4.26.2013

Chasing Splendor and other stories

So many things I need to be doing right now... checking my newly-transplanted sweet peas, wrestling plastic over the garden hoops so I can plant the tomatoes, getting the snap peas and leeks in the ground, making a lasagna, cleaning house, writing books. But, you guys. I just cannot contain my excitement. Something happy this way comes... starting right here on Monday, if all goes well:



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Of course, when I tried to make that sketch and photograph it, Maia thought the sketchbook looked like something to lie down on and play with.



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Behold, both the Mormons and the Jehovah's Witnesses have stood at my door and knocked. This week.

Said the Jehovah's Witnesses, peering over my shoulder: "Wow, you have a lot of Bibles." Yes. Yes, we do.

Said one of the Mormons, after fifteen minutes of cheery back and forth... that was a fun conversation, if neither of us managed to convince the other...: "You said you like a lot of Mormon authors. Which ones?" I bet I could've talked to that girl for a long time. When I got to Shannon Hale's name, she said "Ooh, she's awesome!!" And when I named Stephenie Meyer and claimed to love The Host, she said "There's a movie being made of that, right?" And I was like, NEW FRIEND. I'm so tempted to internet-stalk her just to talk more about books. But I'm not sure if that's polite.

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The tulips keep stopping me in the middle of work, just to look and look again. I took the camera out in the sunshine and the breeze yesterday and tried to catch a little of that splendor:








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Music of the week: My piano and I have been learning Chopin's Raindrop prelude (Op. 28, No. 15). Here's Valentina Igoshina's rendition on a beautiful Steinway grand.



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Happy weekend!

16 comments:

  1. VERY excited about the read along! Must go subscribe to Christie's blog in preparation for it.

    Alas I won't be able to actually read long with you three, but I do know the story quite well and look forward to everyone's take on it as you go through it. :)

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    1. Good enough. :D And I'm very excited, too!!!!

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  2. Siiiiiigh. Tulips. I'm having a tulip thing right now. Yellow ones are my favorite.

    I say . . . give it a couple of days, then look her up! Just so you don't look too stalkerish. c; But don't miss out on making a new friend!

    You literally drew the graphic! I didn't realize. Wow, I was wondering where and how you found such a perfectly appropriate illustration. D'oh!

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    1. I love tulips!!

      Haha, yeah. I'm not a great artist, but most of the time I can at least make something recognizable. ;)

      Hmm. I would've expected the Mormon girl's first name to be pretty Google-able... it was quite unique... but nothing came up. Well, if she comes by again, she can come in for tea and Shannon Hale talk. :D

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    2. Don't say that, I think it's good. I wouldn't know how to draw an owl if one flew in through my window and dropped an invitation in my lap . . . er, I mean, hit me in the face! And the paper is appropriately crinkly and bends in all the right directions--things like that are tricky.

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  3. "Of course, when I tried to make that sketch and photograph it, Maia thought the sketchbook looked like something to lie down on and play with." That's because it is something to lie down on & play with. Silly human. :)

    Ah, JW's & Mormons. Don't think I've actually ever spoken to them at the door. We're either not home or we don't answer our door. And when I say we don't answer our door, I mean to hardly anyone. Anyway, I suspect most conversations wouldn't last very long once they would find out I'm a pastor.

    So, do we have to do anything, like read or something, to participate in this book club? ;)

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    1. Well, if you want to be ahead of the game, I might talk a bit about Chapter 1 of the first book in the kickoff post. :D

      I used to not answer the door very much, but then one day I missed the UPS guy with Lou's new computer, and... yeah, now I answer the door. :P

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    2. @George
      Well, you don't _technically_ have to read, but if you haven't read HP before, you might have trouble joining in the discussion! c;

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    3. Well, George is on the Blogengamot with me, and can probably match me for Potter knowledge and enthusiasm, so I think he'll probably re-read just for the fun of it. ;)

      Oh, and George, I think I misread your question... commenters and other bloggers will be invited to participate by reading and sharing thoughts, etc. I'm putting together the Monday post now. It ought to be awesome. :D

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    4. Well, I may have read the HP series...a few times. :)

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    5. George..at lest with the J.w.s..Pastors are their favorite (ever hopeful! They came to see our priest every week until he tried to give them the Catechism ;). They don't come to our door anymore - no one does now, except people we know and the code-guy..but when we lived in town I had them over for tea every week.

      Thrilled about it all! Jenna, Christie, is this respond-at-will-within-a-reasonable-time or what??

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    6. We should probably define that reasonable time. I need to post either every Monday or every other Monday. Will that work for you and Christie?

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    7. Masha, that's a good reminder that I should have several catechisms on hand just to hand out. :)

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  4. Yeah, I vaguely remember something about it. . . .

    --Arabella

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    1. "Hang on, I think I remember him mentioning it--"

      "Once or twice--"

      "A minute--"

      "All summer--"

      :D

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  5. Yesterday I reread the first chapter of Philospher's Stone. Even took some notes on it. So bring it on! ;)

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