Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
What I really wanted to see was what would happen with one person in particular. Why had the person made the decisions (s)he had, what would (s)he do in the end, would everything end well for him/her? I couldn't help it, besides Ron and Dumbledore, this is the character I am most interested in and, dare I say, endeared to.
This is what happens when you're poor, modest and slightly chubby:
You buy one dress once a year that is on sale and not too low cut. You then wear it to every wedding you go to:
Oh how I cringe when I look at my lunch lady arms!
This is my grandma and grandpa. Grandpa planned his knee surgeries around his grandkids' wedding so he could dance at all three of them - mine in December, Megan's in June and Doug's in October.
If you look hard enough with this one you can see the crutch KJ had to use while shakin' his thang.
Friday, July 27, 2007
Last night at the game we ran into 3 of Trav's students: B, M & S. After saying hello and chatting for a bit the two of us continued and found our seats. Travis explained in more detail who they all were and said, "B and M are cousins, I think. Or else they're dating. I can't remember which. But if you see them doing anything - they're not cousins."
They're dating; I asked.
For as much as I didn't like Chuck and Larry, I enjoyed Evan Almighty. I didn't hate C&L and I didn't love EA but it was good and worth the money. There's a lot of sweetness in it and some pretty good little touches of authentic Christian teaching. Like when Al Mighty explains to Evan's wife that when a person prays for patience God doesn't just give them patience but the opportunity to be patient. Oh, how I know how painfully true that is!
On a side note, call this Number Two and a Half, Travis and I recently watched Gandhi, the movie with Ben Kingsley. It was brilliant and I can see why it swept the Oscars. You should watch this movie if you have never seen it. And we both agreed that Gandhi was funnier than Chuck and Larry. Ouch.
My respect for Jars of Clay continues to grow as I listen to their new CD, Good Monsters. There is a darkness to the album which, I think, is why the local Christian station doesn't play it much. But it's that same shade of darkness that I appreciate. Lyrics like Dead Man's are pretty honest and I, for one, can readily identify with them: So carry me; I'm just a dead man lying on the carpet, can't find a heartbeat. Make me breathe; I want to be a new man, tired of the old one - out with the old plan.
And I love the confession in Work: I have no fear of drowning - it's the breathing that's taking all this work.
Travis bought me the two latest Jars of Clay CD's and they are SO GOOD. He also got me some beautiful roses, baked me a carrot cake and helped me get lunch ready for me coworkers, who came to my house in lieu of me bringing birthday treats.
Guacamole and chips, homemade pizza, caramel brownies - it was a good meal.
We went and saw Evan Almighty in the afternoon and had a nice, fancy dinner at Arby's. Low key, low stress and jeans and a t-shirt - I was so happy.
Travis also got me two tickets for the Chiefs game last night. The mighty Kerry Wood pitched a short inning, which was neat to see. We were surrounded by fun people, including one of my coworkers, and three of Travis' students - all my happenstance.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
It's a lot like when I got contacts. I was talking it over with my brother's girlfriend and she said, "Wasn't it just last week that you said you'd never get contacts? That your glasses are such a part of who you are that you can't imagine not having them? Wasn't that last week? Yeah, I think it was."
But then the desire for sunglasses became too strong and I got contacts.
Anyways, poke me or something.
Monday, July 23, 2007
When the movie was over we called Jolene and her response was, "Oh, I'm sorry you had to sit through that colossal piece of crap. I'm so thankful my name doesn't appear in the credits." We are too, Jo, we are too.
It was crude, awkward and just not very funny. And on top if it, the only scene we had "seen" Jo in, she wasn't even in! We missed her in all the other shots.
Friday, July 20, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
That dream ended promptly.
I then dreamt that Dave Eggers called me, asking me to take over 826CHI. He remembered working with me in SF and how well Ninive and I got along and thought I would be perfect for the job. While I was honored that he thought so much of me I had to turn the job down. I don't want to live in Chicago. Or work. I just want to sleep in! And run errands. And visit my grandparents. And bake, read, play Scrabble, wear jeans every day, watch the Today Show, go to daily Mass (while still being able to sleep in), hang out in Barnes and Noble and eat peanut butter toast while looking out my window at the rain. Oh, doesn't it sound loverly?
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Fresh corn on the cob and brisket were on the grill and there was a new bowl filled with chocolate fudge pudding.
When I asked what the occasion was he just said, "flowers mean the most to me when there's no occasion or reason at all." Well done, hubby, well done.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Friday, July 13, 2007
There are people in my life who are very hard to like. I don't like the situations that bring them into my life, nor do I like their behavior within it. It is frustrating to watch people make one bad mistake after another, and it's even worse when they bring down a lot of good people with them.
Suffice it to say I often lack charity and mercy when confronted with these people. My only defense is that I do not know how to love them. This is a true situation where I wish I knew what Jesus would do.
I have finally given myself a firm talking to and then submitted it all to God. I went to confession and feel a good deal better. The challenge, of course, is to continue to submit to God and to be ever mindful of Him. I believe firmly that I will improve in this; I want Heaven too badly not to.
The funny thing is, I did not come to this end in a moment of prayer or while reading my Bible. No, I was looking at my acne in the bathroom mirror and I began to think of Dorian Gray, the man whose life was as horrible as he was beautiful, while all of his ghastly deeds showed themselves only on a portrait of him that hung in secret. "Sin is a thing that writes itself across a man's face," Wilde wrote. And when Dorian shows Basil his portrait he tells Basil, "It is the face of my soul."
As I thought about my outbreak I wondered - stress? cycle? weather? sin? Maybe or maybe not, but it got me to stop worrying about my face and start wondering about my soul.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
I'm so honored to have impacted her life.
826CHI, a non-profit organization that provides tutoring services to Chicago-area students ages 6-18, seeks to hire a highly motivated and creative individual for the position of Co-Director. This person will have the following responsibilities:
* Oversee all 826CHI fundraising activities, including special events, grant writing, and solicitation of donations from foundations, corporations, and individuals.
* Manage donor relations and maintains donor database.
* Oversee public relations activities, including website, advertisements, fliers, listserv, etc.
* Manage relationship between 826CHI and in-house retail outlet, The Boring Store.
* Oversee student publications, including books and in-house zines.
* With Co-Director, maintain relationship between 826CHI and 826 National organization, founded by writer Dave Eggers.
* Work with Co-Director and Board of Directors to devise programs, evaluate staff, and develop long-range plans for the organization.
Applicants for the position should be able to demonstrate success in fundraising and manage ment experience. As excellent writing skills are required, candidates should please provide a writing sample.
Salary will be $45,000-$55,000, depending on qualificaitons and experience.
For more information on the organization, see www.826chi.org
To apply for the Co-Director position, please send cover letter, c.v., and writing sample to: Dan@eyequilt.com
826CHI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Basically, when it comes to private colleges you go to the one who offers you the best financial situation and / or is the best "fit". I have found many times this year that EC tends to offer students both.
When students apply to EC we ask them to list other schools they're looking at. If it's us and state schools then we're not too broken hearted if they end up at one. If they want big they'll be miserable here.
If it's us or a junior college and money is a big issue then, while there is some disappointment, we're not too sad. Even with loans there will be some out of pocket expense for most families.
If we're too small, or too far away from home, or too close to home or we don't offer massage therapy and that's what they want, then we wish them the best and cancel their application.
But when you have a kid looking at only small, private, liberal arts schools - well that's when the competition can begin. :)
The schools we went to are all usually listed (at least one) by applying students. So my two fellow freshman admissions counselors and myself called up the four schools and asked if we could visit. We went on the standard tour and visited with fellow counselors. It was a great experience.
The truth is there isn't really a lot of competition between the schools - if someones going to be happier at XYZ and they'll transfer there after one semester here then we don't want them here in the first place because they'll ruin our retention rate.
But the real truth is there is competition and we took good notes about how each school is better or worse, or equal, to us. It was very eye-opening for us. We saw how where we're good, where we're great and where we can improve.
Monday, July 9, 2007
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Our kitchen in the apartment - no counter space and horrible pink teddy bear wallpaper.Standing in the living room, which will become another bedroom when we're done with it all.
The gutted first floor. I'm standing in what will be the living room; the washer and dryer will turn into the master bath.
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
It was wonderful to see her and to invoke old names (Erin, Kim, Jamie and McClellan - oh we were all so good). We also had a wonderful discussion about C.S. Lewis. (Oh! how I miss discussing authors, books and literary theory!)
I have always liked Sarah because she's smart, well read, a devout Christian and she tells it like it is. In college, Erin - an AC, Sarah - a fundamental evangelical, and I - a Roman Catholic, had great times together. Bible Studies, praying together, sharing our struggles for holiness, etc. It was a wonderful trio of respect and love. And we'd always proof each other's papers.
Last night made me remember how smart and talented I really am - much more than homemade cookies and pizza and good people skills. I read Jung and Freud once upon a time, and used their theories to dissect novels of the late 1800's, when the novel was a new form of literature and not as smooth as it is now. I don't really want to get my masters, or take another class - I'm still burnt out from that semester of 4 literature classes above the 300 level. But I do miss that Shakespeare seminar where we had intelligent conversations and laughed so hard we cried.
Book club, anyone?