a big weekend

He did it! Will is a college graduate, and I’m so proud that he finished and finished well. It was a bittersweet time, as endings and beginnings so often are, but I’m filled with gratitude.

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Next up this coming weekend, an even bigger event…

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I’m off work today, with a to-do list a mile long in preparation for going to my son’s graduation this weekend and for his wedding next weekend. I think I’ll write at the top of my list: “Enjoy!” It’s so easy for this task-oriented list checker to get caught up in doing and forget the point of all of this.

I’m so proud of my son for finishing school, and for finishing well. Over the years, I’ve poured my heart, sweat, and tears into his education, and somehow — in spite of me! — God has seen him through. I’m overwhelmed at God’s grace.

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And I’m so happy that Will has found his Anna. She’s just right for him, and that was evident very early on in their relationship. She fits right into our family, and I really love her family. God is good!

So I’m off to tackle my list, with joy and gratitude in my heart.

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miscellany

~ An awesome video compilation of the game-winning, jaw-dropping play last Saturday and reactions to it.

~ This will never get old.

Yeah, I’m an Auburn girl. Win or lose, it’s GREAT to be an Auburn Tiger. But winning is a lot more fun!

~ 6 reasons Hawaii will ruin your life

~ Why would Obama say he’s not ideological?

The president’s belief that little of what he does is ideologically driven suggests he is living with a pampered, unchallenged mind. He has been told he is so smart for so long that he sees only clarity in his actions and unchallengeable reason in his conclusions. The president’s belief in his own intellect makes him think that whatever he does is simply the only thing a thinking person would do. Nothing ideological about that. And as president, he is constantly flattered, and his confidence that his analysis and conclusions are superior to others is readily reinforced. Presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett tells us that Obama has been “bored to death his whole life.” Perhaps she is onto something. I guess there is something ho-hum and tiresome about being right all the time.

It appears that President Obama believes that dissenting views are irrational or the result of clouded, lesser thinking.  Being blind to his own ideology makes him unable to respectfully deal with others who might readily embrace an ideological point of view. The president’s inability to effectively work with Congress, orchestrate Washington, or build strong alliances or even friendships overseas probably stems from his belief that others should defer to his clear thinking without many questions or objections. He doesn’t see politics as a great debate with multiple possibilities among equal voices.

Yep.

~ Why Switchfoot won’t sing Christian songs.

~ A plea to prospective university students (and their parents).

~ I really wonder if this works. Not that I need it!

~ News you can use: what careers attract the most and fewest psychopaths

Happy Friday! And War Eagle! 🙂

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rest

labordayAfter the busiest summer I can remember, I’m enjoying true rest and recovery this long Labor Day weekend. 3 master’s level classes was waaaay too much for me, and I have learned my lesson about that. I turned in the last assignment for the summer term on Friday night, and an enormous weight was lifted.

So now I’m enjoying a break from school and a day off from work on this holiday. I’ve made rest a priority this weekend, and that includes watching tv, reading, and sleep. I slept in until 8:30 this morning after falling asleep at 9:30 last night, and for this insomniac that’s a pretty good indication that I was truly worn out.

I’m looking forward to picking my camera back up after rarely seeing it this summer. I enjoyed that creative outlet with my 365 project, and I miss the way I was really looking at things through the lens.  I’m thinking about challenging myself with another project, but not one as long as the 365.

I’m also looking forward to reading what I want to read and not what has been assigned with deadlines. I’m finishing up a Wodehouse book today, and then I’ll  look over my fiction shelves for something like a beach read.

I plan to get back to more regular blogging, as well, including some book giveaways. As they say, stay tuned!

Resting,

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saturday

I slept in until 8:30 on this rainy Saturday, and as soon as I realized that, I counted it a very good day. I’ve been craving some “catch-up” sleep, and I got it, especially considering I was asleep before 10 the night before. Thank You, Lord!

First thing after making my breakfast tea, I put a roast on, so the house smells glorious.

I got back in bed with my tea, spread out my books, and had some time with the Lord. He encouraged me, through His own Word and through some from Nancy Leigh Demoss.

Eventually, I got some laundry started, dressed, and gathered up my materials for a paper I have to write.

I settled in at Grassroots with a large latte and began putting together my thoughts on “Why Study Latin in the 21st Century?”  I had to leave home to work because, as I’ve written recently, I’m easily distracted. Somehow, it’s easier for me to tune out my surroundings in the coffee shop, and there I’m not tempted to scrub baseboards or clean out a closet. I got in almost 4 solid hours of work there before heading home.

I’ve done a little tweeting here and there, too:

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More paper-writing at home, while cooking a meal for friends. A terrible storm blew in with all kinds of ruckus, including a brief power outage and a leak in my laundry room. My friend called and told me to bring their meal to church tomorrow because the weather was too bad tonight, so I’ve packed it up for later.

Now I’m back at work on my paper with occasional breaks to check on the leak (and to blog!). I think I’ll actually finish the assignment tonight and get some studying in for my final exam.

It has been a good day.

I hope yours has been, too,

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saturday

Ahhhh. Today was a kind-of-sort-of normal Saturday, even though my body is still on Pacific time. I rose early to get ready to do a CAbi show at my sister’s house. That’s my new business, and it sure is fun to play with clothes! After the show, it was on to school work. Caroline & I parked at Grassroots, donned our reading glasses, and nerded out together.

The caffeine got me going again, and I came home to do laundry, go through mail, and organize my school and work stuff. Somehow I ended up scrubbing baseboards, and I’m not quite sure how that moved up so high on the priority list. Hey, it happens.

I caught up with a far-away friend via Skype, and that was a treat.

My office is back in order now, and my desk is cleaned off to make room for school work. I’m going to do some research for a science paper and try to go to bed on Georgia time instead of Idaho time.

I’m so glad to be home.

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miscellany: moscow edition

With the in-residence portion of this semester in Moscow, Idaho, complete, I head back home with more work to finish. There will be minimal blogging throughout the rest of this month as I press on through papers and finals. In the meantime, here is a rather random collection of links from around the ol’ interwebs:

~ My blood pressure is so low that I think my salt intake is a key factor in keeping me upright. And it turns out that salt isn’t as bad as we’ve been told.

~ It seems counter-intuitive, but God likes to be bothered.

~ Thomas Sowell rounds up some wise words. Here’s a peek:

“Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm — but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves.”
— T. S. Eliot

~ Dennis Prager says liberalism makes it easier to sin.

~ This is excellent: A Gameplan for combating worry

~ The usual counsel is that it takes about a year to find your footing after a major blow (a job loss, a divorce, etc.). But maybe two years is more realistic.

~ Nancy Wilson writes on the war on woman.

~ Good to bookmark: 7 grammar websites

I’m wrapping this up in a quaint little coffee shop where they know my name, moving on to phase 2 of my caffeination (Darjeeling after a caramel latte). The weather is perfect, and I will really miss the crisp mornings and the absence of humidity. A little later I’ll have lunch with a new friend and then begin the long trip home.

Vale,

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