Saturday, February 19, 2011


Ketchup. What a weird word. Wonder what the etymology of that word is. Regardless, this is my Saturday morning attempt at a newsy, catch-up post.

It's been a full week. Full of life.

Aside from some hideous wind, the weather has been GORGEOUS! It's felt almost spring-like and as much as I love sweaters and scarves and boots, it's really nice to not have to wear a coat every time you leave the house! I love that it's staying light longer at night too. Spring is definitely in the air and I'm grateful. Despite the beautiful days we've had, I haven't been able to get out and walk or's been almost three weeks now...that's simply tragic.

John had to go to the coast of Alabama this week. Had to eat seafood. Had to bask in seventy degree temperatures. Had to look out at the gulf. Had to smell the salty air. Had to interview some amazing people. He's so lucky. He arrived home yesterday--just as I got two weeks worth of groceries put away and just in time for a lunch date with me. That's two dates we've had this week. I could get used to that! I'm very thankful he's home. I know travel is a necessary part of his job but I dislike being separated. We both do.

Seems like something always goes awry when he's out of town and this week was no exception. I was in the carpool line at the middle school on Thursday afternoon when the nurse from Abbey's school called. She got two of her fingers slammed in the heavy metal door while coming in from recess and the nurse thought they might be broken. Poor Abbey. Thankfully, they weren't broken, just badly bruised and very sore. That girl is a trooper. And I could have lived without the nurse telling me about the student whose finger was severed in a similar freak accident last year. Shudder. 

This is a FOUR DAY WEEKEND for us. FOUR DAYS!!! The kids are out Monday and Tuesday and I am thrilled. We don't have too much planned. I hope it can be a mix of fun, productive, and restful days.

Here's just a few things on my happy list from this week...

Bible study (Esther). Ohmygosh, this study is so very good. I've never really considered myself a Bible study girl. I have friends who love/crave/need it but I've never considered myself one of them.  Also never considered myself a Beth Moore devotee either, but this study is amazing and I'm astounded at the truth and wisdom she pulls out of a handful of verses every week. I've been pleasantly surprised by how much I've enjoyed this study.

I bought two small things this week that made me happy. I'm very aware that things don't fulfill you, but sometimes they do lift your spirits and make you happy! I bought the Stealing Home soundtrack from iTunes. John and I saw that movie on one of our earliest dates in college and I literally wore the cassette tape of the soundtrack out! Isn't it funny how music can just take you back to a place, time, and memory? 
I also picked up this DVD.  John and I both love that movie and how could I pass it up for only $5 at WallyWorld? Small, happy things! 

There were lots more happy things in my week, and some really hard things too, but I've got to get showered and run some errands and do some cleaning and get this weekend started! Peace out, peeps!

For my fellow word geeks--the etymology of ketchup/catsup. So interesting.

ORIGIN late 17th cent.: perhaps fromChinese ( Cantonese dialect) k'ē chap‘tomato juice.’


Leah Belle said...

LOVE the Stealing Home soundtrack too! I never saw the movie, but owned the soundtrack and listened to it over and over.......gonna have to go dig that out now....

Have a happy long weekend!

Christi @ Writing the Waves said...

Glad that you all are enjoying some nice weather there also. And sooo glad that Abbey's fingers weren't broken!!! :)

Unknown said...

I agree, Ketchup is a weird word.

And now everytime I hear i think of my friend Kecia...who used to be called Ketchup in grade school. Isn't that sad? So excited for your four day weekend! We are taking a 3 day weekend around these those gov't holidays when my man is home!

We must be getting you CO wind here today....the tree's outside my house are bent over with the gusts of howling wind!

jen medeiros said...

I am glad Abbey's fingers are okay. Ouch! I agree about finding things that lift "our" spirits. Love when that happens. I call them mommy treats. Breakfast at Tiffany's is one of my favorites, too. Actually anything Audrey. Hope your long weekend is going well.

Michelle (LemonadeGal() said...

Thanks for the word lesson. I was going to google it. :)

So glad you days have been filled with HAPPY!! :)

OhioFamOf4 said...

So glad you are enjoying Esther. I was surprised by how much it spoke to me and love to see what other people think of it. We are doing Crazy Love by Francis Chan right now. Not sure how I feel about it yet.

Enjoy your four-day weekend!

Deidre said...

Poor Abbey. That sounds painful.

You know I love the book of Esther, however, that particular study by Beth Moore was one of my favorites. Maybe because of the timing, but I just really got a lot out of it. I'm so glad you're enjoying it.

I have NEVER seen Breakfast at Tiffany's. I know. I need to.

Stephanie Kay said...

Severed?! Oh my!!

We also had a fun week. It was completely appointment free and we even played hooky from Cub Scouts and Co-op so that we didn't infect or become re-infected with the current stomach bug. Friday was gorgeous here. Sunny and 50+ degrees. So we took a picnic to the zoo and had a fabulous day.

This week is February Vacation in New England and we have several field trips planned. Can't wait!

Gretchen said...

Been nice to ketchup with your posts over the last week or so, Mer. Sure wish you could come over and do nothing with me or craft. xxxooo

Anonymous said...

I love the movie and the soundtrack. I haven't seen the movie in a million years though. I wonder if I still like it.

Hope A's fingers are well by now (since I'm just now getting around to this post.)