I preached again yesterday. HERE is the message. The front of the chancel has big windows in it. While the offering was being gathered, I noticed some snowflakes falling. It distracted me so much I missed the fact that the ushers were waiting for me to take the offering plates to the altar.
It was starting to stick.
After church, the snow started really coming down. It eventually turned into a full-blown snowfall. It would have been beautiful to watch from the comfort of my house, but I had to go to work. The drive there was slow and harrowing. I talked to Lauren on the phone while I was driving so that if I went off the road, someone would be able to call 911.
While I was at work, more snow fell. It made many people cancel their appointments. By the time I went home last night, the snow had turned into rain. I talked to my mom while I was driving, just in case I needed a 911-caller again.
Today is supposed to be warm enough to melt it all away.
Yesterday, a box was delivered to my house. I wasn’t expecting anything, so I wasn’t sure what to make of it. As I approached it, I noticed something on the side of the box that gave me a clue.
Do you see it?
It was from Hawaii! My friend Diane sent me a box. Inside was her Christmas card, and lots of Hawaiian treats! It was wonderful to see all those delicious things, but it was even better to be reminded of all the nice people I met while I was there. Thanks, Diane! You’re awesome!
So much tastiness!
The owner of my workplace gave me four tickets to see “White Christmas” the musical because he couldn’t use them. I went last night with Brent and Thurman and Carol. The seats were astounding. We were in the front row of the center of the lowest balcony. We had an unobstructed view of the whole stage and plenty of leg room. Amazing!
This picture doesn’t capture how awesome the seats were.
And the musical? It was great! It was cheery and Christmasy. I recognized many of the songs. They sang “Blue Skies”, which reminded me of Star Trek. They also sang “White Christmas”, and invited us all to sing along, which we did. And then it started snowing in the theater! Actually, it was foam. But still, it was pretty cool. I was so delighted, my eyes got teary with joy. Brent tasted the foam. He said it tasted a little like soap.
This was before the show.
I’m still having a little trouble with my work schedule. I never have two days off in a row. Not having a “weekend” is a little disorienting. I have trouble remembering what day of the week it is. But having a weekday off can be kind of fun. Yesterday I went to a movie. In the middle of the week! I saw “Catching Fire”.
I only liked one of the previews.
I spent the afternoon straightening my house a little. My brother is here to visit my old school, and he’s staying with me tonight and tomorrow night. While walking down to the basement for some laundry, I had to stop. The floor was covered with camelback crickets. It was seriously creepy how many there were. Something is really wrong down there.
Why are they so much creepier than regular crickets?
As I’ve said many times, all of the commonly used artificial sweeteners leave a bitter/metallic aftertaste in my mouth. But as I walked through the baking aisle of the grocery store, I noticed a kind I’ve never tried before: monk fruit extract. I decided to get some.
Last night I tried it. I decided to just drip some of it into my mouth. It had the cool sensation of xylitol, but the bitterness of sucralose or aspartame. The aftertaste wasn’t as intense as with other artificial sweeteners, but it did not go away. I went to sleep with the metallic flavor still clinging to my tongue.
I will not be tasting monk fruit extract again.
At least it’s in a fun squeezy bottle.