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Well, Color Me Surprised…

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Photo: Bearack Obama found a place in the dining-room built-in cabinet last week, along with a few other treasures that we have. Bearack was the subject of some colorful commentary on the part of my father-in-law a few years ago. Nothing was said this time around…or at least, not in my presence. It just ain’t home without Bearack somewhere around keepin’ an eye on things for us.

It was an incident-free weekend, ya’ll! In-laws here, but no major blow-ups! What?? This is gonna put me out of the blogging business! No posts of complaining?? What is this?? There must be multiple ice cubes languishing in Hell right now.

Now, don’t get too excited. Because it certainly wasn’t some magical family reunion or anything like that. But I’ll celebrate the little victory.

There are a few reasons why this visit worked better than usual. Mostly because they weren’t here very long. Furthermore, I took the opportunity to go to a spontaneous Sunday Brunch with friends, so I didn’t spend a lot of time with them while they were here. I cooked my obligatory meals, which were delicious and impressive, I spent my time cleaning the kitchen afterwards, and I stayed out of the same rooms they were in. It was a pretty brilliant strategy and it worked like a charm.

If I were going to have a complaint (you knew I was going to have a complaint) it would be that they are very emotionally detached people, so there wasn’t a lot of love for the house while they were here. Where my parents, upon entering my kitchen for the first time, stopped and gasped and oggled the lights and countertops, my in-laws simply stood and looked around, remarked on the “lovely fixtures” and kept it moving. My in-laws are the types to ask very in-depth questions about this thing or that thing rather than simply say “we love what you’ve done to the place.”

But anyway…it’s over. On to more fun things. Like Kinklings! This weekend is gonna be kinkling weekend! I’m praying that this snow storm that they are calling for this weekend decides to turn into nothing. Otherwise, I may have to postpone…

I am thinking about new projects this week. I’m getting back on the writing horse, hoping to start up a new short story to submit to one or maybe multiple contests that are happening in March and April. Aspiring writer friends can find a great list of upcoming contests and such here. I started the year saying that I’d tried to submit 5 stories in 2014, and so far, I’ve submitted one. I am also going to begin brainstorming what I’m going to do about my Worthy Challenge. I have the idea for a collection a short stories. I have an idea inspired by an interesting BBC World News report that I heard a few months ago that I’d like to explore in written form. I don’t know if the short-story format is going to work…I’m going to do some outlining this week. I need to come up with an idea soon! I’m totally screwed!!

I’m also thinking about Lent this week. Did you know that Ash Wednesday is NEXT Wednesday? I gave up soda and read the Bible everyday for Lent last year, which I thought was a really nice thing to do. The problem is that I gave up soda anyway, and only drink coffee and water now (mostly seltzer water). And I’m not gonna give up the seltzer water. Soooo… I have to look for something else. I’m thinking that I’ll try to serve fish every Friday during Lent, I’ll read the Bible every night again (there is a special reading plan that I found) and I’d like to find something else to do as well. If any of ya’ll do something particularly interesting or profound, please share! I’m looking for ideas! The Husband says he wants to explore some of the local faith communities around here to see if we can find a place to worship We’re so busy during these next few weeks that I don’t know how we’re gonna do that.

It was just suggested to me that I give up cursing for Lent. Now that would be a challenge! I might actually consider it!

In good/bad news, I destroyed my cell phone by accident this weekend. This is very annoying, because I don’t think that I’m eligible to upgrade my phone until August, so I’m trying to figure out how to get another phone and not take out another mortgage to do it. Bad news for me: I’m cellphone-less… It makes me itchy. Seriously. I have the itch thinking about it. And I might not have a “new” (pre-owned, probably) one until the end of the week! What am I a’gonna do?

The good news: If I can get a new phone, I might be able to get something with a better camera, which means NO MORE BLURRY PICTURES ON THE BLOG! Wooo hooo! It could very well be that I just suck at taking pictures, but I’m going to continue to blame my whoa on the equipment until someone can prove otherwise. 🙂

In other good news: I have learned to knit and how to pearl, and I’m about 10 rows into a swatch of stockinette stitch, which is coming out beautifully. No dropped stitches! That’s right! I’m on my way to becoming a bonafide knitter! (Another thing to scratch off the task list!)

AND I added a new recipe to the fold: I made a bolognese on Saturday that was outrageously delicious. Unfortunately, my attempts to make my own pasta failed miserably. I tried twice–the first failure was a technical problem (the eggs jumped out of my little flour volcano) but the second attempt was technically correct but had a texture problem that I cannot explain or understand. I’m going to look for a new recipe and try again some other week. Very frustrating.

It is a new week and I’m excited to be up and at it again. This is going to be a week for staying up late and getting up early, because I have a lot that I want to accomplish. I’ll keep you posted on the phone front, hopefully celebrating with a clear picture for my Friday Quiet Thoughts.

In the meantime, please send me your Lent ideas! And tell me what you’re working on this week. Let’s be productive together!

Post-published addition:

I failed to mention this about my in-law visit, but it should be noted. Apparently, The Husband and I made this home-buying thing so gracefully that my brother-in-law had decided that it’s easy, and he can do it too! That’s right… this fool was like “well, we decided that we’re going to buy a house now, too. We found a few and we think we’re gonna put in an offer.” I tried to explain what a trial it was and how long of a process it was, but he will hear none of it. I also asked him questions about what kind of school systems are in the towns he was looking at and things of that nature. He had no answers (of course) because he’s a fool. The Husband and I just tried to smile and nod through it. I have no excuses for the foolishness. I don’t know why that young man always needs to go out and do what we’ve done. We’ll see if he succeeds.

6 Replies to “Well, Color Me Surprised…”

    1. Thanks! And thank you for the shout-out in your very thoughtful post. I read the comments on your blog and I found it heartwarming that there are other women out there who are thinking along the same lines we are. I’m now thinking about my “feminist” views and how they can/will impact my sons and how I’m going to try to reconcile that much-needed empowerment that I had to take on for myself and the more important empowerment that I now need to provide for my sons. Very thought provoking stuff. I feel like a post is going to have to come out of that in the future. Maybe during Lent I’ll find something that will really get things going.

      It’s interesting, because “girl power” and “feminism” are not the same thing, but there is an idea that “female empowerment” somehow disenfranchises men. And, possibly, boys. One would think that an empowered woman would raise an empowered man. But the more I think about it, the more that I realize that I don’t really understand masculinity. Then the question is: Is my husband’s masculinity the kind of masculinity that I want my sons to emulate? Is the answer a full yes? If it isn’t, what does that mean? There is a very strong racial context to those questions, of course.

      I’m going to sit here and ponder, as I often do after reading your blog!

    1. be careful, though! I was looking at some of the ones that I was interested in submitting to and a lot of them have fees! Upwards of $22 a pop! I think that’s a little ridiculous. You shouldn’t have to pay to submit, in my point of view.

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