Call it what you want, there’s plenty of holiday love for sweet treats on October 31st. (Consider this your one week warm-up.)
Ain’t gonna lie… Even though there are no Trick-or-Treaters in our home, I still eye the candy aisle with undisguised lust.
What shall it be? Can I resist? Maybe you have a craving for a little something from time to time… join me for this week’s Friday Five!
1. First, Sweet or Salty? Or both? Describe that gotta-have-it treat. (It can be healthy or paleo-friendly, or decadent. We won’t judge!) If we are talking Halloween candy, I want Heath Bars, KitKats, and Twix. Crunchy and sweet.
2. Self-control: How do you help yourself stay strong with the temptation of All That Sugar? Don't buy it. I just don't. We don't have trick or treaters in our area much, and I don't decorate for Halloween. That night we turn the porch light off or go out.
3. Have you successfully cut (or decreased) sugar out of your diet? How did you do it? Really, cold turkey. If I start with sugar, I don't stop, so I just mostly don't eat it. It doesn't make me feel good.
4. What’s one sweet you won’t do without. Ever. I know this is not candy, but I love fresh raspberries and mangoes. I buy them ready to eat (an extravagance) but it's worth it.
5. Just for fun: if you were a candy bar, which one would you be? I'd be a great big Reese's Peanut Butter Cup
BONUS: Share a recipe or tip that uses up the leftover sweets at your house.
Take it to work and put it in the break room. It disappears like magic!
Someone asked on the RevGals Facebook page today about what to say / how to pray in a difficult ministry situation.
Not ordained, I didn't comment there (others might have better suggestions) but my immediate thought was, "your ministry is your presence."
I received the gift today of waiting in a conference room with two colleagues who are in the midst of tender personal situations. There had been confusion about the location of the meeting, so we had a good 20 minutes to talk while that got figured out and the other party showed up. In the meantime, I was so amazed and blessed by the opportunity to just sit in the chair and hear them share. Nothing terribly personal or emotional...but just sharing. Being in relationship. Being there. Listening actively.
All my life I've declared that Spring is my favorite season. For all the reasons you would expect: new life, greens you can't see except in new leaves, bulbs coming up. I'm not so big on the usual, warm weather reason...because the weather generally gets really warm here, and our Spring is usually not very long. Not long enough.
Today I decided that Fall is my new favorite season. I'm gaining an appreciation every day of the beauty of experience...on a face, in a hairline, in a soul.
So the sweetgum trees I pass every day are dropping their seed pods (very fun to play with - earrings, anyone?)
and just a few of the leaves are starting to turn...eventually will look like this:
Cherished, because we don't get much in the way of Fall color besides these.
It will be in the 70's for the next week, glorious Fall weather. Cool at night. Sunny in the daytime. Eventually, colder weather will come, but it doesn't often stay very cold for very long.
The oaks are dropping leaves faster than we can rake or mow. The squirrels are storing up. Pecans aren't ready yet, but the trees are hanging heavy. There's a fruitfulness to fall that we sometimes forget, in our rush to adore the new growth of Spring.
Sure, Fall is about aging and dying. And there's no new life without aging and dying.
Thanks to Jan for this week's Friday Five at RevGals. She says:
This week I spent the first 1 1/2 days on a jury panel being questioned so that the formal jury could be formed. This being a murder trial, there were eight rows (of ten seats) in all. I was #67 out of 80. It was interesting to see how the potential jurors answered the questions, especially about their occupations and high schools graduated from.Not chosen, I came home Tuesday afternoon instead of spending the next 2-3 weeks in a courtroom.
With this on my mind, as well as a jury notice for Federal Court for November 4, I am wondering about your experience(s) with jury duty.
1. Have you been called to jury duty? How many times? Did you excuse yourself or show up at the courthouse? I have been called 5 times and showed up every time but one (see #5 below)
2. What were the results of your call to jury duty? In local cases,I was dismissed 3 times and went through voir dire one time, then dismissed. Never served.
3. What does your state base its candidates’ list from? The list of registered voters.
4. Have you ever served on a jury? What was that like? I would like to do it some day, but have not ever been selected.
5. Have you ever had a jury summons to a U. S. Court? What was it like? Just as I was preparing to move from Brazos County to Denton County, I received a summons to join the jury pool of the US District Court, Southern Division. This would have meant a drive to downtown Houston for service, about 2.5 hours each way counting Houston traffic. I was both sorry and very relieved to be able to say, "I won't be living here and so I am ineligible for this service."
Again, I'd like to serve on a jury. I know it would/could be difficult, but it's a civic duty I would welcome.
Recently I saw a Facebook post with a screenshot of someone's status. It said, "I'm not sure what to say today." There was a reply like, "Well, why are you saying anything then!?"
That's a part of the difference between blogging and Facebook. On Facebook I put what I am thinking about in short snippets; but not unless I have some funny twist or amusing thing to say about it. (My definition of amusing, natch.)
There's not room for just musing, or it doesn't feel like it. On a blog, it's my own real estate. Yes, I can link to it via Facebook and Twitter, but you don't have to click away to read it.
So, here's some musing.
Things are going well. I am happy and satisfied. Yes, there are places where I feel stuck and things I would like to change (my parents live too far away, I can't seem to get with the program on losing weight, etc.) but as I sometimes think, if everything were perfect now, what would I do tomorrow?
There was a huge storm last night. Lovely.
In the making progress area, I'm loving my second year of EFM and am also doing a weekly study with a friend on Brian McLaren's We Make the Road by Walking.
I am working on mindfulness and holding space for possibility.
My dogs are elderly and delightful. My parents are older, and delightful. My granddaughter is 5 months, and supernal.
It feels like a quotidian day, a day in the middle of life that I would otherwise see pass by unremarked and unremembered. The state of the world: a dread. Prayer: a balm. Church community: lively and delightful and full of possibilities for the future.
1. How do you sign off in your emails, professional and personally? For example, you say “Blessings”, “Take Care”, “Remember, the Devil is watching you” (o.k. just kidding on that one.) Let us know and why… I always say thanks at the end of a message. and for a courtesy close: Professionally, I usually say "Sincerely" if I don't know the person, or "Best," or "Best Wishes" if I do. Personally, hmm. Depends on the person. LYMI (love ya mean it) is my favorite.
2. If you were an animal TODAY, what is it and why? I think I am something grouchy today. By the end of yesterday I wanted to yell "ASSHATS!!" at a lot of people. That energy has carried over to today, but I think it's usable in a healthy and productive way. Just stay out of my path, please. (ps: if you Google "grouchy animals" you get lots of amusing results, like this one.)
3. If you get snarky, what triggers it? 1) superciliousness 2) stupidity (it happens a lot)
4. Look up from your computer/tablet/phone screen. What is the first favorite thing your eyes land on. Describe it. (For example, I just did this, and my eyes landed on a little angel made out of multicolored wires whose head and wings are quite askew because of being chewed upon by my puppy. That aside, I love it because it was a gift from two little girls who came often to my office in my last call to play with all the tshotke on my table. They wanted to add to it.)
Right up over my computer is a picture of my granddaugher, Nash. Do you want to see it, too? Well, we can do that.
5. Do you have a favorite pair of socks? Tell us about them! I love my hand-knitted socks, the only pair I ever made. Wonder if I have a picture of those?
Well, not a completed picture. But trust me, I did make two socks out of the same yarn. And it only took me 3 years (I'm not a very dedicated knitter). So I wear them for special occasions and I love and adore them. :)
My son told us the other day about how someone he was traveling with found, in her hotel room, a piece of paper with someone's name, Social Security number, and date of birth on it.
He couldn't imagine how anyone could be so dumb as to write all that down! and then leave it somewhere.
Well, first of all, the person (based on their DOB) was in their nineties. That certainly doesn't make them dumb, but for someone that age, or even MY age (49) that information didn't "used" to be as sensitive as it is now. Or, really, at all. (And 92 year old people can't remember everything, either...!)
I can remember going to college and having my SSN be my student ID. Then it was my staff ID. Your SSN was everywhere.
When I first had a checking account, in addition to ID, you had to show a credit card (for some reason). They would write the entire credit card number on the check. (!!!!!!) I guess this was extra security? I didn't have a credit card of my own (I was in high school) so my mother gave me a credit card to carry and use for that purpose (and that purpose only!!) We are, fortunately, both named "Mary Butler" so there was no trouble there.
My husband doesn't remember the latter. Maybe it was a Houston thing?
I told Brandon about these things, and he was flabbergasted. I guess identity theft happened in the past, but it surely wasn't easy, in those pre-Internet days, for the average person to accomplish it.
1. If you could sneak away anywhere this weekend, right now, all expenses paid, where would you go and what would you do?
To the beach in Florida where I grew up going. I'd stay in my cousins' little house next door to my grandparents' (which has been sold) - my grandfather's sister and her husband were the original owner of this little green cottage. I would go barefoot on the hand-poured concrete floors and read and walk on the beach and rock in a rocking chair. Fish a little. Look at birds. Go get seafood from Posey's.
Wow, I could be packed for this in 10 minutes. Can I go? Can I?
2. What is for lunch today? (one of the very first FF I ever played asked this.) Probably a big green salad and some steamed edamame. Maybe some ratatouille (eating up the leftovers).
3. Along that first-FF-I-ever-played theme, what are you wearing today? Jeans, black shoes, and a tie-dye type top in green and white.
4. Along the Today Theme, what are you doing today? Working! Exercising my Spanish muscles.
5. Along the random theme, what is your favorite scent, and why? The beach. :) I have scent warmers at home with Yankee Candles' "Sun and Sand" in them. I suspect that Coppertone plays a large part in the formula...
Have fun playing! Link to your blog, play in the comments, or play on Facebook! Love and joy to you~~
Robin is putting together a Wednesday Festival at RevGals and wonders what's new with folks. Soo:
This is an exciting week for me, because my EFM program group is starting tomorrow! We take the summers off. I've completed one year of this four-year program, and I wrote about it here, in April. I love the program because of relationships we form...the learning and reading and study are important, too, but the relationships are the key.
Also new: I'm doing a weekly study of Brian McLaren's We Make the Road by Walking with a dear friend.
And, I've joined a Mastermind group that meets for accountability once a month and shares goals, ideas, and support. :) Great fun. Helping me get on track to get healthier!!!
Coming attractions: new episodes of TV shows I love, including Mom and The Middle.
My parish has a search committee looking for a new rector and that person will hopefully be called soon. Our interim time has been fruitful and we are ready to move forward.
I have a new old car! It's a 2000 Buick Park Avenue and it's been greatly improved by a car wizard friend.
Okay, and finally: my granddaughter, Nash, is still really new (4.5 months), and I'm never going to miss an opportunity to show you a photo of her: