The resumption of a consistent schedule…hearing God’s voice speaking to me…eating good food…reading good books…not only are these just a few of my favorite things, but they have comprised my life over the past few weeks. Visual accountings follow.
August 24 – the first day of school! For dinner I made my own quick version of gumbo soup: okra, tomatoes, chicken, onion, green peppers, and rice, with a chicken broth and cream base (for good measure).
August 26 – lunch with Kyle, which included me eating almost all of this ginormous salad. Yes, that’s BBQ sauce on top, mixed with homemade ranch dressing. I don’t know how many calories it had in it, but it looked relatively healthy, and more importantly, tasted good.
August 27 – I saw this beautiful monarch butterfly flitting around, which made me go on somewhat of a wild butterfly chase to take a picture of it before it flew away. A guy walking by asked me, “Did you get it?” How kind of him to encourage my spontaneous picture taking. 🙂
August 28 – my new office space! This was the first day that a.) my computer was hooked up with the proper cords, and b.) I had access to log on to the database I need to use. Note my sunlit, window view of campus. Yay! I’ve since brought a few desk sit-arounds to make it feel more like mine, including some little scripture note cards given to me in college, a fun magnetic musical sculpture, and my “Beware of attack musician” sign.
August 29 – what a wonderful opportunity I had to attend a Beth Moore simulcast over Friday night and Saturday morning with ladies from my church! After getting past the feeling that I was watching her on TV, the Lord spoke through the music and her message to bring me into a new, deeper understanding of my relationship with Him.
September 4 – I began the celebration of my holiday weekend by (finally) going to see a matinee of Julie & Julia. Despite the mixed reviews of the critics (they are critics, after all), I heartily enjoyed this movie! So much so, in fact, that I just might buy it when it comes out on DVD so I can watch it again and again…and walk away hungry for food and Paris again and again.
September 5 – since the J&J DVD is not yet out, I broke down and bought the next best thing…the Julia child memoir/autobiography My Life in France. I actually bought it last night (with a 10% off coupon at Barnes & Noble) and promptly came home to begin reading it in bed with a cup of tea. It made me feel very continental and luxurious. 🙂 Lately my brain processes non-fiction a bit better than fiction, it could be because of all the thick academic library stuff I’m reading. And yet, this is fun reading, which without, I am lost. Plus, I can also say that this is probably the first time I expressly went to buy a particular book, and then came home to read it.
I’m now off to finish all of my procrastinated weekend homework and will then treat myself to a bit more of Julia’s life in France. Ahh. Thus my laborless holiday weekend has begun.