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.