Saturday, April 28, 2012

My new nephew Ryan

This little guy is already 4 weeks old, so I'm long overdue for a blog introduction. Here's sweet Ryan John. Born March 31, photos from April 14.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The good kind of oops

Today, I was leaving a voicemail for my sister-in-law when it happened. I oopsed a little. It was one of those dumb long voicemails, where I was rambling along with things like "I wonder if, or maybe this, or well, maybe that, but do you know if she [third party] meant this or that or... well, can you just call me?"

Don't pretend you haven't left those kind of voicemails.

So I was leaving along this rambling message and referred to my sister-in-law's sister as her "other sister" which means only one thing: that I think of myself not as her sister-in-law, but just as my... sister. We joked about it when we finally connected, and it was kind of a cool moment. I think we both enjoyed the sweetness of the it, knowing and savoring that we have that kind of relationship. It was an oops that really wasn't because it brought me joy and warmed my heart.

G, I'm so glad that God brought you into our family. You're an awesome sister, and I'm blessed to know you.

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Saturday, January 7, 2012

300 is a perfect score in bowling

Once upon a time, I learned how to keep score in bowling. I think maybe it was to earn a Pioneer Girls badge or something. It wasn't long after that when bowling alleys adopted electronic scorekeeping and average players no longer needed this skill. Nevertheless, it is one of those things I still know how to do, and which I'm sure is using up the brain space I could otherwise be using to solve world hunger or something. Hahaaa.

I admit this knowledge came in useful when I was babysitting a couple months ago and was able to impress the youngsters by accurately predicting that if one of us scored three consecutive strikes in Wii bowling, it would be called a "Turkey".

Other than my recent experience with the Wii, I don't actually go bowling anymore. A bad case of "tennis" elbow that resulted from incorrectly using a computer mouse in excess seems to have forever ruled out my chances of winning Wimbledon or starting a weekend career as a bowling hobbyist. Most of all, it's super awesome to tell people that I've had tennis elbow and how I got it. It's basically the same as wearing a tshirt that says "Geek." Thankfully, some coaching by the doctor who prescribed my malady meant that I was able to improve my computer posture, otherwise I would have never been able to discover digital scrapbooking.

And in other news, this is my 300th blog post on Rebecca's Miscellanies. Thanks for reading!

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Monday, January 2, 2012


Yesterday, I resolved to not set an alarm, and watch the Rose Parade in my pajamas. Check! 2012 is off to a great start, I've already kept two resolutions.

I hate New Year's resolutions. I'm terrible at keeping them, and then when I don't keep them, I feel terrible about myself. However, I recently had been thinking I'd like to pick up blogging again. I'm not going to resolve to blog more, but if I did say something like "I resolve to blog more in 2012 than I did in 2011," it would be a pretty darn easy resolution to keep. 2011's post total here on Rebecca's Miscellanies? A whopping 18. On the other hand, one of my blogging friends mentioned a while ago that my blogging had once inspired her, and that's probably what started my thinking about getting back to blogging. That was around Thanksgiving, and it's taken me this long just to blog about thinking about blogging.

The other thing I'm "not" resolving to do is memorize scripture this year. As in, on a schedule, with a strategy and accountability and everything. After I signed up with the disclaimer that I am usually really bad at follow through, I was hugely relieved when someone else signed up and not only made the same disclaimer, but used nearly the exact same words: "notorious for quitting." I know. Try not to be bowled over by my confidence, OK? But if you are interested in checking it out, the details are over on a blog my friend Megan set up. Actually, the best part about this is that you get to pick your own verses, and they can be short, and it's only 2 verses a month. My first choice is Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV). I "kind of" know this passage, but decided to make a point of committing it to memory.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
So, here we are 2012. What will this year bring? If nothing else, the three of you still subscribed to my blog might have a little more to read, and hopefully I'll have strengthened my scripture muscle a bit. It's starting to sound like I've made myself some resolutions.

(And for the record, I'm already 5.3% of the way to meeting my goal of blogging more in 2012.)

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