Thursday, July 31, 2008
My sister Lindsey is 5 years younger than I am. When I would come home from college for a weekend, we started a little sister-bonding ritual that has carried on over the past 10 years. (yes...it's been 10 years since I left Memphis for Mississippi College and beyond) Craft Night. If we didn't have something that we were already working on, we would head to Hobby Lobby and scout the aisles for a suitable project. Then, we'd sit on the floor of Lindsey's room and watch a movie or chat about life - with glue guns, paper, material, and paint strewn across the floor. My mom would venture in, look at the mess, and walk back out shaking her head. We still love craft night. Though with 6 hours of interstate between us, they are fewer and further between than we'd like. Last night I had a little craft night of my own complete with the glue gun but...lonely without Linz.
Here are a few projects I pulled out of the craft box:
An old Crewel Embroidery project that was just waiting to be turned into this little pillow.
My favorite craft book. Shaugnossy offers a unique, modern approach to this old art form.
My latest thank-you-for-inviting-us-to-dinner hostess gift. I always run out of chip clips and end up using clothes pins. Last night I was making them as a part of my Happy Birthday Brandi gift!
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
K: Nerve? Did I hear you say something about a nerve?
L: Yes. I feel some sort of nerve along my jawbone.
K: That's the nerve in the video.
L: What video?
K: They didn't make you watch a video? I sat in a room by myself watching a video about all of the risks involved in the surgery. Informed consent.
L: I didn't watch a video. The video mentioned a nerve?
K: Yes. There's a 95% they'll nick a nerve along your jawbone…it might be sore for a few weeks. OR, there is a slight chance that they could do more than nick it…in which case you will feel it for the rest of your life. It also listed a lot of other risks…ending of course, in the slight possibility of death.
Ten minutes later I'm sitting at my desk thinking about that waiver I signed right before the surgery.
Drama. This is what David calls drama. It is so highly unlikely that I have a nicked nerve that will remain tingley for the rest of my life. BuT - this afternoon, there is drama in my mind on the matter.
The hardest part of the recovery for me was the haze. My brain just felt a little cloudy...I have a hunch this may have been the result of anesthesia, post-surgery narcotics, and Tylenol PM. Thankfully, the haze seems to be lifting.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
This morning at 9am I checked in for the second surgery of my 28 years of life. My first surgery was in third grade when I had my appendix removed. Today I lost all four of my wisdom teeth. I am not certain that I've progressed a great deal in coping. Thankfully, my wonderful husband is a sympathetic man and delights in serving me. Last night he gave me a care package and pile of movies he'd borrowed from friends. Today, he was disappointed to find that we do not have a bell in the house for me to ring...so he gave me a spoon to tap on my glass should I need his assistance.
A sweet friend from work - Beth Crouser sent over a get well basket. I loved the card with a little message from the Wise quartet expressing their sentiments on the matter.
She also let her lion - Judah - come over for a few days to console me in my swollen state. He has already been a great comfort.
A few more days of Jello and I should be back to normal - without, of course, my wise little friends.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Another highlight of the weekend was a spectacular Dawkins Family baseball game. David made us all shake hands at the end to ensure family unity after a few members were involved in incidents with run away balls.
We wrapped all the fun up on Sunday morning with a celebration of 40 years of marriage and a family worship time. What a legacy they've built through their godly home!!!
For those who are wondering....for the most part, yes, we did stick to the schedule:)
Friday, July 18, 2008
Wednesday I opened my email to find that Mrs. Dawkins had sent a schedule for our weekend getaway. This is reason number 10,438 in my list...."Why I Married Into the riGht Family." I love a plan. So. I am looking forward to a weekend of scheduled time to "relax at the pool," "enjoy dinner together," "tour the Homestead," etc. etc. Say what you will. My DayPlanner is my friend.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
However, from my limited knowledge, I do have a few faVoriTe websites that I would like to share with the blogging community.
1. Pandora. It is possible that Pandora will forever change your radio-flipping habits. It is a web-based radio station that allows you build a radio station based on songs/artists that you like....they take that music genre and expand out into other songs and artists that have the same feel.
A few of my favorite discoveries on Pandora lately : The Cubist by the Andreas Kapsalis Trio, More Love to Thee by Prentiss/arranged by Fernando Ortega, and The Water is Wide by John Gorka.
I'm telling you...you'll love it!
2. Brainy Quotes. I love words. And often, brief quotations meditated upon and digested have impacted me as much as a lengthy book. I love to peruse quotations of various authors such as GK Chesterton, Mother Teresa, EE Cummings, and the like. Brainy Quotes never fails me when I need a little saying to go on the outside of a letter or a hearty laugh at the ingenuity of words well put together.
For those other nerdy quote-lovers out there: http://www.brainyquote.com/
There you have it. The extent of my contribution to this topic.
White is not a mere absence of color; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black. God paints in many colors; but He never paints so gorgeously, I had almost said so gaudily, as when He paints in white. - Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Monday, July 14, 2008
Nate and Jenni were gREaT hiking buddies. David kept pace for me...he was given the nickname Energizer Bunny after a hiking trip in '04. It is possible that Nate and David, who met during training with the IMB before their journeyman stints in Africa and Peru, are such good friends because they are made of the same stuff that would qualify them as "rugged gentleman." Not that we were out in the wilderness or anything, since had the trees been less dense, it's possible that we could have seen the interstate....nonetheless...it's assuring to know that if worse came to worse Nate and David could carve us a dwelling from a felled tree and would undoubtedly bring offerings of berries and nuts to Jenni and me until help should come.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
c. Music. Leslie is a music teacher. Sometimes a Bradley Reunion includes choir practice. One year she taught us Dona Nobis Pacem. It's become a sort of family anthem, if you will. Cassie had to keep the Altos on track by directing us with her hand. Though the quality can't do it justice, I had to include this video of us...though please know we did make it through the song without the bursts of laughter...I just didn't catch that on video.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
A few months ago I began a new grocery shopping 'system.' This was inspired by a number of different factors. To list a few: (1.) I HaTE shopping. (2.) I heard it could help me stretch our we-are-in-seminary food budget. (3.) Time is one of my most precious commodities.
These motivations and a few others pushed me toward the lofty goal of shopping once a month. (Ok, we do have to run in to get milk and fruit...but I hate this less than a full cart because I can use self-checking!!! Less than 20 items is my goal in shopping:) And so, I posted my little list of July Meal Options on the fridge. I made my grocery list accordingly. I took a deep breath...fought the rush hour traffic across the bridge into Indiana...and met my once-a-month friend - ALDI. I have become an increasing fan of dear ALDI ever since our first meeting back in April. Each time I wait for the cashier to turn that little screen around and show me the grand total I feel anxiety rising in my heart. But ALDI never lets me down. I continue to be amazed. I look at all that food...and all that I paid. And I am happy. So is my budget-man husband:)
Every friend has quirks. Let me list a few of hers...in case you are thinking about befriending dear ALDI too. a) I have to shop at an alternate store for many items as she is kind of particular. b) She's no snob. Not too many name brands here. c) She is very environmentally conscious. Bring your own bags or you have to pay 5C for them. Bag it yourself too. d)You have to bring a quarter to get a shopping cart. They cut costs by not having any little helpers. e) She's not a part of the Plastic Card Club. Bring cash or debit.
I feel like I should write an Ode to ALDI right now. I will refrain.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
I possess two happy gifts that make road trips more fun for me.
(1.) An ability to read, sleep, work on crafts, and eat...while in the car. i've been tempted at the Pilot stations to try my hand at cooking dinner. They now sell crock pots that plug into your lighter. I'm serious.
(2.) A husband who loves to be behind the wheel. E.g. When we drove over 7,500 miles on our trip around the West last fall...I drove about 3 miles of those 7,500 at the most...and that was usually to run to Walgreens from our hotel.
This weekend we were in the car for about 12 hours total. I picked up a book David's reading for one of his summer classes for the ride. The Walk by Michael Card. It is the story of his journey with Bill Lane, who mentored Michael Card for over 20 years. It reminded me of so many women who have journeyed with me...and encouraged me to be the one to come alongside others. Let me give you a taste. I highly recommend it...and for those already heavy laden with a book list...it was a very quick read.
"From that moment, though I barely knew him, I experienced something unique about our relationship. My ears seemed to be tuned to his voice. I am , even today, able to recall practically everything he ever said to me. It was as if God had designed my ears to receive this man's wisdom.
Bill loved to use the example of two tuning forks. 'If you take two C tuning forks, tap one and simply hold it next to the other, the one that wasn't tapped will begin to resonate. It's like that with hearts as well,' he would say. 'Sometimes when we hear God's Word, something inside our hearts starts to resonate. That is because we were created to hear His Word."