Tuesday, April 29, 2008
My favorite quote? If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world on fire.
I like Kathryn's, too: You are not called to perfection, but to infinite desire.
Which two saints would you like to eavesdrop on a conversation between?
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Tonight he found a solution. A Nerf dart gun.
He's good. He gets a bullseye four out of five times - and pop, the lights go out. It is, as he would say, a mad skill.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
The Boy understands that good stew begins with well browned meat, and this requires high heat. And flames. And oil. And...a small grease fire. Well, it doesn't need that last, but it happened. Twice.
I came home, with deli sandwich makings in hand, to a somewhat subdued Barnacle Boy. "I cried after each fire, Mom," he confessed. Reassured that he was still loved in spite of the incendiary experience, we undertook a post-mortem. The stew flambe, in fact, looked terrific, we put the dough in the 'fridge for a second rising and voila - dinner for tomorrow!
Prayer is a good thing. It may have kept my house from burning down.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
If you need to blow your nose a hundred times in a day (don't ask) the following rating scale might help - from worst to best.
Overall, I'm glad to be feeling better tonight. I apologized to Math Man if I'd been a cranky convalescent. "Not cranky," he allowed, as I breathed a sigh of relief, "more whiny, I think!"
- KimWipes (scientists will know this one)
- generic tissues
- Kleenex cold (the citrate in it kills viruses, but is NOT kind to tender skin, there is only so much I'll sacrifice for public health)
- linen handkerchiefs
- Kleenex regular
- cotton lawn handkerchiefs
- Puffs with lotion
Friday, April 18, 2008
Tonight I'm sitting on the sofa, enjoying the cool breeze drifting through the sun room windows and reading. If I had more energy I go upstairs and get the yarn I bought in New Orleans at the Quarter Stitch (in the French quarter -- where else?). A fellow knitting chemist pointed me that way, noting that I wouldn't want to open the bag. She's right! Colorful ribbons, lovely tissue paper and confetti inside....
Thursday, April 17, 2008
I drove up Tuesday afternoon to see my spiritual director at the old Jesuit novitiate in Wernersville. I had a glorious walk - including a round through the cemetery (inspired by Stratoz). There were only a couple of other guests in the house, including a visiting Franciscan, a guest director for the retreat to begin in a couple of days.
Just before dinner, I'd been on the computer on the first floor...and startled when the visiting director came through the door looking for the computer. A bit of guilt do we think? I promised to be done in a moment.
I was enjoying my tea after dinner, reading a terrific article in Commonweal about anchoresses and reveling in being momentarily unneeded when I realized my Franciscan friend was standing next to me. "Could you please tell me the password to the computer?" A bit of IT help was fair penance for my earlier indulgence.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Fluffy had a gift for me, too. She left it on the doormat, all four paws to the sky. Welcome home!
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Beignets eaten: 10 (really, 10)
Miles walked: 10.4
Hours in meetings: 19.5
Blisters: 3 (never wear a new pair of pumps)
New hats: 2 (one staid, one not)
A lovely time, but still, I'm glad to be going home!
Sunday, April 06, 2008
Tonight I took my graduate student to dinner to celebrate surviving his first talk at a national meeting on his research. We walked to Cafe du Monde after dinner. If you're counting, that would 4 beignets for the day. Stay tuned. Will I get up early enough tomorrow to walk down for some?
A few years ago, we shared the Anaheim convention center with a cheerleading competition. You'd come 'round a corner and find a dozen kids stacked on top of one another, smiling for all they were worth. An odd pairing - a colleague and I kept being asked in the elevator which group our daughters cheered for.
Yesterday, about 15 minutes after I arrived, I ran into one of the recent ACS presidents in the elevator. We chatted for a minute about my chemistry blog, and when I said I'd be blogging the interesting edges of the meeting, he asked if I knew what other group was here with us. "Uh...no.." "It's too much," he said, as he sped off to his next event.
Going back up to my room later, the elevator was packed with women in black t-shirts. I asked what conference they were at. "We're here for ( ). It's an in-home sale party company." Making what I thought was a reasonable guess based on the name of the company on the t-shirts, I asked if they sold pajamas. No. As one of them put it diplomatically, "we sell romance enhancement products." Oh. OH! At that moment, to my great relief, the doors of the elevator opened on my floor.
I'm not sure anything else at this meeting will be that interesting or on the edge!
Thursday, April 03, 2008
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
What is your model of the church? [Dulles]
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Your model of the church is Sacrament. The church is the effective sign of the revelation that is the person of Jesus Christ. Christians are transformed by Christ and then become a beacon of Christ wherever they go. This model has a remarkable capacity for integrating other models of the church.