Saturday, October 31, 2009


I have the reading gene.  I can't help it.  Granted, I also don't WANT to help it. 

When I think back to being a kid, I can remember my Daddy reading.  He read while he ate dinner.  He read in the bathroom.  He read in bed.  He read... well, he read everywhere.  The only time I can remember him not reading is when he was on the computer.  Then, go back a generation, and you have my Papaw.  He read his Bible constantly.  That Bible is tattered to bits and covered in his scrawl.  Go back one more generation to my great grandfather, and you get to the good story.

He spent the summer selling his used books.  Then he spent the money on new books.  When it got cold he hibernated in a cabin and read.  Summer came and he sold those books, bought more, and started over. Now, don't go thinking this made him some quiet scholarly type.  He was once kicked off a farm for impregnating BOTH of the farmer's daughters.  He abandoned his children after their mother was run out of town.  He was found, dead, on some railroad tracks.  Odds are, someone killed him.  And, odds are, he deserved it.  But, hey, the man liked to read.

Now, here I am, never without at least one book.  Seldom without three.  My purse has two compartments.  One holds my wallet and keys, etc...  The other holds a notebook, a journal, a book on writing, a novel and usually one or two other books of some kind.  Welcome to my world.


Friday, October 30, 2009

Friday Felcities 10/30/09

Friday Felicities in honor of Natalie and hosted by Becky.

Elliot Smith
Regina Spektor
Trunk or Treat
Cinnamon Pecan Straws
Diet Mountain Dew Ultra Violet
Being in the newspaper
Opening a pretty new journal
CS Lewis' Space Trilogy
iTunes gift card from Greg
Reading Oz to my boys
Family plans tonight
Starbucks with friends at 6 AM
Halloween candy
Letting the poem out
Sweet words about me from hubby


Friday, October 23, 2009

Friday Felcities 10/23/09

It is a rainy dreary day here. I am thinking about the couch and last nights DVR-ed TV shows. First, however, it is time to honor Natalie's memory by praising God for the blessings of the past week, the little ones. These are the things that bring a smile to our faces. Join us by visiting the Mr. Linky over at Becky's.

Friday Felcities

Haydn drawing at his desk
David's good school week
"Grateful" with the boys
Corey at home
My gray sweater
Bright blue ink
US's worst dressed list
Fiona Apple
My fave place to write at church
Unexpected gifts
Sarah Dessen books
Curling up under a quilt Mom made
Scripture texted to me


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A Bit Like a Jungle

I am sitting at church, surrounded by plants and sunlight. It feels a bit like a jungle. I like sitting here with my computer. I get more done. If I try to work at home, I get distracted by the 5 billion other things I need/want to be doing. It is like a line from one of Fiona Apple's songs, "Home is where my habits have a habitat."

I have been editing Corey's midterm. He has done a great job of spacing out his work over this semester, so far, and doing tasks one at a time. This midterm was a tough one though, and the poor man didn't sleep at all last night. There is just so much going on in our lives all at one time, good and bad things. All leads to stress. Anyhow, I read through his papers when he finishes and correct his sleep-deprived typos. I must say, I do not miss writing academic papers. They are not nearly as much fun as poems and essays and journaling.

I am about to head over to Main ARTery, where I am teaching today. My mind is on Natalie. I am going to read a piece I wrote about her. Our topic today is unsent letters.


Tuesday, October 13, 2009


There are some that only employ words for the purpose of disguising their thoughts. - Voltaire

Friday, October 9, 2009

Friday Felcities 10/9/09

In memory of Nattie-Pie and run, lovingly, by Becky.

Friday Felicities

Poetry books
3/4 sleeves
5 AM laughter
Round Table Discussions
David's excitement about the Pumpkin Patch
Modern Family


Saturday, October 3, 2009

Currently: It's Fall Y'all

Current Books: I just finished The Shack. We will be discussing it at book group, Monday night. I can't wait. I am about halfway through Just Listen by Sarah Dessen. Seems she has a couple of new books out that I need to check the library for. I also read the first two books in Lewis' space trilogy, Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra. And, I am about to start week 17 in Disciple I. I think we are headed into the New Testament.

Current Playlist: Derek Webb. Jennifer Knapp.

Current Shame-Inducing Guilty Pleasure: Ice cream

Current Color: Chocolate brown and aqua blue.

Current Fetish: Poetry activities

Current Food: Pizza rolls. So not healthy.

Current Drink: Diet Pepsi.

Current Favorite Favorite: My husband, who is carrying the weight of our world on his shoulders. He is a truly amazing man.

Current Wishlist: Bathroom rugs and bookshelves

Current Needs: Dental work and our house to sell

Current Trimph: Completing 3 weeks of Yoga

Current Bane-of-my-Existence: A recurring headache that I cannot find the cause of

Current Celebrity Crush: McSteamy

Current Indulgence: Being lazy today

Current Mood: Content with bouts of stress-induced worry.

Current #1 Blessing: The 3 boxes delivered from yesterday.

Current Slang or Saying: It happens.

Current Outfit: Dark-wash Levis, a red tee and black flip-flops

Current Link: Jennifer Knapp is back.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Friday Felcities 10/2/09

Friday Felicities

Amazon deliveries
Haydn reading ET
24 oz Diet Pepsi
Corey getting to eat at Edna's
Mailing funny greeting cards
The Shack
Facebook connecting me to friends
Baby cuddles
David having four 'blue' days
Book fair
Binders and notebooks and pens
My Mom chatting on Facebook
Carrie texting to Mom's status (LOL)
Haydn getting my jokes
Yoga for release
God's Word

Join us! Hop over to Becky's and sign the Mr. Linky!


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