Archive | June, 2011

Stove Top

30 Jun

Fun fact: Bruce and I don’t have a microwave, so when we re-heat leftovers we have to do so in the oven, toaster oven or on the stove top.

The key to stove top reheating is really keeping enough moisture in because a lot evaporates.  I put olive oil in the pan before I started heating and then continue to stir in water as the spaghetti heated.  And I only ever had the heat on medium-low!  Slow and steady.

Leftovers + Garden Salad.

(Have I mentioned I love my garden?!)

My eyes were wayyyyyy bigger than my stomach – I only ate about half of the spaghetti!  All of the salad though. 🙂

I’m off!

What I Am Loving, Chapter II

30 Jun

1. Listening to NPR while finishing my bulletin.

I think NPR only hires people with soothing voices.  Agreed?

2. Milog, my newest iPhone app.

I have to track my mileage when I am driving for church-related things and the old-school pad/pencil (that my mom has used successfully for 30 years!) doesn’t seem to work for me – I always forget to write one of the logs down.  This app will flash a little number if I do that, so it’s really helpful.

3. Young House Love‘s Kitchen Remodel

If you don’t read YHL, you need to.  Just trust me.  They inspire me every day.

Although, in my case, I’m being inspired to finish unpacking from my move three months ago.  Not remodeling.

4. Talking theology and faith with my church members.  They make me think in a way seven years of theological and philosophical education never did!

5. Writing my own liturgy.  There so many wonderful resources out there for church liturgy and worship, but I love sitting down and thinking about my congregation as they will say it in worship.  A very cool part of my job.

And I love scribbling it on a legal pad before I type it out.*

What are you loving?!

*My handwriting is usually much neater than that but when I right prayers I do a stream of consciousness and scribbling is the only way for my hand to keep up with my brain!


What I Am Loving Chapter I

Momma Hawk Down

30 Jun

Hey, remember that time I was out for a walk and got dive bombed by a hawk?

It’s a long story.  Here’s the dumb thing – I know that the hawk is there AND I know that she’s protective of her babies.  My neighbors have warned me (she’s gone after several of them and one of them needed stitches on his head!), she’s gone after Bruce on his bike and we’ve seen her from the car.  She has a nest in a tree right on the road and we all know where it is, but there is not much anyone can do about it. 

Bruce realized that he and I had only seen her at dusk so we thought we would avoid walks or bike rides near the nest at that point in the day.

Apparently I forgot.

Oh – but do you remember last winter when I posted this facebook status?

I suppose I can add to my repertoire of bizarre running partners.  I’m just glad my reflexes were on tonight and I ducked in time.

Never a dull moment, friends.

Oh!  But it was lovely walk – 5.19 miles in 1:17:27, averaging a 14:54 pace.  I did a little bit of run/walk, but mostly a quick paced walk.

Guess who grilled herself tonight?

I’m so handy.

Burgers + Garden Salad –> The grill and the garden have made house living so much fun over apartment living!

Always have a little faith nearby!

Musings Of A Twenty-Something Pastor Part I

29 Jun

A List …

1. I locked myself out of the house this morning.  Here’s how it went down.

I don’t know what is more pathetic.  The fact that I did it – or the fact that I continue to tell people that I did it.

2. I realized this morning that it is a good thing that there is a strong treeline between our house and our neighbors.

No explanation necessary.

3. I took this photo five years ago when Kari and I were on our cross-country driving adventure.

Barrington Congregational Church in Barrington, Rhode Island.  It was one of our first stops and we met some wonderful people there.

I took this photo today:

Who knew I would eventually live 20 minutes from that church?  Circle of life, friends!

4. I love my accent wall.

Just felt like sharing.

5. I meant to show you these earrings that I wore with my Wear a Dress Tuesday outfit yesterday.

Two different people told me they look like a bass clef.  They were my mom’s!

6. The Otter Box that you see above was the greatest thing I ever bought.  My phone did a stop, drop and roll thing down the driveway yesterday and still is as good as new.

7. After Monday’s bike ride all I want to do is go for another one.  I’d leave the office now, but so far all I’ve done for Sunday’s service is pick the hymns – and the bulletin is usually done by Tuesday afternoon.  It’s not even started right now.

What if we just didn’t have a bulletin this week, sung the hymns I picked and talked about my bike ride?

8. I should really go back to work.

9. Thanks for listening.

10. I don’t really have a #10.  I’m just Type A.

On Cats, Busy Days & Italian Food

29 Jun

There is a chance I’m becoming a crazy cat lady.

But seriously, how cute it she?

When she gives me this look I always wonder what kind of trouble she is getting herself into.

Anyway, how was your day?  Mine was insanely busy, but also insanely productive.  And it was Wear A Dress Tuesday, so who’s complaining?

I was doing some work with a church member over dinner tonight and I thought it would be fun for me to cook at home.

I started with fresh greens from the garden

… and added onions, radishes, some tomatoes that I bought at the grocery store and almonds I had in the pantry. I ❤ garden salads!

My house was still so hot from the afternoon sun when I turned the stove on, but it was SO worth it!  Spaghetti & Meatballs totally hit the spot.

That’s amore!


Red Shoes!

28 Jun

Happy Wear a Dress Tuesday!

Little Black Dress.  Red Shoes.  Love.

I’m off to do some visiting.  Have a great day!

Okay, I’m Sore

28 Jun

It’s the classic story.  Boy meets girl.  Boy marries girl.  Boy and girl buy matching schwinn bikes.  Girl eventually gives girl’s daughter the girl’s schwinn bike.  Girl’s daughter rides it for awhile and then it sits in girl’s daughter’s garage for years.  Girl’s daughter decides to give girl’s daughter’s daughter the schwinn.

Did you follow that story?  If not, here’s the short version.  For years my mom had my grandmother’s 1970-something schwinn bike (she and my grandfather had matching ones) and she hasn’t been riding it lately.  I don’t have a bike, but don’t have it in my budget to buy one right now so my dad brought me my mom’s or me to ride.  While I was at work this morning they went out to buy me new tubes so I would be all set to ride today.

We drove over to the East Bay Bike Path, which was highly recommended from church members.

Here I was about five minutes before we set out …

… 10 minutes later my dad was walking my poor bike back to the car.  The gears don’t shift.  I think it has something to do with a metal part.  I wasn’t really paying attention.

Of course we didn’t let a broken bike get in the way of our ride.  Bruce drove home to pick up his other bike, my dad lowered the seat on the bike that Bruce had originally brought to ride so that I could ride it, we rode around a little bit, reconnected with Bruce when he got back with his other bike and (an hour later) headed out on the path.


The ride was GORGEOUS!  It’s a rail trail, so it is relatively flat and there is a pretty good balance between sunny and shade.

The fun part about this trail is that there are little shops along the way.  We stopped about six miles in for frozen lemonade!

I love having my dad here! Do you think he’ll stay here all summer while he’s on vacation?!

(Yes, I’m so cool I wear my helmet when I’m not even on the bike.  Don’t you wish you were like me?)

All in all, we road 15.03 miles.  It was a great way to re-integrate myself back into biking without killing my legs.  Although, I have to say – I’m not moving as quickly as I usually do!  I’m walkin’ like a cowboy!

We came home, showered quick and headed out to dinner.  My dad asked if there was a Chili’s or an Applebee’s nearby so we went to Chili’s.

We were SO HUNGRY by the time we got there!  We started with chips and salsa.

And I ordered the Quesadilla Explosion Salad.  Delicious!

My dad snapped this picture.  Hysterical.

I had so much fun at book club tonight, but I’m exhausted!  We’re winding down with some TV and heading to bed soon.