1. YAY AND THANK YOU JANET FOR MY FIRST BABY GIFTY (she gave me the cutest yellow ducky, everyone. I mean a seriously CUTE yellow duck. AND she's sent me two cards and books this spring. And what have I sent her? Nothing. Not one single thing. That has to earn me the Most Sheepish Blogger of the Week Plate. Even so, YAY and THANK YOU to Janet). I can't wait to see you in a few weeks!
B. Here is the word that characterizes my life right now: E-X-T-R-E-M-E. I've been on this roller coaster since last July, but in the most recent leg of our little adventure, each day requires an inordinate amount of energy to do normal things - like drive and work and eat and sleep and breathe, all in one day. It's because I have this little grain of rice that needs more calories and more hormones than my body has ever used or produced before. Add to that the internal pressure to get our act together before that little grain of rice is the size of an apple, then a kitten, then a PERSON, and you can see why I am not blogging much lately.
I have so much to say, I really do. I wrote a whole SERIES on The God's Will Conversation, but I haven't posted it because I haven't had the energy for the discussion that will follow. I've also started posts about intimacy and identity (because Valerie got me to thinking), but stopped writing before they really developed into anything. I just can't do it, guys. There's a time for everything, and this is my time to function. It will be time to discuss later. It's not that blogging is out, it's not that I've lost interest. It's that, already, my little grain of rice needs me to do things like EAT and SLEEP more than seems NATURAL. So if I haven't called you back (and you know who you are - all three of you, I'm embarrassed to say) or emailed you back or had anything significant to say in weeks, all I can say is don't give up on me. I'll be back soon. Until then, please leave a message after the tone, and at least I'll hear it and smile before I fall back asleep (or eat, again).
III. Anybody read "Gilead"? I don't know the author, but it won the Pulitzer. I read the back cover yesterday, and it sounds really good. I am currently reading "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" (book 5 of the Chronicles of Narnia). I just finished "Prince Caspian" (book 4). I read Narnia, I put it down, I read something else. A month later, I pick it up. This is how it's been. But I really do like it. So far "The Magician's Nephew" is my favorite.