A Little Friday Reading

Hoping my weekend includes plenty of this.

From me to you:

1. I have not read enough Wendall Berry. He is revered by many friends of mine, and I am fascinated by the life he has chosen (that he doesn’t always recommend). A local friend-of-several-friends wrote about his time with Berry here. Good reading, when I am tempted to wish away my three particular “interruptions”; too often in favor of productivity and accomplishing the neverending to-do list. Sometimes those to-dos should trump, often they should not.

2. My friend Keely is blogging again! I loved/hated this, and it generated a good discussion on her facebook page. Seems many of us can relate to her, and the feeling of losing contact with yourself in motherhood. (If we ever had contact with ourselves to begin with? That’s another blog post…).

3. Another friend is blogging about Financial Peace University, the Dave Ramsey course on financial management. I love her description of blowing through money without thought. I would have been on that trip with her, except hemming and hawing over every little nickel and not allowing myself to enjoy France fully as a result. Which approach sounds worse? It’s a toss-up, really.

Happy Friday to you! On my docket: use up a few gift cards that have been languishing for too long. Massage! Dinner at The Local! Coffee! Use it up!


Vulnerability Blehhhhh

I am going to a work conference tomorrow and it is recommended that participants do a writing assignment before attending. I won’t go into the the writing assignment (or the conference) much, but I will say that it involves recalling early (difficult) memories and writing about one in detail.



Concurrently, here’s what I am reading- Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead.

After hearing much positive chatter about this book for the past year and watching a TED talk by the author, I checked it out from our local library.

Side note: how much would my mom have LOVED this book? I bet she would have bought all of us kids copies for Christmas, even before she finished reading it herself. Alongside Boundaries, of course. So we could have vulnerability with the appropriate boundaries.

So that’s on my agenda for the night. Wading into a childhood memory to see what I can learn about myself, while I notice that I’d much prefer to browse facebook for 45 minutes. You know- catch up on those friends I haven’t spoken to in 15+ years.

Some call this avoidance.

I might read about vulnerability and be all for it, but only FOR PEOPLE OTHER THAN MYSELF.

On a different note, I went to the Young Life banquet in Loudoun this weekend. I have a steady love for this ministry, even though it has its flaws. This was up in the foyer, which made me happy. The picture is my mom with her oldest grandchild. There are ten grandkids now- quite a crew.


(Another) Year in Review

Barreling into 2013 with great confidence!

Barreling into 2013 with great confidence!

Well, seeing as how it’s March and all, it seems fitting to look back at 2012 on Ye Old College Try.  (Here is the review of 2011).

I did not do monthly goals in 2012.   So settle in for some light reading about anything and everything.

Most viewed post:  This one, about baby gear and how to avoid buying a bunch of stuff you don’t need.  This is my most pinned post, which makes me feel very important and special.  I mean, people think I know what I’m talking about enough to pin something that I write.  Nevermind that people out there pin hundreds of things that they never look at twice.  Totally irrelevant.  I have been pinned and am practically famous.

Runner-up most viewed postThis one, in which I write about my mom.  My sister and my brother shared in on facebook and it was great to hear from friends who knew my mom and had memories of her.  Also great to hear from friends who never knew her, but got a little more of an idea from my writing.

I miss my mom.  She was truly one of a kind.

Most shared in one day:  This post, about losing our house when I was younger, and the community that took care of us.  This was another post that brought people out of the woodwork.  I tagged a few friends from childhood on facebook and they chimed in with their memories.  The stories are incredible.

A few friends shared it on their facebook walls and it got a lot of attention that day.  That is simultaneously awesome and scary for me, the writer.  But mostly awesome.  I like it when people like what I write enough to share it.

Most commented:  The one about my mom.  (Here is the follow-up to that one).

Runner-up most commented post:  This one, with some advice for a new mom.  There’s some good advice in the comments.  Moms are smart people.

Wordiest post:  This one, about cloth diapers.  Who knew I could write so much about diapers?  I actually had to cut myself off, truth be told.

I wrote a lot about life as a mom:

When I yell at my kids and broadcast it on the street via the baby monitor.

When my husband didn’t do bedtime like he CLEARLY should have.

When my kids say weird things. 

When I was disappointed, and then felt guilty about it, but got over it.

I wrote about difficult situations I found myself in:

Like this one.

And this.

And, finally, I wrote about:


Bailing on shampoo, and cleaning my face with oil.

42 Days to Fit Challenge

Typical goings-on in my life.


Let’s hear it for another year of Ye Old College Try.  A blog about nothing and everything.  You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll wonder why you’re still reading.  Yet here you are.