Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Long Time Ago

A long time ago, I was a reporter. I would talk to strangers and tell their stories.
Reporters rarely come to your door when something good has happened, so most of the time, these were tales of utter heartbreak.
I cannot believe how many strangers let me stand with them and ask them questions during the worst hours of their life. I always felt honored and thankful when someone was willing to share their story with me.
The only reason I bring this up now is to say I remember them. I remember flashes of our conversation --- sitting on their couch, standing in their hallway, admiring a handmade piece of artwork that hung on the wall.
It's an odd collection of memories.
I hope all these years and days later peace has come upon these people and they have happiness in their life.


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Like A Dorm, But Different

My grandpa (all on his own) found an apartment in a retirement community. He is really excited about it. Tonight my parents took a tour and met a few of the residents, including an 87-year-old with a treadmill in her room. She told my folks that her kids insisted she move into the retirement community 6 years ago when her daughter and son-in-law caught her on her roof cleaning out the gutters. I think grandpa is going to have fun.


Monday, November 28, 2011

Lucky Table

The only reason we ever went to Bingo was to make my grandma happy. She loved bingo. Of course, we always had fun and sometimes we even won money. But one of my cousins, the youngest who lives out of state, was never old enough to join us. We'd try to sneak her in, but a 16-year-old really stands out in a bingo hall. Finally, finally, tonight, Lindsey got her chance to play bingo. She didn't win. But my grandpa, uncle and cousin's boyfriend all walked away with cash in hand.


Wednesday, November 23, 2011


Wednesday = Cooking
Thursday = Eating
Friday = Shopping


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Procrastinators Anonymous

Annual meeting Wednesday night at the grocery store.


Monday, November 21, 2011

It's Here

Postpone or power through? Every deadline I come across creates this quandary, even the ones that absolutely can't be moved ~ like this week's Thanksgiving + Black Friday duo.


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Where Laughter Lives

I don't remember the last time I got to sit across from Sheila's beautiful face. Today, we spent four hours sitting at her mom's kitchen table talking and laughing. It's a scene we have repeated countless times. For this reason, the kitchen table is my favorite place in her parents' home. Actually, it's my favorite place in most homes.


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Beautiful Day

Sweet Eden Grace, the miracle baby, was baptized today. It was glorious, and it felt like a miracle upon a miracle. A beautiful baby, a beautiful sacrament. Our hearts rejoiced.


Friday, November 18, 2011


Yesterday, I entered a raffle, and today I found out I won a diet book.


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Shop With Purpose

This is my wish: That everyone brave enough to shop on Black Friday will be generous enough to buy one present, just one, for someone in need.


Wednesday, November 16, 2011


John sent me this text today: "Laughing hysterically at Erin's cat hair finger post." On the off chance that you'd like to laugh, too, go here.

You'll learn why cat people have a reputation for being bizarre.  


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Currently ...

There is an empty dresser blocking the doorway to a room I like to call the lost cause. I wish I was making this up.


Monday, November 14, 2011

Christmas is Coming

My chest feels tight with anxiety, and I'm having trouble sleeping. This is how I know the holidays are roaring down the tracks. Seems like the opposite effect anticipating Advent should have.


Sunday, November 13, 2011


Not many compliments can be paid to the dreaded first day of the week, except this: Mondays are made for clean slates, starting over, trying again. God bless them.


Saturday, November 12, 2011


We don't often drink soda, but for some reason we've had two bottles of coke in our refrigerator forever. I'm not even sure where they came from. But today, I decided to drink one. I later realized it expired November 2, 2009. Turns out, you can drink expired soda although it does taste a little flat.


Friday, November 11, 2011

Welcome Home

My parents are international super stars. They've been touring Italy since Halloween. Which as a Catholic means visiting lots of churches, seeing the heads and fingers of saints and saying hello to the Pope. They may miss Italy, and Italy may miss them. But now they are home. Where they belong.


Thursday, November 10, 2011

X Factor

I don't watch this show, but I saw these two videos today and loved them. The first made me smile, the second made me cry.


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Pin Pricks

Half my back lit up like a Christmas tree after being pricked with more than 70 allergens. The doctor recommended I don't start my own lawn mowing business since I'm allergic to practically every grass, several trees and multiple weeds.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Problem Solving

The Rubik's cube is still torturing me. That is all.


Monday, November 7, 2011


I need to go to bed earlier. Which means I really need to spend less time staring into space.


Sunday, November 6, 2011


If we are going to take the time to change our clocks, I don't know why we limit ourselves to one hour. I say, we give ourselves two extra weeks, clean all our closets and catch up on chores. Imagine, everyone would feel super prepared and relaxed for the holidays.


Saturday, November 5, 2011

New Things

"Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions." ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

When did you last try something new?


Friday, November 4, 2011

The Last Romance

Every time I go to the theater, I think, "Why don't we do this more?" And then I remember. Every play is sad. Even the ones that are supposed to be happy are sad.
Tonight, we saw "The Last Romance."
My mom gave us the tickets, and before accepting, I asked, "Does it have a happy ending?"
"Yes, I believe it does."
When we arrived at the San Jose Rep, the cheerful lady at the door said the show is, "Great. Light and fluffy."
It was great, but I'm convinced theater people have a warped definition of happily ever after.


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Finally Fall

The sky was filled with leaves, but they were all falling up. Whirling up and away with the wind. It was amazing.


Wednesday, November 2, 2011


Today I was given a Rubik's cube. It was perfect. In less than 10 seconds, I totally screwed it up. Some people have a mind for this six-sided puzzle, but I do not. Instantly the thing reminded me of life. Simple, but complicated with many sides to solve.


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

All Saints

In this life, we are the runners and the cheerleaders. There's no time for sitting on the sidelines if we want to finish the race as saints. 


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