Saturday, December 22, 2007

Back in the land of Cheese...

...and Beer (as my husband reminds me).

I am pleased to announce that Chris is done with is penultimate semester of law school. There is only one semester left (and that pesky bar exam but who's counting). I'm so proud of him for getting this far already. Yay!

Chris and I drove to WI yesterday in hopes of beating the storm that is supposed to hit WI today and tomorrow. We did miss the storm, BUT we hit some of the worst fog we've had to drive in. Or rather, Chris has had to drive in. But the roads were dry so while it was not fun it went fine. It was really interesting driving through the fog, not being able to see anything around you and listening to Christmas music. And then every so often a light would appear in the darkness...it was cool.

We are now in full Christmas mode. Most of the shopping is done and most of it is wrapped. I've still got my Christmas letters but that is going to be late anyway. And that's ok.

That's all that's going on really. Merry Christmas everyone! I'll try to keep up to date.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The Pastor's Ass

The pastor entered his donkey in a race and it won. The pastor was so pleased with the donkey that he entered it in the race again, and it won again. The local paper read:

PASTOR'S ASS OUT FRONT

The Bishop was so upset with this kind of publicity that he ordered the pastor not to enter the donkey in another race. The next day, the local paper headline read:

BISHOP SCRATCHES PASTOR'S ASS

This was too much for the bishop, so he ordered the pastor to get rid of the donkey. The pastor decided to give it to a nun in a nearby convent. The local paper, hearing of the news, posted the following headline the next day:

NUN HAS BEST ASS IN TOWN

The bishop fainted. He informed the nun that she would have to get rid of the donkey, so she sold it to a farmer for $10. The next day the paper read:


NUN SELLS ASS FOR $10

This was too much for the bishop, so he ordered the nun to buy back the donkey and lead it to the plains where it could run wild. The next day the headlines read:

NUN ANNOUNCES HER ASS IS WILD AND FREE

The bishop was buried the next day. The moral of the story is . . . being concerned about public opinion can bring you much grief and misery . . even shorten your life. So be yourself and enjoy life. Stop worrying about everyone else's ass and you'll be a lot happier and live longer!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Random thoughts.

* By Wednesday all my church related activities should be wrapped up until 2008, which is a beautiful thing. I'll probably go into church on the 30th but Sunday School is still off so there won't be anything to do but go to church.

* Chris' finals are this week after a long week of studying and worrying. He has one tomorrow, Tuesday and Thurs and his big paper due Friday. After that, the bliss of break. I hope he can relax and enjoy the time off, but if he wanted to start looking for jobs that'd be ok too.

* I missed a party on Friday night. I was looking forward to learning to play guitar hero too. I wanted to go but spent the day Christmas shopping and when I got myself home I couldn't quite muster the strength to brave the cold again. I think, looking back, that it was the start of the cold that finally reared its mucous-y head today. I'm still on the downward slide but hopeful it will be short and relatively painless and that I can still get my to-do list done, but we'll just see. I also hope not to give it to Chris.

* I did get to see Enchanted on Friday though, before the shopping started (early matinees are great!). I really enjoyed the movie. It was definately cute and a parody of fairy tales and yet there was a defense of them as well. Very cute, and McDreamy is well...you know.

* 3.5 presents and some misc stocking stuffers yet to get this week. Everything else still needs wrapping but that is easy enough. The holiday card is written, but not printed and I'm still working on tracking down all the addresses, but the process is coming along. My cold is slowing it down though, as is the lack of adorable baby pictures to include. Either that or I need to find Santa hats for the cats, but they probably wouldn't like that.

* Why is it that pay dryers never seem to dry in one load, causing you to have to spend more money. Oh to have a washer and dryer of my own. And is it sad to long for them with such a strange grown-up passion. Hmmmm. Nope, I can't help it. I still do.

* What cookies shall I make for the annual family cookie decorating contest? I'm not sure, I'll just have to wait for inspiration to strike.

* Which one wins for best Christmas show - The Grinch?, Charlie Brown?, Rudolph? They are all so great.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

A holiday song...

On the Twelfth day before Christmas, my true love said to me....

Ack! a 12 page paper.
11 tons of notes.
10 minute naps.
9 more days of finals.
8 mental meltdowns.
7 pots of coffee
6 "I-can't-do-this"
5 degrees outside
4 bottles of eyedrops
3 tests to take
2 holiday concerts
and
1 more semester to go!

Poor Chris - home studying all week and going slightly crazy. I am right there with him. LIfe is crazy and both of us can't wait for law school to be over. It doesn't make for a very festive advent. Keep going Goat - you can do it!

Monday, December 10, 2007

The Trifecta of Monday-ness

1. Dr's Appointment - routine yet annoying.
2. Personnel year end review - ditto.
3. 2 evening/night meetings - ditto.

Numbers 1 and 2 have gone well so far though, so it could be a much worse Monday!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

The Canyonero

One quick story about this weekend. We had to rent a car and we had a free upgrade coupon so we used it and we ended up with this giagantic SUV - a Jeep Commander I believe. All weekend long this was all we could think about and we sang along as we barreled in this huge machine down the highways.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Processing

I think after attending any funeral you do some processing. I know that this can be true for me. You think about life and death and how you might want to be remembered. In a situation where the person whose life you are remembering has made some significant mistakes in their life, it can be more confusing still. I'm still processing and will probably tell the travel stories about this weekend seperately but for now, some general observations about funerals from an attendee and a pastorally inclinded person.

1. I think it is important to acknowledge the sinner/saint paradox in funerals. We all sin and fall short of the glory of God. That is true for all people. When there is some pain caused by the deceased that the family or friends may be feeling it is even more important to remind people that 1. We are all sinners. and 2. Undeserving of God's grace. I don't want to depress funerals too much. Obviously they can be said already but I think it is crucial to acknowledge that even while lauding the person and their wonderful traits. Because if you don't acknowledge our sinfulness you can't get to the second point.

2. God's grace is bigger than we can imagine. None of us deserve it but it is given freely to those of us who believe. Go immediately to Go, collect $200. God's grace is the reason that funerals need not be sad and while we can grieve the loss of the person we should fully acknowledge God's grace during funerals, because afterall, without it we are ALL screwed.

3. Speaking of Grace, funerals and death can bring out amazing grace from others. I saw people this weekend speak full of love and respect for a man who hurt them deeply. They were able to forgive wrongs and act with grace and dignity in a situation that could have been confusing. One example is Chris' grandmother, his Grandfather's first wife. She visited him regularly and almost constantly when he was dying so he wouldn't have to be alone, despite the fact that he had left her for his mistress many years ago. She was relegated to the back room at the visitation and did not sit with the family up front. His current wife on the other hand did not come to either the visitation or funeral nor had she visited him in the hospital in his last days. Instead of being bitter or angry she greeted old friends with grace and joy and accepted what role she was given. She supported her grieving daughters and all of us. I could go on, but really it was beautiful. I should be so luck to have that ability to forgive and celebrate and grieve with grace.

4. Sometimes grief shows up in the actual loss of the person, but just as often there is grief in the loss of what could have or should have been. You greive because he no longer has any opportunity to become the husband, or father, or grandfather, or friend that he *should* have been all along. I think that this can be an even harder type of grief to experience because it not only involves the death of a person but the death of an ideal as well.

5. Regardless of grief, whenever family gathers there certainly going to be some hilarious moments. It is nice to be able to temper some sad and stressful times with the opportunity to gather as a family.

I think I'll post some of the humorous, frustrating and just plain weird aspects of this weekend but I wanted to get those thoughts down first. It has been an interesting whirlwind of days here lately and I don't want to forget.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Northwest

What kind of genius does it take to NOT snowplow the damn plane into the terminal. Duh?

Greetings from North Carolina. Rest assured that there will be stories later this week.