Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Seven Years, No Itch

Today Jay and I celebrate seven years of marriage. Every other year on our anniversary we've been someplace other than at home, but with junior around we've had to make some modifications. So we're going out for anniversary lunch.

I thought I'd do a year in review, just for fun. In the past year we've
  • moved from downtown Chicago to the 'burbs.
  • sold a condo
  • bought two cars and sold one
  • each gotten a new job (I used to work here. Jay will be working here.
  • made it to church every week except for the day that Joshua was born. (Jay represented the fam on the Sunday that Joshua turned a week old).
  • eaten at more chain restaurants than we did in the entire four years we lived downtown
  • had a baby (by far our greatest accomplishment)
I'm sure there's more than that, but it's all I can think of right this second. It's been a full seven years...here's hoping for seven times seven more (at the very least).

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Am I Missing Something?

I think I'm missing something when it comes to parking lot/baby etiquette. Maybe my readers can help.

Jay and I are not yet part of the minivan set. We drive regular four-door cars, so when we put the baby into the carseat, one of the back doors is necessarily hanging open. If I am parked next to an empty parking spot, I will access the carseat through the door that is on the side of the empty parking spot. This makes sense to me. I have enough room to maneuver the baby and all necessary paraphenalia without having to worry about banging the car next to me.

Without fail, as I am struggling with baby, grocery bags, and a diaper bag, someone will want to park in the spot next to me. This has never happened in a parking lot where all the spots were taken except the one next to me. No, it always happens in parking lots where there are plenty of open spaces. I can only assume that the open space next to me is the most convenient or closest to the store (because God forbid anyone ever have to walk anywhere.)

The sequence of events following the person seeing the open spot is different every time. Today Jay reported that a driver pulled her enormous SUV around the open door of his car and ended up with her vehicle in some jacked-up position. A few weeks ago I actually had a guy inch up closer and closer into the empty parking spot so that he was actually bumping up against my stroller. (I'm so mad at myself that I didn't just leave my cart sitting right in the middle of the spot he was trying to pull into. I actually moved it out of his way! Argh!) I've also just had people sit in the lane of the parking lot and wait for me to finish and close the door, meaning that everyone else behind that person also has to sit and wait.

Am I missing something? Is there something I should be doing differently, or am I just overly-sensitive to everyone else's convenience?

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

He Did it Again!

"He" being Jay.

"It" being sang a solo in church.

This time it was a verse of "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot."

He's out of control!

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Fun Test

I'm not sure I agree with everything, particularly the part about low empathy, but this was interesting. I bet it would be different on a different day, in a different mood. To see how I rated, just mouse over the different colored squares.

About Me

As a DESIGNER, you are receptive to ideas and experiences, and enjoy the beautiful things in life, yet you are also grounded and realistic about yourself and the world.

You have a quiet appreciation for beauty in all its forms – in nature, in people, and in human creations from architecture to movies.

Instead of only focusing on functionality, you try to incorporate your good sense of style and taste into your choices.

At times you feel unsure of yourself, especially when confronted by other people.

You aren't the kind of person who insists on having things your way all the time – you are willing to go along with other people's opinions, even if you disagree.

Others may not know this about you, but you are very interested in new ideas, thoughts, expressions, and experiences. You enjoy learning and trying new things.

Although you are practical, you are anything but boring – you have depths to you that others cannot see.

The idea of doing the same thing every day for the rest of your life scares you – you need more excitement and challenge than that!

You have a remarkable eye for detail and precision, noticing things that others miss.

You are balanced in your approach to problem-solving, not letting your emotions hold you up.

You are a fashion maven, up on trends, but distinct in your own style. You don't follow trends, you set them.

Generally, you believe that you control your life, and that external forces only play a limited role in determining what happens to you.

If you want to be different:
Have faith in your ideas, and voice them more often. Your unique perspective needs to be shared!

Allow yourself to become fully immersed in your dreams now and then. You can develop your aesthetic vision even further by allowing your imagination to flourish.

Be as open to your own wishes as you are to those of others.

How I Relate To Others
You are Animated

You are outgoing, comfortable with others, and up for anything, which makes you ANIMATED.

Some people find crowds and parties exhausting, but not you! You are able to be yourself in many situations.

Sometimes it is hard for you to understand why others feel the way they do, but that doesn't stop you from trusting them or having faith that they are good people.

You know the world is complicated and that there is often more than one side to a story, so you are careful not to make judgments about others too hastily.

You would rather experience the world than sit back and observe it—you are not one to sit on the sidelines.

You are an independent thinker and don't get too worried about how others might perceive you—you are not self-conscious about being the active, engaged person that you are.

Although you have a keen understanding of different people's life circumstances, you occasionally have trouble seeing why people get so upset and emotional about things—they should just lighten up and have fun!

In addition to having faith in the world, you have faith in the people around you—you trust others to do the right thing and to be honest.

Monday, May 22, 2006

New Appointment

My new appointment is official and I can finally talk about it. Up until a few weeks ago I thought that I would be remaining in my current appointment, but there's been quite a change in plans.

I requested an appointment to family leave.

We're moving to Tennessee.

We're moving to Jackson, Tennessee, to be exact. Jay just accepted an offer to be the new Assistant Professor of Engineering at Union University.

Strangely enough, Jay never even looked for a job. We were perfectly content with our current situation...Jay staying home with Joshua while I served as pastor of Hope. But he was asked to apply for the job, one thing led to another, and we'll be moving in the middle of July. I'll be staying home with Joshua and Jay will be bringing home the bacon.

Our current plan is to make July 19th my last Sunday at the church. We're going to Jackson soon to do some house shopping, so we hope that if we find something that week we'll be close to closing on it by the time I'm done here.

I told the congregation on Sunday. It was the hardest news I've had to break to anyone, anytime. These next few weeks are going to be full and difficult, but I have a feeling we'll all survive.

Off to buy more orange...

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Holy Baptism, Batman

As if Jay's completion and defense of his dissertation didn't bring enough excitement this week, we also hosted fifteen of Joshua's family members to celebrate his baptism: four great-grandparents, four grandparents, two great-aunts, three cousins (one is the wife of my cousin, but she counts), and one aunt (and her boyfriend). It was quite a whirlwind of activity, but fun to visit with everyone for the short time that we had.

I don't have all of the pictures yet, but when I do I'll include a link to the photo album. Here's a sneak preview.
For those of you keeping track at home, that's my aunt doing the baptizing. She's a pastor in the United Methodist Church, too. When I was born she was going to seminary at Vanderbilt. Many afternoons, after classes were over, she'd come to my house and entertain me while my mother cooked dinner. Entertained from birth by a seminarian...now pursuing local church ministry. Coincidence? You be the judge.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

You Call Him Dr. Jay

We have a doctor in the family.

Not that kind of doctor, but a doctor nonetheless.

It's about time.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Things That Go *FLIP* in the Night

Joshua apparently didn't read the child development books that say that your baby is supposed to roll from front to back somewhere around four months. He has done it once, maybe, and that may have been with some help. Recently, however, he has mastered the back-to-front roll, although he's never quite sure what to do once he's on his front.

Two nights ago, sometime between 2:00 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. he decided it was time to sleep on his tummy. I woke up at 6:30, surprised that I hadn't heard from him in so long, so I went to check on him. From the doorway I could tell he was on his stomach. I don't actually remember my feet touching the floor between the door and the crib...I'm pretty sure I leapt. But there he was, sleeping like a little log. I ran to get Jay, who was already up, so that he could see. As we were staring at him he woke up and pushed up on his arms to stare back. I wish I had a picture of the look on his face. It said something like, "What on earth has happened?" He didn't make a sound for the next fifteen minutes but had a very perplexed look on his face, like he still couldn't figure out what had happened. Last night was the same.

Next week he'll be driving.

Friday, May 05, 2006

And Can it Be?

I don't want to jinx anything, but Jay and Joshua are now on their way to Evanston to put the final version of Jay's dissertation in the mailboxes of his committee members. Stayed tuned for the next episode of "As the Dissertation Churns."

See You in the (Funny) Papers

Well, the old girl made the paper! Granted, it's on page 9; and granted I was quoted with terrible grammar, but by golly I'm there!

The Joliet Herald News covered the NDP yesterday. The beginning of the story was on the front page and the story continued on page 9 with pictures and quotes from three of us there. How about that?

National Day of Prayer, Part 2

Fortunately it was a lovely day out and Jay and Joshua decided to go with me for benefit of the fresh air, if nothing else. They were the only people besides the participating clergy and the mayor that were there, and they even had to do a few laps around the parking lot to put distance between us and Joshua's squeals.

It was a very WASP-y event. Actually, it was an all WASP-y event, but I found out later that there actually are no synagogue, mosques, temples, etc. in Plainfield...just a bunch of (mostly white) Protestant churches and the enormous Catholic campus. But I did get to meet some colleagues and that was nice. I actually met our neighbor, the pastor of the Nazarene church right next door. It was almost embarrassing, given that we've been neighbors for almost a year and are just now meeting each other at an event several miles from home. He was very gracious, though, and hopefully we'll get our families together in the future.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

National Day of Prayer

I am embarrassed to say that I wasn't aware until yesterday that today is the National Day of Prayer. I had received a call from the secretary of our local ministerial association asking for my updated contact information. When I returned her call she informed me that the association would be hosting the local NDP gathering and that the organizer needed several more pray-ers. Several phone calls later and I am responsible for delivering the prayer for our media and entertainment industries.

I guess I'll be hanging out at the flagpole at the Plainfield Village Hall at noon today! Anyone else participating in your own communities?

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Nothing New

I don't have anything terribly exciting to say, so I refer you to the priceless video of my godson dancing in church. You wish he were yours, huh?