saturday

Yeah, it’s been a while — yet again. I just can’t seem to get back into my blogging habit. I certainly have intended it, but those best laid plans…   I’m often (especially in the shower or while driving) composing blog posts in my head, but I never seem to settle down in front of my laptop and actually type. Maybe it’s because I spend all day in front of a computer, and I just don’t feel like it when I’m home. Or maybe it’s because I’ve had a long spell of insomnia that has leaves me crashing around 9 pm every night.

I really miss it. It was a creative outlet for me, along with photography, and I miss both. I’m going to try, try again, dear blog reader (I hope you’re still there!).

I’m enjoying a rare lazy Saturday morning with coffee and my laptop, so here’s a bit of what’s been going on:

~ We moved just across the border (Georgia/Florida) in April, and I’m feeling a bit more settled in these days.  Just this past week I began working in an office here in Florida, which I’ll do a couple of days a week. I’m grateful for that flexibility. I love working in Thomasville, and the drive is a nice commute that gives me time to think and listen to podcasts (more on that later). It makes for long days away from home, however, so yesterday it was so nice to have an extra hour at home before work. I read the paper and did a load of laundry. And I was home just after 5:00.

~ At the end of May, I flew out to California for the second time this year! This time it was for work. I spent a week at Pepperdine University (overlooking the Pacific Ocean!) for trust school. It’s truly a luxury to be a full-time student, so I was thankful for that week away from distractions — a week packed full of classes and study. I took the test Saturday just before catching the shuttle to the airport. And, wonder of wonders!, all of my flights to and from went smoothly and were on time!

~ I’m on day 20 of whole30. It’s been easier than I thought, and I feel pretty good. I miss eating out (it’s hard to find compliant food in most restaurants) and Greek yogurt, but other than that I’m satisfied.  It’s been helpful to have a few friends in the office eating this way, too. I’m hoping that this will help me discover which foods don’t agree with me (please, please don’t be dairy!). You’re not supposed to weigh for the 30 days, but I couldn’t resist hopping on the scales about a week ago, and at that point I’d lost 6 pounds. Not too bad, especially considering weight loss isn’t the goal.  It’s not a diet! 

Some observations:  Soy is in almost everything!! Boiled eggs are a life saver. Having food prepped for the week is key. Living in a town with Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods is very helpful. Summer is an excellent time to do this — fresh peaches, okra, tomatoes, oh my! Cooking every meal leaves a never-ending stack of dishes to be washed, dried, and put away.

~ Just like I’ve been too pooped to blog, I’ve been too pooped to read at night. I did burn through Gone Girl in about three days (what a disappointment: not one likable character), but other than that, I’m just binging on Netflix because it requires so much less mental effort. I’ve got Why We Get Fat on my nightstand, but can only read about three pages before my eyelids start drooping.

~ I had an eye exam a couple of weeks ago, and just as I suspected, my eyes are worse. It’s the most frustrating thing about aging. I’ve always had excellent vision, and now I’m crippled without glasses.

~ As I mentioned, I often use my commute to listen to podcasts. I subscribe to Dennis Prager‘s and, more recently, my son’s — The 365 with Will Malone. Last week’s episode was a conversation with his sister about art and insecurity. It was fun to drive along listening to a conversation between my son and daughter, this time with no bickering! 😉

~ A beloved high school English teacher passed away this month. She really left her mark on so many of us, and she instilled in me a love of diagramming sentences. She was fairly active on Facebook almost up until the end, and I appreciated that she still cared about her students and their lives. I saw her at a football game a year or so ago, and she was so kind and friendly.

~ Paul and I are planning a little getaway for our first anniversary. Time really does fly, and it’s hard to believe that our first year married is coming to a close in less than three months. God has richly blessed us. A second marriage is very different from a first because we’re aware (almost hyper-aware) of pitfalls. That is a grace that keeps us working to move towards each other when conflict arises. It’s not easy, but it’s good.

~ My poor camera sits neglected in a cabinet. I keep thinking I’ll pull it out, but it hasn’t happened yet.

Well, I’ve lingered in bed long enough this morning. We’ve got several errands to run today, and we’re meeting up with family to celebrate Father’s Day tonight. I truly intend to return to more regular blogging.

If you’re still here, thanks for sticking around!

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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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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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“You’re still standing, aren’t you?”

estherI’m finishing up a study on Esther with friends this week, and the homework I did today made my soul stand up and cheer. As we are studying chapter 9 and the celebrations after the victory of the Jews, we read of how they celebrated by giving portions of food to each other. The Hebrew word for portion is the same one found in Psalm 16:5, a psalm near and dear to my heart these days:

The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.

Here’s Beth Moore:

Yep. Same Hebrew word. And this is the way the three terms — favor, portions (or presents), and lots — tie together. No matter what life — or Satan himself — hands us, the favor God has on His children causes that “lot” to tumble out on the table in such a way that, instead of destruction, the child will discover that her portion turned into destiny one trusting step at a time. When all is said and done, she will see that the portion God assigned her was good. Right. Rich. Full of purpose. The English Standard Version translates Psalm 16:5 best of all. Read it out loud and let it sink in. “The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.”

Here you are, Beloved. Satan tried to destroy you along life’s path, but clearly, he didn’t get his way. You’re still standing, aren’t you? Instead of falling apart, your lines are all starting to fall together. Piece by piece. Glimpse by glance. What a beautiful inheritance you have!

Amen and amen and amen! I am living out those words even as I type, and I can testify with my whole heart that God is good. I’m overflowing with gratitude that He is the One who holds my lot.

So let me pass along a portion of my portion to you: No matter what you’re facing today, God is sufficient. If You trust in Him, you’re in the safest of places, no matter how scary and dangerous it feels in the moment. He loves His people, and His aim is our good. Often that good comes out of pain that we can’t see beyond in the moment. If that’s where you are, dear friend, cling to Him!!! Run to His Word and take refuge. Be a refugee.

Joyfully,

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almost there

Last night I took my Anglo-Saxon lit final and turned that in. Tonight I’m working to finish up my final paper on the distinctives of Anglo-Saxon Christianity. I’ve got books and papers and journal articles spread out all over, and I’m about to make some more coffee and indulge in some dark chocolate. I’m hoping to power through and finish this up tonight.

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I’ll have three weeks off before I triple up my school load for the summer. That gives me some time to catch up on the sleep I’ve lost this week staying up late. And I can read whatever I want!

Back to the books,

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rainy day

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My background noise for my studying and writing this afternoon is rain hitting the windows and some thunder off in the distance. I’m immersed in the world of the Anglo-Saxons, all at once grateful to live in the times in which I do and thankful for those who went before me. (I’m also really thankful for EasyBib, online resources for scholarly journals, my laptop, and my printer!)

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In a departure from my usual Saturday mornings, this morning I awoke to find stuffed animals being arranged on my head and face. My eight-year-old niece spent the night with me last night, and we did the typical slumber party activities: ate pizza, watched movies, had some ice cream, put on our pajamas, and stayed up late (for me). She even introduced me to Extreme Couponing, a show that repulsed me.

So my morning began with chatting with my niece, having donuts for breakfast, and then drawing together. I took her to lunch at her favorite spot — Zaxby’s — before dropping her off at her house.

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My Anglo-Saxon lit final exam and paper are due next week, so this is a weekend to study, read, and write.

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As if trying to keep straight names like Byrthnoth, Vortigern, Ecgtheow, Healfdene, and Ongentheow wasn’t challenging enough, I also had to get on my hands and knees and get chewing gum out of my dryer. Good times.

With the laundry done and my eyelids drooping, I headed to the coffee shop to load up on caffeine and tackle Anglo-Saxon lit again. My sunny spot in the window eventually got too hot and sunny, so I packed up and picked up groceries on the way home.

Now I’m back home with notes and books spread out everywhere. I’ll be studying for another hour or two before I call it a night, heat up some leftover pizza, and crash early.

I hope your Saturday has been a good one,

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saturday

It was a dark and stormy day… and a productive one.

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~ Work at my paying job.

~ Work at home: cleaning, laundry, dishes, etc. while streaming The West Wing via Netflix.
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~ Exercise.

~ Planning for this coming busy week and anticipating a full house for Easter weekend. 🙂

~ Reading and studying: working on the Bible study I’m doing with friends, working on my own personal study of the Psalms, and reading Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be.

~ On my mind:

The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup:
you hold my lot.
The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.  ~ Psalm 16:5-6

~ Taxes.

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~ And I’m looking forward to a bowl of popcorn and a movie a little later.

I hope your Saturday has been a good one,
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