"After the Fall, the Lord said to Adam, 'As thou hast fallen thou mayest be redeemed,' signifying the parallel relationship of the Fall and the Atonement. And so it is no accident that the Atonement will begin, as did the Fall, in a Garden. And it is no accident as well that the individuals in those gardens were each sinless, or that the events in those gardens centered on their exercise of agency--for Adam, whether he would partake of the bitter fruit, and for the Savior, whether he would partake of the bitter cup. The Savior and Adam faced a similar choice: If they did not partake, they would become lone men in paradise. Both partook that man might be. And by partaking of that bitterness, Adam came to know good and evil, and the Savior came to know all of the good and evil that had and would transpire in the hearts of men through all generations of time." (page 170)
Pretty interesting, right? I've really enjoyed reading this book. It has given me a lot to think about concerning how the Atonement works both in regards to what is expected of me and what I can receive. Too much to go into here, but I would highly recommend the book if you haven't read it.
I'm not a huge fan of The Office (sorry people I just haven't managed to get into it yet) but I think something like this might work for that show--or am I completely missing the point of the show?
So my main problems would be the television and my iPod. Therefore, for the television I am going to limit myself to 2 hours a week (not counting Yankee baseball games which aren't on often enough to be a problem). Actually 2 hours is quite a bit of time for me. This means I can watch CSI-NY to get my Eddie fix and still have an entire hour left to spend wastefully wherever I want. I think this will help me to make much better programming choices (and hopefully help me to get some projects done in my new-found spare time).
Now that that is settled we must move on to my iPod which I think will be the hardest thing to manage. For now I think I will start off by giving myself the restriction of no iPod for 1 hour before bedtime. Hopefully this will help me make that time a nice restful, peaceful time. If that works I may start to branch out a bit more (like no music in the car--sometimes--like I voluntarily did this morning).
I was just reading through the 50 Ways suggested above (click on the image above to see them for yourself) and was really surprised at how simple the 50 suggestions are--although they (Wire and Twine) say right there on the image that they are simple so maybe I shouldn't be surprised. So what is the one thing you are going to do today to help the planet? I'm going to get my bank statement online--really I don't know why I haven't already done this since I handle all my other bills, etc. online.
(image via http://smofa.org/)
Really, you need to go see it because the above image just doesn't do the work justice.
And now here's the new challenge:
1. Limit your daily TV time to 2 hours for one week. (Even better: It is National Turn Off the TV Week so just turn it off for the week!)
2. For one day, let your personal phone calls go to voicemail.
3. Now that you've had a few practice runs, try going for a whole day with ALL the gadgets that keep you connected switched to "off." No email, no blackberry, no phone, no TV, no iPod, no blogging - nada!
4. You did it! Your next step is to try incorporating more "unplugged" time into your daily life. Schedule a set time for emailing and returning voicemails every night. When the time's up, it's time to turn off the technology and focus back on you.
I told you it was a doozy. Actually, maybe it wouldn't be too hard for you but I can see it being a bit difficult for me. Fortunately, I have been cutting back on my tv watching time over the last 3-4 weeks and (except when there is a Yankee's baseball game on) I probably only watch about 2 hours a week anyway (Hence my added note about just turning the tv off for the whole week). The tough part for me will be no. 3: turning it all off for 1 day but the quiet and the silence will be good for me. Anyone up for joining me? on even a part of this challenge?
But I think I like this one better (also noted by MBC): The Quiz
I really liked the movie. It was cute and sweet and James was in it. Christina Ricci was really good as well. The fun doesn't stop there though. You see when I get home tonight I get to watch the Yankees and one of my other pretend boyfriends (who happily is back from an injury) beat up the Red Sox.
And then (as if that ALMOST wasn't enough) I get to watch another pretend boyfriend do his acting duties on CSI:NY tonight.
I feel a bit spoiled today. All I need to make it complete is a little Iaon and a little Viggo.
(image via http://bauergriffinonline.com/)
It is not a great picture but I think you get the idea. I'm pretty convinced but feel free to talk me out of it if you think the look is horrible. What do you think?
I doubt this it the best way to properly honor librarians today...that said here is a bit of fun. Once you've had a good laugh, though, please go out and hug a librarian today.
Just as a note, I would like to say that none of the librarians I know are frumpy or unattractive. They are intelligent, funny, witty, incredible good at their jobs, and very attractive.
9--number of scones I ate (they were smallish)
8--hours spent working on my blog (at least it felt like it--thanks Stacy)
7--things I didn't get to (ie the size of my to-do list right now)
6--kids in my nursery class on Sunday--pure heaven
5--the number of non-black, white, cream, or brown clothes bought
4--Sporting events watched (3 attended in person)
3--Sisters lunched with
2--New cheeses bought (A Greek sheep cheese & a Danish cow cheese)
0--New cheeses tried.
Anyway, it is a new week and that means a new challenge. This week's challenge is related back to our get organized challenge and one I knew that I would be doing. The inspiration for it comes from Stephmodo and is all about organizing all those paint samples, pictures of well designed rooms, or pictures of great dresses that we have collected or torn out of magazines into one easy-to-use binder. Go here to read about what Stephmodo says about the project or follow the easy steps below:
1. Purchase 1 (or more) binder, a box of clear page protectors, and some divider pages with tabs.
2. Get everything together and sorted. If you are doing a home design inspiration book then divide everything into rooms. If you are trying to organize your wardrobe inspiration divide it up by dresses, tops, or accessories, etc. Or if it is recipes divide it up by meal types. You get the idea.
3. Now put it all together in you binder and label all the tabs so it is easily accessed and available. Remember to leave some room for the inspiration you are going to find tomorrow. And don't forget to take some time to clean it out about once a year so that it is always up-to-date.
Good luck and let me know if you are playing along with this challenge.
I just purchased Marié Digby's album for only $7 and it is gorgeous. Here's a sample:
And I can't help but smile when I watch this video. The guy must have incredible legs.
Things I've come to realize.....
Tonight was my monthly crochet group were I began a bookmark. It doesn't completely look like a bookmark but it is a start. I am really getting into this crochet thing. The nice thing was that I almost finished the entire thing in 1 1/2 hours--guess what everyone is getting for Christmas!
And now I must run to watch one of my pretend boyfriends on CSI-NY. Just in case this doesn't fill your blog fix visit Stephmodo whose husband did a great post about cheeses that are available at your local Harmons (or at least in Salt Lake). I heart cheese.
It is a fabulous little French film from the 60s and a musical no less. I love musicals; I can't get enough of musicals. The twist on this one is that all dialog (every single word) is sung (does that make it an opera?). The slight downside is that it is another one of those movies about stupid teenagers, but it is not too bad as no one actually dies in this one (okay strictly speaking that isn't true but our teenagers don't die)--I think that perhaps this is the outcome that Romeo and Juliet would have had if they had managed to live. Now I will admit to it being a bit cheesy (and sometimes the songs do go on) but it is really quite a good watch. And by a good watch may I just point out that especially for this movie I mean that it is very pretty. I loved all the colors. In fact it made me realize a few things: First (and this one doesn't have anything to do with colors but really must be said) if anyone ever proposes marriage to me by asking me to share my life with him if that wouldn't be too much of a burden I will probably say no. Second, I need a new, bright umbrella. I'm thinking one that is a nice robin-egg blue. And third, I need more color in my wardrobe (not that the wardrobe for the film were spectacularly colorful because it was really the walls that stole the show, but since I don't have loads of walls to color I will have to settle on my wardrobe--lots of digression going on here sorry). After the film I went to my room and took this picture of my closet:
Do you notice anything (besides it being very, very organized)? There is an awful lot of white, brown, and black going on here and not nearly enough color. So here is the plan: buy color. The first problem I have, though, is I don't actually know what colors look good on me. How do I find that out? Any suggestions?
Henry is a plant that I have had for something like 8 years and when he is healthy he blooms with lovely white flowers. The problem is he is not healthy often--I tend to forget to water him. While I was studying in Ireland my merciful Grandmother took Henry in, nourished and loved him, and he thrived under her care. Unfortunately, I came home and Henry came back to me. When he was returned to me he had lovely flowers and beautiful green leaves. Now look at him. The picture actually doesn't do full justice to the state he was in because I took the shot shortly after I had trimmed away all his dead leaves. He had been delegated to a room that isn't used much and that is where most of the forgetting-to-water-him trouble truly stems (I thought the morning sun in the room would be good for him). Now, though, I have moved him to my bedroom where I will hopefully be more mindful of watering him. Another possible problem would be my continually calling him Harry. I don't know why I do this (obviously he doesn't even look like a Harry) but it is an on-going problem--maybe in a way similar to some music helping plants to grow calling them by the wrong name works to stunt their growth (I promise I'm working on it Henry). Anyway, I wonder if this could be why I am still single: I haven't yet learned to care for a plant so why on earth would I be trusted with the care of another human being (although I would hardly be responsible for watering another human being). With this argument in mind I have decided to take a new interest in helping my Henry to thrive. Once I get that under control I will branch on to a pet (probably a fish or something--that counts right?--probably doesn't because it doesn't actually require more care than a plant) and then who knows what will follow.
I may not even wait for some kind-hearted individual to buy these for me--It would help me solve my habit of carrying a tube of chapstick in my pocket until my pocket shows permanent wear from the tube.
I can absolutely see myself walking around (the entire town of) Boston in these. They also come in red, brown, and black but I like the purple ones best. Here is the thing, though, I don't know what size to get. They only come in whole sizes and I wear an 8 1/2 (sometimes and 8 but not often). Having never tried on a pair of Crocs before I don't know if I should go with an 8 or a 9. Does anyone know where I might be able to try these on in person or any Crocs in general?
And for those of you (us) that love shoes but don't have enough space to store all your (our) pairs here is the answer to all your problems (at least all your shoe problems).
It holds up to 30 pairs of shoes and adjusts to hold different types of shoes. Very cool.
Then Saturday was spent running around doing chores and errands and feeling very productive about the whole day. The highlight was definitly taking my niece out for pizza at Pizzaria 712. I have been wanting to try this place for such a long time and I finally got around to it. First may I just say that really I am bound to love any place that gives me free hummus and pit after ordering is going to have a special place in my heart. Really, I think that if I were forced to choose just one food to eat forever I could actually do it with hummus. Now back to what I ordered. I don't typically order salads because I find so many salads in restaurants to be less than interesting but on a whim I decided to order the mixed lettuces, roasted squash, gorgonzola, pecans, and vinaigrette salad and can I just say WOW. It was nearly to die for good. I followed that up with tomato sauce, hand-pulled mozzarella, and basil pizza. It was just as good as the salad--I especially like the thin crust. So yummy. I can't wait to go back--I might even branch out and try something different because really everything looked so good.
Saturday was also when I began my nightly impersonations of Laura Ingalls. You see, my hair is starting to get a bit long (it is at my shoulders which is long for me) and it really bothers me at night when I am trying to sleep to have it wrap around my neck. So I've begun braiding it into a single braid each night and that is working wonders. I think, actually, that I might be impersonating Mary Ingalls--didn't she have one braid? and Laura had two?
Anyway, then came Sunday. Dreaded Sunday. It started out rather poorly when I awoke and found this:
Really. Are you kidding me? It is nearly April. We really should be past this kind of weather.
Then the hours ticked by and my nerves really began to kick in. Since I have not yet learned to stop time, the time finally came. I gave my talk at Church. I am told that it went really well and that I didn't even sound nervous (I can hardly believe that since I could clearly hear my voice quivering but I attend church with some really nice people). After it was over I was tracked down and invited to join the women's writing group and the women's book club. I guess my talk must have passed some sort of test and I was proved worthy. Really I felt a little bit like Anne of Avonlea after giving a dramatic reading--without the puffed sleeves. I did however have on a great skirt that made me happy the entire day not only for how cute it is but also because when I bought it I couldn't actually zip it up and now I can (You needn't lecture me on how one shouldn't purchase items one can't actually fit into. I know. But I just couldn't resist.)
As a side note: the skirt is an excellent skirt for twirling in. And that brings us to Nursery. I think The Lord must have realized what a traumatic experience speaking was and had mercy on me in Nursery. We only had 4 kids. 4 kids! It was great. We laughed, we played, we twirled, we had a lesson about how we are grateful that Heavenly Father and Jesus made the fish for us and they got it. It was brilliant. I don't know how I am going to go back to having 12 kids (which I know is still not a lot, but the difference between what we could do with 4 and 12 is amazing).
So there it is. My weekend at a glance. There are a few things I didn't get done (for example, I found mold growing in my wheatgrass. Mold. Yuck. I was going to throw it out on Sunday but couldn't face having to wade through the snow.) but all in all it was really great.