Our washer broke on Saturday. The repair man is scheduled to visit today, but in the meantime we've decided to purchase new underwear anyway.
Monday, February 27, 2012
We brought down the house on Saturday.
The young people from our church stopped by the Cookie House on their progressive dinner. We fed them bread, butter and strawberry jam.
While they were helping themselves to slices of bread and watching Mennonite TV, the house suddenly lurched. There was a thud and I felt the floor sway beneath me.
A couple of us rushed to the basement. The previous owners had installed a metal support reaching from the basement floor to the floor joists, to help hold up the floor upstairs. While the house was unoccupied, the basement flooded. The water rusted the metal support and it finally gave way sending our visitors on a bit of a ride.
Upstairs there's nothing noticeably different and we have plans to install a new support, this time on blocks or treated lumber. Until then, though, I've outlawed jumping jacks in the living room.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
One of my challenges in teaching is interacting with lots of people. By the end of some days, I'm so tired I don't even want to say "hi" to anyone.
I was talking with my friend yesterday and I admitted that sometimes I pretend not to see people in the hallways because I don't want to talk with them.
"But Amy," she said, "that's not what Jesus would do."
It was the reminder I needed.
And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Matthew 5:47 NIV
Monday, February 20, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Amanda and I made hot chocolate on Saturday. Actually, we made hot hot chocolate. We added homemade chili powder to the whole milk, 60% cacao and vanilla bean. Then we topped the concoction with sweetened whipped cream. We went for full flavor. Sadly, we added too much chili powder and it was so hot we could only manage one cup.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Monday, February 13, 2012
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
I like black beans.
So, Friday night I soaked a few pounds of black beans and I cooked them up Saturday morning. I tried some of the beans on Saturday and then ate a plateful Sunday afternoon.
On Monday I ate black beans and rice for lunch. For lunch on Tuesday I scooped up black beans with tortilla chips. Julie made tortillas for dinner on Tuesday night, which we served with chicken, black beans, fresh salsa, lettuce and cheese. For lunch today I packed leftover tortillas and beans with all the fixings.
I still have half a pan of black beans in the refrigerator.
Monday, February 6, 2012
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Saturday, February 4, 2012
My kitchen door wasn't worth sanding and staining (It has a hole in the bottom and the back is reinforced with a thin piece of metal). Instead, I covered it with a new layer of paint. I found a couple of permanent markers and turned it into a guest door.
When you come for a visit, you can sign my door.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Yesterday I placed my last call to Korea.
For the past year I've set aside five hours a day, five days a week for practicing conversational English with South Korean professionals. I taught online with an internet phone. My first call usually began at five o'clock in the morning (seven at night in Korea). Calls ranged from ten to thirty minutes with my student and me discussing everything from the dialogues in the textbook to Global Warming to the earthquake in Japan to their dateless Friday nights.
At the beginning of the semester, the director of the English Language Program at SVSU asked me to teach a second class. Since I couldn't devote five hours of my day to Korea students in addition to teaching eight credit hours and tutoring homeschooling students, I decided to resign my Korean job. Since then, the number of calls each days has been dwindling until yesterday I made my last two calls.
My Korean job was an easy, work-in-your-pajamas job, which provided me with a purpose, an income and experience at the time I needed it. Now, I am looking forward to functioning at more normal hours and getting the day off for American holidays.