Saturday, December 11, 2010
Monday, December 06, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Other days, I remember this massive list of books I'd love to read and I want to have them all in a tangible stack right next to me.
I think that tangible stack might sound a lot like the audio on this (awesome) site: Save the Words
(By the way, I adopted the word senticious, which means prickly or thorny. Like hedgehogs and porcupines and sticker-bushes and those lovely goatheads that like to puncture bike tires. Oh, and me when I'm irritated...)
- Spiritual Direction & the Care of Souls by Gary W. Moon & David G. Benner
- "The Red-Headed League" from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Good thing, since that seems to be what happens when I say a prayer that actually seems to be genuinely in line with God's will, rather than the selfish dithering or silence that have occupied my prayers of late. I'm pretty selfish and near-sighted apart from Jesus.
Almost a month ago, I asked God to help me be more at home with ambiguity, uncertainty, the unexpected. After all, that's the reality that most of the world faces on a daily basis.
He's been answering that prayer in some amusing ways... and I'm pretty sure that the fact that I was even aware enough to pray that prayer in the first place would be an answer to the original dangerous prayer post here. (By the way, he's been answering that one like crazy in other ways too.)
So now I find myself listening again - about my community, about my neighbors, about my marriage, about my calling, about my posture in life.
Friday, October 15, 2010
I got a Forerunner 305 last year for Christmas, which I have loved to PIECES all year long. Haven't tracked as many miles as I would've liked since I spent 2.5 months recovering from a strained MCL, but hey... it's still a great little tool. Sadly, it started developing some kinks last week. The mode button got finicky, then pooped out altogether. I contacted Garmin with little hope for help (since I'd gotten it refurbished through an ebay seller) and ended up pleasantly surprised. All I had to do was mail it in, and they'd mail me a replacement within about 2 weeks at no cost.
I went on one last run with it last Saturday morning, packed it up, sent it off and commenced mile-tracking-gadget withdrawal. I figured I'd be Garmin-less til after next week's travels and settled back into my old ways of mapping & riding routes...
As you can imagine, I was delighted when I arrived home today to a bulging doormat. Astonishingly fast turnaround, considering that Monday was a postal holiday. Yay for excellent customer service & a quick return!
THANK YOU, GARMIN!!!!
I am one happy runner.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
A mere four hours later, it is 68*F. The projected high is 75*F.
Out of curiousity, I checked the Englewood weather records for today...
Avg high: 52*
Record high: 90*F (1962)
Avg low: 35*
Record low: 2*F (1969)
The record high for the month of October is apparently 96*F (Oct 18, 1977), and the record low is apparently -2*F (Oct 13, 1969).
Yet more proof that Denver weather does whatever the heck it wants. :-) I'm just glad we aren't setting another record today either way!!
Now that my toes are toasty again, it's time to study...
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
2) downhill skiing
4) cottage cheese
5) improvising (aka, flying by the seat of my pants... i'm scared to call it that. someone might defenestrate me using my beltloops...)
6) stove-top cooking (see immediately preceding item)
7) small talk
8) large groups
9) 48hrs> leftovers > 12hrs
I'm making efforts... particularly regarding item #5.
Anyone care to mentor me in fine art of dealing well with chaos?
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Voila! More room in the kitchen!
Little did I know I would be frequently assaulted by the urge to bake stuff. Amazing what a little re-arranging can do... I usually avoid the kitchen like the plague!
WELL. This morning, I figured out that I could study AND bake at the same time since I have an audio study-guide for the NCE. Oh, mercy...
A few hours of wakefulness have already produced pumpkin chocolate chip muffins and banana bread just because I wanted to. The revelation that I could study too might mean more deliciousness...
I am limited only by the contents of my pantry and the fact that I have to be at school by 1pm. :-)
Monday, August 16, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Saturday, June 05, 2010
Since my last post, I have:
- finished my 4th semester of grad school
- started my last semester of internship
- spent some sweet time with my neighbors and other neighborhoody-folk
- gotten quite a few decent rides in, including a 60-miler on Tuesday
- begun to appreciate the work of physical therapists
- decided that my goal for the summer is to become a morning person
We'll see how that last one goes...
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Saturday, April 03, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Intentional Bad Joke #1: On the way home from out-of-town, we passed a sign that said something to the effect of:
"Welcome to Superior, CO" (to which I chuckled and said, "Just know we're better than you...")
Unintentional Bad Joke #2: I've been sneezing all day. I managed to live 27 years of my life with no particularly pesky allergies. Then we moved to Denver. While gearing up for a particularly annoying sneeze, I proceeded to make a series of funny faces...
Jeromie: "Wow, you're making some rather Calvin-esque faces there..."
Me: "What do you mean, Calvinist faces?!"
Jeromie: "Calvin-esque. Like Calvin & Hobbes."
Also... we got some fun toys yesterday. :-)
We took them for a short spin on the Gregory Canyon & Saddle Rock Trails in Boulder. Now I'd much rather be back out & hiking, but alas... papers call. I should get back to them.
* Hey, now... it's spring break AND a Saturday AND I'm in the library.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
but you can just see the clouds rolling in...
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Sunday, March 07, 2010
Friday, March 05, 2010
I admit, I've been silent around here lately. Some weeks the ol' blog is just not at the top of my priority list or, alternatively, I have nothing of substance to say. Sometimes I just feel like being quiet, and I'm alright with that.
The last few weeks have been a jumble. A combination of under-the-weather or injured, stressed, and busy has dominated Casa del Rand, but we're alive.
We're alive, and actually laughing quite a bit. :-) Sometimes we get so busy that we forget how to be light-hearted with each other. No more of that... my newfound goal for this next year is to find plenty of (healthy) opportunities to laugh and smile and invite others to do the same. I discovered it in the middle of last night's Fishes meeting, but it makes sense in hindsight... I've become quite the fan of "comic interludes" lately.
Aside from laughing, meetings, paper-writing and internship, I've finally hit a good pattern for training. Like I mentioned a few posts back, I'm training for the CO Bike MS ride in June. I'm also hoping to run the Denver Marathon in October. Right now, barring injury, they both look doable. Either way, it's so good to get out and move around.
Anyway... just felt like checking in.
Got anything to add to my barrel of laughs?
Thursday, February 18, 2010
So... thank you!
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
silent and still,
Are they not weary?
Are they not cold?
Are they not waiting
to be clothed anew in green?
Even so, perhaps they are in some way
To whisper the truth
that we are ALL waiting...
and that it is better to be bare for a time
than to be false.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
- crisp, cool days
- running on slightly crunchy snow
- running at all
- cranberry-apple juice
- good conversation
- hearing or reading poetry from friends
- God's presence in the community of His people
- home-cookin', a la Susan
- colorful, noodley stews that create plenty of leftovers
- Monday's bus commute
- Theology 501 with Dr. Buschart
- comic interludes in serious meetings
I'm sure there are more...
I know I've got at least a few readers out there... what are some of these little things for you?
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Sunday, February 07, 2010
Saturday, February 06, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
I promise you, I'm not hyperventilating. (I suppose it might look that way if all you see is, "Breathe in, Breathe out, Breathe in, Breathe out...)
I also promise you that my actual respiratory rate is not that low. I take more than one breath every day or so. :-)
Last year, I made an attempt at participating in one of the many 365 photo projects floating around the web. It seemed all well and good - an opportunity to look at my world through a creative lens on a regular basis - however, the pace was not sustainable. I got behind, and then I gave up. The more I thought about it, the more I realized it was just one more thing to do. After a while, it felt forced, ingenuine. If you know me, you know I hate that.
There had to be some way to incorporate the looking and listening that I was hoping for with 365, without the frantic, guilty feeling I'd get (give myself) for skipping days.
Last month, I came across a blog that captured this, and I love their description:
"welcome to habit. a place to capture and celebrate the bits of our daily lives. it is our intention to make this capturing and celebration a habit, so we will be here regularly.
we'll be inviting friends to join us here. and in some small way, we are hoping to capture the collective life of a community of women who are artists and writers, photographers and bloggers, mothers and sisters and daughters and granddaughters, and thinkers and seers and wonderers.
we believe that there will be something extraordinary about holding these pieces of life together in one place."
I may never be invited to participate in the habit postings (one can be invited as a guest contributor), but I see great value in the rhythms of the project itself.
After some thought, I decided to adopt it as a discipline, of sorts. My hope is to capture the rhythms of my own life and experience - to listen to the Lord and to listen to my heart more gently. I've spent far too much of my life tossing it around senselessly.
SO. I want to give credit where credit is due. Go visit habit, and maybe dive in yourself.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
I would've been content to sit here and knit for an hour, but curiosity got the best of me as I counted the laptops in our boarding area. (Five are in visible use from where I'm sitting.) It boggles my mind (just a little) how widely "connected" we are with or without smartphones. On the way back to Denver two weekends back, our flight itself had wireless. Not free, of course, but internet in flight. I'm not sure what to think, really. I waste enough time on the internet at home!
Time to shut down & board the plane... a few hours, and we'll be in DALLAS. :-)
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Friday, January 08, 2010
This week has been one of getting rest, of getting organized, of getting excited.
Originally, Jer and I had planned on taking a January term class this week. We were really looking forward to the class, but we ended up dropping it just before Christmas, sensing that we needed rest (not more books and papers to fill up all the empty space). Seems God knew what we needed.
In about a week, we'll be heading to Dallas (unexpectedly) to spend some time with my mom. Mom has had multiple sclerosis for MANY years and it's become steadily more restrictive for her in a lot of ways. It's a wretched disease, and I'm realizing that I haven't really grieved well over all the moments and memories that it has stolen from my family. Now that I'm aware of that, I intend to listen closely to the Holy Spirit, to my heart, to my family, and to my (several, amazing, wise) companions.
I also intend to not sit on my rear any longer.
Bike riding (for more than fun) has been a part of my life since I was about 12 or 13, though there have been extended seasons where I haven't ridden as much. I'd intended for it to be a major part of my marathon training, as riding become the best prevention for injury. This week, it occurred to me that riding is perhaps the most natural way for me to be more actively involved in the life of my mom, even though we live hundreds of miles apart.
Enter the MS 150.
The MS 150 is not a new event; it's been going on for years - I've just never been in a good place to participate in it. Despite the fact that I've been planning on running a marathon this fall for more than a year now, I'm willing to let that go if need be. Perhaps I'll manage to do both... if not, the riding wins out because it's about more than just my interests.
It's one small way that I can fight for my mom, so here goes...
Thursday, January 07, 2010
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
... an hour here or there in the company of a friend
... a breath of fresh air, by bike or foot
... recognition of a few unexpected fellow travellers
... the opportunity to show love through creativity
... the rhythms of liturgy
... the hard questions of messy ministry
... little gestures of love & commitment from my amazing husband
... God's steady invitation to become awake and alive with him
My desires for this coming year haven't really changed...
I want to listen well.
I want to love well.
I want to work hard.
I want to play hard.
I want to rest when I rest.
I want to give... life, encouragement, time, money, creativity.
I want to trust... God, my husband, my friends, myself.
And this year, I want to run a marathon. :-)