Retrospective and 5 Things

Ten years ago:
We were living in North Carolina. So were my sister, brother, and their spouses. My grandmother moved there, too. Then, suddenly, two months from now, we up and moved to Texas and my brother left the same weekend for Georgia.

We were going to a small cell church and had some good friends there. The boys loved going to church and playing with Paul.

I still hadn’t finished my dissertation, but I wasn’t too worried about it. I was too busy being a mom.

This is about the time that I read Elizabeth Moon’s fantasy series, The Deed of Paksennarion. (Great trilogy.)

Five years ago:
We had just moved into our house here in Houston. I was in deep mourning for our church and our friends. The kids were missing our church and our friends. R was missing our church.

The trees here were much more plentiful and beautiful than in Austin, but whenever people found out we had moved here from Austin they would say, “Are you crazy?”

R and I gave up vegetarianism. But the boys didn’t. Honestly it is easier to make two different meals because the kids are vegetarian than because they are picky eaters. (Which they are.)

I graduated with my PhD in Rhetoric and Composition from Purdue University in May. And I was thrilled to be doing that and to be done.

We were committed to homeschooling both the boys until graduation and had started on that.

One year ago:
We still didn’t know people in our area of Houston. We had just gotten settled in our new church. But I still didn’t know anyone.

E went to the homeschooling coop without me. (I taught the year before.) He did Geometry and Physcial Science there. He was just starting at this time last year.

My niece was just beginning to get better after a traumatic birth that put her in neonatal intensive care for a week after she was born.

R had just taken up photography. And he was fixing to take up gourmet cooking.

Our favorite family show was Good Eats.

One day ago:
I was reading a book when I should have been frantically cleaning house for the 18 people who were coming over for small group.

We went to class and assembly and then out to eat lunch. Although, truthfully, I don’t remember where.

Then R came home for a nap. (He got up early and ran 6 miles.)

One hour ago:
I was giving a new lady at our church and in this area a guided tour of the restaurant’s around. “They have the best Hot and Sour soup.” “They’re good if you like bland Mexican.” “I love that place, but R doesn’t.” “Here’s where you come on Sunday to see folks from church.”

Five favorite snacks:
potato chips
corn chips
peanut butter sandwich

What I would do with Five Million Dollars:
Pay off our car.

Pay off our house.

Pay off our credit cards.

Buy my husband some new gadgets which he would use as a gentleman of leisure.

Put money in an educational IRA so the boys’ college would be paid for.

Hire someone to clean the house well once a week.

Eat out more often.

Put money away, at least $1 million, for our retirement.

Give money to my alma mater for their library, and endow chairs for the English and Computer Science departments.

I don’t know what I would do with the other $2 million. I’d have to think about that.

5 places I would like to escape to for a while:
the Juras in Switzerland, maybe the Alps too

New Zealand

the Appalachians

Austin, so we could go to Hope

UK for a walking tour

5 Things I would not wear:
bikini (And everyone breathes a sigh of relief.)

eight inch heels


eye, nose, tongue piercing

see through clothing

5 favorite TV programs of all time:
Star Trek the original
Star Trek The Next Generation
Gilligan’s Island
Good Eats
(I’m not totally sure, but I think so.)

5 greatest Joys:
R, E, and M
being healthier
A, my nephew, and G, my niece
walking in the trees
reading and writing

5 favorite toys:
Mr. Purple

5 things I plan to do before I die:
See my kids grown up and established at whatever.
Get out of debt
Teach college full-time
Go traveling
Write and publish a trilogy.

5 Things I can do:
Read well and understand what I am reading.
Explain things I understand to people who are confused.
Teach little kids enthusiastically.
Teach grownups enthusiastically.

5 things I cannot do:
Jump out of airplanes, scale tall walls, or anything that requires comfortability with heights.
Make lots of money.
Let my husband retire tomorrow.
Save my brother, SIL, and/or BIL. (Or anyone really.) They have to be willing to accept Jesus on their own.
Come up with quick responses in an oral discussion/argument.

5 things that attract me to the opposite sex:
Making me laugh.
Gentleness, kindness.
Ability and willingness to talk.

This whole list/idea came from The Anchoress.