Friday, March 09, 2007


The color of the walls in our house are supposed to be a "peach" color, but it looks more like the color of flesh to me - which kind of weirds me out. Personally, I prefer decorating with shades of brown or blue. I also like the color red. Flesh. Nuh uh. No. Envision silly putty smeared on the walls. I'll try to ignore the flesh color for now, but I have the instinctual urge to smear a little rouge here and there.

The kitchen, on the other hand, looks like the insides of a lemon meringue pie (my favorite pie). Again, not my number one choice in color, but I can live with it. I could do without the funky wallpaper border, though. Get this - it's a repeated picture of a bird perched on a basket of fruit that is set behind a halved watermelon. I can understand wanting to put pictures of fruit around the kitchen. Really, I can. Why the inclusion of a bird in the scene? If a bird was sitting next to the exposed flesh of a watermelon that I might eat, that fruit would be in the trash expeditiously. Do you realize, people, what kind of bacteria a bird carries? Some birds have parasites and junk. What if it pooped on the watermelon? What was this artist thinking?

Thankfully, the bedrooms are a nice boring cream color (you know - the color Selene and I pained over my beautiful brown bedroom in back in Oregon). Once we put up our pictures, that will help!

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Ten Things Times Two

Ten Things that have happened over the past two months in no particular order:

10. Pastor of our church resigned (yes – the very church in Austin that we relocated from Oregon for because Poetroad accepted the “Director of Worship and Arts” position here)

9. Brazilian waxed myself

8. Ice storm in Austin

7. Found out that a close friend is pregnant with her third child

6. Got lost six or more times in and around Austin

5. Joined a church

4. Was in charge of the “ambiance” for the Women’s Retreat (that means I planned and executed the d├ęcor from the “stage” to the retreat booklets)

3. Tutored a friend to help her pass an important test

2. Two year old began potty training; lots of potty on the floor, little training

1. 5th Grade Science Fair

Ten things I’m looking forward to in the next few months:

10. Spring break

  1. Visit from parents
  1. Visit from friends from Oregon
  1. Summer break
  1. Meeting new friends
  1. Bird sightings
  1. Spring storms
  1. Getting in shape
  1. Going to the beach

1. Going to the beach!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Document That

Pardon me for getting political, but I read a letter to the editor yesterday that made me chuckle. The gist of the letter is that Al Gore is, and I cringe to use this word, a hypocrite. Gasp!

Right up front, I have to admit that I have not verified these facts (and perhaps am dangerously close to taking the path that Gore has taken…no, not the failed presidential wanna be path – the “H” path). However, even if the numbers are not exactly on target, it is easy for me to believe that the letter writer is on the right path. Basically, Mr. Gore made a little (Oscar winning) documentary in which he exposes the truth about global warming. And his other face sits comfortably in front of the (natural gas?) fire in his 20 room mansion in Tennessee.

Here’s the thing: I am all for success, and I don’t think it’s a crime that the rich live well. But it takes oodles of electricity and gas to heat and cool (and electrify) a house that large. Regardless of where his theoretical dollars go to pay for the theoretical “carbon credits,” we all know that the energy that his house uses is the same energy that Joe Schmo uses in the house next door to Mr. Gore’s.

It just goes to show that there are hypocrites in every discipline. In fact, I think I’d be hard pressed to inspect any group of “believers” (and I use that in the loosest sense of the word as I can) and not find a hypocrite or two (or a bunch). Whenever a person or a group of people make an effort to define what it is that they believe, stand for, pursue in life (whether it be “Up for Orphans” or the “Vegan Pets” society – or a religion), they run a risk of occasionally not being able to conduct their affairs according to that system of beliefs. Some will have a more difficult time than others adhering to the “guidelines,” too. If a person blatantly, egregiously, and continually lives a life counter to that system of beliefs, then I would question whether or not that person actually believes in what he says he does.

But the fact that any sect is rife with hypocrites doesn’t negate a cause or belief. So what if Al Gore is a hypocrite? I’ll still manically recycle. I can’t “un-born” my children (sorry folks – I guess I’ll have to wear the “breeder” label with pride), but I’ll still live in a smaller house than I could, I’ll still let my house get a little cooler or warmer than I can afford, and I’ll continue to modify my lifestyle in other ways because I believe that humans should do what they can to slow down global warming.

And I’ll still go to church even though I know that there are disciples of Christ (even high profile ones) who are hypocrites. Much to my chagrin, I myself have been guilty of being a hypocrite a time or two. However, I believe in the cause of Christ more - so much so that I’ll do everything I can do to live a life of integrity even though it’s pretty much guaranteed that I’ll miss the mark again. Now wouldn’t that be a scandalous documentary?!

Tuesday, March 06, 2007


Either Poetroad loves me...or he really loves me because this year for Valentines day I received the sentimental "Yellow Rose" (of Texas...) bouquet AND a beautiful ring (and and AND - he bought the matching, yet more manly, ring for himself). Poetroad said the roses commemorate our first year of our Texas adventure. The ring symbolizes that this is a journey of faith we are taking together (which I've felt written on my heart since September).

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Monday, March 05, 2007

Achieving Balance

My two year old produced this piece. Perfectly balanced bath toys. Yes, I know these aren't rocks. Still, I think she should stack more things around the house to balance the Qi (Chi) of the place. Or the cheese. Yeah, we probably have more cheese than Qi around here.

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