verse of the day, above, if you want to know why.)
Photographic: In some of the small snippets of alone time I got, instead of grabbing my Bible and prayer journal like a good Christian woman, I grabbed my camera. Actually, I never let it leave my side. Of the 415 pictures I took (I know! But many are sets of three auto exposure bracketing shots of sunrises that I hope will convert into nice high dynamic range pictures), here are a few that Ian and I agreed stood out. Continue Reading >>

Newslets

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Day’s Verse:
Many are the plans in a man’s heart,
but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.

Proverbs 19:21
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Vanishing PointExciting good news came in last night! Ian cleverly figured out I was excited because when I hung up the phone I spent a few minutes jumping up and down and flapping my hands wildly. Ian has very keep perceptions sometimes. It’s one of the reasons I keep him around. That, and he vacuums the apartment twice a month, and since I hate vacuuming I really can’t get rid of him. Continue Reading >>

So Itchy

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Day’s Verse:
A man’s spirit sustains him in sickness,
but a crushed spirit who can bear?

Proverbs 18:14
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Do you remember my post about the bee sting, back on September 4?

It happened again. I’m starting to think this is personal or something.

This bee hit my throat and I thought it was gone (I did do some frantic clothing-clearing with one hand, but found nothing) until I felt something that wasn’t sweat going down my cleavage. When I took emergency action, it clearly felt threatened and stung me deep down. It really, really hurt — more than I remember bee stings hurting when I was a kid — and now it hurts AND itches, so even if I do itch, it doesn’t help. This also happens to be the exact place my messenger bag strap goes, so even riding to and from work is excruciating. Continue Reading >>

Apple Crisp + Homeward Commute = Urrrggghhh

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Day’s Verse:
In his heart a man plans his course,
but the LORD determines his steps.

Proverbs 16:9
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Today I learned that eating a hefty serving of apple crisp 45 minutes before riding home is generally not a good idea.

But boy was the apple crisp delicious. It contained granny smith apples, raspberries from our CSA, and lots of brown sugar. Next time I think I’ll put oats in the topping as well as flour. I would say it was worth it even if I did feel a little queasy on the ride.

On a more serious note… There are so many high-stress things happening in my life right now, I hardly know which end is up. My work has dramatically picked up, so that my weekly schedule would keep at me plus two other people busy; and, meanwhile, the senior medical writer who I work closely with is off on vacation for two weeks. This leaves me not exactly on my own, but perilously close to having to do Everything Myself. Today my boss stopped by in the afternoon and asked if I would be willing to work overtime this week to get everything done. Overtime has been strictly forbidden for hourly employees since our layoffs in February, so that she is getting upper management’s permission for me to put extra time in is a serious indication that I have an inhuman amount of work to finish before Friday at noon. Continue Reading >>

Little Bits of Soul

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Day’s Verse:
So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.
1 Cor. 13:7
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Grass SilhouetteAs part of our massive cleaning effort — which so far has produced an impressive number of large, messy piles, but not a noticeable increase in cleanliness — we sorted through all our books. Here is a list of all 79 books, sorted by author, we hope to give away or sell. If you see one you gave us, don’t be hurt; we’re being ruthless. If you see one you’d like, email me. I would just LOVE to send it to you. Continue Reading >>

Breaking News!

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Day’s Verse:
A gentle response defuses anger, but a sharp tongue kindles a temper-fire.
Proverbs 15:1
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For the first time in seven months, Ian posted a blog! And it has pictures! And it is perfect for nerds! Go read it!

KF quality

New England Autumn

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Day’s Verse:
The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life,
turning a man from the snares of death.

Proverbs 14:27
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Stone WallToday I rode left for work and it was 46°F. That means we had about 1 month of actual summer weather this year, and now we head into what may be the most beautiful but most fleeting time of year in New England: Fall. Autumn is one of my two favorite things about New England. It’s cool, but not yet actually snowy, and the days warm up enough that people still go out and enjoy themselves outdoors; the trees put on their annual glorious show, peaking for about 1 day before suddenly dropping their leaves and becoming winter-gaunt; most of all, I think the sense of ending starts floating through the air, when you start really appreciating the warmth and beauty around you because you become keenly aware of how transient it is. It’s a lovely but rather melancholy time of year. Continue Reading >>