Not as Nice to My Husband
One of my favorite things about Fresh Market is their selection of specialty chocolate bars. I don't shop there often, so when I do, I usually pick up a goodie for each family member. Yesterday I had 5 assorted chocolate bars in my cart, and I... Read more
Your Little Portion
If you ever want to feel your blood pressure go down, just spend some time talking to a Franciscan.
A young woman from our church entered the religious life several years ago, and every summer when she comes home for a visit with her parent... Read more
"... and up" - I'm nearly there???
A few weeks ago, I took a Praxis exam to see if I had specific knowledge and expertise to add another endorsement to my teaching certificate.
After I received my (passing) score via email, I got a second email asking me to take a brief onli... Read more
The Hardest Work of All... Resting
A few weeks ago, on the morning of the semi-finals of the Boston competition, I woke up with a horrible, itchy rash all over me from the neck down to the mid-thigh. Here's a small sample of what it looked like.
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This past Saturday I ran the fifth race in our summer race series. Only ten hours earlier, I had arrived home on a train from a 10-day trip to Boston and New York City, so I was tired. The sticky heat of Virginia seemed oppressive. And here I... Read more
Lightening My Load
A little over a year ago, I started having problems with pain in my right elbow and arm. It was so bad at times that I couldn't play the piano or pick up my backpack. Several things were causing this, but today I'd like to talk about one thing... Read more
I write a lot of blogs about the struggle to push onward and try my best in all things. It's hard to do when failure is one of the possible outcomes. Who relishes the idea of putting in hard work, only to have a disappointing result? Of cours... Read more
Why Am I Doing This to Myself?
This morning I ran the fourth race in my running club's local summer race series. It's a very hilly 5K. Brutal. Here's the elevation chart, taken from my RunKeeper. Notice it starts AND finishes uphill. Does that count as "uphill both ways?... Read more
Inconvenience, Reflection, Realization
A few nights ago, my husband went to take his bedtime shower. He had just gotten wet when the water cut off. (Fortunately, he hadn't soaped up yet.)
Troubleshooting in the basement revealed that there was power going to the well pump. Un... Read more
Sharing Our Talents
Saturday, my husband and I assisted at a funeral Mass and burial. I was the pianist & vocalist, and he, as an ordained deacon, gave the sermon and later performed the graveside service.
My husband doesn't assist at every funeral, but he di... Read more
Inspiration from Rashad Jennings
If you are an NFL or Dancing with the Stars fan, you probably know who Rashad Jennings is. He is an NFL running back, most recently playing for the NY Giants. Then a couple of weeks ago, he won the mirrorball trophy on Dancing with the Stars. ... Read more
Whoever Thought of Doing THAT?
My daughter and her best friend brought home some Oreos from the store today, but they weren't regular old Oreos. They were "Fireworks" Oreos. Someone got the idea to mix generic "Pop Rocks" candies into the creamy white filling. They were in... Read more
Yay, Rachel!!!! We Can Help Her Out! VOTE!
I watched Rachel Cheung's Cliburn semifinal recital yesterday. I wrote in my "Last Woman Standing" blog that Schumann's Kreisleriana has never been a piece I like, but hers was the first time ever that I actually LISTENED the whole way through ... Read more
"Champions Don't Have Time to Procrastinate"
It's 3 PM and I'm sitting in line at the DMV waiting to register the car we just bought last night. I work in town so I actually came around lunchtime first, on my lunch hour. The line just to get a number was 8 people out the door! I've been... Read more
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Last Woman Standing
The twelve Cliburn semifinalists have been announced. One woman, Rachel Cheung from Hong Kong, remains. She has been my favorite woman since the preliminaries, so I'm very glad I get a chance to hear her again.
In this round, each conte... Read more