A few weeks ago I told two dear friends I had some sad-but-good news. One of them guessed at what it could be, and the other exclaimed, “That’s one of my favorite feelings!” After giving it some thought, I saw he was right on. It’s an exceptional situation in life that produces both sad feelings and a resolve of good.
Monday morning. The alarm goes off and in three seconds I am pulled from sweet repose into a frenzy of noise and motion. I throw back the five blankets piled on my bed and climb over my husband, who is two seconds behind me in the “alarm tolerance” department today, and in something like a leap or a fall, I reach the alarm and turn it off.
It was senior year of high school when I realized my great lack of a hobby. For once in my life I wasn’t playing competitive sports and my short career in theater had recently ended. Let me just say, I had down time. And a lot of it. Enough so that one evening I took a trip to the local craft store with one thing in mind: find a hobby.
Last night, my friends and I met at an old haunt of ours, the Double T Diner, which we started frequenting during our senior year of high school. Every Wednesday we would drag ourselves out of bed to get there by 6:15 in the morning to pray together. It became a ritual, a mid-week respite from the papers and calculus homework and college applications. I looked forward to those little mugs of diner coffee and plates of home-fries and a chance to share what was really going on in our lives, beneath those stacks of papers and the pressure to decide where we would head next.
In your world, the years begin in August and the weeks start on Monday. Would you please tell us how you originally came up with this concept of keeping time?
My mom, Susan, is the person who originally designed the calendar. She comes from an academic background, as a professor at the University of Oregon and later as the owner of a small, independent bookstore on the U of O campus. From her own experience, and from listening to customers in the store, she knew that there was a gap in the marketplace when it came to a calendar/organizer designed for folks whose “new year” starts with back to school.
Hello friends! Welcome to the start of another week and our penultimate edition of Five & Five (at least for a while). Awards season is well under way—Laura's favorite time of the year. But controversy erupted this week over the lack of diversity in the Oscar nominations and the snubbing of the acclaimed Selma. The Academy Awards will air on Sunday, February 22nd. Also, be sure not to miss out on President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday Night!
Whether you still need to write Thank You letters from Christmas or are ahead of the game and thinking about Valentine's Day, adding a little pop to your cards is simple and fun. Here's how to make a Pop-Up Heart Card.