Tuesday, February 28, 2006

A Day in My Life

Recorded here so I can look back someday and compare.

5:45am Alarm goes off
5:50am Drag self out of bed, dress for work, pack lunches
6:30am Get in Car
7:45am Get to work
5:15pm leave work
6:00pm meet Bill at Metro
6:45pm get home
7:30pm eat dinner
8:00pm clean up after dinner
8:30pm exercise
9:00pm play with piggies, read
10:00pm shower, get ready for bed
10:45pm Bed

Thursday, February 23, 2006


A bird calls, a green shoot breaks through the dead leaves of fall, a bud swells on a tree. The earthy-wet scent of the slowly warming ground faintly tinges the air. A fresh sense of energy stirs creatures wild and tame.

Even though snow fell yesterday, Spring is starting to make her appearance. It is exciting to think of the end of the winter. As a lover of gardening and the outdoors, I start getting a real case of cabin fever about this time of year. I long to spend my evenings after work and my weekends walking outside, taking hikes in the mountains, and exploring local parks. And gardening! Just to walk down the rows of flowering plants at the local garden center is pure delight. It is so hard to choose just a few to come home with me. I have been enlisted to help a few friends with their gardens this spring--we will have so much fun!

Spring--this season I am anticipating with a great sense of elation.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Growing Babies

Winter's not done yet!

We spent this weekend inside--lots of snow fell yesterday and today, the sun is finally peeking out around noon. I estimate we got just under a foot of snow, and it took us a good long time to dig out the car. Then we went on a walk in the snow, we were covered in it anyway. It was halfway up my shins! Perfect snowball snow. Being snowed in put a crimp in our plans for the weekend, but it isn't turning out too badly. Last night I made a big pot of chili and some cornbread and we watched a movie. If only the snow came a bit later, I might have gotten out of work tomorrow. It is looking like it will be okay to drive soon now, since the sun is coming out to melt the snow off the roads. I bet they will still cancel school around here--the DC area can't handle snow very well, especially the schools.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me. ~C.S. Lewis

Tea is drunk to forget the din of the world. ~T'ien Yiheng

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

On Dreaming

When slumber seals our weary eyes,
The busy fancy wakeful keeps;
The scenes which then before us rise,
Prove something in us never sleeps.
As in another world we seem,
A new creation of our own,
All appears real, though a dream,
And all familiar, though unknown.
~~John Newton "On Dreaming"

For some people, dreams are a manifestation of anxieties or dominating thoughts in a person's life. If someone has something on their mind when they go to bed, often it will surface in their dreams.

For others, dreams have no relation to anything going on in their life or conscious thought. It is a time for things to surface in one's mind that would never emerge while in a wakeful state.

I definitely fall into the latter category. My dreams are vivid and fantastical. I will often wake up from a dream and think two things: where did that come from and, that would make a great movie! I enjoy my dreams, how far they take me in my imagination. The details are always very minute: from the bark on a tree to the sense of emotion. I get caught up in my dream's adventures, journeys, and secrets. Something in me certainly never sleeps--I am glad it doesn't.