Friday, April 23, 2010

My Other Full Time Job

I fully realize that this shouldn't be an issue because there are only TWO of us living in this house.  And not only are there just two residents, we're both legally adults who can drive, cook, clean and all those kinds of things. So what is so demanding of my time?

Clutter, people.  It's everywhere.  Everywhere.  I am pretty sure just organizing could be a full time job.   Sure, I can (and do) put things away daily and give the house a good cleaning on a weekly basis, but somehow, there is stuff every-freaking-where I look.  Those of you with small children may feel free to laugh and quietly say "she has no idea what she's talking about!"  Go ahead, I'll wait.

Okay.  As I said, it's everywhere.  But it's getting better.  We (okay, Chris) made a dump run last weekend, finally getting rid of our old mattress and box spring.  I recently purged/organized our spare room that had become the catchall since moving in, and then garnering even more stuff/junk since our basement had 3 inches of water in it on Maundy Thursday and its contents had to be emptied.

I've (finally) come to understand that purging/de-cluttering isn't something I can do a few times a year and call it good. No, it's bound to be a constant process of paring down and getting rid of things I don't need.  And really, that's good.  It forces me to be creative with what I have and give away what we don't use, all the while reminding me not to be too tied down to things of this world.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Real Food, Fake Food and Everything Else Inbetween

I didn't grow up on processed food.  And as an adult, I am so incredibly thankful that my parents placed a high priority on serving us good, real food, although it's only now that I realize how rare that was.  I didn't have a PopTart until I was in college (and then proceeded to eat way more than I should have), and am thankful that I grew up liking lentils.

As my sidebar shows, I just finished reading "Real Food" by Nina Planck.  I know plenty of people who have read it and was glad to finally get around to reading it.

Though I admit it was hard to come at it with a mindset of objectivity, because so many people I respect like the book, I thought it made a good case for eating 'real food' (basically, if your grandma wouldn't recognize it, don't eat it).  I've been thinking a lot more about what we put into our bodies (especially as I'm now responsible for cooking not only for myself, but also for Chris), and how to come at it with a balanced approach.

I don't think that going into my kitchen and throwing out everything that's not organic, local, raw or free range is the way to go.  That would be wasteful, not to mention rash.  However, making changes where it matters can be a God-honoring way to live healthfully.  At one of my favorite blogs, Passionate Homemaking, Lindsay wrote a post about how natural living can become an idol.  I think this is one of my biggest challenges so far as I am starting to learn more about this and try to objectively think about it.  My goal is not to be the "crunchiest" person around, but at the same time, I want to be a good steward of what we've been given (both in the variety of foods we enjoy as well as the knowledge about where that food came from), eating and living in ways that are honoring to God and using His gifts wisely.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Snapshots of Spring

Taken today in our sunny-turned-cloudy but beautiful 70 degree weather!

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Thursday, April 08, 2010

Grandma Says

When my Grandma was 18, she wrote her autobiography as part of a school assignment. I don't know who her teacher was, but I'm thankful that s/he made them do this particular assignment!  I read most of it on our way back from Easter weekend and found it incredibly fascinating.  I was amused to read the list of her favorite names (none of which were given to her own children) and the added pages about their wedding were so much fun.  The chapter called "The Christ, the Church and I," contained this quote which  I found to be incredibly relateable and very true.

"Though I know so well that Jesus is the only name named under heaven whereby we can be saved, my greatest difficulty is to permit Him and Him alone to save me.  I understand the work of the combination of faith and works in sanctification but too often I bring the two together in reply to the requirements for  justification."

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

The Discipline of Blogging

It shouldn't be that hard, I tell myself.  If I like writing so much (and indeed I do), why am I so intimidated by a blank post?  For a long time, I thought that anything I enjoyed (writing, cooking, reading, scrapbooking) would just happen naturally and that I wouldn't need self-discipline to accomplish those things.  Ha!  Despite my enjoyment of those activities, I still have to train myself to do them.

I do want to be more purposeful about blogging, because I really do enjoy it, and it's a good outlet for writing.  So while I won't be blogging every day, I'm going to aim for posts that are more frequent and something besides recipes and book reviews.  A large part of accomplishing this is finding a daily routine (which can be a challenge, with a work schedule that changes frequently), but thanks to Blogger's auto-post feature, it shouldn't be that difficult...