mailbox check

12 . May . 2010

you know what time it is?

fairway. coupon. time.

if you’re not going to use yours,
i know someone who will.


ps –
new to the bookshelf
(so far, very good):


on humiliation

11 . May . 2010

one particular aspect of
townhouse life in the city
is the thrice-weekly
Taking Out of the Trash.

m, w, f evenings
we place our black bags
on the front curb
awaiting the early-morning arrival of
our [usually jovial] santa-in-reverse
sanitation workers.

the summer months carry the added
opportunity of people rummaging
through the bags at night,
presumably looking for ‘treasure’,
strewing the previously-tidy contents
hither + yon.

my humiliation was made
complete this morning
upon running into t.w.o.
while on hands+knees
cleaning up said strewn
personal superprivate trash.

one gentleman was even
so kind as to offer to help.

[i about fainted]

no thank you,
no! thank you,
certainly got it.

‘dear sidewalk,
please open + swallow me whole.

may the Lord do his surgery in
my heart today, as i am
vividly reminded that i, too,
am full of trash.

that my best efforts are as *ahem* filthy rags.

that though i’m built to know God,
i insist on living independently of him,
as my own master,

and that this effort at independence
creates a sense of anxiety + shame,

which results in efforts to
cover my nakedness +
justify my existence
to feel acceptable + worthwhile.

i am saved by his sheer generosity.

may we draw out the implications
of this gospel of grace today
prayerfully live in consistency
with it.

that the Ultimate Sanitation Worker
has done the greater work.


she was a dancing queen

8 . May . 2010

happy bday, mama cho!

we love love love you.

bon chon for fried ckn
chorus for karaoke
I got in all of the laughing
I need for month.

ps –
my hands-down favorite moments?
abe + scott c. singing a duet on
bryan adams’
‘i’ll be right here waiting for you’

abe doing 2pac
everything jordyn belted;
girl’s got pipes + moves.

‘family drama’

8 . May . 2010

that’s the title of the
first video (below).

the artists Very Specific Instructions
for the second video are:
1. turn on ‘livin’ on a prayer’
2. wait for 12 second-mark
3. turn on their homemade music video

while patti + i partied w/
jordyn + crew,
our families partied here;
huge thanks to scott + cory;
well done, team.

a fabulous evening, all around.

lowbrow + delicious

7 . May . 2010

hey, it’s friday night.

why not?
tater tots that spell your name?

sounds like a legit dinner
to me.

taste o’ summer

6 . May . 2010

madge’s wisdom:
half the beans,
extra peppers +
Fresh Lime Juice, baby.

a rockstar refreshing salad
as we head into summer:

. 1/3 c fresh lime juice
. 1/2 c olive oil
. 1 clove garlic, minced
. 1 tsp salt
. 1/8 tsp ground cayenne pepper
. 2 (15 oz) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
. 1 1/2 c frozen corn kernels
. 1 avocado – peeled, pitted and diced
. 1 red bell pepper, chopped
. 2 tomatoes, chopped (she used grape tomatoes)
. 6 green onions, thinly sliced
. 1/2 c chopped fresh cilantro (optional)


1. place lime juice, olive oil, garlic, salt, and cayenne pepper in a small jar.
cover with lid, and shake until ingredients are well mixed.

2. combine beans, corn, avocado, bell pepper,
tomatoes, green onions, and cilantro.
shake lime dressing, and pour it over the salad.
stir + serve.

people are funny

5 . May . 2010

why is the man doing
full-on calisthenics
in my starbucks?

and though we’re all walking
around him,
of course no one is
mentioning it.

i know you were worried,
what will i do when i lose
my last scrunchie from 1980?

have no fear:
300 days of the year
a mere 400 footsteps from
our front door,
you can replenish your
questionably-fashionable supply for a
Very Reasonable Price.

rest easy, friend.

ps –
my friend, t2, keeps a mental
file called ‘people are funny’
and just tucks things in it
all day long.


pps –
the moral life of babies