I Dunno

Day’s Verse:
“The seed cast in the weeds is the person who hears the kingdom news, but weeds of worry and illusions about getting more and wanting everything under the sun strangle what was heard, and nothing comes of it.”
Matthew 13:22

I don’t know why, but this particular meme makes me snort every time.
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The last few days we’ve just laid low: I did a hilly bike ride on Saturday and a flat one on Sunday, and even had a friend to ride with each day. The weather didn’t turn out particularly stunning, but the real rain held off until Sunday night, so no complaints there. Saturday evening Ian and I spent with his parents, which was nice, as we hadn’t seen them in quite a while. Sunday evening we had “church,” such as it is. I much prefer evening church; it feels so much easier to fit into life, somehow. Church at 10:30 is like an appointment at 2:00 pm: It just throws off your entire day. You can’t do anything real involved. Continue Reading >>

News!

Day’s Verse:
[Wisdom’s] benefits are worth more than a big salary, even a very big salary;
the returns on me exceed any imaginable bonus.

Proverbs 8:20-ish

I got a job.

At least, I got a job for a while.

Details! I’ll be working as an executive assistant to Veronica Smith at data 2 insight, her company. We’re starting with a 90-day trial period, which begins on May 8 and goes through the end of July. That’ll let us get to know each other and see how it goes before I have The Boy. By then it should be clear whether I want to continue trying to work, and if so, we can figure out what that might look like. Continue Reading >>

Innnnnput

Day’s Verse:
For Wisdom is better than all the trappings of wealth;
nothing you could wish for holds a candle to her.

Proverbs 8:11-ish

The way I assimilate change is to try to understand it. I research it. Having head knowledge helps me feel more in control of situations I’ve never encountered before, even when head knowledge doesn’t guarantee success for those situations.

When I was in high school, I took a class called Athletic Injury. It covered, very lightly, types of athletic injuries high school athletes encountered and various ways of identifying and treating them. I found it deeply fascinating. But when it came down to it, I wasn’t very good at it. Wrapping tape to immobilize a thumb or mitigate shin splints eluded my normally straight-A-student skills. To compensate, I read the textbook diligently. I practically memorized the book and spent hours practicing taping a variety of patient victims friends and family. In the end I did just fine in the class, but I worked harder in that class than most of my standard academic classes. Continue Reading >>

My Kenworth Love

Day’s Verse:
“Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or—worse!—stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.”
Matthew 6:19-21-ish

Growing up, I wanted to drive a Kenworth. From ages 6 to 16, I aspired only to drive a semi-truck (notice that this aspiration faded once I actually learned how to drive). When most girls put up posters of pretty things, or (later) boy bands they “loved,” I wrote to Kenworth and received, gratis, a plethora of shiny marketing posters. I’m sure the PR people were delighted to have a young girl into their trucks, and they reflected this by sending me any literature I wanted. I papered my walls with these posters. Continue Reading >>

Blossoming

Day’s Verse:
Then Jesus said, “God’s kingdom is like seed thrown on a field by a man who then goes to bed and forgets about it. The seed sprouts and grows—he has no idea how it happens. The earth does it all without his help: first a green stem of grass, then a bud, then the ripened grain. When the grain is fully formed, he reaps—harvest time!”
Mark 4:26-29

I mentioned a few days ago the camellia was going to bloom soon. Sure enough.
Camellias

Meanwhile, nothing exciting has happened. Continue Reading >>

Snickerdoodly Perfection

Day’s Verse:
“How can we picture God’s kingdom? What kind of story can we use? It’s like a pine nut. When it lands on the ground it is quite small as seeds go, yet once it is planted it grows into a huge pine tree with thick branches. Eagles nest in it.”
Mark 4:30-32

Snickerdoodly Perfection

What do we do when the weather switches from sunny perfection do drizzly reality? Make cookies. Such as, for example, the above-pictured perfect snickerdoodles. This recipe (below) came from a cookbook called The All-American Cookie Book, by Nancy Baggett. It’s quite the hefty tome, elucidating on the art and science of cookie-making to an extent rarely seen outside of Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Continue Reading >>

Pictures from My Lousy Cell Phone Camera

Day’s Verse:
Talk to Wisdom as to a sister.
Treat Insight as your companion.

Proverbs 7:4ish

I’m not sure why my phone has a camera on it. The pictures are so low-quality, they make 100-year-old photographs look good. Yet periodically I see something I want to document and all I have is my phone, and for some reason I still try. Hope springs eternal? Here’s what I got.

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Near the junior high by our house. Um, yes, I’m sure that much-anticipated revolution is coming any day now. Continue Reading >>