Monday, December 28, 2009


I sat down here at the computer and thought that I should post something on my blog. Opening up the page I asked myself what I should write. This troubled me... in fact, it still troubles me. What has been going on in my head? Usually I write about whatever I have been contemplating. However, my mind seems rather blank. Not that I haven't been thinking on things. They just aren't things that I feel are complete enough or interesting enough to share. But here's a brief list of what's been going on in my head.

  • Boggle (I lose and lose and lose...)
  • Lilias Trotter on the Light of Christ (Jen gave me a neat book!)
  • Decaffeinated teas (I bought some)
  • The 3000 piece puzzle in our basement (lots of green bushes)
  • Hotels and trains in Istanbul (why do I care?)
  • My next mailing (I'm procrastinating)
  • The SAT scores of my students (they aren't posted yet!)
  • Cutting my dog's toenails (it needs done)
  • Making jewelry (my sister's the one doing this)
  • Sewing shoulder bags (very fun fabric)
  • George MacDonald (reading and enjoying)
  • Writing poetry (my sister insists that it can't be melancholy)

Sunday, December 20, 2009


Still adjusting.
Drinking water from the tap.
No limits on the number of amps available.
Toilet paper in the toilet, not the trash can.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Midterm Exams

Tomorrow Midterm Exams start. Now most American schools don't give first graders a Midterm Exam, but here we do. There would be no way to convince a parent that their kid is failing unless they fail some major test. And even then, they will argue and beg for their kid's grade to be raised from the failing 36% to a passing 70%. "But really, Miss, my son is sooo clever!" they claim. Parents are never biased about their own children.

But my kids should do well, I think. We've reviewed extensively. I've repeated myself over and over and over. It'll be good.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009


I had to try to come up with a title that would fit two entirely unconnected pictures. First we have a prank that we played on one of our friends. The second is a picture of the supposed tomb of the prophet Nahum.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Addressing Your Own Heart

A sort of quandry has come up recently. Someone has done something that I'm not sure if I should address. I understand the difficulties in their situation, but I'm not sure if they realize the stress and irritation they are causing. I don't know if the frustration in my own spirit is right or if I'm just too easily troubled. I know that I shouldn't bring it to them while I'm riled up about it, so I'll just pray for now. But how do I know if I should carry it to them later? How do I know what should be done for the peace of the group, for the betterment of our work, the growth of our students? How much do I make allowance for human folly? Which situations require grace and even abundant grace? When should one cover over a matter to promote love (Proverbs 17:9)? When would it be better to confront a bear robbed of her cubs? When is it my own foolishness that needs confronting?

This kind of situation seems to be reoccuring for me over the last couple of weeks. Most of the time I wait and pray and God works it out for me. Other times it hangs over my head for a while. I lack wisdom and discernment for telling the difference between the problems with my own attitude and the problems with other people's actions and attitudes. Hopefully I'm growing.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Ok. It wasn't a failure at least...

Kurds are very picky about their food and most really hate to try anything new. A group of basketball players that went to the U.S.A. were most traumatized by the food out of all the cultural differences. We like flavors, spices, variety. Kurds like greasy rice and chicken cooked in tomato paste water.

We made baked chicken with egg, salt, basil, oregano, and bread crumbs. (Light on the spices.) We also made spaghetti (which they do occasionally eat here) and that was mostly tomatoes, tomato paste, some onion, garlic, and just a little basil and oregano. We also had bread, a cucumber/tomato salad, tirshiat (a red pickled cabbage and cucumber dish), and some sauteed peppers and zucchini.

It worked. They didn't love the food... but they did eat it. We almost had a tea crisis because I struggle with making Kurdish tea, but they seemed to like it and had seconds. And our pudding with a digestive cracker crust had the 3rd grader coming for seconds.

The best part was after they left and we pulled the dishes (we hadn't been able to wash all of them before the guests arrived) out of the laundry rooom and had a chance to sit down and laugh about all the silly things we'd done to try to pull off this feat. And all in all we felt pretty good about it. We have Dutch company tonight... Thanksgiving at our house tomorrow. Company!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Dinner Time

We're having a local family over for dinner.

This is a rather stressful event for us foreigners. We want them to actually be willing to eat what we put before them. But if we try Kurdish food, we'll fail miserably and we'll end up spending all night having them tell us how to really make Kurdish food (their way!). So we've got to come up with something that is both semi-Kurdish in flavor and not at all Kurdish in appearance. How about that!

Add into the mix that this guy is a germophobe to the nth degree. And his wife pretends she doesn't speak English around her husband... and their kid goes to our school.

Yeah... it'll be fun and exhausting.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Psalm 19:7

"The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul."

"Even on days when every cinder in our soul feels cold, if we crawl to the Word of God and cry out for ears to hear, the cold ashes will be lifted and the tiny spark of life will be fanned. For "the law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul."
~John Piper

Friday, October 30, 2009

The Voiceless

Today I have been pondering how to teach class without a voice. I barely even squeak today. Feel fine mostly otherwise.

But class... hmm... sign language is out of the question. I'll write on the board. Maybe play classroom telephone with the directions for school. Have kids read aloud. I think it would be kind of interesting to try to go through class without doing anything more than whispering.

Should I make it a rule that if I can't speak above a whisper then they shouldn't?
But then I couldn't hear them from the back of the classroom.

Maybe not the best long term solution... but it could be fun...

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Quizzes are funnny!

Question: Which Barbarian tribe attacked India?
Correct Answer: The Huns

Bawan's Answer: The Hunks
Rozh's Answer: The Hunt

Friday, October 16, 2009


As the orange disk of the sun sunk below the mountains, the sky began to fade. When the color was finally gone all that was left before me was the bleak tan haze and the power lines and the dirty buildings and the garbage. When the sky is glorious, you hardly notice these things. It is almost as if they don’t exist because your whole focus is centered on the rainbow beauty before me.

Friday, October 09, 2009

So I left you hanging...

The circus was fun. The acrobats were great. The bear was starved. And the lion tried to kill itself. All in all a good experience.

Since then, we've been doing something a bit more exciting. A lot of rappelling and taking our kids out to do it too. It's been a great experience coaxing kids off the cliff! And we've gotten some pretty neat pictures out of the deal too!

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Saturday, September 19, 2009

My New Favorite Book

I recently finished reading "A Severe Mercy" by Sheldon Vanuaken.


I read some of the book on an Airplane over the Atlantic. The drone of the engines and the monotony of the travel was so distinctly contrasted to the fluid and poetic writing.

I cried for an hour in the little green yard of a church in Eastern Turkey. I wasn't upset or having an emotional breakdown... the book was so beautiful and so sad. It was carthartic in the truest sense. And yet as I continued over the next few pages I'd still get teary.

Finally at home I finished... having taken breaks to think through what he had said. The sadness was good, and the sadness had an ultimate good. The author didn't realize it at first, but later, walking through life he saw the purpose. 'How true' I thought.

Friday, September 18, 2009

The Poem My Sister Sent to Me

The Rival Poet
Billy Collins

The column of your book titles,
always introducing your latest one,
looms over me like Roman architecture.

It is longer than the name
of an Italian countess, longer
that this poem will probably be.

Etched on the head of a pin,
my own production would leave room for
The Lord's Prayer and many dancing angels.
No matter.

In my revenge daydream I am the one
poised on the marble staircase
high above the crowded ballroom.
A retainer in livery announces me
and the Contessa Maria Teresa Isabella
Veronica Multalire Eleganza de Bella Ferrari.

You are the one below
fidgeting in your rented tux
with some local Cindy hanging all over you.

Saturday, August 29, 2009


The sun is breaking through the rainclouds in that 'wow, how beautiful' sort of way. It's my last weekend with my family. My suitcases are too heavy. And I'd really rather be outside than tidy the living room and re-pack. But the sun is glorious.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Ta Da!

Finished the power point, now just need some polishing and practice. Hopefully we'll manage short and sweet (for the first time ever!).

Thinking a lot about the Christian and Muslim views of sin lately. In practice, they aren't that different sometimes. But comparing the Bible and the Koran, they are very different. Hmm... still thinking.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

To Do:

1. Prepare slideshow for presentation on Tuesday.
Not feeling inspired.
Slow going.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Walmart and Journals

A terribly dangerous place... Walmart. It is full of wonderful things this time of year for teachers. And I am especially vulnerable because I have an awful affection for paper, blank books, pens, notebooks, and stickers. It must be a family trait because as we moved my sister into her new apartment, we discovered that she has a shelf almost entirely of journals. Some are full others are empty. I have a small rubbermaid bin of my full journals. I've been writing in journals since I was six. I haven't always been very faithful, but a good large portion of my life is well documented from inside my mixed up mind. It isn't a very balanced perspective, I'm sure, because I tend to write more when I am very frustrate, mad, or upset. And sometimes more when I'm very happy. But all that in between time (which is where I am most often) ends up a little more sparsely covered in the annals of my life. Now I just have to decide which blank book I'm going to take with me to the ME in case I fill up the one I am using now.

Friday, July 31, 2009


I have actually been able to finish most things on my list. I don't think the dog will be trained in week though. She's not terribly intelligent. Or maybe she is smart, just stubborn. Perseverance will win out in the end... which ever one of us perseveres, that is.

Now, I'm just trying to figure a hostel or hotel in a central Turkey. It's actually kind of fun wondering how much of it is just advertising and how much is real. I mean, all of these places "sound" great. Haha.

I'm enjoying how much reading I've been able to do this summer. Not that I've read really important things or anything, but I've had time to lounge through books that I enjoy. They are comfortable to me and peaceful. I'm a sucker for peace.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

To Do... This Week

  • Add to red dress for brother's wedding
  • Visit with friends
  • Make frame on oval table for mosaic
  • Find glue for mosaic
  • Download more audio books
  • Cook orange chicken
  • Trying to get Advair prescription renewed without a doctor visit (DONE!)
  • Buy medications (DONE!)
  • Pack to spend a week with Katie!!!!
  • Find something interesting to write a blog post on...
  • Train dog to be ok with toe nail clippers (just going for ok...)
  • Take sister's car to get an oil change
  • Buy oranges for the orange chicken (I should have put this up higher in the list...huh...)
  • I think I need ginger too...
  • I need to write something... dunno what... but I've got a writey bug...
  • I'm sure there is more, but I'm tired and need to go now.
  • TTFN!

Friday, July 17, 2009


I had some of my team over this week and they saw my Moscow world and met my family. It was really fun to get to know one of them better. It was great to spend time with all of them. The girl I've lived with for the past year is one of my best friends and she makes me laugh so often. But she can be serious too. She loves me while knowing nearly all of my flaws. I am humbled. I am blessed.

Saturday, July 11, 2009


  • I open the fridge to look for water. We don't keep water in the refrigerator here.
  • I'm cold even though its 80 degrees outside.
  • I glare at people as I go through the grocery store. I'm sorry.
  • I don't know the characters on TV shows that my family has watched for years. I'm not sorry about this one.
  • I miss my team--like a second family.
  • I get to drink milk, eat deli turkey sandwiches, and granola.
  • I miss my kids.
  • I get to see my family every day.
  • My brother took me out on a date today. We had Thai food.
  • I went running yesterday. It felt good.
  • I went out for coffee. Yay.
  • I had a good talk with a friend. More yay.
  • I went to a prayer group with people like me.
  • America is EASY.
  • America isn't perfect... it's missing some things.

Thursday, July 09, 2009


Recently in Kurdistan there has been a new list or party called Goran, which means change. The slogans sound something reminiscent of Obama and his call for change. Whether or not change is a good thing, I can't generally say. But one of the most interesting things for me as I return home is seeing how things have changed. There are big changes and small ones.

The big ones are things like my brother getting married and my family's new dog. The smaller changes are more interesting to me though. My mother changed where she keeps the baking powder and baking soda. It took me 5 minutes to discover the new location. The compost bowl is on the other side of the sink than it used to be. And the glasses are now nearly all stemware like the kind you find for water in nice restaurants.

These are only a fraction of the myriad changes in a home after six months. It isn't much to adjust to, but at least these things are things that have really changed. More things feel odd but really are very normal for here. More on those later.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Pool Party with Dr. Pepper

pool party with Dr. Pepper, originally uploaded by thebeloved.

We can make a party out of anything. Plus it was hot and we needed a way to cool off.

Sunday, July 05, 2009


So I finally made it back to my hometown, which remains yet a nearly changeless town. It's so peaceful and quiet here in the midst of the summer lull. A university town like this one is nearly ghostlike this time of year, especially on a Sunday afternoon.

I went for a walk in the rain with my brother. The rain made me happy and my brother made me happy and my family's dog waddled along in perfect oblivion to the lightning and thunder.

Here I am.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Music

Well, this looks funky and I don't know how to fix it, but I like the music so much I'm going to leave it there... weirdness and all!----Thanks Charmaine for telling me how to fix it!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The bread of adversity

So, Mel's been showing me some verses in Isaiah. God gives the bread of adversity. He binds the wounds that he has inflicted.
How intensely joyous is it that God gives us difficulty to bring us to the point where he can bind our hurts and our sorrows. How wretched it would be if he were not willing to give us pain if it brought us ultimate joy.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

School schedules...

My mom just e-mailed me about my brother's school schedule. Not only do they have their final's schedule all worked out already...ok, ok... a week in advance doesn't seem that astonishing to most Americans... but they also have out their entire next year's calendar complete with holiday's and beginning and ending dates.

The admin was talking about changing the ending dates of our school this week. We still don't know even when school will start next fall. And if we asked about the holidays everyone would laugh... I would laugh. That's how long I've been here. I now laugh at the thought of knowing anything in advance. How sad.

Americans, you complain too much about your country and the systems that run it. They aren't perfect, but they could be so much worse.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Dinner at our neighbors

Our neighbors are funny people. They are quite hospitable, as most Kurds are. We had dinner with them on Tuesday. It was very typical of a dinner visit here. We were ushered into the formal living room. We chatted a few minutes, then the daughter brought in a glass of cold water, which we took one sip of and then returned to the tray which she took out.

Then after some more minutes we moved on into the other room where the food was laid out on a plastic "table cloth" or "sifra" on the floor. Many dishes all heaping with rice, soups, yaprax, chicken, and salads. I should have taken a picture. I made the mistake of loosing my plate to the mother of the house who filled it with more yaprax than I could possibly eat and I don't even like yaprax. It is rice and sour stuff wrapped in grape leaves or this other kind of leaf that we don't have in the U.S.

After eating as much as possible and even drinking mastau (a yogurt water that is reminiscent of cow--and which I think as much as I don't care for it, it helps with digestion), we moved into the living room where the TV was on. I don't think I've been in a Kurdish home without the TV on unless there was no electricity. We mostly ignored the extreme wrestling/boxing/whatever kind of fighting that was and talked some more. We drank tea, which was good, but it was late at night. And then we tried to leave... BUT! You can't leave without eating some fruit. So they hurried and brought out the fruit. Katie and I managed to split a banana and they didn't try to make us eat anymore, phew!Hopefully as we get to know them more they will treat us less like guests where we have to be forced to eat.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Another random meme... yeah, just for those of you who who have nothing else to do and are probably related to me!

I am….. a hidden woman.
I want….. to be content.

I have….. so many blessings.
I wish….. I were in heaven.
I hate….. the selfish and terrible things I do.
I miss….. my family.
I fear….. myself.
I feel….. uncertain and confused.
I hear….. the buzz of our refrigerator.
I smell….. kerosene and candles.
I crave….. love and affirmation and understanding.
I search….. God’s word for answers to my life.
I wonder….. what will become of me.
I regret….. my complaining spirit.
I love….. my students and my team.
I ache….. for the lost to know God.
I care….. about my relationships with people.
I always….. am the steady one.
I am not….. an ideas person or a decision maker.
I believe….. that God will get me where he wants me to be.
I dance….. whenever I am alone and happy.

I sing….. whenever I am moved.
I cry….. too often.
I don’t always….. say the things I want to say.
I fight….. through prayer and petition, with thanksgiving.
I write….. whatever comes to mind.
I never…. will be forsaken by God.
I listen….. most often.
I need….. to be more prayerful.
I am happy….. when my heart is right with God.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Another set of random questions that I am answering to procrastinate from writing my 5th grade science test.

1. First thing you wash in the shower?
My Hair

2. What color is your favorite hoodie?
I’ve only got a blue one.

3. Would you kiss the last person you kissed again?
I kissed the cheeks of some of the tenth grade girls… Yeah, I’ll kiss them again.

4. Do you plan outfits?
umm… how do you mean “plan”?

5. How are you feeling RIGHT now?
depressed and sick

6. What's the closest thing to you that's red?
my bedspread

7. Tell me about the last dream you remember having?
I dream so often.

8. Did you meet anybody new today?
yes, I am constantly meeting new people

9. What are you craving right now?

10. Do you floss?

11. What comes to mind when I say cabbage?

12. Are you emotional?

13. Have you ever counted to 1,000?

14. Do you bite into your ice cream or just lick it?
chunky=then I bite it

15. Do you like your hair?

16. Do you like yourself?
depends on the hour.

17. Would you go out to eat with George W. Bush?
I guess, if he really wanted to. But it would be awkward I think.

18. What are you listening to right now?
Noor and Katie talking in the kitchen.

19. Are your parents strict?

20. Would you go sky diving?
I guess so.

21. Do you like cottage cheese?
sure… in stuff.

22. Have you ever met a celebrity?
I don’t think so.

23. Do you rent movies often?

24. Is there anything sparkly in the room you're in?
my jili kurdi is in my closet. Other than that… not really.

25. How many countries have you visited?
I don’t know.

26. Have you made a prank phone call?
no, that’s rude.

27. Ever been on a train?

28. Brown or white eggs?
As long as the inside is white and yellow, I don’t care.

29.Do you have a cell-phone?
I do.

30. Do you use chap stick?
Every day!

31. Do you own a gun?

32. Can you use chop sticks?

33. Who are you going to be with tonight?

34. Are you too forgiving?

35. Ever been in love?
This is a stupid question.

36. What is your best friend(s) doing tomorrow?
Probably going to school like a good girl… I love you Laurel.

37. Ever have cream puffs?
I have.

38. Last time you cried?
too long ago.

39. What was the last question you asked?
Are we cooking for team dinner tomorrow here at your house?

40. Favorite time of the year?
Spring in Kurdistan, Summer with my family.

41. Do you have any tattoos?

42. Are you sarcastic?
Usually only in my head.

43. Have you ever seen The Butterfly Effect?
Like, actual butterflies? Or is there a movie? Or the actual process of how one flap of a butterflies wings can change the course of the world?

44. Ever walked into a wall?
many kinds of walls actually… but poles and pillars more than walls.

45. Favorite color?
Don’t have one.

46. Have you ever slapped someone?
hehe… yes.

47. Is your hair curly?

48. What was the last CD you bought?
I was given a Yo Yo Ma CD for Christmas.

49. Do looks matter?
In many things, yes.

50. Could you ever forgive a cheater?
By the grace of God, yes… I forgive my students quite often for cheating.

51. Is your phone bill sky high?

52. Do you like your life right now?
Yes… but why am I so miserable?

53. Do you sleep with the TV on?

54. Can you handle the truth?

55. Do you have good vision?
It’s ok.

56. Do you hate or dislike more than 3 people?
I don’t think so.

57. How often do you talk on the phone?
every day.

58. The last person you held hands with?
I held hands with Katie as we ran away from the freaky men in Dohuk.

59. What are you wearing?
purple shirt, jean skirt

60.What is your favorite animal?

61. Where was your default picture taken at?
My default picture? What’s that mean?

62. Can you hula hoop?
I used to be able to. I’d have to practice a lot.

63. Do you have a job?

64. What was the most recent thing you bought?
a rolling pin, some thread, some balsamic vinegar, and some other junk.

65. Have you ever crawled through a window?

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Hundreds of thousands of people on a street

700,000 people on a street, originally uploaded by thebeloved.

This is about half way down the street and downhill. Each Newroz (New Year) everyone in the city goes out and walks up and down the street. Different groups have music or food on the sides of the street. But those aren't the real attractions. The real thing is to see everyone you have ever known and to watch people, especially foreigners or politicians. It is swarming and not the easiest place to walk through. We were exhausted by the time we finished, but it was worth it. Everytime we stopped for anything we drew a crowd of our own. P got interviewed by a news crew on what he thought of the festivities. People followed us around with cameras to take our picture. You'd think we were something special. =) But we did manage to see some of our students and their families which made me feel a little more normal.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Butcher shop saga... my funny story.

So, I have a friendly relationship with my butcher. He admires how we always ask for our meat with very little fat in it and always remarks at how fat he is. He's a little roundish, but not bad really. He looks very normal. Anyway, this last time he was running through the same conversation again about fat in meat and how Kurds like fat in their meat and then he mentioned how I was looking thinner and asked how much I weighed. This is not an awkward question to ask a woman here in this culture. People will regularly tell other people that they are fat or thin and scold them on it. I didn't know how much I weighed in kilos, but then he started guessing. I was stuck... still didn't know my weight in kilos. Then he pulled out a large meat scale. He wanted me to stand on his meat scale so that he could weigh me! There I am, surrounded by large slabs of meat, standing on this scale with my shoes on. I struggled to just keep from laughing.

From there, the conversation went on into the normal questions of life here. He was sad that I wasn't married (he was married at age 17) and the Koran says it's a pity to not be married (according to him). I tried to tell him that in the Bible it isn't a pity not to be married and that I was okay. He then got all excited and said he knew all about the Bible and proceeded to tell me the story of Jesus' birth and Mary and how he preached. I stood there nodding and smiling as well as I could. I just wanted 3 kilos of ground beef! It took a while... it always does. But the story was worth it.

Friday, March 06, 2009

I can't think of anything real to post!

Where is your cell phone.......................on the table
Your hair..........................................blonde
Your father.......................................always available
Your favorite friends and family
Your dream last night............................interpreted by Katie
Your favorite drink...............................fruit smoothies?
Your dream/goal..................................knowing what to do
The room you are room
Your fear...........................................having people mad at me
Where do you want to be in 6 years...........I've stopped answering that question's been a long time
One of your wish list stop complaining so much
Where you grew up..............................Moscow
The last thing you did............................reorganized my external harddrive
What are you wearing...........................jeans and t-shirt
Your the cupboard
Your pets.........................................imaginary
Your amazing gift
Your life............................................chaos
Your mood........................................concerned and confused
Missing someone..................................always
Your car............................................well loved
Favorite store.....................................don't like shopping
Your summer.......................................uncertain
Your favorite color...............................don't have one
When is the last time you laughed.............last night
Last time you cried................................last night
Three people who email me....................Laurel, my Mom, and Kea
Three of my favorite foods......................cheddar cheese, pomegranate, cilantro
Three places I would rather be right now............nowhere else....maybe Moscow with my fam.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

It made me laugh...

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

25 things...

So enough people have tagged me to write 25 random things. But you should feel no obligation to write anything. I mean, I'm sure I'd love to know more things about you all, but I understand the busy life so no stressing over this one, alright?

1. I went to Washington D.C. twice as part of Idaho State's knowledge bowl team in high school. I was the good luck charm.

2. I don't have a favorite color. I like some colors in some places and other colors in other places.

3. I have a really hard time remembering to take the trash out. It's a good thing I live with a girl who thinks about that! Yay Katie!

4. I have never worn gray until this year and am still not sure if I like myself in it.

5. I've never been kissed.

6. Cucumbers make my tongue numb.

7. I grew up listening to Keith Green and Steve Green. This made me very confused about music artists' names and musicians in general. I've never recovered.

8. I sing and dance in my kitchen when I'm all alone. But I think everyone does that.

9. My fuzzy blue hot water bottle is named "Derf".

10. When dogs first meet me, many of them pee on themselves. Not kidding--it's called submissive urination.

11. I was invited as an economics expert to speak on T.V. on the current economic status of the United States. I declined.

12. People think I'm nice.

13. I know how many amps most appliances in my house take.

14. I wish I knew more about wireless internet routers. We have five in our house and I can't get any of them to work.

15. I like to have my toenails painted in dark colors.

16. I'm a very huggy and touchy person. I love having my girl-friends or my family stand with their arm around me or play with my hair.

17. I dislike wearing jili kurdi. I always feel so awkward.

18. I have journals from my whole life since I was seven. I still haven't decided if I will ever let anyone read them. (But that first one is hilarious!)

19. I have a fetish for beautiful blank books and nice leather bound Bibles.

20. I'm a fairly private person who has to work to open up to people. That makes things like this tagging-quiz-thing fairly difficult for me.

21. I'm very afraid of letting people down.

22. I am wrestling over the concept of hope. What is it exactly and how does it work as a part in faith? Hebrews 11:1

23. I don't like scotch or port.

24. I wish I had time to write a book, a really good book. I have an intense desire to be a part of creating something grand.

25. I would love to shoot an AK and rappel out of a helicopter--not at the same time though. Can we?

Monday, February 09, 2009

I'm sooo between the trees...

My sister and some of her friends are the only ones who will understand what I mean by this. The rest of you can admire the fashion of the youth in my city.

One way to keep from being between them, huh Laurel?, originally uploaded by thebeloved.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Car Trouble

We've had adventures with our car lately. It's been functioning fine, just the weather and traffic have been funky. 

Just yesterday morning we had 5 near misses in the traffic on the way to school. This becomes only more surprising when you discover that our house is only three or four blocks away from the school building. Later that day after several more crazy situations where God spared us, we saw a rather nasty car accident in an intersection. I'm just glad that day was unusual. 

A few days before that it snowed. It was lovely, but pretty wet. It froze overnight and our windshield was covered with snowy ice. In the morning as we prepared to leave for school we dug all over in stuff trying to find something that would work to scrape the windshield. Too thick for a plastic business card, the CD case was getting scratched, finally we happened across a large blue plastic funnel. The top part of the funnel worked great at scraping the ice off... well... pretty good at least. I've never seen a windshield scraper here, but we need one so rarely. 

Hope everyone else is driving safe!