Monday, October 22, 2007

Reading with the Sisters

Why is it that I always end up with the refrain for Manic Monday in my head at the beginning of the week?

If you are, like me, feeling a bit overwhelmed or isolated or wanting to something to read or are interested in the stories of young women clergy or know a young woman who is or may be clergy... then you've got to check out Fidelia's Sisters, the new-this-month ezine of the Young Clergy Women Project. I've already used some of this material in a sermon!

In case you're busy right now though, I've added the link over on the side, you can come back tomorrow.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Friday Five, Can't Resist Top Chef Edition

I love Top Chef. I've watched all three seasons start to finish. (Sam from season 2 is my favorite, though Casey from season 3 is also fabulous).

So... I had to jump in and play the Top Chef Friday Five! Thanks, RevHrod!

1. If you were a food, what would you be?
Ice cream. Because I love it so much, I'm surprised I haven't turned into a pint of Ben & Jerry's yet!

2. What is one of the most memorable meals you ever had? And where?

We put a lot of thought into choosing the food for our wedding. We had some food outside at a kind of cocktail reception, then a platter of grilled vegetables on the table when people came to sit down. The vegetarian entree (which we both had ) was a filo purse with artichokes, tomatoes, zucchini, feta, maybe some other vegetables, with a tomato sauce. We used a local caterer who grows most of her own produce and emphasizes fresh local ingredients. The food was amazing, and having a fabulous dinner together was a wonderful way to start our marriage.

3. What is your favorite comfort food from childhood?

My friend Sandy & I loved to cook together, and whenever she spent the night we would make the same thing for ourselves: Hot Dog Macaroni Casserole. You cook elbow macaroni in a pot, drain it, and rinse with cold water. In the meantime, you cook sliced hot dogs, a can of tomato soup, chilli powder and maybe some onions? in a skillet. Then, add the macaroni. The recipe also called for a can of corn, but alwasy skipped that part. We loved it then, but I'm not so sure I'd still eat it.

4. When going to a church potluck, what one recipe from your kitchen is sure to be a hit?
Happily, I have a few of these. My easiest one is tropical fruit salad - canned pineapple chunks, canned mandarin orange segments, chunks of kiwi, and strawberries tossed in just enough lemon yogurt to coat them. I've also done couscous with nuts and dried fruit, where you cook the couscous in orange juice instead of water.

5. What’s the strangest thing you ever willingly ate?
I had this dried octopus snack once, from Japan. A friend in middle school gave it to me to try and wouldn't tell me what it was. I didn't like it much - it was really chewy, and I'm just not a fan of that texture.

Bonus question: What’s your favorite drink to order when looking forward to a great meal?
Hmm... something light, so I have room and tastebuds left for the food - G&T is always a good choice!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Day Off Serenity

My new sabbath slogan?

Take us out of the world, Wash. There's crime to be done.

Brought to you by the letter Firefly.

Monday, October 08, 2007

'Tis Better to Give...

Dave played a game, and its popping up in some other places too.

He says "By the end of the calendar year, I will send a tangible, physcal gift to each of the first five people to comment here, so long as each of those five people are willing to make the same offer in their own LJ or blog."

I'm tired of credit card offers and bills in my mailbox, so I'm playing! Leave a comment, and let the gift party begin!

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Calling Californians!

My best friend has started a theatre company in Contra Costa county. Let me tell you - she is talented and fabulous, and you will love this play. So, if you live in a 500-mile radius or so, check out the Hapgood Theatre Company's debut show, A Moon for the Misbegotten, opening in Antioch, CA this week!

Here is one of the spiffy articles about her new project: O'Neill Classic is theater troupe's first effort

Monday, October 01, 2007

29 is such a liminal number

It seems to be the kind of age where I'm...

Young enough to still think one of the major perks of being a grown-up is getting to have ice cream for dinner...
... and old enough to get to have it too!

Old enough to know that 29 is a prime number...
... and young enough to still think its kinda geeky to think a prime birthday is cool.

Old enough to have a husband of five years, a masters degree and my second position in my chosen field, and a house that we own...
... but young enough to sometimes wonder when the real grown-ups will come and tell me to make my bed, do my homework, and eat my veggies.

Old enough to have some ideas about what I don't want to be and do in life
... but young enough that the possible choices still seem pretty wide open.

Old enough to be married to a handsome man, who happens to have a few gray hairs...
... and old enough to be glad its him, not me!

Young enough to giggle when I think of us as the Rev & Dr Us...
... and old enough that that reality is getting wonderfully close.

Young enough to have lots of great friends...
... and old enough to know how lucky that makes me.

Young enough to advertise my own birthday...
... but old enough to at least turn it into a blog post!