Product Review

November 23, 2008 at 4:56 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Okay, I know I haven’t blogged in a hundred years. 

But I didn’t want to deprive you of my favorite product reviews. 

First of all Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bread and Muffin Mix.  This stuff is the bomb. I make it with egg-beaters and with applesauce instead of oil (and I just saw online a recommendation to use pumpkin instead of oil–I may try that next time!. I rarely like bread mixes, but this is good stuff. They only have it in November and December. So I bought 5 boxes. 

Second, yes I’ve drunk the koolaid and have tried the mineral powerdery makeup junk.  I went with Bare Escentuals. I got a starter kit of some sort from Sephora, after discovering that many of my camp roommates (ranging in age from 19-65) were using it and they looked so good (note: I never wear makeup at camp, but apparently some people do. who knew?) . I am mostly sold on the stuff though.  My skin has never looked better, but there’s no “makeupy” look (or feel). I wear the powder foundation, the blush, and the mineral veil. My sampler came with eye shadow, too, but I don’t care for it. It also came with some lipgloss, which is fine, but I don’t think I’ll wear it often–it’s REALLY glossy. One of the neat things that I’ve noticed is that my skin actually seems to look better and better when I’m not wearing it–cool. So, the stuff is pricey. The die-hards say it will last a long time, and I’m actually buying that given how little one uses at a time, but I’m still basically a cheapo at heart, so I don’t use it every day.  I stick to my tinted moisturizer on the other days. (Oh, and I recommend getting a starter set, even if you’re not a fan of all the pieces, because you get all the brushes in it…that adds up.)

Last, there’s the lovely City in California Fitnes$ Center. I went to visit it in my town–a new gym–GORGEOUS with great hours. BUT, a) no prices on the web site, b) no brochures when you come in, c) you sit down with the most hard-core salesperson who tells you that he can offer you this specific price for today only, and that tomorrow it will be double…..and then proceeds to badmouth every other gym in town. ARGH. I didn’t buy a membership. I just couldn’t handle the sleazy car salesman thing. But I do wish I belonged. 

Here ends the product reviews by PPB.


Back from Trip

October 28, 2008 at 9:22 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments

Everything went pretty well–some glitches, but whatcha gonna do?

I’m doing a lot of preaching and writing lately.
I have a book proposal that really must get out ASAP, which means, of course, writing that sample chapter. I preached on Sunday and preach again on Friday, and also have a big-old end-of-grant report staring me down. The problem with all this writing is that I’m feeling rather spacey and flighty lately. I can’t seem to hang on to a project for very long.

Teaching is going well. It’s in the middle of the term that I frequently revisit the, “why didn’t I get a PhD and become a professor?” question.  The answer, of course, is that I don’t think a PhD sounds like fun. It’s just the teaching afterward that is a blast. (I say this recognizing that many professors really don’t like to teach all that much. ) If only I could get a mail-order PhD….

My ordination anniversary was last week. Fifteen years. I wish I had a called and installed ministry in which to celebrate it.  Several of my acquaintances are just getting back their ordination exams this week–or getting the scores back anyway. They are getting closer, closer, closer. Good providence y’all.


October 9, 2008 at 10:59 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

I am packing now.

I’m headed for a trip that will take me to 4 cities in 3 states.  I’m traveling by car, plane, taxi, train, Alex’s car, train, commuter train, Dad’s car, airport shuttle, plane, rental car, plane, car.

That’s a lot of modes of transportation. Fortunately, I’m going to be at my parents in the middle of all this, so I can pack pretty lightly and take advantage of their washer and dryer.

Which is important because I’m bringing just about 70 million things, many of which I hope to give away.  I’m to be on two different 5-6 hour train rides, so entertainment items are key.

I always go through this thing right before I leave where I don’t want to leave.

This is one of those times.

I’m always fine once I”m in the airport.


October 8, 2008 at 1:58 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

You follow someone on line for 4 years and you feel like you know them. At least I do.

This post made me cry at work out of fear and hope and everything all at once.

They are not praying people. But I am. Maybe you are, too.


October 6, 2008 at 7:59 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Due to privacy concerns (for someone else), I had to protect the most recent post. I’m not trying to keep y’all out of it.

The password is my first name.

If you don’t know that, write to me at ppolarbear AT comcast DOT net

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Dear Mr. Newman,

September 27, 2008 at 10:34 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you.

The world is bigger, brighter, kinder, and sassier for you having been here.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you.

And goodbye.

Detective of Divinity

September 23, 2008 at 2:05 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

That’s what Barbara Brown Taylor says preaching has made her.  I love the image. I like seeing myself, magnifying glass and trench coat, scribbling notes into a battered journalists notebook: Harriet the Spy for Jesus.

Last week, I stood slightly aside while people came forward for communion:  shuffling in sensible shoes, dancing in sparkly red mary-janes, teetering in quick high heels, ambling in worn sneakers. Close to the front, the sparkly mary-jones girl was pulled onto the hip of the sneakers man.  She lurched forward, grabbed a big hunk of the eggy bread.

“The body of Christ,” said the server, “broken for you.”

“Yes,” said the one in the sparkly mary-janes.

“Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, for MEEEEE!”

Her father carried her back. Those in high heels and sensible shoes smiled, amused.

He shrugs.

“She always says that.”

And the red sparkly shoes swing back and forth, back and forth.

“yes, yes, yes, for me,” she sings.

“yes, yes, yes, for me.”

I’m a little off-kilter

September 22, 2008 at 4:33 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

I don’t know what’s up with me and blogging.  It’s been over a week since I last posted.  I guess I just can’t get my blogging mojo back.


I went to camp this past weekend, and was assigned a wonderful family–just dad and daughter. They flew out from PR for just the weekend. She’d never been to camp and was terribly thrilled with everything. Her spoken English was really good, but she didn’t always understand me. Dad always did and would translate for  her.  It required me to slow down everything–not speak so fast, and not speak so much.  Both were a really good discipline for loquacious me.  I actually found it pretty peaceful. There are a lot of things that don’t need words.

I was feeling pretty crummy all weekend,and came home to a 102 temp. I had to skip an Indigo Girls concert.I just couldn’t drive.  You KNOW that’s a major bummer for me.

Read any good books lately?

September 11, 2008 at 12:28 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 7 Comments

I’ve been on this mystery thing….mystery after mystery after mystery.  I think I need some good fiction. But nothing is calling my name.  I’m not so much a historical fiction fan, but I like most everything else. And memoir, which is not fiction, but I like it anyway. 

Of course, what I really should do is knuckle down with all the big girl preacher books on my shelves that I haven’t done more than skim. 

But I’m hungry for fiction.

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