Archive for April, 2008

At least, I think that’s what it is.  That’s what it appears to be.  From Emma’s site:

What I was doing 10 years ago:

  1. On my way to a Bachelor of Science in Accounting (which I actually never use, but it was interesting, anyway).
  2. Wondering if the guy my daughter was dating was The One (he was!).
  3. Directing the parish choir, a thankless task if ever there was one.  The current choir director has my full support and sympathy!
  4. Trying to survive my son’s first year in college — it was hair-raising, to be sure, but we both survived it, and I think his forestry training still comes in handy, even on the railroad.
  5. Trying to figure out the structure of Matins and Vespers, something that eluded me until I finished the Summer School of Liturgical Music (about which I cannot say enough good things).

Five things on my To Do List today:

  1. Matins, momentarily
  2. Finishing the parish newsletter
  3. Laundry:  whites
  4. Shred a whole lotta junk mail (I opened a month’s worth of mail yesterday, paid all the bills, filled two plastic bags with envelopes and generic fliers, and now I just have to shred the personal information that was included on all the credit-card offers)
  5. Not forgetting my hundred stitches on my son’s train picture!    😉

Yesterday’s To-Do List was much more interesting, since it included buying a briefcase so I can cart all my mail to the library — the only place where I can really spread out to sort mail and pay bills — and picking up beginners’ materials for our parish’s first needlework group meeting this Saturday.

Five snacks I enjoy:

  1. chocolate, in moderation (two words that should never appear in the same alternate universe — ah, the curse of being fat)
  2. peaches — I do not understand this, but peaches have the same effect on me that chocolate seems to have on everyone else.  I immediately relax and take a deep breath, and the world falls into order, when I eat peaches
  3. yogurt, but it has to be “Swiss” yogurt — I can’t stand the fruit-on-the-bottom variety
  4. grapes
  5. cinnamon-chip muffins

Five things I would do if I were a billionaire:

  1. Invest it so that my billion would continue to generate interest income
  2. With the interest income, I would set aside 10% of that so that the original billion would continue to grow
  3. With 80% of the interest income, I would set up trust funds for various charities (a couple of churches to which I have belonged, IOCC, police and fire widows and orphans, and of COURSE, the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests!)
  4. The remaining 10% would be for me to play with, so I’d probably buy a couple hundred acres of forest land, build a log cabin on it for my husband and me to retire in, and hire our son to manage the rest.  Of course, this couple hundred acres would be in close proximity to an Orthodox church, as well as a grocery store and a needlework store.    😉
  5. And I’d buy up forest land as it came onto the market, and give it to the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.  We’re losing way too much forest land to development, lately, and this once-beautiful and peaceful state is beginning to look like that place to the immediate south (of which Stephen Vincent Benet once wrote, in The Devil and Dan’l Webster, “And from that day to this, the devil hasn’t been seen in New Hampshire.  I’m not talkin’ about Massachusetts or Vermont”).

Five places I have visited:

  1. Pittsburgh, PA
  2. Philadelphia
  3. Kansas (I have relatives there)
  4. Bonn, Germany
  5. Jordanville, New York

I have never “visited” New York City, since I grew up there.

Five places I would like to visit:

  1. Moscow, Russia
  2. St. Petersburg, ditto
  3. Portland, Oregon
  4. Seattle, Washington
  5. Nova Scotia

Five jobs I have had:

  1. Secretary at the advertising giant BBDO
  2. Secretary to the Internal Affairs Office of the U. S. Customs Service
  3. Deputy Tax Collector for a small NH town
  4. Secretary at a classical radio station (WBUR in Boston, which is now all news)
  5. Scorer for a firm that does those educational assessments that everybody loves to hate

Your turn!

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Commitment to Loveliness

It’s either that, or commitment to the funny farm.    😉

Before I Go There (to the topic, not to the funny farm), quick update on Dad:  So far, so good.  He appears to have had nothing more than a bladder infection, and is responding well to antibiotics.  They continue to insist that he’s senile, but I don’t know how they can say that, since he answers all the questions coherently, if not with the Expected Correct Answer — I mean, if you ask him a question about baseball, for example, he knows you’re talking about baseball.  What more do these nincompoops want?!

(And I had meant to note that when he was admitted, no one submitted a list of medications.  My sister and brother were promptly chastised for “forgetting” to submit the list, only to be told that Dad isn’t on any medications.  The medicos are still trying to figure out how he has survived this long Without Meds.  Are we that far gone as a society that we have to be drugged up in order to be living?!)

On to sanity.  The lovely and charming Emma (see Blog Roll right) posts a periodic Commitment to Loveliness, meant to bring beauty and femininity into the lives of her readers.  Her list is a lot more genteel than my list, though.  Hers is here:

Commitment to Loveliness 

Mine is more like:

  1. Make the beds every day (note:  still to be done.  It’s now 6:35 pm).
  2. Pay the bills.
  3. Get dh to sign the taxes, and get them outta here.
  4. Go through the plethora of catalogues, tear off the back pages, tear out the order forms, and shred the lot.
  5. Oh, and 100 stitches per day on Maryland Mountain Express (see wallpaper at the top of this blog).

Somehow, I don’t think I quite have the Hang of this Loveliness thing — but I promise you, each of those things above will enhance loveliness in my life, because it will enhance sanity.  Enhancing sanity is lovely.

DH is home.  Off to make one bed, anyway.

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