Ten on Tuesday

1. Today was filled with several very good things and one lousy thing. Right now, the lousy thing is winning in my head.

2. We took a turn cooking dinner for the youth group on Sunday evening. We made vegetable fajitas, which went over fairly well, especially for this hot dog and pepperoni pizza-loving crew. Even so, we had a lot left over. Tonight was our third fajita dinner in a row.

3. I am slowly but surely discovering other young clergy in Greensboro, after a year of wondering if I was the only one under fifty. I am now plotting an Epiphany party at our house.

4. The church held a marketplace and carnival on Saturday. It was a perfect fall day, with lovely sunshine and temperatures cool enough to need a sweater but not a jacket. I did a little Christmas shopping and discovered many crafty talents among church members. Harper spent most of the day doing this:

5. She has also spent a good amount of time lately doing this:

6. I like the burst mode on my camera.

7. I have had The Lacuna, Barbara Kingsolver’s latest, checked out of the library for over a month, and I’m only a few pages in. I love Barbara Kingsolver, but I just couldn’t get into the story about a boy in Mexico in the 1930’s. I know Diego Rivera is supposed to show up at some point, but it just wasn’t holding my attention. I finally let myself off the hook and went to pick another book from my to-read pile. I picked Graham Greene’s The Power and the Glory, which I’ve never read but which always gets referred to in other things, so I felt like I should. Turns out it also takes place in Mexico in the 1930’s. Hmm.

8. Speaking of books I should/would like to read, there are so many of them. I have a pile at work, a pile at next to my bed, a pile in the upstairs office, and a pile I finally returned to the bookshelf because there is no way I am ever going to get to them. And don’t get me started on magazines.

9. We never did fix our sound-less television, but we inherited a hand-me-down TV from some church friends. It’s gigantic, and doesn’t have all the bells and whistles that the old one did (by which I mean, we can’t hook it up to the computer to watch streaming Netflix movies. Life is rough here, I know), but it does have sound. We’d gotten out of the habit of watching TV every night, but we are slowly slipping back into it, unfortunately. Turns out The Office still plays every night at 10:00.

10. Harper has been singing a lot lately, and I just taught her “I’m Gonna Sing, Sing, Sing,” “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” and “When the Saints Go Marching In.” I’m pretty sure there’s a fourth song that can be sung in a round with those three, but I can’t for the life of me remember what it is. Anybody know?

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