April 2009


  1. Velcro jersey.  Embarrassed to wear the jersey of a guy who hasn’t played for your team in 8 years, but don’t want to fork over the crazy $90 for a new jersey?  No problem!  Enter my velcro jersey – simply select the jersey in your color of choice and get a complete set of velcro numbers and letters.  If your guy gets traded, or fumbles a crucial pass, not to worry – switch out his name and number for the MVP.
  2. seamless sports bra.  As far as I can tell, Champion is the only brand that has even attempted this but alas, it is only seamless on the bottom.  That’s great, except that some people chafe from the upper seams.  I don’t see why the same technique couldn’t be used for the top part…whoever figures this out will make a fortune just off of me.  So I might as well be the one to do it!
  3. restaurant in airports that is open 24 hours.  Why they shut the things down in a place where hungry, thirsty people come drifting through at all hours is beyond me.
  4. Pizza place near our temporary residence in Virginia.  There is a fortune to be made off people dependent on cafeteria food.
  5. Coffee shop on or very near our temporary residence in Virginia.
  6. Selling Girl Scout cookies in Europe.  I don’t think the door-to-door model would be very successful here but with a different strategy they could do extremely well.
  7. Selling coffee/hot chocolate/breakfast pastries near the prefecture in the wee hours of the morning.
  8. Copy shop very near the prefecture.
  9. Taking Chick-fil-A overseas.
  10. Baguette delivery service.  Many an evening we are prevented from purchasing the delicious goodness of a baguette by the daunting prospect of all the stairs we have to walk down and then up.  I suspect others face the same dilemma.

I don’t get the fuss over Anne Lamott, by which I mean why so many people like her.  I like Donald Miller, and a lot of people who like his writing also like Anne Lamott.  I can see the similarity but I just didn’t enjoy her most recent book that much.  She supposedly has a self-deprecating sense of humor but I feel she came across as self-centered, and that her faith seems very self-centered – in which case, it’s not much of a faith, is it?  And she also seemed very judgmental towards people who don’t subscribe to her particular brand of Christianity, which is a strange quality coming from a former(?) hippie because they’re supposed to love everybody.

I gave up a particular thought process for Lent.  I think the original purpose of Lent is more to give up something morally neutral that you enjoy in order to remind yourself constantly of Jesus’ sacrifice, but recently many denominations have been encouraging adding something beneficial to your life instead.  I think that’s a nice thing to do but it is another example of a pretty self-centered faith.  But anyway, that’s not the point.  The point is that while I might not have particularly enjoyed this particular thought process, it was certainly not beneficial and possibly even sinful (well, it probably was, and therefore not morally neutral) and an indulgence to my own selfishness.  So, whenever I started this process I just reminded myself that I can only control my own response to things and if I don’t like what’s going on I should just do something about it instead of sourly griping.  I think it’s been good.  Jesus came to redeem my mind too, so I think growing in that redemption is an ok way to do Lent.

The weather here has been absolutely gorgeous and I have been just dying to go running.  But unfortunately my stupid, stupid knee is still in rehab.  I am getting so tired of being gimpy.  I have been able to play frisbee a little bit without any major repercussions so I am tempted to go running and just tell my knee to DEAL WITH IT but I think that might result in an unfortunate setback.  I was in such great shape 5 or 6 months ago, it’s depressing to be so limited.

I am really happy with my little speaker/ipod dock that I got before we came.  The sound is great, it has a radio, the voltage is international, and it can run on batteries too.  Plus I got it for 60% off and waaaaaay less than the Bose one we were looking at.  It’s my little electronic friend.

I’ve been spending a lot more time with Nicodemus (my ipod) too, along with my FREAKING AWESOME earphones that Jake’s dad sent me.  Now that we have internet for the first time in our married life, I can get podcasts and things, which is really great.  I seriously don’t know how people did this kind of stuff before the internet, with all its podcasts and email and chat mediums and Skype.

Laundry takes a lot more planning when you have to hang dry everything.

Flowers are inexpensive here, which is really wonderful.  I love having fresh flowers around, it’s so wholesome.

  • tater tots.  Or any Ore-Ida frozen potato product.  They do have frozen french fries here but they don’t taste right.
  • Cheetos
  • Fritos
  • juice coming in a pourable package, like a jug or bottle.  For some reason it comes in big boxes here and glugs and sloshes all over when you pour it – I can’t figure out why they don’t put it in something else.
  • white grape juice that actually tastes like white grape juice.  Here it tastes like apple juice (and these people are supposed to be grape experts!).  That was my luxury item in the states, and obviously I expected to find marvelous grape juice here but alas, I am bereft.  Welch’s, how I miss thee!
  • a genuine Sabbath.  I LOVED Sundays at home.  Sleep in…go to our awesome church…lunch with my family…frisbee all afternoon…evening relaxing with my family, watching football or Masterpiece Theater (look how well-rounded our tastes are!).  So refreshing.
  • a working dishwasher.  We have one…it just doesn’t work.  It mocks me as I am up to my elbows in dirty, greasy dishwater.  Worst. chore. ever.
  • and a dryer.  I need my clothes to be soft, that’s why I buy them!  And lint-free, for my allergies.  Air drying can achieve neither of these goals.
  • my Kitchen Aid mixer
  • grocery store checkers who move a bit faster than a snail.