Monday, January 31, 2011


The whole world is bracing for the storm of the century. I read an NPR...

Hold it right there. I have a question, concerning the use of "a" and "an." I was a good little 3rd grader; I learned that "a" goes before a consonant and "an" goes before a vowel, but what about when you are writing letters, such an "NPR" or "LOL" or "AYKM" (AreYouKiddingMe was very present in our recent holiday celebrations, thanks to my ever-articulate sister-in-law Dorothy)? "NPR" sounds like it begins with a vowel, so it seems like sacrilege to leave a naked "a" in front of it. Oh help. Sister-in-law Dorothy would probably advise me to consult Grammar Girl on the subject. If reading Grammar Girl could make my vocabulary as effervescent as Dorothy's, I would read it all day long, but alas, I fear that it is a gift straight from heaven. I digress.
So I was reading an article on NPR (haha, outsmarted it!) about the fear of the storm, and called down to Amy from snug in my bed:

"Amy, they are really saying we should get ready for the storm! Do we need to do anything?"

A fascinating conversation followed about whether we have enough matches and why our water heater will work but our furnace won't, should our electricity go out. I doubt, but Amy's usually right, so I submit.

Oh please, let our electricity be preserved.

Amy suggested we pull a "Bear Grylls" by making a fire. I introduced her to Man vs. Wild yesterday via Netflix, and I think she's hooked.

Speaking of Netflix, with two weeks of laying in bed and laying on the couch and laying in the chair in front of the fire looming before me, I signed up for the free trial of Netflix. One of the great triumphs in my search of the Netflix vaults was finding that Man vs. Wild is indeed available for viewing. WIN! Watch out, though. Any mention of a movie, and I go to look it up on Netflix. "The Way Back" which a random facebook friend referenced last night, is not able to be watched instantly. I have no idea what that movie's about, and I probably won't ever find out now.

To sum up this post, I will say: there is one thing that a blizzard does not adversely affect, nay perhaps even enhances. That one thing is bedrest. Selah.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


I thought about doing a return post full of bullet points and "What Has Happened Since My Last Blog," but that would be extremely unartsy and unfeeling, wouldn't you say? Onward and upward.

It's no secret that Christina stays up later than I do, so her texts have been coming when my slumber restricts me from answering. haven't blogged since September.
Dear God, thank you for text messages. Christina and her late night adventures recently followed the call of the Lord to the East Coast. I miss her, but one of the things I have learned in my short life is that when the Lord says to go, it is always worth it to follow. I am honestly so excited for her to experience the fruit and joy of obedience in this time. Go, Christina, go. :) :)

In other news, I'm sorry to announce that I find myself fully qualified to advise you and what to do and what not to do if you should ever (and I hope that you don't) find yourself to have mononucleosis.

DO take time off work. Today I am laying in bed, taking a full sick day for the first time since my diagnosis 6 weeks ago and I should have done this a long time ago.

DO sleep. Obviously.

If you're bored of just laying around, DO listen to a sermon. It's perfect, because you can lay there with your eyes closed, but you don't feel like you're wasting your time should you not be able to fall asleep. An added bonus is that you don't need your eyes. What I mean is, I wear glasses. I want to lie down, because my muscles are tired. Everyone knows that if you lie down with glasses on, the glasses smush into your face, and relaxation is a difficult thing to accomplish when one has something smushing into one's face. If I do something (i.e. listen to a sermon) that let's me lie down AND doesn't require my eyesight, it's a win.

DO have hope. You won't always feel this way.