Saturday, June 29, 2002

Everyone seems to be doing this, so I guess I'll jump on the bandwagon.

Birthplace: Baltimore

Age: 28

Birthday: Aug. 13

Hair Color: Dishwater brown

How long/thick is your hair: Chin-length and very thin and fine.

Eye Color: Green

Height: 5'8"

Personality: I can be very talkative at times; at other times, I just want to sit in and observe. I'm a people-watcher.

Do you drink? No. I had a scary reaction to liquor many years ago and am scared to try it again. Besides, it smells disgusting. Makes me feel like an infidel that I have to hold my breath to drink the communion wine at church.

Have you had your appendix or tonsils out? No and no.

Have you ever gone skinny dipping? Nope.

Have you ever been convicted of a crime? Nope.

'Dream' dream car: My mom's red Miata. I feel young and sleek when I drive it, even though...well...I'm not.

Favorite place to visit: Annapolis

Favorite soft drink: Wild Cherry Pepsi

Adidas, Nike, or Reebok: I buy generics at Payless.

Favorite Blog: Shameless plug for my hubby, AmberBach.

Favorite subject in school: Science, Math, Greek

Least favorite subject in school: History

Favorite movie: Lady Jane

Favorite book: Leon Uris' Exodus

Favorite alcohol: See above.

Favorite sport to watch: Football or baseball

Favorite sport to play: Crew, although I haven't had a chance to row in years and years. If you've never tried it, you should.

Anything different about you: Too much to mention.

Tattoos/Piercings: Had my ears pierced several times (in the same place) but I'm allergic to just about every kind of earring.

Quotes: Quotes really annoy me. They're too pithy.

Favorite ice cream: That would have to be butter pecan or chocolate/peanut butter.

Favorite color: Green

What's your bedtime: 10:30. I used to stay up late, but then I had a baby.

Favorite TV Show: It's a tie between JAG and CSI.

Words or phrases that you overuse: Ask Duane.

Something that can be improved upon: My weight.

What you want to be: Just what I am.

The one place you would like to see: Grand Canyon

Famous person you have met: They were filming Patriot Games when I was a midshipman at the Naval Academy. I had a history class in the building where they were filming Harrison Ford's scene in the classroom. He came out to take a break and got some coffee at the food table. I walked past him and said Hello, but we weren't allowed to talk to him or introduce ourselves. I was an extra in the movie, too.

Favorite animal: Cat

Do you attend church: Yes

Single or attached: Attached.

What are the first things that you do in the morning to start your day? I rub the sleep out of my eyes and change Bailey's nuclear diaper.

What are the last things that you do at night before going to bed? I usually fall asleep reading.

What's the one thing that makes you feel like something is missing if you don't do it some point within your day? Work on my curriculum. The thing is like a bad itch that won't go away.

Friday, June 28, 2002

In my haste to compliment the potential of Monroe, I failed to mention one thing...the local news. Getting used to the news in a city like St. Louis really raised our expectations for news quality down here. It just isn't going to happen.

On CBS and NBC, the anchors look like they're about 20 years old, and the meterologists...well, let's just say they look like they could be high-school media interns. But Fox really takes the cake. They have a really offensive graphic (kind of like the old Current Affair triangle) they use with their "Breaking News" segment every night. Between every 30-second synopsis this graphic flies across the screen accompanied by an annoying sound track. What's worse is that the entire newscast is done in the present tense.

"A man is killed on Tuesday (last Tuesday, but you'd never know it from the grammar) when he drives his car off the highway. The man, who lives in (insert town here), drinks too much at the local bar and drives the car across the median where he collides with an oncoming car. The man is pulled from the car by rescue crews who try to revive him. The man does not regain consciousness and dies at the hospital."

I'd be satisfied if they piped in news from a larger city like New Orleans of even Jackson. I'd even offer to write for the station if they'd let me.
It seems that when you leave a place your perspective changes a little. Now that we're gone from St. Louis, I miss it...kind of.

I had a hard time getting used to St. Louis. Midwest culture is quite a bit different from the East Coast - everything is different. Even in the city the pace isn't as frantic as it is where I grew up in the Annapolis - Baltimore - DC triangle. Everyone moves just a little slower in St. Louis.

St. Louis has a great free zoo, some good museums, a lot of culture, and places to go. The people weren't very friendly, for the most part, but at least there was something to do when Bailey and I got bored.

Now we're in Monroe. VERY South. VERY VERY South, especially for me, the closet Yankee. Until now. I find myself every day getting more attached to the culture here. Sure, it's a small town (a little larger than Belleville, IL), and there really isn't anywhere to go unless you want to go to Jackson or Vicksburg, but the people are really nice. Much nicer than where I grew up, and much nicer than the folks in St. Louis, for the most part. This is a place where, even though I might get bored from time to time, I feel like the friends I make will feel like family.

Thursday, June 27, 2002

I was sickened to hear the allegation on AFR that the PC(USA) voted at their GA this year to allow unrestricted access to abortions for women in their first and second trimesters (as long as the baby could not survive outside the womb) and to allow late-term and partial-birth abortions for women who have received pastoral counseling and prayer.

The PC(USA) report from the GA confirms the policy on late-term and partial-birth abortions. Here is a quote from the article:
The amended portion of the list of situations in which a late-term abortion may be warranted states:“The ending of a pregnancy after the point of fetal viability is a matter of grave moral concern to us all, and may be undertaken only in the rarest of circumstances and after prayer and/or pastoral care and when necessary to save the life of the woman, to preserve the woman’s health in circumstances of a serious risk to the woman’s health, to avoid fetal suffering as a result of untreatable, life-threatening medical anomalies, or in cases of incest or rape.”

I have to admit when I heard the report on the radio I nearly had to stop the car to throw up. I don't even know where to start. Now I'm going to have to add a whole other disclaimer when I tell people I'm Presbyterian. And a Christian.

Why isn't there a standard for the notation for metrical chants? I'm trying to learn a bunch from various sources and they are all different. Dots, pipes, bold, underline, italics, all capitals...every time I find a new one, I have to stop and see how I'm supposed to read it. I guess if I had been raised LCMS or Episcopal I might be able to do it lickety-split. As it is, it takes a lot of concentration. James Jordan's are the most elaborate and the hardest to read.
Speaking of being back online, our computer from home didn't make the trip. The power supply just went dead. I took the hard drive out and put it in a machine Duane brought home from work, but after a day or two that power supply went out, too. I've never heard of a hard drive causing a power supply to go bad, and besides, all the other peripherals are hooked up to the same strip and I'm not having trouble with them.

I hope this one stays working for a while, at least long enough for me to get my stuff off the other system. I really have a love-hate relationship with computers.

We're FINALLY here! I feel settled in at last. A basket full of dirty clothes, dishes in the sink, Bailey's toys strewn all over the living room. Yep, I guess it feels like home. If only the guy next door would get rid of the four trucks he has up on cinder blocks.

Anyway, we're back online.

Sunday, June 02, 2002

Duane and I just got back from Monroe. We drove down yesterday morning (an 11-hour drive, courtesy of "construction" crews south of Memphis) to leave Duane's truck down there.

This morning in church Pastor Wilkins did a Sunday School lesson on regeneration. He's been spending time every week clarifying misunderstandings and questions that were raised by the Pastor's Conference in January. It was a very, very good lesson. He did a survey of the Reformed (historically, not modern) definition of regeneration. What makes me feel so comfortable under his teaching is that he makes it very clear that he knows these ideas probably make most of us uncomfortable - including him. We weren't raised to think covenantally; we were raised to think puritanically and revivalistically. While he teaches these doctrines uncompromisingly and with conviction, he is not without understanding.

I just have to get used to saying "y'all"...hope "hause" for house and "paust ahfice" for post office don't give away my Baltimore origins.

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