monday musings...


Home after a great weekend spent in Portland with theBean's cousin Christy & her husband Levi. And their little dog Winston. It turns out after 3 days together, we remembered to take 2 pictures. 2. Silly us. Hopefully, we can snag some of the pics that Levi & his family took when they came over for dinner on Saturday...

Christy is 9 years younger than theBean & was the flower girl in our wedding... it rained (not unusual for Portland :) which was beautiful. I loved the steady but tolerable showers, the cloudy-overcastness, the glimmers of sun breaking through the clouds for seconds at a time. The food they cooked for us was incredible, & we hope to get several of the recipes to make our own...

Both Levi & Christy work at Multnomah University, which is about 5 minutes walk from their house. As I've stated before, I absolutely love the higher ed environment, & my recent grad school pursuits were really fired up seeing the school & talking through all the ed. options that Levi will be exploring. Lucky.

Words can't really describe the impact of the weekend - catching up with Levi & Christy; watching theBean with her cousin, & finding how eerily similar they are. Like the same foods. Can't breathe too well through their noses. Both think they're pretty funny & laugh quite a bit. Have an interesting time pronouncing certain words, esp. words with an "S". It was priceless.

Makes me wonder about the power & wonder of knowing & being known... & the comfort & encouragement of seeing someone that is 'like' you... hmmm...




Came home to sun. I love Reno. Clear blue skies. Light wind. Still manages to be freezing cold at night. I love it!




4+ mile run with Brother today... the good news is that I'm still feeling it... hips, knees, ankles are doing well, which makes me happy. I'm working up to a regular schedule of 5 miles (3-4x/week) & hope to do a 10K one of these days.




Reading through CS Lewis' sci-fi trilogy... just finished the 1st one, & started Perelandra last night... Thursday, I start the finale......

I enjoy the trilogy because the main character, E. Ransom, is based on JRR Tolkien... & at the same time is a completely unexceptional individual... whom nonetheless is chosen for an extraordinary series of missions, to battle evil incarnate with seemingly nothing but his wits & a growing spiritual sensitivity... good times.




Finally caught the BSG finale. Meh.

9 launchings into the blogosphere....:

Erica said...

She even looks like Joni! I'm glad you both got away for a relaxing weekend. The brown hills will always be here to welcome you and your wife home though.

laura said...

I am glad you guys had a great time...
re running: you are a Man, and you are almost 40!

lbpmartin said...

first of all, my captcha at the bottom to fill in to allow me to post this comment is "nonymb" which sounds like some elven name for cloth... I say this because of what an uber-nerd I am, but it was so rad to be able to be myself and feel so readily accepted. Can't wait to see you guys again!

lbpmartin said...

this is Levi btw... I thought my id had that in there... this time I got "dexalyze" my mind goes sci-fi with that one... can't think of what it would mean though

Destro Jones said...

I almost cried during the last half of the BSG finale... almost.

Jeni said...

Sounds like a great trip! I'm with Laura- the running routine is pretty impressive...

Plucky said...

I'm glad you had a good trip and I'm glad you're home safe.

Portland really is a beautiful area . . .

scoey-d said...

Erica - yep. I agree. On both points.

Laura - you have no idea. I cannot wait to launch into my own, "I'M A MAN. I'M 40!" tirade.

Levi - I love that your Tolkien-translating the word verifications... I'm already plotting a way to get back to Portland &/or to have you come this way. We'd love to have you here for a while. :)

Destro - I esteem you highly. Crying at the finale of a great series is noble. Even almost crying is...

Jeni - It was a great trip... & the running is not as bad as I once had thought it would be :)

Teeem - it is a beautimous place - & it is good to be home as well. See you tomorrow. Hope our St. Arbucks experience happens without the deep "how's church going?" question-ings...

BTW: my word verification is "uthydro" - which means something about young water to me...

shontell said...

Also, I believe it has something to do with utes. As in, I am glad the two of utes are home :)