Friday, July 23, 2010

This may be my most boring post ever. But when Karen Braden looks at you and says, "You really need a new post...maybe even some food pictures," you know you just have to put something up!

We are moving away in one week. OH MY GOODNESS! I am so stressed and nervous. But we do have a place to live, and for that I am extremely grateful.

And my to do list has gotten extremely shorter. Here is all that's left to do:

* sell my car (we are selling my Civic and just taking Bech's Colorado to Vermont)--a little side note: you may remember that Bech and I have trouble selling cars. Not sure why. But pray that this one will sell sooner than our Malawi one!

* cancel our current health insurance

* change addresses for bills, netflix, etc.

* finish Latin--I've been working through Wheelock's Latin this past year to make sure my grammar is up to par. I only have 5 more chapters to go!

* send off our old laptop to apple to be recycled (okay, that's probably not blog worthy--well none of this is--but it's on my actual to do list)

* return borrowed items--I have started doing this, but I still have some things to return!

And finally, because what would a post be without a picture, I have posted one from the latest camera import. Needless to say, I did not take this picture nor did I even know it was taken. My food pictures are of good food about to be eaten.

Bech, on the other hand, likes to artfully arrange fresh just never know with him...

Sunday, July 11, 2010

book review

I am currently borrowing my mom's kindle to read a few books. She has been suggesting some of these books for a few months, so she wants me to read them before I move.

Anyway, the first one I read was "Same Kind of Different as Me." Oh-my-lanta...this book is amazing! And what's even more amazing is that it's true. It tells about the parallel (then later intersecting) lives of Denver Moore and Ron Hall.

Denver grew up on a sharecropping farm in Louisiana then headed out to Texas where he is homeless. Ron grew up in Texas, then later become a wealthy art dealer.

It is through Ron's wife that Ron is encouraged to become Denver's friend.

Seriously, you need to read this book. It is incredible and it's true. It will convict you and encourage you.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

“Then after I met Miss Debbie and Mr. Ron, I worried that I was so different from them that we wadn’t ever gon’ have no kid a’ future. But I found out everybody’s different- the same kind of different as me. We’re all just regular folks walkin down the road God done set in front of us.”

“You never know whose eyes God is watchin’ you through. It probably aint’ gonna be your preacher and it just might be someone who was liven like I used to.”

Ron and Denver

The book, which you've probably seen in the stores...I think it was a big seller.

“The truth about it is, whether we is rich or poor or something in between, this earth ain’t no final restin place. So in a way, we is all homeless – just workin our way toward home.”

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

I just found out about Synesthesia, "a neurologically-based condition in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway." I had never heard of this before, but read about it on this blog. She actually links to a few other blogs.

Anyway, I was amazed reading about this condition. I mean, it's not a bad condition at all, just a way of understanding certain peoples quirks, I suppose. Go the synesthesia link and scroll down to the Personification section. I do that and have done that since childhood. Fingers, colors, numbers, and tons of other inanimate objects and ideas have a set personality in my mind. I don't ever talk about it, because I thought it was a weird quirk I alone had. But I guess there are other people who do this as well!

There are several types: Grapheme (associating colors with letters and words), Sound (certain sounds create set images in your mind), Number form (a mental map of numbers--the wiki site has a great illustration--and I think this can also apply to days and months), Personification (things like numbers, months, days, and letters have set personalities), and Lexical or Gustatory (words and sounds create taste sensations).

So are any of y'all synesthetes? I would love to hear if you are!!!