Archive for November, 2010

November 20, 2010

Random Saturday a.m. Musings

Dear Y’all,

Hmmm so I’m sitting here in Starbucks on a beautiful, cold Saturday morning trying to come up with something to say on my own blog about life, or more specifically my own life, in general….

Here goes.

* I love relaxation. LOVE it. I am undeniably lucky today. You know why? I got to sleep in. On a wonderfully holiday-ish- feeling Saturday morning. I am at Starbucks, which, even though it’s horribly chain-ish and cliche, always delivers good espresso. Even better: I happened to have a free drink waiting for me this a.m. And, their holiday drinks have just come out, which means that sitting in front of me is a Venti Caramel Brulee Latte. 5,000 calories and worth every calorie. I will never understand the “non-fat” phenomenon that has taken over Starbucks to some extent – who goes to Starbucks to skimp on calories?

*Moving on. I am also happy because in three days I will be relaxing (hopefully by a fire) at home. In Kansas City. Joyful thoughts. You what else? Obviously, it’s Thanksgiving time and that means in Baehr house it is bake-a-rama time. I am blissfully looking forward to the abundance of pumpkin and pecan pies and rolls that will be made in the next few days.

* Under the Mercy is a fabulous book. Sheldon Vanauken pretty much rocks my life.

*Pioneer Woman beat the socks off of Bobby Flay this week in a Thanksgiving Throwdown. It was incredible.

* I saw a little kid in Starbucks today whose mother got her a cup of whipped cream and chocolate to eat. Just a cup.

*I have recently discovered Starbucks random itunes download of the week. This week it is Aloe Blacc’s “I Need a Dollar.” Just in case you wanted to know. More Starbucks random info: after a whole year of teaching and coffee consuming, I have finally made it the “Gold Level” at Starbucks. Basically, this just means that I have spent copious amounts of money there in the last year and have finally made it to the “free refill” stage. Joy!

*Kids say the darndest things. No, really, they do. Loving my job, as always.

*I sort of ran over my phone a few weeks ago. It broke. I got a new phone. I’m not the biggest fan. It shuts off randomly after I send text messages.

*Barn dance last night. Very, very fun times.The barn was hardly a shack barn like I was expecting. Wow. Nice. I would like a chandelier and a dance floor in my barn, someday.

*Weekends are a beautiful thing.

Love,

Alicia

November 10, 2010

Your Friendly Thought for the Day . . .

“Every vocation is designed to kill you.”

– Anthony Redfield

November 9, 2010

November 6, 2010

Life as I know it

I know, and you probably do too, that I when I start posting videos, quotes, other people’s blog posts etc. that I am either lazy, or busy, or both at the same time, which takes no degree of talent whatsoever but probably just sounds better. Or maybe not? Anyway.

I am exhausted. In a very good way, after a very beautifully draining and wonderful week, but am nonetheless kind of wiped out. I have 2.5 hrs before a banquet tonight and I have several options:

1. Sleep.

2. Drink coffee.

3. Work out. Jillian?

4.Prepare for a talk.

5. Read Cosmo (uh, for work purposes. Just to clarify).

6. Make a phone call.

I doubt you care about any of these options, and I am sorry that this blog post is so pointless.

In any event, I’ll revert back to quotes.

“So if our heart is clothed in the world it is necessarily stripped of God, and if it is stripped of the world, it is necessarily filled with God. This is what our Savior said: “No one can serve two masters. If you serve the one, you hold the other in contempt.” We must, then, very conscientiously free our heart and affection from this tyrant, the world, and set it on God, completely free and sincere, letting nothing come between ourselves and him.” – St. Catherine of Siena

November 3, 2010

One of my all-time favorite childhood readings . . . timelessly beautiful! Happy feast day!

John 11:17-27

“When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, only about two miles away. And many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them about their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him; but Mary sat at home. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise.” Martha said to him, “I know he will rise, in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.”