Though much is taken, much abides

Day’s Verse:
Go after a life of love as if your life depended on it—because it does.
1 Corinthians 14:1

Yesterday I did the 7 Hills of Kirkland metric century — that’s the supposedly 62-mile route, for you non-bike-jargon folks. Anyway, this was my “big” goal for the year, and I completed it easily enough. Not quickly, mind you, but by no means did I ever doubt my ability to finish. Here’s what the route looked like. Probably I was the pregnantest woman on the ride. Continue Reading >>

Sorry, Guys, This Post Isn’t For You So Much

Day’s Verse:
But the point is not to just get by. We want to live well, but our foremost efforts should be to help others live well.
1 Corinthians 10:24-ish

Gentlemen: Although you’re welcome to read it, beneath the fold is probably TMI for you. For you, a discussion of smartphones.

I’m moving into the smartphone market. I don’t really care that much about the cool specs or whatever, but I do want a good phone that’ll last the 2-year contract and where the hardware and software won’t get in the way of usability. Also, I think I want something slender and relatively small, since I have to carry this on my bike. Right now, I’m looking most seriously at the HTC One S (recommended by Gary, my father-in-law, who cares about having good tech), with the HTC Amaze 4G (recommended by Ben, our a friend in IT who also cares about these things) and Samsung Galaxy S-of-some-stripe also in the running. I am interested in any thoughts or experiences you’ve had. Continue Reading >>

Wait, What?

Day’s Verse:
Your flip and callous arrogance in these things bothers me. You pass it off as a small thing, but it’s anything but that.
1 Corinthians 5:6

Quick bicycling story, since I’ve really been remiss in talking about biking. Of course, it’s also a pregnancy story, because at this point almost everything is a pregnancy story.

Yesterday it was a lovely day and I met up with my friend Laurie for a ride around the lake. She brought her friend Michele (an Italian guy whose name we pronounce as Michael), and he brought his friend Jerry. Jerry was about 35 years older than me, but figured since he was riding with a pregnant woman, it’d be a nice easy spin around the lake. Continue Reading >>

Craft Day: Paper Daisies

Day’s Verse:
For who do you know that really knows you, knows your heart? And even if they did, is there anything they would discover in you that you could take credit for? Isn’t everything you have and everything you are sheer gifts from God?
1 Corinthians 4:7

I’m not a naturally crafty person. My worst grades in school tended to be art classes, and the teacher almost always wrote something like “Katie tries hard” on my report card. Once I grew up, I became meticulous enough to complete crafts at least neatly, if not creatively. So when, this Mother’s Day, we couldn’t find any Gerber daisies to give Mom, I felt pretty ambitious for deciding to make my own from paper. Continue Reading >>

The Everything Job

Day’s Verse:
God’s temple is sacred—and you, remember, are the temple.
1 Corinthians 3:17

OK, so it’s been a week since I posted, and in that week, I’ve repeatedly opened up this blog post and tried to write something. But what to write? I’m going to hit the highlights, and leave it at that:

Last Tuesday I started working for Veronica Smith, principal at data2insight. She does data collection, evaluation, and visualization. If that sounds confusing, check her website. Her actual business isn’t that important to me, because she does all the revenue-generating work and she hired me to do executive assistant work, (ideally) everything that doesn’t generate revenue. So far, I have: Continue Reading >>

I Appreciate Irony

Day’s Verse:
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.
Philippians 4:8-9

But this isn’t irony. It’s just deeply apropos for a pregnant woman to wear this particular PJ shirt. Continue Reading >>

Rain Garden Green

Day’s Verse:
The more talk, the less truth;
the wise measure their words.

Proverbs 10:19

I continue to find the growth of our rain garden plants fascinating and thrilling. They seem to thrive despite my usual lack of plant mojo. Today, while weeding the garden (grass keeps wanting to populate it; I can’t blame the grass, as that soil is super-nutritious and must be deeply appealing to plants) I thrilled to find that a couple of sword ferns I’d written off as goners had, unbeknownst to me, produced some fiddleheads. Continue Reading >>