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On My Mind

November 8, 2011

I have a lot of heavy thoughts on my mind. I’m thankful that none directly impact my family, but it’s still all there in the back of my mind.  So I think today will be an all-over-the-place kind of random day, including a picture dump completely unrelated to anything. It’s been too long. So that’s your warning.

(I’m going to go ahead and start the braves-savings-fund now, ok?)

::Top in my mind is Penn State. Sandusky, specifically. I’m a grad. I was a student when some of this was actually happening.  It’s so awful and I just can’t shake it. I know so many incredible human beings who are Penn Staters,  both as students and as faculty and just associated with the university and I hate that this is all that anyone is now associating with Penn State because of horrendous actions that put an institution above the greater good and moral responsibility when children were being brutally assaulted.

::Mia got to stay after preschool today for lunch and playtime with friends, so Nick and I took advantage of the extra time and headed a bit farther than our normal for fabric and grocery shopping.  We live an area known for a large Amish and Mennonite population, so we don’t think about it much. It still surprises me sometimes to pass a horse and buggy on back roads and to see a spot at some shopping spots for tying horses, but on the whole it’s not an everyday occurrence because of where we actually live. We’re smack dab in the middle of suburbia and Big Company Stores and the mall and outlet malls.  So all of this to say that our trip a bit off of our normal beaten path was really nice.  Everything heavy on my mind made it nice to take a beautiful drive and to go somewhere that reminds me that ours is not the only life and not the only way that people live. Sure, we live immersed in “normal” culture – but that normal is ours, not everyone’s.  There are many people living all around me(literally) choosing a more simple, intentional life. Despite the differences, we’re all living this life with the same basic purpose at the very center of it all – eat, sleep, work, raise our children to be good, kind people in the world. We’re all just trying to do that in the best way we know how. Sometimes it’s nice to have a bit of perspective outside of our own small world.

::I stood in line at A.C. Moore for almost an hour last night. To buy a bunch of crayola, a Melissa and Doug sticker book, a smelly pencil, candy melts in case I ever get around to making cake pops and a gingerbread house. After I had been at work 9 hours standing on my feet all day.  I stood in line with a family with little kids behind me who were touching everything and bumping into me the whole time(and I couldn’t blame them – they were little and standing in line for almost an hour!) and an older man who just kept telling everyone what to do and when do do it, even though we were all just standing in the same line. So many people. Everyone irritated.  I stood there going back and forth between, “Why am I here? Just put the basket down and walk out…” and “You’ve already spent all fof this time in line, just stay and finish.” I stayed. It was stupid. I should have left. It was a good lesson, though.  I’m glad I got it out of the way early November because I’m not doing it again.  There’s nothing that I need so much that I need to stand in line with cranky people being nasty to one another and complaining about cashiers and it’s exactly what I don’t what my Christmas to be. So no more. I’ll buy online or at 10am on a weekday, but I’m done with busy stores with people in panic-buying-frenzy-mode. I get enough of that at work and it’s not going to be a part of my holiday season.

::Reading: The Frugal Gourmet Celebrates Christmas (thanks, library books sale!) When Leaves DieOne Hundred Years of Solitude (again.) A Common Life (anyone else love the Mitford Series? I know you’re out there!) One Thousand Gifts (The slowest I’ve ever read any book. I’m digesting it one word at a time.) Nicholas the Bunny (for the millionth time and still loving it.) Does anyone else keep a stack of different books going at all times? I’m never actually reading just one book.

::Thankful today for:  time change that means my kids take extra long naps, dark evenings that make everything feel a little more cozy, conversations with a two-year old in the car, a husband with a job that he still loves months later, holiday crafting, good friends (who I don’t talk to nearly enough.)

::The kids took crazy long naps today, so we skipped dinner and went straight to dessert when Nick finally got up at 8pm(just long enough to eat, drink some water, read a book and go right back to bed – I love when he does that every so often!) Um, really really really – if you’re planning a Thanksgiving menu now, add this Pear, Cranberry and Gingersnap Crumble from Smitten Kitchen to your menu.  Easy, beautiful, full of fall freshness and so unbelievably delicious.

That’s it. Well, not all of it. But enough for today. What’s on your mind lately?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 8, 2011 8:33 am

    wow that’s a lot of books to have on the go at the same time. lately i’ve had one baby or parenting related book and then one book for enjoyment on the go which happens to be the Night Circus. also love her recipes from smitten kitchen… the blueberry muffins are the best ever.

  2. Christina permalink
    November 8, 2011 11:46 am

    I have been struggling with everything I’m reading about what happened at Penn State. My uncle said that there were rumors about Sandusky when he went to school there in the late 70’s. HOW did human beings let this go on so long? It pains me to even think about what those children went through and will carry with them and how this will all be associated with PSU.

  3. Jen M (Denver) permalink
    November 9, 2011 10:40 am

    I too have had Penn State on my mind. As a grad (class of ’96) my heart is heavy with all of the sadness – for the victims especially, but also for those current students and grads who have always carried such pride in the University. I have always been proud to call PSU my alma mater – now that is tarnished.
    News today – Paterno will be retiring. More vicitms coming forward.

  4. December 4, 2011 7:21 pm

    I can say i have read and reread the Mitford series so many times I have lost count! They are pick up and enjoy at any spot books, and they make me reflect on my own life and spirit. It is nice to find another friend “At Home”.

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