Monthly Archives: May 2008

can’t figure this out

What is worth expending energy on? Sometimes, it seems as if there are too many good options, and sometimes it seems as if all options are futile. How am I supposed to know the best way to live, moment by moment.

And there are a lot of moments in which to choose how to live. I am not confident that I am choosing the best possible ways to live. I also think that I obsess over this a little too much. Am I the only one that wonders if I am screwing things up constantly? But how could that be possible when I try to hard to do things well?


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Disclaimer: I promise that this is not one of those new, covert forms of advertising. Nobody is paying me, sadly. My blog isn’t that widely read yet.

That’s where I went last night. I went with a friend of mine who had yet to make the mecca. I hadn’t been myself in a few months. What’s not to love about IKEA, especially if you’re a girl. There is food ( “international” food!), everything is gorgeous, you get inspired and convinced that you could decorate like this, things are inexpensive, and you get to feel cultured by going there. It is Swedish after all.

I have yet to encounter someone who disapproved of IKEA. I’ve never consulted a Dane or a Norwegian, though. It’s little wonder that the founder is a millionaire.

The first time I went into IKEA, I just took it all in. I found cool stuff, but I am one of those people who has to think about things first. So I went and saw all, then came home and ruminated about what I could really use and need so I would be ready the next time I went.

The first things I acquired from IKEA was an egg slicer, an apron and matchinig mitt (a Christmas present from my big brother!), a few bowls, and a six-set of cups.

When Catelin and I went, I found some other great stuff. I got a middling-size bowl to match my others, another set of six cups to match the ones I already own, a small mirror (promise I’m not vain), and a beautiful, embroidered pillow I’ve been wanting since I saw it the first time.



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delights from everyday

“When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, a man cannot discover anything about his future.” Ecclesiastes 7:14

It’s a given that there are times of good and times of bad in life. I try to revel in the good times and extract from them as much pleasure as I can. Still not quite sure the best way to handle the bad times. Usually I just balk.

At this very present moment, I am very amiably disposed. Sort of the warm-blanket feeling. I am very mentally contented right now. Enough about my state of mind. These are some of the things that I am dwelling on, thanking God for these visible blessings.

– My brother gets to be in a wedding this weekend for one his best friends.

– Ben and Lilly got engaged!

– Lord willing, I will get to see my family in just a few weeks. I haven’t seen my dad or younger brother since Christmas.

– I now like high heels.

– Earlier this week, perhaps in a foolhardy move, I went swimming in a natural swimming “hole” in original Florida.

– I pulled out and wore one of my favorite dresses today, and my hair cooperated.

– Eating Moe’s for the first time in over a month.

– It’s one of those times where I can feel things happening in my life that should be character/person developing.

– Beating Kristi soundly in wrestling the other day.

– Meeting new people.

– Brenna and I get to order our bridesmaid dresses for Anna’s wedding soon!

– I have a very serious job interview to prepare for on Tuesday.

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cleaning fundamentals

I tend to think things that I don’t understand are way more lofty and complicated than they really are. I realize this, of course, when I learn how to do them or gain an understanding of them. Until that point, I think there is a mystical-like quality to such things; things that just “make” things happen a certain way, and surely the individuals performing the tasks are competent and undoubtedly expertly and professionally do their jobs.

It never fails though, that I realize that nearly anyone can do nearly any tasks that I used to deem so specialized, and also that people very often do not do things exactly as their deal sense would necessitate.

Coming down from the abstract, something that I have learned a great deal about in the past few years is cleaning. I am a certifiably knowledgeable house cleaner.This doesn’t mean that I always have a clean house by any means. But I’ve got the skills. I know that it takes. It’s way less magically done than I used to envision.

This is all you need:

– A good vacuum
– Spray bottle of Pine Sol
– Spray bottle of Windex or window cleaning solution
– Soap scum remover
– Toilet brush
– A tough-bristled brush
– A small brush
– Comet
– A spray bottle of bleach solution
– Stove-top cleaner
– Stainless steel cleaner (my personal favorite!)
– A really good feather duster
– A bountiful supply of rags

The rest is attention-to-detail, working from top to bottom, and sweat. Cleaning is hard but easy.


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a favorite

Rocky Mountain National Park. From Colorado several years ago.

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job status part the second

I got an interview! I did!

I am terribly excited, because I am really interested in this job. The interview is on Tuesday afternoon. The job is in Lake Mary, but they would pay really well. I’m going to prepare extra carefully, and the guy who set up the appointment for me to be interviewed also gave me some helpful hits, which is incredible!

Other than that, I am still cleaning, tutoring, and doing babysitting. Call me! I will do whatever jobs you have for 10 dollars an hour, babysitting, cleaning, even just running errands.

In my spare time, I am creating new finanacial goals for myself, trying to learn how to better manage my money, and making major changes to my resume. I haven’t been organizing and cleaning the flat, as I should yet, but one day I’ll get around to it.

Yours respectfully.


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St. Patrick’s Prayer

A prayer, authorship generally credited to St. Patrick:

I arise today
Through a might strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the threeness,
Through confession of the oneness
Of the Creator of Creation.

I arise today
Through the strength of Christ’s birth with his baptism,
Through the strength of his crucifixion with his burial,
Through the strength of his resurrection with his ascension,
Through the strength of his descent for the judgment of Doom.

I arise today
Through the strength of the love of Cherubim,
In obedience of angels,
In the service of archangels,
In hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
In prayer of patriarchs,
In predictions of prophets,
In faith of confessors,
In innocence of holy virgins,
In deeds of righteous men.

I arise today
Through the strength of heaven:
Light of sun,
Radiance of moon,
Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightening,
Swiftness of wind,
Depth of sea,
Stability of earth,
Firmness of rock.

I arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot me:
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s host to save me
From snares of devils,
From temptations of vices,
From everyone who shall wish me ill,
Afar and anear,
Alone and in multitude.

I summon today all these powers between me and those evils,
Against every cruel merciless power that may oppose my body and soul
Against incantations of false prophets,
Against black laws of pagandom,
Against false laws of heretics,
Against craft of idolatry,
Against spells of witches and smiths and wizards,
Against every knowledge that corrupts man’s body and soul.

Christ to shield me today
Against poison,against burning,
Against drowning, against wounding,
So that there may come to me abundance of reward.
Christ with me Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

I arise today
Through a might strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the threeness,
Through confession of the oneness,
Of the Creator of Creation.

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