Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Bookstores and Caramel Brownies

Today, we (Mim, Abby, Hannah, Daniel, and I) went on a small road trip to Hearts and Minds Bookstore in Dallastown, PA. Never heard of it? Look it up online! It is fabulous in all respects (minus the green Santa). In other events, we nearly hit a mattress on 83. No joke. A mattress appeared out of nowhere and we nearly hit it. We also listened to Patty Griffin, The Wailin Jennys, and Sara Groves. At sandwiches, pretzels, and fudge while riding in the car. Spent 1.5 hours in the bookstore wandering. Christened a gps system "Toto" which had a propensity to desire a clear, unobstructed view of the sky. I killed it. We also stopped at One Good Woman for tea. The day ended with a long nap and Return of the King.

Perfect. Beautiful day.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve For Certain

"There's only one more sleep till Christmas Day!"
"Merry Christmas!'

Currently Reading:
The many children's books we have floating around from years past
A City in Winter by Mark Helprin
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (or at least parts of it)
A Christmas Carol by Dickens (or at least parts of it)

Currently Listening To:
Gretchen and Jen on the piano
Amy Grant Christmas
The Nutcracker
Sara Groves Christmas
Wrapping paper be all twisted out of shape and decorated for the morrow
Gretchen and Isaac discussing the play

Currently Watching:
A White Christmas
Muppet Christmas Carol
Veggie Tales
Our Christmas tree have its lights stay on all the time
The rain come down and freeze on the trees

Currently Drinking:
Raspberry Earl Grey Tea

I am so blessed to be here right now. I love home.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


I cannot find a better way to say what I feel than this song:


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Gyst Book: An RA Vignette

Each morning during the week days, I am required to go to the Redifer Commons office and sign the "Gyst" book (Get-Your-Stuff-Together) to let them know that I'm alive and checked my mail and all of that. Each morning I go fairly early to get it done before my first class and wish a cheerful "Good Morning!" to the administrative staff. They are truly lovely people and I almost look forward to getting up and seeing them everyday. Today, it is the Tuesday of finals week. I did not have an early class so I slept in to an appalling hour, got up, studied for my French final, wrote my paper, ate a late lunch and showered, only venturing down the hill to Redifer at 12:15, a good four hours after my normal appearance. I was greeted with "You're late this morning!" I laughed and said, "Well, it is finals week!" And I was told that Tim, an RA from another building, has been trying to show up before me each morning to beat me to the gyst book. So far, he has not succeeded even though I was unaware of the challenge to my early morning domination. Until this week. He's come at 8:15 everyday this week and I lazily slept until 9 or 10 in the morning before starting my day. Amazing. So I've been challenged and they are expecting me at 8am tomorrow to hold my own as the first in the office each day.

So good. I haven't stopped laughing yet!

Thursday, December 04, 2008

A lovely picture

This is my favorite from Thanksgiving Break. Truly elegant. I have a lovely family.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Unexpected Joy

This has been an unexpected beginning to the final two weeks of school and finals and Christmas. The world can change unalterably in a few moments, a few words.

I did not compose a Thanksgiving post perse though my last one comes very close to what I would have communicated. I am thankful that Thanksgiving is how we begin Advent and I am thankful that my reading has been dominated by the final chapters of Mark, Hebrews, Psalms, and "The Gospel for Real Life" by Jerry Bridges. Maryn had study at her place last night and we watched The Passion. I was moved. I have more questions than I can ever understand answers to. Am I seeking answers though? A weak pursuit. No. I pursue my Savior, before whose face "all questions fade away" as Orual declares.

The time in Georgia with the family was extraordinarily lovely. "We are rather an opinionated family," my mother declared. Emma snorted, "Well, YEAH!" (grins) I love us.

The work has been tolerable so far. No great fear of failure setting in yet, primarily because of English class which remains my constant educational delight. I will sincerely miss "Mack", as my prof likes to be called, next semester.

I was also reminded while at home how much I actually miss it. It was lovely to see the crew from highschool, to run into them in the hallways at church, to finally hold Sarah's baby for a few moments, to eat chocolate cake in our kitchen and bum around in the room with Hannah. Christmas is going to be lovely. I have a lot of catching up to do with many. "Something to hold onto".

It doesn't quite feel like Christmas though Allen St is all that is lovely. Soon though.