Picking Up the Pieces

I realized that I haven’t blogged about life for a while. And maybe that’s not what this blog will end up being about, so maybe it doesn’t matter. But here are a few things that I’ve been enjoying lately:

  • Relaxing. After a very busy few weeks at work, I took Monday off, since Michael had President’s day off. Michael went skiing on Sunday, so I had just a bit over 24 hours to myself, and I have never enjoyed it so much. Nor have I ever enjoyed being so very unproductive for so long as much as I did. And then, to top it off, on Monday, Michael and I just walked around the mall and went to a matinee (Frozen is as good as everyone said). I can’t remember the last time we’ve been so relaxed at home. Also, we finished The Office. We’ve been watching it on Netflix for the last three years and just finished the last season. Tears were shed.
  • Cooking. I’ve been making an effort to prepare meals this week, using Pinterest as incentive. I’ve created a new board for food that I actually make, and am having a good time moving pins over to the new board after I make it and evaluating my results. My favorite this week is a thai chicken salad, but I’m going to try to make lasagna in my crock pot tonight so we’ll see how that goes.
  • Planning home improvements. I’ve been on Pinterest like crazy to figure out what color to paint our bedroom and kitchen. It’s fun, but I’m sure I’ll never be able to live up to the standards those Pinterest experts set.
  • Photobooking. I made a photo book with all of our pictures from our trip to London and Dublin. It’s big – like 11×17 big – but we wanted to use it as a coffee table book. It’s so fun to actually have good pictures of our trip, thanks to our new camera.
  • Small Group. We’ve started up with our small group again, which is wonderful. We sure love them. It’s a bit stressful sometimes, when you come home from a long day at work to a houseful of college freshman. But it’s worth every bit (even if it’s several days later and I still haven’t had time to clean up the kitchen).

Speaking of Silence…

I haven’t posted anything in awhile. Mostly, because I’ve been here:

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Big Ben and Westminster, from the London Eye

And here:

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On a rocky beach near the ruins of a Norman Castle in Wicklow, Ireland.

And here:

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Near the rocky beach and Norman Castle in Wicklow, Ireland.

It’s been a wonderful break, and I might be persuaded to show you a few more pictures. I’ve had plenty of time to read and think, though, which will also lead to more blogging, I hope.

I hope the few of you followers have had a wonderful few holidays since I last posted, and surviving the winter (it’s currently -12 degrees farenheit here in the lovely Minneapolis). I like it here most of the time. Today, well, not so much.

Welcome to Echo of Paradise

Hello Unknown Readers,

I’m surprised that you’ve stumbled upon my brand-new blog! Welcome!

Since I’m still working on my new online identity, I’ll be creating a few pages to help you all get to know me, so check back soon! I plan to write on everything from the triumphs and failures of housewifery and all of its projects, book and movie reviews, observations on society and culture, to ups and downs in my fight for joy in Christ.

My goal is to keep my main posts short enough to skim in your 30-second elevator ride to work or the two minutes it takes for your leftovers to warm up in the microwave. But watch out for essays! Writing helps me think, and sometimes good thinking takes more than 250 words.

Thanks for visiting; I hope you come back soon!

JC