Archive for January, 2008

Preach it, Hillary!

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

I’m still pulling for Barack – moreso now that our John’s out of the race. But I think this is a decent sermon, and it makes me like Clinton a little better. It’s good to hear a prominent progressive (at least, sorta progressive – she talks a good fight, here) speaking the language of faith so clearly.

Yes, I’m still here

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

We went to New York City over the weekend to visit the Godpapas. It was wonderful, a really good trip, regardless of the two flat tires it somehow involved. (We didn’t even drive into the city. ) We have many cute pictures, which someday I’ll get up on to Smugmug. But not tonight.

Tilt’s out of town for work for a few days. I’ve been really sick – probably some sort of flu – headaches, muscle aches, lots of naps. Tuesday was the worst; today I only napped for an hour, and still feel moderately human, though I’ll probably go to bed pretty early. No idea where I picked it up – I just hope I haven’t passed it on to other folks around here. I’ve been watching Zag closely and was beginning to think he wouldn’t get it, but then at dinner tonight in the dining hall, he suddenly became very sad about his chair (?) and needed to sit in my lap, and spent the rest of dinner with his head on my shoulder, keeping up a constant quiet whimpering. Poor baby. No problem getting him to bed; he was out cold by 7:15. He’s played with at least three other little kids this week – God, I hope they don’t catch it too. I mean, it’s not the end of the world, flu happens, but I hate to be a vector.

In spite of all this, I’m managing to start a new semester – which looks pretty good. And working on two sermons, Feb 10 (Matthew’s temptation narrative) and Feb 17 (Nicodemus). And finishing up an article on a topic about which I knew virtually nothing a month ago. What I learned in graduate school:  if you get enough books out of the library, you can write an article about anything.

OK, hot bath time, and very soon thereafter, bedtime. Stay well, friends.

Caveat emptor

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

Thanks, all, for encouraging me to buy beautiful boots. On the subject of shopping, I need to post again about my cheap online glasses purchase. I don’t want y’all to have the impression that all is hunky-dory. In fact, the jury is still out on whether it was a good idea or not. (more…)

Weirdbird goes to the mall (and overthinks)

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

So I was away Friday and Saturday, back in my sponsoring diocese. They fly in the graduating seminarians and show us off, so people can start to think about hiring us. An interesting and exhausting experience… Nobody walked right up and offered me a job, but I do feel like I know the first steps to take in the Great Job Hunt now. And it was nice that my various friends and acquaintances were very encouraging about wanting to find me a job and keep me in the diocese. We shall see how all that unfolds.

Convention ended early on Saturday, because there was snow in the forecast and folks were worried about driving home. My flight out wasn’t till 6:16, and I had three-plus hours to kill, even planning to get to the airport super-early. The convention hotel was adjacent to a mall. So I went shopping. What else could I do? I’d already finished my novel, and was tired of knitting. (more…)

Hot sour salty

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

Does our food culture have this taste combination? It’s in several Asian cuisines – like South Indian and Korean pickles, which are quite different, but both of which I find delicious. I love this flavor combination – it’s a wonderful whole-mouth experience. I discovered a simple quick Korean-style pickle dressing in one of our cookbooks – a tablespoon of lemon juice, a drop or two of sesame oil, lots of salt (a teaspoon, maybe?), and cayenne to taste. I mix that up with chopped cucumber and eat it, then dip spinach leaves in the leftover dressing. Yum.
Anyway, I keep puzzling over whether this combination of flavors exists in our Euro-influenced New-World American food environment. I can think of lots of things that have two of these flavors, but nothing that has all three. Anyone else?

Looking for the Look

Friday, January 11th, 2008

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My new glasses came! Ordered from Goggles4U, because I liked their styles and because they’re endorsed by Daniel Pinkwater. All three frames seem nice; I really like the red ones and the brown ones with the purple temples – the goldy-brown plastic ones are just OK, but they make fine back-up glasses. Plus I have a secret plan to try adding rhinestones to the frame. Things I’m willing to do with a $30 pair of glasses….

In other shopping news, I’ve been working on expanding my Grownup Clothing wardrobe. (more…)

Zag’s grammar

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

Zag’s picking up grammar well, but with some interesting tweaks as he learns. For example, he has his own set of possessive pronouns. He’s starting to pick up the more standard ones, so I’ve been wanting to document his version before it’s forgotten….

My (”That my apple!” – he’s got that down.)

Yiz (”We watch a video at yiz house?”)

Hims (”Knight is in hims place where he go.”)

Us (”I want Merle come to us house.”)

Yiz (as above)

Thems (”Them are sleeping in thems holes.”)

Singing my son to sleep

Monday, January 7th, 2008

Does anyone else remember Pete’s Dragon? Apparently it wasn’t one of Disney’s most successful, since one doesn’t hear about it much. I liked it when I was a kid, enough that when I was a somewhat older kid I learned the cheesy song from the movie, “I’ll Be Your Candle On the Water” (warning: link plays music! – and why the heck is this on a .gov site, provided by the National Institutes of Health?…). Somehow this song came up in my brain’s shuffle function while singing Zag to sleep just now for his nap… with  these results. (more…)

On home and Hillary

Monday, January 7th, 2008


Happy Epiphany, all! Yesterday morning Zag told us an Epiphany poem: “Three kings go on a trip, three kings go on a journey…” – then put the three kings from our stuffed nativity set into his Fisher Price bus, and started driving them around the living room. No camels for this crowd. I made this Nativity set last year, by  using Google Image Search to find images of the various characters, in styles ranging from Rembrandt to Chagall to Giotto, and printing them out on iron-on paper, then making them into very simple little stand-up stuffies. I really like how it turned out; it’s very play-with-able.

Today is the first day in almost a week when I haven’t had something to do all day! (more…)

And so it GOEs

Friday, January 4th, 2008



It’s been forever since I started a post with a picture. I know blogs with pictures are prettier; I’ll try to do better. This is Zag being very happy with his new vintage Fisher Price castle set, a Christmas present from my parents that arrived just in time to help amuse him and Tilt while I take my Big Big Test. (Zag is being very understanding about the Test, except that he resents that I have secret snacks that I won’t share with him until I’m finished.) (more…)