Wednesday, December 31, 2008

I Love My Friends

During a break at a particularly long day at work...

B [while reading the paper]: "We should go to the yarn store, but I didn't bring any money."
Me: "You're reading the article about Stampadoodle [stamp store] but yes, we should."
B: "Oh...but it looks like yarn!" *Points to picture of markers.*

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Hymn of the Week: Of the Father's Love Begotten

Hymn of the Week: Of the Father's Love Begotten
(Fourth Sunday of Advent)

Of the Father’s love begotten, ere the worlds began to be,
He is Alpha and Omega, He the source, the ending He,
Of the things that are, that have been,
And that future years shall see, evermore and evermore!

At His Word the worlds were framèd; He commanded; it was done:
Heaven and earth and depths of ocean in their threefold order one;
All that grows beneath the shining
Of the moon and burning sun, evermore and evermore!

He is found in human fashion, death and sorrow here to know,
That the race of Adam’s children doomed by law to endless woe,
May not henceforth die and perish
In the dreadful gulf below, evermore and evermore!

O that birth forever blessèd, when the virgin, full of grace,
By the Holy Ghost conceiving, bare the Savior of our race;
And the Babe, the world’s Redeemer,
First revealed His sacred face, evermore and evermore!

This is He Whom seers in old time chanted of with one accord;
Whom the voices of the prophets promised in their faithful word;
Now He shines, the long expected,
Let creation praise its Lord, evermore and evermore!

O ye heights of heaven adore Him; angel hosts, His praises sing;
Powers, dominions, bow before Him, and extol our God and King!
Let no tongue on earth be silent,
Every voice in concert sing, evermore and evermore!

Righteous judge of souls departed, righteous King of them that live,
On the Father’s throne exalted none in might with Thee may strive;
Who at last in vengeance coming
Sinners from Thy face shalt drive, evermore and evermore!

Thee let old men, thee let young men, thee let boys in chorus sing;
Matrons, virgins, little maidens, with glad voices answering:
Let their guileless songs re-echo,
And the heart its music bring, evermore and evermore!

Christ, to Thee with God the Father, and, O Holy Ghost, to Thee,
Hymn and chant with high thanksgiving, and unwearied praises be:
Honor, glory, and dominion,
And eternal victory, evermore and evermore!

Monday, December 15, 2008

23 Things

I managed to leave this list on my work computer along with the flash drive I’d saved it to, so here’s what I meant to post on Saturday…

Each year around my birthday, I like to make a list of new things I did in my last year of life (yes, I am weird) and seeing that tomorrow is two days ago was my birthday, I thought it a fitting time to make such a list.  So, here are 23 (new) things I did while I was 23. 

1.            Went on my first real date

2.            Entered into a relationship with an amazingly wonderful godly man

3.            Celebrated three months with him (on my birthday, no less!)

4.            Watched the sunset on the beach with said man

5.            Celebrated one year at my job

6.            Experienced the death of my Grandma

7.            Became a church member

8.            Won third place in our bake-off at work

9.            Co-adopted a cat

10.          Was maid of honor for my friend Crystal’s wedding

11.          Hosted a weekend visit with friends from North Carolina and Arizona

12.          Went a real, just-for-fun vacation to California and Arizona

13.          Ran two 5ks

14.          [With my roommates] hosted a game night

15.          Developed a grudge against the state of Iowa for their lack of road signs and my propensity for getting lost

16.          Celebrated being out of college for one year

17.          Discovered the amazingness that is savory scones

18.          Helped plan a party for my church’s third anniversary

19.          Lived with another Elizabeth

20.          Celebrated Thanksgiving with Chris (and our respective families)

21.          Drove over 800 miles in one week while on vacation

22.          Got a digital SLR camera

23.          Learned to knit, not for the first time, but for the first time successfully

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Hymn of the Week: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

Hymn of the Week: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
from the Liturgy of St. James
(Third Sunday of Advent)

Let all mortal flesh keep silence,
And with fear and trembling stand;
Ponder nothing earthly minded,
For with blessing in His hand,
Christ our God to earth descendeth,
Our full homage to demand.

King of kings, yet born of Mary,
As of old on earth He stood,
Lord of lords, in human vesture,
In the body and the blood;
He will give to all the faithful
His own self for heavenly food.

Rank on rank the host of heaven
Spreads its vanguard on the way,
As the Light of light descendeth
From the realms of endless day,
That the powers of hell may vanish
As the darkness clears away.

At His feet the six wingèd seraph,
Cherubim with sleepless eye,
Veil their faces to the presence,
As with ceaseless voice they cry:
Alleluia, Alleluia
Alleluia, Lord Most High!

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Hymn of the Week: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Hymn of the Week: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
by Joseph Neale
(Second week of Advent)

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.


Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Wisdom from on high,
Who orderest all things mightily;
To us the path of knowledge show,
And teach us in her ways to go.


O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny;
From depths of hell Thy people save,
And give them victory over the grave.


O come, Thou Day-spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.


O come, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.


O come, O come, great Lord of might,
Who to Thy tribes on Sinai’s height
In ancient times once gave the law
In cloud and majesty and awe.


O come, Thou Root of Jesse’s tree,
An ensign of Thy people be;
Before Thee rulers silent fall;
All peoples on Thy mercy call.


O come, Desire of nations, bind
In one the hearts of all mankind;
Bid Thou our sad divisions cease,
And be Thyself our King of Peace.


Monday, December 01, 2008

Yummy Alfredo Sauce

Don’t ask how many calories are in this sauce, just enjoy it. ;)


1/2 cup butter

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese

2 teaspoons garlic powder

2 cups milk

6 ounces grated Parmesan cheese

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper


Melt butter in a medium, non-stick saucepan over medium heat. Add cream cheese and garlic powder, stirring with wire whisk until smooth. Add milk, a little at a time, whisking to smooth out lumps. Stir in Parmesan and pepper. Remove from heat when sauce reaches desired consistency. Sauce will thicken rapidly, thin with milk if cooked too long. Toss with hot pasta to serve.

(Some reviews said you could use skim milk and non-fat cream cheese.  Still, I think I’d only make this about once a year upon seeing how many calories are in a serving.)