Yet More Other Katies

Day’s Verse:
“And don’t say anything you don’t mean. … You only make things worse when you lay down a smoke screen of pious talk, saying, ‘I’ll pray for you,’ and never doing it, or saying, ‘God be with you,’ and not meaning it.
Matthew 5:33-34ish

It’s been a while since I updated my Other Katie Files, and I’ve had a few doozies lately. For those of you unaware of the Other Katie situation, check out these previous posts:

  1. May 7, 2009: Would the Real Katie Ferguson Please Stand Up?
  2. October 12, 2009: Another Chapter in The Other Katie Saga
  3. December 4, 2009: Doings and Goings-On
  4. January 4, 2010: The Truth Revealed!
  5. July 28, 2010: The Other Katie, Redux
  6. March 26, 2011: Identity: More of the Other Katie

Before I get to the latest Other Katies, I’d like to point out the SSA’s really interesting Baby Name Popularity website, which gives all manner of data on baby names. As a result, I now know that in 1984, my birth year, the name Katie was 44th in popularity; Kathleen (my full name) was 71st; Kaitlyn was 90th, with other spelling variations falling lower, but still frequent; Katherine was 90th anc Catherine was 69th. All this results in lots and lots of women in their late 20s walking around with the name Katie, or something similar. Continue Reading >>

Essentially Autumn

Day’s Verse:
“Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth.”
Matthew 5:13

Today is what I’d classify as a quintessential autumn day for the Northeast. “Wait a second,” you may be saying, “Don’t you mean the Northwest?” Nope!

Today reminds me of Massachusetts in the early fall: We got up and it was chilly, but clear. Fog came in for a little bit, and then the sun came out and temperature started rising, although with the warmth came some wind. All the leaves, just starting to change color, are rustling; the Olympics and Cascades loom blue and distant; some high clouds will make for a gorgeous sunset. Continue Reading >>

Calling 811

Day’s Verse:
“You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.”
Matthew 5:9

Since we’re going to be using an excavator next weekend, I decided it was probably a good idea to call 811 and have them mark the buried lines in our back yard. I’m fairly sure there’s nothing back there, but it’s better to be actually sure. This does seem to be a “shutting the barn door after the horse is gone” situation, since we already dug the French drain trench without checking; applying another idiom, though, “better late than never.” Continue Reading >>

Rain Garden Nerdiness and CX Races

Day’s Verse:
“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.”
Matthew 5:5

This morning, I could barely get out of bed, I was so sore from the digging yesterday. You name it, I swear it hurt. My back and legs felt like somebody had beaten them, hard. I wouldn’t’ve been surprised to see bruises — it feels like that, anyway. I think it’ll take my back a long time to return to the normal level of discomfort. Continue Reading >>

Rain Garden Work Party 1

Day’s Verse:
God doesn’t come and go. God lasts.
He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine.
He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath.

Isaiah 40:30-ish

I was absurdly overoptimistic in thinking we’d be able to get those piles off our driveway today. I have to laugh at myself, in retrospect, so naively expecting to have just a few people — almost all women, none extremely athletic — dig a 50-foot long, 22-inch deep trench, plus a 25-square-foot, 2.5-foot-deep pond; finish the French drain; and set up the dirt for the pond. HA! Continue Reading >>

Picture This

Day’s Verse:
There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth: … A right time to destroy and another to construct…
Ecclesiastes 3:1,3b

$400 worth of dirt and rocks.
$400 of Dirt & Rocks
Boy do I hope that tomorrow we get enough digging done in the back yard to get our driveway back. For reference, that’s 4 yards of Pacific Garden Mulch and 3 yards of 1 1/4-inch drain rock from Pacific Topsoils. I’ll add that I had an excellent customer experience with the Pacific Topsoils people, and I’ll certainly go back to them for our future dirt/rock needs. Continue Reading >>

Consider it Pure Joy

Day’s Verse:
“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.”
Matthew 5:5

Good things that have happened this week:

We got some incredibly delicious corn in our CSA box, and we recognize everything else. And it’s not all squashes. We actually got some lettuce, amazingly. Anybody want radishes? That’s one thing I just really do not like. Work! I taught my final CPPW class on Tuesday and Wednesday for three male PE teachers. They actually proved more interactive, engaged, and willing to participate than some of the previous PE teachers I’ve worked with lately. I felt that overall, the class went quite well. When they left, one was talking about getting a bike and riding more, and all of them seemed pretty confident about teaching the bike/ped PE unit to their 5th grade students.

One thing I love about doing this is that when the teachers arrive on Day 1, they’re really skeptical. They cannot imagine how they’ll teach this unit, and odds are they don’t really want to do it anyway — it’s a big time commitment, logistical nightmare, tons of extra prep, and (for the many teachers who haven’t even ridden a bike in years) outside of their area of expertise. By the end of Day 2, they’re enthusiastically talking with each other about details of how to make it happen. They have done all the pedestrian exercises; learned a huge amount about traffic principles and bicycling basics; actually taught and ridden through the bike drills, and done a road ride; and spent some time familiarizing themselves with the curriculum. The road ride really builds confidence. Almost every time, one of the non-cyclists leaves talking about getting a bike. Continue Reading >>