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Until Monday…

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

The dynamite life continues – sparkles and burns and all.

Right now, I am trying to turn some can’ts into cans, and setting some big wheels into motion.  Right now, I have other things tying up my creative/emotional time/energy, so guess what: I’ll see you on Monday.

With exciting news.

Lest I leave you hanging…

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Plastic bags
I have a confession: I’ve forgotten my canvas bag TWICE. Both times, I slunk out of Harris Teeter (oh yeah, did I tell you that the grocery here is called Harris Teeter? Ironically, it was the site of this smudge on my dignity), stealthily surveying the parking lot for any blog readers who might catch me with the plastic bag contraband in my hands. Once safe in my car, I leaned my head against the steering wheel, counted my lucky stars, and then prayed that God would heal the earth of global warming.

Otherwise, it’s steady on with my mission to save the planet.

The weather
Oh my word. I am in heaven. I am Miss Congeniality. I am Maria Von Trapp. I am a Disney princess whose hair is braided every morning by cartoon birds. October has always been my favorite month, and I am happy to report that there is no geographic chauvinism involved when it comes to autumn: October comes through in Nashville just as it comes through in Seattle. Praise be.

Dan Evans
What can I say? The man is totally redeeming his name!

After contacting him via MySpace with a quick note saying, “Hey, I’m the girl whose TINY car was clobbered by your GIGANTIC bus,” I received the sweetest, most apologetic message in response. He graciously offered to cover any damage, and even had some very kind words about my songs. I wrote him back saying, “It ain’t no thang,” asked for a free CD, and said that when he’s back in Nashville we’ll go for a beer.

And so, in about two weeks, we will be real-life friends.

Thus ends any Dan Evans smack-talk. I won’t have it. He’s won me over!

This weekend
This afternoon, I am rushing off to fly to Kansas City for the weekend. I have 3 Southwest drink tickets, and will be sharing with two friends of mine who are booked on the same flight. I will probably not have the chance to blog tomorrow, since the three of us will be otherwise occupied doing something that is currently non-bloggable. But should a day come when it IS bloggable: oh sweet mercy, it’s going to be good.

But maybe… just maybe… tune in over the weekend. I’m hanging out with my nephews, which typically instigates some sort of hilarity.

Courage

Friday, September 26th, 2008

It is impossible to be courageous without first being afraid.

It is impossible to be courageous without first deciding that you are willing to fail.

It is impossible to be courageous without first accepting the possibility that your very best efforts might truly prove you to be inadequate and out of your league.

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But it is also impossible to fulfill your potential without being courageous.

And should your fears be confirmed with nothing short of a swan dive into glorious failure, then you gain the freedom and liberation of knowing that it’s okay to be insufficient on your own – for the strength of One much larger than yourself is made perfect in your weakness.

So take a chance. I know that I’m about to.

Y’all come back now, you hear?

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Be sure to check back later today for a very special surprise. I’m serious.

But before your mind goes all haywire, know that the surprise is none of the following:
1) An engagement ring.
2) An ultrasound photo.
3) Anything related to “Lost.” I haven’t watched yet. DONOTTELLMEANYTHING!!!!!

In the meantime, to sustain your minds and hearts, here is something that I learned yesterday and tried last night with the fabulous Mary Hiemstra, visiting from Seattle:

Purée a can of black beans (rinse them first, then refill the can with the beans and water to the top), add a brownie mix and some coffee grounds, and bake. The world’s greatest tasting brownies ever. High fiber, high protein, low fat. No bean-taste at all. Try it – you will not be sorry.

Unfolding

Friday, February 1st, 2008

January was a great run, in terms of blogs. Check it out – 28 posts! That is by far my highest record to date. I’m glad that you’re reading. I like you. Thanks for continually checking in and following along in the adventure that is my life.

It’s funny: I have always been a person who is a planner. I plan for my day, my week, my month, my year. I plan financially. I plan what I’m going to eat. I plan in order to reach my goals. I even plan when I’m going to shower – yes, I write it in my calendar.

But this is the first time in my life where there has been no plan. My story is not even sketched out – it is being written, day by day. In all areas, my life, rather than playing out in a very “scripted” and “planned for” way, is simply unfolding. I have absolutely no idea what is going on.

But as my friend George recently reminded me, we can only experience God in this present moment. Yes, he is the God of the past, and yes, he is the God of the future. He is omnipresent; we can look to the past and recognize his faithfulness, and look to the future with faith. But the only place that we can truly experience him is right now. So I am dwelling in that truth, and just being. I am existing with this weird contentment, anticipation, and excitement.

Today is a big day. Something is unfolding right now – something that I didn’t plan for or dream up. It’s crazy and insane and bizarre and exciting. Maybe I’ll tell you about it sometime. But until then, I need to go pack a bag and head out of town. Something is happening.