Thursday, September 25, 2008


It was a really, really fast slide. That is all.

Saturday, September 20, 2008


Someday I will post daily, not weekly.

Someday I will run again.

Someday I will finish PA school.

Someday I will have all the boxes in this house unpacked.

Someday I will have the entire house clean with no dirty laundry. Or dishes for that matter.

Someday I will read through the Bible.

Someday my posture will be better.

Someday I will read Tolstoy.


But today, right now, I am reviewing the gastrointestinal system.

And listening to Widor-- some of his organ works.

Oh, yeah, I'm going to shave the dog. This week.

Saturday, September 13, 2008


the church is having a couples retreat reunion cocktail party tomorrow. (yes im typing in lower case because i have a test on monday that i am studying for and want to save the infinitesimal amount of time that capitalization takes but i just wasted all the time i haven't saved yet andmore with this explanation.) anyway, we are going to athis cocktail party tomorrrow. it is a church party, and we are supposed to bring a bottle of wine. how do I pick the perfect bottle of wine? something that says that we are coool, but not too cool for school, and we have good taste but aren't pretentious? we're definitely bringing red, because we both like red,but there isn't just one kind that ive had that stands out to me expect the bottle i finished at jessicas which i don't remember the brand. its like choosing a name for my kid, or an oufit to wear to meet a whole bunch of new people. except there is no standby wine, updated biannually, in my kitchen. (i had to retire the shell early this time, because it came apart APPARENTLY after the drycleaners are before making it out of the drycleaner's bag. but I replaced it.)

anyway, i'm sending todd, who lived in california, to find this bottle of wine, because he is cool, but not too cool for school, and he has good taste but isn't too prententious. I *clearly* am too concerned with my image to make a good choice. and I'm humble, too.

the other problem (other than my having a test at 8 am the morning after the cocktail party) is that i have no alcohol tolerance remaining. one glass of wine has to last three hours. that's oh, let's see, a sip every half hour.

MAYBE i should send Todd to get some red food coloring, instead. we'll drink the wine we have open now, I'll food color some water, and drink the best of them under the table! Because I lived in New Orleans, right?

Todd's hammering and doing more wiring stuff today. he threatened to take out his circular saw, as well. and something about rolling up the rug. because i have a test on monday.

i'm going to study now.

love you,

Monday, September 8, 2008


Today, two rats were sited by this author. One was at the end of the street this morning. Kuyper found it first. It was clearly ill or poisoned, as it was out in broad daylight and showed no fear. It ran off when I was yelling "NO, No, NNNNOOOOO!!!" to Kuyper.

The second was in Central Park. I went there after work to finish my book. A tow-headed boy on a red bicycle with training wheels nearly collided with a rat who was trying to cross the road around the Reservior. He jumped off his bike and was all excited, trying to get his mom and her friend (or his nanny) to look for it with him, under the benches. They told him he had made it up, and he said "OK then. It was the biggest mouse I ever saw." They found this hilarious and told him he had never seen a mouse up close. He was very sweet about the whole thing. I told him that I had seen the whole thing and was proud of him for being able to stop and not hit the rat. The mom/nanny said she had been hoping he had made the whole thing up. I told her it was a very large rat indeed.

Sunday, September 7, 2008


It's very quiet around here. The storm passed last night, and we now have very low humidity with sunshine. My prestorm headache has passed... I have a mental to do list of things to do while Todd is gone-- and I've gotten some of them done.

I do have a photo for you... I'm not sure who said what... but apparently it was pretty scandalous!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Weekend, Already?

This week went by fast! I've gotten a lot read and done at work, but my house looks like there are more than two adults and one dog living here. I cleaned the toilet before I went to work today, because who wants to come home to an icky toilet? I'm a huge fan of the 2000 flushes product that inhibits mold growth. We don't have central air like y'all do; we do run a little fan in there if we are making steam, but (sigh) the mold tries to grow anyway.

Todd is on his way to see his mother. I already miss him. Just while he is away, the no-dogs-on-the-bed rule is suspended. Kuyper will also miss his hero.

I was talking with a friend today about husbands who are holes. You know, you just have to give and give and give and the hole is never filled up? I'm so grateful that mine works while I am working-- I'll ask him to sit and take a rest, but he believes that it is his job to serve me! He may not see the things I think need to be done, but he asks me. If it doesn't get to that point, I ask him if he would mind doing X.

I'm careful to elucidate a time limit, because I learned from experience that some men (naming no names) think housework should be an all day affair, and can't imagine much more drudgery than that. While I've been having my back trouble, it's been, "would you spend three minutes spraying the shower walls with this (either bleach or lavender water, depending on the mold growth in the grout) and then take your shower in there and rinse it all off?" Somehow, the results are better than "would you clean the grout in the shower?"

I wish I knew a way to convey to him how much he has blessed me.

And I couldn't think of a good gift to send with him to his mom and dad. I was going to make cookies, but it was soooo hot and humid in our house, and the air conditioner takes forever to catch up. I found t-shirts with old watercolors of Brooklyn on them. I hope they are a success. It's hard to choose a gift for someone you love but really know through someone else.

I'm really rocking through the assignments I have for this rotation. I'll finish some more, then dinner with new friends that we met at the couples retreat. They're both architects. Seems like I'm always surrounded by some!

Love you guys! Have a good weekend! I have a great picture to post, when I'm at my home computer...

Monday, September 1, 2008


It usually only happens in the South, but it happened up here, yesterday. As we were seating ourselves at church (we visited a new one yesterday) I heard a whisper behind me "ssxxss Chapman's sister."

It turned out to be a heavily pierced girl named Rachel, who knows Juli from Boston. She was here visiting friends.

And then it turns out, further, that Laura McKee is now married and her husband is on staff at the church. She has four year old twins and is in the process of adopting two more children from Ethiopia.

We're still looking for our "church home." There was a lot I liked about this one, but the commute (walk 5 blocks, 5 stops on the train, walk 5 more blocks) is long for the summer and would be brutal in bad weather, the music was whiny folk rock, and there is no air conditioning. Todd identified the location as a school cafeteria; I don't know if there is no air conditioning at all, or if the church just doesn't pay to run it. It was 85 outside and much hotter inside. I sat in front of one of the fans, which was definitely more than tolerable. Walking around afterward was rough. If I had known in advance, I would have dressed differently.

We happened to pass a restaurant named Nono. For North of New Orleans. And since we were both hungry, we decided to eat there. Todd had banana cakes, which were pretty delicious, and I had a cup of gumbo, a cup of collard greens, and a cup of cheese grits. They served cornbread, too. I wanted some of the coffee, but I was a good girl and didn't order any.

I had a hard time getting motivated to do much after the sauna/worship experience. But Todd wired our house so that the things in the bedroom can connect with the things in the living room, and we now have speakers in the bathroom, living room and bedroom. The kitchen is not large enough to have its own speakers. We're wired. I'm amazed at his ability to just do this stuff.

We've been invited to a barbecue this afternoon. It isn't really a barbecue when they call it that up here, it is some people grilling out. I'm going to be (Lord willing) productive before time to go. Please pray that I am! Lots to do here!

Love you all! Glad Dad made it home safely. It sounds rough.