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Broken Chains


I Should Have Been a Pig!

You Were Actually Born Under:
Your most comfortable inside your head - and often daydream the day away.
You have an artistic temperament that makes you seem creative to some, eccentric to others.
You avoid conflict at all costs, and you have a difficult time with relationships.
Attractive and with good manners, you tend to shine in social situations.

You are most compatible with a Pig or Rabbit.
You Should Have Been Born Under:

No worries, you're not really pig-like in your personality.
(Though you have been known to have a healthy appetite!)
You are highly intelligent - forever studying and gaining knowledge.
You have a heart of gold and you are appreciated by many.

You are most compatible with a Rabbit or Goat.


I tried to write something to post, but this picture captures my feelings much better than I can in writing right now. Doesn't the tree look lonely? Posted by Hello


Neil and I went to GR over the weekend. On the way there, we hit some heavy rain that was preceded by dark clouds. I took this from the car window...it was sort of an accident, since we were moving. Posted by Hello


Confessions of a Twenty-Something Grammar Snob

I confess...I am a grammar snob. I scrutinize and judge and disparage others' grammar to an almost-distracting degree. Very often I can't concentrate on the content of a piece of writing because I can't get over the grammatical mistakes. Things like unnecessary apostrophes or quotation marks, misplaced commas, incomplete sentences and poor word choices tempt me to question the writer's intelligence, and thus, whether I can trust the content of his/her writing. Horrible, I know. Just because English and grammar weren't an author's forte doesn't mean he/she doesn't have something truly worthwhile to say. However. Kids! Pay attention in during English class, please! It will serve you WELL in the future, when you have your own blog, or want to apply for a job, or have to write up (not writeup, see below) an event for your church newletter.

My current pet peeve in the grammar arena? The use of particular, common words as VERBS when they are NOT verbs. For example, the word "pickup." I consider this a NOUN, to be used in such sentences as, "Pickup starts at noon," or "Your pickup is blocking my car." NOT to be used as "pickup your donuts here." No, folks, that would be properly written as "pick up your donuts here." See the difference? There's an all-important space there that signifies a verb. What does "pickup your donuts here" mean, exactly?


I'm not sure what this apparent downward spiral in proper grammar usage signifies...lack of attention, laziness, poor teaching...any ideas?

How about a deal? I'll promise to keep my Disparaging Grammar Snob Remarks to myself if you promise to be a little more thoughtful when you write. Deal?

Next grammarian topic: misplaced commas.


Come Just As You Are

I had every intention of posting a really good entry this afternoon when I got home from babysitting, but found that I am so tired and down that there's no hope for a good entry. I know I've been a bad blogger (not that SO many people read this anyway as to be disappointed by my disappearance), and I really don't have much of an excuse, except to say that reading others' blogs is far more interesting at this point in time than writing for my own.

Anyway. Yes, I am tired. It hit me just as the two toddlers I was babysitting got up from their naps and as I was feeding the baby. I guess a day full of trying to make three wilfull children mind caught up with me...I couldn't even get too excited when one of them threw a Barbie at a vase of flowers.

After their mother came home, I hit the grocery store for a few things, then drove home. As I sat in the parking lot contemplating the four flights of stairs, I prayed that God would give me the grace and strength and discipline to do those things I need to do tonight, regardless of my mood and physical condition. I didn't ask for Him to take away the tiredness or the bad mood--only the grace to be obedient despite them. Just then, a song came on the radio that began, "Come just as you are...". Our Lord takes such delight in His children when they come to Him dirty and lonely and sad and tired, knowing that He loves them and will take care of them.

It was perfect timing. I needed to sit right there in the Jeep and hear that song. Other lyrics included "He gives strength for the day". He does and He will. He likes to hear us ask for grace and strength, and is pleased when His children are so dependent on Him that they take nothing--even normal energy and good cheer--for granted. And He takes pleasure in reminding us of His mercy.

God is so good.

We had a family birthday party Saturday night...we had a good time, somewhat aided by these, um, adult beverages. Posted by Hello

I've been a bad blogger lately and only posted pictures...here's one (very important) more. The site of our future home... Posted by Hello


Apparently, cheese is so wonderful that it needs a security tag so that you can't walk out of the store with all its wonderfulness.  Posted by Hello

Cheese...it's a wonderful thing. Posted by Hello

If I Were...

Goodnight Moon tagged me to play "If I were."

So, here's the scoop on how to play: I pick 5 occupations out of the list below and post my answers. Then I tag 3 other people to post their answers on their blog. If I tag you, and you don't want to be a part of this, then that is okay. Just let me know and I'll tag someone else. Make sure you note who tagged you!

The "questions": If I could be a scientist...If I could be a farmer...If I could be a musician...If I could be a doctor...If I could be a painter...If I could be a gardener...If I could be a missionary...If I could be a chef...If I could be an architect...If I could be a linguist...If I could be a psychologist...If I could be a librarian...If I could be an athlete...If I could be a lawyer...If I could be an inn-keeper...If I could be a professor...If I could be a writer...If I could be a llama-rider...If I could be a bonnie pirate...If I could be an astronaut...If I could be a world famous blogger...If I could be a justice on any one court in the world...If I could be married to any current famous political figure...

If I could be a musician, I’d be either a jazz musician (saxophone) or a concert pianist. Opposite ends of the spectrum, in a way. I love jazz for its unpredictability, its color, and the way it makes me feel happy. I love the piano because it’s an instrument I can actually play, although not nearly as well as any concert pianist. To be able to memorize all those notes….

If I could be a chef, I’d probably mess up every recipe at least a few times before I got it right. When I started helping my mom in the kitchen, I made cornbread probably 8 times before I finally made it with EVERY necessary ingredient. I’m a little absent-minded.

If I could be lawyer, I’d never be able to defend someone that I knew was guilty…at least not with any success.

If I could be a scientist, I’d be a forensic scientist…my fascination with forensics goes way back before CSI. In high school, I went twice to the police station with different classes to see their labs and try my hand at fingerprinting. I even gave a fingerprinting demonstration for one of my Speech class assignments…complete with fingerprint powder I’d made myself. Alas…my science and chemistry grades fell far short of my enthusiasm.

If I could be a bonnie pirate, I’d definitely do the whole eye-patch and parrot thing…although I’d try to stay away from the peg leg.

I second what Goodnight Moon said about friends being “internet retarded”…so I’m afraid that this branch of the chain is going to end with me tagging only my lovely sister and her cat: Fiona, you’re it!

What's Your Personality Type?

Thanks to Fiona for this neat quiz...

Your #1 Match: ENFP

The Inspirer

You love being around people, and you are deeply committed to your friends.
You are also unconventional, irreverant, and unimpressed by authority and rules.
Incredibly perceptive, you can usually sense if someone has hidden motives.
You use lots of colorful language and expressions. You're qutie the storyteller!

You would make an excellent entrepreneur, politician, or journalist.

Your #2 Match: INFP

The Idealist

You are creative with a great imagination, living in your own inner world.
Open minded and accepting, you strive for harmony in your important relationships.
It takes a long time for people to get to know you. You are hesitant to let people get close.
But once you care for someone, you do everything you can to help them grow and develop.

You would make an excellent writer, psychologist, or artist.

Your #3 Match: ENTP

The Visionary

You are charming, outgoing, friendly. You make a good first impression.
You possess good negotiating skills and can convince anyone of anything.
Happy to be the center of attention, you love to tell stories and show off.
You're very clever, but not disciplined enough to do well in structured environments.

You would make a great entrpreneur, marketing executive, or actor.

Your #4 Match: INTP

The Thinker

You are analytical and logical - and on a quest to learn everything you can.
Smart and complex, you always love a new intellectual challenge.
Your biggest pet peeve is people who slow you down with trivial chit chat.
A quiet maverick, you tend to ignore rules and authority whenever you feel like it.

You would make an excellent mathematician, programmer, or professor.

Your #5 Match: ESFP

The Performer

You are a natural performer and happiest when you're entertaining others.
A great friend, you are generous, fun-loving and optimistic.
You love to laugh - and you like almost all people equally.
You accept life as it is, and you do your best to make each day fantastic.

You would make a good actor, designer, or counselor.