Minnesota Preacher Woman

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Vacation Time Approaching

Vacation time is almost here. I'm taking next week off. The week after that includes July 4th, which will be a very light week. Thought I had planned that one well. (Last year I took the week of the 4th as vacation and it didn't make sense that I was taking vacation time when it was already holiday time I had off).

The psyche sure seems to know when vacation is coming for me. It always feels like I've been running a marathon when I approach vacation and can barely make it to the finish line. I have definitely been overworking myself. One look around our home is all it takes for me to know that!

We are driving 'up north' - a fond Minnesota experience. 'Up North' is a nebulus place that means north of Minneapolis. I like going way up north, to the pine trees and loons and northern lights. We will spend most of the week on Leech Lake, which doesn't sound too appealing unless you realize that the lake isn't leech infested and is actually walleye infested. I hope that eldest child/son can catch some walleye. I won't even dip a line in the water. Hopefully lots of reading and sleep for me. The kids will spend lots of time in or on the water.

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For...

ICE CREAM!

Friday Five, as inspired by Reverend Mother.

1. Ice cream: for warm weather only or a year-round food?
Year-round food. Definitely. I grew up with a Mom who is an ice cream fiend. She definitely passed on the love to me.
2. Favorite flavor(s)
I consider myself an ice cream snob, in that I like the finer things of life. I love expensive ice cream. Love Ben & Jerry's. Anything by them, but really love Cherry Garcia the best.
3. Cake cone, sugar cone, waffle cone, cup?
Sugar cone in a cup, best of both worlds.
4. Childhood ice-cream memory
Went out Sunday lunch at Bridgeman's Ice Cream Shop/Restaurant with my grandparents when they were visiting from Florida. I was about 11 years old. I registered everyone at the table for a give-away. Later that day they called to say that my grandfather's name was drawn to win 10 gallons of ice cream. "Time for a party!" said my Mom. We went to pick up the ice cream and invited all the aunts, uncles and cousins to bring a topping and come over for sundaes. I remember feeling a personal feeling of pride that this family gathering happened just because I had filled out all those give-away registrations. My grandpa died later that year.
5. Banana splits: discuss. I haven't eaten many in my life. They seem so big but would love to have one again. I bet I haven't had one in 20 years! Bet that the fruit would cut the guilt feeling, though!

Friday, June 16, 2006

Friday FiveZzzzzzz....

This week's Friday Five is all about sleep!
1. In what kind of environment do you sleep best? (e.g. amount of light and noise, temperature, number of pillows, breathe-right strip, sleeping in the buff, etc.) Ever since I divorced, I have preferred to go to sleep with television on (with a 30 minute timer). I only recently started sleeping in the middle of the bed even though the marriage was not definitely over - but mainly because one of my kids often wandered in for part of the night. I have 5 pillows on my bed (which seems excessive to me), mainly because my two kids and I often watch tv or a movie together on my bed.
2. How much sleep do you need to feel consistently well-rested?How much can you get by on?What are the consequences when you don't get enough? I need 7 hours and usually get 7 hours. If I get 5 or less I'm pretty grumpy and very lethargic.
3. Night owl or morning person? A little of both. Prefer the early morning but can easily stay up very late working on a sermon, etc.
4. Favorite cure for insomnia Turning on the television or reading for awhile usually gets me tired again.
5. To snooze or not to snooze? Why or why not? I do not take naps but only because I have a hard time finding 20 minutes that I can slow down enough to nap. I long for the days when my schedule slows down enough that I can or even need to take a nap.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Two Father's Day Cards

Today I'm mailing Father's Day Cards. One to my adoptive father, my dad, who is currently spending some much-needed vacation time in the Cascade mountains of Washington state. Then, later, guilt made me stop by the drug store and get a second card.

I am adopted and reunited with my birth parents 17 years ago. I don't remain in contact with Birth Mother. It was a hard relationship to forge. She had so much baggage from the past, it seemed.

But I've remained in contact with Birth Father. He and Birth Mother were High School sweethearts who never married. He has been married for over 35 years and never had any other children. I have a pretty good relationship with Birth Father and his wife. I'm having a harder time with the obligations that they keep suggesting that I must meet. For example, Birth Father's wife recently celebrated a milestone birthday, they were angry that I didn't drive 7 hours to help them celebrate. I feel like my primary responsibilities of two grade-school aged children (that I'm raising alone) and a full-time call at a busy, growing church are about all I can bear most days. My needs are rarely met each day, let alone the needs that Birth Father and his wife seems to have.

But, yet, I'm grateful to know him. Grateful for the emotional closure that I felt in reuniting with Birth Father; glad to know more of who I am because he welcomed me back into his life. So today I found a card with butterflies on the front (re-birth) that simply says, "For everything...you are wished happiness...Happy Father's Day." Thank you, Hallmark.

I may not be able to be the daughter he always dreamed that I would be and I may feel stressed with all my obligations...but I wish both of my fathers joy and peace. In the end, I thank God for the opportunity to be able to send out two Father's Day cards.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Friday Five

1. Favorite way to spend a rainy day
I would be curled up on the couch with a book and bowl of popcorn. And most importantly, my two children would be downstairs playing together peacefully.
2. Favorite song about rain
I can only think of Burt B.'s "Raindrops keep fallin' on my Head." But that song brings back fond memories because it was one of my dad's favorite lp's and I remember being 5 years old and dancing around the room while he listened to it.
3. Favorite movie featuring rain
One of my favorite movies right now stars Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton "Something's Gotta Give." One scene when they were finally connecting features a rainstorm that even knocked the power out.
4. Favorite piece of raingear, past or present
When I was in kindergarten my Mom made me a raincoat and hat. I still can't believe that she sewed a raincoat. She was a thrifty gal. After I outgrew that raincoat she used the material to re-surface the stool we always had in our kitchen.
5. Favorite word for rain
Drizzle - don't know why!