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One little seam after another November 30, 2011

Filed under: Chapter Books,Classics — Kristi @ 11:26 am
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It’s just one little seam after another and you never seem to be getting anywhere. But of course I’d rather be Anne of Green Gables sewing patchwork than Anne of any other place with nothing to do but play. (from Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery)

I am, once again, infected by dangerously high piles of laundry. It’s gotten so bad that I can no longer ignore it. We went camping a week and a half ago and I just put the laundry from that trip in the washing machine. That’s how behind I am. We went to Ft. Worth for a wedding three weeks ago and the dresses I took and didn’t wear are still hanging in the garment bag I packed them in. I really don’t know how I let it get this bad except that I honestly never knew a person could feel this tired. The next person who asks me to do anything, be they child or adult, can expect to see some tears. I am completely overwhelmed. And while I am working my way through the laundry piles, I can hear the children making toy piles elsewhere in the house. So piles are everywhere and it seems I never get anywhere.

But, Anne of Green Gables is a good reminder for me today. I would still rather be Kristi of this home and this family with piles of work and a baby in my womb sapping my energy than Kristi of any other place with nothing to do and no one to need me.

Plus my husband just brought me a Dr. Pepper (God bless that man) and I just successfully bribed my two-year-old with a caramel apple sucker so he is picking up the toy pile.


Anything to slow down time

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 11:04 am

It’s a strange thing, but when you are dreading something, and would give anything to slow down time, it has a disobliging habit of speeding up.  (from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling)

This quote is for Shanna who has some major dragon-egg snatching (deadlines) in the next couple of weeks. But I know she can do it and I’m sure she’ll even end up with extra points for style. I mean, we’re talking about a woman who, in the midst of her most stressful season, still managed to send me a fantastic birthday gift and she continues to write on this blog on weekends.

Feel free to use the comment space to send some encouragement Shanna’s way. It’d probably be worth about a hundred points to her.


Miami November 27, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shanna @ 3:46 pm

Almost everything strange washes up near Miami. (from The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan)


Christmas! November 26, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shanna @ 3:42 pm

. . . and it was always said of him that he knew how to keep Christmas well, and if any man alive possessed the knowledge.  May that be truly said of us, and all of us! (from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens)

Hot dang, y’all! Thanksgiving is over and that means that it is officially open season on Christmas goodness! I’m listening to Christmas music and wishing I could put up my tree instead of working on a paper/personal statement/writing sample/grading/class planning/reading today. And I’m thinking about hot chocolate, hot apple cider, cookies, my mama’s truly impressive collection of Christmas decorations, being home for the holidays, giving gifts, watching the magic of the season in children’s eyes. I’m thinking about real Christmas, not just the commercial stuff that’s been up for a while now. Advent readings and Christmas carols at church. Candycanes. Giradelli peppermint bark. Twinkly lights. Cheesy/touching Hallmark Christmas movies.

I promise I won’t overwhelm you with Christmas quotes (I don’t make any promises on Kristi’s behalf, though), so don’t roll your eyes too much if you don’t share my enthusiasm. But if you do, by all means, share something your looking forward to about this season!


Now and then November 23, 2011

Filed under: Chapter Books,Classics,Young Adult — Kristi @ 3:01 pm
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One of the strange things about living in the world is that it is only now and then one is quite sure one is going to live for ever and ever and ever. (from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett)

When my son is snuggled up with his soft, blonde head on my chest, breathing in and out in that deep infant-like sleep, I am quite sure.

When I can rest my head on the strong shoulder of my husband at the end of a difficult day and know that he knows me, that he knows where the knots in my back are to massage away, which kind of humor will cheer me, where to get the right french fries, I am quite sure.

When I walk outside and hear the fall leaves rustle across the lawn, still green beneath their golden hues, and feel the fresh air on my face and breathe in the scent of dozens of homes preparing for a holiday feast, i am quite sure.

When I think of the baby growing in my womb, the miracle that is the formation of fingerprints and eyelids and organs that will serve him all his life, and when I consider the wonder that I was formed the same way, I am quite sure.

One of the strange things about living in the world is that one sees so many temporal things. All things within my vision will change. It is hard to often remember that I will outlive it all. I believe the world in its glory will pass away like a season, and yet I shall live for ever and ever and ever.


Love conquers all November 19, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shanna @ 1:13 pm

“Love conquers all,” Aphrodite promised. “Look at Helen and Paris. Did they let anything come between them?”
“Didn’t they start the Trojan War and get thousands of people killed?”
“Pfft. That’s not the point. Follow your heart.”  (from The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan)


Most Things November 13, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shanna @ 9:55 am

“I think I can read most things, Miss Honey,” Matilda said, “although I’m afraid I can’t always understand the meanings.” (from Matilda by Roald Dahl)

Me too, Matilda. Me too.