Thursday, March 31, 2011
1. Whenever we tell people that we went to the same high school, they immediately want to know if we were high school sweethearts. No. He was 2 years ahead of me and had a girlfriend.
2. We both went to the University of Virginia where I lightly stalked him during my first year (since he and D---- had broken up), and we did hang out a bit together when friends from high school came to visit.
3. We had our first date in June (He's gonna kill me if I get that wrong, but I wasn't a history major for a good reason. I can't remember dates.) after my first year. We went to a School's Out party where someone suggested we'd make a good couple, so he called me up and we went to see Fellini's film adaptation of La Traviata. Very classy. It's like "Our Movie".
4. We've always loved watching movies together. I remember when we were first married and we had seen practically everything, we could pick all the Oscar winners.
5. He was supposed to convert to my church, but as he had the stronger will (as in God's), I ended up becoming Catholic, for which I will be eternally grateful.
6. No one makes me laugh like he does.
7. He's great at helping me make decisions and a good sounding board for discussing difficult issues. He's very logical but it's all backed up by his strong faith.
8. We taught Natural Family Planning together for about 10 years because of the positive impact NFP had on our marriage. We also gave The Talk on marital sexuality for our Pre-Cana (marriage preparation) program for quite a few years. It was fun working together that way, and we always felt like the classes were "dates." It sounds lame, but if a date allows a couple to get to know each other better and grow closer, then the classes were dates!
9. Our 7 children (1 in heaven) have made us grow into much better people than we were when we got married.
10. Our 25th anniversary is this August. I've been with him way more than half my life and I can't imagine life without him.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
There are 2 Yarn Harlot books which make me laugh every time I pick one up. And then I have to read the funny bits to the kids---but they finally seem to be figuring out that they don't find it as humorous as I do, so they're not asking as much.
1000 Gifts. With apologies to her fans for being so slow and apathetic.
My lent reading: Jesus of Nazareth, which is totally awesome but I can't plow through the 11 pages per day necessary to finish by Easter.
But Spring Break is next week! For Tom and the Homeschool, so I'll get lots done or nothing at all.
Bill Bryson At Home. He needed an editor. Even with skimming I won't finish it before it is due back.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
The knitting is, as usual, going better than the reading. I've done 3 repeats of the pattern and am halfway through the 4th. I have to do 6-8 repeats, which sounds like I'm almost halfway done, but you have to bear in mind that each repeat is longer than the one before, so they go slower and sloooowwwwweerrr. "Let me just finish this row!" takes on a whole new meaning.
I also had to break my yarn yesterday to string more beads. Bummer. Since I calculated that I need 10 feet of beads and I had strung 5 feet to begin with (figuring that half was the right amount for one skein of my 2 skein work), I was a bit disheartened. The stringing takes forever and it's hard to work with 5 feet of beads hanging from my ball of yarn! I have to keep stopping to push all the beads down a few more feet so I have some free yarn to work with.
I think it's a good metaphor for Lent and my spiritual progress: the more I do, the further behind I feel. And it's never going as smoothly as I'd like! I don't seem to be making progress, just mistakes. At least with the knitting there is visual proof of progress.
I must have calculated the number of beads wrong. There are 8 repeats and 128 beads per repeat; that's 1024. Plus another 5 dragonflies at the beginning: about 320 more beads. That's a lot of beads, and the little containers don't tell you how many are in each one. I may be popping into Joann's with my handy coupons to buy more beads in a couple of weeks!
Another thing about this project is that it requires me to have faith. I don't know if you can see how each diamond puckers, but they do. I'm working hard to keep my tension even and loose, but they all do that and I have to trust that all the flaws will be smoothed out with the blocking.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
1. I wish I had a picture of last night's dinner for St. Patrick's Day! It was yummy, but it was very late and everyone was ready to eat. We had Reubens with mashed redskin potatoes and fried cabbage w/ bacon. Oh, and don't forget the Irish Soda Bread. I even bought a little shamrock plant for fun. So unlike me.
2. I was going to say that we have a field trip scheduled for today, but here it is 7.5 hours later and we're back from said field trip. And exhausted. That is, I am, but the kids have run off to play with friends before we hop back into the car for tonight's Fish Fry.
3. We had a field trip today (bet you're surprise to hear that!) to an antebellum home called Barrington Hall. It's a local house that I didn't even know existed until very recently; it belonged to the son of Roswell King, the entrepreneur who was responsible for the growth of his eponymous town. There are a couple of other such houses in Roswell, also, but I didn't know about this one because it sits up on the highest bluff in town and you really can't see it if you're the one driving the car and not craning your neck out the window. It's a gorgeous home that was built in 1842 and was kept in the family up until 2003. Evidently, they gradually sold off their 1500 acres to try to hold on to it.
The shutters are more of a mint green now since they scraped the paint off and found that was the original color!
4. If it's Friday, it must be fish. Fry, that is. Every year I swear to myself that the only Lenten sacrifice I'm going to make is to go to the fish fry every Friday without complaining. Then you'd see some serious growth in holiness! However, I'd prefer to complain about it since it really does wear me out every Friday. Not that our hardworking, ever-ready-to-help Knights of Columbus don't do a great job. They do. I'm just not a big fan of the menu. Tonight I think I'll skip my only joy, which is to sit with friends and knit until dh is finished working and we can go home, and I'll go to the Stations of the Cross instead.
5. I didn't do the knitalong this week, but I've made quite a bit of progress on my Entomology shawl. I'm loving it. What I really love is learning tricks to fix the mistakes without having to take out many rows. Ahem. You'll never notice when I'm wearing it!
6. Every. Single. Time. I type that word --- Entomology --- I swear it is spelled wrong, but the spellchecker doesn't underline it. I want to spell it ENTYMOLOGY. But I guess that would be wrong, huh?
7. Still, still, still, reading Alice I Have Been. I like it; I'm just not that into it. Oh, but that means I don't like it, doesn't it? Well, maybe so, maybe no. When I finish it, I'll let you know the final verdict. But today I checked out Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass on CD for our carpool trips. I wonder if I'll feel differently about them having read (almost) this book (which is, of course, "faction").