Monday, June 30, 2008
Krekels has been around since at least the 1950's, if not a little earlier, and is known for its thin hamburgers (very much like those at Steak 'N Shake) and soft-serve ice cream cones, particularly the lemon flavor (though my favorite is chocolate). The owner of Krekels was known for running a very tight ship. I remember going there as a little girl and hearing him bark out orders and get on his employees for not going fast enough.
Mr. Krekel, however, was also known for this:
I believe there are at least two of them, perhaps more now. You always knew he was there if you saw the chicken car. Of course, you also knew where he was, regardless. The chicken car is not subtle.
I've been told Bobbie's Dairy Dip is a great local place here in Nashville for a good burger, but we haven't been yet. It certainly has the same vibe as Krekels, minus the chicken car.
What sort of local establishments do you like to indulge in?
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Now, instead of having the next 16 days to leisurely get ready for our trip, it seems we are also going to Missouri and California BEFORE we go to Michigan. Yikes.
The trip to Missouri is to spend a few days with Greg's parents and pick up the car we have sort of inherited. However, the trip now will serve as double-duty because we are hoping the kids can stay with them for a few days while Greg and I fly to California. Greg has a new business opportunity with two friends there, which should be great - but we need to fly out to have some meetings to get all the details hashed out. Hopefully, Greg and I will be in San Francisco for two days, then fly back to Missouri and then drive from there to Michigan the next day.
In the midst of this, I'm still trying to figure out how to pay the bills and get everything done. I'm teaching a class at the Neighborhood Knit Shop on Saturday, then I'll be at church most of the day on Sunday, Greg has a day trip to Dayton, OH on July 1 and we hope to leave for Missouri on July 2. Oh, and I'm scheduled to teach another knitting class the day after we return from Michigan.
I think I'd better buckle up. It may be a bumpy ride. If I don't post as much in the next three weeks, I hope you understand.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Right now I am reading All Hallows Eve by Charles Williams. It is an excellent book, but not one I would recommend for everyone. If you click the title, you can read the summary and reviews on Amazon. The story is rather difficult to explain, so I'll leave it to you to check it out if you're interested. I will say, though, that Williams was a member of the Inklings group, along with J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and others.
One of my favorite features of modern technology is being able to go to the library's website and see which branches have the book I am interested in AND being able to request that it be brought to my branch for me. In fact, I just requested a book this weekend: Failure Is Not An Option by Gene Kranz. I can't wait!
So tell me what you're reading now, or if there's anything that you would recommend that you've read recently.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Over the past year, the price for staple foods like rice, wheat and beans has doubled. I'm sure all of us are feeling the effects of increased food prices - I know I am. In parts of the world where people are living on $1 a day, these changed prices mean they are now spending up to 80% of their budget just on food. As a result, millions of people are going hungry. This food crisis is being called "a silent tsunami" by the World Food Programme and it is affecting families in every nation.
What is causing the this crisis? Rising fuel costs, increased food demand from highly populated countries like India and China, natural disasters damaging or destroying crops, the growth of biofuels...all play a part.
Here's what you can do to help!
Compassion International has started the Global Food Crisis Fund to provide aid to those most affected by the rising cost of food. You can learn more about this fund here. Donations can be made there as well. Your donations to the fund will provide food vouchers to those in immediate need, seeds and agricultural tools so people can both grow their own food and earn extra income, and supplemental nutrition services offered at Compassion-assisted centers worldwide.
You can also participate in Compassion's day of prayer and fasting on Wednesday, June 25, praying for all those who are feeling the effects of this silent tsunami.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
It was with great joy that I realized I had enough leftovers of two favorite yarns to knit a pair of of these - the variegated yarn is Socks That Rock (colorway: Moss Agate) and the nearly-solid is Dream in Color's Smooshy (colorway: Merlot).
Yesterday I realized that I had a few things deep in the knitting bag that have been sorely neglected, so I shall endeavor to finish them in the coming weeks. Some of you will remember this scarf, which is (slowly) getting longer:
But I don't think anyone has seen this sock...it's Judy "Magic Cast On" Becker's Tangled Up In Blue pattern:
It shouldn't take long to knit the cuff and then I'll be ready to knit the second sock. This yarn is what I received ages ago in the Dye-o-Rama Swap - it was dyed with Kool-Aid!
I will leave you with this thought (another from C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity) - Lewis is speaking of his spiritual life, but I can see how it could apply to other areas of life where one aspires to be changed:
"If I am a field that contains nothing but grass-seed, I cannot produce wheat. Cutting the grass may keep it short: but I shall still produce grass and no wheat. If I want to produce wheat, the change must go deeper than the surface. I must be ploughed up and resown."
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
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Sunday, June 15, 2008
I quickly realized that continental knitting wasn't working for Natalie, mostly due to learning to hold the yarn - so we switched to English style and just letting the working yarn hang (rather than wrapping around her fingers). That made all the difference for her. She knit all evening and picked it up again as soon as she woke up the next morning! As a result, I am proud to show you Natalie's first FO (finished object, for the non-knitters):
Here's a close-up...the bottom third is where I cast on and got it started last year, also where she knit along with me (operating the right needle). The rest is all her own handiwork, even the bind-off.
And here it is, in its intended use...a blanket for her dog, Otis:
Finally, here's an extreme close-up of something I'm working on this weekend:
Saturday, June 14, 2008
So this week finds me down another 1.5 pounds. I'm not complaining. Especially since there have been brownies in my house the past two days.
Total Loss to Date: 6.5 lbs
Short-term Goal: 15 lbs by July 11
Check out how all the Ragamuffintops are doing this week over at Los' blog.
Friday, June 13, 2008
I pulled out my old copy of Devotional Classics yesterday (which I've had since college), hoping for some fresh inspiration or insight. The first excerpt is from the classic Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis and the following quote as been on my mind since I read it:
"It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad."Are you still in your shell?
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Recently, Greg asked me to find him an insulated cup or mug that he could use for water - something that would stay cold. You used to be able to buy that sort of thing at Target or WalMart, but not so much anymore. Now it's mostly cool insulated cups/mugs for coffee. I did, however, stumble upon this gem:
The Bubba Keg. Yes, that really is the brand name. I purchased the 34 oz Bubba Keg, but they come in a variety of sizes.
Mysteriously, the lid of the Bubba Keg leaks for Greg, but it does not for me, so now it is mine! I think it needs a name, though - something other than "Bubba," but equally redneck.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
I've been thinking a lot about my goals with the Ragamuffintop Challenge and finally came up with a good short-term goal. Four weeks from today, on July 11 (incidentally, Greg's birthday), we will be driving to Michigan to spend a glorious week here at Family Camp.
My goal is to lose 10 pounds in the next four weeks. I think that is attainable, but yet not necessarily all smooth sailing. I'll still have to work for it! Since I had a good loss last week, that would bring my total to 15 pounds gone.
There's still a long way to go, but 15 pounds is nothing to shake a stick at.
Sunday, June 08, 2008
So many thoughts ran through my mind when I came out of church and saw this today. Your inner diva shines through, leaving your wife's Mini Cooper blatantly parked right in front of the main entrance like that.
I have to wonder though, were you competing with the golf cart for a spot on the sidewalk?
A Confused Church Member
Saturday, June 07, 2008
*UPDATE: It is Sunday morning and I am very pleased to say that I have lost 5 pounds! Yes, I know not to expect that again...slow and steady and all that...but 5 pounds is a nice little jump start. This week, I can't make excuses; even if the weather is bad, there's a treadmill in my basement so I have to walk!
You can see how the other Ragamuffintops are doing here.
Friday, June 06, 2008
I was standing on the patio of a little restaurant that has been by the docks forever. If you go down the steps from the patio, you cross the wide sidewalk that runs along the lake (lots of people walk here) and go onto the picnic table pavilion.
This view is standing on the steps that take you down onto walkway and pavilion.
After the pavilion, the sidewalk continues on down the lake toward the boat club docks...or not.
There is also a concrete pier that goes out near here, but the only indication now is the row of light poles.
Another view on the pavilion:
And a look down the lake - this section is all blocked off for now.
These guys seem to be the only ones who don't mind the extra water.
Thursday, June 05, 2008
I am so out of my blogging groove, being away from home. I'm not sure why, since I have full internet access and can even take my mom's MacBook anywhere in the house (I have an iMac at home. not portable.). So today I saw these questions on Amanda's blog and now you get to learn trivial information about me. Lucky you!
1) What was I doing ten years ago?
I had been married for just over 3 months and Greg was on tour with Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn, so he was only home for 24 hrs every 2-3 weeks (for 9 months). I had just working for a large law firm downtown and quickly realized that I hated it. I was not yet knitting, but it was around this time that I started scrapbooking.
2) What are five things on my to-do list for today:
- Catch up on reading some blogs
- Work on the sock I'm knitting
- Call a new friend that I met on Monday and try to get together with her
- Remind Greg to go to the bank before 2:00
- Watch The Water Horse
3) Snacks I enjoy:
- Terry's Chocolate Oranges
- Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
- Doritos (original, not the flavored ones)
- Blue Diamond Natural almonds (especially the vanilla bean ones)
4) Things I would do if I were a billionaire:
- Repay both my parents and Greg's for all the financial help they have given us over the years
- Pour massive amounts into my church
- Ensure long-term full support for my friend and her husband who are missionaries with YWAM in South Africa
- Buy a Wii and whatever games I wanted to go with it
- Buy or build a bigger house with a normal-sized bathroom (ours is tiny)
5) Places I have lived:
- I was born and raised in Decatur, IL
- spent 4 years in college in Wheaton, IL
- lived for a year after college in Newquay, Cornwall (England)
- lived with my sister for a year in Champaign, IL after returning from England
- moved to Nashville once Greg and I were married
6) Jobs I have had:
- Administrative Asst./Personal Lackey for a real estate developer (truly one of the most horrible people I have ever met)
- Administrative Asst. for the Human Resources Director at a large law firm
- Worked for a friend's merchandising company (no title, it was just me and him)
- Teaching both piano and violin
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
I miss having friends who really get me. (and like me anyway.)
Part of me wants to just delete this post and pretend I never wrote it. Kinda makes me feel like a loser, if you want the truth. I'm guessing most of us feel this way sometimes and I'm sure I'm not alone. I know there's no quick fix, though I have considered launching a friend recruitment campaign. I don't think I would have adequate funding to really make it appealing to the masses.
I'd drown my sorrows (being overly dramatic here - I'm fine, just feeling restless tonight) in chocolate, but I'm not doing that anymore.
P.S. wasn't able to go for a walk today because it's so freakishly humid that I would have practically needed a scuba mask to spend more than a few minutes outside.
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
It's a rainy day today, but later this afternoon I am going to meet up with my sister and a friend for dinner and Wii. I've never played and I can't wait!
Sunday, June 01, 2008
We are also supposed to post a photo or video in these weekly updates, so here I am. Hey, he didn't specify that it had to be a full body shot or anything, so this is all you get today. I know I look thrilled, but it's late and I'm tired from walking at the zoo all day.
So yeah. My goal for the week is to walk every day - oh, and up the water intake. I've definitely slacked in that department, too.
You can see how all of us Ragamuffintops are doing over here.