Archives for October 2008

Fall book list update

I know I’m a little late to the party, but I finished The Secret Life of Bees this week, and oh my, what a book. It was like reading poetry in the form of prose. So utterly beautiful. I love the way Kidd puts words to things that you have thought before, but could never put into words yourself. Highly recommended to the few of you who haven’t read it already.


Blonde in a bottle

I’m not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I’m not dumb… and I also know that I’m not blonde.
Dolly Parton

The earth has righted itself at last. All is well in the Kingdom of Coyle. I have returned to blonde.

Thank you all for silently enduring the brunette phase,


And this….

…is my “gifted” child.



Last week S and I took a class trip to a local farm for a hayride and pumpkin picking. This was followed by a hay maze (I think I’ve already made my feelings about mazes clear here). This maze, however, was only shoulder height on me, so I felt comfortable giving it a try. S thought it was hilarious to hide from me and refuse to answer when I called her name. This was reminiscent of every shopping trip I’ve ever taken her on. Please note the pumpkin hair clip. She will thank me for being appropriately themed when she’s older, I’m sure of it.

Back to the pumpkins. It was a wonderful fall-ish, harvesty day complete with a misty ride in the hay beneath a shower of red and gold leaves.

We wound through flower fields and apple orchards and then disembarked at The Patch.

S and I each carried away a “just right” sized pumpkin, and then we filled ourselves on a treat of homemade donuts and apple cider.

It was a perfect day. Except for that dang maze.


My latest

The latest and greatest list:

I’m reading: Mere Christianity by CS Lewis

I’m watching: Billy Elliot

I’m listening to: I’m Yours by Jason Mraz

I’m studying: The Psalms of Ascent with Beth Moore

I’m eating: Homemade chocolate chip muffins. Yum!

I’m volunteering: At the school library

I’m lovin‘ : This gorgeous unseasonably warm autumn weather!

I’m hatin‘ : Hidden hypocrisy. Ouch! It hurts when it’s your own.

What are you up to?