Thursday, August 28, 2008

Vacation Quotable Quotes II

"Mommy, we stop?"
"Yes, Aunt Mary needs to get a ticket." (to enter the parking lot)

"Was she going too fast?"

Guess who was in the car with Mommy when she received her speeding ticket?

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Vacation Quotable Quotes I

"Mommy pushed me off the swing and then Marfa saved me." - The Boy.

I will let you fill in the story around that one.

Monday, August 18, 2008


Dog to vet
Boy and dog to parents
Beer with friend
Funeral prep
complete packing
boy and self to airport
land in NE state
drive to 2nd NE state


Oh yes... it is going to happen. And maybe even more than once.

C-ya in a week!

Street Cred

Hey all!

Just thought I'd share with my homies that TOW1 has been to church two Sundays in a row now. Last week was VBS, this week was a baptism. And THIS week they actually came in late while I was doing announcements so the entire congregation was able to turn as one, wide-eyed to see how I was handling it.

I handled it fine. Whatever.
I really have no ill-will there any more, mainly apathy with a touch of self-righteous indignation.

Feel free to commence your own indignation!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Here's a Spot for You!

As I have alluded to in earlier posts I am working on being a little more present with The Boy. Currently he will tell me to come sit on the couch and I will usually respond with, "just one minute." There will be a pause and he will then say, "Here's a spot for you!"
You can't turn that down, you just can't - and I won't. So I sit and cherish that moment knowing it will be all too soon when I am looking up on the blog just when exactly that was when he used to clear a spot for me on the couch.

In some ways I feel like I am waiting for the Holy Spirit to clear a spot for me in wherever it is that God has planned for us next. (And just a warning, the first person that comments, "patience is a virtue" will be shunned... for life). I trust in the Holy Spirit and I trust that this is not where I am called to be much longer and so like anyone who has decided that their future is not where they currently are I am anxious to move to wherever that place may be.

But Call processes are time consuming and right now we are in the prime summer vacation zone and so a lot of committees have slowed down to a crawl if they are moving at all.

It has been hard to wrap my head around the fact that I already have two strikes against me that I had no part in creating - woman (strike 1), divorced (strike 2). And yes I get that any committee that cannot look past those things does not represent a church I would want to go to anyway - blah, blah, blah....

The thing is I work with these committees and I know even good people are looking for ways - subconcious even - to taper down their lists so that they can focus their time on only the best of the best. I just want a chance to come to the table and talk. Do I think that if I had a more gender neutral name at the top of my resume I would have received more contacts - you DAMN well better believe it!

I am prime age with prime experience and background to make the step from solo pastor to Head of Staff that many men (and women) have made before me. I KNOW men (some of whom I even like) who are younger with FAR less experience who have made HUGE leaps in their careers because let's face it, they looked the part. All the committee had to sell the rest of the church on was their age. With me they will have to sell the church on my gender AND my marital status.

That sucks.

All of that said, and as anxious - and excited - as I am to see what God has in store next for my family, I continue to diligently walk through the process. I pray for the opportunity that I may not even know is about to become available. I continue to keep up the energy level in my current call. And I keep my ears open for when the Holy Spirit in the voice of a committee and congregation somewhere will say, "Here's a spot for you!"

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Just Sayin'

For me personally, the saddest thing about the John Edwards affair is that it never occurred to me that he wasn't cheating. I saw the news today and I thought, "well duh..."

Friday, August 08, 2008

Revgalblogpal Friday Five: Summer Memories Edition

1. What is your sweetest summer memory from childhood? Did it involve watermelon or hand cranked ice cream? Or perhaps a teen summer romance. Which stands out for you?

Well there were a few summers of Zen where my family could afford the beach club and those memories are awesome! I would ride my bike in the morning for swim team practice and then hang out for the rest of the day alternating between pool and ocean. This was back when sippy drinks were first starting to catch a clue and so the fruit punch would actually burn your throat! The best memories were after the majority of folks had gone home and the sun was starting to set and Dad would come in "for a dip" after work and cooking on the Hibachi at the beach. Also, playing running bases with the other kids whose families came down to eat. I always thought evenings at the beach club were the best kept secret going.

2. Describe your all time favorite piece of summer clothing. The one thing you could put on in the summer that would seem to insure a cooler, more excellent day.

Ummm.... clothing is so not my vibe but I guess I have a couple of really light-weight t-shirts that are comfie and cool (as in temperature).

3. What summer food fills your mouth with delight and whose flavor stays happily with you long after eaten?
Sweetened iced tea, sweet corn and summer sandwiches (open-faced tomato, bacon and cheese preferably with mayo).

4. Tell us about the summer vacation or holiday that holds your dearest memory.

Well when you live 5 minutes from the beach club there is no need to go on summer vacation but the cousins had a place 'down-the-shore' and those overnights with them were pretty fun; filled with mini-golf, playgrounds and good eats.

5. Have you had any experience(s) this summer that has drawn you closer to God or perhaps shown you (God's) wonder in a new way?

Just the 'one year later' markers that increasingly get easier and have me feeling much stronger. Also, The Boy and his bike.

Bonus question: When it is really hot, humid and uncomfortable, what do you do to refresh and renew body and spirit?

Find a pool, envision the ocean, rest in the a/c.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Stupid Jet Plane

So the nephew leaves tomorrow and there will be okay things about that: back to the rhythmn of things, fattening items I never buy will not be in my home, smaller grocery and gas bill... but The Boy and I are going to be bummed; although clearly we will not be as bummed as he will be and his girlfriend.

I liked having someone else here who speaks above 4 year old level (albeit mumbly). I like laughing at goofy movies and having someone else to 'cook' for. It was fun.

It is going to be really quiet around here except for what I expect to be repeated, "Where's C, Mommy, where's C? I miss him."

Me too.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Can I Plug my iPod Into My Walker?

Actual conversation with my 16 year old nephew who had plugged his iPod into my car.

Him: Aunt Will Smama! You'll know this one since it's from your era and all.
Me: My era? Would that be the paleozoic?
Him: You know what I mean, it's a golden oldie or whatever.
Me: ---deep sigh---

Styx Mr. Roboto begins to play...

Me: Ah yes, I remember the days of yore when we really had to crank the victrola in order to hear the whole song without interruption.


Him: Was a victrola one of those eight track thingy's?

Point made.
I'm just not sure by who.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Revgalblogpal Friday Five: Barricade Edition

1) How do you amuse yourself when road construction blocks your travel?

First, by calming myself down. If the traffic is VERY stopped then I have actually gotten out and hung out with the other folks that ventured out of their cars. If stop and go then I try to figure out the next available option around the traffic.

2) Have you ever locked yourself out of your house? (And do you keep an extra key somewhere, just in case?)
Yes. Right now I have people with extra keys but I really should put one around the house somewhere.

3) Have you ever cleared a hurdle? (And if you haven't flown over a material hurdle, feel free to take this one metaphorically.)
Please. I am the Queen of Hurdles - literally and metaphorically... okay, mainly metaphorically. My advice?
Just. Keep. Rowing.

4) What's your approach to a mental block?
I go on walk about or find a friend to chat with either on the computer or otherwise. A shower sometimes works too.

5) Suggest a caption for the picture above...
"So.... that Hands Across America thing.... that's still going on, right? 'Cause I'm starting to feel weird."